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.
Cleaning Mold Effectively
SERVPRO Franchises all across the country are available to make your home look "Like it never even happened."
There are many safe and recommended types of cleaning solutions to use for the removal of mold spores.
Here are a few different solutions that are used in restoration cleaning:
- Concrobium: Concrobium is generally used on any surface and it works by suffocating the mold as it dries on the affected area.
- Benefect: Benefect is widely used in a lot of different commercial settings like hospitals and various other professional endeavors. It doesn't require wipes after application but does require careful measuring to ensure proper results.
SERVPRO also produces its own line of chemicals that are used by all franchises in their various mold and other projects.
It is very important for the solutions that are used to be of the right grade and the right amount to be used to achieve the right result. If you believe that your home or business has mold problems, it would be wise to have a professional crew assess and determine whether the issue is indeed mold. Call our crew at SERVPRO of Fraser to get your home or business assessed.
Fireworks Causing Fires
Fireworks can cause a lot of damage.
The holidays are a time for celebration and for family, so having a disaster occur on a holiday is not ideal.
Fireworks often are associated with the Fourth of July, but if used responsibly, they are relatively safe. We have had various jobs that have been caused through improper use of fireworks that has led to housefires. Based on our prior experiences with jobs like these, they often take a long amount of time to get the home back to pre-fire conditions, with the work not being the cause of delays but rather the approval times it takes to finish projects.
It only serves as a reminder to us that we have to be careful during the holidays when using fire for cooking, celebration and or other use. If you run into an event caused by a fire, please call your insurance agency after the fire has been contained and if the damage is severe, you should call in a restoration company like SERVPRO of Fraser to make sure the remediation is handled efficiently.
Importance of Disaster Recovery Planning
Having a business continuity plan or an emergency plan is essential.
Even in a place like Michigan, we can experience moments of extreme weather, usually in the form of heavy ice and snowfall.
One thing that every organization and business should consider in their business is the importance of having proper workplace procedures in the event of major weather that impacts the workplace.
One such step to have in place would be to have some employees trained in where the important outlets and structures of the building are located. In the event of an emergency, most problems occur when no one has knowledge of the surrounding areas of the building. A group of employees should be aware of where the proper areas to evacuate and or learning how to turn off the water shutoffs.
If your local organization or business is in need of a prepared emergency plan, we offer FREE Emergency Ready Plans for your business that will help to establish that footprint for your organization.
Why Our Franchise is Capable of Handling Any Disaster.
SERVPRO of Fraser is ready for any disaster!
As a SERVPRO franchise, owners are often required to maintain certain standards for equipment and personnel mandated by our corporate office.
These standards allow for our franchise to operate at maximum efficiency and gives our franchise an inherent advantage over the competition in our area. Our franchise typically can handle multiple jobs at a time as our staff is mostly cross trained on the various aspects of the business, which is not necessarily the case for most restoration companies.
With these inherent advantages, our crews and staff can coordinate and tackle multiple jobs at a time in an efficient manner.
Having the ability to rely on our Disaster Recovery Team is also vitally important towards making sure that large scale jobs can be completed with a professional quality and done with maximum customer satisfaction.
If your home or business is experiencing a disaster, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 to learn more about what we can do to help you!
How to Prepare an DIY Kit for Storm Damage
Storm Damage can happen anywhere.
It is always said that you should always prepare for the unexpected in life. This blog will go into how to create and build a do-it-yourself storm kit to have in a storm emergency.
First thing you should look to include is food and drink that can last for an extended period of time. Depending on storm damage, you may have to rely on some food reserves depending on the severity of the storm. Second addition to the kit would be a light source, like a flashlight that can provide some light in case of an extended power outage. Finally, a source of communication and or a news source like a NOAA weather radio, in the event that you lose power and your phone does not work.
Having this kit in hand when storm damage strikes is a nice tool to have and can help you to be able to brace the storm damage a little better.
SERVPRO of Fraser and the Community
Our Owner, Paul Patrico, holding an award from Outstanding Sales Performance from SERVPRO Corporate.
Our franchise placed a lot of value in not only being a professional crew for our clients, we also pride ourselves on involving ourselves within the local communities that we service.
Since our franchise opened in 2008, we have been involved in many city of Fraser events through the use of donations and sponsorships. We also have made donations to various non-profits within our service area, and dedicated a personal commitment to our communities at-large.
Through this community outreach, we learn a lot about the people that make up our community, and that is translated into our franchise's operations as well as own franchise values. SERVPRO prides itself on promoting causes that help impact our local communities, and we aim to not only perform professional level restoration, we also aim to be community thought leaders and active participants in our local community.
For a community crew that aims to save you from disaster, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.
SERVPRO acquired by Blackstone Group
Blackstone acquired SERVPRO earlier this year.
SERVPRO and its 1,700 plus franchises were acquired by Blackstone Group earlier this year.
After the acquisition took place, SERVPRO franchises and Blackstone Group have made a strong commitment towards hiring more veterans and members of military families.
Our franchise has hired multiple military personnel in the past and will continue to hire former military personnel in the future.
With the backing of a strong private equity firm that also houses multiple assets in various industries, SERVPRO can now align itself better with many different opportunities in real estate and commercial development.
Aligning with multinational brands like Blackstone help to expand SERVPRO capabilities as well as maintain a foothold within the restoration industry to ensure that when you think of a disaster, you're reminded that SERVPRO is the leader in restoration.
If you have a flood, fire or mold situation within your home in the Fraser and surrounding area, make sure you contact an expert and call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.