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Preventing Ice Dams this Winter

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Ice Dams this Winter Prevention is key when protecting your home against water damage.

Don’t let ice dams cause water damage to your home. Ice dams are caused from the heat rising in the house and melting snow and ice on the roof. The melting snow and ice causes water runoff which freezes when it hits the cold edge of the roofline. The build up of ice on the edge of the room prevents water from draining properly. This trapped water can back up under shingles and find its way into your home, causing water damage.

Ice Dam Prevention Tips

  • Add insulation in your attic
  • Remove attic heat source
  • Insulate attic access doors
  • Check the exhausts
  • Check flashing around chimney
  • If possible get rid of snow on edge of your roof before it can turn to ice.

If ice dams did cause havoc on your home this winter… your local SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can help mitigate and get your structure back to preloss condition.

Let SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties clean your smoke damaged Edwardsburg, MI home

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties clean your smoke damaged Edwardsburg, MI home This Edwardsburg, MI home had a massive smoke and fire damage insurance claim

Did someone leave the stove on?  One of the most common household sources of smoke damage is caused by a homeowner leaving food on the stove and forgetting about it.  This can cause major smoke damage to the entire home.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has highly trained and certified technicians who specialize in cleaning smoke damaged homes.  SERVPRO is the company the insurance companies have trusted for over 40 years to clean water and fire damage home and businesses.  SERVPRO of Cass St. Joseph Counties is locally owned and operated and will arrive with a professional staff quickly to start the mitigation property.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is a member of the Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce and very active in other community events.  If your Edwardsburg, MI home is affected by smoke damage call the pros that will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Water damage struck this commercial property in Dowagiac, MI

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water damage struck this commercial property in Dowagiac, MI This Dowagiac, Michigan water damage was caused by a Summer storm

A massive storm came through Dowagiac, Michigan over the summer.  This storm produced heavy rain and high winds to travel through the downtown area of Dowagiac, MI.  The wind tore off shingles of the commercial property and the heavy rain infiltrated through the roof, into the attic and eventually made it's way inside the office.  Luckily, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was on a project near by and was able to start the mitigation process within the hour.  The fastest way to mitigate a commercial water damage is by extracting the standing water.  The faster the standing water is extracted and the drying process is started the faster SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can get your company back to business.  Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for all of your commercial property restoration needs.  

Massive storm caused this White Pigeon home to flood

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Massive storm caused this White Pigeon home to flood This crawlspace flooded due to major storms producing heavy rains

An unexpected massive summer storm can bring heavy rain and damaging winds at any time.  8 inches of rain fell in a 36 hour period and for this unfortunate White Pigeon, Michigan homeowner it caused their crawlspace to flood.  If you have issues with rain water infiltrating your basement or crawlspace be sure to check the grade of the ground outside your home and check that your gutters are clean of leaves and debris.  Fixing these two simple issues can help reduce water from getting in your basement or crawlspace during heavy rains.  If this happens to you, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties to extract the water and start the drying process to prevent further damage from happening.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can help make it "Like it never even happened."

Pipe break in Cassopolis, Michigan crawlspace causes basement to flood

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pipe break in Cassopolis, Michigan crawlspace causes basement to flood Water damaged this basement in Cassopolis, Michigan

It took over a week for this Cassopolis, Michigan homeowner to discover they had a pipe break in their crawlspace.  The crawlspace filled with water and it eventually made it's way through the access hole and into the basement.  Luckily the basement was empty of contents and didn't cause damage to any precious heirlooms.  Building shelving units and/or placing your contents in waterproof tubs will help to preserve your contents in a water damage situation.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties called in a plumber and got the water problem resolved and starting the extraction and drying process within a few short hours.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the staff at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties this homeowner was back to normal in no time!  

Don't Let Frozen Pipes Interrupt your Business

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let Frozen Pipes Interrupt your Business Have broken frozen pipes effected your business? SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help! Call anytime of day at (269) 273-8777

Frozen pipes can really put a halt on your business. With freezing temperatures this January, don’t let your business be a victim to frozen, or busted pipes. Thanks to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, here are some ways to prevent frozen pipes.

  1. Seal the interior and exterior of any cracks or hole that may bring in cold air.
  2. Relieve pipe pressure by letting the faucet drip during extremely cold weather.
  3. Keep the building warm. The building should not get below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Install backup power to ensure your building will be heated.
  5. Use pipe insulation to insulate your most susceptible pipes.
  6. Be sure to drain any water supply if the building is going to become unoccupied.

For more information you can visit, https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/frozen-pipes-commercial/ 

Mold Damage Cleanup at your Cassopolis, MI home

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Cleanup at your Cassopolis, MI home This Cassopolis, MI homeowner came home to a water damage and found mold growing on the walls of their home.

Did you just celebrate the holidays?  Are you checking on your lake house for the first time in the new year?  If you are one of the unfortunate homeowners whose pipes froze at their lake house over the holidays and you came home to mold growing throughout your home, don't stress call the pros at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties to help clean up your mold infestation.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has the properly trained and certified technicians ready to help clean your lake home in Cassopolis, MI.  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.  No matter how large of a mess, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire damage to your Edwardsburg, MI home

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage to your Edwardsburg, MI home This Edwardsburg home had a fire in the garage that infiltrated into the home.

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.  

1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines

1- Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph will contact you to arrange service.

4- Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will be on site to start mitigation services.

8- Within eight business hours of on site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.  

Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777

A pipe burst causing major flooding in this Dowagiac, MI home.

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage A pipe burst causing major flooding in this Dowagiac, MI home. 2 inches of water caused major damage to this Dowagiac, MI basement

Water damage in your home can be bad.  There's no such thing as a small disaster.  Especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage.  Unseen water can create much larger issues later.  So before you try to clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property if you do it wrong.  

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties understands how disruptive unseen water damages can be for your entire family.  For this reason, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties offers 24 hour emergency response, and, under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technicians on-site of a water damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for all of your water and fire damage services at 269-273-8777. 

Don't Let Mold Be a Worry

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Let Mold Be a Worry Don't let this happen to your drywall!

Building a new home? Why not make it mold resistant! You can start by using mold resistant building products. For example, you can use drywall that’s made with fiberglass instead of paper facing. Other construction materials could include:

  • Paint treated with a registered fungicide to resist mold growth on painted surfaces
  • Wood treated with anti-mold chemicals
  • Using caulk and trim impervious to mold

There are other things to consider when trying to keep mold away from your new home.

  • Make sure to install gutters that take the water away from your home
  • Keep building materials dry during the building process
  • Equip the HVAC system with a filter or electronic air cleaner for catching airborne mold spores.

Although mold is almost everywhere and there is no way to completely inhibit its growth in your home, you can take preventative measures! For more tips on creating a more mold resistant home visit the mother nature network. If you do see signs of mold, let us help! SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.