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Does your Coleman basement have water?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

A wet basement is a problem that needs to be taken care of by professionals.  Some home owners may want to take care of it on their own but without the proper tools and equipment you could miss something.  Without getting everything completely dry you could have big problems to your structure down the road.

     There are a few things you can do on your own to help keep the damage down.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (989) 835-5015

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

When storms hit, we are ready for you!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

About Us

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Midland ,MI  we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today(989)835-5015

We're entering storm season!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know how to stay safe during an emergency?

  • Keep a disaster supply kit in the home, in your car and at your place of business.  It should include water, non perishable food items, A first aid kit, a radio and a flashlight with extra batteries 
  • Warm blankets or sleeping bags may also be a good idea in the winter months.
  • If a tornado watch is issued stay indoors away from windows, bring pets inside and listen to the radio for further updates.
  • If a tornado warning is issued seek shelter in the lowest floor of a sturdy building.

if damage does occur to your home or business call SERVPRO, We can make it "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties At (989)835-5015 for all your cleanup and restoration needs.

Flooded basement? We can help!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Midland and Gladwin county basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (989)835-5015

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

If your midland home has a fire

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke and soot can cause long-term damage if not properly handled.  As smoke travels through a structure, soot settles out of the air, depositing on surfaces and contents, in H VAC systems and duct work and virtually anywhere else air can travel.  Soot can be corrosive, quickly deteriorating metal fixtures and electronics, and must be handled promptly and properly to help limit secondary damages.  Delayed or improper cleaning allows particles to interact with contents and structural components.  This interaction can cause additional damage to flooring, paint and contents produced by prolonged exposure and improper cleaning.  The first twenty-four hours following a fire are critical and can make the difference between restoring versus replacing contents and belongings.  

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties franchise professionals realize the importance of fast, appropriate action which can limit the damage to valuable assets and belongings.  SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines promote timely response and can help prevent fire damage from escalating into long term problems.  By providing timely response, SERVPRO Franchise professionals help restore property and belongings to preloss condition.  

When a fire occurs in your home you can trust us to be there quickly, reducing downtime, lowering costs and minimizing stress.  

Midland/Gladwin Business's benefit from Emergency Ready Profiles

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 

Learning about Smoke and Soot

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (989) 835-5015

7 Reasons to Choose SERVPRO

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

    1. SERVPRO franchise professionals strive to exceed customer expectations and can help lower claims loss expenses with professional and proper restoration.
    2. Pre-testing allows SERVPRO franchise Professionals the ability to carefully identify what can be restored to a pre loos condition verses replacement, which can reduce claims loss expenses.
    3. Contents Claim Inventory Service offers immediate total loss inventory itemized room by room for accurate reporting.
    4. Electronic job file documentation offers immediate quality information including detailed estimates and online access to all files and pending jobs.  
    5. The SERVPRO Franchise system is committed to top notch training of Franchise service technicians
    6. Required vendor qualification compliance and professionalism help insure quality insurance.
    7. SERVPRO Franchise professionals understand and serve both the Adjuster and their client.

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties (989) 845-5015

24 hours a day 7 days a week we will answer the call to help

Storm Damage? We're There 24/7

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

When water comes from a clean source you can do some things to minimize the damage.  Here are some do's and dont's to get started on after you call SERVPRO.

DO

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors

DON'T

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Carpet cleaning TIPS!

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Forget about your rugs.

Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and, in some cases, require special attention.

  • Washing rugs— If your rug is small and the label says “machine washable,” shake the rug outside first and then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry at the lowest heat setting.
  • Beating larger rugs— If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside first; then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it. Many carpet cleaning professionals have rug cleaning expertise as well, but, if the label says dry clean only, your best bet may be to roll it up and take it to a dry cleaner. Save time and aggravation by calling first to see if the cleaner does rug cleaning — many do not.
  • Vacuuming area rugs— Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar. Lift the carpet edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
  • Caring for Oriental, Turkish or Persian rugs— Clean imported rugs according to your carpet manufacturer’s specifications or bring in a professional cleaning service. Be gentle with fringe. For heirloom-type rugs, you need professionals.

3 Services SERVPRO Provides After Storms

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

3 Services SERVPRO Provides

Demand for damage mitigation and restoration services spikes after a severe storm. Insurance agents and adjusters need to be able to rely on a local mitigation and restoration company to provide timely storm response services. Here are three services that make a local SERVPRO franchise the right choice for storm restoration.

1. Disaster Response

No matter how many properties are affected by a storm, a Disaster Response Team can arrive on each location within a matter of hours. Independent mitigation and restoration services are more likely to be backlogged than a national corporation that can dispatch employees and equipment from nearby franchises to areas that have experienced large losses.

2. Mitigation and Cleanup

The initial stage of storm response involves mitigating damage. In the case of structural damage, this may involve boarding up broken windows or breaches in a building envelope or tarping over a damaged roof. Standing water resulting from flood damage should be extracted as soon as possible. A full-service company can ensure that these initial measures contribute toward complete storm restoration.

3. All-In-One Restoration

A company that offers mitigation and restoration services can reduce the workload on insurance agents and adjusters while simplifying the claim process for property owners. Relying on a one-stop shop may make miscommunication less likely, prevent scheduling conflicts and allow for a faster and more thorough restoration job. Depending on a single service also means that the initial estimate is likely to be more accurate.

These storm restoration services set SERVPRO franchises apart from independent companies. The business model means that each location has the backing of a national corporation and the ability to call on nearby locations for additional personnel and equipment. A single estimate from a service that can clean up damage and rebuild a commercial property can also be more convenient for insurance agents, adjusters, and clients. 

How Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold Spores?

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

A variety of air filtration systems can reduce the presence of mold spores in interior air. Though purification systems work in different ways, they each have features that are helpful for preventing moldgrowth at a residence.

Filter Type

Fungus spores range in size from as small as 3 microns to as large as 100 microns. High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters are the most effective, and have several requirements:

  • Remove 99.97 percent of airborne particles
  • Filter particles down to 0.3 microns
  • Labeled "True HEPA" and not "HEPA Type"

As most spores are larger than 2 microns, you may be able to save money by purchasing a HEPA Type filter. These filtration units will not eliminate smaller contaminants.

Room Size

When choosing a purification system, it is also important to factor in the square footage of the space in which you want to filter air. Here are a few guidelines for selecting an air filtration system:

  •  Small room purifiers filter air in spaces up to   about 300 square feet
  •  Medium-to-large room purifiers filter air in   spaces ranging from about 300 to 600   square  feet
  •  Large to extra-large room purifiers filter air   in  spaces up to or over 1,000 square feet

It may be necessary to purchase more than one purifier to use throughout a home. You may also periodically relocate a unit for more thorough filtration results.

Operation and Maintenance

Check to see whether the purifier you are considering contains additional systems. Some units feature antimicrobial treatments or methods for breaking down particles. You should also determine whether a filter can be cleaned and reused or will need to be replaced. 

All of these factors impact the ability of an air purifier to filter mold spores. The right air filtration system can improve air quality and limit mold growth. If mold is already a problem at a residence, contact us today!

If your business floods you could lose everything.

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

A large trailer mounted Dehumidifier drying the air of a commercial loss

When disaster strikes your business who would you call?  There are several different restoration company's in our area alone but many of them could not handle a large loss.   We understand how important it is to get your business up and running as soon as possible. Weather it is a small corner store or an entire hospital every minute your business isn't running it costs you money, customers and maybe even employees.    We can bring in entire crews with just a phone call and get you up and running as quickly as possible.     

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

Restoring your Beaverton, MI Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

We have the special skills and knowledge to dry a business

We can dry out your business if a flood occurs.

Flooding and water damage events at Beaverton, Mi commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Every person that comes into your business walks on the carpet

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Let our experienced technicians clean your carpets today.
Let our talented technicians take care of your dirty carpets.

Keeping your carpets clean will prolong it's life.  Business see a lot of foot traffic and with that comes dirt and debris. Here are a few things that can be done to help. 

  • Using mats on the outside of doors and rugs on the inside can help reduce what is tracked inside .
  • Keep sidewalks areas swept free of dirt, leaves and grass clippings.
  • Vacuum high traffic areas on a daily basis and all other areas as needed but at least every 2-3 days.
  •  Have a specific plan in place for spills or spots when they happen.
  • Have traffic areas professionally cleaned at least once a month and all other areas every 3 months.  

Doing these things will help you keep your carpets looking great, your business running smoothly and your clients or customers happy.

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties today to set up an appointment (989)835-5015

Did You Know....

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties offers a free service to its commercial customers.  It is called the Emergency Ready Profile or ERP for short.  

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

The ERP serves as a quick reference of important building information like water and gas shutoffs, electrical panels or other areas that would need to be accessed quickly in an emergency.  It also contains information on any important people to be notified in the event of a problem. 

Best of all we can give you a hard copy of the information and also the convenience of an app to be accessed from your smartphone or computer.  

It can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

Call us at (989) 835-5015 Today for a No Cost Assessment 
of Your Facility!

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,” 

Bleach is not the answer when it comes to killing mold

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold left untreated can cause serious health risks.

So, you want to kill mold? Don’t use bleach!

Usually, when most homeowners notice mold, they get out the bottle of bleach thinking a few sprays will solve the problem.
It’s no wonder.
Some of the most popular blogs continue to perpetuate the myth that spraying bleach will take care of your mold problem.
Even information on The Center For Disease Control (CDC) website still suggests using bleach to kill mold.

The truth is, using chlorine bleach to kill mold is probably one of the worst things you can do.

As a matter of fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their guide as well, removing the suggestion to use bleach to kill mold.

The problem is, it’s true that bleach can kill some mold in some places some of the time.  But, bleach only works to remove mold on hard, impermeable surfaces like bathtub and shower surrounds or tiles. However, on porous surfaces like drywall or hardwood floors, it won’t work to kill mold or keep it from coming back.

Why?

Because mold spreads its roots (called mycelia and hyphae) deep into porous surfaces.
Simply spraying a bleach solution on the surface won’t kill mold spores at their roots.

So, here are 9 Reasons Why you should NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold

  • 1. First, bleach encourages toxic mold growth on porous surfaces because it provides excess moisture.

    Bleach contains about 90% water. When you apply bleach to a surface, the chlorine quickly evaporates leaving behind a lot of water. Then, when the water soaks into porous surfaces like wood, it encourages mold growth. So, bleach can actually make your mold problem worse.

  • 2. Bleach only removes the color from mold.

    After you spray bleach, only the surface appears clean. But the problem is, the mold’s roots, or hyphae, continue to grow.

  • 3. The EPA and OSHA specifically advise against using bleach for mold remediation.

  • 4. Chlorine bleach is extremely harmful to surfaces.

    For example, when you use bleach is on wood, it starts to weaken it by breaking the fibers. When you spray bleach on metal, it starts to corrode it almost immediately. Thus, using bleach to kill mold creates problems with the structural integrity of a home.

  • 5. Bleach is extremely corrosive.

    When you spray bleach and it evaporates, it releases chlorine gas. It irritates and eventually causes damage to the skin, lungs, and eyes.

  • 6. The corrosive nature of bleach is even worse when it’s mixed.

    Bleach should never be mixed with acids, because it causes dangerous fumes.
    Remember: Mixing cleaning compounds containing ammonia with bleach and ammonia produces deadly gasses that can kill with just a few breaths.

  • 7. Bleach doesn’t work as a sanitizing agent when it’s mixed with organic material.

    To be a successful sanitizer, bleach has to be used on clean materials and surfaces. That’s why bleach products get used in the laundry after the wash cycle. Light and heat compromise the sanitizing properties of bleach. Despite the fact that the chlorine odor lingers for a while after you use it, bleach loses strength so quickly it doesn’t have a residual effect. That is, it doesn’t prevent future bacterial or fungal growth.

  • 8. Most bleach products are not registered with the EPA to be used as antimicrobial agents.

  • 9. And last, but not least, you don’t want to use bleach to kill mold because there are many antimicrobial alternatives readily available.

    These antimicrobial agents are registered with the EPA specifically for killing mold. Some are formulated to be friendly to the environment, your family and your pets. In addition, they are cost effective, easy to use, and, they have a true residual effect. That means they actually prevent bacteria and mold from regrowing.

Finding mold in your home or commercial property can be scary. Call SERVPRO of Midland /Gladwin Counties today to set up an inspection.

It's almost winter in the Great Lakes Bay Region

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Even when the snow flies we are here to help.
 

Before we know it our Great Lakes Bay Region will be blanketed with that white stuff.  Now we can't stop this from happening but SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties would like to remind everyone of some of the dangers of snow.  

  • Accumulating snow can make driving motor vehicles very hazardous.
  • Visibility is reduced by falling snow and this is further exacerbated by strong winds creating whiteout conditions.
  • Heavy snowfall can immobilize a vehicle entirely, which may be deadly depending on how long it takes rescue crews to arrive. The clogging of a vehicle's tailpipe by snow may lead to carbon monoxide buildup inside the cabin
  • Snow buildup can weigh down a roof and cause trusses to cave in.
  • Snow piling up outside the house can block dryer vents or even some furnace exhaust vents causing dangerous fumes to enter your home.
  • Ice dams forming along the roof can create a backup of water to be forced up under your shingles.

So be safe out there this winter and if any of these thing happen to your home call us at (989)835-5015 and we will send a crew right over.

Fall weather can be wet and dangerous.

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Only drive as fast as you feel comfortable with in bad weather.
Nearly half (47%) of all weather-related car accidents — more than 700,000 a year — are due to rain.


Here are 10 tips for driving in the rain:

Step 1. Exercise caution. Engine oil and grease build-up on roads and highways over time, and when combined with precipitation, you’ve got the equivalent of an automotive Slip ‘N Slide.

Step 2. Slow down. Wet pavement causes tires to lose traction and vehicles become more difficult to handle.

Step 3. Use headlights. Always use headlights in the rain – even if it’s just a sprinkle. Headlights help you see and be seen in wet weather.

Step 4. Keep your windshield wipers in tip-top shape. Summer can wreak havoc on your blades, so get them checked before fall’s showers arrive.

Step 5. Defog your windows. Precipitation can cause your windshield to quickly fog up, so use the front and rear defrosters to maximize visibility.

Step 6. Avoid pooling water. By splashing through puddles you can impair your vision and other drivers’. Additionally, standing water often shields potholes and debris from view and it can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes.

Step 7. If your car begins to hydroplane, do not brake or turn the wheel abruptly as this may cause your vehicle to go into a skid or spin. Take your foot off the gas and keep the wheel straight until your car reclaims traction.

Step 8. Increase your following distance. Slick roads, wet brakes and reduced visibility can lead to collisions. Give other vehicles plenty of room and brake early with reduced force.

Step 9. Don’t use cruise control. It can cause your car to accelerate when hydroplaning and reduces driver attentiveness.

Step 10. Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you. This allows the vehicle ahead to displace any standing water that’s on the road.

By employing these safe driving techniques you can keep yourself and your passengers safe during fall and winter drizzles and downpours. Rainy roads can be dangerous, but if we all slow down and use extra caution, rainy days might actually be a little brighter.

October 7 to October 13th is Fire prevention week

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

We have certified cleaning technicians to handle your cleanup.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

It is also recommended to replace smoke alarms every five years.  Find more info here http://www.redcross.org/mo2g

Does your Midland business have an emergency plan.

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Having a plan in place could save your business.

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

By working with SERVPRO® of Midland / Gladwin Counties to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call us at (989) 835-5015 Today for a No Cost Assessment 
of Your Facility!

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,” 

We have certified fire cleaning technicians.

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can damage items beyond repair.

If you have a fire SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is up to the task. Making your home livable again is a big job even after the smallest fire. Every single thing in the house has to be inspected before it should be used.

Clothing and linen items should be professionally laundered to remove the soot or as one of our customers referred to it "that camp fire smell"

Soot can damage circuit boards so any electronics should be sent out and cleaned.

Any food items that are in a house fire should not be eaten.

All carpet and upholstery should be cleaned if possible. Sometimes the damage is beyond cleaning and needs to be replaced.

Our highly trained technicians could make that assessment during the initial walk through.

Knowing what type fire extinguisher to use could save your property

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire is small and you can get it under control you can minimize the damage.

There are 5 main fire extinguisher types – Water, Foam, Dry Powder, CO2 and Wet Chemical. You should have the right types of fire extinguisher for your premises, or you may not meet current regulations.

The various types of fire extinguisher put out fires started with different types of fuel – these are called ‘classes’ of fire.  The fire risk from the different classes of fire in your business premises will determine which fire extinguisher types you need.

Whilst there are 5 main types of fire extinguisher, there are different versions of both the Water and Dry Powder extinguishers, meaning there are a total of 8 fire extinguisher types to choose from.  The 8 types of fire extinguisher are:

– Water
– Water Mist
– Water Spray
– Foam
– Dry Powder – Standard
– Dry Powder – Specialist
– Carbon Dioxide (‘CO2’)
– Wet Chemical

There is no one extinguisher type which works on all classes of fire.

Below is a summary of the classes of fire, and a quick reference chart showing which types of extinguisher should be used on each.  We then provide a detailed explanation of each type of fire extinguisher below.

The classes of fire

There are six classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F.

 –    Class A fires – combustible materials: caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, and fabric
 –    Class B fires – flammable liquids: such as petrol, turpentine or paint
 –    Class C fires – flammable gases: like hydrogen, butane or methane
 –    Class D fires – combustible metals: chemicals such as magnesium, aluminum or potassium
 –    Electrical fires – electrical equipment: once the electrical item is removed, the fire changes class
 –    Class F fires – cooking oils: typically a chip-pan fire

Types of fire extinguisher – a detailed guide

Water Extinguishers

Overview:
Water extinguishers are the most common fire extinguisher type for class A fire risk. Most premises will require either water or foam extinguishers.

Label Colour:
– Bright Red

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal

Do not use for:
– Fires involving electrical equipment
– Kitchen fires
– Flammable gas and liquids

How water extinguishers work:
The water has a cooling effect on the fuel, causing it to burn much more slowly until the flames are eventually extinguished.

Types of premises/business who may need water extinguishers:
– Buildings constructed of wood or other organic materials
– Premises where there are organic materials to be found such as:
o Offices
o Schools
o Hospitals
o Residential properties
o Warehouses

In fact most buildings need either water or foam extinguishers.

Where to locate water extinguishers:
– By the exits on a floor where a Class A fire risk has been identified

Water spray extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Water spray extinguishers are equipped with a spray nozzle, rather than a jet nozzle, meaning a greater surface area can be covered more quickly and the fire put out more rapidly.

Water mist extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Water mist extinguishers have a different type of nozzle again which releases microscopic water particles. These particles ‘suffocate’ the fire and also create a wall of mist between the fire and the person using the extinguisher, reducing the feeling of heat.

Foam Extinguishers

Overview:
Foam extinguishers are most common type of fire extinguisher for Class B fires, but also work on Class A fires as they are water-based.

Label Colour:
– Cream

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal
Plus:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol

Do not use for:
– Kitchen fires
– Fires involving electrical equipment
– Flammable metals

How foam extinguishers work:
As with water extinguishers, foam extinguishers have a cooling effect on the fuel. On burning liquids, the foaming agent creates a barrier between the flame and the fuel, extinguishing the fire.

Types of premises/business who may need Foam extinguishers:
– Buildings constructed of wood or other organic materials
– Premises where there are organic materials to be found such as:
o Offices
o Schools
o Hospitals
o Residential properties
o Warehouses
– Buildings where flammable liquids are stored

In fact most buildings need either water or foam extinguishers

Where to locate foam extinguishers:
– By the exits on a floor where a Class A or Class B fire risk has been identified

Dry Powder Extinguishers

Overview:
Standard dry powder extinguishers are also called ‘ABC’ extinguishers because they tackle class A, B and C fires, however they are not recommended for use in enclosed spaces. This is because the powder can be easily inhaled, and also the residue is very difficult to clean up after. ABC powder extinguishers can also be used on some electrical fires. Specialist dry powder extinguishers are used for flammable metals.

Label Colour:
– Blue

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal
Plus:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol
Plus:
– Flammable gases, like liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and acetylene
Plus:
– Fires involving electrical equipment up to 1000v

Specialist dry powder extinguishers are only used on flammable metals, such as titanium and magnesium.

Do not use for:
– Fires involving cooking oil
– Fires involving electrical equipment over 1000v
– or in enclosed spaces, such as offices or residential properties

How dry powder extinguishers work:
Dry powder extinguishers smother fires by forming a barrier between the fuel and the source of oxygen.

Types of premises/business who may need Dry Powder extinguishers:
– Businesses using flammable gases for chemical processes
– Premises where welding and flame cutting takes place
– Garage forecourts
– Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) dispensing plants
– Premises with large, commercial boiler rooms

Where to locate Dry Powder extinguishers:
– Place dry powder extinguishers near to the source of the fire risk.

Specialist Dry Powder extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Specialist dry powder extinguishers work in the same way as standard dry powder extinguishers but are for use with flammable metals only. There are 2 types of specialist dry powder extinguishers – ‘L2’ which only tackles lithium fires, and ‘M28’, for all other flammable metal fires.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extinguishers

Overview:
CO2 extinguishers are predominantly used for electrical fire risks and are usually the main fire extinguisher type provided in computer server rooms. They also put out Class B fires (flammable liquids, such as paint and petroleum).

Label Colour:
– Black

Use for:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol
– Electrical fires

Do not use for:
– Kitchen fires – especially chip-pan fires
– Combustible materials like paper, wood or textiles
– Flammable metals

How CO2 extinguishers work:
CO2 extinguishers suffocate fires by displacing the oxygen the fire needs to burn.

Types of premises/business who may need CO2 extinguishers:
– Premises with electrical equipment, such as:
o Offices
o Kitchens
o Construction sites
o Server rooms

All work vehicles should also carry a smaller 2kg CO2 extinguisher.

Where to locate CO2 extinguishers:
– Place near to the source of the fire risk and/or near the fire exits.

Wet Chemical Extinguishers

Overview:
Wet chemical extinguishers are designed for use on Class F fires, involving cooking oils and fats.  They can also be used on Class A fires although it is more usual to have a foam or water extinguisher for this type of fire risk.

Label Colour:
– Yellow

Use for:
– Cooking oil/fat fires
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal

Do not use for:
– Flammable liquid or gas fires
– Electrical fires
– Flammable metals

How wet chemical extinguishers work:
Wet chemical extinguishers create a layer of foam on the surface of the burning oil or fat, preventing oxygen from fuelling the fire any further. The spray also has a cooling effect.

Types of premises/business who may need CO2 extinguishers:
– Commercial kitchens
– Canteens

Where to locate CO2 extinguishers:
– Place near to the source of the fire risk.

Remember safety first.  Always have a safe escape route planned and get out before its too late.

Even a small fire could put you out of business

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

A fire could ruin a business you spent a lifetime building

Cleanup from fire damage in a commercial building needs to be done by professionals. Let SERVPRO of Midland and Gladwin Counties handle it.  We are trained in the proper procedures and challenges dealing with a business space.  We understand that your business being closed does not make you any money.  Also your employees are going to be out of work so getting you up and running again is very important.  We have a national support network of over 1700 franchises we can call on to make things happen very quickly.   

We are "Here to Help" if you need us.  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Emergencies don't happen at convenient times.  Give us a Call at (989)835-5015

You had a house fire, now what?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

We can help put your life back in order

In the event of a house fire SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties should be near the top of your call list.  We have trained professional who know how to deal with everything that comes along with a fire.  We can handle everything from board up to getting you back home.  Even the smallest fire can produce soot and contaminants throughout your whole house and you should not have to deal with that alone. How we proceed depends on how much damage there is.  We will deal directly with you adjestor and guide you through the process of getting your life back together.  We understand that this is probably the worst thing you have ever had happen and we have been through this many times before.  

So if you need our help call us at (989)835-5015

Is your Basement full of water

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Leaving your basement wet can lead to way bigger problems.

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is always ready to answer the call when you have water in your basement.  Getting started as soon as possible can minimize secondary damage and save money.  If the cause is known and repairs have been made we can start right away.  We can begin by getting the remaining water out and drying the structure.  At this time we would begin any demolition that needed to be done.  All wet carpet pad would be removed along with any dry wall or paneling.  Basically everything that was wet would be stripped down to the structure.  When the tear out is complete we bring in large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it all up.  It usually takes a minimum of three days for drying.  Once it is dry repairs can start immediately. 

Sump pump's fail if they are not properly maintained

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

You should always keep your sump pump and crock free of dirt and debris

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.

If your sump pump does fail  Call (989)835-5015 and a crew from SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties will come out and dry your basement and any other areas that are wet.  

Here are some flooding safety tips for you

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Midland county is very common.  Here are some tips to help keep you safe.

  • Do not attempt to cross flowing water which may be more than knee deep.
  • During threatening weather listen to commercial radio or TV, or NOAA weather radio for swatch and warning bulletins.
  • Never try to walk, swim,drive, or play in flood water.  You may not be able to see how fast the water is moving, or see holes or submerged debris
  • Beware of low spots such as underpasses, underground parking garages and basements as they can become death traps.  
  • Beware that flash flooding can occur.  If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.  Do not wait for instructions to move.  
  • Beware of streams, drainage channels,canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly.
  • Do not walk through moving water.  Six inches of moving water can make you fall.

The Following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions

  • Do not drive into flooded areas.  If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.  You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.  
  • Do not drive around a barricade.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.  
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles including Sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pickup trucks.  

Remember nothing you own is worth your safety in an emergency situation.  The best thing to do is get to higher ground until the water recedes and Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties to clean up the mess and dry out the structure.  

There are many places Mold can appear in your Sanford home

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold of any type should be handled by a professional

Here are some of the most common.

 

Dishwasher


Unless a dishwasher stops working or needs replacing or servicing, most of us don’t think about it as a potential source for mold. There are two connections under each dishwasher that have the potential for mold and mildew to get started–the water supply and the discharge connection. The water supply needs to be lubricated with the right sealant and properly tightened  periodically. The discharge connection involves a rubber hose and clamp, and installing the hose before the dishwasher is installed ensures it is done properly. Hoses wear out over time. If you’re buying an older house, it doesn’t hurt to check the dishwasher connections — especially if there’s an odd smell when you open the door.

Hot Water Heater


“Many states have laws regarding the installation of hot water heaters, and most of them involve overflow pans that are piped to drain outside the house. The pan must be tilted ¼ inch to ensure the water does drain. Newer heaters with quick connect connectors should be properly lubricated and tightened so the shut-off valve doesn’t leak,” Hoffman said.

Icemaker Connections


Refrigerators often get moved, either for cleaning or other projects. This can weaken or break the water line connection to the ice maker, causing leaks behind the refrigerator.

“It seems like a simple job, so in the real world the plumbing contractor doesn’t install the water line, another contractor does,” Hoffman said. “The connection is a compression fitting and it must be installed properly to ensure there are no leaks.”

Washing Machine Connections

When installing a washing machine, always install a brand new washing machine hose, using the rubber washers the manufacturer recommends. Also, use Teflon tape and make sure to tighten the connection with vice grips so there are no drips or leaks. After all, it doesn’t take many drips to create an environment for mold.

Plastic P-Traps

Under every sink in your home is a “P-Trap,” almost always made of PVC pipe, which expands, and contracts. This process eventually loosens the connection and allows water to leak onto the base of the cabinet. If you look under sinks in every room you’ll easily spot the stains and discoloration commonly caused by leaking P-Traps. Use Teflon tape to seal every P-Trap and check them periodically, tightening them by hand to ensure their connections don’t loosen and leak. Over tightening PVC can cause it to crack, so be careful.

Toilet Connections

“I’m amazed at how many steps the DIY home improvement shows leave out when they explain about how to install a toilet,” Hoffman said. “The base of the toilet is where most mold grows. Toilets should be installed with a horned wax ring, and then the base of the toilet grouted in with tile grout,” he said. “The grout serves as a filler between the bowl and the floor to keep the bowl from rocking. Rocking bowls are the number one reason for the wax ring being compromised, which then allows mold to get a foothold.”

Shower Doors

Shower doors should probably be installed by plumbing contractors, Hoffman said. “They know how to keep them from leaking.” Mold growing at the base of the tub may be from leaking or improperly installed shower doors. Shower doors need caulking on all three rails — the two side rails as well as the bottom rail.

Tub

A properly caulked tub isn’t just nicer looking. It keeps water and moisture from dripping down under the tub and causing mold issues. Slab floors can create more problems — especially if installed by a DIY’er. The hole(s) in concrete slabs under tubs should be filled with a liquid tar, or expandable foam insulation to ensure moisture does not wick up from the ground through the slab.

Exterior Hose Bib

If you have a home, you have an exterior hose bib — a place where the water connection sticks out from the house. If you’ve used a hose, you know a poor connection or missing rubber washer, or loose hose can result in water spraying the house. This uncontrolled spray allows water to enter the space between the sidings, or into the wall, leading to mold growth. Make sure all holes, gaps and areas around every outdoor water connection are properly caulked and sealed.

Outdoor Water Sprinklers

Siding is engineered to shed rain falling down, not sprinklers shooting water up. Make sure your sprinklers are well away from the house when turned on. If you have children or teens that are watering the yard or garden, make sure they know not to spray the house with the hose. If power washing your home, hire a professional, or take care that water is not forced up under the siding as you wash.

As a homeowner, if you take the appropriate precautions and are vigilant about upkeep, you should be able to avoid mold, or catch it at it’s outset. While mold can be a huge problem in homes, even causing health issues, it is easily preventable.

Any mold issues should be handled by trained professionals so if you suspect you have a problem call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties. @(989)835-5015

If your Gladwin county Home has a wet basement call Immediately

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

An air mover are used to dry a basement in Sugar Springs

The restoration process begins when you call us. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (989) 835-5015

Water damage can be chaotic and traumatic. When you call us, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Just because it feels dry does not mean it is.

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

This is on of the many tools we can use to tell how much moisture is in your wall.

Did you know, you cannot use your hands to adequately determine if something is dry because skin has a moisture content of 25 percent. Dry wood for example, has a moisture content of about 10 percent. If you feel wood that has moisture content of 20 percent, your skin tells your brain the wood is dry because it is drier than your skin. In actuality it is twice as wet as it should be. Just because it feels dry to you it might be saturated with water and not drying it properly could cause even more damage.

The Franchise Professionals here at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties are equipped withspecialized equipment to help ensure a structure and contents are quickly and thoroughly dried after water damage.

A puff-back can deposit soot all over you home.

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Soot webs are usually left behind in a fire or puff-back

What is a puff back you ask?  It is a misfiring in the furnace that, at its worst, can send soot throughout your home, covering drapes, bedding, furniture, cabinets, walls, and everything in between. It requires expensive cleaning and restoration in addition to repairs on your heating system. It is basically like having a small fire in your home.  

So what should you do if this happens to you? First limit movement in the house to avoid spreading the soot.  Then call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties at (989)835-5015.  We will come in and clean every square inch of your home using industry standard as our guideline.  Depending on how bad the contamination is some areas may need to be repainted after the soot is removed.   

Michigan weather is extreme but not as bad as other areas of the country

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Michigan has many different types of weather

There are many varieties and names for storms.  Luckily we do not experience all of these here in Michigan. 

  • Ice storm — Ice storms are one of the most dangerous forms of winter storms. When surface temperatures are below freezing, but a thick layer of above-freezing air remains aloft, rain can fall into the freezing layer and freeze upon impact into a glaze of ice. In general, 8 millimeters (0.31 in) of accumulation is all that is required, especially in combination with breezy conditions, to start downing power lines as well as tree limbs.Ice storms also make unheated road surfaces too slick to drive upon. Ice storms can vary in time range from hours to days and can cripple small towns and large urban centers alike.
  • Blizzard — There are varying definitions for blizzards, both over time and by location. In general, a blizzard is accompanied by gale-force winds, heavy snow (accumulating at a rate of at least 5 centimeters (2 in) per hour), and very cold conditions (below approximately −10 degrees Celsius or 14 F). Lately, the temperature criterion has fallen out of the definition across the United States
  • Snowstorm — A heavy fall of snow accumulating at a rate of more than 5 centimeters (2 in) per hour that lasts several hours. Snow storms, especially ones with a high liquid equivalent and breezy conditions, can down tree limbs, cut off power, and paralyze travel over a large region.
  • Coastal Storm — large wind waves and/or storm surge that strike the coastal zone. Their impacts include coastal erosion and coastal flooding
  • Ocean Storm — Storm conditions out at sea are defined as having sustained winds of 48 knots (55 mph or 90 km/h) or greater. Usually just referred to as a storm, these systems can sink vessels of all types and sizes.
  • Firestorm — Firestorms are conflagrations which attain such intensity that they create and sustain their own wind systems. It is most commonly a natural phenomenon, created during some of the largest bushfires, forest fires, and wildfires. The Peshtigo Fire is one example of a firestorm. Firestorms can also be deliberate effects of targeted explosives such as occurred as a result of the aerial bombings of DresdenNuclear detonations generate firestorms if high winds are not present.
  • Dust devil — a small, localized updraft of rising air.
  • Wind storm— A storm marked by high wind with little or no precipitation. Windstorm damage often opens the door for massive amounts of water and debris to cause further damage to a structure. European windstorms and derechos are two type of windstorms. High wind is also the cause of sandstorms in dry climates.
  • Squall — sudden onset of wind increase of at least 16 knots (30 km/h) or greater sustained for at least one minute.
  • Gale — An extra-tropical storm with sustained winds between 34–48 knots (39–55 mph or 63–90 km/h). 
  • Thunderstorm — A thunderstorm is a type of storm that generates lightning and the attendant thunder. It is normally accompanied by heavy precipitation. Thunderstorms occur throughout the world, with the highest frequency in tropical rain forest regions where there are conditions of high humidity and temperature along with atmospheric instability. These storms occur when high levels of condensation form in a volume of unstable air that generates deep, rapid, upward motion in the atmosphere. The heat energy creates powerful rising air currents that swirl upwards to the tropopause. Cool descending air currents produce strong down droughts below the storm. After the storm has spent its energy, the rising currents die away and down droughts break up the cloud. Individual storm clouds can measure 2–10 km across.
  • Tropical cyclone — A tropical cyclone is a storm system with a closed circulation around a center of low pressure, fueled by the heat released when moist air rises and condenses. The name underscores its origin in the tropics and their cyclonic nature. Tropical cyclones are distinguished from other cyclonic storms such as nor'easter s and polar lows by the heat mechanism that fuels them, which makes them "warm core" storm systems.
Tropical cyclones form in the oceans if the conditions in the area are favorable, and depending on their strength and location, there are various terms by which they are called, such as tropical depressiontropical stormhurricane and typhoon.
  • Hailstorm — a type of storm that precipitates round chunks of ice. Hailstorms usually occur during regular thunder storms. While most of the hail that precipitates from the clouds is fairly small and virtually harmless, there are occasional occurrences of hail greater than 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter that can cause much damage and injuries.
 
  • Tornado — A tornado is a violent, destructive wind storm occurring on land. Usually its appearance is that of a dark, funnel-shaped cloud. Often tornadoes are preceded by thunderstorms and a wall cloud. They are often called the most destructive of storms, and while they form all over the world, the interior of the United States is the most prone area, especially throughout Tornado Alley.

Proper planing could save your Business

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner in the Midland or Gladwin county area SERVPRO has a great emergency plan for you.  Getting prepared for what could happen has never been easier.

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 

Call Us Today To Get Started! (989)835-5015

 

State police encourage severe storm readiness this spring

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

This is a very familiar sight here in Midland. So advanced preparation can limit your damages

Michigan State Police is encouraging residents to be ready for severe weather, with a nod to last summer’s flooding as a big reason for preparation.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed April 8 to 14 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

“Severe Weather Awareness Week is the time of year to learn what to do before, during and after severe weather occurs,” Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the state police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, stated in a media release. “In Michigan, severe weather can include flooding, thunderstorms and tornadoes. By taking the initiative to learn about possible hazards and what to do until help arrives, you and your family will be better prepared when an emergency or disaster happens.”

 

Spring and summer frequently bring fast-changing weather conditions that increase the potential for severe weather. Steps to keep residents safe and minimize damage that can be taken before severe weather strikes include understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency supply kit, making an emergency plan and creating an emergency contact list.

Midland County was among those struck by flooding on June 23 after a series of thunderstorms poured torrential rains on the area.

All in all, the Tittabawassee River crested at 32.15 feet by 7:13 p.m. Saturday, June 24 — the second highest crest in history, according to National Weather Service records. It was surpassed only by the 33.89-foot crest during the flood of 1986.

 

The floodwaters left many residents across the city and county awestruck and recovering from damage including flooded homes, washed out roads and bridges, and destruction at landmarks like the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. Bay, Gladwin and Isabella counties also suffered damage from the flooding.

The magnitude of the damage was severe enough to result in a federal disaster declaration and two disaster case managers were hired to work through the Great Lakes Bay Region Long Term Disaster Recovery Group in October to assist local residents dealing with long-term effects.

9 Ways To Prevent Shower Mold

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Cracked caulk let water behind this shower enclosure leading to big problems

3 tips to make sure your rental home is safe from carbon monoxide and fire

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Remember safety first when traveling
The death of a family of four from Iowa at a property in Mexico has illustrated the potentially lethal hazards when renting a home or condominium for vacation.

Authorities say Kevin and Amy Sharp and their two children were found dead on March 23 after they inhaled a toxic gas in their vacation rental in Tulum.

 So how do you know if a vacation rental property is safe for your family?

TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen spoke with an expert who provided three things you should do the moment you first arrive at your vacation rental in order to protect your family

Experts believe the toxic gas that killed the Sharp family was most likely carbon monoxide, which is tasteless, odorless and invisible.

Dave Hamilton with the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in New Jersey noted to Rossen how it's not possible to tell that a hot water heater is leaking gas even by standing right next to it. So there is a crucial item to bring on vacation - a carbon monoxide detector.

Hamilton suggests mounting a battery-operated or plug-in carbon monoxide detector, which can be purchased for under $30, right outside the room that contains the furnace and water heater. Those are usually the common generation points for carbon monoxide.

In many popular vacation destinations in foreign countries, carbon monoxide detectors are not necessarily required by law.

 "One of the best things you can do is take one, and put it in your suitcase,'' Hamilton told Rossen. "Travel with it. They're going to protect you."

Another potential danger in vacation rentals is fire, as you would have no idea if the home you rented is up to code.

Hamilton suggests immediately learning where the fire extinguisher in the rental is located and double-checking so that you know how to get to it quickly in case of an emergency.

Hamilton's third tip is making sure you know where all the exits to the home are located so that you have a fire escape plan.

"Not just the front door, you need to know where the secondary exits are,'' he said. "For example, there's a doorway hidden behind this curtain and there's also another doorway half way down the stairs that you would not be able to find in thick black smoke."

Three simple steps - bringing carbon monoxide detector, locating the fire extinguisher and knowing all the exits - can make sure your family can fully relax on vacation.

Mold can be a big problem in your Gladwin county home.

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold that is left unchecked can contaminate an entire house

The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.

Here are some great ways to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.

1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant. Do an audit of your home: where are the problem areas? Does the basement flood? Do you notice frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. Or it may be a matter of major excavation and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address the problem now. It might cost some money up front, but it will surely be more costly down the road if mold continues to grow unchecked.

2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Seepage into the basement after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you've experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can't be completely dried. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don't leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Hang them to dry — preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.

3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Vent appliances that produce moisture — clothes dryers, stoves — to the outside (not the attic). Use AC units and dehumidifiers (especially in humid climates), but make sure they don’t produce moisture themselves by checking them periodically and cleaning them as directed by the manufacturer. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.

4. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture (for example, turn off a humidifier if water appears on the inside of nearby windows).

5. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

6. Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

7. Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

8. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house. Instead of getting rid of your plants, try adding a bit of Taheebo tea to the water you give to your houseplants. The oil of this tree, which withstands fungi even in rain forests, helps hinder mold growth in plant soil and can be found at natural food stores.

Finally, educate yourself on your region's climate — be it the cold and wet Northeast, the hot and wet South, the hot and dry Southwest, or the cold and dry West — and how it responds to moisture. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step.  

  If you see any type of mold in your home call us @ (989)835-5015 for a free inspection. 

Do you know who to call if your basement Floods

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's on site equipment trailer here to support franchises during a storm event.

In June of 2017 Midland county experienced extreme flooding worse than it has in 100 years.  This left a lot of its residents scrambling to find a solution to dry out there homes.  Calling several restoration company's,Carpet cleaners or handyman services to look for help only to find everyone was too busy. 

 During this time the SERVPRO disaster recovery team was already called into action. Bringing the knowledge and experience of over 1700 franchises to the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Within 48 hours Franchises from all over the country were Here to Help.  

So it does not matter if the water damage is confined to one room of your basement or flooded a several floor of an office building we are always ready to answer your phone call.  

Severe weather awareness week is April 8th - April 14th

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

The weather in Michigan can change quickly. Being prepared could save your life

If weather causes a problem in your home give SERVPRO a call. We are here to help.

Tornadoes, lightning, floods, rip currents and early season heat - spring is three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared. It roars in like a lion, rampaging across the United States throughout March, April and May.  And there’s one hazard that can strike the coasts at any time: tsunamis.


Spring hazards include:


    • Severe Weather
    • Tornadoes
    • Floods
    • Lightning
    • Tsunamis
    • Rip Currents/Beach Hazards
    • Heat


Nobody knows the hazards of this dynamic season more than NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS). We ask that you get weather-ready for spring with just a few simple steps:



    1. Know Your Risk


Check weather.gov every morning. It is a simple action that will ensure that you’re ready for the day’s weather. Don’t leave home without knowing the forecast.



    1. Take Action!


Assemble an emergency supplies kit with 72 hours worth of food and water. In an emergency (such as after a tornado or some other hazard event), you may be stuck at home without electricity for three days or more. Make sure that you’re prepared. Also, ensure that everyone in your life knows how to stay in touch with an emergency communication plan. This plan lists meeting places and alternate ways of communicating in case of emergency.



    1. Be A Force of Nature


Inspire others by sharing your weather-ready story on social media with the hashtag #SpringSafety. It can be a simple as posting a photo of your emergency supplies kit or letting your friends know how to reach you during an emergency. Together, we can build a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is ready for any extreme weather, water, or climate event.



For more information head over to the  National Weather Service Website

Is it mold or mildew in your Midland home?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold will grow anywhere in the right conditions.

Many people commonly refer to various building molds as “mildew", and numerous mold cleanup products use the words “mildew” or “mildewcide” in their name and instructions. With most people, interchanging the two words isn’t a big deal. But if you regard yourself as a mold remediation expert, then you might consider be-ing more conscious of your phrasing.

Mold is a distinct species and genus within the fungi family. (Did you flashback to biology class?) It’s one of the main decomposition methods that nature utilizes. Molds or fungus feed upon dead and decaying organic matter, and so they enhance the decaying processes of nature on fallen trees, plants, dead animals, leaves, etc. Without life forms like mold, we’d be buried under piles of dead stuff. So that’s great. But problems arise because mold doesn’t know the different between dead trees in the forest and a wet wall stud in a home. And since mold spores are always floating around, they easily find what they need to grow and reproduce; food, moisture, and darkness. 

Mold can also grow on many nonporous materials such as concrete and brick. And with the right temperature, moisture and food, mold will grow most anywhere. A rolling stone may gather no moss, but one sitting still sure can. Although it's more prevalent and grows more quickly on porous surfaces like drywall and wood (because there's more food), over time even a large area of concrete or brick can be covered by it. This is especially true in high humidity when the temperature between the surface and the air are slightly different. 

Mildew is likewise a segment of the fungi family, but a different genus. In fact, mycologists regard it a parasite because it feeds only on living plants. They’re divided into two sub-groups: 

  1. Oidium-Erysiphe, familiarly named Powdery Mildew
  2. Peronosporaceae, familiarly named Downy Mildew

These take the form of a white or gray powdery or splotchy deposit on plant leaves and stems, and are often caused by poor air circulation within or around the plant, and dampness or high humidity. And that’s an important distinction because most buildings will never have a mildew infestation unless they're growing a ton of plants inside. But since the majority don’t, mildew is rarely an issue with indoor contamination. 

Many times, the term mildew will be used generically to refer to mold growth that has a flat growth tendency. In other words, it doesn't grow roots and thus it's non-destructive and easily scrubbed away. It, too, will grow anywhere there's enough moisture, such as bathroom sinks and showers, basement walls, or fabrics.

For these reasons, a mold expert or a home inspector should never lump mold and mildew together or say that they’ve found mildew growing in or on a building. Although the average customer wouldn't know any difference, some might, and you don’t want to end up saying anything that could damage your reputation.

How often should you clean everything?

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your house clean and organized helps promote stress free living.

Here is a brief list of how often you should clean things in an around your house.

EVERY DAY

  • Make beds
  • Sweep floors
  • Clean Dirty dishes
  • Wipe down tables and countertops
  • Clean Coffee maker
  • Wipe down bathroom surfaces
  • Sanitize sinks

EVERY WEEK

  • Mop Kitchen and bathroom floors
  • Scrub bathroom surfaces with cleaners
  • Clean mirrors
  • Dust furniture
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery (twice a week if you have pets)
  • Change bedding
  • Toss expired food  
  • Wipe down appliances
  • Clean inside of microwave
  • Sanitize Sponges

EVERY MONTH

  • Vacuum vents and woodwork
  • Dust and clean Light fixtures
  • Dust blinds
  • Clean your dishwasher, washing machine and vacuum cleaner

EVERY 3-6 MONTHS

  • Wipe down inside of refrigerator
  • Clean range hood
  • Wash or Change shower curtain liner
  • Clean under and behind furniture
  • Clean patio/Deck surfaces and furnishings
  • Wash pillows and comforters 
  • Vacuum Mattresses
  • Descale coffee maker & tea kettle
  • Freshen drains & Garbage disposal
  • Clean inside oven
  • Clean out freezer

EVERY YEAR

  • Clean Fireplace & Chimney
  • Deep clean carpets and upholstery
  • Deep clean windows
  • Clean around dryer and vent
  • Clean drapery's and curtains
  • Clean gutters
  • Clean dirt and debris from sump pump crock
  • Clean out storage areas and donate or discard any items that have not been used all year.

By following this list you can keep your house neat and tidy all year long.  But remember if any of these things are too large for you to handle SERVPRO of Midland & Gladwin counties will come and help out, Just give us a call (989)835-5015

Being prepared can save your life!

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

A snow storm can hit fast and become very dangerous if your not prepared for it.

Here are some tips from the ready.gov website on what to do before extreme cold weather and snow hit

  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Prepare your home:
    • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
    • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
    • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
    • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
    • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
    • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
    • Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
      • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
      • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace
  • Prepare your vehicle:
    • Fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
    • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
  • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
  • People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
  • Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
  • Plan to bring pets inside.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.
  • Fill a gallon container with water and place them in the freezer to help keep food cold.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the National Weather Service for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.

Duct cleaning is a great way to maintain the air quality of your business

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

If your ducts look like this they need a good cleaning.

What is duct cleaning? High-pressure air washing uses pressurized air blown through the air ducts. An industrial vacuum is attached to the furnace, and all of the air register vents in the home or business are covered. Once all the air ducts have been blown clear, another air wand is fed into the end of the hot and cold air supply lines. This agitates the dust and debris and it is then drawn backward into the vacuum.By doing this we remove the dust and allergens from the duct system to leave you breathing fresh clean air. Keeping your ducts clean is a great way to improve the air quality in your business and should be done at least once a year.

Call (989)835-5015 today to set up your appointment.

Commercial carpet cleaning will make your carpet last longer

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Let our talented technicians take care of your dirty carpets.

Keeping your carpets clean will prolong it life.  Business see a lot of foot traffic and with that comes dirt and debris. Here are a few things that can be done to help. 

  • Using mats on the outside of doors and rugs on the inside can help reduce what is tracked inside .
  • Keep sidewalks areas swept free of dirt, leaves and grass clippings.
  • Vacuum high traffic areas on a daily basis and all other areas as needed but at least every 2-3 days.
  •  Have a specific plan in place for spills or spots when they happen.
  • Have traffic areas professionally cleaned at least once a month and all other areas every 3 months.  

Doing these things will help you keep your carpets looking great, your business running smoothly and your clients or customers happy.

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties today to set up an appointment (989)835-5015

Here are some reasons to not use Bleach to clean mold.

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold spreads very quickly if left untreated.
  

So, you want to kill mold? Don’t use bleach!

Usually, when most homeowners notice mold, they get out the bottle of bleach thinking a few sprays will solve the problem.
It’s no wonder.
Some of the most popular blogs continue to perpetuate the myth that spraying bleach will take care of your mold problem.
Even information on The Center For Disease Control (CDC) website still suggests using bleach to kill mold.

The truth is, using chlorine bleach to kill mold is probably one of the worst things you can do.

As a matter of fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their guide as well, removing the suggestion to use bleach to kill mold.

The problem is, it’s true that bleach can kill some mold in some places some of the time.  But, bleach only works to remove mold on hard, impermeable surfaces like bathtub and shower surrounds or tiles. However, on porous surfaces like drywall or hardwood floors, it won’t work to kill mold or keep it from coming back.

Why?

Because mold spreads its roots (called mycelia and hyphae) deep into porous surfaces.
Simply spraying a bleach solution on the surface won’t kill mold spores at their roots.

So, here are 9 Reasons Why you should NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold

  • 1. First, bleach encourages toxic mold growth on porous surfaces because it provides excess moisture.

    Bleach contains about 90% water. When you apply bleach to a surface, the chlorine quickly evaporates leaving behind a lot of water. Then, when the water soaks into porous surfaces like wood, it encourages mold growth. So, bleach can actually make your mold problem worse.

  • 2. Bleach only removes the color from mold.

    After you spray bleach, only the surface appears clean. But the problem is, the mold’s roots, or hyphae, continue to grow.

  • 3. The EPA and OSHA specifically advise against using bleach for mold remediation.

  • 4. Chlorine bleach is extremely harmful to surfaces.

    For example, when you use bleach is on wood, it starts to weaken it by breaking the fibers. When you spray bleach on metal, it starts to corrode it almost immediately. Thus, using bleach to kill mold creates problems with the structural integrity of a home.

  • 5. Bleach is extremely corrosive.

    When you spray bleach and it evaporates, it releases chlorine gas. It irritates and eventually causes damage to the skin, lungs, and eyes.

  • 6. The corrosive nature of bleach is even worse when it’s mixed.

    Bleach should never be mixed with acids, because it causes dangerous fumes.
    Remember: Mixing cleaning compounds containing ammonia with bleach and ammonia produces deadly gasses that can kill with just a few breaths.

  • 7. Bleach doesn’t work as a sanitizing agent when it’s mixed with organic material.

    To be a successful sanitizer, bleach has to be used on clean materials and surfaces. That’s why bleach products get used in the laundry after the wash cycle. Light and heat compromise the sanitizing properties of bleach. Despite the fact that the chlorine odor lingers for a while after you use it, bleach loses strength so quickly it doesn’t have a residual effect. That is, it doesn’t prevent future bacterial or fungal growth.

  • 8. Most bleach products are not registered with the EPA to be used as antimicrobial agents.

  • 9. And last, but not least, you don’t want to use bleach to kill mold because there are many antimicrobial alternatives readily available.

    These antimicrobial agents are registered with the EPA specifically for killing mold. Some are formulated to be friendly to the environment, your family and your pets. In addition, they are cost effective, easy to use, and, they have a true residual effect. That means they actually prevent bacteria and mold from regrowing.

Finding mold in your home or commercial property can be scary. Call SERVPRO of Midland /Gladwin Counties today to set up an inspection.

SERVPRO Storm team acted quickly during the June Flooding

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

When Flooding hits SERVPRO Storm Team is ready!

During the recent rainstorms and flooding in Midland and Gladwin Counties SERVPRO activated the Storm team.  There were franchises in town from as far away as California and Texas.  Our Franchise took calls and dispatched them to our corporate offices who then in turn sent them out to franchises working in the area.  This way people got service within days of the flooding instead of weeks after.  

We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.  This makes us so much more capable than a small local restoration company.  We can have additional equipment and resources available very quickly.  

The Dangers of Snow.

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Be safe out there this winter.

With winter quickly approaching SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties would like to remind everyone of some of the dangers of snow.  

  • Accumulating snow can make driving motor vehicles very hazardous.
  • Visibility is reduced by falling snow and this is further exacerbated by strong winds creating whiteout conditions.
  • Heavy snowfall can immobilize a vehicle entirely, which may be deadly depending on how long it takes rescue crews to arrive. The clogging of a vehicle's tailpipe by snow may lead to carbon monoxide buildup inside the cabin
  • Snow buildup can weigh down a roof and cause trusses to cave in.
  • Snow piling up outside the house can block dryer vents or even some furnace exhaust vents causing dangerous fumes to enter your home.
  • Ice dams forming along the roof can create a backup of water to be forced up under your shingles.

So be safe out there this winter and if any of these thing happen to your home call us at (989)835-5015 and we will send a crew right over.

Boarding up a commercial building will help protect your business.

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO at (989)835-5015

When the phone rings at 2 o'clock in the morning and the voice on the other end tells you the front door of your Midland,Mi business is smashed out what are you gonna do? First of all it is the middle of the night and no stores are open to buy wood to board it up.  Second if you had the lumber who would come and board it up for you.  It is much easier to just call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties.  We can send out a crew even in the middle of the night to clean up the mess and secure the building.  We can even send the bill directly to your insurance company.  So remember when disaster strikes, even in the middle of the night, we are "Here to Help"

Bathrooms can be a huge source of mold

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

A little leak led to a big mold problem.

We go to several jobs a year that are caused by people not maintaining their shower enclosure.  By allowing the caulk to shrink and crack it allows water to penetrate into the drywall behind it. Usually its such a small amount at a time you don't even notice it but once this happens mold is not far behind.  The drywall wont dry up on its own and the moisture will wick throughout the whole wall creating a huge problem.  

Tile showers have the same problem be sure to have any missing tiles replaced and any cracked grout repaired.  

Leaking toilet or sink supply lines should be repaired immediately also.  A small drip can cause a large amount of damage.  

So if you think you have any of these issues call us @(989)835-5015 and we can send one of our experienced technicians over to take a look.

Fire prevention week is October 8th to the 14th.

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

If you do have a fire call SERVPRO of Midland /Gladwin Counties for all your Cleanup and Restoration needs.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

It is also recommended to replace smoke alarms every five years.  Find more info here http://www.redcross.org/mo2g

A better emergency plan for your business

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

By working with SERVPRO® of Midland / Gladwin Counties to develop your personalized Emergency READYProfile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call us at (989) 835-5015 Today for a No Cost Assessment 
of Your Facility!

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,” 

Cleaning up after a fire is a dirty job....

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO no matter how small the fire is.

...But as the saying goes someone has to do it.  SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is up to the task.   Making your home livable again is a big job even after the smallest fire.  Every single thing in the house has to be inspected before it should be used.  

Clothing and linen items should be professionally laundered to remove the soot or as one of our customers referred to it "that camp fire smell"

Soot can damage circuit boards so any electronics should be sent out and cleaned.  

Any food items that are in a house fire should not be eaten.

All carpet and upholstery should be cleaned if possible. Sometimes the damage is beyond cleaning and needs to be replaced.  

Our highly trained technicians could make that assessment during the initial walk through.

Here are some tips about the different types of Fire extinguishers

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Soot webs that appear after a fire

There are 5 main fire extinguisher types – Water, Foam, Dry Powder, CO2 and Wet Chemical. You should have the right types of fire extinguisher for your premises, or you may not meet current regulations.

The various types of fire extinguisher put out fires started with different types of fuel – these are called ‘classes’ of fire.  The fire risk from the different classes of fire in your business premises will determine which fire extinguisher types you need.

Whilst there are 5 main types of fire extinguisher, there are different versions of both the Water and Dry Powder extinguishers, meaning there are a total of 8 fire extinguisher types to choose from.  The 8 types of fire extinguisher are:

– Water
– Water Mist
– Water Spray
– Foam
– Dry Powder – Standard
– Dry Powder – Specialist
– Carbon Dioxide (‘CO2’)
– Wet Chemical

There is no one extinguisher type which works on all classes of fire.

Below is a summary of the classes of fire, and a quick reference chart showing which types of extinguisher should be used on each.  We then provide a detailed explanation of each type of fire extinguisher below.

The classes of fire

There are six classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F.

 –    Class A fires – combustible materials: caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, and fabric
 –    Class B fires – flammable liquids: such as petrol, turpentine or paint
 –    Class C fires – flammable gases: like hydrogen, butane or methane
 –    Class D fires – combustible metals: chemicals such as magnesium, aluminum or potassium
 –    Electrical fires – electrical equipment: once the electrical item is removed, the fire changes class
 –    Class F fires – cooking oils: typically a chip-pan fire

 

Types of fire extinguisher – a detailed guide

Water Extinguishers

Overview:
Water extinguishers are the most common fire extinguisher type for class A fire risk. Most premises will require either water or foam extinguishers.

Label Colour:
– Bright Red

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal

Do not use for:
– Fires involving electrical equipment
– Kitchen fires
– Flammable gas and liquids

How water extinguishers work:
The water has a cooling effect on the fuel, causing it to burn much more slowly until the flames are eventually extinguished.

Types of premises/business who may need water extinguishers:
– Buildings constructed of wood or other organic materials
– Premises where there are organic materials to be found such as:
o Offices
o Schools
o Hospitals
o Residential properties
o Warehouses

In fact most buildings need either water or foam extinguishers.

Where to locate water extinguishers:
– By the exits on a floor where a Class A fire risk has been identified

Water spray extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Water spray extinguishers are equipped with a spray nozzle, rather than a jet nozzle, meaning a greater surface area can be covered more quickly and the fire put out more rapidly.

Water mist extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Water mist extinguishers have a different type of nozzle again which releases microscopic water particles. These particles ‘suffocate’ the fire and also create a wall of mist between the fire and the person using the extinguisher, reducing the feeling of heat.

Foam Extinguishers

Overview:
Foam extinguishers are most common type of fire extinguisher for Class B fires, but also work on Class A fires as they are water-based.

Label Colour:
– Cream

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal
Plus:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol

Do not use for:
– Kitchen fires
– Fires involving electrical equipment
– Flammable metals

How foam extinguishers work:
As with water extinguishers, foam extinguishers have a cooling effect on the fuel. On burning liquids, the foaming agent creates a barrier between the flame and the fuel, extinguishing the fire.

Types of premises/business who may need Foam extinguishers:
– Buildings constructed of wood or other organic materials
– Premises where there are organic materials to be found such as:
o Offices
o Schools
o Hospitals
o Residential properties
o Warehouses
– Buildings where flammable liquids are stored

In fact most buildings need either water or foam extinguishers

Where to locate foam extinguishers:
– By the exits on a floor where a Class A or Class B fire risk has been identified

Dry Powder Extinguishers

Overview:
Standard dry powder extinguishers are also called ‘ABC’ extinguishers because they tackle class A, B and C fires, however they are not recommended for use in enclosed spaces. This is because the powder can be easily inhaled, and also the residue is very difficult to clean up after. ABC powder extinguishers can also be used on some electrical fires. Specialist dry powder extinguishers are used for flammable metals.

Label Colour:
– Blue

Use for:
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal
Plus:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol
Plus:
– Flammable gases, like liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and acetylene
Plus:
– Fires involving electrical equipment up to 1000v

Specialist dry powder extinguishers are only used on flammable metals, such as titanium and magnesium.

Do not use for:
– Fires involving cooking oil
– Fires involving electrical equipment over 1000v
– or in enclosed spaces, such as offices or residential properties

How dry powder extinguishers work:
Dry powder extinguishers smother fires by forming a barrier between the fuel and the source of oxygen.

Types of premises/business who may need Dry Powder extinguishers:
– Businesses using flammable gases for chemical processes
– Premises where welding and flame cutting takes place
– Garage forecourts
– Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) dispensing plants
– Premises with large, commercial boiler rooms

Where to locate Dry Powder extinguishers:
– Place dry powder extinguishers near to the source of the fire risk.

Specialist Dry Powder extinguishers – what’s the difference?:
Specialist dry powder extinguishers work in the same way as standard dry powder extinguishers but are for use with flammable metals only. There are 2 types of specialist dry powder extinguishers – ‘L2’ which only tackles lithium fires, and ‘M28’, for all other flammable metal fires.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extinguishers

Overview:
CO2 extinguishers are predominantly used for electrical fire risks and are usually the main fire extinguisher type provided in computer server rooms. They also put out Class B fires (flammable liquids, such as paint and petroleum).

Label Colour:
– Black

Use for:
– Flammable liquids, like paint and petrol
– Electrical fires

Do not use for:
– Kitchen fires – especially chip-pan fires
– Combustible materials like paper, wood or textiles
– Flammable metals

How CO2 extinguishers work:
CO2 extinguishers suffocate fires by displacing the oxygen the fire needs to burn.

Types of premises/business who may need CO2 extinguishers:
– Premises with electrical equipment, such as:
o Offices
o Kitchens
o Construction sites
o Server rooms

All work vehicles should also carry a smaller 2kg CO2 extinguisher.

Where to locate CO2 extinguishers:
– Place near to the source of the fire risk and/or near the fire exits.

Wet Chemical Extinguishers

Overview:
Wet chemical extinguishers are designed for use on Class F fires, involving cooking oils and fats.  They can also be used on Class A fires although it is more usual to have a foam or water extinguisher for this type of fire risk.

Label Colour:
– Yellow

Use for:
– Cooking oil/fat fires
– Organic materials such as:
o Paper and cardboard
o Fabrics and textiles
o Wood and coal

Do not use for:
– Flammable liquid or gas fires
– Electrical fires
– Flammable metals

How wet chemical extinguishers work:
Wet chemical extinguishers create a layer of foam on the surface of the burning oil or fat, preventing oxygen from fuelling the fire any further. The spray also has a cooling effect.

Types of premises/business who may need CO2 extinguishers:
– Commercial kitchens
– Canteens

Where to locate CO2 extinguishers:
– Place near to the source of the fire risk.

Remember safety first.  Always have a safe escape route planned and get out before its too late.

My Gladwin county business flooded, can you help?

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

If your office floods what would you do?

Yes we can.  We understand how important it is for you and your employees to be able to get back to work and can get started as soon as you call.  No matter how big or small the job is SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin can help and if you are a franchise or chain we may be on your preferred vendor list.

In the event of a large loss we have a national network of over 1,700 franchises we can call on to help out.  We can access the damage and put together an immediate plan to minimize further damages.  Restoring what is salvageable vs. replacing to minimize costs, organizing packout and moving contents to a dry, safe location and getting documents prepared for drying are just a few things we can do to help out.

Contact us at (989)835-5015 

It's not that wet I can dry it myself.....Wrong!

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties at (989)835-5015

If you see water on your floor and feel wet carpet in just a small area of a room the damage can go way further than you can see.  Water can travel under walls and through floors.  Carpet pad is like a giant sponge that draws water several feet past the initial area that looks or feels wet.  SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties has several pieces of specialized equipment to find even the smallest amount of moisture.  We can check through flooring and inside walls to make sure we are drying everything that is wet.  

Once we find and remove all of the wet materials we use commercial air movers commonly referred to as fans and dehumidifiers to remove all the moisture and humidity.  So if you find a wet area in your home call SERVPRO first to make sure it is dried properly.

Sump Pump maintenance is often overlooked by homeowners

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

This is not just a hole in your floor that you can forget about.

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.

If your sump pump does fail  Call (989)835-5015 and a crew from SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties will come out and dry your basement and any other areas that are wet.  

Here are some common places Mold can appear in your home.

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold spreads quickly if left untreated.

The Smith’s didn’t notice the mold and mildew smell in their home until they came home from vacation.

“What’s that smell?” John asked.
“Mildew. Maybe mold. Maybe I left some clothes in the washer,” Kathy said.

After an hour-long search, the couple couldn’t find a leak. So they called John’s brother David — a plumber. He came right over.

“The number one rule for checking for mold and mildew?” David said, “If it uses water, chances are it’s going to leak.”

These are 10 places many homeowners overlook when checking for mold:

Dishwasher


Unless a dishwasher stops working or needs replacing or servicing, most of us don’t think about it as a potential source for mold. There are two connections under each dishwasher that have the potential for mold and mildew to get started–the water supply and the discharge connection. The water supply needs to be lubricated with the right sealant and properly tightened  periodically. The discharge connection involves a rubber hose and clamp, and installing the hose before the dishwasher is installed ensures it is done properly. Hoses wear out over time. If you’re buying an older house, it doesn’t hurt to check the dishwasher connections — especially if there’s an odd smell when you open the door.

Icemaker Connections


Refrigerators often get moved, either for cleaning or other projects. This can weaken or break the water line connection to the ice maker, causing leaks behind the refrigerator.

“It seems like a simple job, so in the real world the plumbing contractor doesn’t install the water line, another contractor does,” Hoffman said. “The connection is a compression fitting and it must be installed properly to ensure there are no leaks.”

Washing Machine Connections

When installing a washing machine, always install a brand new washing machine hose, using the rubber washers the manufacturer recommends. Also, use Teflon tape and make sure to tighten the connection with vice grips so there are no drips or leaks. After all, it doesn’t take many drips to create an environment for mold.

Hot Water Heater


“Many states have laws regarding the installation of hot water heaters, and most of them involve overflow pans that are piped to drain outside the house. The pan must be tilted ¼ inch to ensure the water does drain. Newer heaters with quick connect connectors should be properly lubricated and tightened so the shut-off valve doesn’t leak,” Hoffman said.

Plastic P-Traps

Under every sink in your home is a “P-Trap,” almost always made of PVC pipe, which expands, and contracts. This process eventually loosens the connection and allows water to leak onto the base of the cabinet. If you look under sinks in every room you’ll easily spot the stains and discoloration commonly caused by leaking P-Traps. Use Teflon tape to seal every P-Trap and check them periodically, tightening them by hand to ensure their connections don’t loosen and leak. Over tightening PVC can cause it to crack, so be careful.

Toilet Connections

“I’m amazed at how many steps the DIY home improvement shows leave out when they explain about how to install a toilet,” Hoffman said. “The base of the toilet is where most mold grows. Toilets should be installed with a horned wax ring, and then the base of the toilet grouted in with tile grout,” he said. “The grout serves as a filler between the bowl and the floor to keep the bowl from rocking. Rocking bowls are the number one reason for the wax ring being compromised, which then allows mold to get a foothold.”

Shower Doors

Shower doors should probably be installed by plumbing contractors, Hoffman said. “They know how to keep them from leaking.” Mold growing at the base of the tub may be from leaking or improperly installed shower doors. Shower doors need caulking on all three rails — the two side rails as well as the bottom rail.

Tub

A properly caulked tub isn’t just nicer looking. It keeps water and moisture from dripping down under the tub and causing mold issues. Slab floors can create more problems — especially if installed by a DIY’er. The hole(s) in concrete slabs under tubs should be filled with a liquid tar, or expandable foam insulation to ensure moisture does not wick up from the ground through the slab.

Exterior Hose Bib

If you have a home, you have an exterior hose bib — a place where the water connection sticks out from the house. If you’ve used a hose, you know a poor connection or missing rubber washer, or loose hose can result in water spraying the house. This uncontrolled spray allows water to enter the space between the sidings, or into the wall, leading to mold growth. Make sure all holes, gaps and areas around every outdoor water connection are properly caulked and sealed.

Outdoor Water Sprinklers

Siding is engineered to shed rain falling down, not sprinklers shooting water up. Make sure your sprinklers are well away from the house when turned on. If you have children or teens that are watering the yard or garden, make sure they know not to spray the house with the hose. If power washing your home, hire a professional, or take care that water is not forced up under the siding as you wash.

As a homeowner, if you take the appropriate precautions and are vigilant about upkeep, you should be able to avoid mold, or catch it at it’s outset. While mold can be a huge problem in homes, even causing health issues, it is easily preventable.

Any mold issues should be handled by trained professionals so if you suspect you have a problem call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties. @(989)835-5015

Flooded basement? We can help!

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

We can get your home dried out quickly reducing the risk of secondary damage

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Midland and Gladwin county basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (989)835-5015

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (989)835-5015

Who would you call If your Midland, MI basement floods?

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

When your basement floods let us handle it for you.

We are always ready to answer the call when you have water in your basement.  Getting started as soon as possible can minimize secondary damage and save money.  If the cause is known and repairs have been made we can start right away.  We can begin by getting the remaining water out and drying the structure.  At this time we would begin any demolition that needed to be done.  All wet carpet pad would be removed along with any dry wall or paneling.  Basically everything that was wet would be stripped down to the structure.  When the tear out is complete we bring in large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it all up.  It usually takes a minimum of three days for drying.  Once it is dry repairs can start immediately. 

If your Beaverton business floods we are here for you.

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

You cannot work in a wet office.

Flooding and water damage events at Beaverton, Mi commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Flooding or storms hit Midland SERVPRO is here to help!

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a flooded home we are ready to answer the call.

About Us

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Midland ,MI  we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today(989)835-5015

How to Get Rid of Mice

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mice spread many different dieseases

Mice can be cute and some people – especially children – like to keep one or two as pets. But when mice invade a home uninvited, they are anything but cute!

There’s good reason to evict them as soon as possible. Mice can be dangerous to your health, as they can carry several diseases and transmit them via their urine and feces. Well, not to mention the extensive damage they can do with their sharp teeth.

Being rapid reproducers, their population can grow quickly and soon you will find the tiny animals running here, there and everywhere.To control a mice infestation, some prefer to just hand the problem off to a pest control professional. But that can be an expensive affair that doesn’t fit into everyone’s budget. Plus, they may use chemical-based products that could introduce toxins into your home.

To show the exit door to these disease-carrying rodents, there are many simple and easy tips that you can try on your own.

Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of mice.

1. Deprive Them of Food

Mice enter your home in search of food, and they will stay around as long as food is available. Hence, depriving them of food is one logical way to deal with the uninvited guests.

  • Always store food in airtight containers.
  • Avoid letting dirty dishes sit in the sink, especially overnight.
  • Run the dishwasher daily.
  • Wipe down your kitchen counters after preparing food.
  • Keep your dining table clean and do not allow food crumbs to be left behind.
  • Sweep the kitchen floor daily.
  • Clean up your pet’s food after feeding.
  • Empty all trash cans regularly and keep them tightly covered.
  • Discard old newspapers, magazines and other items that mice may use for bedding.
  • As mice are terrific climbers, do not keep food on top of your countertops or cupboards.

2. Seal All Openings

Another effective way to control the growth of rodents in your house is by sealing off all the small openings and cracks in your home. This way they will not be able to enter your house.

For this method to work, finding their entry points is crucial. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to seal them.

As mice can fit through even a small gap, you need to be extra careful to seal any holes found under doors, under the skirting board, in the floorboards and in brickwork. Even the gap around the plumbing in your cupboard under the sink needs to be taken care of.

If an opening is too big to seal, stuff steel wool in the hole. Mice cannot chew through it. You can also use expanding foam, copper mesh or caulk powder.

3. Relocate Them Using Humane Mouse Traps

Humane or live mouse traps are one of the best ways to catch roaming mice in your premises. These traps catch and hold live mice, and they are not as inhumane as snap traps and glue traps that kill the mice.

To lure the mice to enter the traps, you can use a dab of peanut butter, chocolate or something else you know they like. Once caught, you need to release them in the woods or in a field far away from your home.

You can even make your own traps with spare wood or pliable metal that you can join together to make a box that can encage a mouse.

4. Push Them Away with Peppermint Oil

You can use peppermint oil to get rid of mice. Mice are very sensitive to smells, and they find the smell of peppermint oil very overwhelming and offensive.

Also, it is safe for use around humans and animals.

  1. Put peppermint oil on several cotton balls.
  2. Lay the cotton balls strategically around your home.
  3. Change them every few days, whenever you notice the smell is fading.

Make sure that the peppermint oil you use is labeled as 100% pure.

5. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper works as a great non-poisonous solution to deter pests like mice, squirrels, ants and other bugs. This is because most pests do not like its strong smell.

Simply sprinkle cayenne pepper or scatter pepper flakes in areas where you want to repel mice. Do this a few times a week.

Note: Do not use this remedy if you have house pets.

6. Use Kitty Litter

Mice fear cats because they are their natural predators. The smell of kitty litter is enough to drive the mice away.

You can place tubs of kitty litter near the entrance of your home or around the perimeter of your house.

If you are averse to finding kitty litter or do not have a cat in your home, you can use ammonia.

Use ammonia to clean your house, especially around the areas where you find mice. The strong smell of ammonia will not only keep the mice away, but ammonia is also an excellent cleaner to get rid of mice dropping and its smell.

Alternatively, you can place a few bowls filled with ammonia in the areas where you find rodents.

 

7. Get a Pet

If you have a cat, then your work is half done. Cats or other predatory pets can help chase rodents out of your house. In fact, terrier dog breeds are often trained for pest control.

Pets that spend time outdoors love to hunt for their own food and may track down that mouse you’ve been wanting to get rid of. Even indoor cats and dogs love to catch mice, and they discourage new mice from moving in.

If you do not have a house pet, it may be a good time to get one.

8. Discourage Them with Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus also works as an effective natural mice repellent.

A 2014 study published in the Scientific World Journal found that eucalyptus oil works as an effective repellent against both male and female house rats with daily application of 5% and 10% eucalyptus oil. Further studies may be conducted to prepare slow-release formulations of the oil, so as to increase its persistence for a longer period of time.

  • Place some eucalyptus leaves in various areas in your house, especially the areas that mice frequent.
  • Another option is to soak cotton balls in pure eucalyptus oil and place them in different corners of the house. Replace them frequently.
 

9. Get an Ultrasonic Repellent Machine

Ultrasonic repellent machines are also an effective method to get rid of rodents. These machines send out small beeps that not only annoy but also scare off mice. These beeps cannot be heard by humans.

However, for an ultrasonic repellent machine to work, you must know where the mice are hiding so you know where to place it.

Do not use these machines if you have other pets in your house, especially cats and dogs. Their hearing is better than humans and the constant beeping may cause them distress.

10. Keep a Clean House

Keeping your house clean will not make it mouse-proof, but a messy house will attract them and permit them to thrive in greater numbers. Hence, a clean house is a small but important step toward your effort to show the rodents the door.

Clean your house regularly and pay particular attention to eliminating places where mice can find shelter and hide.

From the trash can to the storeroom to old piles of newspapers in your garage, you need to keep each and every corner of your house clean and clutter-free. Throw away the things you do not need, instead of storing them in the garage or storeroom.

You must also find a place to dispose of your garbage that is not near your house.

 However if you do find yourself with an infestation SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties can Help.  We have several procedures for removing the mess left behind once your exterminator get rid of the mice.

Call (989)835-5015.

 

Here are 8 solutions to alleviate spring allergies

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

We can handle all of your duct cleaning needs. Call for a quote today.

 

1. Change air filters every 30 days during peak usage months.

Clogged air filters cause your air conditioner to work harder — increasing the risk of a breakdown, shortening its useful life, and raising your energy bills. They also contribute to poor indoor air quality. Dust and debris that is normally filtered out of your air is recirculated. Pet hair, household chemicals, paint, and even carpet and furniture can contaminate your air as well. When your air filtration system isn’t working properly, the negative effects of these irritants is compounded. Poor indoor air quality can lead to allergies, asthma and other respiratory illnesses that can seriously jeopardize your health. Change your filter once a month and you and your family will breathe easier.

2. Clean hard and carpeted floor surfaces often and shake out or vacuum door mats.

You can ease the burden on your HVAC system and help your air stay cleaner by eliminating some of the dirt, dust and debris that gets into your home. Regular dusting and vacuuming reduces harmful allergens, dust and mites. Look for a vacuum that uses HEPA filters.

3. Check the seals in all windows and doors, and re-seal where necessary.

As you take steps to protect your indoor air quality, this will keep dust, pollen and other pollutants from getting into your home.

4. Use a humidifier  to balance humidity levels.

Humidity (the amount of water vapor in the air) varies by location, climate and time of year. High humidity contributes to the growth of mold and bacteria. Low humidity (overly dry air) contributes to dry, itchy skin, throat and nasal passages and can make you more susceptible to colds and flu. The level of humidity in your home is largely a personal preference and can be balanced with the use of a humidifier.

5. Install a whole-house air cleaner.

A whole-house air cleaner works with your HVAC system but goes beyond your HVAC air filters to remove contaminants from your air. Air cleaners trap particles as small as a human hair and work 24/7. They also prevent dust from building up, so you don’t have to clean as often.

6. Have your air ducts cleaned.

Dust and dirt (among other nasty things) can get trapped in your air ducts and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Have your ducts cleaned to prevent those particles from re-entering your living space.

7. Resist the urge to open doors and windows even on the nicest days!

Opening doors and windows lets in fresh air, but also allergens and dust along with it.

8. Have your home checked by an HVAC technician annually.

Your HVAC technician knows what to look for and can recommend the solutions that are right for your home.

 

Here are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of getting mold in your house

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is very dangerous and should be removed right away

Mold can be a very serious problem and can take over an entire house in a very short time.  Here are a few tips to help greatly reduce your chances of having mold in your home.

Excess moisture is a contributing factor to mold so keeping things dry is important.  Drying the shower or bath tub after use is a good habit to get into.  Also running the exhaust fan while showering to keep humidity levels down.

Basements are another area for concern.  They are usually cool and damp areas where mold can flourish.  Running a dehumidifier that is big enough for the space can reduce the risk by removing moisture from the air.

 It is also a good idea to avoid storing things right against basement walls. Leaving a few inches for air movement will help in drying up any dampness from the walls.

If at any time you do see any mold growth in your home remember it can be very dangerous and should be taken care of by professionals.  Call SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin counties @ (989)835-5015

Who would you call if you had a wet basement?

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

It only takes a small amount of water to cause big damage.

We are always ready to answer the call when you have water in your basement.  Getting started as soon as possible can minimize secondary damage and save money.  If the cause is known and repairs have been made we can start right away.  We can begin by getting the remaining water out and drying the structure.  At this time we would begin any demolition that needed to be done.  All wet carpet pad would be removed along with any dry wall or paneling.  Basically everything that was wet would be stripped down to the structure.  When the tear out is complete we bring in large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it all up.  It usually takes a minimum of three days for drying.  Once it is dry repairs can start immediately. 

Severe weather awareness week is April 16th - April 22nd

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

If weather causes a problem in your home give SERVPRO a call. We are here to help.

Tornadoes, lightning, floods, rip currents and early season heat - spring is three months of danger that can imperil the unprepared. It roars in like a lion, rampaging across the United States throughout March, April and May.  And there’s one hazard that can strike the coasts at any time: tsunamis.


Spring hazards include:



  • Severe Weather/Tornadoes

  • Floods

  • Lightning

  • Tsunamis

  • Rip Currents/Beach Hazards

  • Heat


Nobody knows the hazards of this dynamic season more than NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS). We ask that you get weather-ready for spring with just a few simple steps:



  1. Know Your Risk


Check weather.gov every morning. It is a simple action that will ensure that you’re ready for the day’s weather. Don’t leave home without knowing the forecast.



  1. Take Action!


Assemble an emergency supplies kit with 72 hours worth of food and water. In an emergency (such as after a tornado or some other hazard event), you may be stuck at home without electricity for three days or more. Make sure that you’re prepared. Also, ensure that everyone in your life knows how to stay in touch with an emergency communication plan. This plan lists meeting places and alternate ways of communicating in case of emergency.



  1. Be A Force of Nature


Inspire others by sharing your weather-ready story on social media with the hashtag #SpringSafety. It can be a simple as posting a photo of your emergency supplies kit or letting your friends know how to reach you during an emergency. Together, we can build a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is ready for any extreme weather, water, or climate event.


 


For more information head over to the  National Weather Service Website

If you've seen signs of mold in your Midland,MI home call us

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a wet area in your home mold can grow very quickly.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you see signs of mold or moisture, call us today (989)835-5015

When Storms or Floods hit Midland County, SERVPRO is ready!

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

We are Here to Help

About Us

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Midland ,MI  we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today(989)835-5015

Do you have Mold in your Sanford Mi home.

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Poor air circulation and wet wall will turn into a mold problem very quickly.

If you have a mold problem in your home, be it black mold, green mold, white mold, or any other color, your first step is to pick up the phone and call a mold remediation contractor. These specialists are licensed by the state you live in and educated in the safest, most efficient ways to eliminate mold from your home. Never try to tackle a mold problem by your lonesome. Household mold remediation is a science, not a weekend home improvement project. Failure to call in the pros not only reduces your chances of getting rid of the mold, but it puts your health at risk, as well. While not cheap, these services are well worth the cost considering the health risks.

You Can’t Remove Mold until You’ve Fixed Your Moisture Problem.  Mold remediation starts with fixing the source of your moisture problem. If you’re experiencing mold in your attic, then roof leaks or poor ventilation are your most likely causes. If you have mold problems elsewhere in the home, everything from leaking plumbing to a seeping foundation could be to blame. Whatever the cause of your moisture issue, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Your mold problem isn’t going to go away until you’ve addressed it, and you also risk serious structural and aesthetic damage to your home if you choose to ignore the problem.

 

How Often Do You Need to Clean?

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Are you missing some key spots when cleaning your house.

We live in a fast-paced world. How often do you have time to strap on a bandana, gloves, and grab a squirt bottle?

If you want to keep your home healthy and beautiful, but don’t have the schedule for regular deep cleans, then here are the six main places you need to focus on to eliminate sneaky bacteria, and keep your place shining at a glance.

1. Microwave

Contrary to popular opinion, microwaving your food does not burn away bacteria enough to counterbalance the spray of food from crackling bacon or explosive chili. Leaving your microwave as the last kitchen appliance to clean is setting you up for a bout of food poisoning. Running a heavy sponge over its inner walls, and sending the glass plate through the dishwasher every two weeks will keep your microwave safe and healthy. If you haven’t done in it a while, apply some bleach to a rag for the first clean to burn out those long-term bacteria growths.

 2. Bath Tub

A report by Huffington Post speculates that a bathtub is even dirtier than your toilet. Bacteria lingering in your bathtub can cause more than a surprise bout of flu that takes you out of commission; harmful skin infections can be spawned off a bathtub left unattended, so be sure to give it a once-over with heavy soap once a week. If this is its first cleaning, hit it with some bleach to clear out the existing illnesses waiting to happen.

 3. Floor

The eye is instantly drawn to the floor when entering the room, so even if the rest of your home is pristine, a dirty floor will equate a dirty home. When you see an accumulation of pet hair and crumbs, it’s time to give it a once-over with a vacuum, and mop up dirt as you see it on your hardwood. However, filth can gather out of sight that leave floors unsafe for pets and children. Set a schedule to vacuum, or sweep and mop, once a week, and be guaranteed harmful mildew or grime lingering in your floor is eliminated. This will provide a smoother feel, and make it less of a daunting task when you do get around to a major clean.

4. Table Tops and Pictures

Forgetting to brush off your ceiling fan once in awhile can aggravate respiratory issues such as asthma, and bacteria naturally gathers on coffee tables and bedside stands — things we rarely clean our hands before touching. To prevent breathing problems with guests and to safeguard your health, take a rag with disinfectant to your picture frames and table tops. This leaves them shining, clean of dust, and bacteria free. For your ceiling fans, don’t go for the feather duster — it’ll only spread it around. Take a bath towel and wrap it around the blade, dragging it towards you so that the dust is collected rather than scattered.

5. Computer

You might run your virus scanner every week, but it’s not the insides of this home essential you need to worry about. A study conducted by CNN said that computer keyboards are over five times dirtier than our toilet seats, and while we all make sure to use a paper toilet when opening a public bathroom door, rarely do we put on gloves before using our laptops. Once a week, power down your digital buddy and don’t hold back in rubbing it down with a rag and disinfectant spray, scrubbing over the mouse while you’re at it.

 6. Kitchen Counters

We leave dishes and food on them, use them as impromptu seats, and our pets even have free range of counter tops when we’re not looking. Kitchen counters are more prone to bacteria than any other table top, so set aside a time for scrubbing with bleach and soap once a week. If you do dishes more often, then give the counters a once over with your sponge as you finish, and save the heavy-duty cleaning for once every other week.

 

Keeping It Clean

A general rule of thumb is to clean once a week, but when you don’t have the time to tackle your whole home at once, you can still have a place that’s beautiful and healthy. By focusing on these six little-thought-of things, you can eliminate the most bacteria and keep your home safe until you can carve out a spring cleaning day.

Preventing Ice Dams And Winter Roofing Damage on your Midland County home

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

As the temperature drops watch for ice dams on your roof.
Things Your Parents Didn’t Tell You About Taking Care Of Your Home
by CASSANDRA MCCULLERS  DECEMBER 30, 2016
 Ice dams are a common homeowner’s nightmare in the winter whenever it snows, potentially causing major and costly water damage to your roof and even ceilings. Ice dams occur when snow on the roof melts slightly then refreezes when the runoff reaches the eaves, often in the gutters. When the day warms even slightly, the top layer melts but is unable to drain off properly, resulting in a pool of water up against the base of your roof. The water then often seeps under the roofing material, sometimes as much as 5ft or even 10ft up. Eventually, the water can work its way into your house’s soffits, walls, and even ceilings. When it comes to ice dams, an ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of cure.

 

Essential Maintenance

Thoroughly clean out your gutters and downspout after the last leaves have fallen in your neighborhood, but certainly before the first snows of the season. Water will run more swiftly through cleaned gutters, giving it less time to freeze. Empty gutters also allow more room for ice and water to pool before it starts threatening your roof.

Try to purchase a roof rake or snow rake (a type of rake specially designed for cleaning your roof of snow) before the first snow of the season, then scrape the snow off your roof after each snowfall, or pay someone to come out and scrape the snow for you. This can also help avoid problems with the snow falling suddenly and possibly hitting someone when it comes loose as it melts. Unfortunately, snow rakes only work for single-story homes – they’re not long enough to reach a second floor, and you should never use a roof rake while standing on a ladder. Snow rakes work well if you experience heavy snows only rarely, but can be tedious to use.You will also need to be careful to not damage shingles since they can become brittle in the cold. Specially designed roof rakes are available for clearing snow off solar panels – standard roof rakes should not be used on panels as they can scratch the photorefractive surface.

If nothing else works, heat cables can help prevent ice dams as a fallback measure, especially if installed in the gutters and the downspout. Heat cables run over portions of the roof in a zigzag pattern, melting away ice and snow when turned on and can help if installed on a part of your roof particularly prone to ice dams. They might not prevent ice dams entirely, but heat cables can create enough of a channel for water to drain away, preventing some water damage.

Next time you need to replace your roof, also consider adding a special ice-and-water barrier under the shingles up to 3ft to 6ft from the roof’s edge. It will help with waterproofing, and the building codes in most areas now actually require an ice-and-water barrier to be installed under your roof. Your local building inspector will know how far up the barrier needs to extend in your region.

A Colder Roof

Generally speaking, ice dams form when the surface of your roof is above freezing, but the edges of your roof are below freezing. As hot air leaks from inside your house, it warms up your roof, often just enough to bring it right to the edge of freezing, creating the conditions in which ice dams can form. Many of the methods listed here can also reduce heat leakage, lowering your heating bill.

The average U.S. home loses about one-third of its heat through the ceiling and into the attic, and from there into the outside world. Most of that loss is due to leaks between the conditioned home and unconditioned attic. Unfortunately, air leaks are a hard nut to crack, since you usually have to go into the attic, pull back insulation, and plug any leaks by hand with foam, caulk, or other methods. Leaks usually occur around anything that penetrates the ceiling, like pipes, ceiling fixtures, access hatches, and others. Sealing leaks is ideally a cold-weather project since otherwise your attic will likely be too warm.

Heat loss also occurs through inadequate insulation. How much insulation you need varies depending on where you live. Generally, blown-in cellulose and fiberglass will serve better in colder regions, since they leave fewer gaps. See our article on installing insulation for a more in-depth look at how much and what kind of attic insulation your home needs. You will also want to make sure that any insulation doesn’t block your airflow. Baffles usually prevent blocked airflow, though you will still want to check your soffit vents.

Adding attic ventilation to an unfinished attic will make the attic colder, keeping the roof from heating up. Attic ventilation can be complicated. Generally speaking, you need about 1 sq ft of vent (the actual openings, added together for total vent area) per 300 sq ft of ceiling area (the size of the attic floor), with half of the total vent area low on the roof and half high on the roof. Look at your existing vents to find the area of each (which should be stamped somewhere easily visible), then add the area of your existing vents together to find out how much you still need. Some roof styles are harder to vent than others. When in doubt, contact a qualified contractor for advice and guidance.

Also, whenever you make your home more airtight, double check your combustion appliances, including furnaces and most water heaters, for backdrafts. If your appliance isn’t drafting properly, it could be leaking deadly waste products into your home. If you suspect you might have a problem with back drafting, contact a licensed home inspector to check your house and combustion appliances.

What to Do If a Dam Forms

 

Sometimes even the best preventative measures can’t stop dams from forming. Try to carefully remove any forming ice from your gutters. If you have heat cables, they can also reduce the damage a building ice dam will do. The safest way to remove the ice entirely, though, is to hire a roofing company to use a steamer to remove any ice and snow. A steamer uses hot water at high pressure to melt the ice without risking the damage that an ice pick does.

There is no job too big for SERVPRO

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Large losses require large equipment.

When disaster strikes your business who would you call?  There are several different restoration company's in our area alone but many of them could not handle a large loss.   We understand how important it is to get your business up and running as soon as possible. Weather it is a small corner store or an entire hospital every minute your business isn't running it costs you money, customers and maybe even employees.    We can bring in entire crews with just a phone call and get you up and running as quickly as possible.    

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

  

Common causes and growing conditions for mold in you Midland county home.

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Any water damage left unattended can grow mold.

 

Molds are found everywhere, and can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present. They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air currents. When spores land on a moist surface suitable for life, they begin to grow. Mold is normally found indoors at levels which do not affect most healthy individuals.

Because common building materials are capable of sustaining mold growth and mold spores are ubiquitous, mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to water or moisture and may be caused by incomplete drying of flooring materials (such as concrete). Flooding, leaky roofs, building-maintenance or indoor-plumbing problems can lead to interior mold growth. Water vapor commonly condenses on surfaces cooler than the moisture-laden air, enabling mold to flourish.This moisture vapor passes through walls and ceilings, typically condensing during the winter in climates with a long heating season. Floors over crawl spaces and basements, without vapor barriers or with dirt floors, are mold-prone. The "doormat test" detects moisture from concrete slabs without a sub-slab vapor barrier. Some materials, such a polished concrete, do not support mold growth.

Significant mold growth requires moisture and food sources and a substrate capable of sustaining growth. Common building materials, such as plywood, drywall, furring strips, carpets, and carpet padding provide food for mold. In carpet, invisible dust and cellulose are food sources. After water damage to a building, mold grows in walls and then becomes dormant until subsequent high humidity; suitable conditions reactivate mold. Mycotoxin levels are higher in buildings which have had a water incident.

 

If you suspect any of these conditions in you home call SERVPRO today at (989)835-5015

Here are some winter storm tips.

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Indoor safety

  • If possible stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Clothes off unused rooms.
  • Seal drafts from doors and windows.
  • Avoid unnecessary opening up doors and windows.
  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Listen to your radio, television or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports an emergency information


    If there is a power failure
  • Used battery powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Never use charcoal or gas grills in doors the fumes are deadly.
  • Never use a generator in a garage basement or other enclosed area.

    Outdoor safety
  • Find shelter.
  • Cover all exposed body parts.
  • Build shelter a lean-to, windbreak or snow cave for protection from the wind.
  • Build a fire for heat and to attract attention.
  • Place rocks around the fire to absorb and reflect Heat.
  • Melt snow for drinking water eating snow will lower your body temperature.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extremely cold air.
  • Avoid working too hard( strains your heart
  • Drink water and other fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Drink warm liquids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol.
  • Avoid walking on ice.


          It is a good idea to keep emergency items in your car like non-perishable, food, water, warm blankets extra clothes, gloves, hats and scarves during the cold winter months.

    If you are trapped in your car in a winter storm
  • Stay in the car.
  • Do not leave the car to look for help and less help is visible within 100 yards.
  • Display a call for help sign.
  • Raise the car hood or hang a brightly colored cloth on the antenna to signal for help.
  • To keep warm turn on the car's engine for about 10 minutes each hour.
  • Run the heater and turn on the car lights only when the car is running or while running the car battery down.
  • Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Slightly open a window away from the blowing wind for fresh air.
  • Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running so that you can be seen.
  • As you said, Keep moving your arms and legs to keep blood circulating in to stay warm.
  • If you are alone, stay awake as much as possible.
  • If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping.
  • For warmth, huddle close together.
  • Wrap your body and head with extra clothes blankets newspapers Maps or removal car mats.

Safety instructions during a tornado

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

A tornado can be deadly so use these tips to keep you safe

 

The Midland / Gladwin area is a high risk tornado area but it can happen.  Here are a few tips from SERVPRO to help identify the signs of a weather event and keep you safe. 

 

 

  • Environmental signs
    Dark often greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • Large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train or jet engine
  • An unusual quiet occurring shortly after a thunderstorm
  • Clouds moving quickly in a rotating pattern that converges towards one area
  • Debris falling from the sky
  • Objects such as branches or leaves a being pulled upwards


    What to do in a tornado
    A structure (e.g. residence, small building, School, Nursing Home, Hospital facility, Shopping Center, high-rise building)
  • Go to a pre-designated shelter such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or lowest building level.
  • If there is no basement go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Do not open windows.
  • Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly.
  • Stay off the elevators you could be trapped in them if power is lost



    Outside with no shelter or a no vehicle trailer or mobile structure
  • Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy nearby building or storm shelter mobile structures even if tied down offer little protection from tornadoes.
  • Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.
  • Be aware of the potential for flooding.
  • Do not get under an overpass or Bridge you are safer in a low flat location.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
  • Watch out for flying debris flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

Heavy snow can weaken your roof and cause serious damage

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Too much snow can break your trusses.

While snow-covered roofs can make for a picturesque winter scene, the combination of freshly fallen snow with the melting and refreezing of snow can place stress on the roof of your home or business. If more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice have accumulated on the roof, you should have it removed.

Snow Removal Tips

Clearing the snow off your roof from the gutters or eaves upwards of three to four feet after each winter storm can help prevent ice dams from forming. Remember to avoid using a ladder in snowy and icy conditions. This can be extremely dangerous and is best left to professionals.

For Flat Roofs:

If your flat roof is easily accessible from an interior stairway, you may want to shovel the roof, but be careful not to damage the roof covering.

Remember to put safety first any time you are on a roof, especially one that is covered in snow and ice. If you have any doubt, leave it to professionals.

For Sloped Roofs:

It may be possible to remove the snow and ice from your sloped roof using a roof rake – a long-handled tool designed specifically for this purpose. Stand on the ground and pull as much of the snow off the eaves as you can safely reach.

If you cannot safely reach the roof, contact a home builder, landscaping and roofing contractor, or property maintenance company to remove the snow and ice. Before hiring a contractor, check their references. Always be sure any contractor you hire is qualified, insured and bonded.

The amount of snow and ice your roof can support will depend on a number of factors, including the roof type as well as the age and condition of the structure. But a good rule to keep in mind is if more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice has accumulated on your roof, you should have it removed.

Tips for driving in a rainstorm

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful when the roads become wet and slippery

Nearly half (47%) of all weather-related car accidents — more than 700,000 a year — are due to rain.

As fall’s soggy weather fast approaches, it’s crucial that you know how to safely maneuver your vehicle and avoid weather-related accidents.
Here are 10 tips for driving in the rain:

Step 1. Exercise caution. Engine oil and grease build-up on roads and highways over time, and when combined with precipitation, you’ve got the equivalent of an automotive Slip ‘N Slide.

Step 2. Slow down. Wet pavement causes tires to lose traction and vehicles become more difficult to handle.

Step 3. Use headlights. Always use headlights in the rain – even if it’s just a sprinkle. Headlights help you see and be seen in wet weather.

Step 4. Keep your windshield wipers in tip-top shape. Summer can wreak havoc on your blades, so get them checked before fall’s showers arrive.

Step 5. Defog your windows. Precipitation can cause your windshield to quickly fog up, so use the front and rear defrosters to maximize visibility.

Step 6. Avoid pooling water. By splashing through puddles you can impair your vision and other drivers’. Additionally, standing water often shields potholes and debris from view and it can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes.

Step 7. If your car begins to hydroplane, do not brake or turn the wheel abruptly as this may cause your vehicle to go into a skid or spin. Take your foot off the gas and keep the wheel straight until your car reclaims traction.

Step 8. Increase your following distance. Slick roads, wet brakes and reduced visibility can lead to collisions. Give other vehicles plenty of room and brake early with reduced force.

Step 9. Don’t use cruise control. It can cause your car to accelerate when hydroplaning and reduces driver attentiveness.

Step 10. Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you. This allows the vehicle ahead to displace any standing water that’s on the road.

By employing these safe driving techniques you can keep yourself and your passengers safe during fall and winter drizzles and downpours. Rainy roads can be dangerous, but if we all slow down and use extra caution, rainy days might actually be a little brighter.

Appliance maintaince tips

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Failure to maintain your appliances could lead to damage of your home.

You rely on your fridge, dishwasher, oven, and laundry to work, and work well when you need them. The last thing you want is for them to fail, or cost you a ton of money to repair or replace. Here are five simple tips from US News Money to keep those appliances in good, working order for the long haul.

 

Some of these assume you have at least a semi-practiced hand at household DIY, but most of them are simple maintenance techniques anyone can do. 

  • Fridge: Clean your refrigerator coils regularly. They can get caked and clogged with dust, which can kill the efficiency of your fridge and can contribute to failure. This is especially important if you have pets.
  • Oven and Range: Be careful how you clean your oven and range, and what you use to clean it. Overly harsh chemical cleaners can clog range burners, especially gas ones, and spraying directly onto control knobs on the front of your oven or stove can get liquid in the electrical components behind those knobs, leading to a short and an expensive repair. Always use soft cloths, light cleaners, and if you need to use something harsh, apply it to the cloth before the surface.
  • Dishwasher: Don’t pre-wash your dishes so much. This is a hot topic, but pre-washing your dishes too much will inevitably mean they’re still wet, and even a little soapy, before they go into the dishwasher, where they’ll be washed again. This can cause your dishwasher to overflow, oversud, and leak all over your kitchen floor.
  • Washer: Don’t overload your washing machine. Every washer warns you not to stuff too many clothes into it, and for good reason. Overloading your washer adds wear and tear to the motor and can cause damage and leaks. It’s all around bad news, and leads to expensive repairs or replacements.
  • Dryer: You probably already know to clean the lint trap, but make sure you also give it a deep clean to get any lint in the ducts or around the exit vents, where dust winds up collecting. Similarly, clean that moisture sensor while your at it,  since residue from dryer sheets and dust can clog it up and make your dryer work harder to dry your clothes.

October is fire prevention month

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

If you do have a fire SERVPRO can help get you back home as soon as possible.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

It is also recommended to replace smoke alarms every five years.  Find more info here http://www.redcross.org/mo2g

5 tips to save energy and money.

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Most of these improvements will save you money down the road.

As the temperatures begin to cool down, many homeowners’ energy bills start to rise. One money saving solution: wrap yourself in blankets so you don’t have to turn on the heat. A better solution: do some simple, energy-saving remodeling projects.

While the up-front costs might be slightly higher, the long-term benefits of energy-efficient home improvements quickly add up. Plus, you’ll stay warm and cozy this winter without having to wear gloves indoors.

Here are some top tips on how to remodel in way that saves you energy and money this season:

1. Insulate – Most homes are under-insulated and this is a quick fix. For a $15 roll of insulation at the store, you can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, reducing costs up to 20 percent.

2. Appliances – Look for Energy Star-rated appliances, which are designed for efficient energy consumption. Older dishwashers can use up to 10 gallons of water per cycle while today’s options only use 5.8 on average. Replacing outdated HVAC systems can also result in instant energy reduction.

3. Thermostats – Programmable thermostats are more accurate and have the potential to save you up to about 10 percent a year with their energy and money saving, easily paying for themselves. Ceiling fans are an even cheaper way of keeping temperatures cool. Bonus tip: run ceiling fans counter clockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter for best results.

4. Water – Low flow shower heads can reduce water consumption as much as 50 percent. And while multiple shower heads may seem luxurious, they also use more water. If you can afford it, also make sure your water heater is a high efficiency model.

5. Doors and windows – These two areas are the biggest culprits for heat and cold loss in your home. By simply investing in Energy Star-rated window and doors, you can cut that loss considerably.

“This is the only home improvement that beautifies your home inside and out, makes it easier to maintain, more comfortable inside, more secure, more valuable, AND save you money on your energy bill,”   You may also qualify for a government tax credit on this year’s taxes due to installing Energy Star-rated devices. 

Cleaning your vinyl siding so it lasts

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Washing your home at least once a year will help keep it looking beautiful!
 

Maintaining the Vinyl Siding on Your Home

If you purchased a home that came with vinyl siding, or decided at some point to have it installed, you’re probably well aware of its advantages in terms of never needing to be painted. If you live in particular climates, you may have noticed that despite not needing to be painted, it does need to be cleaned from time to time to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In other areas, dust accumulation, pollen, bird droppings, insect and arachnid activities, and other issues can become problematic.

Cleaning your vinyl siding periodically is a must if you intend to keep it looking good over the long haul. But, how you choose to clean your vinyl siding matters. Certain techniques can safely clean vinyl and keep your home looking good for years to come. Other techniques can damage the finish, detach the siding from the side of the home, even wear through it.

Here’s what you need to know about cleaning your vinyl siding so it lasts the way they said it would back in those commercials from the 1990s.

Elbow Grease

In accordance with most vinyl siding manufacturers’ care instructions, cleaning vinyl siding by hand is really the way to go. Many recommend a gentle cleanser. Vinegar diluted with water will work to get rid of most basic stains. But, for more in-depth cleaning, an oxygen bleach solution will get harder to clean stains without damaging your landscaping the way that some harsher household cleansers can.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing can be a great way to save on aching muscles when cleaning as massive a surface as the entire exterior of your home. Many vinyl siding manufacturers caution against using pressure washers, however, as they can be strong enough to damage the siding or in some cases, remove it from the house completely.

Generally speaking, it’s best to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions (especially if warranties are involved). In other cases, a power washer set at half strength can be a major time and energy saver.

What to Avoid

Generally speaking, you will want to avoid abrasive scrubbers and any cleaner that could interact with the siding and damage it. Undiluted chlorine bleach, grease removers, solvents, and other harsh chemicals can damage siding and may void your warranty, if it’s still in effect. Gentle cleaning is usually the best way to go, energy and time consuming though it may be.

With a Little Effort and a Regular Schedule, Your Home Will Stay Looking Great

Vinyl siding may require a bit of effort to keep clean, but with a little regularly scheduled cleaning, your home will stay looking as great as it did when you had the siding installed, and it will stay that way well into the future. Be careful and gentle with your siding and you may never have to paint again.

This is just one more thing the cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties can handle for you.  

A small water leak could lead to big problems for your business.

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can spread to all areas of a building in a very short time.

When a business suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a building in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. If you suspect that your Midland business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties can inspect, assess and re-mediate your property.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (989) 835-5015

Weather warnings on the go from the national weather service!

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Be ready for whatever happens!

September is national preparedness month and here at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties we want you to be ready for something to happen rather than get caught off guard. Here is some information on wireless weather warnings. 

Wireless Emergency Alerts - English
With a unique sound and vibration, Wireless Emergency Alerts keep you in the know, wherever you are.

Wireless Emergency Alerts - Español
Con una alerta de sonido y vibración Alertas Inalámbricas de Emergencia te mantienen al tanto donde estés.

Imagine this: You’re driving down the highway, humming along to your favorite tunes, when the cell phone stowed in your bag suddenly makes a strange noise. To investigate, you take the next exit and safely pull over to check the screen. Good thing you did: Your phone just alerted you to a tornado a few miles away in same county you’re driving through.

Sound plausible? It is. America’s wireless industry is helping to build a Weather-Ready Nation through a nationwide text emergency alert system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which will warn you when weather threatens. Read the rest of the article on NOAA.gov.

And check out real stories of how WEA has saved lives across America.



Frequently Asked Questions 

1. What are WEA messages?

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

No signup is required! Alerts are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones during an emergency.

2. Why is this important to me?
Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

3. What types of alerts will I receive?

  •    Extreme weather warnings
  •    Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
  •    AMBER Alerts
  •    Presidential Alerts during a national emergency

  • Example of a Wireless Emergency Alert on an iPhone 5 (AT&T).

    4. What does a WEA message look like?
    WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.



    5. How will I know the difference between WEA and a regular text message?

    WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, both repeated twice.

    6. What types of WEA messages will the National Weather Service send?

  •    Tsunami Warnings (see Fact Sheet)
  •    Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
  •    Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings
  • 7. What should I do when I receive a WEA message?
    Follow any action advised by the emergency message. Seek more details from your favorite TV or radio station, NOAA Weather Radio, news website, desktop application, mobile application, or other trusted source of information.

    8. Will I receive a WEA message if I'm visiting an area where I don't live, or outside the area where my phone is registered?
    Yes, if you have a WEA-capable phone and your wireless carrier participates in the program. For information about which mobile devices are WEA-capable and carrier participation, please visit http://www.ctia.org/wea or contact your wireless carrier.

    9. What if I travel into a threat area after a WEA message is already sent?
    If you travel into a threat area after an alert is first sent, your WEA-capable device will receive the message when you enter the area.

    10. When will I start receiving WEA messages from the NWS?
    The NWS began participation in the WEA service in late June 2012.  Some mobile devices, especially older ones, are not WEA-capable. When you buy a new mobile device, it probably will be able to receive WEA messages. For more details on WEA, including links to your wireless service providers’ unique WEA service information, please visit: www.ctia.org/wea.

    11. Is this the same service public safety agencies have asked the public to register for?
    No, but they are complementary. Local agencies may have asked you to sign up to receive telephone calls, text messages, or emails. Those messages often include specific details about a critical event. WEA are very short messages designed to get your attention in an emergency situation. They may not give all the details you receive from other notification services.

    12. Will I be charged for receiving WEA messages?
    No. This service is offered for free by wireless carriers. WEA messages will not count towards texting limits on your wireless plan.

    13. Does WEA know where I am? Is it tracking me?
    No. WEA use radio technology to broadcast the alert from cell towers to mobile devices in the area of the threat. Therefore, WEA doesn’t don't know exactly who is tuned in.

    14. Will a WEA message interrupt my phone conversations?
    No, the alert will be delayed until you finish your call.

    15. How often will I receive WEA messages?
    You may receive frequent WEA messages during an emergency. Message frequency depends on the number of imminent threats to life or property in your area.

    16. If, during an emergency, I can't make or receive calls or text messages due to network congestion, will I still be able to receive a WEA message?
    Yes, WEA messages are not affected by network congestion.

    17. What if I don't want to receive WEA messages?

    You can opt-out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages. To opt out, please refer to instructions from your wireless carrier or visithttp://www.ctia.org/wea for more information.

    Some cell phones allow the users to opt-in and opt-out directly on their devices. These devices differentiate the imminent threat alerts into two categories - "Extreme alerts" and "Severe alerts" as shown in the image below. 

    The Extreme alerts from the National Weather Service include warnings for tsunamis, tornadoes, extreme winds, hurricanes and typhoons. The Severe alerts from National Weather Service include warnings for flash floods and dust storms. For example, by keeping Extreme alert selected and de-selecting Severe alert, the user would still be capable of receiving Extreme alerts, but would not receive Severe alerts on their cell phone.   


    18. Why did I receive an alert when there was no warning in effect for my location?
    WEA messages are broadcast using radio-like technology from cell towers in, and sometimes around, the actual warning area. Therefore, an alert can reach cell phones outside of the actual warning area depending on the broadcast range of the cell towers which broadcast the alert. This overreach is typically more prevalent in rural areas than in more densely populated cities.

    19. How will I receive alerts if I don't have a WEA-capable device?
    WEA is one of many ways you can receive emergency notifications. Other sources include NOAA Weather Radio, news media coverage, the Emergency Alert System on radio and TV broadcasts, desktop applications, mobile applications, and other alerting methods offered by local and state public safety agencies. Your best use of WEA is to immediately seek additional information about the imminent threat impacting your area.

    20. How do I let my friends and family know how Wireless Emergency Alerts work?
    FEMA has produced Public Service Announcements that demonstrate how wireless alerts save lives. These short videos are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded and shared with others.

    21. How does the NWS activate a Wireless Emergency Alert on my cell phone? The NWS pushes our suite of warnings, advisories, and watches to a national collection pointcalled the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) The NWS specially marks our most critical NWS alerts for WEA distribution, so that when they reach IPAWS, they are pushed to commercial wireless carriers who broadcast the alert from cell towers in the threat area to your cell phone. IPAWS also serves as collection point for non-weather alerts, such as civil and child abduction emergency messages which are issued by other emergency authorities. Once an alert is in IPAWS, the alert may be made available through a variety of channels for further distribution, such as broadcast over television/radio stations, sirens, display on highway signs, desktop and mobile alert software application, and the Wireless Emergency Alert system.

    WEA Factsheet (PDF) - Download a factsheet on Wireless Emergency Alerts.

    Here are some great tips for maintaining your Michigan home.

    9/12/2016 (Permalink)

    If you need help maintaining you home Give SERVPRO a call at (989)835-5015.

       SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties would like to offeryou these tips to get your fall and winter off to a great start.   Those 110-degree days are starting to cool down. The fallrainy season, for most of the country anyway, hasn’t hit, and you can still work outside in shorts and a tee shirt. It’s the perfect time to make over an ugly, or even just a sad and homely looking home, and to make sure it’s safe and ready for winter. Here are 11 things you can put on your honey-do list:

    Clean and inspect the gutters.

    We know. When all the leaves start falling is when most people start cleaning their gutters. But it’s better to begin before the heavy fall foliage starts. Why? You can clean light litter out of the gutters and inspect them without having to push piles of wet leaves away. Now’s the time to make sure the gutters are clear, that they’re not pulling out of the eaves, and that they aren’t rusted, broken, bent or in disrepair. While you’re checking on gutters, consider adding gutter guards before the leaves, limbs, and acorns start falling. Save yourself a real headache by heading off a dangerous and annoying chore. If you string Christmas lights, now is the time to take advantage of the weather to install permanent hooks for any holiday decorations. It beats standing on a ladder in rain, cold and snow after Thanksgiving.

    Repair the roof.

    Your home may not need roof repairs, but if it does, now is the time to do it. Get out a pair of binoculars and start looking at your roof. Look for curling, broken, damaged or missing tiles. If you have an asphalt-tiled roof, look for areas where the asphalt granules are accumulating. This is a sign you need or will shortly need, a patch.

    Patch and paint.

    If your home doesn’t have siding, fall is the best time to patch and paint. Not only will you prevent water damage from the upcoming fall rains and winter snows, but you may also save yourself water damage, mold problems and critter invasion by going over your entire exterior and patching and painting as needed.

    Plant bulbs.

    The best way to ensure a beautiful yard in the spring is to plant bulbs in the fall. It’s an inexpensive way to make your yard a colorful paradise for years to come.

    Clean up the property.

    It’s easy to let tools, bikes, boxes and storage tubs accumulate in back and side yards until you can “get around” to cleaning up. Now is the time to clean up. Remove trash and items that need to be thrown away. Put that lawn clipping pile of dead grass and leaves into a legitimate composting enclosure. Haul limbs and debris to the dump. Pretend you’re selling your house and get rid of anything that would leave a bad impression from the street. Weed, weed-eat around fences, trees, and areas where grass has grown up all summer. Mulch as needed.

    Replace or repair trashcans.

    Trash cans get a lot of abuse. They’re thrown around, kicked, slammed and cracked. Make sure your cans are ready for the harsh weather that’s coming. Scrub them out with a good cleaner, inspect them for cracks, and repair and replace as necessary.

    Clean your fireplaces and chimney.

    You don’t want to be the guy (or gal) who waits until the first freeze to find out your furnace or fireplace doesn’t work or needs cleaning. Chimney fires can be deadly, and yet too many people put off an annual chimney cleaning because they wait too late in the season to hire a chimney sweep. You should also check the flue for bird’s nests, critters and creosote build-up.

    Schedule a furnace check and maintenance.

    Call in a professional to check and make sure your furnace is ready for winter. Once cold weather starts, the pros get busy. You can damage or destroy a furnace that’s not in working order. Noisy belts, poor performance, and erratic behavior are all signs something’s not working. It could be something as simple as a belt or filter that needs changing or servicing. The longer you wait, the more it will cost and the less likely you’ll be able to find a service technician who can get to you right away.

    Check your humidifier.

    Changing filters and doing routing cleaning and maintenance should be a monthly thing as mold grows fast once it starts.

    Check your gas lines.

    This is best left to the pros, but if you have gas heat, have the pros come out and check the lines and perform any routine maintenance needed.

    Winterize your outdoor water faucets.

    Depending on what part of the country you live in, September through October are the best months for winterizing your outdoor faucets.

        

    In case of fire

    9/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Call SERVPRO @ (989)835-5015 for all your fire and water damage and restoration needs.

    If you ever find yourself is a fire situation here are a few tips to help you make it out safely. 

    • Remain calm
    • If you smell smoke, activate fire alarm.
    • Follow exit route procedures for your location.  Make sure to feel a door before opening.  If it is hot do not open it.  Look for another exit.  If there is none remain where you are and call for help.  IF it is not hot, proceed through the door.  Close the door behind you to help isolate the fire.
    • Assist those who may not be able to exit on there own if it will not put you at additional risk.  
    • Do not use elevators.
    • If the area fills with smoke drop to the floor and crawl to the nearest exit or smoke free area.  
    • Once your in a safe area call 911.

    You should only attempt to fight a fire if the following conditions exist:

    • If the fire is small and self contained.
    • You are safe from toxic smoke.
    • You have a means of escape.
    • Your instinct tells you it is OK.

    You should flee a fire if:

    • If the fire is spreading rapidly or is a large fire.
    • You are unsure of how to operate the fire extinguisher.
    • The fire could block you escape route.

    Remember Safety First!   Even a small fire can spread rapidly. An entire house can be engulfed in 3 minutes. You need to have a plan and be ready to act fast.

    Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher.

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    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin is available for any fire or smoke damage cleanup.

    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties would like to provide you with some valuable knowledge in the event of a small fire.  If you are not in danger and feel that you can safely attempt to extinguish the fire, remember the acronym PASS to help you activate the extinguisher successfully.  

    • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that prevents the handle from being pressed.
    • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.  
    • Sweep foam from side to side at the base of the fire.

     Watch for re-ignition and repeat the steps if necessary.  

    It is a good idea to have fire extinguishers conveniently located on each floor of your home or business as well as areas a fire may break out. Kitchens, Laundry rooms and mechanical rooms are common locations.   As always remember safety first and if a fire is too large it is always best to leave the area and call 911 immediately.     

    Emergency safety instructions for flooding in Midland,MI

    8/31/2016 (Permalink)

    Midland county and the surrounding areas flood on a regular basis. It is no problem for the cleanup professionals at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin

    Flooding in Midland county is very common.  Here are some tips to help keep you safe.

    • Do not attempt to cross flowing water which may be more than knee deep.
    • During threatening weather listen to commercial radio or TV, or NOAA weather radio for swatch and warning bulletins.
    • Never try to walk, swim,drive, or play in flood water.  You may not be able to see how fast the water is moving, or see holes or submerged debris
    • Beware of low spots such as underpasses, underground parking garages and basements as they can become death traps.  
    • Beware that flash flooding can occur.  If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.  Do not wait for instructions to move.  
    • Beware of streams, drainage channels,canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly.
    • Do not walk through moving water.  Six inches of moving water can make you fall.

    The Following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions

    • Do not drive into flooded areas.  If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.  You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.  
    • Do not drive around a barricade.
    • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.  
    • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
    • Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles including Sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pickup trucks.  

    Remember nothing you own is worth your safety in an emergency situation.  The best thing to do is get to higher ground until the water recedes and Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties to clean up the mess and dry out the structure.  

    The Dos and Don’ts of Spray Painting

    8/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Here are some great tips to help your spray painting come out great.

    Grab a can and shake up your decor with these practical tips

    When you need a quick, cool upgrade that doesn’t cost a bundle, spray paint is hard to beat. A host of exciting new hues and finishes have taken spray paint to the next level, and you can use it on all sorts of surfaces, from concrete blocks and stepping stones to wood, plastic, or metal furniture. But getting pro-quality results does take a bit of skill, so read on before you spray away!

    DO CHOOSE THE RIGHT LOCATION

    As with any painting project, you’ll need to work in a well-ventilated spot. If the weather is pleasant, you can take it outside, but beware of breezes. Wind can mess with your ability to get good coverage, and it can blow dirt onto your piece, which will be difficult to remove and will mar the finish. If working indoors, open all windows for cross ventilation, or consider painting in the garage, near the open door.

    Photo: istockphoto.com

    DON’T SLACK ON PREP WORK

    Prep is key to any successful paint job. So, depending on the material you’re painting, do what’s necessary to mend any scratches or holes, then sand to smooth out rough spots. Wash your piece with mild detergent solution, rinse with water, and allow it to dry thoroughly.

    DO PRACTICE PROTECTION

    There will be overspray, so cover the surrounding area with drop cloths or newspaper. If you’re working on something small, contain overspray by setting the piece inside a cardboard box. Perhaps more crucial is protecting yourself. Aerosol paint can get into eyes and lungs, so wear goggles and a dust mask or respirator. Gloves are a good idea, too, and remember that overspray on the floor can stick to the bottom of your shoes—remove footwear and check your soles before leaving the area to avoid tracking paint.

    DON’T RUSH IT

    For optimal, even coverage, apply spray paint in several thin coats. Don’t worry if you can see through the first or even the second coat. Patience is a virtue here.

    DO USE A SWEEPING MOTION

    Waving the can randomly will result in uneven results. Instead, hold the can six to eight inches from the surface and use even, horizontal strokes, sweeping from left to right, then right to left. Be careful not to hesitate in any one spot or you’ll get drips.

    DON’T HAVE A HEAVY TRIGGER FINGER

    To avoid glops and spots—and to conserve paint—spray in short spurts rather than a constant stream. Listen for brief bursts of air coming from the can, as opposed to a long, steady hiss.

    DO ALLOW THE PAINT TO CURE COMPLETELY

    Spray paint does dry quickly, but it usually requires at least 24 hours to cure completely. Resist the urge to move your piece or replace any hardware you’ve removed until you’ve reached the curing time indicated on the can. A scratch or fingerprint late in the game will be difficult to fix.

    Does your business have an Emergency Ready Profile yet?

    7/19/2016 (Permalink)

    We are here to help your business.

    It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

    Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

    Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

    The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

    By working with SERVPRO® of Midland / Gladwin Counties to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

    Call Barb at (989) 835-5015 Today for a No Cost Assessment
    of Your Facility!

    Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,” 

    July 15, 2016 is Pet Fire safety day.

    7/11/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties is always ready to help if you have a fire or water damage.

    New Data Says Pets Start Nearly 1,000 Fires Each Year -

     SERVPRO Of Midland / Gladwin Counties wants all of you pet owners to know these important facts.  An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.

    The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) and ADT Security Services have joined forces once again for the third annual National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15) to spread awareness about how pets can start home fires but more importantly how to prevent them.

    "Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  "Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and stove knob covers, can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends."

    Chris and Kay Wardlow of Oklahoma know that all too well.  Their curious dog Lucy was home alone and spied a cake on the stove top. As Lucy tried to get a taste, her paw accidentally hit the stove knob and turned on the gas burner that was under the cake pan. Within minutes, the house was filled with smoke, triggering the Wardlow’s ADT monitored smoke detector. Firefighters were called to the scene, the house was saved and Lucy was rescued.

    "Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership," Peterson said.


    AKC® and ADT offer the following tips to educate pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.

    PREVENT YOUR PET FROM STARTING FIRES

    • Extinguish open flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
    • Remove stove knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
    • Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
    • Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck.  The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.     

    Keep your pets safe

    • Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet.  When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. 
    • Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
    • Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
    • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. Thiscritical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets.  Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

     Below are some resources to help you keep your pets safe.  Also know that in the event of a disaster SERVPRO is here to help.

    In partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, pet owners can obtain a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15th at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. For a list of locations, visit www.nvfc.org/windowclings.  The clings are also free online at www.adt.com/pets and will be available this September at your local AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day.  This year’s flagship event will be held in Raleigh on September 25th.  Visithttp://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/ for more information on an event near you.  Additionally the clings will be available at Meet the BreedsTM, October 16th and 17th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. For more information, visit www.meetthebreeds.com.

    June 22 is national HVAC Technician Day.

    6/22/2016 (Permalink)

    It's a great day to call SERVPRO to have your air ducts cleaned.

    With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day!

    Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians?

    Though a variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.

    This newfound power was more than a luxury; it shaped the growth of the country. Sun Belt cities with triple-digit summer temperatures became much more attractive places to live and vacation, once AC was more widely adopted on the 1960s.

    Today, many of us take the indoor comfort for granted. But it’s the technicians who keep our HVAC systems running, day and night. If that’s not reason enough to show them a little love, here are a few more:

    Extreme conditions are just another day at the office for an HVAC hero.

    A few hours without AC or heat may be uncomfortable for us, but imagine working in those conditions every day of the week! HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest and coldest times of the year.

    They go everywhere you’d hate to be!

    Crawl spaces, attics and all points in between—that’s where you’ll find an HVAC pro. Depending on the age and condition of the building, they may run into anything from dust, debris and cobwebs to pests, mildew and claustrophobically close quarters.

    HVAC technicians can save you some green…

    Want your next HVAC system to maximize your energy savings? An HVAC expert can help you choose the right equipment for your home’s needs and your family’s heating and cooling habits. He or she can even recommend different thermostat options that range from set-it-and-forget-it simplicity to real-time smartphone controls with power usage tracking.

    The savings don’t stop there! Regular maintenance, provided by your trusted HVAC technician, helps keep your system running at peak efficiency. That prevents energy waste and minimizes wear and tear that can shorten the life of your HVAC investment.

    …and they help you live greener!

    Don’t forget that saving energy means saving the earth’s valuable resources. When an HVAC professional helps you select and maintain efficient heating and cooling systems, he’s also helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

    HISTORY

    In 2016, National HVAC Tech Day was created by ARS/Rescue Rooter, a national provider of home services, to show appreciation for all HVAC technicians in the industry.

    How To Maintain Your Sump Pump

    6/20/2016 (Permalink)

    When your sump pump fails call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin.

    If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

    • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
    • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
    • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
    • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
    • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
    • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.
    Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.If your sump pump does fail  Call (989)835-5015 and a crew from SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties will come out and dry your basement and all other ares that are wet.  

    National Flag Day

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Happy Flag Day to everyone out there.

    NATIONAL FLAG DAYOn June 14 we honor Old Glory on National Flag Day. This day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents. Representing independence and unity, the Stars and Stripes have become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly. While Betsy Ross has been given credit for stitching together the first American flag, there isn’t any sound evidence supporting the story. At the same time, there is any to disprove it, either. During Ross’s Revolutionary time, several standards were carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside. Since 1977, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times. For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect. In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4. President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959. Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag. His was one f the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day. President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”

    10 Unexpected Places Where Mold Creeps Into Your Home

    6/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Wet areas left untreated can turn into huge problems very fast.

    The Smith’s didn’t notice the mold and mildew smell in their home until they came home from vacation.

    “What’s that smell?” John asked.
    “Mildew. Maybe mold. Maybe I left some clothes in the washer,” Kathy said.

    After an hour-long search, the couple couldn’t find a leak. So they called John’s brother David — a plumber. He came right over.

    “The number one rule for checking for mold and mildew?” David said, “If it uses water, chances are it’s going to leak.”

    These are 10 places many homeowners overlook when checking for mold:

    Dishwasher


    Unless a dishwasher stops working or needs replacing or servicing, most of us don’t think about it as a potential source for mold. There are two connections under each dishwasher that have the potential for mold and mildew to get started–the water supply and the discharge connection. The water supply needs to be lubricated with the right sealant and properly tightened  periodically. The discharge connection involves a rubber hose and clamp, and installing the hose before the dishwasher is installed ensures it is done properly. Hoses wear out over time. If you’re buying an older house, it doesn’t hurt to check the dishwasher connections — especially if there’s an odd smell when you open the door.

    Icemaker Connections


    Refrigerators often get moved, either for cleaning or other projects. This can weaken or break the water line connection to the icemaker, causing leaks behind the refrigerator.

    “It seems like a simple job, so in the real world the plumbing contractor doesn’t install the water line, another contractor does,” Hoffman said. “The connection is a compression fitting and it must be installed properly to ensure there are no leaks.”

    Washing Machine Connections

    When installing a washing machine, always install a brand new washing machine hose, using the rubber washers the manufacturer recommends. Also, use Teflon tape and make sure to tighten the connection with vice grips so there are no drips or leaks. After all, it doesn’t take many drips to create an environment for mold.

    Hot Water Heater


    “Many states have laws regarding the installation of hot water heaters, and most of them involve overflow pans that are piped to drain outside the house. The pan must be tilted ¼ inch to ensure the water does drain. Newer heaters with quick connect connectors should be properly lubricated and tightened so the shut-off valve doesn’t leak,” Hoffman said.

    Plastic P-Traps

    Under every sink in your home is a “P-Trap,” almost always made of PVC pipe, which expands, and contracts. This process eventually loosens the connection and allows water to leak onto the base of the cabinet. If you look under sinks in every room you’ll easily spot the stains and discoloration commonly caused by leaking P-Traps. Use Teflon tape to seal every P-Trap and check them periodically, tightening them by hand to ensure their connections don’t loosen and leak. Over tightening PVC can cause it to crack, so be careful.

    Toilet Connections

    “I’m amazed at how many steps the DIY home improvement shows leave out when they explain about how to install a toilet,” Hoffman said. “The base of the toilet is where most mold grows. Toilets should be installed with a horned wax ring, and then the base of the toilet grouted in with tile grout,” he said. “The grout serves as a filler between the bowl and the floor to keep the bowl from rocking. Rocking bowls are the number one reason for the wax ring being compromised, which then allows mold to get a foothold.”

    Shower Doors

    Shower doors should probably be installed by plumbing contractors, Hoffman said. “They know how to keep them from leaking.” Mold growing at the base of the tub may be from leaking or improperly installed shower doors. Shower doors need caulking on all three rails — the two side rails as well as the bottom rail.

    Tub

    A properly caulked tub isn’t just nicer looking. It keeps water and moisture from dripping down under the tub and causing mold issues. Slab floors can create more problems — especially if installed by a DIY’er. The hole(s) in concrete slabs under tubs should be filled with a liquid tar, or expandable foam insulation to ensure moisture does not wick up from the ground through the slab.

    Exterior Hose Bib

    If you have a home, you have an exterior hose bib — a place where the water connection sticks out from the house. If you’ve used a hose, you know a poor connection or missing rubber washer, or loose hose can result in water spraying the house. This uncontrolled spray allows water to enter the space between the sidings, or into the wall, leading to mold growth. Make sure all holes, gaps and areas around every outdoor water connection are properly caulked and sealed.

    Outdoor Water Sprinklers

    Siding is engineered to shed rain falling down, not sprinklers shooting water up. Make sure your sprinklers are well away from the house when turned on. If you have children or teens that are watering the yard or garden, make sure they know not to spray the house with the hose. If power washing your home, hire a professional, or take care that water is not forced up under the siding as you wash.

    As a homeowner, if you take the appropriate precautions and are vigilant about upkeep, you should be able to avoid mold, or catch it at it’s outset. While mold can be a huge problem in homes, even causing health issues, it is easily preventable.

    by BECKY BLANTONJUNE 3, 2016

    June 5 through June 11 is beach hazard awareness week

    6/1/2016 (Permalink)

    Be safe while enjoying all of the beautiful beaches in Michigan

    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties has a few tips for beach safety         
    Sun, Sand and Safety
    Every summer, people pack their bathing suits, sunscreen, flip flops and a good book for a trip to the beach. Or, perhaps where you live, you are fortunate to have beach weather for the greater part of the year. Regardless of how often you get to sink your toes into the sand, the American Red Cross has some beach safety tips and steps you can take to be make sure you and your family remain safe.
    Beach Safety

    Swimming in the ocean takes different skills, so before you get your feet wet, it’s best to learn how to swim in the surf. You should also swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach, within the designated swimming area. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.

     

    While you’re enjoying the water, keep alert and check the local weather conditions. Make sure you swim sober and that you never swim alone. And even if you’re confident in your swimming skills, make sure you have enough energy to swim back to shore.

     

    Other beach safety tips to keep in mind:

    • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets in and the around water. No one should use any other type of flotation device unless they are able to swim.
    • Don’t dive headfirst—protect your neck. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, and go in feet first the first time.
    • Pay especially close attention to children and elderly persons when at the beach. Even in shallow water, wave action can cause a loss of footing.
    • Keep a lookout for aquatic life. Water plants and animals may be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants. Leave animals alone.
    Rip Currents

    Rip currents are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. Beach goers should be aware of how dangerous rip currents are, and swim only at beaches with lifeguards in the designated swimming area. Rip currents can form in any large open water area, such as low spots and breaks in sandbars, or near structures such as jetties and piers.

     

    For your safety, be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:

    • If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and don’t fight the current.
    • Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore.
    • If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
    • If you feel you can’t make it to the shore, draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help.
    • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
    • If someone is in trouble in the water, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1.Throw the victim something that floats – a life jacket, cooler, inflatable ball and yell instructions on how to escape the current.
    • When at the beach, check conditions before entering the water. Check to see if any warning flags are up or ask a lifeguard about water conditions, beach conditions, or any potential hazards.

    Beach Safety Tips | Ocean Safety | American Red Cross

            Beach Safety Tips | Ocean Safety | American Red CrossThe American Red Cross has some beach safety steps you can take to be make sure you and your family remain safe while in the water or at the beach. View on www.redcross.orgPreview by Yahoo  

    SERVPRO offers post construction cleanup.

    5/26/2016 (Permalink)

    We can help get your construction site cleaned up and ready to be a home.

    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties has many services available to contractors, homeowners, realtors and property managers.  New construction or renovation can leave things a mess  so let the cleanup professionals come and take care of it for you.  

    Here are a few of the services we offer:

    • Site clean up-  We can come in and clean up the house inside and out, Removing debris and leftover materials in preparation for finish work, or we can come in at the end of all work and get the house move in ready.
    • Carpet Cleaning- During a renovation dust and debris can get tracked to areas that are not being worked on.  It is best to have those other areas vacuumed and professionally cleaned to avoid permanent damage.
    • Window washing- Any amount of work done to a home creates a lot of dust.  We can clean the windows inside an out.
    • Washing Walls- We can do a light cleaning to freshen up a home or a heavy cleaning to remove dirt, grease and contaminants before painting.  We also can do dry cleaning of walls if necessary. 
    • Power Washing- Once a house is built and the sod laid you may be left with a dusty, dirty house.  We can come and get it cleaned up and ready for sale.  we can also power wash decks, sidewalks and driveways.  

    So no matter what type of cleanup you need SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties can handle it for you.  

    Give us a call (989)835-5015

    How to display the flag properly

    5/25/2016 (Permalink)

    Fly your flags high on this memorial day weekend.


    We are very patriotic here at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties and would like to let you know how to properly display out nations colors on this memorial weekend.

    1. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

    2. The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag's own right [that means the viewer's left --Webmaster], and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

    3. The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By "half-staff" is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the President of the United States.

    4. When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the right of the flag of the United States (the viewer's left). When the flag is half-masted, both flags are half-masted, with the US flag at the mid-point and the other flag below.

    5. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

    6. When the flag of the United States is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.

    7. When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

    8. When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.

    9. That the flag, when carried in a procession with another flag, or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag's own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

    10. The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

    11. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

    12. When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium on or off a podium, the flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker (to the right of the audience).

    13. When the flag is displayed on a car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

    14. When hung in a window where it is viewed from the street, place the union at the head and over the left shoulder.

    May 21/27 is safe boating week

    5/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Have fun on the water but please do it safely.

    With all the boats and lakes in Midland and Gladwin counties SERVPRO would like to remind everyone to be safe on the water.

    Safe Boating Tips

    No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 10 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe:

    1. Be Weather-Wise

      Always check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

    2. Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

      Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Following a pre-departure checklist is the best way to make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten.

    3. Use Common Sense

      One of the most important parts of boating safety is to use your common sense. This means operating at a safe speed at all times (especially in crowded areas), staying alert at all times and steering clear of large vessels and watercraft that can be restricted in their ability to stop or turn. Also, be respectful of buoys and other navigational aids, all of which have been placed there to ensure your own safety.

    4. Designate an Assistant Skipper

      Make sure more than one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and general boating safety. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can follow the proper boating safety rules to get everyone else back to shore.

    5. Develop a Float Plan

      Whether you choose to inform a family member or staff at your local marina, always be sure to let someone else know your float plan. This should include where you’re going and how long you’re going to be gone.

      A float plan can include the following information:

      • name, address, and phone number of trip leader
      • name and phone number of all passengers
      • boat type and registration information
      • trip itinerary
      • types of communication and signal equipment on board, such as an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
    6. Make Proper Use of Life jackets

      Did you know that the majority of drowning victims are the result of boaters not wearing their life jackets? Make sure that your family and friends aren’t part of this statistic by assigning and fitting each member of your on board team with a life jacket prior to departure. Wear it!

    7. Avoid Alcohol

      Practice boating safety at all times by saving the alcohol for later. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved and studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated by sun and wind.

    8. Learn to Swim

      If you’re going to be in and around the water, proper boating safety includes knowing how to swim. Local organizations, such as the American Red Cross and others, offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area.

    9. Take a Boating Course

      Beginning boaters and experienced experts alike need to be familiar with the boating safety rules of operation. Boater education requirements vary by state; however, some require validated completion of at least one boating safety course. Regardless of your individual state's requirements, it's always important to be educated and prepared for every circumstance that might arise. You can learn boating safety rules by taking a local community course or online course to help educate yourself.
    10. Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check
      Take advantage of a free vessel safety check from the US Coast Guard. They offer complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations. Free of charge, they’ll provide a specialist to check out your boat and make helpful boating safety tips and recommendations. They also offer virtual online safety checks as well

    Freeland Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    5/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Midland /Gladwin counties for mold remediation services.

    What Not to Do:

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Midland/Gladwin specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties at (989)835-5015

    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is taking appointments for carpet cleaning.

    5/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleaning carpets in a Freeland home.

    Here is what the Carpet and Rug Institute says to Keep Your Carpet Looking Beautiful

    Vacuuming is great for day-to-day carpet maintenance. But to keep it at peak performance, CRI recommends professionally deep cleaning your carpet every 12 to 18 months. (Be sure to check your carpet warranty for particular requirements.)

    Ask Good Questions

    There are a number of questions to ask when hiring a cleaning professional:

    • “How long have you been in business?” The answer can speak volumes about a company’s reputation and experience. A quick Google search for customer reviews can also tell you a lot about the company.
    • “Do you vacuum before deep cleaning the carpet?” The answer should be yes. Vacuuming before deep cleaning is critical and makes a difference in the end result.
    • “How is your pricing structured?” Pricing should be based on the area cleaned, not by the number of rooms. Make sure to measure your area before you get on the phone. Room sizes vary, so be careful of any company that quotes price by the room.
    • “How much will it cost?” When you’re on the phone, get an estimate that you’re comfortable with – before the cleaner comes to your house.
    • Are your technicians certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)?
    • Do you move the furniture or should I have it moved before you arrive? If you move the furniture, do you charge extra?

    When They Arrive

    Here are a few considerations for when the cleaners arrive.

    • Be sure to point out any problem areas, spots or pet stains that need special attention.
    • All major U.S. carpet manufacturers highly recommend the use of SOA products in their residential warranties.
    • Many warranties also require you to check with the carpet manufacturer before allowing additional treatments, such as re-applying stain treatments or anti-static treatments.
    • Finally, wait for the carpet to dry completely before walking on it or moving the furniture back into the room. If you replace the furniture too quickly, rust or stains from paint or finishes could mar the carpet permanently.

    Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin @ (989)835-5051 to set up an appointment today.

    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is an IICRC Certified Firm

    4/28/2016 (Permalink)

    We are an IICRC Certified Firm

    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

    IICRC Certified Firms must

    • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

    • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

    • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

    • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

    • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

    The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

    The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

    Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

    About SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties

    SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Certifications

    • MSR - Master Fire & Smoke Restorer
    • OCT - Odor Control Technician
    • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
    • IICRC Certified Firm
    • MTC - Master Textile Cleaner
    • CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
    • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
    • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
    • CRT - Color Repair Technician
    • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

    http://www.SERVPROmidlandgladwincounties.com/restoration-training-certifications

    Does Your Midland Home Have A Mold Problem?

    4/18/2016 (Permalink)

    In Midland,MI mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

    Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

    If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (989)835-5015

    Severe weather awareness week.

    4/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Lightning strikes can cause serious damage to your family home or business. Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties and we can help.

    SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

    We continue our coverage of Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 10th through April 16th. Each night, during our 5:30 and 11 PM newscasts, we will bring you a different safety tip to keep you and your family safe this spring, summer, and fall.

    Dort Federal Credit Union brings severe Weather Awareness Week at TV5 to you!

    Tonight's Tip: Lightning Safety

    When thunderstorms are in the area, we hear the thunder, but we don't always see lightning, which sometimes causes us to continue on with our activities. But it's important to know that if you're close enough to hear thunder, you're also close enough to be struck by lightning.

    According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills an average of 49 people per year, and hundreds more are severely injured. This is often attributed to delayed action or no action at all to head indoors.

    The best practice for lightning safety is "when the thunder roars, head indoors".

    Additional Lightning Tips (Courtesy: NOAA/National Weather Service)

    Indoors

  • Stay off corded telephones. Cellular and cordless devices are safe.
  • Avoid touching electronic objects such as televisions, computers, or cords. Remote controls are safe.
  • Avoid plumbing (showers, sinks, etc.)
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Do not lie on or lean against concrete walls.
  • Outdoors

  • Avoid open fields, hills, and ridge tops.
  • Avoid standing next to tall objects.
  • Avoid water and other wet items, and stay away from metal objects such as poles and fencing.
  • For additional information, head to the National Weather Service's Lightning Safety Page.


    Read more: http://www.wnem.com/story/31694808/severe-weather-awareness-week-lightning-safety#ixzz45p7TRIra 

    We can take care of that mold for you.

    4/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold is a health hazard and should be taken care of immediately.

    Even the smallest amount of mold can be bad for your health. Give SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties a call and we will take care of it for you.  When a house floods in most cases the cabinets get removed to dry the walls behind them.  If this is not done within a few days mold can set in quickly.  Here we see the result of that.  By the time we came in this job was already a few weeks old and mold had grown everywhere. The studs and insulation where actually still wet.  Our crew came in and contained the mold and removed every bit of damaged drywall.  Then we sealed everything up with a stain blocking primer and got it ready for reconstruction.  

    Family grateful for SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Airducts before cleaning
    Family grateful for Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO work

    By the Midland Daily News

    To the editor:


    My husband and I live in Midland with my 16-year-old daughter and our 11-month-old son. My husband served in the military for 21 years. He was in Desert Storm and deployed two more times in Iraq before he decided to retire in 2006.


    We were married Feb. 15, 2011, and were blessed with our beautiful son on Feb. 23, 2013. Two weeks after his birth we were notified that he had tested positive for an incurable disease called cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis affects the breathing and digestive system with a thick sticky mucus and is usually life shortening. Our son has also been diagnosed with asthma.


    Because of our son’s illness I am a stay-at-home mom in order to take care of his many breathing treatments and make sure he receives all his medicine necessary to help him grow and gain weight properly. It is a full-time job in itself. My husband works full time to support our family but with only one income there is not a lot of extra money.


    Due to our son’s breathing difficulties there were some things that were very important to have done to our home in order to keep the air clean. One of those things was to have our air ducts cleaned and since it is a very expensive operation, we were going to apply for a loan through a veterans’ program. One of the conditions to get approved for this particular loan is that three quotes from companies who clean air ducts must be submitted.


    On Dec. 30, 2013, Bill from the Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO came to our home to give us a written quote. Two hours after he left I received a call from Bill saying that because my husband had faithfully served our country for 21 years and because our son has cystic fibrosis they would like to come in and do our air ducts for free.


    On Jan. 8, 2014, Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO came in and cleaned our air ducts for us and we are so very grateful. What a wonderful and kind gesture to help our family out. A very special thank you to Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO for their very kind gesture!


    We would certainly appreciate it if you could let your readers know what a wonderful company Midland/Gladwin SERVPRO is in the community. Thank you.


    Mr. & Mrs. Tim Enszer


    Midland

    Flooding in Midland Mi

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    A flooded basement from recent storms and thawing.

    It is definitely flood season here in Midland so if anyone has had any water in their basement we are here to help.  Here at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties we specialize in getting you dried out and restored.  


    If the water is from a clean source you can do some things to minimize the damage.


    DO



    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

    • Gather loose items from floors.


    DON'T



    • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

    • Don't use television or other household appliances.

    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

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