Tips on Preventing Residential and Commercial Mold Damage
Mold can take over any building--here's tips to help prevent damage!
Vigilance is key to preventing mold growth. A professional mold remediation company, like SERVPRO, can address mold issues in homes and businesses as well as help property owners. However, if mold growth does occur, SERVPRO should be called immediately to minimize any damage and stop the mold from spreading.
Increase the Heat
One way to prevent Auburn commercial mold from growing is to increase the heat. When the walls on a property are too cold, moisture particles in the air condensate, creating a damp film that leads to mold formation. In the summer, keep the thermostat on a low heat setting, and insulate the walls on the property.
Steam is a common cause of residential and commercial mold damage. To reduce steam, homeowners and business owners should:
• Do not allow standing water to sit in the sink or a drinking glass.
• Install and use an extractor fan in the bathroom to clear the steam after a hot shower or bath.
• Put wet clothes outside on a clothesline to dry instead of indoors.
• Run the ventilation fan on the range hood to suck up steam from liquids boiling on the stove top.
Maximize the Air Flow
An easy way to keep residential and commercial damage from the mold at bay is to open the windows and let cold air circulate inside the property. Open windows keep surfaces dry and push mold spores outdoors. To further increase the air flow and reduce hidden pockets of air, pull furniture away from walls. If mold is spotted behind furniture or curtains, SERVPRO can help eliminate it.
Other Mold Prevention Tips
There are other ways to prevent commercial damage and residential damage from mold. SERVPRO recommends that business owners and homeowners:
• Fix any leaks from dripping pipes and water overflows from eavestroughs.
• Keep the roof in good repair, especially if the roof is flat.
• Throw away mold damaged items such as books and rotting food.
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 Bay City is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Bay City 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.
Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Business in Bay City
SERVPRO tip: watch for ice dams
Bay City water damage can attack your commercial property without notice. Moreover, the impact of water damage can be dangerous and devastating. On top of that, business owners who experience water damage are faced with the task of arranging water removal and cleanup procedures while simultaneously expediting the process of getting their company up and running again. With all of these pressures, many business owners may find themselves growing concerned in the face of commercial water damage. However, knowing how to prevent water damage and restore property and business items that have been affected, makes good business sense. SERVPRO recommends that you read the following outline to be better prepared for potential water damage and mitigate financial strain.
Commercial Water Damage Causes can transpire at any moment, and it can result from a wide range of factors. Some of them include:
• natural disasters--rain or snow storms
• leaking roofs--poorly sealed window or door casings
• frozen pipes--ice dams
• flooding--usually requires a specific insurance policy
• sewage backups--from main or interior plumbing problem
From clear potable water from a tap to backup up sewage contaminated water, the source must be identified, stopped. Then safe water extraction.
Commercial Water Damage Prevention and Mitigation Strategies
First, know the location of the main water shut off valve. Also, make sure that you have an emergency evacuation plan in place, personal safety first. This emergency plan should include clear instructions regarding what steps should be taken if a water damaging event takes place. Make sure that the plan includes the phone numbers of your insurance company, local police and fire departments, contractors, and personnel. Designate an individual who will make important decisions if you are absent when the emergency occurs.
The Importance Of Hiring Professional Services
Although you may feel inclined to handle the water extraction and cleanup processes on your own, a professional effort will shorten your down time, salvage more capital investments, and protect your customers and clients interests and needs. In fact, most business owners lack the advanced knowledge and specialized equipment necessary to expedite and optimize the water damage remediation process. Skilled professionals from SERVPRO will be able to provide you with detail-oriented, comprehensive services that get your property restored in the least amount of time.
Let SERVPRO's Professionals Assist You Now
If your St Petersburg commercial property is subjected to water damage, rely on the expertise and experience of our IICRC-certified technicians. Our goal is to economically and expediently restore your business property to its pre- water damage condition.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of Bay City has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large or small commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Essexville or big box store in Bay City or Auburn, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications. Call us 24/7 for immediate help. (989) 893-8340
Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration and Repair Service
SERVPRO can help restore your building after a fire!
Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. Especially common are cooking accidents in restaurants. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan.
The Damage Caused by a Fire
When you experience commercial fire damage to your Bay City business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."
A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.
When to Make the Call
After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when do you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of Bay City is as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business. Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response, by calling (989) 893-8340.
Local Business Owners get inducted into Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
Randy Miller and Mike Snyder get inducted into Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
Co-owners of SERVPRO ® of Bay City, Randy Miller and Mike Snyder, were inducted into the 21st annual Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame on May 3, 2018.
This award has is presented to individual’s with records of business achievement that demonstrates business excellence, courageous thinking and action, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership and community mindedness. In addition, nominees must serve as a role model for those who follow.
Starting in 1996, Randy Miller was an early pioneer to the mid-Michigan area SERVPRO system. Since then, the franchise system has grown to over 1700 individually owned and operated franchises. Originally, Randy started in Genesee County and expanded into Saginaw in 1997. Mike Snyder joined the company in 2000. Together, Randy and Mike have grown, acquired, and sold multiple territories throughout Michigan. With their headquarters here in Saginaw and an office in Romulus, they currently operate licenses in Saginaw, Bay City, Romulus, Taylor, Downriver, and Westland.
As one of SERVPRO’s prestigious Extreme Team franchises, a large portion of their business is providing support to other franchises-primarily on commercial losses, and traveling the country for catastrophic events such as floods, tornadoes and hurricanes.
SERVPRO clients include insurance companies seeking superior and timely restoration services, as well as commercial and residential property owners who require routine cleaning services. With more than 40 years of experience, the SERVPRO System’s time-tested techniques and proprietary cleaning products have earned SERVPRO Franchises a spot as a national leader in the restoration and cleaning industry.
SERVPRO of Bay City provides cleanup and restoration services following a fire, water or even mold-related damage. Additional services offered include: cleaning and restoration of specialty services, such as HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, and documents that have sustained water damage.
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
For the final week of National Preparedness Month SERVPRO of Bay City encourages you to get involved! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Get involved and share preparedness info in your community, faith-based organization, business & more:
- Ready Campus
- Make sure your campus is a Ready Campus and prepared for all types of emergencies. Get involved: ready.gov/campus
- Make sure your school has emergency procedures in place for disasters that could affect your campus.
- Know how to get in touch with family/friends if phones are down. Text instead of call and mark yourself as safe on social media.
- If you can’t get in touch with family/friends after a disaster, register yourself as “Safe and Well” on theRed Cross’ website
- Sign up to receive alerts from your school in case of an emergency like an active shooter event or natural disaster.
- Faith-Based Preparedness
- Keep your congregation safe – make sure your house of worship has a plan for all types of emergencies.
- Faith-based venues can become targets. Protect your congregation & house of worship by preparing for emergencies: fema.gov/faith-resources
- Take steps to protect your house of worship from arson. Illuminate the exterior/entrances and clear anything that could fuel fire.
National Fire Pup Day
Sparky poses with the Monitor Fire Department Truck
October 1st is National Fire Pup Day. Today we at SERVPRO recognize the canine firefighters that have long been members of fire departments across the country. When most of us think of a “fire pup”, the image that comes to mind is a Dalmatian. Have you ever wondered how Dalmatians became the firefighter’s mascot?
In the days of horse-drawn carriages, dogs were a popular means of protection for the carriage’s occupants. Dalmatians were a popular carriage dog breed, partly due to their natural athleticism, and partly due to the fact that they were well-behaved around horses. It didn’t take long for the Dalmatian to make the jump from carriage dog to fire dog.
Early firefighting equipment was horse-drawn, and Dalmatians were frequently used as “sirens” running along ahead of the horses, barking warnings that told people the fire wagon was coming and to “get out of the way.” Fire pups also guarded the wagons as the firefighters worked, and even did “chores” (like chasing rats) around the firehouse. Today Dalmatians don’t run ahead of fire trucks, but they still maintain a visible presence at many fire departments as a mascot and fire-safety symbol.
While most firefighting-related jobs have been taken over by machines, machines haven’t completely replaced dogs in search and rescue efforts. According to the Search Dog Foundation—a non-profit organization that helps partner rescue dogs with firefighters—fire pups need to be able to focus and concentrate even when surrounded by loud noises or strangers, and they need to be healthy and athletic. Not surprisingly, common search dog breeds include retriever breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors, as well as herding breeds like German Shepherds and Border Collies.
Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Practice and Build Out Your Plans
It’s Week three of National Preparedness Month! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Every disaster plan should include an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).
Here are more tips from SERVPRO of Bay City on how to practice and build out your plans in case of a disaster:
- Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
- Participate in an emergency drill
- Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)
- Maintain emergency savings in case of a disaster.
- Do you know how to access community resources where you live? Search online today.
- Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes.
- Have at least a one-week supply of medications.
- Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods floodsmart.gov
- Give yourself financial peace of mind & create an emergency savings account that can be used in a crisis
- Financial prep tip: gather & store critical personal, household, & medical information for easy access during a disaster.
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
MAKE A PLAN
September is National Preparedness Month. Follow our weekly blog posts designed to help you prepare for a disaster. Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. This week we are focusing on making a plan for yourself, family and your friends.
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Bay City to get you started:
- Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.
- Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
- Download a group texting app so your entire family can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
- Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more comfortable if you need to evacuate in an emergency.
- Consider downloading the Fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations: fema.gov/mobile-app
- Sign up for local emergency alerts in your area by searching online.
Keeping yourself, family and your friends safe is your first priority when disaster strikes. Be sure you have plan in place before disaster strikes. For more information on creating and implementing a Disaster Plan visit Ready.gov.
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
It’s week two of National Preparedness Month! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Do you know what to do when an emergency happens?
Here are some helpful tips and links from SERVPRO of Saginaw to help you know what to do until help arrives:
Did you know almost half of Americans expect to rely on their neighbors after a disaster? Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Saginaw to help you help your neighbors in an emergency:
- Plan today: Your neighbor may have to rely on you during an emergency. Will you be ready: https://go.usa.gov/xRf4N
- Preparation can help your community discover activities to keep you and your neighbors safe: ready.gov/prepare
- Plan a preparedness event for your community. Get FREE planning guides from: http://bit.ly/29Kjc0Q
- DYK: In the wake of an emergency, it’s okay to move the injured away from ongoing danger. Learn how you can help here: ready.gov/until-help-arrives
Top 10 Franchise: 3rd out of 1,700 in Total Sales Volume
Top 10 Franchise Winner
SERVPRO of Bay City has once again been recognized as a national leader for outstanding sales volume performance.
As part of SERVPRO’s National Convention held last June in Seattle, Wash., owners Randy Miller and Mike Snyder received the “Legend Gold” award for outstanding performance in 2016. The award places the group third in total sales volume among more than 1,700 franchises throughout the United States.
“Receiving this recognition is indeed an honor,” says Miller. “It truly is a reflection of the outstanding team we have assembled. From our project managers and technicians in the field to the office staff and management team, we are all dedicated to resolving any size disaster.”
This award marks the 10th time in as many years the franchise has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 producers.