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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

Soda Blasting!

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO project manager soda blasting a brick wall Don't let graffiti ruin the appearance of your home or office. Call us today for a free quote! (231)796-2342

Finding graffiti on your Big Rapids area commercial building isn’t an ideal situation. Maintaining the outside appearance of your business is important for attracting customers! Fortunately, SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont has you covered! One of our favorite techniques for graffiti removal is soda blasting. According to raptorblastor.com, “Soda blasting is a form of abrasive blasting that uses sodium bicarbonate as an abrasive media. The soda is propelled using compressed air or water to blast a surface.”  To put it in simpler terms, sodium bicarbonate, more commonly known as baking soda, is put into an air compressor and is used to blast away unwanted graffiti.  Not only can soda blasting remove graffiti, it can also be used to get rid of soot damage following a fire. Check out our latest video showing the soda blasting technique on a Big Rapids commercial building! 

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!

Soot VS Smoke

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Text that reads "Soot damage" in white letters. Do you know the difference between Soot and Smoke?

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont realizes that fire damage has many components, including smoke and soot damage. Keep reading to learn more about soot damage, smoke damage, and the difference between the two.

Smoke Vs Soot: What’s the difference?

Smoke occurs when there is incomplete combustion--meaning not enough oxygen to burn the fuel completely. In complete combustion, everything is burned, producing just water and carbon dioxide. When incomplete combustion occurs, not everything is burned. Smoke is a collection of these tiny unburned particles. Each particle is too small to see with your eyes, but when they come together, you see them as smoke.

 (Source: https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/748-what-is-smoke )

Soot, is a fine black or brown powder that can be slightly sticky, and is a product of incomplete combustion. A major component of soot is black carbon. Soot is made up of a variety of chemicals, and its exact composition depends on what is being burned.

 (Source: https://energyeducation.ca/encyclopedia/Soot )

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 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. At SERVPRO, we care about you and your family, and want to make this situation as painless as possible. We will treat you like family, and respect your items as if they were our own. If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a fire, give SERVPRO a call. We’ll restore the damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”

 About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont

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 Water, fire, or mold damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids 24/7 616.647.4300

Use your ceiling fan to keep warm this winter!

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

ceiling fan Gently running your fan clockwise can warm your home this winter!

Use your ceiling fan to keep warm this winter!

An easy way to save money on heat this winter is by using your ceiling fan! Running your ceiling fan on low in a clock wise direction circulates warm air into your home or business. Since heat rises, the air by the ceiling is warmer than the air by the floor. According to todayshowhomeowner.com, “The reason the fan is set to rotate clockwise on low is to keep from creating a strong draft, which would cool you down just like it does in summer. Instead, the air near the ceiling is pushed up and outward, causing it to circulate down near the perimeter of the room. Since the air at floor level is warmer, the thermostat can be set lower, saving money and helping the environment at the same time. Any heat generated by the fan’s motor is a bonus in the winter, so you can keep it running whether you are present in the room or not.”

SERVPRO cares about our customers, and we love sharing useful home and office tips with you guys! That being said, if your home or office building is ever in need of restoration help, give us a call! SERVPRO’s team members are experts in mold, water, and fire restoration. We also do biohazard cleanup, as well as carpet and general cleaning! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We look forward to working with you!

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm, fire, water, or mold 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 damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Customer Quotes!

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO 2019 open house Celebrating our customers from 2019, and looking forward to 2020!

We know you have many options when it comes to choosing a restoration company. SERVPRO believes in providing outstanding service, as well as treating every customer like family. But don’t take our word for it, check out these quotes from our amazing customers!

“Amazing team and an amazing job!! When our washer flooded our basement, they were quick to help and did a truly amazing job! It really is like it never happened!”

“These guys are Awesome! Quick, thorough, knowledgeable and Professional.”

“Very professional, great time management, answered all our questions, and very sympathetic in a stressful situation.”

“Our church had a pipe break sending a large amount of water into our children’s area. SERVPRO worked around the clock to get us back up and running. Hands down amazing service!”

“Great service. Came late on a Thursday afternoon and spent 4 hours hauling away carpet backer and baseboard. Everything was dried up by the weekend.”

“I was very impressed with the work that SERVPRO did for us. They were prompt, friendly, and professional. They took the time to fully discuss the scope of the work before they started. After the work was complete, they did a thorough walk through and made sure our expectations were met before they left. Great work!”

We are incredibly thankful for each and every customer who chooses SERVPRO for restoration work. If your home or commercial building is in need of damage clean up, give us a call! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

SERVPRO visits animal Shelters!

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees with the director of an animal shelter SERVPRO had the BEST time visiting Bellwether Harbor!

Recently, SERVPRO had an incredible opportunity to visit two wonderful animal shelters and drop off donations. One of SERVPRO’s favorite activities is connecting with the local community.  Everyone in our office loves animals, so we were excited to meet a need and visit these awesome shelters! The staff at both shelters were great! They gave us tours, provided us with helpful information, and let us play with the animals! It was great to see people in our community working hard to make a difference for abandoned, neglected, and abused animals. It was difficult to leave the shelters at the end of the day, but we left knowing our donations were given to two amazing facilities! A big thank you to Caitlyn from the Kent County Humane society, and Carmen from Bellwether Harbor! Your dedication to helping animals has not gone unnoticed!

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm, fire, water, or mold 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 damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Cleaning your Commercial Building

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

building in need of cleaning If you need help cleaning and restoring your commercial building, call SERVPRO!

An important part of owning a commercial building is keeping it clean. If a building is not maintained, the risk of mold, external damage, internal damage, and health risks dramatically increase. When you take care of your commercial property, you will attract and keep customers, make the building look nicer, and keep occupants inside happier and healthier. Another reason to stay on top of your commercial property is the improved productivity a clean environment brings. When there is less clutter around to distract employees, they will in turn work faster and harder. Consider this list from woodard247.com of essential cleaning supplies to keep in your building:

-vacuum cleaner

-Broom and dustpan

-Sponge Mop

-Plastic Buckets

-Rubber Gloves

-Dust Towels

-Cleaning towels

-Glass cleaner

-wood polish

-bleach

-Floor Cleaner

-Soft Scrub

-Stainless steel polish / powder

-mold and mildew cleaner

-disinfectant wipes

-air freshener

Using these supplies regularly will keep your commercial space tidy. However, if the mess gets out of hand, SERVPRO can help. If your commercial property is in need of any type of restoration, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Our crews are expertly trained in mold, fire, water, and general cleaning restoration. With our phone lines open 24/7, we are ready to serve you make the damage “Like it never even happened”.

Rockford Santa parade!

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck decorated with Christmas Decor Our box truck is ready for the holidays!

Here at SERVPRO, we love getting to know our local community! One of our favorite ways to get involved is through the Rockford Michigan Santa Parade! Every year in December, Rockford puts on a festive parade to celebrate the holidays, and we love being a part of it! A few Saturdays ago, SERVPRO employees along with their families met up for a quick breakfast before the parade. We carpooled to Rockford, and decorated a SERVPRO box truck with blinking lights and a pretty wreath. Despite the cold, everyone loved passing out candy and packets of hot chocolate to the kids watching the parade. It was a fun way to connect with our community, and say hi to those who have supported us! Can’t wait until next year!

Seasonal Affective disorder and its impact at work!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Smiling employees at work Seasonal Affective Disorder can have an impact in the work place! Keep reading for ideas on how to alleviate symptoms!

The winter months are commonly called “The most wonderful time of the year.” Holiday parties and the excitement of the first snow fall leave people buzzing anticipation for the festivities to come. While good tidings of comfort and joy may be the theme this season, many people are stuck feeling the exact opposite. In fact, over 10 million people suffer from seasonal affective disorder during the cold months, according to themuse.com. Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, causes hormones to change during the winter, reducing the brain’s serotonin levels due to lack of sunshine. Serotonin is commonly nicknamed “The happy chemical”, because it regulates mood. It’s important to be aware of SAD and how it affects people, so themuse.com complied a list of symptoms to watch out for. Sadness, fatigue, insomnia, and weight gain are common symptoms of SAD. Other symptoms include inability to concentrate, irritability, increased desire to be alone, and a greater need for sleep. Because of these symptoms, SAD can have a negative impact in the work place. Mood changes and tiredness can cause coworkers to become argumentative, and the inability to focus can make it hard for employees to meet deadlines and get work done in a timely manner.

                Although there is no set cure for SAD, there are many ways to reduce its impact in the work place. Encouraging open and honest communication between coworkers and supervisors is a great place to start. If an employee feels they are able to talk to a supervisor about their struggles, it eases feelings of stress and irritability. It also helps the supervisor understand what is going on with their employees. If a supervisor notices work not being completed as quickly, or a general sadness with their employee, open communication will allow employees and supervisors to come together to find a reasonable solution. Another way to reduce the impact of SAD at work is to take regular breaks. Breaking up the day with a quick walk or a step outside can do wonders to combat SAD. Another effective tool is to change your diet. Around the holidays, people tend to overload on sweets and carbs, which can negatively impact your mood. According to integrativepsychiatry.net, foods rich in omega 3 fats will help serotonin work better by reducing brain inflammation.  Last but not least, getting a light therapy lamp for your home or office can help reduce the affects of SAD. These lights mimic rays from the sun, which helps the brain produce serotonin. Therapy lights, sometimes called “happy lamps”, are not a cure all for SAD, but they are known for improving mood and increasing energy levels.

Unfortunately, SERVPRO can’t cure seasonal affective disorder. However, we can make your life easier by restoring water, fire, and mold damage done to your home or business. Our expert teams take pride in the cleaning and restoration process, and work diligently to make the damage disappear, “Like it never even happened”.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm, fire, water, or mold 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 damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Michigan and its many storms!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage to house / barn. Michigan Storms can cause a tremendous amount of damage. If this happens to you, call SERVPRO!

There is no denying that living in Michigan has its advantages. We are surrounded by the great lakes, we get to experience all 4 seasons, and we have many beautiful cities that are perfect spots for vacations and sightseeing. Although Michigan is a wonderful state, it does have its disadvantages; a big one being storms. Throughout different parts of the year, Michigan is either experiencing a storm, or on watch for one. We have thunderstorms, blizzards, tornadoes, wind storms, ice storms, and hail storms. Each one of these storms can impact your home or commercial property in multiple different ways. A rough wind storm or tornado can make a tree crash into your home. A heavy thunderstorm can cause flooding in your commercial building. An ice storm can cause pipes to freeze and burst. The possibilities involved with storm damage are endless, and it can be an overwhelming process when you find yourself left with the aftermath of a severe storm. When Michigan storms cause damage to your home or property, SERVPRO is ready to help. Our phone lines are open 24/7, and our restoration teams are expertly trained to handle any situation that comes their way. Rest assured that SERVPRO is there for you when you need them most.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm, fire, water, or mold 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 damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Biohazards in the work place!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

blood splatter with SERVPRO logo Leave the bio-hazard clean up to the professionals at SERVPRO!

Biohazards in the work place: When to call for help

Owning a business means dealing with situations you might not have considered before. For instance, biohazards. According to vocabulary.com, a biohazard is a biological substance that's dangerous to people or the environment. Because accidents are bound to happen, you may find yourself wondering what to do in case of a biohazard at your commercial building.

Anytime a business is dealing with a biohazard, there are procedures to follow set in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards. These guidelines were made to keep employees safe. According to Spaulding.com, the most common type of biohazard that happens in the work place is spilled blood. If a small amount of blood is spilled on a hard surface, it is possible to take care of the cleanup without calling a professional.  However, to be compliant with OSHA standards, any employee who handles the cleanup must have completed Bloodborne Pathogen Standards training. The employee must also be provided with personal protective equipment, and they must be using an approved disinfectant product. Lastly, any biohazard waste needs to be clearly marked and properly disposed of.

If you are still unsure of when to call for help, consider the dinner plate theory. If the size of the blood shed is greater than the size of a dinner plate, it’s best to call a professional. Also, if the blood/biohazardous chemical spills on carpet, calling a professional right away is the safest option.

When it comes to biohazards, anybody who comes into contact with the affected area is at risk for blood born pathogen exposure. If there is any doubt in your ability to take care of the biohazard yourself, call SERVPRO. Our teams are expertly trained, use state of the art equipment, and are faster to any disaster.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm, fire, water, or mold damage. We also do bio-hazard clean up as well as general cleaning. 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 damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Watch out for puffbacks!

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

brick wall of house covered in soot Don't let puffback damage get you down. Call SERVPRO! We'll make it "Like it never even happened".

The snow is falling and the temperatures are dropping. Winter is here! It’s about that time of year where people turn on their heating systems that have been sitting idle for months at a time. If you are lucky, your furnace or boiler will start right up with no issues. If you’re not so lucky, starting up your heating system might result in a puffback. According to tuckey.com, a puffback occurs when an oil burner back fires and spits out smoke and soot, making a mess of your home or business!  Puffbacks happen for a number of reasons, so it’s helpful to keep them in mind for preventative measures. Problems such as leaks in oil supply piping, or a defective oil spray nozzle can result in a puffback. Improper heater shutdown, faulty chimney and heater installation, poor ventilation, or clogged heating systems are other common causes for puffbacks. Damage done to the home or business due to puffbacks can range from minimal to severe. Keep an eye out for these warning signs to prevent puffbacks from affecting your home or business! Oil leaks, loud noises when starting up the heating system, noise after shutting it off, and strange smells are all an indication that something is wrong. It’s important to take care of those warning signs quickly so they don’t lead to puffbacks that cause severe damage. However, if you do experience a messy puffback, don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO a call! Our professional crews use the latest technology and safe cleaning products to restore damage done to your home or business!

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm, fire, water, or mold 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 damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Why SERVPRO?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees A few of our awesome team members!

We know that you have many options when it comes to choosing a restoration company. So why go with SERVPRO? What makes us different? We asked some of our employees what it is about SERVPRO that makes us stand out. Here are some of their answers.

“SERVPRO is special because we treat each and every customer as if they were family. We go above and beyond to help during a difficult time and sure the customer is happy with the end result and the work we did”.

“Our bright neon colors make us stand out, but more than that, we are always willing to go the extra mile for customers. Top to bottom excellence in customer service”.

“SERVPRO stands out because of the passion and dedication of the crews. Everyone from our amazing owners to our newest team members display so much love for each other and our clients on a daily basis.”

“I think the answer is simple. SERVPRO doesn’t believe in “good enough.” We don’t quit until we are positive it’s the absolute best we can do. Our customers are going through a difficult time when they call us. It’s our job and our pleasure to treat the customer with dignity and respect. We don’t treat our callers like a number. We treat each caller as if they were a member of our family coming to us for help.”

Notice a theme in these statements? SERVPRO stands out because of the dedication our employees have for the job. SERVPRO is different because our professional crews aim for excellence when it comes to restoring your home or commercial building from damage. Lastly, SERVPRO is different because when you call us, you’ll feel like you’re talking to family. If your home or business suffers from damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO. We genuinely care, and we will work hard to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened”.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm, fire, water, or mold 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 damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Tips for driving safe during Michigan Winters!

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Snow covering cars in streets Michigan winters often result in dangerous driving conditions. Stay safe out there!

On the road in a snowstorm: safety and precautions

Nobody likes to hear the words “Snow Storm”, or “blizzard” when they’re heading out the door, as traveling in them is often treacherous. Forceful winds, blinding white outs, and black ice are just a few reasons to stay home during a Michigan snow storm. In fact, Winter storms contribute to more than 2,000 road deaths every winter and nearly half a million crashes, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. While avoiding the roads is best way to stay safe, if you absolutely must drive, here are some precautionary tips to help you stay safe!

            Before heading out, take some time to prepare an emergency kit to keep inside your vehicle. Stock your kit with blankets, gloves, snow boots, flashlights and batteries. Also include a shovel and a bag of sand or cat litter. If you find yourself stuck, abrasive materials like the sand or litter will help your tires gain traction so you can get yourself out. Other items to include are first aid kits, food and water, cell phone chargers, antifreeze, and window washer fluid. Once you’ve got all your emergency items, fill up the gas tank, windshield wiper fluid, oil, and antifreeze before hitting the road.

When you’re actually on the road, drive slowly to avoid skidding and sliding! Don’t slam the brakes, and take it easy going up and down hills. If your route leads you over a bridge, use caution. According to NbcBayarea.com, highway exit ramps and bridges freeze first and are extra slippery. It’s also important to avoid using cruise control during a snowstorm. Even the faintest tap of the brakes to turn off cruise control can cause you to spiral and lose control of the vehicle!

            While we hope everyone stays safe this winter, (On AND off the roads!), we know that Michigan Blizzards often result in damage. Snow storms wreak havoc not only to roads and vehicles, but to family homes and commercial buildings. If you find yourself with excess water from frozen pipe bursts, roof leaks from ice dams, or any other type of winter storm damage, give SERVPRO a call. Your homes and businesses are important to us, and our professional teams will work hard to restore your property and give you peace of mind during these cold months. Stay safe out there, and don’t hesitate to give us a call! We’re available 24/7!

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

River Stages 411

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Muskegon River in Michigan Beautiful Muskegon river in Michigan.

One of the many great things about living in Michigan is that we are surrounded by multiple bodies of water! Rushing rivers and winding streams make their way through our cities and towns and eventually pour into the great lakes. However, because so many rivers and streams flow through our towns, it is important for us to be informed about their water levels and be on the lookout for signs of potential flooding. An easy way to keep up with the water levels in Michigan’s rivers is to pay attention to their stages. According to weather.gov, a river stage refers to the level of the water surface in a river or stream. That being said, there are three different stages to be aware of: The bankfull stage, the action stage, and the flood stage.  

The bankfull stage is when a rise in water surface level causes the stream/river to overflow. It doesn’t necessarily mean flooding, but it does indicate that the higher water levels will spill over into the banks of the river.

The action stage refers to when a stream or river is raised high enough that some sort of mitigation efforts must be taken.

The last stage is the Flood stage, which is when the rise in water levels becomes dangerous and the water negatively impacts people and property. At this stage, flood warnings should be released.

Knowing these river stages, as well as paying attention to the weather forecast is a good way to stay informed on potential flooding situations. However, if you find yourself dealing with flood damage, call our experts at SERVPRO! We can make 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

Prepare your home for Michigan Snow Storms!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

snow covering a house in winter Don't let storm damage ruin your day. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! We can make it "Like it never even happened."

Michigan Winters are undoubtedly beautiful, but can also be extremely brutal. From polar vortex’s, black ice, and multiple snow storms, the harsh winters can cause severe damage to our homes. Winter will be here sooner than we think, so it’s best to prepare your home now before the snow hits!

According to the Washington Post, it’s important to paint, caulk, and seal exterior wood before the winter season hits. Typically, the wood trim around doors and windows is only one inch thick and can be ruined pretty quick if not protected. Keeping it painted and calked will prevent it from rotting, but if you’re already past that point, it will require replacement.

Another way to prepare your home for winter is to check your drainage. In doing so, the Washington Post recommends investigating the soil around the foundation to make sure it hasn’t settled or created space for water to gather. If you do find a low spot, filling it with soil is a great wait to prevent water from pooling there. Make sure you inspect your rain gutter downspouts as well to ensure water is moving away from the home. If needed, add downspout extender! Wet soil around a foundation can cause big problems if it freezes and thaws throughout winter months, so don’t forget to check it!

Next on the winter home preparedness list is Cleaning your gutters! When the leaves fall from the trees and land in the gutters, it can cause backups. Backups cause overflows, and overflows cause water to rush down your home and saturated the soil around the house. This can speed up deterioration of the home exterior. Additionally, it can lead to water seeping in through the basement which causes a whole other set of issues.

Our final tip for preparing your home for winter is to insulate your pipes. When the weather gets cold, pipes can freeze and burst. Directenergy.com advises putting insulation on entire length of pipe from the point where your home’s main water line emerges from the ground to the point where it enters the heated space of your home. They also recommend insulating any pipes that are outside the heated portion of your home, like those in attics, unheated basements and outdoor hose bibbs.

For more tips on how to prepare your home for winter, check out our winter safety pinterest board!

https://www.pinterest.com/SERVPROnegrandrapids/winter-safety/

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes 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

Don't burn the leaves!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fall leaves on fire. If the fall season happens to result in fire damage on your property or in your home, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO!

It is often said that autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen. The green leaves turning shades of red, orange, and yellow are many people’s favorite part of the fall season. However, when the leaves spill to the ground and are raked into piles, we often find ourselves wondering what to do with them. A common solution to getting rid of the piles of leaves Is to burn them. What many people don’t realize though, is that in some states and counties, burning leaves is illegal. Consider the following quote about Michigan’s leave burning laws from michigan.gov.

“Since 1995, solid waste regulations have prohibited the open burning of grass clippings and leaves in Michigan municipalities with a population of 7500 or more. Local governing bodies may enact an ordinance authorizing such open burning provided other regulations are not violated. They must submit a copy of the ordinance to EGLE's Materials Management Division, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, MI 48909.”

Michigan.gov goes on to explain the open burning of leaves and other unwanted materials is banned in Michigan for health and safety purposes. According to their website, open burning pollutes the air and creates a higher risk for forest fires. It was also mentioned that the pollution from burning leaves can cause certain health issues such as irritated eyes, difficulty breathing / aggravated lungs, and distorted vision. It can also infect nearby soil, and leave strong, lingering odors.

While it is helpful to know that the burning of leaves is prohibited in Michigan, we are still left trying to figure out how to dispose of the leaves safely and legally. Thankfully, the American Lung Association of Iowa provided some insightful alternatives. The first alternative listed was mulching. Mulching provides an excellent source of nutrients to soil and protects it from wind and water erosion. Creating mulch is as simple as shredding leaves on your yard while mowing the lawn. Most lawn mowers now come equipped with a detachable mulching blade, but if not, you can buy one for your mower at minimal cost.

Another alternative to burning leaves is to compost them. Gardeningknowhow.com explains that composting leaves makes a dark, rich, earthy organic matter that can be used like soil. It adds nutrients to garden soil and the larger particle size helps enhance the tilth and loosen compacted earth.

Lastly, an easy alternative to burning your leaves is to bag them up for collection. Contact your local trash or recycling business to get information on scheduling bagged leaves for pickup.

If the fall season happens to result in fire damage on your property or in your home, trust that the professionals at SERVPRO will make it “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

Fire Prevention Week

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Night sky with sparks from fire. SERVPRO label displayed across sparks. If your home or business suffered damage from a fire, call the experts at SERVPRO! " We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

It’s National Fire Prevention Week!

Check out these 6 useful tips on fire prevention and fire safety for you and your family.

Tip #1-Two minute escape plan

Creating a fire escape plan for you and your family is of the upmost importance.  Many people assume that they will have plenty of time to escape a fire, but usually you only have 1 or 2 minutes to escape. Making and practicing a 2-minute fire escape plan prepares your family for what to do in case of a fire, and could ultimately make a difference between life or death.

Tip #2-Meeting Place

After creating and practicing a fire escape plan, it is important to set a meeting place!

Pick a safe meeting place that will be easy to find whether it’s day or night. The best way to do this is by selecting a safe spot that is clearly marked by a non-moving item, such as a tree or telephone pole! Make sure you family members know where to meet after escaping a fire so that you can make sure everybody is accounted for.

Tip#3-Test Smoke Alarms Once a month

Check your smoke alarms monthly so you and your family don’t become one of these statistics!

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, and More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms, so be sure to regularly check yours! Source: National Fire Protection Association

Tip #4-Avoid Space heaters

When possible, avoid using portable / fixed space heaters, as they are the second highest cause of deaths in home fires! Yikes!

Tip#5-Stay Low

If you find yourself caught inside with fire and smoke, stay low to the ground as you make your way to the exit. ... You'll breathe less smoke if you stay close to the ground. Smoke naturally rises, so if there is smoke while you're using your escape route, staying low means you can crawl under most of it.

(https://kidshealth.org › kids › fire-safety)

Tip #6- Put smoke alarms on every floor

Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of your home and within every bedroom. Roughly 50% of home fire deaths occur during the night while people are sleeping.

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

Can essential oils aid in mold prevention?

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Wall covered in Mold Don't let mold destroy your home. Call our experts at SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont! We'll make it "Like it never even happened!"

As you have probably heard by now, many people are using essential oils in their homes as a natural defense against colds, headaches,and allergies. That being said, did you know that certain essential oils are great to use for mold prevention as well? Now we are officially in the fall season, it's important to be on the look out for indoor mold growth, which according to www.medicalnewstoday.com, is more likely to occur during the fall and winter months. Keep reading for a guide on what essential oils to diffuse for mold prevention in your home! ( Credit for this guide goes to: https://thebiggreenk.com/essential-oils-for-mold-prevention/ )

However, if you do find mold, don't hesitate to call the experts at SERVPRO! They can remove the mold in your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

  1. Cinnamon oil- Not only does cinnamon oil smell great ( and perfect for fall) it is also a powerful defense against mold growth in your home. It can also prevent mold from growing on food!

2.) Thyme Oil is excellent for fighting off mold related bacteria! Its also an incredible purifying agent for your skin!

3.) If you only use one of these oils, Clove oil is the one to pick! Not only is it a vigorous defender against mold, it is also known to prevent black mold! On top of that, it's also full of antioxidants that can keep you healthy and boost your immune system!

4.) Last but not least, tea tree oil is an anti-fungal that can help you disinfect your home and prevent mold growth! Its also known to get rid of the musty smell of mold!

When Prevention isn't enough to keep mold away, Call SERVPRO. We are more than happy to help and make it “like it never even happened!”

 About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after Mold 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 of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Vandalism Help

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Building that has been vandalized by graffiti/spray paint Don't let graffiti ruin your commercial building. Call the experts at SERVPRO! We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

The last thing you want to see on your commercial building is a colorful display of graffiti. Unfortunately, graffiti can make a beautiful building look unprofessional and abandoned, which in turn could result in the loss of customers. If this happens to you, our professionals at SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened." In the meantime, here are a few tips to keep you educated on graffiti and how it can impact your commercial building.  

  • If you notice graffiti on your commercial building, give SERVPRO a call ASAP! The longer the paint sits, the harder it is to take off.
  • The outside temperature makes a difference in the graffiti removal process. The colder the weather, the more difficult it is to remove the paint as it bonds with the cold wall. Warmer weather makes it much easier to remove.
  • The cleaning agent used to remove graffiti makes a huge difference. You can trust SERVPRO to use the appropriate cleaning agents to remove all signs of spray paint. Our talented experts will restore your building and make it like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after vandalism, 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 Vandalism, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342

Helpful flood prevention tips for your commercial property!

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Inside of a building flooded with high levels of water. If a flood hits your commercial building, give the experts at SERVPRO a call! We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Helpful flood prevention tips for your commercial property!

Running and owning a business is stressful enough, and the last thing you want to think about is flooding. Thankfully, we’ve provided some tips and tricks to help your business stay clear from flood damage! Keep reading for prevention ideas that can save you time and money!

  •  Insulate exposed pipes---Michigan winters get COLD, which means there is a chance your pipes could freeze and burst! We don’t want this to happen, so insulate those pipes! The more insulation the better!
  • Avoid drastic changes in temperature. Make sure the temp in your business / commercial building doesn’t get lower than 50 degrees. (even when nobody is there!) Low temps = a greater chance of frozen and bursting pipes.
  • Survey gutters and drainage---Fallen leaves and other rubble that gets into your gutters can cause water damage to the interior and exterior walls of your building! Regularly check the gutters and drainage system to make sure things are working properly. Remove any build up. It’s also a good idea to get the gutters professionally cleaned. This ensures that water is properly draining away from your building.
  • Keep the roof clear---Snow and ice build up on top of your building can cause the roof to weaken resulting in leaks. It can also create ice dams, which prevent water from being drained correctly. Be aware of your roof’s loading capacity, and routinely check to make sure snow and ice build up aren’t surpassing the loading capacity.
  • Know where to find the shut off valve---if your pipes burst, you’ll need to move fast. Make sure you know where the main shut off valve is in case this happens! Turning off that valve temporarily stops the water flow to your building which gives you time to fix the problem or call for help.
  • Close off any gaps or cracks---sealing all holes, gaps and cracks reduces the risk of cold air coming inside and freezing your pipes. Caulk, weather stripping, and other sealants can be used to make your building more energy efficient and reduce this risk.
  • Keep details on valuable items--Know the prices of your important items in case of water damage. This is useful for insurance purposes and for helping you replace items after the event. If there is potential for flooding, move these items off the floor of your business.
  • If these tips and tricks aren’t enough to keep your commercial building from flooding, give us a call! SERVPRO is happy to help and ready to make it like it never even happened.

  About SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont:

 SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and smoke or water damage 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 a fire damage event call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids /Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Did you know this about lightning?

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

lightning When lightning strikes, call SERVPRO!

               Did you know this about lightning?

With summer transitioning to fall, its time say goodbye to the beach and hello to colorful leaves and stormy weather. To prepare yourself, take a look at these fun facts about thunder and lightning!

1.) Lightning creates heat hotter than the sun.

2.)While you may have heard the saying “Lightning never strikes the same place twice”, turns out that isn’t really true! In reality, lightning actually can strike the same place twice, or even more than twice! It can also strike multiple places at once!

3.) According to author Alex Daniel at com, The state of Florida gets more lightning than any other state, and Venezuela experiences more lightning than anywhere else on earth!

4.)Thunder cannot exist without lightning

5.)90% of victims who are struck by lightning survive

6.)Lightning can cause severe home damage such as fires or leaky roofs. If this happens to you, call SERVPRO! Our restoration cleanup experts will make it "Like it never even happened." We are always willing and eager to help!

 About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont

www.SERVPRObigrapidsfremont.com specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and smoke or water damage 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 a fire, storm, or mold damage event, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Grilling Safety

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure your Holiday is safe from fire damage!

It's almost Labor Day Weekend!

If you plan to grill this weekend, keep reading for tips and tricks to keep everyone safe!

  •  Keep it clean! Fat and oil build up on the grill and the tray underneath are one of the main causes of grill fires. Cleaning up access oil and fat with a wire brush is the best way to get it off. It’s easiest to do this while the grill is still hot. It is recommended to deep clean your grill 2-3 times a year.
  • For gas grills: Make SURE you check for propane leaks! Examine the gas tank thoroughly. Sometimes the holes are tiny, so keep a close eye on the tank while you examine it.
  • Don’t leave the grill unattended. While this may sound obvious, many people don’t take it seriously. Remember, fire is unpredictable!

 Side Note: Grills stay hot up to an hour after use, so keep that in mind when you’re finished grilling for the day.

  • Proper clothing. If your clothing has long sleeves or hanging tassels/ strings, consider changing into a tee shirt or ask someone else to grill. Clothing that has lose ends and hanging strings can easily catch fire.
  • Stick to the outdoors. Make sure your grill is stationed outside, and at least 10 feet away from the house!  Sadly, 29% of grill fires start from the balcony or porch of a house. We don’t want that to be you, so the farther away, the better!

 These 5 tips will ensure you, your family, and friends have a fun AND safe holiday weekend!

 ABOUT SERVPRO BIG RAPIDS/FREMONT

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is the premier disaster restoration company in Big Rapids. When disaster strikes, we are here and ready to answer your call. We provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your restoration and cleaning needs. We understand that when faced with unexpected damage that it can be overwhelming and we are here to help. Our crew members are IICRC certified and highly trained and dedicated to respond faster to any size disaster. No matter the size of the job, we will leave your home or business “Like it never even happened.”

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (231) 796-2342

Fire Safety and Fireworks

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Celebrate Safety this Holiday

With the warmer months of the summer comes times to celebrate events with barbecues, family events and everyone’s favorite firework displays. These times where we use fireworks for celebrations do we take the necessary safety percautions to prevent injury or property damage needed? In all years studied, Independence Day has more incidents reported in NFIRS than any other day of the year. The number of incidents in the NFIRS database associated with July 4 and July 5 were 2.4 times the average daily number of incidents on other days of the year. Brush and outside fire incidents were nearly four times higher during this holiday than on the average day. Structure fires increase on July 4 and July 5th as well. As would be expected, fireworks were responsible for a considerable portion of the increase in fire incidence on Independence Day. In fact, 31 percent of the total annual number of fireworks−related fires occur on July 4 and 5. These fires individually were less severe than fires generally, with lower average dollar loss per fire, less than half of the injuries and one third the deaths per fire.

source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov

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. 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 a fire call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

When Water Damage Causes Mold Growth

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Growth from Water Loss

When you are faced with water damage to your home or business it can be very overwhelming to say the least. Most of the time we can find the problem and where the water is coming from and fix the source before to much damage can happen. The issue with water damage is if you don’t clean and dry out the area with the correct methods it can lead to mold growth in the long haul. It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 231-796-2342

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont for mold remediation services.

March is American Red Cross Month

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

How can you make a Difference?

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Weather it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, or training and certifications the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it the most. You probably hear about the impact the Red Cross has on TV when it comes to major disasters like hurricanes, wildfire and tornadoes. The American Red Cross shows hard work and dedication day in and day out that doesn’t become covered in the media. With over 70,000 disasters a year they respond to the public with support after many emergencies that they face. Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the “everyday heroes” who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross network.

The Red Cross depends on generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support the lifesaving services and programs. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org

We are here for any size disaster situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a emergency 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.

The smell of mold and the Importance in taking action

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Can you smell that?

Mold most of the time can be invisible to the naked eye because we can’t see it doesn’t mean that it’s not there. The most common is when mold grows in basements, attics, crawl spaces and other areas with high humidity. What is mold you ask?

mold/

noun: mould; plural noun: moulds; noun: mold; plural noun: molds

  1. a furry growth of minute fungal hyphae occurring typically in moist warm conditions, especially on food or other organic matter.

 Mold can grow where water or moisture is present and always isn’t so visible to spot out. When you start to smell a weird odor in a certain area that should be the first clue to start investigating to see if you spot mold in your home. Mold has a pungent, earthy, musty and unpleasant smell. The first reaction is to use air fresheners and disinfectant sprays in hopes of removing the odor. The only way to control mold odor is to remove the mold in the affected area. When you see mold grow on the outside of the wall in some cases it can be cleaned unless the mold has grown into your soft wall material especially drywall, then you have to remove the wall that is affected. When a wall is affected be sure to look behind furniture and baseboards that might be near the area that the mold made an appearance. In these cases, you need a professional to contain area and remove any affected areas to prevent any of the mold spores to spreading into the rest of your home. When dealing with a situation like this be sure to be cautious or call a professional.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Call SERVPRO the first signs of Mold

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow on anything

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 a fallacy. 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 home or 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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 231.796.2342

Leave the Board-Up Services to the Professionals

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Our crews are ready to help!

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through—especially if it is your property that has been damaged. Our teams specialize in keeping your property safe from any further damages that might come arise.

Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself. We are also concerned about keeping your belongings safe and not exposed to multiple elements or theft. Your SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and re-mediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Big Rapids/Fremont area we can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions?

Call Us 24/7 – (231) 796-2342

Prevent an Ice Dam on your Roof this Season

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Ice build up on a house roof

Every year we deal with an excessive amount of snow and cold temperatures that take a toll on your property. When the snow falls the last thing that you think about are ice dams that form on your home and the damage that they can cause. With some steps of prevention and things to look for you can save a lot of headache and money this winter season.

Things to look for when you suspect you have an ice dam problem:

  • You see icicles forming behind the gutter
  • Ice or water starts to form on the siding or around windows
  • Ice begins to build on top of the gutters or lower edge of roof
  • You see icicles forming on the edge of your roof this can be with or without gutters
  • Ice begins coming through the soffit vents or through the soffit itself.
  • PREVENTING ICE DAMS
  • You can scrape snow from the roof whenever it falls, using a snow rake or a broom or plastic shovel. Keeping the access snow from building up on the edge of the roof.
  • Heated cables are another prevention tip for ice dams. Attached with clips along the roof's edge in a zigzag pattern, heated cables combat ice dams that lift shingles and cause leaks

These simple tips and things to look for will make it easier to know what the next steps are when dealing with water leaks in your home. Prevention is the key focus but sometimes the damage is done to the home and you need help cleaning up the water that made its way in from your roof and that’s where SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont comes in and helps you make it "Like it never even happened."

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. 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 water damage is in your home call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

Plants can do what for my home?

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

There are over 26 different kinds of plants that clean air

Sure, that potted fern is pretty, but can it really spruce up the air quality in your home? Studies by scientists at NASA, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Georgia and other respected institutions suggest that it can.

Plants are notoriously adept at absorbing gases through pores on the surface of their leaves. It's this skill that facilitates photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light energy and carbon dioxide into chemical energy to fuel growth.

But scientists studying the air-purification capacities of indoor plants have found that plants can absorb many other gases in addition to carbon dioxide, including a long list of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Benzene (found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke) and formaldehyde (found in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner) are examples of common indoor VOCs that plants help eliminate.

These VOCs and other indoor air pollutants (such as ozone) have been linked to numerous acute conditions, including asthma and nausea, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.

Indoor Plants Help with Removing Harmful Compounds from the Air

An indoor plant's ability to remove these harmful compounds from the air is an example of phytoremediation, which is the use of any plant — indoors or out — to mitigate pollution in air, soil or water.

Indoor plants remove pollutants from the air by absorbing these gases through their leaves and roots. The microorganisms that live in the soil of potted plants also play an instrumental role in neutralizing VOCs and other pollutants.

While most leafy plants are adept at purifying indoor air, some of the plants that scientists have found most useful in removing VOCs include Japanese royal ferns, spider plants, Boston ferns, purple waffle plants, English ivy, areca palms, golden pothos, aloe vera, snake plants and peace lilies.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/38445-indoor-plants-clean-air.html

Clean Air is important when it comes to your home where you and your love ones spend most of your time. If these tips didn’t help you achieve the clean air you were hoping call SERVPRO Big Rapids/Fremont and schedule an appointment for us to clean your homes Air Ducts to make sure your air is running clean

Making it easy to create an Emergency Checklist

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Are your Prepared?

Making a plan to be ready ahead of any size disaster is key to surviving. With these few simple steps, it can help you evacuate your home safely before help arrives.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelterplan?
  3. What is my evacuationroute?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Create and fill out important information needed for the whole family to understand. Make sure to communicate key steps and meeting spots in case of an emergency. Using pictures or graphics can make it easier for the children in the home to understand main places to evacuate.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Source: ready.gov

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.

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

Using Your Portable Generator Safely

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let your generator cause damages to your home

GENERATOR SAFETY

 We all have been there when the power in your home or business decides to shut off caused by bad weather or a community outage. The first thing you think about is how to take action to find a power source to get you back up and running. Many businesses and residential properties have the convenience of a backup generator located nearby. With operation of a generator do you know the first things to keep in mind to staying safe while using one?

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below from the American Red Cross:

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

 If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Big Rapids/Fremont area we can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (231) 796-2342

Duct Cleaning Tips for your Business

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your Employees Safe

HVAC system cleaning in your business and the importance of the health of your employees. There are many factors that will affect the air quality in your business and the main one is your air ducts and how they need to be cleaned. 1 out of 6 people suffer from allergies do so because of the direct relationship to fungi and bacteria in the air ducts systems. When the correct steps are taken it will improve productivity in your employees and the workplace.

Top Seven Reasons to Clean Ducts:

  • Mildew and Mold growing from moisture
  • Smoke from cigarettes or chemicals
  • Water and fire restoration
  • Allergy relief and asthma
  • Reduce Dust and particles from spreading
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Insects and rodents

In most cases your business and your home rarely open the windows or doors to help provide air circulation resulting in some of these reasons causing poor air quality. When your HVAC system is clean it doesn’t have to work so hard to maintain the temperature desired resulting in more money in your pocket. Have your ducts and system cleaned and inspected each year to make sure your business is running smoothly. If your business needs help cleaning up after a fire or water damage SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is here to help.

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Big Rapids/Fremont commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Big Rapids/Fremont We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 231-796-2342

When storms or floods hit Big Rapids/Fremont, SERVPRO is ready!

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Big Rapids/Fremont

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 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

Staying warm this winter season without disasters

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Stay warm without worry this year

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. Many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves to help keep homes warm. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fires in your home the winter season.

  • 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.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heater
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and smoke or water damage 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 a fire damage event call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

When a house fire strikes what do you do after

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

House Fires happen every day. Are you prepared?

Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process.  When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around.  Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact.

The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
  • If you leave your home, contact the local police department to let them know the site will be unoccupied.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.
  • Check with an accountant or the Internal Revenue Service about special benefits for people recovering from fire loss.

For more information on what you should do after a home fire, including valuing your property, replacing documents, and salvage hints, visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s website.

Source: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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. 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.

Colder temperatures calls for pipes to freeze

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Pipe breaks can be scary

With winter months upon us it brings concerns and worries about your home or business getting effected when the snow hits the ground. With temperatures reaching an all-time lower number you might want to be on the lookout for frozen pipes that can burst and make a nightmare in your home or business. When your property is subjected to water pipe freezes, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber and shutting off the water. A crack in a pipe can distributes hundreds of gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, potential for mold.

Things to keep in mind when looking for a frozen pipe:

  • There’s no running water or any water coming from facet
  • You notice frost buildup on pipes
  • Temperatures outside are dropping below 32 degrees
  • Weird smells coming from your pipes

Prevention tips that might help you:

  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances.
  • Don’t let your thermostat temperature get no lower than 55 degrees.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing “Heat Tape”
  • Let the cold-water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the inside temperature the same for day and night, don’t lower it when you go to sleep.

What to do when you have a pipe break:

  • Find the main water shut off in your home or business and close the valve to make sure no more water enters.
  • Begin to investigate where the break occurred and then call for a plumber to come out and fix it.
  • Call SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids to come out and extract the water and dry the structure to prevent further damage to your property.

These are just a few helpful things to know when dealing with the cold winter months and keeping your home safe from disaster. The important thing is that Homeowners and business owners should check their insurance policies to make sure they are up to date and will cover damage that could be caused by frozen or otherwise broken pipes. The best time to check is before it becomes an issue.

If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Big Rapids/Fremont area we can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 231-796-2342

Big Rapids/Fremont 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids provides 24 hour water and fire damage restoration service in Grand Rapids and the surrounding area

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (231) 796-2342

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. 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.

We have the right tools for the job

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Just one of the many tools that we use

The right equipment makes all the difference when it comes to a water loss emergency, time is everything. Our team here at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont has the urgency and state-of-art tools and equipment to make sure the job gets done correctly.  

Here are a few tools used by SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont professionals:

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing professionals to monitor drying process.
  • Thermohydrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized. 
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Mold Colonizers after Water Damage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold colonizers growing in home

When water enters your home, there are many types of mold that can grow within the structure if the water isn’t taken care of quickly. That’s where SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is ready to help prevent colonizers from growing.

The types of mold caused by water damage depends on the amount of moisture available for mold growth. The “available water” is referred to as water activity and has a scale of 0 to 1. A scale of 1 means almost running water in the material. Based on the water activity mold can be divided into 3 categories.

  1. Primary colonizers. Primary colonizers can grow at a water activity less than or equal to 0.80
  2. Secondary colonizers. Secondary colonizers grow at a water activity level of 0.80-0.90
  3. Tertiary colonizers. Tertiary colonizers require a water activity greater than 0.90. Since tertiary colonizers will only grow well in presence of excessive water, they are used as indicators of serious water damage.

If you have a water loss situation call the professionals here at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont and we will be there to help! Call Us Today 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Prevention Steps to Save your Property from Mold

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Can you spot trouble in your home?

How do you keep mold out of buildings and homes?

As part of routine building maintenance, buildings should be inspected for evidence of water damage and visible mold. The conditions causing mold (such as water leaks, condensation, infiltration, or flooding) should be corrected to prevent mold from growing.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Use mold inhibitors which can be added to paints.
  • Clean bathroom with mold-killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms.
  • Remove and replace flooded carpets.

Are you questioning a mold problem in your home or office? Let the professionals here at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont help!

We are here for any size situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Restoring Your Big Rapids/Fremont Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Big Rapids/Fremont commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

The Science Behind Drying out Water Damage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Drying out water damage in customers home

When Water Damage happens in your house the first things we all think about is to grab towels and mop up the water and finish with placing our house fans to dry up the area. Did you know that there is a Science of Drying and restoring your property?

With all the factors that go into what can happen with water damage its time that matters the most to help prevent other problems to arise. When you call SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont we have the state-of-art equipment to speed up Mother Nature. When a property is wet it can naturally dry itself but also takes too long and with this process other damage such as mold and a weaken structure can happen creating more damage than if it was taken care of faster.

Here at SERVPRO we have the knowledge of psychometrics which is essential to restoring water damage to its preloss condition. Our Team has been trained on all of the drying techniques that we use every day and are knowledgeable on how to dry your home the fasted way possible. SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont has equipment to help dry your hard wood floors and carpets, hard to reach spaces in your walls and many more.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont has tools to monitor the drying process allowing us to take pictures and different readings to track the restoration progress. With the readings that we get we use our program SERVPRO DryBOOK to record information to ensure your restoration is done properly and efficiently every time.

We are here for any size Water Damage situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Holiday Cooking Comes with Caution

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Spoil your Holiday this year

Holiday Cooking Safety

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and smoke or water damage 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 a fire damage event call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

Be safe during Severe Weather

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Are you Ready?

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless

Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and smoke or water damage 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 a storm damage event call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

Water is Everywhere! Are you prepared in case of a flood?

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

There’s more to flooding then just a wet basement.

With any situation that involves water damage big or small it can be devastating to say the least. The good news is that with a flood plan and basic safety precautions you can keep yourself safe.

Make a Flood Plan

  • Know your flood risk.
  • Make a flood emergency plan.
  • Build or restock youremergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

Basic Safety Tips

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

After the Flood

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

These easy steps to take could save your life and other things that are important to you.

Source: ready.gov

When a water issue becomes too much for you to handle let our team help with your restoration services due to Water Damage Call SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont (231)796-2342 services available 24/7

Safety tips to keep your Home from Tricks this Halloween

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your Home Safe this Halloween

With trick-or-treaters running the streets in search of the best house on the block for the best candy that makes you think about how close Halloween is upon us. When it comes to having the best costume or the best candy as a home owner there are some things you should keep in mind before the big night. Keeping your property safe is key to have a safe and fun holiday with friends and family. There are a handful of tips to make sure are covered.

Outdoor Lighting - Make sure paths to your house are well lit for your trick-or-treat visitors to ensure their safety entering your yard or your front porch. Using lights that are not hazards examples being glow sticks or maybe even string lights to guide people to your front door can help out.

Family Pets - Your family pet maybe be great around friends and family and super friendly but keep in mind the little kids showing up at the door dressed as a scary monster. Having the door bell ringing all night can maybe brother your dog and sent them into a barking match. It’s always a good tip to keep your pets locked up and away from all the noise and visitors to ensure fun for everyone.

Fire Safety - Another thing to keep in mind is the freshly craved pumpkins that sit outside your door you and your family spent quality time craving. What’s a craved pumpkin without something to light up your artwork for the neighborhood to see? Have some concerns in mind about fire safety and what alternatives to use other than candles to prevent a scarier problem from happening to your home. With fire safety on the top of list to prevent maybe double check for any other hazards that might be around your home. Using these quick and small steps can make the difference to getting a treat over a trick this year. If you come across damages to your home this holiday from fire or water damages just know SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is here to help.

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. 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 a fire or water damage event call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

Are you prepared with supplies for a Storm

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm clean-up? We can help

Steps You Should Take to Prepare for a Storm

To prepare for a storm, each family should have an emergency kit. Since you may have to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone in the family should know exactly where the emergency kits are located.

Your emergency kit should contain:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Portable battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and essential medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable emergency food
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Disposable camera
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Important papers, identification and bank information

When a severe storm is approaching, tune into a local TV or radio broadcast covering the storm and follow evacuation orders, if they are issued. Check your emergency supplies and make sure you have enough water for everyone in your home, typically 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days. Fill up your bathtubs with clean water. Turn your refrigerator and freezer up to the maximum setting so your food will stay cold for as long as possible in the event of a power outage. If you have storm shutters on your windows, make sure they are closed and secured. If not you can use pre-cut plywood to cover exposed glass. To prevent damage from flying objects, bring outdoor furniture, tools, pots and toys in from outside. Secure important documents, photographs and other valuables in a waterproof and fireproof case.

We are here for any size situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular

Leave it to the IICRC Professionals

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm

When it comes to your business, are you putting your property in professional’s hands? With any size disaster, there’s always a different approach depending what the damage is to your business. Our employees are IICRC Certified to make sure accurate structural renewal.

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.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

We are here for any size situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Fall projects that need attention before winter months

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

What projects are on your list?

The leaves start to fall and the temperatures become brisk outside so have you thought about winterizing your home to brace for winter months ahead. When it comes to your property you try to do whatever you have to do to prepare for the worst things imaginable but have you added these projects to your to do list? Many projects that include fall preparation would be your homes outdoor water spigots and garden hoses. Leaving water in any exterior hoses or pipes can cause them to freeze and burst. Another important step this fall is to check the condition of your roof. When checking your roof make sure to look for red flags such as shingles missing or pulling away. Being aware of roof damages before the snow start to fly will save you time and money in the colder months. Another project being that it is the fall season you might notice the trees around your home shedding their leaves. Make it a priority when on the roof to inspect and clean out you gutters and downspouts. These helpful hints will help you prepare with ease to enjoy the colder days ahead.

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.

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

Is your home clothes dryer hiding something

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Always make sure your dryer vent is clean

Facts about home clothes dryer fires

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).
  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Clothes dryer dos

Installation

  • Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.
  • Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.
  • Read manufacturers' instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers.

Cleaning

  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.

Maintenance

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks.
  • Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
  • Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.

Source: www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention

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. 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 out your home or dryer vent call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

SERVPRO takes the Steps to prevent spreading of Mold in your Home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Plastic sheet physical barriers for your home

Mold can be a nasty visitor to your home unannounced and unnoticed before you realized its even there. The many signs of mold most home owners choose to ignore thinking that the effects are not a big deal. When ignoring the signs of mold, you can not only damage your property but your health when it contaminates your clean air in your living space. When you have a feeling that your home might be affected you should let the professionals here at SERVPRO handle the job of getting rid of it all at once.

When it comes to Mold it’s very sensitive to deal with reasons being the growth can spread very fast if it’s not dealt with in the correct way. Mold spores can become airborne and attach to other things in your home. Cleaning mold spores can be disturbed through the cleanup process and should be contained so it can’t spread into your home. Here at SERVPRO our professionals are trained IICRC-certified through every aspect of the removed and treatment done.

The beginning stages of the removal process is the containment of the area. We create a physical barrier using plastic sheeting. When covering the area, we also focus on covering doors and air vents in the area so the effected air doesn’t travel in to other areas of your home. Then the next steps are to place air movement machines that use negative air to filter the containments out of the air. These machines have powerful HEPA filters that draw in the negative air and the vent it outside your property using a hose.

We are here for any size mold situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Fire Safety Month

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Do you have a plan ready?

Fire Safety Month

During the month of October our attention is focused on National Fire Prevention. Promoting fire safety along with knowing the hazards we face every day. With a few quick safety checklists points you can have an idea of what things to prepare for.

Fire Safety Checklist:

  • Avoid using space heaters close to bedding and sheets that will catch fire easily.
  • When using lit candles make sure to keep a distance away from other objects and always keep an eye on the candle while it’s burning.
  • Electrical objects should be checked for frayed cords to prevent electrical fire from forming.
  • Teach others around you what to do when it comes to clothing catching fire. Always remember to Stop! Drop! And Roll!
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year and have one located in every room especially in bedrooms.
  • Have an escape plan for you and your family and write it out and display it for everyone to see. Always practice and review the plan to make sure everyone knows where to go in case of a fire.

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. 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 a fire call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

What Kind of Water are you dealing with?

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Always be informed on what you’re dealing with

When facing a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup.  There are three types of water.

  1. Clean Water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.
  2. Gray Water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean Water becomes Gray Water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.
  3. Black Water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black Water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black Water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Are you not sure what type of water damage you are dealing with? Let the professionals here at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont help!

We are here for any size situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Download the App Today!

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. 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. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Call Us today about setting up your READY profile for your business for FREE! 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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

Always trust your Instincts when dealing with mold

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

It can show up just about anywhere

Smelling a Mold Odor

When you have mold growing hidden away in your house, often a moldy smell might be the only clue that it's there. Don't ignore mold odors if you can't see any mold. You should thoroughly inspect your home before any mold problems get worse.

You can find out how to inspect your house for mold at Mold Inspection.

Seeing Signs of Mold Growth

Visible mold growth might seem like an obvious sign of mold. Many people don't notice small amounts of mold growth or they think it's just soot or dirt. Sometimes people simply ignore visible mold in their house.

If you can see mold growth, even if it's only small, you should take action immediately. Small mold patches can spread and the fact that there is any mold shows that the conditions in your home are right for mold to grow. You can find a guide to removing mold at Mold Removal.

If you don't take care of mold it will soon become a bigger problem. Visible mold growth could also be a sign that there is a much larger mold colony growing hidden away from view.

Sometimes you might not realize there is mold in your house, especially if it is unusual looking mold. Some mold growth looks white and thread-like. Other mold appears as clusters of small black spots. Mold can be black, gray-brown, gray-green or white in color. Mold growing behind wallpaper made of vinyl can even appear orange, pink or purple.

Source: moldpedia.com

If you have concern about mold in your home let our team help with your restoration services and removal call SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 231.796.2342 services available 24/7

Don't let an Electrical Fire damage your property

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

What to look for to prevent fire in your home

SERVPRO Technicians are BOTH Certified and Properly Equipped to Remediate After a Fire in Your Home

Electrical fires are one of the top five causes of fires in manufacturing plants. Here a non-exhaustive list of specific electrical hazards:

  • Wiring that is exposed or not up to code
  • Overloaded outlets
  • Extension cords
  • Overloaded circuits
  • Static discharge

The damage caused by these fires can quickly compound thanks to several of the other items on this list. Any of the above hazards can cause a spark, which can serve as an ignition source for combustible dust, as well as flammable liquids and gasses.

How to prevent electrical fire incidents

As with the previous risks, the key to preventing electrical fires is awareness and prevention. This involves training, maintenance, and following best practices. Here are a few to put into practice right now:

  • Don’t overload electrical equipment or circuits.
  • Don’t leave temporary equipment plugged in when it’s not in use.
  • Avoid using extension cords, and never consider them permanent solutions.
  • Use antistatic equipment where required by NFPA or OSHA.
  • Follow a regular housekeeping plan to remove combustible dust and other hazardous materials from areas that contain equipment and machinery.
  • Implement a reporting system so that anyone who observes an electrical fire risk can report it without consequences.

For more information on electrical safety, consult NFPA 70: National Electrical Code and OSHA’s “Electrical Safety in the Workplace.”

Source: http://news.nilfiskcfm.com

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is always available 24 hours a day when a loss becomes overwhelming from a fire in the workplace or in your home. These simple ideas will help you with prevention where its most important so seconds don't turn into disaster.

For Immediate Service in Big Rapids/Fremont, Call SERVPRO!

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Big Rapids We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 231-796-2342

Residential Services

Whether your Big Rapids home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services: SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Big Rapids commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

What to Be Aware of When it comes to a Flood!

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

The Need to Know About Floods

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

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.

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.

Source: http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 231.796.2342

Faster to your Big Rapids Water Damage Event

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Big Rapids area

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

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 231.796.2342

Water Damage Timeline

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.
  • 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.

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. 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.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Are you Prepared?

With the main focus of September being Emergency Preparation Month, making a plan to be ready ahead of any size disaster is key to surviving. With these few simple steps, it can help you evacuate your home safely before help arrives.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Create and fill out important information needed for the whole family to understand. Make sure to communicate key steps and meeting spots in case of an emergency. Using pictures or graphics can make it easier for the children in the home to understand main places to evacuate.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Source: ready.gov

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.

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.

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Prepared for Tornadoes and the Damage that Follows

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Being Prepared Ahead of the Storm

Before a Tornado

Identify safe rooms built to FEMA criteria or ICC500 storm shelters or other potential protective locations in sturdy buildings near your home, work, and other locations you frequent so you have a plan for where you will go quickly for safety when there is a Warning or an approaching tornado.

For schools, malls, and other buildings with long-span roofs or open space plans, or many occupants, ask the building manager to identify the best available refuge. 

Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Look for the following danger signs:

Dark, often greenish sky

Large hail

A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)

Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

After a Tornado

If you are trapped, do not move about or kick up dust. Tap on a pipe or wall or use a whistle, if you have one, so that rescuers can locate you.

Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.

Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

Watch out for debris and downed power lines.

Stay out of damaged buildings and homes until local authorities indicate it is safe.

Use extreme caution during post-disaster clean-up of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during clean-up.

Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

If your home is without power, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns rather than candles to prevent accidental fires.

Source: www.ready.gov

We are here for any size Storm Damage situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Things to Know About Sewage Backups in your Home!

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup in Customers Basement

When it comes to water damage there is important things to remember about the different hazards that can contaminate the water that is in your home. Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents.

Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups and how to handle the situation with caution:

  • Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
  • It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
  • Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly.  This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.  There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
  • Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is always available 24 hours a day when a loss becomes overwhelming from a Water Loss or Sewage Backup in the workplace or in your home. These simple tips will help you with prevention and awareness where its most important so seconds don’t turn into disaster.

Don't let Bad Weather Ruin your Summer

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Be Prepared before Disaster Strikes

Severe Weather can affect your property in multiple ways. With Summer in Michigan is full effect there’s always things to prepare for Thunderstorms to keep yourself safe. These tips listed below will help you know what to do to save your property and love ones from damage.

How to Prepare for Thunderstorms

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aidand learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Review the Be Red Cross Ready - Thunderstorm Safety Checklist

Source: http://www.redcross.org/

We are here for any size Storm Damage situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage 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.

Looking for the right signs of Lead Paint

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

You can never be to sure. Test your home today

Where to Look

While virtually any painted surface in an older home could have been treated with lead paint, there are a few particular places where it might be more likely to appear. These include any exterior surface, surfaces that are regularly exposed to weather (like windows and doors), interior trim, stairs, and railings. Also consider that older furniture and toys could contain lead paint as well.

What to Look For

Lead paint typically cracks and chips in a distinct “scaly” or geometric pattern. This is probably the best indication of the presence of lead paint, although bear in mind that oil and latex paints can crack, flake, and chip as well. A secondary indicator that you might be dealing with lead paint is that it rubs off with a chalky residue.

If You Suspect It’s Lead Paint

If you think you might have lead paint in your home, it is best to confirm it with a lead paint test. You can purchase a test kit for around $10 at your local paint store or big-box hardware store. There are a couple of different types of test kits available at this price, so be sure to read the label before you purchase it. The first, and my chosen method, is the disposable swab kit. One kit typically comes with two swabs, each of which contains non-toxic chemicals that turn a specific color when they come in contact with lead. This test yields results within one minute. If you feel uncomfortable interpreting the results of a swab test, your other option is to purchase a kit that allows you to collect a sample of the paint in question and send it to a laboratory for analysis. Typically, these results will be mailed to you within a week of the lab’s receipt of your sample.

If Your Paint Tests Positive for Lead

First, don’t panic. Some experts agree that if your paint is not cracking, chipping, chalking, or flaking off and is not in a high-traffic or child-accessible area it is best to leave it alone and simply monitor it for future signs of damage. However, lead paint in heavy-use areas like windows, doors, stairs and railings should be addressed even if it is not clearly chipping off. The friction resulting from the regular use or operation of these surfaces can create airborne lead dust. In addition, any cracking, flaking, chipping, or otherwise compromised lead paint should be addressed immediately.

Source: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/identifying-lead-paint

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. 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.

Things to prevent a fire from Fireworks this Holiday

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

One Sparkler can start a Huge Disaster

Firework Injury Statistics

  • Every year almost 10,000 people are treated in emergency rooms with fireworks-related injuries. The estimated cost of the injuries exceeds $100 million dollars annually.
  • Over 2/3 of all fireworks injuries occur between June 16 and July 16
  • 72% of all fireworks injuries are to males.
  • Most fireworks injuries occur to the face (12%), eyes (17%), and hands (34%).
  • Fires caused by fireworks injure 50 and kill 15 people on average annually.

Tips for Having a Safe Fireworks Display

The safest and most effective way to prevent firework-related injuries and deaths is to leave all fireworks displays to trained professionals. If these professionals are unavailable for your firework displays the following safety tips will help keep you and your audience safe.

Only adults should use fireworks.

The vast majority of firework-related injuries happen to children under the age of 15.  Understanding the risks fireworks pose to children and the importance of having adults present to handle fireworks can greatly decrease injuries and deaths.

Follow federal and state firework laws.

Every state has unique rules and regulations concerning the use, possession, and distribution of all types of fireworks. Knowing the laws in your state can keep you safe, prevent fines, and protect you from purchasing unsafe or illegal fireworks. The following link contains updated laws for every state concerning fireworks.

Use fireworks in clear, open areas

Make sure the area being used is clear of any obstructions. Also, make sure the area where fireworks are used is clear of dry, potentially flammable grass, wood, or debris. It is also a good idea to monitor your state’s wildfire warnings and make sure there isn’t a fire weather watch in effect. These warnings occur during extended periods of dry weather and higher-than-average wind speeds. During these conditions, lighting fireworks could lead to potentially lethal wildfires. For more information regarding wildfire warnings visit the USDA Forest Service Page.

Light fireworks on flat surfaces.

Using a flat surface is extremely important when using fireworks. If the area where you are using fireworks is too uneven, there is the potential they could tip over and go off horizontally and severely injure someone. Flat surfaces are also important when using fireworks that take off vertically, like bottle rockets. If the area is too uneven they could have an angled trajectory which could result in an injury to a person, property damage, or fires.

Have fire extinguishers ready.

Have water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. When using fireworks, there should be at least one person assigned the duty of operating the fire extinguisher in case something should go wrong.

Store and dispose of fireworks safely.

Do not store fireworks for extended periods of time and use as soon after purchase as possible. When storing fireworks, keep them in a cool dry place out of the reach of children.

Once a firework is used it should be allowed to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.  Once this period of time is over it should be placed in a bucket of water to soak thoroughly. After the rest period and soak period they can be safely disposed of in a regular trash receptacle. Both of these steps are important because if fireworks are not soaked properly there is a potential for heat to be trapped inside of them and they can reignite and cause trash fires. Also, use caution when cleaning up debris from used fireworks since certain parts may still be extremely hot, combustible, or sharp.

Know how to handle firework duds.

If a firework malfunctions, do not attempt to relight it. Allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes and then safely douse it with water and let sit for another 15 to 20 minutes. After this period of time submerge the firework in water and allow it to soak. Once the firework is completely soaked it is safe to dispose.

Source: http://cultureofsafety.thesilverlining.com/safety-tips/fireworks

Be safe out this holiday season! Call SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont if Disaster hinders your Celebrations 24/7 where we can clean up any situation.

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