Recent Water Damage Posts

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.