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Partnering with Local Fire Departments

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help Donating to a local fire department near you!

Here at SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling we care about and believe in giving back to the communities that we service. That's why this October, SERVPRO is excited to be doing our part for Fire Prevention Month. We have purchased 600 smoke detectors that we will be donating to local fire departments who will further donate them to community members in need. We will also be providing buckets of goodies to our first responders, as well as coloring pages and crayons for children to learn the sounds of fire safety. We are confident that our donations will be impactful and keep our communities safe while promoting fire safety in our Northern Michigan communities. Follow our Facebook this week to see if we are donating to a fire department near you!

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National Preparedness Month

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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It is true that you can never plan for a disaster, but here at SERVPRO we believe that you can prepare for one. Up to 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.  September is National Preparedness month, and we worked hard to make sure that the businesses in the communities we service are staying proactive. SERVPRO has Emergency Ready Profiles that help businesses do just that. These are proactive plans that serve as a great supplement to any contingency plan in place. Listed below are some benefits of having an Emergency Ready Profile with us here at SERVPRO. 

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide that helps you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO franchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • SERVPRO is a sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Call us today to find out more about our Emergency Ready Profiles and how they can help you and your business! 

Fall Home Preparation

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help Fall Home Preparation

With sweater weather quickly upon us, SERVPRO wants to make sure you and your home are ready to take on the shift in weather. Below are some tips that we recommend following during the fall months before winter quickly settles upon us. 

  • Clean or possibly replace your gutters
  • Check for drafts
  • Eyeball your roof to ensure no roof problems before snow begins to fall
  • Drain your outdoor faucets
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Have your furnace inspected
  • Check your furnace and replace filters 
  • Check water drainage
  • Look up your chimney to ensure no blockages and make sure your damper is working
  • Check to ensure your winter equipment is in working condition 

When the last of summer's heat is a faint memory, and you're pulling out your hoodies more than your shorts, it's time to tackle a few of these simple chores that'll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises next spring.

Emergency Contact Lists

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Here at SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska Lake City & Grayling we pride our selves on being proactive during any storm situation. Emergency contact lists that include friends, family, and neighbors are key to prepping for any storm disaster. Believe it or not another great tool is Facebook. Facebook's Crisis Response lets people affected by crises tell friends and family they're safe, find or offer help, and get the latest news and information during the storm situation. At SERVPRO we know you can never plan for a disaster, but also want you to know that you can prepare for one. Many may know how to mark themselves safe on the app after a crisis, but did you know that you can REQUEST updates, too? Follow this link to learn more on how to do so! 

Fire Prevention Month

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Month Fire Prevention Month

Many may wonder why October has been designated as Fire Prevention Month. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, we celebrate Fire Prevention Week and Month by raising fire safety awareness and educating families, students and communities across the United States. During this month, fire departments provide education to their communities, and encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire safety and whole home safety. 

SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling wants to remind you that we are here 24/7 to help with any fire, smoke, or soot damage needs! Follow this link to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website and help us spread and share these Fire Safety Tips to your friends and family. https://bddy.me/34SqvPt 

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? What does it all mean? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family! Make sure that everyone in the home understands the sounds of the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and knows how to respond. 

What is your alarm telling you?

Smoke Alarms

  • A continued set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1 and stay out! 
  • A single "chirp" every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed. 
  • ALL smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

  • A continuous set of four loud beeps means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside, call 9-1-1 and stay out!
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced. 
  • CO alarms also have "end of life" sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means it's time to get a new CO alarm.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced. 

HEAR A BEEP, GET ON YOUR FEET!

Commercial Mold Damage?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

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If your Northern Michigan property has suffered water damage, you may be concerned about the potential for mold growth. Since mold spores live everywhere, it is especially important to address any wet areas after a water leak or flood. Mold spores travel through the air and attach to damp surfaces, which can lead to mold colonies if left untreated.

Important Tips to Remember About Mold Include the Following:

  • Mold can establish itself in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
  • Mold thrives in areas with high humidity, dim lighting, and low air circulation.
  • Mold can form colonies in as little as 1 to 12 days.

Mold Growth

If you suspect that mold is growing in your building, it is crucial to check areas that have sustained water damage. Whether the water is from a small, consistent leak or a major disaster, it can lead to conditions that foster mold. When the mold spores land in the correct environment, they begin feeding and breaking down materials such as wood, carpet, and fabric. This can lead to structural damage if not taken care of.

Mold Remediation

Professional cleanup and remediation services are essential to effectively handle mold growth, as experts have specialized equipment and training to detect and remediate the situation. Not only is it imperative to remove the existing mold, but it is also important to fix the source of the water feeding the mold. If the source of the water is not addressed, the mold will return and cause more damage, so this is a crucial step in mold prevention.

If you can visibly see mold or suspect it, you should call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling as quickly as possible. We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Call us today at 231-564-4014

Storm Damage Experts

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help - stormy sky When disaster strikes, so do we!

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating for any homeowner or business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. You can never plan for a disaster like this but you can prepare for it. That's why we want you to know that we are here to help! 

As a leader in water damage restoration, we know fast and timely mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption and interruption of your comfortable everyday life. SERVPRO’s highly trained and professional team can provide trained crews faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage that water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures, and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money. 

Our Storm Damage Work Products: 

  • Containment of damaged area to reduce in-flow of water. 
  • Shrink-wrapping of structures to control inflow of mixture. 
  • Water Extraction – to remove excess water from a structure. 
  • Moisture Mapping – to determine impacted areas of a structure. 
  • Selective Demolition – to remove wet building materials that cannot be economically dried in place. 
  • Containment – to assure potential contaminants do not spread. 
  • Evaporation Enhancement – to remove moisture content from building materials. 
  • Dehumidification – to remove excess water vapor from the structures’ environments. 
  • Temperature Control – to assist in dehumidification and to prevent the onset of mold growth. 
  • Post-Drying Cleaning – to remove any potential contaminants from dried building materials. 

When disaster strikes, so do we! Our team members are available 24/7 to respond to your call. 

Post Flooding Recommendations

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Severe storm damage can lead to flooded basements and homes. The water damage that occurs when your home floods often come with odors and mold growth that continue to seep into your residence long after the water has subsided. We want to help you take care of it right away to eliminate any potential of secondary damages! You can take care to eliminate odors and preserve the safety of your dwelling with the following measures: 

Air Things Out 

Open all doors and windows to allow air to circulate in your residence. This should help dissipate any lingering smells that remain and will also facilitate drying of the affected areas. 

Dry the Wet Areas 

You may install dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process. Removing moisture from porous and absorbent surfaces such as carpet and upholstery can greatly reduce the chance of foul aromas remaining after the flood and can mitigate the appearance of mold. 

Deodorize Your Home 

There are natural and inexpensive methods that you can utilize to expedite the deodorizing process in your house. Baking soda sprinkled into carpets or other absorbent surfaces can be vacuumed up, greatly with getting rid of foul odors. On less porous surfaces, vinegar applied liberally can aid in combating persistent smells. 

Keep an Eye Out for Mold 

As with any area that has had prolonged exposure to moisture, mold growth can be a threat that, if not addressed immediately, poses a potentially recurrent problem that can present itself throughout the life span of your residence. It is imperative that proper steps are taken to ensure that mold and spores do not have the opportunity to spread in your home. 

Be Aware of Contaminants 

Sewage loss can lead to your home being contaminated by sewage contents when flood water finds its way past your threshold. This can leave behind an overpowering smell even after the moisture has been removed due to the bacteria in the water. These smells often cannot be removed by household cleaners and require the services of a professional flood restoration company. 

Why Choose SERVPRO? 

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. 

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at 231-564-4014 and leave the restoration to us. 

Keeping Up With Your Business Carpet Cleaning

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help; carpet cleaning Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the longevity of your carpets.

Being a local independently owned franchise, we understand the challenges of owning a small business. Keeping a commercial space clean can be a big challenge but it needs to be done. First impressions are very important, and you don't want to turn customers off because your store has filthy carpets. It is safe to say that the appearance factor is important regardless of what business you are in. Nobody wants to dine in or shop at a store with dirty carpets or upholstery. 

We can take care of those things for you. Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the life of your carpets and keep your building looking clean and smelling fresh. We clean several businesses regularly throughout the Northern Michigan area. Insurance agencies, medical facilities, resorts, and schools use us regularly to keep their carpets looking nice and you should too! Call today at 231-564-4014.