Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Engulfs Colon, MI Home

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Engulfs Colon, MI Home 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.

Spring Fire Prevention in Your Dowagiac, MI Home

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Spring Fire Prevention in Your Dowagiac, MI Home 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.”

Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Sturgis, MI Residence

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Sturgis, MI Residence 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.

Protecting Pets of Dowagiac, MI Against House Fires

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protecting Pets of Dowagiac, MI Against House Fires 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.

Rid Your Sturgis, MI Home of Kitchen Fire Hazards Today

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Rid Your Sturgis, MI Home of Kitchen Fire Hazards Today 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 Damage Fire Prevention Tips for Your Edwardsburg, MI Home 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)

Fire Damage Fire Strikes Centreville, MI Home 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.

Smoke Damage in Your Burr Oak, MI Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage in Your Burr Oak, MI Home 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.

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

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

Fire damage to Edwardsburg, MI home

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage to Edwardsburg, MI home 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)

Fire Damage Fire Damage to your Colon, Michigan Business 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)

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

Limiting Fire Damage in Mendon, Michigan

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Limiting Fire Damage in Mendon, Michigan 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.” 

Fire Restoration in Jones, Michigan

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration in Jones, Michigan 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)

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

Controlling Fire Damage in Your Constantine, Michigan Home

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Controlling Fire Damage in Your Constantine, Michigan Home 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.”

Structure cleaning your Edwardsburg, Michigan home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Structure cleaning your Edwardsburg, Michigan home 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.”

Eliminating heating hazards in your Three Rivers, Michigan home

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Eliminating heating hazards in your Three Rivers, Michigan home 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.”

Cleaning up smoke damage in Colon, Michigan

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning up smoke damage in Colon, Michigan 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)

Fire Damage Keep your Colon, Michigan business prepared 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)

Fire Damage Keep your Burr Oak, Michigan business prepared 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."

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

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Fire damage to your Edwardsburg, MI home

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines

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

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

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

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

Fire damage can happen to your Dowagiac, Michigan home.

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage can happen to your Dowagiac, Michigan home. 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." 

September: National Preparedness Month

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage September: National Preparedness Month 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.

Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips for Cassopolis Residents

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips for Cassopolis Residents 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

 

Happy 4th of July! Remember to Practice Firework Safety

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Happy 4th of July! Remember to Practice Firework Safety 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.

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

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

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

Keep Your Valuables Safe From Fire

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keep Your Valuables Safe From Fire 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. 

Fire Prevention Tips for Decatur Residents

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Tips for Decatur Residents 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)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Eau Claire, MI 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

Restoring Fire and Smoke Damage in Constantine, MI

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Fire and Smoke Damage in Constantine, MI 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)

Fire Damage Cleaning up Soot and Smoke in Three River, MI 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

 

Cass & St. Joseph Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cass & St. Joseph Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup 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)

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

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

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

Commercial Fire Damage

12/28/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commercial Fire Damage 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.