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Hiring a Hero
Our very own crew member, Blake, with others at drill this month
1 in 5 Americans are eligible to serve in the U.S. Military. When I think of our family members, friends, co-workers, and fellow Americans taking that oath, I think of those words running throughout their blood, even after they complete their military service.
We are an organization that understands the character and dedication veterans bring to the SERVPRO family. Whether active duty, or retired, SERVPRO of Eaton County is proud to offer a job, and work around schedules for those who serve, or have served our country.
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
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
IICRC Certified Firm
We are an IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Eaton County 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 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 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.
Holiday Fire Safety!
Make safe choices while decorating
The Holiday Season is a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate. It is important to follow safety measures when decoration to ensure a safe and happy Holiday.
1. When decorating with candles, be sure to keep them out of the reach of children, pets and other decorations.
2. As much as you may want to mingle, don't walk away while cooking and baking. Set timers check your oven and stove regularly while in use.
3. When putting up your Christmas Tree be sure to put it away from heat sources and exits. Be sure to water real trees daily and choose flame resistant artificial trees and decorations.
4. Make sure you smoke alarms are installed and working correctly and never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended.
5."The stockings were hung by the chimney with care"
But don't light the fireplace!
6. Be sure to keep flammable materials away from anything that gets hot such as heat sources and fires.
7. Check strings of lights for worn out or broken cords and loose bulbs.
We wish you a safe and merry holiday season!
SERVPRO of Michigan Scholarship
Congratulations to the Winners
We are very happy to have been able to hand over the first annual SERVPRO of Michigan Scholarship at Olivet College. All of the SERVPRO of Michigan franchises are invited to donate. Of the two recipients, one of them was in our franchise area. The other student was from Marshall and was awarded her scholarship from SERVPRO of North Calhoun County. In order to be eligible for the scholarship students must be majoring in Insurance, maintain a good GPA, be a Junior or a Senior, and be a resident of Michigan.
Olivet College has 100% placement for its Insurance Program and is commited to the success of its students. It is very important to us to encourage and support the next generation of the Insurance Industry. Congratulations to both recipients this year!
Pets are Family too
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!