Summer Storm Damage
It is not uncommon for us to experience a large amount of violent thunderstorms throughout the summer months. There are a variety of different unfortunate events that can result in serious damage to your home when these storms occur. Strong winds can bring down trees and large branches that can easily produce roof damage. Power outages can result in flooded basements for homes whose sump pump doesn't have a battery backup. Heavy rains can result in downspout backups that have the ability to pool up and get under shingles. Cracks in your foundation can result in flooding if the water table rises too high. With all of these risks and more, make sure that you are prepared. If you experience storm damage, we are here to help!
Are You Storm Ready?
With the violent summer storms that we can experience at any time, it is important to make sure that you are storm ready. Many people do not take into consideration the situation that a violent storm can put them in. A loss of power can result in lack of fresh water, air condition, heat, and more. When these situations occur, it is important to make sure that you are prepared. Always have flashlights, fresh water, non-perishable food, a radio, a portable phone charger, and more. Take the time to create a checklist and storm plan with your family so that you are never caught off guard. Ensure that your children know where to go in case of a tornado emergency. You can never be over prepared, but you can be under prepared.
Have Your Radio Ready
There is not many common situations more unsettling than experiencing a violent thunderstorm and not knowing what is going on. When thunderstorms occur, power outages tend to shortly follow. Many of us do not realize the inconvenience that a power outage creates. Unless you are running a generator, in a blink of an eye you lost heat/air condition, water if you have a well, television, internet, and more. This can leave you feeling scared and helpless with no idea what is going on or when the storm will be over. Even though today's technology is able to keep us well informed in most situations, it is always important to have a portable radio nearby to keep you updated. Having access to local weather radio can be a lifesaver if all else fails.
Storms Flood Basements
Many homeowners throughout Muskegon County will experience water damage to their basement during the summer storm season. This could be anywhere from cracks in your foundation, sump pump failures, high water tables, and more. Heavy rain produced by these storms can spell bad news for a lot of homeowners who regularly experience water damage. If you begin to notice water/moisture in your basement, do not hesitate. Water damage can easily turn into mold issues and drastically increase the cost and time of restoration. Most people agree that a home is one of the largest purchases that you will make in your lifetime. Let us help you take care of your investment should you experience a loss. We can make it "Like it never even happened."
Smoke Alarm Safety
If there is one thing that many of us do not set as a priority on our "To-Do" list but should, it is checking our smoke alarms. Individuals who have never experienced a house fire do not take preventative measures as seriously as those who have. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. According to the National Fire Protection Association, here are some things you need to know:
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
- Today's smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
Commercial General Cleaning
Is your commercial facility in need of a deep clean? Luckily, we got you covered. Many facility owners realize that due to contents, structural materials, etc. they are not able to simply hose down the inside of their building without causing serious damages. Taking trained employees off their jobs to hand clean your facility can really cut into revenue.
Our technicians have experience cleaning large commercial facilities by hand to ensure that no damage is done and your building is left looking flawless. We have the equipment needed to successfully clean a variety of different surfaces and structures.
If you have recently acquired a new facility or looking to get rid of years of dust and grime in your business, we are the company for you.
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The good news is that spring is officially here! Coming with it is often times a large amount of rain. Even though you probably spent a good chunk of time cleaning out your gutters in the fall, it is very important to give them a quick inspection in the spring as well. The reason behind this is that it is not uncommon for melting snow and rain to push any kind of debris accumulated over winter towards the downspouts. Once these are clogged, water is no longer able to safely drain from your gutters. If water begins to back up and become stagnant, it has the ability to get under the shingles and create a roof leak. It is also very important to make sure that the water draining from your downspout is not pooling up right next to or against the house. This has the ability to create additional water damage if there are any cracks in your foundation. Inspecting your gutters and downspouts may take a little time, but could save you thousands down the road.
Spring Fire Season
It is officially that time of the year again. The spring fire season can be very dangerous and not something to be taken lightly. With trees bare and sunlight drying out sticks and leaves, debris burning can easily get out of hand. If your yard is littered with fallen sticks from winter storms, consider waiting until summer to do any controlled burning. With leaves being dried out, they are highly flammable and can easily become airborne if breezy. Flaming leaves that go airborne are very likely to start more fires that may become uncontrollable. Debris burning is one of the most common causes of wildfires according to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Please obey any fire restrictions and be smart when burning debris.
Self Drying Dangers
The water table tends to rise drastically in the spring with snow thawing and heavy rains. When this happens, it is not uncommon to experience a flooded basement. It can be difficult to differ between something that can be self-resolved, and something in need of professional attention. If this is a question you find yourself asking, it is best to go with the latter. A variety of issues can arise from attempting to self dry your home after experiencing water damage. If the moisture is not dried quick enough, there is a large possibility that you could experience mold. If the moisture is dried in an adequate amount of time, but a dehumidifier is not set up, mold could begin to grow as well. When it comes to water damage and its ability to quickly turn into a mold issue, call the professionals. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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With spring cleaning and remodeling taking place, there is a certain tool that comes in handy when extra outlets are needed: Power strips. Although they are helpful, they can pose a serious fire risk. We are often times not worried about how much power we may be drawing through a single outlet. With many homeowners living in 30+ year old homes, the power outlets are not capable of handling the usage of modern day technology. Major appliances such as dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, etc. should always be plugged into their own outlet due to their heavy power usage.
Look for these signs that your electrical system may be overloaded:
- Lights flicker or dim
- Circuit breakers trip or fuses blow regularly
- Cords or wall plates are warm or discolored
- Crackling, sizzling or buzzing is heard from outlets
If you notice any of these signs, reduce electrical usage and have your home inspected by a professional. Do not fall victim to an electrical fire.