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Winter Storms and Frozen Pipes in Wayne County

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms and Frozen Pipes in Wayne County When temperatures get too cold, sometimes pipes freeze, and if the pressure from the water expansion becomes to great, they can break.

Upon waking up and seeing the snow falling in mid November, it has become apparent that is is that time of year again. . . . 

The National Severe Storms Laboratory catagorizes a winter storm as having snow, freezing rain, or sleet.  As we are Michiganders, it is all too common for us to see any or all of these in a short period of time. 

When temperatures are frigid, and precipitation in in the forecast, that's when SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee prepares for the flood of calls that they know are sure to come in. 

What Causes Pipes to Break?

A significant amount of winter storm damage occurs when pipes freeze and break.  When water freezes, it naturally expands, which causes pressure within the pipe, and can cause it to break.  Exposed pipes (quite often outside or under the home) are the most likely to experience this, however pipes within your home that do not have access to heat may be vulnerable as well (pipes underneath your kitchen cabinets or in your garage, for example).

How Can This Be Prevented?

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, check and make sure crawlspace vents are closed
  • Make sure exposed pipes are insulated and protected (this can be done fairly easily by wrapping them with pipe sleeves)
  • Keep the garage door closed to prevent cold air from coming in
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to encourage warm air circulation
  • In extreme low temperatures, leave faucet (especially hot water side) on at a slow drip
  • Keep the temperature in your home above 55 degrees Fahrenheit

If you or someone you know experiences an issue with winter storm damage or frozen pipes this winter, call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006 

Why SERVPRO?

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Unlike a lot of nationally known companies, SERVPRO is a franchise system, which means that although roughly about 1700 of us all across the country share a name, each is individually owned and operated, truly making us a local business.

Here at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, we are not just a local sign on the door; we do our very best to make a difference and help out in the community.  From being an active member in the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce and local Rotary Club, sponsoring local school events, to volunteering in our local business group to put on the annual Easter Egg hunt, Spooktacular Halloween event, and multiple trunk or treats throughout several cities, we love hanging out with other members of the community!

One of the most recent things we have been really excited about starting is our fire care package bags.  By partnering with several of our local fire departments, we have put together a small bag of amenities to be handed out to fire victims in ours and surrounding cities.  These care packages are made with both adults and children in mind, and include essentials such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, first aid kit, teddy bear, coloring activity book and crayons, just to name a few.

When you call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, even  for the simplest of carpet cleanings, know that you are supporting a local business that loves giving back and trying to make a positive difference.

If you or your business is interested in donating items for our fire care packages, please call the office at (734) 299-7006.

Fire Damage in Your Flat Rock, MI Business

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your business, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with.  If this happens, you want to regain control as quickly as possible to avoid disruptions in your business, and minimize the time that you have to be closed, and therefore losing income essential to your company’s survival.  

Specifically trained in the cleanup and care of your business and equipment, SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee will arrive on site within hours of the loss to begin mitigation services.  We understand that timely response could prevent business closure and revenue loss, and our goal is to get you back to normal and “like it never even happened” as fast as physically possible. 

Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are just some of the initial steps taken to help begin the restoration process.  Rest assured, your business and your belongings are in good hands.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is available and on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help get you back up and running.  Call us today at (734) 299-7006 if you have had a fire and need help or have questions on the fire restoration process.

Tips for Standing Water in Monroe County

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips for Standing Water in Monroe County SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee offers tips on dealing with flood water

A flood doesn't end once the storm stops.  We still have to deal with all the standing water that is left behind.  Most people don't realize, but flood water can take up to 11 days to disappear; it's not time to relax and go fishing. 

If you have to evacuate your office, do not go back until you have been told it is safe. 

Be careful driving in Monroe County.  Remember to "Go around. Don't drown!"  The water may be too deep for safe travel. 

Floods are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things may be in the storm water leftovers
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting could make you sick
  • Do not drink the water under any circumstances! 
  • Water conducts electricity.  Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock that could result in severe injury or even death

Flood waters vs. Animals in Monroe County

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your building.  Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you are cleaning up from flood waters
  • Some animals may find your office a cozy place to live, so be alert
  • If tap water is unsafe for you to drink, it is also unsafe for your pets

Links: 

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

Mold in Your Home or Rental Property

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Your Home or Rental Property The professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee are licensed in mold remediation, and are ready to tackle the problem!

The Truth About Mold

Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
    • spores are too small to see unaided
    • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, or carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages and can even ruin property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly (and can come in many different colors)

If you have a small amount of mold on a dish, for example, you can clean it.  You can even throw the dish away. 

However, if you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a "large amount" as an area of 10 square feet or more. 

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is licensed in the mold remediation process, and is qualified for even the worst of mold situations. 

If you see or smell anything that may lead you to  believe that you may have mold in your home, please contact the mold professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.  If you are in a rental home, talk with your landlord if you suspect a problem to see if licensed professionals need to become involved. 

SERVPRO; Not Just a Disaster

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO; Not Just a Disaster Vacuuming is the most important step in the carpet cleaning process, removing up to 80% of soil.

When most people think about SERVPRO, they think about the television advertisements they see with the big green trucks and they think about water mitigation, fire clean up, and mold remediation.  But did you know that we also perform normal, non emergency cleaning and maintenance services too?

One of the most common services we offer on a non disaster basis is carpet cleaning.  Believe it or not, vacuuming is the most important step in the carpet cleaning process, removing up to 80% of soil, which is why this is standard procedure and our first step in the cleaning process.

When you contract SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee to freshen up and clean your carpet, whether it be at your business or your home, know that you are receiving the absolute best in carpet cleaning service!

Our carpet cleaning includes an initial vacuuming and a hot water extraction and steam clean using 220 degree (Fahrenheit) water and 300 psi.  Deodorization is also standard, leaving your carpeting smelling fresh and clean.  Typically we have found that most stains are removed simply by using the steam cleaning process, but for stubborn stains, we have special SERVPRO cleaning products that will normally remove even the toughest of stains.    

Before your next family get together, or even when it is time for your annual spring cleaning, give SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee a call at (734) 299-7006 for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.

Preparedness is Key; Tips for Monroe and Wayne County Residents

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness month, which begs the question whether or not you would know what to do if an emergency happened in your home.

Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:

  • Come up with several evacuation routes out of the home and go over these routinely, especially with younger family members
  • Designate a meeting place if you get separated
  • Inspect fire extinguishers on a regular basis and know how to use them (see a below blog entitled Would You Be Prepared to find detailed instructions on how to test your fire extinguisher and know what class of fire it is intended for)
  • Ensure there are both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors located in multiple locations in your home, and test them on a regular basis
  • Put together an emergency waterproof bag that includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Water bottles
    • Matches and a lighter
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • A roll of toilet paper
    • Poncho
    • Cotton t-shirt (you can wrap this around your nose and mouth to help filter dangerous debris
    • Glow sticks
    • Durable rope
    • Box cutter
    • Spare house keys (clip on a whistle and Swiss army knife)
    • Non perishable food bars
    • A pair of gardening gloves
    • Duct tape
    • First aid kit
    • Toiletry necessities (medications, anti bacterial soap. . .)

      For more information on specific types of situations to prepare for, or for print out forms to help your family gather the proper information, visit ready.gov

      If you have experienced an emergency situation and need help, please contact SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.

Knowing Your Weather Terminology

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Knowing Your Weather Terminology Here are a few weather terms and definitions that may make this storm season a little easier to get through.

With summer here, it is only a matter of time before we start to see some crazy Michigan weather, and that means that the meteorologist will be using terms that may be a little confusing.  Do you know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning?  Here are a few weather terms and definitions that may make this storm season a little easier to get through.

Warning:  A warning is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent, or likely.  A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property.  People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.

Watch:  A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, or timing is still uncertain.  It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.  A watch means that hazardous weather is possible.  People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens, and they should listen for further information and possible warnings especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.

Advisory:  An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather event is occurring, imminent, or likely.  Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.

Reduce Your Risk of a Dryer Fire in Newport, MI

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reduce Your Risk of a Dryer Fire in Newport, MI Dryer lint screens should be cleaned before and after each load. If it's taking longer to dry your laundry, the vent pipe should be cleaned as well.

According to the US Fire Administration, there are more than 2,500 clothes dryer fires in homes across the United States every year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property damages.  As simple as it seems, the biggest contributing factor of these fires is failure to clean the lint screen.

To protect your home and family from such a tragic disaster, there are several safety tips you should follow to decrease your chances of dryer fire in your home.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Follow the manufacturers operating instructions and do not try to over load your dryer
  • Clean the lint screen before and after every load of laundry
  • Do not use a dryer without a lint screen
  • Be extra careful when drying clothes that have been soiled with flammable substances. If possible, wash clothing more than once and hang to dry
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn
  • Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint builds up and around the drum
  • Make sure the venting system is not damaged or crushed which restricts air flow
  • Check that the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer is operating
  • Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer for laundry to dry, clean out the vent pipe, or have a professional service do it for you

If you or someone you know has experienced a dryer fire, or any type of fire and need help, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.

Firework Safety in Woodhaven, Michigan

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

General Firework Safety in Woodhaven, Michigan Although beautiful, fireworks can be dangerous. Here are some safety tips to remember this 4th of July.

July is here, and with it comes barbeques, pool parties, and fireworks!  Fireworks are a ton of fun and are beautiful to watch, but it’s important to remember that they are still explosives and should be handled with extreme caution.

On average, 280 people go to the hospital with firework related injuries daily during the month surrounding the 4th of July holiday.  In 2017 alone, 37% of firework related injuries affected the arms and hands, 36% were to the face, head, and eyes, while 27% affected the lower half of the body.  Over 53% of these reported injuries were burns.

To help keep this from happening to you or someone you love, here’s some firework safety tips from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise firework activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers.  Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse, and back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting it.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of a fire or any other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July, from your Friends at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee.