Another winter is coming to an end here in Michigan. As temps start to climb and the snow depth disappear many of us will start to look at what we can do around our homes to be prepared for the spring thaw.
After a long and cold winter the ground will still have frost in it and a fast warm up followed with rain can cause flooding. Here are some steps that can help prevent a flood in your home.
-Clean out gutters and Downspouts- also done in the fall to prepare for winter, there can still be leaves and debris that get in there and can cause a failure in the gutter system. If the snow melt and rain cannot properly flow it can backed up and flow into your house, down the walls, floors and into your basement.
-Sump Pump- be sure your sump pump is working properly and you have a backup in case power should failure. With the frost still in the ground, water can sit on top or worse, find a way into your basement. If this is the case, your sump pump working properly can get the water out of your basement and protect your belongings.
- Basement Storage- Good to have all year long, storing your items that in your basement in water proof storage and on shelving off of the floor. If flooding does occur, this will help save your items from being damaged beyond repair.
If a flooding event should happen at your property this spring, call the experts at SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake to get your properly dried out.
Is Your Fireplace Clean
This was caused by a Chimney Fire
How often do you have your fireplace cleaned? Do you have it cleaned by a professional or do you do it yourself?
However you have it cleaned you want to make sure its done properly and done often. Having a nice warm fire in your home or cabin can be nice to come back too, but if it is not properly maintained, it can lead to a disaster. Creosote can build in your chimney and lead to a fire that can get out of control very quick. The damage in limited to just your chimney and fireplace. If it grows to quick it can quickly burn your walls and roof, soot will spread throughout your house and if the fire department is called out, they can quickly soak your house leading to a water damage as well.
If this unfortunate loss should happen to you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake, 989-775-5065.
Is Your Business Prepared For Freezing Weather
A burst pipe caused this business to flood, Drying Equipment set to help start the drying process
Over time Plumbing can become weak and wore down. Sometimes the insulation around the pipes may not be as efficient as it once was. If this should happen and plumbing happens to be on an exterior wall, it can lead to a frozen pipe and once the temperature rises, it can burst, causing water to go everywhere. It does not take a big crack in a pipe to allow gallons and gallons of water to come out. Damage that can happen from this can be as small as some flooring that needs to come to multiple floors of flooring, walls, insulation and ceilings that need to come out and be repaired.
If this loss should happen to you, call SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake. We have the experience and know how to get you dried out and get your doors back open quicker. We understand that the longer it takes to get the water dried out, the longer it can take to get back to business.
Water Stained Walls from a Boiler Loss
Is your Home or cabin's heating sources properly maintained? It is important to have them properly maintained to avoid failure that can lead to further damage. The latest scenario is from a second home and the boiler failed. The water through the baseboard heat then froze during the cold Michigan winter months. Once temps rose and the pipes thawed, the split in a few different locations causing water to spill from the second floor all the way down to the crawl space effecting every room in the house. The homeowner was not there at the time and was not able to turn the water off in a timely manner. The condensation from this caused the insulation in the walls to become soaked along with the river of water that was coming out of their crawl space.
SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake was able to get out the property and get the water extracted and the walls opened up to allow the condensation to evaporate to limit further damage.
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.