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Even a Little Water can be Damaging in your Portage Home if Left Untreated

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher leaking water Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today to quickly make water damages "Like it never even happened."

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions in your home. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and block furniture
  • Provide floor service
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization
  • Using drying equipment and monitor drying
  • Dispose of refuse

Before you risk your health by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. Our 24-hour response team ensures we arrive to your home quickly to make water damages “Like it never even happened.”

How to Prepare Your Family from a Storm in Scotts, MI

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Lighting strike with SERVPRO logo When disaster strikes your home call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today!

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that storms can be devastating to you and your family and your safety is important to us. After a storm, you may be without power for several days. Being prepared for any storm situation is very important. An essential part of preparedness is having an emergency supply kit. When preparing your kit, make sure to include these items.

  • One gallon of water per person per day for three days
  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger and backup battery
  • Battery operated or crank radio

When disaster strikes your Scotts, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts can walk you through our clean up process, keeping you informed. We are here for you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366. We are “Faster to any size disaster.”

Who Will Put Your Parchment Business Back Together After a Fire?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Inside of a home damaged by fire Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 for all your fire restoration needs!

To you, it’s more than just a business, it’s your livelihood. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands the feeling of frustration and overwhelming concern related to handling fire damage. Their priority is to help you regain control and get your doors open again. Within eight business hours of arriving at your facility, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo Technicians will discuss the extent of the damage and the steps they will take to help restore your building, equipment and furniture. Responding quickly to a fire damage can save your company money, reduce more extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.

Armed with industry-approved equipment and expertise, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will make every effort to restore your business to preloss conditions when possible. We use the latest equipment, products, and processes to property remove smoke, soot, fire damage from walls, flooring, and air ducts, and restore furniture and equipment. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo technicians are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your business back in business.

Deodorizing After a Fire in Your Schoolcraft Home

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is trained and equipped to find the source of smoke odor and to effectively eliminate them from your home. Proper deodorization is vital as smoke odors may appear to be gone, only to reappear months later. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the home leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces in those hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and result in periodically resurfacing odors. Unfortunately, such damages are often made more severe when unprepared property owners attempt to perform the cleanup themselves. All of your restorable items in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes furniture draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, and much more. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo does not merely cover up lingering odors with fragrance, we seek out the source of odor and remove them.

Emergency Ready Profile for your Kalamazoo, MI Business

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles lined up Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today if you experience any fire or water damage and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

According to latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that your business is important to you and this is why we work hard to get the job done quickly and accurately.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever happens?"

Carpet Cleaning for your Kalamazoo Business

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet cleaner with SERVPRO logo Call us today to get your carpet cleaned at (269) 342-2366!

Since 1967 SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have been handling stains and soils of all types from residential homes to commercial facilities. A SERVPRO Professional will walk with you through your home and guide you in the best decisions to care for your carpet.

A Franchise Professional from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will take the time to:

  • Show you what cleaning option would be best for your carpet’s level of soiling
  • Give you an estimate of time and cost of the carpet cleaning
  • Explain the benefits of soil protection
  • Explain the advantages of a clean carpet for food indoor air quality
  • Explain how you can help prolong your carpet’s appearance by frequent vacuuming

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342- 2366 for your carpet cleaning needs. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Have no Fear, SERVPRO is Near!

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

freshly cleaned carpet in commercial business Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today for any commercial carpet cleaning needs.

Fire and water damages are never scheduled, are you prepared? From a burst pipe in an office building to faculty wiring in an apartment complex – fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo Professionals know there’s no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo Professionals can also offer the following services for you and your business:

  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning
  • Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 today for all of your cleaning and fire or water restoration needs!

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Richland, MI Home

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

A fire on a black background There's No Such Thing As a Small Fire .

There’s no such thing as a small fire.  Regardless of the size of the event, a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces throughout your entire home and cause odors that may last for years.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands how events like fire can affect your life. Concerns may range from the expense of replacing personal belongings to the emotions associated with losing an actual keepsake. Typically restoring an item will save you money verses replacing the item, relieving your concern of losing priceless treasures. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo consists of a 24-hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both home and the homeowner. Trained, uniformed technicians are on-site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services we can help you regain control quickly and personal belongings.

Don’t Let Undiscovered Leaks Damage your Augusta, MI Home

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water droplets with SERVPRO logo Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for your water and restoration needs today!

Undiscovered leaks and moisture build-up can cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your home, leading to soft dry wall, warped floors and ceilings, or more serious problems. Although the damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, proper cleanup is vital to the restoration of personal belongings and your property. Follow these maintenance tips to help prevent undiscovered leaks from damaging your home:

  • Inspect the water supply connector on dishwashers annually. Replace if bulging or you are unable to straighten out any kinks.
  • Each year, check that the water supply hose on your washer is not kinked, bent or leaking.
  • Once per year, pull your refrigerator away from the wall and check the copper piping and water line for leaks.

If flooding occurs in your home call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. We are always here to help!

What to do after a house fire in Parchment, MI

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

A home damaged by fire This house was damaged by a large fire.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always there to help and make it "Like it never even happened." Listed below are things you can do until SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo arrives:

  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 

Emergency Tips for Water Damage in your Vicksburg, MI Home

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded living room This flooded home was caused by a leaky pipe

These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo Professional arrives. Please follow the following DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce water damage and to increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DOs

  • Shutoff the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe access water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

DON’Ts

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

If water damage occurs in your home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. We are always here to help!

Emergency Ready Profile for your Kalamazoo, MI Business

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles lined up Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today if you experience any fire or water damage and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

According to latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that your business is important to you and this is why we work hard to get the job done quickly and accurately.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever happens?"

Proactive Covid-19 Cleaning in Kalamazoo, MI

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with germs in the background. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you. Don't hesitate to give us a call at (269)342-2366.

As we enter into unprecedented times, we want to remind you that SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to fulfill your needs. If you have questions about Covid-19 services, don’t hesitate to give us a call. 

Our franchise professionals are uniquely prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business. SERVPRO’s cleanup practices are in accordance with CDC guidelines. Our clean up services generally include cleaning or disinfection of high touch surfaces such as keyboards, desks, doorknobs, tables, countertops, and other porous or nonporous surfaces. The CDC also recommends usage of hospital grade disinfectants with claims against similar pathogens. Several of our EPA registered products meet these emerging pathogens claims. Although there are no products tested against this particular strain, we are following all guidelines provided to us by the CDC. Our professionals have years of training in bioremediation services, giving you peace of mind.

Disinfecting your home or business can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to help. Call us at (269)342-2366 to schedule services. Our highly trained professionals and EPA registered cleaning products make us the perfect choice for any job.


Slowing the Spread of Covid-19 in Vicksburg, MI

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee with customer holding a model office. Let us take care of your home or business so you don’t have to. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269)342-2366.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting our homes and businesses is more important than ever. Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible to get the virus by touching the infected surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. In accordance with the CDC, SERVPRO of Cass & St. Joseph Counties recommends that you clean all touch points daily in your business and home.

  • Keyboards
  • Light Switches
  • Phones and Tablets
  • Tables and Countertops
  • Door Knobs
  • Toilets
  • Bathroom Fixtures

If you have Covid-19 concerns, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. Our professionals use cleaning practices that are in accordance with CDC guidelines. We go beyond the scope of work that a regular cleaning staff may perform on a daily basis. Let us take care of your home or business so you don’t have to.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/

Covid-19 in Your Augusta, MI Workplace

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SEVPRO logo with community in the background. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here to help. Call us at (269)342-2366 for more information.

Covid-19 has changed work practices across the United States. As essential businesses remain open, employers are faced with the important task of keeping everyone safe. Taking the proper precautions begins with knowing how the virus spreads.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Covid-19 is transmitted when an infected person coughs or exhales, releasing droplets of infected fluids. Most of these droplets fall on nearby surfaces and objects, such as desks, tables or telephones. People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Practicing good hygiene may reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Encourage your employees by asking them to:

  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching their faces and cover their coughs and sneezes
  • Use non-contact methods of greeting each other.
  • Limit sharing food with others.
  • Disinfect surfaces like door knobs, keyboards, tables, desks, handrails, sinks, toilets, and light switches daily.

We understand that walking into unchartered territory can be difficult. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here to help. Our professionals are trained to disinfect your business using protocols set by the CDC, including the use of our EPA registered cleaning products. Call us at (269)342-2366 for more information or to schedule services.


Source:https://www.who.int/

Handling a Grease Fire in Your Climax, MI

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Food cooking in pan. If fire damage occurs in your home, Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366. We make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Cooking is one of the leading causes of house fires and home injuries. One of which being the common household grease fire. Grease fires burn hot and can spread quickly. If not handled properly they can be dangerous. If a grease fire occurs in your home, remember these tips. 

  • Turn off the heat source.
  • Cover the flames with a metal lid or pan to cut off oxygen to the fire. 
  • If the fire is small, use baking soda to smother it.
  • Do not pour water onto the flames.
  • Do not fan the fire. It could spread the flames.
  • As a last resort, use a chemical fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames.

As a leader in fire restoration, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is equipped for the job. Our crew responds quickly, making fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269)342-2366.

Flooding in Your Climax, MI Home

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Inside of home flooded with water. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you. Call our team at (269)342-2366 for your water damage clean up.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands that water damage can be devastating to your home. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in our area. They are usually a result of water tables rising, causing rivers and lakes to overflow. A preparation plan can help keep you and your family safe. When preparing for a flood, here are some things to keep in mind. 

  • Check your insurance policy for flood coverage.
  • Practice an evacuation plan.
  • Know your risk of flooding.
  • Never walk or drive in flood water. Moving water can knock you down or sweep you away. 

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo takes care of your home, so you can focus on your family. Our 24 hour emergency response team ensures that we arrive on site quickly. Call us at (269)342-2366 for your water damage clean up.

Disaster Recovery Team in Parchment, MI

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO log with storm in background SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is "Faster to any size disaster. Don't hesitate to call us at (269)342-2366.

Wherever disaster strikes, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is close behind. Every year, we coordinate a disaster recovery team. Storm season can often be chaotic. Local crews can become over extended and not able to meet all of their communities needs. Our disaster recovery team travels to help meet those needs. Our goal is to assist as many residents and businesses as possible. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is proud to serve all communities.

We understand storm damage can be devastating. Our crew is “Faster to any size disaster” with our 24-hour, 365 days a year availability. We provide detailed information to help keep you informed and in control. If storm damage ravages your home, Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366. We are always here to help.

Christmas in Your Parchment, MI Home

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas tree with ornaments If fire damage disrupts your holiday cheer, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366. We are always here to help.

Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year in your Parchment, MI home. SERVPRO of  East Kalamazoo wants you to have a safe and joyful holiday. While putting up your Christmas tree is exciting, it can also be potentially hazardous. Here are some things to keep in mind while decorating this year.

  •  Place your Christmas tree away from heat sources.
  • Always use non flammable decorations.
  • Make sure your tree is properly watered at all times.
  • Check your lights. Frayed cords need to be thrown away.
  • Never leave Christmas lights on unsupervised.

SERVPRO East Kalamazoo is here for you this holiday season. If  fire damage does occur, call our office at (269)342-2366. Our professionals will arrive at your home quickly, giving you peace of mind. Our crew makes fire damage “Like it never even happened”, so you can get back to celebrating.                     

Mold Prevention in Comstock, MI

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on cabinet. If water damage occurs in your home, Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366.

Mold can spread anywhere that moisture is present. In as little as 48 hours, mold can travel throughout the home. Attempting to clean the mold yourself can be more harmful than helpful. Mold spores are easily disturbed causing them to spread and grow quickly. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is trained to remediate mold without further spreading mold spores to other areas. Because certain molds can pose potential health concerns, it is important to reduce moisture within the home. Here are some tips to keep moisture and mold out of the home.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water immediately.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  •  Properly maintain humidifiers, if used. 
  • Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo if you notice signs of water damage.

If water damage occurs in your home, Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366. With our 24 hour emergency response team we get to your home quickly. Our professionals are trained and properly equipped to handle water damage and remediate mold if necessary. 

Emergency Ready Plan in Scotts, MI

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles Begin planning for disaster today! Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366.

Did you know that as many as 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster? The majority of businesses that survive have a preparedness plan in place. It is vital to be prepared for any size disaster. If you're unsure where to start, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can give you peace of mind with our Emergency Ready Profile.

 Our ERP is at no cost to your facility and is even accessible on your mobile device. It contains all the critical information needed in an emergency. A member of our staff will walk through your facility and help you identify shut off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contacts. Identifying these areas will allow us to begin work quickly in case of disaster, saving you time and money. The Emergency Ready Profile helps you get back into your building faster.

 Disasters and emergencies strike without warning. Don’t let a disaster catch you off guard. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366 to begin your emergency ready plan!

Kitchen Chaos in Your, Richland MI Home

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Woman holding a pan that is on fire. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for you 24 hours a day. Don't hesitate to call us at (269)342-2366 for your fire restoration needs.

The holiday season is just around the corner. Celebrations are often filled with wonderful food and family. A day full of celebration can quickly turn disastrous if precautions aren’t taken. Not only is cooking the leading cause of home fires, but Thanksgiving is the leading day. The kitchen can get chaotic, but being aware of your surroundings can prevent a fire. Make sure that you keep anything away from your stove that is flammable, such as dish towels or oven mitts. If you are frying, broiling, or grilling food, never leave it unattended. If you’re doing some holiday baking, check your oven frequently and never leave home while the oven is on.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants you to have a wonderful and safe holiday season. If a fire does occur, call us at (269)342-2366. Our 24 hour response team ensures we arrive to your home quickly. You will be back to celebrating the holidays “Like it never even happened.”

Winter Storms Hit Hard in Comstock, MI.

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with snowflakes in the background. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for you this winter. If winter storms hit hard, call us at (269)342-2366.

Winter is quickly approaching in Comstock, MI. Winter storms can lead to potentially dangerous situations and it is important to be informed.The National Weather Service issues advisories, watches, and warnings. Learning these terms can help you understand how the storm will impact you.

  • Winter Storm Watch: A storm has not yet occurred but it is likely.
  • Winter Storm Advisory: Winter conditions are expected but aren’t severe enough for a warning.
  • Winter Storm Warning: Severe weather will occur. Conditions may make travel difficult or hazardous. 

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that winter storm damage can be unavoidable. If storm damage devastates your home, we are  here to help. Our crew arrives onsite quickly with our 24 hour emergency response team, giving you a peace of mind. Don’t hesitate, call us at (269)342-2366 for your storm damage clean up.

Ice Dam on your Scotts, MI Roof

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with icicles in background Winter weather can be tough. Don't worry, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for you. Call our experts at (269)342-2366.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that winter can be tough. Winter weather can cause a variety of disasters. Ice dams are a common issue and can be a problem during the winter months. When snow melts on your roof, it can run off unevenly and refreeze creating a dam on the edge of your roof. The dam creates a barrier preventing melted snow from running off. The water, searching for a place to travel, begins to seep into the shingles. Once through the shingles, the water begins to leak inside the home. If left unnoticed, the leak can cause significant damage to your home. 

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will be here for you this winter. Our professionals respond quickly to make sure water damage is resolved “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269)342-2366.

Controlling Fire Damage in Your Richland, Michigan Home

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

Family standing in front of fire. Once the fire it out, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is there to help put the pieces back together!

To our customers, they’re not just contents; they are pieces of their family history.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern our customers may experience when trying to pick up the charred pieces of their memories and belongings.  Our priority is helping our customers regain control and to help them close the claim quickly.  Within 8 business hours of arriving to your home, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will discuss the extent of the damage and the steps we will need to take to restore the home and personal belongings.  This information will be provided electronically to your insurance company using a claims reporting system that expedites the process and reduces the work load for your agent and adjuster. Our professionals will make every effort not only to restore your home, but also, your peace of mind. 

Call us today at (269) 342-2366.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Winter Storms Damage the Roofs of Vicksburg, MI Residents

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Snowman with hat and scarf Don't fret about winter storm damage! Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366.

This time of year is known for the bad weather and awful road conditions. It’s common to hear us Michiganders complaining about our commutes. What we often overlook is the effect these winter storms have on our homes. The snow and ice is more than just an inconvenience, they can significantly damage your home.

The weight of snow and ice alone has the potential to collapse your roof. As if that isn’t troublesome enough, ice dams are another threat to homes. Ice dams are an accumulation of ice often found on roofs. These dams form when snow melts unevenly, and then refreezes at the edge of the roof. Water gets trapped beneath the shingles and leaks into the home. This can cause significant damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas of the home.

Don’t let ice dams ruin your home, contact the experts at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today! We’ll take care of any damage to your home so you don’t have to worry. Call our office at (269) 342-2366.

Heavy Storm Damage in Comstock, MI

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Tree landing on roof of house Due to a large storm and heavy winds this tree landed on a roof and caused major water damage and structural damage.

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Comstock property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo had the tree removed from the roof on the same day and had the interior inspection done and updated to the insurance company by the end of the same day.  

Due to the rain after the tree fell on the roof, the rain water infiltrated the interior walls, ceiling and floor.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo removed the necessary structure components and started the drying process.  Within 3 days of the tree falling on the roof, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo had the structure cleaned, dried and ready for construction. If you find yourself facing storm damage, call us at (269) 342-2366.

Storm Damage to Scotts, MI Home

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO semi truck Rain or shine, wind storm or snow storm, SERVPRO East Kalamazoo is here to help! We make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Storms are curve balls thrown at us by nature itself. From thunderstorms to wild fires, storms ravage our cities and can even destroy our homes. There is not much we can do in ways of preventing these destructive events. However, you should know who to call when those disasters do hit home.

Our top notch disaster team at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. We have specialized equipment perfect for any size disaster. Along with this, our team is dedicated to making your home’s storm damage look, “Like it never even happened.”

When a natural fiasco strikes your home, don’t panic; call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. Our team understands how much your home means to you. We are available to you 24/7 to restore your home. 

East Kalamazoo National Leader in Storm Response

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with lightning bolts When disaster strikes, let SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo make it "Like it never even happened."

In the event of a major catastrophe, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility.  While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Call us today at (269) 342-2366 to find out how.

Each of SERVPRO’s over 1,600 nationwide Franchises is independently owned and operated by trained professionals committed to providing the highest level of emergency cleanup and restoration services and customer satisfaction.  What this means to you, the commercial property owner or manager, is that should fire, water or mold damage occur in one of your local facilities or a facility across East Kalamazoo, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will provide quality professional service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When Disaster Strikes Your Climax, MI Business, You Can be Ruined or You Can BE READY!

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program logo No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be "Ready for whatever happens."

According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster.  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.  And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

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 SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366 to get started today!

Don't Attempt to Suck up Water with your Household Vacuum

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Vacuum Don't ruin your vacuum! Let us do the dirty work for you. Call us at (269)342-2366

If you have standing water, don’t attempt to vacuum it up with your household vacuum. Regular vacuum cleaners weren’t intended to pick up water. Trying to suck up the water can cause damage to your machine. If you don’t own a wet/dry vacuum cleaner and you have standing water in your home or business, don’t worry!

Certified Equipment 

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo uses extractors to remove excess water from floors following a flood, storm, or even a busted pipe. Our extractors are mounted to the truck or portable to allow better access inside structures. When the water is extracted quickly, the area can usually be dried much quicker.

Effective and Efficient Drying

Not only do we extract the water but we ensure everything has been dried thoroughly. We have drying down to a science... literally. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions which help our technicians create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.

Rid Your Portage, MI Home of Kitchen Fire Hazards Today

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Coffee and book by fireplace. Your family's safety is what is most important to us! In the event of a fire, call SERVPRO East Kalamazoo at (269) 273-8777.

House fires are not planned; however they can often be prevented. The kitchen is a common place for home fire to occur. Keeping your kitchen appliances clean is simple enough, yet it isn’t always as simple as it sounds. These easy cleaning tips can help keep your home from going up in smoke and flames.

  • Purchase a good quality cleaner for cleaning kitchen appliances.
  • Spray the inside of your oven with cleaner, close the door, and let set over night. In the morning the grime should wipe away with ease.
  • Be sure to keep the inside heating chamber of your crockpot clean. Do not put in dish water or dishwasher. A spray should be used. Cover and let set over night before wiping down.
  • Clean stovetop after each use. Heat elements should be free of any buildup or debris.
  • Wipe down the heating element of your coffee pot regularly. Unseen residues can buildup on the hot surface under the pot.

In the unfortunate event that a fire does occur in your home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. They make fire damage look “Like it never even happened.

Wind Storms Ravage Climax, MI Homes

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm cloud and lightening When a wind storm strikes your home, contact the experts in storm damage clean up at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo.

Strong winds are often underestimated. The potential they have to cause significant damage isn’t realized until the storm is over. Homeowners are then left with the aftermath of what has become of their homes. Lucky for them SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in storm damage clean up.

Wind storms can rip the shingles and siding right off your home, leaving a home exposed to the elements. They can propel objects through windows, shattering the glass with ease. The strong winds can even cause entire trees to fall on a home, leaving a gaping hole in the roof.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has a team entirely composed of highly trained professionals. They are equipped to manage any size disaster and are available to you 24/7. When a catastrophe strikes your home call the experts at (269) 342-2366.

Commercial water damage in Parchment, MI

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet with water damage This commercial property had a water damage due to a broken fire suppression line.

A second floor sprinkler break occurred at a local history museum late in the afternoon and SERVPRO of East Kalamzoo was there to help within an hour.  Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.   Our emergency certified staff immediately started the water extraction process and determined a scope of work.  While on-site we determined that there were multiple layers of flooring due to the age of the building so we detached the carpet and removed 5 layers of sub-flooring.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo was able to save the carpet and re-install after the final stages of drying was complete. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is "Ready for whatever happens"!

Storm Damage to Your Richland, MI Home

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Cloudy sky with SERVPRO van When a storm hits your Richland, MI home, call the experts at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366!

Storms can arise anywhere. They can arise in a variety of forms ranging from snow and ice storms, to rain and wind storms. The severity of which can also vary. There is no telling when one of these frightful disasters may occur. That’s why SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available to you 24/7, and are equipped to handle any size disaster you may face.

  • We are faster to any size disaster. Our quick response prevents further damage from occurring, ultimately saving you money.
  • Our team consists of highly trained professionals who specialize in storm damage restoration.
  • We have vast resources at our disposal for the purpose of restoring your home or business, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

When unexpected storms damage your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. There office can be reached at (269) 342-2366.

What to Expect When You Call East Kalamazoo about Water Damage in Your Scotts, MI Home:

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Overflowing dishwasher Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.

In the instance that you acquire water damage in your Scotts, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. We are available to you 24/7 for your convenience and peace of mind. We understand that this is a stressful time for you. Your home has suffered a loss and you are scrambling to figure out what needs to be done. Do us a favor, stop and take a breather. Let us take it from here.

When you call to report your water damage, there are specific questions you will be asked concerning your mitigation emergency. These questions are important to have answered in order to properly care for your needs. You will be asked to provide your contact information and a description of the incident.

Other questions you may be asked:

  • What is the source of damage?
  • How many rooms are affected?
  • Is there standing water?
  • Is water and electricity available at the home?

This can help us determine what size crew and equipment we need to bring. We will be here with you every step of the way to help you through this process. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.

A pipe burst causing major flooding in this Galesburg, MI home.

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged carpet and chairs Two inches of water caused major damage to this Dowagiac, MI basement.

Water damage in your home can be bad.  There's no such thing as a small disaster.  Especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage.  Unseen water can create much larger issues later.  So before you try to clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property if you do it wrong.  

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands how disruptive unseen water damages can be for your entire family.  For this reason, SERVPRO of Kalamazoo offers 24 hour emergency response, and, under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technicians on-site of a water damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  Call East Kalamazoo for all of your water and fire damage services at 269-342-2366

The 4-1-1 on Tornadoes in Vicksburg, MI

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Tree fallen down near home Tornadoes can strike at any time. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for assistance at (269) 273-8777.

Here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we are most well-known for our water mitigation expertise, along with our fire restoration services. However, our team specializes in so much more! In any given situation, we want to help people in any way that we can! After natural disasters, such as tornadoes, our team is always ready to jump into action.

The fact of the matter is this; we live in area that is at risk for tornadoes. It is important to us that you know how to prepare yourself for a disaster in order to ensure your family’s safety. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself.

  • Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch means that severe weather conditions have the potential to produce a tornado. This means you should be prepped and ready in case of funnel formation. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated on the system radar.
  • Include your pets in your plan! Your pets need protection from harm as well. It can be helpful to have pet food and water available to them, as well as a blanket or toys to keep them calm and occupied.
  • Have nonperishable foods and water in your place of shelter. In case, you need to stay sheltered for an extended period of time, you’ll want to have everything you might need handy.
  • Have activities set aside for children. The need to shelter in place could last a while. Having activities for kids will keep them occupied.

In case of tornado:

  • SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Do not hesitate. Gather your family and head to the basement. If you do not have a basement, move to an interior room in the house and stay clear of windows.
  • Be sure to cover your head. This will help protect you from debris that may be flying around.
  • Do not leave your source of shelter. Tornadoes can be life threatening. Strong winds and flying debris is not something to play around with.
  • Wait for the alert to be cleared before emerging from shelter. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “its’s always calm before the storm.” Just because it doesn’t look or sound bad, does not mean it is safe.

In the event that your home is affected by a tornado, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. We can make your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Undetected water damage in Richland, Michigan

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged floor Undetected water damage caused mold to grow in this Richland, Michigan home.

Any water damage in your home is bad.  There’s no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria – or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands how disruptive unseen water damages can be for your entire family.  For this reason, we offer 24-hour emergency response.

This Richland, Michigan homeowner contacted SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo when they noticed an unfamiliar odor.  More than just concerns were growing.  Our crews responded quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, helping the homeowner regain control while drying, deodorizing and protecting their home and belongings.  If you feel like your home could have some undetected water damage, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366, where we make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage struck this commercial property in Portage, MI

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Wet carpet at business This Portage, Michigan water damage was caused by a Summer storm.

A massive storm came through Portage, Michigan over the summer.  This storm produced heavy rain and high winds to travel through the downtown area of Portage, MI.  The wind tore off shingles of the commercial property and the heavy rain infiltrated through the roof, into the attic and eventually made it's way inside the office.  Luckily, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo was on a project near by and was able to start the mitigation process within the hour.  The fastest way to mitigate a commercial water damage is by extracting the standing water.  The faster the standing water is extracted and the drying process is started the faster SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can get your company back to business. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 for all of your commercial property restoration needs.  

Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Galesburg, MI Residence

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Candle flame When fire strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366.

Even small fires can cause severe damage to your Galesburg, MI residence. It is always best to call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to handle the cleanup for you. We have the expertise and top notch equipment to get the job done right.

Until help arrives, safety for you and your family are our main concern. Before entering the home, be sure to check for signs of structural damage. This may include weakened floors or collapsing ceilings, among other things. Keep an eye out for downed electrical wires or slip hazards throughout the home. Smoke can leave unseen particles lingering in the air. It is best to wear a mask when reentering the home.

We know this is a stressful time for you. We are here to set your mind at ease and restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269)342-2366.

Vandalism Damage Do's and Don'ts for Parchment Residents

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Graffiti on side of building SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo cleaned the graffiti off this commercial building in Parchment, MI.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is known for our fire and water restoration. We also can help you with cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will act quickly to remove any vandalism and graffiti from your home or commercial space.

Vandalism Damage Do’s and Don’ts

 DO:

  • Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
  • Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
  • Record all damage and photograph when possible.

 DON’T:

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint, or cosmetic stains.
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?

Call Us Today – (269)342-2366

Keep the Carpet of Your Comstock, MI Business Clean

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

Snow falling down in front of house SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to help you keep your business clean. Call (269) 342-2366 today!

Are you finding it difficult to keep the carpets in your Jones Business clean? Are you haunted by the dirt that gets left behind by your standard vacuum? Don’t be! SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can help with that! Our team is highly trained using the latest IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) techniques, and use state-of-the-art equipment. This allows us to remove entrapped dirt and grime from deep within your carpet.

Autumn is a time of beautiful colors. The leaves are changing the air is crisp. Winter is a wonderland of sparkling snow. Both are beautiful, it’s true, but they can be ruinous on carpets. Between the dirt and leaves of fall, along with the slush and salt of the winter, your standard vacuum doesn’t stand a chance.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo makes keeping your carpets clean a breeze! Don’t let the debris from the seasons keep you down. Let us make it, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269) 342-2366.

What to do until help arrives

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Wet carpet at business Do's and don't in a commercial water damage in Vicksburg, MI.

What to do until help arrives on a water damage in your home or business. 

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for all of your water and fire damage needs at 269-342-2366

Reduce Business Recovery Time in Augusta, Michigan

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Disaster recovery puzzle SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is "Faster To Any Disaster."

When fire, water or mold damage strikes a commercial facility, it has a negative impact on everyone – the owner, the management team, employees, tenants and even customers. Even small fire or water damages must be addressed quickly in order to lessen business interruption.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly, mitigating damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration service, our crews will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

If your business suffers water or fire damage, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366.  Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Protecting Pets of Galesburg, MI Against House Fires

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Dog wearing SERVPRO hat They aren't just pets. They are family. Put a plan in place today, to ensure their safety tomorrow.

You may have cats, dogs, or even gerbils running about your home. To you they are part of your family. Therefore, you want to protect them as such. Have you ever considered what may become of them in the event of a house fire? Where would you take them? If not you, who would care for them?

Most of us have emergency plans in mind for our families. Unfortunately, many don’t plan for their pets. If a fire occurs that forces you out of your home, you may need to stay somewhere that does not allow pets. It is important for you, and for them, to have a plan in place. Call local shelters, or friends and family members to determine what your options are. Be sure to have a secondary plan in place in case the first option falls through.

When fire ravages your home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366. Our team is highly qualified and well equipped. Let us restore your home “Like it never even happened.” We want you and your pets to return to a well restored home.

There's No Such Thing as a Small Fire in Comstock, Michigan

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Soot and fire damage to local home SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can bring you peace of mind when a damaging event has taken over! Call us at (269) 342-2366.

Regardless of the size of the event, a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces through your entire home and cause odors that may last for years.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands how events like a fire can affect your life.  Concerns may range from the expense of replacing personal belongings to the emotions associated with losing an actual keepsake.  Typically restoring an item will save you money versus replacing the item, relieving your concern of losing priceless treasures.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo consists of a 24 hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both the home and the homeowner.  Trained, uniformed technicians are on-site of fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can help you regain control quickly and help protect your home and personal belongings.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the professionals at (269) 342-2366.  We make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Avoid Water Damage in Your Augusta, MI Home with These Easy Tips

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded laundry room with dog in rain boots If water damage occurs in your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to help!

You can’t always avoid water damage to your home, as these cases often occur unexpectedly. However there are some steps you can take to protect your home and help to prevent water damage from occurring.

Regular maintenance is important in protecting your home from unwanted disaster. We have put together a few key items to check and be on the lookout for.

  • The water supply lines on any appliances such as a refrigerator or dishwasher should be inspected annually. Any lines with bulges or kinks that will not straighten out should be replaced.
  • Check under sinks throughout the home annually for any leaks or moisture buildup around joining pipes.
  • Keep an eye on ceilings after heavy rains. Water spots or spongy areas may indicate a leaky roof.

If you notice any signs of possible water damage call the experts of SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. We make water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Protecting your Comstock, Michigan home from winter storms

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo doesn't take snow days! Call us today at (269) 342-2366

Winter weather is difficult to predict and can cause a lot of damage if not properly prepared. Using these tips, you can help protect your home from some of these costly winter storm damages:

  • Take care of your roof – Keep gutters cleaned, trees trimmed, replace any necessary siding or roof flashing and repair your chimney (if necessary).
  • Prevent ice dams from forming – Eliminate heat sources under your roofing, keep the attic ventilated, invest in a roof rake to remove snow, avoid trying to chip off any ice dams that may have already formed and talk to your roof specialist about sealing the roof with a moisture barrier.
  • Prevent water damage- Insulate any exposed pipes, caulk any cracks or holes in the outer walls or foundation of the home, open bathroom and kitchen cabinets to allow heat to circulate the pipes, trickle water through the faucets that run through any unheated areas of the home and if you plan to leave the home unoccupied, shut off the main water valve and have a professional drain the system.
  • Clear walkways and driveways – Keep walkways, steps and driveways clear of snow and ice and treat these areas with salt or de-icing products.

If your home has suffered winter storm damage, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366. We make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Hazards in Kalamazoo, Michigan

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mixing water and electricity creates a potential for disaster, and since electrical hazards exists everywhere on the typical water damage job site, it is important to be aware of what to do. Water that comes into a home or building from either a roof leak or from water pipes in the attic is likely to intrude into the wiring system. Flooding can also pose a threat to your wiring system if the water reaches any ground level outlets.

The first thing to check is the power distribution box.  Turning off all circuit breakers at the power distribution panel is the easiest way to protect you, your SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo crew, and the building occupants from electrical shock hazards. If only a portion of the building was affected, then turn off all circuits that provide power to the damaged areas if water has intruded into wall cavities and electrical outlets. Use either a lockout device or tag out device when circuits are turned off to prevent any shock hazards.

If you’re facing a water emergency, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

One 4 year old chef and Two Plastic Bowls in Richland, MI: What Could Go Wrong?

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Even the smallest of kitchen fires leave behind smoke residue. Let us help make it, "Like it never even happened."

People say it all the time; they grow up way too fast. One day you’re bringing them home from the hospital. The next thing you know they are off to college. Somewhere in the middle of all that, you get to watch them discover doing things for themselves. After all, they can’t depend on mom and dad forever. This young four year old of Richland, MI was no exception.

After watching his mother cook a multitude of family meals, he was confident he could handle one on his own. The young chef went to the refrigerator, removed a container of food, placed it on the hot stove, and continued watching television. His mother discovered her little chef’s masterpiece when she smelled smoke. The container was in flames, along with a towel that lay beside the burner. His mother quickly dowsed the fire in baking soda, removed the burnt items, and opened the windows.

Unfortunately, his mother spent 2 months spraying deodorizer to cover the smell until it went away. She should have called the professionals at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. They are trained and highly equipped to find sources of smoke odor and effectively eliminate these odors. Don’t let the stench of smoke residue take over your home; call us today at (269) 342-2366.

Mold Mitigation Services in Parchment, Michigan

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

There's a lot of things you want to grow in your business, but mold isn't one of them!

Buildings with excessive moisture can be breeding grounds for mold growth.  If your facility has experienced an ongoing moisture problem due to water intrusion, long-standing leaks, roof damage or from poor humidity control, it is important to be alert to the following factors:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

Should mold be found within the facility, mold removal and remediation can help eliminate a potentially dangerous situation.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo arrives on-site alert for any visible signs of mold.  Following industry standards for mold remediation, we will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth.  Call us today at (269) 342-2366.

Mold damage cleanup in Augusta, Michigan

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

This mold was caused due to an undetected water damage.

If you're questioning how to remove mold in your Augusta, Michigan home, your first answer is call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366. 

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo handles water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

If you think you have a mold damage problem, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Wind and Storm Damage in East Kalamazoo

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

When mother nature strikes, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

Property damage caused by severe weather can be devastating to your family or business, and repairing it can be a complex undertaking. To get storm damage repair completed quickly and safely, you need a restoration service company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo provides specialized emergency cleanup and restoration services to bring your property back to normal with minimal interruption. We can handle any damage due to severe weather, including:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning Strikes
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes and high winds
  • Hail and ice storms
  • Freezing weather and ice dams

When mother nature hits hard, Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 to get help fast!  We make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

The Storm In Galesburg, MI Is Over: What Happens Now?

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

This Galesburg resident, was left with standing water in her basement after a recent storm. She called SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to help!

For those with damage to their homes, the storm was only the beginning. Now, it has passed and they are left with the aftermath of standing water. Despite what you may think, it’s not just water.

  • Water left behind by storms may contain all sorts of contaminated substances such as sewage, bits of debris, and harmful bacteria. This creates the perfect environment for microbial growth if left untreated.
  • Water is also a conductor of electricity. Standing water paired with downed power lines could make for a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Keep in mind, large amounts of water could become home to animals as well, be sure to stay alert when cleaning up. You never know what you might uncover, hopefully not a snake!
  • Always remember, if it’s NOT safe for you, it’s NOT safe for your pets either. Be sure to keep family pets away from standing water.

When disaster strikes your Galesburg, MI home have no fear, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo are here to help! Water damage often takes several days to clean up, let us take the weight off your shoulders. Here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we are experts at restoring your home. In fact, you may say it’s “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (269) 342-2366.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service in Vicksburg, Michigan

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

With any leak, its the water you don't see that causes the most damage. Call us today at (269) 342-2366.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense.  When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained uniformed personnel.  Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation, but perhaps more important, our water damage professionals thoroughly understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively.

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will work hard to restore your property and it's contents helping you become the hero in a disaster situation.  Call us today at (269) 342-2366.

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips for Your Kalamazoo, MI Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

When this basement flooded, the water was even absorbed into the walls. Thanks to SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo mitigation began immediately.

If you have a damp basement or live in an area prone to flooding, you know that dealing with water damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement. A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage.

Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings. Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Check the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Check the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with any residue or debris.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scan the pit and remove any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Test the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve may also be at fault.
  • Go outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Water Heater Maintenance Tips for Vicksburg, MI Residents

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

A water heater was to blame for this water damage. This homeowner called SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to help!

Leaks within a home or business can cause extensive damage if unnoticed for a long period of time. Leaking water can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboard and walls while moving throughout the structure of the home. Such a leak not only damages your property, it can also interrupt your day-to-day schedule.

Since one out of every ten water incidents in a home is caused by a water heater, below are some tips and tricks to help provide some peace of mind:

  • Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, shut off the power at the service panel
  • Once every three months, drain one gallon of water from the tank. If you have hard water, do this every month to reduce sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank.
  • Once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician.
  • Once every five years, have a service technician replace the anode rod.

If you didn’t get to these tips fast enough and have suffered from water damage, call SERVPRO ofEast Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366. We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water Heater Maintenance Tips for Vicksburg, MI Residents

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

A water heater was to blame for this water damage. This homeowner called SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to help!

Leaks within a home or business can cause extensive damage if unnoticed for a long period of time. Leaking water can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboard and walls while moving throughout the structure of the home. Such a leak not only damages your property, it can also interrupt your day-to-day schedule.

Since one out of every ten water incidents in a home is caused by a water heater, below are some tips and tricks to help provide some peace of mind:

  • Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, shut off the power at the service panel
  • Once every three months, drain one gallon of water from the tank. If you have hard water, do this every month to reduce sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank.
  • Once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician.
  • Once every five years, have a service technician replace the anode rod.

If you didn’t get to these tips fast enough and have suffered from water damage, call SERVPRO ofEast Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366. We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo Are Experts in Water Damage Mitigation

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

A pipe burst in this Galesburg, MI home. As a result, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo had to remove carpets in the home to properly mitigate.

It's that time of year again!! November through late March is the time of year when pipes can freeze and burst! Here are a few simple tips to prepare your home or business for winter weather!

-If you have a second home and don't plan on being there in the winter. Call a local licensed plumber and have them winterize your home

-Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells

-Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated areas of the home.

-Consider shutting off outside faucets.

-If you leave for multiple days at a time, always keep your thermostat above 60 degrees to keep outside walls from getting too cold.

Call SERVPRO ofEast Kalamazoo to make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Fire in Your Climax, MI Home?

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

A faulty electrical panel in this Climax, MI home was the cause of this fire damaged garage. This picture shows the amount of damage a fire can do. The fire department was on the scene in 4 minutes and the fire still did this amount of damage. When a fire strikes your home or business in Climax, MI call SERVPRO ofEast Kalamazoo to make it "Like it never even happened." Our IICRC certified staff has been through advanced training to determine what can be salvaged after a fire such as the one depicted in the picture. Within days of this fire occurring we had the home contained from any more smoke or fire damage and the garage demolished and removed. Call SERVPRO ofEast Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366.

Fire in Your Climax, MI Home? Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your home, call the experts at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for restoration services!

A faulty electrical panel in this Climax, MI home was the cause of this fire damaged garage. This picture shows the amount of damage a fire can do. The fire department was on the scene in 4 minutes and the fire still did this amount of damage. When a fire strikes your home or business in Climax, MI call SERVPRO ofEast Kalamazoo to make it "Like it never even happened." Our IICRC certified staff has been through advanced training to determine what can be salvaged after a fire such as the one depicted in the picture. Within days of this fire occurring we had the home contained from any more smoke or fire damage and the garage demolished and removed. Call SERVPRO ofEast Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366.

Why you use SERVPRO at your water damaged home

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

This basement was affected by a pipe break.

Has your basement been affected by a water damage?  Do you know what your steps to recovery are?  Should you clean up the damage yourself?  If your Vicksburg, MI home has been affected by water damage the answer to your problems is easy.  Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo and let our certified water damage technician alleviate your water damage concerns.  Our highly trained staff has the professionalism and knowledge to take care of your water damaged basement.  SERVPRO has a service response guideline of 1-4-8.  Within 1 hour from the first notice of loss we will contact you to arrange services.  Within 4 hours of the loss a SERVPRO professional will be on site to start the mitigation process.  Within 8 business hours we will give a verbal briefing to the appropriate person for your claim.  

Don't Let Frozen Pipes Interrupt your Business in Kalamazoo

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Have broken frozen pipes effected your business? SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to help! Call anytime of day at (269) 342-2366

Frozen pipes can really put a halt on your business. With freezing temperatures this January, don’t let your business be a victim to frozen, or busted pipes. Thanks to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, here are some ways to prevent frozen pipes.

  1. Seal the interior and exterior of any cracks or hole that may bring in cold air.
  2. Relieve pipe pressure by letting the faucet drip during extremely cold weather.
  3. Keep the building warm. The building should not get below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Install backup power to ensure your building will be heated.
  5. Use pipe insulation to insulate your most susceptible pipes.
  6. Be sure to drain any water supply if the building is going to become unoccupied.

For more information you can visit, https://disastersafety.org/ibhs/frozen-pipes-commercial/

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is a National Leader in Storm Response

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, let SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo make it "Like it never even happened."

In the event of a major catastrophe, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has a nationwide Large Loss Response Team comprised of trained and equipped professionals capable of responding to your facility.  While most systems have a waiting list, you get priority service with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo.  Call us today at (269) 342-2366 to find out how.

Each of SERVPRO’s over 1,700 nationwide Franchises is independently owned and operated by trained professionals committed to providing the highest level of emergency cleanup and restoration services and customer satisfaction.  What this means to you, the commercial property owner or manager, is that should fire, water or mold damage occur in one of your local facilities or a facility across East Kalamazoo, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will provide quality professional service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

No Job Is Too Big For SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

When fire or water damage strike your business, we make it "Like it never even happened."

Did you know that SERVPRO has a special Large Loss Division? We have the best of the best large-loss specialist tactically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager that helps guarantee timely mitigation and continuous communication.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows how important it is to get you back to business as soon as possible. That’s why you can rely on us to provide you with magnificent results and minimize any disruptions to your customers or clients. We have the training and expertise to handle any size commercial loss. Whether it’s a small office building, large retail store, restaurant, hotel, or apartment building, SERVPRO is here to help! 

If your business suffers a major loss, call (269) 342 -2366

Vandalism Damage Do's and Don'ts for Richland Business Owners

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo cleaned the graffiti off this commercial building in Richland, MI.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is known for our fire and water restoration. We also can help you with cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will act quickly to remove any vandalism and graffiti from your home or commercial space.

Vandalism Damage Do’s and Don’ts

 DO:

  • Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
  • Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
  • Record all damage and photograph when possible.

 DON’T:

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint, or cosmetic stains.
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?

Call Us Today – (269) 342-2366

Emergency Ready Profile

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can prepare your ERP assessment at no cost.

As many as 50% of business 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 Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. 

Ready Profile Advantages

  • No cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo as your disaster mitigation  and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to get started today – (269) 342-2366

Mold Damage Emergency Tips For East Kalamazoo

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Got Mold? Call East Kalamazoo Today at (269) 342-2366

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

WHAT YOU CAN DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES:

  • Stay away from affected area
  • Turn off the HVAC system and any fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Do not attempt to dry the area without professional help
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on affected area

Mold Tips for Residents of East Kalamazoo

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

This commercial property became infested with mold within three days.

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your East Kalamazoo home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for mold remediation services at (269) 342-2366

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

 If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Is There Mold Hiding in your Galesburg, MI Home?

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold was found after removing the cupboards off the wall. Remember a strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold in your Galesburg home.

When there is water there’s a way… meaning when you add just a little bit of moisture mold spores can form and grow.  Here are a few tricky places people don’t typically think of when checking for mold.

    • Chimneys have the ability to grow mold because the crevices of the brick collect water and other dirt particles. 
    • Refrigerator drip pans are constantly collecting moisture and food spills from the refrigerator making it a great environment for mold growth. 
    • Front loading washing machines are a susceptible place for mold growth because the door usually gets wet quite often. The door never gets a chance to dry out because it usually gets closed when not in use creating a great moist environment for mold to grow. 
    • Air conditioners that sit for a while without being used have a good chance of mold growth. Air conditioners tend to draw in dust particles from the outside. The dust particles mixed with the condensation makes a perfect environment for mold spores to start.

If you find mold in any of these places, don’t worry, we are here to help! SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your mold problem. Call us Today at (269) 342-2366

Affected contents from a broken pipe in Scotts, MI

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Scotts home back to pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services? Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo Today – (269) 342-2366

Faster to your East Kalamazoo Water Damage Event

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 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 East Kalamazoo 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 – (269) 342-2366

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.

Kalamazoo Residents: Are Your Pets Included in Your Emergency Plans?

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Being prepared is key!

Preparing for your pets!

It's important to remember if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for them either.

  • Make sure your cats and dogs are wearing collars with current identification information.
  • Include your pets in your evacuation drills so they become used to traveling in their carriers.
  • Check to see that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Those records should be kept in an easily accessible place.
  • Prepare a list of emergency lodging for pets.
  • Look for pet friendly hotels in case you can no longer stay in your home.
  • Have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make a pet emergency kit that may include food, dishes, medications, or veterinarian records.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. We know how important it is to keep your family and pet's safe! If your family does experience a fire, we have many tips on our website of what to do, and what not to do after a fire.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo (269) 342-2366

Fire Prevention Tips for Comstock Residents

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your Comcast home, don't attempt to wash or clean any belongings without first contacting SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands that you have items in your home that you treasure and value. Our restoration professionals have the ability to help restore your belongings instead of replacing them after smoke or soot damage. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and belongings. That’s why SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Fire Prevention Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of a home.
  • Check smoke alarms once per month and change the batteries at least once per year.
  • Plan an escape route and practice it at least twice per year.
  • Determine if your smoke alarm uses a back up battery. Using an electric smoke alarm may be ineffective during a power outage.

Keep Your Valuables Safe From Fire

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants to make sure you are prepared in case of a fire.

First Step: Fireproof Safety Box

We know how important it is to keep your belongings safe. The first step in keeping your valuables and important documents safe is purchasing a fireproof safety box. This box will make sure your items stay secure in case of a fire.

Items you might store in your safety box include:   

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security cards
  • Property titles
  • Spare keys
  • Digital hard drives containing family photos
  • Jewelry  

What SERVPRO Can Do

If your home does suffer from a fire, SERVPRO can help make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. 

Flood Safety for East Kalamazoo Residents

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Remember to stay clear of flood waters. Flood waters can contain debris, chemicals, sewage, and many other things.

Flooding can happen anywhere in the United Sates. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants to help keep you and your family safe. Types of flood hazards that could happen in Michigan include flash floods, river floods, snowmelt, and dam breaks. NOAA provides several tips for before, during, and after a flood.  

Getting Ready Before a Flood

  • Create communication plans with family
  • Have an emergency kit handy
  • Make sure your electronics are charged

During a Flood

  • Stay informed
  • Avoid flood waters
  • Obey evacuation orders
  • Get to high ground

After a Flood

  • Contact family and loved ones
  • Wait for the “All Clear”
  • Avoid disaster areas

The last major flood here in Michigan was the Grand River Flood of 2013 according to the National Weather Service. The Grand River flood closed over 300 roads and over 1200 homes were flooded.

For more information, visit http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/index.shtml.

The Aftermath of Recent Storms in Parchment, Michigan

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Recent storms caused lightning to strike this Parchment, Michigan home directly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association lightning causes an average of about 24,600 fires each year and costs about $407 million in damages, and this Parchment home was unfortunate to fall victim to these statistics.  Recent storms caused lightning to strike the home directly, igniting a fire that was just too much to control.

When storms hit East Kalamazoo, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. If you experience a natural catastrophe call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366, where we make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Season in Vicksburg, MI

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

When mother nature strikes, let SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo strike back!

Severe flooding is one of the most devastating natural disasters for a home or business owner because of the level of destruction it creates. Not only do floods destroy property, they bring contaminants into the home, making it unsafe and unlivable until properly inspected and cleaned.

Heavy rains can be potentially harmful to your homes structure.  Once the ground is completely saturated, the water that is not absorbed has nowhere to go, forcing it to invade your home.  Water seeps into the walls and foundation of the home causing significant damage, and if left untreated can lead to mold growth.  Quick reaction time is crucial in these devastating events.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is trained and equipped for these natural disasters and is available 24/7.  Call us today at (269) 342-2366 if your home has suffered storm damages.  Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Heater Maintenance for East Kalamazoo, Michigan

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 with any of your restoration needs!

Leaks within a home or business can cause extensive damage if unnoticed for a long period of time.  Leaking water can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboard and walls while moving throughout the structure of the home.  Such a leak not only damages your property, it can also interrupt your day-to-day schedule. 

Since one out of every ten water incidents in a home is caused by a water heater, below are some tips and tricks to help provide some peace of mind:

  • Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, shut off the power at the service panel
  • Once every three months, drain one gallon of water from the tank. If you have hard water, do this every month to reduce sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank.
  • Once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician.
  • Once every five years, have a service technician replace the anode rod.

If you didn’t get to these tips fast enough and have suffered from water damage, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Maintaining Your Sump Pump in Richland, Michigan

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your basement dry this spring with the proper maintenance!

The arrival of spring often signals lots of melting snow and heavy rainfall. If you have a damp basement or live in an area prone to flooding, you know that dealing with water damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.  A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage.

 Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.  Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Check the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Check the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with any residue or debris.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scan the pit and remove any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Test the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve may also be at fault.
  • Go outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

If the water is still too much for your sump pump to handle, Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Limiting Fire Damage in Portage, Michigan

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

What happens in the kitchen, should STAY in the kitchen!

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming for you.  Understandably, you want to regain control quickly.  Trained in the cleanup and care of your home and personal belongings, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo arrives onsite within four hours of notification to begin mitigation services understanding the need you may feel to maintain a sense of control during a fire damage situation.  Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are some of the initial steps taken to help begin the restoration process.

UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent additional soiling
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion.

When fire damage invades your home, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Restoring your Business after Fire Damage in Portage, MI

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for all of your fire damage restoration needs in Portage.

Property damage, equipment damage, and temporary business closure are just some of the concerns business owners experience when dealing with a fire damage. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands the importance of returning to normal business operations as soon as possible. After all of the fire trucks have left, you can count on SERVPRO to respond immediately. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, we can help you get your business back to preloss conditions. We are always working to make fire damage "Like it never even happened."  

How We Proceed:

  1. We will walk through the job with you to determine the areas that have been affected.
  2. We will test the ability to clean any surface as needed. Our process is designed to identify those items that will be restorable.
  3. We will make a detailed scope and inventory of each affected area. Finally, we will give you a summary of our findings and explain the best steps for restoration.

Restoring Your East Kalamazoo Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at East Kalamazoo 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 East Kalamazoo

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 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.

Meet Our Crew https://www.SERVPROeastkalamazoo.com/employee-photos

Detecting Mold in Your Augusta, Michigan Home

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

No Matter The Distance, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is "Faster To Any Disaster."

Mold- like any other hazardous material can potentially be dangerous if not handles properly.  A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated.  Being aware of these signs of mold growth can significantly lessen the damage of the mold and reduce remediation cost:

  • Smell- Outdoor mold can smell stale, but indoor mold often smells musty and damp.
  • Past Flooding- Flooding that left materials, such as drywall, wet for more than 24 hours can cause mold growth.
  • Humidity- High humidity can lead to condensation and water accumulation.  Humidity levels above 45% can cause mold growth.
  • Water leaks- If a leak is undetected for a long time, it is very likely to cause mold growth.
  • Blocked gutters- Blocked gutters can be a sign of indoor moisture problems, because the water can seep into the walls or the foundation.
  • Poor ventilation- Ventilation helps to dry out moisture. A lack of ventilation allows moisture to remain much longer.
  • Dust- A dirty or dusty home is more likely to have mold.  Mold grows on dust.  Dust can also transport mold spores around the home.

Signs of mold?  Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Winter Storm Preparedness in East Kalamazoo

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let broken pipes leave you puzzled, Call us Today!

Winter in Michigan can be pretty unpredictable.  Like the old saying goes:

“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.”

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categorizes a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain.  In Michigan, we can see any of this type of precipitation.  When the temperature is below and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when our office knows what types of calls we’ll be getting: water damages.

How Water Pipes Freeze and Break

Water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze.  When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break.  The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed.  Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes. You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 for your water restoration needs!  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water damaged basement in Portage, MI

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

The water damage to this basement was caused by a broken pipe.

This basement was affected by a pipe break in the back storage room.  The water quickly filled in the unfinished back storage room and unfortunately made its way to the finished portion of the basement.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo received a phone call at 9am in the morning and was on site by 9:45am to start the extraction and drying process.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo was able to extract the carpet and pad, setup the proper amount of drying equipment and had the basement dry in 3 days.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has highly trained technicians ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your water damage emergencies.  Call our office any day or night at 269-342-2366 to make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Fire damage to a Galesburg, MI farm house

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Soot infiltrated multiple areas of this Galesburg, MI home.

Smoke and soot can travel and penetrate all rooms of your home affecting paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing and other belongings.  Quick action is the only way to ensure further destruction.  Just minutes after a fire, soot residue settle onto the property.  Within hours all of the surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage and if left untreated, the restoration process will take longer and cost more.  

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo works neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has occurred.  Our professional equipment and industry-approved techniques can save you time and money.  If you experience fire or smoke damage to your Galesburg, MI home, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, MI at 269-342-2366.  We make fire and smoke damage "Like it never even happened."

General cleaning after a flooded lake house in Portage, MI

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SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo helped this homeowner with general cleaning after they did their own water mitigation cleanup.

After flooding occurs to your lake house in Portage, MI someone needs to do the final cleaning.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can make your post cleanup very simple.  This homeowner on West Lake in Portage, MI did their own mitigation after their home was flooded due to high lake levels.  Unfortunately the homeowners were so exhausted from tearing out wet drywall they couldn't do the detailed clean up.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo was more than happy to assist this homeowner in their time of need.  Within hours SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo had this home detailed cleaned and ready for construction.  If you get overwhelmed by a home cleanup project, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366 for your free estimate, we make construction cleaning damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Certified in Smoke and Fire Restoration

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its preloss condition requires professional restoration. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner.

For results you can have confidence in, the IICRC recommends hiring a certified restoration firm. Restoration to a property can be complex. Proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require technicians certified in these specific areas.

When selecting a certified restoration firm several factors must be considered:

  • Formal and up-to-date specialized training
  • Health and safety certifications
  • Experience in a wide range of restoration projects
  • Proof of proper insurance and licenses

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has all of the above. Call us today! 269-342-2911

Keeping Your Valuables Safe From Fire

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First Step: Fireproof Safety Box

We know how important it is to keep your belongings safe. The first step in keeping your valuables and important documents safe is purchasing a fireproof safety box. This box will make sure your items stay secure in case of a fire.

Items you might store in your safety box include:   

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security cards
  • Property titles
  • Spare keys
  • Digital hard drives containing family photos
  • Jewelry  

What SERVPRO Can Do

If your home does suffer from a fire, SERVPRO can help make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

Dangerous Mold

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Even if you are a clean person, that doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have an issue with mold.Unfortunately, mold, like bed bugs, doesn’t care about your level of cleanliness, level of income, or where you went to college. Anyone can have a mold problem in their home or business at any time.

The scary thing is that mold can be growing for quite a while before it becomes noticeable, your professional at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo County has compiled this handy list of some do's and don’ts you should follow when it comes to mold removal:

24/7 support - (269)-342-2911

Do:

  • Examine your home or business regularly. Most types of mold share some obvious warning signs. For example, a musty smell in a damp basement usually means there’s mold around. Black, gray, brown, or even white clusters of mold on walls, carpeting or flooring are easy to spot with the naked eye. Be observant about your home and check it regularly for mold.
  • Call us 24/7 - (269) 342-2911 A professional can determine which type of mold you might have, where it originates from, and how to safely perform mold removal.

Don’t:

  • Try the DIY approach. Because some molds are toxic to pets and humans, it’s not safe to tackle this problem on your own. The money you think you might save by DIY-ing this isn’t worth your health.
  • Wait. Mold can grow quickly and can be dangerous. If you suspect a problem, call it in ASAP!
  • Make the mold feel unwelcome. Mold likes the darkness and warm, moist air. Don’t roll out the red carpet with their favorite things! Fix the leaks, install dehumidifiers and don’t ignore the warning signs of more mold growth.

For more mold do's and don’ts, contact our trusted mold removal professionals at SERVPRO East Kalamazoo County today.

Mold Remediation

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Mold can grow under a multitude of conditions present in our buildings every day. Moisture, however, is the foremost factor that causes mold growth. After all of the recent flooding through central Michigan, mold can be a massive concern for businesses and homeowners. If standing water of any type is not extracted quickly, mold growth and damage can be the result.


If homeowners or office managers experience any mold damage to their properties and belongings, it is most beneficial to contact SERVPRO immediately. Mold spores live and grow through moisture and high levels of humidity. If these conditions are not addressed immediately - within 48 hours, mold will continue to return. These fungi can also produce a musty odor. We specialize in water and mold mitigation and restoration. Our advanced mold remediation equipment and restoration processes help to detect and handle the source of the water problem. 

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo with any questions that you may have. We are available with 24-hour emergency service – including holidays. We are locally owned and operated, which means when you call us, we can respond quickly with the help that you need. Don't try to tackle a mold situation yourself call the pros at SERVPRO. (269) 342-2911

When Storms Hit East Kalamazoo SERVPRO is ready

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SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 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 East Kalamazoo 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.

Call us today, we are always here to help! 269-342-2911

East Kalamazoo is Certified for Storm Damage Restoration

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SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is an IICRC firm.

What is IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

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.

Contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for any restoration service you need help with. 269-342-2911

Your Home is Your Biggest Investment

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Your home is more than likely the biggest investment that you will ever make and one that holds a lifetime of memories.

What happens if you wake up to see 2 inches of water in your kitchen?  What would you do?  Do you know who you would call?

We are SERVPRO® of East Kalamazoo and we have been serving homeowners and businesses like you since 1967.  

As a leader in the field of water damage repair and restoration, our crews are trained to help you when disaster strikes, they will help walk you through the drying process and answer any questions you may have.

If disaster strikes your home, be sure to remember to give us a call, SERVPRO® of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2911

Getting Control Over Hidden Water Damage

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Do you know that water leaks can highly affect the sale of your home? What's more, they can be a concern for new home buyers. However, most homeowners are usually unaware of the hidden leaks. With cracked pipes, leaking spigot and broken seals water will easily creep into some places it isn't meant to go. The end results will be more visible damages which include rot, damaged flooring, and blistered paint.

A minor water leak can increase your repair bills. But the good news is that you can easily prevent such situations. Noticing a sagging ceiling above your dining room table is easier. When looking for water damages you have to remember that these damages rarely turn up at the water source.

Some damages to expect

- Mold and mildew growth. With water leaks, you should also expect an unhealthy environment.     - Permanent water damages to carpets, wood, wallpapers, furnishing and paint. 
- Contaminated systems – including the ductwork. 
- Insulation and drywall which need replacement and removal. 
- If there is water trapped somewhere in your house, poor airflow will become a major problem.

But don't worry, our technicians At SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo are always ready to check out problems and offer solutions.

What is Biohazard Remediation?

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard remediation is not a very common call that we receive and is something that rarely occurs, but if it does occur, it is something that SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can handle. We come in to make sure that the biological matter and dangerous odors are eliminated all together so that those contaminates do not spread. Biohazard damages can include offensive odors, trauma scenes, human decomposition, hoarding removal, and gross/filth removal. None of these are pleasant things that you want in your home. These issues are also something that you should not plan on cleaning up yourself, especially at a time that you are grieving.

SERVPRO of  East Kalamazoo is professionally qualified to come in and get rid of the issues that biohazard damage can cause.

Call us @ (269) 342-2911

Deodorization

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Interesting fact about SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we can deodorize your home and business of the toxins that come from substances such as cigarette smoke!

Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses as well as carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries.

Many times hotels or realtors will call on us to come in and clean rooms that have been inhabited by heavy smokers. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home.

Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors (including animal smells such as skunk and wet dog). Call us today 269-362-2911

Not All Smoke Damage Can Be Cleaned With Soap!

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When it comes to cleaning smoked-damaged contents after a residential or commercial fire, the variety of contents in a typical job requires restorers to utilize a variety of cleaning methods.

Here is a quick description of each method of content cleaning:

Dry Cleaning - Removes light to medium nongrease-based soils. Wet Cleaning - Removes moderate to heavy residues. The process involves cleaning using water, with or without a cleaning agent.

Spray and Wipe - Apply a cleaning product using a spray bottle. After spraying, wipe the surface with a clean white towel. This method is effective for materials possibly damaged if saturated with cleaning product.

Foam Cleaning - Effective for light residues or delicate materials. Clean with the foam of a cleaning agent rather than the liquid

Abrasive Cleaning - Agitates the surface being cleaned. Apply a cleaning product containing abrasive ingredients

Immersion Cleaning - Dipping contents items into a bath of cleaning product. This bath is an ultrasonic tank filled with water and cleaning solution. High-frequency sound waves then create high temperatures and microscopic jet streams of fluid to agitate and scrub contents.

SERVPRO recommends that you DO NOT attempt to clean smoke-damaged surfaces or contents yourself, and call the professionals!

Vandalism Do's and Dont's!

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SERVPRO Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners quickly recover from fire and water damage. They also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste. If you ever encounter an act of vandalism to your home or building, here are some tips on what to do until SERVPRO arrives:

DO:    

Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.   

Blot freshly spilled food from carpets and fabrics with a dampened cloth or sponge (but don’t over wet). Scrape and blot (don’t rub: it may damage fibers). 

Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery     Save containers, which reveal the composition of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.

Record all damage and photograph when possible.

DON’T:   

 Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains

Operate damaged lamps or appliances. 

Discard wood chips, broken pieces from furniture, porcelain or other art objects.

Carpet Cleaning

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Carpet cleaning is important to maintaining the overall comfort and monetary value of a property. Any type of flooring is an investment for the property owner. Keeping the investment in the best shape takes a professional, but without proper certification, the consumer cannot be guaranteed of proper education and training on updated techniques used in maintaining the value of the flooring.

There are health concerns that can arise from any unsanitary environment, and it can be surprising to learn what survives in and under the flooring. Allergens that are left behind can lead to serious health problems for family members and even household pets. Proper techniques can reduce or eliminate allergens in the environment, improving the health of the occupants.

Great strides have been made in technologies used in carpet-care. Today there are only a few basic wet and dry methodologies accepted by the industry leaders. Ensuring consistently high standards means understanding how the certifying body works to guarantee better results at lower costs.

Proper maintenance begins with regular vacuuming using a high-powered machine. Over time normal wear and tear leads to a dull, soiled appearance. Proper maintenance by the occupants can help keep the flooring looking good, but there comes a time when a certified technician has to be called to get to the really deep grime a normal household vacuum can miss.

While regular maintenance is beneficial to the healthfulness and attractiveness of a home or office, a certified technician is necessary to take care of the really deep jobs regular vacuuming misses.

Consumers often find it difficult to choose a professional company for those important household chores. The benefits of carpet cleaning are

numerous, but knowing who can be trusted is not always easy. That's where we come in....Just give us a call @ (269) 342-2366 and we'll help you in any way that we can, whether that be by offering our carpet cleaning services or just answering any questions you may have.

Have Questions? Call us 24/7 - 269-342-2911

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Residential Services

Whether your Kalamazoo County 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:

  • 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 Kalamazoo County 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: http://www.SERVPROeastkalamazoo.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

Fire Prevention Month

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month, and it is a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business.  The 2016 theme for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is "Don't Wait - Check the Date!  Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."  According to the NFPA in 2014 fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 injuries and $6.8 billion in property damage.  Roughly half of home fire deaths occur in fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.  Smoke alarms save lives!  In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire, in half!  When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.  Check your smoke alarms today to ensure your safety!

What Causes Mold?

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What Causes Mold Damage?

While mold damage can happen at any time of the year, certain months and seasons are more likely than others to produce cases of mold growth in Michigan. Mold is hardy and adaptable, but also tends to favor certain key conditions when it grows most profusely. In some states, these conditions exist year-round, and they consequently experience more overall mold damage cases than our local area. In Michigan, however, weather and conditions are highly seasonal, and you may be more likely to develop mold damage in your home in the spring or summer for a few reasons.

Wetness

Wetness is a key factor in how at-risk an area is for mold damage. In the spring, snowmelt produces a lot of runoff and even some amount of flooding. This tends to get into homes and properties, and moisture in generally dry areas is one of the most important causative factors in mold growth. Also, relative humidity increases once the days grow longer, and the land gets warmer, which can sharply increase the rate at which mold matures and reproduces.

Temperature

The second key factor in accelerated mold growth is temperature, and in Colorado, warm temperatures suitable for mold growth are a seasonal occurrence. Typically, it is too cold in autumn through mid-spring for mold to grow rapidly, and only the summer months provide warmth desirable for the mold. When combined with the wetness of that period, late spring and early summer end up being the times when we receive the most mold damage calls.

Whether your mold damage has happened in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, SERVPRO of Kalamazoo is a local and accessible restoration and remediation company available 24/7 to help you deal with any mold damage on your property. Call us at (269) 342-2366 for our services or a quote.

We Answer The Phone Ready to Help, Call Us Now!

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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 East Kalamazoo 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)?

About SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 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.

 269-342-2911

What To Do if You're a Victim of Storm Damage

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Storm damage can occur to anyone. It can happen in any climate. Storms cause river flooding and other forms of flooding. They cause wind damage, hail damage, and hurricane damage. Winter storms bring ice dams and ice damming, which cause roof leaks, forcing you to get roof repairs done. Ice damage also comes in the form of frozen pipes. Groundwater and flood water can ruin your basement and home. You need to take steps towards home restoration. The best way to do that is to get a storm restoration and water restoration company to take care of your storm remediation.

Make sure to make an emergency call to the storm restoration and water restoration company right away. 
The first thing that the storm restoration and water restoration company will do is assess the extent of the storm damage, wind damage, roof damage, roof leaks, and any other sort of damage. They will create a plan of action for your home restoration needs.

Next, they will start fixing and removing the cause of the damage. Often, there will be hidden moisture under tiles or behind walls. They will use equipment that removes this water from your home.

The next step, after your home is completely dry, is to repair things that are broken. This starts with roof repair. If there are roof leaks and roof damage, they will do a roof repair job to repair those leaks. If wind damage caused your walls or ceiling to cave in, they will repair that as well. They may need to replace certain items. For example, they may need to use new boards or tiles for your ceiling, floor, and walls. If there is ice damage, such as a frozen pipe, they will repair that as well. Home restoration, or bringing your home back to livable conditions again, is a vital part of storm remediation.

Are you prepared?

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We have many methods of repairing and restoring damage caused by storms, such as seepage, leaks, dampness, or flooding. The work done by our professionals goes way beyond simply cleaning up. It begins with water removal and ends with ensuring that your home is protected from further damage.

Here’s a brief look at what procedures are involved in our water restoration services:

  • Water Removal:The restoration process begins with pumping out excess water.
  • Deodorization:Foul odors can be eliminated by applying techniques such as ozone treatment, crystals, dry fogging, and wet fogging. The materials and equipment for these techniques are only available to professional water restoration service companies.
  • Mold and Mildew Removal:To achieve long-term results, this procedure must be performed by an expert restoration services provider. Using scientific technology, technicians can kill and remove developing mold and mildew.
  • Drying and Dehumidifying:These processes are necessary to remove moisture in the air and on walls, floors etc.
  • Content Restoration:This procedure involves cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting clothing, draperies, furnishings, beds, mattresses, carpets, sofas etc. These items can be successfully restored, but prompt action must be taken because harmful microbes, mildew and mold grow very fast in a damp environment.
  • Decontamination:Water restoration services also decontaminate and clean any items that are restorable, and dispose of those that are not.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will respond quickly to your water damage emergency.  24/7 - (269) 342-2911

Flood damage

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Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order. 

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo Provides 24 Hour Fire and Water Damage Restoration Services

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SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (800) 630-7119

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 East Kalamazoo 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)?

About SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 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.

Mold Can Spread Through a Home in as Little as 48 Hours.

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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 – (800) 630-7119

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage

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Flooding and water damage events at Kalamazoo 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 East Kalamazoo

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 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.

Do You Have A Plan?

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How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope, and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.

Review Insurance Coverage
Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed, or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.

Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Your employees and co-workers are your businesses' most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during, and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.

Practice the Emergency Plan
Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, consumers, and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.

Secure Your Facility and Equipment
Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant, or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.

Get Control Over Odor

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Getting control over hidden damages

Do you know that water leaks can highly affect the sale of your home? What's more, they can be a concern for new home buyers. However, most homeowners are usually unaware of the hidden leaks. With cracked pipes, leaking spigot and broken seals water will easily creep into some places it isn't meant to go. The end results will be more visible damages which include rot, damaged flooring, and blistered paint.

A minor water leak can increase your repair bills. But the good news is that you can easily prevent such situations. Noticing a sagging ceiling above your dining room table is easier. When looking for water damages you have to remember that these damages rarely turn up at the water source.

Some damages to expect

- Mold and mildew growth. With water leaks, you should also expect an unhealthy environment.

- Permanent water damages to carpets, wood, wallpapers, furnishing and paint.
- Contaminated systems – including the ductwork.
- Insulation and drywall which need replacement and removal.
- If there is water trapped somewhere in your house, poor airflow will become a major problem.

But don't worry, our technicians At SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo are always ready to check out problems and offer solutions.

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

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SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is an IICRC firm.

What is IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

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.

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

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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. Call us now! (269) 963-3033
  • 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.

Call us now! (269) 269-3033

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Biohazard

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Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazards can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

Here are some quick Do’s and Don’ts if you ever encounter a situation where you might be exposed to a biohazard or trauma situation:

Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas, you do not want to track any fluids by stepping in it.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.

Don’t:

  • Attempt to do any clean up yourself.
  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is trained to safely and effectively remove bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Water Damage From Contaminated Water

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Sewage back ups can happen to anyone! Here are a few Do's and Don'ts to keep you safe until SERVPRO can get there to assist you with cleanup.

  DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated from sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Toilets are not the only source of a sewage back up, back ups can also happen in bath tubs and drains in the basement. If you're not sure if it's contaminated water please call SERVPRO to check it out instead of inspecting it yourself. Call today 269 342 2366

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo Certificates

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Certifications

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • LCT - Leather Cleaning Technician
  • SMT - Stone, Masonry and Ceramic Tile Cleaning Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

The technicians at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo are up to date in all the certificates listed above. We pride ourselves in being the very best at every aspect of our job to make your loss move along as smooth and quick as possible. Our mission is to help you get back to a normal life after disaster strikes. We want to make it look  “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

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 of East Kalamazoo 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.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (800) 630-7119

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