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Water Damage Doesn’t Have to be Devastating in Your Colon, MI Home

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with water leaking out of gutter Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties if you encounter water damage. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Whether your home has suffered a flood or has a leaky pipe, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties can help. When a damage affects your home, you want it to be restored as soon as possible. The first 24 hours after a water incident are the vital to ensuring that secondary damage or permanent damage does not occur. Within four hours of a loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on site to help ensure a that the water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection: SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions or address any concerns you have before beginning any work.

Emergency Services: SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting excess water and prepare the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring: To help ensure your home and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be constantly communicated to you and explained.

Restoration Services: SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to ensure the property was returned to preloss condition.

Don’t let water damage be devastating. Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flash Flooding at Your Three Rivers, MI Home

5/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with standing water at bottom of stairs If you experience a flash flood, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

You may find that your home is suffering from water damage after a major storm has passed through your town. Water damage can be tough to clean up or repair. There are steps you can take right away to start on the repairs, but you’ll also want to hire a certified professional to help you. For instance, floods or storm surges which are contaminated may contain pathogens, which become a breeding ground for mold. If they are left to fester, mold spores will spread throughout your home, becoming even harder to remove; they may cause health effects to you and your family. After a water damage occurs, it can be difficult to detect moisture, making your home very susceptible to water damage. Any standing liquids can encourage the growth of microbes, and within just twenty-four hours can saturate all types of textiles and go through drywall. Moisture can collect behind walls where it would be out of sight. However, if you react quickly, furniture and clothing can be saved. After professionals arrive, they will look for any pockets of moisture with specialized equipment, such as behind tile or other materials which might not feel wet on the outside. The technicians will expose these moisture pockets to the air when found by taking off any drywall or other materials that are in the way. The cleanup process can begin once the source of moisture is found.

When a storm occurs in Three Rivers and your home is flash-flooded, be sure to call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to make your water damages “Like it never even happened.”

Don’t Let Soot Settle in Your Sumnerville, MI Home

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with soot on doorway above and around the logo SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here to make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

The time to act on fire damage restoration is unfortunately right after the disaster happens. At the time of the devastating incident, many people are not in the right state of mind to act quickly and get the area cleaned up and restored. This is where companies, such as SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, come into play and help take care of the damage that has been done. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, delays in fire damage clean up can have serious consequences. Acidic soot residue can cause permanent damage to areas of the household over time.

Within minutes of the fire being extinguished: The residue can cause a discoloration to materials such as, plastic, marble and alabaster.

Within hours: The acidic soot residue can cause permanent discoloration or yellowing of furniture in the household, such as bath fixtures, countertops and unpolished metals.

Within days: Walls and flooring can start to be affected. The soot will cause discoloration of walls and corrosion of metals throughout the home. Flooring that is made out of vinyl or wood must be replaced or refinished and any clothing or upholstery will most likely be permanently stained.

Within weeks: Carpet can become unsalvageable and objects such as silver-plated fixtures, glass, crystal or china will become etched due to the long exposure to the residue.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties has the equipment to help save you hundreds of dollars in valuables and time to get the job done effectively and efficiently. With the proper tools, there is more chance for the removal of stains, damage and odor removal to take, leaving you with less of a headache and salvaged items. When a fire occurs in your Sumnerville home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We’ll help make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Broken Water Pipe in Your Vandalia, MI Home

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with sink dripping If you experience a leak, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We make water damage "Like it never even happened."

When the kitchen sink water pipe breaks and leaks all day, you may come home to a kitchen full of water and water damage where you can’t see. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will be there quickly to assess the damages and begin mitigation services. We have some recommendations of what to do and what not to do in the instance that there is standing clean water in your home: 

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of your home, ONLY if access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to attempt to remove water, as it could possibly cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

Be sure to call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties after the leak has been stopped. We’ll help make the water damage “Like it never even happened.”

When Fire Strikes Your Mendon, MI Home, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties Strikes Back

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with matches in shape of a house on fire SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here to make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

After a fire or smoke damage occurs in your home, whether it be a small kitchen fire or a large furnace fire, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will be there quickly to assess the damages after the fire department has put out the fire and begin services. Our recommendations to you of what to do and what not to do until help arrives are:
DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded in the upholstery and carpet.
  • If the electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator completely and prop open doors to prevent odor.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of your HVAC system.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first consulting with a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and could cause electrical shock, and air movement may cause secondary damage.

When a fire occurs in your home, be sure to call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties after the fire has been put out. We’ll help make the damages “Like it never even happened.”

Faster to Any Sized Disaster at your Colon, MI Business

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in front of homes with SERVPRO male employee talking to a woman SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is Faster to Any Sized Disaster.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties prides themselves on being faster to any sized disaster. Mitigation requires quick action and the faster that we can arrive on-site to perform water and fire damage cleanup, the better the results for the customer. We follow specific Service Response Guidelines, also known as our “1-4-8 Rule.”

1: Within 1 hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact the customer to arrange for services to be performed.

4: Within 4 hours of a loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on site to begin mitigation services.

8: Within 8 business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope of the situation will be communicated to the correct person.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties strives to make your water, fire and mold damage “Like it never even happened.”

When Disaster Strikes Your Sturgis, MI Facility

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo in front of fire and water mixing SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here to make emergencies "Like it never even happened."

The world is constantly turning, and when disaster strikes, as much as it feels like your world may stop turning, the rest of the world does not. Time is a precious commodity, and here at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, we are held to the highest standards of making your disaster “Like it never even happened.” When you need emergency restoration performed, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. Because when you experience a water, fire or biohazard damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. We are committed to a quick response time to help ensure the damages are contained and the restoration process begins promptly.

If disaster strikes your Sturgis facility, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Sanitizing Your Mendon, MI Facilities

4/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo in sky over a factory with billowing smoke When the flu strikes, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties strikes back!

Just because we are amidst a world pandemic, that doesn’t mean that the flu isn’t still around. Flu season hits every year in facilities where many people are together in close quarters, from schools to offices to factories. This flu season, help prevent the spread of germs with SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. You can depend on us to clean and sanitize building materials, porous and non-porous surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards while using professional, EPA approved, hospital grade products. We always adhere to the leading levels of cleaning and decontamination standards set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and our sanitation methods go beyond that of standard janitorial practices.

If your business needs to be sanitized, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Your Dowagiac, MI Home and Fire Damage

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with fire underneath and water sprinkling on fire When you have extensive fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home. Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet-cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

If your Dowagiac home has a fire incident, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Thunderstorms in Colon, MI

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with storm clouds and lighting in background When thunderstorms strike your home, we'll be there to make the damages "Like it never even happened."

When spring comes in Michigan, we know that thunderstorms follow. If a thunderstorm floods your home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We’re trained and prepared to properly mitigate and remove the water in your home as properly drying the areas affected by the water in your home. The water extraction step removes the majority of the water from your home or property. By performing a thorough water extraction, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals help reduce the drying time and help to prevent mold and secondary water damage. They use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property. After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. We use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.