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Dryer Fire in Mount Clemens?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

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According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA,) 2900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated $35 million in property loss. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Macomb County, and some of these fires could have been prevented. The USFA reports that you are at a higher risk of having a clothes dryer fire if you don’t clean your lint filter and dryer vents.

Here are some clothes dryer safety tips from the USFA:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter
  • Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle
  • Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build-up
  • Check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed, or restricted
  • Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating

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You never know when you’ll need emergency fire restoration services, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Here to Help. ® We have a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Mount Clemens. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewer Problem in Harrison Charter Township?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Harrison Charter Township residents need to know.

When your sewer backs up, or your toilet overflows you will be exposed to highly unsanitary and dangerous “black water.” SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore uses specialized equipment and wears the required protective clothing to prevent exposure to bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness.

"Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

"Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • It May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Call Us Today!

You never know when you’ll need emergency water restoration services, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Here to Help. ® We have a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Harrison Charter Township. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your sewer damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

House Fire Checklist: What to Do and What Not to Do After a House Fire

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire is a terrible event that can unsettle homeowners both physically and emotionally. It is one of the commonest disasters in the USA. There has been a lot of information on how to prevent house fires. That is because it is better not to experience it in the first place. But since house fires are rampant, there is a possibility that you may encounter one.

No matter the size of the house, fire outbreaks are possible. That is because several factors expose every home to a house fire. The common causes include:

  • Electrical cables and equipment: It could occur following a malfunction from the wires deep inside the walls, an overloaded power point, faulty electrical appliances, frayed cords, inadequate wiring, and poor use of power point extension cords.
  • Candles: Candles can cause fire outbreaks in the house if you use them poorly.
  • Cooking equipment: Cooking equipment like pans and pots can lead to fire outbreaks if they overheat.
  • Flammable liquids: Flammable liquids like methylated spirits, petrol, or kerosene can cause a house fire if they are close to heat sources.
  • Heating: If you have a portable heater or furnace close to curtains, clothes, furniture, or laundry, they can lead to fire outbreaks.
  • Children: Out of curiosity, children can set things on fire to see the effect.
  • Smoking indoors: The butt of cigarettes can stay lit for a long time. If you do not put them off completely, they can ignite fire once they contact flammable materials.

Because of the emotional events that homeowners go through, they may tend to do things that will worsen the situation, warns Nelson PM. For that reason, this article aims to help you stay coordinated and prevent mistakes that can affect your insurance claims or expose your household to danger.

Below is a checklist of what to do and what not to do after a house fire.

What to do after a house fire

Ensure that your family is safe.  Stay calm and reassure them. Check for signs of injuries on yourself, family members, and pets.

  1. Get a safe place to stay. Irrespective of the level of damage, you should not remain in that house.
  2. Contact your family and friends to inform them about the house fire. Also, reassure them of your safety.
  3. Contact your insurance company. Inform them about the fire outbreak and only give answers to the questions you know. Start the claim process to help address your needs. The insurance company will provide recommendations for restoring or cleaning up the property. They may also help to secure the house.
  4. Secure your home to protect it from unlawful entry and terrible weather even when it is damaged.
  5. Contact the local police department to inform them about the event. Doing this will help protect the house from looting since it is vacant.
  6. Contact utility providers to inform them about the fire so that they can temporarily shut off utility supplies to you.
  7. Get a copy of the fire report from your local fire department, read the summary, and file it. Your insurance company will find it valuable.
  8. Call a restoration company to assess the property. After a fire outbreak, the damages do not stop. For that reason, it is essential to get a restoration company early. Doing so will prevent further damage to the property.
  9. Get permission from the fire department to access the property. With that, you can take photographs and also note the level of damage. The restoration company should be present while you are doing this to prevent further damage.
  10. Create and keep a record of your belongings. Note the damaged and undamaged items. Do not dispose of damaged items yet.
  11. Retrieve all valuables such as passports, identity cards, certificates, licenses, financial records, medical records, and prescription drugs. Note that you are only retrieving the prescription drugs so that you can get a replacement.
  12. Keep up with financing your mortgage even after the house fire. Your insurance company will handle your losses.
  13. Notify your children’s school to let them know the situation your kids are going through.
  14. Notify the post office so that they will know whether to hold or forward your mail.
  15. Commence a replacement process for vital documents that were damaged by the fire.

What not to do after a house fire

  1. Do not gain access to the house without permission from the local fire department.
  2. Do not enter the house except you are fully kitted with personal protective equipment.
  3. Do not consume food items or drugs that were exposed to the fire.
  4. Do not use items that were damaged by the fire.
  5. Do not turn on any utilities until you are sure that they are safe.
  6. Do not attempt to wash or clean off the fire residue by yourself. Let professionals handle it.
  7. Do not attempt to start any vehicle that was damaged by the fire.

Flooding Damage in Mount Clemens Home?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Flooding Disaster in Mount Clemens

When my bathroom flooded my insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore. When they arrived, they inspected and assessed the damage and immediately began extracting the water. The flooding spread to my laundry room and family room, so all of the clothing, furniture, electronics, and throw rugs had to be packed out and cleaned.  They extracted the water and set up air movers and air blowers to remove the excess moisture in the area. They monitored and documented the drying process to ensure the rooms were restored to normal moisture levels.

Six-Step Water Restoration Process

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact
  • Step 2: Inspection
  • Step 3: Water Removal
  • Step 4: Drying
  • Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Step 6: Restoration

Because the SERVPRO team acted so quickly, everything damaged by the water was restored to preloss condition. Thank you, SERVPRO!

Cleaning Methods

  •  Dry Cleaning
  •  Wet Cleaning
  •  Spray and Wipe
  •  Foam Cleaning
  •  Abrasive Cleaning
  •  Immersion Cleaning

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Mount Clemens. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Problems in Harrison Charter Township?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to mold damage emergencies throughout the year in Mount Clemens. Mold can spread quickly under the right, moist conditions and feed on many forms of organic matter like carpeting, drapes, ceiling tiles, drywall, wood, paper goods, and upholstery. Harrison Charter Township residents rely on us to mitigate and remediate mold growth in their homes and businesses.

Mold Remediation Process

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Understanding Mold

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed, otherwise, the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Harrison Charter Township. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your mold damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Intrusion Prevention Tips for Mount Clemens

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Storm damage can happen at any time in Michigan. The weather here can be unpredictable, and storms have been known to blow in unexpectedly. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Mount Clemens. The Insurance Information Institute offers these helpful tips for protecting your home from storm damage:

Exterior Inspection and Repair

Water can be prevented from entering a structure’s exterior through routine inspection and maintenance and making repairs as needed.

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check rain gutters and drainage systems and remove any debris
  • Check downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the structure
  • Check sprinkler systems and make sure the sprinklers are not spraying water onto the structure and that water is not pooling around the structure’s foundation
  • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will find its way into a structure easily when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is already saturated by rainwater, the water may enter into the foundation wall through any cracks.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Mount Clemens. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Escape Planning Tips for New Baltimore?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that of the 71 percent of people who have a fire escape plan, only 41 percent have tested it. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in New Baltimore and offer these tips for escape planning from the NFPA:

  • Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or a mailbox) a safe distance away from the home where everyone can meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave as 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
  • Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors

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SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in New Baltimore. Call us today at 586-598-5050. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Disaster in Harrison Charter Township?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year in Harrison Charter Township. Plumbing systems and appliances can fail at any time and cause water damage in your home or business. Our restoration technicians have the advanced training, state-of-the-art equipment, and experience to restore any size water loss quickly and efficiently and with minimal disruption to your family or employees and customers.

The Insurance Institute for Business Home and Safety suggests that homeowners and businesses:

  • Provide a reliable backup power source to ensure continuous power to the building
  • Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve. Use wireless sensors near water sources.
  • Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure and heat unheated sprinkler control rooms

Water damage happens at all times of the day and night and can become a costly repair if not addressed quickly. Our highly trained technicians are on-call 24-hours a day and can typically arrive within four hours of your call.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Harrison Charter Township. Call us today at 586-598-5050. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Deep Cleaning Services in Mount Clemens?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Dirty Rental Unit?

After my tenants moved out, the house was a mess and couldn’t be rented again in its current state. The walls and ceilings were covered in three years of grime and buildup that wasn’t evident until the house was vacant. The carpets looked tired, and the kitchen faucet had lime buildup, and the appliances were in need of a thorough cleaning. A friend told me to call SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, and I’m glad I did.

They sent a team over that cleaned the house from top to bottom. All of the light fixtures, ceilings, floors, windows, vents, cabinets, and millwork were cleaned. The carpets were cleaned and deodorized. All of the lime buildups in the bathroom and kitchen faucets were removed, and so were the glass shower doors. By the end of the day, my house was rentable again and looked great! They also told me about other deep cleaning services they offer:

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceiling, Floors & Walls
  • Certified SERVPRO Cleaned
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage and Toilet Overflow
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Commercial Cleaning Services

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians certified to provide deep cleaning services that go beyond what a routine janitorial or domestic cleaning service can do. Call us today at 586-598-5050. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewer Backup in New Baltimore?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

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The sewer system in our commercial building backed up, and it was a disaster. Thankfully, we had used SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore in the past and called them for help. Sewer water is classified as a “black water” contaminant, meaning it is best left to the professionals to mitigate and perform the professional cleanup as “black water” is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided.

Sources for category 3 black water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

Category 3 “Black Water” may:

  • Contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

We respond to commercial sewage backups emergencies throughout the year. Sewage backups should be considered an emergency, and our highly trained technicians have the protective gear, equipment, and experience to mitigate and restore sewer backups quickly and efficiently.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond to commercial and residential sewer backups 24-hours a day. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your sewer damage in New Baltimore, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.