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The World Health Organization has officially declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. In light of this situation, we have developed specific steps to assist with managing the illness. Our crew can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.
There are ways that you can personally help keep your household safe:
- Clean hands at the door and at regular intervals
- Create habits and reminders to avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and handrails regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
- Limit interaction with other people
- Limit attending large gatherings
Commercial facilities should focus on keeping these areas disinfected:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help in any way.
SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County: 616-396-8180
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Holiday Season Safety
The holidays are right around the corner, and that means that you are probably starting to put up some decorations. Although making your house look colorful and festive is fun, it comes along with its own set of dangers. Here are some ways to protect your family and home this holiday season:
- Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. Any damage can easily result in serious shock or fire.
- Do not overload electrical outlets. Also, do not plug high-wattage appliances into power strips.
- Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights. More than that could blow a fuse and possible cause a fire.
- Water your tree daily. Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.
- Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources. A heat source too close to a decoration factor in half of home fires that began with decorations according to the NFPA.
- Protect cords from damage.
- Check decorations for certification label.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires according to the NFPA.
- Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.
Follow these tips to help ensure that you have a safe holiday!
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Winter is approaching and that means that the possibility of experiencing a frozen pipe is on the rise. Each year, many homeowners in West Michigan fall victim to frozen pipes resulting in extensive water damage. The pipes that are the most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. Depending on how cold it gets, all pipes can be at risk of freezing. Here are some great tips to prevent frozen pipes:
- Purchase and apply pipe insulation.
- Open cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Let faucets drip. Running water helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the heat on at all times.
- Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
If you go away on a winter vacation, be sure to have somebody check in on your home regularly. A pipe break can happen at any moment and the longer it sits, the more damage is done. If you do experience a frozen pipe and do not know where it is or are unable to thaw it, call a licensed plumber.
Gutter Cleaning Tips
It is that time of the year again. Fall brings with it a variety of projects that need to get done. Those projects may include raking the yard, blowing out the underground sprinkling, winterizing the swimming pool, placing the plow sticks, and more. One project that should surely be on the list is cleaning your gutters. Having clean gutters heading into winter will help prevent your home from experiencing water damage from ice buildup. Here are some tips to get your gutters winter ready:
1. Safety first. Always make sure that you place the ladder on a sturdy surface. Ladders can easily shift on landscaping rocks and create a serious fall hazard.
2. Wear work clothes since cleaning gutters is a dirty job.
3. Use a small plastic scoop or shovel to remove debris from your gutters.
4. Spread a tarp underneath your workspace to collect the gun and protect your lawn and landscaping.
5. Once clean, use a garden hose to flush the gutters and downspouts of any remaining debris. This will also show you if you have any leaks.
6. Repair any portions of the gutters that are damaged.
Emergency Ready Profile
If you own or manage a commercial facility, it is very important to know where your utility shutoffs are and who to call should something happen. In light of this, we offer a complimentary tool known as an Emergency Ready Profile. This is a free service where a representative from our franchise will come out and take pictures of your utility shutoffs, write down locations, collect vendor information, and more that will be housed in your own personalized online profile. This profile can be accessed by computer, smartphone, and even printed off. This tool is not only useful in organizing the important information about your facility should something happen, but can also be used as a training tool for new employees. This free service ensures that everything you need to know about your facility is at your fingertips. If you are interested in having one done for your facility, give us a call at:
Understanding The Process
If you have ever experienced a loss to your home or business, you know how worrisome it can be. Often then not, one of the first things you want to know is how the situation is going to get resolved. One of our main priorities is that our customers know and understand exactly what we are going to do to restore their home or business. Our technicians are trained to keep customers updated and answer any questions they may have. Since restoration can be a complex process, we want to ensure that our customers know exactly what we are doing and why we are doing it. If you experience a loss to your home or business, we are here to help! Your property will be in good hands.
There is nothing more frustrating than experiencing a loss to your home or business and having no idea what to do. It is best to have a clear cut plan to help you make it through this difficult time. If you are a business owner, not being prepared for a loss could mean much more down time than if you were prepared. Ensure that those onsite know who your contractors are and who they need to call should something happen. If you are a homeowner, take extra steps to prevent a loss such as having a battery backup for your sump pump should you experience a power outage. We recommend to all of our customers to have a precise plan for what they will do should disaster strike.
There When You Need Us
When disaster strikes, it usually isn't at a time that is convenient. Nobody likes to wake up in the middle of the night to their home filled with water. Nobody likes to get that phone call from their opening manager that their business is flooded. If you have ever experienced this, we are here to help. We have somebody on call 24/7 so that you are always able to speak with a real person and receive immediate response if necessary. Our crews have extensive experience with immediate dispatch to prevent further damage to your home or business. If you encounter a loss that is an emergency and needs to be addressed now, we are just a call away. We truly are faster to any size disaster.
Oh Christmas Tree
Christmas tree season is upon us!
Most people begin setting dates to shop for their tree shortly after Thanksgiving. The tree farms grow busier and busier, and you begin seeing trees on top of cars going down the road. The local supermarkets have shelves packed full of lights and holiday music is in the air.
Christmas trees, although festive and pretty, bring along some extreme dangers. It is not uncommon during the holiday season for families to experience Christmas tree fires. Here are some tips on how to avoid these disasters:
- Always re-cut the trunk at least one inch from the bottom and drill a hole in the middle to allow the tree to absorb water and stay healthy.
- Keep your tree away from heat sources. These can include space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves, televisions, computer monitors, and more.
- Do not put too many strands of lights on your tree. The rule of thumb is a maximum of three plugs per extension cord.
- Always make sure your tree has water! A Christmas tree fire is much more likely when your tree is dry.
If you do experience a tree fire, we are here to help. Our highly trained technicians are not strangers to these kinds of situations. You can trust us to be there for you in your time of need.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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As winter approaches, the fear of frozen and broken pipes are on the minds of many homeowners and maintenance people. These fears are a reality for many individuals who have faced severe damages in the past. When it comes to sudden disasters, it is all about response time. When a school or a manufacturer experiences extensive water damage, it has the ability to put them out of commission for an extended period of time. This is especially harmful to businesses as their profit is reliant on being open.
If you need help NOW, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year. If the thought of dealing with your insurance provider has you stressed out even more, don't worry! We will work with your insurance company to help make everything run as smooth as possible.
Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (616) 396-8180
Cleaning Your Gutters
As the Fall season comes to a close, the leaves begin to fall faster than ever. What does this result in? You guessed it, clogged gutters. So how important is it to make sure your gutters are clean? We will tell you, very. Your gutters can become full of leaves and sticks, creating numerous issues. Clogged gutters begin to hold standing water. As the temperature outside drops, this water can freeze and expand. This can easily lead to gutter repair or replacement over night. If water is unable to successfully drain from your roof, it can also begin to seep into your foundation, walls, and attic. For those of you who may experience this unfortunate situation, we have the ability to solve your problem before more arise. If you have water damage to your home or business, we are here to help.
Make sure your gutters are clean and can successfully drain water, even if this means calling a professional. If you do experience water damage, give us a call. We will come running.
Have Water or Flood Damage?
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With the holiday season looming around the corner, the amount of house fires begin to increase. This is often due to cooking, space heaters, fireplaces/wood stoves, and decorations such as candles. These different factors play a huge part in the spike in house fires around the holidays. It is very important to take many precautions in order to prevent house fires. A few are as follows:
- Do not cook when you have been drinking or are very tired
- Plug space heaters directly into outlets and not into extension cords or power strips
- Have your fireplace/wood stove inspected every year and cleaned when needed
- Do not sleep with lit candles or put candles on your Christmas tree
Even though homeowners take many precautions, accidents do still happen. When disaster strikes, have a company on speed dial that you can trust. SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County has highly trained technicians with the skills and equipment needed to be there in your time of need. We deal with many house fires around the holidays and have experience in all different circumstances and parts of the restoration process.
Have Questions? Call Us Today – (616) 396-8180
Moisture & Mold
West Michigan has received plenty of storms and heavy rain this summer. All of the flooding and high humidity has left homes and businesses in need of water extraction and drying. The severity of water damage to buildings throughout the summer have ranged from water pouring through windows and flooding basements, to small roof leaks. No matter the size, call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. if you are unsure if you can successfully dry your home or business. Even the smallest amount of water or moisture can begin to produce mold. Mold has the ability to spread and generate serious health concerns if not remediated promptly. Our technicians are trained professionals with the knowledge and equipment needed to remediate your mold problem and ensure safety.
If You See Signs of Mold,
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National Preparedness Month
This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. It is very important as a business owner that you are prepared for whatever may happen. Disasters can take a toll on your business and heavily impact finances and the ability to stay open. You have the tools at your finger tips to be prepared and maximize your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster by using these three steps:
-Plan to stay in business
-Encourage your employees to become ready
-Protect your investment
We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business,
companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. You
can also contact SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa Co. to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program®.