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Structure Cleaning After a Fire

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

When fire damage affects your home or business SERVPRO® of Saginaw is here to help. We have IICRC trained technicians that specialize in structure and content cleaning. One of the first processes in structure cleaning is to remove soot residue. We use dry sponges to remove the soot from the affected materials. In order to reach the high areas in the home we will attach the dry sponge to an extendable pole to reach. Then the sponge can be used to wipe down ceilings and walls of any soot that might be on the structure.  Soot residue has to be removed in order for the structure seal coat to stick.

You can depend on SERVPRO® of Saginaw to have the right training and tools to get the job done. Call us today at 989-752-8644!

Continuing Education Class

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

On Thursday, February 6, 2020 SERVPRO® of Saginaw will host a series of two Continuing Education (C.E.) Classes for insurance professionals and property managers at our Saginaw facility.

There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided. Please RSVP to Meghan at mmiller@rdmhc.com.

We will offer the following classes:

Understanding The Restoration Industry: Property Fire

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (4 Credit Hours)

This course has been designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in mitigating and restoring fire damage claims for the insured. The purpose of the course is to provide attendees with a better understanding of the work performed by the mitigation vendor at fire damage work sites.

Concepts of Legal Liability

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (3 Credit Hours)

This concept is the basis of most liability insurance.  This program will present the basics of legal liability by building a foundation of various legal theories.  The theory and elements of negligence are presented.  Various types of law are discussed. Included is a discussion on damages resultant from legal liability. 

For more information, please call 989.752.8644.

Bleach is not the answer when it comes to mold

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

So, you want to kill mold? Don’t use bleach!

Usually, when most homeowners notice mold, they get out the bottle of bleach thinking a few sprays will solve the problem.

It’s no wonder.

Some of the most popular blogs continue to perpetuate the myth that spraying bleach will take care of your mold problem.

Even information on The Center For Disease Control (CDC) website still suggests using bleach to kill mold.

The truth is, using chlorine bleach to kill mold is probably one of the worst things you can do.

As a matter of fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their guide as well, removing the suggestion to use bleach to kill mold.

The problem is, it’s true that bleach can kill some mold in some places some of the time.  But, bleach only works to remove mold on hard, impermeable surfaces like bathtub and shower surrounds or tiles. However, on porous surfaces like drywall or hardwood floors, it won’t work to kill mold or keep it from coming back.

Why?

Because mold spreads its roots (called mycelia and hyphae) deep into porous surfaces.

Simply spraying a bleach solution on the surface won’t kill mold spores at their roots.

So, here are 9 Reasons Why you should NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold

  1. First, bleach encourages toxic mold growth on porous surfaces because it provides excess moisture.

Bleach contains about 90% water. When you apply bleach to a surface, the chlorine quickly evaporates leaving behind a lot of water. Then, when the water soaks into porous surfaces like wood, it encourages mold growth. So, bleach can make your mold problem worse.

  1. Bleach only removes the color from mold.

After you spray bleach, only the surface appears clean. But the problem is, the mold’s roots, or hyphae, continue to grow.

  1. The EPA and OSHA specifically advise against using bleach for mold remediation.
  2. Chlorine bleach is extremely harmful to surfaces.

For example, when you use bleach on wood, it starts to weaken it by breaking the fibers. When you spray bleach on metal, it starts to corrode it almost immediately. Thus, using bleach to kill mold creates problems with the structural integrity of a home.

  1. Bleach is extremely corrosive.

When you spray bleach and it evaporates, it releases chlorine gas. It irritates and eventually causes damage to the skin, lungs, and eyes.

  1. The corrosive nature of bleach is even worse when it’s mixed.

Bleach should never be mixed with acids, because it causes dangerous fumes.

Remember: Mixing cleaning compounds containing ammonia with bleach produces deadly gasses that can kill with just a few breaths.

  1. Bleach doesn’t work as a sanitizing agent when it’s mixed with organic material.

To be a successful sanitizer, bleach must be used on clean materials and surfaces. That’s why bleach products get used in the laundry after the wash cycle. Light and heat compromise the sanitizing properties of bleach. Even though the chlorine odor lingers for a while after you use it, bleach loses strength so quickly it doesn’t have a residual effect. That is, it doesn’t prevent future bacterial or fungal growth.

  1. Most bleach products are not registered with the EPA to be used as antimicrobial agents.
  2. And last, but not least, you don’t want to use bleach to kill mold because there are many antimicrobial alternatives readily available.

These antimicrobial agents are registered with the EPA specifically for killing mold. Some are formulated to be friendly to the environment, your family and your pets. In addition, they are cost effective, easy to use, and, they have a true residual effect. That means they prevent bacteria and mold from regrowing.

Finding mold in your home or commercial property can be scary. Call SERVPRO of Saginaw today to set up an inspection.

Sick Building Syndrome

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

In the 1970s, sick building syndrome became apparent as grounds of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in the event of litigation.

People most at risk include:

  • Infants and children.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Elderly.
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma/allergies.
  • People with weakened immune systems.

While molds are found naturally in the environment, an overabundance inside buildings is undesirable; some people can become ill. Experts disagree about the more controversial details of mold, but they all agree that if you have excessive mold, it needs to be removed.

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold:

Act Within the First 24 to 48 Hours

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials.

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and loss of production.

Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers and students who may work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause illness or health concerns.

SERVPRO of Saginaw is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. To learn more about Indoor Air Quality, call us at 989-752-8644.

Attic Water Damage

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

You never really think about your attic unless you are wanting to put items in there for storage. Much like a basement, an attic is typically ignored for long periods of time. By not paying attention to your attic, damage can happen in no time.

Causes for water damage in your attic are a cracked roof, missing shingle and damage from wind/rain. During the winter, ice dams can develop on your roof, which can leak into your attic when the snow/ice melt.

Signs of a leak in your attic:

  • Stains
  • Mold
  • Wet or swollen installation

How to prevent attic water damage:

  • Inspect the roof
  • Prevent ruptured pipes
  • Control condensation
  • Maintain attic appliances

If you’ve had water damage in the past, call SERVPRO® of Saginaw to dry the structure and prevent secondary water damage such as mold. We are here to help 24/7 and can fix water damage in your attic “Like it never even happened.”

Is Your Basement Protected from Snowmelt Flooding?

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Typically, you don’t think of floods in the middle of winter. But they do exist and happen more than you think. Snowmelt flooding happens when there is a quick change in temperature change. The temperature change can cause snow to melt and could potentially flood your basement. Basement flooding during the winter are mostly caused by melting snow entering the home because of faulty gutters, cracks in foundations and improper runoff.

Just as an example, ten inches of snow can melt into one inch of water and it is already on soil, unlike rain. Obviously, the heavier snowfall, the more snowmelt. A quick temperature change can cause a significant amount of water on the soil around your home. If the water cannot flow away from your home’s foundation, it can ultimately enter your home.

Snowmelt flooding can damage the floors, walls, furniture and personal items in your basement. It also introduces potential water damage and mold in your basement as well.

Snowmelt Safety Tips:

  • Shovel snow away from your home.
  • Keep snow and ice buildup off drainage areas.
  • Inspect basement walls for cracks
  • Check your roof for ice and snow buildup.
  • Inspect your gutters and downspouts.
  • Clear snow from your roof to prevent buildups.

If you experience damage in your basement from snowmelt, SERVPRO® of Saginaw can make it “Like it Never Happened”. Our services to help restore a basement after flooding include:

  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Deodorization
  • Carpet and Hard Floors Cleaning

SERVPRO® of Saginaw is here to help! For more information on snowmelt flooding damage, call 989-752-8644.

Candle Safety during the Holidays

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Candles are a beautiful decoration, especially during the holiday season. They put a nice touch to holiday decorating, making your home feel more cozy. But the flame releasing scents can be dangerous to your home.

With an open flame from a candle is a risk for a potential fire. An estimated 8,200 home fires are started by candles each year according to the National Fire Protection Association. These fires caused an average of 80 deaths, 770 injuries and around $264 million in property damage.

Candle Fire Facts:

  • 23 home candles fires are reported each day.
  • The top 3 days for home candle fires are:
    • New Year’s Day
    • Christmas
    • New Year’s Eve
  • December is the peak time of year from home candle fires.
  • 37% of home candle fires are started in bedrooms, causing 30% of associated deaths and associated 50% of injuries.

Candle Safety Tips:

  • Use sturdy candle holders.
  • Put candles on a sturdy and uncluttered surface.
  • Keep hair and clothes away from candle flames.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Keep candles one-foot sway from anything that could burn.
  • Before burning candles, always trim the wick to a ¼ inch.

Candles are great for holiday decorating and help create a comforting ambiance for your friends and family to enjoy. By following these candle safety tips, you can keep your home safe from a potential disaster.

If you experience damages from a candle fire, you can always count on us for cleaning and restoring your business. Call SERVPRO of Saginaw at 989-752-8644.

The Hazards of Carbon Monoxide

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Now that temperatures are dropping, you may feel they need to fire up your furnace to keep warm.

Using a fossil fuel furnace like oil or gas to heat your home is one of the most popular and energy-efficient methods today. Because furnaces use combustion to produce heat, you need to be aware of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning.

On average, carbon monoxide poisoning kills 400 Americans every year and sends 20,000 to the hospital. Leaking boilers and furnaces are one of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and an extremely deadly byproduct of burning fuel to heat your home. Minor leaks in your boiler or furnace can expose you and your family to a deadly amount of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is directly related to running your heating system. So, when the temperature drops, it means it is time for you to be informed and take the proper precautions to keep safe from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Sources of Carbon Monoxide:

  • Gas furnaces
  • Oil furnaces
  • Gas boilers
  • Oil boilers
  • Wood fireplaces
  • Wood pellet stoves

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness
  • Shortness of breath

System defects that release Carbon Monoxide:

  • Incomplete combustion process
  • Leaking seams
  • Cracks in the combustion chamber
  • Cracks in the exhaust piping

Ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning:

  • It is highly recommended to place carbon monoxide detectors around your house. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, detectors are the only way to identify the gas. Place one near your heating system and on every floor of your house. If the detector where to go off, evacuate your house and seek fresh air immediately. Once you seek fresh air, call 911.
  • Have your furnace and fireplace cleaned and checked before each winter.
  • Do not start or leave vehicles running in your garage.
  • Do not use portable heaters while sleeping in enclosed areas.

For more information, contact SERVPRO of Saginaw at 989-752-8644.

Protecting your Business from Cold Weather and Winter Conditions

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Winter is here and the weather is only going to get worse! The bitter cold and winter storms can have a huge impact on your business. Frigid temperatures, heavy snow and ice can all contribute to property damage. Whether you are ready for it or not, SERVPRO of Saginaw wants you and your property to be prepared for the harsh winter weather in Michigan.

While you cannot control the weather, you can make efforts to be prepared and protect your property. To help avoid damages due to inclement winter weather conditions, consider taking the following precautions to protect your Saginaw business before more winter weather hits.

Protect your Property:

  • Check your roof: Both snow and ice can damage your roof and could potentially cause the roof to collapse. Water can also get into cracks and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks on your roof.
  • Ensure your pipes are insulated: Frigid temperate can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your business.
  • Protect your people: Clear sidewalks and plow parking lots for the safety of your customers, clients and employees. Avoid injuries and accidents by taking the proper precautions. Removing snow and ice can prevent people from getting hurt.
  • Ice Dams: When snow melts unevenly and freezes at the edge of your roof, an ice dam is created which prevents melted snow from draining off the roof. The water can leak under the shingle and into your business, causing significant water damage.
  • Snow-melt Flooding: Heavy amounts of snowfall and sheets of ice turn into a large amount of water, which all must go somewhere. Beware of snow-melt flooding and call SERVPRO of Saginaw if your business has water damage from flooding.

We want you to be prepared and protect your Saginaw business. Have SERVPRO of Saginaw complete an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment of your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business faster following a disaster.

If your business has been damaged by winter conditions, call 989-752-8644.

Prepare your Saginaw Home for Winter Weather

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Living in Michigan, you know how winter works. Winter is our longest season and we even started early with snow falls in November. Now, us Michiganders are looking at frigid, snowy weather for the next 5-6 months (maybe longer). You can be prepared for winter by bundling up in warm clothes and boots. But is your home prepared to face the bitter cold and winter weather for the next 5-6 months?

Here are Some Tips to Prepare your Home for Winter Weather:

  • Insulate walls and attics
  • Install a door sweep
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Clean out gutters
  • Disconnect and drain outside hoses
  • Ensure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents
  • Repair roof leaks
  • Remove tree branches that could get weighed down with snow/ice and fall on your house
  • If you have a fireplace, close the damper
  • Set the temperature manually and leave it
  • Seal furnace ducts
  • Insulate hot water pipes and hot water heater
  • Avoid ice dams by ventilating your attic and insulating the attic floor

It is that time of year where Michigan gets hit with brutal winter storms and it is crucial to prepare your home for it. Keep our number handy, 989-752-8644. 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.