Recent Fire Damage Posts

Heating Safety Precautions for Your Niles, MI Home

12/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with logs on fire behind it Be careful with your extra heat this winter!

When you live in Michigan, you know how much winter can change our everyday lives. 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.
  • Set up an Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties for your business.

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."

Educational Empowerment: Fire Sprinkler Systems and Smoke Detectors

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Old fashioned water piping system Old fashioned water piping system

THE HISTORY OF AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

We are aware of automatic sprinkler systems and their effectiveness for protecting life and property for over 100 years.  

But, there are still some aspects about the operation and effectiveness of automatic fire sprinkler systems that warrant further education.

Source: American Fire Sprinkler Association

DID YOU REPLACE YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS?

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties recommends using Smoke Detectors with Lithium Battery + Replacement Alert for your home and office.  The LED light will go off on the detector, reminding you to replace it.  There is no need to replace batteries with these systems, simply replace the smoke detectors as needed.

DID YOU KNOW WATER SPRINKLERS PRODUCE LESS DAMAGE THAN FIRE HOSES?

Water damage from a sprinkler system will be  less severe than the damage caused by water from the fire hydrants and hose lines.  Sprinkler systems release 8-24 gallons of water per minute while fire hoses release 80-125 gallons per minute.

In the event that you do sustain fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties is ready to help!  Call us today for an assessment of your property damage.  We are always available at 269-273-8777.

Best Practices for Thanksgiving Cooking in your Kalamazoo, MI home

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Feast Table Thanksgiving Feast Table!

DID YOU KNOW?

Thanksgiving has the highest amount of kitchen fires followed by Christmas and Christmas Eve.  Below are some best practices to minimize the potential of a fire getting out of hand at your parties.

1.) Don't drink and fry

Are you familiar with the acronym B.L.E.V.E.? It stands for Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.  Putting in a frozen or very wet bird can be detrimental to your well-being.  It may explode!  So, make sure to thoroughly thaw out your bird and dry it off before frying it up!

2.) Too many cooks in the kitchen

Sometimes Uncle Randy wants to help out and sometimes Auntie Sue wants to help out, too!  Thanksgiving is all about coming together with family and friends, but sometimes, there are just too many cooks in that kitchen. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties suggests that you keep your kitchen staffed efficiently during the holidays.  Watch out for the little ones, too, and keep them away from the stove!

If an unfortunate event occurs, please know your SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on Holidays. Contact us and we will make it "Like it never even happened." (269) 273-8777.

What to do once the smoke has cleared in your Cassopolis, MI Home

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with flames underneath Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties once the smoke has cleared. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

When a fire occurs in your home, it can be scary. Here at SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, we understand that you are worried about your home and your belongings. Our goal of providing you with these tips is to help assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties arrives. Follow these Do’s and Don’ts to help reduce damages to your home and help increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpets or upholstery, as well as avoiding tracking soot from room to room.
  • Keep your hands clean! Soot on your hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • If electricity is off, empty your freezer(s) and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.

DON’T:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting and/or consulting with your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo any carpets, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first contacting and/or consulting with your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been impacted by heat, fire, or water without first consulting with an authorized repair service.

Small Fires Can Still Cause Big Damages in Your Dowagiac, MI Home

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with soot on wall Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to clean up the aftermath of your house fire.

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over homeowners after a fire ravages through their home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of their home can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage has occurred can make the difference between restoring and replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help prevent fire damage from causing long-term problems. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and carpet cleaning. These services help ensure that your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

So, after the first wave of heroes has saved your property, let SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties help you restore it. With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer’s peace of mind as well. 

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

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

DON’T:

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

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

Your Dowagiac, MI Home and Fire Damage

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Restoring Your Dowagiac, MI Home After A Fire

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with flames underneath Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties if your Dowagiac home has a fire. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties understands how devastating a fire damage can be to your home and your life. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact – When you call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will assist us in sending the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment – We will carefully inspect and test the surfaces in your property to determine the extent of the damage.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service – If your roof or windows have been burned or broken, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will board up missing windows and place tarps on damaged roofs to maintain security and protect against further damage.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying – If water damage is present, we remove majority of the water and then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any unseen water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces – We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove all smoke and soot.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing – We will clean all restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We also use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove odors.

Step 7: Restoration – Getting your home back to its pre-fire condition and making it “Like it never even happened.”

What We Do After Your Home Fire in Edwardsburg, MI

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with firemen spraying water on flames When the fire trucks leave and you're left with fire and water damage, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties.

Fires can be devastating to your home. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties knows 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. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Their “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties when your home suffers from a fire damage. We’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Up After A Fire in Your Mendon, MI Home

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo in front of a house on fire If a fire occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties understands the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern for your home after a fire occurs and you’re left to deal with the aftermath. We have some helpful tips of things you should and shouldn’t do after a smoke or fire damage occurs in your home.

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep your hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

Don’t:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

When a fire damage occurs in your Mendon home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Let SERVPRO Help When Your Marcellus, MI Home Has a Fire

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Multiple homes with one on fire After the fire has been put out, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to make the soot and smoke residue "Like it never even happened."

After a smoke or fire damage occurs in your Marcellus home, the ceilings, walls, woodwork, structure and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. You don’t want to risk making the damage worse by attempting to clean up the remaining soot yourself, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. Our experienced Franchise Professionals will pretest the soot and smoke in your home to determine the extent of the damage and determine the specific equipment and cleaning products necessary 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 you experience a smoke or fire damage in your Marcellus home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

One Small Heater, One Large Fire in your Union, MI Home

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with flames underneath Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today if you experience a fire in your home. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

As the winter weather of Michigan sets in, most people bring their space heaters to help warm up their home. With your small space heater running, you decide to go in the kitchen when you smell smoke. You rush out to see your couch on fire. The Fire Department puts it out but you notice there is soot everywhere in your living room, as well as the smell of smoke. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties has some helpful tips on what you can do until your local Restoration Experts arrive:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading into different areas of your home and prevent additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will help you bring your home back to preloss condition, ease your mind and make your home feel like home again.

A Small Fire is Still a Fire in your Mendon, MI Home

1/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with match lit on fire with smoke When you can smell smoke and soot in your home after a fire, call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

You’re cooking dinner in the oven when you smell smoke. You rush into the kitchen to find your oven with smoke billowing out, and your food is burnt. The fire department comes out to ensure the fire is out, but you’re left with the smell of smoke and soot all over your home. Who do you call? SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring and replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties can help prevent fire damage from causing long term issues. Our Franchise Professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and odor identification plus deodorization. Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties when you have a fire in your home and we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Smoke Damage in Your Sturgis, MI Home

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on table with charring SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties wants to help make your fire "Like it never even happened."

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."

Controlling Fire Damage in Your Mendon, MI Home

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo in front of fire in fireplace We will help control your fire damages. Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to help make your fire damages "Like it never even happened."

To our customers, they’re not just contents; they are pieces of their family history.  SERVPRO of Cass & 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. After a smoke or fire damage, 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 home. Smoke and soot can travel and penetrate all rooms of your home affecting paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and other belongings. 

Within four business hours of a loss notification, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will be on-site to start mitigation services, and within eight business hours of arriving at your home, a discussion of the extent of damage and steps needed will be communicated to the appropriate person. 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.”

Fire Damage Restoration in Dowagiac, MI

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with matches in shape of house burning behind When a fire occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to help make it "Like it never even happened."

There is no such thing as a small fire when it is in your Dowagiac home. A fire can be an overwhelming and scary situation for you and your family, which is why SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help limit the damage to your home. We understand how a fire can affect your life adversely. Concerns may arise from the unknown, such as the expenses of replacing personal belongings to the emotional parting with a special keepsake. Typically, restoring an item will save you money versus replacing an item, relieving your concerns of losing priceless treasures.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property and belongings after a fire has occurred. 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 Restoration in Your Cassopolis, MI Home

12/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with wood on fire behind When a fire damage occurs, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here for you. Call us at (269) 273-8777. We're available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Even a small fire in your Cassopolis home can cause damages that can create unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the home leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in those hard to reach places. Any fire in your Cassopolis home is bad, but when you try to clean it up yourself, it can become disastrous if not taken care of properly by trained professionals. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties understands how disruptive fires can be, which is why SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency response, and trained, uniformed professionals that can be on-site to a fire damage with a full line of fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration services to help you regain control of your home quickly while deodorizing and protecting your belongings. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for your fire damage restoration needs at (269) 273-8777.

Fire Damage Tips in Constantine, MI

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with flames in background Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for your fire damage needs today at 269-273-8777.

When damage from a fire occurs at your home, it can be difficult to know what steps to take next. You may feel fearful or hopeless as you walk through the space that used to be your safe haven. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties has Fire Damage Emergency Tips that can be of assistance when you aren’t sure what to do:

  • Limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help with 24/7 emergency service and timely mitigation response to help alleviate your concerns. We will work very hard to restore your home and memories back to their original beauty.

What to do after a house fire in Edwardsburg, MI

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

A home damaged by fire This house was damaged by a large fire.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is always there to help make it "Like it never even happened." Listed below are some of the things you can do to help until SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties 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. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Fire Damage Clean up in Your Dowagiac, MI Home

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with flames in the background. When in doubt, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777! Our experts are here for you every step of the way.

After experiencing fire damage to the home, it’s understandable if most homeowners want to clean it up themselves.However, homeowners run the risk of further damage to the home if not cleaned properly. When in doubt, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. Until we arrive, keep these things in mind. 

  • Limit movement in the home as much as possible to prevent further damage.
  • Place clean towels or linens on carpeted areas to prevent more soiling. 
  • Always keep your hands clean to avoid spreading soot around the home.
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or other surfaces.
  • Do not attempt to clean electrical appliances. 

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties understands how much your home means to you. Our 24 hour, 7 days a week availability allows us to respond quickly. Our team of experts make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269)273-8777.

Responding Quickly to Your Colon, MI Business

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in front of commercial building. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is always here for you! Call us today at (269)273-8777.

When fire damage occurs in your business, every second counts. The first 48 hours after a fire can make the difference between restoration and replacement. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing us to respond quickly to any disaster. Our restoration services can help you return to business quickly while avoiding costly downtime.

  • Within one hour of notice of loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact to arrange service.
  • Within 4 hours of loss notification, we will be onsite to start mitigation services.
  • Within 8 hours of on site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here for your Colon, MI business. Our highly trained professionals will work quickly and efficiently to restore your business. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269)273-8777.



Restoring Belongings in Your Mendon, MI Home.

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with clock and restore vs replace. If a fire occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

Going through your home after a fire can be devastating. Homes are filled with pieces of history, photographs, and other sentimental items. Don’t throw out your precious keepsakes just yet. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties may be able to save them. We specialize in restoring fire, water, and mold damaged contents. Our crew maintains a repair versus replace mentality, helping restore your keepsakes and saving you money.  Your home may also require a move out of the affected area to protect your belongings from further damage. Our crew will move out necessary items during the restoration process, and place them back into the home once restoration is complete. 

We understand that the process can be overwhelming. Our team is here for you every set up the way. If fire damage occurs in your home, Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777.

Getting Your Children Involved in Your Sturgis, MI Home.

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with escape plan and crayons. If a fire occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777.

If a fire occurs in your home, do you have a plan? Fire can spread quickly throughout the home, leaving as little as a few minutes to escape. A fire escape plan is an essential part in keeping everyone safe. When creating a plan, don’t forget to involve your kids! Informed children are more likely to stay calm during a fire, because they know what to do. When talking to your kids about your family escape plan, make sure to include the following.

  •  All exits and escape routes
  • Designated meeting spot to reconnect incase of separation.
  • Emergency numbers to call
  • What a fire alarm sounds like and how to react.
  • Set up fire drills to practice your plan.

Once everyone in the home gets out safely, Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, our experts are always here for you. We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Involving Your Pets in Your Cassopolis MI, Home

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo and dog inside home Let SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties take care of your home. Don't hesitate to call us today at (269)273-8777!

Pets are an important part of the family in your Cassopolis, MI Home. When creating a fire escape plan, they can often be overlooked. Establishing a fire escape plan can save your pet’s life. If possible, bring your pets with you. Your pet may be scared during a fire and try to hide. Identifying your animals' favorite spots may help you locate them quickly during a fire. Assign a designated person to grab your pets and take them outside. This will help avoid confusion and get everyone out quickly. It is also important to have a plan in place for after the fire. If you are not able to relocate with your pets, do you have someone they can stay with? It is always good to have a backup plan, or two. 

After your family is taken care of, let us take care of your home. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. Our experts work quickly and efficiently to make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Soot Webs in Dowagiac, MI

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Soot web covering part of ceiling and wall. Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties in the event of a fire. We're always here for you! Call us today at (269) 273-8777.

When walking through your home after a fire, you may be surprised at what you find. Often mistaken for spider webs, soot webs are actually a result of the fire. They form when ionized particles stick together forming chains. Attracted to cold air, soot webs generally form along the edges between the ceiling and wall. These areas of your home tend to be cooler. If you discover webs, do not try to clean them yourself. If they are not handled properly, cleaning can cause the soot to spread throughout the home.

In the event that fire damage occurs, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. Highly trained in fire restoration, our experts make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269)273-8777. We are always here to help!

Fire Extinguishers in Your White Pigeon, MI Home

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers with SERVPRO logo. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here for you! Call our experts in fire restoration at (269)273-8777.

If used properly, fire extinguishers can be helpful in putting out small fires. Not all fire extinguishers are the same. There are five classes, each with their own purpose. Multi purpose fire extinguishers are also available. When shopping, keep this list in mind.

  • Class A
    • Use for materials like cloth, wood, cardboard, and paper.
    • Typically found in homes and businesses.
  • Class B
    • Use for flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil.
    • Typically found in homes and businesses.
  • Class C
    • Use for electrical equipment like appliances, wiring, and tools.
    • Typically found in homes and businesses.
  • Class D
    • Use for flammable metal.
    • Typically found in homes and businesses.
  • Class K
    • Use for oils and fats like cooking oils and animal fats.
    • Typically found in restaurants and cafeterias.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties are experts at fire restoration. Our crew is equipped for any size disaster. If fire damages your home, call us at (269)273-8777. We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Source: U.S Fire Administration

Fire Safety in Dowagiac, MI

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke detector installed on ceiling. Open 24 hours a day, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here for you. If a fire occurs at your home, call our experts at (269)273-8777.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties wants you to stay safe this holiday season. Smoke alarms are an essential part of home safety. They greatly increase your chance of survival in a home fire. It is important to make sure that your smoke alarms are placed and working properly. Not sure where to start? Here are some helpful tips.

  • Place smoke alarms in each sleeping area, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. 
  • Test your smoke alarm batteries monthly
  • Replace batteries in battery powered smoke alarms at least once a year. 
  • Replace your smoke alarm system every eight to ten years.

Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties if a fire occurs in your home. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we arrive to you quickly. Our crew is here for you every step of the way. Call us at (269)273-8777.

Clothes Dryer Cleaning in Your Centreville, MI Home

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Clothes dryer with with SERVPRO logo. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here for you 24 hours a day. If fire damage occurs, call our professionals at (269)273-8777.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties knows that there is no such thing as a small fire. Knowing potential fire hazards is the first step in helping prevent them. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2,900 home fires are reported each year as a result of clothes dryers. Failure to properly clean the dryer is the leading cause. Here are some tips for properly maintaining your clothes dryer.

  • Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.
  • Clean out your lint tray before and after each load of laundry.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Check regularly to make sure nothing is blocking the outside vent.
  • Don’t leave the dryer running when away from home or asleep.

If fire damage occurs, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. Our professionals are highly trained and equipped for the job. We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Source: Fema.gov

Fire Prevention Tips in your Sturgis, MI Home

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Cracked electrical cord Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. We make fire damage " Like it never even happened."

House fires are never planned, but they are preventable. Proper maintenance and planning may prevent a good majority of house fires. These tips are simple but can often be forgotten.

  • Replace cracked, damaged, and loose electrical cords and make sure they are not overloaded with plugs.
  • Always turn off the dryer before leaving the house
  • Clean the lint tray in your dryer before each use.
  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame.
  • Always turn off the stove before leaving the kitchen.

If a fire devastates your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. We understand how disruptive fires can be to your home. Our crew responds quickly with fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties restores your home and your peace of mind. Call us today at (269)273-8777.

Fireplace Safety in Your Marcellus, MI Home

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with fireplace in background. If fire damage ravages your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. We are always here to help!

Wood burning fireplaces can be a great source of heat during the colder months. When using a wood burning fireplace caution is key. Check out these tips to keep your home safe this winter.

  • Keep flammable objects away from fireplace
  • Clean and maintenance it regularly.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the home.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the home, preferably near the fireplace or somewhere else easily accessible. 
  • Have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors placed throughout the home.

In case fire damage does ravage your home, Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. Our experts are trained in fire restoration services and equipped for the job. Let us make your fire damage, "Like it never even happened.” Call us at (269)273-8777. We are always here to help!

The Stockings Are Hung by the Chimney with Care in Three Rivers, MI

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

A person sitting by the fire place with their feet put up and a hot cup of coffee Don't let hazards ruin your holiday. If a fire occurs, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties wishes you Happy Holidays. The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. The season is often spent decorating your home, wrapping presents, and warming up by the fire. While these activities are wonderful, there are many potential hazards. When you are getting ready for the holidays, here’s a few things to keep in mind.

  • Don’t place wrapped presents near the fireplace as they are highly flammable.
  • Do not discard garbage in your fireplace.
  • Do not dispose of your Christmas tree by burning it in the fireplace.
  • Hang your stockings away from your fireplace.
  • Candles may be a great source of holiday spirit, but keep them away from kids and pets.
  • Keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces or heaters.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties urges you to take holiday hazards seriously. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree is the cause of 1 in every 6 fires.  If a fire does occur in your home, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. Our experts make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives in Three Rivers, MI

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Soot covered walls in kitchen If a house fire devastates your home, Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. We make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties knows there is no such thing as a small fire. To avoid risking further damage in your home, stop and call a SERVPRO professional. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will provide a timely response. Before we arrive, here are some do’s and don’ts.

  • Always keep your hands clean to avoid spreading soot around the home.
  • You should limit movement in the home as much as possible to prevent further damage.
  • Place clean towels or linens on carpeted areas to prevent more soiling. Only attempt these things if there is no safety risk.
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or other surfaces without consulting a SERVPRO Professional.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here for you. We understand that your belongings are important to you. Response times can make the difference between restoration or replacement. Our 24-hour response team lets us get to you quickly. Our services allow us to restore your belongings when possible. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for all your restoration needs at (269)273-8777.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.”

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.” 

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."

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.”

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.”

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.”

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."

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." 

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

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." 

September: National Preparedness Month

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

 

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)

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."

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.