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Storm Season in Twin Lake; Are You Prepared?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm with lightning Thunderstorm Watch, Thunderstorm Warning. Do you know the difference?

In Twin Lake, storm season  is here.  It typically starts in late March, peaks in July, and runs through August into early September.  This is due to the warmer weather bringing moisture and humidity to the air, which brings instability to the atmosphere, resulting in the potential for severe weather.  Summers in West Michigan mean fun and sun but also can bring thunderstorms, strong winds, and the occasional power outage.  The following are some tips from The National Weather Service to make sure you and your family stay safe this spring and summer:

Know the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - a storm is possible and near the watch area.  Monitor the situation and be prepared to act if a warning is issued.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar; an imminent danger to your safety and property is present.  Take cover in a solid building or vehicle with the windows closed.

Have an emergency plan and kit in place.

Severe weather is at its worst when it catches us by surprise; that is why having an emergency plan in place is crucial.  Make sure to consider all weather events that are most likely to happen in your area.  Items to have in your emergency kit include: battery-operated flashlight with extra batteries, weather radio, first-aid kit, a three to five-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food, blankets, sleeping bags, and cash. 

The National Weather Service is predicting more than average rain this spring for Michigan, with temperatures expecting to be higher than average.  Now is the time to make your emergency plan and gather your items for your emergency kit.

If your home or business experiences damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of Muskegon to make it "Like it never even happened." 231-733-7601

How to Protect Yourself in Montague, MI During a Power Outage

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Man holding flashlight Be ready for a power outage with these tips.

Power outages can be stressful not knowing when power will be restored to your Montague home.  Check out these power outage tips from Ready.gov to be ready for the next outage.

  • Have enough nonperishable food and water on hand.
  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.  Throw out food if temperatures reach 40 degrees or higher inside the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Use a generator, but ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Have enough flashlights for every household member with backup batteries.
  • Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations open near you.

Experienced damage to your home after a storm?  Call SERVPRO of Muskegon, we are Here to Help, 231-733-7601

Emergency Storm Damage Assistance in Ravenna, MI

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling caving in from water damage We are Here to Help after the storm.

Storm damage does not always strike during regular business hours, so that is why SERVPRO of Muskegon is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with our on-call emergency service.  We are Here to Help Ravenna homeowners secure their property and start mitigation after an emergency event promptly.

SERVPRO of Muskegon can provide temporary protective measures to prevent additional damage to your property after a disaster.  If after a fire or flood your contents need to be removed from your affected property during the restoration process, SERVPRO of Muskegon can pack your contents and move them to our warehouse for storage until the restoration process is complete.  Once restoration is complete, your contents are returned to your property.

Has your home experienced damage from a recent storm?  Call SERVPRO of Muskegon to help, 231-733-7601

Cloverville Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom counter covered with smoke and soot Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Cloverville Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke - wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Muskegon will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.  Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke - Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today - 231-733-7601

Common Types of Storm Damage in Lakewood Club, MI

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Hail on grass Hail is one type of damage a storm can cause to your business or home.

Weather can be unpredictable and severe storms can come out of nowhere.  When storms blow through Lakewood Club, they bring all sorts of conditions with them.  The following are a few basic types of damage a storm can cause to your home or business:

Wind

Strong gusts of wind can harm your house or business in different ways.  It can lift shingles from your roof, leaving it exposed to the elements and further damage.  Winds can also carry debris and when that debris comes in contact with your business or home at a high speed, it can cause cracks and holes in siding and windows.

Water

Heavy rainfall can cause street flooding as well as flooding inside your home or business.  Water wants to find the lowest point so it can find its way into your home from the ground level or a crack in your roof.  Make sure to call SERVPRO of Muskegon if your home or business suffers from water damage to make sure it is mitigated properly.

Hail

Hail damage is difficult to identify the cause because the next day it melts away.  Depending on the size of hail, it can cause cracks and holes in siding, knock loose roofing materials, or shatter and chip windows.

If your home or business has suffered storm damage, call SERVPRO of Muskegon to make it "Like it never even happened." 231-733-7601

Fire Pit Safety For Your Fruitport, MI Home

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in fire pit Check out these fire pit safety tips before lighting up.

Warmer weather is here which means backyard barbeques and bonfires.  Before lighting up an inferno, check out these fire pit safety tips to keep you and your Fruitport home safe.

  • Check Wind Conditions Before starting up a blaze in your fire pit, check the local weather conditions.  Do not use your fire pit on unusually windy days, as the wind can make it difficult to light the kindling and could blow sparks to surrounding brush or structures, potentially starting a fire.
  • Build the Fire in the Open Never light your fire pit when it is underneath the overhand of a building or beneath trees.  Keep the immediate area around the pit clear of yard waste and other flammable materials.  Sparks can blow out of the fire and ignite nearby structures, dry wood, or leaves potentially causing a fire emergency.
  • Never Burn Construction Lumber To fuel your fire, use wood from around your home or season hardwood kindling and logs.  Never use construction materials such as plywood, MDF, pressure-treated boards and posts, or chemically treated wood pallets.  These are treated with chemical resins, adhesives, and other substances that emit toxic fumes when burned.
  • Be Ready to Extinguish Flames Everyone enjoys a good fire but they can be unpredictable.  Make sure to keep a shovel and water close by just in case.  In an emergency, you can use the water to extinguish the fire and the shovel to smother the flames by throwing dirt on them.
  • Never Leave a Fire Unattended Never leave your fire unattended, even after it has died down and only glowing embers remain.  Tiny flames are still a potential threat as they can rekindle a fire.  Almost-extinguished fires have been responsible for some of the most severe wildfires in U.S. history.  Make sure to pour water over live embers and turn logs to make sure all sides have stopped burning.

If your home experiences fire damage, call SERVPRO of Muskegon, we are Here to Help, 231-733-7601

Restaurant Grease Fire in Muskegon, MI

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Aftermath of grease fire in commercial kitchen Call SERVPRO of Muskegon after a commercial kitchen grease fire.

Fires are the biggest realistic disaster to occur in a restaurant.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are an average of 8,240 fires at restaurants a year with $245 million plus in property damage.  Around 40% of restaurant fires start in the kitchen.  The following are some of the top causes of these fires, and what can be done to prevent them:

  • Exhaust System and Ductwork In restaurants, a main way fires spread so rapidly is due to the ventilation work and exhaust system.  Vents and fans behind cooking equipment, such as ovens and stoves, and oven hoods, can get grease buildup and extract flammable vapors.  Make sure to clean these regularly to reduce the risk of fire, or at least the extent of the fire, if one does occur, will drastically decrease.
  • Oil and Grease Traps A grease fire occurs when the oil becomes too hot.  When cooking with oil, first it will boil, then it will smoke, and then it will catch on fire.  It can take less than 30 seconds for smoking oil to catch fire, so never leave your pot or pan unattended.  If you do experience a grease fire, turn off the burner but do not move the pan as that can cause the fire to potentially spread.
  • Electrical Electrical fires can be started from poorly constructed wiring or other electrical components projecting heat to flammable materials.  Short-circuiting, plugging equipment in beyond the electrical capacity for the building, can also cause a fire.  An electrician should routinely check wiring to protect against these risks.
  • Gas Leaks Gas leaks are the most devastating restaurant fire.  These happen when equipment can no longer support the gas flow adequately, leaving flammable gas in the air.  These leaks can usually be detected by smell and are a crucial issue to deal with.

This business in Muskegon had a grease fire which was put out by a fire extinguisher.  They knew to call SERVPRO of Muskegon to take care of the grease, fire extinguisher powder, and grease smell.  With our special SERVPRO products our technicians were able to make everything look and smell "Like it never even happened."

Has your restaurant experienced a grease fire?  This is not a DIY project for your employees.  Call SERVPRO of Muskegon, a trusted leader in the restoration industry, to restore your business quickly, 231-733-7601

Spring Thaw and Water Damage

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement This flooded basement was caused by their sump pump not working.

Every year homeowners in West Michigan are hit with the harsh reality of winter, worrying about everything from snowy driveways to power outages.  We all look forward to spring and warmer weather, but the thaw can lead to problems.  As temperatures rise, leftover snow and ice, as well as the frozen ground, begin to thaw out.  This thaw creates excess water that can cause water damage, in home flooding, and other issues around your home.  The following tips are to help you protect your home from the effects of the spring thaw:

  • Shovel the snow near your home - if there is snow still up against your home, shovel it away so it can melt somewhere away from your house.  You should also remove anything in your yard that may obstruct the draining of melting snow and ice.
  • Inspect the drainage system - make sure the drainage system on your property is free of obstructions so the melted snow and ice can drain away from your home.  Open your roof drains and make sure the floor drains are free of debris.
  • Check the gutters and downspouts - gutters and downspouts allow water to runoff from the roof to drain away from the home.  During the winter, debris such as twigs, leaves, and ice may block the gutters.  This can lead to a range of issues from water damage or leaks on the roof to basement flooding from the water buildup near the foundation.  It is extremely important to clear any debris from your gutters and downspouts to allow for proper drainage.
  • Inspect your roof - check the condition of your roof to make sure there is no damage from the winter.  Hiring a professional to inspect your roof is the best and safest option.
  • Protect items - move valuable or important items like personal documents, electronics, and paintings to upper floors.  Try to get everything in your basement off the ground onto a shelf or milk crate.
  • Test your sump pump - early spring is the perfect time to test your sump pump.  This will help ensure that it is working to prevent flooding in your basement.
  • Consider flood insurance - homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage which is why you should consider flood insurance.  A flood insurance policy will protect your home in case of flood damage.

As the weather starts to get warmer, protect your home from water damage caused by the spring thaw with these tips.  Following these tips can help prevent basement flooding or water damage on your roof or foundation.

If you do experience water damage or flooding, contact SERVPRO of Muskegon to restore your home properly, 231-733-7601

Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting vs. Sterilizing

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Person cleaning surface with blue rags in PPE Using the right products is important for the safety and health of your family.

To ordinary people, these three terms are often used interchangeably despite describing three different types of antimicrobials.  According to the EPA, antimicrobials are products that "destroy or suppress the growth of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi on inanimate objects and surfaces."

Sanitizing - describes the act of reducing bacteria on a surface.  It is commonly used in kitchens and food preparation areas, and is the weakest type of public health antimicrobial.

Disinfectants - much stronger and will kill and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.  Some, but not all, types of disinfectants can kill viruses like HIV, respiratory syncytial virus, and coronavirus varieties.  They are most commonly used in the medical industry and should not be used on surfaces that come in contact with food.

Sterilizers - the strongest of the antimicrobial category.  In addition to killing live fungi and bacteria, they can also reduce the spores that create new microbes.  Training and certification are usually required to handles and use these products.

Hybrids - some products are combined sanitizer and disinfectant, which are useful when you not only need to disinfect an area, but also need to clean away material and residue that provide breeding grounds for new bacteria and viruses.

At SERVPRO, we are lucky to have our own chemists on staff to develop professional-grade products such as SERVPROXIDE.  It is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold on hard surfaces, and is also effective for sanitizing soft surfaces.  It is formulated for everyday use because it meets the lowest toxicity rating approved by the EPA.  It may be used around children, infants, pets (dogs and cats), and food preparation.  As a consumer you are now able to purchase it on Amazon so you have confidence in the cleanliness of your home or business.

SERVPRO of Muskegon has the training and professional-grade products to get the job done right!  Call us today, 231-733-7601

Be Ready When Disaster Strikes

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Logo Are you "Ready for whatever happens"?

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it ahead of time.  Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever could happen?"  The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile gives you peace of mind, providing critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services, and serving as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Muskegon as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Call SERVPRO of Muskegon today to get started and be "Ready for whatever happens." 231-733-7601