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Staying Safe At The Beach

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Lake Michigan 2018 Beach Services Provided by the National Weather Service Will you be safe from dangerous swimming conditions on Lake Michigan this year? The beach should be fun. Unfortunately, far too many people are injured or killed along our nation's beaches by hazards such as dangerous storms, currents, heat and lightning. The National Weather Service can help ensure you leave the beach with good memories. NWS and our sister agency, the National Ocean Service, provide you the information you need to stay safe on beaches and in coastal areas and surf zones. If you live on the Great Lakes you face a unique set of Beach challenges.

Each year there are an average 12 drowning fatalities and 23 rescues on Lake Michigan's eastern shore due to the prevailing wind direction resulting in favorable current development. This is also a popular tourist destination so precautions should be taken to stay safe and enjoy your time at the Lake.

To help beach goers remain safe at Lake Michigan beaches, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Milwaukee/Sullivan provides a daily beach forecast for beaches along Lake Michigan.  This daily beach forecast includes a "swim risk" for the coming day.  The "swim risk" will help you assess the risk of swimming in Lake Michigan, and can help you avoid an unnecessary trip to the beach due to expected weather or dangerous swim conditions. 

If your planning a trip to the beach make sure and check out the National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan webpage.

Is Sampling For Mold Needed?

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals like SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo, who have specific experience in mold remediation.

 

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (586) 336-7373
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is close by and ready to help with your mold related questions, testing and clean up. We are proud to be an active member of the Marine City community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

St Clair County Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and  business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

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. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo.

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call 586.336.7373 today!


Commercial Cleaning Service

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Do you own a local business in St. Clair County? You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Have Questions? Call Today 

(586) 336-7373

Water Restoration Professional Products

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

When contamination exists, SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo uses professional water damage restoration products to return the loss environment to a preloss condition. Competence in this area requires an awareness of the basic types of products, understanding proper product usage, and how to explain these products to customers and/or clients.

General Chemical Terminology:

1. Antimicrobial. The word antimicrobial means literally “against microbes.” An antimicrobial agent is any chemical used “against” microorganisms to prevent their development or to limit or stop their growth (examples would be fungistats and mildewstats). The word antimicrobial can sometimes refer more generally to various chemicals registered as disinfectants, germicides, fungicides, virucides, sporicides, mildewcides, or sanitizers. 

2. Disinfectants. Disinfectants and germicides are antimicrobials that destroy about 99 percent of organisms they contact on surfaces where applied. They may or may not affect bacterial or fungal spores, which are usually dormant, reproductive bodies. 

3. Sanitizers. Sanitizers are used to decrease the number of microbials to acceptable levels. A product listed as a sanitizer reduces microbes to levels considered by public health authorities to be safe. Under the right conditions, however, the microbes may grow back.

4. Sterilizers. A sterilizer destroys all microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi spores. Sterilizing microbes in a water damage is generally not possible. Sterilizers can only be used on inanimate surfaces that can withstand the chemicals. Chlorine products are used as sterilizing agents.

5. Mildewstats and fungistats (known as “stats”) slow the growth of fungi on organic materials such as textiles, leather, and paper. They do not necessarily kill microbes, but prevent their further growth when used according to label directions. 

6. Biocides are chemical agents that destroy or kill living organisms (-cide meaning “kill”). For example, a “virucide” would kill or inactivate viruses. In the restoration industry, however, the term biocide is used generally to refer to any chemical agent that affects the growth of microbes like bacteria and fungi. Because of the general use of the term biocide, any particular product called a biocide may not actually “kill” microbes. 

7. Sporicides. A disinfectant that is effective in controlling bacterial or fungal spores when used according to label directions.

Categories of Contaminated Water

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo uses specific remediation procedures for contaminated water.  The industry has created different “categories” to describe the range of contamination in the water. Category 1 is sanitary, Category 2 is significantly contaminated, and Category 3 is grossly contaminated. 

The category determines what work activities and protective measures are needed. Category 2 water projects (significant contamination) can typically be handled with just gloves to minimize skin contact. Category 3 is much more intense. Occupants need to be evacuated, and workers should wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as a full-face respirator with combination HEPA particulate/organic vapor filters, full-body suit, nitrile gloves, heavy-duty work gloves, and waterproof boots. These items are needed to protect you from being potentially exposed to contamination.

COMMERCIAL BUILDING RESTORATION SERVICES

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

COMMERCIAL BUILDING RESTORATION SERVICES

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are available 24 hours a day to get your  business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire, water and mold damage. To learn more about our commercial restoration services check out our website at www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com or contact our office at (586) 336-7373.

No Job is too big or too small. 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. So matter the size of your commercial building we are always here to help. 

Helpful Tips To Prevent Basement Floods

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Helpful Tips To Prevent Basement Floods

Many houses in St. Clair County rely on a sump pump to keep the basement from flooding.  When a big rain storm comes through, the sump pump will really be needed... and that's also the time that the power to a  neighborhood is most likely going to get knocked out, disabling the sump pump and allowing the basement to flood.

If your sump pump quits working, will you know about it before your basement floods?  Do you have a backup in place?  Does it work?  Are you sure? If you depend on a sump pump to keep your basement from flooding, it's important to have a backup system in place, just like it's important to back up the hard drive on your computer. 

It is one of those things that most people don't think about until it's too late.  If you want to protect your basement from flooding, get a backup system.  There are a few different backup systems available.

1. Secondary Electric Pump: A secondary electric pump would be a good option to keep your basement from flooding in the event that your primary sump pump failed.  The secondary pump would need to be installed a little bit higher in the sump basket than the primary pump.  The downside to installing one of these is that if the power to your house went out, the pump would be useless.

2. Battery Back Up: By far, the most common type of backup is a battery powered system.  This consists of a big heavy battery that's about the size and shape of a car battery, as well as a backup sump pump that sits in the sump basket a little bit higher than the primary pump.  This system will save your basement from flooding if your sump pump fails or your power goes out.

3. Hydraulic Pump: Another backup option for your sump basket is to install a pump that is powered by the municipal water pressure coming in to your home.  The nice thing about hydraulic pumps is that you don't have to worry about keeping a battery charged all the time, and if you have an extended power outage, you won't have to worry about the pump failing.

4. High Level Alarm: No matter what type of system you have installed, it's a good idea to have a high level alarm installed in your sump basket.  These alarms will sound off if the water level in your sump basket gets too high. If you don't have a backup system in place, these alarms will at least tell you that you have a problem and you need to jump in to action.

In the event you experience a flood call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373.

By Reuben Saltzman, Home Inspector      Structure Tech Home Inspectors

Upcoming Fire Prevention Week

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

2018 Campaign: October 7-13

The purpose of Fire Prevention Week "FPW" is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status in order to keep everyone safe.

This year’s FPW campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one.

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. 

By:National Fire Protection Association. © National Fire Protection Association 2018.

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

NEW SERVPRO PRODUCT

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has a new product that destroys mold and mildew at their roots. It is safe and effective and can be used on hard and soft surfaces. It is 100% biodegradable surfactant. It is safe for use in air ducts and has the EPA's lowest toxicity category.

Every day, SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo laces up the gloves and faces tough jobs of all kinds. You work hard, so you deserve reliable products in your corner. New SERVPROXIDE™ is the culmination of years of research by the SERVPRO® Professional Cleaning Products Team. Exclusive stabilized chlorine dioxide chemistry and an on-board surfactant makes SERVPROXIDE™ simultaneously effective and safe. In fact, the product is EPA-registered and NSF-listed. In addition to destroying mold, mildew, and odors, SERVPROXIDE™ features expansive bacterial and viral kill claims and air duct claims. It works on hard and soft surfaces. 

Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo for all your Mold questions or concerns.