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Mitigation vs. Restoration

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties is here when you need us! Call us 24/7 at 269-273-8777.

There’s no worse feeling than coming home from a long day of work and walking into six inches of standing water in your living room. At SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties, we understand that stress. It’s our job to respond and take care of that stress by showing up quickly and completely removing that water from your home, before it creates more damage. We are a mitigation company and we are also a restoration company. So, what’s the difference?

MITIGATION

Mitigation is the act of minimizing the severity of a situation. When we help our customers via swift mitigation, they avoid water absorbing into the structure of the home potentially warping the floors and causing other damage. The primary purpose of mitigation is to ensure the disaster does not lead to further issues. Mitigation efforts will always come before restoration needs.

RESTORATION

Restoration is the act of returning something to its former condition. If after mitigating there is still damage to the property, this is when restoration begins. Restoration focuses on repairing and restoring any damage that may have been caused to the property. Restoration is significantly less expensive than replacement, which is why it is the preferred method by the majority of insurance companies

If you encounter water damage at your home or business, rest assured that SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties will make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (269) 273-8777.

Keeping Your Constantine, MI Home Dry – Sump Pump Tips

10/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with sump pump If your sump pump stops working, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Michigan basements are often prone to flooding and water damage if they have unknown issues or cracks in the foundation. If you have a damp basement or live in an area prone to flooding, you know how difficult the process of dealing with water damage can be. At SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties, we’re here to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.” According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, it is estimated that more than 60% of homes have issues with water in the basement. A sump pump can be an effective option for helping to prevent water damage.

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

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

Detecting Mold in your Edwardsburg, MI Home

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Any signs of mold? Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at 269-273-8777.

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

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

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

Faster to Any Sized Disaster at your Colon, MI Business

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Disaster Strikes Your Sturgis, MI Facility

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Sanitizing Your Mendon, MI Facilities

4/10/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Vandalism in Your Dowagiac, MI Business

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with cans of spray paint in background When a vandal strikes, SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties will strike back. Call us to help make it "Like it never even happened."

While being widely known for our fire and water mitigation services, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in much more than just that. We also offer Vandalism Cleanup and Restoration Services. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods or animal waste. We understand that vandalism damage can be extensive, which is why we have compiled a list of Vandalism Damage Do’s and Don’ts:

DO:

  • Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Save containers revealing the ingredients used in the vandalism damage.
  • Record all damage and photograph when possible.

DON’T:

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

If your business gets vandalized, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 for proper cleanup and restoration.

Crime Scene Cleanup in Marcellus, MI

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo on newspaper with magnifying ball behind it Call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties today to help take care of your biohazard cleanup needs.

While each crime scene is different than the last, one thing remains the same. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can make it “Like it never even happened.” Recognized as a leading restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO offers fast, reliable crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

Professionals from SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can clean and restore your property and contents. If you have a crime scene cleanup, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

Water Damage Cleanup in Your Constantine, MI Home

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with water gushing into living room with couches and fireplace When a water damage hits your Constantine home hard, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Water damage can wreak havoc on your home, especially when it is not dealt with properly and efficiently. Although all water damage is different, one thing remains the same. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help! Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property. This water damage timeline illustrates possible damages:

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

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

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. Call us at (269) 273-8777 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Selling Your Clean Home in Mendon, MI

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with shop vacuum and broom in background To have your home professionally cleaned before you list it, call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777.

It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained the same way. Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show. Your home may have trouble spots to address before you list or schedule a home inspection. Whether the problem in your home is a water stain on a hardwood floor or a mildew smell in the basement, let it be known that SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties can get your home in top show condition and ready to sell. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties offers a variety of services to help revive your home to top show condition:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 to help bring your home back up to top show condition!

Faster to Any Sized Disaster in Constantine, MI

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with houses in background with text underneath: Here in Your Community. Here to Help. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is here to help. We are available to help you 24/7, 365 days a year.

Fire and water damages are never scheduled. From a burst pipe in an office building to faulting wiring in an apartment complex – fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties knows there is no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help so that you can focus on your customers while we take care of the issue at hand. SERVPRO offers:

  • Quick responses to help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants.
  • Restoration services to help you resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly construction downtime.
  • Use of professional equipment and industry-approved techniques to save you time and money.

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will work hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition, helping you become the hero in a disaster situation. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for your disaster cleanup at (269) 273-8777.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned in Three Rivers, MI

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned logo with person in hazmat suit cleaning a counter SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will clean for you! Call us today at 269-273-8777 to schedule your Certified: SERVPRO Clean today.

As the communities around us return to business, we will all have a new sense of what it means to be clean. At SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties, we are dedicated to inspiring confidence and cleanliness in the communities we serve. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices.

So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

Disinfecting your home or business can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help. Call us at (269) 273-8777 to clean your business the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned way.

Proactive Covid-19 Cleaning in Three Rivers, MI

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with bacteria in background. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is always here for you. Don't hesitate to give us a call at (269)273-8777.

As we enter into unprecedented times, we want to remind you that SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is always here for you. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to fulfill your needs. If you have questions about Covid-19 services, don’t hesitate to give us a call. 

Our franchise professionals are uniquely prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business. SERVPRO’s cleanup practices are in accordance with CDC guidelines. Our clean up services generally include cleaning or disinfection of high touch surfaces such as keyboards, desks, doorknobs, tables, countertops, and other porous or nonporous surfaces. The CDC also recommends usage of hospital grade disinfectants with claims against similar pathogens. Several of our EPA registered products meet these emerging pathogens claims. Although there are no products tested against this particular strain, we are following all guidelines provided to us by the CDC. Our professionals have years of training in bioremediation services, giving you peace of mind.

Disinfecting your home or business can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here to help. Call us at (269)273-8777 to schedule services. Our highly trained professionals and EPA registered cleaning products make us the perfect choice for any job.

Slowing the Spread of Covid-19 in Dowagiac, MI

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee and customer holding model of an office. Let us take care of your home or business so you don’t have to. Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties today at (269)273-8777.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting our homes and businesses is more important than ever. Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible to get the virus by touching the infected surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. In accordance with the CDC, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties recommends that you clean all touch points daily in your business and home.

  • Keyboards
  • Light Switches
  • Phones and Tablets
  • Tables and Countertops
  • Door Knobs
  • Toilets
  • Bathroom Fixtures

If you have Covid-19 concerns, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777. Our professionals use cleaning practices that are in accordance with CDC guidelines. We go beyond the scope of work that a regular cleaning staff may perform on a daily basis. Let us take care of your home or business so you don’t have to.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/

Covid-19 in Your Sturgis, MI Workplace

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with community in background. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is always here to help. Call us at (269)273-8777 for more information.

Covid-19 has changed work practices across the United States. As essential businesses remain open, employers are faced with the important task of keeping everyone safe. Taking the proper precautions begins with knowing how the virus spreads.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Covid-19 is transmitted when an infected person coughs or exhales, releasing droplets of infected fluids. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects, such as desks, tables or telephones. People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Practicing good hygiene may reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Encourage your employees by asking them to:

  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching their faces and cover their coughs and sneezes
  • Use non-contact methods of greeting each other.
  • Limit sharing food with others.
  • Disinfect surfaces like door knobs, keyboards, tables, desks, handrails, sinks, toilets, and light switches daily.

 We understand that walking into uncharted territory can be difficult. SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph Counties is always here to help. Our professionals are trained to disinfect your business using protocols set by the CDC, including the use of our EPA registered cleaning products.

Call us at (269)273-8777 for more information or to schedule services. 


Source: https://www.who.int/

Disaster Recovery Team in Three Rivers, MI

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Semi SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is available 24 hours a day. If disaster strikes your home, don't hesitate to call us at (269) 273-8777.

Every year, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties coordinates a disaster recovery team to send wherever disaster strikes. During storm season, area franchises may not be able to meet all the needs of their community. Our disaster recovery team steps in to help meet those needs. Responding to disasters such hurricanes, we try to assist as many residents and businesses as possible. We understand how devastating storm damage can be, and are proud to serve all communities. If a storm hits, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is not far behind.

If a disaster strikes your home, call us at (269)273-8777. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are there to ensure your home is taken care of. Our experts are highly trained and “Ready for whatever happens.” Are you?

Carpet Cleaning in Your Mendon, MI Home

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet before and after cleaning services Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269) 273-8777 to schedule your carpet clean today!

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in carpet cleaning. Professional carpet cleaning is beneficial for a variety of reasons such as stain, odor, or allergen removal. Our professionals listen to your needs and recommend the right solution for you. If not done properly, carpet cleaners can leave behind excess moisture. This could result in mold growth or a foul odor being left behind. Why call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties?

  • We are IICRC certified in the latest carpet cleaning techniques.
  • Our team has professional state of the art equipment.
  • We offer soil protection for high traffic area to reduce the frequency of future visits.
  • Our professional cleaning products work hard to help restore your carpets. 

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is equipped for all of your carpet cleaning needs. Call us today at (269)273-8777 to schedule your carpet clean.

Puff Backs in Your Colon, MI Home

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning contents. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties is here for you every step of the way. Call us at (269)273-8777 for your clean up needs.

As the weather gets colder, many homeowners are starting up their furnace to keep warm. If not maintained properly, your furnace can cause trouble. A puff back occurs when the oil burner in your furnace backfires. If an oil burning furnace doesn’t light like it should, the vapors build up. When the furnace is finally ignited, it can cause an explosion sending soot throughout your home. A puff back can occur gradually or all at once. The clean up can be difficult and messy. Do not attempt to clean the mess yourself. If not properly addressed, soot can be spread further throughout the home.

 Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties for your cleanup needs. Our professionals have the training and experience to effectively clean your home. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269)273-8777. We will make your puff back “Like it never even happened.”

Biohazard Cleanup in Centreville MI

12/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in biohazard suit. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in biohazard clean up. Call our professionals at (269)273-8777.

While widely known for our fire restoration and water mitigation services, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties specializes in a wide variety of services. One of the other services we offer is biohazard clean up. Our team is trained to remove and dispose of fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime scene, or death.

 While following state and federal guidelines, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties properly cleans and disposes of  harmful substances, such as chemicals from methamphetamine labs or pepper spray residue. Our team thoroughly cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes affected areas. We understand biowaste can be harmful. Our crew  prepares hazardous debris for proper disposal according to OSHA, as well as local and state health regulations. 

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties available 24/7 for biohazard cleanup. We have the training and expertise to make biohazard damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call our professionals at (269)273-8777.

Responding Quickly to Your Dowagiac, MI Home

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Woman waving at SERVPRO truck. If a disaster occurs, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties takes pride in our quick response times. Our emergency response team is available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your life back. Our service response guidelines are another way to ensure we are “Faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties response guideline follows a 1-4-8 policy.

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties will contact you to arrange for service. 
  • Within four hours of loss notification, our team will be onsite to inspect damages and get services in order.
  • Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing will be communicated to the appropriate person. 

SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties knows how much your home means to you. Our response times are in place to help give you peace of mind.  If a disaster occurs, call us at (269) 273-8777. We are always here for you.

National Fire Prevention Week in Three Rivers, MI

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO marketing manager, office manager, and local firefighter at smoke detector giveaway. If a fire occurs, Call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties at (269)273-8777. We make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

In honor of National Prevention Week, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties hosts their annual smoke detector giveaway in October. Our franchise donated over 200 smoke detectors at the Three Rivers Fire Department. In case someone couldn’t attend the event, we also distributed smoke detectors to several local fire departments. Our partnership with these fire departments allows us to donate around 1,000 smoke detectors every year. We care about our community and feel strongly about their safety. Smoke detectors are a vital part of any fire safety plan. Not only do smoke detectors save lives, they also help you react faster preventing further damage.

If a fire does occur, call SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties. Fear and uncertainty can sweep over you in times of disaster. Our 24 hour, 365 day emergency response team allows us to respond quickly to give you a peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 273-8777.

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

12/29/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

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

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

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

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Have SERPVRO on speed dial during frozen pipe season

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

-Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells

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

-Consider shutting off outside faucets.

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

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

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

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Why use SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Why you use SERVPRO at your water damaged home

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

This basement was affected by a pipe break.

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