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Fire Safety and Fireworks

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety and Fireworks Celebrate Safety this Holiday

With the warmer months of the summer comes times to celebrate events with barbeques, family events and everyone’s favorite firework displays. These times where we use fireworks for celebrations do we take the necessary safety precautions to prevent injury or property damage needed? In all years studied, Independence Day has more incidents reported in NFIRS than any other day of the year. The number of incidents in the NFIRS database associated with July 4 and July 5 were 2.4 times the average daily number of incidents on other days of the year. Brush and outside fire incidents were nearly four times higher during this holiday than on the average day. Structure fires increase on July 4 and July 5th as well. As would be expected, fireworks were responsible for a considerable portion of the increase in fire incidence on Independence Day. In fact, 31 percent of the total annual number of fireworks−related fires occur on July 4 and 5. These fires individually were less severe than fires generally, with lower average dollar loss per fire, less than half of the injuries and one third the deaths per fire.

source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov

About SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after a fire call the Professionals at SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids 24/7 616.647.4300

When Water Damage Causes Mold Growth

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Damage Causes Mold Growth Mold Growth from Water Loss

When you are faced with water damage to your home or business it can be very overwhelming to say the least. Most of the time we can find the problem and where the water is coming from and fix the source before to much damage can happen. The issue with water damage is if you don’t clean and dry out the area with the correct methods it can lead to mold growth in the long haul. It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively re-mediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 616-647-4300

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids for mold remediation services.

March is American Red Cross Month

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage March is American Red Cross Month Where can you make a Difference?

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Weather it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, or training and certifications the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it the most. You probably hear about the impact the Red Cross has on TV when it comes to major disasters like hurricanes, wildfire and tornadoes. The American Red Cross shows hard work and dedication day in and day out that doesn’t become covered in the media. With over 70,000 disasters a year they respond to the public with support after many emergencies that they face. Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the “everyday heroes” who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross network.

The Red Cross depends on generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support the lifesaving services and programs. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org

We are here for any size disaster situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 616.647.4300

About SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a emergency event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The smell of mold and the Importance in taking action

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The smell of mold and the Importance in taking action Can you smell that?

Mold most of the time can be invisible to the naked eye because we can’t see it doesn’t mean that it’s not there. The most common is when mold grows in basements, attics, crawl spaces and other areas with high humidity. What is mold you ask?

mold/

noun: mould; plural noun: moulds; noun: mold; plural noun: molds

  1. a furry growth of minute fungal hyphae occurring typically in moist warm conditions, especially on food or other organic matter.

 Mold can grow where water or moisture is present and always isn’t so visible to spot out. When you start to smell a weird odor in a certain area that should be the first clue to start investigating to see if you spot mold in your home. Mold has a pungent, earthy, musty and unpleasant smell. The first reaction is to use air fresheners and disinfectant sprays in hopes of removing the odor. The only way to control mold odor is to remove the mold in the affected area. When you see mold grow on the outside of the wall in some cases it can be cleaned unless the mold has grown into your soft wall material especially drywall, then you have to remove the wall that is affected. When a wall is affected be sure to look behind furniture and baseboards that might be near the area that the mold made an appearance. In these cases, you need a professional to contain area and remove any affected areas to prevent any of the mold spores to spreading into the rest of your home. When dealing with a situation like this be sure to be cautious or call a professional.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 616.647.4300

About SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO the first signs of Mold

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Call SERVPRO the first signs of Mold Mold can grow on anything

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • 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 AC/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. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • 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.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 616.647.4300

Leave the Board-up Services to the Professionals

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Leave the Board-up Services to the Professionals Our teams are ready to Help!

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through—especially if it is your property that has been damaged. Our teams specialize in keeping your property safe from any further damages that might come arise.

Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself. We are also concerned about keeping your belongings safe and not exposed to multiple elements or theft. Your SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in NE Grand Rapids area we can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions?

Call Us 24/7 – (616) 647-4300

Prevent an Ice Dam on your Roof this Season

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Prevent an Ice Dam on your Roof this Season Ice build up on a house roof

Every year we deal with an excessive amount of snow and cold temperatures that take a toll on your property. When the snow falls the last thing that you think about are ice dams that form on your home and the damage that they can cause. With some steps of prevention and things to look for you can save a lot of headache and money this winter season.

Things to look for when you suspect you have an ice dam problem:

  • You see icicles forming behind the gutter
  • Ice or water starts to form on the siding or around windows
  • Ice begins to build on top of the gutters or lower edge of roof
  • You see icicles forming on the edge of your roof this can be with or without gutters
  • Ice begins coming through the soffit vents or through the soffit itself.
  • PREVENTING ICE DAMS
  • You can scrape snow from the roof whenever it falls, using a snow rake or a broom or plastic shovel. Keeping the access snow from building up on the edge of the roof.
  • Heated cables are another prevention tip for ice dams. Attached with clips along the roof's edge in a zigzag pattern, heated cables combat ice dams that lift shingles and cause leaks

These simple tips and things to look for will make it easier to know what the next steps are when dealing with water leaks in your home. Prevention is the key focus but sometimes the damage is done to the home and you need help cleaning up the water that made its way in from your roof and that’s where SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids comes in and helps you make it "Like it never even happened."

About SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after water damage is in your home call the Professionals at SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids 24/7 616.647.4300

Plants can do what for my home?

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Plants can do what for my home? There are over 26 different kinds of plants that clean air

Sure, that potted fern is pretty, but can it really spruce up the air quality in your home? Studies by scientists at NASA, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Georgia and other respected institutions suggest that it can.

Plants are notoriously adept at absorbing gases through pores on the surface of their leaves. It's this skill that facilitates photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light energy and carbon dioxide into chemical energy to fuel growth.

But scientists studying the air-purification capacities of indoor plants have found that plants can absorb many other gases in addition to carbon dioxide, including a long list of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Benzene (found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke) and formaldehyde (found in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner) are examples of common indoor VOCs that plants help eliminate.

These VOCs and other indoor air pollutants (such as ozone) have been linked to numerous acute conditions, including asthma and nausea, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.

Indoor Plants Help with Removing Harmful Compounds from the Air

An indoor plant's ability to remove these harmful compounds from the air is an example of phytoremediation, which is the use of any plant — indoors or out — to mitigate pollution in air, soil or water.

Indoor plants remove pollutants from the air by absorbing these gases through their leaves and roots. The microorganisms that live in the soil of potted plants also play an instrumental role in neutralizing VOCs and other pollutants.

While most leafy plants are adept at purifying indoor air, some of the plants that scientists have found most useful in removing VOCs include Japanese royal ferns, spider plants, Boston ferns, purple waffle plants, English ivy, areca palms, golden pothos, aloe vera, snake plants and peace lilies.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/38445-indoor-plants-clean-air.html

Clean Air is important when it comes to your home where you and your love ones spend most of your time. If these tips didn’t help you achieve the clean air you were hoping call SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids and schedule an appointment for us to clean your homes Air Ducts to make sure your air is running clean

Making it easy to create an Emergency Checklist

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Making it easy to create an Emergency Checklist Are your Prepared?

Making a plan to be ready ahead of any size disaster is key to surviving. With these few simple steps, it can help you evacuate your home safely before help arrives.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelterplan?
  3. What is my evacuationroute?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Create and fill out important information needed for the whole family to understand. Make sure to communicate key steps and meeting spots in case of an emergency. Using pictures or graphics can make it easier for the children in the home to understand main places to evacuate.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Source: ready.gov

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

When storms hit NE Grand Rapids, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 616.647.4300

Using Your Portable Generator Safely

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Using Your Portable Generator Safely Don't let your generator cause damages to your home

GENERATOR SAFETY

 We all have been there when the power in your home or business decides to shut off caused by bad weather or a community outage. The first thing you think about is how to take action to find a power source to get you back up and running. Many businesses and residential properties have the convenience of a backup generator located nearby. With operation of a generator do you know the first things to keep in mind to staying safe while using one?

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in NE Grand Rapids area we can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (616) 647-4300