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Celebrate Summer Safely

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area hopes you stay safe and have an awesome summer.  Consider the following tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), to keep you and your family safe.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use the starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hosed for leaks.  Applying soap water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far way from a campfire.
  • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area.  Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire.  Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away fro your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen an existing campfire.

The summer season should be a time to make lasting memories and enjoy the great outdoors. Stay safe this summer!

It's the water you don't see that causes the most damage

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Your home should be your place of rest.  But when water begins leaking - even small leaks in ares you can't see - your home could quickly become a source of stress.  The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loves ones.

SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area understands how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified, regardless of where it hides.  That's why we offer 24-hour emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals.  Our team is trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the Source/Type of Water.
  • Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis.
  • Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises For Hidden Moisture.
  • Perform Emergency Water Extraction.
  • Move and Block furniture and Contents.
  • Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Service.
  • Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization).
  • Utilize Advance Drying and Monitoring Equipment.
  • Dispose of Refuse

After all, when it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems. 

So if a water damage occurs in your home, just call SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area at (231) 943-9750.  We are here to help!

Mold, Don't let it Grow!

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.   

When water intrusions are not addressed right way, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not properly returned to normal, mold spare may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

SERVPRO Of Grand Traverse Area handles water damages every day and knows prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your property has sustained a recent eater damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity

If you think you might have a mold problem, give our office a call at (231) 943-9750.

Destroy Odors with Deodorization

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Hdyroxyl generator running for deodorziation One of many tools used in deodorization

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.  Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structures, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places.  Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), we provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  We do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, we seek out and remove the source of the odor.  Once the source is found we use SERVPRO's own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor form returning.

If you are in need of deodorization, give our team a call and we'll explain the various deodorization methods available and which one will work best for you. 

Choose SERVPRO to help with Fire and Water Damage

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Unexpected emergencies call for immediate action.  SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area knows immediate reaction to emergencies is important to helping you get your life back to normal.

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines we strive to:

  • Contact you with 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for service.
  • Be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival.

Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, you can count on SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area to respond quickly.

If you are in need of our services, give us a call SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area (231) 943-9750.  We are here to help!

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminates can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners.  A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area is trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.

We can help with the following issues:

Bloodborne Pathogens:  Our crews remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death.  We will thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Crime Scene Residues:  From fingerprint power and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, our crew can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism:  We are recognized leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage.  We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Team of SERVPRO professionals cleaning and disinfecting an office Team of SERVPRO professionals cleaning and disinfecting an office

Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey forward.  Employees may be hesitant to return to work and customers may wonder whether the business they patronize are safe.  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean.  Are you ready communicate to your customers and employees that you've chosen a higher standard of clean for all Americans?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 global pandemic.  This is a level of clean that goes far beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning.  This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning.  When you choose CertifiedSERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and our community can rest assured that you've selected a higher cleaning standard - you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area is trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

From formulation and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will help ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as we work to returning to normal.

Emergency Ready Program

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Up to 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.  Of the businesses that 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.  And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that, in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interrupting by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

A no-cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin work of mitigation the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Ready to Get Started?  Call our office at 231-943-9750 to schedule.

How SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area can help your commercial property

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Can't figure out how to get the job done?  Call SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area for all your emergency restoration needs.  Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible.

Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

Pretesting helps SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area determine what type of fire has taken place.  Knowing the type of smoke and their behovior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

Water Removal and Dehumidification

Our team will identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action.  Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup

We are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area works to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety.

Contents Claim Inventory Service

Accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduces job completion time. We can provide an itemized, area-by-area loss inventory.

Odor Identification and Deodorization

We can find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it.

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area at 231-943-9750

Kitchen Fire in Traverse City

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

A kitchen that had a fire with insulation everywhere and exposed ceiling joists A Traverse City kitchen fire from a cooking accident.

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires?  As we find ourselves spending more time at home these days, fire precautions should be top of mind.

Homeowners experience a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their homes.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can be overwhelming long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.  After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area help you restore it to preloss conditions.  Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism, and open communication throughout the entire job process, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind as well.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires: more than 27% of reported fires occurred in homes within the last year.  Even worse, 79% of fire-related deaths were caused by home fires.  On average, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimate average of 354,400 home structures fires per year.  Most home fires result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your home, give SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area a call.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."