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Generator Safety

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Community Generator Safety Use a generator safely

It is true that you do not realize how much we rely on electricity until we experience a power outage. Losing power easily disrupts some of the convenience in our lives, often resulting in many homeowners purchasing generators. This piece of equipment can help get you through until power is restored. Although they can be very useful, generators can also raise a variety of dangers. If you have a generator for your home or business, here are some safety tips from the American Red Cross:

-Keep the generator dry. Do not use it in rainy or wet conditions

-Be aware of the amount of power your generator can produce to reduce the chance of overload

-Do not use the generator in any partially enclosed area

-Keep the generator away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors

Read more generator safety tips: Safe Generator Use

Winter Storms Causing Ice Dams

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Although a mild winter is nice, it also brings about an increased chance of water damage from ice dams. An ice dam is when a ridge of ice forms at the edge of a roof. It prevents melting snow and rain from draining off the roof. Snow and rain storms flip-flopping regularly is a recipe for disaster when it comes to ice dams. As the water gets backed up behind the ice, it can easily find its way under your shingles and effect your ceiling and wall cavities. This can bring about many more issues such as droopy ceilings and moldy wall cavities. 

There are a couple different ways to prevent ice dams and ice dam damage. The first is that many homeowners will have heating cables installed to prevent ice from building up. The second is having a contractor evaluate your insulation and ventilation in order to recommend solutions to possible ice dam concerns. 

If you experience water damage due to ice dams, SERVPRO of Muskegon is here to help!

Oh Christmas Tree

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Christmas tree season is upon us!

Most people begin setting dates to shop for their tree shortly after Thanksgiving. The tree farms grow busier and busier, and you begin seeing trees on top of cars going down the road. The local supermarkets have shelves packed full of lights and holiday music is in the air. 

Christmas trees, although festive and pretty, bring along some extreme dangers. It is not uncommon during the holiday season for families to experience Christmas tree fires. Here are some tips on how to avoid these disasters:

- Always re-cut the trunk at least one inch from the bottom and drill a hole in the middle to allow the tree to absorb water and stay healthy.

- Keep your tree away from heat sources. These can include space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, televisions, computer monitors, and more. 

- Do not put too many strands of lights on your tree. The rule of thumb is a maximum of three plugs per extension cord. 

- Always make sure your tree has water! A Christmas tree fire is much more likely when your tree is dry. 

If you do experience a tree fire, we are here to help. Our highly trained technicians are not strangers to these kinds of situations. You can trust us to be there for you in your time of need.

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Broken Pipes

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

As winter approaches, the fear of frozen and broken pipes are on the minds of many homeowners and maintenance people. These fears are a reality for many individuals who have faced severe damages in the past. When it comes to sudden disasters, it is all about response time. When a school or a manufacturer experiences extensive water damage, it has the ability to put them out of commission for an extended period of time. This is especially harmful to businesses as their profit is reliant on being open. 

If you need help NOW, call SERVPRO of Muskegon. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. If the thought of dealing with your insurance provider has you stressed out even more, don't worry! We will work with your insurance company to help make everything run as smooth as possible. 

Have Water or Flood Damage?
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Cleaning Your Gutters

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

As the Fall season comes to a close, the leaves begin to fall faster than ever. What does this result in? You guessed it, clogged gutters. So how important is it to make sure your gutters are clean? We will tell you, very. Your gutters can become full of leaves and sticks, creating numerous issues. Clogged gutters begin to hold standing water. As the temperature outside drops, this water can freeze and expand. This can easily lead to gutter repair or replacement over night. If water is unable to successfully drain from your roof, it can also begin to seep into your foundation, walls, and attic. For those of you who may experience this unfortunate situation, we have the ability to solve your problem before more arise. If you have water damage to your home or business, we are here to help. 

Make sure your gutters are clean and can successfully drain water, even if this means calling a professional. If you do experience water damage, give us a call. We will come running. 

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (231) 733-7601

The Holidays

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

With the holiday season looming around the corner, the amount of house fires begin to increase. This is often due to cooking, space heaters, fireplaces/wood stoves, and decorations such as candles. These different factors play a huge part in the spike in house fires around the holidays. It is very important to take many precautions in order to prevent house fires. A few are as follows:

  1. Do not cook when you have been drinking or are very tired
  2. Plug space heaters directly into outlets and not into extension cords or power strips
  3. Have your fireplace/wood stove inspected every year and cleaned when needed
  4. Do not sleep with lit candles or put candles on your Christmas tree

Even though homeowners take many precautions, accidents do still happen. When disaster strikes, have a company on speed dial that you can trust. SERVPRO of Muskegon has highly trained technicians with the skills and equipment needed to be there in your time of need. We deal with many house fires around the holidays and have experience in all different circumstances and parts of the restoration process.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (231) 733-7601

Chimney Fires

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

It is that time of the year again. As temperatures drop in West Michigan, fireplaces and wood stoves begin to come back into use. That means that chimney fires become a concern for many homeowners. Chimney fires are caused by creosote, a combustible substance that is formed by gases during the burning process. This substance hardens to the chimney liner and poses a serious fire risk. Here are some ways that you can prevent chimney fires:

1. Clean your chimney: It is very important that your chimney is inspected every year. Making sure your chimney is safe and cleaning it when it becomes a possible hazard is a great way to prevent a fire. 

2. Use dry wood: If your wood is wet, it will not burn as hot as dry wood and will produce much more smoke. This increase in smoke can lead to an increase in creosote production. 

3. Burn the hardest firewood you can find: Softer wood tends to increase the production of creosote in your chimney. This is often due to the amount of pitch in softer wood such as pine. 

4. Try to burn at the right temperature: It is best when using a wood stove to have a temperature gauge that ensures you remain in the "burn zone". 

5. Use a creosote remover powder: This powder is to be placed on the wood and burned at a high temperature. It helps to turn the creosote that may be forming in the chimney into powder to reduce buildup. 

All of these tips can reduce your chances of a chimney fire, but the most important one is the first. Always make sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned regularly to ensure the safety of your household. 

Fire Prevention Open Houses

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

As fire prevention open houses are nearing an end for this year, we encourage families to attend at least one in your local area. These events serve as great educational opportunities for individuals of all ages. They have educational material and demonstrations on how you can keep your family safe in case of a fire. These demonstrations include the importance of shutting doors when sleeping, having working smoke detectors, how to escape a burning structure, and more. These events are often attended by other branches of first responders as well, such as law enforcement, ems, etc. that educate individuals on their jobs and what they do to help people each and every day. The open houses are totally free and leave your kids walking away with memories of a lifetime!

Moisture & Mold

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

West Michigan has received plenty of storms and heavy rain this summer. All of the flooding and high humidity has left homes and businesses in need of water extraction and drying. The severity of water damage to buildings throughout the summer have ranged from water pouring through windows and flooding basements, to small roof leaks. No matter the size, call SERVPRO of Muskegon if you are unsure if you can successfully dry your home or business. Even the smallest amount of water or moisture can begin to produce mold. Mold has the ability to spread and generate serious health concerns if not remediated promptly. Our technicians are trained professionals with the knowledge and equipment needed to remediate your mold problem and ensure safety. 

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (231) 733-7601

National Preparedness Month

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. It is very important as a business owner that you are prepared for whatever may happen. Disasters can take a toll on your business and heavily impact finances and the ability to stay open. You have the tools at your finger tips to be prepared and maximize your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster by using these three steps:

-Plan to stay in business
-Encourage your employees to become ready
-Protect your investment

We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At,
companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. You
can also contact SERVPRO of Muskegon to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program®.