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September is National Preparedness Month

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Whether its a flood, fire or just routine cleaning  SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo has a trained and certified team to take care of it all.  Our team is on call 24/7 for any emergency.

On August 31, 2022 President Biden said his administration recommits September as National Preparedness Month. Whether it be natural or man made now is the time to prepare for any type of disaster that my affect your Business.

Now is the time for local business owners to review their emergency preparedness and business continuity plans. 

SERVPRO knows the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before you need it. We have developed the free SERVPRO Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for their facility. The business owner works with SERVPRO to gather and document information that will become critical if a disaster strikes. Once the ERP is created, business owners and designated employees have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s free smartphone app.

Be Ready St Clair County MI

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

Preparation is so important for St Clair County residents. Currently we have only 800 emergency responders for 170,000 residents. The first 72 hours following an emergency, essential services may not be available. Residents must BE READY to handle things on their own.

St Clair County has a new warning system that alerts residents via text, phone call or email of possible upcoming storm events.

WINS (Warning Information Notification System) is a public service alert system that includes over 150 categories of weather, emergency and non-emergency alerts. YOU choose the alert types and delivery methods that are important to you and your family. 

In the event of any storm situation SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is here to help. Call us at (586) 336-7373 day or night.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Sanitization of large industrial business This image shows a certified technician sanitizing a large scale industrial building, which is a service we offer to commercial buildings.

Large or small, we are on the call!

Here at SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo, we offer restoration services to many different areas of expertise, including even large scale or commercial disasters that occur. No matter the size of the building or job, SERVPRO is always ready to provide its restoration aid to those who need it. 

As a business ourselves, we understand how important it is to get your business back up and running, as time is precious and the longer it takes to get a situation straightened out, the more money is taken away from you. With SERVPRO's 24/7 service, it is in our best interest to get your business back up and running as soon as possible.

Our certified technicians, being experts in restoration, not only service small retail businesses and residential buildings, but also service both small and large office buildings, restaurants, hotel/motel/apartment buildings, large manufacturing/industrial properties, and even military or government complexes. No matter how big the property, we are ready to make the disaster seem "Like it never even happened."

If you or someone you know is struck with a commercial tragedy, call 586-336-7373 at anytime for our emergency restoration services.

Commercial Restoration Services

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

Office flooded with water, plants tipped over and floating in the water Damage to your commercial business can happen at any time. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is here to help you and you business get back up and running.

When your home or business is struck by a fire, flood, major storm, or any other kind of disaster, you need fast, reliable service to help get your business back up and running. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is here to help day or night.

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo understands how precious time can be, so when the necessity occurs for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, our trained staff will respond quickly to your call to get your business back up and running.

We also offer professional cleaning services to keep your business looking its best. We offer a number of specialized cleaning options to match your needs. Whether your business needs carpets cleaned, walls washed or a persistent odor removed, you can trust the local employees at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo. 

We are available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. Give us a call today at 586-336-7373.

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO Professionals also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners.  A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. 

The SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, the SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes, and offices.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo can professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize, the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, such as methamphetamine, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint power and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. SERVPRO also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Water Mitigation, and what it means

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

What does water mitigation mean?

Water mitigation refers to the process of properly cleaning, sanitizing, drying, repairing, and restoring a property to its pre-water damage condition. Every property and water damage situation is unique, requiring an individualized plan of action to complete the mitigation process.

Identify Source The first step to fixing water damage in your home is to identify the source of the water. In some cases, like broken plumbing or natural disaster, the source will be easily identifiable. However, in other cases the cause may be difficult to identify if it is behind a wall or ceiling. Once the source of water is identified you will need to take steps to remedy the problem and seal the leak.

Fixing plumbing, sealing fixture casing, or altering landscaping water flow channels may be all you need to remedy the situation. However, in some cases you will need a professional to identify and repair the source of unwanted water flow.

Clean Standing Water

The next step you need to take to fix water damage in your home is to clean any standing water. In most water damage situations there are pools of water in low lying areas. In some cases you can use a common wet/dry vacuum to remove water, mud, or other debris from flooding. However more severe flooding cases require industrial water extractors to handle the volume and density of polluted water.

Dehumidify After standing water has been removed you will need to dehumidify the remaining moisture. This is one of the most important steps you need to take to fix water damage in your home or office. Residual moisture can cause warping and other property damage as well as lead to serious health issues like the formation of mold, bacteria, and other contaminants. Dehumidification removes hidden moisture to eliminate the possibility of further damage occurring once the primary water has been removed.

Clean and Sanitize

after the water and moisture have been removed the next step to fix water damage is to clean and sanitize the impacted areas. Flood water often brings sewage and other pollutants with it. These contaminants must be removed before final repairs are conducted. Commercial cleaners and industrial sanitizers will ensure that your property is effectively cleaned and treated.

Repair and Restore

The final step in fixing water damage is repair and restoration. Any flooring or carpeting that was damaged must be cleaned or replaced. Damaged walls may need to have sections replaced or repainted.

 SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo can help with all of your water damage needs.

Call us today: 586-336-7373

Mold can grow anywhere and everywhere

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold grows in… everything

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold is everywhere—it grows year-round and can be found both indoors and outdoors. Mold is a living organism and, as such, it grows and spreads when it has the right conditions—and it likes the damp.

Outdoor molds are commonly found in shady, damp areas and in soil. Indoors, mold can be found where humidity and moisture levels are high, such as in basements, kitchens, bathrooms and on ceilings and wall interiors where water from leaky pipes, roofs or windows can accumulate.

Indoor mold can be ruinous to surfaces (like walls and wallcoverings) and to your belongings.

Most mold is not covered by a standard homeowner’s policy

Mold, like rot and insect infestation, is a home maintenance issue and these are generally not however, in the event that mold growth is the direct result of a covered peril such as a burst pipe, the cost of eliminating the mold may be covered. If you have federal flood insurance, it may cover you for mold and/or mildew damage—but only if it is directly attributable to a flood.

However, since it's unlikely you're covered for mold, it's even more important to keep your home mold-free—and in that effort, a strong offense is definitely your best defense.

Covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policies.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo today. We can help. 586-336-7373

Biohazard and dealing with death

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

The death of a loved one is a devastating event for family and friends. When a person dies in the home or at a business, the cleanup afterward can prove too traumatic for family to perform. Outdoor scenes of death are often cleaned by a fire department, but if someone has died inside a building cleanup needs can be extensive. Odor, blood spills and tissue remains may need to be removed. Specific procedures should be followed to ensure permanent remediation, allowing dignified closure of a painful chapter. 

Warnings

  • Always confirm professional cleanup services are certified or licensed in accordance with your state regulations for death-related cleanup projects.

Instructions included in this article are intended as general guidelines and do not constitute training or certification in biohazard cleanup or removal.

Always wear OSHA-compliant protective gear when cleaning up biohazardous materials, including blood, brain matter, feces, vomit, and decomposition seepage.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo for all your Biohazard needs @ 586-336-7373

Sandbags

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Sandbags 

In the wake of the St. Clair County flood Warnings You've probably heard about using sandbags to help prevent flooding in your home or business. Little did you know as with any prevention and protection there is a right way and a wrong way. 

Sandbagging is an old flood prevention technique that's simple, but still effective. If the bags are not filled and stacked properly, though, they will be useless. Here are some tips and steps for the most effective way use sandbags:

  • Only use sand in the bags:
  • Try to use coarse sand:
  • When building a sandbag wall, it's crucial for the bags to shape around each other tightly:
  • Stagger the sandbags on top of one another:
  • Set up your sandbags before flooding is anticipated:

Mold Myths

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Myths

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your home.

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources.

But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:

  • A Clean Home is Mold-Free.

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.

  • Your home has no moldy odors.

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.

  • Your home's basement never floods.

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.

  • Bleach can remove mold.

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.

IICRC Certified

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo 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 Marine City/ Romeo

SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo 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.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Today, We can help. 586-336-7373

Disaster Recovery Service

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery:

When your home or business is struck by a fire, flood, major storm, or any other kind of disaster, you need fast, reliable service to help you get back up on your feet. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo can help.

We are available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day.

Fire

Mold

Smoke

Water

Odor

Large Loss

We are here to help.

Biohazard and Restoration cleanup

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Helpful hints for a Flooded Bathroom

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom? Here Are Some Helpful Tips.

 Clogged toilets can happen in the best-kept homes. Busy families can forget someone’s filling up the tub. A pipe can freeze during the night and burst before you’re awake. From faulty plumbing to a sewage backup, it doesn’t take much to flood the bathroom.

Before you grab a mop, ask yourself a quick question: Do you know the best way to take care of a flooded bathroom and keep water damage to a minimum?

SERVPRO Marine City /Romeo 586-336-7373 we know how to tackle this kind of work. It’s a big job, and you need to take it one step at a time. It’s our goal to help make your next bathroom cleanup project a little easier.

You want to address bathroom flooding as quickly as you can. Standing water soaks subflooring, wicks into sheetrock and creates a perfect breeding environment for unhealthy mold and mildew.

These 10 steps get you on the road to flooded bathroom recovery.

  1. TURN OFF THE WATER: Locate the sink or toilet valve so that you can shut off the water supply and stop the flooding. The oval-shaped knobs are usually under the sink and behind the toilet.

Helpful Tip: If you’re dealing with a burst pipe, turn off your home’s water supply at the outside main.

  1. FIX THE PROBLEM: Determine the exact source of the flood water, and clear the clog, or fix the leak. We recommend calling SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373
  2. 3. DOCUMENT THE DAMAGE: Even minor bathroom flooding can turn into serious water damage, so take pictures before you start cleaning. Save them as documentation in case you need to file an insurance claim.
  3. CLEAN OUT CABINETS: Get everything out of vanity cabinets and any other storage in contact with the wet floor. Check these areas for damage, and determine what kind of cleanup they need.

Helpful Tip: Leave cabinet doors and drawers open to help circulate air and speed up the drying process.

  1. REMOVE STANDING WATER: Tackle minor floods on tile or vinyl floors with old towels, and finish up with a good mopping. Lay newspapers flat inside cabinets to absorb excess moisture in hard-to-reach spaces. If the flooding is severe, please call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.
  2. USE A WET VACUUM: If you’re dealing with several inches of flooding or a carpeted bathroom floor, extract the water with a wet vacuum. Be sure to follow the equipment’s instruction manual for safe use.
  3. 7. PULL OFF BASEBOARDS: Carefully pry baseboards away from walls so that you can check sheetrock at floor level. The porous material can quickly soak up flood water, and you need to

Helpful Tip: leave the baseboards off until you’ve finished cleaning the bathroom.

  1. START THE DRYING PROCESS: Set up as many fans as possible, and arrange them so that their air circulation creates crosscurrents. Consider renting a large dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.{ Dehumidifiers remove access moisture}
  2. REMOVE DAMAGED SHEETROCK: Soaked sheetrock is a perfect breeding ground for mold, so don’t try to salvage it. Tear out and replace any wallboard that doesn’t dry within three days.
  3. SCRUB AND DISINFECT: Clean floors, cabinets and any other surfaces affected by bathroom flood waters. Finish off the job with a disinfectant designed to prevent mold growth.

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS DO IT YOURSELF:

If you have experienced any of the above, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO marine city/ romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

Fire Safety

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Every year 5,500 Americans die in fires and more than 30,000 are injured. Most fire deaths occur in the home and many can be prevented. Your local fire departments work to keep citizens informed and practiced in fire safety training. To protect yourself and your family it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire.

  • Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to grab valuables or make a phone call.
  • In two minutes a fire can become life threatening. In five minutes a house can be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire's heat and smoke are more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs.
  • Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy.
  • Request an inspection of your home or business by your local fire department.
  • Install smoke detectors. Place detectors on the ceiling or high on the wall of every level of your house, outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairways, at the bottom of enclosed stairs, and near (but not in) the kitchen.
  • Clean and test smoke detectors once a month and replace batteries at least twice a year.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in your home and teach family members how to use it.
  • Plan two escape routes from every room in your home or office. Choose a place outside for everyone to meet after escaping from a fire.
  • Have a practice fire drill at least once a year; teach children how to report a fire, and when to use 911.
  • Keep a whistle in each bedroom to awaken the household in case of fire. Teach family members to stay low to the floor (where the air is safer) when escaping from a fire.
  • Teach family members never to open doors that are hot. In a fire feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand. If it is hot, do not open the door. Find another way out.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
  • Safeguard your home against fires by keeping storage areas clean, check wiring and outlets, and use caution with flammable liquids and materials.

Don't forget your pet's in an emergency

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

PET DISASTER KIT

Water: Keep at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and each member of your family.

Food: Keep at least three day’s supply of food I an airtight waterproof container.

Pet Food/ Water Bowels and a non-electric can opener.

Medicines and Medical Records: Keep and extra supply of medications your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container, information on feeding schedules, medical conditions behavior problems and the name and number of your veterinarian.

First Aid Kit: Have a conversation with your veterinarian about the most appropriate items for your pets medical needs, Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandages and tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, alcohol and saline solution.

Collar and ID Tags: Harness and leash, in the kit include and extra leash, collar or harness, and an extra set of ID tags with the pets name, your name and phone number and address.

Crate: Or other pet carrier. Have a safe, sturdy, comfortable carrier ready for transporting your pets. The crate should be big enough for your pets to stand, turn around and lie down.

Sanitation: Include pet litter, and a litter box if needed, newspapers, paper towels. Plastic trash bags and house hold bleach to help with your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant.

Photos: If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of your pet/pets will help you document ownership and will allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. / Include detailed information about the species, breed age, sex, color, and any distinguishing characteristics.

Familiar Items: Put favorite toys, treats, or bedding in the kit, familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

Floods and Storms

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Floods/Storms

Floods

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
    • Stay where you are.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

WHAT TO DO NOW: Prepare

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. 
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

WHAT TO DO DURING: Survive

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

WHAT TO DO AFTER: Be Safe

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
  • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

Stay safe

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Stay Safe Before and After Winter Storms

Heat your home safely.

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
    • Fireplace that is up to code with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
    • Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters. Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
  • Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Make sure to keep them away from any flammable materials, like curtains or blankets.
  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak gas from the flue or exhaust into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Make sure you have proper ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.
  • Keep heat sources, like space heaters, at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard, but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.

Flood Damage v Water Damage

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Damage –V- Water Damage What’s the difference?

Water Damage as covered in the homeowners policy includes “instances of water hitting your home before (No, we’re not making this up.) Damage from a leaky roof or broken pipe are insured. So too is mold that results from those accidents. Touching the outside ground”

But mold resulting from a flood won’t be covered unless you have separate flood insurance.

It’s important to note that it is the damage to your home that’s insured, not the actual item that failed. So if a busted pipe was the source of the problem, the ruined carpet will be covered but not the broken pipe.

We are always here to help in such instances. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo provides 24 hour support for all your Water Loss needs. You can contact us at 586-336-7373.

Biohazard Restoration and Cleanup

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Biohazard Restoration and Cleanup

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.586-336-7373

Equipped with necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances. 

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Franchise Professionals provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

-Sewage backups

-Crime Scene residues

-Suicide/death accidents

-Homicide cleanups

-Blood cleanup

-Accident cleanup

-Hoarding scenes

-Animal waste/remains

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage Backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits- these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo removes sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and helps ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Blood borne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals removes and disposes of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting accidents, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

24 Hour Emergency Service 365 Days a year 586-336-7373

Biohazard emergencies don't always happen during regular business hours, and that's why SERVPRO Of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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Follow these steps after a fire

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Follow these steps after a house fire

  1. Call your insurance agent immediately.You will be getting calls at all hours of the day from public adjusters and contractors who will try to offer you a deal on putting your house back together. These calls can create a lot of stress and confusion. I suggest you speak to no one but your agent to discuss your options at this point in the process.
  2. Contact your local SERVPROof Marine City/ Romeo Immediately after a fire @ 586-336-7373, especially if it is a minor one, you’ll need to clean up any soot or water damage. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals can also arrange restoration with contractors on hand.
  3. Separate damaged property from undamaged property.The insurance company will need a detailed inventory list from you after they inspect the loss. Separating your damaged property from your undamaged property will make it easier for you to make a list of your damaged items. This list needs to include the date you purchased each item, the brand name, the price you paid, and the serial number, model, or description of each item. If the item was a gift, be sure to indicate that as well.

It’s a good idea to submit your receipts with this inventory list. If the receipts were destroyed in the fire, or you didn’t keep any receipts, request copies of prior bank statements. This can make obtaining duplicate receipts easier. Keep in mind that photos of any damaged items are always helpful if receipts are not available.

  1. Save undamaged property from further destruction.Any items that are not damaged should be put in a safe place, even if it means putting them in storage. Insurance adjusters are typically fair when it comes to adding additional costs for storage.
  2. Cooperate fully with the insurance company’s investigation.When a fire claim is reported to an insurance company, it is given top priority. Usually the adjusters come out to see the loss within 24 to 48 hours. To help settle your claim in a timely manner and to your satisfaction, be sure you are available and on time for all meetings, that you return calls promptly, that any requested paperwork is completed as quickly as possible, and that you contact the company or your agent immediately with any questions.
  3. Find somewhere to stay if you can’t live in your home. Most homeowner’s policies include “Loss of Use or Loss of Rents” coverage, which will pay for the food, clothing, and shelter that you and your family may need for a specified period of time. Keep in mind that your policy will pay for “like kind and quality” living arrangements. 

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What to do before help arrives

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What to do before help arrives.

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency. CALL TODAY: 586-336-7373

FEMA supply list

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FEMA Emergency Supply List

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheets and duct tape to secure shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Additional Items to Consider adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula ad diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper- When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

We Are Coronavirus Cleaning Services and Biohazard Experts

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About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.

For specialized cleaning services, including the new Certified SERVPRO Cleaned defensive pathogen cleaning program, call Us Today. SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo 586-336-7373

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

If this is something your company can benefit from, please call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

Biohazard and sewage tips

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Biohazard and Sewage tips

Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common biohazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

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After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • 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.

Commercial Mold Remediation

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Commercial Mold Remediation

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call a SERVPRO Franchise Professional, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

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Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, they will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. 

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Dealing with and preventing Ice Dams

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What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.

Effects of ice dams

Moisture entering the home from ice dams can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. These can cause respiratory problems.

  • Prevent the growth of mold and mildew by immediately drying out portions of the house that are wet or damp.
  • Take immediate action to get rid of the water source, clean the home environment and maintain its air quality.

What causes ice dams?

Nonuniform roof surface temperatures lead to ice dams.

Heat loss from a house, snow cover and outside temperatures interact to form ice dams. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32 degrees F (freezing) while lower surfaces are below 32F. These are average temperatures over sustained periods of time. For a portion of the roof to be below freezing, outside temperatures must also be below freezing.

The snow on a roof surface that is above freezing will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32F and freezes. This causes the ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that average below 32F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

How to prepare your office for a winter storm

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How to prepare the office for a winter storm

When the weather forecast predicts a serious winter storm, keep these winter preparation tips in mind for your small business:

  • Communicate with your employees.Have a predetermined way to communicate with all employees to let them know if the store or office will be open that day.
  • Let customers know if and when you’re closing.If you will be closing early due to a blizzard, or not opening at all, use social media channels to relay that information. If you have a store-front, make sure to post a sign notifying your customers of your closing as well.
  • Salt the sidewalks.If you plan for your small business to be open during the winter storm, be sure to brine or salt the sidewalks to prevent ice from forming and causing slippery situations.
  • Keep an eye on power lines.If you see a downed power line near your business, call 911 immediately and do not go near it, it could be still live with electricity. Try to prevent any customers from getting near it as well.
  • Consider buying a generator. Have a generator for any important devices or products needing electricity, like walk-in coolers and food storage.
  • Check on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.Regularly replacing batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is a good practice, and especially important if you will be using a generator. Tip: if you’re using a portable generator, never keep it indoors. They produce high levels of carbon monoxide and could cause harm to those inside.
  • Have mailing back-up plans. Think about what things you rely on the mail service to provide. If you have payroll checks or other important documents coming in the mail, and the roads are too bad for mail to be transported, do you have other ways of accessing them? Contact whoever is sending your important documents to ensure that mail interruptions will not cause disaster in your small business.

Winter emergency kit for a small business

In extreme cases of winter storms, you and your employees may become snowed in at work, or need to wait out the storm. In areas where heavy snowfall is typical, consider making a winter emergency kit for your small business to ensure winter workplace safety. These items, provided by FEMA include:

  • A hand-crank or battery-charged radio 
  • Water and food snacks 
  • A whistle or noisemaker that can be used to signal for help 
  • Copies of important business documents, all kept in a waterproof and fireproof container. 
  • Flashlights and/or candles First-aid kit Moist towelettes or hand sanitizer 
  • Extra toiletries (including feminine hygiene products) 
  • Cell phone chargers for all types of cellular devices (and/or portable cell phone power banks or chargers)

Commercial Restoration Services

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Commercial Restoration Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. 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.

  • Commercial Mold Restoration
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Storm And Major Events
  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration

No Job Is Too Large

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. 

If your business suffers a major loss, Please don’t hesitate to call us @ 586-336-7373

Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Winter Weather Tips

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Winter Weather Tips:

Disaster Recovery Team would like to offer the following tips to help homeowners and business owners avoid damages during this frigid winter weather.

  • Keep indoor temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, when possible. This will help keep pipes inside walls from freezing.
  • If you are a homeowner, remind those in your household where to find the main water shutoff valve in case of emergency.
  • If you are a renter or a business owner, be sure you have the contact information for your maintenance crew on hand in case of a burst pipe.
  • Turn on hot and cold taps just enough to keep them dripping slowly.
  • Keep cabinet doors underneath sinks open during extremely cold spells. This allows the warm air from a room to circulate around the pipes.
  • Disconnect all garden hoses from outside faucets and spigots. Shut off valves to these spigots from the crawlspace, if possible.
  • Close the flue in your fireplace when it is not in use, and, of course, always double-check to ensure your flue is open before starting a fire in the fireplace.
  • If you plan to leave your home unattended for several days, have a friend or neighbor stop in to check on your residence. Undiscovered burst pipes can lead to catastrophic flood and mold damage inside your home.
  • Beware of ice dams in gutters near downspouts.

Fire Restoration Process

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Fire Damage Restoration Process

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO Customer Care Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Home Information For Winter Storms

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Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone in your home knows how to use them. If your smoke alarms get power from your home’s electrical system (hardwired), make sure the backup battery is replaced at least once a year so that your alarms will work during a power outage. Insulate water pipes with insulation or newspaper and plastic and allow faucets to drip or trickle during cold weather to avoid freezing. Learn how to shut off water valves if a pipe bursts. Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of your roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow or ice. Winterize your home by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic. Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks, and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or neighboring structure during, or following, a storm. Keep pathways and driveways clear between storms to avoid buildup of snow piles and icing. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

Three Types of Contaminated Water

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Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"                

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

10 Christmas Light Safety Tips

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  1. Never leave your lights on unattended: Whether you’re running out for food, or playing outside with the kids, turn your Christmas lights off any time you will not be nearby. While this may seem like a pain, there are a variety of products that make it easy, like Christmas light timers and remote controls that turn your indoor and outdoor lights off with the touch of a button. If you’re prone to forgetting, try an automated timer for outdoor lighting that illuminates your decorations when it gets dark outside and turns them off at sunrise.
  2. Consider using LED lights instead of incandescent lights: LED lights, while a bit more expensive, are a much safe option indoor and outdoor lighting. Because they produce very little heat, they are perfect for holiday decorations. They also last up to 25 times longer and use 75 percent less electricity.
  3. Be mindful of where you place candles: There’s nothing like warm candlelight flickering away on a cozy Christmas night. However, candles aren’t the safest option — especially if you have kids or pets who are prone to accidentally knocking things over. Place lit candles above the reach of wandering hands and tails, and well out of the way of flammable materials like curtains or wrapping paper. To prevent possible burns and fires, try flameless candles instead.
  4. Indoor and outdoor lights are not interchangeable: Though indoor lights can be cheaper, don’t use them as a substitute for outdoor lights. Indoor lights aren’t as sealed against moisture as their outdoor counterparts, making them unsafe for wet winter weather. If you’re not sure which type of lights you have, play it safe, and toss them and buy new ones.
  5. Only use three light strands per outlet: The number of light strings you can connect together in sequence depends on both the strands’ wattage and the maximum watt capacity of the house circuit you plug them into. A good rule of thumb is to keep each outlet to three strands of lights or fewer. Also consider using a power strip with a built-in circuit breaker instead of your wall outlet for added protection.
  6. Get rid of old lights
  7. Securely fasten all outdoor light strings: Winter storms can easily catch and blow loose outdoor Christmas light strands, causing potential electrical hazards. Fasten your lighted decorations to firm objects like trees or walls to keep your lights secure. Also fasten indoor lights out of reach of pets and small children to avoid chewing mishaps that could result in accidental electrocution.
  8. Avoid using electric lights on metallic trees: Shiny aluminum and tinsel Christmas trees can bring real sparkle to your holiday décor, but if you opt for a metallic tree, avoid using electric lights or decorations. The tree could easily become charged with electricity, giving a real “shock” to anyone who touches it.
  9. Be smart when using extension cords: Outdoor lights can pose a safety risk when extension cords are low enough to become surrounded by pools of rain or melted snow. Keep the cords dry, and make sure to use surge protectors to minimize damage in case of voltage fluctuation.
  10. Keep your Christmas tree from becoming a fire hazard: Christmas Trees are the leading cause of house fires during the holidays. While there are definitely benefits to a real tree, artificial trees are the safer choice. Most artificial trees are made with fire-resistant materials, making them fairly safe to light and decorate. If you opt for a real tree, make sure it’s fresh when you buy it and that you keep it well watered. Once your tree dries out, it is no longer safe to keep in your home and should be removed immediately.

Whether you go big or small with your Christmas decorations this season, protecting your home and family should be your number one priority. Follow these 10 Christmas light safety tips to have a happy, secure holiday.

CHRISTMAS TREE SAFETY TIPS

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Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family and friends. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.

IF YOUR HOLIDAY IS JUST NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT A LIVE TREE,

FOLLOW THESE SAFETy PRECAUTIONS TO KEEP THREATS AT BAY:

  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights off. DO NOT FORGET to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.

When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow our guidelines to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report during the upcoming holiday season.

FROZEN PIPES

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Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in it that expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

How to Protect Pipes from Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Roof Tarping After Wind, Hail, Storm or Fire

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Falling trees, fire, high wind and hail storms often cause roof damage. Safety should your primary concern. Initial roof assessment should be completed from the ground as damage is not always visible. If you suspect damage to your shingles or structure, contact a professional immediately.

Vacate the premises in the event of major roof damage.

Tarping the roof will prevent secondary damage while the roof is inspected and repaired. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide emergency roof tarp installation to prevent further damage. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO is ready to respond immediately with your roof tarping needs.

Emergency Board Up Services Available

Our professional crews use approved board up techniques to minimize further damage and secure your property and protect the building from weather, animals and illegal entry.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster.

Flooding caused by heavy rains

Hurricanes and tidal surges

Tornadoes and wind damage

Ice and snowstorms

Wildfires

DISASTER SUPPLY KIT

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DISASTER SUPPLY KIT

  When there is a community disaster, you may need to be able to survive on your own for three days or more. This means having your own food, water, and emergency supplies.  The following checklist will assemble a disaster supply kit for each member of your family.

  • A two week supply of water ( one gallon per day, per person in your household)
  • A two week supply of non- perishable packaged or canned food
  • A non- electric can opener and non- breakable eating and drinking utensils.
  • One complete change of clothing for each person, sturdy work clothes, sturdy shoes, socks, extra underwear, and rain or snow gear.
  • Towels, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags.
  • First Aid kit that includes a first aid handbook,, adhesive tape, bandages, antibiotic ointments, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, aspirin, spare glasses/ contact lens needs, medications, soap and thermometer.
  • A battery powered radio, flashlight, or lanterns and extra batteries.
  • Heating source, camp stove, or Canned Heat stove, extra fuel and matches.
  • Credit cards, cash, car keys, birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s license, and important household documents.
  • Special items for the elderly, infants, or disabled member of the family.
  • Water purifying tablets, or household bleach.
  • Paper towels and toilet paper.
  • Emergency Car Kit that includes a battery powered radio, flashlight, lantern, extra batteries, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, First Aid kit with handbook, bottles of water, non- perishable food items, shovel, flares, spare tire, jack, crowbar, gasoline can, and a tire repair kit and a pump.

We Are Coronavirus Cleaning Services and Biohazard Experts

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We Are Coronavirus Cleaning Services and Biohazard Experts

About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.

For specialized cleaning services, including the new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive pathogen cleaning program, call Us Today. SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo 586-336-7373

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

If this is something your company can benefit from, please call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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Fire Damage Restoration Process
After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.
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Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO Customer Care Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Insurance Services

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Insurance Services

As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer your insurance company an array of competitive advantages. Our goal is to restore both your customer’s property and their peace of mind through timely mitigation and adherence to IICRC standards. The result? Lower claims costs and satisfied customers – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Why Choose SERVPRO: The SERVPRO Difference - SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are uniquely qualified to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.

Large Loss Response: No Restoration Project Is Too Large Whether it’s a large commercial project or a major storm event, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help quickly.

Training: From initial training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to IICRC certifications, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration.

Call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Today: 586-336-7373 From initial training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to IICRC certifications, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration.

Removing Lingering Odors After Fire Damage

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Removing Lingering Odors After Fire Damage To Your St Clair County MI Home

Training, Knowledge and Equipment Restore Smoke Damaged Properties

When a fire occurs, the most vital thing is to get it under control. After this crucial factor has been achieved, the next stage is to restore your home and belongings to their pre-fire condition. However, even after the initial cleanup has been completed, the smell of the fire can linger. Many homeowners find that even after all charred and damaged items are removed, and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned there is still a smoky smell in the air.
 
If you can still smell a burned or charred scent after fire damage to your home, further work may be needed to deodorize your house. Our technicians are trained to deal with lingering fire odors swiftly and efficiently. Our professionally trained and certified IICRC teams have the skill and equipment needed to deodorize your house and leave it smelling fresh once more –"Like it never even happened."
 
We train our IICRC certified technicians to assess what is causing lingering odors after a fire. Confined areas, attics, rafters, and the insulation in your home are all especially susceptible to odor entrapment after a fire has occurred. Each area needs to be treated carefully to ensure the odor is removed.
 
We arrive at your home equipped with deodorizing equipment. The first step is to assess what is causing the smell to linger. The next step is to tackle the smell at its source. We thoroughly vent the problem area, and clean surfaces to help scrub away the source of the smell. For some spaces, an odor counteractant can be used to clean away those odors. In some cases, placement of an activated charcoal unit overnight can absorb the smell. IF the home is vacant of the residents, live plants, and pets, we can set up ozone machines which chemically capture smoke particulates in the air. Hydroxyl generators are also very useful in purging the ambient air of unwanted particles, thus mitigating, and finally, eliminating the smoke odors.
 
If cleaning and ventilation do not succeed in tackling stubborn smoke smells after a fire, our technicians are equipped with thermal fog equipment. Thermal fogging equipment mimics the heat and pressure of the fire in a safe manner. Materials that picked up the smell of smoke from the fire now pick up the deodorization droplets from thermal fogging in the same manner. 
 
Let SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo remove lingering smoke odors after a fire. Call us at (586) 336-7373 today for assistance.

Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning

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Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning

Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO franchise professional to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically. SERVPRO offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

SERVPRO franchise professionals also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

·         Professional Cleaning

  • Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
  • SERVPRO franchise professionals will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 50 years of experience and professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today

Fire Damage and Emergency Tips

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Fire Damage and Emergency Tips

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

  • 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 Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?
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What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Be Prepared For Flu Season

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Flu Season

SERVPRO® shares commonsense precautions to help control spread of the flu virus

 Flu season is here, and it’s often marked by the offers of free flu shots in neighborhood pharmacies and stores across the country. SERVPRO cleaning pros—experts in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces, and contents after fire, water, or natural disasters—remind home and business owners how important it is to step-up routine cleaning efforts during this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched minimizes the likelihood of contacting the flu virus when you touch an infected surface.

How to prepare the office for a winter storm

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How to prepare the office for a winter storm

When the weather forecast predicts a serious winter storm, keep these winter preparation tips in mind for your small business:

  • Communicate with your employees.Have a predetermined way to communicate with all employees to let them know if the store or office will be open that day.
  • Let customers know if and when you’re closing.If you will be closing early due to a blizzard, or not opening at all, use social media channels to relay that information. If you have a store-front, make sure to post a sign notifying your customers of your closing as well.
  • Salt the sidewalks.If you plan for your small business to be open during the winter storm, be sure to brine or salt the sidewalks to prevent ice from forming and causing slippery situations.
  • Keep an eye on power lines.If you see a downed power line near your business, call 911 immediately and do not go near it, it could be still live with electricity. Try to prevent any customers from getting near it as well.
  • Consider buying a generator. Have a generator for any important devices or products needing electricity, like walk-in coolers and food storage.
  • Check on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.Regularly replacing batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is a good practice, and especially important if you will be using a generator. Tip: if you’re using a portable generator, never keep it indoors. They produce high levels of carbon monoxide and could cause harm to those inside.
  • Have mailing back-up plans. Think about what things you rely on the mail service to provide. If you have payroll checks or other important documents coming in the mail, and the roads are too bad for mail to be transported, do you have other ways of accessing them? Contact whoever is sending your important documents to ensure that mail interruptions will not cause disaster in your small business.

Winter emergency kit for a small business

In extreme cases of winter storms, you and your employees may become snowed in at work, or need to wait out the storm. In areas where heavy snowfall is typical, consider making a winter emergency kit for your small business to ensure winter workplace safety. These items, provided by FEMA include:

  • A hand-crank or battery-charged radio 
  • Water and food snacks 
  • A whistle or noisemaker that can be used to signal for help 
  • Copies of important business documents, all kept in a waterproof and fireproof container. 
  • Flashlights and/or candles First-aid kit Moist towelettes or hand sanitizer 
  • Extra toiletries (including feminine hygiene products) 
  • Cell phone chargers for all types of cellular devices (and/or portable cell phone power banks or chargers)

Preparing for storms

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Preparing for storms

Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. Storms can be dangerous weather events that leave destruction to your property as well as cause injuries and occasionally even death. Below is a checklist to make sure your home and family are best prepared for any storms, so that you, your loved ones, and your home can stay safe.

Prepare a storm shelter.

Include essential supplies such as food, water, a first aid kid, flashlights, and batteries to last a few days in the case of a severe storm or tornado.

Clear branches and dead trees around your home.

The high-speed wind of storms can send dead branches or even trees crashing through your windows, siding, and roof. Clearing these objects away from your house is an easy way to make sure they do not cause any damage.

Secure outside objects

The benefits of technology is we have weather apps and stations that give us warning before a storm arrives. If a bad one is coming up, move large outdoor objects inside to prevent damage to your house and those objects.

Document your valuable items.

Take pictures of valuable items that you can use to show insurance later. If they are damaged or lost in the storm, you have better luck with your claim if you have documentation. Include date of purchase and purchase amount if you have that as well. Bonus points for saving receipts!

Protect Your Pets!

When preparing for storms, oftentimes pets are forgotten about. Make sure to have a plan in place for your pets, whether that is in your storm shelter or if that means having them in a separate safe location for when the storm hits.

Fire Pit Safety

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Whether you already have a fire pit or are planning to add one, invest some effort in reviewing fire pit safety. This is especially important if you’re new to using a fire pit. It only takes a second for a cozy fire to burst into a blazing inferno. Ensure you get the most enjoyment from your fire pit by keeping family and friends safe.

Fire pit safety starts with selecting the right site. Make sure the ground is level, especially when using a portable fire pit. Keep fires located at least 10 to 20 feet away from surrounding plants, as well as from nearby buildings, including your home. Check with your local city and county authorities to make sure you observe the distance required by law.

Never operate your fire pit beneath a building overhang or in a partially enclosed space. Use special caution related to overhanging trees, which can easily ignite from flying wood-fire sparks. In fire-prone areas, surround your fire pit with non-combustible materials, like crushed stone, brick, or sand.

In wood-stoked fire pits, safety begins with fuel. Only burn wood that’s been seasoned at least six months. Avoid using construction materials, such as plywood or composite woods, which can release toxic fumes when burned. Softwoods, like pine and birch, tend to produce more crackles and sparks than seasoned hardwoods, like oak or hickory. For wood-burning fire pits, cut logs so their length is less than three-quarters the diameter of the pit. Never use lighter fluid or gasoline to start a fire in a fire pit.

If your fire pit has a screen, use it whenever you’re burning. It’s also a good idea to have a bucket of sand or garden hose handy to deal with wayward sparks from wood fires. Attach a hose-end multi-pattern nozzle to the hose, setting it to “spray.” A shower-type spray douses a flare up, while a direct stream of water can spread sparks. Keep fire gloves nearby to handle hot parts of the fire pit safely.

Position chairs so folks can rise and move about seats without risking tumbling into the fire. Built-in seating prevents seats from being drawn too close to the flames; so do heavier chairs. Keep an eye on children whenever a fire pit is being used. Don’t allow them to get too close to the blaze. 

Invest in a fire blanket to help extinguish sparks, the fire, and, if necessary, anyone who might catch fire. Also have a fully charged, dry-chemical fire extinguisher on hand with a Class B and C or multipurpose rating. Make sure you understand the effective range, which is typically 6 to 10 feet, and know how to use it properly. On gas fire pits, turn off the gas before attempting to extinguish a fire. Avoid lighting a fire in windy conditions.

When you’re done enjoying your fire for the evening, douse it properly. Most manufactured fire pits offer specific instructions for extinguishing a fire. Review the instructions before it’s time to put out your fire. Water can crack ceramic fire pits and some metal ones.

Fire Prevention Week October 3-9 2021

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Learn The Sounds Of Fire Safety.

Frequently Asked Questions about smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms

What’s the difference between smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms? Why do I need both?
Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely, which is why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement). Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that displaces oxygen in your body and brain and can render you unconscious before you even realize something is happening to you. Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time. CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 9-1-1, and let the professionals check your home.

How do I know which smoke and CO alarm to choose for my home?
Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection. Whether you select a unit that requires yearly changing of batteries, or a 10-year unit that you change out at the end of the 10 years, either will provide protection.

CO alarms also have a battery backup. Choose one that is listed with a testing laboratory. For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

Dealing with water damage

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Marine City homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome. Water flows in almost every direction, and can even seep uphill when there is an absorbent material that facilitates this movement. Where water can flow to, damage can be found.

When water makes contact with metal, rusting can start taking place. Outlets, being near the floor, are often impacted this way by flooding. If the metal is part of an electrical system, this can lead to problems with electrical shock or even fire. Both can be deadly and need to be prevented by replacing anything affected. Other metal items in your home might be door hinges, screen doors, drawer tracks, cabinetry knobs and handles, and much more.

In situations where water has seeped into a home from a leaky roof or other reason, water can discolor walls and ceilings, and cause plaster to crumble and pose choking hazards to younger children and toddlers. Pests that may have been present but largely unnoticed within the walls or attic can find their way into your living space. While their presence means they are no longer hidden and can now be dealt with, having them around your family is not healthy.

Carpeting, upholstery and longer drapes can also become damaged. Affected textiles become weak and brittle. High levels of humidity can bring this on, and often the culprit is an absence of a dehumidifier. Other ways that increased humidity might happen are poor or incorrect venting of the clothes dryer or the bathroom fan.

The first step to mitigating any amount of damage is discovering the source of the excess water. Flooding does not need to be present for a home to have water damage. Contact your local experts who can assist you every step of the way. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is available 24/7 at (586) 336-7373.

Homeowners dealing with water damage

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Have you ever experienced water damage in your home or business? If so, you know that there are hundreds of companies out there advertising water damage restoration services. So what differentiates SERVPRO from all the rest? 

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.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge, experience and continued education. So what does it mean to be IICRC certified? Who is the IICRC? The IICRC is a nonprofit certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource. The IICRC has led the way in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, upholstery and fabric cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. Each IICRC standard takes years to develop along with the coordination of experts in the field.

If you or someone you know experiences water damage in their home or business now you know who you can call. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is here to help 24/7. We can be reached at (586) 336-7373.

Storms and insurance

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As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer your insurance company an array of competitive advantages. Our goal is to restore both your customer’s property and their peace of mind through timely mitigation and adherence to IICRC standards. The result? Lower claims costs and satisfied customers – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Why Choose SERVPRO: The SERVPRO Difference - SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are uniquely qualified to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.

Large Loss Response: No Restoration Project Is Too Large Whether it’s a large commercial project or a major storm event, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help quickly.

Training: From initial training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to IICRC certifications, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration.

Call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Today: 586-336-7373 From initial training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to IICRC certifications, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration.

Emergency planning for fires in your home.

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Fires in the home are some of the most dangerous events that can occur. Although we do not like to think about it, they are a possibility, so all family members in your household should know ahead of time what to do in case you experience such an unfortunate event.


1. Have An Escape Plan 
You should first ensure that your entire family knows what to do in case of a fire in your home. Make an escape plan and practice it several times per year with your family. Make sure your family members know not to put their lives in danger to save possessions. Always take the route that gets you outside the fastest. If you must exit through smoke, know to drop down under it and try to cover your mouth to keep from breathing smoke. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it or go through it. 
 
2. Rope Ladders 
If you live in a two-story home, every bedroom should have a rope ladder which is readily available so family members can climb down outside instead of being trapped. A meeting spot outside your home needs to be designated, and ensure you take attendance, so you know who is out safely. This will keep people from endangering themselves by going back in and looking for someone who is already out. If someone is missing, make sure to alert the firefighters – do not ever reenter the home yourself. 
 
3. Stop, Drop, Roll 
Everyone should know how to do this if fire catches on your clothes. Drop to the ground right away, cross your hands over your chest, and roll forward and back until you smother the flames completely. Cool the area that is burned with water and call for medical attention right away for serious burns. 
 
4. Fire Extinguishers 
Places such as your workshop, fireplace, and kitchen should have fire extinguishers nearby. Every family member should know how to use it as well. Extinguishers need to be regularly recharged, inspected or replaced as necessary. 
 
5. Stove Fires 
A small fire in your kitchen should be able to be handled by all. Suffocate the fire by putting a lid on the pan, turning the stove off and letting the pan sit unmoved until the flames are smothered. Extinguish small grease fires by putting baking soda on them, but do not ever use water. 
 
Call SERVPRO as soon as any fire is out so that they can clean up damages and prevent any further damage from happening. 
 
SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is available to help you clean up fire damage at any time. We know how important it is to act quickly, so the sooner you call us at (586) 336-7373, the sooner we can stop further damage from soot and smoke.

Portable Space Heater Safety Tips

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Space Heater Placement 

It's generally suggested that space heaters be placed at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles.

These items can cause a risk of fire if they come in contact with a unit's electric heating element or too-hot surface.

Other Placement Tips

  • Never sit or drape anything on top of a portable heater.
  • In addition, be sure that the heater is placed on a hard, level surface.
  • Review your owner's manual for specific instructions on your heater. 
  • Safety Tips
  • Look for Safety Features
  • Today's portable heater models include a variety of safety features that help take a lot of the worry out of using them: 
  • Overheat Protection
  • Room heaters with overheat protection detect when internal components become too hot. When an unsafe temperature is detected, the switch automatically shuts off the unit to prevent overheating.
  • Tip-Over Protection
  • A heater equipped with a tip-over protection switch will automatically shut off if it's tipped over for any reason.
  • Cool-Touch Housing
  • Cool-touch housing prevents accidental burns by touching the exterior of a heater. This is particularly useful safety features, particularly in areas with active children or pets.

·         2. Plug Directly into an Outlet

  • As a rule of thumb, plug a portable electric heater directly into an outlet with sufficient power capacity. Attaching an extension cord to the unit increases the chance of overheating, fires, and electrical shock injuries.

·         3. Regular Inspection and Maintenance

  • Occasionally inspect your space heater, particularly when you first purchase it. Frequently clean and maintain it to ensure it's working safely.
  • Wiping yours down will also help reduce the amount of dust and allergens that may be dispersed around your space. 

·         4. Shut Off and Unplug if Not in Use

  • Upon leaving an area, turn off the portable space heater and unplug it. Many models, like Vornado heaters, feature programmable timers that can be used to program automatic on and off times for when you sleep or head to work.

·         5. Keep Heaters Away From Water

  • Unless it is specifically designed for use in damp spaces, refrain from running a heater in a bathroom or a humid basement. Don't touch the heater if you are wet or have wet hands, as this increases the risk of electrical shock.

Outdoor Safety

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OUTDOOR SAFETY TIPS

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH: means warm temperature, and very low humidities, and stronger winds may combine to produce a significantly increased risk of fire danger.

When conditions become very dry, make sure all burn barrels are covered with a weighted metal cover, and  holes, no larger than ¾ of an inch.

Don’t throw your cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road, and produce a wildfire.

Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it. NEVER LEAVE FIRE UNATTENDED. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass and ignite a fire, and quickly spread.

RED FLAG WARNING: means warm temperature, and very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine, and produce and increased risk of fire danger.

If you are able to burn in your area, all burn barrels are to be covered with a metal cover with holed no bigger than ¾ of an inch.

Don’t throw your cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road, and produce a wildfire.

Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it. NEVER LEAVE FIRE UNATTENDED. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass and ignite a fire, and quickly spread.

Stock Up

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FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Assoc) recommends stocking up on some emergency supplies in the event your business is affected by a catastrophic event.

Recommended emergency supplies include the following:

  • Water, amounts for portable kits will vary. Individuals should determine what amount they are able to both store comfortably and to transport to other locations. If it is feasible, store one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust or filter masks, readily available in hardware stores, which are rated based on how small a particle they filter
  • Moist towelettes for sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to "seal the room"
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Flooding Tips

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WATER DAMAGE TIPS

What you can do until help arrives

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

  • 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!

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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.

Planning For the Worse

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Your plan for disaster preparedness should include flood information and outline how to prepare for floods. Read on for information about floods and flood safety tips, and how to make them part of your emergency preparedness plan as you prepare for a flood.

Types of Flooding

Topography and weather conditions play a prominent role in the impact different types of flooding have on specific locales. The following are some examples of specific types of flooding.

  • Rising water may be the greatest risk to inland areas away from a river bed after a heavy snow pack begins to melt or after heavy rainfall.
  • Moving water is a serious risk in areas near rivers or in coastal storm surge areas because it creates significantly larger lateral forces on a building.
  • Overtopping, breaching or opening of dams, levees, and other flood control mechanisms, which are designed to divert the flow of water to provide protection, can lead to flood damage that may be more significant than if the levees were never installed. The Mississippi and Missouri River floods of 2011 included breaches of levees, as well as controlled flooding by the opening of various flood gates on levees. The result was thousands of acres of farmland, crops, livestock and fish farms being destroyed to protect urban areas.
  • Flash flooding can occur in every region as a result of slow-moving thunderstorms or excessive rainfall from any storm system.
  • Large, slow-moving tropical storms can dump excessive amounts of rain on coastal locations and then move inland to continue the devastation, resulting in widespread flood damage. Tropical Storm Allison (2001): A Case Study in Flooding Understanding Your Flood Hazard
  • There are several flood principles that should be considered to determine your facility’s exposure to flood waters and the type of protection to be deployed:
  • Often, businesses and homeowners let down their guard when a tropical weather system does not result in hurricane-force winds. Tropical Storm Allison is a good example of how rains associated with a tropical system can be equally devastating. The storm dumped approximately 32 trillion gallons of rain (enough to meet U.S. water needs for an entire year), according to the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project. This included 28 inches of rainfall during a 12-hour period just northeast of downtown Houston, and rainfall amounts ranging from 10, 20 and 30 inches in locations throughout the Southeast—earning Allison the infamous distinction as the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • Floods can occur anywhere, often with little or no warning, and with devastating consequences. Protecting the bottom line in order to remain open, or to re-open quickly after a flood disaster, requires taking steps now to prevent or reduce flood damage should your business be in the path of rising water. Below is a brief overview of issues that small businesses must address to reduce the likelihood of flood damage and to prepare financially and operationally should a flood occur. Many of the topics covered here involve complex issues that are best addressed by hydrological, engineering, regulatory or insurance experts; the goal here is simply to outline the basics in order to help business owners understand why they need to mitigate against flood risk and some of the challenges they may face.
  • Duration: It is important to know if flood waters are expected to recede quickly or may be trapped due to the slope of the land. The longer a facility is exposed to flood waters, the greater potential for flood-proofing failures due to a breach in the protection.
  • Depth: Flood waters greater than 3 feet create hydrostatic pressure on walls that can cause cracks in masonry and greatly increase the potential of collapse to unreinforced masonry. When estimating the potential depth of flood waters, it is always best to include a safety factor to account for inaccuracies in the estimate.
  • Velocity: As flood water velocity increases, so does the pressure exerted on flood protection. River flooding can be very fast moving water at first and then may settle down. Coastal locations may be exposed to wave action from storm surge.
  • Water Condition: Many times flood waters are dirty, brackish or contaminated with biological and chemical materials including waste water, sewage, pesticides, industrial waste, toxic and non-toxic chemicals, or oils. Debris that is churning in the water can impact buildings and flood protection systems, create breaches in the protection and cause extensive damage. Proximity to water is the number 1 risk factor for flooding, but property owners should not assume being out of the floodplain will help you entirely avoid the possibility of flooding. It is always a best practice to locate your property as far away from bodies of water as possible. Flood maps available from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) identify 100-year and 500-year flood zones throughout the United States. The flood zones also delineate participation in the NFIP, as well as permitting and other requirements that communities adopt in order to meet NFIP standards and qualify their citizens for lower flood insurance rates. By definition, the 100-year and 500-year flood zones mean there is a 1 (.20) percent chance of flooding annually in an area based on topography and historical data; it does not mean that flooding will occur only once in a century (or 500 years). There also are other important points to consider.
  • Location, Location, Location
  • Floods can and very often do occur outside the 100-year flood zone. In fact, approximately 25 percent of all flood damages occur in relatively low risk zones commonly described as being “outside the mapped flood zone.”
  • Specific boundaries on some flood maps may be arbitrary or include inaccuracies. For example, a property lying just outside the 100-year flood zone is almost equally likely to be flooded as one just within.
  • Obstructions or landfill can change the topography, storm-water drainage patterns, and flow of water over natural floodplains. Although permits are required for flood zone fill (and must be based on engineering assessments demonstrating “no impact”), it is possible that non-permitted work has occurred near your property.
  • Floods show no respect for the estimated probabilities. As Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate observed following a spate of natural disasters, “It just seemed like it was back-to-back and it came in waves. The term ‘100-year event’ really lost its meaning this year. ”When it comes to flooding, there really is no better solution than adequate elevation, aside from choosing a location well outside of a 500-year flood plain. If such a location is not possible, the best way to increase the safety margin against flood damage is to raise the elevation of your building above the 500-year flood elevation. Flood-proofing your building is another option to reduce damage. Through the NFIP, there is extensive regulation of floodplain development at the community level. For example, IBHS’s FORTIFIED for Safer Business™ Standards, a package of enhanced voluntary construction standards that greatly increase a new light commercial building’s durability and resilience to natural hazards, requires FORTIFIED buildings to be at least 3 feet above the BFE or above the 500-year flood elevation. There are also ways to retrofit your existing building so that it meets or exceeds BFEs. While only a structural engineer/design professional can determine what is right for your property, the options include raising foundation onto pilings or columns or adding landfill, as long as “no impact” floodplain requirements are met.
  • Permits are needed for a wide range of activities including construction of new buildings, additions to existing buildings, and substantial improvement to the interior of existing buildings that are within the most hazardous flood zones. Part of the permitting process involves whether your building site is higher than the base flood elevation (BFE), which is the elevation at which your property has a 1 percent chance of flooding annually, as indicated on the NFIP flood maps. Major storms and flash floods can cause waters to rise higher than the BFE—therefore, it is always a good investment to build in a safety factor several feet above the BFE. This safety zone is called “freeboarding.”
  • The Importance of Elevation
  • When elevating a building so that the walking surface of the lowest floor is at the minimum elevation, areas under the BFE can be used only for parking and limited storage—under-floor bathrooms, utilities, and ductwork are not allowed.
  • Equipment, utility connections and all interior utility systems including ductwork must be elevated above the BFE. In addition, fuel and propane tanks must be properly anchored, since they can become buoyant even in shallow water. Sealing a building so that water will not enter is called “dry flood-proofing” or “flood-proofing.” Flood-proofing protects your building by coating the exterior with a membrane to prevent flood waters from entering. NFIP regulations allow flood-proofing as an alternative to elevation above the BFE for newly constructed or substantially improved non-residential structures only—new and improved homes must be elevated above the BFE to meet NFIP requirements. It is important to determine whether dry flood-proofing will provide the protections your property needs before choosing this option. This also applies if your business is located outside the 100-year flood zone, but you want to invest in additional flood protection. Dry flood-proofing is a complex procedure that should be done by professional experts. If done incorrectly, it may not protect your property and can lead to decay, mold, or termite damage:
  • What is “Dry Flood-Proofing”?
  • As a general matter, dry flood-proofing is best suited to areas with clay soils where floods are short in duration and less than 3 feet deep.
  • Buildings in poor structural condition should not be dry flood-proofed, as the exterior walls will be under extreme pressure during a flood.
  • There are a variety of dry flood-proofing measures; a professional can help to determine whether any of them are right for your situation:
  • Applying a waterproof coating or membrane to exterior walls
  • Sealing all wall penetrations including where utilities enter the building
  • Installing waterproof shields over all openings, including windows and doors
  • Anchoring the building to resist flotation
  • Strengthening walls to withstand flood water pressures and flood debris. Even above the BFE or outside the floodplain, basements are prone to floods because water may flow down into them. They also may have an increased hydrostatic pressure exerted upon them when the surrounding ground is saturated. Recognizing that elevation is the best form of mitigation, there are a number of additional measures business owners can take to reduce the likelihood and scope of basement flood damage.
  • The Vulnerable Basement
  • Thoroughly inspect your basement and the surrounding property for evidence of water entry and sources of water flow and leakage.
  • Correct potential problems—for example, extend and redirect downspouts, re-grade sloping landscape, and caulk any interior wall cracks.
  • Basement walls should be designed to resist hydrostatic pressure.
  • Use flood-resistant materials where possible, including floor coverings, wall coverings, and wall insulation. Most flood-resistant materials can withstand direct contact with water for at least 72 hours without being significantly damaged.
  • Do not store valuable equipment, documents, or inventory in any crawlspace or basement where flooding is possible. In addition, there are steps you can take now to reduce health and environmental damage should a flood occur.
  • The “Green” Factor
  • Anchor fuel and propane tanks to prevent them from being swept away. When they break away, the contents may leak, creating fire, explosion and pollution risks that can adversely affect health and the environment.
  • Install sewer backflow valves to block drain pipes from sewage back-up, which can occur if there is flooding in your area.
  • If you are supplied by well water, protect your well from contamination. A licensed well drilling contractor can inspect your well and suggest improvements. The NFIP makes flood insurance available to commercial owners and renters. As is the case with residential property, costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers, and the property’s flood risk. NFIP coverage limits are up to $500,000 for a commercial building, and up to $500,000 to protect its contents. Insurance coverage also may be available from private insurance companies, depending on your business’s location, building and business characteristics, and property value.
  • The best way to learn more about flood insurance benefits, costs, and options is to contact your insurance agent. Finally, take steps now so you can quickly resume operations should a flood or other hazard damage your property. Although flood insurance may cover losses to your structure and contents, many businesses that are severely damaged never fully recover financially due to the loss of management focus, employees, and market share. IBHS’ Open for Business® planning tool helps small- and mid-sized businesses resume their critical business operations and work processes and deliver the goods and services expected by customers or clients–consider it a vital part of your flood preparation planning and practice.
  • Financial and Operational Protections

    The NFIP makes flood insurance available to commercial owners and renters. As is the case with residential property, costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers, and the property’s flood risk. NFIP coverage limits are up to $500,000 for a commercial building, and up to $500,000 to protect its contents. Insurance coverage also may be available from private insurance companies, depending on your business’s location, building and business characteristics, and property value.

    The best way to learn more about flood insurance benefits, costs, and options is to contact your insurance agent. Finally, take steps now so you can quickly resume operations should a flood or other hazard damage your property. Although flood insurance may cover losses to your structure and contents, many businesses that are severely damaged never fully recover financially due to the loss of management focus, employees, and market share. IBHS’ Open for Business® planning tool helps small- and mid-sized businesses resume their critical business operations and work processes and deliver the goods and services expected by customers or clients–consider it a vital part of your flood preparation planning and practice.

Fire Management

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According to St Clair County Emergency Management Department every year 5,500 Americans die in fires and more than 30,000 are injured. Most fire deaths occur in the home and many can be prevented. Your local fire departments work to keep citizens informed and practiced in fire safety training. To protect yourself and your family it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire.

  • Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to grab valuables or make a phone call.
  • In two minutes a fire can become life threatening. In five minutes a house can be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire's heat and smoke are more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs.
  • Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy.
  • Request an inspection of your home or business by your local fire department.
  • Install smoke detectors. Place detectors on the ceiling or high on the wall of every level of your house, outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairways, at the bottom of enclosed stairs, and near (but not in) the kitchen.
  • Clean and test smoke detectors once a month and replace batteries at least twice a year.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in your home and teach family members how to use it.
  • Plan two escape routes from every room in your home or office. Choose a place outside for everyone to meet after escaping from a fire.
  • Have a practice fire drill at least once a year; teach children how to report a fire, and when to use 911.
  • Keep a whistle in each bedroom to awaken the household in case of fire. Teach family members to stay low to the floor (where the air is safer) when escaping from a fire.
  • Teach family members never to open doors that are hot. In a fire feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand. If it is hot, do not open the door. Find another way out.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
  • Safeguard your home against fires by keeping storage areas clean, check wiring and outlets, and use caution with flammable liquids and materials.

Carpet and upholstery cleaning services

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Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning

Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professional @ 586-336-7373 to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically. SERVPRO offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet. 586-336-7373

SERVPRO franchise professionals also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance: Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

 Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 50 years of experience and professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today at 586-336-7373.

Fire Safety For Kids

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Fire Safety for Kids

A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening. Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items – especially lighters and matches. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak.   

 Prevent Your Child from Starting Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed each year as the result of children playing with fire.

  • Keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of your child’s reach. Only use lighters with child-resistant features.
  • Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your child knocking over a candle.

Help Your Child Survive a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. 
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside..
  • Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows. 
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Stay Safe Before and After Winter Storms

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Stay Safe Before and After Winter Storms

Heat your home safely.

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
    • Fireplace that is up to code with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
    • Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters. Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
  • Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Make sure to keep them away from any flammable materials, like curtains or blankets.
  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak gas from the flue or exhaust into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Make sure you have proper ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.
  • Keep heat sources, like space heaters, at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard, but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.

We Work Quickly to Get You Back to Business As Usual

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Retail

We Work Quickly to Get You Back to Business As Usual

Time is crucial to saving your business when disaster strikes. Every hour spent on recovery is an hour loss of revenue and productivity. Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remeidate any damage, no matter the cause of the scale of the loss. SERVPRO Professionals are experienced in limiting business interruption, working after hours and around the clock to isolate the damage and restore your space so that you can continue business as usual. 

Types of Facilities:

  • National Chain Stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Shopping Malls
  • Department Stores
  • Specialty Retailers

Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility.

Leaks in your foundation

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Why a Leak in a Foundation Must be Repaired Promptly

Foundation leaks usually happen due to pressure in the soil outside that is caused by water. When soil around the foundation becomes saturated, it swells and pushes inward on the structure.  This causes cracks in poured concrete walls and in the mortar joints of masonry walls and the water is the forced in through these cracks. Water pressure under the basement floor can also cause cracks that leak. Sometimes, foundation leaks occur without cracks, such as when hydrostatic pressure below the foundation forces water into the basement through the cove joint, a tiny aperture created when foundation walls are poured or built. Of course, leaks in a foundation can vary in severity from a tiny seepage to a flooded floor but one thing is true of any of them – left unrepaired, they spell trouble. 

Here are some reasons why foundation leaks shouldn’t be ignored:

Increased Humidity – The presence of water in the basement, even a small amount, increases humidity, in both the basement and in the living space above.  Not only does this create an uncomfortable atmosphere within the home but it forces HVAC systems to work harder and longer, especially air-conditioning, to remove the humidity from the air.  The result?  Big electric bills.

Mold – Mold spores are so common that they exist in many places, including basements, where they can lay dormant for long periods of time.  Mold requires three things to thrive and two of them, warmth and food, are present in just about every basement. (Food can be anything organic – wood, drywall, cardboard boxes, etc.) Add water from a leak in the foundation and mold spores will spring to life, causing damage to surfaces on which they grow and creating a hazardous atmosphere as they are drawn upwards into the home, ether by HVAC systems or the “stack effect” that moves air upward inside a structure.

Airborne mold spores can cause or exacerbate respiratory conditions among the home’s residents.

Worsening Damage – Leaks in foundations, unfortunately, don’t heal.  Left unrepaired, they can only get worse and allow more water to enter the basement.  In concrete block foundations, for example, water that enters through cracks in mortar joints often finds its way to the cavities in the blocks themselves, filling them up and allowing water to actually seep through the relatively porous block walls over time.

Flooded Bathrooms

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Flooded bathroom? Here Are Some Helpful Tips.

 Clogged toilets can happen in the best-kept homes. Busy families can forget someone’s filling up the tub. A pipe can freeze during the night and burst before you’re awake. From faulty plumbing to a sewage backup, it doesn’t take much to flood the bathroom.

Before you grab a mop, ask yourself a quick question: Do you know the best way to take care of a flooded bathroom and keep water damage to a minimum?

SERVPRO Marine City /Romeo 586-336-7373 we know how to tackle this kind of work. It’s a big job, and you need to take it one step at a time. It’s our goal to help make your next bathroom cleanup project a little easier.

You want to address bathroom flooding as quickly as you can. Standing water soaks subflooring, wicks into sheetrock and creates a perfect breeding environment for unhealthy mold and mildew.

These 10 steps get you on the road to flooded bathroom recovery.

  1. TURN OFF THE WATER: Locate the sink or toilet valve so that you can shut off the water supply and stop the flooding. The oval-shaped knobs are usually under the sink and behind the toilet.

Helpful Tip: If you’re dealing with a burst pipe, turn off your home’s water supply at the outside main.

  1. FIX THE PROBLEM: Determine the exact source of the flood water, and clear the clog, or fix the leak. We recommend calling SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373
  2. 3. DOCUMENT THE DAMAGE: Even minor bathroom flooding can turn into serious water damage, so take pictures before you start cleaning. Save them as documentation in case you need to file an insurance claim.
  3. CLEAN OUT CABINETS: Get everything out of vanity cabinets and any other storage in contact with the wet floor. Check these areas for damage, and determine what kind of cleanup they need.

Helpful Tip: Leave cabinet doors and drawers open to help circulate air and speed up the drying process.

  1. REMOVE STANDING WATER: Tackle minor floods on tile or vinyl floors with old towels, and finish up with a good mopping. Lay newspapers flat inside cabinets to absorb excess moisture in hard-to-reach spaces. If the flooding is severe, please call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.
  2. USE A WET VACUUM: If you’re dealing with several inches of flooding or a carpeted bathroom floor, extract the water with a wet vacuum. Be sure to follow the equipment’s instruction manual for safe use.
  3. 7. PULL OFF BASEBOARDS: Carefully pry baseboards away from walls so that you can check sheetrock at floor level. The porous material can quickly soak up flood water, and you need to

Helpful Tip: leave the baseboards off until you’ve finished cleaning the bathroom.

  1. START THE DRYING PROCESS: Set up as many fans as possible, and arrange them so that their air circulation creates crosscurrents. Consider renting a large dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.{ Dehumidifiers remove access moisture}
  2. REMOVE DAMAGED SHEETROCK: Soaked sheetrock is a perfect breeding ground for mold, so don’t try to salvage it. Tear out and replace any wallboard that doesn’t dry within three days.
  3. SCRUB AND DISINFECT: Clean floors, cabinets and any other surfaces affected by bathroom flood waters. Finish off the job with a disinfectant designed to prevent mold growth.

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS DO IT YOURSELF:

If you have experienced any of the above, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO marine city/ romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

Winter Storm Preparation Cleanup and Restoration

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Winter Storm Cleanup and Restoration

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

What is fire damage

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Definition - What does Fire Damage mean?

Fire damage refers to the physical damage to a property as a result of burning. This damage may either be directly caused by the flames or could occur due to smoke and other corrosive substances emitted by the fire.

In terms of insurance, fire damage is one of the types of coverage offered in property insurance.

Insuranceopedia explains Fire Damage

The six types of fire damage are as follows:

  • Class A: fire that involves flammable solids, such as paper, cloth, wood, and plastics.
  • Class B: fire that involves flammable liquids or solids that can turn into liquids.
  • Class C: fire that involves flammable gasses, such as propane, hydrogen, natural gas, and butane.
  • Class D: fire that involves combustible metals, including sodium, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Class E: fire that involves factors in Class A and B as well as electrical elements.
  • Class F: relatively hotter and more destructive fire that involves cooking oils and fats.

Furthermore, many insurance companies divide fire damage into two categories: primary and secondary. The former refers to damage caused by the flames, while the latter refers to damage caused by smoke or other substances from the fire.

Water Restoration

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Water Restoration Professional Products

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

Water Damage

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WATER DAMAGE EMERGENCY TIPS

What you can do until help arrives

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

  • 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!

With over 1,650 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.

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.

Storm Damage

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Storm Damage Restoration

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Disaster Recovery Team: The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. Learn more about the Disaster Recovery Team:   https://www.SERVPRO.com/disaster-recovery https://www.SERVPRO.com/disaster-recovery

prepare your home for a fire

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The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

  • Install the right number of smoke alarms.
  • In new homes:The National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) requires hard-wired, interconnected smoke alarms with battery back-up on every level of the home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. Alarms must be wired together so that if one sounds, they all sound.
  • In existing homes: If smoke alarms are not already in place, at a minimum install them on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area.If a fire occurs inside a bedroom, dangerous gases can cause heavier sleep. For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms in each bedroom and throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like, and what to do when they hear one. 
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  • Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire “to alert everyone that they must get out.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire. 

When should I clean my cellphone?

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As Cleanliness becomes a top concern across the country, people everywhere are looking for the answer, but we all need to do our part in fostering healthy communities. A regular cleaning to disinfect germs from your phone can go a long way in looking out for the health and safety of your family and friends.

Experts recommend giving your cellphone a good wipe with a dry cloth whenever you come home from being out in public. This will help remove germs from the surface, but it won't kill them, which is why you should aim to disinfect the device every other day, or twice a week at the very least. 

HOW CAN I KEEP MY PHONE CLEAN?

The fact of the matter is that our phones go everywhere. No matter how often you disinfect your device, it’s going to be exposed to germs. But following these tips can help keep your phone clean and mitigate the spread of germs.

  • Careful not to cross-contaminate: An easy way to spread germs is to touch your phone and then touch something else. And if that “something else” is food-related, you should be extra careful. Try printing out your recipes and leaving your phone in your pocket when you sit down for a meal.
  • Where you go matters: Gyms, grocery stores, mass transit, any place where you’re touching the same surfaces as everybody else poses a potential hazard. Of course, it’s normal to need your phone in these situations, but just think about where your hands have been before you reach for it.
  • Stay out of the bathroom: This involves the same principles as above but is important enough to call out on its own, considering many Americans admit to using their cellphones in the bathroom.

Why SERVPRO

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Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals understand your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Our results create a measurable difference, giving you many competitive advantages.

Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring property is the SERVPRO franchise professional's first priority. Your customer will appreciate the immediate response and you will know everything is being done to limit the damage.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Claims Professionals know the rule is, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo professionals can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

Electronic Claims Information

Our Claims Information Center provides fast, accurate information you need to make sound decisions, including:

  • A Complete Electronic Job File.
    • First Notice of Loss.
    • Detailed Estimate.
    • Digital Loss Photos.
    • Scanned Forms and Paperwork.
    • All delivered by email or hard copy.
  • On-line Access to All Files.
    • New Assignments.
    • Pending Jobs.
    • Completed Jobs.
  • Informative Reports to Improve Results
    • Job Cost Data.
  • Performance Comparison to Industry Standard.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

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Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups    

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO franchise professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO franchise professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

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Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning

Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO franchise professional to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically. SERVPRO offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

SERVPRO franchise professionals also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

·         Professional Cleaning

  • Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
  • SERVPRO franchise professionals will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 50 years of experience and professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today

Mold Damage Emergency Tips.

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Mold Damage Emergency Tips

 What you can do until help arrives

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 586-336-7373

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo at 586-336-7373 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.

Call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Today To Schedule an Appointment. 586-336-7373

Fire Safety for Kids

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A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening. Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items – especially lighters and matches. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak.   

 Prevent Your Child from Starting Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed each year as the result of children playing with fire.

  • Keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of your child’s reach. Only use lighters with child-resistant features.
  • Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your child knocking over a candle.

Help Your Child Survive a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. 
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside..
  • Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows. 
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Commercial Mold Remediation

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Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present health effects for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call a SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Professional @ 586-336-7373 who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today 586-336-7373

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO Of Marine City/ Romeo can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, they will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Commercial Restoration Services

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There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. 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.

  • Commercial Mold Restoration
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Storm And Major Events
  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration

No Job Is Too Large

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. 

If your business suffers a major loss, Please don’t hesitate to call us @ 586-336-7373

Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

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Every year 5,500 Americans die in fires and more than 30,000 are injured. Most fire deaths occur in the home and many can be prevented. Your local fire departments work to keep citizens informed and practiced in fire safety training. To protect yourself and your family it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire.

  • Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to grab valuables or make a phone call.
  • In two minutes a fire can become life threatening. In five minutes a house can be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire's heat and smoke are more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs.
  • Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy.
  • Request an inspection of your home or business by your local fire department.
  • Install smoke detectors. Place detectors on the ceiling or high on the wall of every level of your house, outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairways, at the bottom of enclosed stairs, and near (but not in) the kitchen.
  • Clean and test smoke detectors once a month and replace batteries at least twice a year.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in your home and teach family members how to use it.
  • Plan two escape routes from every room in your home or office. Choose a place outside for everyone to meet after escaping from a fire.
  • Have a practice fire drill at least once a year; teach children how to report a fire, and when to use 911.
  • Keep a whistle in each bedroom to awaken the household in case of fire. Teach family members to stay low to the floor (where the air is safer) when escaping from a fire.
  • Teach family members never to open doors that are hot. In a fire feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand. If it is hot, do not open the door. Find another way out.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
  • Safeguard your home against fires by keeping storage areas clean, check wiring and outlets, and use caution with flammable liquids and materials.

24 Hour Emergency Service

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Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 586-336-7373

A Fast Response is Crucial: In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.

An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

WATER DAMAGE TIMELINE:

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

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Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. 586-336-7373

Regardless of the storm damage, SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo can help.

Flooding.         

Tornadoes.

Ice and Snowstorms.

Fires.

We are here for you every day, all day 365 days a year.

586-336-7373

Storm Damage

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Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Disaster Recovery Team: The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. 

Your Belongings and Water Damage part 1

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Water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals understand that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

Do You Need Our Help? Call Us Today 586-336-7373

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Your Belongings and Water Damage part 2

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Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Franchise Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Your belongings and water damage part 3

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Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. They start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document and Photography Drying: When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying
  6. Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. 

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

Fire Damage and Emergency Tips

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

  • 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 Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?
Call 
SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Fire Restoration Process

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Fire Damage Restoration Process

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today 586-336-7373

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO Customer Care Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illnesses. At SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo, We have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminates like sewage.

There are three types of contaminated water:

Clean water:

CATEGORY 1:  Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

CATAGORY 2: “Gray Water”

 Water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

CATEGORY 3:

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Is Here To Help. 586-336-7373

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today: 586-336-7373

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, they can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Their highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

  • General Cleaning and Graffiti Removal
  • Brick, Stone and Concrete Cleaning
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Debris Removal
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Damage Restoration
  • Contents Cleaning

Biohazard Cleanup

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO franchise professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO franchise professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

Coronavirus Cleaning Services and Biohazard Experts

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.  

For specialized cleaning services, including the new CERTIFIED SERVPRO CLEANED defensive pathogen cleaning program, call Us Today @ 586-336-7373

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

Minimize Your Risk

Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk

Cities and states are taking increasingly drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues. In some areas, officials have issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement. To further protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:

Practice Good Hygiene

    • Clean hands with sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
    • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

At The Office

    • Stop shaking hands – use other noncontact methods of greeting
    • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones
    • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings

Stay Home if...

    • You are feeling sick
    • You have a sick family member in their home

Need Specialized Cleaning Services?
Call
SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Today At 586-336-7373

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 586-336-7373

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo at 586-336-7373 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.

Call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Today To Schedule an Appointment. 586-336-7373

What does water mitigation mean?

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water mitigation refers to the process of properly cleaning, sanitizing, drying, repairing, and restoring a property to its pre-water damage condition. ... Every property and water damage situation is unique, requiring an individualized plan of action to complete the mitigation process.

 Identify Source

The first step to fixing water damage in your home is to identify the source of the water. In some cases, like broken plumbing or natural disaster, the source will be easily identifiable. However, in other cases the cause may be difficult to identify if it is behind a wall or ceiling. Once the source of water is identified you will need to take steps to remedy the problem and seal the leak.

Fixing plumbing, sealing fixture casing, or altering landscaping water flow channels may be all you need to remedy the situation. However, in some cases you will need a professional to identify and repair the source of unwanted water flow.


  1. Clean Standing Water

The next step you need to take to fix water damage in your home is to clean any standing water. In most water damage situations there are pools of water in low lying areas. In some cases you can use a common wet/dry vacuum to remove water, mud, or other debris from flooding. However more severe flooding cases require industrial water extractors to handle the volume and density of polluted water.

  1. Dehumidify

After standing water has been removed you will need to dehumidify the remaining moisture. This is one of the most important steps you need to take to fix water damage in your home or office. Residual moisture can cause warping and other property damage as well as lead to serious health issues like the formation of mold, bacteria, and other contaminants.

Dehumidification removes hidden moisture to eliminate the possibility of further damage occurring once the primary water has been removed.

  1. Clean and Sanitize
    after the water and moisture have been removed the next step to fix water damage is to clean and sanitize the impacted areas. Flood water often brings sewage and other pollutants with it. These contaminants must be removed before final repairs are conducted. Commercial cleaners and industrial sanitizers will ensure that your property is effectively cleaned and treated.
  2. Repair and Restore

The final step in fixing water damage is repair and restoration. Any flooring or carpeting that was damaged must be cleaned or replaced. Damaged walls may need to have sections replaced or repainted.

Flooded Bathroom

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom? Here Are Some Helpful Tips.

 Clogged toilets can happen in the best-kept homes. Busy families can forget someone’s filling up the tub. A pipe can freeze during the night and burst before you’re awake. From faulty plumbing to a sewage backup, it doesn’t take much to flood the bathroom.

Before you grab a mop, ask yourself a quick question: Do you know the best way to take care of a flooded bathroom and keep water damage to a minimum?

SERVPRO Marine City /Romeo 586-336-7373 we know how to tackle this kind of work. It’s a big job, and you need to take it one step at a time. It’s our goal to help make your next bathroom cleanup project a little easier.

You want to address bathroom flooding as quickly as you can. Standing water soaks subflooring, wicks into sheetrock and creates a perfect breeding environment for mold and mildew.

These 10 steps get you on the road to flooded bathroom recovery.

  1. TURN OFF THE WATER: Locate the sink or toilet valve so that you can shut off the water supply and stop the flooding. The oval-shaped knobs are usually under the sink and behind the toilet.

Helpful Tip: If you’re dealing with a burst pipe, turn off your home’s water supply at the outside main.

  1. FIX THE PROBLEM: Determine the exact source of the flood water, and clear the clog, or fix the leak. We recommend calling SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373
  2. 3. DOCUMENT THE DAMAGE: Even minor bathroom flooding can turn into serious water damage, so take pictures before you start cleaning. Save them as documentation in case you need to file an insurance claim.
  3. CLEAN OUT CABINETS: Get everything out of vanity cabinets and any other storage in contact with the wet floor. Check these areas for damage, and determine what kind of cleanup they need.

Helpful Tip: Leave cabinet doors and drawers open to help circulate air and speed up the drying process.

  1. REMOVE STANDING WATER: Tackle minor floods on tile or vinyl floors with old towels, and finish up with a good mopping. Lay newspapers flat inside cabinets to absorb excess moisture in hard-to-reach spaces. If the flooding is severe, please call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.
  2. USE A WET VACUUM: If you’re dealing with several inches of flooding or a carpeted bathroom floor, extract the water with a wet vacuum. Be sure to follow the equipment’s instruction manual for safe use.
  3. 7. PULL OFF BASEBOARDS: Carefully pry baseboards away from walls so that you can check sheetrock at floor level. The porous material can quickly soak up flood water, and you need to

Helpful Tip: leave the baseboards off until you’ve finished cleaning the bathroom.

  1. START THE DRYING PROCESS: Set up as many fans as possible, and arrange them so that their air circulation creates crosscurrents. Consider renting a large dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.{ Dehumidifiers remove access moisture}
  2. REMOVE DAMAGED SHEETROCK: Soaked sheetrock is a perfect breeding ground for mold, so don’t try to salvage it. Tear out and replace any wallboard that doesn’t dry within three days.
  3. SCRUB AND DISINFECT: Clean floors, cabinets and any other surfaces affected by bathroom flood waters. Finish off the job with a disinfectant designed to prevent mold growth.

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS DO IT YOURSELF:

If you have experienced any of the above, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO marine city/ romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

Water Damage Tips

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

WATER DAMAGE EMERGENCY TIPS

What you can do until help arrives

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

  • 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!

With over 1,650 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.

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.

Create a fire safety plan

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Create a fire safety plan now

 
In the event that you or someone you know has a fire. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is available to help you. We know how important it is to act quickly, so the sooner you call us at (586) 336-7373, the sooner we can stop any further damage.

Creating a plan ahead of time can you save you time and money in the future. Fires in your home or business are some of the most dangerous and traumatic events that can occur. Although we do not like to think about it, they are a possibility, so everyone should know ahead of time.

Steps to be taken:
1. Have An Escape Plan 
Make an escape plan and practice it several times per year with your family. Make sure your family members know not to put their lives in danger to save possessions. Always take the route that gets you outside the fastest. If you must exit through smoke, know to drop down under it and try to cover your mouth to keep from breathing smoke. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it or go through it. 
 
2. Rope Ladders 
If you live in a two-story home, every bedroom should have a rope ladder which is readily available so family members can climb down outside instead of being trapped. A meeting spot outside your home needs to be designated, and ensure you take attendance, so you know who is out safely. 
 
3. Stop, Drop, Roll 
Everyone should know how to do this if fire catches on your clothes. Drop to the ground right away, cross your hands over your chest, and roll forward and back until you smother the flames completely. Cool the area that is burned with water and call for medical attention right away for serious burns. 
 
4. Fire Extinguishers 
Places such as your workshop, fireplace, and kitchen should have fire extinguishers nearby. Every family member should know how to use it as well. Extinguishers need to be regularly recharged, inspected or replaced as necessary. 
 
5. Stove Fires 
A small fire in your kitchen should be able to be handled by all. Suffocate the fire by putting a lid on the pan, turning the stove off and letting the pan sit unmoved until the flames are smothered. Extinguish small grease fires by putting baking soda on them, but do not ever use water. 
 

24/7 Emergency service

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Professionals provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 586-336-7373

A Fast Response is Crucial: In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.

An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

WATER DAMAGE TIMELINE:

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Commercial Services

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Services

SERVPRO OF MARINE CITY / ROMEO can help you get back to BUSINESS 586-336-7373 you’re cleaning or restoration demands need to be taken care of as quickly as possible so your business does not suffer loss for an extended period of time. We service numerous local commercial buildings and know the faster you are back to business as usual, the faster you can create revenue.

SERVPRO OF MARINE CITY / ROMEO understands how precious time can be, so when the necessity occurs for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo will respond quickly to your call and will use our well trained technicians to get your business back up and running.

CALL SERVPRO OF MARINE CITY / ROMEO at (586) 336-7373

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

If you have any questions or concerns please call us 24 hours a day @ 586-336-7373

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is available 24 hours a day to restore your Marine City property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo, @ 586-336-7373 You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

Fire Damage Restoration Services

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Process

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today 586-336-7373

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO Customer Care Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Biohazard cleanup

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO franchise professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO franchise professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO franchise professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

Flooding In Your Home

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most damaging and devastating things you can ever experience is flooding in your home. However, you’re not alone, we’re here to help you with some steps on how to deal with flood damage.

There are many causes of household flooding including – Heavy rains, Sewer back-up, Appliance Malfunctions, Malfunctioning sump-pump, and Burst pipes. This can be a time of great confusion as to what to do concerning safety, cleanup and even how to pay for all the repair and restoration.

  1. Call Your Insurance Company

Your homeowners’ insurance will vary depending on what policies you have. The insurance company will send an adjuster to look at and assess the damage and determine if it is a covered loss. Document the values of each and every item you can think of, and take as many photos as possible before, after and during the cleanup. This will help the adjuster when he/ she comes to assess the damage. You can call SERVPRO Of Marine City/ Romeo at 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

  1. Safety First

The most important step in any major home disaster like flooding and water damage, is to make sure yourself and your family are safe. There are several things you can do to stay safe in your home.

Turn off the power: Water and electricity obviously do not mix. But, if turning off the power requires you to enter or stand in wet areas it is best to leave it alone and call an electrician. Do not reenter a flooded home before turning the electricity off.

Wear Protective Gear: Be sure to wear protective clothing–such as rubber boots and gloves–when you re-enter your home. This will protect you from injuries that can get bacteria filled water in them.

Protect Your Valuables: You can lift wood furniture off the wet carpet areas and insert tin foil under the feet to prevent staining of the carpet. Likewise, remove any rugs that may be on wet flooring. You may be forced to leave your home if the flooding is bad enough. Make sure it is also safe when you return to your home to begin dealing with the aftermath.

Flooded Bathroom?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom? Here Are Some Helpful Tips.

 Clogged toilets can happen in the best-kept homes. Busy families can forget someone’s filling up the tub. A pipe can freeze during the night and burst before you’re awake. From faulty plumbing to a sewage backup, it doesn’t take much to flood the bathroom.

Before you grab a mop, ask yourself a quick question: Do you know the best way to take care of a flooded bathroom and keep water damage to a minimum?

SERVPRO Marine City /Romeo 586-336-7373 we know how to tackle this kind of work. It’s a big job, and you need to take it one step at a time. It’s our goal to help make your next bathroom cleanup project a little easier.

You want to address bathroom flooding as quickly as you can. Standing water soaks subflooring, wicks into sheetrock and creates a perfect breeding environment for mold and mildew.

These 10 steps get you on the road to flooded bathroom recovery.

  1. TURN OFF THE WATER: Locate the sink or toilet valve so that you can shut off the water supply and stop the flooding. The oval-shaped knobs are usually under the sink and behind the toilet.

Helpful Tip: If you’re dealing with a burst pipe, turn off your home’s water supply at the outside main.

  1. FIX THE PROBLEM: Determine the exact source of the flood water, and clear the clog, or fix the leak. We recommend calling SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373
  2. 3. DOCUMENT THE DAMAGE: Even minor bathroom flooding can turn into serious water damage, so take pictures before you start cleaning. Save them as documentation in case you need to file an insurance claim.
  3. CLEAN OUT CABINETS: Get everything out of vanity cabinets and any other storage in contact with the wet floor. Check these areas for damage, and determine what kind of cleanup they need.

Helpful Tip: Leave cabinet doors and drawers open to help circulate air and speed up the drying process.

  1. REMOVE STANDING WATER: Tackle minor floods on tile or vinyl floors with old towels, and finish up with a good mopping. Lay newspapers flat inside cabinets to absorb excess moisture in hard-to-reach spaces. If the flooding is severe, please call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.
  2. USE A WET VACUUM: If you’re dealing with several inches of flooding or a carpeted bathroom floor, extract the water with a wet vacuum. Be sure to follow the equipment’s instruction manual for safe use.

GOT MOLD?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in Crawl Spaces

Some houses have crawl spaces instead of basements. While crawl spaces are less expensive and recommended when you live in a place where it’s mostly dry. Anyway, they are nonetheless prone to moisture and mold in crawl space, unless they come with proper insulation and adequate ventilation.

Mold in crawl space under the house is an eyesore, and it is not a good sign, either because it’s indicative of a much bigger problem upstairs. Just how common is mold in crawl space? Mold under the house in crawl space is not unusual in the US and Canada, and the good news is, it’s largely preventable.

Mold In Your Home?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in House on Walls, Ceiling, Windows

This page talks about places in the home where mold often grows such as:

  • Walls
  • Ceiling
  • Windows
  • Floor
  • Furniture
  • Insulation
  • Air Ducts
  • Clothes
  • Basement

Below you can find out how to remove mold from these places, as well as the signs and causes of the mold.


Removing Mold on Walls: If you have mold on the walls in your home then it's usually easy to remove. If the wall is non-porous then you can simply wipe the mold away using a wet cloth. You can also use a mold killing product if you like. You can use mold killing products like bleach, vinegar, borax and more.

Mold on Drywall Walls: Because drywall is a substance high in cellulose, it is one of the most common materials mold grows on in the home. As there is no practical way to completely remove mold from drywall, you will have to cut out and dispose of any drywall you discover which has mold growing on it.

Mold Growing Behind Walls: Mold commonly grows out of sight behind walls in the wall cavities. These spaces often contain pockets of humid, moist air. Mold can also grow hidden behind wallpaper. Wallpaper glue can hold organic debris which can then become a food source for mold growth.

Signs of Mold on Walls: Cracked or peeling paint, discoloration and bulging are all tell-tale signs that there could be moisture in a wall. If you notice any of these things in a wall in your home, take a closer look and you might see the beginnings of small amounts of mold growth.
These signs could also indicate that mold is actually growing hidden behind the wall, in the wall cavity. Seeing small spots of mold on a wall can sometimes be a sign that there is actually a larger mold colony on the other side which is slowly growing through.
 Smelling a moldy odor or suffering allergic reactions are also good indications there could be mold growing hidden behind a wall in your home.

How and Why Mold Grows on Walls: The most common causes of mold growing on walls are high humidity, condensation and water leaks (which are often hidden inside the wall).
 Condensation forms when water vapor in the air meets cold surfaces and cools to become liquid. Condensation is especially common on walls which form the perimeter of a house. These walls are often colder because of cool outdoor air on the other side.
 Things like drying wet clothes inside or steam from hot water increases the humidity in the home. If humidity stays high in your home for a long time then you might see mold starting to grow on your walls. Usually the best way to decrease the humidity is to ventilate your home by opening windows and doors.
 Leaking pipes near or inside of walls are a common cause of mold. If there's a leaking pipe inside a wall cavity then mold will usually be well and truly set in before it's discovered.

Sewage Cleanup

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Sewage Cleanup And Restoration

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Toilet Overflow or Sewer Backup?
Call Today @
586-336-7373

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year @ 586-336-7373. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.

Water Mitigation

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What does water mitigation mean?

Water mitigation refers to the process of properly cleaning, sanitizing, drying, repairing, and restoring a property to its pre-water damage condition. ... Every property and water damage situation is unique, requiring an individualized plan of action to complete the mitigation process.

  1. Identify Source

The first step to fixing water damage in your home is to identify the source of the water. In some cases, like broken plumbing or natural disaster, the source will be easily identifiable. However, in other cases the cause may be difficult to identify if it is behind a wall or ceiling. Once the source of water is identified you will need to take steps to remedy the problem and seal the leak.

Fixing plumbing, sealing fixture casing, or altering landscaping water flow channels may be all you need to remedy the situation. However, in some cases you will need a professional to identify and repair the source of unwanted water flow.


  1. Clean Standing Water

The next step you need to take to fix water damage in your home is to clean any standing water. In most water damage situations there are pools of water in low lying areas. In some cases you can use a common wet/dry vacuum to remove water, mud, or other debris from flooding. However more severe flooding cases require industrial water extractors to handle the volume and density of polluted water.

  1. Dehumidify

After standing water has been removed you will need to dehumidify the remaining moisture. This is one of the most important steps you need to take to fix water damage in your home or office. Residual moisture can cause warping and other property damage as well as lead to serious health issues like the formation of mold, bacteria, and other contaminants.

Dehumidification removes hidden moisture to eliminate the possibility of further damage occurring once the primary water has been removed.

  1. Clean and Sanitize
    After the water and moisture have been removed the next step to fix water damage is to clean and sanitize the impacted areas. Flood water often brings sewage and other pollutants with it. These contaminants must be removed before final repairs are conducted. Commercial cleaners and industrial sanitizers will ensure that your property is effectively cleaned and treated.
  2. Repair and Restore

The final step in fixing water damage is repair and restoration. Any flooring or carpeting that was damaged must be cleaned or replaced. Damaged walls may need to have sections replaced or repainted.

Remediation

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The Mold Remediation Process

In addition to causing significant property damage, mold can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Have Mold Related Questions?
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Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. 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 they 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. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. 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.

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

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 the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact 586-336-7373

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our Customer Care Center. Our specialist will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

storm safety

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Stay Safe Before and After Winter Storms

Heat your home safely.

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
    • Fireplace that is up to code with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
    • Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters. Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
  • Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Make sure to keep them away from any flammable materials, like curtains or blankets.
  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak gas from the flue or exhaust into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Make sure you have proper ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.
  • Keep heat sources, like space heaters, at least 3 feet away from drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard, but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.

Cleanup

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Cleanup And Restoration

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Toilet Overflow or Sewer Backup?
Call Today @
586-336-7373

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year @ 586-336-7373. They are water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.

Smoke odors

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Removing Lingering Odors After Fire Damage To Your St Clair County MI Home

Training, Knowledge and Equipment Restore Smoke Damaged Properties

When a fire occurs, the most vital thing is to get it under control. After this crucial factor has been achieved, the next stage is to restore your home and belongings to their pre-fire condition. However, even after the initial cleanup has been completed, the smell of the fire can linger. Many homeowners find that even after all charred and damaged items are removed, and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned there is still a smoky smell in the air.
 
If you can still smell a burned or charred scent after fire damage to your home, further work may be needed to deodorize your house. Our technicians are trained to deal with lingering fire odors swiftly and efficiently. Our professionally trained and certified IICRC teams have the skill and equipment needed to deodorize your house and leave it smelling fresh once more –"Like it never even happened."
 
We train our IICRC certified technicians to assess what is causing lingering odors after a fire. Confined areas, attics, rafters, and the insulation in your home are all especially susceptible to odor entrapment after a fire has occurred. Each area needs to be treated carefully to ensure the odor is removed.
 
We arrive at your home equipped with deodorizing equipment. The first step is to assess what is causing the smell to linger. The next step is to tackle the smell at its source. We thoroughly vent the problem area, and clean surfaces to help scrub away the source of the smell. For some spaces, an odor counteractant can be used to clean away those odors. In some cases, placement of an activated charcoal unit overnight can absorb the smell. IF the home is vacant of the residents, live plants, and pets, we can set up ozone machines which chemically capture smoke particulates in the air. Hydroxyl generators are also very useful in purging the ambient air of unwanted particles, thus mitigating, and finally, eliminating the smoke odors.
 
If cleaning and ventilation do not succeed in tackling stubborn smoke smells after a fire, our technicians are equipped with thermal fog equipment. Thermal fogging equipment mimics the heat and pressure of the fire in a safe manner. Materials that picked up the smell of smoke from the fire now pick up the deodorization droplets from thermal fogging in the same manner. 
 
Let SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo remove lingering smoke odors after a fire. Call us at (586) 336-7373 today for assistance.

Mold

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in Crawl Spaces

Some houses have crawl spaces instead of basements. While crawl spaces are less expensive and recommended when you live in a place where it’s mostly dry. Anyway, they are nonetheless prone to moisture and mold in crawl space, unless they come with proper insulation and adequate ventilation.

Mold in crawl space under the house is an eyesore, and it is not a good sign, either because it’s indicative of a much bigger problem upstairs. Just how common is mold in crawl space? Mold under the house in crawl space is not unusual in the US and Canada, and the good news is, it’s largely preventable.

SIGNS OF MOLD IN CRAWL SPACE

Early detection of the mold is crucial to prevent an outbreak. It’s important to keep in mind that mold can spread very quickly, so taking the necessary steps at the first signs of mold infestation can go a long way to prevent major damage to health and property.

But first things first, what does mold in crawl space look like? What are the things you need to watch out for? In most cases, you’ll know when the situation calls for a mold fogger crawl space device when your house smells musty or when it emits some kind of a damp smell.

Sometimes, even without actually seeing the mold, you’ll be able to tell they’re there when your nose gets stuffy or running, your eyes get itchy, or you go into a mold allergy attack. When you experience these mold in crawl space symptoms or when you see visible signs of water damage and mold infestation, call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 526-336-7373

HOW MUCH MOLD IN CRAWL SPACE IS ACCEPTABLE

When it comes to mold growing in crawl space, a little can already be too much. So any type of mold is not acceptable in crawl space.  You can’t afford to be friendly with mold because it can easily become widespread, and if left untreated, it can cause a lot of damage to your health as well.

“There’s mold in my crawl space” is a complaint often heard by mold remediators, but one that can be avoided by taking appropriate measures, like sealing and dehumidifying the area, for one.

IDENTIFYING MOLD IN CRAWL SPACE

A musty smell is usually a tell- tail sign that mold growth has already begun. Checking your crawl space, you’re very likely to find patches or clusters of what looks like dirt or powder on the floor joists, posts, girders, and corners of the area.

Fire Damage and Emergency Tips

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Fire Damage and Emergency Tips

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

  • 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 Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?
Call 
SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Michigan Winter Weather Safety Tips

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  1. Apply Sunscreen: This may seem silly during the winter months, but your children can get sunburned from playing outside. The snow reflects 85% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, making the use of sunscreen an important step before your children head outside.
  2. Check on Children Often

Make sure frostbite doesn’t ruin the fun. Regularly check that your children’s mittens are dry and warm, and that their noses aren’t too red.

  1. Limit Snow Shoveling

If your children decide to make a fort or want to help clear the driveway, be mindful of who is shoveling. School-aged kids can easily lift heavy shovels of snow, but it may be too strenuous for younger ages and cause muscle strain.

  1. Layer Up

Children should wear multiple layers when playing outside. If the top layers get wet from the snow, your kids can easily peel it off to the dry layers. It also helps to avoid cotton clothing when dressing for outdoor play because it won’t be warm enough in the cold weather. Try to stick with wool or other fabrics.

  1. Have a Snack

You’ve heard the tip, “Never eat before swimming.” That doesn’t apply to winter play. Give your kids a snack before they head out in the snow. The calories will give their bodies energy in the cold weather.

  1. Supervise Sledding

Knowing about the hill your children want to sled at is essential. If it’s near a busy road, contains rocks, or is steep and covered with trees, it isn’t a safe spot. You can also prevent any accidents by supervising the sledding activity and encouraging your children to wear helmets.

Your Pets, and Keeping Them Safe

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SEVERE WEATHER:  Keep pets in mind when severe weather strikes. Bring your pets indoors.

FLOODING: Confine pets to one room of the house. Make plans for your pets in case you have to evacuate. Watch your animals closely and keep them under direct control.

Winter Weather:

  • Never let you dog off its leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. Most dogs are lost during winter than any other season, so please make sure they are always wearing ID TAGS.
  • Make sure you wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when they come in out of the snow, sleet, or ice. They can ingest salt, antifreeze, or other potentially hazardous chemicals while licking their paws, and his paw pads may also begin to bleed from the snow or incrusted ice.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter, as there coat will provide more warmth. Do you own a short hair breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar, or turtleneck, with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
  • NEVER leave your cat or dog alone in a vehicle during cold weather. Keep pets indoors if possible, especially if they are sensitive to the cold weather due to age, illness or breed type.

HEAT: Don’t leave your pets in vehicles. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous very quickly, EVEN WITH WINDOWS CRACKED OPEN. Interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes. Pets left inside are at risk for serious heat related illnesses or even death.

WILDFIRES: Confine pets to one room of the home. Make plans for your pets in case you have to evacuate. Watch your animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Hidden embers and hot spots could burn your pet’s paws or hooves.

Frozen Pipes

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HOW TO PREVENT WATER PIPES FROM FREEZING, AND HOW TO THAW THEM IF THEY DO FREEZE.

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in it that expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

How to Protect Pipes from Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Flooding In Your Home

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One of the most damaging and devastating things you can ever experience is flooding in your home. However, you’re not alone, we’re here to help you with some steps on how to deal with flood damage.

There are many causes of household flooding including – Heavy rains, Sewer back-up, Appliance Malfunctions, Malfunctioning sump-pump, and Burst pipes. This can be a time of great confusion as to what to do concerning safety, cleanup and even how to pay for all the repair and restoration.

  1. Call Your Insurance Company

Your homeowners’ insurance will vary depending on what policies you have. The insurance company will send an adjuster to look at and assess the damage and determine if it is a covered loss. Document the values of each and every item you can think of, and take as many photos as possible before, after and during the cleanup. This will help the adjuster when he/ she comes to assess the damage. You can call SERVPRO Of Marine City/ Romeo at 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

  1. Safety First

The most important step in any major home disaster like flooding and water damage, is to make sure yourself and your family are safe. There are several things you can do to stay safe in your home.

Turn off the power: Water and electricity obviously do not mix. But, if turning off the power requires you to enter or stand in wet areas it is best to leave it alone and call an electrician. Do not reenter a flooded home before turning the electricity off.

Wear Protective Gear: Be sure to wear protective clothing–such as rubber boots and gloves–when you re-enter your home. This will protect you from injuries that can get bacteria filled water in them.

Protect Your Valuables: You can lift wood furniture off the wet carpet areas and insert tin foil under the feet to prevent staining of the carpet. Likewise, remove any rugs that may be on wet flooring. You may be forced to leave your home if the flooding is bad enough. Make sure it is also safe when you return to your home to begin dealing with the aftermath.

Create A Fire Safety Plan

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In the event that you or someone you know has a fire. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is available to help you. We know how important it is to act quickly, so the sooner you call us at (586) 336-7373, the sooner we can stop any further damage.

Creating a plan ahead of time can you save you time and money in the future. Fires in your home or business are some of the most dangerous and traumatic events that can occur. Although we do not like to think about it, they are a possibility, so everyone should know ahead of time.

Steps to be taken:
1. Have An Escape Plan 
Make an escape plan and practice it several times per year with your family. Make sure your family members know not to put their lives in danger to save possessions. Always take the route that gets you outside the fastest. If you must exit through smoke, know to drop down under it and try to cover your mouth to keep from breathing smoke. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it or go through it. 
 
2. Rope Ladders 
If you live in a two-story home, every bedroom should have a rope ladder which is readily available so family members can climb down outside instead of being trapped. A meeting spot outside your home needs to be designated, and ensure you take attendance, so you know who is out safely. 
 
3. Stop, Drop, Roll 
Everyone should know how to do this if fire catches on your clothes. Drop to the ground right away, cross your hands over your chest, and roll forward and back until you smother the flames completely. Cool the area that is burned with water and call for medical attention right away for serious burns. 
 
4. Fire Extinguishers 
Places such as your workshop, fireplace, and kitchen should have fire extinguishers nearby. Every family member should know how to use it as well. Extinguishers need to be regularly recharged, inspected or replaced as necessary. 
 
5. Stove Fires 
A small fire in your kitchen should be able to be handled by all. Suffocate the fire by putting a lid on the pan, turning the stove off and letting the pan sit unmoved until the flames are smothered. Extinguish small grease fires by putting baking soda on them, but do not ever use water. 
 

Choose SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo

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SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo has been a locally owned franchise helping the people in Marine City and neighboring communities for the last five years. Prior to owning and operating this franchise the owners were in the residential and commercial building industry for 30+ years. We are committed to our community and the communities we service. We understand the stress and worry that comes with experiencing a loss from fire or water. 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 provides 24/7 emergency mitigation services. We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential or commercial properties after damage from fire, smoke, mold or water. We have well trained certified technicians on staff at all times. Disasters happen SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is here to help.

To schedule service for your home or business, call us today at 586-336-7373.

Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO has over 1,700 Franchises ready to respond faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo has advanced equipment and highly trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” We can help you with all of your needs.

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Christmas Tree Safety

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

CHRISTMAS TREE SAFETY TIPS

Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family and friends. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.

IF YOUR HOLIDAY IS JUST NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT A LIVE TREE,

FOLLOW THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO KEEP THREATS AT BAY:

  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights off. DO NOT FORGET to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.

When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow our guidelines to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report during the upcoming holiday season.

Holiday cooking safety

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

 Thanksgiving is the holiday that brings people together with the family dinner being the highlight of the day. The United States Fire Administration estimates more than 2,000 residential fires are reported each Thanksgiving, with cooking (69%) the leading cause. Use these tips to help keep your holiday safe.

  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. Most fires in the kitchen occur because food is left unattended.
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter. Even though you have myriad dishes to prepare, don’t overload a cook top with too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all your dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire.
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy while cooking. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on a flame-resistant oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don’t remove the lid until the food has cooled.
  • When removing lids on hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your face and hands from steam. If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. If you have long hair, be sure to tie it back.
  • Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. Smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working.
  • Unplug small appliances that aren’t in use. Not only will you save the energy, but you will also avoid the potential dangers if they were to be turned on accidentally.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is UL listed and rated for grease and electrical fires.
  • Avoid using a turkey fryer. Because turkey fryers pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burn and fire hazards. If you still choose to fry your turkey, follow these safety guidelines recommended by Consumer Safety Product Commission:

Keep fryer in FULL VIEW while burner is on

  • Place fryer in an open area AWAY from all walls, fences, or other structures
  • Never use IN, ON, or UNDER a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire
  • Raise and lower food SLOWLY to reduce splatter and avoid burns
  • COVER bare skin when adding or removing food
  • Check the oil temperature frequently
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply OFF
  • If a fire occurs, immediately call 911. DO NOT attempt to extinguish fire with water

Portable heater safety

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It's generally suggested that space heaters be placed at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothing, rugs, and other combustibles.

These items can cause a risk of fire if they come in contact with a unit's electric heating element or too-hot surface.

Other Placement Tips

  • Never sit or drape anything on top of a portable heater.
  • In addition, be sure that the heater is placed on a hard, level surface.
  • Review your owner's manual for specific instructions on your heater. 
  • Safety Tips
  • Look for Safety Features
  • Today's portable heater models include a variety of safety features that help take a lot of the worry out of using them: 
  • Overheat Protection
  • Room heaters with overheat protection detect when internal components become too hot. When an unsafe temperature is detected, the switch automatically shuts off the unit to prevent overheating.
  • Tip-Over Protection
  • A heater equipped with a tip-over protection switch will automatically shut off if it's tipped over for any reason.
  • Cool-Touch Housing
  • Cool-touch housing prevents accidental burns by touching the exterior of a heater. This is particularly useful safety features, particularly in areas with active children or pets.

·         2. Plug Directly into an Outlet

  • As a rule of thumb, plug a portable electric heater directly into an outlet with sufficient power capacity. Attaching an extension cord to the unit increases the chance of overheating, fires, and electrical shock injuries.

·         3. Regular Inspection and Maintenance

  • Occasionally inspect your space heater, particularly when you first purchase it. Frequently clean and maintain it to ensure it's working safely.
  • Wiping yours down will also help reduce the amount of dust and allergens that may be dispersed around your space. 

·         4. Shut Off and Unplug if Not in Use

  • Upon leaving an area, turn off the portable space heater and unplug it. Many models, like Vornado heaters, feature programmable timers that can be used to program automatic on and off times for when you sleep or head to work.

·         5. Keep Heaters Away From Water

  • Unless it is specifically designed for use in damp spaces, refrain from running a heater in a bathroom or a humid basement. Don't touch the heater if you are wet or have wet hands, as this increases the risk of electrical shock.

Christmas Light Safety Tips

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

10 Christmas Light Safety Tips

  1. Never leave your lights on unattended: Whether you’re running out for food, or playing outside with the kids, turn your Christmas lights off any time you will not be nearby. While this may seem like a pain, there are a variety of products that make it easy, like Christmas light timers and remote controls that turn your indoor and outdoor lights off with the touch of a button. If you’re prone to forgetting, try an automated timer for outdoor lighting that illuminates your decorations when it gets dark outside and turns them off at sunrise.
  2. Consider using LED lights instead of incandescent lights: LED lights, while a bit more expensive, are a much safe option indoor and outdoor lighting. Because they produce very little heat, they are perfect for holiday decorations. They also last up to 25 times longer and use 75 percent less electricity.
  3. Be mindful of where you place candles: There’s nothing like warm candlelight flickering away on a cozy Christmas night. However, candles aren’t the safest option — especially if you have kids or pets who are prone to accidentally knocking things over. Place lit candles above the reach of wandering hands and tails, and well out of the way of flammable materials like curtains or wrapping paper. To prevent possible burns and fires, try flameless candles instead.
  4. Indoor and outdoor lights are not interchangeable: Though indoor lights can be cheaper, don’t use them as a substitute for outdoor lights. Indoor lights aren’t as sealed against moisture as their outdoor counterparts, making them unsafe for wet winter weather. If you’re not sure which type of lights you have, play it safe, and toss them and buy new ones.
  5. Only use three light strands per outlet: The number of light strings you can connect together in sequence depends on both the strands’ wattage and the maximum watt capacity of the house circuit you plug them into. A good rule of thumb is to keep each outlet to three strands of lights or fewer. Also consider using a power strip with a built-in circuit breaker instead of your wall outlet for added protection.
  6. Get rid of old lights
  7. Securely fasten all outdoor light strings: Winter storms can easily catch and blow loose outdoor Christmas light strands, causing potential electrical hazards. Fasten your lighted decorations to firm objects like trees or walls to keep your lights secure. Also fasten indoor lights out of reach of pets and small children to avoid chewing mishaps that could result in accidental electrocution.
  8. Avoid using electric lights on metallic trees: Shiny aluminum and tinsel Christmas trees can bring real sparkle to your holiday décor, but if you opt for a metallic tree, avoid using electric lights or decorations. The tree could easily become charged with electricity, giving a real “shock” to anyone who touches it.
  9. Be smart when using extension cords: Outdoor lights can pose a safety risk when extension cords are low enough to become surrounded by pools of rain or melted snow. Keep the cords dry, and make sure to use surge protectors to minimize damage in case of voltage fluctuation.
  10. Keep your Christmas tree from becoming a fire hazard: Christmas Trees are the leading cause of house fires during the holidays. While there are definitely benefits to a real tree, artificial trees are the safer choice. Most artificial trees are made with fire-resistant materials, making them fairly safe to light and decorate. If you opt for a real tree, make sure it’s fresh when you buy it and that you keep it well watered. Once your tree dries out, it is no longer safe to keep in your home and should be removed immediately.

Whether you go big or small with your Christmas decorations this season, protecting your home and family should be your number one priority. Follow these 10 Christmas light safety tips to have a happy, secure holiday.

Fireplace Maintenance

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Enjoying a warm, cozy fire requires a clean, safe fireplace. Here are some tips for keeping it that way:  

  • Fireplaces should not be used as furnaces. Use a fireplace for a short-duration fire — no longer than five hours.
  • Keep the glass open to allow air to be drawn up to cool the chimney, but keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from jumping onto the carpeting.
  • Never leave a fire unattended when children are in the house. Adults, even if near, should not allow children to play near or with fire tools and equipment.
  • Open a window when using the fireplace to prevent the room from becoming smoky. The air coming in from the window will go up the chimney.
  • Before making a fire, open the glass doors, pull aside the screen curtains, and place the kindling, newspaper and logs inside. Next, open the damper and a window. The window needs to be open only a few inches. You can check to make sure the smoke will go up the chimney properly by lighting a match, quickly blowing it out and watching the smoke to see whether it's going up and out.
  • Keep a nonflammable rug (available at fireplace-supply stores) in front of the fireplace so that sparks won't melt or otherwise damage your carpeting.
  • Use fireplace tools to handle burning logs. Never use your hands.
  • Use a chimney cap to prevent water damage, to keep animals from nesting and to keep debris from blocking the chimney and causing carbon monoxide to flow into the house. Use a spark arrester to help prevent sparks from flying out, which could start a fire on the roof or lawn.
  • Glass doors may develop tough stains from flames and heat. To clean them, make sure the glass doors are cool, then scrape off any thick gunk deposits with a razor blade. Add a squirt of liquid dishwashing detergent to a bucket of warm water, or add a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Spray or sponge the cleaner on, and then wipe it away with newspaper (which is lint-free). Another option is to buy glass cleaner at a fireplace store.
  • Fireplace coals can remain hot enough to start a fire for up to three days, so always wait at least that long before removing the ashes. At that point, close the damper to prevent cold air in the flue from stirring up excess dust while you're removing the ashes. Be sure to wear a dust mask and open a window in the same room as the fireplace to prevent negative air pressure. Use a shovel to scoop the ashes into a metal container. Store the container far from combustible materials and surfaces and wood floors.
  • Never use a vacuum to clean up ashes, because live coals may remain in those ashes.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the chimney when necessary. Have him show you how to check it yourself, too. The chimney should be checked at least once a year or after about 80 fires.
  • Shine brass fireplace utensils with Worcestershire sauce and a toothbrush.
  • Clean the firebox (the area where the logs burn) at least once a week during the months you use it, when ash builds up. Leave about an inch of ash because it acts as insulation, allowing the coals to heat faster and retain the heat easier. Keep the firebox completely clean during the months when the fireplace is not in use.
  • To clean an exterior slate hearth, wash, dry and coat it with lemon oil every six weeks to make it shine. For cleaning exterior brick hearths, buy a brick cleaner at a fireplace shop.

Turkey Frying Safety Tips

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Turkey Frying Safety Tips

Follow these turkey frying safety tips to keep your Thanksgiving Day feast one that emergency personnel never have to visit!

  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Wear protective equipment – eye protection and good grill mitts.
  • Defrost your turkey COMPLETELY – and dry it immersing it in hot oil.
  • Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher within arm’s reach of your work area.
  • Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  • Keep outdoor fryers away from combustible structures or trees – that means off the deck, too!
  • Place the fryer on a level surface and do not move it around once heating.
  • Leave two feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer – consider wrapping hose in aluminum foil to prevent hot oil that may splatter from touching it.
  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Turn off burner if oil is smoking. Use a fryer with a temperature gauge and keep a sharp eye on it.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.

SNOWBIRDS

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR HOME FOR WHEN YOU’RE AWAY

If you are a snowbird heading south for the winter, there are several key things you can do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, damage, water, heating or electrical system malfunctions and other possible threats while you are away for an extended period of time.

  1. Prevent Your Home From Appearing Unoccupied
  • Forward your mail, stop newspaper delivery, and ask a friend to pick up items that may be left at your door.
  • Arrange for someone to remove snow after storms.
  • Put motion-sensitive exterior lights and interior lights on timers and set them to come on at varying times to discourage prowlers.
  1. Take Steps to Protect Your Home from Thieves
  • Confirm that your alarm systems are in working order and have been activated.
  • Secure external doors and windows with deadbolt locks, security-type hinges. Install slide locks or other equivalent security locks on sliding glass doors.
  • Store valuables that you are not taking with you in a safe deposit box or other secure offsite location.
  • Avoid posting your vacation or travel plans on social media sites, as potential thieves can use that information to learn when your house will be vacant.
  1. 3. Protect Your Pipes to Avoid Water Damage by Turning off Your Water Supply
  • If a pipe bursts or leaks while you are away, it could cause significant damage. Consider completely turning off the water supply if you will be away for an extended period of time. If your home is heated by an older steam heating system, consult with your heating professional to determine if it is safe to turn off the water supply for your particular heating system. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, make sure that you do not turn off the water to this system.
  • If you have turned off the water supply, drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl. Consider pouring antifreeze in toilet tanks and bowls to prevent any remaining water from freezing.* Always use non-toxic antifreeze rated for plumbing systems.
  • You may wish to hire a licensed plumber to complete these steps. The plumber can also confirm that the pipes have been fully drained by blowing compressed air through the pipes.
  1. 4. Keep Your Home and Plumbing Warm if Your Water Supply Stays On
  • If you decide against draining your water pipes, keep the furnace running to help ensure the home stays warm and the pipes do not freeze.
  • Set the temperature at 55°F or higher to help keep the interior of the floor and wall cavities, where the water piping is likely located above freezing temperatures. Keeping room and cabinet doors open can also help heat to circulate and warm the areas where pipes are located.
  • Shut off the water to washing machines and dishwashers where possible, to avoid any leaks or broken hoses while you are away.
  • Turn off the heat source and water supply to hot water heaters (if separate from your boiler).
  • Consider shutting off and draining outdoor faucets to prevent water damage due to freezing.
  • Have a water flow sensor and low temperature sensor installed on your main water supply pipe and hooked into a constantly monitored alarm system or your smart phone.
  1. 5. Perform Routine Maintenance Before You Leave
  • Have your heating system inspected and serviced by a licensed professional before the onset of cold weather. Have your fuel tanks filled before you leave and make sure you have set up periodic fuel deliveries, if needed. Have someone check on heat and fuel levels regularly while you are gone.
  • Be sure to maintain electrical power if required to keep the heating system running. If electrical service to the home is to remain on while you are away, consider having a licensed electrical contractor inspect your main electrical panel, wiring and outlets. Repair or replace anything that may be defective.
  • Have your roof inspected and clean your gutters to help prevent ice from building up.*

Remove dead trees or large overhanging limbs that could damage your house.

How To Prepare Your Home For A Blizzard

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Blizzard or Extreme Cold

  1. Stock Up on Food & Water: Winter storms and blizzards sometimes make travel impossible, and during a winter weather event, most city officials ask people to stay off the road. So you need to have plenty of nonperishable food and water on hand, ideally in a long term food pantry, so there’s no need for you to drive on dangerous roads. A food pantry also ensures you have the foods you like to eat instead of worrying about facing empty store shelves picked over by panicked shoppers.

It can get expensive to start a long-term food pantry from scratch, but it doesn’t have to. If you start now, picking up a bit of extra nonperishable food each week when it’s on sale, it won’t make much of a difference in your food budget.

Some foods to stock up on:

Rice

Dried beans, lentils, or peas

Trail mix bars, protein bars, granola bars, or fruit bars

Canned vegetables, soups, and fruit

Peanut butter and jelly

Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate

Powdered drink mixes

Dried pasta

Instant soup mixes

Sugar

Pickled vegetables

Trail mix

Beef jerky

Applesauce

Instant oatmeal

Sweets like cookies, candy bars, and chocolate

Evaporated or condensed milk

Nuts and dried fruits like mango, apples, apricots, and strawberries

Oils like olive oil, vegetable oil, and coconut oil

Whole-grain crackers

Shelf-stable milk, tea, and hot cocoa

Waffle and pancake mix

Breakfast cereal, including hot cereals like Cream of Wheat

Vegetable, chicken, beef, and bouillon cubes

Packaged foods, including macaroni and cheese and instant potatoes

Canned meats, including tuna, sardines, oysters, chicken, turkey, pork, sausage, and Spam

Formula or baby food if you have very young children

Pet food if you have pets

You also need plenty of fresh water, especially if your pipes freeze during a cold snap. Each person in your home needs at least 1 gallon per day for drinking and sanitation. And don’t forget to have extra on hand for pets. If you have a wood stove, you can always melt snow, providing you have plenty of firewood, but you must also prepare for snowless cold weather.

  1. Consider Cooking & Easy Food Prep

If you were to lose power during a winter storm, do you have a way to cook food and clean up? If you have an electric stove in your kitchen, it’s not going to work when the power goes out, so you need a backup way to heat water and cook. A small camp stove, camping gas stove, It is inexpensive and easy to operate. Just make sure you use gas-powered stoves in the garage – with the garage door open – to avoid carbon monoxide buildup in your home. if you have a propane grill, you can use it to cook food during a power outage too.

  1. Stock Up on Supplies

Having plenty of food in your pantry is an essential first step. But you also need personal care products and handy necessities, such as:

  • A manual can opener
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper
  • Moist towelettes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Feminine care products
  • Paper towels, paper plates, and disposable silverware
  • Dish soap
  • An emergency phone charger
  • Candles
  • Batteries
  • Bleach or other disinfectant
  • Laundry detergent

In addition to having plenty of supplies around for your family, if you have room, stock up on extra in case your neighbors or extended family members aren’t prepared.

Last, if you’re on any medications, talk to your doctor about how long it’s safe to store them for an emergency.

  1. Purchase an Emergency Sump Pump

Consider this scenario: A lot of snow has fallen in your area, and you’ve lost power. Thankfully, the weather has started to warm back up, and the snow is melting. However, the power company hasn’t been able to turn the lights back on. If you have a basement that means your sump pump doesn’t have any power to work right when it’s needed most.

A battery operated sump pump will kick on and pump for hours or days when the power is off, keeping water out of your basement. And this is a time when it pays to spend more on a quality product.

You’ll also need to buy a battery in addition to the pump itself. Most reviewers on Amazon recommend getting a Deep cycle marine battery. While these are more expensive, they last much longer than an auto battery.

  1. Consider Portable Power

 The power often goes out during winter storms, and even extreme cold weather events can cause power outages due to increased demand.

Snow Shoveling Safety

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel:

  • Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements, such as bending side to side or walking in place.
  • Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. When lifting snow, bend your knees and use your legs when possible.
  • Choose your shovel wisely. Ergonomically-designed shovels can help reduce the amount of bending you have to do.
  • Lighten your load. Consider using a lighter-weight plastic shovel instead of a metal one to help decrease the weight being lifted.
  • Hit the pause button. Pace yourself and be sure to take frequent breaks. Consider taking a break after 20 to 30 minutes of shoveling, especially when the snow is wet.
  • Consider multiple trips. Consider shoveling periodically throughout the storm to avoid having to move large amounts of snow at once.
  • Keep up with snowfall. Try to shovel snow shortly after it falls, when it is lighter and fluffier. The longer snow stays on the ground, the wetter it can become. Wet snow is heavier and harder to move.
  • Wear layers. Dress in layers and remove them as you get warm to help maintain a comfortable body temperature.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while shoveling.

How To Prepare Your Office For A Winter Storm

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How to prepare the office for a winter storm

When the weather forecast predicts a serious winter storm, keep these winter preparation tips in mind for your small business:

  • Communicate with your employees. Have a predetermined way to communicate with all employees to let them know if the store or office will be open that day.
  • Let customers know if and when you’re closing. If you will be closing early due to a blizzard, or not opening at all, use social media channels to relay that information. If you have a store-front, make sure to post a sign notifying your customers of your closing as well.
  • Salt the sidewalks. If you plan for your small business to be open during the winter storm, be sure to brine or salt the sidewalks to prevent ice from forming and causing slippery situations.
  • Keep an eye on power lines. If you see a downed power line near your business, call 911 immediately and do not go near it, it could be still live with electricity. Try to prevent any customers from getting near it as well.
  • Consider buying a generator. Have a generator for any important devices or products needing electricity, like walk-in coolers and food storage.
  • Check on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Regularly replacing batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is a good practice, and especially important if you will be using a generator. Tip: if you’re using a portable generator, never keep it indoors. They produce high levels of carbon monoxide and could cause harm to those inside.
  • Have mailing back-up plans. Think about what things you rely on the mail service to provide. If you have payroll checks or other important documents coming in the mail, and the roads are too bad for mail to be transported, do you have other ways of accessing them? Contact whoever is sending your important documents to ensure that mail interruptions will not cause disaster in your small business.

Winter emergency kit for a small business

In extreme cases of winter storms, you and your employees may become snowed in at work, or need to wait out the storm. In areas where heavy snowfall is typical, consider making a winter emergency kit for your small business to ensure winter workplace safety. 

  • A hand-crank or battery-charged radio 
  • Water and food snacks 
  • A whistle or noisemaker that can be used to signal for help 
  • Copies of important business documents, all kept in a waterproof and fireproof container. 
  • Flashlights and/or candles First-aid kit Moist towelettes or hand sanitizer 
  • Extra toiletries (including feminine hygiene products) 
  • Cell phone chargers for all types of cellular devices (and/or portable cell phone power banks or chargers)

Fire Prevention Week October 4-10 2020

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Why is Fire Safety Awareness Important?

     Every year thousands of people lose their life or get seriously injured due to fire-related hazards. Many of us believe we may never be in the midst of a fire accident. That is not true. A fire can happen anywhere and at any time. The outbreak of a fire, when not handled carefully, can lead to loss of life as well as valuable assets. When dealing with a fire, it is important to remain alert at all times and follow preventive measures to avoid the chances of fire. Fire safety awareness includes assessing the possible risks that can cause a fire hazard and taking appropriate steps to prevent and minimize the damage caused due to a fire. Basic fire safety plans might involve installation of fire safety equipment and marking safe exit points in the building

WHAT IS FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS?

Fire safety awareness means Analyzing the possible risks of fire in your vicinity and taking preventive measures to ensure minimum damage and safe exit of all the person exposed to fire. Different fire safety awareness approaches are adopted at different locations. However, the priority of every approach is the safe and successful evacuation of people trapped in a building in case of a fire. A Well planned and practiced fire safety training can prepare you mentally and physically to keep your mind calm during an emergency situation so that you can take the necessary steps to mitigate the damage.

Why is Fire Safety Awareness Important?

Fires can take lives and destroy property. If one has to handle a fire without damage then he/she must be aware at all the times. One of the key strategies while talking about fire safety awareness is identifying the possible fire hazards around you and making sure that a well thought fire safety plan is in motion as soon as a fire breaks out.

FLOODED BASEMENT

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR BASEMENT FLOODS?

Unexpected issues in your home aren't enjoyable, but they are common. A flooded basement can give even the most stoic homeowner a sense of helplessness and panic. If you have a basement flood, try not to over-analyze the situation. It may not be as bad as you think. According to the experts at SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo that provides 24/7/365 586-336-7373 response to flood situations in your home, here are some things you can do if your basement floods:

  • Before you do anything, make sure to shut off any power around the area, including electricity and gas. Never enter a flooded area while the power is on. If you aren’t sure how to shut these areas off, call a qualified electrician before entering the room and beginning to work.

    • Unless the water is caused by rainfall, take action as soon as you notice flooding. If rain or storm water is the cause of the flood, wait until it's passed before getting to work.

    • Regardless of the water source, wear boots and gloves for protection. Take care when walking and moving around the flooded area since it will likely offer itself as a slipping hazard.

    • Determine the source of the water. If a burst pipe is the cause of the flood, shut off water to the basement.

    • If your basement has a floor drain, check to make sure it didn’t become clogged during the flood. Keeping it open and functioning will help drain the water.

    • Start removing water from the basement. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket. Sump pumps are located in the lowest part of a basement and work by sending water away from the home after a flooding. Without a sump pump, water can come up through the ground and enter the home causing flooding in not only the basement, but other parts of the house as well. After most of the water has been removed, soak up the remainder with a cloth or sponges. DO NOT be shy about asking for help -- many times extra sets of hands can make the removal go faster.

    • Move damaged items out of the basement to dry in a well-ventilated area. If weather permits, a sunny place may lend itself as the best option. It’s best not to dry out items inside the basement, which is already damp. A good rule of thumb is to give items about 48 hours to thoroughly dry. If they remain wet, they may need to be discarded in order to avoid mold and mildew. The best advice is to inspect things carefully after the 48-hour period, and decide the best course of action. Don’t try to save wet cardboard boxes, since they can be especially susceptible to bacterial growth. Salvage the contents of the boxes if you can, and discard the cardboard containers to be safe.

    • Don’t touch electrical items like televisions, stereos or lamps, even with the electricity disconnected. It’s best to let electrical items dry in place, and refer to an electrician or qualified repairman to determine the amount of damage.

    • Rip up carpeting and get it out of the basement as soon as possible. Carpeting can prevent the floor underneath from drying if it’s not removed quickly. Although it can be difficult to adequately dry out these materials, sometimes wet carpeting can be saved. Consult a SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo specialist.

    • Give the basement several days of drying time. Open windows and doors to get as much ventilation as possible, and place fans around the room for air circulation and to speed drying time. You can also rent a dehumidifier if you don’t have one already.

    • Wash down floors and walls to remove any dirt left behind by the water. Remove any wet or damaged drywall and insulation to prevent the spreading of mold.

    • When the floor and walls are dry, use an anti-mildew spray to discourage mold and mildew from developing.

    • If you have flood insurance, call your home insurance company and report the flood. Confirm your coverage limits, deductible amount, and claim procedures.

IS YOUR HOME READY FOR THE MICHIGAN WINTER?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

IS YOUR HOME READY FOR THE MICHIGAN WINTER?

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.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • 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.

Michigan winter and extreme cold temperatures also mean homeowners and businesses need to be prepared for frozen pipes.

How to prevent frozen pipes:

There are a number of things, some long-term, some short, that you can do to protect yourself from that bit of winter unpleasantness.

  • Put adequate insulation around pipes that are vulnerable to cold air.
  • Wrap heat tape around such pipes.
  • If practical, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water supply to outdoor faucets during the winter. This will prevent freezing in a short span of the pipe inside the house from the faucet. At a minimum, disconnect garden hoses from faucets to release accumulated water.
  • Keep water dripping or trickling from faucet farthest from where the water main enters your house. This will keep water moving through most of your plumbing and discourage freezing.
  • If you have pipes that aren’t insulated in an exterior wall near a sink, leave open cabinet doors beneath the sink to let warm air in.
  • If you plan to be away for several days, keep your heat on – not necessarily full blast, but enough to discourage freezing of pipes. Ask a neighbor to make sure the heat is still on.
  • An alternate plan if you’re leaving: shut off the water, drain the water supply by opening a faucet at the lowest point in the house and put antifreeze in the toilet bowl and traps under the sink and tub.

What should I do if my pipes freeze?

If you turn on a faucet and get no water, your pipes may be frozen. If your pipes freeze, there are some procedures that you can follow to thaw them. The sooner the problem is recognized, the better chance that damage will be minimized.

Some techniques for thawing frozen pipes include:

  • If possible, expose a boxed-in area to the inside heat. An example includes opening some ceiling tiles if your home has a drop ceiling.
  • Use a heat gun. However, be extremely careful as the heat from the heat gun will ignite any wood or paper it contacts.
  • DO NOT use torches to thaw pipes!
  • Rubbing the pipes with warm, damp rags may slowly thaw the line.
  • If you do not have water for an extended period of time, special attention should be given to hot water heaters and boilers.

·      Where are my shut off valves?

  • There are actually two major shutoff valves in line with your service. The first valve, called a curb stop, is generally located near the property line and is normally housed by a cylinder with a cap on it called the curb box. The other major valve is located in the home next to the water meter. Other valves may be near plumbing appliances such as sinks and toilets.
  • Keeping your main valve in good working condition will assure you that you will be able to turn your water off in the event of an emergency, in case one of your water pipes breaks, for example. Older style gate valves should be turned periodically due to possible corrosion build-up. Newer Teflon coated ball valves should stay in working order without any regular turning.
  • If for any unforeseen emergency services please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo at 586-336-7373 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

OUTDOOR SAFETY TIPS

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OUTDOOR SAFETY TIPS

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH: means warm temperature, and very low humidities, and stronger winds may combine to produce a significantly increased risk of fire danger.

When conditions become very dry, make sure all burn barrels are covered with a weighted metal cover, and  holes, no larger than ¾ of an inch.

Don’t throw your cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road, and produce a wildfire.

Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it. NEVER LEAVE FIRE UNATTENDED. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass and ignite a fire, and quickly spread.

RED FLAG WARNING: means warm temperature, and very low humidities, and stronger winds are expected to combine, and produce and increased risk of fire danger.

If you are able to burn in your area, all burn barrels are to be covered with a metal cover with holed no bigger than ¾ of an inch.

Don’t throw your cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road, and produce a wildfire.

Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it. NEVER LEAVE FIRE UNATTENDED. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass and ignite a fire, and quickly spread.

SNOW BIRDS, HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR HOME.

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HOW TO WINTERIZE YOUR HOME FOR WHEN YOU’RE AWAY

If you are a snowbird heading south for the winter, there are several key things you can do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, damage, water, heating or electrical system malfunctions and other possible threats while you are away for an extended period of time.

  1. Prevent Your Home From Appearing Unoccupied
  • Forward your mail, stop newspaper delivery, and ask a friend to pick up items that may be left at your door.
  • Arrange for someone to remove snow after storms.
  • Put motion-sensitive exterior lights and interior lights on timers and set them to come on at varying times to discourage prowlers.
  1. Take Steps to Protect Your Home from Thieves
  • Confirm that your alarm systems are in working order and have been activated.
  • Secure external doors and windows with deadbolt locks, security-type hinges. Install slide locks or other equivalent security locks on sliding glass doors.
  • Store valuables that you are not taking with you in a safe deposit box or other secure offsite location.
  • Avoid posting your vacation or travel plans on social media sites, as potential thieves can use that information to learn when your house will be vacant.
  1. 3. Protect Your Pipes to Avoid Water Damage by Turning off Your Water Supply
  • If a pipe bursts or leaks while you are away, it could cause significant damage. Consider completely turning off the water supply if you will be away for an extended period of time. If your home is heated by an older steam heating system, consult with your heating professional to determine if it is safe to turn off the water supply for your particular heating system. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, make sure that you do not turn off the water to this system.
  • If you have turned off the water supply, drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl. Consider pouring antifreeze in toilet tanks and bowls to prevent any remaining water from freezing.* Always use non-toxic antifreeze rated for plumbing systems.
  • You may wish to hire a licensed plumber to complete these steps. The plumber can also confirm that the pipes have been fully drained by blowing compressed air through the pipes.
  1. 4. Keep Your Home and Plumbing Warm if Your Water Supply Stays On
  • If you decide against draining your water pipes, keep the furnace running to help ensure the home stays warm and the pipes do not freeze.
  • Set the temperature at 55°F or higher to help keep the interior of the floor and wall cavities, where the water piping is likely located above freezing temperatures. Keeping room and cabinet doors open can also help heat to circulate and warm the areas where pipes are located.
  • Shut off the water to washing machines and dishwashers where possible, to avoid any leaks or broken hoses while you are away.
  • Turn off the heat source and water supply to hot water heaters (if separate from your boiler).
  • Consider shutting off and draining outdoor faucets to prevent water damage due to freezing.
  • Have a water flow sensor and low temperature sensor installed on your main water supply pipe and hooked into a constantly monitored alarm system or your smart phone.
  1. 5. Perform Routine Maintenance Before You Leave
  • Have your heating system inspected and serviced by a licensed professional before the onset of cold weather. Have your fuel tanks filled before you leave and make sure you have set up periodic fuel deliveries, if needed. Have someone check on heat and fuel levels regularly while you are gone.
  • Be sure to maintain electrical power if required to keep the heating system running. If electrical service to the home is to remain on while you are away, consider having a licensed electrical contractor inspect your main electrical panel, wiring and outlets. Repair or replace anything that may be defective.
  • Have your roof inspected and clean your gutters to help prevent ice from building up.*

Remove dead trees or large overhanging limbs that could damage your house.

  • Unplug all unnecessary appliances, such as your stove and microwave, before you leave.
  • Make sure you can periodically retrieve messages on your home answering machine or voicemail while you are away so it does not indicate "FULL" suggesting you are away when someone calls.
  1. 6. Make Your Home Unattractive to Pests
  • Clean your home thoroughly to help discourage new “residents” from moving in.
  • Clean, defrost and unplug refrigerators and freezers, wiping them dry and leaving doors propped open to prevent mildew. Also clean the oven.
  • Inspect your home for openings that animals could use to enter. For example, make sure your fireplace flue is closed, as bats, birds and squirrels are known to get inside this way.
  • Check weather-stripping, insulation and exterior doors and windows to ensure no major deficiencies are present. Water and insects can enter through these openings.
  • Chimneys should be inspected by a chimney service and, if necessary, cleaned to ensure that they are free from obstructions such as nesting birds. Install chimney guard screen-caps to help prevent any infestation.
  1. Be Ready for Emergencies
  • Notify the police department that the property will be vacant, and provide emergency notification numbers.
  • Install smoke detectors on at least every floor (preferably tied to a constantly monitored fire alarm system so the fire department will automatically be notified in case of alarm), and confirm that the sensors and system are tested regularly.
  • In higher wind-exposed or coastal areas, install storm shutters (or consider using other mitigation measures, such as 5/8” marine plywood) to secure windows. Properly anchor personal property that will remain outdoors.
  • Ask a trusted friend, neighbor or relative to keep an eye on your home and be available in emergency situations. Give them access to your home so they can regularly monitor heating, electrical and water systems.
  • If the weather turns frigid, have them look at the edge of the roof for ice dams and look for leaks inside. Make sure they have your contact information and a list of local contractors they can reach if repairs or service are indicated.

Restoration Services

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What is a restoration service?

Restoration Companies are usually the first responders following significant damage to a home from floods and fires, water damage, sewage backup and other major events. The job of a restoration company is to clean up the mess and to preserve and protect the home and its contents so that further damage will not occur. SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo can help you with all your Restoration needs 24 hours a day. Call us @ 586-336-7373

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, you can depend on SERVPRO Franchise Professionals, whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or your upholstery cleaned. They have the training, experience, and equipment to make your house feel like home again.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • Faster to Any Sized Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Residential Restoration Services

Fire, water, and mold restoration are the cornerstones of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to being faster to any sized disaster. Our focus on training ensures we have the expertise and skills needed to promptly restore your property right the first time. Our restoration services include the following:

Residential Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents, and homes get dirty. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer cleaning services ranging from air duct cleaning to removing biohazard contaminants. Their residential cleaning services will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for your family. Our cleaning services include the following:

OPEN BURNING IN MICHIGAN

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Who Regulates Open Burning?

In Michigan, the practice of open burning may be regulated at both the state and local level. Although this document focuses on state regulations, it is important to remember that local ordinances may prohibit the open burning of any material. Contact your municipality and/or township office to find out if local ordinances are more restrictive than the state rules contained in this guide. Burn permits are required for open burning not conducted in burn barrels when the ground is not snow-covered.

Contact your fire department, municipality, or DNR district office for burn permit information.

Remember, you are legally responsible for any fire you start!

Household Waste

Persons may burn solid waste from a one or two family dwelling in an approved container, as long as it is not prohibited by local ordinance, and it does not create a smoke or odor nuisance. Solid waste includes refuse, and garbage generated at a household (grass clippings, leaves, trees, and brush are regulated separately and therefore addressed elsewhere in this fact sheet). An approved container is one constructed of metal or masonry with a metal covering device with openings no larger than ¾ inch.

Trees and Brush

The open burning of trees, logs, brush, and stumps is allowed if it meets the following criteria (unless prohibited by local law):

  1. The burning is conducted further than 1,400 feet from the boundary of an incorporated city or village.
  2. The burning does not violate any other air pollution rules (such as burning that causes a smoke or odor nuisance). A burn permit is required whenever the ground is not snow-covered. Although open burning of trees, logs, brush, and stumps is allowed, it is recommended that you consider other disposal options such as chipping the material for landscaping or compost or using the wood for fuel.

Structures

Structures (such as houses, barns, and sheds) may not be burned for the purpose of demolition. Air quality regulations allow structures to be intentionally burned for the purpose of fire department training ONLY.

Commercial/Industrial Waste

Open burning is not an acceptable disposal method for waste generated at commercial and industrial facilities. Neither solid waste nor air quality regulations allow the open burning of commercial and industrial wastes. Taking commercial or industrial waste to another location (such as a household) to be burned is also prohibited.

Grass Clippings and Leaves

The open burning of grass clippings and leaves produces thick smoke which can be a nuisance and is a health threat to those with respiratory conditions. The burning of grass clippings and leaves is prohibited in municipalities with a population of 7,500 or more, unless the local governing body enacts an ordinance authorizing it.

FLOODED BATHROOM

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Flooded bathroom? Here Are Some Helpful Tips.

Clogged toilets can happen in the best-kept homes. Busy families can forget someone’s filling up the tub. A pipe can freeze during the night and burst before you’re awake. From faulty plumbing to a sewage backup, it doesn’t take much to flood the bathroom.

Before you grab a mop, ask yourself a quick question: Do you know the best way to take care of a flooded bathroom and keep water damage to a minimum?

SERVPRO Marine City /Romeo 586-336-7373 we know how to tackle this kind of work. It’s a big job, and you need to take it one step at a time. It’s our goal to help make your next bathroom cleanup project a little easier.

You want to address bathroom flooding as quickly as you can. Standing water soaks subflooring, wicks into sheetrock and creates a perfect breeding environment for unhealthy mold and mildew.

These 10 steps get you on the road to flooded bathroom recovery.

  1. TURN OFF THE WATER: Locate the sink or toilet valve so that you can shut off the water supply and stop the flooding. The oval-shaped knobs are usually under the sink and behind the toilet.

Helpful Tip: If you’re dealing with a burst pipe, turn off your home’s water supply at the outside main.

  1. FIX THE PROBLEM: Determine the exact source of the flood water, and clear the clog, or fix the leak. We recommend calling SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373
  2. 3. DOCUMENT THE DAMAGE: Even minor bathroom flooding can turn into serious water damage, so take pictures before you start cleaning. Save them as documentation in case you need to file an insurance claim.
  3. CLEAN OUT CABINETS: Get everything out of vanity cabinets and any other storage in contact with the wet floor. Check these areas for damage, and determine what kind of cleanup they need.

Helpful Tip: Leave cabinet doors and drawers open to help circulate air and speed up the drying process.

  1. REMOVE STANDING WATER: Tackle minor floods on tile or vinyl floors with old towels, and finish up with a good mopping. Lay newspapers flat inside cabinets to absorb excess moisture in hard-to-reach spaces. If the flooding is severe, please call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.
  2. USE A WET VACUUM: If you’re dealing with several inches of flooding or a carpeted bathroom floor, extract the water with a wet vacuum. Be sure to follow the equipment’s instruction manual for safe use.
  3. 7. PULL OFF BASEBOARDS: Carefully pry baseboards away from walls so that you can check sheetrock at floor level. The porous material can quickly soak up flood water, and you need to

Helpful Tip: leave the baseboards off until you’ve finished cleaning the bathroom.

  1. START THE DRYING PROCESS: Set up as many fans as possible, and arrange them so that their air circulation creates crosscurrents. Consider renting a large dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.{Dehumidifiers remove access moisture}
  2. REMOVE DAMAGED SHEETROCK: Soaked sheetrock is a perfect breeding ground for mold, so don’t try to salvage it. Tear out and replace any wallboard that doesn’t dry within three days.
  3. SCRUB AND DISINFECT: Clean floors, cabinets and any other surfaces affected by bathroom flood waters. Finish off the job with a disinfectant designed to prevent mold growth.

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS DO IT YOURSELF:

If you have experienced any of the above, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO marine city/ romeo @ 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

What Do You Do When Your Basement Floods

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Unexpected issues in your home aren't enjoyable, but they are common. A flooded basement can give even the most stoic homeowner a sense of helplessness and panic. If you have a basement flood, try not to over-analyze the situation. It may not be as bad as you think. According to the experts at SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo that provides 24/7/365 586-336-7373 response to flood situations in your home, here’s some things you can do if your basement floods:

  • Before you do anything, make sure to shut off any power around the area, including electricity and gas. Never enter a flooded area while the power is on. If you aren’t sure how to shut these areas off, call a qualified electrician before entering the room and beginning to work.

    • Unless the water is caused by rainfall, take action as soon as you notice flooding. If rain or storm water is the cause of the flood, wait until it's passed before getting to work.

    • Regardless of the water source, wear boots and gloves for protection. Take care when walking and moving around the flooded area since it will likely offer itself as a slipping hazard.

    • Determine the source of the water. If a burst pipe is the cause of the flood, shut off water to the basement.

    • If your basement has a floor drain, check to make sure it didn’t become clogged during the flood. Keeping it open and functioning will help drain the water.

    • Start removing water from the basement. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket. Sump pumps are located in the lowest part of a basement and work by sending water away from the home after a flooding. Without a sump pump, water can come up through the ground and enter the home causing flooding in not only the basement, but other parts of the house as well. After most of the water has been removed, soak up the remainder with a cloth or sponges. DO NOT be shy about asking for help -- many times extra sets of hands can make the removal go faster.

    • Move damaged items out of the basement to dry in a well-ventilated area. If weather permits, a sunny place may lend itself as the best option. It’s best not to dry out items inside the basement, which is already damp. A good rule of thumb is to give items about 48 hours to thoroughly dry. If they remain wet, they may need to be discarded in order to avoid mold and mildew. The best advice is to inspect things carefully after the 48-hour period, and decide the best course of action. Don’t try to save wet cardboard boxes, since they can be especially susceptible to bacterial growth. Salvage the contents of the boxes if you can, and discard the cardboard containers to be safe.

    • Don’t touch electrical items like televisions, stereos or lamps, even with the electricity disconnected. It’s best to let electrical items dry in place, and refer to an electrician or qualified repairman to determine the amount of damage.

    • Rip up carpeting and get it out of the basement as soon as possible. Carpeting can prevent the floor underneath from drying if it’s not removed quickly. Although it can be difficult to adequately dry out these materials, sometimes wet carpeting can be saved. Consult a SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo specialist.

    • Give the basement several days of drying time. Open windows and doors to get as much ventilation as possible, and place fans around the room for air circulation and to speed drying time. You can also rent a dehumidifier if you don’t have one already.

    • Wash down floors and walls to remove any dirt left behind by the water. Remove any wet or damaged drywall and insulation to prevent the spreading of mold.

    • When the floor and walls are dry, use an anti-mildew spray to discourage mold and mildew from developing.

    • If you have flood insurance, call your home insurance company and report the flood. Confirm your coverage limits, deductible amount, and claim procedures.

Commercial Mold Remediation

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Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call a SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo Professional @ 586-336-7373 who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today 586-336-7373

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO Of Marine City/ Romeo can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, they will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Fire Prevention Week 2020

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week 2020 in United States will begin on

     Sunday October 4-Saturday October 10

Why is Fire Safety Awareness Important?

     Every year thousands of people lose their life or get seriously injured due to fire-related hazards. Many of us believe we may never be in the midst of a fire accident. That is not true. A fire can happen anywhere and at any time. The outbreak of a fire, when not handled carefully, can lead to loss of life as well as valuable assets. When dealing with a fire, it is important to remain alert at all times and follow preventive measures to avoid the chances of fire. Fire safety awareness includes assessing the possible risks that can cause a fire hazard and taking appropriate steps to prevent and minimize the damage caused due to a fire. Basic fire safety plans might involve installation of fire safety equipment and marking safe exit points in the building

WHAT IS FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS?

Fire safety awareness means Analyzing the possible risks of fire in your vicinity and taking preventive measures to ensure minimum damage and safe exit of all the person exposed to fire. Different fire safety awareness approaches are adopted at different locations. However, the priority of every approach is the safe and successful evacuation of people trapped in a building in case of a fire. A Well planned and practiced fire safety training can prepare you mentally and physically to keep your mind calm during an emergency situation so that you can take the necessary steps to mitigate the damage.

Why is Fire Safety Awareness Important?

Fires can take lives and destroy property. If one has to handle a fire without damage then he/she must be aware at all the times. One of the key strategies while talking about fire safety awareness is identifying the possible fire hazards around you and making sure that a well thought fire safety plan is in motion as soon as a fire breaks out.

Fire Damage Restoration

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Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo 586-336-7373 which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call  SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo 586-336-7373 which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Of Marine City/ Romeo Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have Questions about smoke, fire or soot damage? Call SERVPRO Marine City/ Romeo at 586-336-7373 24 hours a day.

Flood Safety Advice

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Before, during and after. Prepare a family disaster plan for floods. Make an emergency kit for your home and your car with emergency supplies, such as flashlight, batteries, water and non-perishable foods. Kit information can be found at the following website https://www.ready.gov/kit

Before A Flood:

. Move insurance policies, documents and other valuables to a safe deposit box.

. Learn how to turn off utilities to your home and keep your cars gas tank full, so you won't be stranded.

. Learn the best route to high ground.

. Purchase flood insurance.

During A Flood:

. Be aware that flash flooding can occur and move immediately to high ground.

. If you must evacuate, turn all utilities off at the main switches of valves. 

. Do Not Walk through moving water, no matter how shallow.

. Do Not Drive into flooded areas, no matter how shallow.

After A Flood:

. Listen for news reports on whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.

. Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

. Stay away from down power lines, and report them to your power company.

. Never try to walk, swim, drive, or play in floodwater.

. Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

Ways To Protect Your Home During A Storm

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1. Clear away outdoor items. Make sure all lawn furniture, gardening tools, sporting equipment, and other outdoor items are stored away if a storm is heading your way.

2. Trim the trees. Take time to examine the trees in your yard. Storms will often snap large tree branches, which can damage your home’s siding, smash your car, or even topple power lines. If a tree has a loose connection with a big branch, consider sawing it off.

3. Install storm shutters. Installing impact resistant shutters or impact resistant glass can prevent your windows from shattering.

4. Have standby power. Electrical lines are vulnerable during storms. Fallen branches can easily snap the power lines, and lightning strikes can blow up transformers causing major power outages. A whole–house surge protective device runs in the $200 to $300 range and is easy for an electrician to install. For extreme weather, consider purchasing a home generator to keep your power on in the event of long–term electricity outages

5. Flood proof your home.Heavy rainstorms can lead to flooding, which can potentially destroy your entire home. If you live in an area of high probability of flooding, there’s a chance your Homeowners insurance won’t cover the repairs, so be sure to check what your policy includes. One preventative option is dry flood – proofing your house by making the foundation watertight with concrete. Another option is wet flood–proofing, which consists of modifying areas under the house, such as basements and crawlspaces, to allow floodwaters to enter and exit.

6. Have plans for where you will go.It’s a good idea to have a plan of where you and your family will go in case you must evacuate the home. Some homes simply aren’t safe to remain in when the weather really gets rough. Once you hear the hurricane warning, prepare a bag with important papers and valuables. Also, always keep water, a first aid kit and other things you might need at hand. After all, you never want to lose sight that your main concern is not your home, it’s the people living in it.

7. Check your house for weakness. According to experts in the field, the force of the wind during a storm can cause weak places in your home to fail. Therefore, it’s important to make sure your house is solid. There are things you can do to help make your home stronger before the next hurricane. Experts advise these four areas to be thoroughly checked – the roof, windows, doors and garage door. (if you have one). It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

How To Have A Safe Bonfire

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BONFIRE SAFETY GUIDELINES

1. Check the weather. Never build a bonfire on a high wind night.

2. Make sure the are where you start your bonfire is a legal location. Check your states laws and regulations about fires before you begin.

3. Keep a bucket off water or garden hose nearby in case  the fire begins to spread. It is important to be prepared in case of emergency.

4. Keep a close eye on the bonfire as well as children nearby. This will help protect others around you.

5. Do not burn aerosols, canisters or anything containing foam or paint. These types of chemicals  have extremely flammable ingredients that can cause fire to spread or produce toxic fumes. Containers of these products could explode, causing injury.

6. Ensure the wood you are burning is dry and seasoned. This means no railroad ties, nothing coated or treated, and no furniture should be thrown in the fire.

7. The pile shouldn't be bigger that 5' x 5' to keep the flames containable.

8. After the bonfire is done, turn over the charred materials with metal shovels and rakes, and douse the area with water.

Tornadoes

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When Tornadoes strike, extremely high winds and flying/falling debris are the primary dangers to your health. Knowing exactly what to do during a tornado can save you and your family's life. After a tornado, there are a number of other potential hazards that can adversely affect your health and well being, such as:

. Physical injuries due to debris (stepping on nails or broken glass, falling structures)

. Fire, electrocution, or explosion due to damaged power lines, gas lines, or electrical equipment.

. Exposure to chemical spills and/or potentially contaminated floodwaters.

. Mold growth from wet or damp conditions.

. Ongoing mental and emotional stress (fear, anxiety) especially in children

How To Prepare: Understand Watches and warnings. 

A Tornado Watch means that tornadoes are  possible. It is important to remain alert for changing weather conditions and approaching storms. Be ready to take shelter immediately.

A Tornado Warning is an urgent announcement that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. You should take shelter immediately.

Learn how to take shelter: Flying debris is deadly during a tornado. Where you and your family are when a tornado happens changes the way you need to take shelter.

  • House: Go to the basement or lowest level of your home and avoid windows. Get under sturdy objects like tables or workbenches and cover up with blankets for more protection.
  • Mobile Home: Mobile homes cannot hold up to tornado winds. It is best to find a nearby building you can go to for shelter.
  • Driving: Vehicles are not safe against tornado winds. Never stay in or under a vehicle during a tornado. If a tornado is occurring while you're driving, stop and find a nearby building to take shelter in or seek low-lying ground. Never try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle.
  • Outside: If you cannot get to a sturdy building, find a low-lying area, like a ditch, and cover your head with an object or your arms. Avoid places with trees since they can cause more dangerous debris or fall on top of you.
  • Work/School: Make sure you and your family know the tornado shelter plans at your work and school(s) and that these plans are regularly practiced.
  • Have a plan and supplies ready. Having a plan and supplies in place for you and your family before any emergency happens will make it easier to return to your normal life. Plan ahead of time for you and your family to make sure everyone knows the best place to take cover during a tornado no matter where they are. Come up with meeting places in and out of your neighborhood in case you're separated from loved ones during a disaster. Talking about and writing your plan together will give you the peace of mind that everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

  • How to stay healthy

    Prevent injuries. Be aware that the wreckage from a tornado can create a number of hazardous situations. You should avoid or minimize your exposure to dangerous substances and conditions in and around the damaged area.

    • Always wear protective clothing, gloves and boots during cleanup to protect yourself from nails, broken glass, chemicals that may have spilled, and even flood water, which could be contaminated with chemicals or sewage. Wash your hands with soap and clean water frequently, and seek medical attention for dirty cuts, or deep puncture wounds.
    • Watch out for downed power lines, damaged gas lines, or electrical equipment, which could cause an electrocution, fire, or explosion. Make sure to shut off electrical power and natural gas or propane tanks, but only if you can do so safely.
    • Only use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns rather than candles, gas lanterns or torches to examine your home as there may be flammables inside.
    • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do not use portable generators or outdoor grills inside your home or outside next to windows. Carbon monoxide gas is colorless, odorless, and deadly!

    Keep food and water safe. In a disaster, food and water can become contaminated with poisonous chemicals and even sewage, which can cause you and your family to become very sick if consumed. Follow these few rules of thumb before you consume them.

    To keep your food safe:

    • Throw away any food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water. This includes food containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps (soda pop bottles), twist caps, flip tops, snap-open, and home canned foods as these types of items cannot be disinfected.
    • Food items in unopened, store-bought cans that may have come in contact with flood or storm water must be washed and disinfected (see instructions below). If a canned good item is bulging, opened or damaged, throw it away, whether it has come in contact with flood water or not.
  • Disinfection Instructions for Canned Goods:

    1. Remove the label and wash the can well with soap and clean water.
    2. Prepare a solution of bleach and water by mixing one capfull of unscented household chlorine bleach into one gallon of water.
    3. Disinfect the can by submerging it into the bleach water for one full minute. Do not rinse the can off. Allow the can to air dry before using it or storing it in a clean, dry place.
    4. Re-label the can with a sharpie or other permanent marker. Don’t forget to include any expiration date that was listed on the original label.

    Throw away any perishable food items in your refrigerator, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers, if the power has been out for 4 or hours or more. Throw away any food with an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!

    Drinking Water Safety

    • Listen to public announcements or contact your local health department to find out if your tap water is safe.  Until you know your water is safe, use bottled, boiled or disinfected water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, prepare or wash food, wash your hands, make ice or make baby formula! Learn how to boil or disinfect water.

    Clean mold from your home. Mold begins to grow in wet or damp conditions after two days. If you need to clean your home of mold, make sure to wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, gloves, rubber boots, and goggles. To keep from breathing in mold, wear an N-95 mask. Do not use dust masks or handkerchiefs as the mold spores can still pass through the tiny holes in the material and get into your lungs. N-95 masks (available at hardware stores) are specially designed to keep very tiny particles, such as mold, from getting through. Make sure the mask fits snugly around your nose and mouth.

Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Facility

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How to clean and disinfect

Clean

  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
    • More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
    • Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  • High touch surfaces include:
    • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Disinfect

  • Recommend use of EPA-registered household disinfectant.
    Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
    Many products recommend:
    • Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label).
    • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.

  • Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards
  • Ensure adequate ventilation
  • Use no more than the amount recommended on the label
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label)
  • Avoid mixing chemical products
  • Label diluted cleaning solutions
  • Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets

You should never eat, drink, breathe or inject these products into your body or apply directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm. Do not wipe or bathe pets with these products or any other products that are not approved for animal use.

See EPA’s 6 steps for Safe and Effective Disinfectant Use

Special considerations should be made for people with asthma and they should not be present when cleaning and disinfecting is happening as this can trigger asthma exacerbation. Learn more about reducing asthma triggers.

  • Diluted household bleach solutions may also be used if appropriate for the surface.
    • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection and has a sodium hypochlorite concentration of 5%–6%. Ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening may not be suitable for disinfection.
    • Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
      Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
      Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.

      To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of room temperature water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of room temperature water
  • Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.
    • Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
    • Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.

      OR

    • Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. These disinfectants meet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19.
    • Vacuum as usual.Soft surfaces

      For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes

    • Electronics

  • For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines

    • Consider putting a wipe-able cover on electronics.
    • Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.
      • If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.
    Laundry

    For clothing, towels, linens and other items

    • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
    • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick.
    • Dirty laundry from a person who is sick can be washed with other people’s items.
    • Do not shake dirty laundry.
    • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces.
    • Remove gloves, and wash hands right away.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting your building or facility if someone is sick
      • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
        • Companies do not necessarily need to close operations, if they can close off affected areas.
      • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
      • Wait 24 hours before you clean or disinfect. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
      • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines.
      • Vacuum the space if needed. Use a vacuum equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if available.
        • Do not vacuum a room or space that has people in it. Wait until the room or space is empty to vacuum, such as at night, for common spaces, or during the day for private rooms.
        • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect. For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floors or rugs, clean the surface with detergents or cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces, according to the textile’s label. After cleaning, disinfect with an appropriate EPA-registered disinfectant on List N: Disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2. Soft and porous materials, like carpet, are generally not as easy to disinfect as hard and non-porous surfaces. EPA has listed a limited number of products approved for disinfection for use on soft and porous materials on List N. Follow the disinfectant manufacturer’s safety instructions (such as wearing gloves and ensuring adequate ventilation), concentration level, application method and contact time. Allow sufficient drying time if vacuum is not intended for wet surfaces.
        • Temporarily turn off in-room, window-mounted, or on-wall recirculation HVAC to avoid contamination of the HVAC units.
        • Do NOT deactivate central HVAC systems. These systems tend to provide better filtration capabilities and introduce outdoor air into the areas that they serve.
        • Consider temporarily turning off room fans and the central HVAC system that services the room or space, so that particles that escape from vacuuming will not circulate throughout the facility.
      • Once area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.
        • Workers without close contact with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection.
      • If more than 7 days since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
        • Continue routing cleaning and disinfection. This includes everyday practices that businesses and communities normally use to maintain a healthy environment.
       Cleaning and disinfecting outdoor areas
      • Outdoor areas, like playgrounds in schools and parks generally require normal routine cleaning, but do not require disinfection.
        • Do not spray disinfectant on outdoor playgrounds- it is not an efficient use of supplies and is not proven to reduce risk of COVID-19 to the public.
        • High touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars and railings should be cleaned routinely.
        • Cleaning and disinfection of wooden surfaces (play structures, benches, tables) or ground covers (mulch, sand) is not recommended.
      • Sidewalks and roads should not be disinfected.
        • Spread of COVID-19 from these surfaces is very low and disinfection is not effective.
       When cleaning
      • Regular cleaning staff can clean and disinfect community spaces.
        • Ensure they are trained on appropriate use of cleaning and disinfection chemicals.
      • Wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
        • Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash.
        • Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
        • Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a person who is sick.
        • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.

      Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.

      • Keep hand sanitizers away from fire or flame
      • For children under six years of age, hand sanitizer should be used with adult supervision
      • Always store hand sanitizer out of reach of children and pets

      See FDA’s Tips for Safe Sanitizer Use and CDC's Hand Sanitizer Use Considerations

      • Additional key times to wash hands include:
        • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.
        • After using the restroom.
        • Before eating or preparing food.
        • After contact with animals or pets.
        • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g., a child).
      Additional considerations for employers
      • Educate workers performing cleaning, laundry, and trash pick-up to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19.
      • Provide instructions on what to do if they develop symptoms within 14 days after their last possible exposure to the virus.
      • Develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all cleaning staff on site prior to providing cleaning tasks.
        • Training should include when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE.
      • Ensure workers are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals used in the workplace in accordance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200)
      • Comply with OSHA’s standards on Bloodborne Pathogens (29 CFR 1910.1030), including proper disposal of regulated waste, and PPE (29 CFR 1910.132).
      • Alternative disinfection methods
        • The efficacy of alternative disinfection methods, such as ultrasonic waves, high intensity UV radiation, and LED blue light against COVID-19 virus is not known.
          • EPA does not routinely review the safety or efficacy of pesticidal devices, such as UV lights, LED lights, or ultrasonic devices. Therefore, EPA cannot confirm whether, or under what circumstances, such products might be effective against the spread of COVID-19.
        • CDC does not recommend the use of sanitizing tunnels. There is no evidence that they are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Chemicals used in sanitizing tunnels could cause skin, eye, or respiratory irritation or damage.
        • CDC only recommends use of the surface disinfectants identified on List against the virus that causes COVID-19.
       

Water Heater Failure

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Whether equipped with a conventional or a tankless water heater, both are susceptible to structural failure and may result in property damage caused by flooding.

Modern plumbing codes have attempted to address some of these issues by requiring a drain pan beneath conventional water heaters. However, leaks on or at water heaters are often pressurized and tend to spray beyond the area of the drain pan.

Depending upon the location of the heater, these leaks can go undetected until severe property damage occurs.

The best defense for such problems is routine inspection and maintenance. However, when faced with a leaking or flooding water heater:

(1) Turn the water supply “off”.

It is imperative that the heater have a working shut off valve. Many years ago, the shut off valves installed on water heaters were typically of the gate valve style. These valves are still very common today. Unfortunately, these valves can be very problematic and often do not fully close. SERVPRO Marine City/Romeo recommends that gate valves always be replaced with ball valves for residential water heater applications.

(2) Turn the power or gas “off” to the heater.

(3) If the leak is coming from the tank, or if the heater is to be replaced, drain the water heater (follow steps 1-8 in the Water Flushing Procedure. Upon draining, close the drain valve on heater.

(4) Address leaks as necessary.

(5) Thoroughly remediate water spillages/floods.

(6) Purge/bleed water system. (Follow Steps 11 – 13 of the Water Heater Flushing Procedure)

(7) Restore power to heater.

Remember, SERVPRO Marine City/Romeo is available around the clock, every day to assist when needed.

How To Prevent Dishwasher Overflow Or Flood

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How to Prevent a Dishwasher Overflow or Flood

The best way to prevent a leaking dishwasher is to follow the instructions, use the right soap and do regular maintenance. Here are a few tips to keep your dishwasher from leaking or overflowing.

  • Load It Properly One of the easiest ways to prevent dishwasher leaks is to load it properly. Follow the instructions for loading your dishwasher to avoid blocking the sprayers.
  • Use the Right Soap Always use the right kind and amount of soap for your dishwasher. Using too much or the wrong kind of soap will create too much foam and cause leaks. 
  • Clean Your Dishwasher This may sound odd, but you need to clean your dishwasher every so often. You should clean the seals, gaskets and sprayer nozzles every three months. You should also flush or change the filters too.
  • Check the Supply Line and Drain Hose Your dishwasher has two hoses, the clean water supply line and the wastewater drain hose. Since they can leak and cause a kitchen flood, you should check them every six months.
  • Only Run it While You Are Home One of the easiest ways to prevent a dishwasher leak or flood is to only run it when you are home and awake. If there is a problem, you can limit or even prevent damage.

Generator Safety Tips

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

10 Tips to Stay Safe when Using a Generator:

  1. Be aware of hazards: Awareness is key to safe generator use. Common hazards include shocks and electrocution from incorrect use, carbon monoxide (CO) from a generator’s exhaust, fires from improper refueling or fuel storage, and noise/vibration hazards.
  2. Proper ventilation is key. According to consumer reports, 50 people die every year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning related to using a generator improperly. Do not use a gasoline-powered generator less than 15 feet from any window, door or vent, and don’t run a generator in a garage even with the door open.
  3. Purchase a CO detector. Because carbon monoxide is invisible and odorless, CO detectors warn people of dangerous levels.
  4. Stay Grounded. Always follow instructions in the owner’s manual on how to “ground” the generator.
  5. Keep it clear of debris and dry. Clear 3 to 4 feet around the generator to create airflow space to avoid a fire. Never run generators in the rain or when wet. Place the generator either in a dry area or under an open canopy structure.
  6. Avoid electrical hazards. Plug appliances directly into the generator. If you must use an extension cord, it should be 3-pronged, grounded, heavy-duty and labeled for outdoor use.
  7. Organize your cords. To avoid slips, trips and falls, keep cords out of the way but in plain view. Check cords regularly for damage (such as cuts or fraying) that could cause a fire.
  8. Do not “back feed” power by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. Back feeding will put you and others, including utility workers, at serious risk for electrocution and/or electrical fire risk.
  9. Hot. Hot. Even if operated for a short time, generator exteriors can become hot very quickly. If you must touching the generator, wear protective gear. To avoid electric shock or electrocution, do not try to fix or otherwise work on a generator while it is on or plugged in.
  10. Be prepared and aware. Always keep a fully charged fire extinguisher nearby. If you or others show symptoms of CO poisoning – light-headed, dizzy, tiredness or nausea – go outside immediately for fresh air and seek medical attention.

Generator Fuel Storage Reminders:

  • Only use fuel recommended in the owner’s manual.
  • Keep fuel in an ANSI-approved container away from the generator.
  • Store outdoors in a cool, well ventilated space – never indoors.
  • Do not fuel the generator while it’s running.

Services Offered

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Reconstruction and Building Services

When your home or business has been damaged by water, fire or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its Pre-loss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding of the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo can provide this continuity by offering a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Fire Safety

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

While California's wildfires are in the news so now is a good time to review Michigan's Department of Natural Resources fire prevention tips. According to the DNR 9 out of 10 wildfires in Michigan are due to humans. These fires can easily be be prevented by following a few tips:

  • Never leave a fire unattended.Always keep a shovel, metal bucket and water source nearby
  • Build your fire in a fire ring or on mineral soil
  • When finished with your fire, douse it thoroughly with water, stir the ashes and douse again. Repeat until cool.
  • Soak all used fireworks in water before discarding.
  • Do not burn on windy days or during periods of dry weather

For further tips visit Michigan Department of Natural Resources Website. The DNR website includes fun and educational material for parents and kids regarding fire safety.

Basement Water

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Waking up to a basement full of water is never a good day. When your sump pump fails, what do you do? First turn off the water in your home and then call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo had a call from a customer in East China Township, their basement flooded due to a blockage in a basement pipe. We were on site within an hour of their call and started the clean up. Our trained technicians pumped out the water and used advanced equipment to begin drying the wet basement. The basement is monitored every day until it is completely dry. The customer was very satisfied with our rapid response and professional technicians.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo is here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week when residential and commercial customers have water emergencies. Call us at (586)336-7373 

Hot! Hot! Hot!

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Summer time in Michigan brings a variety of weather. This year is no different. Dangerously high temperatures have plagued our state for most of July and there is no end in sight. Normally when we think about summer weather dangers we think about thunderstorms, tornadoes, high winds or hail. Most families do not contemplate the dangers of high temperatures or the life threatening dangers they present.

Heat is one of the leading weather related killers according OSHA. According to the CDC during extremely hot and humid weather, like we are currently experiencing in Michigan, your body's ability to cool itself is challenged. Rapidly rising body temperatures put you at risk for a heat related illness. That being said it is important to note a child or pet should never be locked in a car with the windows up. A child can die within 10 minutes. A staggering number of deaths have already been reported in 2020 by the CDC. For more heat related information please check out the National Weather Service's site on heat safety at https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat.

We here at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo hope everyone is safely enjoying the hot summer weather.

Water Levels

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Rising water in St Clair County has caused major flooding to many homes for the second summer in a row. Severe climate changes have created record level water heights.

These levels have caused a lot of flooding in East China township. Numerous clients have had water claims not just in their basements but their main level of their homes.

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is available 24 hours 7 days a week. Our trained technicians work swiftly to restore property. Once the water is extracted, we use specialized test equipment to find hidden water and advanced drying techniques to dry and monitor property properly. Our job is to preserve and protect, stop any more damage from happening and restore damaged property to prior condition.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo at (586)-336-7373 we are available 24/7.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

How important is it to assure your employees and customers that their health and safety comes first? This pandemic has altered how our world views clean.

Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program is aimed to help our community get back to work. Your business is our priority, our goal is to clean, sanitize and disinfect. We use EPA registered disinfectants on regularly touched surfaces and use a ULV fogging system to keep your business at a higher level of clean.

Cleaning like no other and giving you peace of mind is our top priority. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned crews follow all safety protocols and social distancing guidelines. 

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo at (586)-336-7373. We can be at your location and preform the cleaning process 24/7. 

Help for local businesses

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

We are here to support our local businesses during this pandemic. The St Clair County Health Department has prevention and response recommendations for local businesses. Below are there recommendations:

  • Pre-Screen employee’s temperature and assess symptoms before starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before entering facility.
  • Self-Monitoring: Checking for COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste and smell, GI symptoms (such as diarrhea and abdominal pain) or headache. If symptoms appear, self-isolate, inform employer, and contact a medical provider for evaluation.
  • Wear a Mask: If exposed, the employee should wear a facemask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after their last exposure. Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings if shortage occurs.
  • Social Distance: Employees should maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from others as work duties permit.
  • Disinfect and Clean Workspaces: Routinely clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, and common surface areas.

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo offers a proactive viral pathogen cleaning. Contact us at 586-336-7373 for a free estimate.

Fire Restoration

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire is a devastating catastrophe!

Structures that have been burned often require complete removal. If all or part of your property has been burned or scorched including wood, drywall, furniture, or fixtures, these items are not likely to be recovered. But when property is not directly involved in the fire it may only sustain smoke and soot damage. When this happens contents could be professionally cleaned.

Do not clean or wipe walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces, as this could cause additional damage. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo will help you save your contents. We have trained technicians who will clean and restore your business or home to working condition in a timely manner.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo at (586)-336-7373 we are here to help 24/7.

Flood Vs Water Damage and your insurance

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Floods

The National Flood Insurance Program defines flood as: A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres of normally dry land area or of two or more properties (at least one of which is the policyholder’s property) from: 

  • Overflow of inland or tidal waters;

  • Unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source;

  • Mudflow; or

  • Collapse or subsidence of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood as defined above.

Water Damage

Unlike a flood, water damage is typically covered under homeowners insurance, but you should read your policy carefully to determine exactly what kind of water damage the insurer will cover. In general, water damage differs from flood damage in that it occurs before water comes in contact with the ground. For example:

  • Severe rainstorms soak through your roof, damaging walls and floors.

  • An upstairs pipe bursts and water saturates the ceiling below.

  • A toilet overflows soaking your bathroom floorboards.

  • A hailstorm breaks your windows and allows water into your home.

Simply put, the main difference between a flood claim and a water damage claim is that flood water comes from a natural source and two or more properties are involved (if you reside in a generally residential versus rural area). If you and your neighbors are all having water issues due to heavy rains and/or rising waters, then you are likely dealing with a flood insurance claim. On the other hand, if you are dealing with water in your house but your neighbor doesn’t have any issues (again, in a residential area), you are most likely dealing with a water damage claim.

Generally, insurance companies cover water damages where the home or business owner could not prevent the hazard. However, you may have trouble convincing an insurance company to cover damage caused by a maintenance problem that they believe should have been repaired—such as a leaky roof that lets in rain, a faulty toilet that overflows frequently, or continuous leaking near a faucet.

The most important thing you can do is to carefully review your insurance policies so that you know precisely what will and will not be covered, preferably before your home or office is damaged by a flood and other types of water damage.

Source: https://www.ncmic.com/learning-center/articles/insurance/business-insurance/flood-damage-vs-water-damage/

Fire Safety in the Kitchen

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

What you should know about home cooking safety
  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire
  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Source:https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Cooking

St Clair County's SKYWARN program update

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo along with our corporate office closely monitors local and national storm predictions. Recently a program was added to aid in storm predicting to help local residence prepare.The Emergency Mangament Department in St Clair County MI provided an update on the progress the SKYWARN program. Below is their update: 

"The National Weather Service (NWS) utilizes trained personnel in the field to provide timely and accurate reports of storm activity from various locations that can supplement the NWS radar network.

In our SKYWARN program, there are over 50 trained weather spotters available to report weather conditions to the Emergency Operations Center. These individuals come from many walks of life, some utilizing amateur radios while other will utilize cell phones as their reporting methods. Many of the spotters are equipped with pagers to insure prompt notification of weather warnings. In addition to our SKYWARN spotter system, many of our local fire departments place apparatus in key locations to assist in providing weather information.

The NWS has provided both basic and advanced training to many members of the program. Additional internal training along with some specialized FEMA training is available to the members who meet on a monthly basis.

With the SKYWARN concept, our residents have the potential to receive earlier notification of life threatening weather situations. Obviously any delay in reporting and notification poses the threat of injury and even death. As you can see the SKYWARN program plays an important part of our notification system.

If you are interested in being a member of the St. Clair County SKYWARN team or need more information contact the Office of Emergency Management at 810-989-6965 or E-Mail Becky Mayes."

If you or someone you know has suffered any storm damage to your residential or commercial building please contact our office at (586) 336-7373. We are here to help 24 hours a day! 

Water levels are on the rise!

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

The Voice News recently reported lake and river levels are on the rise. "Expect the river to keep rising." That was the bad news from Justin Westmiller, director of St. Clair County Emergency Management. "If you live anywhere basically below East China, you will have a significant flooding issue if you're anywhere on or near the water," Westmiller said.

Since then Jeffrey Bohm, chairperson of the Board of Commissioners, declared a local state of emergency due to widespread or severe damage to property caused by flooding. Westmiller's office announced. "The potential of further severe flooding exists based on increased water."

How high is going to get?

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Great Lakes Basin's precipitation for May was 21 percent higher than average.

"It probably won't cause significant flooding in the St. Clair area, although there may be some minor flooding," said Westmiller. "Significant or major flooding is considered 18 inches or more in your house ... anything that would get to an electrical receptacle in your home. It's also the point where most gas meters would be flooded out and they'd have to be turned off."

Every waterfront community is offering free sand bags to residents, which they must fill themselves.

If you or someone you know is affected by this flooding please call your local water restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo.

We are available 24 hours a day at (586) 336-7373

My Home/Business Flooded Now What?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water:

My House/Business Flooded Now What?

Experiencing a Flood can be a stressful time for any person but knowing what to do when you notice a food in your home or commercial building can make the experience much easier to manage and get you back to normal as soon as possible.

  1. Contact your insurance company: If you have an insurance plan that includes Flood Insurance or separate Flood Insurance contact them. These plans are very beneficial as Flood damage can prove to be extremely costly without a policy. Getting proper Documentation is also imperative with the help of SERVPRO we can ensure that you get the proper documentation to help along with making your claim
  2. Protect Yourself: Ensure that before you reenter your home or place of business that authorities say that it is safe and when you do reenter make sure that you are wary of any danger including standing water especially if electricity is on, use an N95 mask if there is mold damage
  3. Call a Professional: The experts at SERVPRO of Marine City Romeo will be ready at your earliest convenience to assess the damage on the property a create a plan to mitigate in a timely manner.

There are several other measures you can take if you are struck with a flooded home or Business, but leave it to the Professionals to make it "Like it never even happened."

First Signs of Water Damage

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

When experiencing a flood in your home or place of business early action is key to prevent as much damage as possible.

  1. Check the Floors: On wood flooring look for cracks or buckling or a warped floor. On carpeting look for wet spots, gradual
  2. Look for stains: Water stains can appear on the floor around appliances such as your bathtub, sink, and toilet as well as on walls and flooring. If the stains appear in an unusual place that could indicate a leak in a pipe. Beware also of cracked drywall or drywall that is soft to the touch\
  3. Inspect Outside: Take a look at the exterior of your house. Keep an eye out for standing pools of water. This indicates that there is poor drainage, gutters aren’t transporting water enough from the house or leaky rain gutters. These issues pose a threat to the foundation of your house

Top Causes of a Fire

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

While stuck in Quarantine it's important to know what you can do to  prevent a fire in your house. 
These are some of the top[ causes of in home fires

  • Be alert; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food
  • When simmering, baking or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow these tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove or fireplace
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over

In addition to cooking, other top causes of fire include smoking, electrical problems and candles. To minimize risks:

  • Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house
  • Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires
  • Switch to flameless candles
  • Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Replace batteries annually, and change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectorat the same time
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old

 https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/emergency-preparedness/fire

COVID-19 Personal Protection Protocols

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 Personal Hygiene Protocols

There are several measures the CDC recommends you take to protect yourself from spreading and contracting the Corona Virus 

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

With the current outbreak of COVID-19 many people are wondering how to best keep their space whether commercial or residential clean to prevent the spread of the virus The CDC provides the following guidelines 

Clean

  • Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germsdirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. High touch surfaces include:
    • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Disinfect

  • Recommend use of EPA-registered household disinfectantexternal icon.
    Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Read EPA’s infographic on how to use these disinfectant productsexternal icon safely and effectively.
    Many products recommend:
    • Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
    • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product
  • Diluted household bleach solutions may also be used if appropriate for the surface.
    • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection, and ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening may not be suitable for disinfection.
    • Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
      Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
      Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 mnute.

      To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

Sanitizing Vehicles

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is offering complimentary cleaning and sanitation of any First Response commercial vehicles for those who are still deemed essential at this time. This includes fire, police, and EMS. The service will be a towel surface wipe down and Microbial misting throughout the Vehicle. This will be taking place while supplies last. More information will be coming out regarding the event. We appreciate any and all essential workers during this time. You all have been the backbone of our community during this pandemic and any thing we can do to give back is our honor. 

For more information on this event or for any of your cleaning, Fire, Water, Mold mitigation needs  please contact SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at 586-336-7373,

Find us on Facebook at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo. 

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo, 586-336-7373

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

MITIGATION!

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Don't wait to mitigate!

Swift mitigation process diminishes the loss of property by reducing the effect of water  damage. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo will respond to your call within an hour and will be on-site within 4  hours to begin emergency services. We specialize in water mitigation and restoration for residential and commercial properties. 

Our trained certified technicians use the most advanced equipment needed to clean or restore your home or business in a timely manner.  By following industry standards we provide a more consistent and scientific drying process on every mitigation job.

Our company goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo at(586)336-7373 we are here in your community and here to help!

Locally Owned Franchise

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is a locally owned franchise and we are available to assist locally owned businesses if the need arises. We offer 24 hour emergency response, water removal and drying, dehumidification and odor control, structure and contents cleaning.

We know your main concerns are helping your customers. We respond to your call with an hour and will be on site to help with the disaster within 4 hours. Our highly trained technicians use advanced equipment to dry and restore your property. We work neatly and efficiently to help you recover your business and by using state-of-the-art restoration techniques and advanced equipment to ensure your business is taken care of the properly your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo 

(586) 336-7373!

Flooded Homes

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Rising water in St Clair County has caused major flooding to many homes. Severe climate changes have created record level water heights.

SERVPRO of Marine City /Romeo has had several calls from customers in Algonac Michigan with flooded homes. Water can cause structural damage and should be dealt with quickly.

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is available 24 hours 7 days a week. Our trained technicians will work swiftly to restore your property. Once the water is extracted, we use specialized test equipment to find hidden water and advanced drying techniques to dry and monitor your property properly. Our job is to preserve and protect, stop any more damage from happening and restore damaged property to prior condition.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo we are here in the community and here to help!

(586)336-7373

Local Event

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is involved in many local events. We are here to help our community.

Marine City Fireman's Ball is an event we support every year. This year is their 145th annual ball. All the proceeds will go towards purchasing equipment to save lives.

Many events in the surrounding communities support local businesses and families. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is dedicated to providing help for any disaster. We specialize in water mitigation and restoration for residential or commercial properties. We have well trained certified technicians on staff. Our team continues to train and has advanced equipment to clean and restore your home or business to working condition. 

Call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo at (586)336-7373 we are available 24/7.

Water Damage to your Business.

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

When the temperature starts dropping outside take measures inside to keep your business pipes warm and water running. Shutting down your business even for a few hours can cost your company a lot of money.

Knowing what to do and who to call when a disaster happens is key to keeping your business open without too much down time. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo can help you create an EMERGENCY READY PLAN that is at your fingers tips at all times. Having the information at the office or on your cell phone by down loading an app, will give you peace of mind 24/ 7. 

A commercial flood is a traumatic experience for anyone and  SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo has a  trained , certified team to take care of any damage.  Our team is on call 24/7 for any emergency.

Disaster Happens!

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Your sump pump stops working and the sewer water over flows  into your basement. Disaster has hit are you prepared? Who do you call? SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is available 24/7.

Water from sewer backups are highly dangerous! The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause severe illness. Getting the water stopped and starting the sewage cleanup process as soon as possible will reduce damage and save you money.

SERVPRO of MARINE CITY/ROMEO gets numerous calls from local customers and plumbers to assist with cleanup of unsanitary water. Our highly trained technicians contain the contaminated water and start cleanup within 4 hours of every call. With the use of our advanced equipment and chemicals we restore your home or business to working order. 

CALL SERVPRO OF MARINE CITY/ROMEO 24/7 at (586) 336-7373

Septic Systems and Flooding in St Clair County MI

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

According to the St Clair County Health Department flooding can impact all parts of a septic system. This includes the septic tank(s) along with the soil treatment area.

Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo if you experience a flooding event. In the meantime you take the following precautions:

  • Mark, or flag, the boundaries of your tank and drainfield to keep off that area until the floodwaters recede. This area could become hazardous and contaminated if the tank structure becomes impaired. 
  • There is an electrocution risk if a pump chamber is used that contains a pump serviced by electricity.Make sure that electricity to the pump is turned off to prevent electrocution risks.
  • To prevent backup into the house, restrict wastewater from entering into a flooded septic system. Drastically reduce water use in the house. Make sure all sump pumps and water softener discharges are NOT connected to the septic system. All gutter downspouts should be directed away from the system to carry water away from the site.
  • Do not open the septic tank for pumping while the soil is still saturated. Mud and silt may enter the tank and end up in the drainfield.
  • Do not dig into the tank or drainfield area while the soil is still wet or flooded. Try to avoid any work on or around the disposal field with heavy machinery while the soil is still wet. These activities will ruin the soil conductivity.

DO NOT

  • DO NOT attempt to service a septic system.
    A septic system contains a potential for disease transmission, dangerous gases, electrical shock and substances that can be hazardous to your health and safety.
  • DO NOT park or drive over any part of the system. The soil can become compacted and the basic function of the system can become restricted.
  • DO NOT place heavy machinery, dumpsters, or building material on any part of the septic system. The tank could collapse from the weight and the pipes can become dislodged in the drainfield.
  • DO NOT leave the opening to a septic tank uncovered. Assure that all the hole openings are immediately secured, repaired or replaced if the covers have shifted, broken, or lost in the flood. This is to prevent debris from falling into the septic tank along with maintaining safety from people falling into the tanks during clean-up activities.

If your water well has also been flooded, it could be contaminated. Contact the St. Clair County Health Department for questions if your well is safe to drink and how to test the water.

Site: bereadystclaircounty.org/flooding-2019

Rising Water

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Rising water in St Clair County has caused major flooding to many homes. Harsh winters, heavy ice from up North and severe climate changes have created record level water heights.

SERVPRO of Marine City /Romeo has had several calls from customers in Algonac Michigan with flooded homes. Water can cause structural damage and should be dealt with quickly. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is available 24 hours 7 days a week. Our trained technicians will work swiftly to restore your property. They use specialized test equipment to find hidden water and advanced drying techniques to monitor and dry your property properly. Our job is to preserve and protect, stop any more damage from happening and restore damaged property to prior condition.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo is here to help and make your property and contents, "Like it never even happened."

Smoke and soot damage

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo Truck at a fire job SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo

After the fire is out and all the rescue workers are gone. Getting your property back to preloss condition as fast as you can will be your next concern.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo is here to help. We respond within one hour of your call and start the mitigation services approximately four hour’s after notification of the loss. Our services help to ensure your belongings and property are restored to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo responded to a customer in Richmond, Michigan removed contents and started the cleaning process from smoke damage in the customer’s barn. Our technicians cleaned and painted his walls and floors. The contents with soot and smoke damage were cleaned and restored using our state-of-the-art techniques.  The owner appreciated our swift response to his loss and was grateful we could restore his building and contents.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo at 

(586)336-7373!

Does your business have an Emergency Plan

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Cell phone with ready plan app on it SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App gives business owners help at your fingertips.

Does your business have an emergency plan? Do your employees know what to do or who to call in the event you are not there? Disasters can strike at any time and interrupt your business and cost you money. Even the smallest event such as a power outage can cripple your day to day operations. SERVPRO can set up a plan for your business for FREE. A no cost Ready Plan App is available to business owners which will allow you and your employees access to help you get the assistance you need quicker and more efficiently. 

The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for business owners allowing for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373 to schedule.

Be Prepared

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo 

(586) 336 7373

https://www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com

We’re not capable of controlling the weather but we can be prepared. Michigan weather has caused much flooding in the St. Clair County Area. Be prepared for high winds and high water. The Lake Levels haven’t shown any signs of receding. The following are examples of how you can prepare yourself and your family for any disaster.

  1. Sand Bags
  2. Sump Pumps in working order (maybe even a back-up sump pump
  3. Generator
  4. Flash lights
  5. Batteries for flash lights, phones, etc.
  6. Can food
  7. Blocks on hand to set furniture off the floor
  8. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo – Emergency Phone Number
  9. Have Insurance Agents phone number, policy number, on hand.
  10. Do you have flood Insurance – know what it covers and what it doesn’t

Water in a East China, Michigan, St. Clair County

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water in Basement Water in Basement

Sump Pump failure caused this basement to become a soggy mess.  This photo shows the cardboard boxes soaked. 

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo responded to a call from the home owner and immediately responded to their home.  they proceeded to pump out water, remove damaged items, decontaminate area.

The home owners were impressed with quick response and the professional way the team restored their basement to clean livable setting.

Water Damage in New Baltimore, Mich.

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Hand written Thank you letter from one of recent customers after we cleaned up her home from a water loss. Recent customer expressed her appreciation for the work we did for her by sending us a much appreciated Thank You letter.

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo  (586) 336 7373

Received a wonderful letter from a customer that needed water removed from kitchen and living room due to a broken line in the refrigerator.

Letters like this help the moral of everyone at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo.  This is one of the reasons we do our best for our customers.  We have pride in what we do and enjoy doing a good job and receiving notes of appreciation.

                    "The SERVPRO Way"

Being part of your Community

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Two girls posing in front of the Marine City Area Chambers pumpkin carving contest. Supporting local community events.

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo   (586) 336 7373

https://www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com

Organizations working together and getting involved in their communities helps promote their business and also helps build a trust with other businesses and individuals within their area.  

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo finds this a remarkable way to utilize the marketing resources available.  This relationship helps to gain the trust within the community and reiterates the fact our family and employees are heroes to those in need and we will do our best in anyway to help people and protect our name and the SERVPRO logo.  

You can gain business, new friendships, and bring pride to your Franchise.  

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo enjoys being members to area Chambers of Commerce and other associations that help their communities.

Fire - General grilling tips

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

A Reminder From:  SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo

(586)336 7373 

https://www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com

 Safety Tips:  BBQ- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills.  (by: NFPA)

1. The grill should be placed well away form the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

2. Keep children and pets away from the grill area.

3. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill

4.  Never leave your grill unattended (by: NFPA)

Stop! Bad Idea!  When burning the grease off your barbecue indoors (even in a large building) then leaving it unattended just for a few minutes can cause a terrible fire.  You may think you'll be right back.  Oops, we all can forget.

Frozen Plumbing

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Wet carpet in the front office of a local golf course damaged by frozen plumbing. Frozen Plumbing - St. Clair County

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo  (586) 336 7373

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Commercial Buildings & Residential Buildings

Pipes are risk in unheated areas such as basements, crawl space,attics, garages.  Pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze.

When the temperature starts dropping outside take measures inside to keep your pipes warm and water running.

There are experts that recommend conserving water and heat, but sometimes conserving energy can cost you great amount of damage and expense.

Keep garage doors closed

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors.

Let the cold water drip from a faucet.

Keep the thermostat set no lower than 55 F when going on vacation.

Insulate attics, basements, crawl spaces.  Prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around doors, windows and sill plates.

Algonac Storm Damage St. Clair County

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Sand bags lined up on a wet dock of a St Clair County home. River level is at same height as the dock. High Water, Flooding, St. Clair County

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo  (586) 336 7373

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FLOODING:  Saint Clair County and Macomb

County Storms and high Water. 

Article from:

“Michigan Fire Claim, Inc.”

http://michiganfireclaimsinc.com/water-damage-claims/

Will My Insurance Cover

Water Damage

A standard policy usually covers only water damages where the

cause was “sudden and accidental”, for example forgetting to

turn a faucet off, a burst pipe, or a blocked toilet. A standard

insurance policy will not cover damages from floods or an Act of God.

So if your flooded basement is caused storms, or overflowing rivers, that

is a flood, and not covered Certain insurance carriers have extended

coverage for water back-up. You should always check with your

agent to see if you have ample coverage in case of water damage.

Networking

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Downriver network meetings including attendees and site locations attended throughout the year. Networking in Marine City, Michigan

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo   (586) 336 7373

https://www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com

Networking is an effective way to meet new people that can open doors for your business.It’s a way to grow your business because the more people you meet the more others will hear of your company.   Your contacts can help you by suggesting better software programs, employee management practices, how to improve your marketing skills, etc.

“It’s not what you know, but who you know”.This is very true when it comes to building a successful business.  Networking is a way to open doors and give you confidence in meeting other business owners and private individuals. It also cultivates a relationship to those you have already meet.

Mold from flooding

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Mold, Marine City, Ira, Columbus Twp., Richmond, Algonac, Fair Haven

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo   (586) 336 7373

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More info at:  Michigan.gov/mdhhs

Mold  “MDHHS”  Information About Mold

What is mold?    Mold is a living thing.  It has tiny seeds, called spores, that are always in the air, indoors and outside.  The spores are so small, you can’t see them without a microscope.

But if the spores land on something that is wet, they can begin to grow into mold that you can see.

The growing mold can be different colors: white, gray, brown, black, yellow, orange or green.  It can be fluffy, hairy, smooth or flat and cracked, liked leather.

Even if you can’t see the mold, you will be able to smell it.  Mold can smell very musty, like old books or wet dirt.

Local Storms

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo vehicle parked in front of office on a stormy day. Here in the community and here to help!

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo 586) 336 7373

August of 2019 was a month of storms that left many people in the St Clair County and Macomb without electricity. These storms caused many sump pump failures causing basements and crawl spaces to fill up with large amounts of water.

For Safety Reasons shut off circuit breakers and avoid tracking contaminants thru out your home. The water should be removed as soon as possible 

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo has highly certified technicians.  Upon receiving the proper information such as location, insurance company, claim number our company will immediately begin the procedure to properly dry and clean affected areas.  We are committed to helping our community when the need arises. We here to help.

https://www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com

House Fires

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Soot covered ceiling in customers home after a house fire. Smoke Damage

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo responded to a home fire in Richmond, MI.  Our certified technicians responded immediately and began  clean up. The home was accessed for damage and proceeded with the process of clean up and restoration began.  The structure was restored and contents were cleaned boxed and returned in a timely manner. The home owners was completely satisfied with all phases 

Prevention is the first step in all house fires. Fire is disastrous and the first 48 hours after fire damage is very important to restoring your property and personal belongings.

Call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo - Emergency Service 24/7.  We are here to help you in your time of need and regain control of your life quickly. 

https://www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com

Flooding

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Here in the Community and Here to Help!

With extremely high water levels in the Great Lakes, flood warnings were in effect for St Clair County for most of our spring and summer months. Area residents were advised to be aware of rising water levels and to be prepared for area flooding. 

Do you know where to shut off your electric and gas? Do you know who you would call first? Are you prepared to move quickly and safely? These are a few questions you should be asking yourself. Are you prepared for a disaster.

SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo can help you with all of this. We will gather all the important information and prepare a plan for you to have all in one place. SERVPRO has an app you can download on your phone so all the information is always with you wherever you go. Call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo at (586)336-7373 and we will help you get started.

Fire Preparedness

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

PLAN AND GET READY

A Fire in a home or business is one of the most common disasters. Fires cause more deaths than any other type of disaster. But fire doesn't have to be deadly if you have early warning from a smoke detector and everyone in your family knows how to escape calmly. Please be serious about the responsibility for planning for and practicing what to do in case of a fire.  Be prepared by having various household members do each of the items on the checklist below. Then get together to discuss and finalize your personalized Fire Plan.  Install smoke detectors outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your residence. Keep new batteries on hand.

New smoke detectors installed

Batteries purchased

Test smoke detectors once a month

Start a chart and sign it after each round of tests.

Family member/ Employee checks smoke detectors.

Look at the fire extinguisher you have to ensure it is properly charged. Use the gauge or test button to check proper pressure. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded replace it or have it professionally serviced.

Get training from the fire department in how to use the fire extinguisher.

Family member/Employee examines extinguisher.

F
amily member/Employee have been trained to use the extinguisher.

Draw a floor plan of your home; mark two fire escape routes for each room.

Pick a safe outside place to meet after escaping from a fire.

Find a Meeting place 

Practice a low-crawl escape from your bedroom. Try it with your eyes closed to see how well you could do in thick smoke.

MAKE YOUR HOME FIRE SAFE

  • Smoke detectors save lives. Install a battery-powered smoke detector outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home.
  • Use the test button to check each smoke detector once a month. When necessary, replace batteries immediately. Replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Get training from the fire department in how to use it. Also include in the kit written instructions on how to turn off utilities at your house.
  • Conduct periodic fire drills, so everyone remembers what to do when there is a fire.

PLAN YOUR ESCAPE ROUTES

  • Determine at least two ways to escape from every room of your home. If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.
  • Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year. Once you are out, stay out!

ESCAPE SAFELY

  • If you see smoke in your first escape route, use your second way out.
  • If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to escape.
  • If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, use your second way out.
  • If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a bright-colored cloth at the widow.
  •  If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them where you are

Source: Quake Kare ER

Storm Preparedness and Safety

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

8 THINGS TO KEEP IN YOUR STORM SHELTER

Severe storms can happen anytime anywhere make sure you're prepared!

1. TAKE BOTTLED WATER AND CRACKERS 

If you DO get stranded in your safe room or basement, you’ll need plenty of water to get you through. The human body can survive much longer without food, but you need to have water handy.

2. PUT A LEASH ON YOUR PET 

Take your pets WITH you to your shelter, and put them on a leash.  In the very least, take the leash (or have an extra) in your safe room.

3. HAVE A FIRST AID KIT 

Just in case, you’ll want to have a first-aid kit handy.

4. FLASHLIGHT

Take a flashlight! Your power may go out.  Have a flash light handy.

5. PHONE CHARGER

Charge your phone prior to a storm watch, you’ll know its coming. If possible, take a phone charger or charged up portable power bank with you to your safe room.  If you’ll be in the safe room for any length of time, it will come in handy.

Original Article:Heart Hook Home Apr 26

Water Damage Stages

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Stage 1

The free-flow of water by gravity. Gravity will level out the available water and cause it to find cracks in the floor, plumbing penetrations and many other openings. This affects the floors below as well as other adjacent spaces. Quick action at earlier stages of water damage will reduce the costs and resulting cleanup. On the other hand, delaying action increases both exponentially.

Stage 2

The wicking of moisture into materials that are in direct contact with water. Damage continues to increase as long as free-water touches gypsum board, wood floors, furniture and documents due to the tendency of materials to draw in moisture through capillary action. This damage is mitigated by quick and thorough water-extraction, as it will remove the free-water and stop the wicking. Effective action at this stage will drastically reduce the time and effort to dry out the wet building materials.

Stage 3

High humidity damage. This occurs when the moisture on and in the wet materials begins to evaporate, saturating the surrounding air. Previously unaffected materials now take on moisture. Early signs of high humidity damage include condensation forming on walls, ceiling tiles sagging from high moisture content and paper stock taking on moisture to the point it cannot be used for copying.

This damage is mitigated by controlling the relative humidity inside the building through the use of high-capacity dehumidifiers. Quick action at this stage will keep the moisture content of the building material and contents below the threshold at which they will support microbial growth.

Stage 4

Active microbial growth. This begins when materials have taken on sufficient moisture to be able to support mold and mildew. The threshold for most cellulose-based material (i.e., wood, documents and the paper covering on gypsum board) is when their moisture content exceeds 20 to 25 percent of their weight.

Reducing this damage is accomplished by controlling three key conditions of the building’s air: relative humidity, temperature and air circulation. Controlling these will create an environment that will rapidly dry the materials back to their preloss moisture content. Effective action at this point will generally confine the damage to the area that was directly affected by the water damage event.

Stage 5

The spread of microbial to other, originally unaffected areas of the building. The spread of microbial (i.e., mold, mildew, odors and other pathogens) may eventually occur due to unchecked microbial growth in the affected area, the movement of people throughout the building, air circulation systems and/or elevator movement from floor-to-floor. If this stage of water damage occurs, a comprehensive plan must be put together involving various indoor air quality professionals and contractors.

For all your water damage needs contact SERVPRO 24 hours a Day & Days a Week. 

Original Article; DH Tech Five Stages of Water Damage

Mold Basics

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

TYPES OF MOLD

Mold is a fungus, and it grows virtually everywhere on Earth. Lately, mold has become a hot topic because of increasing awareness about its potential health hazards. People aren’t exactly sure how many mold species there are, but estimates range anywhere between tens of thousands to over a few hundred thousand. Some of these different types aren’t dangerous to human health, while others lead to chronic and severe health conditions.

When addressing any mold growth in your home, it’s important to understand which type of mold you’re dealing with. Each one has its own characteristics, growth patterns and health effects to be aware of. It’s also necessary to be aware of the common places to find mold in your house so you can prevent the spread of these harmful and toxic substances. Check places like bathrooms, basements, roofs and window seals for harmful mold growth.

Harmful molds can be any of the following classifications:

  • Allergenic: Molds that cause and produce allergies and allergic reactions such as asthma attacks.
  • Pathogenic: Molds that cause health problems in those suffering from an acute illness.
  • Toxigenic: Molds that produce toxic substances that can lead to dangerous or even deadly health conditions. This is sometimes referred to as “toxic mold".

Original Article: AER Industries Mar 28 2017

Why Choose SERVPRO to Clean Food Service Building

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Time and Safety Are Our Top Priorities When Cleaning and Restoring Restaurant, Kitchen and Food Service Facilities

Time is of the essence when disaster strikes your restaurant or manufacturing facility, but so is safety. Our professionals have been trained to be mindful of regulations and potential hazards while maintaining efficiency as they restore your business. You can trust Team SERVPRO to be mindful of your time and budget, as well as the safety of you and your patrons. 

Types of Facilities:

  • Food Manufacturing Facilities
  • Food Distribution Centers
  • Fast Food Restuarants
  • Senior Living Facility Kitchens
  • Educational Cafeterias

Our professionals are available 24-7/365 to help remediate any damage, regardless of the cause, scale of the loss, or the size of your facility. 

Trust Us to Adhere to Health Regulations When Cleaning and Restoring Your Food Services Facility

From large distribution centers to small mom-and-pop restaurants, SERVPRO professionals are trained to be mindful of the complicated health codes, food safety regulations, and environmental concerns when restoring your business. We’ll work to ensure that all surfaces are restored and sanitized to legal specifications, so that you can get back to business and your patrons can get back to enjoying good food.

Our Experience Includes:

  • Total Project Management 
  • Facilities Cleaning and Restoration
  • Flooding and Water Damage Cleanup
  • Restuarant Cleaning
  • Restuarant Kitchen Cleaning
  • Restaurant hood Cleaning
  • Odor Removal
  • Mold Removal 
  • Biohazard Remediation
  • Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
  • Smoke and Soot Cleanup
  • Document and Records Recovery
  • Electronics/Equipment Restoration

Mold Removal Vs. Remediation

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding mold is the first step in preventing it from causing serious concerns in your home. SERVPRO is here to educate you so you can keep your family safe and healthy. 

Remediation Vs. Removal What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

    • Step 1: Emergency Contact 1-800-SERVPRO
    • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    • Step 3: Mold Containment
    • Step 4: Air Filtration
    • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

The First 24 hours after a flood

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

A Flooded home/business is serious business. What you do in the first 24 hours after contacting SERVPRO of course will determine the amount of damage to your property. 

Avoid Additional Risks:

If the flood was serious enough for you to leave your home, be sure you stay safe upon your return. FEMA warns that you should check for any structural damage before entering the home and contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric, and sewer lines.it's important to have a working flashlight and turn off all water and electrical sources within the home, says Dr. Maurice A. Ramirez, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness." Even if the power isn't operational, it's a good idea to go to your fuse box and turn off the main, plus all of the individual fuse connections. That way, if the power is reactivated, you're not at risk for mixing standing water and electricity.

What to Do in the First 24 Hours After a Flood
After flood waters subside, document, work with your insurer, and clean up safely.

 

Whether a flood is caused by ground water, falling water, or home water system malfunction, there are some best practices you'll need to employ within the first 24 hours after the flood to ensure the safety of your home and family and give you the best outcome possible with your insurance company.

Avoid Additional Risks

If the flood was serious enough for you to leave your home, be sure you stay safe upon your return. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warns that you should check for any visible structural damage, such as warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, cracks, and holes before entering the home and contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric, and sewer lines.  

In addition, it's important to have a working flashlight and turn off all water and electrical sources within the home, says Dr. Maurice A. Ramirez, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness." Even if the power isn't operational, it's a good idea to go to your fuse box and turn off the main, plus all of the individual fuse connections. That way, if the power is reactivated, you're not at risk for mixing standing water and electricity.

Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage for your insurer by taking photos or video. Digital versions are best, says Ramirez, because they can be stored electronically and easily copied. If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage, you could potentially decrease the extent of your coverage, he says.

Protect Your Health

Even if the water in your home is clear, it could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. Ramirez recommends wearing waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water-damaged possessions and to avoid contaminants. 

Of course there are several other precautions and steps to take but these few are imperative in ensuring your home and family do not suffer from the great damage a flood can cause. 

These steps were found at: https://www.houselogic.com/finances-taxes/home-insurance/what-do-first-24-hours-after-flood/

When to Hire Professionls for a Cleaning Job

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

WHEN TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

  • Lack of Time. Managing a business alone can be time consuming let alone finding the time to deep clean your space. Leaving it to the professionals to take care of it for you can be one of the best investments you make 
  • Long Time, No Clean. Trying to take on the task of cleaning a spot in your place of business that hasn't been cleaned in a while can be a major hassle. The professionals at SERVPRO are equipped to handle even the toughest messes 
  • Upcoming Event. First impressions are everything. When hosting a special event at your business having your whole place scrubbed from top to bottom will offer you peace of mind and your guests an experience they'll enjoy.
  • Specialized Procedure. Some cleaning Jobs are simply too much to handle on your own. Getting the proper supplies to complete the job could also be costly. Hiring professionals could end up being the more time and cost effective option. 

Keeping Mold Out of Your Home

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can pose a huge hazard for everyone living in your home. it's important that preventative measures are taken to ensure safety for you Family. 

1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't completely 'mold proof' your home but you can look for problem areas that could be hot beds for mold spore production such as a place where a leak is occurring, a basement that has flooded or a window with condensation. Consider installing a dehumidifier or looking into hiring professionals should heavy lifting be required.  

2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture. Therefore even so much as a spill on a carpet should be dried up as quickly as possible. If you experience a flood remove all damaged carpeting, bedding furniture and other items then promptly call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Daily activities such as showering, doing laundry and cooking could be encouraging mold growth. To prevent this ensure you have proper ventilation through out your house. After showering leave the bathroom door opened until the moisture is dried up, never leave wet clothing in the washing machine for too long and have a goof HVAC system and dehumidifier installed.   

Fact Vs Fiction: Fire Sprinkler Systems

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire safety in your business is imperative. One of the best and tried and true ways of putting small fires out is the installation of a sprinkler system However, many myths about them still exist. 

This was taken from an article on Tufts public and Environmental safety

"Myth:“Water damage from a sprinkler system will be more extensive than fire damage.”

Fact:Water damage from a building sprinkler system will be much less severe than the damage caused by water from fire fighting hose lines or smoke and fire damage if the fire is allowed to spread. Quick response sprinklers release 8-24 gallons of water per minute compared to 80-125 gallons per minute discharged by a fire hose.

Myth:“When a fire occurs, every sprinkler head goes off.”

Fact:Sprinkler heads are individually activated by fire temperatures in excess of 155°. Residential fires are usually controlled with one sprinkler head. 90% of all fires are controlled with six or fewer heads and a study conducted during 80 years of automatic sprinkler use found that 82% of the fires that have occurred were controlled by two or fewer sprinkler heads.

Myth:“A smoke detector provides enough protection.”

Fact:Smoke detectors save lives by providing an early warning to a smoke or fire incident, but can do nothing to extinguish a growing fire or protect those physically unable to escape on their own, such as the elderly or small children. Too often, battery operated smoke detectors fail to function because the batteries are dead or have been removed. As the percent of homes in America that were “protected” with smoke detectors increased from zero to more than 70%, the number of fire deaths in homes did not significantly decrease.

Myth:“Sprinklers are designed to protect property, but are not effective for life safety.”

Fact:Sprinklers provide a high level of life safety. Statistics reveal that there has never been any multiple loss of life in a fully sprinklered building. Property losses are 85% less in residences with fire sprinklers compared to those without sprinklers. The combination of automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in all buildings could reduce overall injuries, loss of life and property damage by at least 50%."

Why Choose SERVPRO for Storm Damage Remediation

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Our Technicians have IICRC industry certifications and are trained by corporate professionals to ensure the best job is done. You can always be sure our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

All of our training programs include the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

Our services are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our Technicians study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Training includes 

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

e-Learnings

This is a voluntary program in which employees are educated online through videos and other tools to ensure they are best equipped to handle any emergency

Continuing Education Classes 

These classes are offered to ensure that those taking them are up to date on the latest and greatest methods in the remediation business 

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

St Clair County State of Emergency

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Approximately 3:00pm EST June 21st Jeff Bohm, Chair person of of the Board of Commission for St Clair County declared a state of emergency for South Eastern St. Clair County, Michigan.This is due to the continued threat of rising water levels especially in the Algonac/Clay township area. 

They are encouraging those affected by flooding to contact the Emergency operation center by phone at (810)-989-6392 or by email at damage@stclaircounty.org 

Should you find you need tips and tricks on sandbagging your home or commercial property or other flood prevention tips take a look at some of our other blog posts. And if you find yourself needing water remediation contact SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo at (586)-336-7373 for around the clock service.                 

Storm Safety

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Safety | Eversource

Summer with it's sun and warm weather can also bring along some ugly storms. It's imperative that you ensure the safety of your family. You can do so by following these tips from an Article on Storm Safety and Power Outages on Eversource

If you lose power during a storm, there are several safety hazards to keep in mind.

One preemptive step you can take is packing a storm safety kit with things like flashlights and extra batteries, a first aid kit, water and some snacks. Also, make sure you memorize or write down a set of emergency numbers, in case you are unable to charge your cell phone, and check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

If you’re using a generator to power your house, be sure to use a properly installed, code approved transfer switch when you turn it on.

You can also plug your electrical devices directly into the generator. Only use heavy-duty, outdoor power cords, and remember to check for frays.  

Always operate your generator in an open, well-ventilated area to avoid potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning. Remember to test your carbon monoxide detectors often.

https://youtu.be/mjNyrb6bNSc 

Fourth of July Fireworks safety

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

The forth of July is upon us and with it comes some fun family festivities including barbecues, camping, bonfires and of course fireworks displays galore. Should you elect to light them off from the comfort of your own home here are some tips from https://www.allprodad.com/10-fireworks-safety-tips/

  1. Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays – avoid buying.
  2. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities, especially with sparklers.
  3. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  4. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  5. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire and to douse used fireworks before discarding in trash.
  6. Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.
  7. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  8. Never try to re-light or pickup fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  9. Never place a part of your body directly over a firework device when lighting.
  10. Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

As always if an unforeseen accidents occur SERVPRO is always ready to handle all of your Fire remediation needs. 

Flood Preparedness and prevention

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

With the threat of high water levels and flooding in St. Clair County and surrounding areas there are several precautions those in the 'Danger Zones' Should take to prevent an unforeseen and costly accident. 

In Order to Prevent and prepare for  flooding  

Keep Gutters Clean to prevent more costly damage 

Ensure especially if you live on the Water or on low land that the ground area within a ten foot radius of your home slopes downwards 

Have your roof carefully inspected regularly  

Keep a written record of all valuable belongings therefore SERVPRO and your insurance agency can work together to ensure they are protected. 

Many of These tips are from the Clay Township Police Department's press release 

Should You Experience Flooding.. 

Stop the Flow of water to minimize damage

Move Essential items to an upper Level Floor 

Disconnect all electronic devices and appliances

Shut off Water gas and electricity, if told to do so

Above all else, Have a plan in place in case evacuation is necessary. Know where you can take shelter and ensure you have all necessities.

How To Properly use Sandbags as Flood prevention

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

In the wake of the St. Clair County flood Warnings You've probably heard about using sandbags to help prevent flooding in your home or business. Little did you know as with any prevention and protection there is a right way and a wrong way. 

Sandbagging is an old flood prevention technique that's simple, but still effective. If the bags are not filled and stacked properly, though, they will be useless. Here are some tips and steps for the most effective way use sandbags:

  • Only use sand in the bags:
  • Try to use coarse sand:
  • When building a sandbag wall, it's crucial for the bags to shape around each other tightly:
  • Stagger the sandbags on top of one another:
  • Set up your sandbags before flooding is anticipated:

Sandbag Tips and tricks found at:https://www.nola.com/homegarden/2017/08/how_to_properly_fill_and_stack.html

Potential flooding to local St Clair County Businesses

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Local Emergency Management officials are warning local businesses to prepare for rising waters. Current water levels in the St. Clair River and its tributaries are causing a serious rise in water levels. Local Emergency Management Officials are monitoring water levels around the clock to ensure your safety. This is a very dynamic situation and does have the opportunity to change with heavy winds and waves depending on where you are located within the county. Please pay attention to National Weather Service watches and warnings regarding information in your local area. If you need sandbags, please contact your Local Township or city office.  Please make your local government officials aware of any flood damage to occupied dwellings.

Safety Measures

What to do if my house starts to flood: Stop the flow of water and minimize damage. Move essential items to an upper floor. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Shut off water, gas and electricity, if you are instructed to do so. If you need to leave your house, you should do the following: Secure your home. Grab your disaster kit (remember medicine, vital documents, food for your unique situation) Take your pets Shelter locations will be opened in the event you are to leave your home and are in need of sheltering.  Be Ready St Clair County Facebook page for updates. 

From: http://www.stclaircounty.org/

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo will be here to assist you 24 hours a day. If you experience any water damage or have any questions our office can be reached at (586) 336-7373.

All About Mold

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is an IICRC Certified Firm. We are a company that you can count on and trust!

Mold plays a very important role in our lives.  Without mold, we wouldn't have certain life-saving drugs like penicillin.  We also wouldn't have cheese.  

Sometimes, though, mold grows in places it shouldn't - including inside our homes or workplaces. 

This kind of mold needs to be cleaned up so that it doesn't cause health problems, such as headaches, runny eyes and noses, and coughing; or trigger attacks in kids and adults with asthma.  

You can call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at 586-336-7373, if you suspect a mold problem in your home or business. Our licensed technicians will come out and inspect the mold. Tests can be performed if necessary and then we will cleanup the mold so that your home or place of business is safe to live and work in.

* By Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

St. Clair County Winter Weather

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Winter storm freeze your pipes. Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo to help!

A major winter storm can happen at any time and can last for several days. These storms may bring high winds, freezing rain, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. Storms like these can lead to difficult travel, and power outages. It is important to prepare ahead of time so you are not left in the cold.

Below is a list of ideas for your home and car in advance for winter emergencies.

  • Be ready to shelter-in-place for three days.
  • Keep sand, rock salt, or non-clumping kitty litter available to make walkways and steps less slippery.

  • Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, wear mittens, and a hat (preferably one that covers your ears).

  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency supply kit in your vehicle.

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service.

  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.

  • Maintain heating equipment. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear. Space heaters and fireplaces increase the risk of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.  

  • Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing. 

Be prepared, stay safe and remember SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is always here to help!

Here to Help® Connection Site

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Here at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo we like to let our customers know that they are important and we understand the stress involved when you experience water damage to your home or business. SERVPRO's Here to Help® Connection Site helps keep our customers informed. Constant communication is extremely important when it comes to cleanup and restoration jobs. Customers need to know that at any time they can check the status of their job or find important information regarding their claim. The Here To Help website gives customers protected access to daily updated job progress, mitigation tips, and offers solutions to common questions related to work being performed on their home or business. This site also provides detailed information about their claim, pictures, drying progress, local franchise information and the answers to frequently asked questions. This tool puts our customers back in control of their claim and hopefully provides a little peace of mind during a stressful time.

Damaged Floors after water damage!

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SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo using our professional equipment to dry water damage.

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is here too help when water damage is to big for the home owner to take care of on their own. The drying process for large damaged areas needs expert technicians and equipment to make sure there is not future structure damage to your home. Floors and walls that become soaked can warp or grow mold if not taken care of properly. They need to be cleaned and dried completely. Our technicians are trained to use the right products and professional equipment that will pull the moisture from underneath the floor boards for the most effective drying. Time is critical when drying water damage and SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is here to help you 24/7 we respond within 1 hour and can be on site quickly! Call us at (586)336-7373.

Winter is here!

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Winter has finally arrived in Michigan and it can cause frozen pipes. Pipes that are exposed or not properly insulated are susceptible to bursting or leaking. When this happens you may need SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo. We are here to help!

The first step is to shut off the water. You will then need to contact a plumber to replace any damaged pipes. But the removal of the water is priority and SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is ready to remove the water "Like it never even happened." Our technicians are available 24/7 and will document the entire process to help you through this crisis and return your home back to working order. We use professional products and equipment throughout the drying process to ensure your structure is completely dry. Call us at (586)336-7373 we are here to help!

Storm Damage in St Clair County

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage from a Storm in our local area!

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is here to help!

We are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage. Flooding from storms does not occur at a convenient time. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is available 24 hours 7 days a week. When  a disaster happens we are here to help make this situation less stressful. We will walk you through this process and make it "Like it never even happened." Our highly trained technicians will respond promptly. They use advanced equipment from start to finish to ensure your home is dried and back to working order. This process is documented throughout the entire process. 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is here to help you 24/7. Call us at (586)336-7373!

Cleaning Commercial Building

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SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo working hard to reduce damage at a commercial building!

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is trained and equipped to clean and restore your business. We understand the need to keep your business up and running so your revenue continues to flow. We provide numerous cleaning and restoration services. Such as water removal, mold mitigation, stain removal and fire damage, to name a few. When the damage occurs our highly trained technicians use the proper equipment and technology to clean and restore the damage. Our technicians are trained to use multiple devices to produce the optimum results and get your business back to working conditions and reduce your expense. We answer your call in a timely matter and are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo at (586)336-7373 we can reduce the damage and save your business money. 

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo

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SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo cleaning water damage from a customers carpet!

SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is dedicated to responding quickly and restoring your contents that have been damaged by water or fire. We can help you save money and preserve your homes contents. Our highly trained technicians will conduct an organized clean up and restoration process. We use several methods of cleaning and drying to restore your home back to working order. Damaged electronics, documents and valued photographs can make you feel overwhelmed, we will help you with coordinating this with qualified technicians. Once the cleaning and drying is complete the restoration process can begin. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is available 24/7 responds within 1 hour and can be on site within 4 hours. We give you peace of mind when you need it most!

Always Here To Help

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Just the facts: 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 would like your home or business inspected we can assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and remediation expertise to remediate any problem.

Call Us Today  586-336-7373

Helpful tips if you have mold

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do If You Suspect Mold

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.

Below are some helpful tips:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo 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.

We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo specializes in mold cleanup and remediation.  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 Us Today at  (586) 336-7373

Fire Safety

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Create a fire safety plan now

 
In the event that you or someone you know has a fire. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is available to help you. We know how important it is to act quickly, so the sooner you call us at (586) 336-7373, the sooner we can stop any further damage.

Creating a plan ahead of time can you save you time and money in the future. Fires in your home or business are some of the most dangerous and traumatic events that can occur. Although we do not like to think about it, they are a possibility, so everyone should know ahead of time.

Steps to be taken:
1. Have An Escape Plan 
Make an escape plan and practice it several times per year with your family. Make sure your family members know not to put their lives in danger to save possessions. Always take the route that gets you outside the fastest. If you must exit through smoke, know to drop down under it and try to cover your mouth to keep from breathing smoke. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it or go through it. 
 
2. Rope Ladders 
If you live in a two-story home, every bedroom should have a rope ladder which is readily available so family members can climb down outside instead of being trapped. A meeting spot outside your home needs to be designated, and ensure you take attendance, so you know who is out safely. 
 
3. Stop, Drop, Roll 
Everyone should know how to do this if fire catches on your clothes. Drop to the ground right away, cross your hands over your chest, and roll forward and back until you smother the flames completely. Cool the area that is burned with water and call for medical attention right away for serious burns. 
 
4. Fire Extinguishers 
Places such as your workshop, fireplace, and kitchen should have fire extinguishers nearby. Every family member should know how to use it as well. Extinguishers need to be regularly recharged, inspected or replaced as necessary. 
 
5. Stove Fires 
A small fire in your kitchen should be able to be handled by all. Suffocate the fire by putting a lid on the pan, turning the stove off and letting the pan sit unmoved until the flames are smothered. Extinguish small grease fires by putting baking soda on them, but do not ever use water. 
 

Recovering From Smoke Damage

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Do you have smoke damage? SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is here to help you.

When a fire occurs we want to help you restore your home and belongings preloss condition. Even after the initial clean up has been completed, the smell of the fire can linger. SERVPRO's training, knowledge and equipment restore smoke damaged properties. 
 
Our technicians are trained to deal with lingering fire odors swiftly and efficiently. Our professionally trained and IICRC certified teams have the skill and equipment needed to deodorize your house and leave it smelling fresh once more –"Like it never even happened."

The first step is to tackle the smell at its source. We thoroughly vent the problem area, and clean surfaces to help scrub away the source of the smell. For some spaces, an odor counteractant can be used to clean away those odors. Placement of an activated charcoal unit overnight is another option to absorb smells. If the home is vacant of the residents, live plants, and pets, we can set up ozone machines which chemically capture smoke particulates in the air. 
 
If cleaning and ventilation do not succeed in tackling stubborn smoke smells after a fire, our technicians are equipped with thermal fog equipment. Thermal fogging equipment mimics the heat and pressure of the fire in a safe manner. 
 
Let SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo remove lingering smoke odors after a fire. Call us at (586) 336-7373 today for assistance.

Home Materials and Fire Risk

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Modern building materials work wonders for homeowners — they make homes easier and cheaper to build, they’re generally stronger and they take less time to construct.

But this convenience comes at a cost that homeowners need to be aware of: Increased fire devastation.

According to research by Underwriters Laboratories, a nationally recognized safety testing company based in Illinois, the combination of home-building materials, synthetic materials used in furniture and open home designs cause fires in modern-day homes to burn much faster than in older homes.

“When smoke alarms first became common in homes 35 years ago, after they went off, you had on average about 17 minutes to get out of your house until the room turned to flashover,” he says. “Today, that 17 minutes is down to 3 or 4 minutes.”

In the event of a fire or smoke damage SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is always here to help.

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Storm Damage And Your Home

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Storms can happen at any time. Taking some precautions ahead of time can keep you safe and save you time and money. 

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hailstorms and hurricanes can cause property damage. You should always check for storm damage to your property especially areas that are the most susceptible like your roof.

TIPS AFTER A STORM

  1. Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage. Also, if any water stains appear on your ceiling or walls, this is a sign that you may have a leak and need repairs.
  2. Look for other signs of storm damage from the ground. Check for missing shingles, missing fascia, or damaged gutters. Also, assess the condition of your exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles of the roof.
  3.  Some damage may be obvious, such as a tree falling on your roof. In this case, stay out of your home until a professional can determine whether any structural damage occurred. 
  4. If the storm produced hail, check for damage to your siding as well. Hail damage commonly comes in the forms of dimples, made by smaller chunks of hail that pound the outer layer of shingles.

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is Here to Help 24/7. Call us at (586) 336-7373

Residential and Commercial Water Damage Experts

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Our staff at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is highly trained in residential and commercial property damage restoration. Rest assured our staff is equipped with the certification, training and knowledge to restore any of your property damage needs. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge, experience and continued education. Our certification comes from the IICRC. The IICRC is a nonprofit certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource. The IICRC has led the way in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, upholstery and fabric cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. 

If you or someone you know experiences water damage in their home or business contact the local professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo. We are here to help 24/7. We can be reached at (586) 336-7373.

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

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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

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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.

Commercial Buildings and Mold

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. 

Mold problems can cause major business interruptions at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo at (586) 336-7373. We will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Don't Let Mold Move In

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Mold Move In

Like mushrooms, molds are members of the fungi kingdom. They and the tiny spores they generate to reproduce need only water and something living or once living—like old wood—to eat. They thrive outdoors, hitchhiking into your home in dust and dirt on your clothes and shoes, on air currents, and in water that enters through cracks in walls and foundations. Once inside, they proliferate anywhere moisture exists. 

In hot, humid months, more mold spores than usual surf the breeze. Check Web sites and newspapers for the daily mold count. On days when the count is high, close your windows (to keep spores out) and run an air conditioner (which dehumidifies). No AC? It's not ideal, but open your windows to keep indoor humidity down and prevent spores already inside from multiplying. No matter what the weather, the real key to avoiding mold problems is to keep things dry. What you should do:

Vent. Turn on an exhaust fan or open a nearby window while showering, bathing, running the dishwasher, or cooking, since all these activities produce water vapor. Make sure clothes dryers and all gas appliances are vented to the outside.

Monitor moisture. Use a hygrometer (about $20 at hardware and home stores) to check the indoor humidity level. If it exceeds 55 percent—most likely in summer—lower it by running an air conditioner or dehumidifier. In cold weather, indoor humidity should stay around 30 percent.

Fix leaks and dry waterlogged areas. If the pipes burst, the roof springs a leak, or a new crack in the foundation ushers water in, fix the problem ASAP. If you find a leak, dry the area pronto. "Within 24 hours, most molds are growing," says Berlin Nelson, PhD, an expert on plant pathology at North Dakota State University. Rent a wet-vac to dry floors. Use a space heater and fans to dry wallboard and ceiling tiles. Call SERVPRO if you can't quickly manage solo.

Declare War on Spores. Though molds are often a dark color (black or brown), they may be green, yellow, or even an incongruously delicate pink. They usually spread out in a circular pattern. Don't worry about finding out what type you're dealing with, says Redd. Just clean it up. If you have asthma or are allergic to mold, get someone else to do the cleanup.

Scrub the small stuff. You can easily and safely tackle swatches of about 1 square foot on tiles, walls, windowsills, and other hard surfaces even if toxic mold has gained a foothold there, says Portnoy. To be extra safe, put on a pair of goggles, an N-95 respirator (about $5 from hardware and home stores), and rubber gloves. Then scrub with a brush and a dilute bleach solution.

Know when you need a pro. If mold covers more than a square foot, get professional help. Call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373. If you can smell it but can't see mold—that means it's probably behind a wall or wallpaper. 

Replace porous moldy things. It's nearly impossible to remove mold from the tiny pores in wallpaper, ceiling tiles, carpeting, and dry-clean-only upholstery.

Vacuum. After cleaning up mold, go over all surfaces with a vacuum that won't disperse it into the air, such as a central vac or one equipped with a HEPA filter.

Find a Reputable Pro. Call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373. 

Ref. By: Barbara Loecher

What is Fire Damage?

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Definition - What does Fire Damage mean?

Fire damage refers to the physical damage to a property as a result of burning. This damage may either be directly caused by the flames or could occur due to smoke and other corrosive substances emitted by the fire.

In terms of insurance, fire damage is one of the types of coverage offered in property insurance.

  

Insuranceopedia explains Fire Damage

The six types of fire damage are as follows:

  • Class A: fire that involves flammable solids, such as paper, cloth, wood, and plastics.
  • Class B: fire that involves flammable liquids or solids that can turn into liquids.
  • Class C: fire that involves flammable gasses, such as propane, hydrogen, natural gas, and butane.
  • Class D: fire that involves combustible metals, including sodium, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Class E: fire that involves factors in Class A and B as well as electrical elements.
  • Class F: relatively hotter and more destructive fire that involves cooking oils and fats.

Furthermore, many insurance companies divide fire damage into two categories: primary and secondary. The former refers to damage caused by the flames, while the latter refers to damage caused by smoke or other substances from the fire.

What to do Incase of a Storm

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Introduction

Thunderstorms, hail, blizzards, ice storms, hurricanes, storm surges, tornadoes and heavy rain can develop quickly and threaten life and property. These severe storms occur in all regions of Canada and in all seasons.

When one strikes, visit Environment Canada's Weather office website and listen to the local media for severe weather warnings and advice. Keep a battery-powered or crank radio on hand as power outages can be frequent during severe storms. Everyone has a responsibility to protect their homes and their families.

You can greatly lessen the impact of a severe storm by taking the time to prepare in advance. This involves three basic steps:

  1. Find out about the risks and the type of storms in your region.
  2. Make a family emergency plan, so that everyone knows what to do, and where to go in case of an emergency.
  3. Get an emergency kit, so that you and your family can be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours during a severe storm.

Planning for a storm will also help prepare you for many other types of emergencies. After reading this guide, keep it in a handy spot, such as in your emergency kit.

Step 1: Know the risks and get prepared

To get prepared for a storm, you should know the risks specific to your community and your region to help you better prepare. To find out what the hazards are in your region, visit the ‘Know the risks' section of the GetPrepared.ca website.

PREPARING for severe storms

Before

  • Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of these falling onto your house during a storm.
  • Clean gutters, drains and downpipes.
  • Make sure your roof is in good repair.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.

When a storm is imminent

  • When a severe storm is on the horizon, Environment Canada will issue weather warnings through the Weatheroffice website, automated telephone information lines and its “Weatheradio” service. Radio and television stations will also broadcast Environment Canada weather statements. Pay attention to that information.
  • Always check the weather forecast before heading out on the water. Do not go boating in a storm. If you are on the water and see bad weather approaching, head for shore immediately. Remember to file a sail plan with a responsible person, and frequently monitor the VHF marine or Weatheradio broadcast throughout your trip.
  • Secure everything that might be blown around or torn loose – indoors and outdoors. Flying objects such as garbage cans and lawn furniture can injure people and damage property.
  • Consider going to the sheltered area that you and your family identified in your emergency plan.

During a storm

  • If you are indoors during a storm, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces.
  • If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so. Delay may make later evacuation difficult or impossible. Take your emergency kit with you.
  • If indoors, you can use a cellular or cordless telephone during a severe storm, but it is not safe to use a corded telephone.
  • If you are in a car, stop the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you. Avoid the base of steep or unstable slopes and low areas prone to flooding. Stay inside the car.

Blizzards and winter storms

Blizzards come in on a wave of cold arctic air, bringing snow, bitter cold, high winds and poor visibility due to blowing snow.

Blizzards:

  • May last anywhere from a few hours to several days.
  • Are often accompanied by high winds in the Prairies, Arctic, northern Ontario and northern Quebec.
  • Typically bring heavy snowfalls in British Columbia, the Atlantic Provinces, southern and eastern Quebec and areas near the Great Lakes.
  • May include a wind chill “warning”, issued when very cold temperatures (-35°C or colder) combined with wind could create outdoor conditions hazardous to human activity.
  • Can give rise to a wind storm warning when winds are expected to reach a steady speed of between 65-75 km/h, or 90-100 km/h in gusts.
  • Can leave heavy snowfall that can cause roof failures or collapses.

What to do

  • If a blizzard or heavy blowing snow is forecast, you may want to string a safety line between your house and any other structures or buildings in case you have to go to them during the storm.
  • When a winter storm hits, stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress for the weather. Outer clothing should be tightly woven and water-repellent. The jacket should have a hood. Wear mittens – they are warmer than gloves – and a hat, as significant body heat is lost through the head.
  • In wide-open areas, visibility is limited during heavy blowing snow or a blizzard. You can easily lose your way. If a blizzard strikes, do not try to walk to another building unless there is a rope to guide you or something you can follow.
  • If you must travel during a winter storm, do so during the day and let someone know your route and arrival time.
  • If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm, stay in your car. Allow fresh air in your car by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side – away from the wind. You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is not blocked with snow. Check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked. Remember: you can't smell potentially fatal carbon monoxide fumes.
  • To keep your hands and feet warm, exercise them periodically. In general, it is a good idea to keep moving to avoid falling asleep. If you do try to shovel the snow from around your car, avoid overexerting yourself. Overexertion in the bitter cold can cause death as a result of hypothermia from sweating or a heart attack.
  • If snow is excessive or a roof shows signs of distress, contact a professional who is experienced in safe snow removal procedures. Unsafe procedures may cause personal injury and structural damage. Prevent access to areas under roofs where snow could fall.
  • If you live on a farm, shelter animals. Generally, if the structure is sound, animals should be placed indoors. Once they are inside, secure all openings to the outside. Water supplies should be checked to ensure they have not frozen.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes are violent tropical storms. These extreme storms occur when winds revolve around a centre of low pressure. In the centre, called the eye, there is often a calm area of blue sky.

Hurricanes:

  • Occasionally hit eastern Canada, usually between June and November (September is the peak month).
  • Are bigger and cause more widespread damage than tornadoes (a very large system can be up to 1,000 kilometers wide).
  • Wield very strong winds – of at least 120 kilometers per hour – around the “eye” accompanied by torrential rains.
  • Can bring heavy rain and cause significant flooding.
  • Can often be tracked several days in advance of landfall.
  • Usually move slowly and can batter communities for several hours.

What to do

  • During hurricane season, pay attention to weather forecasts and warnings.
  • If you live on the coast or in a low-lying area near the coast, move inland and to higher ground. The high winds create huge waves at sea which can be very damaging when combined with a storm surge (see Storm Surges section).
  • Do not go down to the water to watch the storm. Most fatalities during hurricanes occur as a result of being caught in large waves, storm surges or flood waters.
  • If the eye of the hurricane passes over, there will be a lull in the wind lasting from several minutes to half an hour. Stay in a safe place. Make emergency repairs only and remember that once the eye has passed, the winds will return from the opposite direction with possibly even greater force.
  • Listen for reports from authorities on your crank or battery powered radio.
  • On a farm, it may be better to leave livestock unsheltered. During past hurricanes some animals left outside suffered less injury than those in shelters, which were injured by collapsing structures and flying objects that may have been avoided outside.

Ice storms

Freezing rain occurs when raindrops fall from a warm layer of air into air that is below freezing and become supercooled. When the supercooled droplets strike a surface below 0°C they instantly freeze, forming a layer of ice.

Ice storms:

  • Freezing rain can occur anywhere in the country, but is particularly common in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.
  • Remember that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation.

What to do

  • Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you.
  • Never approach power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you could be electrocuted. Stay back at least 10 meters (33 feet) from wires or anything in contact with them.
  • When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving if possible. Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
  • Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with strong winds increase the chances for hypothermia. If you live on a farm, move livestock promptly to shelter where feed is available. Forage is often temporarily inaccessible during and immediately after ice storms.

Storm surges

A storm surge is an abnormally high coastal water level caused by strong winds and low air pressure during storms.

Storm surges:

  • Occur on all of Canada's coasts, including those of the Great Lakes.
  • Occur with severe storms such as hurricanes, blizzards, and ice storms.
  • Can damage buildings, docks, boats and other structures near the shoreline.

What to do

  • Your property may be prone to flooding from storm surges. If so, do not store valuables and emergency equipment in your basement or lower floor. Consider removing exterior doors and windows to your basement and sealing holes and cracks.
  • Consider securing small structures such as cottages and mobile homes to a foundation to prevent them from being floated off their footings. If possible, seek shelter in a more secure building.
  • Storm surges are predictable and are typically forecast as part of coastal storm warnings. Monitor weather forecasts.
  • If flooding is predicted, be prepared to turn off household power and gas. Evacuate when instructed to do so by local authorities.

Thunderstorms, lightning and hail

Thunderstorms are often accompanied by high winds, hail, lightning, heavy rain and in rare cases can produce tornadoes. Hail is formed when updrafts in thunderclouds carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere, where they freeze and merge into lumps of ice.

Thunderstorms, lightning and hail:

  • Thunderstorms and lightning occur throughout Canada but less frequently in the North. On average, 10 people die each year in Canada and up to 160 are injured during such storms.
  • Thunderstorms are usually over within an hour, although a series of thunderstorms can last several hours.
  • Hailstorms occur across Canada, mostly from May to October. They are most frequent in Alberta, the southern Prairies and in southern Ontario.
  • Some hailstones are the size of peas while others can be as big as grapefruits.
  • Hail comes down at great speed, especially when accompanied by high winds and can cause serious injuries and damages.

What to do if outside

  • If you are caught outside and you can see lightning or hear thunder, you are in danger of being hit. Seek shelter immediately either in an enclosed building or a hard-topped vehicle. There is no safe place outside in a thunderstorm.
  • If caught outside far from a safe location, stay away from tall objects, such as trees, poles, wires and fences. Take shelter in a low lying area.
  • Wait 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder before going outside again.

What to do if inside

  • Before a severe thunderstorm, unplug radios, televisions and appliances (especially those that may start up automatically when the power is restored). Listen for weather updates on your wind-up or battery-powered radio.
  • If you need to use the phone during a thunderstorm use a cordless phone.
  • Stay away from items that may conduct electricity, such as corded telephones, appliances, sinks, bathtubs, radiators and metal pipes.
  • Consult our “Power Outages – What to do?” publication for more information.
  • If hail is forecast, protect your vehicle by putting it in the garage or other enclosed space.
  • Take cover when hail begins to fall. Do not go out to cover plants, cars or garden furniture.
  • When a hailstorm hits, stay indoors, and keep yourself and your pets away from windows, glass doors and skylights which can shatter if hit by hailstones.

Warning signs of a potential tornado

  • Severe thunderstorms.
  • An extremely dark sky, sometimes highlighted by green or yellow clouds.
  • A rumbling or a whistling sound caused by flying debris.
  • A funnel cloud at the rear base of a thundercloud, often behind a curtain of heavy rain or hail.

What to do

In all cases

  • Get as close to the ground as possible, protect your head and watch for flying debris.
  • Do not chase tornadoes – they are unpredictable and can change course abruptly.
  • A tornado is deceptive. It may appear to be standing still but may in fact be moving toward you.

In a house

  • Go to the basement or take shelter in a small interior ground floor room such as a bathroom, closet or hallway.
  • If you have no basement, protect yourself by taking shelter under a heavy table or desk.
  • In all cases, stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.

On a farm

  • If your personal safety is not at risk, you may have time to open routes of escape for your livestock. Open the gate, if necessary, and then exit the area in a direction perpendicular to the expected path of the tornado.

In a recreational vehicle or mobile home

  • Find shelter elsewhere, preferably in a building with a strong foundation.
  • If no shelter is available, crouch down in a ditch away from the mobile home or recreational vehicle. Beware of flooding from downpours and be prepared to move.

In a high rise building

  • Take shelter in an inner hallway or room, ideally in the basement or on the ground floor.
  • Do not use the elevator.
  • Stay away from windows.

In a gymnasium, church or auditorium

  • Large buildings with wide-span roofs may collapse if a tornado hits.
  • If you are in one of these buildings and cannot leave, take cover under a sturdy structure such as a table or desk.

In a vehicle

  • If you spot a tornado in the distance go to the nearest solid shelter.
  • If the tornado is close, get out of your car and take cover in a low-lying area, such as a ditch.
  • Do not take shelter under an overpass or a bridge. Winds can accelerate under an overpass or a bridge and cause injury or death from flying debris.

Step 2: Make an emergency plan

Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family to know what to do in case of an emergency. Remember, your family may not be together when a storm or other emergency occurs. Identify safe places where everyone should meet if they have to leave home during an emergency.

Start by discussing what could happen and what you should do at home, at school or at work if a severe storm strikes. To be prepared, make a list of what needs to be done ahead of time. Store important family documents, such as birth certificates, passports, wills, financial documents, insurance policies, etc. in waterproof container(s). Identify an appropriate out-of-town contact that can act as a central point of contact in an emergency.

Write down and exercise your plan with the entire family at least once a year. Make sure everybody has a copy and keeps it close at hand.

For more information on making an emergency plan, call 1-800-O-Canada or visit GetPrepared.ca to download or complete an emergency plan online.

Step 3: Get an emergency kit

In an emergency you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

You may have some of the items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food and water. The key is to make sure they are organized and easy to find. Would you be able to find your flashlight in the dark?

Make sure your kit is easy to carry. Keep it in a backpack, duffel bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front hall closet. Make sure everyone in the household knows where the emergency kit is.

Basic emergency kit

  • Water – at least two litres of water per person per day. Include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order.
  • Food that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace food and water once a year).
  • Manual can opener.
  • Crank or battery-powered flashlight (and extra batteries).
  • Crank or battery-powered radio (and extra batteries).
  • First aid kit.
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula, equipment for people with disabilities.
  • Extra keys to your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills and change for payphones
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information

Flash floods and Water

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Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in terms of human hardship and economic loss. As much as 90 percent of the damage related to all natural disasters (excluding droughts) is caused by floods and associated debris flows. Most communities in the United States can experience some kind of flooding. Over the 10-year period from 1988 to 1997, floods cost the Nation, on average, $3.7 billion annually. The long-term (1940 to 1999) annual average of lives lost is 110 per year, mostly as a result of flash floods.

What Causes Floods?

Flooding occurs in known floodplains when prolonged rainfall over several days, intense rainfall over a short period of time, or an ice or debris jam causes a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area. Melting snow can combine with rain in the winter and early spring; severe thunderstorms can bring heavy rain in the spring and summer; or tropical cyclones can bring intense rainfall to the coastal and inland states in the summer and fall.

Flash floods occur within six hours of a rain event, or after a dam or levee failure, or following a sudden release of water held by an ice or debris jam, and flash floods can catch people unprepared. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. So if you live in areas prone to flash floods, plan now to protect your family and property.

As land is converted from fields or woodlands to roads and parking lots, it loses its ability to absorb rainfall. Urbanization increases runoff two to six times over what would occur on natural terrain. During periods of urban flooding, streets can become swift moving rivers, while basements and viaducts can become death traps as they fill with water.

Several factors contribute to flooding. Two key elements are rainfall intensity and duration. Intensity is the rate of rainfall, and duration is how long the rain lasts. Topography, soil conditions, and ground cover also play important roles. Most flash flooding is caused by slow-moving thunderstorms, thunderstorms repeatedly moving over the same area, or heavy rains from hurricanes and tropical storms. Floods, on the other hand, can be slow- or fast-rising, but generally develop over a period of hours or days.

Learn about flooding and flash flooding in your area by contacting the local emergency management office, National Weather Service (NWS) office, your American Red Cross chapter, or your planning and zoning department. If you are at risk, take steps to reduce damage and the risk of injury or loss to your family.

Awareness Information

Know the difference between WATCHES and WARNINGS.

  • A National Weather Service (NWS) WATCH is a message indicating that conditions favor the occurrence of a certain type of hazardous weather. For example, a severe thunderstorm watch means that a severe thunderstorm is expected in the next six hours or so within an area approximately 120 to 150 miles wide and 300 to 400 miles long (36,000 to 60,000 square miles). The NWS Storm Prediction Center issues such watches. Local NWS forecast offices issue other watches (flash flood, winter weather, etc.) 12 to 36 hours in advance of a possible hazardous-weather or flooding event. Each local forecast office usually covers a state or a portion of a state.
  • An NWS WARNING indicates that a hazardous event is occurring or is imminent in about 30 minutes to an hour. Local NWS forecast offices issue warnings on a county-by-county basis.
  • Many more WATCHES are issued than WARNINGS. A WATCH is the first sign a flood may occur, and when one is issued, you should be aware of potential flood hazards.

    Be aware of flood hazards. Floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. Flood waters can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet and often carry a deadly cargo of debris. Flood-producing rains can also trigger catastrophic debris slides.

    Regardless of how a flood or flash flood occurs, the rule for being safe is simple: head for higher ground and stay away from flood waters. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving flood water produces more force than most people imagine. The most dangerous thing you can do is to try walking, swimming, or driving through flood waters. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.

    Plan for a Flood

    • Develop a Family Disaster Plan. Please see the "Family Disaster Plan" section for general family planning information. Develop flood- specific planning. Learn about your area's flood risk and elevation above flood stage.
    • Contact your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, local National Weather Service office, or planning and zoning department about your area's flood risk.
    • Knowing the elevation of your property in relation to nearby streams and dams will let you know if forecasted flood levels will affect your home.

    If you are at risk from floods:

  • Talk to your insurance agent. Homeowners' policies do not cover flooding. Ask about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Use a NOAA Weather Radio with a tone-alert feature, or a portable, battery-powered radio (or television) for updated emergency information.
  • Develop an evacuation plan. (See "Evacuation" in the "Family Disaster Plan" section.) Everyone in your family should know where to go if they have to leave. Trying to make plans at the last minute can be upsetting and create confusion.
  • Discuss floods with your family. Everyone should know what to do in case all family members are not together. Discussing floods ahead of time helps reduce fear and anxiety and lets everyone know how to respond.
  • What to Tell Children

  • If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around, and go another way. Climb to higher ground. If it is moving swiftly, even water six inches deep can knock you off your feet. Many people are swept away wading through flood waters, resulting in injury or death.
  • Stay away from flooded areas. Even if it seems safe, flood waters may still be rising.
  • Never try to walk, swim, drive, or play in flood water. You may not be able to see on the surface how fast flood water is moving or see holes and submerged debris.
  • If you are in a vehicle and become surrounded by water, if you can get out safely, do so immediately and move to higher ground. Vehicles can be swept away in two feet of water.
  • Watch out for snakes in areas that were flooded. Flood waters flush snakes from their homes.
  • Stay away from creek and stream banks in flooded and recently flooded areas. The soaked banks often become unstable due to heavy rainfall and can suddenly give way, tossing you into rapidly moving water.
  • Never play around high water, storm drains, ditches, ravines, or culverts. It is very easy to be swept away by fast moving water.
  • Throw away all food that has come into contact with flood waters. Contaminated flood water contains bacteria and germs. Eating foods exposed to flood waters can make you very sick.
  • How to Protect Your Property

  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged during a flood.
  • Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home. Some communities do not permit building in known floodplains. If there are no restrictions, and you are building in a floodplain, take precautions, making it less likely your home will be damaged during a flood.
  • Raise your furnace, water heater, and electric panel to higher floors or the attic if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded. Raising this equipment will prevent damage. An undamaged water heater may be your best source of fresh water after a flood.
  • Install check valves in building sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home. As a last resort, when floods threaten, use large corks or stoppers to plug showers, tubs, or basins.
  • Construct barriers such as levees, berms, and flood walls to stop flood water from entering the building. Permission to construct such barriers may be required by local building codes. Check local building codes and ordinances for safety requirements.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage through cracks.
  • Consult with a construction professional for further information if these and other damage reduction measures can be taken. Check local building codes and ordinances for safety requirements.
  • Contact your local emergency management office for more information on mitigation options to further reduce potential flood damage. Your local emergency management office may be able to provide additional resources and information on ways to reduce potential damage.
  • Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit

    Please see the section "Disaster Supplies Kit" for general supplies kit information. Flood-specific supplies should include the following:

  • Disaster Supplies Kit basics.
  • Evacuation Supply Kit.
  • If you live in a frequently flooded area, stockpile emergency building materials. These include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, hammer and saw, pry bar, sand, shovels, and sandbags.
  • Media and Community Education Ideas

  • Have your community join the National Flood Insurance Program. Any community may join the NFIP. Check with your local emergency management office for more information.
  • Publish a special section in your local newspaper with emergency information on floods and flash floods. Localize the information by printing the phone numbers of local emergency services offices, the American Red Cross chapter, and the nearest hospitals.
  • Interview local officials about land use management and building codes in floodplains.
  • Work with local emergency services and American Red Cross officials to prepare special reports for people with mobility impairments about what to do if an evacuation is ordered.
  • Periodically inform your community of local public warning systems. Explain the difference between flood watches and warnings. Let them know where to turn for emergency broadcast information should they hear a warning on their radio or television.
  • Assist hospitals and other operations that are critically affected by power failure by arranging for auxiliary power supplies.
  • Contact your local National Weather Service office or emergency management agency for information on local flood warning systems. River and rainfall readings are valuable to local emergency management agencies and the NWS in assessing flood conditions and taking appropriate actions. Advanced warning provided by early detection is critical to saving lives. Automatic flood detection systems are available commercially for flood-prone communities.
  • Publish emergency evacuation routes for areas prone to flooding.
  • What to Do Before Flooding Occurs

  • If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. Floods happen as the ground becomes saturated.
  • Use a NOAA Weather Radio or a portable, battery-powered radio (or television) for updated emergency information. Local stations provide the best advice for your particular situation.
  • Listen for distant thunder. In some types of terrain, runoff from a faraway thunderstorm could be headed your way.
  • If you are stopping your vehicle, camp or park away from streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions. Flood waters can rise quickly and carry you or your belongings away.
  • When in or along stream channels, be aware of distant events, such as dam breaks or thunderstorms that may cause flash floods in the area.
  • What to Do During a Flood WATCH

    When a flood or flash flood WATCH is issued:

  • Listen continuously to a NOAA Weather Radio, or a portable, battery-powered radio (or television) for updated emergency information. Local stations provide you with the best advice for your particular situation.
  • Everyone in a WATCH area should be ready to respond and act quickly. Floods and flash floods can happen quickly and without warning. Be ready to act immediately.
  • Be alert to signs of flooding, and if you live in a flood-prone area, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Floods can happen quickly and you may need to leave with little or no notice.
  • Follow the instructions and advice of local authorities. Local authorities are the most informed about affected areas. They will best be able to tell you areas to avoid.
  • If your residence is in a flood-prone area:

  • Fill bathtubs, sinks, and plastic bottles with clean water. Water may become contaminated or service may be interrupted.
  • Bring outdoor belongings, such as patio furniture, indoors. Unsecured items may be swept away and damaged by flood waters.
  • Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home. If flood waters affect your home, higher floors are less likely to receive damage.
  • If you are instructed by local authorities, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve. In some areas, local authorities may advise you to turn off utilities to prevent further damage to homes and the community.
  • Get your preassembled disaster supplies ready. You may need to act quickly. Having your supplies ready will save time.
  • Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. If electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be able to operate pumps for several days.
  • Be prepared to evacuate. Local officials may ask you to leave if they truly feel your home is at risk from flood waters.
  • What to Do During a Flood WARNING

    When a flood or flash flood WARNING is issued:

  • Listen continuously to a NOAA Weather Radio, or a portable, battery-powered radio (or television) for updated emergency information. Local stations provide you with the best advice for your particular situation.
  • Be alert to signs of flooding. A WARNING means a flood is imminent or is happening in the area.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area or think you are at risk, evacuate immediately. Move quickly to higher ground. Save yourself, not your belongings. The most important thing is your safety.
  • Follow the instructions and advice of local authorities. Local authorities are the most informed about affected areas. They will best be able to tell you areas to avoid.
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water. Evacuation is much simpler and safer before flood waters become too deep for vehicles to drive through.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Shortcuts or alternate, nonrecommended routes may be blocked or damaged by flood waters.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being marooned by flooded roads. Delaying too long may allow all escape routes to become blocked.
  • Flood Safety

  • Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc., can become filled with water.
  • If outdoors, climb to high ground and stay there. Move away from dangerous flood waters.
  • If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Never try to walk, swim, or drive through such swift water. Most flood fatalities are caused by people attempting to drive through water, or people playing in high water. If it is moving swiftly, even water six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
  • What to Do if Your Are Driving During a Flood

  • Avoid already flooded areas, and areas subject to sudden flooding. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Most flood fatalities are caused by people attempting to drive through water, or people playing in high water. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Rapidly rising water may stall the engine, engulf the vehicle and its occupants, and sweep them away. Look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.
  • If you are driving and come upon rapidly rising waters, turn around and find another route. Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. If your route is blocked by flood waters or barricades, find another route. Barricades are put up by local officials to protect people from unsafe roads. Driving around them can be a serious risk.
  • If your vehicle becomes surrounded by water or the engine stalls, and if you can safely get out, abandon your vehicle immediately and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles. When a vehicle stalls in the water, the water's momentum is transferred to the car. The lateral force of a foot of water moving at 10 miles per hour is about 500 pounds on the average automobile. The greatest effect is buoyancy - for every foot that water rises up the side of a car, it displaces 1,500 pounds of the car's weight. So, two feet of water moving at 10 miles per hour will float virtually any car. Many persons have been swept away by flood waters upon leaving their vehicles, which are later found without much damage. Use caution when abandoning your vehicle, and look for an opportunity to move away quickly and safely to higher ground.
  • What to Do After a Flood or Flash Flood

      • Seek necessary medical care at the nearest hospital or clinic. Contaminated flood waters lead to a greater possibility of infection. Severe injuries will require medical attention.
      • Help a neighbor who may require special assistance - infants, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Elderly people and people with disabilities may require additional assistance. People who care for them or who have large families may need additional assistance in emergency situations.
      • Avoid disaster areas. Your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations, and put you at further risk from the residual effects of floods, such as contaminated waters, crumbled roads, landslides, mudflows, and other hazards.
      • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or television stations and return home only when authorities indicate it is safe to do so. Flood dangers do not end when the water begins to recede; there may be flood-related hazards within your community, which you could hear about from local broadcasts.
      • Stay out of any building if flood waters remain around the building. Flood waters often undermine foundations, causing sinking, floors can crack or break and buildings can collapse.
      • Avoid entering ANY building (home, business, or other) before local officials have said it is safe to do so. Buildings may have hidden damage that makes them unsafe. Gas leaks or electric or waterline damage can create additional problems.
      • Report broken utility lines to the appropriate authorities. Reporting potential hazards will get the utilities turned off as quickly as possible, preventing further hazard and injury. Check with your utility company now about where broken lines should be reported.
      • Avoid smoking inside buildings. Smoking in confined areas can cause fires.

    When entering buildings, use extreme caution. Building damage may have occurred where you least expect it. Watch carefully every step you take.

    • Wear sturdy shoes. The most common injury following a disaster is cut feet.
    • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Battery-powered lighting is the safest and easiest, preventing fire hazard for the user, occupants, and building.
    • Examine walls, floors, doors, staircases, and windows to make sure that the building is not in danger of collapsing.
    • Inspect foundations for cracks or other damage. Cracks and damage to a foundation can render a building uninhabitable.
    • Look for fire hazards. There may be broken or leaking gas lines, flooded electrical circuits, or submerged furnaces or electrical appliances. Flammable or explosive materials may travel from upstream. Fire is the most frequent hazard following floods.
    • Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
    • Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell burning insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice. Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returned to service.
    • Check for sewage and waterline damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water from undamaged water heaters or by melting ice cubes.
    • Watch out for animals, especially poisonous snakes, that may have come into buildings with the flood waters. Use a stick to poke through debris. Flood waters flush snakes and many animals out of their homes.
    • Watch for loose plaster, drywall, and ceilings that could fall.
    • Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.

    After returning home:

  • Throw away food that has come in contact with flood waters. Some canned foods may be salvageable. If the cans are dented or damaged, throw them away. Food contaminated by flood waters can cause severe infections.
  • If water is of questionable purity, boil or add bleach, and distill drinking water before using. (See information on water treatment under the "Disaster Supplies Kit" section.) Wells inundated by flood waters should be pumped out and the water tested for purity before drinking. If in doubt, call your local public health authority. Ill health effects often occur when people drink water contaminated with bacteria and germs.
  • Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage. If the water is pumped completely in a short period of time, pressure from water- saturated soil on the outside could cause basement walls to collapse.
  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are health hazards
  • How to Survive a Fire

    7/10/2018 (Permalink)

    “The following article was contributed by James Smith, an avid prepper with a passion for self-protection at all levels”

    The hazards of a fire are deadly and may even prove fatal if proper precautions are not taken. Thousands of Americans lost their lives to such life-haunting misfortunes that can strike your house anytime due to minor malfunctioning, taking you by surprise and robbing you of your most prized possessions.

    However, nothing is more precious than human life. These incidents usually happen uninformed and the best way is to be prepared beforehand.

    Planning for a fire

    A sensible family would make it a point to keep their family members aware and educated about the possibilities of an accidental fire and the logical steps to follow. The key to surviving in such situations is not to panic and think of practical solutions rather than creating havoc.

    Having you and your family learn certain skills such as those of handling, first aid kits and basic medical knowledge can save a life.

    • Devise an escape plan in advance and clearly identify the escape routes known to all family members, which they can opt for, in times of emergency.
    • Upper floor houses should preferably have hook-on escape rope ladders.
    • Allocate responsibilities to individual adults, so that the situation can be easily taken control of, in case of any such mishap, and safety of all the kids should be the top most priority.
    • Just like schools carry out safety-drills to educate the children about the plan-of-action in case of emergency, you can train your children to act quickly and get out of the building without a second thought. The disabled, if any, need to be taken care of too. These drills will not only help in times of fire, but also during natural catastrophes.
    • Act smart and quick and keep the 911 emergency numbers in hand. Furthermore, every child should know their home address and the way to complain in case there is a fire in the house.
    • Keeping an emergency first aid kit at home can do no harm. In fact, this compact kit may prove helpful in situations which are un-called for. This may even include fire-extinguishers near the kitchen and furnaces to put off small fires and not letting them aggravate into bigger ones.

    React before it’s too late

    Timing is of utmost importance when it comes to handling a fire. Fire spreads at an alarming rate and can make concrete things crumble to ashes in seconds. Their existence can be demolished in no time. Do not panic, just act.

    • The minute your smoke detector or fire alarm goes off and your senses detect fire try to exit the building. Remember, you may have just a few seconds to escape the clutches of the blazing fire, so without further ado escape and call out loud for help.

    Seek refuge through doors during fires

    • In such situations, wooden doors offer great protection from heat and smoke and stop the fire from spreading. It is best to hide behind doors when escaping from room to room, closing each door behind you.
    • Before opening each door make sure, that there is no fire on the other side of the room. If you feel heat or smoke exuding through the cracks, or if the knob or door feels hot to touch, then do not open the door. It’s always advisable to open the door carefully, lest you are inviting more danger. If in case you encounter fire when you open the door immediately shut it back.
    • If you detect or suspect fire or smoke on the other side, then your next option is to escape through windows. For that too, ensure that the door is shut otherwise the draft from the windows can aggravate the fire in the blink of an eye.

    Prevent yourself from inhaling toxic fumes

    Try to keep yourself safe from breathing in smoke, if you can’t keep it off completely you can at least try to limit the exposure. You can achieve this by getting low to the floor and crouching on your hands and knees while escaping. Furthermore, placing a shirt or wet rag over your face while escaping through a fume-filled room can filter out the intoxicating products of combustion and help you escape with minimum injuries.

    Clothes are highly likely to catch fire

    Stay away from curtains, table cloths and bed sheets as they catch fire very easily. This gives you the obvious warning that if your clothes catch fire, stops, drop and roll. This is because rolling smothers the fire and doesn’t let it spread wildly. Keep your face covered with your hands to offer maximum protection. Fire can be lethal and destroy your facial features. Let not such a misery befall you and cause permanent damage.

    You don’t necessarily have to be heroic to escape from the window

    If you don’t live on the upper floors of a building and you feel you have enough stamina to escape through the window, go ahead and give it a try. Usually you can escape from a two-storey building without much hassle as it is safe and if it makes you escape a fire, then it’s worth the risk. For obvious reasons you need to have an escape ladder. The next step would be to find a ledge. Next, you can get onto it facing the building. It is a rule of thumb to always face the building structure when trying to escape from a window on an upper floor.

    Do you feel trapped?

    Do not panic if you feel encompassed by smoke from all four sides and are unable to escape the vicinity of your home or your room for that matter. Keep your calm and ensure your safety by keeping off the smoke from all possible miniature holes, cracks or vents. Cover them with cloth or tape to ward off the smoke and do not let it reach you for as long as you can.

    Ah! Out into the open air

    If you manage to escape the fire successfully, as soon as you come out contact emergency services. Make sure all your family members are out and safe too. Never re-enter a building on fire, in fact call 911 to come to your rescue.

    Always remember, a house on fire is a combination of other hazardous factors posing a potential threat- the intoxicating fumes and smoke, the sweltering flames and a possible eerie blackout. It is an absolute necessity to be prepared before hand and act on quick impulse if a fire occurs.

    Ref: Survivalist Prepper

    Floods/Storms

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Floods

    Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may:

    • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.

    • Develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning.

    • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

     IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

    • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

      • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

    • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

    • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.

      • Evacuate if told to do so.

      • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.

      • Stay where you are.

    HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

    WHAT TO DO NOW: Prepare

    • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.

    • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

    • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.

    • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.

    • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.

    • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

    • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

    • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

    WHAT TO DO DURING: Survive

    • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
    • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
    • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
    • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
    • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
    • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
    • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

    WHAT TO DO AFTER: Be Safe

    • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
    • Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
    • Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
    • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
    • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
    • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.


      Ref. sec. Ready.gov

    Emergency Managagment

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Emergency Management

    WINS (Warning Information Notification System)

    WINS (Warning Information Notification System) is a public service alert system that includes over 150 categories of weather, emergency and non-emergency alerts. WINS notifications are sent to your home phone, smartphone, TTY, email or text messages by county departments, townships, villages and cities within St. Clair County. YOU choose the alert types and delivery methods that are important to you and your family. A couple of helpful tips when signing up:

    1. Please ensure that you open each category using the “+” symbol to see each alert type within the category. The weather category alone includes 32 types of alerts and you can select which are important to you.
    2. When in the weather category, please ensure that you set your “do not disturb between” hours for non-emergency weather alerts. You will receive emergency weather alerts such as Tornado warnings regardless of your “do not disturb between” hours.
    3. Put in the addresses that are important to you. Because this system allows agencies to target their information in emergency situations, only people who have an address listed in the immediate area will receive emergency alerts. Please ensure you input the addresses that are important to you. You can have up to five addresses including home, work, school or other.

    If you have any questions about the Warning Information Notification System, please contact the Office of St. Clair County Homeland Security and Emergency Management at (810) 989-6965.


    Contact InformationOffice of Homeland Security / Emergency Management
    295 Airport Drive
    Kimball, MI 48074

    Phone:(810) 989-6965Fax:(810) 364-4603Email:Emergency Management

    Your Business and a Fire

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    What to Do If Your Business Has a Fire

    Although many of us go through great efforts to fireproof our home, we rarely bring this outlook into the workplace. While there’s no replacement for a little bit of forethought and diligence, a fire at your place of business doesn’t have to mean the end of your company altogether. In fact, approximately 60 percent of all U.S.-based businesses reopen their doors after a disastrous fire. Some companies have even gone on to achieve a great amount of success and profitability after such an event.

    Determine the Responsible Party

    The first thing you should do in the wake of a fire at your business is determine the responsible party. This depends on a number of different factors, including whether you lease or own the building, the exact cause of the fire and even your specific amount of insurance coverage. Keep in mind that some insurance policies only cover the contents of the structure and not the materials used in the actual construction of the building.

    Sometimes, you may need to wait until an investigation has been completed by your local fire department, police department or insurance company. If this is the case, make sure to maintain communications for further information and instructions.

    Safeguard and Secure Your Remaining Property

    If the fire has caused significant damage to the exterior walls, doors, windows or roof of your building, you’ll want to act quickly in order to safeguard and secure your remaining property. Smoldering remains should be fully extinguished and any large holes should be temporarily patched. Not only will this prevent vandalism after the fact, but a little bit of effort can go a long way towards minimizing the overall amount of damage caused.

    Contact Anyone Who May Be Affected

    Next comes the daunting task of contacting anyone who may have been affected as a result of the fire. This includes employees, board members, external partners and, in some cases, customers. If any activities or services need to be postponed or suspended, make sure to communicate that news, too. The last thing you want to do after a fire is to leave your valuable employees and business partners in the dark about the future of your company.

    Furthermore, don’t forget to contact your insurance agent as soon as possible. A simple call or email will typically suffice, though large claims may require face-to-face consultation or even an on-site inspection of the damaged property.

    Get Your Documentation in Order

    Your insurance company will require proof regarding any claimed losses as a result of the fire, so be sure to have any pertinent documentation, including receipts, user manuals and credit card statements, at the ready. You may even want to take digital pictures or video of your property. Not only can this be used in determining your overall losses, it could serve as hard evidence in case any court proceedings should follow.

    Repair and Restore Damage

    If the structure isn’t a total loss, you might be able to rebuild, repair and restore your business back to its original state. Extensive smoke damage, for example, can typically be cleaned up through a number of different tools so you can go on with business as usual after the restoration.

    Initiate the Recovery of Sensitive or Critical Data

    Depending on your exact case, you may need to take steps to recover any sensitive or critical data that was lost in the occurrence. Damaged servers, hard drives and even personal computers can all hold data critical to the day-to-day operations of your business.

    If the situation warrants, you may even consider hiring a third party company such as http://www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning , specifically in the event of fire. Such individuals are more likely to be equipped with the right hardware and software tools than a company that offers general disaster recovery services. Most data recovery experts will also be able to work with you in order to introduce techniques in disaster recovery planning and data loss prevention.

    Getting Back to Business

    Once everything has been restored to order, it’s finally time to get back to business. Make sure to outline a comprehensive fire safety plan when moving forward, just in case your business experiences another fire. You might also consider increasing your insurance coverage for the future. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

      

    Ref. by Sarah Landrum

    Types of Water Damage

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Types of Water Damage and Common Causes

    Type depends on the source and extent to which it has affected the home. Sources can range from clean water from a burst pipe to black water from sewage backup. Cleanup ranges from $3.75 to $7.00 per square foot. Repairs range from $450 to $7,000. Again, these vary widely depending on the source and extent of damage, whether it's a flooded basement, leaky toilet, or damaged roof.Though a competent DIY homeowner may be able to clean up and repair some damage, it's important to have a professional assess it first to determine the extent and any underlying conditions. Missing even a small amount ? or its causes ? can lead to costlier repairs later. Even small quantities of moisture may result in mold growth. Plus, undiagnosed causes will lead to recurrences. For instance, fixing a damaged ceiling but not the leaky roof that caused it will only lead to another wrecked ceiling.

    Ceiling and Roof - $800

    Nationally, the average cost to repair a roof is about $800. Diagnosing a leaky roof is best left to professionals. Improperly repairing or installing a roof can lead to more issues. Sometimes, an insurance company may require a professional inspection. The most common causes of leaky roofs are:
    • Missing shingles ? that often come off due to high winds.
    • Damaged flashing ? around pipes, chimneys, skylights, and in valleys.
    • Ice dams ? snow melts and refreezes building dams on the roof, causing standing water.
    • Roofs with low slopes and inadequate runoff.

    Basement Damage and Flooding -$1,500

    Moisture damage in your basement happens for a wide range of reasons including flooding, drainage issues, clogged gutters, burst pipes, and sewage backups. Repair costs vary widely depending on the cause and extent of the destruction.For instance, it will be less expensive to restore a basement with an inch of clean water from a burst pipe than to tackle a fix caused by three feet of sewage backup. An inch of clean water would start at around $500 to $1500 to pump out and thoroughly dry it. However, the price of basement drainage repairs can increase up to $10,000 or more depending on the size of the space and the extent of the damage. Budget more when your space has been hit from contaminated sources, like a river flood.

    Drywall - $500

    Drywall repair cost about $500 on average with a typical range of $250 - $750, but can cost much more or less depending on the destruction. It is used in most modern homes and is found in almost all finished areas of a house, including bathrooms. When it becomes wet, it typically needs to be replaced. Not only is the drywall itself ruined, but the wet paper backer of the drywall becomes an excellent environment for mold growth. 

    Floors and Hardwood -$350

    Flooring repairs typically range between $200 to $500. The type of flooring and the length of time water sits affects the costs of removal and repair. Some types of flooring are more permeable than others. For example, laminates and carpet soak up liquids and degrade the subfloor quickly, whereas hardwood can sit underwater for short periods with little damage. Most tile products are either impervious to liquids or can be cleaned and dried with little or no damage, though the area may need grout work.

    Broken or Leaky Bathroom Fixtures -$3,000

    A leaky faucet, cracked bathtub, or failing toilet can easily become a much larger and costlier problem. A 120-square foot bathroom can cost as much as $3,000 to clean up and repair. Homeowners spend an average of about $300 when hiring a plumbers, but can save thousands in future expenses. More importantly, homeowners insurance typically does not cover damage due to ignored maintenance issues.

    Burst Pipes and Leaky Plumbing - $1,000

    Among the most common and most preventable causes of water damage are burst pipes. Burst pipes typically happen because of clogs and freezing. Prevent the damage by finding a family plumber to do annual inspections. Regular inspections and maintenance are a cost-effective, preventative measure. Installing new plumbing typically runs between $350 to $2,000.

    Natural Causes

    Hurricanes and river flooding are common natural causes, as are high water tables and improperly graded ground. Installing a sump pump and water alarm are sensible preventions in areas with high water tables. The sump pump will pump water from under the foundation to drain it away from the home and averages about $1,200 to install. The sump pump itself will cost between $50 to $400. Also, ground that slopes towards the basement of the home can lead to leakage in the basement and increased stress on sewage. 

    Category and Class of Water Damage

    Each incident of damage falls into a category and a class. Category determines the source and how clean it is. Classification determines the severity of the damage itself. Only a licensed professional can categorize and classify water damage. These factors primarily determine the cost of cleanup and removal of damage to a home.Even a competent Dryer should have a qualified professional assess the damage first ? making sure no part of the cleanup is missed. Before doing anything, check with your insurance company ? they may require a licensed assessment. Don't wait. As soon as you detect any damage, call a professional. With time, each class and category quickly degrades into something worse.Removing any moisture and cleaning up (not necessarily repairs) are key to keeping your budget to a minimum. Water damage remediation and repair services can save up to 40% if done quickly.

    Category 1: Clean Water - $3.75 sq. ft.

    This type poses no threat to health. However, it can degrade to a Category 2 if not dealt with quickly. It often comes from drinking sources, such as:
    • Leaky faucets ? also the pipes and fittings under the sink, which can go unnoticed for long periods of time.
    • Leaky toilet tanks ? without cleaning agents like bleach or bromine pucks.
    • Rain and sprinklers ? coming through an open window or leaky roof.
    • Burst pipes ? though this often leads to a higher-class due to the amount of water.
    • Water Heaters ? The average heater lasts 8 to 12 years.
    You'll spend about $3.75 per square foot to dry clean water. However, this is only a starting point. Repairs will depend on the types of materials involved. For example, carpets vary from $1 to $11 per square foot. Quick cleaning can keep fixes to a minimum.

    Category 2: Grey Water - $4.50 sq. ft.

    This type of floodwater poses some health threat. It may contain harmful contaminants such as detergents which may cause minor illness. If not treated, it can quickly degrade to a serious threat due to the growth of mold and bacteria.Common causes of grey water flooding:
    • Overflowing dishwashers and washing machines ? Contains soaps and detergents. Special care should be taken to remove staining or bleaching detergents from carpets.
    • Toilets containing urine or cleaning agents. ? this does not include sewage backup or feces.
    Grey water is only slightly more expensive to clean up averaging $4.50 per square foot. Again, this is only for cleanup; repairs will vary based on damage class.

    Category 3: Black Water - $7.00 sq. ft.

    This category contains contaminants that will cause serious health issues and possibly death. Only professionals should handle most large-scale black water accidents such as flooding. Some cleanup, like a backed-up toilet, can be handled by competent homeowners. This type of cleanup and repair is usually the most expensive, often requiring specialized equipment used by qualified mold and chemical remediation crews. It will often require replacement ? not cleaning ? of the affected home materials.Common causes of black water flooding:
    • Sewage backups ? from drains and septic systems.
    • Flooding ? usually from overflowing rivers or lakes, or from contaminated groundwater.
    • Storm surges ? often causing secondary flooding from streams and groundwater.
    The average homeowner spends $7.00 per square foot for professional cleanup. That does not include the amounts for repairing and replacing items. Typically, anything that can absorb the contaminants in black water should be replaced, including upholstered furniture, beds, carpets, clothing, and all permeable building materials. Replacement is often more cost effective than restoration. 

    Mold - $2,300

    On average, it costs around $2,300 for mold removal. Mold spores are found in almost all environments and begin growing in just 24 to 48 hours when moisture is present. All types of water damage come with a risk of fungal growth. The longer moisture sits, the greater the risk and cost of removal. Only a qualified inspector should test for mold. An inspector can help determine if there is any and if professional remediation is needed.

    Preventing Water Damage

    There are just as many preventions as there are causes. Being proactive in preventing water damage is usually less expensive than repairing damage after it happens.Keep the basement dry as it's the most common place to find damage. Flooding, burst pipes, and even clogged gutters can cause leaks. Pitching the landscape, cleaning the gutters, and installing downspout extensions are simple outdoor fixes. From the inside, install a sump pump and water alarm. Have the basement inspected for waterproofing ? or have some installed.Cleaning a gutter and sloping the landscape can be a free, DIY activity if the necessary tools are available. Downspout extensions can cost as little as $50, depending on how many are needed. The savings are incredible considering basement cleanup and repairs can run upwards of $10,000. One of the simplest proactive steps is getting an annual plumbing inspection. These are often free or free with other services. The plumber will inspect all visible plumbing including fixtures, pipes, appliances, and drains. They diagnose and fix small problems before they become big ones. They can also tell you the best time to replace worn fixtures and appliances. InsuranceDoes insurance cover the damage? Check your policy or call the insurance company to find out. Put that smartphone to work by taking pictures and video of the damage. Properly documenting the incident will make the claims process easier. Also, be sure to check with a pro to see if they do insurance claim management.Part of a comprehensive water damage prevention plan includes knowing what insurance covers and what it doesn't. Most plans cover sudden and accidental damage like a water heater failing or a dishwasher overflowing. However, they usually don?t include flooding, sewage backups, and known maintenance issues like a continuously leaky faucet.

    Flooding and Your Commercial Business

    5/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Your plan for disaster preparedness should include flood information and outline how to prepare for floods. Read on for information about floods and flood safety tips, and how to make them part of your emergency preparedness plan as you prepare for a flood.

    Types of Flooding

    Topography and weather conditions play a prominent role in the impact different types of flooding have on specific locales. The following are some examples of specific types of flooding.

    • Rising water may be the greatest risk to inland areas away from a river bed after a heavy snow pack begins to melt or after heavy rainfall.
    • Moving water is a serious risk in areas near rivers or in coastal storm surge areas because it creates significantly larger lateral forces on a building.
    • Overtopping, breaching or opening of dams, levees, and other flood control mechanisms, which are designed to divert the flow of water to provide protection, can lead to flood damage that may be more significant than if the levees were never installed. The Mississippi and Missouri River floods of 2011 included breaches of levees, as well as controlled flooding by the opening of various flood gates on levees. The result was thousands of acres of farmland, crops, livestock and fish farms being destroyed to protect urban areas.
    • Flash flooding can occur in every region as a result of slow-moving thunderstorms or excessive rainfall from any storm system.
    • Large, slow-moving tropical storms can dump excessive amounts of rain on coastal locations and then move inland to continue the devastation, resulting in widespread flood damage. Tropical Storm Allison (2001): A Case Study in Flooding Understanding Your Flood Hazard
    • There are several flood principles that should be considered to determine your facility’s exposure to flood waters and the type of protection to be deployed:
    • Often, businesses and homeowners let down their guard when a tropical weather system does not result in hurricane-force winds. Tropical Storm Allison is a good example of how rains associated with a tropical system can be equally devastating. The storm dumped approximately 32 trillion gallons of rain (enough to meet U.S. water needs for an entire year), according to the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project. This included 28 inches of rainfall during a 12-hour period just northeast of downtown Houston, and rainfall amounts ranging from 10, 20 and 30 inches in locations throughout the Southeast—earning Allison the infamous distinction as the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
    • Floods can occur anywhere, often with little or no warning, and with devastating consequences. Protecting the bottom line in order to remain open, or to re-open quickly after a flood disaster, requires taking steps now to prevent or reduce flood damage should your business be in the path of rising water. Below is a brief overview of issues that small businesses must address to reduce the likelihood of flood damage and to prepare financially and operationally should a flood occur. Many of the topics covered here involve complex issues that are best addressed by hydrological, engineering, regulatory or insurance experts; the goal here is simply to outline the basics in order to help business owners understand why they need to mitigate against flood risk and some of the challenges they may face.
    • Duration: It is important to know if flood waters are expected to recede quickly or may be trapped due to the slope of the land. The longer a facility is exposed to flood waters, the greater potential for flood-proofing failures due to a breach in the protection.
    • Depth: Flood waters greater than 3 feet create hydrostatic pressure on walls that can cause cracks in masonry and greatly increase the potential of collapse to unreinforced masonry. When estimating the potential depth of flood waters, it is always best to include a safety factor to account for inaccuracies in the estimate.
    • Velocity: As flood water velocity increases, so does the pressure exerted on flood protection. River flooding can be very fast moving water at first and then may settle down. Coastal locations may be exposed to wave action from storm surge.
    • Water Condition: Many times flood waters are dirty, brackish or contaminated with biological and chemical materials including waste water, sewage, pesticides, industrial waste, toxic and non-toxic chemicals, or oils. Debris that is churning in the water can impact buildings and flood protection systems, create breaches in the protection and cause extensive damage. Proximity to water is the number 1 risk factor for flooding, but property owners should not assume being out of the floodplain will help you entirely avoid the possibility of flooding. It is always a best practice to locate your property as far away from bodies of water as possible. Flood maps available from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) identify 100-year and 500-year flood zones throughout the United States. The flood zones also delineate participation in the NFIP, as well as permitting and other requirements that communities adopt in order to meet NFIP standards and qualify their citizens for lower flood insurance rates. By definition, the 100-year and 500-year flood zones mean there is a 1 (.20) percent chance of flooding annually in an area based on topography and historical data; it does not mean that flooding will occur only once in a century (or 500 years). There also are other important points to consider.
    • Location, Location, Location
    • Floods can and very often do occur outside the 100-year flood zone. In fact, approximately 25 percent of all flood damages occur in relatively low risk zones commonly described as being “outside the mapped flood zone.”
    • Specific boundaries on some flood maps may be arbitrary or include inaccuracies. For example, a property lying just outside the 100-year flood zone is almost equally likely to be flooded as one just within.
    • Obstructions or landfill can change the topography, storm-water drainage patterns, and flow of water over natural floodplains. Although permits are required for flood zone fill (and must be based on engineering assessments demonstrating “no impact”), it is possible that non-permitted work has occurred near your property.
    • Floods show no respect for the estimated probabilities. As Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate observed following a spate of natural disasters, “It just seemed like it was back-to-back and it came in waves. The term ‘100-year event’ really lost its meaning this year. ”When it comes to flooding, there really is no better solution than adequate elevation, aside from choosing a location well outside of a 500-year flood plain. If such a location is not possible, the best way to increase the safety margin against flood damage is to raise the elevation of your building above the 500-year flood elevation. Flood-proofing your building is another option to reduce damage. Through the NFIP, there is extensive regulation of floodplain development at the community level. For example, IBHS’s FORTIFIED for Safer Business™ Standards, a package of enhanced voluntary construction standards that greatly increase a new light commercial building’s durability and resilience to natural hazards, requires FORTIFIED buildings to be at least 3 feet above the BFE or above the 500-year flood elevation. There are also ways to retrofit your existing building so that it meets or exceeds BFEs. While only a structural engineer/design professional can determine what is right for your property, the options include raising foundation onto pilings or columns or adding landfill, as long as “no impact” floodplain requirements are met.
    • Permits are needed for a wide range of activities including construction of new buildings, additions to existing buildings, and substantial improvement to the interior of existing buildings that are within the most hazardous flood zones. Part of the permitting process involves whether your building site is higher than the base flood elevation (BFE), which is the elevation at which your property has a 1 percent chance of flooding annually, as indicated on the NFIP flood maps. Major storms and flash floods can cause waters to rise higher than the BFE—therefore, it is always a good investment to build in a safety factor several feet above the BFE. This safety zone is called “freeboarding.”
    • The Importance of Elevation
    • When elevating a building so that the walking surface of the lowest floor is at the minimum elevation, areas under the BFE can be used only for parking and limited storage—under-floor bathrooms, utilities, and ductwork are not allowed.
    • Equipment, utility connections and all interior utility systems including ductwork must be elevated above the BFE. In addition, fuel and propane tanks must be properly anchored, since they can become buoyant even in shallow water. Sealing a building so that water will not enter is called “dry flood-proofing” or “flood-proofing.” Flood-proofing protects your building by coating the exterior with a membrane to prevent flood waters from entering. NFIP regulations allow flood-proofing as an alternative to elevation above the BFE for newly constructed or substantially improved non-residential structures only—new and improved homes must be elevated above the BFE to meet NFIP requirements. It is important to determine whether dry flood-proofing will provide the protections your property needs before choosing this option. This also applies if your business is located outside the 100-year flood zone, but you want to invest in additional flood protection. Dry flood-proofing is a complex procedure that should be done by professional experts. If done incorrectly, it may not protect your property and can lead to decay, mold, or termite damage:
    • What is “Dry Flood-Proofing”?
    • As a general matter, dry flood-proofing is best suited to areas with clay soils where floods are short in duration and less than 3 feet deep.
    • Buildings in poor structural condition should not be dry flood-proofed, as the exterior walls will be under extreme pressure during a flood.
    • There are a variety of dry flood-proofing measures; a professional can help to determine whether any of them are right for your situation:
    • Applying a waterproof coating or membrane to exterior walls
    • Sealing all wall penetrations including where utilities enter the building
    • Installing waterproof shields over all openings, including windows and doors
    • Anchoring the building to resist flotation
    • Strengthening walls to withstand flood water pressures and flood debris. Even above the BFE or outside the floodplain, basements are prone to floods because water may flow down into them. They also may have an increased hydrostatic pressure exerted upon them when the surrounding ground is saturated. Recognizing that elevation is the best form of mitigation, there are a number of additional measures business owners can take to reduce the likelihood and scope of basement flood damage.
    • The Vulnerable Basement
    • Thoroughly inspect your basement and the surrounding property for evidence of water entry and sources of water flow and leakage.
    • Correct potential problems—for example, extend and redirect downspouts, re-grade sloping landscape, and caulk any interior wall cracks.
    • Basement walls should be designed to resist hydrostatic pressure.
    • Use flood-resistant materials where possible, including floor coverings, wall coverings, and wall insulation. Most flood-resistant materials can withstand direct contact with water for at least 72 hours without being significantly damaged.
    • Do not store valuable equipment, documents, or inventory in any crawlspace or basement where flooding is possible. In addition, there are steps you can take now to reduce health and environmental damage should a flood occur.
    • The “Green” Factor
    • Anchor fuel and propane tanks to prevent them from being swept away. When they break away, the contents may leak, creating fire, explosion and pollution risks that can adversely affect health and the environment.
    • Install sewer backflow valves to block drain pipes from sewage back-up, which can occur if there is flooding in your area.
    • If you are supplied by well water, protect your well from contamination. A licensed well drilling contractor can inspect your well and suggest improvements. The NFIP makes flood insurance available to commercial owners and renters. As is the case with residential property, costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers, and the property’s flood risk. NFIP coverage limits are up to $500,000 for a commercial building, and up to $500,000 to protect its contents. Insurance coverage also may be available from private insurance companies, depending on your business’s location, building and business characteristics, and property value.https://disastersafety.org/flood/reduce-flood-damage-to-businesses/
    • The best way to learn more about flood insurance benefits, costs, and options is to contact your insurance agent. Finally, take steps now so you can quickly resume operations should a flood or other hazard damage your property. Although flood insurance may cover losses to your structure and contents, many businesses that are severely damaged never fully recover financially due to the loss of management focus, employees, and market share. IBHS’ Open for Business® planning tool helps small- and mid-sized businesses resume their critical business operations and work processes and deliver the goods and services expected by customers or clients–consider it a vital part of your flood preparation planning and practice.
    • Financial and Operational Protections

      The NFIP makes flood insurance available to commercial owners and renters. As is the case with residential property, costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers, and the property’s flood risk. NFIP coverage limits are up to $500,000 for a commercial building, and up to $500,000 to protect its contents. Insurance coverage also may be available from private insurance companies, depending on your business’s location, building and business characteristics, and property value.

      The best way to learn more about flood insurance benefits, costs, and options is to contact your insurance agent. Finally, take steps now so you can quickly resume operations should a flood or other hazard damage your property. Although flood insurance may cover losses to your structure and contents, many businesses that are severely damaged never fully recover financially due to the loss of management focus, employees, and market share. IBHS’ Open for Business® planning tool helps small- and mid-sized businesses resume their critical business operations and work processes and deliver the goods and services expected by customers or clients–consider it a vital part of your flood preparation planning and practice.

      Contact: http://www.SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com/ for more information.

    Black Mold Guide

    2/8/2018 (Permalink)

    Mold in basement before clean up.

    Mold In Homes

    Mold in homes causes numerous problems. House mold problems go beyond an unpleasant smell or unsightly stains on carpets, walls or ceilings. No one wants those things in their home, of course, but mold also contributes to a number of health problems, some quite serious.

    Health Issues Due to House Mold Problems

    Health issues due to mold problems include all sorts of respiratory problems, such as asthma attacks, even the development of asthma in people that previously showed no signs of the condition, chronic sinus infections, sore throats, runny noses, watery eyes and coughing. Other common health problems related to mold include headaches, fatigue and depression. Young children, elderly people, people with respiratory problems like asthma or emphysema, and people with disorders of the immune system are more susceptible to health problems related to household mold but even healthy adults can be affected.

    Some people think toxic molds cause these kinds of health problems but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that toxic molds are very rare. Some types of molds produce toxins but most do not. However, they can still cause health problems even if they are not toxic.

    Testing for Mold in Homes

    Chances are you know it if you have house mold problems. You’ll see and/or smell the mold. However, you can call in a specialist to test for the presence of mold. If you believe you are suffering health problems related to mold in your home, and you have a specialist come in to clean up the mold or you attempt to clean it up yourself, you should have a test for mold done after the cleanup has been completed to make sure all mold has been removed. Just because all visible mold has been removed, that does not mean your problem is gone. If even trace amounts of mold are left behind, your house mold problems will continue.

    You can purchase a test for mold in homes that you can perform yourself, but we really encourage you to have a specialist come in and perform a test for you. Their tests will be much more accurate than the tests you can buy yourself, and they will be able to advise you about the best way to clean up your house mold problems. If you have home owner’s insurance, your policy may pay for a test for mold in your home.

    Problems Cleaning Up Mold In Homes

    Cleaning up mold in homes poses many problems. If you don’t get it all, any health problems you’re experiencing will continue or even get worse. Cleaning mold from your shower tiles may be fairly easy, but cleaning mold from porous surfaces like wooden wall studs, insulation, carpeting and drywall is much more difficult. Some surfaces cannot be cleaned and must be removed and replaced instead.

    Not only is it possible to miss a bit of mold while doing the cleanup, it’s even possible to spread some mold around to other parts of the house while trying to clean mold up. For instance, if you carry contaminated carpeting or insulation through the house to throw it out, mold spores can be deposited elsewhere in the house. Mold spores can also cling to the clothing of the people cleaning up and then be deposited elsewhere in the house as they walk through the house. You can probably avoid these problems by hiring a qualified professional to clean up the mold in your home. As we said before, you should also have a test for mold after the cleanup has been completed to make sure all of it is gone.

    Why We Recommend a Consultation with a Mold Removal Specialist

    • We know how to locate mold in places where many homeowners miss it, including inside walls and inside heating and air conditioning ducts.
    • We also know how to remove mold from those hard-to-access spots, and have the equipment needed to do the job.
    • We know the best techniques for treating different types of mold.

    Call our office to schedule an appointment at (586)336.7373. We have experts available 24/7 to help you through any situation.

    SERVPRO of MC/Romeo's Recent Community involvement

    12/9/2017 (Permalink)

    Recently the team here at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo has been actively involved in various local holiday festivities such as a fundraiser for the Algonquin High School and Marine City's Merrytime Christmas. 

    For the band fundraiser we set up a holiday themed display in downtown Algonac. This afforded us a wonderful opportunity to display our creativity and teamwork as we came up with ideas for our display. Everyone pitched in a little bit of time and we were able to get a wonderful display set up along St. Clair River Drive. Not only was it rewarding to give back to the bands but we were also able to put our name out into another community. We were so glad to be able to support another local group that has impacted the lives of so many students at Algonquin High.

    Another local event in the blue water area this holiday season was Marine City's Merrytime Christmas. This event celebrates not only this tight knit community but the small businesses that make it happen. Small, locally owned businesses that participate are able to sell their products and advertise to the community. There is caroling,food and much more! It's a great time for all of the businesses in the area to come together and celebrate the holidays.

    Information on Flooding in a commercial Building

    11/24/2017 (Permalink)

    Rebuilding after a commercial building floods | Florida Flood Damage

    There are all different types of commercial buildings, but they can all become victim to water damage. It’s important to keep up on maintenance to ensure your building withstands a full life. It’s better to be cautious about the elements then to have to deal with thousands of dollars in repairs from putting off a leak. A good source to find out if there’s something wrong with your building is to listen to your tenants. The complaints are a good indication that there could be some sort of a problem. If there is complaints about mustiness there could be a mold problem. Frequent problems of water in work stations could be a sign of roof or piping problems.

    Rebuilding after a commercial building floods | Florida Flood Damage

    There are other precautions you should take monthly to insure that your building is in top shape. Inspect plumping draining system to insure their not clogged or damaged. Test basement sump pumps to make sure its pumping out water. Directing irrigation and draining systems away from the foundation can help stop basements from flooding.  Even the most well maintained and operated buildings can experience water damage. Following these tips can help minimize the event of water damage happening to your building.

    Why choose SERVPRO for your Storm damage needs

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    Call (586)336-7373 SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo when the storm subsides. Our Highly Trained Cleaning and Restoration Specialists are available 24/7.

    Our Technicians are trained in property damage restoration at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility and have IICRC industry certifications.  You can be certain our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

    All of our training programs include the following:

    • IICRC Training
    • Employee Certification Training
    • Initial Franchise Training
    • e-Learnings
    • Continuing Education Classes

    IICRC Training and Certification

    The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

    Employee Certification Training

    The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

    • Crew Training
    • Fire Restoration
    • Water Restoration
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

    Initial Franchise Training

    A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

    • Fire Restoration
    • Water Restoration
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
    • Mold Mitigation

    e-Learnings

    All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

    Continuing Education Classes

    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
    • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
    • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

    Do you have mold?

    9/20/2017 (Permalink)

    What is mold? Mold is a living thing. It has tiny seeds, called spores, that are always in the air, indoors and outside. The spores are so small, you can’t see them without a microscope. Most of the time, the spores land on something dry and nothing happens. They get sucked up in your vacuum or wiped away when you dust. But if the spores land on something that is wet, they can begin to grow into mold that you can see.

    How do I know if I have mold growing in my house? You cannot see mold spores because they are too small, but once the mold starts to grow, you will notice it. Mold can grow on almost anything, as long as there is a little bit of water for a couple of days. The growing mold can be different colors: white, gray, brown, black, yellow, orange or green. It can be fluffy, hairy, smooth or flat and cracked, like leather. Even if you can’t see the mold, you will be able to smell it. Mold can smell very musty, like old books or wet dirt.

    If the mold is growing on something that can be cleaned with bleach and water, and you do not have asthma or other health problems, you can probably clean the mold yourself. If the area that is moldy is very large or you have health problems, you may want to hire a contractor to do the work for you. If you decide to clean the mold yourself, please read the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ “Steps for Cleaning Mold” fact sheet before you start. 

    If you suspect you have mold contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373.

    Source:http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch

    Steps to Fire Restoration

    8/24/2017 (Permalink)

    Step 1: Emergency Contact

    The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

    Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

    Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

    Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

    Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

    Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

    The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

    Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

    The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

    Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

    They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

    Step 7: Restoration

    Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

    For your Fire Restoration needs call SERVPRO of Marine City Romeo at (586)-336-7373

    Floors and Water Damage

    8/18/2017 (Permalink)

    Finishes: Floor finishes such as wax, polymer and polyurethane, affect porosity and slow the rate of absorption and desorption.  

    Extent of damage: Wood flooring cups when moisture is absorbed at the unfinished sides and bottom of planks to swell and rise above the centers. If cupped planks are sanded flat before the wood is dried to acceptable MC, then, as planks continue to dry the sanded edges will continue to shrink downward, causing them to be lower than the centers of the planks. this is called crowning. Consider the condition presented and implement appropriate surface or subsurface drying procedures.

    Replacement Criteria: Not all wood flooring can be restored to a pre-determined drying goal once moisture penetrates into and underneath the material. Parquet or engineered flooring that is buckled or broken can generally not be restored by drying and is replaced.

    Drying Criteria:It is recommended when drying wood that the humidity reaches about 30-45 percent as quickly as possible. Of equal importance is increasing airflow to the flooring surfaces and sub-surfaces as quickly as possible.

    Expiditing Drying: When flooring materials are saturated, moisture should be evaporated from accessible surfaces, both top and bottom. Finishes serving as vapor retardant barriers inhibit drying considerably. Therefore, it may be necessary to remove finishes to increase the rate of evaporation. When drying is complete , salvageable flooring is refinished in accordance with customer specifications  

    Why SERVPRO is the best for your Fire restoration

    8/16/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo 

    (586)-336-7373

    There are so many reasons why you should choose SERVPRO for all of your fire and smoke Restoration needs 

    1. Pretesting: SERVPRO Franchise Professionals tart the cleanup and restoration process by pretesting to determine which process to utilize and allow you to preview the results. So you get the most desirable results in the most efficient way possible. 
    2. Contents Claim Inventory Service: Utilizing contents claim (CCIS) technology, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can generate comprehensive room-by-room inventories. Contents are categorized as salvageable, non-salvageable and questionable- allowing for easier contents settlement. 
    3. Cleaning and Restoration: All restorable structure and contents will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition in most cases. This service condition in most cases. This service includes walls, ceilings, floors, area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery electronics, art, clothing,  bric-a-brac  and more. 

    Fire and Smoke Damage Tips

    8/16/2017 (Permalink)

    Set up the largest fan you can get, outside the front of your apartment door facing inwards. Turn it on high and blow fresh air in the house. As the smoke rose, it filled in all the little spaces in your apartment and you need to flush it out. Close all the other doors and windows and open one window for exhaust. Secluded rooms might need a second fan pushing fresh air in from another opening.

    Remove all the curtains and window treatments from the windows. They will need to be washed or dry cleaned. At the very least, hang them outside to air out in the fresh air to remove some of the smoke particles from the fibers. Rinse down any mini blinds. Any cloth will need to be cleaned or aired out.

    Wash down all the solid surfaces with a spray solution of one gallon of water, one teaspoon of dish soap or shampoo and a quarter cup of white vinegar. Use a rag and rinse it often in fresh water. Wipe window sills, baseboards, tables, chairs, shelves, wood or tile floors where the smoke particles might have settled. Very sooty smoke might have left a residue on walls and ceilings that will need to be cleaned.

    Vacuum the carpets with a machine that contains a high-efficiency, filter to keep the smoke particles from blowing right back in the room. Use an attachment to vacuum couches and chairs and any exposed cushions. Go over the surfaces to remove as much soil as possible. If the smoke particles persist in the furniture, you might invest in upholstery cleaner to loosen the soil and then vacuum again.

    Wash any and all window screens where the smoke exited the apartment. Place them in a tub or shower and use dish soap or shampoo to clean the mesh and then rinse with cool water. If you used an exhaust fan, wash out the filter in the same way. Change the air conditioner filter if it was in use at the time of the fire.

    Wash down the front of your kitchen cabinets, especially if it was a kitchen fire that caused the smoke. Wipe all horizontal surfaces down with your cleaning solution.

    Mop all the floors that are not carpeted. Several cleanings will be necessary. Dip your mop in the soapy solution, wash the floor and then rinse the mop in the sink under fresh running water. Otherwise, the smoke particles will just float around in your mop bucket and end up back on the floor.

    About Our Storm Restoration Services

    8/16/2017 (Permalink)

    No Job Is Too Large

    The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified 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.

    At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

    Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

    • The Hospitality Industry
    • Property Managers
    • Universities
    • Municipalities
    • The Pentagon

    Should a storm or major event strike, call SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo at (586)-336-7373

    Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

    The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

    With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

    • 2014 Polar Vortex
    • 2012 Sandy
    • 2010 Nashville floods
    • 2008 Ike
    • 2007 Chicago floods
    • 2007 Ohio floods
    • 2007 California wildfires
    • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rit

    Health Concerns With Mold

    8/10/2017 (Permalink)

    Health concerns may arise when excessive mold grows indoors. Concerns are more likely to arise for at  risk people,which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings possible health effects include: runny nose, sneezing, coughing,  aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses. throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. 

    The people most at risk include: 

    • Infants and Children 
    • Pregnant women 
    • The elderly 
    • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies 

    Information from SERVPRO pamphlets and the CDC

    September is National Preparedness Month

    8/10/2017 (Permalink)

    September is National Preparedness Month, an annual awareness event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Disaster recovery specialist SERVPRO says this is a great time for business owners to review their emergency preparedness and business continuity plans. SERVPRO points to startling statistics like this one to emphasize the importance of advance planning: according to FEMA, as many as 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major flood disaster.

    “Business owners who think they are prepared for an emergency because exits are clearly marked and fire or flood drills are parts of the regular routine really need to take another look at their preparations,” said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc. chief executive officer. “A comprehensive emergency plan also contains critical information about the location of shut-off valves, fire suppression system controls, emergency contact numbers and more—information that can save emergency responders precious time and help contain damage and minimize injury.”

    Because SERVPRO knows the time to create a disaster readiness plan is before you need it, they have developed the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program to help business owners create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. The business owner works with SERVPRO to gather and document information that will become critical if a disaster strikes. Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s free smartphone app.

    How To Prepare for a Storm

    8/10/2017 (Permalink)

    Pick up basic survival items. You should have enough supplies to survive without leaving your house for a few days, as well as tools to help you leave if necessary. Stock up on these necessities: A shovel, flashlight, candles, non-perishable food, bottled water, etc 

    Keep yourself warm. Losing heat is definitely uncomfortable, but you can survive it. Here's what to do:
    • Stop your pipes from freezing. Before you settle into a nest of blankets, go around your house and turn on every faucet so that it's dripping just slightly. Keeping the water moving through the pipes should help prevent them from freezing.
    • Seal up any drafts. Put towels at the bottom of any doors that have a gap, or around loose windows. If your windows are single-paned, close the curtains or pin a blanket up over them to keep the heat in.
    • Dress in layers. Put on a thin layer of cotton clothing close to your skin, and cover as much as your body as you can. For ladies, consider putting on a pair of tights. On top of that, wear as many layers as you need to keep warm, finishing with warm woolen socks and a sweatshirt or coat with a hood.
    • Wear a hood. You lose a lot of heat from the top of your head, so keep it covered. If you don't have hooded clothing, wrap a scarf or towel around your head.
    • Stay in bed. Put as many covers as you have left over onto your bed, and hop in. Keeping your body heat in an enclosed space like the sheets will help you stay as warm as possible.

    Stay updated. Having current information is vital in an emergency, so make arrangements to stay informed.

    • Watch updates on the news or listen to the radio for as long as you can before power goes out.
    • Use social media for updates. If you don't have access to a battery-operated radio, follow national and local disaster agencies (such as FEMA) on Facebook and Twitter. Check periodically for updates.
    • Use SMS messaging if land-line service is down. You can send an SMS via basic text messaging, or through Twitter updates. Get the phone numbers or Twitter handles of all your family members, and make sure they know how to reach you.

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    Dos and Don't of Flood Damage

    8/10/2017 (Permalink)

    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.

    Type of Water

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    The three types of contaminated water:

    Category 1: "Clean Water"

    Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

    • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
    • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

    Category 2: "Gray Water"

    Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

    • May contain bacteria and viruses
    • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

    Category 3: "Black Water"

    Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

    St Clair County Fire Safety Tips

    8/7/2017 (Permalink)

    According to St Clair County Emergency Management Department every year 5,500 Americans die in fires and more than 30,000 are injured. Most fire deaths occur in the home and many can be prevented. Your local fire departments work to keep citizens informed and practiced in fire safety training. To protect yourself and your family it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire.

    • Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to grab valuables or make a phone call.
    • In two minutes a fire can become life threatening. In five minutes a house can be engulfed in flames.
    • Fire's heat and smoke are more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs.
    • Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy.
    • Request an inspection of your home or business by your local fire department.
    • Install smoke detectors. Place detectors on the ceiling or high on the wall of every level of your house, outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairways, at the bottom of enclosed stairs, and near (but not in) the kitchen.
    • Clean and test smoke detectors once a month and replace batteries at least twice a year.
    • Install a fire extinguisher in your home and teach family members how to use it.
    • Plan two escape routes from every room in your home or office. Choose a place outside for everyone to meet after escaping from a fire.
    • Have a practice fire drill at least once a year; teach children how to report a fire, and when to use 911.
    • Keep a whistle in each bedroom to awaken the household in case of fire. Teach family members to stay low to the floor (where the air is safer) when escaping from a fire.
    • Teach family members never to open doors that are hot. In a fire feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand. If it is hot, do not open the door. Find another way out.
    • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
    • Safeguard your home against fires by keeping storage areas clean, check wiring and outlets, and use caution with flammable liquids and materials.

    https://www.stclaircounty.org/Offices/emerg_mngmt/72hours.aspx

    RETURNING HOME AFTER A DISASTER

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    Cleaning up after a disaster can be a long and strenuous procedure. Depending on the kind and amount of damage your property sustains, you should seek professional assistance. The professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo are here to assist you 24/7.

    Follow these helpful tips:

    • Before going inside, walk carefully around the outside of your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage.
    • Do not enter if floodwaters remain around the building.
    • If you have any doubts about the safety, have your home inspected by a professional before entering.
    • Wear sturdy work boots and gloves. Enter the building carefully and check for damage.
    • Watch out for animals.
    • Use a stick to poke through debris. Check for cracks in the roof, foundation, and chimneys.
    • If it looks like the building may collapse, leave immediately.
    • Be aware of loose boards and slippery floors.
    • Keep a battery-powered flashlight for lights on hand. Do not use oil, gas lanterns, candles or torches. Leaking gas or other flammable materials may be present. Do not smoke.
    • Check for gas leaks, starting at the hot water heater. If you smell gas or hear a hissing or blowing sound, open a window and leave immediately. Turn off the main gas valve from the outside if you can. Call the gas company from a neighbor's house.
    • If you shut off the gas supply at the main valve, you will need a professional to turn it back on. Do not turn on the lights until you're sure they are safe to use.
    • Check electrical system. If you see sparks, broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker, even if the power is off in your neighborhood. Do not touch the fuse box, a circuit breaker, or anything else electrical if you are wet or standing in water.
    • Check appliances. If they are wet, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker, then unplug the appliances and let them dry out. Have them checked by a professional before using them again.
    • Check water and sewage systems. If pipes are damaged, turn off the main water valve. Verify the safety of the water with local authorities before using it. If you have a well, it should be pumped out and the water tested by authorities before drinking.
    • Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches and gasoline. Open cabinets carefully. Be aware of objects that may fall.
    • Throw out fresh food that has come into contact with floodwaters.
    • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. Throw out flooded cosmetics and medicines.
    • Call your insurance agent as soon as possible. Take pictures of all damages and keep good records of repair and cleaning costs.
    • Call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at 586-336-7373

    https://www.stclaircounty.org/Offices/emerg_mngmt/72hours.aspx

    THE TRUTH ABOUT MOLD

    8/7/2017 (Permalink)

    ALL ABOUT MOLD

    According to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services mold is a living thing. It has tiny seeds, called spores, that are always in the air, indoors and outside. The spores are so small, you can’t see them without a microscope. Most of the time, the spores land on something dry and nothing happens. They get sucked up in your vacuum or wiped away when you dust. But if the spores land on something that is wet, they can begin to grow into mold that you can see.

    What if I think I have toxic black mold (Stachybotrys)? While stories about “toxic mold” have been on TV a lot, black mold is not worse than any other mold you may find in your house. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the term “toxic mold” is not really correct. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce poisons (called mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous. You do not need to test your mold to find out if it is “toxic mold” – just clean it up like you would any other kind of mold.

    How do I stop mold from growing in my home? For mold to grow, the spores need about two days of dampness in order to put down good “roots.” If you discover a leak or a large spill, dry the area right away using towels to soak up as much water as possible. Then use a fan, if you have one, to blow air over the area to dry it completely.

    How do I know if I have mold growing in my house? You cannot see mold spores because they are too small, but once the mold starts to grow, you will notice it. Mold can grow on almost anything, as long as there is a little bit of water for a couple of days. The growing mold can be different colors: white, gray, brown, black, yellow, orange or green. It can be fluffy, hairy, smooth or flat and cracked, like leather. Even if you can’t see the mold, you will be able to smell it. Mold can smell very musty, like old books or wet dirt.

    Should I hire someone to test for mold in my home? Having someone test your house for mold costs a lot of money and is not really useful. You can probably find the mold just using your eyes and your nose. Look in places that you know are often wet or damp, like bathrooms or the kitchen; or that have been wet because of leaks, floods or broken pipes. If you have mold, you will probably find it in those areas.

    The professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo have been trained in mold remediation. Call us day or night at 586-336-7373.

    Understanding Mold

    8/3/2017 (Permalink)

    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 on a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
    • 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.

    Why Get Flood Insurance

    8/2/2017 (Permalink)

    "Storms are not the only cause of floods. Flooding can be caused by dams or levees breaking, new development changing how water flows above and below ground, snow melt and much more." With all of these probable causes, there is no reason not to renew your flood insurance policy. Having flood insurance can mean the difference between recovery and being financially devastated when an unforeseen accident occurs. In fact according to FEMA just one inch of water damage can cost up to twenty thousand dollars. If you decide to renew your policy you could also be eligible for discounts on the rate of your policy. You will also be able to file a claim even if there is not a Presidential Disaster Declaration. No home is one hundred percent safe from water damage. Don't allow yourself to be caught without insurance to help you in recovering from the loss. And always remember to contact SERVPRO of Marine/City Romeo at (586)-336-7373 when flood damage occurs. 

    How To Prevent Mold

    8/2/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Marine/City Romeo 

    (586)-336-7373

    1. Identify Problem areas in your home and Correct Them. A few examples of problem areas in many homes are: basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and, laundry rooms. A few things to check for in these potentially damp areas are condensation on windows, walls pipes etc and consider whether you have had recent water damage in your basement or any of the above areas in your home. 
    2. Dry Wet areas Immediately. Any water or moisture in any capacity should be dried within 24-48 hours. If the area is flooded don't hesitate to call SERVPRO to help remove any and all damaged carpeting and furniture and professionally clean and restore the area as if the damage "Never even happened" 
    3. Proper Ventilation By using proper ventilation in the most moisture prone areas of your home you are preventing the moisture from accumulating. Vent any and all appliance such as HVACS, ovens, washers and dryers to the outside of your home as opposed to your attic . This will also prevent moisture accumulation. 

    If you ever experience mold damage to your home or business please call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo for removal. 

    Fire and Smoke Damage Tips

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    Fire and Smoke damage can be devastating to you and your home or business. It disrupts your life and you can feel out of control. SERVPRO of Marine City/ Romeo has plenty of experience in handling Fire disasters of all sizes. We have plenty of tips to ensure that you are in control of the situation before we arrive to asses the damage and throughout the restoration process. 

    DO:

    • Limit the movement of people in the building to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. 
    • Keep hands clean. Sooty hands can further soil walls, upholstery and woodwork. 
    • Place dry colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
    • If electricity is off empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
    • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances. Then protect with a light coating of lubricant
    • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs if heat is off during freezing system.
    • Gently wash both sides of leaves on indoor plants.  
    • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until checked by a trained professional. 
    • Tape double layers of cheese cloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system 

    DONT'S 

    • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional 
    • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture. 
    • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to heat, fire or water without first consulting your authorized repair service person.
    • Consume any canned or packaged foods or beverages as they may have been contaminated.
    • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged  and cause electrical shock. 
    • Send Garments to the dry cleaners. Improper cleaning can set the smoke odor. 

    Referral Program

    8/2/2017 (Permalink)

    EARN EASY MONEY! SERVPRO of Maine City Romeo is offering a referral program for any residents in our region! Earn Easy money by simply placing your name and phone number on the back of our business cards. Then hand them to your friends. Upon our company receiving a Fire,Water, Mold, cleaning or Bio Hazard job at their home or business. With a signed contract and full payment YOU will receive a finders fee. The amount earned will vary depending on the work completed. 

    Tell your friends that our services include 

    • Water Damage 
    • Fire Damage 
    • Mold Mitigation Remediation 
    • Storm Damage Response 
    • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
    • Electronics and Equipment 
    • Document Drying 
    • Content Claim Inventory Service 
    • Bio hazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism. 

    Thank You for referring us to your friends and family! WE understand no one wants to deal with a disaster of any kind but we're happy to do all of the hard work for you! 

    Emergency Notification System

    7/24/2017 (Permalink)

    St Clair County Emergency Management Update

    St Clair Co Emergency Management Department is now offering a notification system for all residents.

    WINS (Warning Information Notification System) is a public service alert system that includes over 150 categories of weather, emergency and non-emergency alerts. WINS notifications are sent to your home phone, smartphone, TTY, email or text messages by county departments, townships, villages and cities within St. Clair County. YOU choose the alert types and delivery methods that are important to you and your family. A couple of helpful tips when signing up:

    1. Please ensure that you open each category using the “+” symbol to see each alert type within the category. The weather category alone includes 32 types of alerts and you can select which are important to you.
    2. When in the weather category, please ensure that you set your “do not disturb between” hours for non-emergency weather alerts. You will receive emergency weather alerts such as Tornado warnings regardless of your “do not disturb between” hours.
    3. Put in the addresses that are important to you. Because this system allows agencies to target their information in emergency situations, only people who have an address listed in the immediate area will receive emergency alerts. Please ensure you input the addresses that are important to you. You can have up to five addresses including home, work, school or other.

    If you have any questions about the Warning Information Notification System, please contact the Office of St. Clair County Homeland Security and Emergency Management at (810) 989-6965.

    BE READY, STAY INFORMED

    Is Your St Clair County Business Ready For An Emergency?

    7/24/2017 (Permalink)

    FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Assoc) recommends stocking up on some emergency supplies in the event your business is affected by a catastrophic event.

    Recommended emergency supplies include the following:

    • Water, amounts for portable kits will vary. Individuals should determine what amount they are able to both store comfortably and to transport to other locations. If it is feasible, store one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
    • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First Aid kit Whistle to signal for help
    • Dust or filter masks, readily available in hardware stores, which are rated based on how small a particle they filter
    • Moist towelettes for sanitation
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
    • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to "seal the room"
    • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

    By: Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

    St Clair County Introduces New Storm Program

    7/10/2017 (Permalink)

    St Clair County's Emergency Management Department announced a new storm warning program. The SKYWARN program is a part of the St. Clair County ARES/RACES organization.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) utilizes trained personnel in the field to provide timely and accurate reports of storm activity from various locations that can supplement the NWS radar network.

    In the SKYWARN program, there are over 50 trained weather spotters available to report weather conditions to the Emergency Operations Center. These individuals come from many walks of life, some utilizing amateur radios while other will utilize cell phones as their reporting methods. Many of the spotters are equipped with pagers to insure prompt notification of weather warnings. In addition to the SKYWARN spotter system, many of our local fire departments place apparatus in key locations to assist in providing weather information. Local residents  now will have the potential to receive earlier notification of life threatening weather situations.

    IICRC benefit for homeowners dealing with water damage

    7/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Have you ever experienced water damage in your home or business? If so, you know that there are hundreds of companies out there advertising water damage restoration services. So what differentiates SERVPRO from all the rest? 

    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.

    We pride ourselves on our knowledge, experience and continued education. So what does it mean to be IICRC certified? Who is the IICRC? The IICRC is a nonprofit certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC is recognized internationally as a knowledgeable industry voice and resource. The IICRC has led the way in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, upholstery and fabric cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. Each IICRC standard takes years to develop along with the coordination of experts in the field.

    If you or someone you know experiences water damage in their home or business now you know who you can call. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is here to help 24/7. We can be reached at (586) 336-7373.

    What to do if a fire occurs in your St Clair County home

    6/13/2017 (Permalink)

    Emergency Plan for Fire & Smoke 

    Fires in the home are some of the most dangerous events that can occur. Although we do not like to think about it, they are a possibility, so all family members in your household should know ahead of time what to do in case you experience such an unfortunate event.


    1. Have An Escape Plan 
    You should first ensure that your entire family knows what to do in case of a fire in your home. Make an escape plan and practice it several times per year with your family. Make sure your family members know not to put their lives in danger to save possessions. Always take the route that gets you outside the fastest. If you must exit through smoke, know to drop down under it and try to cover your mouth to keep from breathing smoke. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it or go through it. 
     
    2. Rope Ladders 
    If you live in a two-story home, every bedroom should have a rope ladder which is readily available so family members can climb down outside instead of being trapped. A meeting spot outside your home needs to be designated, and ensure you take attendance, so you know who is out safely. This will keep people from endangering themselves by going back in and looking for someone who is already out. If someone is missing, make sure to alert the firefighters – do not ever reenter the home yourself. 
     
    3. Stop, Drop, Roll 
    Everyone should know how to do this if fire catches on your clothes. Drop to the ground right away, cross your hands over your chest, and roll forward and back until you smother the flames completely. Cool the area that is burned with water and call for medical attention right away for serious burns. 
     
    4. Fire Extinguishers 
    Places such as your workshop, fireplace, and kitchen should have fire extinguishers nearby. Every family member should know how to use it as well. Extinguishers need to be regularly recharged, inspected or replaced as necessary. 
     
    5. Stove Fires 
    A small fire in your kitchen should be able to be handled by all. Suffocate the fire by putting a lid on the pan, turning the stove off and letting the pan sit unmoved until the flames are smothered. Extinguish small grease fires by putting baking soda on them, but do not ever use water. 
     
    Call SERVPRO as soon as any fire is out so that they can clean up damages and prevent any further damage from happening. 
     
    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is available to help you clean up fire damage at any time. We know how important it is to act quickly, so the sooner you call us at (586) 336-7373, the sooner we can stop further damage from soot and smoke.

    Storm Damage

    6/9/2017 (Permalink)

    A winter storm caused damaged to a customers roof and water leaked into the home affecting several rooms.

    Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hailstorms and hurricanes can tear shingles from your roof or cause more severe damage. After a storm you should always check for storm damage to your roof

    • Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage. Also, if any water stains appear on your ceiling or walls, this is a sign that you have a leak and need repairs.

    • Look for other signs of storm damage from the ground. Check for missing shingles, missing fascia, or damaged gutters. Also, assess the condition of your exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles of the roof.

    • Some damage may be obvious, such as a tree falling on your roof. In this case, stay out of your home until a professional can determine whether any structural damage occurred. Call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373 to assess any structural damage or repair work.

    • If the storm produced hail, check for damage to your siding as well. Hail damage commonly comes in the forms of dimples, made by smaller chunks of hail that pound the outer layer of shingles.

    • Stay safe!

    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is Here to Help 24/7. Call us at (586) 336-7373

    Water Damage Causes Many Problems

    6/7/2017 (Permalink)

    Unforeseen Damage From Water

    Marine City homeowners know that water damage can be especially troublesome. Water flows in almost every direction, and can even seep uphill when there is an absorbent material that facilitates this movement. Where water can flow to, damage can be found.

    When water makes contact with metal, rusting can start taking place. Outlets, being near the floor, are often impacted this way by flooding. If the metal is part of an electrical system, this can lead to problems with electrical shock or even fire. Both can be deadly and need to be prevented by replacing anything affected. Other metal items in your home might be door hinges, screen doors, drawer tracks, cabinetry knobs and handles, and much more.

    In situations where water has seeped into a home from a leaky roof or other reason, water can discolor walls and ceilings, and cause plaster to crumble and pose choking hazards to younger children and toddlers. Pests that may have been present but largely unnoticed within the walls or attic can find their way into your living space. While their presence means they are no longer hidden and can now be dealt with, having them around your family is not healthy.

    Carpeting, upholstery and longer drapes can also become damaged. Affected textiles become weak and brittle. High levels of humidity can bring this on, and often the culprit is an absence of a dehumidifier. Other ways that increased humidity might happen are poor or incorrect venting of the clothes dryer or the bathroom fan.

    The first step to mitigating any amount of damage is discovering the source of the excess water. Flooding does not need to be present for a home to have water damage. Contact your local experts who can assist you every step of the way. SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is available 24/7 at (586) 336-7373.

    Removing Lingering Odors After Fire Damage To Your St Clair County MI Home

    6/5/2017 (Permalink)

    Lingering odors from a fire can be devastating. Contact the Professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo to restore your home or business.

    SERVPRO's Training, Knowledge and Equipment Restore Smoke Damaged Properties

    When a fire occurs, the most vital thing is to get it under control. After this crucial factor has been achieved, the next stage is to restore your home and belongings to their pre-fire condition. However, even after the initial clean up has been completed, the smell of the fire can linger. Many homeowners find that even after all charred and damaged items are removed, and surfaces are thoroughly cleaned there is still a smoky smell in the air.
     
    If you can still smell a burned or charred scent after fire damage to your home, further work may be needed to deodorize your house. Our technicians are trained to deal with lingering fire odors swiftly and efficiently. Our professionally trained and certified IICRC teams have the skill and equipment needed to deodorize your house and leave it smelling fresh once more –"Like it never even happened."
     
    We train our IICRC certified technicians to assess what is causing lingering odors after a fire. Confined areas, attics, rafters, and the insulation in your home are all especially susceptible to odor entrapment after a fire has occurred. Each area needs to be treated carefully to ensure the odor is removed.
     
    We arrive at your home equipped with deodorizing equipment. The first step is to assess what is causing the smell to linger. The next step is to tackle the smell at its source. We thoroughly vent the problem area, and clean surfaces to help scrub away the source of the smell. For some spaces, an odor counteractant can be used to clean away those odors. In some cases, placement of an activated charcoal unit overnight can absorb the smell. IF the home is vacant of the residents, live plants, and pets, we can set up ozone machines which chemically capture smoke particulates in the air. Hydroxyl generators are also very useful in purging the ambient air of unwanted particles, thus mitigating, and finally, eliminating the smoke odors.
     
    If cleaning and ventilation do not succeed in tackling stubborn smoke smells after a fire, our technicians are equipped with thermal fog equipment. Thermal fogging equipment mimics the heat and pressure of the fire in a safe manner. Materials that picked up the smell of smoke from the fire now pick up the deodorization droplets from thermal fogging in the same manner. 
     
    Let SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo remove lingering smoke odors after a fire. Call us at (586) 336-7373 today for assistance.

    When Disaster Strikes, You Can be Ruined or You Can BE READY

    5/31/2017 (Permalink)

    The help you need in the palm of your hands!

    No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be "Ready for whatever happens." 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.

    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 Marine City/Romeo 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 SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at 586-336-7373 Today for a No Cost Assessment
    of Your Facility!

    Mold Remediation

    2/10/2017 (Permalink)

    Attention St Clair County Residents: Do you or someone you know suspect a mold problem?


    Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold:


    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 Marine City/Romeo 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.


    Our Mold Remediation Services:


    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo 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 Us Today at  (586) 336-7373 

    IICRC Certified Employees

    11/21/2016 (Permalink)

    IICRC CERTIFIED EMPLOYEES

    Congratulations Robert MacEwan on obtaining your Applied Microbial Remediation certification from the IICRC. Previous certifications included Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying.

    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.

    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.

    When Storms or Floods hit St. Clair County, SERVPRO is ready!

    10/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Do You Have Storm or Flood Damage? Please Call Us Today 586-336-7373

    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo 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.

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    When storms hit St. Clair County, we can scale our resources to handle any size storm or flooding disaster. If necessary, we can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and the elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is here to help 24 hours a day.

    Call us today at 586-336-7373

     

    Restoring St Clair County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

    9/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Flooding and water damage events in St Clair County 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.

    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 Marine City/Romeo

    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo 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.

    Marine City Chamber of Commerce

    9/16/2016 (Permalink)

    BE PART OF MAKING HISTORY AND BREAKING A GUINESS WORLD RECORD! IT WILL BE FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

    These events will be held on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th.

    KITS FOR PUMPKIN CARVING & POPCORN STRINGS CAN BE PURCHASED or RESERVED ON LINE www.pumpkinspopcornpolitics or by calling 810-765-4501

    The current Guinness World Books record is 1,060 simultaneously carved pumpkins. Our goal is to break this record by 140 pumpkins.1,200 pumpkins will be set up in Nautical Mile Park (Rotary Park) on Saturday. The Online registration along with kits will be sold online beginning September 1st. Check-in and pumpkin carving area assignments will begin Saturday from 9:00 am -12:00 noon. Carving will begin at 12:30 sharp. The kit will include a pumpkin, carving kit, tea light, plastic bag, certificate and a Guinness World Record attempt sticker. Saturday night the pumpkins will be lit and illuminate the sidewalks, river's edge and displayed on hay bales in Nautical Mile Park.Carved pumpkins will remain in the park until 2:00 Sunday. Pumpkin owners may pick up their pumpkins after 2:00. The 10 best carved pumpkins will receive a prize - tbd. Pumpkins carving kits can be purchased online www.pumpkinspopcornpolitics.com.

    The second Guinness World Record attempt is the longest strand of popcorn, which is 1 mile. To make it even more exciting we will be connecting the USA to CANADA with the string.

    Popcorn kits can be reserved by visiting www.pumpkinspopcornpolitics.com. The Popcorn Kit includes all you need for you or your group to create a 100' popcorn string to be used in the Guinness World Record attempt (popcorn, string, needles, floater). There is not cost for the popcorn kit and they can be picked up at the Mariner. The completed 100' strings need to be completed by October first. On October 16th all 57 strings will be connected in Nautical Mile Park in Marine City beginning at 2:00 pm. THIS IS ALSO A GREAT WAY TO ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS OR CAUSE.

    Creating voter awareness and increase voter turn out. Registration for voting will be present at these events, which includes City involvement. Students will be involved in this endeavor and earn community service credit hours. Events will be planned around the “get out to vote” endeavor

    DOES YOUR HOME HAVE A MOLD PROBLEM

    9/13/2016 (Permalink)

    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 – 586-336-7373

    Need help, call SERVPRO

    9/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Have Questions?

    Call Us 24/7 @ (586) 336-7373

    We provide immediate service day or night! 

    SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in St. Clair County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24-Hour Emergency Service
    • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
    • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
    • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
    • Locally Owned and Operated
    • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

    Residential Services

    Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Mold Remediation
    • Storm Damage Restoration
    • Cleaning Services
    • Building/Reconstruction Services

    Commercial Services

    There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: SERVPROmarinecityromeo.com

    • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
    • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

    Water Damage Emergency Tips

    6/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Water damage emergency tips. What to do until help arrives.

    WATER DAMAGE EMERGENCY TIPS

    What you can do until help arrives

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

    • 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!

    With over 1,650 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.

    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.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASS

    5/25/2016 (Permalink)

    Front row parking at Anita's Riverfront Grill for last years CE Course.

    ATTENTION ALL INSURANCE AGENTS AND ADJUSTERS

    FREE  ETHICS CE CREDIT COURSE

    Date: June 20, 2016

    Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

    Location: Anita's Riverfront Grille

    Breakfast will be provided at 7:30 and class begins promptly at 8:00 am.

    FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT SERVPRO OF MARINE CITY/ROMEO AT 586-336-7373

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