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
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
- 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
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
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:
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
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
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:
- 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.
Disaster Planning for Businesses in the Downriver and Monroe County Areas
The front of an Emergency READY profile can be seen here. Each profile is different and can be completely customized for individual business needs.
According to industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may never recover if faced with a disaster. Of those that do survive this traumatic event, the majority of them had some sort of disaster or preparedness plan in place in case of such a disaster.
Having some sort of disaster plan in place makes it possible for businesses to start picking up the pieces immediately following a loss, minimizing business interruption and getting them back on their feet faster.
Did you know that SERVPRO can help?
What many people may not know is that SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee offers a complementary Emergency READY Profile, which is SERVPRO’s answer to an emergency preparedness plan for local area businesses. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP), you will minimize the extent of damage from the water or fire, and also minimize the amount of time your business is interrupted.
So what is an ERP?
An ERP is a concise document that contains critical information in the event of an emergency. Water and gas shut off valves are located and labeled, priority areas and priority contact information is listed, the closest fire hook up is located and even your local SERVPRO franchise professional is listed in order to start mitigation without delay. Pictures and detailed descriptions are included as well, making it easy for even the newest of staff members to know where these locations are.
Don’t know where your physical copy is? SERVPRO has that taken care of too! There is now an app where you can find all of this information, and when you get your physical copy, your SERVPRO professional will also email you a link with your individual sign on instructions so you have 24/7 access to the online version and can even submit a loss.
If you have questions about an Emergency READY Profile, or would like to have an ERP done for your business, please call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.
Brownstown Residents: Know the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide
This is an example of one of the more inexpensive carbon monoxide detectors on the market.
Carbon monoxide has long been known as the “silent killer.” Colorless, tasteless, and odorless, it’s no wonder that it is one of the most difficult gasses to detect.
What are the causes of carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide can be created by space heaters, open flames, gas appliances, generators, grilling, a blocked chimney, or even a running car in an enclosed space. That is why it is imperative to install and operate appliances as the manufacturer recommends to decrease the chances of carbon monoxide levels rising.
How do I know if I've been affected?
Carbon monoxide prevents the blood from being able to carry oxygen. Symptoms are similar to those of the flu, without the fever. Other symptoms include dizziness, severe headache, confusion, fast heart rate, convulsions, and even unconsciousness. Left in a situation with heightened levels of carbon monoxide, brain damage could occur or even death.
If you think you may have higher than normal carbon monoxide levels in your home, do not ignore it! If you are not experiencing symptoms, immediately open doors and windows to air out the area, turn off the source and call the Fire Department. If you are experiencing any of the above, get to fresh air immediately and call 911 from a neighbor’s home.
So how do you protect yourself?
Luckily, there are carbon monoxide detectors that measure levels over a period of time, and give you adequate time to either ventilate the area or evacuate. They are reasonably priced, starting from around $12 and going to over $100 depending on how high tech you are looking for, and can be self monitored, or system connected and monitored like your home security system.
It is recommended that there is one on each floor, and especially outside of sleeping areas. Sensors should be at least 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances, and tested once a week. Sensors last typically 2-5 years, but routine maintenance is encouraged. Every month the unit should be unplugged and either vacuumed or wiped with a dry cloth to remove any dust.
Don’t put you and your family in danger! Know the hazards of carbon monoxide and how to keep your home and loved ones safe!
The Truth About Sump Pump and Flood Coverage in Frenchtown, MI
If your Frenchtown, MI sump pump fails and you have water in your basement, call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee. We'll clean it "like it never happened."
As the owner of a home with a Michigan basement, and being in an industry where we see the worst case scenarios, the question has been brought up about insurance coverage in the event of a sump pump backup or failure.
It is common knowledge, that occasionally sump pumps have been known to fail causing devastation in basements. However, what many people don’t know is that their regular homeowner’s insurance does not cover this, neither does their flood insurance.
Flood insurance typically covers anything structural in the event of a flood. In other words, if you could take your home and flip it upside down, anything that were to stay attached is covered, anything that were to fall would not be. . . so that heirloom passed down for generations may not be covered though insurance for the cost of restoration.
Don’t find yourself caught in this position; there is a solution to protect you in the event of this happening!
If you have a sump pump in your home, you may want to consider looking into the option of a sump pump rider on your insurance policy. A sump pump rider endorsement is intended to cover both contents and structure if there is a water loss based on the failure of the unit, either by electrical loss or mechanical failure. Based on the size of your basement and whether or not it is finished, there are different coverage limits available to fit your needs.
Remember, it is important to always discuss your coverage limits with your insurance agent before making a decision. SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is not an expert on insurance, but only recommends insured check their options and verify their coverage before tragedy occurs. Adequate coverage should include not only water mitigation, but also the repairs that would be required to put your basement back to its original condition if a loss were to occur.
For any additional questions, or if you have experienced a water loss, please call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.