With summer storms often come straight line winds. Straight line winds, similar to a tornado, have the ability to cause serious structural damage. Fallen trees and large branches can easily puncture a roof. We have dealt with many cases in which a home has suffered roof damage during a storm resulting in large amounts of water pouring into the home. If your roof suffers damage during a storm, get it repaired as soon as possible. The longer the roof remains damaged, the more likely you will need water restoration. Once the roof has been repaired, ensure that no water has found its way into your home. Moisture has the ability to seep into drywall and other areas that are undetectable without professionally equipment. If you feel that your home or business has experienced water damage, call today!
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When you are in need of restoration services, time is usually of the essence. We are here to help. With our years of restoration experience, we have extensive knowledge on the damage that can occur if specific situations are not addressed immediately. Water can quickly make its way through levels of a building, wick into drywall, begin generating mold growth, and more. When you need somebody NOW, we are here to help. We have somebody on call 24/7 to ensure that you get to speak to a real person and can receive immediate response if necessary. It is not uncommon for disasters to strike at the most inconvenient times. If that is the case, we are just a call away. We truly are faster to any size disaster.
Home Fire Safety
Many individuals do not consider how important it is to be adequately equipped for a house fire until they have experienced one. A very important piece of home fire safety is having smoke alarms. Not only is it important to have smoke alarms, but to also ensure that they are working properly. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom and outside sleeping areas. It is recommended that you test your smoke alarms at least once a month. A smoke alarm being present will do no good if it is not working. Replace your alarms every 10 years. Smoke alarms are relatively inexpensive and well worth the lives they can save. It is also very important to ensure that everyone in the home knows the alarm sound and what to do should they hear it. Protect yourself and your family by investing the time and money into smoke alarms.
When it comes to thunderstorms, especially those with a large amount of lightning, things can easily become dangerous. That is why the CDC offers some great tips on how to exercise proper safety during storms. If it begins to storm, try to postpone your trip or activity and head indoors to an enclosed shelter. They also highlight the 30-30 rule which means that after you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder. Even being indoors still has some safety risks during violent thunderstorms. One of the main things to remember is to stay away from concrete floors and walls. Lightning has the ability to travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete floors or walls that can result in serious injury. Exercise storm safety at all times!
Summer time is here and many of us will enjoy a nice evening next to a campfire at some point. Ever realize just how strong of an odor the smoke has left on your clothing? Now imagine that odor being throughout your entire home. When a house fire occurs of any magnitude, it is devastating. Even if there is not a large amount of structural damage, smoke and soot can leave you feeling helpless and overwhelmed. Luckily, we are here to help! Our technicians have the training and equipment needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. We will keep you informed along the whole process on what we are doing and what it will result in. If your home is in need of a post-fire deodorization, give us a call!
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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.