Fire Safety & Your Pets
Pet Oxygen Mask Bags - donated by SERVPRO of Eaton, Clinton, and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt
It's important to include your pets in your fire evacuation plan. After all, they're family too! In the event of a fire, you will likely have your mind set on getting your family, and yourself, safely out of your home. To ensure your entire family (pets included) gets to a safe spot quickly, here are a few tip to make sure nobody gets left behind.
*KEEP COLLARS AND LEASHES AT EXIT
Animals, like humans, can get disoriented and scared when a fire happens. The combination of loud alarms, smoke, and flames in their home can make even the most calm pet panic. Be sure to keep all members of your family close and safe.
*KNOW WHERE YOUR PETS ARE AT
Knowing where your pets are at all times helps to decrease the time it takes to get them out of the house safely. In the evenings, be sure your pet is in his/her crate, or barricaded into a room. Sometimes animals will hide when they get scared, so keeping them in a designated safe place will make your rescue mission a lot easier.
*INCLUDE PETS WHEN PRACTICING EVACUATION DRILLS
We all know, after making an exit strategy for house fire, or what to do in the event of a tornado, we should practice. Don't forget to practice with your pet. Designate a family member to retrieve your animal(s) and PRACTICE WITH THEM! This helps to reduce any confusion on who should be doing what in the event of a real emergency.
SERVPRO knows that the safety of your pets is important following a disaster, so we've done our part in outfitting our community's local fire departments with pet oxygen masks. This ensures that all beings in the home have access to clean oxygen after potential smoke inhalation. Stay safe neighbors! And remember, practice makes perfect.
Our roadside spring cleaning is complete!
SERVPRO of Eaton County has been a part of Adopt-A-Highway since 2008. We proudly maintain a 2 mile stretch of rural highway from spring to fall every year.
Adopt-A-Highway and SERVPRO share a couple common goals that can be summed up by the 2 SERVPRO slogans.
- SEE GREEN, THINK CLEAN - Not only does this refer to our brightly colored service vehicles, but also to the sides of our roadways. We like to see clean, green grass as we travel to help our next customer.
- Like it never even happened. - Not only do we strive to make your home or business "Like it never even happened.", but we also like to make our roadsides look the same. We do our best to get your home or business back to its original condition previous to the loss, and clean up our roadsides to their pre-manmade litter conditions as well.
Preventitive Maintenance to avoid water damage
Debris in gutters prevent proper water flow
Not all disasters are preventable, but there are some precautions you can take to be sure your home is at a lower risk of water damage. Here are some ways you can make sure water stays outside of your home this spring.
While you're out pulling weeds, planting flowers, or laying mulch, look for low spots near the foundation of your home. Low spots can lead water into your basement or crawl space, and also act as a breeding ground for insects. These low spots can be filled with compacted soil to ensure water doesn't pool up around your foundation.
While making your rounds, you can also check for any cracks in your concrete areas near your home (sidewalks, patio areas, etc.) and have them filled. Water should always flow away from your home, and sometimes cracked or damaged concrete can lead water in the wrong direction.
Lastly, you can check your gutters for holes or excessive amounts of debris. Improper gutter drainage may lead water to travel into walls, crawl spaces, and basements.
If you notice any signs of water damage in your home, or would like more information on how you can keep water from entering your home, please call SERVPRO at 517-541-1170
Restoring your Eaton County Commercial Property
Let us take care of your commercial water damage
It is the nature of this industry that Fire and Water damage situations are a surprise and always come when you least expect it. No matter how much you prepare and plan ahead, an emergency loss can stop production and prevent your company from moving forward. That is where SERVPRO comes in.
SERVPRO of Eaton County has serving commercial properties just like yours for 14 years and counting. It is our goal to help you return to full functionality as soon as possible. No matter how large or how small your loss may be, we can help!
From massive pipe breaks to a small amount of smoke smell, we will handle your loss with professionalism and understand.
Call SERVPRO of Eaton County for your commercial loss today at 517-541-1170
Faster to your Water Damage Event
SERVPRO of Eaton county provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services in Eaton County
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Eaton County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Eaton County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call SERVPRO of Eaton County 24/7 –517-541-1170
Water Damage Timeline
- 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.
About SERVPRO of Eaton County
SERVPRO of Eaton County 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.
Winter Storms in Eaton County
Ice can build up on your roof and cause 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
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:
- Crawl spaces
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.
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 Might Be Right For Mold
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 Basements
While many of us in Michigan use our basements daily, some of us never go down there at all. Whether its just 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
Cleaning Your Eaton County Commercial Building
We are experienced in all types of commercial Cleaning
SERVPRO of Eaton County is so much more than just Fire and Water Restoration. We offer commercial cleaning as well. Whether you need general weekly clean up or large industrial cleaning annually, we can handle it.
It can be overwhelming, stressful and not very cost effective to have you employees stop production to do general janitorial work or even larger industrial cleaning.
Call Today For Your Commercial Cleaning Estimate at 517-541-1170
About SERVPRO of Eaton County
SERVPRO of Eaton County 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.
Eaton County Fire Damage
Fire Damage Can Cause Lingering Issues if not cleaned up properly.
This family’s Eaton County home suffered from a fire caused by an electrical malfunction. It’s always devastating when a family experiences a house fire, but SERVPRO of Eaton County worked hard to recover the structure and contents. We were able to remove the soot and even the smell of the smoke from the home, so that the family returned to a safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.”
What To Expect:
When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 517-541-1170. SERVPRO of Eaton County will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.
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 Eaton County 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.