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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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