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Faster to Any Size Water Disaster

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Countythe Cleanup Team that's faster to any size water disaster.

You have leaking roofs or windows. A pipe breaks. Your toilet, sink or bathtub overflows. Your water heater bursts. A sprinkler system malfunctions. High water tables cause a sump pump failure. Flood waters rush in. Here are a few ways water damage can happen. If your home or business is under water, you put everything off to address the issue. Only ONE thing matters when you can't operate your business and only ONE thing matters when your personal belongings are soaked and under water: A SOLUTION.

SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County technicians are the solution. We have the experience, training and knowledge to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened". SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County will start helping you the moment you call by giving you tips on what you can do until help arrives, to getting a crew out to help you in your time of need. Serving the Lake Michigan Lakeshore with more than 20 years experience, helping to ease your worries because we are experts in the science of drying. 

Give SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County a call 616-396-8180 when water damage strikes, we will get a team out to extract water, set up fans and dehumidifiers to help make it "Like it never even happened".

Can You Prevent & Stop Mold Growth?

5/20/2018 (Permalink)

Can you Prevent & Stop Mold Growth? YES

Indoor mold has the potential and power to damage building materials and finishes. Mold spreads like weeds. It goes on surfaces like walls, ceilings and tile grout. Thankfully mold growth can be stopped and SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County can help you before it's too late.

MOLD DAMAGE

Mold loves and needs moisture, it cannot thrive and grow without it. You can find mold develop in areas where there has been water damage from a broken pipe, leaking window or roof, or after a basement flood. Many homes develop mold issues in bathrooms without adequate ventilation and closets that share a wall with those bathrooms. Mold can cause deterioration of ceiling tiles, grout, caulking around tubs and showers and it destroys any type of paperboard quickly.

HOW TO STOP MOLD

The key to eliminating mold indoors is to cut off its moisture supply. Mold thrives in moist, humid conditions. Eliminate those conditions and you can stop mold growth and prevent it's return. Whether your foundation is cracked and seeping water, you have a leaky roof or a broken water line, standing water needs to be extracted quickly.

After standing water is removed, the drying and the dehumidification process can begin. Keep in mind, it is all about removing the moisture including the excess moisture in the air. Dehumidifiers and fans can be a tremendous help during this part of the mold removal process.

Area rugs will need to be removed, cleaned and dried. Wall-to-wall carpeting may need professional cleaning to remove all traces of mold and its musty smell. Certain situations may require furniture, draperies and other upholstered items to be cleaned. Remove any cardboard boxes that have been contaminated with mold and only transfer their contents to totes after everything has been inspected and treated for mold growth.

In the bathroom: for mold issues in a bathroom, ensure a working exhaust fan is working. Always run the exhaust fan when a shower or bath is in use to reduce the risk of too much humidity or moisture in the air. Wipe down the bath and shower tiles after use to keep the moisture to a minimum and to eliminate mold growth.

SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County knows how to stop mold growth effectively and how to prevent mold from returning to your home or business. When you discover mold, don't hesitate. Contact the mold remediation professionals at SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County with more than 20 years experience along the Lake Michigan Coast. We have the expertise to deal with mold safely. You will not have to worry about the mold spreading to other areas or it affecting your employees, family or pets during the remediation process.

SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County is ready for whatever happens. Contact us at 231-733-7601 for all your microbial needs.

Information provided by SERVPRO of the Beaches/Ponte Vedra

Eliminating Electrical Fires is Risky Business

5/19/2018 (Permalink)

Electricians, engineers and other professionals who work directly with electricity have an increased risk of electrical related injuries. Office workers and sales people who indirectly work with electricity may also be exposed to electrical hazards. Without electricity and electrical products, we could not conduct business on a daily basis. Using electricity properly is very important in order to avoid serious safety risks. Working with electricity both directly and indirectly can be very dangerous.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, over the last ten years, more than 30,000 workers have been injured in workplace electrical accidents. Electrical system failures are the cause of electrical fires however more electrical fires are caused by incorrect installed wiring, overloaded circuits, and improperly used extension cords.

If you knew electrically related fatalities and injuries could easily be avoided, what would you do? Take precautions by routinely checking electrical appliances and wiring could help prevent electrical fires hazards. Buy electrical products that are evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory. Unplugging electrical devices that are not in use, never overload extension cords or wall outlets. Make the appropriate adjustments to protect yourself and make safety a huge part in how you do business.

Did you know? 

  • Electrical hazards cause more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year.
  • Electrical accidents rank sixth among all types of work-related deaths in the US.
  • Electrical accidents on the job cause an average of 13 days away from work and nearly one fatality every day.
  • The non-fatal workplace incidents that cause the highest number of days away from work include contact with an electrical current or a machine, tool, appliance or light fixture (38 percent) and contact with wiring, transformers or other electrical components (33 percent).
  • Nonfatal electrical injury occurs most often to those who work with machines or tools and around electrical wiring other than power lines.
  • Over the last 10 years, more than 46,000 workers were injured from on-the-job electrical hazards.

*Facts and figures provided by the Electrical Safety Foundation

Smoke Alarms Saves Lives

5/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when they are installed properly, maintained and checked periodically to make sure they are in working order. 

In a home, there should be a smoke alarm in every bedroom on every level of the home including the basement. In an office or commercial environment, check with your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all the codes are met. 

Every month you should use the test button to test the smoke alarms. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries should be replaced every 10 years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every 10 years. Do not ignore the chirp of an alarm battery. That noise is an indication that the battery is low. Take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from the alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

Hard wired or wireless smoke alarms are often used in larger commercial facilities and offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and when smoke is detected in one area, the alarm activates throughout the entire building (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County 616-396-8180.

FIRE FACTS:

  • 7 People die ever day from a home fire.
  • 36 People suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.
  • $7 BILLION in property damage occurs every year.

Prevent the Spread of Flu Germs in Your Business

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Businesses (and homes) can depend on  SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants. SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. Professionals are also trained and equipped to clean your HVAC and duct systems to help provide better air quality and help reduce the risk of circulating harmful contaminants. If you have concerns about the cleanliness and sanitation of your place of business (or home), call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. today 231-733-7601.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people may take action everyday to stay healthy in the wake of the recent flu outbreak.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way

Try to avoid close contact with sick people. For more helpful information regarding Flu Germs, contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website https://www.cdc.gov/

Avoid Appliance Fires

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Most homes and businesses have multiple electrical appliances ranging from small appliances like toaster ovens and microwaves, to larger items like clothes dryers and dishwashers. These items have become staples in our everyday operation, and while these appliances make our lives easier, they can also pose significant risks, including fire.

Appliance fire safety can be accomplished by maintaining appliances and keeping them in good working order. Prior to using, ensure appliances are properly grounded. If an appliance has a three-prong plug, do not try to force it into a two prong outlet. Regularly check appliance cords for any visible damage, such as fraying or exposed wiring. Do not use until the cord can be replaced  or repaired. If you notice smoke or sparks while operating an appliance, discontinue use immediately. Another indicator of potential hazards are outlets that do not work or are warm to the touch. When it comes to electricity, err on the side of safety, if any electrical appliance or outlet is causing concern, call a licensed electrician to inspect your property.

By The Numbers

  • 9,600 fires
  • 25 deaths
  • 525 injuries
  • $211 million in property loss

Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. Today – (616)396-8180

Extension Cord Tips for Safety

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Extension cords are one of the most commonly misused items in homes or businesses. Consider the following tips when selecting an extension cord to ensure safe usage.

  • Determine the wattage/size extension cord required to power a device. If connecting two or more appliances, add together the wattage rating for all appliances to prevent overload.
  • Determine whether the cord will be used indoors or outdoors and select appropriately.
  • Do not use extension cords that are cut or damaged. Touching even a single exposed strand of wire can give you an electric shock or burn.
  • Do not keep extension cords plugged in when not in use. The cord will still conduct electricity until it is unplugged.
  • Do not run the cord under carpet or across a doorway.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. (616)396-8180

Controlling MOLD In Your Environment

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold – It is a four letter word that makes most people cringe. But contrary to popular belief, not all mold is dangerous; some mold is even quite useful. Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. More than 100,000 different types of fungi have been identified. You can find fungi in our everyday lives in bread and baked products; the unique flavor of blue cheese is the result of mold. Though some types of mold can be useful, many other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold and mold exposure may present health concerns for some people.

The intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When these water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can be an increased risk of harmful mold growth. Mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not controlled, mold spores can grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, like wood, drywall, paper and insulation, provide a food source for mold, allowing growth to flourish. This can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. handles water damage everyday and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for an extended period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. Once the environment is dry, it is important the structure is properly cleaned. When determining if you have a mold problem, be alert for: the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity.

If you fear you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. 616-396-8180. A technician trained in mold remediation will examine the structure and determine the steps needed to contain and  clean the affected areas.

Understanding WATER Types

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. 231-733-7601 24 hours a day/365 days a year. 

Preparing for a FLOOD

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—3+ day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage