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Bonfire Safety

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Bonfires have been very popular since we are all at home. Cozy, cool nights spent by the fire with friends and family while roasting marshmallows and enjoying each other’s presence is a recipe for a good night. All while maintaining 6 ft a part of course!

Surrounding a campfire with loved ones creates special memories that you can cherish forever. Let us continue to create these memories by practicing bonfire safety!

Starting the Fire:

  • Make sure your fire pit is enclosed and there is enough room for a seating area
  • Make sure that your bonfire is 10 ft away from your home or any structures
  • Do not use gasoline or lighter fluid to start or relight the bonfire

Bonfire Safety:

  • Keep a bucket of water or hose handy in case of emergencies
  • Do not leave bonfire unattended
  • Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • Do not throw fireworks into the bonfire
  • Do not burn aerosols or anything that may produce toxic fumes or explode

Putting Out the Fire:

  • Use a shovel to spread out the ashes to let them cool down. Slowly pour water over the ashes and check to be sure that the fire is completely out

Any open flame is a potential risk for a disaster. So next time you are planning a bonfire, use these tips to ensure everyone’s safety. As always, we are ready for whatever happens. If your bonfire gets out of hand and causes fire damage, you know we will be there to help!

We Specialize in Cleanup and Restoration!

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (989) 494-5575

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (989)494-5575

Keep Up With Your Business Carpet Cleaning

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Being a local independently owned franchise we understand the challenges of owning a small business. Keeping a commercial space clean can be a big challenge but it needs to be done. First impressions are very important and you don't want to turn customers off because your store has filthy carpets. Nobody wants to eat in a restaurant that has dirty carpets or upholstery

We can take care of those things for you. Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the life of your carpets and keep your building looking clean and smelling fresh. We clean several businesses through-out the Shiawassee and West Saginaw County areas already. Churches, nursing homes, senior living community's and apartment complexes use us regularly to keep the carpets in their property looking nice, you should too! Call Today 989-474-5575

Protecting Your Garden During Rainstorms

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Although our gardens love a nice rain shower, too much rain can be harmful to all the plants. After all the hard work you have done to manage your garden, do not let heavy rainstorms ruin it!

Follow these tips to protect your garden during heavy storms:

Before:

  • Remove damaged limbs and shoots – Removing dead limbs and shoots from your plants will help make them more streamlined and will reduce snapping and tangling.
  • Add compost and mulch – Adding a couple of inches of compost to the top 8 to 12 inches of soil will help with drainage.
  • Support taller plants – Push a wooden or metal support into the ground and tie taller plants to it. This will help keep them stable against rain and strong winds.
  • Drainage – Make sure there is a proper runoff that tilts away from your garden and make sure it is not blocked. Water collecting in your garden can be damaging to your plants, possibly drowning them.

During:

  • Cover you most delicate plants – Use a waterproof tarp to cover your most fragile plants during heavy rainstorms. Make sure that the covering is not blocking water from draining because it can cause other plants to drown.

After:

  • Check your vegetable roots – Once the rainstorm has stopped, make sure there are no exposed roots following soil erosion. If there are exposed roots, covered them with soil or compost before they dry out.
  • Check your pots and planters – Pots and planters can easily become flooded if the drainage is blocked. Check them before, during and after rainstorms. You can always cover pots and planters if necessary.
  • Pull weeds up by hand – The moist soil after rain means you are much more likely to retrieve the whole root without it snapping or breaking.

Need more tips? Go to The Plant Guide for more information on maintaining your garden during severe weather.

Learn About Benefect® Botanical Disinfectant

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

What is a Botanical Active Ingredient? In nature, plants produce germ-killing “essential oils” to protect themselves from invading microbes, similar to how our bodies produce antibodies for our protection against disease. Benefect® is a revolutionary blend of these antimicrobial extracts, particularly from the herb Thyme. Using these essential oils from plants allows Benefect® to achieve an unprecedented Category IV toxicity rating with a broad-spectrum disinfectant. To put it simply, Benefect® is a “plant immune system in a bottle.”

Uses:

  • Water damage & mold
  • Catastrophic events
  • Trauma & blood-borne pathogens
  • Hard surface disinfectant

Advantages:

  • Excellent safety profile
  • Hospital level disinfection for all restoration jobs
  • OSHA compliant for blood-borne pathogens
  • EPA registered disinfectant
  • Ideal for use in schools and day care centers
  • Outstanding product for “green cleaning” programs

Benefect® is ideal for use in restoration sites such as water damage, sewage back up, mold remediation, fire restoration and trauma scene decontamination. Effectively eliminates odors produced by odor-causing bacteria, fungi and other organisms on concrete, wood framing and studding, trim and sub-floors.

Standing Water

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

When floodwater enters your home or business, it can cause "standing water". Standing water is a pool of water that does not flow. This can be a dangerous thing if it is not handled correctly. Standing water should be dealt with right away. The cleanup can sometimes take up to 10 or 11 days to completely disappear unless it is mitigated immediately.

Here are some protective measures to take into consideration when dealing with standing water:

Stay Away from Standing Water

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the standing water leftovers
  • Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria and other parasites
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick
  • Wash your hands after contact with standing water
  • Do not drink the water
  • Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock

Standing Water vs. Animals:

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your home or building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up
  • Mosquitoes can breed and grow in standing water
  • Some animals might find your home or business a cozy place to live
  • If tap water is unsafe to drink, it is unsafe for your pets

If you find yourself dealing with standing water of any kind, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened."

Going Out After COVID-19 Shutdown

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

As communities and businesses reopen, you may be eager to get out of the house and resume your daily activities. Although there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is crucial to understand the possible risks and types prevention measures to protect yourself.

What You Need to Know:

  • The closer you interact with others and the longer the interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • Keep a face masks, tissues, and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol on you at all times.
  • If you decide to participate in public activities, practice preventative measures such as:
    • Wear a face mask
    • Wash your hands often
    • Avoid close contact with others
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Stay home if you feel sick

Dining Out

Before going out to eat, check the restaurant’s COVID-19 prevention practices before you go.

  • Call to see if their staff are wearing face masks while working
  • Check the restaurant’s website and social media to see if they have updated their information regarding COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Hosting Gatherings

  • Remind guests to stay home if they feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Host your gathering outdoors if possible
  • Arrange tables and chairs for social distancing. Try to keep everyone 6ft apart.
  • Wear face masks if possible
  • Avoid close contact with guests upon arrival. Instead of shaking hands or giving a hug, wave and verbally greet them instead.
  • Clean hands often
  • Provide hand sanitizers
  • Use paper towels for drying hands, avoid guests from sharing a towel
  • Limit people going in areas where the flood is being prepared

Going to Gyms

  • Attend outdoor classes or virtual classes to avoid close contact with others
  • If you attend indoor classes, try to maintain 6ft apart from others
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Ensure equipment is clean and disinfected. Wipe down machines and equipment before and after use.
  • Bring hand sanitizer for extra protective measures

Going to Salons

  • Book services in advance to avoid waiting in a lobby with others
  • Wait in your car until the time of your appointment
  • Always wear a face mask
  • Avoid paying with cash
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before receiving services.

Spot Hidden Water Leaks

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

When was the last time you moved your appliances to inspect for hidden leaks? Leaks are trouble, that is why it is important to be alert and spot water leaks before they drive up your water bills and cause damage to your home.

Here is where to find hidden leaks in your home:

Check your water meter: Turn off all the water in your home and record the number on your water meter. Wait at least 20 minutes, return to check your meter again. If the meter reading has changed, that means you have a leak.

Check your usage: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency highly recommends checking your winter water usage to find out if a leak is occurring somewhere in your home. If a family of four is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, it is likely that there is a serious leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system.

Check your bill: If your bill is rising consistently but your water usage has not changed, a leak may be to blame. Collect bills from the past few months and compare them to see if there is a steady increase. Your water bill should remain within the same range month to month.

Check exterior usage: Leaks not only happen inside your home – they can occur outside as well. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see all connections are tight.

Routine check: Regularly check places such as the toilet base, shower door, ceilings, cabinets, and basement corners for mold or pooling water. Being alert and proactive is in checking for water leaks is key for avoiding potential problems.

Spotted a hidden water leak and have damage? SERPVRO is here to help! We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

Show Your Commitment To Clean

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Getting back to business relies on getting your customers back through your doors. And that will only happen if they feel safe and secure in your space. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean with 40% of consumers citing store cleanliness as a top concern. Are you ready to not only help keep your customers and employees safe but to communicate that you have chosen a higher standard of clean for all Americans?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration,we stand on over 50 years of experience and expertise so you can rest assured that you have selected a higher standard of clean for all Americans – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading and proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. The program is grounded with our unique 3 Cs: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  1. CONSULT: A TAILORED CLEANING PROGRAM TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.
  • We will assign you a Cleaning Protocol Specialist who understands your business.
  • Programs are based on a range of factors: type of industry, business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  1. CLEAN: PROACTIVE AND COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE CLEANING PROGRAM.
  • Trained and experienced in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards for your facility set by the CDC.
  • EPA-approved products, including our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food surface use.
  1. CERTIFY: A COMMITMENT TO CLEAN FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES AND CONSUMERS.
  • Leverage SERVPRO’s trusted brand to reassure your customers and employees that you are taking the steps needed to keep your space at a higher level of clean.
  • Communication touchpoints include a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned window emblem, signage, marks for your digital footprint and more.

DISPLAY YOUR COMMITMENT TO CLEAN WITH THE CERTIFIED: SERVPRO CLEANED LOGO.

Customers and employees will know that SERVPRO, the nation’s #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, was there.

Unexpected Water Leaks

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Some of the most dangerous fire hazards in your home are completely unexpected and are things you might not think about on a daily basis. Not all fire hazards are so predictable like leaving a candle unattended or smoking inside your house. The lesser-known fire hazards are just as troubling than most common ones because you do not see them coming until it is too late.

Here are some unexpected fire hazards in your home that you should pay attention to:

  • Dryer lint – Excessive heat and lint buildup is just asking for trouble. It is important to clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly.
  • Dust – Dust can be a fire hazard if it collects near floor heaters, electronics and sockets. If sparks fly, dust piles can ignite and start a house fire. Be sure to look under appliances and remove dust buildup.
  • Gas water heater – Clothes piled too close to a gas water heater can ignite when the water heater comes on.
  • Laptops – Laptops running for long periods of time tend to get fairly hot. A hot laptop that is left on a bed, couch, blanket or other soft surfaces can prevent air flow in and out of the cooling vents. This can produce enough heat to ignite and start a fire.
  • Crumbs in the toaster – Have you checked your toaster crumbs recently? As crumbs pile up on the bottom, a spark can easily catch fire and start a flame that catches on to items surrounding the toaster.
  • Leaves in gutters – Allowing leaves to gather up in your gutters or bushes to over grow can cause a major fire risk. Be sure to clean your gutters and your lawn regularly to reduce the risk of a fire.

An unexpected fire is devastating and can destroy your home along with your personal belongs. Be proactive in protecting your home from a fire hazard. Be alert and check your house routinely. If the unimaginable ever does happen, we are always ready to help.