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How to handle gasoline safely

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we have first-hand experience dealing with the results of fire damage. Fires are physically and emotionally devastating to the victims. We embrace fire-prevention efforts and we encourage everyone to follow common-sense advice to prevent fires.

The American Petroleum Institute offers the following guidelines for handling gasoline.

Gasoline is an important part of our everyday lives. It lets us run our cars and trucks, getting the kids to school and the groceries home. It helps us keep our grass and gardens looking good, powering mowers and lawn care equipment. It lets us get away on vacation, running boats, off-road vehicles, and motorcycles.

But gasoline can be dangerous if not handled or stored properly. Gasoline should only be used for its intended purpose – as a motor fuel – and stored only when absolutely necessary. It should not be used as a solvent, cleaner, barbecue starter or for any other non-engine use.

Take The Following Precautions

  • Your local and state governments are the first places you should check for standards and regulations on gasoline storage. For example, fire codes and regulations restrict the amount of gasoline an individual homeowner can store (usually no more than 25 gallons), in approved containers of less than five gallons capacity each.
  • Gasoline must be stored in an approved container or tank. Keep gasoline containers tightly closed and handle them gently to avoid spills.
  • Gasoline is a flammable liquid and should be stored at room temperature, away from potential heat sources such as the sun, a hot water heater, space heater or a furnace, and a least 50 feet away from ignition sources, such as pilot lights.
  • Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and can travel along the floor to ignition sources. Do not smoke where gasoline is handled or stored.
  • Put gasoline in a small engine (like a lawnmower) only when the engine and attachments are cool.
  • Store gasoline in a building separate from the house or place of occupancy, such as a shed or garage. Always keep gasoline out of reach from children.
  • For better ventilation, it is best to handle gasoline outdoors.
  • Do not mix even a small amount of gasoline with kerosene or diesel. Do not use gasoline in kerosene heaters or lamps.
  • Minor spills should be absorbed with sawdust, paper or rags. Larger spills may be contained and collected. Check with your local government or hazardous waste disposal center to determine the proper avenues for disposing of spilled gasoline.
  • Place recovered gasoline and cleanup materials in approved, labeled containers for proper disposal. Never dispose of spilled gasoline or cleaning materials on the ground or into your garbage, drains, toilets or sewers. If you do, it might cause a fire, or seep into streams, bays, lakes or your groundwater.

For more information about fire safety, please call SERVPRO at 734-721-5699.

Prepare your family for storms

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Spring is coming, and with it storms and tornadoes. Now is the time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. An Emergency Supply Kit is a good place to begin.

An Emergency Supply Kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather
    Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Phone charges with adapters to allow charging in an automobile

Keep our number handy as well, 989-893-8340. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, we can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

The six steps to fire restoration

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration - A Six-Step Process

The process of restoration fixes the damage caused by fires in a quick, efficient manner. SERVPRO follows the basic six steps.


Emergency Service
Professional fire restoration companies like SERVPRO are available for emergency service. In some instances, a fire may cause damage such as burn holes in the roof. In these cases, a restoration company can quickly come out to the property and secure the building from further damage.


Damage Assessment
The next step is to assess the damage caused by the fire. During this step, the  fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, will look to see the length the fire, smoke and soot traveled as well as the effect the fire had on the furniture and walls. The company can make an action plan and provide an accurate quote and time estimate.


Tarp and Sealing
Once restoration is underway, the company's main concern is to prevent further damage from happening, such as leaks due to holes in the wall or a burnt roof or a burst water tank or pipe. The company will quickly stop the source off the leak before water spreads to additional parts of the building.


Clean Up
After stopping any leaks, the restoration company will clear away dust, soot and smoke from surfaces as well as begin saving the property from water damage. The company will use submersible pumps to remove standing water. Then the area will be dried and sanitized. Carpets will be cleaned, and other measures taken to remove the odors caused by smoke. Finally, items that are beyond repair will be removed and replaced.


Renovation and Repairs
During the renovation and repair stage, the fire restoration company, like SERVPRO, will repair or replace cabinets, install new carpet, repaint walls, replace wallpaper and fix other damage in order to restore the property back to its original appearance. The company can also use this opportunity to improve the property, allowing it to look better than it did before the fire occurred.


Fire Prevention Debriefing
After the restoration process is complete, the company will offer ideas on preventing fires from happening in the future. If the fire were avoidable, the company could provide design advice and fire alert tools such as smoke detectors.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Westland is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Saginaw community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Storm Damage? We're There 24/7

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Tornado and Storm Safety Tips

If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO can help you clean up any Westland storm damage and restore your home.


Look For Storm Warning Signs
Tornadoes typically occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hailstorms and lightning strikes are some of the signs of a possible tornado. Some other warning signs of an oncoming tornado include:
* Orange or Green Skies
* Rumbling or Roaring Sounds in the Air
* Very Calm Conditions After a Storm
* Damaged Power Lines or Debris
* Rotation of the Clouds


Staying Informed During a Storm
Local television and radio stations are your best source for updates on how the storm is developing. However, if you hear a tornado siren, you should immediately head to the nearest shelter.


What is the Difference Between a Tornado Watch, Warning and Emergency?
* A Tornado Watch means that a storm could be coming in your area soon because of the current weather conditions.
* A Tornado Warning is a sign that one or more tornadoes are in the immediate area. Look for shelter as soon as you see this signal.
• A Tornado Emergency is the final step in the warning process. A tornado has been spotted near a populated location. Move to the safest possible place if you cannot get to a real shelter in time.


How to Find Safe Shelter
Head for a sturdy building before the storm approaches. Look for a home or office with a basement whenever possible. If a basement is not available, move to the center of the building. Stay away from windows and debris. Try to place as many solid walls as you can between the coming storm and your family.


Avoid mobile homes and trailers during strong winds or heavy rains. Even the most well-built trailer will suffer too much storm damage to keep you safe.


Cars also do not provide much shelter, but you can drive to a storm shelter or nearby building. If the storm is too severe for driving, secure your seat belt, get as low in the seat as possible and place a blanket over yourself.


Stay close to the ground if you are caught in an open field. Cover your head and keep an eye out for debris flying through the air. Avoid hiding under overpasses or bridges.

SERVPRO Expertly Restores Your Fire Damaged Property

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage at your home or business can be very devastating because what isn't burned will likely be covered by soot and smoke. Unfortunately, water damage can also result from efforts in extinguishing the fire. This type of destruction can make anyone feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, which is why an understanding, expert company like SERVPRO is needed to guide people through this crisis. They believe in treating people and their possessions with respect and empathy. This is the time that professional fire damagerestoration experts should be on the scene to help businesses and families start their rebuilding and repairing process.


There is no substitute for training and experience, therefore as fire and water damage specialists, they possess the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get residential properties back to a proper condition. Fire restoration technicians provide the following: 
 
• Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
• Odor Control Technician
• Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
• Water Damage Restoration Technician 
 
SERVPRO of Saginaw fire repair and restoration experts are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified, which means that they take great pride and care in all handling and cleaning methods. Their main goal is to do whatever they can to return your home to its preloss condition or better. Professional fire repair and restoration technicians will perform the following steps to help restore your home.
 
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The fire restoration process begins with some questions about how their technicians can better help by understanding the type of fire damage that has occurred so that they can determine the right equipment and resources needed to help you. 
 
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
An accurate inspection and assessment are determined by the fire and smoke damage. The experts examine the affected areas and test the area for soot and smoke damage. 
 
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service 
Unfortunately, Rankin has seen fire damage cases where it was necessary to board up walls, windows and to place tarps on rooftops. This action is needed to help maintain security and to protect against further damage. 
 
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying 
After a fire, if water damage has occurred, technicians can use powerful pumps and extraction tools to clean standing and excess water. They also use industrial-strength dehumidifiers and air movers for a sanitized drying process. 
 
Step 5: Remove Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Specialized cleaning products, equipment, and techniques are used to clear smoke and soot residue from ceilings, walls, floors, and other surfaces from any Freeland fire damaged home. 
 
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Fire restoration professionals will remove smoke and odors by using advanced air scrubbing tools and innovative fogging devices. This may include a thorough cleaning and deodorizing of your HVAC system. They also use a variety of specialized cleaning methods to help restore your belongings, cleaned and sanitized. 
 
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the damage that a fire has created, technicians will rehabilitate homes and businesses that may require minor repairs, i.e., replacing drywall and painting or the restoration of entire rooms. 
 
SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. We are proud to be a part of the Michigan community too. When there is smoke or fire damage emergency, we are always nearby and ready to help. Our fire repair and restoration experts are available for all 24/7 emergency services.

When Water Damage Happens, Call SERVPRO for Service

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you are grappling with the aftermath of residential water damage, you want the problems resolved as quickly as possible. Keep handy the name and number of a local cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO. Our job is to provide state-of-the-art service to our customers that are in need of expert water damage restoration. And we do so with rates that won't break your budget. 
What You Can Expect From a Water Damage Restoration Service 

When you contact us to assess the character of your problem, we will respond by sending a team of friendly, knowledgeable service technicians and leaders to your home. We will make a full inspection and assessment of your property, making sure to note where all of the damage and future potential trouble spots lie. We find the source of the water intrusion, if not visible, for repair. We must identify the water to determine if it is contaminated (such as Black Water from a sewage backup or groundwater intrusion), to use a correct and safe extraction method. Once we have completed this initial diagnosis, we provide you with a full estimate of the cost involved.  We will even help you with the insurance claims process.

How We Deal With Water Damage 
Once water damage in has taken its toll, engage the path to a solution as soon as possible. This means hiring a professional cleanup and restoration service to drain all of the unwanted water out of the building. We have truck-mounted pumps and portable extractors to quickly dispatch water. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can dry out your home with the additional aid of air movers and dehumidifiers, both desiccant and refrigerant. Our trained WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technicians, adhere to the cleaning standards of the IICRC. We ensure, by testing with moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers, that the affected areas are dry. 

Contact Your Local Residential Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Westland is here to be your one-stop water damage cleanup and restoration authority. For all fire, mold, and water issue, we are fully equipped and qualified to address and solve them quickly. We are locally owned and operated and can be contacted at any time of the day or night. 

Mold Remediation by SERVPRO

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow under a multitude of conditions present in our buildings every day. Moisture, however,  is the foremost factor that causes mold growth. Specific areas of Michigan are considered flood zones. Flooding can affect virtually every area of a home or business. More water damage in a basement or a building's foundation causes devastating effects. If standing water of any type is not extracted quickly, mold growth and damage can be the result.

                                                                             
If homeowners or office managers experience any mold damage to their properties and belongings, it is most beneficial to contact SERVPRO immediately. Mold spores live and grow through moisture and high levels of humidity. If these conditions are not addressed immediately - within 48 hours, mold will continue to return. These fungi can also produce a musty odor. We specialize in water and mold mitigation and restoration. Our advanced mold remediation equipment and restoration processes help to detect and handle the source of the water problem. 

Each mold infestation requires a particular solution. Our highly trained professionals use an exacting system of inspection, assessment, containment, air filtration, removing mold infested materials, disinfecting, and cleaning your belongings.  We can perform various types of minor and major repairs. To save our customers stress, time and costs expense, SERVPRO can handle the entire mold remediation service. We can handle the initial damage mitigation and the rebuilding, including sanitizing and deodorizing of all affected areas. Our AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, are IICRC certified, with advanced corporate and franchise training. We are also experienced in dealing with your insurance company, and we can assist you in these matters if applicable. We can even assist you with your paperwork for your claim.

Call SERVPRO of Westland/West Garden City with any questions that you may have. We are available with 24-hour emergency service – including holidays. We are locally owned and operated, which means when you call us, we can respond quickly with the help that you need. Don't try to tackle a mold situation yourself call the pros at SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO is prepared for storm damage

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Ready

There is a time of the year when tornadoes are more prominent than others. That time is often during the spring and summer, possibly in the fall as well. Many people don't have a plan for severe weather that includes tornadoes. With a little careful planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during a storm.

Make A Plan For The Family
Although you need to create a plan, there is something more important that you need to do with your family. You need to practice your plan so that everyone knows where to go no matter what time of the day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers of family and friends so that you can stay in contact with them after the storm to ensure that they are safe. Another important number to have is your insurance adjuster. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Companies like SERVPRO can come to the home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside the house.

Keep copies of all of your important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. You also need to have a way to communicate with others in the event there is no power or phone service. If there is a large group of people in the disaster area, each person needs to know how to contact others. Designate a leader and an assistant to check with others in the area to make sure everyone is accounted for after the storm.

An emergency preparedness kit is something to have so that your family can survive if there is no power or if the family is stuck in the home because of damages from the storm. Items in the kit should last for about 72 hours. Batteries are essential so that you can use your phone, radio or a battery-powered television. You also need flashlights, a gallon of water for each person for at least three days and non-perishable foods. Other items that you might want to include in your kit are blankets, powdered formula for babies, a first aid kit, and clothing. It's also a good idea to have a spare cell phone charger.

Before a storm arrives, if possible, secure items that might blow away. These include chairs and toys that are in the yard. When you are prepared for a natural disaster and the storm damage that could take place, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic

How to Know When You Need a Mold Remediation Company

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a hazard that can exist in a home for months or years before being detected. Although mold might seem harmless, it is not. It is something that most homeowners cannot deal with alone. Mold can destroy a house. It is important to know when you need to contact SERVPRO.

Why You Cannot Ignore Mold in the Home
 Mold can grow and slowly destroy the structure of the house. It can rot wood and drywall. It can decompose carpets. mold damage can make a home unlivable.

Removing Mold Yourself
It is tempting to think that you can deal with a mold problem yourself. This might be true if you see just a small amount on a non-porous surface like a metal fixture or a plastic bracket. Bleach can usually kill that mold. Unfortunately, if you spot mold, then there is likely much more on porous surfaces like your walls. It might even be hidden between the walls, under sinks or inside carpets. You do not want to rely on do-it-yourself solutions if you detect mold in your home.

When to Call SERVPRO
You should call a mold remediation company whenever you find a significant amount of mold in one place, or patches of mold spread throughout your house. A remediation company, like SERVPRO, will test your home for mold, seek out the source of the mold and then remove it. They can often repair or stop any mold damage. The company will be able to use special tools to find hidden mold in your home. They will remove the mold in a way so that spores are not redistributed into other rooms. It is always best to call SERVPRO when you find patches of mold in the house.

Preventative Actions to Take
After SERVPRO finishes, you can do a few things to prevent future problems. Start by ensuring your house is well ventilated to remove excess moisture. Check your insulation since it acts as a moisture barrier. Maintain a good temperature so that the air is not overly humid. If you do experience humidity problems, then run a dehumidifier during the day. These actions can slow or prevent the growth of mold. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Saving water damaged photos

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

When a water damaging flood strikes and homes are forced to submit to the destructive power of Mother Nature, it is rarely material possessions that people fear losing the most. Instead, they worry about the water damage done to sentimental items, particularly family mementos and photographs.

While it is not always plausible to save water damaged photos, scrapbooks, albums, and other personal records, in many cases, steps can be taken to restore them partially, if not fully. If your possessions have been damaged by flooding, follow this step by step process to try and revive treasured memories.

Step One The first step is to remove the photographs from standing water as carefully as possible and place them up high. If they are held in albums, they need to be separated and laid out somewhere dry. Take care when handling the shiny surface of the photo, as too much pressure can rub away the emulsion.

Step Two Take a sturdy container filled with cold, clean water and quickly dip each photograph. Replenish the water if it gets dirty or murky.

Step Three Now, lay each photo out flat again on a dry surface. It can be beneficial to set an absorbent material beneath them (like paper towels) too. These towels will soak up the surface water. However, do not use printed paper towels or newspaper, because the ink can end up transferring into the pictures.

Step Four For those are still dealing with a chaotic situation and cannot find a safe place to dry the photos, the best thing to do is seal them in a plastic sandwich bag and put them in a freezer. This will ensure that they do not suffer further damage before you have a chance to dry them in a controlled manner. Use this as a last resort. Consider allowing SERVPRO to remove your photos and personal memorabilia to our facilities where we have state of the art equipment for cleaning and drying.

Extra Hints and Tips
If possible, retrieve photos exposed to water damage as quickly as you can (ideally, within two days–but within hours will improve the chance of success ). After this point, they will begin to develop mold and will be much harder to save.

To give yourself as much chance of saving prized mementos as possible, rescue photographs that do not have negatives first. You want to be focusing on the most ‘at risk’ items and objects. Do remember that photographs in frames need to be removed for saving while still wet. If you allow them to start drying, the photo will stick to the frame and be impossible to preserve. To separate a wet photo from its frame, rinse both with clean, cold water until the picture surface starts to become unstuck.

Hopefully, you have digitized your photos and video clips. Regardless, hard copies are treasures to be saved whenever possible. SERVPRO suggests that for photographs and important documents you secure our services to transport them back to our headquarters from your Oakdale water damaged home. There we have many options to optimize the success rate of restoring, or, at least, preserving them, as best as is possible.

  • Dehumidification
  • Air Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying
  • Freezer Drying

Urgent response to drying will help save these mementos. Don’t wait. Call SERVPRO at 734-721-5699. As we restore your water damaged home, we can also be working on the photos.