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Emergency Ready Profile

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett can prepare your business's ERP at no cost!

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

Commercial Water and Mold Damage in Jackson

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water and Mold Damage in Jackson Mold develops on this wall after water damage in the clubhouse.

This Jackson, MI golf course was closed over the winter. During the course of a two-week period while the owners were away, as they are every year, a pipe burst causing extreme water and mold damage everywhere. In this short amount of time, mold was able to develop rapidly, and on almost everything, due to the warm temperature from the heat being kept on, the moisture from the water damage, and the undisturbed area.

As soon as the owners found the clubhouse in dismay, they called SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett. Our technicians were able to arrive promptly, perform an evaluation, and determine a scope of work to restore the property to preloss condition.

If you find your business in need of mitigation and restoration, call SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett right away.

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett - 517-999-0789.

Like it never even happened.

Heightened Humidity Levels Can Escalate Mold Growth

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Heightened Humidity Levels Can Escalate Mold Growth Serious mold growth on the wood beams of the basement in this unoccupied Mason, MI home.

The hot, humid weather of Michigan's late spring and summer months bring about the perfect conditions for mold growth. While the ideal temperature for mold growth is between 77°F and 86°F, mold can grow at any temperature from 32°F up to 95°F. 

Although mold is ubiquitous, it does require three things to grow - nutrients, moisture and time. Mold can obtain nutrients from many sources, but substances with a high cellulose content provide the most. A material which is highly cellulose is found in nearly every home - drywall. Other nutrient sources include dust and dander. Moisture aids in the decaying process caused by mold. When water vapor condenses on surfaces cooler than the air, mold is enabled to flourish. Mold growth begins 24 hours to 10 days after the provision of growing conditions.

Common causes in homes and businesses that escalate growing conditions are floods, leaky roofs, poor maintenance, and plumbing issues. Hidden leaks can go unnoticed for weeks, providing mold spores with the ideal conditions, and will usually be truly set in by the time it's discovered. Other areas in the home where condensation commonly forms are perimeter walls. Condensation forms when water vapor in the air meets cold surfaces and cools to become liquid. Perimeter walls are typically more susceptible to condensation gathering because of the cool outdoor air on the other side.

Basements are the most common area of the home to become affected by mold, as they are often the most damp because of the cool temperature. Unfinished basements are typically dark and go longer being undisturbed, giving spores ample time and conditions to grow.

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If you suspect a mold issue in your home or business, call us today - 517.999.0789

Preparing for a Tornado

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for a Tornado Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms.

Warmer seasons can bring about destructive tornadoes around mid-Michigan. Peak tornado season for the northern states is late spring through early summer, and most commonly occur between 3:00pm and 9:00pm, but can strike anytime. Tornadoes can develop quickly and without warning, so keeping your home and family prepared for storms and power outages is essential to ensuring everyone remains safe during unpredictable weather.

During storms, keep an eye out for skies turning dark and greenish, watch for large hail, low-lying clouds, and loud roars similar to a freight train. These are danger signs a tornado may be approaching and you should seek shelter immediately.

If you are under a tornado warning and in a structure, get to the lowest level of the building or home. If you are too far from the lowest level to get there in time, go to a small interior room or hallway. Manufactured and mobile homes offer little protection from tornadoes - getting out immediately and to a pre-defined location such as a storm shelter or nearby building. When you're outside and a tornado warning occurs, take cover in a stationary vehicle, covering your head with your arms, a blanket or a coat. If you cannot get inside anywhere, lie in an area noticeably lower than the roadway. Never take cover under an overpass or a bridge!

Be sure to build an emergency preparedness kit in case you're caught in a storm or power outage. Visit ready.gov/kit to see what essentials you should have in your kit. While building your kit, it's a good idea to gather the family and plan a meeting spot in case anyone gets separated during a storm.

Wind, rain and hail can do a lot of damage to your home during a storm. If you find yourself needing emergency tarping or boarding up, call SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett at 517-999-0789. We're here to help.

When Storms or Floods Hit East Lansing/Haslett, SERVPRO is Ready!

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit East Lansing/Haslett, SERVPRO is Ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in East Lansing/Haslett!

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett 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.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the East Lansing/Haslett area, 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 517-999-0789

Are you prepared for a power outage?

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared for a power outage? Emergency Ready 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.

Restoring Your East Lansing/Haslett Commercial Property After A Water Damage

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

 

Flooding and water damage events at East Lansing/Haslett commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett 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.

Meet Our Crew

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

Does your East Lansing home have a mold problem?

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does your East Lansing home have a mold problem? Mold was hiding behind drywall and insulation in this Haslett, MI 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

East Lansing/Haslett Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage East Lansing/Haslett Smoke and Soot Cleanup This basement fire happened quickly without warning.

 

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

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

Spring Flood Tips

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spring Flood Tips Act fast to mitigate your flood loss.

 While we've still got 4 weeks of winter left, Michigan's unpredictable freezing and thawing can lead to an early spring in an under-prepared basement. Following these tips can help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.


Advance Preparation
Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.


Watch for Pooling Water 
Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.


Maintain Sump Pump 
If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 


Raise Storage Goods 
Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 


Cut Power if Necessary 
As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.


Keep Storm Drains Clear
If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.


Consider Flood Insurance 
Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.


Be Aware on the Road 
Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 


Act Fast 
When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of East Lansing / Haslett at 517-999-0789 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”