Leaving Your Home For An Extended Period of Time?
"Like it never even happened."
Is your state known for cold weather causing families to buy houses in warmer climate states and return when the weather is nicer?
Here in Michigan, is it very common for families to move to warmer areas such as Florida during the cold and frigid winter months. But before just packing out and leaving, there are certain things you should always do to prevent damage to your property while you are away. First off, make sure you turn off your main water and drain the pipes of water. You would hate to have a pipe burst of a refridgerator leak while you are away. Also, setting your thermostat at around 60 degress should be enough to keep the pipes in your walls and ceilings from bursting.
It is also a good idea to clean your gutters, making sure that heavy rains/snow doesn't cause a gutter overflow to flood your home or cause damage to your roof. Having a close family member or neighbor check in every so often can help prevent further damage as well.
No matter the situation, SERVPRO of Fraser is here and ready to help 24/7 to do the job and make it "Look like it never even happened."
Basement Water/Mold Cleanup In Clinton Township
Moldy Content & Mold 4' High On Wall Paneling
SERVPRO of Fraser was called on the scene of a basement that was flooded with water 4 feet high, sitting for at least a couple of weeks, until a neighbor discovered the standing water in their basement while they were out of state for an extended period of time.
The longer the water sits stagnant in rooms, the quicker mold develops. The constant moisture, darkness, and time water sits, the faster mold gets fed and grows. This caused the need for a complete gut of the basement - content and all.
Our crews were called onsite to haul the water damaged content out of the basement, remove the wood wall paneling, and the flooring. Full HEPA suits and respirators were especially needed on this job becuase of the dangers mold-infested materials may cause to human health.
Upon final completion of the job, the homeowner was more than happy of the results and couldn't believe how well the end result turned out. SERVPRO is always here to make any type of loss look "Like it never even happened."
Storm Drain Backup In St. Clair Shores
Better to be safe than sorry about your drain backup issues!
Untreated storm damage can be a devastating and time consuming event for a homeowner. This also happens during inconvenient times and leaving the damage untreated can lead to serious damage.
Within hours, water will start soaking into drywall, upholstery and other porous materials. If it is continued to be left untreated, your home’s drywall will break and musty odors becomes present within your home.
Mold and mildew growth will manifest anywhere from 48 hours to a week after storm damage. This can also impact your wood flooring and or corkboard and start to cause swelling and can also cause warping of your windows and doors. The important thing to remember is that the longer the damage is left untreated, the more expense that will incur for repairing the damages. If you fear that your home has suffered significant storm damage, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser franchise at (586) 296-3331.
How We Can Improve Fraser Commercial Properties
SERVPRO of Fraser will do what it takes to make your business look the best that it can!
For many of the buildings near our Fraser Office, it is essential that the building maintain cleanliness and a clean environment. This is often because of health standards, industry standards, or various other outside bodies that control and regulate that these buildings maintian a certain level of cleanliness.
Therefore, when you find mold in your building, it is best to have the mold immediately taken care of. Mold spores are not something that should be left over time. Mold growth can happen quickly and without warning - so it is best to have the mold remediated upon discovery.
Mold and bleach, contrary to popular belief, is not an effective combination. If you suspect that mold is in your facility, have it assessed by a mold remediaton professional - like SERVPRO of Fraser. Call in a team of professionals to ensure that the mold you see will not grow into mold that causes further problems for your building, or more importantly, health.
Why You Should Watch for Mold in Your Facility or Building
Better to be safe than sorry about your mold problem!
For many of the buildings near our Fraser office, it is essential that the building remain in a clean environment. This is often because of health standards, industry standards, and various other outside bodies that control and regulate that these buildings maintain this level of cleanliness.
Therefore when you find mold in your building or hoime,it is best to have the mold immediately taken care of. Mold spores are not something that should be left over time. Mold growth can happen quickly and without warning, so it is best to have the mold remediated upon discovery.
Mold and bleach, contrary to popular belief, is not an effective combination. If you suspect that mold is in your facility, have it assessed by a mold remediation professional, like SERVPRO of Fraser. Call in a team of professionals to ensure that the mold you see will not grow into mold that causes further problems for your building or your health.
Risk of House Fires in Winter
House fires are at highest risk in winter
Take extra caution during the busy winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , some home fires may be more prevalent in the winter. Here are 4 leading causes of household fires and ways to prevent them.
1. Candles: Leaving lit candles unattended can quickly cause a fire. Reduce risk of fire by trimming the wick to limit size of flame, place candles on a sturdy surface, and keep at least 1 foot away from flammable objects. If leaving room blow it out, never go to sleep with a lit candle.
2. Cooking: Open flames, cooking with oil, and intense heat can result in a fire when unsupervised. Stay present in the kitchen while cooking with oil to help reduce the risk of grease fire. Use a timer to remind you cooking is in progress. Always keep a fire extinguisher near by just in case.
3. Space heater: Space heaters can ignite household items near by. When in use keep away from household items such as curtains, furniture and clothing, at least 3 feet is recommended by the manufacturer. Remember to turn heater off when not home.
4. Careless smoking: Take caution when smoking in the home. Make sure cigarette is completely out, cigarette butts can continue to burn and catch fire. Putting your cigarette out in an ashtray, a bucket of sand or wetting the cigarette will ensure its no longer burning. Never smoke in bed, too many people fall asleep smoking.
While all potential causes of fires cannot be eliminated, taking precautions can make all the difference.
Home Fire Prevention and Safety
Smoke detector safety tips
Fire alarms are by far the #1 lifesaver when it comes to fires in your home.
Utilizing the following tips will drastically reduce the chances of a deadly fire in your home.
-There are 2 types of alarms, ionized and photoelectric, ionization is the most common as its cheaper and can detect minute amounts of smoke. If someone in the home has difficulty hearing, consider purchasing a smoke detector that produces flashing lights or vibrations in addition to a loud noise.
-Make sure alarms are installed in every bedroom, and outside every sleeping area. Also place one on every floor, including basement. Install ceiling-mounted models at least 4 inches from the nearest wall.
-Test all alarms monthly by hitting the "test" button". If alarm doesn't work, first replace battery and try again. `Clean smoke alarms regularly by vacuuming. Replace every 10 years.
Smoke alarms are absolutely necessary to protecting the people in your home from fires. They're easy to maintain, only takes a few minutes per month and very affordable.
How Michigan Snowfall Impacts Your Home or Building.
Michigan is known for its cold and large snowfall winters.
Our winters here in Michigan often have a lot of factors that have major impacts on our roads, businesses and workplaces. They also have profound impacts on our homes, especially when the home has some issue that is occurring on a semi-regular basis.
The issues that occur most frequently include: broken pipes, broken hoses, roof leaks, water lines breaking, and plumbing issues. All of these issues are exacerbated when in the cold weather. During the winter months, we often see the most water damage in the December and January months.
Things you should watch for after a snowfall includes:
- Cracks on walls or water marking.
- Roofs starting to crack and paint peeling.
- Making sure that the foundation is level and no cracks are apparent.
If your home, business or organization experiences flood activity, call in your local restoration experts at SERVPRO of Fraser. We have been serving the Fraser and outlying communities since 2009.
Why the Water Sources in Your Home Should be Monitored Constantly
Owner, Paul Patrico, monitoring a water loss in Fraser.
As a homeowner or facility owner, you are dealing with maintaining a lot of different functions within your home on a semi-regular basis. Often, something that goes unnoticed, is the need to check for leaks within your water sources.
Older homes, in particular, are susceptible to occasional cracks in piping or leaks in hoses causing for those leaks to happen. It should be a concern of all building owners, especially with the winters and rapid temperature variances in Michigan weather.
Things to look for include:
- Rips in leather hoses and tubing,
- Securing the nozzles and areas where water can come in through.
- Testing whether your water has any sort of discoloration as this is typically a sign of erosion within the piping.
If your home experiences any sort of flood activity this winter, call in the experts over at SERVPRO of Fraser. We have serviced homes and businesses in the Fraser area since 2009, making it ten years within the community.
Fire Damage Materials Handling
Our crews can ensure that your fire damage "Like it never even happened".
Fire Damage can wreak a lot of havoc on homes and businesses when it occurs, but not everything damaged is beyond repair.
Plastic and Tupperware is one potential gray area with damage in fires. If the damage is only surface-level or soot-covered, then a simple cleaning and wipedown will allow for those items to be saved. If burned past the surface however, it needs to be removed from the home to prevent more cross-contamination into other porous materials in the home.
Clothing that is burned can be saved depending on the cause of the fire. If the fire was a chemical based or solution based fire, than the clothing must be thrown out and not worn again to prevent exposure to those chemicals. If it is caused by fire or some other natural agent, the clothes can be laundered and the side effects would be negligible.
In the event of fire damage, call your insurance agent and ask for SERVPRO of Fraser to get your home back to the way it should be: a home clean and damage-free.