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What are the Leading Causes of Fires?

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Knowledge is one of the best tool against fire prevention. In this Blog we will be learning more about how and why fires start. Let’s begin by noting the leading causes of fire. They are as follows:

  • Cooking
  • Electrical
  • Heating
  • Smoking
  • Candles

As you can see the top causes of fires are cooking, electrical, heating, smoking and candles. Many of these causes have the same prevention tips. For example you should leave any of the above listed event of items unattended. Also turning off items or unplugging them while they are not being used. When cooking don’t wear loose fitting clothing and keep flammable items away from the cook top. Like wise whenever you have an open flame or heat source ( candle,fireplace,space heater etc.) be sure there are not items nearby such as curtains or blankets. By taking small steps in your day to day life you can prevent a life changing disaster. If you would like to learn more visit nfpa.org.

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Generator Safety Tips

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Lighted match

When bad weather strikes and the power goes out it is helpful to have a generator on hand to keep or home or business up and running. Below are tips on how to safely operate your generator.

  • Never use a generator, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide

For help restoring your home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County  at 269-686-0664.

We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Winterizing Before You Head South for the Winter

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

It’s the holiday season. Thanksgiving has past and Christmas is weeks away. In Michigan the snow is beginning to fly, because of this many of our lucky residence are also flying south for the winter.

  • Turn down the heat (but don’t turn it off)

You’ve probably heard horror stories about pipes freezing and bursting in the cold winter months. To avoid this fate, don’t turn your heat off during winter. If you’re leaving your house empty, setting the thermostat to 55 degrees is usually enough to keep your pipes from freezing. Leave cabinet doors open so heat can better circulate around your pipes.

  • Clean the fridge!

It’s important to take the time to do a thorough fridge and freezer clean out, using, giving away, or tossing items. If possible unplug your refrigerator and empty it entirely, defrosting your freezer, wiping down doors and shelving, and leaving doors propped open to prevent mildew and mold.

  • Repel rodents

The weather is cold which causes pest to seek warmth and shelter. Nonperishable food items should be kept in sealed, airtight containers with lids. Empty trash bins and remove any recycling before you leave the house. Vacuum and clean floors thoroughly, removing traces of food or debris that might attract vermin.

  • Unplug inessential appliances

Enough said. There is no need to waste electricity.

  • Drain your pipes!

Pipes that leak or burst in your absence can be a costly and destructive welcome home. If you live in a place that gets cold enough for pipes to freeze and you have pipes running through unconditioned parts of your house (meaning areas that aren’t heated), then you must take steps to protect them. Turn water off at the main supply, open all faucets, and drain pipes of water.

If you forget to take these precautionary steps to avoid damage while your away remember SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry is “Always here to Help”

 Call our Office! 269-686-0664

Taking the fIrst Step to Prepare for Disaster

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is always ready!

The best way to be prepared for a disaster is to plan for it before it happens. Emergencies can happen at any time. There are steps you and your business can take to be better prepared when disaster strikes.

  • Make sure to have proper Insurance coverage for your Home, Business and belongings
  • Properly protect critical documents
  • Perform drills to practice emergency response
  • Be sure to test your plan
  • Be involved with local new and weather apps
  • Have battery or crank operated radio, flashlights and other useful item stored in an easily accessible location
  • Have an up to date phone list of who to contact in an emergency

Be prepared for disaster. If disaster strike be sure to call SERVPRO. We operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Have Questions? Call our Office! 269-686-0664

Safely Celebrating the Holidays

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

A festive Christmas tree

The holiday season is here once again. Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright. If you don’t use caution when roasting your chestnuts on an open fire, your holidays will quickly go from holly jolly to horrid. From Christmas to Kwanzaa we have helpful tips to help you and your family.

  • Always unplug holiday lights and trees before leaving you home or business
  • Keep flammable material at least 3 ft away from your Christmas candles, Menorah or Kinara
  • Don’t plug more than 3 strings of lights into each other or opt for a power strip instead
  • Use a sturdy tree stand when setting up your tree
  • Supervise children and pets near your Christmas tree

We hope you have a happy holiday season filled happiness. May the joys of the season shed light, hope and fill our hearts with peace.

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Winter Weather Preparedness

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Is Your Property Winter Ready?

Cold weather has arrived in West Michigan. Cold weather can have a huge impact on your property whether it’s a commercial property or residential. Heavy snowfall,sleet, and icy conditions can cause serious and expensive damage. Though you can not control West Michigan weather, you can take steps to be better prepared. Take these steps into consideration when protecting your property.

  • Check for weak branches and limbs around your structure. Snow and or ice buildup can cause branches to fall which could cause potentially personal injury or damage to your property.
  • Inspect entryways, handrails, and stairways leading to your business or home. Such areas can become treacherous in winter.
  •  Inspect walkways and parking lots for proper drainage.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by allowing a drip when temperature go below freezing.
  • Inspect your roof line and watch out for ice dams!
  • Ask your SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County sales team member to complete and Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

Have Questions? Call our Office! 269-686-0664

Help is a Call Away

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

What to do... 

Your home suffered a fire loss. The first responders came and went and your home is in shambles. A host of other problems now rest before you. Damage to the ceilings,walls,content,care pets and flooring. Trying to solve these problems on your own can be daunting. That is why you should call the professional at SERVPRO or Allegan and Barry County. The following are tips that may help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County. This attempt could set soot into the surface.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot from being embedded into soft upholstery and carpet.
  • If electricity is off empty the refrigerator and freezer completely and wipe clean to prevent odors.
  • Do not attempt to eat any food or beverage that may have been stored near the fire,heat or water.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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Restoring Hardwood Floors

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in a home with hardwood flooring the thought of a water damage is terrifying. If the floor is dried quickly and properly a finished hardwood flooring that is cupped or crowned often returns to its original shape. Wood needs space to expand and contract with changes in humidity. If the wood does not have the room for expansion, the wood will buckle at the joints. The amount of warping or buckling is determined by the amount of moisture that is absorbed and the type of wood. Warping and buckling is permanent. Floors are generally replaced if any irregularities cannot be removed by sanding or refinishing. This is why water on hardwood flooring should be extracted as soon as possible. 

Our Water Damage- Restoration Process

Every water disaster is different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

https://www.SERVPROalleganbarrycounty.com/water-damage-restoration

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Freezing Temperatures Hazards

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

An example of our water shut off vale tag

Freezing Temperatures and Your Pipes 

Winter has arrived in West Michigan. As Michiganders we begin to prepare our homes for the freezing temperatures. Unprotected pipes are susceptible to cold temperatures because water expands when it goes from liquid to solid form. A gallon of water one frozen will expand to a volume 9% greater than the original gallon. Ice blockage becomes more likely one outside temperature drop to below freezing. A cold wind reaching unprotected pipes quickly remove heat and increases the chances of ice for mission. Water pressure that builds between the ice blockage and a closed faucet can burst the pipe. After a pipe break occurs a water damage begins.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

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Get Your Business Back to Business

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Our mobile ERP can be emailed to anyone you please. Have your Emergency plan at your finger tips.

Why SERVPRO? We have what you need.

Does your business have an emergency plan in place? There are many benefits to having an emergency plan. At SERVPRO we offer the ERP. The Emergency Ready Plan or ERP is a service our company offers to help your business in its time of need. In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. This is a comprehensive document that contains critical information about your business. This includes Emergency contact information, shut off valve locations, and priority areas. With our many technological advances you are now able to access your ERP on your mobile device from almost any location. 

The ERP is a no-cost assessment! It’s only requires time. If you are interested in acquiring these valuable assets contact SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County 269-686-0664.

advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

  • No-cost to your business 
  • Easy access to critical information 
  • Quick access to contacts
  • Easy to understand and organized
  • Peace of Mind

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, mold remediation from an ongoing problem or a fire. SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County is here to help. When fire or water damage puts your business at risk. Let us make it “ "Like it never even happened." “. It all starts with a phone call and one of our helpful representatives will assist you with your needs.

Have Questions about ERP, Fire, Water, or Soot Damage?

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