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FEMA and Mitigation

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Here is what FEMA says about mitigation (The following was portion copied directly from: https://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation )

“Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security and self-reliance.

·         Disasters can happen at anytime and anyplace; their human and financial consequences are hard to predict.

·         The number of disasters each year is increasing but only 50% of events trigger Federal assistance.

·         FEMA's mitigation programs help reduce the impact of events—and our dependence on taxpayers and the Treasury for disaster relief.

FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and implements a variety of programs authorized by Congress to reduce losses that may result from natural disasters. Effective mitigation efforts can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. FEMA's mitigation and insurance efforts are organized into three primary activities that help states, tribes, territories and localities achieve the highest level of mitigation: Risk Analysis, Risk Reduction, and Risk Insurance. Through these activities and FEMA's day-to-day work across the country, communities are able to make better mitigation decisions before, during, and after disasters.”

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Some Home Improvements Can See You Behind Bars.

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that some DIY projects could put you behind bars? “Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC installations and repairs. Improperly performed home improvements may cause injury, void warranties, compromise insurance claims, and complicate resales”  

Click on the source link below to continue reading and to view the slideshow.

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/13-home-improvements-that-are-illegal-to-diy-49321

Check with your local city and county to make sure you are also following proper protocol for them as well.  Educate yourself before you begin.Or if you'd like you can call SERVPRO @ 989-775-55065 and we can help you out.

Remolding Old Buildings? You Might Find Mold.

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home or commercial property is a precarious situation. Sometimes it may be a localized outbreak that can be easily cleaned away, other times what appears to be a small patch of mold is an indication of a much bigger issue that could be hazardous to the health of those living in the home.  SERVPRO of Mt.Pleasant,Clare and Houghton Lake mold remediation is second to none and will evaluate and remediate mold outbreaks. 

As many areas in the US see continued growth many old, unoccupied commercial buildings are now opening their doors again. If you encounter mold in your new commercial property SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant,Clare and Houghton Lake can help. Call our office today and we can send an experienced technician to review your mold issue

Residential Fires.

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Residential fires are some of the most difficult situations we encounter. Not because our crew is unprepared for the event, but because the personal loss of a home and possessions is extremely painful for the owners and can lead to a highly scrutinized job site. Our crew is prepared for this and sympathizes with the anguish each and every homeowner feels after a disaster has impeded their life. We are trained to move quickly understanding that every moment saved at the onset of disaster recovery increases the chance of a successful mitigation exponentially. We carefully attempt to salvage any items that can be restored and store them in our warehouse to be cleaned and dried. After the structure has been reviewed we then begin the cleaning process, being careful to protect any undamaged areas of the home before we start. Once clean we can begin drying and assessing the damage totality, our trained crew includes carpenters and other subcontractors that can help to expedite the recovery process and get you back in your home faster.

Fire Tips to Keep You Safe.

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

No one can predict when an emergency will arise. More than one third of fire home deaths occur as a result of fires where no alarms are present. Most of these smoke alarm failure are usually the result of missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.

Here are some tips to keep in mind that could prevent a fire disaster from occurring in your home:

-National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year
-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Emergencies can happen 24/7/365. Keep you and your loved ones safe all year round. 

Steps to take if your basement floods.

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

When a basement floods it is a stressful, confusing event which can take a lot of time, money and effort to bring your home back to where it was before the water damage. Whether the damage is caused by a broken water pipe, heavy rains, a failed sump pump or swelling of ground water complicate things further as they all require different approaches to make it "Like it never even happened."

Fortunately here at SERVPRO of Mt.Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake we have been able to help families with flooded basements all around Roscommon,Clare,and Mt.Pleasant and are ready to help you. In this blog we will seek to give you general advice for handling flooded basements but do remember our emergency line is open 24/7 and we are here to help you with specific advice for your flooded basement.

 Safety for you and your family should be your first concern when you find out your basement has flooded. There are two main safety concerns in every water intrusion situation Electrical and Tripping hazards are the most prevalent source of injury in our industry.

  • Never go into a flood damaged basement with standing water which has submerged outlets or other active sources of electricity. Wait for the water to be pumped out by a professional, such as SERVPRO, if you can’t safety do that yourself.
  • Most home electronic systems and devices can be damaged from being submerged or exposed to water. Don’t us devices or outlets that have been exposed to water even after the water has been pumped out.
  • It is not just the water but also the particulates in the water which will stay behind even after the water has been removed that can damage electrical systems and equipment.
  • Not everything breaks immediately it can take time after electrical system is exposed to water before it breaks or becomes unsafe.
  • Pay attention to where you are walking, many restoration professionals have hurt themselves walking across different materials (such as carpet to tile) because they didn’t expect the different in friction when these materials are wet.
  • If you are removing any materials from your basement remember that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

When you have accounted for safety you can move on to being proactive about your home and belongings before our restoration technicians get there. Every minute counts which is why we respond 24/7 to emergencies and why anything you do until we get there can help protect your home.

  •  If possible find the source of water intrusion and stop the flow of water into your property. Check your sump pump to make sure it is working. They sometimes get unplugged or the arm gets stuck. If a pipe is broken shut off your water valve to your home.
  • Remove as much water as you can. Using a shop vac, mopping or blotting possible. The less water which is allowed to soak into your furniture, walls and carpet the better off you will be.
  • Move furniture off of wet carpet and wipe the legs or bottoms before placing in an unaffected area. Wet furniture, especially wood and metal, can stain carpet very quickly.
  • If you cannot remove furniture from an affected area you can place foil or woodblocks between furniture legs and the carpet to prevent staining.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting so their coloring doesn’t bleed onto the carpet.
  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying in the summer.

Remember that our emergency line 989-775-5065 is always answered by one of the restoration professionals here at SERVPRO so we can give you advice specific to your situation. We are always Here to Help.

Trauma Clean Up.

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Trauma scene clean up requires handling biohazardous material in a safe and responsible manner. This can include a variety or scenarios that are often emotional and extremely sensitive.

These types of calls require a level of expertise that not all restoration companies are able to provide. Due to federal and state regulations, there is a specific process to follow when damage such as this occurs. Governing bodies such as OSHA, the EPA and CDC have declared their own guidelines and rules for appropriate methods of clean-up.

Bottom line- you need to choose an experienced company who can assist you every step of the way. From understanding the sensitivity of the situation to proper cleanup according regulations, SERVPRO of Mt.Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake  can assist you in navigating such a stressful situation.

Quality of Your Indoor Air.

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Over time, harmful contaminants such as dust, dirt, pet dander and bacteria become trapped in your home’s air duct system. Without regular air duct cleaning, your air ducts can become hazardous to your health, diminishing the quality of the air in your home and contributing to illness and allergies. No matter how hard you try to give your home a fresh and clean atmosphere, it requires a professional team with powerful equipment to properly clean your air duct system.

 What if You Didn’t Have to Worry About the Quality of Your Indoor Air?

Imagine being absolutely certain that you were providing yourself, your family and the guests in your home with clean and high-quality indoor air each and every day. Using innovative techniques and state-of-the-art technologies, including brushing, air compression and vacuuming, the skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Mt.Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake guarantee to leave you with a clean and better functioning air duct system.

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile.

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

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

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

Contact our office at 989-775-5065 and ask to speak with our ERP Professional

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

 SERVPRO of MT.Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake are proud supporters of the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center.The Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center assists children that are victims of abuse across four counties in northern Michigan – Crawford, Roscommon, Oscoda and Ogemaw.      What is a Children's Assessment Center? Originally, children had to wait in the chaotic environment of a police department to be interviewed when their were concerns of abuse. Now, at the Children's Assessment Center, children wait in a child friendly room surrounded by toys and children's games. This environment allows them to relax and become more open to telling their story. The Children's Assessment Center was created so that children don't have to repeat their story multiple times. Children are interviewed by a specially trained forensic interviewer, in a room designed for them and are no longer interviewed by an officer in uniform. When interviewed at the assessment center, children are more likely to disclose their abuse allowing us to hold offenders accountable and get children the help they need. Inside of the observation room, Law Enforcement and Children's Protective Service workers are able to observe the interview live and participate in the process by directing questions to the interviewer through a headset and an ear-piece. All Interviews are recorded, limiting the number of times children need to tell their story. Children no longer have to  go to the chaotic environment of an emergency room for a medical exam. All medicals are performed by a specially trained pediatrician and are scheduled for two hours allowing both the child and the non-offending caregiver adequate time to discuss their concerns. At the Children's Assessment Center, all services are provided under one roof, allowing children to receive all the necessary services to heal from their abuse.