What Happens when Water Gets Under your Ceramic Tile?
Tile can withstand small quantities of water but if your home has been flooded and you are thinking of leaving the effected tile untouched, there are a few important things you should know. Water that has found its way under ceramic tile can cause mold growth. If that mold is not taken care of it can become very dangerous. Mold spores can lead to health effects and will eventually compromise the structure of the tile itself.
This is where your insurance company steps in and asks you to call SERVPRO of Port Huron. Our trained professionals will come in, asses all damage and identify potential future problems that you may not have known to check for. Our Project Manager will work directly with you and your insurance adjuster to repair or replace all damaged areas.
With 24/7 on-call technicians, we are faster to any size disaster.
4 Causes of Workplace Fires
Fires in the workplace can be especially devastating to business owners. There is the damage to the facility, any inventory, and then there is the longer timeline before you can get back up and running which may lead to loss of employees. SERVPRO does not often receive calls for workplace fires, however the ones they do respond to, often have major damage with a loss of most or all their inventory. Take note of these 4 most common reasons for workplace fires.
Faulty Electrical Equipment
Loose wires, overloaded plugs and faulty connections can lead to dangerous electrical fires. This often happens because businesses put off replacing functional but unsafe or outdated equipment. It requires a slight investment to keep your staff safe and saves money in the end.
*Note- it is a business owners' responsibility to care for electrical equipment. These types are especially dangerous because they cannot be put out by water. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in site for all employees.
Flammable and Combustible Materials
Workshops and garages can be prone to these types of fires. If these items are not stored properly certain tools like a circular saw can cause a spark and light near bye flammable chemicals.
Lack of Staff Training
Unforeseen accidents are always a possibility even when you have followed all rules and regulations. For this reason, employee training is vital! Proper training can prevent innocent mistakes, like covering the vents of electrical equipment, that could lead to a major disaster. If a fire does still occur, it is extremely important that all staff members are aware of your evacuation plan.
Lack of resources and equipment in place
Smoke detectors and fire alarms need to be installed and checked! This should seem like a given, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Investing in the initial upfront cost of these safety procedures could save you thousands of dollars in the end and most importantly will KEEP YOUR STAFF SAFE!
If disaster should occur call
SERVPRO of Port Huron 24/7-365.
Local Laundromat Fire
SERVPRO professionals responded to a fire claim at a local laundromat. A customer of the business washed and dried a "dry clean" only garment causing the clothes to catch fire inside of the dryer. When the dryer was opened, black smoke entered the room staining the walls and leaving behind an overwhelming smoke odor. First the source of the fire (the dryer) was removed and then specialized equipment was set up to remove smoke and soot from the ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. Next our technicians cleaned all of the restorable items and structure that was damaged, to there pre-fire condition. The smell was removed using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. After everything had been cleaned and sanitized a fresh coat of paint was added to the entire store.
A homeowner called SERVPRO after an older galvanized pipe on their hot water heater broke. The break was at the connection of the hot water heater base causing free-standing water in the homeowner's laundry room, hallways, kitchen and bedrooms. After air movers and dehumidifiers were brought in to finish drying everything up, it was discovered that particle board was laid underneath all of the flooring in the home. When moisture reaches particle board it swells and expands. For this reason all of the sub-floor had to be removed and replaced before new carpeting and tile could be laid. SERVPRO responded so quickly that the affected wall panels were able to be dried out, repaired and rehung, making it "Like it never even happened."
Sump Pump Quality Check
A sump pump eliminates moisture and prevents flooding by collecting excess water from drains and pumping it out and away from the building. You will find a sump pump sitting in a specially constructed pit that sits lower than the basement floor in homes that are susceptible to major rain and snow fall.
If your pump stops working, water could get into your basement and foundation walls. This may cause mold and mildew to grow and if enough water builds up, the basement can flood.
How do you know your sump pump is working?
You can check your sump pump tow different ways. Two separate plugs are attached to the unit. Unplug them both and then plug in only the one for the pump. If the pump does not immediately turn on then something is wrong. Your other option is to add water and wait to see if the pump turns on and properly evacuates the water.
Prepare your Home Before the Storm
Once again all of Michigan has a winter storm advisory!
Here are some quick tips to protect your home
keep your pipes warm- insulate pipes in the cold parts of your home and leave cabinets open to allow warm air to reach the pipes
Check your roof- Large amounts of packed snow can cause your roof to collapse so be on the lookout
Carbon-monoxide detectors- Poor ventilation is a huge risk factor in the winter months. Keeping a detector on each floor of your house can help keep your family safe
Generator- A generator can be pricy but will keep you warm in the case of a power outage and save you money by protecting your pipes from freezing
Emergency kits- Incase of a power outage be sure to have flashlights, candles, battery powered radio and extra batteries on hand
As always SERVPRO of Port Huron is here to help with highly trained technicians ready for your call should your home or business be affected this winter.
SERVPRO vs Mold
Did you know that it is actually impossible to remove ALL mold from your home or business? Mold lives everywhere, indoor and outdoor. Mold spores are microscopic, traveling through the air and usually entering your home through windows, air conditioning units or doors. They thrive on moisture and can quickly turn into a much larger problem when exposed to water.
Large mold problems are generally easy to find because it produces a strong musty odor.
Why chose SERVPRO of Port Huron if you find mold present in your home or business?
We are faster to any size disaster!
We are highly trained mold remediation specialists. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
SERVPRO of Port Huron is here for you day or night, 365 days a year.
Roof Damage From High wind Events
We have received a ton of calls for roof repairs after all of the high winds we have seen lately.
If your home has taken a beating from high winds, the damage is not always obvious. Damaged shingles may look fine from the street and the issues may not reveal themselves until after some time has passed.
Damaged shingles can lead to a leak in the roof. The leak will be small and hard to notice but may make its way through your homes siding or roofs waterproof material. These small areas allow moisture and pests to enter your home.
The wind can also cause the roof decking to lift away from the framing. Even the slightest lift can lead to loose screws and nails. If this happens it may take only one more high wind situation to completely lift the roof decking away from the home.
The damage your home sustains will depend on several factors. These include:
- Direction of high winds
- Type of home construction
- Materials used for roof and siding
- Age of home
When you have your home assessed for damaged by SERVPRO professionals, they will look beneath the surface to find the hidden damage.
Did you know that wind damage is often covered by your insurance company?
Check your homeowners policy to learn the details about your coverage. Most policies include reimbursement for roof and siding repairs due to wind damage.
If you suspect you have roof damage give SERVPRO of Port Huron a call today. one of our Project Managers will meet you at your home, asses the amount of damage and submit an estimate to your insurance adjuster.
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Commercial Cleaning Services
Benefits of Routine Office Cleaning
- Less Employee Sick Days
- Creates a Safe and Clean environment
- Better Employee Productivity
- Gives your Business a Professional Look
- Improves the Overall Health of Employees and Clients.
SERVPRO of Port Huron Professionals offer a wide variety of cleaning services for your business.
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
- Document Restoration
- Drapes and Blinds
- Odor Removal
- Trauma and Crime Scene
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward to provide your employees and customers ongoing safety as you operate after the COVID-19 pandemic. As America’s #1 cleanup and restoration brand, we have developed a program that is grounded in our 3 C’s – Consult, Clean and Certify.
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What are Ice Dams? What can you do?
When an ice dam gets large enough or starts to lift the shingles, water will find its way into the interior of your home.
Heavy snow? Check. Extreme Temperatures? Check. The perfect storm for Ice Dam Season.
An Ice Dam is a lump of ice that forms at the edge of a roof under certain wintertime conditions, and are a common sight during long Michigan winters. It can damage both your roof and the inside of your home, while also putting gutters and downspouts at risk. It’s important to understand that properly installed roof systems are still prone to leaks and damage caused by ice dams.
How do Ice Dams Form?
An ice dam forms when the underside of the roof over the attic gets warm enough and begins melting snow. The water trickles down between the layer of snow and the shingles until it reaches the edge of the roof, which stays cold because it extends beyond the side of the house. There, the water freezes, gradually growing into a mound of ice.
As the ice dam continues to grow, it traps water behind it. The ice and water can back up under shingles, seeping into the attic, ruining insulation, rotting wood and damaging plaster and drywall. Eventually, it will drip into the insulation and down into the ceilings and exterior walls beneath the eave, ruining walls and paint. If the roof sheathing stays wet, it can form mildew and start to rot.
If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, window sills, cars, pets, and people.
What can you do?
There are several things you can do to avoid getting an ice dam or to reduce the risk of damage after one has formed, but there’s really only one cure: a combination of better eaves and attic insulation and venting.
Attempting to remove an existing dam by chopping it or using heat can damage the home. We suggest the use of calcium chloride to combat the buildup of ice at the edge of your roof. It can be found at your local hardware store.
If you find that the interior of your home has been damaged by water seeping in from an ice dam, give SERVPRO of Port Huron a call 24/7 at 810-966-7900.
*Please confirm coverage with your insurance provider, as many carriers consider ice dam buildup to be part of home maintenance*