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Preparation is Key for Severe Weather in Allendale, MI

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Severe storm warning symbol Make sure you're prepared for when severe weather hits.

Severe weather can be terrifying.  Preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts in your Allendale home.  The following are tips from the National Weather Service to make sure you are prepared when the next weather weather hits:

  • Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather.  Listen to local news to stay informed about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.
  • Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warning.  Some communities have outdoor sirens while others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents of severe storms.
  • Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and other pertinent information.  Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe weather drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a damaging wind, large hail, or tornado is approaching.  Make sure all members of your family know to go to the meeting place when severe warnings are issued and don't forget pets if time allows.
  • Prepare Your Home: Keep trees and branches trimmed near your house.  If you have time before severe weather hits, secure loose objects, closed windows and doors, and move any valuable items inside or under a sturdy structure.
  • Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for weather weather.  Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt during a severe weather event.

Has your home been affected by storm damage?  SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County is Here to Help, 616-396-8180

Do You Know Your Safe Place If A Storm Strikes in West Olive, MI?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike Know Your Safe Place before extreme weather hits.

When preparing for extreme weather in West Olive, knowing your safe place is a simple but potentially life saving action.  If you are unsure where your safe place is, we share some tips below from The National Weather Service's Spring Safety Campaign, Know Your Safe Place.

Your Safe Place From Tornadoes

Tornadoes can be extremely dangerous so if you receive a tornado warning, take shelter immediately.  Safe places are storm shelters and basements, but if not available, an interior room without windows can also be protective.

Your Safe Place From Lightning

Lightning strikes the U.S. 25 millions times a year, which sometimes results in death or permanent injury.  If you hear thunder or see lightning, take shelter immediately.  Indoors or inside a hard-topped and enclosed vehicle is the safest place.

Your Safe Place From Heat

Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths most years.  During extreme heat, stay inside, keep cool, and stay hydrated.

Your Safe Place From Flooding

During high winds, tree damage is expected.  Indoors, away from windows, in an interior room is the safest place.  Prevent damage to your property by trimming loose branches and parking away from trees.

If you property has suffered storm damage, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County, we are Here to Help, 616-3965-8180

Generator Safety Tips for Your Coopersville, MI Home

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Portable generator Check out these safety tips before using your portable generator.

When bad weather strikes and the power goes out, it is helpful to have a generator on hand to keep your Coopersville home running.  Below are tips on how to safely operate your generator from the U.S. Fire Administration and SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County.

  • Use portable generators outdoors in well ventilated areas away from doors, windows, and vents.
  • Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
  • Do not use a generator in a wet area or with wet hands as this can cause shock or electrocution.
  • Connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Do not fuel your generator when it is running.  Spilling gas on a hot engine can cause a fire.
  • Run your generator every few months to make sure that it is still functioning.

If your home experiences damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County today, 616-396-8180

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety for your Robinson, MI Home

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Male cleaning lint filter on clothes dryer Check out these clothes dryer fire safety tips.

Laundry is routine for many households; but did you know that 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year with the leading cause being failure to clean the dryer?  Follow these safety tips from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration to prevent a clothes dryer fire in your Robinson home.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.  Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle.
  • Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can accumulate.
  • Check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed, or restricted.
  • Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.

If your home experiences a clothes dryer fire, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County to make it "Like it never even happened," 616-396-8180

Commercial Fire and Water Damage in Grand Haven, MI

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Manufacturing building after fire damage This manufacturing building suffered fire damage from a vehicle fire.

Typically fire is the last thing on a business owner's mind, but fire in commercial spaces are more prevalent than many realize. Make sure you are up on commercial building fire safety with these tips:

  • Fire Alarms - they are your first line of defense against the potential risks of fires and a critical part of a commercial building fire safety system. Make sure to have them inspected and maintained at least annually to keep them in proper working order. Regular tests of the fire alarm system with the fire drills should be conducted regularly to ensure employees are knowledgeable of fire safety and evacuation procedures. 
  • Emergency Lights and Exit Signs - chaos and confusion can happen during a fire especially when electrical power is lost. Emergency lights and lighted exit signs make it easier for employees to navigate quickly out of the building to a safe location. They are designed to come on when the main power supply is lost. These signs and lights should be tested monthly to make sure that they are still working properly in case of emergency. 
  • Fire Extinguishers - they provide a means for employees to put out small fires or stop the spread of a larger fire long enough to evacuate the building. Fire extinguishers should be mounted on walls every 75 feet and near exits for easy access. Make sure your employees know how to operate a fire extinguisher and that they are maintained and inspected regularly. 
  • Invest in a Fire Sprinkler/Standpipe System - these systems react to heat and turn on a water sprinkler to suppress or extinguish larger fires. Maintenance and inspections should be serviced through a licensed inspector. 

This photo is the aftermath of a vehicle fire in the garage of a manufacturing company in Grand Haven. The fire was put out with water and foam affecting multiple areas of the building. Before our crew could start on the fire restoration they needed to tackle the water damage portion, extracting standing water, and then placing dehumidifiers and air movers to help with the dry out. Once the water was taken care of our crew could move onto the fire restoration. They used hepa vacuums on the walls and ceilings and wiped down pipes and beams. 

If your business experiences a fire, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County. No Job Is Too Large, we are Here to Help, 616-396-8180

Commercial Fire Damage in Holland, MI

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians cleaning up fire damage in a production facility This commercial fire damage was caused by an electrical malfunction.

Fire damage is usually the last thing on the mind of a commercial property owner.  When your property or business does experience a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County.  We are a trusted leader in the fire and water restoration industry and have highly trained fire and water damage restoration specialists available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We will respond immediately to get you back to business as soon as we can.

This production facility in Holland sustained extensive fire damage from an electrical malfunction after hours.  Water also affected areas from the fire suppression system and the efforts of the fire department to put out the fire.  They knew to call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County right away.  Getting them back to business as soon as possible was our top priority, so well called on our Commercial Large Loss Division to help make it "Like it never even happened."

If your commercial property has suffered fire or water damage, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County today, 616-396-8180

Spring Thaw Tips

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Icicles thawing Make sure you're prepared for the spring thaw with these tips!

Spring is about a week away.  Temperatures will continue to rise which can lead to flooding and water damage.  The following are some tips to help prevent flooding and water damage in your home:

  • Clean out your gutters/drainage systems - ice, water, and debris can build up over winter causing blockages in your drainage.  Before the spring thaw, make sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of debris.  Also check that the melting snow and ice is draining properly.
  • Clear your roof - snow can accumulate on your roof after a long winter.  Once the temperature rises, all that snow can lead to a significant amount of water, which can overflow gutters, loosen shingles, and potentially cause flooding inside your home, affecting insulation, ceilings, and walls.
  • Fill in any cracks and look for mold - like your roof, your windows, doors, walls, and ceiling can sustain water damage over time, especially in winter.  This is often due to poor air circulation and damp conditions.  Do some early spring cleaning and patch up cracks in the drywall and replace caulking or seals around windows.  If you encounter mold, it's important to have it taken care of properly by a water cleanup and restoration company such as SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County.
  • Check your property - sometimes we don't realize that the slope of our property is actually directing water from melting snow or heavy rain right into our homes or places of business until it's too late.  Home and business owners can prevent flood damage by checking the lot grading on their property and take the necessary steps to make sure that water is being directed away from a home or building instead of towards it.
  • Protect your basement/crawl space - a sudden rise in temperature can cause snow and ice to melt at a rapid rate, which can leave our basements and crawl spaces vulnerable to flooding.  Prepare ahead of time by cleaning any snow and ice away from perimeter drains outside your basement/foundation, and install sump pumps to deal with any water clean up issues inside your basement.  A flood alarm is another way to protect your home or business if your basement is susceptible to flooding.

If your home or business has been affected by the spring thaw, call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County, 616-396-8180.  We are Here to Help!

Reasons to Rely on SERVPRO for Large Loss Response

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Large Loss Semi Trailer at a commercial fire No matter the size of your loss, SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County is Here to Help!

In the event of a major fire, flood or storm in West Michigan, commercial property owners may obtain a faster and more professional response from a local franchise of a national restoration company.  The following are a few reasons to choose SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County to handle catastrophic loss:

  1. Multitude of Franchise Locations. SERVPRO has over 1,700 franchise locations.  This means that the closest professionals can arrive on-site in four hours or less.  In the event of widespread damage such as flooding or storm damage, additional experts and equipment may report from nearby locations.
  2. National Corporate Support. The backing of one of the nation's leading mitigation and restoration companies enables local franchises to be better trained and equipped than most independent companies.  Insurance jobs are only offered to locations that satisfy all of the requirements of a 21-point Participation Agreement.  This requirement and company-wide services, such as the Claims Information Center, elevate the standard of service and make SERVPRO the right choice in the event of a catastrophic loss.
  3. Industry-Leading Standards. SERVPRO is also a certified school for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  Each franchise must employ at least one technician who specializes in a particular area, such as water damage, to maintain certification.  IICRC requires technicians to obtain continuing education credits to ensure that they keep up with current best practices in the restoration and mitigation fields.  This means the work performed by these employees should be up to the highest standards in the industry.

No Job Is Too Large for SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County.  Call us today with your large loss, 616-396-8180

Electrical Safety

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Plug going into wall outlet Be fire smart with electricity in your home

Electricity helps make our lives easier but there can be times when we take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are approximately 45,000 home electrical fires each year with half of them involving home wiring or lighting equipment.  Peak months for electrical fire deaths are November through March with peak times between midnight and 8:00am.  The following are a few tips to be fire smart with electricity in your home:

  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (like a coffee maker, space heater, or microwave) directly into a wall outlet at a time.
  • Never use an extension cord with a heat-producing appliance.
  • Extension cords should only be used temporarily.  Have an electrician install wall outlets where you need them.
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet.  Do not use extension cords or plug strips.

If you experience fire damage from an electrical fire, SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County is Here to Help!  Call us today, 616-396-8180

Is Your Business Ready for a Disaster?

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Logo Is your business "Ready for whatever happens"?

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster.  Of the businesses that survive, an overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage affect your business.

Preparation is key for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or a flood.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but if it does happen, you want to be prepared, and the best time for planning is before disaster strikes.  The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information so you can stay calm when damage does occur.

A non-profit organization in Holland, MI shared their experience with SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County, "We had SERVPRO come out last year to do an assessment of our new building for advanced preparation in the event of an emergency.  What a thorough job they did!  We learned so much through this assessment; we now know where the shut off valves are for our water, gas, and electricity.  Partnering with SERVPRO was one small thing we did for our organization that really helped us prepare well.  Thank you, SERVPRO!"

Call SERPVRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County today to get started, 616-396-8180