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Cell Phone Apps that can help you during a storm!

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks and equipment These cell phone apps could save the day during a major storm event. Check them out!

Did you know that there are smartphone apps that can save the day during a storm? Whether it’s a tornado, thunderstorm, or hurricane, these apps are useful in stressful storm situations. Just make sure you download them before the storm hits so you don’t waste your battery! 

Nextdoor

The app links up users who live nearby with the help of geolocation. This can be useful for anyone looking to connect with neighbors during an emergency.

Zello

This push-to-talk app is redefining the walkie talkie! Zello works just like a walkie-talkie, and it allows you to send images or audio to local channels focused on emergency relief!

Firechat

Firechat is a messaging app that can work without any cell phone signal or access to the internet. This makes the app extremely useful during major storm events.

Weather+

Available to iPhone users, Weather+ allows you to get the latest updates on storm events. With this app, you can stay on top of current weather conditions and weather for the rest of the week to come.

ABC News App

Available for download on iPhone, the ABC News app is a great way to keep up to date with the storm and any damage it may have caused. 

Like always, SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is here when you need us most! If your home or business has faced storm damage, give us a call! We are available 24/7 to meet your emergency needs. (231) 796-2342



References: percentotech.com/bobbyjdavidson/technology-hurricane-florence/

Let the thunder roll!

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck pulling Storm Trailer! Our storm trailer is stocked with all the equipment needed to remediate any storm damage.

When Storms or Floods hit the Big Rapids . Fremont communities, SERVPRO will be ready! 

SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit West Michigan, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (231) 796-2342

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding pink breast cancer ribbon To learn more about breast cancer and how you can raise awareness, head to www.nationalbreastcancer.org

October is many people’s favorite month of the year. The leaves have changed color, the weather is cooler, and halloween festivities are right around the corner. On top of all that autumn goodness, October is also breast cancer awareness month! 

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization. In fact, 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. These statistics are alarming, which is why it’s important to spread awareness not only in October, but all year round! To learn more about breast cancer and how you can spread awareness, head over to https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts 

(All statistics and facts listed in this post were found on https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts

Accidents happen...

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

White SERVPRO truck against colorful backdrop Accidents happen, and when they do, SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont has your back!

Nobody plans on their home or business catching on fire, but accidents happen every day. Small fires can start at your home or business for a variety of reasons.  Fires caused by space heaters, candles, cigarettes, or small grease fires can potentially be put out quickly using a fire extinguisher depending on its severity and size.  However, it is important that you are equipped with the proper extinguisher and the knowledge of how to properly use it. The following are 3 different types of fire extinguishers:

Type A: able to put out burning paper, wood, or fabric

Type B: works best to put our fires caused by oil, butane, or gasoline

Type C: best for electrical fires

These types may be further categorized such as a “2-A” extinguisher vs a “4-A” extinguisher. You may find that it would be best to keep more than one type in your Big Rapids home or your Newaygo county commercial property in order to be prepared for any type of fire.  If you find that a fire explodes in your home or business that is bigger than a small grease fire, call 911 immediately.  Your safety and the safety of those around you is most important!!! While we hope this never happens to you, we are here to restore the fire damage in case it does. Our crews are experienced in dealing with all types of fire damage, and they pride themselves on treating each customer like family. 

Mold can grow ANYWHERE!

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

mold in a small lab dish Don't let mold keep you from feeling comfortable in your home or business. Call us today! We are here to help!

Did you know that Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors? This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is false!

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your Shelby, Michigan home, or your Big Rapids business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation ASAP! 

SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont is there for you when you need us most!

Faster to any STORM disaster!

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

lightning bolt in the night sky SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont is dedicated to helping you cleanup after storm damage. Call us today! (231)796-2342

Floods, tropical storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and even severe thunderstorms, can cause extensive damage to homes and businesses. When a natural disaster occurs, most companies that respond to storm damage are unable to handle the damage when it's wide-spread. SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont has the resources to handle massive severe weather events--meaning no disaster is too big! We’ve even sent in teams to help with hurricane damage out of state!

Our staff are highly trained Storm Damage Specialists. Our training program include the following:

  • IICRC Trained and Certified
  • Employee Certification Training 
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Why SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont?

  • A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry.
  • Faster to any size disaster.
  • Faster to any size emergency.
  • No job too large.
  • Catastrophic storm and major event response.
  • Every large loss is supervised by an operations manager or project manager to ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
  • Our ability to dispatch trained production professionals.
  • 24-hour emergency services
  • Ready to help 24/7/365

We're a locally owned company with natural resources.   We are proud to be a part of our community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area the fastest response times and our best work each and every day!

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

Call Us Today (231) 796-2342

How Hoarding Impacts Water Damage

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

inside of an extremely cluttered home Hoarder houses are at a higher risk for water damage. If this is something you need help with, don't panic! Give us a call, we are here to help!

Hoarding not only causes damage to your health and mental state of mind, but to your home as well. For example, did you know that hoarder houses are at a higher risk for water damage?

Because of the clutter, hoarders often put home maintenance ( such as roofing and pipes) on the back burner, which could lead to pipe breaks and roof leaks. That being said, if water damage does happen, it can be difficult to find due to piles of contents hiding the source. This also makes it hard to restore the damage because of the clutter surrounding the affected area. Additionally, when there is water damage, it is not uncommon for mold growth to happen as a result. Consider the following quote from 24hrflood.com:

“A pipe could develop cracks or leaks, and this problem would not be found for months or even years, becoming a breeding ground for mold. This danger can last even longer when you consider that the clutter in the house must be removed before remediation can occur, leading to mold continuing to grow for a longer period of time. Mold spores can also be released into the air during the cleanup, due to all the moving and touching of damaged materials affected by the mold.”

If you find yourself needing help with hoarding cleanup, water damage restoration, or mold remediation, we are here for you! Give our office a call today for more information on how we can best serve you. We look forward to hearing from you!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont (231)-796-2342

IICRC Certified!

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

IICRC certified logo SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont is an IICRC Certified Firm!

You can trust our professional crews at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont to restore your home or business from fire damage. Why can you trust us? Because we are an IICRC Certified Firm! IICRC--The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification creates the standards for the restoration industry. The IICRC also provides restoration companies with training and certifications! IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo to let customers know they’ve had the proper training and certifications to get the job done! 

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

We know that you have many choices when it comes to choosing a restoration company. We want to assure you that SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont is a certified firm with professionally trained techs and project managers to get the job done the right way. Here at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont, we also value customer service and make sure to treat each customer as if they were family.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet all of your emergency needs. 

About SERVPRO of BIG Rapids / Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm

IICRC - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration

Day 1 of National Preparedness Month

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

lightning storm Prepare your commercial business for storms!

Happy September! Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month?! While Michigan storms may not be quite as bad as those impacted by hurricanes, the storms we do get can still cause severe damage! The last thing anybody wants to deal with is property damage, especially when you’re a business owner. Keep reading to find out how to prepare your commercial business for future storms! 

One of the most important ways to be prepared for a storm is to have a response plan set in place. According to ready.gov, the following points are extremely important to include in your response plan.

  • Two-way communication system for reaching employees/customers and emergency services
  • Map of multiple evacuation routes
  • A designated location for employees to meet inside your facility or at a nearby shelter
  • Checklists of tasks for people to complete before, during and after a storm

After a plan is created,  do a few trial runs to make sure it works, and fix any tweaks if needed! 

Another important part of preparing your commercial building for a storm is to ensure the structure and the backup equipment are properly maintained. Getting the roof inspected once a year, and making sure the weatherstripping calk is in place may sound simple, but it makes a huge difference in keeping your employees and business safe during a storm. It is also highly important to make sure your equipment is in working condition. According to bobbitt.com,  “Having the right equipment in place to keep your facility running during a storm is often  overlooked. Maintenance and placement of this equipment must be well thought out. In your plan, specify who, when, where and how emergency equipment will be maintained” 

Lastly, in order to prepare your commercial building for a storm, you need to protect the business’s assets and valuables. Another insightful quote from bobbitt.com states this: “Machinery, product inventory, supplies and technology systems are a few of your business assets that may be at risk. Ask yourself these questions to help prevent a loss of resources:

            -Where are your valuable business assets located in the building?

-Are these resources physically protected? How are they protected?

-What resources are crucial for business operation?

-Are these assets owned and insured?

-What assets are leased and what is the liability if they are damaged?

We know this list may seem daunting, but it’s better to be over prepared than not prepared at all! We care about you and your business, and will be here for all your emergency needs! We’re just a phone call away!

 231-796-2342

New Storm Trailer!

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck with storm trailer connected Our storm trailer is locked, loaded, and ready to respond to emergency storm events!

The word STORM often leaves people feeling scared and uneasy--especially during hurricane season. Whether you are talking about rainstorms, snow storms, or hurricanes, we want you to know that we are here for you! SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont is fully equipped to handle whatever type of storm comes your way. In fact, we have an entire trailer locked, loaded, and ready to roll whenever a storm hits! Mother nature doesn’t abide by office hours, and neither do we! SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet all your emergency needs. Though we can’t control the weather, we can help you minimize the damage done to your home or business after a storm event. 

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

When storms hit Big Rapids/ Fremont, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 231-796-2342