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Why SERVPRO Is the Right Choice to Handle Your Water Damage | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Experiencing water damage in your home is a dreadful occurrence. Whether the damage is major or minor, taking care of the aftermath of water damage can feel like quite the headache—and finding the right team to help you through the process can require extensive research and review. Plus, given that acting quickly after water damage is key, it can be difficult to know where to turn when you discover moisture in your home.

For any homeowner, the best time to consider who you would like to work with for damages is long before the damage occurs. So whether you have discovered water damage or are just doing your research, read on to learn a little bit more about our unique approach to the process.

Why You Want Us to Handle Your Water Damage

We have the equipment to detect moisture. While there are many signs that water damage may be afoot in your home, water damage can often be like an iceberg: What you see is only part of the story. That is why we have invested heavily in our fleet of equipment. With our moisture detection technology, we will be able to locate all the water damage in your home (even if it is hidden) and do a full restoration so you do not have any issues arise later on.

We understand the full process of water damage restoration. Water damage can be a tricky thing, and if it is not treated quickly and properly, it can rapidly give rise to secondary issues such as mold and mildew growth throughout the home. With our technology and expertise, we are able to fully restore any moisture damage and remediate any mold growth to properly handle the issue right away.

We are here when you need us. Handling water damage is imperative to preventing serious secondary issues from arising—which is why we are here to help 24/7. You can call us at any hour to report damage, so no matter when you discover moisture-related issues, you can be certain we will have a team of restoration experts dispatched to you quickly.

If you have water damage in your home, you can count on us. Contact us today to learn more about our process.

Backyard Grill & Fire Pit Safety | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

flames SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett can help with your fire damage needs!

The spring and summer months are almost magical. Plants and trees are in perfect bloom, school kids are brimming with excitement, vacation plans are being made…and how is the temperature this perfect?

Springtime also beckons us to that most revered backyard tradition: the barbecue. From graduation parties to gender reveals, church picnics to family reunions, any old excuse will do to break out everyone’s favorite warm-weather cooker.

Unfortunately, an increase in backyard activities also brings with it an increase in fires. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. But don’t sweat—save that for August.

With a few common-sense tips, you can be sure your backyard sessions will be safe and fun for everyone.

The grill. Grills are great, but they’re also a perfect opportunity for fires to pop up—the combination of flame, heat, grease and gas gives easy openings for the hungry monster we call fire. Keep the grill away from anything that could ignite (including your house), and never use liquid accelerants to increase flames or heat. Check your grill for leaks or rust holes, and don’t forget to clean it thoroughly—almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. A favorite feature of many newer homes, the fire pit is the social hub of the backyard, but use it safely. Never leave it unattended, and never leave any kids or pets alone by the fire. Don’t add things like pine needles or dry leaves to the fire, either; they create lots of dangerous flying embers. And keep a bucket within arm’s reach, both to slowly cool the fire when the night is through and to handle any jumping flames or ashes.

Chimneys and dryer vents. You don’t have to do these now, but while we’re talking seasonal fire safety, it’s just a good reminder. You won’t need your indoor fireplace until fall, so clean out ash and soot now to avoid potential hazards later. And check your dryer’s vent trap for pent-up lint that could easily combust.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 24/7 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Weather Hazards in Michigan as Spring Approaches | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

clounds, rain, sunshine, snow SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett wants to keep your home or business safe this spring!

In terms of total land area, the United States is second only to Russia and Canada (though China is larger if all outlying US territories are excluded). It’s a very large and diverse country.

Because of its sheer vastness, seasonal weather does not follow a one-size-fits-all pattern across the whole country. Throughout the year, distinct regions of the country experience a variety of diverse weather patterns, resulting in a range of weather threats.

With the arrival of spring, warm and cold air masses collide throughout the nation, resulting in extreme weather occurrences. Let’s take a look at what we may expect in various parts of the nation, as well as what we should keep in mind here in Michigan.

Severe rain drenches the Pacific Northwest in the spring, which may result in flooding and water damage to homes. At higher elevations, snow will continue to fall, and the ensuing melting and runoff will create its own concerns.

The Upper Midwest, including Michigan, and all through the Northeast have the longest winters (as you’re surely aware), with frigid weather lasting throughout the season. Michigan has also seen an increase in rain and snowfall in recent years.

The frequency and intensity of extreme precipitation are projected to continue to rise, potentially increasing the frequency and intensity of floods throughout spring. Extreme cold and the threat of snowstorms and blizzards may be expected as far northeast as Maine all the way over to the Dakotas until late spring or early summer, when temperatures begin to rise again.

The southern West Coast, on the other hand, will experience the opposite, with severe heat waves possibly risking lives and property. Additionally, tsunamis caused by tectonic activity can be expected throughout the South Pacific, including Hawaii.

Windstorms, derechos and the risk of wildfires will be major threats across the heartland, from Iowa to Texas. When the winds are high and the weather is dry, wildfires may spread quickly. Accordingly, Tornado Alley, which has a high tornado frequency, is included in this zone.

Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in landlocked areas, as well as catastrophic rip currents and hurricanes on the coast late into spring, are all possible in the Southeast region.

Extreme weather poses a significant risk to everybody in the United States, regardless of location. Yours may be different from that of a relative a few states away, but being prepared is always a smart idea.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

The Timeline of Water Damage and Its Destructive Effects | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Small spots of water spots and barely leaking faucets can seem basic and are often overlooked. However, you should never underestimate the damage caused by moisture in the home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

The damage brought on by standing water progresses fast, seeping into your walls, soft surfaces and floors. It’s most important to begin dealing with the issue immediately to get the best restoration results.

This timeline gives you a good synopsis of water damage:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage are crucial. Certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects.

Soft and absorbent items like fabric furnishings and upholstery will soak in the water. Wooden structures can swell and become deformed as well.

Even scarier, your personal belongings such as books, photos and important documents are at risk of warping beyond repair. During this timeframe, mold begins to develop, so taking action fast is essential.

At SERVPRO, our expertise, combined with a “restore vs. replace” mentality, can help you save money while keeping your precious and irreplaceable memories safe. If any items are unfortunately beyond restoration, we will communicate this to you. These items will be removed quickly to prevent the spread of moisture and lessen the drying time of the ones we can restore.

Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. Mold growth will explode at this point if in the presence of moisture; as the mold sets in it can even damage your home’s structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

After One Week

At all costs, you must avoid allowing moisture to stay present for long periods of time. Standing water and moisture can cause extremely destructive and irreversible effects.

As time progresses, the effort required and the costs of restoration will increase exponentially, along with the risks of significant structural damage.

How SERVPRO Will Help

We begin the SERVPRO restoration process with our first call, hopefully within the first 24 hours. Service work typically starts with a full-scale extraction of standing water, helping to prevent the spread of moisture further into your home.

It’s very likely that your furniture, floors and personal belongings that have been affected will need deep cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. Once we remove most of the water, our experts will use industry-leading equipment that helps get rid of the water that can’t be seen.

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

At SERVPRO, we like to simplify the restoration process by taking care of the initial damage mitigation, as well as rebuilding the affected areas of your home or business. We keep you up to date on every single step, doing our best to get you back in action as soon as possible.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 24/7 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

SERVPRO Is Ready to Help | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

You are well aware as a business owner that managing a smooth operation involves the utilization of as much assistance as possible. Significant delays or losses can have a disastrous impact for your organization.

Whatever sort of business or facility you manage, we want you to know you already have a business partner ready to help with cleaning and disaster recovery practically right around the corner. It’s like having a loyal ally in charge of an entire aspect of your business’s success.

Large Loss Recovery. The most prevalent causes of financial loss for businesses in the United States are fires, storms and floods. Each of these disasters has the potential to inflict considerable damage if restoration is delayed, so do not wait when these occurrences strike—call SERVPRO. You’ll communicate with a highly trained staff person who is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin the process with you, thereby reducing downtime and speeding your process of resuming operations again.

Emergency Ready Plan. You may or may not know that disaster recovery can begin prior to the event. We can help you in building an Emergency Ready Plan that is deployed on demand. Following a disaster, you might need everything from a temporary emergency chain of command to alternate meeting and work spaces or temporary suppliers. We’ll design your plan so that everything can be activated through a single click.

All-Purpose Cleaning. We have solutions for any cleaning need. From highly specialized services like as trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to more generic ones such as carpet and upholstery cleaning, we can offer the whole spectrum of cleaning services to homes and businesses. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’ve seen and cleaned just about everything!

Restoration Services. The unpredictable happens all the time. You never know when a storm will generate flash floods, when interns could start the kitchen on fire or when a waterline will burst. SERVPRO’s repair and cleaning services are necessary in each of these instances. You can trust us to restore the sparkle to your organization after a disaster event, from cleanup to restoration.

Industry Specialization. We can help a vast assortment of industries and businesses as we have spent decades learning the distinct ins and outs of each one. We can assist your company with any one-of-a-kind specialized service or any basic cleaning or repair requirements. In many situations, we’ll even enclose the work area to keep it distinct from other parts of your business’s everyday operations.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Do You Know the Signs of Water Damage in Your Bathroom?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on tile grout on a bathtub surround Both mold and mildew can flourish in wet environments.

The signs of water damage can be difficult to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking
for. And your bathroom is one of the places it’s most likely to hide.
It’s important to find water damage in your home early because it can spread and
worsen over time. If it’s stopped early and repaired, then you can avoid making bigger,
more costly repairs in the future.
Your home is your family’s biggest investment, so protecting it is vital. You can do that
by regularly looking for signs of leaks around your home. Learning what you should be
looking for in your bathroom is a good place to start.
Signs You Could See
Here’s what you might see if you have a potential water issue in one of your home’s
Evidence of mold or mildew. Both mold and mildew can flourish in wet environments.
Your bathroom might have black spots on your walls, shower curtain, around your tub or
shower, or underneath your bathroom cabinets.
Wet spots on your walls or around the tub. If you see water spots or stains on your
walls, it’s a sign that there could be a leak behind them. If you notice that, then it might
be time to check your pipes for leaks and other issues. You’ll want to correct those and
then repair any damage to protect your home.
Damage to the flooring or paint . Bubbling, peeling paint, buckling wood floors or
cracked damaged tiles can all be possible signs of water damage. Again, you’ll want to
fix these issues and repair any damage they’ve caused to ensure your home hasn’t
been compromised by mold or water damage.
Wet spots on your ceiling. Not all signs of bathroom water damage are actually
noticeable in the bathroom. Water spots and leaks from the ceiling can be signs that the
plumbing in your bathroom is leaking if your ceiling issues are located directly below a
bathroom. (Any ceiling leak should be investigated, though.)
If you see the signs of water damage anywhere in your home, take the time to get it
evaluated and repaired correctly. It will serve you well in the long run—and possibly
save you time and money.
From emergency cleaning and restoration to routine disinfection, we’re there for you. Contact us
at any hour for a consultation or immediate assistance. Our teams are available to help you
24/7. Don’t wait to call us!

What Do I Do About a Soaked Carpet? | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

light brown carpet with water spots from a leak somewhere If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away; SERVPRO of East Lansing / Haslett is available 24/7

Sometimes water just happens. Maybe you go away on vacation and when you come back, you found your teenager left her window open the whole time. It was a rainy week, and now the carpet is soaked.

You wonder, “Can this carpet be saved? Can we dry it ourselves? How do we dry it ourselves?”

Luckily, SERVPRO has answers to these questions. Yes, many carpets that have been thoroughly saturated can be salvaged. Whether you can deal with yours on your own depends on one, how long it was wet and two, whether it was wet with contaminated water.

How Long Was Your Carpet Wet?

As soon as your carpet becomes wet, it starts changing. The fibers soak up moisture and the mold spores that are present begin to grow and spread. But chances are, if your carpet was soaked less than 48 hours then you can dry it yourself.

How do you dry a carpet?

  1. You’ll need to manually remove as much water as possible. Press clean, dry towels into the carpet, then wring them out. Repeat when you can’t get more water up this way.

  2. Create an atmosphere conducive to drying by opening windows, pointing fans at the carpet, and/or running a dehumidifier.

  3. Keep removing water by running a wet/dry vacuum. As with the towels, run the vacuum, then empty the canister, and repeat until you can’t get more water out of the carpet.

  4. Sprinkle it with baking soda or a commercial carpet disinfectant. Leave overnight before vacuuming up.

Was the Water Contaminated?

If sewage or other contaminated water got into your carpet—or if it was wet more than a couple of days—you’ll need to lift it, then clean, decontaminate and dry it before putting it back in place.

It is possible you can do this yourself, if you have the right equipment. You’ll need to take the carpet and pad up and thorough clean the floor under it. Then be sure to disinfect, shampoo or steam clean, and dry the carpet before laying it down again.

However, this can be a very unwieldy process. Your best bet in this situation is to reach out to a commercial cleaning and restoration company, such as SERVPRO. Very often, our talented technicians can help you remove mold and odors, destroy harmful microbes, and make your carpet usable again.

From emergency cleaning and restoration to routine disinfection, we’re there for you. Contact us at any hour for a consultation or immediate assistance.

Why Select a Commercial Restoration Partner? | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Office Space Commercial Office Space Cleaning

As a business, you select an accountant or bookkeeper, a security firm, and possibly even a cleaning service. And when disaster strikes, you may have a hard-hitting recovery firm in mind, such as SERVPRO.

“But how often does disaster strike?” you may ask. Making arrangements for a disaster that hasn’t happened yet may not be at the top of your to-do list.

However, you can save time, money and headaches with a little preparation. And that includes partnering with a commercial restoration firm up front, so we’re ready to leap into action with advance knowledge of your particular needs.

An Extra Layer of Clean

The first thing a day-to-day partnership with SERVPRO can offer is deeper cleaning than a regular janitorial service. Whether you have high-traffic carpets, fryer hoods or even hazardous chemicals in your building, we have the special training and licensure to meet your needs.

Plan-Ahead Disaster Preparation

In the midst of a fire or flood, wouldn’t you like a partner who’s prepared? SERVPRO can keep your vital lists in one place: insurers, contractors, even the locations of any hazardous materials in your workplace that need to be quickly moved or remediated in in case of disaster. Known as the SERVPRO READY plan, this can help us respond faster and more thoroughly when the call comes.

We Do Paperwork, Too

Another important aspect of having a ready partner is that we can help with any paperwork related to disaster recovery. SERVPRO has many years of experience dealing with insurance companies, and we can help you ensure you have the documentation you need to get your claims covered.

Whether you’re looking for a long-term disinfection service, or need help restoring your property after an emergency, your SERVPRO team is ready to help. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Your SERVPRO Franchise Hits the Sweet Spot | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

East Lansing East Lansing across from Michigan State University

If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely thinking about cleaning, restoration and disinfection services in the East Lansing area.

This is a bustling market, and we’re aware that you have lots of choice when you select a cleaning and restoration partner. Let’s talk about why SERVPRO is one of the best commercial—and residential—partners you could select. The answer lies in our balance of local knowledge and national expertise.

National Reach

As a national franchise, we’re more than just some businesspeople pushing out a concept. We’re a center for knowledge and professional expertise. Our larger network gives us access to a lot of cleaning and restoration wisdom. We look to SERVPRO for guidance about so many thing—cleaning protocols, products and new hazards, among others.

Our national scale also enables us to be nimble. Because of our national organization, for instance, we were able to rapidly push an EPA-approved COVID-19 cleaning protocol across the country, rather than each location figuring it out all alone.

Local Knowledge

East Lansing residents share some hazards with people across the United States—housefires, for instance. But we also have some unique threats.

For instance, we have extremely cold temperatures, including minus 29 in 1981. That leads to specific hazards to property and contents, including snow and ice damage, plumbing breaks, and doorframe rot. With our river, our humid summers and our propensity to build full basements, we also tend to encounter flooding and mold damage underneath ground level, as these photos attest.

Because we’ve seen it, we know how to deal with it. Our experience can even let us help you track down the source of a tricky problem. And most important, because we’re your neighbors, we know what you’re dealing with. When it comes to disasters—especially those related to weather—we’re usually all in it together!

Whether you’re looking for a long-term disinfection service or need help restoring your property after an emergency, your SERVPRO team is ready to help. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Why SERVPRO®? We’re Certified!

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO®? We’re Certified! | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

When you look for someone to restore your business after a fire, flood or other emergency event, you want to deal with professionals who are certified in their field. Electricians, plumbers and HVAC contractors have to undergo testing and licensing to stay in business—but who certifies cleaning and restoration companies?

In fact, SERVPRO locations and technicians have to obtain multiple certifications. That’s because our projects are so diverse and wide-ranging. Let’s look at some of the “certified” reasons you should partner with SERVPRO for commercial restoration services.

AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician). Our technicians obtain this certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international organization that promulgates ANSI-accredited industry standards. For this certification, we study mold and sewage remediation. Our firm is certified by IICRC, too.

ASD (Applied Structural Drying Technician). Also from the IICRC, this certification means we’ve proven we can safely dry and restore water-damaged buildings and their contents.

OSHA General/Construction Industry Training Program. Because we do so much work in and around damaged structures, our technicians learn the basics of construction industry safety in this Occupational Health and Safety Administration course.

RRRP (Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation). This EPA-based certification indicates that we can safely perform restorations in buildings that might contain lead paint. That’s usually those built before 1978. We have training to carefully follow these standards, especially when emergencies create unexpected lead exposure.

WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician). When our technicians obtain this entry-level IICRC certification, they understand the basics of water damage restoration, including containing and extracting the water that’s present, as well as mold removal procedures.

Whether you’re looking for a long-term disinfection service or need help restoring your property after an emergency, your SERVPRO team is ready to help. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.