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Eaton County Commercial Services

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Steam Cleaning Commercial Building Carpet Commercial Carpet Cleaning

When opening a new business it is important to start with a clean and organized work space. Did you know that SERVPRO of Eaton County offers free cleaning estimates? We are committed to helping your business get started on the right foot by helping you prepare your work space. Whether its just some commercial carpet cleaning or cleaning the entire building, SERVPRO of Eaton County can handle it.  There is no job too big or too small! 

Some things that we can help with that you may not know about:

-Carpet Cleaning

-Commercial Structure Cleaning

-Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Including Hood Cleaning

-Ceiling Tile Removing and Replacing

-Painting

-And much more! Just ask!

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County today for your free estimate. 517-541-1170

Fire Safety Tips

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Burned black and charred house frame is all thats left after house fire A house fire isn't anticipated, but some can be prevented if you keep in mind these simple tips

You may not always be able to prevent fire but here are some tips for Fire Safety:

-Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home. Make sure they are inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 

-Test your smoke alarms every month. If they do not work, change the batteries or replace the whole alarm if needed. 

-Make an escape plan with your family members. Talk about how everyone will get out and where you will meet once outside. Practice the plan twice a year. 

-If you notice any flicking lights or electrical outlets sparking do not use them. Shut the power off to that area of the home and have an electrician come out and check the wires. 

-Make sure all small appliances such as toasters, space heaters and even heated blankets are unplugged when not in use. 

There are many other things you can do to help prevent fires in your home. Be aware of how your home functions at its best so you will automatically notice if something is out of the ordinary. 

House Fire Caused by Small Appliances

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

melted plastic remains of a personal dehumidifier This is what was left of the personal Dehumidifier that caused this house fire

There are a myriad of things that can cause house fires. It can seem impossible to prevent all the fire hazards in your home. Smaller appliances such as toasters, space heaters and dehumidifiers can pose great risks if not properly used, maintained and monitored.

-Be sure to check the appliance regularly. Any irregularity in the unit or the power cord could be a potential fire hazard. 

-Be sure that the wall outlets you are plugging your appliance into are working properly. If you notice any flickering lights or sparks shut the power off and contact an electrician. 

-Unplug the appliance when not in use. An unused toaster sitting on the counter can easily be accidentally turned on.

-Make sure the appliance is far away from any potential fire hazard such as blankets, papers or even water which can cause the unit to spark. 

Many appliances have safety features on them that are supposed to shut the unit off when they tip over or malfunction in some way but this is not fool proof. Never leave them running unattended. 

GOT MOLD?

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Walls covered in mold from floor to ceiling This mold was found in a foreclosed 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.

Pets are Family Too

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fireman holds orange bag with pet oxygen supplies insdie. standing in front of fire truck Charlotte Fire Department

Disaster can strike at any time without warning. In the case of a fire, the most important question? "Is everybody out?" This is a question that some in your home may not be able to shout out "I'm here!" 

A pet's reaction to an emergency such as a fire can vary. Naturally, due to our four-legged friends being close to the ground, they are in the zone with the most fresh air. So their safe right? Not always the case. As we practice our fire safety plan with our family, we decide and make routine of the safe way to escape. Our pets however, tend to resort to a 'fight or flight' survival, which lends them toward having to hide in hopes to survive. 

As the firemen arrive and start to put out the flames, they will try to search for your pets if you tell them that they are still inside. Unfortunately, pets are very good at hide and seek, which makes the search difficult, and sometimes its too late by the time they are found. But there is some hope for a pet that is found and still hanging on to life.

Pets breathe the same air we do, and can breathe the smoke as well as we can. And just as we need concentrated oxygen if we breathe in smoke, they do too...

SERVPRO of Eaton County has been helping communities in need with this, and giving hope for our four-legged friends. We have been donating WAG'N O2 Fur Life Pet Oxygen Masks to local fire departments who do not have this tool in their tool box of life safety. The O2 Fur Life kits have three sizes of masks that are designed for a dog and cat's face, and are completely reusable! These kits help the fire departments to have tools that may not be very high on their lists of immediate needs, based on their budget.

If you would like to know if your fire department has a pet oxygen mask, give them a call. If they don't, give us a call so we can contact them and ask if they would like a kit. We at SERVPRO of Eaton County understand and respect the value of life and property, and are here to help in every way possible, including making sure that your four-legged family members have the best chance in the worst time!

Winter Storms in Eaton County

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Icicles dangle from the gutters of a home with large ice dams Ice Build up can cause water damage

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm? Call Today 517-541-1170

SERVPRO of Eaton County

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Services
  • Highly Trained Winter Storm Restoration Specialists 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO of Eaton County can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Regardless of the Winter Storm, They Can Help

Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Eaton County can handle any size disaster. 

  • Cold temperatures
  • Heavy snowfall
  • Ice storms and freezing rain

Conditions in Eaton County Right for Mold

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Sign that reads "MOLD PROBLEM? CALL SERVPRO WE CAN HELP." Call us anytime! 517-541-1170

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 Eaton County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 517-541-1170

What to Do:

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

Mold Surprises in Eaton County

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

patches of mold grown on drywall This mold was hiding behind furniture in a basement that had a small water damage.

While many of us in Michigan use our basements daily, some of us never go down there at all. Whether it's a Michigan basement that just holds a furnace or a fully finished basement that just doesn't get utilized anymore, all basements are susceptible to water damage and mold. 

Sometimes when a water damage happens the homeowner may not be aware. This can happen from being on vacation or just not going downstairs often. A water damage that isn't cleaned up and dried out properly can lead to the perfect conditions for mold to grow. 

  • It is important to check basements regularly
  • Check all of your basement appliances to make sure they are functioning properly and have no cracks or leaks. i.e. Sump pump, hot water heater, water softener, etc. 
  • Keep stacked contents away from walls.

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County today for a mold estimate at 517-541-1170 

Storm Damage - Why we are a 24/7 company

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

LARGE GREEN SERVPRO SEMI TRUCKS SERVPRO of Eaton County always has a crew on-call and equipment ready for any size disaster

Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Westland property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

This is important because in many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. We arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

If you have storm damage call SERVPRO of Eaton County anytime at 517-541-1170

Avoiding Mold Growth in your Eaton County Commercial Property

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Large Loss SERVPRO Trailer Parked in front of Commercial Building We may be a locally run operation, but we have resources across the nation to assist you with whatever disaster strikes your commercial property.

A professional mold remediation company, like SERVPRO of Eaton County, can address mold issues in homes and businesses as well as help property owners. However, if mold growth does occur, SERVPRO of Eaton County should be called immediately to minimize any damage and stop the mold from spreading.
Increase the Heat
One way to prevent commercial mold from growing is to increase the heat. When the walls on a property are too cold, moisture particles in the air condensate, creating a damp film that leads to mold formation. In the summer, keep the thermostat on a low heat setting, and insulate the walls on the property.
Reduce Steam
Steam is a common cause of commercial mold damage. To reduce steam, business owners should:    •   Not allow standing water to sit in the sink or a drinking glass.
    •   Install and use an extractor fan in the bathroom to clear the steam after a hot shower or bath.
    •   Put wet clothes outside on a clothesline to dry instead of indoors.
    •   Run the ventilation fan on the range hood to suck up steam from liquids boiling on the stove top. Maximize the Air Flow
An easy way to keep commercial damage from the mold at bay is to open the windows and let cold air circulate inside the property. Open windows keep surfaces dry and push mold spores outdoors. To further increase the air flow and reduce hidden pockets of air, pull furniture away from walls. If mold is spotted behind furniture or curtains, SERVPRO of Eaton County can help eliminate it.
More Mold Prevention Tips

There are other ways to prevent commercial damage from mold. SERVPRO of Eaton County recommends that business owners and homeowners:    •    Fix any leaks from dripping pipes and water overflows from eavestroughs.
    •    Keep the roof in good repair, especially if the roof is flat.
    •    Throw away mold damaged items such as books and rotting food.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Eaton County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the community and want to ensure everyone stays happy. When mold or water damage occurs Eaton County, we have the resources and trained personnel to help. Call us today! (517) 541-1170