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Most Common Causes of Indoor Flooding

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

The fact that your property is filled with pipes bringing water in and out of the building might not be something you think much about. Whether its the sink you wash your hands in, the washing machine that cleans your clothes or the dishwasher cleaning your dishes, you need a constant flow of water to keep your home running smoothly. But, that much water can also mean a decent chance of indoor flooding.

Indoor flooding is one of the leading causes of water damage and can require basic plumbing repairs and water damage restoration services. To help you combat floods when they strike, here are the most common causes of indoor flooding.

Leaky or broken pipes

The most obvious cause is leaky or broke water pipes. Pipes can burst thanks to changes in water pressure or faulty setup, regardless of the cause pipe problems often cause flooding.

A broken pipe can flood your home in a matter of minutes, filling your property with water that will require water damage repairs and even carpet cleaning services depending on where the burst occurs. Meanwhile a leaky pipe is a warning sign of problems to come and will require a plumber to fix. Hidden floods caused by broken pipes in your walls can even create the perfect environment for mold, requiring the likes of SERVPRO of North Calhoun's mold remediation to combat.

Leaking Water Heaters

A standard water heater is designed to constantly fill itself, providing you with warm water while showering or washing dishes. Having a leak in your water heater can cause a major disaster.

Even a small leak can cause extreme flooding due to its endless flow of water. Inspecting your water heater and keeping up with its maintenance helps to prevent leaks.

Clogged Sewer or Drain Lines

Water needs to be able to flow to and from your house with ease. That flow can be disrupted when you have clogged sewer or drain lines. Clogs that seem benign, allowing a slow drain, may seem to merely be an inconvenience. But, those clogs can become much worse, with the potential to cause your sinks, toilets and showers to overflow with water. This can result in big floods that cause even bigger damage. Make sure to contact a plumber if you notice a minor clog, this way you can keep your problem from getting worse.

Faulty Washing Machine Hose

Washing machines are extremely convenient, allowing you to free up your schedule by cleaning clothes with ease. But, like all appliances that use water, a malfunctioning washing machine can cause flooding.

Faulty washing machine hoses are the most common problem. A leak in your intake hose-the hose that brings water to the machine- can worsen over time and cause flooding in your home. There are steps you can take to keep your washing machine safe, like installing a washing machine valve shut off kit, but there will always be a chance of your machine causing a flood.

Floods in your home or business can't be controlled. Thankfully, if you can recognize the common causes of indoor flooding, you'll be prepared to prevent floods before they happen and be able to handle them if they do.

If you find yourself in need of water damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of North Calhoun County, available 24-hours a day, at 269-963-3033

Are you prepared for a Biohazard?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Ready plan for Biohazards

We all know life can throw unexpected situations in your direction. The big question is: Are you prepared?

Here at SERVPRO of North Calhoun we will come and perform an inspection with you so that we can help determine a plan should you have a biohazard disaster happen at your business. Our professionally trained technicians will create a Ready Plan with you, this way all your team members will know exactly what to do and whom to contact if faced with a disaster.

Remember, SERVPRO of North Calhoun is available 24-hours because we're here to help make it "Like it Never Even Happened"

Biological hazards and How SERVPRO of North Calhoun Can Help.

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

What are biological hazards?

Biological hazards, also known as biohazards, refer to a risk to human health or the environment due to biological work. This can include samples of a micro-organism, virus or toxin (from a biological source) that can affect the human health. These substances can also be harmful to animals.

Examples of Biohazards:

  • Human or animal blood
  • Human or animal waste/bodily fluids
  • Deceased animals
  • Human remains
  • Used IV(intravenous) needles/syringes
  • Medical Waste
  • Rotting food

According to the Center for Disease Control there are 4 levels of biohazards. Level 1 are agents that pose minimal threat to humans and the environment (ex. E. Coli). Level 2 are agents that can cause severe illness in humans, these are transmitted through direct contact with infected material (ex. Hepatitis, HIV). Level 3 are pathogens that can become airborne and pose serious risk (ex. Tuberculosis). Level 4 are pathogens that pose high risk of life threatening disease that have no treatments (ex. Ebola).

Clean up and Restoration

Failure to properly remove these substances can contribute to dangerous environments that pose serious health risks. SERVPRO of North Calhoun is trained to safely remove bio hazardous substances and dispose of them properly. Equipped with the proper safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can transform these environments back into clean, healthy and safe homes and businesses.

Decontamination of a home or office due to chemical spills, hoarding, sewage backups or other biohazards can be scary and dangerous. The correct training and experience is key when deciding a cleanup company to resolve these situations.

That's why SERVPRO of North Calhoun is here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

What Causes Mold Damage?

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

While mold damage can happen at any time of the year, certain months and seasons are more likely than others to produce cases of mold growth in Michigan. Mold is hardy and adaptable, but also tends to favor certain key conditions when it grows most profusely. In some states, these conditions exist year-round, and they consequently experience more overall mold damage cases than our local area. In Michigan, however, weather and conditions are highly seasonal, and you may be more likely to develop mold damage in your home in the spring or summer for a few reasons.

Wetness

Wetness is a key factor in how at-risk an area is for mold damage. In the spring, snowmelt produces a lot of runoff and even some amount of flooding. This tends to get into homes and properties, and moisture in generally dry areas is one of the most important causative factors in mold growth. Also, relative humidity increases once the days grow longer, and the land gets warmer, which can sharply increase the rate at which mold matures and reproduces.

Temperature

The second key factor in accelerated mold growth is temperature, and in Colorado, warm temperatures suitable for mold growth are a seasonal occurrence. Typically, it is too cold in autumn through mid-spring for mold to grow rapidly, and only the summer months provide warmth desirable for the mold. When combined with the wetness of that period, late spring and early summer end up being the times when we receive the most mold damage calls.

Whether your mold damage has happened in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, SERVPRO of North Calhoun is a local and accessible restoration and remediation company available 24/7 to help you deal with any mold damage on your property. Call us at (269) 963-3033 for our services or a quote.

Focus on Fire

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fall and winter weather, coupled with seasonal holiday heating, cooking and decorations, typically brings about an increase in residential fire frequency.  SERVPRO of North Calhoun County fire damage restoration experts realize that people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out.  In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared with an escape plan in place.  Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year.

Working smoke detectors along with building and practicing a home escape plan increase your chance of surviving a fire.  The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) promotes steps to help you develop an emergency escape plan.  Simply having a plan for your home or business is not enough.  Your family and employees must be fully aware of the plan and practice it on a regular basis.

What To Do If You Are the Victim of Storm Damage.

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm damage can occur to anyone. It can happen in any climate. Storms cause river flooding and other forms of flooding. They cause wind damage, hail damage, and hurricane damage. Winter storms bring ice dams and ice damming, which cause roof leaks, forcing you to get roof repairs done. Ice damage also comes in the form of frozen pipes. Groundwater and flood water can ruin your basement and home. You need to take steps towards home restoration. The best way to do that is to get a storm restoration and water restoration company to take care of your storm remediation.

Make sure to make an emergency call to the storm restoration and water restoration company right away. 
The first thing that the storm restoration and water restoration company will do is assess the extent of the storm damage, wind damage, roof damage, roof leaks, and any other sort of damage. They will create a plan of action for your home restoration needs.

Next, they will start fixing and removing the cause of the damage. Often, there will be hidden moisture under tiles or behind walls. They will use equipment that removes this water from your home.

The next step, after your home is completely dry, is to repair things that are broken. This starts with roof repair. If there are roof leaks and roof damage, they will do a roof repair job to repair those leaks. If wind damage caused your walls or ceiling to cave in, they will repair that as well. They may need to replace certain items. For example, they may need to use new boards or tiles for your ceiling, floor, and walls. If there is ice damage, such as a frozen pipe, they will repair that as well. Home restoration, or bringing your home back to livable conditions again, is a vital part of storm remediation.

Dangerous Mold

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Even if you are a clean person, that doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have an issue with mold.Unfortunately, mold, like bed bugs, doesn’t care about your level of cleanliness, level of income, or where you went to college. Anyone can have a mold problem in their home or business at any time.

The scary thing is that mold can be growing for quite a while before it becomes noticeable, your professional at SERVPRO of North Calhoun County has compiled this handy list of some do's and don’ts you should follow when it comes to mold removal:

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Do:

  • Examine your home or business regularly. Most types of mold share some obvious warning signs. For example, a musty smell in a damp basement usually means there’s mold around. Black, gray, brown, or even white clusters of mold on walls, carpeting or flooring are easy to spot with the naked eye. Be observant about your home and check it regularly for mold.
  • Call us 24/7 - (269) 963-3033. A professional can determine which type of mold you might have, where it originates from, and how to safely perform mold removal.

Don’t:

  • Try the DIY approach. Because some molds are toxic to pets and humans, it’s not safe to tackle this problem on your own. The money you think you might save by DIY-ing this isn’t worth your health.
  • Wait. Mold can grow quickly and can be dangerous. If you suspect a problem, call it in ASAP!
  • Make the mold feel unwelcome. Mold likes the darkness and warm, moist air. Don’t roll out the red carpet with their favorite things! Fix the leaks, install dehumidifiers and don’t ignore the warning signs of more mold growth.

For more mold do's and don’ts, contact our trusted mold removal professionals at SERVPRO North Calhoun County today.

Are You Prepared?

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

We have many methods of repairing and restoring damage caused by storms, such as seepage, leaks, dampness, or flooding. The work done by our professionals goes way beyond simply cleaning up. It begins with water removal and ends with ensuring that your home is protected from further damage.

Here’s a brief look at what procedures are involved in our water restoration services:

  • Water Removal: The restoration process begins with pumping out excess water.
  • Deodorization: Foul odors can be eliminated by applying techniques such as ozone treatment, crystals, dry fogging, and wet fogging. The materials and equipment for these techniques are only available to professional water restoration service companies.
  • Mold and Mildew Removal: To achieve long-term results, this procedure must be performed by an expert restoration services provider. Using scientific technology, technicians can kill and remove developing mold and mildew.
  • Drying and Dehumidifying: These processes are necessary to remove moisture in the air and on walls, floors etc.
  • Content Restoration: This procedure involves cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting clothing, draperies, furnishings, beds, mattresses, carpets, sofas etc. These items can be successfully restored, but prompt action must be taken because harmful microbes, mildew and mold grow very fast in a damp environment.
  • Decontamination: Water restoration services also decontaminate and clean any items that are restorable, and dispose of those that are not.

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County will respond quickly to your water damage emergency.  24/7 - (269) 963-3033

Vandalism DO's and Don’ts!

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners quickly recover from fire and water damage. They also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.

If you ever encounter an act of vandalism to your home or building, here are some tips on what to do until SERVPRO arrives:

DO:    

Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.   

 Blot freshly spilled food from carpets and fabrics with a dampened cloth or sponge (but don’t over wet). Scrape and blot (don’t rub: it may damage fibers).    

Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery. Save containers, which reveal the composition of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.   

  Record all damage and photograph when possible.

DON’T:   

Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.   

Operate damaged lamps or appliances.    

Discard wood chips, broken pieces from furniture, porcelain or other art objects.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help, Call Us Now!

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Calhoun has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of North Calhoun

SERVPRO of North Calhoun specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.