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What are the Greatest Threats to My House During the Summer?

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

General What are the Greatest Threats to My House During the Summer? Use this checklist for summer projects!

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy activities cold months don't allow. During this season we spend time with family, go on vacation or renovate our homes. Summer is a great season for property owners to assess their homes as well. So use this as a summer checklist of things to look for in your house!

Security threats

Going on long holidays could make your home vulnerable to break-ins. Since such security threats may lead to the loss of your precious belongings, it would be important to take the necessary measures. Apart from getting a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your home, you can hire home maintenance services that will install security locks. Check loose windows or entryways that overgrown brush has taken over. This will help you to keep out intruders and protect your valuables.

Pest infestation

Once the security threats receive attention, look out for pest infestation. Termite activity will increase as temperatures rise, with the pests traveling further in search of food. If you have an attic or crawlspace, make it a habit of taking pictures and tracking any changes. If you notice unexplained changes, call in a professional for a look. Insects can cause extensive damage to your home, so the sooner you find any problem, the better.

Extreme heat

With the sun shining during the summer months, some parts of your home will be susceptible to damage. Extreme heat may cause your HVAC to run longer and harder, obviously add to wear and tear. One of the ways of preventing this is by maintaining the quality of air in your home. Hire a professional air duct cleaning service to ensure that the heating and cooling system in your home works efficiently.

Damage to your roof

The summer weather can also cause damage to your roof, undermining both the functionality and appearance of your home. Overhanging trees carry the extra weight of the leaves during this time and are likely to come in contact with the roof and cause damage. Depending on your roofing material, the UV rays in sunlight could lead to deterioration.

If you would like to minimize the threats to your home during summer, you should hire professional restoration and cleaning services. SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County can handle disaster and prevention jobs of all sizes. Give us a call today!

What to do if Your House is Struck by Lightning

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

General What to do if Your House is Struck by Lightning Be careful during lightning storms!

Lightning striking your house isn’t likely to happen, but it can in some circumstances. You need to know what to do if that occurs. Lightning attempts to reach the ground by locating the path of least resistance, which can occur through a variety of sources in your home. Always call 911 in case a fire has started due to a strike, but if not there are other things to consider, such as restoration and cleaning from SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County.

Hazards of Lightning

The largest risk of your house being struck is the heat and ignition. When lightning passes through wood or other easily flammable materials it can ignite and cause a fire. It typically occurs on the roof or in the attic of the home. It also affects the wires in your home, which presents another risk of flame. A power surge can occur when lightning hits either the secondary or primary path. The surge can ruin anything plugged in at the time, especially electronics such as computers and televisions. A shock wave can fracture materials such as concrete, stone, and brick. It can also damage walls, shatter glass and create holes or trenches in your yard.

Staying safe

Avoid going near wiring and pipes if your home has been struck since these are the conductive paths. Don’t wash your hands, take a shower, do dishes or use electronics or appliances. Wear shoes to prevent direct contact with the ground if you need to go outdoors, in your garage, basement or on the patio to clean up.

What to do?

It cannot be stressed enough that you need to immediately call 911 for an emergency if you suspect your house has been struck by lightning to check for and rule out a fire. You’ll also want to contact a local electrician to come to your home to inspect the wiring and ensure that there is no lasting damage that could be dangerous to you or your belongings.

Protection from strikes

Surge protectors can help with slight power surges, but they’re no match for lightning. Unplug all devices, electronics, appliances and anything else that could be damaged during a storm. Carry insurance on your expensive electronics so you don’t have to pay to replace them. You’ll also want to check your home or renter’s insurance policy to verify that it covers lightning damage.

Clean up after a strike can be tedious and dangerous. Seek out services from SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County.

Getting Your Home Ready for Summer

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

General Getting Your Home Ready for Summer Summer is a great season for many reasons. Get your home ready with these tips!

During the summer season, people lounge at home more or entertain while enjoying the warmer weather. It's important that the property is maintained well and is ready for different types of activities during the season. When you want to get your home ready for summer, there are a few tips to follow.

Remove Leaves From the Gutters

Cleaning out the gutters is an important step to take to remove debris and leaves that have accumulated. Use a ladder to remove the gunk with a garden hose by turning on the water and by placing the hose into the downspout. The downspout channel should be an average of five feet from the house to ensure that the water is redirected to other areas of the property.

Improve the Interior Air Quality

Improve the air quality of your home to make it easier to breathe and avoid sneezing or having sinus pain due to allergies. You'll want to begin wiping down the inside of the air ducts, which will prevent dirt or dust from circulating when the air conditioner is in use. You can also use an air purifier in the main rooms of the home to remove dust or particles in the air.

Hire Professionals

Hire professionals to help you improve the quality of the home if there was recently fire damage, mold, or water damage present on the property. They'll use professional tools and equipment to restore the damage and salvage any materials that are still intact. You can hire highly trained technicians from companies like SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County to quickly respond to remedy the damage and make your home look new again.

Wipe Down the Grill

One of the most important home maintenance steps to take is to prepare your barbecue when you're getting ready to entertain outside. Cleaning your grill is important to prepare to cook plenty of meat and veggies during the season. You'll need to remove dust that has accumulated inside of the barbecue and use a glass cleaner to brighten up the exterior of the product. Scrub the inside of the grill with a wire brush to get it ready to use. If you purchase a new grill that uses charcoal, allow it to burn for 30 to 45 minutes to burn excess manufacturing materials that can easily transfer onto the food that you cook.

Getting Your HVAC/Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

General Getting Your HVAC/Air Conditioner Ready for Summer When the temperatures rise, your HVAC works hard to keep you cool!

It is such a great feeling when you can finally turn off the heater. However, you will need to turn on the air conditioner a few weeks later. Are you concerned about the massive summer energy bills that will be dropped in your mailbox? If energy costs are on your mind, you can start preparing your HVAC system for the summer. When you prepare your air conditioning unit for the summer months, you can prevent expensive HVAC malfunctions. Air conditioning units are usually the cause of poor indoor air quality. When your air conditioner is serviced, the system will not have an environment that is suitable for mold growth. A clean air conditioning unit may eliminate some offensive odors.

Inspect the Air Conditioner Filters

We can inspect and replace the filters. The filters are an important part of your air conditioning unit. They filter debris and regulate the air temperature. If the filters are dirty, pollen, debris, and dust will circulate throughout the room. A clogged filter will also cause the filter to work less efficiently. The energy bills will be higher when the air conditioning unit has to work harder. Clean filters will block dust, airborne pathogens, pollen and other particles that affect indoor air quality.

Inspect the Air Duct

Our technicians can look for obstructions in the ductwork. We will look for debris, and we will inspect the joints. Air duct cleaning is not always a necessity. We will recommend the best way to resolve indoor air quality problems. Our recommendations will save you money and give you peace of mind.

Remove Debris from the Exterior Unit

We can also remove debris from the exterior unit. There should be at least two feet of clear space. The air cannot flow freely if bushes are blocking the unit.

Examine the Condensation Removal System

Warm air can cause a condensation buildup in the cooling coil. We can test the switches, and we can use several condensation removal techniques.

At SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County, we can help homeowners and business owners prepare their HVAC system for the summer months. We can perform detailed maintenance checks.

Common Summer Roofing Issues

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Summer Roofing Issues Be on the lookout for these common summer roofing issues!

The summertime is an opportunity to experience ample relaxation, warm weather, and fun in the sun. Unfortunately, it can also be a time for roofing issues. If you want to keep your roof in A+ condition all year long, it can help to be aware of all the most common summertime roof concerns.

 Material damage is a potential issue. You can blame the aggressive UV (ultraviolet) rays the summer sun causes. Abrupt and strong summer rainfall can also lead to significant headaches. Shingle loss is often a summer problem due to relentless rains and gutter accumulation. These things can often even trigger decaying and wear and tear.

 Strong sun rays and soaring temperatures can also both pose problems during the summer months. These factors can sometimes cause the melting of adhesives. If you experience any kind of melting problem, prompt repair service is of the essence.

 Leaks can occur, too. Storms can be common during the summer months. They're problematic because they can bring on persistent water damage and resulting leaks. Leaks are never a laughing matter. They often pave the way for extensive and complex water damage. H20 damage can be a serious hazard for any residential property. Repairing H20 damage can usually cost considerable amounts of money as well. If you want to protect yourself from the stress and frustration of costly and time-consuming water damage repair work, you need to pay attention to signs of possible leaking at all times.

Sun damage is yet another frustrating possibility during the summertime. Sun damage can cause all sorts of inconveniences. A couple key examples are untreated wood discoloration and asphalt shingle buckling. If you want to keep these hassles out of your life, you need to stay vigilant and attentive all summer long, no exceptions.

Don't let irritating problems interfere with your comfort and enjoyment during the most laid-back time of the year. If you want to keep all these concerns at bay, we have a great solution available to you. That terrific solution is to get in contact with SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County as soon as possible. Our skilled, trained and motivated technicians can assist you with leakage and water damage. Call our local company without hesitation to request more information about our service. Call us A.S.A.P. to book an appointment for our work, too.

Summertime Mold Remediation Service

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

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The summer months are a great time for relaxation, taking it easy and making the most out of the beautiful weather and mild temperatures outdoors. They're also, however, a common time for mold development. Moisture in the air can encourage the emergence of this undesirable substance. The same goes for warm weather in general. People who are allergic to this fungus tend to suffer more in June, July, and August as well. If you have this fungus anywhere on your property, you need to take control of it as soon as possible. Don't delay the process. Doing so can have poor effects on your health and happiness.

Pay attention to any signs that may denote the development of this unpleasant substance on your property. You may notice an awful musty and stuffy odor that's hard to shake. You may observe sections of tiny dark specks. Don't assume that the substance is always dark or black, either. It can sometimes appear white, greenish-gray or brownish-gray. If it's hiding in the back of your vinyl wallpaper, it may even look somewhat purple, orange or pink, oddly enough.

Water issues can often denote the presence of this unwelcome substance on your property. Excessive moisture woes are usually a warning signal. Be on the lookout for ceiling, floor and wall discoloration and stains. Focus on your wallpaper, too. If you notice any hints of cracking or peeling whatsoever, don't ignore them. Don't ignore bowed walls. Don't dismiss walls that have strangely moist surfaces, either.

This notorious substance can harm your health. If you have watery eyes, congestion or respiratory issues, contact your doctor regarding the matter as soon as possible. A big toxic mold problem in your building could be the culprit that's making your daily life so difficult.

If you have any reason to think you have a problem with this substance on your property, you need to take action as soon as possible. SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County is an established local firm that can offer you the in-depth mold remediation service you deserve and need. Our trained staff members are technicians who have substantial experience with the remediation process. It doesn't matter if your problem is big, small or anywhere in the middle. Our professionals can offer you summertime remediation assistance that can get you on track to health and happiness. Call SERVPRO as soon as possible to make an appointment.

Tree Trimming Tips

5/28/2017 (Permalink)

General Tree Trimming Tips Keep your tree trimmed properly to avoid any complications!

As a homeowner, one of the important tasks to do around your property is taking care of your trees. Trees will cool your home with their shade and wind-blocking capabilities. However, you can have too much of a good thing. Overgrown trees can be very dangerous because their branches can fall on your house or even a person, causing tremendous damage. To prevent that, it is important that you take care of the necessary tree trimming on your property. Here are a few tips for trimming your trees from SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County.

Tips for Trimming Your Trees

The cardinal rule when it comes to tree trimming is to never remove more than a quarter of the tree’s crown to prevent damaging its growth. With reserved trimming, you will encourage your trees to grow faster. Yearly trimming will help to keep your trees healthy. It is always best to prune during the tree’s dormant season to avoid stunting its growth.

Always try to trim a tree into a natural-looking shape. Remember that you can always trim more, but it is gone for good once you cut it off. Take your time when you are trimming a tree to ensure you do not remove too much. Try to keep your trimming to branches that are under five centimeters unless the branch is diseased. Keep your pruning to young branches to minimize scarring on the tree.

Turn to Professionals

If you want your trees to be as healthy as possible, it is a smart idea to turn to a professional tree trimmer to take care of them. Their knowledge and skill allows them to expertly remove just the right branches from your trees to keep them healthy.

A yearly trimming from a tree service pro will ensure the trees on your property remain in excellent condition. Keeping your trees in good shape is an important part of home maintenance. When you take care of your trees well, they will take care of your home. Your home heating and cooling bills will be much lower when you have healthy trees on your property. Your trees will provide you with shade in the summer sun and block the worst of the winter winds. An extra bonus is that you get to feel good about shrinking your carbon footprint with each additional healthy tree you have on your land.

Unclogging Gutters and Rain Spouts to Avoid Water Damage

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Unclogging Gutters and Rain Spouts to Avoid Water Damage Keep your gutters clean for free-flowing water!

Unclogging gutters and rain spouts are an important part of home maintenance in the fall and spring. It’s an easy job that can be done yourself, but it’s often beneficial to hire a professional, especially if you’re prone to getting nervous on a ladder. You should definitely consider it if your house is two-story, as the height of those gutters is much greater. Our professionals at SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County can help you find a solution for unclogging gutters that makes sense for your yard and home.

Although it’s never a fun task, the longer you put off cleaning out your gutters and rain spouts, the more likely you are to experience unfavorable consequences related to leaks and improper drainage channels. Even worse, you risk damage to your roof, basement and crawl space if gutters and rain spouts are not cleaned out. It’s also important to take care of this task before the rainy season hits in the spring, summer and into the fall. Debris builds up inside gutters and prevents water from draining. If the gutters can’t channel the water when it rains, it ends up near your foundation and, in your basement.

We use step ladders on solid level ground and try to schedule cleaning when there’s been dry weather for a few days. This way, the debris, leaves and pine needles won’t be as soaked and much easier to remove. We remove larger debris and then follow that up with a powerful hose that washes everything else down towards the downspout. We also clean the gutter filter screens and make sure there are no clogs in your downspout.

You can call us, SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County for any water damage issues from gutters. We’ll help you complete the tasks that are difficult or dangerous for a homeowner to do by themselves. Gutter cleaning and unclogging rain spouts is an easy regular home maintenance fix. Do your family a favor by preventing water damage to your home and keeping it outside with regular inspections.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Spring Cleaning Checklist Use this list to get your seasonal cleaning checked off!

Spring cleaning can be an enjoyable experience that will leave you with a sparkling and refreshed home. To keep the job from becoming overwhelming, use the following checklist to keep your cleaning on track. If you run into any issues that you cannot handle on your own, rely on the help of the professionals at SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County to help.

  1. Ceilings and Walls

Remove dust with the vacuum, and remove surface grime with a solvent-free degreaser.

  1. Reseal Grout

Grout is porous, and it can become stained easily. Use a grout sealer that penetrates to protect it after cleaning.

  1. Clean Rugs

Rugs with waterproof backing and synthetic carpets can be vacuumed and shampooed. All others need to be professionally cleaned.

  1. Dust Book Shelves

Empty shelves and use a feather duster to remove dust. Use your vacuum’s crevice tool for tight spots.

  1. Clean Upholstery

Remove cushions and beat them outside to remove dust. Check care labels on how to properly remove stains. Use the vacuum to clean under the cushions.

  1. Polish Hardware and Metal Doors

Medium tarnished surfaces can be handled with a liquid polish while creams and pastes work nicely on heavier jobs.

  1. Thoroughly Dust

Dust everything including hard-to-reach spots like window casings and ceiling fans. Work from top to bottom, and vacuum when finished.

  1. Wax Wood Furniture

Wash pieces with a mild detergent first. Then use a cotton rag to apply a paste wax. Let it dry and then buff clean.

  1. Wash Windows

Use a mild dish soap and brush to clean each screen thoroughly. Wash curtains and drapes, and wipe panes with a glass cleaner.

  1. Wax Floors

Return the shine to vinyl and linoleum flooring with polishes designed for this task. Use a specialty wax or paste for stone and tile floors.

  1. Check Smoke Alarms

This is an excellent time to replace batteries in the smoke alarms and check to make sure they are functioning properly.

Go through this checklist one step at a time to achieve a clean and sparkling home. Tackle any difficult jobs along the way by contacting professional cleaning services for help. When finished, sit back and enjoy the benefits of your hard work.

4 Ways to Prevent House Fires

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  4 Ways to Prevent House Fires Here are some ways to prevent a house fire in your home.

Fire damage can be devastating to your home. Even though  SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County that can help if your home is affected by a fire, preventing household fires in the first place is ideal. These are a few ways that you can do so.


  1. Watch Out for Electrical Problems


Electrical issues in the home can be a common cause of house fires. Make sure that you keep an eye out for signs that there is an electrical problem in your house, such as if your lights flicker regularly or if your electrical outlets appear burnt. If you haven't done so in a while, having your wiring checked out by an electrician can be smart to check for any potential problems.


  1. Be Careful in the Kitchen


Another common cause of house fires are fires in the kitchen. This means that it's important to be careful in this area of your home. Make sure that you never leave your stove or oven unattended. Also, keep your stove and oven clean, and keep the area around these appliances free of clutter that could ignite.


  1. Clean Out Your Dryer's Lint Trap


Dryer lint can cause your dryer to catch on fire, which can have devastating effects. Make sure that you clean out the lint trap each time that you use your dryer, and clean out your dryer vent. Additionally, it is wise to move your dryer out from the wall and to clean up any lint that might be around or underneath it to prevent fires.


  1. Be Careful with Heat


Heating your home during the winter is important, but you have to be careful when doing so to avoid fires. When using space heaters,   do not leave them running unattended. Keep linens and other items that could catch on fire away from them as well. When using your fireplace to heat your home, make sure that items are kept away from the fireplace and that both the fireplace and the chimney are clean.

As you can see, there are steps that you can take that can help make your home less at risk of a house fire. If you are dealing with damage from a house fire, contact SERVPRO of East Ottawa / Erie County to find out more about professional fire damage restoration.