Are you Prepared for Winter
This time of year brings Football, Cooler Temps, Leaves changing colors and Pumpkin Spice is back in season. Once all of this happens its a great reminder to make sure your home is ready for the freezing temps and snow to start. Here is a list of things to help be ready for the Winter season:
1) Check your homes heating system. Don't get caught in the cold when a simple check up could have noticed something simple to fix. Routine check up on your homes heating and air conditioning can help avoid more costly repairs down the road
2) Seal masonry and hard surfaces. Look for any daylight that may let in cold air and moisture and seal them.
3) Clean your chimney and order firewood. If you are going to use wood to help heat your home there is probably nothing more important to then making sure your chimney is ready to go.
4) Clean your Gutters and Drains. If there is an ice build up in your gutters this can lead to ice build up on your roof. This can create future damage on your rood and can also melt the ice into your walls.
5) Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a good practice to have throughout the year and not just in the winter months.
How to Keep Mold and Mildew Away
Most of of us experience humidity either in our homes, places of Business, Rv's and even in Boat cabins. When high levels of Humidity are present, microbial growth can also take place. Mold and Mildew can grow where there is moisture, low sunlight and poor ventilation. Here are some ways to help keep those conditions low:
Keep humidity levels low ( between 30%-50%) as you can. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help keep these levels low.
Be sure that you have enough ventilation. Exhaust fans that vent to the outside of your home or business.
Fix any leaks in your roof, windows and walls that you can, so that mold doesn't have a chance to start growing.
Try not to use carpet in areas that may have higher moisture or humidity levels such as in a basement. Carpet can hold moisture and create a good environment to have microbial growth.
If you feel like you may have a mildew smell or can see something that looks discolored call the experts at SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake at 989-775-5065 or visit us online at www.SERVPROofmtpchl.com
Water Backup from Power Failure
Over the past few months we have seen many homes around the area have water damage due to an extended power outage. Many of these backups have come from a Sump Pump failure and even when backups are put into place. What has ended up happening is that when power is out for a long period of time and it continues to rain, the battery backups run out of power as well causing the water to back up into the basement.
If something like this should happen at your property, you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake can assist you in getting your home dried out with the industries latest techniques and equipment.
Today, June 1st, marks the first day of Hurricane Season and extends through November 30th. Experts predict in 2021 there could be 13-20 storms that will be named ( winds of 39mph and higher) and of those, 6-10 could be named Hurricanes and 3-5 major Hurricanes.
Predictions this year will be that warmer then avg surface temperatures and weaker tropical Atlantic trades winds will help fuel more storms this year.
In 2020 SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake jumped into action to help in two States , Pennsylvania and Louisiana, for three Hurricanes.
This is the time to start preparing for residents along the coast as we come into Hurricane Season and here at SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake we are always prepared to go where we are needed in a moment's notice.
Wet insulation from a water soaked crawl space
The Unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day Weekend. Many of us travel to our favorite lake cottage or cabin. But what do you do when you walk in and discover that a pipe had burst and there is standing water all throughout your second home? This happened to a cottage owner as they came to check on their property and saw 2-3 inches of water in their cottage and a flooded crawlspace. SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake started taking care of the property right away by removing the insulation in the crawl space, removal of tile on the main floor and drying.
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake at 989-755-5065 to help get your property back in order.
Unlikely Causes for Fire Damage
Fires can start from a number of different reasons, leaving a candle burning, a cookie sheet in the oven while it’s preheating and even charging a phone or battery pack and much more.
If any of these unfortunate events should happen to you it is important to call your local SERVPRO in Mt.Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake at 989-775-5065
Recently a household had fire that was not expected while a device was charging. Luckily no one was seriously hurt and was able to get out. SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake was called and able to take care of the damage and get the family back into their house. The family was very happy with the team at SERVPRO made them feel at ease and comfortable with the process.
Ice forming from a broken sprinkler line
Winter Storm Uri hit several areas in the south in 2021 causing an unprecedented amount of damage to residents and businesses throughout the area. SERVPRO of Mt.Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake was able to pack up and head south while most of the region was covered in snow and ice and still facing record low temps. A 250 unit apartment complex was one of many buildings that experiences frozen and busted pipes after it had experienced power outages. We assisted in the tear out and helped out many of the residents get the water damaged materials out and on their way to being back into their residences. The residents of Texas were very appreciative that we would come all the from Michigan to help and we were glad that we able to help with the situation that they were in.
When Frozen Pipes Burst, Now What?
A frozen water line that froze and split causing a leak
Sub zero temps have hit most of Michigan the last few weeks and with the bitter cold, it also brings freezing water lines. We see losses occur most of the time with second homes, cottages and maybe a vacant home that is for sale. It doesn’t take long for a pipe to freeze, then have a rapid warm up to thaw the pipe and unfortunately find out that it broke. Some times it can be as small as a pin hole that has had water dripping constantly or could be gushing water once it thaws. No matter the size, the damage it can be extensive if not found and taken care of in a timely matter.
Picture this, you walk into your cottage and find that you had a frozen pipe and it burst, what do you do now ?
1) Find the main water line and turn it off
2) Call SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake at 989-775-5065
3 Get in touch with a plumber and have them look over all your pipes to make sure there are no other broken pipes
What is in your ready plan
Emergency Ready Profile
Many businesses have some sort of plan in place to give them and their employees an outline of what to do in case of a catastrophic event such as a tornado, hurricane, fires,etc. But does your business have something it’s plan for a failed pipe, or backed up sewer line,etc. Companies do not think of these things and are typically the items we do see.
SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant ,Clare and Houghton Lake can help provide this FREE plan for you. With our Emergency Ready Profile ( ERP) we will gather all the information needed and keep it in our file so when an event does happen we are already prepared with all important information needed. This allows us to get into your business faster and able to get it cleaned up and LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED.
Call 989-775-5065 or visit us at www.SERVPROofmtpchl.com to set up a time for your Emergency Ready Profile
Are you using the latest technology to disinfect
SERVPRO Tech disinfecting with an electrostatic sprayer.
The past year we have all learned new ways to clean and disinfect, how often it should be done, how long it can take and how expensive it can be. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for days and be easily transmitted.
With many of our businesses and schools opening back up, more and more people will be coming through the doors and the chances for viruses to spread will also rise. Do you have a plan? How often will you disinfect? How often can you disinfect? How much will this cost? SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare & Houghton Lake can help you with all of these questions. We use an electrostatic sprayer that allows us to disinfect more area in less time with less product. How the electrostatic sprayer works is that when the disinfectant exits the sprayer, it does so with a positive charge. The disinfecting agent is now attracted to all negative surfaces and will spread around all visible areas. When the positively charged disinfecting agent droplets come in contact with each other, it naturally moves away from each other creating the spread of the disinfecting agent, covering more area and creating a more uniformed application. We use EPA approved disinfectants that are used in the restaurant and medical fields and our customers can be back in the area that was sprayed within 10 minutes. Because of this new and effective technology, many businesses are adding this to their readiness and cleaning guidelines. It is very important that when using this that the individuals that are spraying are highly trained and compliant with the Centers For Disease Control guidelines. Call SERVPRO at 989-775-5065 or visit us at www.SERVPROofmpchl.com to set up your readiness and cleaning plan