Many of us do not realize how dangerous thunderstorms can be. Even though storm related injuries are not super common, storm safety is still something that should be practiced by all. The CDC offers up some great tips on how to be safe during thunderstorms. Even though being outdoors is the most dangerous situation, about one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors. A few indoor precautions that they highlight are:
- Avoid water as lightning can travel through plumbing.
- Avoid electronic equipment of all types. Lightning can travel through electrical systems and radio and television reception systems.
- Avoid corded phones. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm.
- Avoid concrete floors and walls.
Although lightning strikes resulting in injury are rare, they do happen so always practice storm safety!
House fires are not as uncommon as many may think. Anything from an electrical shortage, tipped over candle, space heaters, and more can result in a devastating experience. Although many fires can be caught early with minimal structural damage, they can still result in heavy smoke and soot damage. The odor left behind from even a minor fire can be overwhelming. Luckily, we are here to help. Our technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your home to pre-fire condition. The longer smoke/soot/odor damage remains in your home after a fire, the more difficult it will be to restore it. If you experience a fire and are in need of restoration/deodorization, do not hesitate to call. We can make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County: 616-396-8180
Summer Storms Are Here
The summer season is upon us and with it comes the summer storms. Each year we seem to experience a variety of summer storms that range in severity and the damage that they can cause. It is not uncommon for these storms to bring home damage resulting from flooding, power outages, strong winds, fallen trees and branches, and more. Many times when these storms come, they come quickly and violently with not much time to prepare. Take the time now to ensure that your home is equipped for the storms we may experience this summer.
If your home happens to experience damage resulting from these storms, we are here to help. Our 24-hour service means that we are available to assist you day or night.
Summer Storm Ready?
It is that time of year where violent thunderstorms can appear very quickly. Although the increases in technology have given us more of a heads up when these storms are going to take place, they can still be difficult to predict. It is always important to make sure that you have a plan in place when these storms occur. Create a checklist and an emergency plan with your family so that all the essentials that you may need are easily obtainable. These items could include flashlights, food, water, and more. Also educate your children on thunderstorm safety such as remaining indoors, staying away from metal objects, avoiding water and electronic equipment, and more. Many of these safety precautions slip our mind but could potentially save your life. Be prepared for the summer storms ahead.
Keep A Radio Nearby
Many individuals living in today's society, with the technology we have, believe that going "Back To Basics" isn't necessary. Who needs a radio when we all have smartphones! Although it may seem silly, it doesn't hurt to have a working portable radio in your home in case of an emergency. Thunderstorms often bring power outages that are very inconvenient. If your smartphone is dead or close to being dead and you don't have a portable charger, it is no longer useful. This is where that little portable radio could really come in handy. Nobody likes to feel helpless. A radio can allow you to listen to local weather stations to know what is going on and when the storm will pass. Never be unprepared when it comes to planning for summer storms!
Summer Basement Flooding
Heavy rains from summer storms can easily result in a flooded basement. No homeowner likes to walk downstairs and find squishy carpet. Not only is water damage very difficult to handle yourself, it also poses serious health risks. Ground water has a lot of contaminants that can result in illness. The chance of it causing illness only grows the longer it sits as well. If water damage is not handled quickly and effectively, it can result in a mold problem. If you experience water damage to your home, do not hesitate to call. The longer you wait, the more expensive and time consuming the restoration process becomes. Do not fall victim to extensive home damage resulting from summer storms. We can make it "Like it never even happened."
Smoke Alarm Safety
If there is one thing that many of us do not set as a priority on our "To-Do" list but should, it is checking our smoke alarms. Individuals who have never experienced a house fire do not take preventative measures as seriously as those who have. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. According to the National Fire Protection Association, here are some things you need to know:
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
- Today's smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
Commercial General Cleaning
Is your commercial facility in need of a deep clean? Luckily, we got you covered. Many facility owners realize that due to contents, structural materials, etc. they are not able to simply hose down the inside of their building without causing serious damages. Taking trained employees off their jobs to hand clean your facility can really cut into revenue.
Our technicians have experience cleaning large commercial facilities by hand to ensure that no damage is done and your building is left looking flawless. We have the equipment needed to successfully clean a variety of different surfaces and structures.
If you have recently acquired a new facility or looking to get rid of years of dust and grime in your business, we are the company for you.
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The good news is that spring is officially here! Coming with it is often times a large amount of rain. Even though you probably spent a good chunk of time cleaning out your gutters in the fall, it is very important to give them a quick inspection in the spring as well. The reason behind this is that it is not uncommon for melting snow and rain to push any kind of debris accumulated over winter towards the downspouts. Once these are clogged, water is no longer able to safely drain from your gutters. If water begins to back up and become stagnant, it has the ability to get under the shingles and create a roof leak. It is also very important to make sure that the water draining from your downspout is not pooling up right next to or against the house. This has the ability to create additional water damage if there are any cracks in your foundation. Inspecting your gutters and downspouts may take a little time, but could save you thousands down the road.
Spring Fire Season
It is officially that time of the year again. The spring fire season can be very dangerous and not something to be taken lightly. With trees bare and sunlight drying out sticks and leaves, debris burning can easily get out of hand. If your yard is littered with fallen sticks from winter storms, consider waiting until summer to do any controlled burning. With leaves being dried out, they are highly flammable and can easily become airborne if breezy. Flaming leaves that go airborne are very likely to start more fires that may become uncontrollable. Debris burning is one of the most common causes of wildfires according to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Please obey any fire restrictions and be smart when burning debris.