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What is a Smoldering Fire?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

burning coals in a fire pit Smoldering fires have no flames, move slowly, and have lower temperatures compared to Flame fires!

When most people think of a fire, they picture tall orange flames, extremely hot temperatures, and maybe a marshmallow or two. 

However, there is another kind of fire that can be just as dangerous as the regular fires we see. These fires are called Smoldering fires. Smoldering fires differ from flame fires in a few ways. Where flame fires have visible flames, smoldering fires are flame less. Flame fires start in the gas phase, where smoldering fires start on the surface of a solid. Flame fires reach high temperatures, where smoldering fires have lower temps. Flame fires spread fast, where smoldering fires are up to ten times slower than the latter. Smoldering fires also produce more toxic gasses than flame fires do.  According to sciencedirect.com, smoldering fires are defined as “Slow, low temperature, flames form the combustion of a solid fuel.” To put it in layman's terms, smoldering fires are a flame less, low temperature burn. Once these smoldering fires are ignited, it is a challenge to put them out. This makes them one of the top leading causes of residential fires. 

If you experience a smoldering fire in your home or business, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! The team at SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont is happy to help you through this process, and restore any damage done to your home or business. Call us today at 616-647-4300!

Toxic Smoke

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

The inside of a home that's completely burned from a fire Give us a call to restore the fire and smoke damage in your home or business. We are here for you when you need us most!

We all know that when a house or business goes up in flames, it's typically followed by LOTS of smoke, which is full of toxic chemicals.  Consider the following quote from https://www.uphelp.org/ “A typical structure fire may generate literally tens of thousands of toxic chemicals and gasses as a variety of materials and products are burned.” YIKES! That’s a LOT of toxic chemicals. When most people think of a structure fire, their first few thoughts are usually getting everyone out safely and assessing the damage. While these are extremely important things to worry about, a lot of people forget to think about how breathing in the toxic chemicals in smoke can affect their overall health. 

If you ever experience a fire in your home or business, make sure to call 911 ASAP! After the fire has been put out, find a place to stay with either friends, family, or a hotel. Even if your home or business isn’t completely destroyed, it’s still not safe to stay there until a professional restoration company cleans, disinfects, and sanitizes the structure. SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont is here for you! Our professional crews are expertly trained on the proper procedures, equipment, and products needed to restore the smoke damage in your home or business. We care for all of our customers, and want you and your family to be safe from inhaling toxic smoke. We offer free estimates, and are conveniently opened 24/7 to meet your emergency needs. While we hope you never experience a fire loss, just know that you can count on us to restore the damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

The danger of Flash Flooding

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

railroad tracks covered with water from flash flooding. Photo taken by Davide Pietralunga from Unsplash!

Since we are experiencing lots of rain these days, we wanted to provide you with some helpful information on flash floods--especially because many of our customers live close to lakes and rivers. Towns like Big Rapids, Pentwater, Bitley, and White Cloud are famous for their beautiful beaches and charming shopping areas. However, as fun as living near the water might be, it can put home/business owners at a high risk for water damage due to flash flooding. 

According to weather.gov, flash flooding is the number 1 cause of weather related deaths in the United States, so it’s important to be aware of how they work, and what to do if you experience one. 

There are two key factors that make up flash floods: 1.) Intensity of the rainfall, and 2.) The duration of the rainfall. Soil conditions, as well as ground cover also play a role in flash floods. 

Flash floods can be unpredictable. Sometimes they happen within a few minutes of a storm, while other times they start after many hours of intense rainfall. However, most flash floods are caused by slow moving thunderstorms, or heavy rainfall from tropical storms and hurricanes. 

Another important factor to note is that flash floods can be extremely strong. They can rip out trees, move large boulders, and destroy buildings, homes, and bridges. They can also cause dangerous mudslides, as well as reach heights of  30 feet or more! Please remember that even if flood waters appear shallow, they can still be dangerous. 6 inches of water might not seem hazardous, but if it's moving fast enough, it can knock you off your feet! Even as little as 2 feet of water can float a car! For your safety, and for the safety of those around you, never try to walk, swim, or drive through fast moving flood waters. Turn around, go a different way, and get to higher ground until it’s safe. If your home or business ever experiences water damage from flash flooding, don’t hesitate to reach out! We value your property and personal belongings, and want to give you peace of mind by restoring the damage. We are here when you need us most!

Do you have a restoration plan for your Pentwater business?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Ariel view of Pentwater Michigan Make SERVPRO your #1 call in case of a disaster! We are here to help restore your Pentwater business, and make it "Like it never even happened."

It’s important to have a restoration plan in place for your Pentwater, Michigan business, in case of an unforeseen disaster or damage. FEMA’s most recent report states that at least 40% of businesses fail to reopen following a disaster event. Having a SERVPRO® restoration services respond right away, no matter the hour, can make a big difference in how quickly your Pentwater business is able to recover!

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. That being said, SERVPRO Big Rapids/Fremont has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

A few businesses that we handle are as follows:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Here at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont, we believe in treating every client like family. We will take the time to understand your needs, so that you can rest easy knowing we will get the job done right. Call us today to set up a free estimate for your Pentwater commercial property! 231-796-2342

Prepare to Reopen your commercial business

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

map of Canadian lakes in Michigan Let us help you get ready to open your Canadian Lakes Commercial building back up!

Have you seen some of our fleet out in your Canadian Lakes neighborhood lately? We're out doing some proactive cleaning for your local businesses!

Before you can finally flip your sign to "open" let us come in and get your restaurant, office or retail store cleaned and sanitized. You'll be ready for guests and staff to come back in!

We're available 24/7, so you can go about your day knowing we can be there to sanitize and disinfect your commercial building without interrupting during business hours!

 Give us a call at (231-796-2342) for more information on how we can help you be prepared to re-open after this is behind us! 

Facing the Storm: COVID-19

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Healthcare worker holding blood vial labeled coronavirus If you are interested in learning more about our specialized cleaning services, give us a shout! (231) 796-2342

COVID-19 came in like a storm, and left massive amounts of destruction in it's wake. The pandemic we are facing has people feeling confused, frustrated, and scared. While we wait for our healthcare professionals to come up with a vaccine, let SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont ease your mind. 

SERVPRO offers proactive clean up of facilities to minimize the transmission of emerging, viral pathogens.

Our services include fogging, facility or structure cleaning and disinfecting.

Let us assist in easing the minds of employees and employers in combating this virus. We are committed to providing a rapid response to this outbreak 24/7.

Making your candles last longer!

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

light pink candle, flame is lit. Prolong the life of your favorite candles! Keep reading to find out how!

Candles are one of those things that almost everybody loves. They smell good, they're a great way to add decor to your home or office, and they make the PERFECT gift! 

On the other hand, candles (at least high quality ones!) can cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, we found these awesome tips that can make your candles last longer!


Tip #1. Freeze the candle. The wax being hardened will make it burn slower!

Tip #2. Burn the candle just enough for a small pool of melted wax. Sprinkle salt into the wax pool to slow the melting!

Tip #3. Trim the wick before lighting. Longer wicks cause the wax to burn quicker.

As always, when burning candles, it's important to remember to blow them out before leaving your Big Rapids / Fremont area home or office. It's also important to keep lit candles out of reach from children and pets. However, if anything should happen and your home or business suffers from fire damage, give us a call! We are here to help you 24/7. 

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Be careful with candles!

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

White candles on thick, orange candle sticks. Always remember to blow your candles out before going to bed or leaving the house!!!

Candles make beautiful decor, memorable gifts, and can fill your home with savory scents. However, according to www.nfpa.org, they are also responsible for:


•3% of reported home fires
•3% of home fire deaths
•6% of home fire injuries
•5% of the direct property damage in home fires

As you can see from the statistics above, candles can be extremely dangerous when not monitored. To keep your Big Rapids or Fremont area home safe from fire damage, make sure to blow candles out before bed and before leaving the house. It's also important to keep candles away from children or animals who could accidentally knock them over!

While we hope you never need us, if find yourself in need of fire damage restoration services in your Big Rapids / Fremont home,  give us a call. We’re here for you 24/7!

In honor of President's Day...

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Statue of Liberty in front USA flag under blue sky Statue of Liberty in front USA flag under blue sky Photo by Swapnil Bhagwat on Unsplash

“Without passion you don't have energy, without energy you have nothing.”  Donald Trump

In honor of President’s day being this week, we decided to look at some of the most inspirational quotes from our current president!  No matter what your political party affiliation is, I think there are parts of this quote that everybody can relate to. Passion is the driving force that keeps us moving forward. When we face unforeseen obstacles, the energy that comes from passion is what motivates us to keep going. When it comes to the team at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont, passion is something we all have in common. We are passionate about our customers, from the first initial phone call, to the final walk through after the service is completed. We are passionate about the restoration business, and believe in providing the highest quality of professionalism in our work. We care about your home or business, and are passionate about restoring the damage to mint condition. Our team is not just in it for the paycheck, but to provide quality service to make our customer’s lives easier. Whether it's mold remediation, water damage, fire damage, or commercial property damage, we are passionate about restoring it to the best possible condition. If you are faced with home or commercial building damage, call the team at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! Our team is available 24/7, and our passion is to serve you!

We're here when you need us most!

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Truck driving through deep flood waters Photo by: Wade Austin Ellis on Unsplash

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours, and neither do we!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays!

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Our experienced crews at SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont understand that flood damage is extremely invasive. Water moves fast, and can quickly spread throughout your home and start absorbing into floors, walls, furniture, and more. Our teams are ready to arrive quickly, and will start the water extraction process ASAP!

Water Damage Timeline-Why it’s important to Call right away!

Within Minutes

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

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

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

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

As you can see from our water damage timeline, it’s extremely  important to call a professional restoration company as soon as you spot the damage. The longer you wait, the higher the risk for extensive damage! Rest assured that no matter what the situation is, SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont is there when you need us most. Day or night, we’re ready to help!