Tips for Property Owners/Managers with Clean Water Situations
Commercial buildings are susceptible to water damage, just like any home or small building.
Property Owners and Managers should be aware of what to do in an emergency situation with their property. Here are three tips that would help streamline the water damage response and provide fast action for cleanup.
- Shutoff the water source immediately upon discovery. This helps to minimize the impact the clean water has on the structure itself. It also will cut down the costs for repair.
- Place Aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs. This prevents splitting of the wood or weakening of materials that are in the furniture.
- Do not use a regular vacuum for the cleanup. The vacuum can experience a myriad of issues and it is important for it to be picked up with the proper equipment and dried with the appropriate protocols and standards.
If you are a property owner or manager and need a crew to call on in the event of a fire or water damaged commercial building, call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.
24-Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
We can service your business or home at any time, day or night!
When dealing with water damage, it is important to make sure that you attend to your home immediately. Having a company you can trust is essential in making sure that your home or business is not impacted and that your home can return to preloss conditions. Mold can form within 24-48 hours of exposure to water, so it is important that it is acted upon immediately. When you call SERVPRO of Fraser, we make sure that you feel comfortable and have the ability to ask any questions necessary. We aim to work around your schedule. Whether a disaster happens at 3am or 3pm, we are available 24/7. We are located in the Fraser area and also service the communities of Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Clinton Township, Warren, Harrison Township. If your home or business has been affected by a fire, water, mold or biohazard situation, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser experts at 586-296-3331.
Conditions of Mold Growth
Mold can grow in the most finite of places, even in crawlspaces.
Mold can grow in any damp or humid area. When the seasons change, the rapid changes in temperatures can often speed up the development of mold. Mold does not grow as frequently in climates that are consistently cold over time, like Northern Canada and Russia. The cold temperatures do not allow for mold spores to grow as the mold spores often rely on damp conditions for its survival. Michigan is unique in that we experience a lot of different weather conditions from spring, summer, fall and winter. Mold growth is most common in the hot and humid months of the year like June and July. There are also non environmental factors to mold growth. Mold cannot grow as frequently if your home is sealed properly and high grade building materials are used in the construction of your home. This can also add to the value of your home. If you suspect that your home has a mold issue, please contact SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com
Most Common Areas for Mold Growth
Mold like this can grow in insulation and other areas of your home.
With the winter months coming, it is important to make sure that your family, close and extended, are living in homes that are safe for the holidays. Here are the most common areas for mold growth.
Crawlspaces: Crawlspaces are notorious for having mold in them. This is mostly due to foundation cracks and can be easily prevented if a homeowner monitors their foundation. If you find cracks, it is important for call a professional to fix those cracks to prevent more moisture from entering the space.
Insulation: Most types of insulation have some resistance towards everyday moisture, but in the event of a water damage situation, it is important to remove that wet insulation as soon as possible. This can prevent the possibility of mold growth, when removed within 24-48 hours.
It is important that if you see mold within your home or business, that the mold be properly remediated by a team of experts. Thankfully, your team at SERVPRO of Fraser is in the local area. If you suspect mold within your home, call your local Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Categories of a Water Loss
Remediating early can save you a lot of future headaches.
Water losses are generally classified by three different categories, each classified by a degree of contamination.
Category 1 losses are from clean water sources and do not pose any risk from contact or ingestion of the water. Category 1 events include broken water lines, tub or sink overflows, rainfall and toilet overflows of clear toilet water.
Category 2 losses have minor contamination that could cause sickness, if contacted or consumed. The water would contain microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms that harbor bacteria and other types of fungal matter. Category 2 events include washer overflows and water damage where urine is involved.
Category 3 losses are when the water is significantly contaminated and is composed of significant amounts of bacteria. Category 3 events include areas affected by sewage and feces, weather events like hurricanes and major floods, and water that contains heavy metals or chemicals.
Water losses come in many different types of varieties from the source, to the chemicals within the water, and the origin of the loss. If you have experienced a flood in your home or business and are unsure of who to call, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.
Assessing your Risk in a Fire
This fire was triggered by leaving an appliance plugged into the wall.
Fire Safety Week was during October 8-14 and with the California Wildfires that ravaged that region, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser wanted to point out a few ways to assess the risks that could spark a fire within your home or business.
Some key ideas to consider would be to consider cleaning your dryers and washing machines, assessing where you have your space heaters in your home as well as how your electricity is wired within your home. Removing lint from those dryers can prevent overheating within the machine and can allow for quicker drying time. Space heaters are a very common cause of residential fires and is a significant factor of fatalities from fires. Make sure that your space heaters are a safe distance away from potential fire hazards. Proper electrical wiring within your home also prevents fires from occurring. It is very important to keep track of your fusebox or your electrical meters and make sure that the circuits within your home are not overloaded with power.
Finally, make sure that your unused appliances are unplugged. These appliances can spark a potential fire, so it is important to make sure that those appliances are safely put away and stored.
This is another helpful tip from your local restoration experts from SERVPRO of Fraser. Please call us at (586) 296-3331 in the event of an emergency and we will make your sure that your home will look “Like it Never Even Happened”.
CE Classes are Here!
Sign up today if you are due to fulfill your CE credits on Water Damage!
SERVPRO of Fraser is hosting a free CE class on October 26, 2017, at the Rahi Executive Center from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. 100% attendance is required to receive CE credit for the course.
The Rahi Executive Center is located on 23550 Harper Avenue, in St. Clair Shores. We will provide free coffee, donuts, as well as a lunch for all who attend. This class is a (4) credit class on Restorative Drying for Water Damage.
Attendees will learn about how water damage impacts the insurance world, the emergency services associated with SERVPRO as well as various talks on the drying process, inspection services, and understanding the water restoration services that are provided in a water loss.
If you are interested in signing up for the course, please call us at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com. Seating is limited, so please call and reserve your seat! We are excited to see you all there!
The Hurricane Season and Mold
The path of Irma was fierce on the coast of Florida.
After the recent hurricanes of Harvey and Irma, the storms will leave the cities affected with another grave health concern: The development of widespread mold. The mold growth is especially rapid in humid areas like Houston and the Florida Keys. This can be a cause of great concern if the mold issues are not taken care of immediately and can lead to damaged sinuses, COPD, asthma and damages to a person’s respiratory tract. The long-term effects are dangerous and could potentially warrant a state of emergency issued for those communities. SERVPRO franchises across the nation have helped in the cleanup, along with our national Storm Team. Over 500 crews from our franchises have accumulated to expedite the water extraction process so that these families can go home to safer conditions. We want to salute our fellow franchises for the efforts being performed in the areas affected by Irma and Harvey and that SERVPRO strives to make disaster situations “Like it never even happened.”
The Importance of Emergency Drills for Workplace Safety
SERVPRO of Fraser is here to help with our ERP!
Businesses are severely in danger when an emergency situation occurs. The goal of all businesses is to keep business continuity at a premium and making sure that your business does not suffer in an emergency situation. Here are a few characteristics to consider regarding workplace drills.
1. Know your emergency contacts!
It is amazing how often business owners are not aware of what to do in the event of an emergency. A way to test yourself is to work out a scenario during an emergency preparedness drill. If you find that you do not have a plan of action established, then it means that you must prepare an emergency preparedness plan, which SERVPRO can prepare for FREE with our ERP.
2. Place importance on the process.
Having drills once a year in your workplace can help to establish what to do in times of crisis. It is always unexpected when a crisis scenario occurs, so it is important to know what steps are to be taken in an emergency situation.
3. Be observant.
It is vital for all employees to know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency. This should be covered in all employee onboarding or in new employee orientations when you are first hired in at a workplace. By establishing a safe workplace culture and being aware of where to be will help you to become a smarter and safer employee for your business.
Checking Your Home After A Fire
Structural Integrity is typically altered or destroyed after a fire.
After a fire situation, the damage can be severe and maneuvering around a home is very difficult. In assessing your home, it is important to look at these different characteristics of your home:
- The outside of your home: Your home can have structural damage on the outside of the home such as down power lines, down gas lines as well as missing support beams. This is pertinent information to find because it will help you to assess the potential damages.
- Check for gas: If you smell some mysterious odors within your home, then it is best to leave the premises. Gas leaks can be fatal if a person has prolonged exposure to the leak.
- Beware of suspicious odors/sounds: If you don’t understand why something smells or sounds abnormal in your home, it is best to be vigilant and find the proper professionals to administer a fix. It is always best to err on the side of caution regarding a hazard in your home.
If you suspect that your home has an issue regarding water, fire, mold or biohazard, please call your local Fraser experts at SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.