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What To Do Until Help Arrives

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett, we know that emergencies happen, which is why we offer prompt 24/7 emergency response. However, until our highly trained technicians arrive, there are some effective steps you can take to help minimize the damage being done to your home or business. Depending on the type and extent of the emergency at hand, different procedures should be followed in order to slow down the damage being done.

When you are facing water damage from a clean water source, there are several things you can do until SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett arrives.

  • As soon as possible, turn off the source of water. If you are unable to do so, contact a qualified party to shut off the water source. Doing this will stop any additional water trying to enter your home from doing so.
  • When safe to do so, attempt to shut off the circuit breaker for wet areas throughout the affected building. Use extreme caution when doing so in order to avoid any electric shock.
  • Begin blotting and mopping up as much water as possible. Having standing water can cause more damage to the building
  • Keep furniture skirting, draperies and other items away from wet areas. A good trick to keeping furniture skirting off the wet flooring is to use clothespins to pin them up.

In addition to the many beneficial tips to keep in mind when facing clean water damage, there are also several things you should avoid.

  • Any rooms with standing water should be avoided at all costs.
  • Keep all items that when wet could cause staining away from carpet. These items include newspapers, magazines, or papers with ink that could bleed through when damp.
  • Do not use any appliances while in standing water. 
  • Do not use your own vacuum to remove water because this can cause electrical shock and possibly damage the vacuum cleaner. 
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  • Do not enter any rooms where the ceiling appears to be sagging due to retention of water. 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 at 517-999-0789

Conditions In Haslett Might Be Right For Mold

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conditions In Haslett Might Be Right For Mold Mold on a wall in a Haslett home.

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 East Lansing/Haslett to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remedy mold in your home or business.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remedy your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 517-999-0789

Fire Safety in The Kitchen

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety in The Kitchen Smoke damage in an East Lansing home's kitchen.

According to the NFPA, US Fire Departments responded to an average of 166,000 fires per year between 2010 and 2014 that involved cooking equipment. Home fires are more likely to start in your kitchen than any other room in the house.

Grease fires are caused by letting oil get too hot, so the best way to prevent them is to never leave your kitchen unattended. Oil smokes before it burns, so if you see your pan start to smoke, take it off the heat before it has a chance to catch fire. If the pan has already caught fire, turn off the burner immediately and place a heavy metal lid on the pan - never use a glass lid as it will shatter - or use a baking sheet if you don't have metal lids. Never pour water on a grease fire! 

Our blog post "Which Fire Extinguisher Is Right For You?" indicates which fire extinguishers are effective on each type of fire. In the case of a grease fire, you will need a Class B fire extinguisher.

Here are some safety tips to help prevent a fire in your kitchen:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 517-999-0789

East Lansing Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage East Lansing Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This East Lansing home's basement flooded due to a sewer backup during heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your East Lansing basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 517-999-0789

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help! 517-999-0789

Serious Water Damage in Lansing Business

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Serious Water Damage in Lansing Business The iron particulates in the water oxidized and left these massive rust stains all over.

Powerful Water Main Break

A water main break in this Lansing hall caused extensive damage throughout. The water main burst on a Friday and, as the building is typically only used for meetings and receptions, wasn't checked on until someone noticed a spike in the utility bill a couple days later. The water quickly flooded the rest of the hall, causing all the floors and lower walls to be unsalvageable. 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Be sure to check our Before & After photo section soon to see the building after the repairs!

Business Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help! 517-999-0789

Emergency Ready Profile

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile

According to the latest industry research, as much as 50% of business may never recover from a disaster. Of the businesses that do survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. 

By developing a Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. 

Ready Profile Advantages

  • 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 to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett as your disaster mitigation  and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Call SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett to get started today – 517-999-0789

Does your East Lansing Home have a Mold Problem?

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does your East Lansing Home have a Mold Problem? Mold was hiding behind drywall and insulation in this Haslett home.

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 – 517-999-0789

Are you prepared for a power outage?

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared for a power outage? Keep your family safe with an emergency preparedness kit!

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at https://www.ready.gov/power-outages. When bad weather strikes the East Lansing/Haslett area, knowing what to do until SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett arrives will make a difference.

Call us directly at 517-999-0789.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your East Lansing Home

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, water or storm damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

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February Floods

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage February Floods The basement of an Okemos home on the Red Cedar, 5 days after flooding began.

For many people, snagging a piece of waterfront property can be a dream come true. But when accumulated snow melts, or heavy rains ensue, that dream can turn into a nightmare.

In February, Mid-Michigan experienced some of the worst flooding in recent history. The Red Cedar's flood stage is 7 feet, and peaked at 10.3 feet; the Grand River's flood stage is 11 feet, and it peaked at 14.6 feet. The Lansing flood of 1975 reached levels of 12 feet.

There are over 1,700 SERVPRO franchises nationwide, as well as a Disaster Recovery Team and many franchises who participate in Storm Team. SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett has had the opportunity to participate in disasters around Michigan and in Texas during the devastating Hurricane Harvey aftermath. During the Lansing flood, franchises came to help from Tennessee, Ohio, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - 517-999-0789