Tips for homeowners
Busted pipe can cause water damage through out your home.
If you suffer water damage at your home or business it is important to attempt to mitigate the damage until a professional restoration company can take over. Your insurance company expects for you to be pro active while waiting on SERVPRO to arrive.
The following are some useful tips and tricks that will show your insurance company that you are working to minimize the damage.
- Turn off the water supply
- Call a plumber if necessary
- If the water is clean (not sewage) shop vac or towel up the standing water
- Place some fans out to create air flow
- Elevate your furniture out of the water
- Create a list of damaged belongings
- Take lots of photos
Just doing these steps will insure that you are trying to help.
Call SERVPRO of E. Jackson/SE Ingham Counties at 517-782-8533
Prevent Spring Water Damage with These Tips
Don't let the rain put a damper on your spring.
After a cold, long winter, we're all excited for spring and the sunny days of summer in Mid Michigan!
However, warm weather does bring spring Showers. There are a few things we can do to Prevent potential of water damage. Taking time to check the following maintenance areas you will lessen your chance of water damage to your home.
1. Cleaning your gutters and making sure they are in good repair goes a long way in preventing water intrusion in your home.
2. Each spring, SERVPRO receives many calls about water damage caused by outdoor spigots that are turned on. If you turn them off and drain the water supply to your outdoor spigots in the winter, you can have a damaged pipe due to the heavy freeze. When you turn your spigot on, make sure there are no leaks. If there are leaks, turn off the spigot immediately before any damage occurs and have your pipe repaired.
3. Spring is a good time to inspect your roof. Ice damming is common in the winter months and can damage your shingles, flashing, eves and overhangs.
4. Check that your landscaping slopes away from your home. If it slopes towards your home, so will the water from the spring storms.
5. Outdoor drains can get clogged with debris and leaves, so make sure they are free of debris and draining properly.
6. Your sump pump will work overtime, so make sure it's working properly . If it's old, this would be a good time to replace it before it fails.
Enjoy the warm weather. If you do experience an unexpected water damage call SERVPRO of E. Jackson/SE Ingham Counties at 517-782-8533
A Christmas Story potential fire hazard.
Over time, the blades inside an electrical outlet become loose. While it is a nuisance to you, loose blades are also an extreme fire hazard. These free blades cause extra heat to generate, which may lead to a fire. If you notice your outlets are no longer keeping plugs in, replace them.
Although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. You could overload the socket.This could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat and possibly cause a fire.
So don't be like Ralphie's dad, and be aware and be safe!
Ice Dam on roof
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
Ice buildup on your roof can cause significant damage to your home. ... Ice dams are usually caused by poor ventilation in your attic. The warmer attic air melts the snow on your roof and the melting snow runs down your roof and under areas such as gutters before it is re-frozen by the colder outside air.
If you experience damage to the interior of your home, call your insurance company. Then call SERVPRO of E. Jackson/SE Ingham Counties. Once the ice has been removed, we can determine where there is moisture inside and get that dried.
Sump Pump maintenance
A sump pump is a small pump that is installed to help keep the area underneath a building dry and to prevent it from flooding. They are installed in the lowest part of the basement or a crawl space. They are normally installed in specially constructed pits which is where water flows into through drains or through migration through soil. The pump’s job is to pump the water out of the pit and away from the building.
Here are some tips to help with the maintenance of your sump pump so as to prevent water intrusion in your home:
- Make sure the pump is plugged into a GFCI outlet
- Make sure the cord in in good shape
- Check the pump occasionally to ensure it is running and the breaker has not tripped
- Ensure the pump is standing upright in it’s crock
- Periodically pour a bucket of water in the pit to make sure the pump starts automatically
- Remove the pump from the pit and clean the grate on the bottom
- Check the outlet pipes to ensure they are tightly joined together and are draining at least 20ft from the foundation
- Ensure the vent hole in the discharge pipe is clear
- Install a backup battery in case of power failure
Should you still get water in your basement from sump pump failure or inability of sump pump to keep up due to the amount of water coming in, call SERVPRO of E. Jackson/SE Ingham Co. and we can help with the clean up. We will address your structure as well as any affected contents and set the proper drying equipment to ensure your basement is thoroughly dried out. We can be reached @ 517-782-8533.
Sewage Damage Tips
Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems. Keep SERVPRO of E. Jackson & SE> Ingham Co.in mind when dealing with these situations. We are on call to serve you 24/7 at (517) 782-8533.
Here are the key principals homeowners should know about sewage back ups:
- Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic - disease causing - fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone working with a sewage loss must be up to date on vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
- Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over sixty, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy.
- It is not safe to stay in buildings that have flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
- Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can't be washed in hot water for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.
- There is simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
- Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work.
Fire Prevention Week
Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8th, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9th, 1871.
According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow-belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary- kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary for more than 130 years. But, recent research by Chicago Historian Robert Cromie has helped debunk this version of events.
Like any good story, the 'case of the cow' has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O'Leary kept her five milking cows, but there is no proof that O'Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out, or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O'Leary herself swore that she'd been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening.
So if a cow wasn't to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believe that a neighbor of the O'Leary's may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8th, starting the several fires that day - in Michigan, Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago.
While The Great Chicago Fire was the best known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn't the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, roared through Northeast Wisconsin burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.
Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, that fast moving flames were whipping through the area 'like a tornado', some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.
Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they had been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. The fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th Anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshall's Association of North America decided that the anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health safety observance on record dating back to 1920.
After Job Clean Up
Here at SERVPRO of E. Jackson & S.E. Ingham Co., we take pride in our services and the caring of your home. When our services are complete, we still have work to do.
Upon arrival back to the shop, our staff thoroughly cleans and sanitizes all of the equipment. We also maintain equipment to be sure it is properly working before we transport it to the next disaster.
Rest assured, the equipment being placed in your home is clean, sanitized and doing its job successfully!
Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Responsible Dog Ownership Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in September.
SERVPRO of E. Jackson & S.E. Ingham Co. wants all of you pet owners to know these important facts. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires; however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.
"Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Simple prevention measures, such as flame-less candles and stove knob covers, can mean the difference between life and death for your four legged friends."
Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership.
AKC and ADT offer the following tips to educate pet owners on how to prevent your pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.
Extinguish open flames- Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame.
Remove stove knobs- Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
Invest in flame less candles- These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over the candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
Beware of water bowls on wooden decks- Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet on a wooden deck. The sun's rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.
Keep your pet near entrances when away from home- Keep collars on pets and leashes nearby in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
Secure young pets- Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire starting hazards when you are away from home, such as in a crate or behind baby gates in a secure area.
Affix a pet alert window cling- Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets
Also know that in the event of a disaster, SERVPRO of E. Jackson & S.E. Ingham Co. is here to help.
National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day September 13th
Kids and teens across the country are called to "take over their kitchen's" on September 13th using their favorite recipes and make a meal for their family!
The main objective behind this mission of the Young Chefs Academy (YCA) is to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in meal planning, preparation and cooking of meals. The YCA is fostering family bonds and actively fighting the battle against the many serious health and social issues related to youth's eating habits in today's times.
So if you have a young child or teen, we encourage you to take part in this annual event.
Please remember to always be fire safe!