Why Mold Does Not Impact Everyone the Same
Mold can find itself even in the moldings of your home.
Mold is heavily dependent on many different factors, which results in different reactions. Some people are prone to being sensitized. These individuals are much more sensitive to mold exposure and have greater reactions towards mold. This is due to anything from allergies to their genetic makeup. Often, these sensitivities occur from strong odors as well. Professional mold remediators should always be the first thought when talking about mold removal and how to properly handle the situation. Mold remediators, residential or commercial, are specifically trained in handling mold and are educated and aware of the proper protections and protocol for the safest mold removal.
Just like colds and the flu, the young and the elderly are particularly susceptible and careful precaution should be exercised in those cases. Every home has some degree of spores, but it is important to make sure that your home’s environment mimics the outside environment. In the event that you suspect mold in your home, please call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.
Do Your Employees Know Your Emergency Readiness Plan?
These plans can help save your business and protect your most important interests.
Employees are the backbone of every organization and they serve to keep the business afloat. Often, the managers of the organization are the only people privy to the inner workings of the organization and are depended upon to know the safety protocols in the event of an emergency.
With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program, or ERP, your organization can make sure that each and every employee knows of where the shutoffs are to prevent further water damage, where the fire exits are located as well as the areas to find where to shut off the electrical, internet as well as where your HVAC units are.
This service is completely free to any organization and it is something that we provide to businesses as a value-add to the organization. It is very important for every organization to be able to know what to do in an emergency. If your organization is in need of a plan to be created, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser would love to help.
How to Prevent Kitchen Fires
Fires can spread in a matter of moments if not carefully contained.
Fire and a kitchen are almost one in the same, but occasionally accidents happen. Kitchen fires are often easy to prevent and here are some of the ways to do so.
First of all, NEVER leave food unattended while it is cooking in the oven or on a stovetop. These are often a major cause of severe fires that can remove you from your home until the cleanup is done.
Another precaution to take is to remove any flammable materials away from the area being used for cooking. Paper towels, oven mitts, wooden utensils and pot holders can all catch fire and cause major havoc.
Finally, clean your cooking surfaces on a regular basis, to prevent buildup of grease that can cause a grease fire. Grease often creates a spreading effect and creates fires that affect more square area vertically and horizontally.
Kitchen fires can be a headache and if you need a cleanup done, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Preparations Ahead of Storm Damage.
Sandbags are an inexpensive way to barricade your exterior portion of your home.
There are some household items that you would normally not even consider in an emergency situation that could prevent homes from suffering further damage in a storm damage occurrence.
One such item would be sandbags. Sandbags can form a barrier around the structure of your home and create a diversion from the home towards a centralized area. This can also prevent interior damage to your home.
Another preparation to make is to clear out all gutters, drains and downspouts. By clearing out those areas where water came in, you will allow the water to exit the affected area at a faster rate. The best time to do this is when the weather is warm and sunny, so you should not hesitate until the winter months.
Another avenue you could do as well is to elevate all outdoor equipment on either cement blocks or attached to an area where the flood lines are lower. Things like air conditioners, generators and fuel tanks should not be sitting in an area where water can easily reach it.
If you suspect your home is impacted by storm damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com
Types of Storm Damage
Storm damage like this can occur if the exterior areas of the home have an issue.
Storm damage can occur in a variety of different ways and there are a lot of elements to be aware of during a storm.
Typically we see four types of storm damage situations: Water, Wind, Snow, Hail. Water damage is our most predominant type of storm damage. Usually this occurs after a foundation issue, a sump-pump failure, a roofing issue, or water coming up and through drains and water shutoff areas.
Snow damage is another issue that can occur quite frequently in the winters. Snow and water damage have obvious similarities, but they can have different types of impacts. Snow and ice can block pipes and cause pipe bursts, which can lead to more internal damage compared to a regular water loss.
Wind Damage typically occurs on the exterior of their home, but can lead to interior issues when the exterior issue is pretty widespread.
If you suspect your home is impacted by storm damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Air Quality in Your Business
Having proper safety equipment is essential to remove toxins safely.
Checking for air quality is an essential part of the cleanup after a fire or a flood. Fires and floodwater can release harmful toxins into your business that would need to be removed in the event of a fire or flood. This would preferably be done as the cleanup is being performed. The floodwater that comes into your business can pick up many harmful toxins and substances from the outside environment. These toxins can often cause adverse health effects and our staff has to have proper protective equipment in order to remove those toxins from your business. By removing the materials affected, you are preventing the further spread of those toxins from entering your business and improving the air quality in the building. This ensures that the building is safe to be used again and there would be no worries of the safety of your building. If your business or property has experienced a flood or fire, please call the professionals from SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.
Mold like this can spread very quickly and cause major havoc on your home.
Over time, commercial buildings that are not maintained can cause a property owner a lot of issues. If a roof is old and breaking down, you could have water leaks from the roof that would normally go unnoticed and could cause significant mold growth if unchecked.
As a property owner or property maintenance technician, it is vitally important to make sure that no leaks go undetected and that all cracks are sealed to prevent potential issues from developing after a rain storm or flooding. Mold can grow as soon as 48-72 hours after the event has occurred. In the event that your commercial building experiences a leak through foundation cracks, holes in the exterior or within the walls of your building, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331. We are 24 hours a day and our IICRC-certified staff can handle any emergency water situation that you can imagine
Fire Weather Warnings
Areas like this are susceptible to widespread dry fires.
Two weeks ago, Michigan had a very unusual warning issued by the National Weather Service about a Fire Weather Warning. Some of you may be wondering why the National Weather Service felt the need to issue a fire weather warning. This blog is going to briefly explain why these warnings occur and what causes them to be administered.
Also known as red flag warnings, the criteria for the warnings vary based on land features in the area, the arrangement of the physical features in the area, and distance from major water sources. The conditions that caused the warning to be instituted were because of the perfect storm of high winds, low humidity and high temperatures, all of which leads to rapid spreading of fires.
These warnings are typically accompanied with outdoor burning bans, which is to deter potential fires from accumulating into a potential wildfire. Overall, these warnings can be few and far in between in Michigan, but they are not impossible to occur in the state.
In the event of a household fire, please call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.
Stop the Leak Before Repairs
Stop the leaks before your floor turns soaked.
Sometimes we get calls from panicked homeowners who have a flood in their home and we have to ask them if the leak or source of loss has been stopped. Majority of the time, they are still having the leaks occur, so they ask us what they should do. This blog today is about finding out who can help to stop leaks in certain areas of your home.
- If a toilet or sink is the issue, typically your first call should be a plumber to stop the leak or troubleshoot the issue.
- If a sprinkler system is the source of the issue, it may be in your interest to contact the sprinkler system installing company back or a handyman.
- If it is a foundational issue that is causing the water in your home, then a foundation specialist may be the best option for you.
- Pipe bursts inside the home, it can be stopped by shutting off your main water source, and consulting either a plumber or someone like us.
In all the above situations, typically the steps listed are needed to be done first before any action can take place from our end. We can help the cleanup after all of these situations and will gladly contribute towards the cleanup.
If you suspect your home is impacted by water damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Types of Smoke Damage
Smoke damage can end up in any crevice or area of your home.
Soot from fires may look the same from a visual perspective, but there are a lot of different formations of soot. When looking at the soot, it is important to know whether the soot itself is wet or dry, if there is an oily residue or if leftover fire extinguisher residue is still available.
- If the smoke is dry, it occurs from fast burning fires that have a high temperature.
- Low temperature fires typically have wet soot because at the low temperatures, the moisture can still exist within the materials that were burned.
- Depending on the brand and type of your fire extinguisher, certain residues can be left, which will alter how the soot looks and feels.
It is important to know that different types of soot requires different types of cleanup catered to the molecular composition of that soot. Having a proper cleanup method is essential and only professionally qualified people can restore your home to its proper state. For any questions about smoke damage in your home, call your local Fraser SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.