Weathering the Summer Storm
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is always Here to Help and we want to make sure that your roof can weather these crazy summer storms.
There are proactive steps that you can take to make sure you don't suffer any roof damage this summer whether you are a home or a business.
- Trim or remove trees near the building.
- Keep drains and gutters clear so they can handle the heavy water from storms.
Even taking these precautions might not save you from roof damage, so it is important for home or business owners to walk around and do a visual inspection of the home after a major storm.
As soon as the weather subsides you should inspect for the following items:
- Debris and ponding water
- Cuts and punctures in the membrane
- Edge metal pulled up
- Damaged perimeter flashing
- Missing or damaged HVAC equipment
- Cracks or wear on exterior walls
- Damage to domes, skylights or flashing
Even though winter has the reputation of being the "danger season" there are chances of roof damage in the summer season. It is important to understand the dangers of the summer season as well.
If you encounter roof or storm damage to your home please call SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore for help.
We can make it "Like it never even happened."
Summer Pool Safety
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is always here to help.
Here are some helpful Pool Safety tips to follow for this summer.
- Install a fence that is at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool.
- Make sure the pool gates open out from the pool, make sure that they self-close and self-latch. Consider a gate with an alarm on it to alert you when someone opens it.
- Keep rescue equipment and a portable telephone near the pool.
- Avoid entrapment: Suction from the pool and spa drains cans trap a swimmer underwater. Do not use the pool or spa if there are missing drain covers.
- Share all of your safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore wants you to have a fun and safe summer!
What to do when there is Large Hail
With recent summer storms and more to come it is important to know what could be coming. Sometimes we may encounter Large Hail storms.
Some thunderstorms can produce large hail stones that can reach the size of baseballs, softballs, or even as big as computer compact discs. They can fall at speeds as fast 100 mph.
The largest hail stone ever was in Wisconsin at over 7 inches in diameter.
If a severe storm is producing large hail stones, seek shelter and stay away from windows that can easily be smashed.
If you are in your vehicle, get out and go to sturdy shelter. The glass windows can easily smash in large hail storms. If you can't make it out of your vehicle then make sure to cover your head with your arms and hands.
If you experience any hail damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore because we are always here to help!
Summer Fire Safety Tips
It's really relaxing to enjoy a beach bonfire with friends and loved ones, or roast marshmallows by the lake or in the backyard fire pit, but it is important to make sure that everyone stays safe by following some fire protections guidelines.
- Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember leaves the fire pit it will be helpful thing to keep the fire under control.
- Supervise all fireworks and sparklers. dump the sparklers into a bucket of water to ensure they burn out.
- Don't let barbecue grease build up. It's important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires.
- Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire, clear out any brush of flammable materials in the area.
- When you are done with the campfire put out the flame with sand or water, any breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers.
Stay safe and have a fun summer!
Safety Tips for Extreme Heat
With the hottest part of summer approaching SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is always Here to Help. Here are a few safety tips to help you survive any Extreme Heat days.
- Drink plenty of water; even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid caffeinated beverages.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
- Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat.
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if the air conditioning is not available.
- Check the weather for critical updates.
Safety Tips during a Power Outage
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/ New Baltimore is always Here to Help. With summer months and summer storms, it is possible to have power outages. Here are some safety tips to help you out during a power outage:
- Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
- Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safe in a closed refrigerator for several hours.
- Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. Drink plenty of water.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power "surge" that can damage computers and other devices.
- If you are considering purchasing a generator, consult an electrician before installing.
- Never run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.
Hopefully these tips help you stay safe during any upcoming power outages that may occur.
What to know about Fires
People are affected by fire damage all the time, but what most people don't understand is the dangers of fire.
Fire is Fast: In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
Fire is Hot: The heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and raise to 600 degrees at eye level.
Fire is Dark: Fire isn't bright, it's pitch black. It may start bright but it quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
Fire is Deadly: Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even the smallest amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy.
For more information on fire or fire damage, please contact us at 586-598-5050.
The Fire Restoration Process
After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts.
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is Here to Help get your home to it's pre-fire condition.
Every fire can be different but here is our typical fire restoration process.
Step 1: Emergency contact- This begins when you call us at 586-598-5050.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment- we inspect and test rooms to determine the extent of fire, smoke, and soot damage.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service- To maintain security and to protect against further damage.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)- putting out the fire can take a lot of water, which may further the damages.
Step 5: Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces- we use specialized equipment and techniques to remove soot and smoke from all surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing- We clean, sanitize and disinfect all of the restorable items in the structure. We use our professional equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."
Step 7: Restoration- This is the final step to getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition.
If your home suffered from smoke, soot or fire damage we can help clean it up! Call us at 586-598-5050!
What to know about Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms usually occur in the spring and summer months, it is important to know what they are and how to classify a severe storm from a normal rain storm. It is also important to be able to understand the difference between a "Storm Warning" and a "Storm Watch".
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is here to provide you with the essential information because we are always here to help.
- ALL thunderstorms have lightning
- A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains 1 or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 57.5 mph or a tornado
- There is an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year. About 10% of these reach a "severe" level.
- Thunderstorms can cause damages from the excessive wind, flash flooding, hail, and lightning starting fires.
What is the difference between a "Storm Warning" and a "Storm Watch":
- A Severe Thunderstorm Watch: is more for people to watch and prepare for severe weather and to stay tuned with local news affiliates for more updates.
- A Watch covers parts of states or several states.
- A Severe Thunderstorm Warning: this means that there is a serious threat to life or property in the area of that storm. It means to act now and get to shelter.
- A Warning is broken down to counties and the surrounding counties.
Summer Safety Tips
With summer right around the corner it is important to take the right precautions and be ready for any size disaster, just like SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore is.
Here are some safety tips to remember when it comes to using Fireworks:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
- Be sure people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
- Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
- In case of a malfunction or fire, keep a bucket of water/garden hose and/or fire extinguisher close by and ready!
Here are some safety tips for when it comes to the Barbeque:
- Place the grill in a well-ventilated area and away from children's play.
- Wear fitted clothing so that way loose clothing doesn't contact fuel or fire.
- Stand up wind when lighting the fire.
- Do not use flammable liquids to start the fire or to relight the coals.
- Be in attendance at all times.
SERVPRO of Mount Clemens/New Baltimore wants you to have a safe and fun summer!