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Water prevention tips

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prevention by proper maintenance can be the key to preventing water damage occurring to your home.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South would like to give you a few key tips for maintaining home to prevent future water damage from occurring therefore potentially saving you thousands of dollars.  Since we all live in Michigan and are familiar with the ever changing weather, the first tip is to keep gutters and downspouts clear and clean at least once every six months.  This is to help prevent ice dams from occurring on roof which can cause water damage both inside and outside of home and should be completed before the first snow fall of the year.  It is also important to keep the vegetation and trees away from the roof and to keep trees trimmed back to prevent leaves from collecting on roof which can ultimately hold moisture against roof.  Another important tip is to know where your main shut off valve for your home which can be crucial if a pipe bursts in your home and can prevent further damage to your home.  We also suggest checking appliances regularly (dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer, etc.) for any malfunction or leaks , a small undetected leak can cause thousands of dollars in damages if not addressed and repaired in a timely matter.  It is also extremely important to get yearly roof inspections and monitoring your water bill for any changes that can indicate an issue such as a leak.  Lastly, making sure all materials are dry before doing the reconstruction/repairs as not doing so can cause other problems or mold growth if not properly dried first.  Please call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South today at 248-344-0044 to assess any water damages in your home, we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for your convenience!

Prepare for a weather emergency

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

We live in Michigan in which tornadoes and severe storms are more likely to occur. Many people don’t have a plan in place for severe weather. With some planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during an unexpected storm.

Although creating a plan is important, practicing it is even more crucial. A severe weather plan needs to be practiced so that everyone knows where to go, no matter what time of day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers for 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 that of your insurance adjustor. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Contact us at 248-344-0044, SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South can come to your home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside of 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.

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 due to 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 3 days, and non-perishable foods. Other items you might want to include in your kit are blankets, first aid supplies, and clothing.

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 occur, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together.

Frozen Pipes

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Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
  • These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes. 

If a Pipe Freezes

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
  • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out. 

 If a Pipe Bursts

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a plumber. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access.
  • Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South at 248-344-0044

Flash Floods

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

What is a flash flood?

A flash flood is the rapid flooding of a low-lying geographic area, typically caused by extremely heavy rainfall from thunderstorms. They are the most dangerous type of flood, as they combine the destructive power of a flood with both unpredictability and speed. 

MYTH: Large cars and sports utility vehicles should be able to navigate in deeper flood waters.

TRUTH: Just two feet of swiftly moving flash flood water is enough to float most vehicles - even larger cars and trucks.

MYTH: Flash floods occur only along rivers and streams.

TRUTH: Flash floods can occur nearly anywhere - even in urban areas.

MYTH: Homeowners insurance policies always cover flood damage.

TRUTH: The vast majority of these policies do not cover flood damage.

Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South at 248-344-0044 to assess any water damage in your home

More fire safety tips!

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South cannot stress the importance of fire safety and planning, we want to reiterate fire safety tips to keep you and your family safe!

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? 

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips 

  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Prepare

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now  

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.  

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Tips provided by American Red Cross

Have you been to your local fire deparment?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South encourages you and your family to visit your local fire department if you haven't already done so!  Your local fire department can provide fire safety tips and brochures that can be helpful and get your family involved in your fire safety planning!  It is also important to learn your community's recreational fire burn rules and permit regulations.  In some communities it is legal to burn a small recreational fire without a permit under the following conditions:

  • Burning of fire wood only
  • Size of fire can be no greater then 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high
  • Fire can at no time create a fire hazard
  • No flammable liquids can be used
  • Fires must always be attended with means of extinguishing readily available
  • Rubbish and yard waste is illegal to burn 

Check in with your local fire department today!

Commercial loss

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

A fire, water, or mold related disaster is always unexpected and an inconvenience in your place of business.  Every hour spent mitigating the damage is an hour of lost productivity and revenue for the company.  At SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South, we have the resources and expertise to give you excellent results in a timely manner.  SERVPRO can help with any commercial loss, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Retirement Communities
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Churches
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities

As always, SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South is prepared for any emergency you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call Us Today - 248-344-0044 to get your business back up and running.

Have you noticed mold at your commercial building?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Attentiveness is key when it comes to preventing mold growth. SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South, a professional IICRC certfied mold remediation company, can address mold issues in businesses. If mold growth is noticed, SERVPRO should be called immediately at 248-344-0044 to minimize any damage and stop the mold from spreading.

One way to prevent commercial mold from growing is to increase the heat. When the walls on a commercial property are too cold, moisture particles in the air condensate, creating a damp film that leads to the formation of mold. In the summer, make sure to keep the thermostat on a low heat setting, and insulate the walls on the property.

In addition, another way to keep commercial damage from mold at bay is to maximize the air flow in the space. This can be done by opening windows and allowing cold air to circulate inside the property. Open windows keep surfaces dry and push mold spores outside. To further increase the air flow, pull furniture away from walls.

Overall, SERVPRO recommends that business owners fix any leaks from dripping pipes and water overflows, keep the roof in good repair (especially if it is flat), and make sure to throw away mold damaged items, such as books and rotting food.

Whatever your mold remediation needs are, SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South is here to help at 248-344-0044, call us today!

Travel plan checklist

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of traveling during the summer and winter months, and the idea of checking your sump pump before taking off on vacation is probably one of the last things on your mind. Make sure you check that your sump pump is operational before leaving the house for an extended period of time. Even if your sump pit is dry, you may considering using a hose or bucket to fill it with water to test the pump making sure that the pumps starts when the pit is full of water and also making sure that the discharge line is clear. Rains may occur during your absence and you will want to ensure that this system is fully functional before your departure to avoid a potential flood in your basement or crawlspace. If your home is more susceptible to water problems, it might even make sense to have a backup sump pump or a battery powered back up just in case the first one overflows or fails. A sump pump is crucial to preventing water damage - and it is always important to make sure it is properly functioning. No one wants to come home from a fun filled vacation to a wet basement! If you discover any wet materials in your basement, call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South at 248-344-0044

Signs of hidden water damage

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Long term water issues can cause thousands of dollars in damages but sometimes they can be hidden in the wall and go undetected for years.  SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South wants to give you the signs to look out for hidden water leaks so you can react before it causes serious damage to your home.  The following are common signs of water leakage behind your walls.

  • Musty odors- Excess water or moisture can create a musty smell when it is absorbed into building materials such as wood or drywall.  A strong musty smell can indicate mold growth
  • Visible mold growth
  • Water staining on materials such as drywall
  • Peeling or bubbling paint or wallpaper
  • Warping of walls
  • Buckled ceilings or floors

Call SERVPRO of Novi/Commerce South today at 248-344-0044 if you see any of the signs above indicating your home may have a hidden water leak