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SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is set to host the fourth annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, a great college football game honoring the everyday frontline heroes in towns and cities across the nation.  This year's game will be played Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium, located on the campus of Sothern Methodist University (SMU) in University Park, Texas.  Kickoff for the game is set for 2:15pm (CT) on ESPN.

Each year, SERVPRO asks their franchises nationwide to submit the name of a first responder in the local community to be considered for special recognition at the game.  SERVPRO selects one first responder from this group of nominees to be honored with an award.

In previous years, through the generosity of corporate partners, the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl has been able to provide thousands of free tickets for first responders to attend the bowl game with their families.

Rick Isaacson, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, LLC says it best, "SERVPRO deals with the aftermath of the unexpected every day, but first responders deal with the unexpected when it's happening.  They are the first on the scene, putting themselves in harm's way to protect people and property.  The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is our opportunity each year to say 'thank you' on a national stage to these brave men and women - and their families - who set an example of courage and sacrifice for all of us."

So please join us on December 28, 2021 to honor first responders everywhere!

The Science of Drying

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structue to its preloss condition.

While your inital reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area is trained in the science of drying and follows strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.  If your home or business suffers a water damage, we will inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening; measure how much mositure is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly; and speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature?"  A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium.  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier.  The only problem is nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area has the tools to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.  We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help accelerate the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line?  We have the training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is set to host the fourth annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, a great college football game honoring the everyday frontline heroes in towns and cities across the nation.  This year's game will be played Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium, located on the campus of Sothern Methodist University (SMU) in University Park, Texas.  Kickoff for the game is set for 2:15pm (CT) on ESPN.

Each year, SERVPRO asks their franchises nationwide to submit the name of a first responder in the local community to be considered for special recognition at the game.  SERVPRO selects one first responder from this group of nominees to be honoroed with an award.

In previous years, through the generosity of corporate partners, the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl has been able to provide thousands of free tickets for first responders to attend the bowl game with their families.

Rick Isaacson, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, LLC says it best, "SERVPRO deals with the aftermath of the unexpected every day, but first responders deal with the unexpected when it's happening.  They are the first on the scene, putting themselves in harm's way to protect people and property.  The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is our opportunity each year to say 'thank you' on a national stage to these brave men and women - and their families - who set an example of courage and sacrifice for all of us."

So please join us on December 28, 2021 to honor first responders everywhere!

Clothes Dryer Vents

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Lint from a clothes dryer vent Clean out the dryer vent on a regular schedule to avoid build up of lint.

Accourding to the U.S. Fire Adminstration 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.  

Here are some tips to help clean and maintain the safety of your clothes dryer.

Cleaning

  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.

Maintenance

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
  • Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.

Clothes dryer don’t's

  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Hopefully these tips will keep you and your home safe from a clothes dryer fire.  If do experience a fire, give SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area a call and we'll help restore you property to preloss conditions.

Know Your Smoke Situation!

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

The holiday season usally means more family time.  Whether cooking s'mores over a fire pit, getting the turkey cooked for dinner or smoking up some wings, the one by-product of all fires is smoke.  Along with these activities, the risk of fire damage to homes increases as well.

There are two different types of smoke: wet and dry.  As a result, there are diffent types of soot residue after a fire.

SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area is thoroughly trained in fire clean up and restoration.  It's important to know the different type of smoke that could affect your property:

  • Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber).  Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood).  Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therfore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire).  Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot (Furnance puff backs).  While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue).  Special loss situations requre special care.

If your home or business experiences smoke damage, give us a call at (231) 943-9750 and we'll be able to assist you.

Decorate Safely

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Red candle buring in front of Christmas lights Decorating safely during holiday season

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season - however, if they are not used carefully, your holidays may go from festive to frightening.  The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday seaon.

  • Place Christams trees, candles, and other holdiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
  • Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition.  Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over.  Keep curious pets and children away from Chritmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire - like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains - away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your home or business to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

SERVPRO of Grand Traverse Area wish you all a save and happy holiday season!

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.