Fire Prevention Month
Are you cooking with care?
October is Fire Prevention Month which The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2020 theme is, "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!" October 4th-10th. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires according to NFPA; while unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. Once a fire alarm goes off you could have less than two minutes to get out safely, depending on the extent of the fire, yet only eight percent of people surveyed by NFPA said getting out was the first thought they had after hearing a fire alarm go off. A fire escape plan for your home or business could be the difference between safety and devastation.
Advanced Technology and Techniques
Hardwood Floor Drying Mats at Work at a Local Residence
Major advancement has been seen in technology and techniques used in the restoration industry the past few decades. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor moisture levels.
- Infrared cameras can help detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor making for a more thorough water removal.
- Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent or moisture saturation.
Water Extraction Equipment
Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the majority of water from your property.
- Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
- Truck-mounted and portable extraction units efficiently remove water.
Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls and floors. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture.
- High-speed air movers prompt moisture to evaporate at a faster rate.
- Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Water and fire damage often cause intense odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.
- Air scrubbers remove airborne particles and contaminants.
- Thermal foggers and deodorization agents control odors.
Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments
The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.
- Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
- Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.
Call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County today if you have experience water damage in your residence or business, (616) 396-8180
A New Clean
Make sure your customers know that you were Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned with our window shield
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. This is why SERVPRO launched Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. It is a defensive cleaning program that we offer to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 global pandemic. It is a level of clean that goes far beyond carpet or janitorial cleaning. It is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning. When you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you've selected a higher cleaning standard.
Many local municipalities are being proactive and have SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County fog their facilities weekly with our SERVPROXIDE, which is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against similar viruses.
We are here to help your business reopen as soon as possible; call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County for a consultation today, (616) 396-8180
September: National Preparedness Month
"Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today."
Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month to promote the importance of family and community disaster planning. This year's theme is "Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today." FEMA provides easy-to-use disaster planning guidelines, while home and business owners both can take advantage of free tools like the SERVPRO READY app. Pertinent contact and property information is electronically stored in the app and can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if a disaster strikes. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Our SERVPRO professionals will administer a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to be stored in the READY app. We want you to be "Ready for whatever happens."
Eager to start your READY profile? Call us today, (616) 396-8180.
Gas Stove Safety
If you still use a gas stove in your home, then you probably know how dangerous they can be. Any source of open flame indoors creates a fire hazard and requires extra precautions. Here are some safety tips for gas stoves:
- Managing the flame. Only have the stove on when something is cooking.
- Maintaining the stove. Clean the stove on a regular basis to prevent food buildup.
- Using the right utensils. Be sure to only use stuff that is designed for stove use.
- Monitoring carbon monoxide. Gas stoves produce carbon monoxide so provide plenty of ventilation and install detectors around the home.
- Be tentative when cooking.
- Always be on the lookout for gas leaks.
- Keep flammable objects away from the stove.
- Have emergency equipment and services such as a fire extinguisher nearby.
- Be aware of personal precaution such as not wearing baggy clothes.
- Install smoke alarms throughout the home.
- Install a range hood for proper ventilation.
When it comes to fire hazards, you can never be too safe.
Cleaning Your Fireplace
Now that most homeowners are no longer using their fireplaces, it may be time to clean it out! Here are some tips on how to properly clean your fireplace:
- If you have had a fire recently, you need to wait until your fireplace has cooled completely. It is best to wait a full day to be sure.
- Once the fireplace is cool, spread a large towel or old sheet at the base of the fireplace. This will keep ash from getting on your carpet or floor. It may be a good idea to cover nearby furniture as well.
- Use a handheld broom to sweep up ash and soot and gently place it into a waste bin. Be careful not to let ash fly everywhere.
- It is a good idea to vacuum the carpet and nearby furniture to remove any ash that may have escaped.
When cleaning your fireplace, it is best to wear old or dirty clothes. Even though it may be another chore on the list, take your time for best results!
We can experience some pretty severe weather in Michigan. Although it does not happen often, thunderstorms sometimes accompany hailstorms. Here are some tips for dealing with hailstorms:
- Like any severe weather preparation, have a plan in place. It is always best to have an emergency kit that contains flashlights, water, a radio, etc.
- Always stay informed. Be sure to check the future forecasts on a daily basis. This will help prevent getting caught off guard by severe weather. The sooner you know, the more time you have to prepare!
- Move inside and stay inside. If a thunderstorm or hailstorm is on its way, move indoors and stay there until the storm passes. If you have a garage, move vehicles inside as well and do not let pets outdoors. Close you blinds and shades for safety in case hail shatters your windows.
- Check your roof after a hailstorm. Hail widely varies in size and does have the ability to do severe damage to your roof. Inspecting it can help prevent surprise water damage when the next storm hits!
How To Prevent Backups
Water and sewer backups are something that no homeowner wants to experience. It has the ability to do a large amount of damage in a short amount of time. Although backups are never completely avoidable, here are some tips that can help!
- Maintain your sewer lateral. A lateral that's cracked, deteriorated or filled with tree roots will allow groundwater to seep in.
- Dispose of grease properly. When grease cools off, it'll solidify either in the drain or the main sewer line.
- Dispose of paper products properly. Paper products that are not meant to be flushed take a long time to deteriorate.
- Consider plastic piping. Tree roots can't break through plastic piping.
- Correct illegal plumbing connections. Some areas do not allow flood control systems to be connected to your sewer because it can cause debris and silt to clog your line.
- Consider a backwater prevention valve. This will allow sewage and water to exit but not re-enter.
Severe Weather Preparation
Michigan has its fair share of bad weather. We are lucky enough not to experience many natural disasters, but severe thunderstorms are not uncommon. That is why it is always best to be prepared! Here are some great tips on how you can be ready for whatever mother nature throws your way:
- Check the forecast regularly to be aware of any severe weather on its way
- If available, sign up for local severe weather notifications
- Create a safety plan. Be sure everybody who lives in the home knows where to take shelter if severe weather strikes
- Prepare your home by trimming back trees and branches that are too close to your house and securing any loose objects
- Check on your neighbors. If you encounter severe weather, there is always the chance that those around you may need assistance, whether physically or medically
Do your best to always be prepared for severe weather!
If you have watched the news recently, you may have noticed all of the flooding Michigan has experienced. Many of these residents have never experienced flooding before. Here are some tips on how you can prepare:
- Create a communication and evacuation plan
- Assemble an emergency kit that contains at least 3 days of food and water
- Have an evacuation route in mind (the quickest and safest way to get to high ground)
- Sign up for local notifications that a flood is imminent
- Prepare your home by protecting it with sandbags and purchasing flood insurance if you live in a flood prone area
- Pack all of the essentials in advance so that evacuation can be quick and easy
- Charge electronics and have backup batteries
- Evacuate as soon as possible
Weather can be very unpredictable. It is always important to be prepared!