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Fire Prevention Plan in Three Rivers, MI

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Soot covered walls and pictures If fire strikes your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777.

According to national fire statistics, a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds in the United States. Fire can spread quickly through your home, giving you as little as two minutes to escape. It is important to have a plan in place for your household. Make sure you have planned several exits on all levels of your home. The priority is to get everyone out safely. Designate a spot for the family to meet up once you are out of the house.  It can be used as a tool to make sure everyone is accounted for. Once you are out of the house stay out and call for help. Review your plan and practice it frequently. A house fire can be a scary and frantic situation, but having a plan in place will give you peace of mind.

Here at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we understand how a fire can disrupt your life. SERVPRO Restoration Professionals are here for you 24 hours a day with our emergency response team.  We respond quickly with fire, smoke, soot cleanup, and other restoration services. We know how much your belongings mean to you and we have the ability to help restore them. If a fire occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. We are here to help.

Spring Floods in Constantine, MI

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

It is bad luck to use umbrellas inside. Don't let your home fall prey to water damage. Call us today!

Spring is here. That means lots of rain, and potentially, lots of flooding. What is your plan if your basement floods?

Basements and crawlspaces can be a treacherous place this time of year. When water levels rise, no home is guaranteed to come out unscathed. Water can come in through windows, leak the roof, or even seep in through the foundation of the home.

When an incidence such as this occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties! We are the experts in water damage clean up.

Don't stress about water damage when you don't have to. Call us at (269) 273-8777. We are always here to help.

Ground Water Floods Dowagiac, MI Home:

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is no laughing matter. When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

Basements can be utilized for various purposes. Some basements contain fun areas for the family; others store precious memories in their keep. Whatever the use for your basement, it holds a place in your home, and in turn, maybe even your heart.

With that being said, you probably can’t imagine walking down into your basement to find 3 feet of standing water. The thought alone may even make you cringe.

Here at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we take the worry out of water damage. When your basement floods, don’t worry, just call us! We are always here to help in your time of need. We arrive within 4 hours of notice to ensure your home is taken care of, leaving you with nothing left to worry about.

Kitchen Fire in Cassopolis, MI:

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties be your good ending to a bad day. Call us today at (269) 273-8777!

A fire in your home is a big crisis. When the flames finally settle, you may feel as if your world is crashing down around you. These disasters take your home, and with it, close memories and belongings. They may leave behind nothing but ash covered rubble.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is dedicated to helping you regain control of this bad situation. We help put you on the path to restoring your home to its former glory. We have top of the line technology to revitalize your soot covered belongings, saving those precious memories you hold so dear.

Here at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we handle the recovery of your home so you don’t have to. We are here for you through the whole process, ensuring you are informed every step of the way. When fire burdens your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

Floods Sweep Through Vandalia, MI:

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

When the storms start rolling in there is no stopping them. Lucky for you, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is always here to help!

It’s storm season in Vandalia, MI, which means basements are flooding fast. Water is coming in through windows, cracks and crevasses in the foundation, etc.  submerging homes from the bottom up. Homeowners are frantic, trying to keep up with the sudden collection of water taking over the lower level of their home.

Some of these homeowners may attempt to alleviate the water themselves. They may try  using buckets, towels, or shopvacs, but at the end of the day the damage is done. The water has collected inside their walls and under their flooring. It may look dry, but underneath is a different story. This method allows for potential mold growth and further damage to the home.

Resourceful homeowners call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. We clean up the mess so you don’t have to. Our experts use the best technology in the industry, to seek out any moisture that maybe trapped in the home. When we’re done, you can be sure there is no trace of water damage. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

No Small Fire in Dowagiac, MI

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today to restore your home after fire damage.

When it comes to your home and your belongings, there is no such thing as a small fire. Here at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we understand what your family is going through. That’s why our team’s focus is on you every step of the way. We will walk you through the entire process so you’re never left in the dark.

The seemingly less invasive fires can be tricky because you can’t always see the smoke residue. This residue can easily become trapped behind cabinets or cling to contents within your home. Our team is highly trained in finding and extinguishing even the faintest of smoke odor.

Smoke odor may feel impossible to beat. Lucky for you SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is always up for the challenge. We make your home, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Local Colon, MI Business Falls Victim to Vandals

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

There is no cleaning like a SERVPRO cleaning. Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Your business is not just your meal ticket; it is something you have worked hard to build. So when vandals strike your business, it is no joke. It can be devastating to have something you have put your heart into tarnished with no remorse.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties takes vandalism seriously. We pride ourselves on our quick response and expertise in this industry. From a drive by egg-ing to graffiti on the walls, we’ve seen it all. There is no mischief too destructive for us to handle.

 We are on your side, there for you every step of the way. When we are through your business will look, “Like it never even happened.” Don’t let vandals get the best you, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

Fire Restoration in Mendon, MI: “Like it never even happened.”

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damage terrorizes your home, call the experts of SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties! We are always here to help!

When your home is in shambles it can be difficult to remain optimistic. Walking through the ashes of what used to be your happy place is unimaginable. It may feel unreal and hopeless. You may not know where to go or who to turn to.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is always here for you in your time of need. We will do everything in our power to restore your home back to its former beauty. Those memories you think you’ve lost, don’t write them off just yet. There is hope. Our unique restoration process allows us to restore belongings you may think are lost forever.

We’ve been in this business for years, you can count on us. Your family is our first and only priority throughout this process. Let us bring your home back to life. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777.

Fighting Mold in Your Edwardsburg, MI Home

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

This is the perfect example of how mold can grow unnoticed behind wet drywall. If you suspect water damage call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties!

If you look hard enough, all homes have mold in one place or another. The truth is not all mold is harmful. However, you can never be too careful.

Having the mold in your home tested is the first step to remediation. This provides us with the information we need to determine what kind mold is being dealt with. From there we can develop the best plan of action to remediate the mold.

In the meantime, it is imperative to not disturb the mold, as this can cause it to spread to other areas of your home. If you can, it is best to block off that area of your home to prevent such from happening. If possible, it is suggested you turn off the HVAC system or any fans in your home to prevent disturbance.

Last but certainly not least, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at the first sign of mold in your home. We have the protective gear, specialized equipment, and the expertise to  take care of any mold problem. Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Winter Storm in Centreville, MI

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let winter storms get the best of your home. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties regarding any storm damage your home encounters!

Winter Storms bring with them damage of great magnitude. Below freezing temperatures put pipes and other water lines at great risk.  Along with this the weight of the snow and ice on your roof can cause significant damage.

If not caught in time, a damaged pipe can wreak havoc on your home. Let’s say a pipe freezes and bursts in your upstairs bathroom while you’re not home. That water can travel down to main level of the home, and then into your finished basement causing extensive damage throughout the entirety of the home. In a case like this, the entire structure of the home may be compromised.

That’s where SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties comes in! We are highly trained in storm damage mitigation. We take care of everything so you don’t have to. We’re always here to help in your time of need. Call us at (269) 273-8777.

Fire Engulfs Colon, MI Home

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy soot damage can be difficult to remove. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties have the specialized technology to rid soot damage with ease!

Many things can cause fires. Candles, space heaters, and electrical malfunctions are just a few that we have encountered. No matter the cause, every fire is dangerous. Your first priority is getting your family out safely, followed by contacting the fire department. As for your house, let experts in fire damage restoration at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties handle that.

Our team is highly equipped to handle any size fire, at anytime. Fire damage cleanup is something we specialize in. We want to be sure we are providing you and your family quality services. That’s why our team participates in regular recertification programs, to obtain the most up to date procedures for restoration services.

If a fire occurs in your home, call the professionals you know you can trust at (269) 273-8777. We are always here to help, anytime of day or night.

Get the Cleanest Carpets in Vandalia, MI with SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Your business is in good hands with SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. No one does carpet cleanings like we do!

Is your business missing a little something? Do you feel like your business may need a pick me up? Maybe the carpets are looking a dingy after all the melting snow and mucky conditions we’ve had. Not a problem! SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can provide you with professional carpet cleaning to help spruce up your business for the spring.

Our equipment works deep within the carpet breaking down dirt and grime with ease. Salt stains on your carpets, not a problem. Boot prints throughout the office, not a problem. Even tough odors prove no match against our specialized equipment.

Call (269) 273-8777 to make an appointment today. Why spring clean when you can have the professionals at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties do it for you? We are always here to help.

Spring Fire Prevention in Your Dowagiac, MI Home

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

When fire hits your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. We are always here to help!

This time of year everyone is doing a bit of spring cleaning. We air out our homes and dust off our shelves. We purge our closets and organize our cupboards. Why not worry about some fire prevention measures while we’re at it?

Chances are, your furnace has been running for months. This is a good time to change out the filter and even get your ducts clean. Pay extra attention to cleaning your stove. Be sure to thoroughly clean around heating elements both in the oven and on the stove top. Keep areas around candles dust free. These simple steps will help in keeping your home safe from unwanted fire.

If by chance a fire does occur in your home call (269) 273-8777. Our team consists of the best of the best in fire restoration services, making your home “Like it never even happened.”

Addressing Sewage in Your Three Rivers, MI Business

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Our professional team has just the right know-how to get your business back up and running in no time! Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Imagine walking into the storage room of your business to find everything sitting in several inches of sewage. Your supplies are ruined and the building is filled with a foul odor. What do you do in that situation? Lucky for you, the professionals at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties have the know-how to get that taken care of for you. You don’t have to lift a finger!

Our process begins with extracting the sewage from the affected area. Any materials that cannot be salvaged will then be removed. Following which, is a deep cleaning of all affected areas with our specialized cleaning agents. This process ensures that no micro agents such as bacteria are left behind. You can be sure that once we are finished your building will look “Like it never even happened.”

Marcellus, MI Residents Get the 411 on Storms

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties, have over 50 years of experience backing us! It's safe to say we've perfected every step of the process!

What are storms? Storms are natural disasters that can ravage your homes, leaving them in shambles. They may present in many forms such as floods, wild fires, or wind storms. However each can be devastating in their own way. Floods can fill your home with contaminated water. Fires can engulf and destroy your home from within. Winds can rip siding and shingles off or even thrust a tree onto your home.

Storm damage is nothing new to the SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties team. We are the experts in storm damage, providing a variety of services to meet our customers’ specific needs. We provide services such as roof tarping, board ups, and water extraction among other things every day. You can take comfort in knowing you are in capable hands with our team!

When a storm ravages your Marcellus, MI home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties to help. You can count on our team of professionals to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Water Damage in Constantine, MI Home

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water, it seems harmless enough. Our planet is covered in it. We drink it. How dangerous can it be? The answer is, to your home water can be very dangerous. Contaminated water can bring with it debris and bacteria. It can weaken the structure of your home. It can even facilitate mold growth. Because of this, water damage is something that should be handled by professionals.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has the crew and equipment to handle water damage with ease. Our specialty drying equipment allows us to ensure every crevasse and content in your home, is properly dried. A thorough clean is also used when necessary to prevent any sort of microbial growth that may result from water damage.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is to restore your home back to its previous glory. Call our office today at (269) 273-8777.

Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Sturgis, MI Residence

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777.

Even small fires can cause severe damage to your Sturgis, MI residence. It is always best to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties to handle the cleanup for you. We have the expertise and top notch equipment to get the job done right.

Until help arrives, safety for you and your family are our main concern. Before entering the home, be sure to check for signs of structural damage. This may include weakened floors or collapsing ceilings, among other things. Keep an eye out for downed electrical wires or slip hazards throughout the home. Smoke can leave unseen particles lingering in the air. It is best to wear a mask when reentering the home.

We know this is a stressful time for you. We are here to set your mind at ease and restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777.

Union, MI Residents Vs. Mold

2/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can terminate the mold in your home with out a problem! Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

It does not take long for mold to begin thriving in your Union, MI home. Mold thrives on moisture. Within as little as 48 hours of being introduced to water, mold can begin to grow. Even a lower than normal humidity can facilitate mold growth. Before beginning the remediation process, it is key to address any form of moisture in your home to prevent the mold from spreading further. It is recommended that moisture levels be kept below 45 percent.

You do not want to disturb the mold as these microscopic particles can travel through the air or even use the family pet as means of transportation. There is no limit to what these pesky particles will go through to colonize. That’s why it is so important to seek professional help when dealing with mold.

The experts at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties are specially trained in mold remediation. They have the technique and equipment to wipe out the mold residing in your home for good. You may even say it’s “Like it never even happened.” Call (269) 273-8777 today!

Storms Damage to Burr Oak, MI Homes:

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Rain or shine, wind storm or snow storm, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help! We make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Storms are curve balls thrown at us by nature itself. From thunderstorms to wild fires, storms ravage our cities and can even destroy our homes. There is not much we can do in ways of preventing these destructive events. However, you should know who to call when those disasters do hit home.

Our top notch disaster team at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is made up of highly trained professionals. We have specialized equipment perfect for any size disaster. Along with this, our team is dedicated to making your home’s storm damage look, “Like it never even happened.”

When a natural fiasco strikes your home, don’t panic; call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. We are available to you 24/7 to restore your home.

Winter Storms Damage the Roofs of Mendon, MI Residents

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Don't fret about winter storm damage! Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777.

This time of year is known for the bad weather and awful road conditions. It’s common to hear us Michiganders complaining about our commutes. What we often overlook is the effect these winter storms have on our homes. The snow and ice is more than just an inconvenience, they can significantly damage your home.

The weight of snow and ice alone has the potential to collapse your roof. As if that isn’t troublesome enough, ice dams are another threat to homes. Ice dams are an accumulation of ice often found on roofs. These dams form when snow melts unevenly, and then refreezes at the edge of the roof. Water gets trapped beneath the shingles and leaks into the home. This can cause significant damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas of the home.

Don’t let ice dams ruin your home, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today! We’ll take care of any damage to your home so you don’t have to worry. Call our office at (269) 273-8777.

Flooding in Vandalia, MI Leaves Documents in Questionable State

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

You don't have to sacrifice your important documents, call the experts at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today!

Too often, wet or damaged documents are simply thrown out. It is a common misconception that once documents get wet, they are ruined and cannot be salvaged. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to tell you otherwise.

Our technicians are highly trained in restoring wet or damaged documents. If caught in time paper, photographs, and more can be restored. We have specialized technology, such as our vacuum freeze-drying process, to revitalize your documents. Other methods include air drying, dehumidification, freezer drying, or vacuum thermal drying. Though not all documents can be returned to their pre-damage state, many can be saved.

Don’t make the mistake of simply throwing out important or sentimental documents due to a little bit of water damage. At the first sign of water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

Wind Storms Ravage Edwardsburg, MI Homes

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

When a wind storm strikes your home, contact the experts in storm damage clean up at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties!

Strong winds are often underestimated. The potential they have to cause significant damage isn’t realized until the storm is over. Homeowners are then left with the aftermath of what has become of their homes. Lucky for them SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in storm damage clean up.

Wind storms can rip the shingles and siding right off your home, leaving a home exposed to the elements. They can propel objects through windows, shattering the glass with ease. The strong winds can even cause entire trees to fall on a home, leaving a gaping hole in the roof.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has a team entirely composed of highly trained professionals. They are equipped to manage any size disaster and are available to you 24/7. When a catastrophe strikes your home call the experts at (269) 273-8777.

Understanding Mold in Your Union, MI Home

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold comes in many different shapes and colors. They are all alarming. Call (269) 273-8777 if you suspect you have mold in your home.

Most people have heard of the dangers surrounding black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum. The warnings provided by news, along with information you may find on the internet can be startling. Homeowners are often left baffled.  The truth is, is any mold in your home should be approached with caution.

If you come across mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties immediately. There are various types of mold that can occur in homes, presenting in a variety of colors. All should be taken seriously. We can help get the mold tested to determine the exact type of mold presenting. This testing will also provide us with a spore count to determine how extensive the problem may be. From there we can determine what the best course for remediation will be.

You can count on us to be by your side every step of the way. We are here to make your mold trouble, “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777.

Protecting Pets of Dowagiac, MI Against House Fires

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

They aren't just pets. They are family. Put a plan in place today, to ensure their safety tomorrow.

You may have cats, dogs, or even gerbils running about your home. To you they are part of your family. Therefore, you want to protect them as such. Have you ever considered what may become of them in the event of a house fire? Where would you take them? If not you, who would care for them?

Most of us have emergency plans in mind for our families. Unfortunately, many don’t plan for their pets. If a fire occurs that forces you out of your home, you may need to stay somewhere that does not allow pets. It is important for you, and for them, to have a plan in place. Call local shelters, or friends and family members to determine what your options are. Be sure to have a secondary plan in place in case the first option falls through.

When fire ravages your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. Our team is highly qualified and well equipped. Let us restore your home “Like it never even happened.” We want you and your pets to return to a well restored home.

Storm Damage to Your Mendon, MI Home

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

When a storm hits your Mendon, MI home, call the experts at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777!

Storms can arise anywhere. They can arise in a variety of forms ranging from snow and ice storms, to rain and wind storms. The severity of which can also vary. There is no telling when one of these frightful disasters may occur. That’s why SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is available to you 24/7, and are equipped to handle any size disaster you may face.

 
  • We are faster to any size disaster. Our quick response prevents further damage from occurring, ultimately saving you money.
  • Our team consists of highly trained professionals who specialize in storm damage restoration.
  • We have vast resources at our disposal for the purpose of restoring your home or business, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

When unexpected storms damage your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. There office can be reached at (269) 273-8777.

 

Rid Your Sturgis, MI Home of Kitchen Fire Hazards Today

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Your family's safety is what is most important to us! In the event of a fire, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

House fires are not planned; however they can often be prevented. The kitchen is a common place for home fire to occur. Keeping your kitchen appliances clean is simple enough, yet it isn’t always as simple as it sounds. These easy cleaning tips can help keep your home from going up in smoke and flames.

  • Purchase a good quality cleaner for cleaning kitchen appliances.
  • Spray the inside of your oven with cleaner, close the door, and let set over night. In the morning the grime should wipe away with ease.
  • Be sure to keep the inside heating chamber of your crockpot clean. Do not put in dish water or dishwasher. A spray should be used. Cover and let set over night before wiping down.
  • Clean stovetop after each use. Heat elements should be free of any buildup or debris.
  • Wipe down the heating element of your coffee pot regularly. Unseen residues can buildup on the hot surface under the pot.

In the unfortunate event that a fire does occur in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. They make fire damage look “Like it never even happened.

Fire Prevention Tips for Your Edwardsburg, MI Home

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire prevention can help keep your home safe. In the event that fire does occur, call (269) 273-8777. We are always here to help!

Most of us do not view the dryer in our home as a danger. We regularly throw our wet clothes in it and go about our day without a second thought. We know to empty the lint trap regularly, but that is about as far as regular maintenance goes for most. There are a few areas of the dryer that should be cleaned regularly to prevent a household fire.

The compartment in which your lint trap sits can collect a buildup of lint. Cleaning the trap alone is not enough. It is recommended to use a flexible wire brush to clean the inside compartment. The rough bristles will pick up any trapped lint from deep within the compartment.

The dryer vent that leads outside is often forgotten as well. As just discussed, the lint trap does not catch everything. Lint and other debris can build up in your ventilation hoses. For this, we recommend using a dryer vent cleaning kit to rid the system of buildup. These kits often come with flexible extensions and a variety of brushes to get the hard to reach areas. Once clean, you may also be happy with how much better your dryer operates.

If a fire does occur in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. We are available to 24/7 to help make the catastrophe in your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Strikes Centreville, MI Home

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, restoring your home "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (269) 273-8777!

When the unexpected catastrophe of a fire strikes your home, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here for you. We assist you every step of the way in the process of restoring your home. There is no need to add any stress to your family; we will handle the details for you.

Our process is as follows:

Step 1 – Emergency Contact

Step 2 – Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3 – Immediate Board Up and Roof Tarping (If Needed)

Step 4 – Water Removal & Drying (If water is present)

Step 5 – Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6 – Cleaning & Repair

Step 7 – Restoration

At SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties our main objective is to get you back in your home as soon as possible. We do so by providing quick response and quality services. Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Vandalia, MI Resident Stumbles Upon Mold After Flood

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

We take care of your mold so you don't have to worry! Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

Imagine coming home to find your house swimming in standing water. Then, discovering you have a mold infestation on top of that. Unfortunately, we see this more frequently than we’d like. All it takes is one small leak to go unnoticed. A lot of the times homeowners don’t discover the presence of mold until a bigger incident occurs.

Mold can hide in unexposed areas of your home, such as behind walls or under flooring. Mold can appear within just 48-72 short hours after being introduced to water or moisture. It grows rapidly and does not require much in order to survive. A small bit of water can provide enough for mold to thrive on and rapidly turn into colonies throughout the home.

When you discover mold in your home, call the professional team at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. We are certified in mold remediation and can return your home to prime condition “Like it never even happened.”

What to Expect When You Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties about Water Damage in Your Vandalia, MI Home:

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

In the instance that you acquire water damage in your Vandalia home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. We are available to you 24/7 for your convenience and peace of mind. We understand that this is a stressful time for you. Your home has suffered a loss and you are scrambling to figure out what needs to be done. Do us a favor, stop and take a breather. Let us take it from here.

When you call to report your water damage, there are specific questions you will be asked concerning your mitigation emergency. These questions are important to have answered in order to properly care for your needs. You will be asked to provide your contact information and a description of the incident.

Other questions you may be asked:

  • What is the source of damage?
  • How many rooms are affected?
  • Is there standing water?
  • Is water and electricity available at the home?

This can help us determine what size crew and equipment we need to bring. We will be here with you every step of the way to help you through this process. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777.

The 4-1-1 on Tornadoes in Colon, MI

1/12/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes can strike at any time. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for assistance at (269) 273-8777.

Here at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we are most well-known for our water mitigation expertise, along with our fire restoration services. However, our team specializes in so much more! In any given situation, we want to help people in any way that we can! After natural disasters, such as tornadoes, our team is always ready to jump into action.

The fact of the matter is this; we live in area that is at risk for tornadoes. It is important to us that you know how to prepare yourself for a disaster in order to ensure your family’s safety. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself.

  • Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch means that severe weather conditions have the potential to produce a tornado. This means you should be prepped and ready in case of funnel formation. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated on the system radar.
  • Include your pets in your plan! Your pets need protection from harm as well. It can be helpful to have pet food and water available to them, as well as a blanket or toys to keep them calm and occupied.
  • Have nonperishable foods and water in your place of shelter. In case, you need to stay sheltered for an extended period of time, you’ll want to have everything you might need handy.
  • Have activities set aside for children. The need to shelter in place could last a while. Having activities for kids will keep them occupied.

In case of tornado:

  • SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Do not hesitate. Gather your family and head to the basement. If you do not have a basement, move to an interior room in the house and stay clear of windows.
  • Be sure to cover your head. This will help protect you from debris that may be flying around.
  • Do not leave your source of shelter. Tornadoes can be life threatening. Strong winds and flying debris is not something to play around with.
  • Wait for the alert to be cleared before emerging from shelter. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “its’s always calm before the storm.” Just because it doesn’t look or sound bad, does not mean it is safe.

In the event that your home is affected by a tornado, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. We can make your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage to Your Three Rivers, MI Business

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire strikes your Three Rivers, MI business call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties! We make fire damage, "Like it never even happened."

When it comes to your business, there is no such thing as a small fire. Your business is how you earn your living. How you pay bills and feed your family. Any fire, no matter how minor, has an immediate impact on your business and therefore your income. That’s why SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is standing by 24/7 ready to help get your business up and running again.

Until our team arrives, try to limit movement in the building to prevent soot particles from stirring and causing more damage. Rugs and other high traffic areas can be protected from further damage by covering them with clean towels. Do not attempt to clean affected areas yourself, as without proper equipment you could cause further damage.

Nobody plans to have a fire in their place of business. Unfortunately, these disasters occur unexpectedly. Let SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties make your life a little easier during this time. We are trained experts with state of the art equipment. Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

First Signs of Mold in Your Constantine, MI Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here to help protect your home from pesky intruders like mold! Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Mold can begin to sweep across your home in just 48-72 hours, after being introduced to a source of water or moisture. This pesky substance doesn’t require much to form. A slow leak, improperly vented bathroom, or unnoticed water damage all provide the perfect home for mold to setup camp.

There are a couple things you want to keep an eye out for if you believe you are at risk of encountering mold growth in your home. You may start to notice a funny smell in your home or certain area of your home. This smell often presents as a strong musty odor. Mold can also produce irritants and allergens that can cause other health effects.

If you suspect your Three Rivers, MI home has fallen victim to mold, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Toilet Overflow in Your Vandalia, MI Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is never fun. Let SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties help you through it. Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

You would be surprised how often it happens. A child flushes toys down the toilet. The mechanics of the toilet freeze up preventing it from being able to stop once filled. Maybe your husband decided to flush an entire bowl of noodles down the toilet, and now it’s overflowed and ran throughout the house. We’ve seen it before. Entire homes destroyed by a toilet that no one noticed running.

The fact of the matter is, these things happen. They happen, often without warning. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties are here to help when these disasters occur. We understand that you do not want to see your home drowning in toilet water, we don’t either. That’s why we vow to be to your home within 4 hours of receiving your call. We make ourselves available to you 24/7. Weekend or holiday, it doesn’t matter. We are here for you!

When the toilet waters begin to rise in your home, you can count on us to be there. Give our team a call today at (269) 273-8777. We make water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke Damage in Your Burr Oak, MI Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke residue and odor can be difficult to remove. The experts at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph are here to help!

A fire takes place approximately every 90 seconds, according to National Fire Statistics. No matter the size of the fire, smoke damage is inevitable in any case. Often, even a small fire can cause smoke damage throughout the entire home. It leaves your walls dusted with hard to remove smoke particles. The strong odor of charred belongs lingers in the air.

There’s no doubt, a fire is something you never want to encounter in your home. However, if and when you do, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here to help. Our team is highly trained and equipped to handle any size disaster. We provide prompt and professional customer centered services. Here whenever you need us, day or night. Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today, at (269) 273-8777.

Drinking Fountain Floods Local Sturgis, MI Business

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties are available to you 24/7, rain or snow. Call us today!

Sure, you’ve heard of broken pipes and leaky roofs causing severe water damage. Who hasn’t? We bet you never thought your Sturgis, MI business could be flooded by a leaky drinking fountain. However, if left undetected you could very well come back from a long holiday weekend to find your business swimming in devastation.

These things happen, and when they do SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here to help. We are experts in water damage. We possess top of the line equipment to restore your business in no time, allowing you to avoid any further impairment in the day to day operations of your business.

If you come across water damage in your business, don’t wait. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777.

Avoid Water Damage in Your Marcellus, MI Home with These Easy Tips

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

If water damage occurs in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to help!

You can’t always avoid water damage to your home, as these cases often occur unexpectedly. However there are some steps you can take to protect your home and help to prevent water damage from occurring.

Regular maintenance is important in protecting your home from unwanted disaster. We have put together a few key items to check and be on the lookout for.

  • The water supply lines on any appliances such as a refrigerator or dishwasher should be inspected annually. Any lines with bulges or kinks that will not straighten out should be replaced.
  • Check under sinks throughout the home annually for any leaks or moisture buildup around joining pipes.
  • Keep an eye on ceilings after heavy rains. Water spots or spongy areas may indicate a leaky roof.

If you notice any signs of possible water damage call the experts of SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. We make water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Don’t Let Your Sturgis, MI Holiday Feast Go Up In Flames

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Don't hesitate. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777

The holiday season is fast approaching and before you know it, the kitchen will be chaos. The holiday season is often celebrated with baked goods, stovetop indulgences, and maybe even a deep fried turkey. Often times, your making several dishes at once. It can be all too easy to forget or miss something potentially harmful. Here at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we see it all too often. Deep fried turkey gone wrong, missed towel on the stove, oven malfunctions, you name it we’ve seen it.

Here are some tips to keep your Sturgis, MI home safe during this celebration season:

  • Always stay aware of your surroundings. We know your kitchen can get hectic, but staying alert can keep holiday mishaps at bay.
  • Keep long hair tied back and avoid loose clothing during cooking.
  • Never leave cooking station unattended. It may only take turning your back for a minute for a fire to occur.
  • Be cautious when cooking greasy foods. Be sure to use fresh oil and to have the heat turned down.
  • Never EVER put metal in the microwave.

In the unfortunate circumstance that your home falls victim to one of these catastrophes, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties immediately. We may be reached at (269) 273-8777, day or night, even on holidays. Don’t hesitate to call!

Marcellus Residents Fight Back Against Mold:

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

When mold strikes your Marcellus, MI home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

With winter right around the corner, the last thing Marcellus residents want to worry about this holiday season is mold in their homes. When mold intrudes on your home, it may cause health effects. It is important to stay clear of areas that you believe to be infested with mold.

Don’t worry; there are some things you can do to help protect your home from the invasion of this pesky intruder.

  1. Ensure your home has proper drainage directed away from the structure. An improper drainage system could cause a buildup of water and moisture in or around your home. This can provide an ideal environment for mold growth.
  2. Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks and/or a buildup of moisture. Again, this kind of buildup is seen by mold as the perfect environment to setup shop.
  3. Keep up on house maintenance. A leaky roof can quickly turn into water damage and mold growth if not taken care of promptly. Be sure to regularly inspect the roof and windows of your home for any leaks.
  4. Install proper ventilation in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and cooking areas. Humidity from the shower or cooking over the stove could create enough moisture for microbial growth.
  5. Respond to all water intrusions immediately. We cannot stress enough, the importance of a quick response in regards to water damage. Water damage can result in visible mold growth in as little as 24 to 48 hours, if not properly mitigated.
  6. Last but certainly not least, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, after a water damage or if you suspect mold growth. We are here to help keep your home safe day or night. Whatever it takes to make it, your home safe once more.

Don’t let mold overrun your home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777. Let us make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO can help when your home in Niles, MI has a kitchen fire

12/29/2018 (Permalink)

Don't attempt to clean the fire yourself. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties.

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming for you.  Understandably, you want to regain control quickly.  Trained in the cleanup and care of your home and personal belongings, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties arrives onsite within four hours of notification to begin mitigation services understanding the need you may feel to maintain a sense of control during a fire damage situation.  Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are some of the initial steps taken to help begin the restoration process.

UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent additional soiling
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion.

When fire damage invades your home, contact SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Let SERVPRO help when your Dowagiac, MI home is damaged by fire.

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

A faulty electrical panel was the cause of this Dowagiac, MI fire damage.

A faulty electrical panel in this Dowagiac, MI home was the cause of this fire damaged garage.  This picture shows the amount of damage a fire can do.  The fire department was on the scene in 4 minutes and the fire still did this amount of damage.  When a fire strikes your home or business in Dowagiac, MI call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties to make it "Like it never even happened."  Our IICRC certified staff has been through advanced training to determine what can be salvaged after a fire such as the one depicted in the picture.  Within days of this fire occurring we had the home contained from any more smoke or fire damage and the garage demolished and removed.  Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777.

Have SERPVRO on speed dial during frozen pipe season

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

A pipe connected to the sump pump froze and cracked causing major damage.

It's that time of year again!!  November through late March is the time of year when pipes can freeze and burst!  Here are a few simple tips to prepare your home or business for winter weather!

-If you have a second home and don't plan on being there in the winter.  Call a local licensed plumber and have them winterize your home

-Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells

-Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated areas of the home.

-Consider shutting off outside faucets.

-If you leave for multiple days at a time, always keep your thermostat above 60 degrees to keep outside walls from getting too cold.  

Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties to make your water damage "Like it never even happened." 

Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties when you have water damage to your Cassopolis, MI home

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Insulated your water heater can help in the cold winter months but water damage can strike at any time.

Leaks within a home or business can cause extensive damage if unnoticed for a long period of time.  Leaking water can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboard and walls while moving throughout the structure of the home.  Such a leak not only damages your property, it can also interrupt your day-to-day schedule. 

Since one out of every ten water incidents in a home is caused by a water heater, below are some tips and tricks to help provide some peace of mind:

  • Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, shut off the power at the service panel
  • Once every three months, drain one gallon of water from the tank. If you have hard water, do this every month to reduce sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank.
  • Once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician.
  • Once every five years, have a service technician replace the anode rod.

If you didn’t get to these tips fast enough and have suffered from water damage, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777.  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Why use SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

This sump pump backed up causing major water damage to this Edwardsburg, MI home

If you have a damp basement or live in an area prone to flooding, you know that dealing with water damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.  A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage.

 Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.  Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Check the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Check the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with any residue or debris.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scan the pit and remove any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Test the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve may also be at fault.
  • Go outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

The Down and Dirty About Mold in Your Centreville, MI Home

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Pictured is one of our air scrubbers, used to help clean the air when mold is present.

What can endure harsh environments, gives off a musty odor, and consumes protein like it’s going out of style? If you guessed mold, you guessed right! Mold is more than just an unsightly wall decal, it’s a living substance. When going to combat with these pesky intruders, it is vital to have the professionals on your side.

Mold spores are stealthy; they are not visible to the naked eye. They are bottom feeders. Mold can live off of anything from animal dander to drywall, and anything in between. They spread rapidly. Mold is not finicky; it can grow just about anywhere.

Our experts at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties are trained in the art of mold annihilation. We have the specialized tools and equipment to strike fear into any mold that dared to enter your home. By the time we’re finished with it, one might say it’s “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269) 273-8777!

Keep the Carpet of Your Jones, MI Business Clean

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here to help you keep your business clean. Call (269) 273-8777 today!

Are you finding it difficult to keep the carpets in your Jones Business clean? Are you haunted by the dirt that gets left behind by your standard vacuum? Don’t be! SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties can help with that! Our team is highly trained using the latest IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) techniques, and use state-of-the-art equipment. This allows us to remove entrapped dirt and grime from deep within your carpet.

Autumn is a time of beautiful colors. The leaves are changing the air is crisp. Winter is a wonderland of sparkling snow. Both are beautiful, it’s true, but they can be ruinous on carpets. Between the dirt and leaves of fall, along with the slush and salt of the winter, your standard vacuum doesn’t stand a chance.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties makes keeping your carpets clean a breeze! Don’t let the debris from the seasons keep you down. Let us make it, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

The Storm In Dowagiac, MI Is Over: What Happens Now?

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

This Dowagiac resident, was left with standing water in her basement after a recent storm. She called SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to help!

For those with damage to their homes, the storm was only the beginning. Now, it has passed and they are left with the aftermath of standing water. Despite what you may think, it’s not just water.

  • Water left behind by storms may contain all sorts of contaminated substances such as sewage, bits of debris, and harmful bacteria. This creates the perfect environment for microbial growth if left untreated.
  • Water is also a conductor of electricity. Standing water paired with downed power lines could make for a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Keep in mind, large amounts of water could become home to animals as well, be sure to stay alert when cleaning up. You never know what you might uncover, hopefully not a snake!
  • Always remember, if it’s NOT safe for you, it’s NOT safe for your pets either. Be sure to keep family pets away from standing water.

When disaster strikes your Dowagiac, MI home have no fear, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties are here to help! Water damage often takes several days to clean up, let us take the weight off your shoulders. Here at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, we are experts at restoring your home. In fact, you may say it’s “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (269) 273-8777.

One 4 year old chef and Two Plastic Bowls in Centreville, MI: What Could Go Wrong?

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Even the smallest of kitchen fires leave behind smoke residue. Let us help make it, "Like it never even happened."

People say it all the time; they grow up way too fast. One day you’re bringing them home from the hospital. The next thing you know they are off to college. Somewhere in the middle of all that, you get to watch them discover doing things for themselves. After all, they can’t depend on mom and dad forever. This young four year old of Centreville, MI was no exception.

After watching his mother cook a multitude of family meals, he was confident he could handle one on his own. The young chef went to the refrigerator, removed a container of food, placed it on the hot stove, and continued watching television. His mother discovered her little chef’s masterpiece when she smelled smoke. The container was in flames, along with a towel that lay beside the burner. His mother quickly dowsed the fire in baking soda, removed the burnt items, and opened the windows.

Unfortunately, his mother spent 2 months spraying deodorizer to cover the smell until it went away. She should have called the professionals at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. They are trained and highly equipped to find sources of smoke odor and effectively eliminate these odors. Don’t let the stench of smoke residue take over your home; call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Water Damage Tips for Mendon, MI Residents

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today!

When your water heater leaks or a pipe bursts in your home, you don’t want to wait to have it fixed. That is why our caring professional team at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, is available to you 24/7. Noon or night, we’ll be there to make it right! We are dedicated to restoring your home as quickly as possible to minimize damage. We will even have team to the site within 4 hours of notice from you!

Until our team arrives, here are somethings you can do to help prevent further damage:

  • Shut off the water source if at all possible.
  • Remove colored rugs from carpet to prevent staining.
  • Hang fur or leather items separately at room temperature.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Avoid areas where ceiling is sagging, as they could collapse.

Things NOT to do:

  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
  • Do not leave books or other colored items on wet carpeting.

When water damage encroaches on your Mendon home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. Then relax, we’ll take it from there!

Why you use SERVPRO at your water damaged home

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

This basement was affected by a pipe break.

Has your basement been affected by a water damage?  Do you know what your steps to recovery are?  Should you clean up the damage yourself?  If your Edwardsburg, MI home has been affected by water damage the answer to your problems is easy.  Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties and let our certified water damage technician alleviate your water damage concerns.  Our highly trained staff has the professionalism and knowledge to take care of your water damaged basement.  SERVPRO has a service response guideline of 1-4-8.  Within 1 hour from the first notice of loss we will contact you to arrange services.  Within 4 hours of the loss a SERVPRO professional will be on site to start the mitigation process.  Within 8 business hours we will give a verbal briefing to the appropriate person for your claim.  

Fire damage to Edwardsburg, MI home

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke infiltrated the door trim

The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its preloss condition requires professional restoration. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner.

For results you can have confidence in, the IICRC recommends hiring a certified restoration firm. Restoration to a property can be complex. Proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require technicians certified in these specific areas.

When selecting a certified restoration firm several factors must be considered:

  • Formal and up-to-date specialized training
  • Health and safety certifications
  • Experience in a wide range of restoration projects
  • Proof of proper insurance and licenses

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has all of the above. Call us today! 269-342-2366

Fire Damage to your Colon, Michigan Business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly!

A fire in your business, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming.  You want to regain control quickly to avoid disruptions in your business functions, possibly even closure.  Trained in the cleanup and care of your business and equipment, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will arrive on site within four hours of loss notification to begin mitigation services, understanding timely response could prevent business closure and revenue loss.  Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are just some of the initial steps taken to help begin the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help get you back in business.  Call us today at (269) 273-8777.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Structural Cleaning After Fire and Smoke Damage in Burr Oak, Michigan

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Before risking doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties!

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.  Your experienced SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your home. Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.  In other cases, our professionals will clean to “prepare for painting”.  This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

If your or someone you know has experience a fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Winter Storm Preparedness in Cass County

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Winter in Michigan can be pretty unpredictable.  Like the old saying goes:

“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.”

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categorizes a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain.  In Michigan, we can see any of this type of precipitation.  When the temperature is below and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when our office knows what types of calls we’ll be getting: water damages.

How Water Pipes Freeze and Break

Water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze.  When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break.  The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed.  Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes. You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 for your water restoration needs!  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Hazards in Edwardsburg, Michigan

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mixing water and electricity creates a potential for disaster, and since electrical hazards exists everywhere on the typical water damage job site, it is important to be aware of what to do. Water that comes into a home or building from either a roof leak or from water pipes in the attic is likely to intrude into the wiring system. Flooding can also pose a threat to your wiring system if the water reaches any ground level outlets.

The first thing to check is the power distribution box.  Turning off all circuit breakers at the power distribution panel is the easiest way to protect you, your SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties crew, and the building occupants from electrical shock hazards. If only a portion of the building was affected, then turn off all circuits that provide power to the damaged areas if water has intruded into wall cavities and electrical outlets. Use either a lockout device or tag out device when circuits are turned off to prevent any shock hazards.

If you’re facing a water emergency, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water Heater Maintenance for St. Joseph County, Michigan

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 with any of your restoration needs!

Leaks within a home or business can cause extensive damage if unnoticed for a long period of time.  Leaking water can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboard and walls while moving throughout the structure of the home.  Such a leak not only damages your property, it can also interrupt your day-to-day schedule. 

Since one out of every ten water incidents in a home is caused by a water heater, below are some tips and tricks to help provide some peace of mind:

  • Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, shut off the power at the service panel
  • Once every three months, drain one gallon of water from the tank. If you have hard water, do this every month to reduce sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank.
  • Once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician.
  • Once every five years, have a service technician replace the anode rod.

If you didn’t get to these tips fast enough and have suffered from water damage, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Limiting Fire Damage in Mendon, Michigan

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

What happens in the kitchen, should STAY in the kitchen!

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming for you.  Understandably, you want to regain control quickly.  Trained in the cleanup and care of your home and personal belongings, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties arrives onsite within four hours of notification to begin mitigation services understanding the need you may feel to maintain a sense of control during a fire damage situation.  Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are some of the initial steps taken to help begin the restoration process.

UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent additional soiling
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion.

When fire damage invades your home, contact SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Storm Season in Sturgis, Michigan

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

When mother nature strikes, let SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties strike back!

Severe flooding is one of the most devastating natural disasters for a home or business owner because of the level of destruction it creates. Not only do floods destroy property, they bring contaminants into the home, making it unsafe and unlivable until properly inspected and cleaned.

Heavy rains can be potentially harmful to your homes structure.  Once the ground is completely saturated, the water that is not absorbed has nowhere to go, forcing it to invade your home.  Water seeps into the walls and foundation of the home causing significant damage, and if left untreated can lead to mold growth.  Quick reaction time is crucial in these devastating events.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is trained and equipped for these natural disasters and is available 24/7.  Call us today at (269) 273-8777 if your home has suffered storm damages.  Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Leave the Hassle of Boarding up Your Three Rivers, MI Home to the Professionals

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why take the risk? Let SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties do the work!

Boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through – especially if it is your property that has been damaged. 

Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture, animal intrusion or even outsiders intruding, making the situation even worse.  Not to mention boarding up after damage has occurred can be as dangerous as the damage itself.  It is important to have the correct training and materials for the job to avoid further damage.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties can board up the damaged property, mitigate and restore the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Maintaining Your Sump Pump in Edwardsburg, Michigan

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your basement dry this spring with the proper maintenance!

The arrival of spring often signals lots of melting snow and heavy rainfall. If you have a damp basement or live in an area prone to flooding, you know that dealing with water damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.  A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage.

 Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.  Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Check the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Check the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with any residue or debris.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scan the pit and remove any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Test the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve may also be at fault.
  • Go outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

If the water is still too much for your sump pump to handle, Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Biohazard and sewage emergency tips for Cassopolis, Michigan

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Your safety is our priority! Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777.

Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common biohazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups should be considered an emergency and should be dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties professionals are water damage restoration specialists and have specific training and expertise to safely remediate biohazard contaminants.

Need Biohazard Cleanup?

Call Us Today at (269) 273-8777

Damage to your Burr Oak, Michigan Business

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties get you back up and running!

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down business for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms, however, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings:

  1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems

Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

  1. Damaged appliances and equipment

This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.

  1. Broken pipes and plumbing

Similar to a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could be the result.

  1. Backed up sewer lines

This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated category 3 water, which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.

If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will get you back up and running again! Call us today at (269) 273-8777.  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Restoration in Jones, Michigan

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777

National fire statistics indicate that a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds somewhere in the United States. However, when you suffer a fire, only one fire matters to you.  Personal belongings are a treasure of life, and a reflection of hard work and achievements.  Photographs, books and other personal items have a value that cannot be put into words.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties has the ability to help restore your belongings.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging fire event has taken over.  We use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

If your home has suffered fire damage, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

There's No Such Thing as a Small Fire in White Pigeon, Michigan

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties can bring you peace of mind when a damaging event has taken over! Call us at (269) 273-8777.

Regardless of the size of the event, a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces through your entire home and cause odors that may last for years.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties understands how events like a fire can affect your life.  Concerns may range from the expense of replacing personal belongings to the emotions associated with losing an actual keepsake.  Typically restoring an item will save you money versus replacing the item, relieving your concern of losing priceless treasures.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties consists of a 24 hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both the home and the homeowner.  Trained, uniformed technicians are on-site of fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties can help you regain control quickly and help protect your home and personal belongings.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the professionals at (269) 273-8777.  We make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Fire Prevention in Three Rivers, Michigan

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Our Sales Manager, Steve, volunteering his time to give back to the community!

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties has been teaming up with the local Three Rivers Fire Department since 2011 to donate free smoke detectors and spread fire prevention awareness to the community.

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends that smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.  Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance:

  • -Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement.
    • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • -Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button.
  • -Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • -Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 to learn more about fire prevention!

Controlling Fire Damage in Your Constantine, Michigan Home

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Once the fire it out, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is there to help put the pieces back together!

To our customers, they’re not just contents; they are pieces of their family history.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties understands the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern our customers may experience when trying to pick up the charred pieces of their memories and belongings.  Our priority is helping our customers regain control and to help them close the claim quickly.  Within 8 business hours of arriving to your home, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will discuss the extent of the damage and the steps we will need to take to restore the home and personal belongings.  This information will be provided electronically to your insurance company using a claims reporting system that expedites the process and reduces the work load for your agent and adjuster. Our professionals will make every effort not only to restore your home, but also, your peace of mind. 

Call us today at (269) 273-8777.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

When Disaster Strikes Your Three Rivers, MI Business, You Can be Ruined or You Can BE READY!

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be "Ready for whatever happens."

According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.  Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 to get started today!

Remediation and Cleanup in Dowagiac, Michigan

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Need biohazard cleanup? Call us today!

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners.  Failure to properly handle and safely remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties works to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.  Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties can help with:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Category 3 Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Call us today at (269) 273-8777 to learn more about remediation and cleanup services!

Reduce Business Recovery Time in Sturgis, Michigan

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is "Faster To Any Disaster."

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants and even customers.  Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to lessen business interruption.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties understands the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster.  By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration service, our crews will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

If your business suffers water or fire damage, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.  Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Wind and Storm Damage in Cass County

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

When mother nature strikes, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties!

Property damage caused by severe weather can be devastating to your family or business, and repairing it can be a complex undertaking. To get storm damage repair completed quickly and safely, you need a restoration service company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties provides specialized emergency cleanup and restoration services to bring your property back to normal with minimal interruption. We can handle any damage due to severe weather, including:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning Strikes
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes and high winds
  • Hail and ice storms
  • Freezing weather and ice dams

When mother nature hits hard, Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 to get help fast!  We make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service in Marcellus, Michigan

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

With any leak, its the water you don't see that causes the most damage. Call us today at (269) 273-8777

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense.  When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained uniformed personnel.  Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation, but perhaps more important, our water damage professionals thoroughly understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively.

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will work hard to restore your property and it's contents helping you become the hero in a disaster situation.  Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

Mold Mitigation Services in Colon, Michigan

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

There's a lot of things you want to grow in your business, but mold isn't one of them!

Buildings with excessive moisture can be breeding grounds for mold growth.  If your facility has experienced an ongoing moisture problem due to water intrusion, long-standing leaks, roof damage or from poor humidity control, it is important to be alert to the following factors:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

Should mold be found within the facility, mold removal and remediation can help eliminate a potentially dangerous situation.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties arrives on-site alert for any visible signs of mold.  Following industry standards for mold remediation, we will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth.  Call us today at (269) 273-8777!

April Showers Bring... Water Damage?

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Rain or shine, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties always has the time!

Four days of off and on showers might be great for May flowers; however, they can also bring flooding and water into your basement.  This Marcellus, Michigan homeowner replaced their sump pump just days before it began to rain.  Melting snow and over 8 inches of rain was just too much for this newly serviced sump pump to control.  Water began flowing through the structure of the home, flooding the basement and its contents.

Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs.  Following our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties arrived on-site within the hour to inspect and test the damaged area to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture had traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777 for any of your water restoration needs!  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Cass and St. Joseph Counties National Leader in Storm Response

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, let SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties make it "Like it never even happened."

In the event of a major catastrophe, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility.  While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties.  Call us today at (269) 273-8777 to find out how.

Each of SERVPRO’s over 1,600 nationwide Franchises is independently owned and operated by trained professionals committed to providing the highest level of emergency cleanup and restoration services and customer satisfaction.  What this means to you, the commercial property owner or manager, is that should fire, water or mold damage occur in one of your local facilities or a facility across Cass and St. Joseph Counties, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will provide quality professional service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Structure cleaning your Edwardsburg, Michigan home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Once the fire is out, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is there to put the pieces back together!

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your home.  Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.  In other cases, our crews will clean to “prepare for painting”.  This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

If you or someone you know experiences fire damage, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Detecting Mold in Your Mendon, Michigan Home

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

No Matter The Distance, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is "Faster To Any Disaster."

Mold- like any other hazardous material can potentially be dangerous if not handles properly.  A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated.  Being aware of these signs of mold growth can significantly lessen the damage of the mold and reduce remediation cost:

  • Smell- Outdoor mold can smell stale, but indoor mold often smells musty and damp.
  • Past Flooding- Flooding that left materials, such as drywall, wet for more than 24 hours can cause mold growth.
  • Humidity- High humidity can lead to condensation and water accumulation.  Humidity levels above 45% can cause mold growth.
  • Water leaks- If a leak is undetected for a long time, it is very likely to cause mold growth.
  • Blocked gutters- Blocked gutters can be a sign of indoor moisture problems, because the water can seep into the walls or the foundation.
  • Poor ventilation- Ventilation helps to dry out moisture. A lack of ventilation allows moisture to remain much longer.
  • Dust- A dirty or dusty home is more likely to have mold.  Mold grows on dust.  Dust can also transport mold spores around the home.

Signs of mold?  Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Damage Emergency Tips For Cass and St. Joseph Counties

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Got Mold? Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties Today at 269-273-8777

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

WHAT YOU CAN DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES:

  • Stay away from affected area
  • Turn off the HVAC system and any fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Do not attempt to dry the area without professional help
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on affected area

Walk a mile, or two in our shoes!

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties gives back to the community!

“The best way to find your self is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties has been volunteering their time and efforts caring for our stretch of highway that we adopted through the MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation) state program since 2012.  Three times a year our crews line up on both sides of the two mile stretch of highway and collect bags of trash to enhance the appearance of our community.  Since 1990, Adopt-A-Highway local groups have collected over a million bags of trash. Currently 2,800 groups are participating in the program and have adopted over 6,400 miles of Michigan highways.  The goal of the program is to beautify the roadsides to show how gorgeous Michigan really is!

Go to http://www.michigan.gov/mdot to learn more about adopting a highway and giving back to your community!

Protecting your Burr Oak, Michigan home from lightning

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

When lightning strikes, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. We make storm damage "Like it never even happened."

There are up to 20 million lightning strikes each year in the United States.  Power surges during a storm can damage the electronics in your home and potentially ignite an electrical fire.  Since storms often come without warning, it is important to take the necessary steps in protecting your home and belongings:

  • Lightning protection systems intercept lightning strikes and provide a grounding path for dangerous electricity to discharge safely, leaving occupants and homes safe from harm.
  • Panel box surge protective devices serve as the first line of defense against harmful home electrical surges, limiting voltages by diverting currents at the electrical service entrance.
  • Point of use surge protectors protect electronics plugged into the device from surges, must be replaced over time or after a major surge event
  • Power strips do not provide surge protection
  • No surge device can handle a direct lightning strike. Unplug sensitive electronics well before a storm to prevent damage

Protecting your Colon, Michigan home from winter storms

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties doesn't take snow days! Call us today at (269) 273-8777

Winter weather is difficult to predict and can cause a lot of damage if not properly prepared. Using these tips, you can help protect your home from some of these costly winter storm damages:

  • Take care of your roof – Keep gutters cleaned, trees trimmed, replace any necessary siding or roof flashing and repair your chimney (if necessary).
  • Prevent ice dams from forming – Eliminate heat sources under your roofing, keep the attic ventilated, invest in a roof rake to remove snow, avoid trying to chip off any ice dams that may have already formed and talk to your roof specialist about sealing the roof with a moisture barrier.
  • Prevent water damage- Insulate any exposed pipes, caulk any cracks or holes in the outer walls or foundation of the home, open bathroom and kitchen cabinets to allow heat to circulate the pipes, trickle water through the faucets that run through any unheated areas of the home and if you plan to leave the home unoccupied, shut off the main water valve and have a professional drain the system.
  • Clear walkways and driveways – Keep walkways, steps and driveways clear of snow and ice and treat these areas with salt or de-icing products.

If your home has suffered winter storm damage, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777. We make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Eliminating heating hazards in your Three Rivers, Michigan home

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today at (269) 273-8777 for more tips about how you can keep your home safe!

No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather.  In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources such as fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually.  50% of these heating-related fires alone are reported during the months of December, January, and February.  Below are ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire:

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If you or somebody you know experiences a heating-related fire, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

'Tis the season for giving!

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties teamed up with the Cassopolis Chamber of Commerce to spread some holiday cheer this Christmas!

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties teamed up with the Cassopolis Chamber of Commerce to spread some holiday cheer and give back to the community with our annual Christmas party.  Working together we prepared and served a hot meal to the community, gave presents out to those less fortunate, and really took the time to get to know the members of our community.  This is a tradition that we plan to keep around for years to come.  This event brings the neighborhood together and encourages one another to ask themselves not what the community can do for them, but what they can do for the community.

The aftermath of recent storms in Parkville, Michigan

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Recent storms caused lightning to strike this Parkville, Michigan home directly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association lightning causes an average of about 24,600 fires each year and costs about $407 million in damages, and this Parkville home was unfortunate to fall victim to these statistics.  Recent storms caused lightning to strike the home directly, igniting a fire that was just too much to control.

When storms hit Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. If you experience a natural catastrophe call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777, where we make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Undetected water damage in Leonidas, Michigan

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Undetected water damage caused mold to grow in this Leonidas, Michigan home.

Any water damage in your home is 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.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties understands how disruptive unseen water damages can be for your entire family.  For this reason, we offer 24-hour emergency response.

This Leonidas, Michigan homeowner contacted SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties when they noticed an unfamiliar odor.  More than just concerns were growing.  Our crews responded quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, helping the homeowner regain control while drying, deodorizing and protecting their home and belongings.  If you feel like your home could have some undetected water damage, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777, where we make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning up smoke damage in Colon, Michigan

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot caused serious damage to this Colon, Michigan home.

Smoke and soot can travel and penetrate all rooms of your home affecting paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and other belongings.  Quick action is the only way to ensure further destruction.  Just minutes after a fire, soot residue settles onto the property.  Within hours all of the surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage, and if left untreated, the restoration process will take longer and cost more.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties works neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has occurred.  Our professional equipment and industry-approved techniques can save you time and money.  If you experience a fire, contact SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777.  Where we make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Keep your Colon, Michigan business prepared

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your Colon, Michigan business prepared! Leave the rest to us.

Like many commercial properties, your facility probably has an evacuation plan should an emergency occurrence require occupants to leave quickly.  Everyone in the workplace must understand the evacuation plan, how they should exit the building and where they should go once they are outside.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties provides emergency contact information, tools, and resources needed to help ensure an effective plan is in place.  Until our crews arrive, here are some helpful tips you can use to help limit the damage:

  • Limit movement of people in the facility to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  • Wipe soot from chrome trim, then protect with a light coating of lubricant.

Should fire damage occur in your facility, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777 where we make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Keep your Burr Oak, Michigan business prepared

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your Burr Oak, Michigan business prepared! Leave the rest to us.

Like many commercial properties, your facility probably has an evacuation plan should an emergency occurrence require occupants to leave quickly.  Everyone in the workplace must understand the evacuation plan, how they should exit the building and where they should go once they are outside.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties can provide emergency contact information, tools, and resources needed to help ensure an effective plan is in place.  Until our crews arrive, here are some helpful tips you can use to help limit the damage:

  • Limit movement of people in the facility to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  • Wipe soot from chrome trim, then protect with a light coating of lubricant.

Should fire damage occur in your facility, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777 where we make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Storm cleanup in Dowagiac, Michigan

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rain caused this Dowagiac, Michigan basement to flood in just 24 hours

Heavy rain from recent storms caused this Dowagiac, Michigan basement to flood.  Over 6 inches of rain in 24 hours was just too much for this home to handle.  In this instance, the rain was so aggressive that it was running out of areas to go, causing it to penetrate through the concrete foundation of the home and damage anything in its path.

Natural disasters do not just affect a home and its contents but families too.  Our number one goal is restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.  If a natural disaster damages your home, no need to rent a wet/dry vac.  Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777 where we make storm damage "Like it never even happened."

Mold damage cleanup in Edwardsburg, Michigan

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

This mold was caused due to an undetected water damage.

If you're questioning how to remove mold in your Edwardsburg, Michigan home, your first answer is call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777. 

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties handles water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

If you think you have a mold damage problem, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Preventing Ice Dams this Winter

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Keep Mold Out of Your Home This Winter

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

There are many signs of moisture being brought into your home in the winter. With condensation on the windows, or family tracking snow inside, keeping your home dry in the winter can be challenging. Prevention is one of the best solutions when it comes to keeping your home free of mold.

  • Check seals around doors and windows.
  • Insulate pipes to prevent cracks that can allow water or moisture to get inside the house.
  • Inspect crawl spaces and basements for moisture.
    • Remove excess moisture in the air by placing dehumidifiers in the basement.
  • Check for damaged siding or shingles.

Do you see signs of mold? No problem! When you have a water or mold damage issue, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is already nearby and ready to help.

Snow and Salt Damaging your Carpets?

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

The winter season can be harsh on your carpets. Snow, ice, and salt are constantly being brought into homes and businesses. Here are some tips to help prevent water and salt stains on your carpet.

  • Use two welcome mats. One to wipe your feet on outside, and one to wipe your feet on the inside.
  • Use long runners or winter rugs along any high traffic areas in your home or business.
  • Keep up with snow removal around your sidewalks and porches. The less snow outside your home or business, the less snow that can be brought in.
  • Vacuum frequently, especially in high traffic areas.
  • Have a spot removal program in place. Whether it's weekly or monthly, deep cleaning and removing stains will lengthen the life of your carpets. 

Need your carpets professionaly cleaned? Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 to make your appointment.

Fire damage can happen to your Dowagiac, Michigan home.

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage can happen when you least expect it. Call the pros at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties.

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure.  Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties may even be able to reduce the cost of the recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.  In other cases, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will clean to "prepare for painting".  This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties where we make water and fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

Sewage backups may not be covered by your insurance in Dowagiac, Michigan.

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

This sewage backup occurred in this customer's Dowagiac, Michigan bathroom after heavy rains fell.

Sewer or sewage backup insurance may be necessary to cover damages that occurred where no surface water flooding also occurred. Sewer backup insurance, coverage for damages caused by backup through sewer and drains, is available on most homeowners and commercial policies, usually as an additional rider.  These backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but also create health hazards. Most homeowner and business insurance policies do not cover sewer or sewage backup unless specific sewer or sewage backup coverage is added to the policy, according to the Insurance Information Institute.  On average a sewer or sewage backup cleanup claim process can cost anywhere from $2,000.00 to $20,000.00.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties highly recommends discussing any and all insurance coverage questions with your insurance agent or insurance company.  

Heavy rains flooded this Edwardsburg, Michigan basement.

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

This Edwardsburg basement flooded due to the 8 inches of rain that fell in a 36 hour time period.

Heavy rains in October caused this Edwardsburg, Michigan basement to flood.  During a storm in October over 8 inches of rain fell in a 36 hour time period.  Unfortunately when this happens the water runs out of areas to go.  In some homes, the water penetrates through the concrete foundation causing water damage.  This particular storm came through on a Saturday night.  Disasters don't strike your Edwardsburg home or business during "regular business hours" they can happen at any time.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph counties is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our highly trained and dedicated staff will be there to help whenever a disaster strikes your home or business.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties where we make water and fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

September: National Preparedness Month

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Want to keep up with the latest tips and advice? Follow our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROcassstjoe/

Our Facebook page has been filled with tips, tricks, and truths to get you more prepared this month. Here is what we have covered so far via Facebook for National Preparedness Month:  

Fire:

  • Did you know? To minimize the damage from wildfires and winds, remove dead trees and limbs from around your home or building. 

Water:

  • The question was asked, “When floodwater is present in your home, should you turn off the power?” The answer is, “In the event of incoming flood waters, you should turn off your power but ONLY if your floor is clear of standing water.” 

Power Outage: 

  • Did you know? Most foods – meat, poultry, fish, dairy and cooked leftovers – are safe to eat for up to 4 hours from the time the power in your refrigerator goes out. After that, it’s time to discard.

Don't Attempt to Suck up Water with your Household Vacuum

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Don't ruin your vacuum! Let us do the dirty work for you.

If you have standing water, don’t attempt to vacuum it up with your household vacuum. Regular vacuum cleaners weren’t intended to pick up water. Trying to suck up the water can cause damage to your machine. If you don’t own a wet/dry vacuum cleaner and you have standing water in your home or business, don’t worry!

Certified Equipment 

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties uses extractors to remove excess water from floors following a flood, storm, or even a busted pipe. Our extractors are mounted to the truck or portable to allow better access inside structures. When the water is extracted quickly, the area can usually be dried much quicker.

Effective and Efficient Drying

Not only do we extract the water but we ensure everything has been dried thoroughly. We have drying down to a science... literally. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions which help our technicians create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.

American Red Cross

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has been a national sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ program since 2013.

5 Reasons to Support the American Red Cross

  1. With the help of 4 million people, they can provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply each year.
  2. Red Cross CPR training helps save lives of people and pets.
  3. They served more than 68 million snack and hot meals after Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Wilma, and Sandy.
  4. Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies support 97 million volunteers in 186 countires who are ready to help.
  5. The Red Cross Helps nearly 150,000 military families and veterans annually with emergency communications and access to community resources.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties are proud supporters of the American Red Cross.

To learn more about the American Red Cross, visit http://www.redcross.org/about-us/who-we-are/mission-and-values

Flood Safety

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Remember to stay clear of flood waters. Flood waters can contain debris, chemicals, sewage, and many other things.

Flooding can happen anywhere in the United Sates. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties wants to help keep you and your family safe. Types of flood hazards that could happen in Michigan include flash floods, river floods, snowmelt, and dam breaks. NOAA provides several tips for before, during, and after a flood.  

Getting Ready Before a Flood

  • Create communication plans with family
  • Have an emergency kit handy
  • Make sure your electronics are charged

During a Flood

  • Stay informed
  • Avoid flood waters
  • Obey evacuation orders
  • Get to high ground

After a Flood

  • Contact family and loved ones
  • Wait for the “All Clear”
  • Avoid disaster areas

The last major flood here in Michigan was the Grand River Flood of 2013 according to the National Weather Service. The Grand River flood closed over 300 roads and over 1200 homes were flooded.

For more information, visit http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/index.shtml.

Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips for Cassopolis Residents

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Stay safe this July with these grilling safety tips.

Did you know that on average 8,900 home fires are started by grills each year? According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grill fires. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties wants to keep you and your family safe this summer. Here are some outdoor grilling safety tips.

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
  • Make sure people and pets stay away from the grill
  • Use a long-handled tools made for cooking on the girl
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house
  • Clean the grill regularly
  • Be prepared to put out the fire
  • Check grill for any leaks

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution. If you have questions about fire, smoke, or soot Damage, Call Us Today – (269) 273-8777

 

Preventing Water Damage in your White Pigeon Home

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

If you do find water damage in your White Pigeon home, no worries! SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties are water damage restoration specialists.

Preventing Water Damage Tips:

  • Repair peeling paint around doors and windows. Peeling paint can be a sign of water seeping into the wood.
  • Check for roof leaks around chimneys, plumbing vents, and attic vents. Trace the source of a ceiling leak by measuring its position from the nearest outside wall and then locate this point in the attic using a measuring tape.
  • Make sure your air conditioner’s drain pan drains easily, is adequately sloped toward the outlets, and that there is no standing water. Drain pans typically overflow the first time the unit is turned on.
  • Keep an eye on your water bill. A jump in your water bill could mean you have a leak somewhere.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (269) 273-8777

Happy 4th of July! Remember to Practice Firework Safety

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Remember your safety tips!

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties wants you to stay safe this 4th of July. Here are some firework safety tips to remember while you are enjoying your holiday!

Firework Safety Tips:

  1. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in a brown paper. The brown paper is often a sign that they were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  2. Place sparklers into a bucket of water after use. Sparklers still remain hot for a while after the flame has gone out.
  3. Don’t let children pick up firework pieces after an event. These pieces may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
  4. Make sure everyone is out of the way and out of range when lighting off fireworks.

Has Your Sturgis Business Had Their Carpets Cleaned Yet?

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Leave it to SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties to get your carpets looking as good as new!

It is a good rule-of-thumb to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once or twice a year. How often you get them cleaned is going to depend on the color, traffic, and soil build-up of your carpets. Carpets are known to trap dust, dirt, gasses, pet hair, and other soils. We recommend that don’t wait till your carpet looks really dirty before cleaning. Since the dirt builds up in layers, you don’t want the dirt hiding below the surface to become lodged and damage your carpet. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties offers multiple cleaning options that fit your upholstery or carpet in your business. Some of our specialized cleaning methods include:



  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.

  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.

  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.

  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.

  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.


Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today –
 (269) 273-8777

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup in Three Rivers, MI

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes in Three Rivers, MI.

Many crime scenes contain blood or other biohazards that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties responds immediately to safely clean the crime scene. After the police have finished processing the crime scene or accident, SERVPRO can begin the cleaning and restoration process of the following:



  • Evidence-gathering chemicals used by detectives and law enforcement

  • Fire extinguisher residue

  • Blood, tissue remnants, and bodily fluids

  • Pepper spray and tear gas residues


After a crime or death, our team will remove and dispose of bodily fluids or other potentially pathogenic substances. Our trained technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to get your environment back to being clean and safe. Our employees understand that these are not easy times and will always treat the people involved with empathy and respect. 


Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call Today – (269) 273-8777

Three Rivers Residents: Are Your Pets Included in Your Emergency Plans?

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Being prepared is key!

Preparing for your pets!

It's important to remember if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for them either.

  • Make sure your cats and dogs are wearing collars with current identification information.
  • Include your pets in your evacuation drills so they become used to traveling in their carriers.
  • Check to see that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Those records should be kept in an easily accessible place.
  • Prepare a list of emergency lodging for pets.
  • Look for pet friendly hotels in case you can no longer stay in your home.
  • Have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make a pet emergency kit that may include food, dishes, medications, or veterinarian records.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. We know how important it is to keep your family and pet's safe! If your family does experience a fire, we have many tips on our website of what to do, and what not to do after a fire.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties (269) 273-8777

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is Truly Here to Help

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties takes pride in the community we serve. We want to do our part and make it the best it can be. Thank you, Linda, for these kind words. We are glad we could help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Customer Testimonial

“For 7 TO 10 DAYS I HAD RAW SEWAGE BEING PUMPED OUT OF MY SEWER PIPE BECAUSE THE LID CAME OFF FROM BUILT UP PRESSURE FROM A BLOCKAGE IN THE PIPE...WE FOUND OUT ON MEMORIAL WEEKEND... I HAD TO WAIT TILL TUESDAY TO CALL ANYONE... HOWEVER ON MONDAY I CALLED SERVPRO AND TALKED TO CHAD , I TOLD HIM I HAD INSURANCE AND THOUGHT I WAS COVERED. HE SAID HE WOULD BE HERE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AT 9:00... HE SURE WAS, WE TALKED , HE LOOKED AT THE BASEMENT AND I CALLED MY INSURANCE AGENT.. WELL TO MUCH MY SURPRISE I WAS NOT COVERED FOR IT AT ALL..TALK ABOUT BEING DEVASTATED...CHAD SAID HIS MANAGER STEVE ?WAS COMING DOWN TO TALK TO ME ABOUT SETTING UP PAYMENTS..?BEING ON SOCIAL SECURITY SSI DISABILITY I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS... BUT I TOLD CHAD TO PUT A LIEN ON MY HOUSE IF HE HAD TO..I HAD TO GET THAT MESS CLEANED UP..?IN A SHORT WHILE STEVE SHOWED UP..?HE CAME IN AND INTRODUCED HIMSELF AND PROCEEDED TO TELL ME LINDA THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO..WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS AT NO CHARGE TO YOU...I SAID WHAT !!?I started crying ,,,I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT!!!?WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT ...I SAID OH THANK YOU SO MUCH ,I AM TRULY BLESSED....?THANK YOU SO MUCH STEVE , CHAD , AND THE YOUNG LADY THAT WAS HELPING?YOU ARE TRULY AWESOME  For 7 TO 10 DAYS I HAD RAW SEWAGE BEING PUMPED OUT OF MY SEWER PIPE BECAUSE THE LID CAME OFF FROM BUILT UP PRESSURE FROM A BLOCKAGE IN THE PIPE...WE FOUND OUT ON MEMORIAL WEEKEND... I HAD TO WAIT TILL TUESDAY TO CALL ANYONE... HOWEVER ON MONDAY I CALLED SERVPRO AND TALKED TO CHAD , I TOLD HIM I HAD INSURANCE AND THOUGHT I WAS COVERED. HE SAID HE WOULD BE HERE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING AT 9:00... HE SURE WAS, WE TALKED , HE LOOKED AT THE BASEMENT AND I CALLED MY INSURANCE AGENT.. WELL TO MUCH MY SURPRISE I WAS NOT COVERED FOR IT AT ALL..TALK ABOUT BEING DEVASTATED...CHAD SAID HIS MANAGER STEVE ?WAS COMING DOWN TO TALK TO ME ABOUT SETTING UP PAYMENTS..?BEING ON SOCIAL SECURITY SSI DISABILITY I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS... BUT I TOLD CHAD TO PUT A LIEN ON MY HOUSE IF HE HAD TO..I HAD TO GET THAT MESS CLEANED UP..?IN A SHORT WHILE STEVE SHOWED UP..?HE CAME IN AND INTRODUCED HIMSELF AND PROCEEDED TO TELL ME LINDA THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO..WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS AT NO CHARGE TO YOU...I SAID WHAT !!?I started crying ,,,I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT!!!?WHAT A WONDERFUL GIFT ...I SAID OH THANK YOU SO MUCH ,I AM TRULY BLESSED....?THANK YOU SO MUCH STEVE , CHAD , AND THE YOUNG LADY THAT WAS HELPING?YOU ARE TRULY AWESOME ” -- Linda in Cassopolis, MI

No Job Is Too Big For SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

When fire or water damage strike your business, we make it "like it never even happened."

Did you know that SERVPRO has a special Large Loss Division? We have the best of the best large-loss specialist tactically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager that helps guarantee timely mitigation and continuous communication.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties knows how important it is to get you back to business as soon as possible. That’s why you can rely on us to provide you with magnificent results and minimize any disruptions to your customers or clients. We have the training and expertise to handle any size commercial loss. Whether it’s a small office building, large retail store, restaurant, hotel, or apartment building, SERVPRO is here to help! 

If your business suffers a major loss, call (269) 273-8777.

Keep Your Valuables Safe From Fire

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties wants to make sure you are prepared in case of a fire.

First Step: Fireproof Safety Box

We know how important it is to keep your belongings safe. The first step in keeping your valuables and important documents safe is purchasing a fireproof safety box. This box will make sure your items stay secure in case of a fire.

Items you might store in your safety box include:   

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security cards
  • Property titles
  • Spare keys
  • Digital hard drives containing family photos
  • Jewelry  

What SERVPRO Can Do

If your home does suffer from a fire, SERVPRO can help make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. 

Preparing for Tornado Weather in Niles, MI

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience storm damage to your home or business, don't worry! SERVPRO can assist with all of your storm damage needs in Niles.

Tornado Watch Verse Tornado Warning


It’s important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch is issued to alert people that there is a possibility of tornado development in your area. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar.


Tornado Planning


You should always have an emergency disaster kit handy in case of any tornadoes or storm damage. This kit can include:



  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Bottled water

  • Extra clothing

  • Canned or nonperishable food

  • Battery operated radio


You can also prepare for tornadoes by having an emergency plan. This plan is put in place in case you and your family are not together during the storm. The plan would include a safe location you and your family can meet at after the storm passes.


Reference: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp-tornado_tips_8781_7.pdf

Is There Mold Hiding in your Cassopolis, MI Home?

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold was found after removing the cupboards off the wall. Remember a strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold in your Cassopolis home.

When there is water there’s a way… meaning when you add just a little bit of moisture mold spores can form and grow.  Here are a few tricky places people don’t typically think of when checking for mold.



  • Chimneys have the ability to grow mold because the crevices of the brick collect water and other dirt particles. 

  • Refrigerator drip pans are constantly collecting moisture and food spills from the refrigerator making it a great environment for mold growth. 

  • Front loading washing machines are a susceptible place for mold growth because the door usually gets wet quite often. The door never gets a chance to dry out because it usually gets closed when not in use creating a great moist environment for mold to grow. 

  • Air conditioners that sit for a while without being used have a good chance of mold growth. Air conditioners tend to draw in dust particles from the outside. The dust particles mixed with the condensation makes a perfect environment for mold spores to start.


If you find mold in any of these places, don’t worry, we are here to help! SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your mold problem.

SERVPRO of Cass St. Joseph Counties Helps Celebrate Earth Day

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Steve Meyer helping make an impact on Earth Day.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties wanted to help our community celebrate Earth Day. So to honor Earth Day, our marketing manager, Steve Meyer, went out to pick up trash. Earth Day was created to spread awareness about our planets pollution. Although picking up trash is one way to participate in Earth Day, many other people in our surrounding community planted trees, turned off lights or electronics, or even used certified natural products for the day. Earth Day is a great reminder to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as possible.


“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

Preparing for Severe Weather in Three Rivers, Michigan

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

If severe weather strikes your home, remember that SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help you weather the storm in Three Rivers.

Thunderstorm season is fast approaching us here in West Michigan. It’s important to stay safe in these times of severe weather. Thanks to the national weather service, we are able to give you tips that help you prepare for this season ahead.


What to do before a thunderstorm:



  • Check the forecast regularly to see if you are at risk of severe weather.

  • Sign up for weather alerts or notifications.

  • Create a communication plan with your family that includes your emergency meeting place.

  • Practice your plan with your family.

  • Prepare your home by keeping the trees trimmed near your house.

  • Encourage your neighbors to prepare for server thunderstorm weather.


If you’d like to read more about how you can prepare for severe thunderstorms check out nws.noaa.gov

Standing Water in Your Basement?

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Whether it’s inches or feet of water, SERVPRO is here to help!

Spring has sprung! When we think of spring we tend to think of the famous saying “April showers bring May flowers” but spring time also brings about much more than that. For some us turning on the sprinklers, dragging out the garden hose, or bringing out the pressure washer for the first time it’s important to do a little check up. Thanks to watermygrass.com, we have great tips to share with you before running your sprinklers for the first time.


 Sprinkler Tune-Up Checklist



  • Check for anything that may obstruct the flow   of water.

  • Replace any chipped or broken nozzles to avoid any unwanted leaks.

  • Inspect all the water valves for any leaks.

  • Test the pressure on the main water valve before turning on the sprinkler system.

  • Make sure to turn on the water valves slowly to prevent a pressure surge that can bust your pipes.


If your sprinkler did fail you this spring, and your busted pipes left you with standing water in your basement, don’t worry! SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.” We quickly extract the water and then dry your basement using our state-of-the-art-equipment. We gladly provide our services to many local communities including: Niles, Decatur, Edwardsburg, and many more!


Is there standing water in your basement? Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777

Restoring your Business after Fire Damage in Constantine, MI

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for all of your fire damage restoration needs in Constantine.

Property damage, equipment damage, and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns business owners experience when dealing with a fire damage. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties understands the importance of returning to normal business operations as soon as possible. After all of the fire trucks have left, you can count on SERVPRO to respond immediately. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, we can help you get your business back to preloss conditions. We are always working to make fire damage "like it never even happened."  

How We Proceed:

  1. We will walk through the job with you to determine the areas that have been affected.
  2. We will test the ability to clean any surface as needed. Our process is designed to identify those items that will be restorable.
  3. We will make a detailed scope and inventory of each affected area. Finally, we will give you a summary of our findings and explain the best steps for restoration.

Fire Prevention Tips for Decatur Residents

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your Decatur home, don't attempt to wash or clean any belongings without first contacting SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties understands that you have items in your home that you treasure and value. Our restoration professionals have the ability to help restore your belongings instead of replacing them after smoke or soot damage. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and belongings. That’s why SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph counties is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Fire Prevention Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of a home.
  • Check smoke alarms once per month and change the batteries at least once per year.
  • Plan an escape route and practice it at least twice per year.
  • Determine if your smoke alarm uses a back up battery. Using an electric smoke alarm may be ineffective during a power outage.

 

Fire Damage in Eau Claire, MI

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO arrived with the expertise, equipment, and friendly hand to help this Eau Claire family get their home back to preloss condition.

Your fire could have started from cooking, smoking, an electrical problem, or even a heating unit malfunction. No matter how your fire started SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will be there to help you pick up the pieces. Our fire restoration professionals provide a timely response to help prevent your fire damage from creating long-term problems. We offer our services 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your life back.


Emergency Fire Damage Tips:



  • Limit movement to prevent further damage to your belongings.

  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

  • Don’t attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties.

  • Consult SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties before attempting to shampoo carpet or any upholstered furniture.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties Today – (269) 273-8777

Vandalism Damage Do's and Don'ts for Edwardsburg Residents

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties cleaned the graffiti off this commercial building in Edwardsburg, MI.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is known for our fire and water restoration. We also can help you with cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will act quickly to remove any vandalism and graffiti from your home or commercial space.

Vandalism Damage Do’s and Don’ts

 DO:

  • Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
  • Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
  • Record all damage and photograph when possible.

 DON’T:

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint, or cosmetic stains.
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?

Call Us Today – (269) 273-8777

Control Moisture to Reduce Mold in your Niles Home

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has the protective gear, training, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold infestation.

Different types of mold can cause allergens and irritants. In most cases there are multiple different types of mold growing in the same structure. You should treat any mold infestation with caution regardless of it's color or type. Most molds can grow quickly if they have a source or water, source of organic food, or correct temperatures (between 60 and 86 degrees fahrenheit). Here are some ways you can reduce mold by controlling moisture in your home.


Controlling Moisture



  • Remove standing water under cooking coils or air handling units.

  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

  • Move large objects away from the walls to provide good air circulation.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.

  • Replace washing machine hoses with steel mesh lines.


If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (269) 273-8777

Taking Proper Steps to Restore your Vicksburg Home after Water Damage

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties doesn't skip a beat when it comes to restoring your home.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties takes the proper steps to restore your home after a storm causes water damage. The following steps may be completed if applicable.

 

Identify Source- we will check the source of moisture and make sure the source is stopped. The source needs to be stopped for any restoration or drying can be successful. 

 Identify Type of Water- we will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure we restore your property based on guidelines. The level of contamination will affect what restoration process we use. 

 Survey Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises- we inspect and test the damaged area to see the extent of the damage and how far the moisture has traveled. In addition, we will also inspect for any safety concerns which may be evident. 

 Identify Signs of Visible Mold Growth- visible mold growth or musty orders may indicate the source of a moisture or water intrusion. 

 Furniture Moved and Blocked in Place- we move furniture and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

 Emergency Water Extraction- we remove as much excess water as possible from the damaged area.

 Carpet Pad- we check the carpet pad to see if it should be removed to save or protect the subfloor.

 Treatments- our crew may utilize deodorizers or EPA-registered disinfectant as antimicrobial treatments.

 Disposal- we will remove damaged materials with guidance from you and your adjuster.

 Floor and Wall Inspection- we check the extent of wet flooring, subfloors, and walls.

Measure Temperature/Humidity for Drying Analysis- we monitor the temperature and humidity levels to make sure the conditions are appropriate for drying.

 Equipment- drying equipment removes moisture and brings the relative humidity levels back to normal. 

Niles Residents: SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is Faster to Any Disaster

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties responds to your disaster 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Restoring your home or business through mitigation is less expensive than replacing everything. The faster SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties arrives to your property to perform water cleanup the better the results. Mitigation requires quick action. Here are some of the ways SERVPRO can help you save money:

  • Emergency Mitigation Services help minimize additional damages that may happen to your property.
  • SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties use specialized testing equipment to determine any hidden water.
  • Restoring your items and property rather than replacing them can not only save family heirlooms but money too.
  • Our crew uses advanced drying technology and techniques to ensure your property is properly dried.

Our crews experience, training, and equipment makes your water damage Like it never even happened.

Water or Flood Damage? Call Today – (269) 273-8777

Creating a Healthy Environment for your Sister Lakes Home

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can grow on any surface. Let SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties make your home happy and healthy again.

Healthy Home Checklist

  • Do you smoke in your home?
  • Do your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?
  • Do you change your air filters once a month?
  • When cleaning or doing laundry, do you use bleach, ammonia or aerosol spray cans?
  • Is your gas fireplace and/or gas stove checked yearly for emissions?
  • Was your home built before 1978? If so, has it been checked for lead-based paint?
  • Do your bathrooms have carpet?

 

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

  • Biological contaminants such as mold, dust mites, viruses and pet dander.
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Volatile organic compounds including household cleaning products, pesticides and aerosol propellants.

 

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties knows how important it is to keep your home healthy and happy. We provide you with free written inspections and estimates to save you time and money. Our professionals can eliminate any embarrassing offensive odors in your home. Identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (269) 273-8777, and leave the restoration to us.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties and the Cassopolis Community

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Steve Meyer pictured on the right of Ronald McDonald.

“How does one keep from "growing old inside"? Surely only in community. The only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people…. Taking community seriously not only gives us the companionship we need, it also relieves us of the notion that we are indispensable.” ?-- Robert McAfee Brown


We love to congratulate members of our community any chance we get. Steve Meyer, our marketing manager here at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was grateful to be able to be apart of the ribbon cutting ceremony of newly renovated McDonalds in Cassopolis, Michigan. Congratulations to owners Jay and Karen Okayama on their grand re-opening! Thank you for letting SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties be a part of your special day.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties Gives Away Smoke Detectors to the Three Rivers Community

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Steve Meyer, marketing manager here at SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties gets ready to give away free smoke detectors.

Fire prevention and awareness is recognized in October of every year. To get involved and raise awareness, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties teams up with the Three Rivers Fire Department. With the fire departments help we spend a day giving away free smoke detectors to families in need. We love spending this day getting to know the families of Three Rivers. Not only do these families leave with new smoke detectors but they also leave with more knowledge and awareness about fire prevention. This tradition started back in 2011 and we hope to keep it going for many more years to come. Don’t wait till it’s to late to learn about fire safety. Come out and join us in October and help spread awareness.

Using Exceptional Equipment in your Three Rivers Home.

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

Exceptional equipment for exceptional service.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties uses the best equipment to make sure your home is restored properly. Our trained professionals understand how to dry a structure properly and in a timely manner. 

Detection Equipment

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in baseboards, walls, and carpets. 
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the moisture content. The moister tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable our professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure both the relative humidity and temperature. With these two readings our crew can calculate specific humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure.

Extraction Equipment 

  • Extractors are used in cleaning upholstery, carpets, and in removing water from floors.

Air Moving Equipment

  • Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance the evaporation at the surface level, which reduces the drying time.

Dehumidification Equipment

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers works similarly to air conditioners.
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers use desiccants (chemicals) that readily absorb moisture from the air.

Deodorization Equipment 

  • Ultra Low Volume Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. 
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

Need Water Damage Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (269) 273-8777

Sewage Backup in Three Rivers, MI

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Strong storms with heavy rains caused a sewage backup in this Three Rivers home.

The water from sewer backups can be unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is trained to inspect the contaminated water and plan the appropriate response for your home. We remove the contaminants and moisture to help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized. You can breathe easy knowing our 1-4-8 response guidelines. 

1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines 

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will contact you to arrange for service.
  • Within four hours of loss notification, one of our crew members will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary)
  • Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person 

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties Today – (269) 273-8777

Restoring Fire and Smoke Damage in Constantine, MI

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Don't try to clean up after smoke and soot damage yourself. Just call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties and we can take care of it all.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. 


What You Can Do Until Help Arrives



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery. 

  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.

  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.

  • Do not clean electrical equipment.

  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.


Don't risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself.
Call Us Today – (269-273-8777)

Cleaning up Soot and Smoke in Three River, MI

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

A soot web formed in this Three Rivers home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties Today – (269) 273-8777

 

Mold Remediation Process for your Cass & St. Joseph County Business

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

The Mold Remediation Process

1. Emergency Contact - (269) 273-8777

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment 

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

3. Mold Containment 

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

4. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. 

5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. 

6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold.

7. Restoration

The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties Today – (269-273-8777)

Strong Storms causes Mold Growth in Three Rivers, MI

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

A strong storm caused mold growth in this commercial building.

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call SERVPRO of Cass &. Joseph Counties to inspect your home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (269-273-8777)

When Storms or Floods hit Cass & St. Joseph Counties, SERVPRO is ready!

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Cass & St. Joseph Counties.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (269-273-8777)

Cass & St. Joseph Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Cass & St. Joseph County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (269-273-8777)

Cass & St. Joseph Counties 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (269-273-8777)

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring Your Cass & St. Joseph County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Cass & St. Joseph Counties commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew http://www.SERVPROcassstjosephcounties.com/employee-photos

 

Eliminate heating hazards this winter in Cass & St. Joseph Counties

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

No matter where you live, winter brings changes in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like portable space heaters, fireplaces, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of heating-related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269-273-8777) to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Faster to your Cass & St. Joseph County Water Damage Event

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (269-273-8777)

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Does Your Cass & St. Joseph County Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

In Cass & St. Joseph Counties, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (269-273-8777)

Mold Tips for Residents of Cass and St. Joseph Counties

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

This commercial property became infested with mold within three days.

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Three Rivers home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation

                                                                                          

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for mold remediation services at (269) 273-8777

 What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

 If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Affected contents from a broken pipe in Three Rivers, MI

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Cass and St. Joseph county home back to pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

 

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

 

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties Today – (269) 273-8777

Certifications and affiliations of SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties.

Certifications

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • MRT - Mold Remediation Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

Affiliations

  • Michigan Association of Independent Agents - MAIA
  • Cassopolis/Vandalia Chamber of Commerce - Board Member
  • Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce
  • SNAP-St. Joseph County Networking Area Professionals
  • Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce
  • Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce
  • BNI - Gateway City Leaders
  • Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Emergency Response Team - CERT
  • Michigan Emergency Management Association - MEMA

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777

Emergency Ready Profile

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can prepare your ERP assessment at no cost.

As many as 50% of business may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. 

By developing a Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Cass & St Joseph Counties for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. 

Ready Profile Advantages

  • No cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties as your disaster mitigation  and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties to get started today – (269) 273-8777

Commercial water damage in Dowagiac, MI

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

This commercial property had a water damage due to a broken fire suppression line.

A second floor sprinkler break occurred at a local history museum late in the afternoon and SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was there to help within an hour.  Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.   Our emergency certified staff immediately started the water extraction process and determined a scope of work.  While on-site we determined that there were multiple layers of flooring due to the age of the building so we detached the carpet and removed 5 layers of sub-flooring.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was able to save the carpet and re-install after the final stages of drying was complete.   24 hours a day, 7 days a week SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is "Ready for whatever happens"!

 

Heavy Storm Damage in Three Rivers MI

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Due to a large storm and heavy winds this tree landed on a roof and caused major water damage and structural damage.

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Three Rivers property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties had the tree removed from the roof on the same day and had the interior inspection done and updated to the insurance company by the end of the same day.  

Due to the rain after the tree fell on the roof, the rain water infiltrated the interior walls, ceiling and floor.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties removed the necessary structure components and started the drying process.  Within 3 days of the tree falling on the roof, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties had the structure cleaned, dried and ready for construction.   

What to do until help arrives

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Do's and don't in a commercial water damage in Three Rivers, MI

What to do until help arrives on a water damage in your home or business. 

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for all of your water and fire damage needs at 269-273-8777.

Mold in basement in Three Rivers, MI

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Mold on paneling due to water damage

This homeowner had a water damage in his basement that he didn't realize had happened.  He went down to check on why he didn't have any hot water to find that his water heater had a leak in it.  Mold can grow in just a few short days if not properly taken care of and dried properly.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was there within hours of the initial phone call to inspect the loss and get a protocol together to remediate the mold properly.  Mold - like any hazardous material can be dangerous if not taken care of in the proper way.  For all of your mold remediation needs be sure to call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties.  We have certified technicians to help with any mold remediation project.  

Commercial Storm Damage in Edwardsburg, MI

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Flooded classroom in Edwardsburg, MI.

7 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period in Edwardsburg, Michigan.  This amount of rain caused local flooding in the Ewardsburg, Michigan area.  A local church unfortunately had a flooded basement due to the high water table.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was there within 2 hours of the initial call to inspect the damage.  Once the water table went down our crew was able to extract the water and start the drying process.  High water tables and localized flooding can cause major damage to a house or a business.  Be sure to have SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties phone stored in your smart phone for all of your commercial or residential restoration cleaning needs.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is locally owned and operated out of Three Rivers, MI.  Call us today at 269-273-8777.  

Commercial Water Damage in Mendon, MI

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

High School water damage on gym floor

A local school had roof damage that they didn't know about from a severe hail storm that went through the community.  A few days later 2 inches of rain came down in 24 hours and affected at least 50% of the building.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties received the call at 7am on a Thursday and got to the damaged property by 8am that same day.  We worked all day and night for the next 5 days to get the cleanup and dry-out accomplished.  Because of our fast response we were able to save the gym floor that was affected.  Commercial properties that have an emergency plan in place often re-open twice as fast as commercial properties that don't have an emergency plan in place.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties making water damage "Like it never even happened"

Commercial Fire Damage

12/28/2015 (Permalink)

One of three buildings to have smoke damage due to the electrical fire.

An electrical fire caused this commercial property to have smoke damage throughout their entire property.  SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties was there in less than 2 hours to pack out offices and start the cleaning process.  Make sure your commercial facility is "Ready for whatever happens," and set up your facility's free Emergency Ready Profile through SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties!  

Did you know that 50% of businesses may never re-open after suffering a disaster.

Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.  

Frozen Pipe Season

1/5/2015 (Permalink)

This pipe burst due to freezing conditions

November through late March is the time of year when pipes can freeze and burst!  Here are a few simple tips to prepare your home or business for winter weather!

Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells

Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated areas of the home.

Consider shutting off outside faucets.

If you leave for multiple days at a time, always keep your thermostat above 60 degrees to keep outside walls from getting too cold.  

If you are in need of help during this upcoming cold winter months be sure to have SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties phone number stored in your smart phone.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 265 days a year for all of your restoration needs.  

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