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How water affects hardwood floors!

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

water damage on hardwood flooring Don't let this happen to your hardwood floors! Call SERVPRO immediately if your hardwood flooring comes in contact with water!

Hardwood floors are a classic way to update a home or business. However, if they become saturated with water, you could have a big problem! Water and wood is never a good mix, as the water causes hardwood floors to rot, weaken, and fall apart if not treated quickly.

Because natural wood is an organic substance, it can only stand the effects of water for short periods of time. Wood absorbs water fast, and will cause irreversible damage if not treated as soon as possible. The longer the water sits and sinks into the wood, the worse the damage will be. There is also a risk of mold growth if you wait too long to treat water-soaked wood.

Should large quantities of water ever come in contact with your hardwood floors, it is best to call a professional restoration company right away. However, if you are unsure, there are a few ways you can tell if your hardwood floors are impaired and in need of restoration. If the wood becomes stained or discolored, if mold starts to grow, or if it starts cupping, (when the wood dips in the middle with the edges raised up) the wood is likely damaged. Another sign of water damage is when the wood starts buckling, which refers to when the wood pulls away and rises from the sub floor. Buckling is seen in cases of severe water damage, such as extensive flooding, or when water has been left soaking in the wood for extended periods of time. If you ever find yourself in a situation where water has saturated your hardwood floors, give the restoration experts at SERVPRO a call. SERVPRO uses advanced equipment, powerful cleaning agents, and professional crews to make the damage “Like it never even happened”.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO ofBig Rapids/ Fremontspecializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after water damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after mold damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO ofBig Rapids/ Fremont 24/7(231) 796-2342

The importance of Mold containment!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold containment chamber Containment Chambers keep mold spores from spreading to other areas!

The importance of mold containment

 Whether it’s a flood, sump pump failure, or roof leak, we can safely assume that mold growth stems from some form of excess moisture. To ensure the mold remediation is done well, one of the most important parts of the process is containing the mold. Containing the mold is important because it stops mold spores from spreading to other areas. It also makes the cleanup process easier because it keeps the dust and other debris away from areas that aren't affected. Consider the following quote from mastertechmold.com on the importance of mold containment. “Mold is a living organism, meaning that its main purpose in life is to grow. It wants to continue to grow and spread. Containment is meant to limit the spread of mold growth within the area”.

When it comes to containment, a common, effective way to isolate mold is to create a containment chamber. These chambers are made up of polyethylene sheets and are set up to separate the mold from other parts of the building or house. The next step would be to close off all entry points to the contaminated room until the mold is removed with an air scrubber, which purifies the air. Next, all the debris should be properly disposed of. Then, a HEPA vac should be used on all previously exposed surfaces before tearing down the containment chamber. It’s also helpful to spray an antimicrobial agent on the previously exposed structure.

When it comes to removing mold the correct way, look no further than the experts at SERVPRO! Our teams will set up the proper containment and restore your home, making it  “Like it never even happened.”

Do you know what type of water you're dealing with?

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

women standing in contaminated water Contaminated water should only be handled by professionals. If your home or property floods with contaminated water, call the experts at SERVPRO!

Did you know that not all water is the same, and that there are different types of water that can damage your home or property? Being able to identify the type of water that caused damage in your home or property is important. Knowing the type of water ensures that the clean up will be done quickly and correctly. There are three different types of water that everybody should know about: Clean water, Gray water, and Black water.

If a pipe breaks in your home, or if rainwater floods your basement, it is considered clean water. When clean water is left untreated, it becomes gray water. Gray water refers to untreated clean water that has been exposed to bacteria and other variants, which makes the water unsafe. Black water is hazardous, highly contaminated water full of fungi, chemicals, and bacteria. This type of water is normally caused by sewage damage, or any kind of natural disaster. It is extremely important that black water is only handled by trained professionals. Keep reading for some ways you can help minimize water damage while you wait for help to arrive!

Before help arrives, shut off the water source, and turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building or house. Only shut off the circuit breakers if there is a safe way to get to the power distribution channel. Do not go into rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may be present. The next thing you can do is remove as much of the water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe away excess water from wood furniture, and prop up any wet upholstery to allow more drying. When it comes to contaminated water, stay away from sewage and items affected by sewage. Make sure not to walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread contaminants to unaffected areas. Do not use house hold fans to dry the contaminated water, as the air flow could spread bacteria. Throw away any food or personal hygiene items that have come in contact with black or gray water.

Here at SERVPRO, we care about your home and your safety. When you have a water damage, don’t leave your home or property to chance. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids! Our expert teams will make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after vandalism, water, storm, smoke, mold, or any other damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after home or property damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342

Document Restoration

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

paper documents SERVPRO uses the same document restoration techniques as the Library of Congress!

Crack the riddle: What does SERVPRO and the library of congress have in common?

If you guessed document restoration techniques, you are correct!

When a business suffers from water damage, one of the main concerns is the loss of important documents. Water damaged paper can quickly deteriorate if not handled properly. SERVPRO’s team members are expertly trained and use the most advanced technology to recover your documents, and it just so happens that the library of congress uses the same techniques to recover damaged books!

One method that SERVPRO frequently uses in document restoration is the vacuum freeze-drying method. This process works by sublimation, which means turning a solid directly into a vapor, skipping over the liquid stage to avoid causing more water damage. This procedure can restore even the most fragile documents, such as photos, x-ray’s and business files. Another document restoration technique we use is called gamma irradiation. This procedure is used for cleaning and disinfecting documents. It is also used for decontaminating documents or other important items. In an instance where sewage or flood water has contaminated the documents, the papers are not only falling apart, but they are also full of hazardous bacteria. In this situation, decontamination is highly important. The gamma irradiation safely kills these bacteria and ensures that it won’t spread to other areas.

            Our Goal at SERVPRO is to make this process as hassle free as possible for our customers. If your commercial business is in need of document restoration, call the experts at SERVPRO! Our friendly staff will be happy to give you more information about cleaning and restoring your paper documents!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after vandalism, water, storm, smoke, mold, or any other damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after home or property damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342

Not all fire burns the same color: Here's why!

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Campfire with green and orange flames If you need assistance with fire damage restoration, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont!

Have you ever been sitting around a campfire and noticed that not all the flames are the same color? At first glance, the flames probably look orange, but upon further inspection, shades of blue, white, yellow, or even green can be spotted in the crackling fire. There are two instances in which flames will change color. The first being the temperature, the second being substances in the fire that cause a chemical reaction, resulting in color change. For example, when a fire reaches 1112-1832 degrees Fahrenheit, the flames will appear red. If a fire is 1823-2192 degrees F, the flames will appear orange. If the temperature is 2192-2552 degrees F, the flames will be yellow. Lastly, temperatures of 2552+ F will result in blue or violet flames.

Another way flames can change color is when they come into contact with elemental substances. For instance, when sodium is found in fire, the flames result in orange. When Carbon and hydrogen are in the mix, the flames will turn blue. With copper, the flames will turn green, and with lithium, they will turn red.

As appealing as the colored flames are to look at, it’s important to be careful when dealing with any type of fire. Fire is unpredictable, and can cause severe damage to your home or property-no matter what color the flames are! While we hope you are never faced with fire damage, if you are ever in need, give SERVPRO a call! Our restoration experts will make the mess “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after Fire damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after Fire damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont! On call 24/7! ( 231) 796-2342

Hot tub hints!

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

hot tub outside in winter Know what to do in case your hot tub overflows!

One of the best ways to keep warm during crisp fall evenings is to jump in a steaming hot tub! While hot tubs are an awesome way to relax and escape the cold, it’s important to know what to do if your hot tub ever floods.

Michigan faces a lot of storms during the fall season, and the rain can cause your hot tub to overflow. According to https://www.hottubworks.com, if your spa begins to flood, or has flooded – even if only a few inches deep, make sure to keep the spa power OFF at the main circuit breaker. Do not use a hot tub that has flooded, and do not turn the power back on until you perform several important steps.

 If the hot tub has already flooded, use a submersible pump and pump the water downhill and away from the hot tub area. If the water isn’t decreasing on its own, try using sand bags or trash bags filled with soil and placing them around the hot tub. This will allow you to pump and clean the area around it.

When the weather permits, inspect the damage. Look for evidence of how high the flood waters were inside the hot tub, and check to see if it rose over any electrical equipment. If the hot tub equipment was completely submerged (water depths of 12″ or more), remove the equipment and let it dry in a cool area within the home. If drying out the equipment doesn’t work, it may be time to call in a professional. You don’t want to risk causing any extra damage.

If your hot tub overflows, or if your home or business faces any other type of flood, give the restoration experts at SERVPRO a call. Our state-of-the-art technology and expertly trained crews are ready to make the damage disappear- “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after flood damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after home or property damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342

SERVPRO community values!

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

children wearing winter coats Join SERVPRO in keeping Michigan's children warm this winter!

At SERVPRO, we truly care about people. We feel so grateful every time a customer trusts us to restore the damage done to their home or business. We also care about our community, and believe in finding opportunities to give back. Since SERVPRO is locally owned and operated, we are able to connect with our neighborhoods and get to know the needs of our community. With the cold temperatures coming in fast, our goal for this winter was to find a way to help Michigan residents stay warm.

With a little brain storming and a dash of creativity, we partnered up with a local school to organize a coat drive! We are so excited to be able to team up with other local businesses and make our community a better place. We are grateful for the chance to serve this school and hope our kid’s coat drive will brighten their spirits!  

If you ever need assistance in restoring damage from a storm, flood, fire, or mold, don’t hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO! Our team will be more than happy to help you find peace of mind in the midst of tragedy.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after vandalism, water, storm, smoke, mold, or any other damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after home or property damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342

Lakeshore Storms

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Grandhaven, Michigan lighthouse getting hit by large waves Grandhaven, Michigan lighthouse. Mike Dixon photography.

Just a few days ago on October 19. 2019, Michigan was hit with a catastrophic storm that caused severe wreckage to the lakeshore. Lake Michigan’s waves were a towering 10 feet, and 50 mph wind gusts tore across the sandy beaches, knocking over tall trees along the lakeshore. Beaches and sand dunes were eroded, which made the lake water inch closer to the slew of beach houses plotted on the shoreline. In the areas hit the hardest, 10-20 feet of dune bluff was eroded with in a 12-hour period. So far, this storm has been the most destructive this fall, though other storms have attributed to the eroding lake shore as well. Because the lake’s water levels are expected to stay high, it’s likely that beach erosion will continue into 2020. According to MLIVE.com, “The strongest west winds come on a strong storm or two in November. Just based on the time of year, there could be even bigger waves producing storms in the next month”. That being said, if any of Michigan’s fall storms damage or flood your home or business, give the restoration experts at SERVPRO a call! Our crew members are highly trained and eager to make it “Like it never even happened”.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm or flood damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after storm or flood damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342

Historical Snowstorms in Michigan!

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Snow covering cars in streets Michigan snow storms are no joke. If you find yourself faced with damage after a snow storm, call the experts at SERVPRO!

Michigan residents are no strangers to frigid snow storms and polar vortexes. In fact, Michigan has an impressive history of destructive blizzards. They say history has a way of repeating itself, and when it comes to Michigan snow storms, it’s certainly true.

The infamous Blizzard of 1967 hit Michigan January 26-27, catching almost everybody off guard. In fact, just two days before the blizzard hit, Lansing Michigan’s temperature was 66 degrees! Two days later, Lansing was blasted with 24 inches of snow, and Kalamazoo got hit with 30 inches! The storm was so bad, that Michigan State Police were transported by the National Guard to come in and help. There were 22 deaths in total.

Ironically, 11 years later on the same exact dates, the blizzard of 1978 took place. This blizzard was even worse than the one 11 years prior. The blizzard of 1978 accumulated 3 feet of snow and had wind gusts of 60 miles per hour. This storm left 125,000 vehicles stranded on the roads, caused 20 deaths, and damaged 400,000 homes and businesses.

Needless to say, Michigan Storms are not to be taken lightly, as they can cause extreme wreckage. If you find yourself with a damaged home or business after a storm, don’t hesitate to call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO! Our expert crews are ready to help!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremontspecializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after storm damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont!(231) 796-2342

Protect your garden hose this winter

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

garden hose laying in grass Don't forget to take care of your garden hose this winter!

Protect your garden hose this winter!

Michigan winters, though beautiful, can cause a lot of problems for homeowners. Many people do their best to prepare for the cold weather by adding insulation, sealing exterior wood, and cleaning out their gutters. While these tasks are important, one task that many people forget is prepping out door garden hoses.  If ignored, garden hoses can crack and break in the frigid winter temps. Keep reading to learn how to prep your garden hose for the snowy season.

            The first step is to turn off the water spigot to stop the flow of water through the hose. After that, straighten out any visible kinks. Next, release the remaining water from the hose, making sure it’s completely empty by removing attachments and dumping every last drop. Once all the water is gone, disconnect the hose from the water spigot. Make sure no more water remains in the end in of the hole nearest to the spigot. It’s important to get the entire length of the hose, lifting up each section as you go to ensure that no water is left in the center. Wind up the garden hose in a circular shape to prevent any future kinks while it’s sitting in storage. Each loop should be around 3 feet in diameter. Store the hose in a warm location to prevent it from freezing and cracking. Lastly, keep the hose in a coiled shape to avoid kinks while sitting in storage.

            After taking care of the hose part, it’s critical to take care of the spigot! An easy way to do this is to install an outdoor faucet cover on each outdoor fixture. Doing this protects the spigot by covering it with insulation. According to spruce.com, even if your spigot is considered “frost-free, it should still be covered. Although they are resistant to freezing, they are not completely frost-proof in the coldest weather. There are rubber gaskets and washers inside the frost-free spigots that will benefit from the extra protection from the cold.  

By following these steps provided by https://www.apexhose.com/, your outdoor garden hose will be one less thing to worry about this winter. However, if the freezing temperatures cause any damage to your home, call SERVPRO! Our talented crews are happy to restore the damage and make it like it “Like it never even happened”

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after Flood damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after Flood damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342