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Why Choose SERVPRO for Water Damage?

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

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Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our professionals specialize in residential water damage restoration, with training focused on restoring salvageable items, accelerating drying time while documenting the entire restoration process.

Customer Care

We have more than 50 years of experience in the cleanup and restoration industry. Our professionals care about you and your property and want to help you get back to normal after you have water damage to your home.

#1 in the Cleanup and Restoration Industry

We’ve earned the reputation as a trusted leader in the restoration industry and specialize in fire and water damage, specialty cleaning, mold, and so much more.

Easier Insurance Claims Process

SERVPRO will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

Happy Labor Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

Happy Labor Day Happy Labor Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

Happy Labor Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!  We wish your family and friends a wonderful vacation day from well...LABOR!

Have you considered calling the professionals for a break from cleaning?

Did you know that SERVPRO offers a variety of services that are non-emergency?

We will help you with odor removal, carpet cleaning, floor cleaning, drapes cleaning, ceiling cleanings, and overall deep cleans associated with illness.

We also recommend purchasing our very own product: SERVPROXIDE if you would like to do your own cleaning. It's the only product we have available to the general public! 

  • KILLS AND ELIMINATES 99.999% OF VIRUSES AND BACTERIA—Reduces the spread of germs and pathogens on all treated surfaces. EPA registered product (82972-1-93012). 128 fluid ounces (1 Gallon single jug)

We hope you choose to take a break from Labor, though, this holiday!

What Should I Do After a Water Damage In My Home?

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

house Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today for water restoration of your home. (269)-342-2366

When a water emergency occurs in your home or business, it’s only natural to want to take action immediately. Below are some preliminary steps you can take before we arrive, but only attempt what you can do safely.

  1. Shut off the water source, if possible. If you’re not sure where the water is coming from, we’ll inspect and handle the situation as soon as we arrive.
  2. Remove excess water by mopping, blotting, or wiping. This could include flooring and hard surface furniture which has standing water on it. Do not use your household vacuum to remove water, since it could cause damage to the vacuum or be unsafe.
  3. Protect carpet, rugs, drapes, and upholstered items from further damage. Place aluminum foil or parchment paper between furniture and wet carpet or rugs. Remove books, magazines, or other colored items from carpets and rugs. Hang draperies up with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet floors. Remove pillows or cushions from wet upholstered items.
  4. Avoid using electric or electronic items that have come into contact with water. This may include items such as light fixtures, ceiling fans, televisions, or appliances. If there is a possibility that someone else on the property may turn on an electric item that has come in contact with water, consider turning off the power to individual circuits within the power distribution panel of the property.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today for water restoration of your home. (269)-342-2366

Contents Restoration with Mold

8/26/2022 (Permalink)

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Contents Restoration

SERVPRO specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water and mold damage. SERVPRO utilizes several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro crew Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today to help you put together your emergency ready plan! 269-342-2366

When disaster strikes your business, having a plan in place ahead of time for what you will do can make all the difference in whether your business survives the event. The majority of businesses that come out stronger on the other side of an emergency are the ones that pre-planned for one.

That’s where SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) can help give you, your employees and customers peace of mind. You can trust that whatever might happen to disrupt daily business will only be temporary.

With our Emergency Ready Plan, your business will be able to minimize interruption because you’ll know what to do and what to expect if any-sized disaster strikes. This is important to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today to help you put together your emergency ready plan!  269-342-2366

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleaning with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

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When your home has been targeted by vandals, SERVPRO® can clean up the mess, including broken windows and graffiti, before it becomes a larger issue with more costly repairs.

When Vandals Strike, Help is a Click or Call Away (269)342-2366.

It can be a very stressful experience when your property is vandalized. Even relatively minor damage like a broken window can present the opportunity for further damage from water and mold. It’s important to take care of vandalism and graffiti in a timely manner. Our professionals can respond quickly at any time to take care of the cleaning and restoration of the damaged parts of your property. We provide professional graffiti removal services, cleaning graffiti from exterior walls and surfaces around your building including driveways, walkways, asphalt, and masonry. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for restoring damage to your property 24/7, 365 days a year (269)-342-2366

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Kalamazoo, Michigan

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Property coverage Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today! (269)-342-2366

When you experience smoke and fire damage to your business, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will respond quickly to assess and help get your facility restored to its pre-fire condition with as little downtime as possible.

How Do You Remediate Fire Damage?

When your commercial property is suddenly hit with damage due to a storm, flood, fire or other disaster, it can leave you, your employees and customers in shock. It’s important to know that you have professional large-loss specialists to handle the restoration process as quickly as possible so that you can get back to business. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is an elite team of technicians. We’re strategically located and prequalified to respond Faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to help you through an emergency situation.  Call us 24/7 365 days a week (269)-342-2366.

How Do You Clean Up After a Storm?

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

pink umbrella in the rain Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo (269)-342-2366 if the job seems overwhelming

Cleaning up after a storm can be a big job, whether the damage was caused by a tornado, hurricane, flooding, snow or ice storm. The most important part of the cleanup process is safety, so be sure that the area you’re working on has been deemed safe to enter structurally, and that no electrical, dangerous materials, or other hazards are present.

It’s important to wear the right safety gear when cleaning up after a disaster. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this gear includes:

  • Hard hats
  • Goggles
  • N95 masks or a respirator
  • Waterproof boots with a steel toe and insole
  • Earplugs or protective headphones
  • Having two fire extinguishers on site

It’s a good idea to work with others if you can, and get help lifting heavy items. Try to decide which tasks are the most important and tackle those first. Rest when you’re tired.

Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo (269)-342-2366 if the job seems overwhelming, and especially if water, mold or sewage is involved. 

What You Should Not Do After a Fire

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

burning house Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for cleaning up after a fire disaster. (269) 342-2366

Don't Wash Walls or Carpet

Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO as using the inappropriate product or method could lead to additional or irreversible damage.

Don't Clean Electrical Appliances

Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances, including computers or digital devices that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.

Don't Eat Soiled Food

Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.

Don't Turn On The Lights

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

Don't Clean Your Clothes

Don’t send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Don't Touch Soot Covered Items

Don’t touch soot-covered items with bare hands. Oils from your skin can cause the soot to permanently stain surfaces.

FAQs about Water Damage Remediation with SERVPRO

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Here are some frequently asked questions about water damage remediation with SERVPRO.

How to clean up water damage in a home?

When a water emergency occurs in your home or business, it’s only natural to want to take action immediately. Below are some preliminary steps you can take before we arrive, but only attempt what you can do safely.

  • Shut off the water source, if possible. If you’re not sure where the water is coming from, we’ll inspect and handle the situation as soon as we arrive. If you don’t know how to shut off the water, contact a plumber to help.
  • Remove excess water by mopping, blotting, or wiping. This could include flooring and hard surface furniture which has standing water on it. Do not use your household vacuum to remove water, since it could cause damage to the vacuum or be unsafe.
  • Protect carpet, rugs, drapes, and upholstered items from further damage. Place aluminum foil or parchment paper between furniture and wet carpet or rugs. Remove books, magazines, or other colored items from carpets and rugs. Hang draperies up with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet floors. Remove pillows or cushions from wet upholstered items.
  • Avoid using electric or electronic items that have come into contact with water. This may include items such as light fixtures, ceiling fans, televisions, or appliances. If there is a possibility that someone else on the property may turn on an electric item that has come in contact with water, consider turning off the power to individual circuits within the power distribution panel of the property.

What is the typical cost for water damage restoration?

  • The cost of a water loss will vary greatly depending on the severity of the situation.

What is water damage restoration?

  • When water intrudes into a home or business, water damage restoration may be required. Water damage restoration is the professional process of removing unwanted water, drying and cleaning the structure and/or contents, and returning the property to its preloss condition. This is completed by professional technicians who are certified to follow industry standards using the proper methods and tools.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to help! Call (269)-342-2366.

Odor Removal on a Biohazard Cleanup

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

people with servpro Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for odor removal in your home or workplace (269)-342-2366

Odors result from airborne chemicals, gases, or tiny particles. Once their source is removed, our technicians will use the science of deodorization in conjunction with a variety of products and procedures designed to remove odors. Some of these include:

Removing the source of the odor is the first step in getting rid of the bad smell. We will first work to remove the source of the odor, and then clean, which will provide the best result.

Once the source has been taken care of, our team will work to clean and deodorize your home, using a variety of methods. These include cleaning of surfaces, applying deodorizers, and/or using ozone or hydroxyl machines when indicated.

We also make sure to seal surfaces exposed to unpleasant odors if necessary.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for an estimate to remove stinky odors from your residence or commercial property. (269) 342-2366

Happy Fourth of July 2022 from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!!

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

fireworks Happy Fourth of July from SOEK!

The fireworks have begun!  

Happy Fourth of July (Independence Day) from our staff at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!!!

Did you know that we specialize in restoring property after fire damage?  We have specialized equipment and products to help remove all that soot and smoke damage in a jiffy.

In the unfortunate event that fireworks go off and damage your residential or commercial property, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo services the following regions in Southwest Michigan: Kalamazoo, Portage, Vicksburg, Climax-Scotts, Galesburg-Augusta, Richland, and Parchment.  Make sure to call the First Responders before calling us, though!

AND, we are here for you 24 hours, 7 days a week even over the holidays!!!

Call us at (269)-342-2366 for your fire restoration needs.

Have a fun and safe holiday!

What does the mold remediation process look like?

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we provide mold remediation services for our local community.  Here is a short description of the steps we take to mitigate any mold growth that is harmful in your environment:

We stage the location for containment in the building, demolition, and cleaning. We typically set up containment with a small-large curtain, airlock, and/or setting up critical barriers.  

Then, we set up air filtration devices (AFDs) and use a manometer to verify sufficient negative pressure.  We control the demolition of affected porous materials with visible mold growth and vacuum any settled spores with a HEPA vacuum.

We wrap up the clean-up with damp wiping of remaining surfaces and breaking down of the containers/barriers placed to minimize the spore spread.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today for your mold remediation needs. (269)-342-2366

Retail Cleaning and Restoration with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Retail Store Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 24/7 for help restoring your retail space! (269)-342-2366

If your retail space in East Kalamazoo, MI needs cleaning or damage repair due to fire, water, mold or another event, SERVPRO® has the experience in retail store cleaning to get you back in business quickly.

When an emergency strikes your retail facility, it’s important to act quickly to help lessen the damage and restore the area to preloss condition while also maintaining daily business operations when possible.

Available 24/7

Our highly trained professionals are available any time to respond to retail water damage and other emergencies, no matter the size or cause. We perform our retail store cleaning and restoration services with care, helping to ensure all surfaces, displays and merchandise are restored to preloss condition. We do this with as little disruption to your retail business as possible, working after hours if necessary. We safely isolate the damaged areas, so you can continue normal business activities.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today for remediation and restoration of your retail storefront! (269) 342-2366

Happy Summer 2022 from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Happy Summer Happy Summer from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!! (269) 342-2366

Today marks the Summer Solstice in West Michigan and the Northern Hemisphere.  Happy Summer 2022 from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!!!

Summer brings a whole lot of lakeside and poolside fun in West Michigan.  We know that you will be spending a lot of summer evenings by the water with our many lakes in the area along with Lake Michigan.

This time of year also brings with it summer storms.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is heavily equipped to help you through any storm and specialize in remediating emergency situations caused by storm damage.

SERVPRO corporate has a special STORM Program that comes alive and touches down on a specific part of the country that needs help after a terrible storm has hit.  In the past, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has been a big part of cleaning up the Detroit flood in August 2014.

Happy Summer everyone!

Add SERVPROxide to your daily cleaning protocol today!

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Serproxide Add SERVPROxide to your daily cleaning protocol today!

Add SERVPROxide to your daily cleaning protocol today!

For over 50 years, SERVPRO has been at the forefront of extreme disaster clean-up and restoration.  We are now proud to offer our certified disinfectant, SERVPROXIDE as a daily cleaning product for the general public.

SERVPROXIDE kills 99.999% of viruses and bacteria with an extremely low EPA toxicity rating.  Our disinfectant is for both residential and commercial properties and is a hospital grade non-bleach surface disinfectant.

SERVPROXIDE currently comes in 1 gallon jugs available here.

Add SERVPROXIDE to your daily cleaning protocol today!

Have any questions for the professionals? Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today! (269)-342-2366.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips after a Storm

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning in the big city with logo If you need further assistance with clean-up with fire damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 24/7, 365 days a year. (269)-342-2366.

Here are some tips to help prevent further damage to your home or business after a big storm has passed through. 

  1. Limit Movement: limit movement in the home or business to prevent soot particles from embedding into carpet and avoid tracking.
  2. Keep hands clean: Keep hands clean. Soot on hands on further soil walls, woodwork, and upholstery.
  3. Empty Freezer and Refrigerator: if electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  4. Wipe Off Soot: Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.

If you need further assistance with clean-up with fire damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 24/7, 365 days a year. (269)-342-2366.

What You Should Do After a Fire

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

new vehicles Our SERVPRO fleet ready to leave at a moment's notice for your fire remediation and restoration needs.

After a Fire - Use Caution

While waiting for help to arrive, safety is key:

    • Assess whether it’s safe to stay in the house.
    • Look out for electrical and “slip and fall” hazards.
    • Only attempt activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
    • If safe to enter, and weather permits; open windows and doors to “air out” structure and reduce smoke odors.

Limit Movement

Limit movement in the home to help prevent cross-contamination such as soot particles being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

Wash Plants

Wash houseplants on both sides of the leaves.

Cover Traffic Areas

Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

Change Filters

Change your HVAC filter.

Empty Fridge & Freezer

If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop open the doors. 

In the unfortunate event of a house or business fire, consider calling SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for your fire restoration needs. (269) 342-2366

Happy Memorial Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

flag SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wishes you all a Happy Memorial Day!

Today, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo honors our fallen family members and soldiers for Memorial Day 2022.

According to the U.S Department of Labor, the military currently discharges over 225,000 service members annually. Veterans from a sizable pool of skilled an experienced individuals in our society. However, there is no "employment agency" for veterans to turn to when they return from active duty. As a mission driven company, our core values and mission align with the teachings of the military to their service members. 

And, by end of 2022, SERVPRO's corporate goal is to hire 1000 veterans!  As of 2/7/2022 (Date of print), SERVPRO has hired 353 veterans so we are well on our way to reaching our goal!

Wishing you all a happy opening to summer!  Happy Memorial Day!

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to help 24/7, 365 days a year

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Basement flood When your basement floods, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to assist! Call (269)-342-2366

When a water damage occurs at 1am, you can’t wait until normal business hours to call and get it taken care of. That’s why SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 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. (269)-342-2366

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)?

When you discover a water damage, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo right away (269)342-2366.  We’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Hire Trained Professionals for any Biohazard Cleanups in Kalamazoo, MI

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has been redefining the mitigation and restoration industries for more than 50 years. To help ensure our commitment to excellence at all SERVPRO locations, we have ongoing training at both the regional and national levels. We opened our National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration, reconstruction, and mitigation skills to SERVPRO professionals and insurance industry employees.

Because traumatic events often involve biological and chemical contaminants, it’s very important to know that the restoration process is being handled in compliance with all government, environmental and health regulations. Our professionals do this in the safest way possible for you, your property and everyone living or working on your property. We are trained and prepared both physically and mentally to handle biohazard, trauma, and crime scene cleanup and restoration with respect and professionalism.

Hire only the best trained professionals for any Biohazard cleanups in Kalamazoo, MI.  Call SOEK (SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo) today 24/7 for emergency cleanups (269) 342-2366.

What is Black Mold?

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold What is Black Mold?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce health effects, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 24/7 for professional assistance immediately.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo (269)-342-2366.

Happy Mother's Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

Happy Mother's Day Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mothers Day 2022 from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo! Serving the areas of Portage, Vicksburg, Galesburg, Comstock, Richland, Nazareth, Augusta, Climax-Scotts, and Fulton.

We are proud to serve the Southwest Michigan area with water restoration and remediation, fire restoration and remediation, mold remediation, biohazard cleanup, COVID cleanings, pipe bursts, and general storm damage.

Alexa: call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

We are available 24/7!

So, if you un-expectantly wake up on Mother's Day to sewage or water explosions, give us a call and we will be there for you!  Moms: you have the hardest job in the world and you are not alone when your home or business needs remediation!

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo this Mother's Day and EVERY DAY 24/7 at 269-342-2366.

Creating a Healthy Environment in your Galesburg, MI home

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water Heater Leaking SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows how important it is to keep your home healthy and happy. Call 269-342-2366 today for assistance.

Creating a Healthy Environment in your Galesburg, MI home

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo cares about your well-being. We want you to be healthy, especially in your own home. We have created a Healthy Home Checklist that can help you determine if your home may have Indoor Air Pollution.

Healthy Home Checklist

  • Do you smoke in your home?
  • Do your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room have adequate ventilation and exhaust fans?
  • Do you change your air filters once a month?
  • When cleaning or doing laundry, do you use bleach, ammonia or aerosol spray cans?
  • Is your gas fireplace and/or gas stove checked yearly for emissions?
  • Was your home built before 1978? If so, has it been checked for lead-based paint?
  • Do your bathrooms have carpet?

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

  • Biological contaminants such as mold, dust mites, viruses and pet dander.
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Volatile organic compounds including household cleaning products, pesticides and aerosol propellants.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows how important it is to keep your home healthy and happy. Our professionals can work to eliminate any embarrassing, offensive odors in your home. Identifying and eliminating odors completely can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (269) 342-2366 and we will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

May the 4th Be With You!!!

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Yoda May the 4th Be With You!!

Around here, we love baby yoda and Star Wars and want to wish you all a very happy May 4th!!!

Did you know that this day is also shared with International Firefighter's Day?!

SERVPRO is a HUGE sponsor of our country's first responders and goes to great lengths to support them.

SERVPRO sponsors the First Responders college bowl game in late December every year!  Each SERVPRO franchise can nominate a local first responder to compete for a sponsored trip to the First Responders Bowl Game with their family.

So, between baby yoda + firefighters, we sure are blessed by all this protection energy and warrior spirit.

From our hearts at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to yours, MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU and we give thanks to all our first responders!

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning.

The certified technicians at SERVPRO are available to help business and commercial property owners handle specialty cleaning projects such as duct cleaning, odor removal, graffiti removal, biohazard cleaning services, and so much more.  

The state-of-the-art SERVPRO National Training Center teaches restoration and mitigation skills to Franchise Owners.  SERVPRO's Corporate employees and insurance industry employees.  It is one of the few facilities in the country that has been recognized as a state-approved continuing education course location and IICRC-approved training facility.  We are faster to any disaster...

Winter Storm Damage in Kalamazoo, MI

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

storm kit Should fire, water pipes freezing, or mold damage occur in one of your facilities in Kalamazoo County, we will provide quality service 24/4, 365 days

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.

Each of SERVPRO's over 2000 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.  Should fire, water pipes freezing, or mold damage occur in one of your facilities in Kalamazoo County, we will provide quality professional service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

FAQs about Fire Restoration with SERVPRO

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Purple Flame Smoke Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for all your fire remediation needs! (269)-342-2366.

Here are some frequently asked questions we get about our Fire Restoration services here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo.

  • How long will the construction project take?
    • Each construction project is unique in size and scope, so the length of time to complete varies. We’ll provide you with a timeline and communicate with you regularly on the status of your project. Your participation in making certain decisions about your work also impacts the schedule.
  • Will I have to be home all the time?
    • No, you do not need to be present while we work to repair your home. We will communicate regularly with you about the timeline and current stage of the project, so you are aware of the activities occurring on any given day.
  • What is preloss condition?
    • Pre-loss condition represents the state your home or business was in before any damage occurred. SERVPRO strives to return your property to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” We’ll use similar materials and processes that were used to originally build the area damaged to ensure a seamless transition from damaged to repaired.
  • Do my belongings need to be moved away from the premises?
    • While some belongings may need moved out of the home, this is not always the case. In the event that your personal items need relocated while repairs are made, rest assured that SERVPRO is skilled in pack-out procedures. We’ll care for your items and return them once the space is ready for them again.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for all your fire remediation needs! (269)-342-2366.

Did Your Toilet Overflow in your Portage, MI home?

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Toilet Let us clean up the water after the leak has been stopped! Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today! (269)-342-2366

Did you all of a sudden notice water dripping through your ceiling from your upstairs bathroom? Did you run upstairs to find water everywhere? 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!

WATER EXTRACTION

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. 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.

Let us clean up the water after the leak has been stopped! Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo (269)-342-2366.

Crime Scene Cleanup in Kalamazoo, MI

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

East Kalamazoo Logo Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 24/7 (269)-342-2366

In the tragic event that you need crime scene cleanup in the Kalamazoo area, we have your back at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo.

Because traumatic events often involve biological and chemical contaminants, it’s very important to know that the restoration process is being handled in compliance with all government, environmental and health regulations.

Our professionals do this in the safest way possible for you, your property and everyone living or working on your property. We are trained and prepared both physically and mentally to handle biohazard, trauma, and crime scene cleanup and restoration with respect and professionalism.

We are trained and prepared both physically and mentally to handle biohazard, trauma and crime scene cleanup and restoration with respect and professionalism.

We’ll work to safely clean up contaminants from surfaces, and remove unsalvageable materials from the area.

We are here for you 24/7. Call (269)-342-2366 for crime scene cleanup in Kalamazoo, MI.

Mold Clean-up for your Galesburg, MI Business

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

no job is too big or too small No job is too big or too small, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 24/7 (269)-342-2366

Having a plan of action when a mold problem arises can make all the difference when it comes to minimizing damage and the effects on your employees' health.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is proud to serve our commercial businesses in the Galesburg, MI area.  We have the [wo]manpower, the equipment, and the technology to take on any job, no matter the size!  We make a perfect fit to help remediate a mold over-growth for any commercial building or real estate.

When mold starts to invade your business, dealing with the problem quickly and safely should be a priority. It can take less than 72 hours for mold to spread throughout your office or building, which may result in negative health effects to your employees, as well as damage to your property. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo responds quickly to your call to assess your situation.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo professionals use advanced equipment and experience in mold mitigation to determine the water source of your mold problem. Then, we’ll work with you in the cleanup and restoration process with as little disruption to your business as possible.

We are available 24/7!  Call us with any questions about mold at (269)-342-2366.

Happy First Day of Spring from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

Bloom where you are planted Bloom where you are planted...Happy Spring 2022!

We wish you a very happy first day of Spring as we usher in the Spring Equinox of 2022!

Spring brings with it lots of showers and storms, especially in April.  

Did you know that we have a dedicated Storm Team to help you with emergency clean-up after a big storm?

We have worked alongside insurance companies for over three decades, meeting the needs of businesses and homeowners affected by a big spring storm.

This time of year can also bring a mix of wintry weather in Kalamazoo.  We are here for all your pipe bursts, ice damages, and snow melts 24/7!

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo welcomes Spring to Southwest Michigan!  We are prepared for the beautiful blooms and the aftermath of Mother Nature's storms.  Call us anytime 24/7 for remediating any damage from the weather! (269)-342-2366

The Mold Remediation Process of SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Puff Back Call on SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for your mold remediation concerns. 269-342-2366

When you find mold, you are probably wondering what exactly it is that you’re supposed to do. That’s where SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo comes in and helps to make the mold in your home or business “Like it never even happened.”

Our Mold Remediation Process begins with:

  1. Emergency Contact - (269) 342-2366

The mold cleanup and restoration process begin when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment 

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment 

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. 

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. 

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold.

  1. Restoration

The restoration step gets your home or business back to preloss condition.

Happy St. Patrick's Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Happy St. Patrick's Day Happy St. Patrick's Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!  Luck o'the rainbow is on your side!

In 432 A.D. St. Patrick aged about 16 was captured by Irish pirates (he was technically a Roman citizen at the time in Great Britain) and taken as a slave to Ireland. 

In 1601, the first "unofficial" St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the Spanish colony that is now St. Augustine, Florida.

In 1756, the first official St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in New York City at the Crown and Thistle Tavern.

In 1762, the first St. Patrick's Day parade is celebrated in New York City.

More than 100 St. Patrick's Day parades are held across the United States of America, with New York City and Boston the home of the largest celebrations.  No surprise there with so much Irish immigration history!

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7! (269)-342-2366

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Water and Fire Swirls As always, give SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo a call if you need help with your commercial property! (269)-342-2366.

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Portage 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.

We serve a wide variety of industries!  From elementary schools to casinos to food service, and retail, we are proud to service our community's businesses and people.

Learn more about our commercial services on our newly designed website here!

And as always, give SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo a call if you need help with your commercial property! (269)-342-2366.

Need Storm Clean-up for your Business in Augusta, MI?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Storm in the city SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for your business for relief from the storms! Call (269)-342-2366.

If you’re a business owner in Augusta, MI in need of storm remediation, you can trust our Disaster Recovery Team to help you get back in business after a storm or flood disaster. We have elite large-loss specialists that are pre-qualified and strategically placed throughout the United States and Canada to handle any size disaster. Past industries we served have included hospitals, property management, universities, municipalities and even The Pentagon.

Our Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of elite technicians who have the training and resources to handle large-loss events for industries that have included hospitals, universities and government facilities.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for your business for relief from the storms!  Call (269)-342-2366.

What to do once the smoke has cleared your Schoolcraft, MI home

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo once the smoke has cleared. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." (269)-342-2366.

When a fire occurs in your home, it can be scary. Here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we understand that you are worried about your home and your belongings. Our goal of providing you with these tips is to help assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo arrives. Follow these Do’s and Don’ts to help reduce damages to your home and help increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpets or upholstery, as well as avoiding tracking soot from room to room.
  • Keep your hands clean! Soot on your hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • If electricity is off, empty your freezer(s) and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.

DON’T:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting and/or consulting with your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo any carpets, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first contacting and/or consulting with your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been impacted by heat, fire, or water without first consulting with an authorized repair service.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo once the smoke has cleared. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." (269)-342-2366.

East Kalamazoo 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Snowfall Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo (269)-342-2366 for all your water damage needs!

Water Damage in your home is no joking matter.  Did you know we have certified technicians and specialists who help remediate all different types of water damage? 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help!!

Call Today - (269)-342-2366

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this tough time.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph County 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 flooring or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO East Kalamazoo County

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.  Out 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

 

Happy Valentine's Day from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

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We wish you a very fruitful Valentine's day full of compassion, romance, and affection.

Here, we like to exchange SERVPRO themed Valentine's Day cards to remind each other of how much we care about their balanced moisture levels.

So, here's a little SERVPRO poetry to celebrate Valentine's Day 2022 (cadence adopted from "I Say a Little Prayer")

In the morning when I wake up,

there may be smelly odor clean up,

let SERVPRO answer your prayers for you!

Forever and ever, we'll stay in your town and we will clean up forever, and ever, and we will never depart! Oh how I need you together, forever, that's how it must be, to live without us would only be heartbreak for you!

We'll answer your call!

We'll answer your call!

We will never depart!

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today for all your water restoration needs! (269) 342-2366

Let the empathic professionals at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo restore crime scenes

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro of East Kalamazoo Call (269)-342-2366 for your biohazard clean-up emergency needs with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo.

The restoration of your property following a biohazard event or a crime needs experienced and empathetic professionals like those at SERVPRO® to safely clean them to our professional standards.

In the event that your property needs hazmat, trauma or crime scene cleanup, SERVPRO can help you. This type of situation requires competence, experience and respect for all involved. Our skilled professionals will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances. Once the police have completed their investigation of a crime scene, cleanup and restoration can begin. This involves an assessment of your property to determine the proper equipment and cleaning products needed.

We service Vicksburg, Galesburg, Comstock, Portage, Kalamazoo, Richland, and Parchment with your biohazard clean up needs.  Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today (269)-342-2366.

Detecting Mold in your Comstock, MI Home

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on walls Suspect mold? Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today! (269)-342-2366

Mold- like any other hazardous material can cause health effects if not handled 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.

Crime Scene Cleanup in Richland, MI

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

Crime Scene Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for crime scene clean up.

Crime scenes can be dangerous places for people who are unaware of the hazards, especially if blood or other biohazardous materials are involved. These things can cause serious health effects.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo responds immediately to safely clean the crime scene. After the police have finished processing the crime scene or accident, SERVPRO can begin the cleaning and restoration process of the following:

  • Evidence gathering chemicals used by detectives and law enforcement
  • Fire Extinguisher Residue
  • Blood, tissue remnants and other bodily fluids
  • Pepper spray and tear gas residue

After the crime scene has been cleared by law enforcement, our team will remove and dispose of bodily fluids or other potentially hazardous substances. Our trained technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to get your environment back to being clean and safe. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands that these situations are difficult and we strive to treat all individuals involved with empathy and respect. For your Crime Scene Cleanup needs, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.

Happy Easter from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Happy Easter Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 24/7 for springtime water cleanup! (269) 342-2366.

The weather is beginning to warm up and spring is in the air in southwest Michigan.  It's that time of the year again when eggs are colored and glittered all up to encourage the children to run amock!

It is the wet season as Mother Nature showers us with abundant rainfall to fertilize the flowers and bring forth the warm days of summer.

Here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we are prepared for any water damage that might occur during this time of great rainfall.

We use state-of-the-art equipment to dry up any messes as soon as possible.  AND, we are open 24/7, 365 days a year to assist you with a cleanup in no time.

We wish you all a very Happy Easter 2022!!!

SERVPRO of Vicksburg, MI wants to Help your Business!

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Office Fire Consider SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for our large loss division. Call (269)273-8777 today!

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 of East Kalamazoo is here and ready to help! 

If your business suffers a major loss, call us at (269) 273-8777 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Damage Restoration in Galesburg, MI

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Outdoor lamp in storm with logo Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo whenever you need assistance with storm damage! (269)-342-2366

When a Storm Damages Your Home, We're One Call Away!

We are equipped with the training and experience to handle whatever storm damage that nature may unexpectedly bring your way.

Without warning, nature can take a violent turn: floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards. Any of these can have a devastating effect on your home, turning your life upside-down.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo's highly-trained professionals are close by and customer-focused. We want you to be back in your restored home as quickly as possible. Whether you have minor storm damage or something larger to deal with, we have the experience and the equipment needed to cleanup and restore your home and help get life back to normal following storm damage.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo whenever you need assistance with storm damage! (269)-342-2366

Happy National Bobblehead Day! January 7

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Stormy and Blaze Bobbleheads SERVPRO's Stormy and Blaze bobbleheads!

Sometimes, we just have a little too much fun blogging in the office!

We are faster to any disaster and we wouldn't be able to make this happen without Stormy and Blaze!

Today is National Bobblehead Day!  And, we would like to show our appreciation for our SERVPRO Bobbleheads: Stormy and Blaze!!

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 treat your property with care.

Have questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?  Call Stormy and Blaze of SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo (269)342-2366 any time 24/7.

Happy New Year 2022 from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

1/1/2022 (Permalink)

Photo by Aditya Vyas on Unsplash Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for help with water damage to your home or business during the winter months (269)-342-2366. Photo by Aditya Vyas.

Happy New Year 2022 from SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!  A new beginning is upon us as we begin another year in a post-COVID world.

From our work family to your family, we wish you a very blessed 2022 with many celebrations and gifts to come!

In honor of the New Year, we'd like to share a few tips with you for keeping the inside of your house clean during the wintry months, thereby minimizing the potential for water damage.

TIPS FOR MINIMIZING INDOOR WATER DAMAGE

Your first line of defense for minimizing the pools of melted snow on your floors is to purchase and lay out a variety of water-trapping products, like doormats and shoe-racks.  We recommend getting a thick mat that can absorb large amounts of water.  Don't be afraid to replace these mats once they get worn out!!!  Winter can be brutal sometimes...

Keep shoe racks as close as you can to the door so when you come in, you don't need to walk far.  This minimizes trampling in snow, which leads to large, muddy puddles just collecting in pools.

Keep a heavy duty mop on hand for those times a puddle collects, just in case.

In the event that you require assistance with remediation of water damage, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for help (269)-342-2366.  We are here 24/7, 365 days to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Winter Storms in Portage, MI

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Winter Storms We’re always here to help in your time of need. Call us at (269) 342-2366 if you experience damage to your home.

Winter storms bring with them damage of great magnitude. Below freezing temperatures put pipes and other water lines at risk. Along with this the weight of the snow and ice on your roof can cause significant damage.

If not caught in time, a damaged pipe can wreak havoc on your home. Let’s say a pipe freezes and bursts in your upstairs bathroom while you’re not home. The water can travel down to the main level of the home, and then into your finished basement causing extensive damage throughout the entirety of the home. In a case like this, the entire structure of the home may be compromised.

That’s where SREVPRO of East Kalamazoo comes in! We are highly trained in storm damage mitigation. We take care of everything so you don’t have to. We’re always here to help in your time of need. Call us at (269) 342-2366 if you experience damage to your home.

Christmas Tree Oh Christmas Tree Safety 101

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

House on Fire House on Fire! SERVPRO is here to help!

CHRISTMAS TREE SAFETY 101

It's that time of year again to review safety tips for taking care of your Christmas tree and minimizing your chances of a tree fire.

  • Purchase a fresh tree that is not dry 
  • Water the tree, like any other house plant!
  • Turn the lights off at night
  • Keep the tree away from heat sources, like fireplaces, candles, space heaters, and TVs
  • Don't use damaged or frayed cords for stringing your lights

If a fire causes damage in your home, always get help right away. Speak with SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo by calling (269) 342-2366. 24/7, we are open and ready to take of your home, even during the holidays.  We wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season!

Fire Safety This Holiday Season Galesburg, MI

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas tree in front of fireplace. If a fire does occur in your home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. Our experts make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wishes you Happy Holidays. The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. The season is often spent decorating your home, wrapping presents, and warming up by the fire. While these activities are wonderful, there are many potential hazards. When you are getting ready for the holidays, keep these things in mind.

  • Don’t place wrapped presents near the fireplace as they are highly flammable
  • Do not discard garbage in your fireplace
  • Do not dispose of your Christmas tree by burning it in the fireplace
  • Hang stockings away from your fireplace
  • Candles may be a great source of holiday spirit, but keep them away from kids and pets
  • Keep your Christmas tree away from heat source, such as fireplaces or heaters

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo urges you to take holiday hazards seriously. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree is the cause of 1 in every 6 fires around the holiday season. If a fire does occur in your home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. Our experts make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Tips for Kalamazoo Residents

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Water heater leaking When water damage encroaches on your Kalamazoo home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.

When your water heater leaks or a pipe burst in your home, you don’t want to wait to have it fixed. That is why our caring professional team at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, is available to you 24/7. Noon or night, we’ll be there to make it right! We are dedicated to restoring your home as quickly as possible to minimized damage. Our team will arrive on site within four hours.

Until our team arrives, here are some things you can do to help prevent further damage:

  • Shut off the water source if at all possible
  • Remove colored rugs from carpet to prevent staining
  • Hang fur or leather items separately at room temperature
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
  • Avoid areas where ceiling is sagging, as they could collapse

Things NOT to do:

  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • Do not leave books or other colored items on wet carpeting

When water damage encroaches on your Kalamazoo home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. Then relax, we’ll take it from there!

Emergency Response to your Schoolcraft, MI Business

12/4/2021 (Permalink)

Yes, we're open If a fire damage occurs in your Schoolcraft, MI business, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

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 commercial 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.

When your Schoolcraft, MI business suffers a fire, water, mold or biohazard loss, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.

Winter Storms Hit Hard in Scotts, MI

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Burst pipe We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Winter is has officially arrived. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants to make sure you’re ready. Typically, a pipe bursts because of the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. If gone unnoticed, the burst pipe can cause extensive damage to your home. Here are some simple tips to prepare your home.

  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around your pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through the faucets, especially through unheated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. You can find the shut off valve in the basement or crawlspace. If you decide to shut off your faucet, make sure it is drained completely.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for you this winter. We help you gain control of your home and belongings quickly. Call us at (269) 342-2366 for all your mitigation needs! We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Mitigation Vs. Restoration

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after restoration SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (269) 342-2366.

There’s no worse feeling than coming home from a long day of work and walking into six inches of standing water in your living room. At SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we understand that stress. It’s our job to respond and take care of that stress by showing up quickly and completely removing that water from your home, before it creates more damage. We are a mitigation company and we are also a restoration company. So, what’s the difference?

MITIGATION

Mitigation is the act of minimizing the severity of a situation. When we help our customers via swift mitigation, they avoid water absorbing into the structure of the home potentially warping the floors and causing other damage. The primary purpose of mitigation is to ensure the disaster does not lead to further issues. Mitigation efforts will always come before restoration needs.

RESTORATION

Restoration is the act of returning something to its former condition. If after mitigating there is still damage to the property, this is when restoration begins. Restoration focuses on repairing and restoring any damage that may have been caused to the property. Restoration is significantly less expensive than replacement, which is why it is the preferred method by the majority of insurance companies

If you encounter water damage at your home or business, rest assured that SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (269) 342-2366.

Best Practices for Thanksgiving Cooking in your Kalamazoo, MI home

11/20/2021 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Feast Table Thanksgiving Feast Table

DID YOU KNOW?

Thanksgiving has the highest amount of kitchen fires followed by Christmas and Christmas Eve.  Below are some best practices to minimize the potential of a fire getting out of hand at your parties.

1.) Don't drink and fry

Are you familiar with the acronym B.L.E.V.E.? It stands for Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.  Putting in a frozen or very wet bird can be detrimental to your well-being.  It may explode!  So, make sure to thoroughly thaw out your bird and dry it off before frying it up!

2.) Too many cooks in the kitchen

Sometimes Uncle Randy wants to help out and sometimes Auntie Sue wants to help out, too!  Thanksgiving is all about coming together with family and friends, but sometimes, there are just too many cooks in that kitchen. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo suggests that you keep your kitchen staffed efficiently during the holidays.  Watch out for the little ones, too, and keep them away from the stove!

If an unfortunate event occurs, please know your SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on Holidays. Contact us and we will make it "Like it never even happened." (269)342-2366.

Winter Maintenance Tips for Commercial Buildings in Kalamazoo, MI

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Snowfall If you are needing a commercial cleaning company to clean your winter grime, call us today at (269) 342-2366.

Welcome to another winter in Kalamazoo, MI, the season of bitter cold, freezing rain, and blowing snow. A season that all you do is hunker down and hibernate until Spring. Unfortunately, that is unable to happen, and work must go on! It is important to make sure that your commercial building is ready for the cold winter weather. Here are several tips to make sure that your building is winter safe:

  • Inspect your heating systems: When the weather changes and your turn on your heating system it is important to have it inspected and that all maintenance is done. If there is buildup in the flue-pipe or vent than there is chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Set your Thermostats: It is important to make sure that your employees are warm during the winter, but its’s also imperative that your building stays warm too. Blistering winds can freeze pipes especially if your heating system isn’t working. Also, by calibrating your thermostats, you’ll make sure your heating systems are operating efficiently, which saves you money on your heating bill.
  • Inspect doors and windows: If you have gaps in your doors or windows it is good idea to use weather stripping. Doors and windows are prime entrance ways for cold, water, and pests to enter your building and can cause damage to your interior items. The warm air can also escape causing your heating bill to rise.
  • Entrance Mats: It is cost efficient to have proper winter weather mats at all entrances and exits and your building. Did you know 80 percent of the dirt found in buildings such as offices and shopping spaces was tracked in on people’s shoes? The cost to have carpets cleaned or floors stripped and waxed can cost a lot of money. A good guide is that people entering should have three steps on a mat with each foot. The mats should give a little traction and should be rubber underneath to alleviate potential slip hazards.

Following these safety tips will help keep your building, employees, and customers safe from tragedy this winter season. If you are needing a commercial cleaning company to clean your winter grime, call us today at (269) 342-2366.

Water Damage in Your Kalamazoo, MI Home

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

Water leaking from ceiling with homeowner holding bucket to catch water Our goal at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is to restore your home to its’ previous glory.

Water, it seems harmless enough as our planet is covered in it. We drink it, so how dangerous can it be? The answer is to your home water is can be very dangerous. Contaminated water can bring with it debris and bacteria. It can weaken the structure of your home and can facilitate mold growth. Because of this, water damage is something that should be handled by professionals.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has crews and equipment to handle water damage with ease. Our specialty drying equipment allows us to ensure every crevasse and content in your home, is properly dried. A thorough clean is also used when necessary to prevent any sort of microbial growth that may result from water damage.

Our goal at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is to restore your home to its’ previous glory. Call our office at (269) 342-2366 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Galesburg, MI Residents Fight Back Against Mold

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty bathtub Call us today and let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

With winter right around the corner, the last thing you want to worry about this holiday season is mold in your home.  It is important to stay clear of areas that you believe are infested with mold, as these side effects can be serious.

Don’t worry, there are some things you can do to help protect your home from the invasion of this pesky intruder

  • Ensure your home has proper drainage directed away from the structure.
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and applications for leaks and/or a buildup of moisture.
  • Keep up on house maintenance.
  • Install proper ventilation in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and cooking areas.
  • Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
  • Last but certainly not least, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, after a water damage if you suspect mold growth.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366. Let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE Why SERVPRO

You don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.  When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties for prompt service.  Whether it's removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants.  We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.  Our cleaning services include the following:

-Biohazard and Sewage

-Trauma and Crime Scene

-Carpet and Upholstery

-Drapes and Blinds

-Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors

-Odor Removal and Deodorization

-Vandalism

-COVID 19 General Cleans

We make it "Like it never even happened."

Surviving This Year’s Flu Season in The Office

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Sick employee at desk A healthy work environment doesn’t happen by accident, it happens by intention. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 for free quote today!

Need a professional Office Cleaning Company to have a safe clean environment for your employees? After the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, it is very important to keep your office environment clean and stop the spread of germs. We have a few tips to tell your employees to help stop the spread of germs and hopefully keep your employees healthy and reduce the amount of absenteeism.

6 TIPS FOR A CLEANER WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  1. Make sure all “touch point” areas are thoroughly cleaned. Touch points are areas that are touched by more than one employee in the office such as:
    • Phones
    • Computer mice
    • Doors/Door Handles
    • Faucet handles
    • Light switches
    • Office equipment
    • Elevator buttons
    • Stair rails
  2. When you are sick- stay home!
  3. Stop coughing or sneezing into your hands
  4. Regularly wash your hands during the day
  5. Alcohol based hand sanitizer is effective, but not as good as washing your hands
  6. Get a flu shot

A healthy work environment doesn’t happen by accident, it happens by intention. Keeping your workplace healthy and getting at least some protection from the flu requires that your office cleaning company put policy and training into place that ensures that your office cleaning staff knows how to clean to reduce bacteria, viruses and other common infectious diseases and limit the spread of disease in your facility. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 for a FREE office cleaning quote.

Educational Empowerment: Fire Sprinkler Systems and Smoke Detectors

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

Photo by Kevin Butz on Unsplash - water pipes Photo by Kevin Butz on Unsplash

THE HISTORY OF AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

We are aware of automatic sprinkler systems and their effectiveness for protecting life and property for over 100 years.  

But, there are still some aspects about the operation and effectiveness of automatic fire sprinkler systems that warrant further education.

Source: American Fire Sprinkler Association

DID YOU REPLACE YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS?

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo recommends using Smoke Detectors with Lithium Battery + Replacement Alert for your home and office.  The LED light will go off on the detector, reminding you to replace it.  There is no need to replace batteries with these systems, simply replace the smoke detectors as needed.

DID YOU KNOW WATER SPRINKLERS PRODUCE LESS DAMAGE THAN FIRE HOSES?

Water damage from a sprinkler system will be  less severe than the damage caused by water from the fire hydrants and hose lines.  Sprinkler systems release 8-24 gallons of water per minute while fire hoses release 80-125 gallons per minute.

In the event that you do sustain fire or water damage, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is ready to help!  Call us today for an assessment of your property damage.  We are always available at 269-342-2366.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows there is no such thing as a small fire. To avoid risking further damage in your home or business, stop and call a SERVPRO Professional. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will provide a timely response. Before we arrive here are some do’s and don’ts.

  • Always keep your hands clean to avoid spreading soot.
  • You should limit movement as much as possible to prevent further damage.
  • Place clean towels or linens on carpeted areas to prevent more soiling. Only attempt these things if there is no safety risk.
  • Do NOT attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do NOT attempt to shampoo carpet or other surfaces without consulting a SERVPRO Professional.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for you. We understand that your belongings are important to you. Response times can make a difference between restoration or replacement. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for all your restoration needs at (269) 342-2366.

When Storms or Floods hit East Kalamazoo County, SERVPRO is ready!

10/23/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning Strikes Photo by Max LaRochelle on Unsplash

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo County 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 lessons the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit East Kalamazoo County, 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 through the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?  Call US Today 269-273-8777.

Water Damage Restoration in Kalamazoo County

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet overflowing Do not hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366.

Your toilet overflowing may be more likely than you think. It can be caused by sewage backups, septic tank issues, or a simple blockage. If not caught right away, a toilet can damage your entire home. The water can travel through the home, and cause additional problems if not taken care of. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo focuses on getting your life back to normal quickly and reduce stress. Our service response guidelines result in timely mitigation and can reduce claim loss expense.

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will contact you to arrange for service.
  • Within four hours of loss notification, of our professionals will be on site to start mitigation services.
  • Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

Water losses are never planned, but they do occur. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for you every step of the way. Do not hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366.

Outside Grilling Safety in East Kalamazoo

10/16/2021 (Permalink)

Photo by Paul Hermann on Unsplash - meat on grill Yummy steaks on the grill! Staying safe while eatin' good. Photo by Paul Hermann on Unsplash

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that 7 out of every 10 adult owns a grill or a smoker? This can mean a lot of yummy food, but it also means an increase of home fires. From 2014-2018, there were an annual average of 8,900 house fires, involving grills. A grill placed to close to anything that can catch on fire is considered a fire hazard. Grills can be extremely hot, also causing burn injuries. National Fire Protection Association has put together safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors
  • Grills should be placed away from home, deck railing, and out from under low tree branches
  • Keep children and pets at least 3ft away from grill while using
  • NEVER leave the grill unattended
  • Always make sure the lid is open before lighting the grill (org)

If you have more questions about grill safety, check out https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Grilling for more details. If you experience a house fire, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.


Tips for Fall Storm Preparation in Kalamazoo, MI

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Gutters filled with autumn leaves We are always available 24/7 to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”

While hurricane and tropical storm season officially starts in June, peak activity tends to occur later during the fall, beginning in late August and extending through October. This season is most likely to produce severe storms that bring the threat of potential property damage. There is no guarantee that a storm will strike, nor is that any assurance that you can prevent all damage if it does. Nevertheless, statistics show that a few preventative measures can help improve the odds. Here are a few preventative measures you can take for fall storm preparation:

  • Protect your roof by cutting back limbs to establish a clear zone around your house.
  • Clean the gutters. Autumn leaves often clog gutters which can cause the gutters to overflow during heavy rain, which can cause water damage and mold growth.
  • Prevent basement flooding by installing a sump pump to remove water before it accumulates. If you already have one, before to test it by pouring five gallons of water into the sump basin to verify that it’s ready.

When a natural fiasco strikes your home, do not panic; call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. We are always available 24/7 to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO cleans up the highway!

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Mr. Mac Averitt hanging out with the goals along M-60 highway in Cassopolis, MI Mr. Mac Averitt hanging out with the goats along M-60 highway in Cassopolis, MI

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph counties participated in the MDOT Adopt-a-Highway program last Thursday in Cassopolis, Michigan.  What a great way to spend the afternoon helping out the community.  Big thank you to all the staff that came out and participated in the clean-up.  We collected nine bags of trash along two miles of Michigan's scenic M-60 highway that we professionally adopted to keep clean and funky fresh. It was a beautiful sunny day walking alongside an ancient cemetery, goats, and solar panels, all highlights on this stretch of highway, as we served our community.  We are proud to be a part of this program and look forward to Spring 2022 cleanup.

As always, our team is here for you every step of the way. If an emergency occurs in your business or home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Cass and St. Joseph 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Poseidon Poseidon in Greek Mythology symbolized the destructive nature of water.

Water Damage in your home is no joking matter.  Did you know we have certified technicians and specialists who help remediate all different types of water damage? 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help!!

Call Today - (269)-273-8777

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this tough time.  SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph County 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 flooring or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph County

SERVPRO of Cass and St. Joseph specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.  Out 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 

The Difference Between Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

10/3/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke detector on ceiling Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366 if you experience fire damage!

In honor of Fire Prevention week, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants to make sure that you know the difference between a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms. You should have both in your home to keep your family safe in case of a fire. If you currently have both in your home make sure you replace your batteries at least once a year and if you don’t, make sure you know the difference between the two.

SMOKE ALARM

A smoke alarm can sense smoke before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of a fire, you might have as little as two minutes to escape safely. This is the reason it is very important to have one in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and on each level on the home, including the basement. It is advised to not have a smoke alarm in your kitchen or bathrooms.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that displaces you unconscious before you even realize something is wrong. Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time. CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you call get out, call 9-1-1 and let the professionals check your home.

If a fire does occur, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Fear and uncertainty can sweep over you in time of a disaster. Our 24-hour, 365-day emergency response team allows us to respond quickly to give you peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366.

Can Electronics Be Cleaned After a Fire?

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

Burnt Laptop If fire occurs in your business, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

When it comes to a fire in your facility as a business owner you might be concerned about your electronics. Electronics that are not completely ruined by a fire may benefit from being cleaned. Fire cleanup professionals who specialize in electronics rely on several restoration methods.

Restoration experts can remove electronics from the site of a fire and work on them in a controlled location. There, they may be able to address several results of fire damage such as;

  • Corrosion of circuits due to acidity of smoke
  • Formation of black film of smoke or soot over internal components
  • Warped electronics that suffered closer exposure to fire

These experts may be carefully clean corrosion or black film from the inside of computers, mobile devices or other electronics exposed to smoke damage. Corrosion or black film can both lead to short-circuiting and put residents at risk of starting another fire. If a device is no longer functional, it may be possible to retrieve data. In case of devices that are beyond restoration or data retrieval, restoration experts that specialize in electronics can supply owners with proof of loss that make it easier to file a claim and obtain replacements for damage electronics.

We understand that the process can be overwhelming. Our team is here for you every step of the way. If fire occurs in your business, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Keep Your Business Prepared for an Emergency

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Post fire debris Should fire damage occur in your facility, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366, where we make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Like many commercial properties, your facility probably has an evacuation plan should an emergency occurrence requires occupants to leave quickly. Everyone in the workplace must understand the evacuation plan, how they should exit the building and where they should go once they are outside.

SREVPRO of East Kalamazoo can provide emergency contact information, tools, and resources needed to help ensure an effective plan is in place. Until our crews arrive, here are some helpful tips you can use to help limit the damage:

  • Limited movement of people in the facility to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on carpeted areas to prevent more soiling
  • Wipe soot from chrome trim, then protect with a light coating of lubricant

Should fire damage occur in your facility, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366, where we make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Faster to any disaster!

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

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

Storm Supply Kit for Your Home

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Kit Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that storms can be devastating. Your safety is very important to us. After a storm, you may be alone or without power for several days. Being prepared for any type of storm, is very important. An essential part of preparedness is having an emergency supply kit. When putting together your kit, including these items:

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

When disaster strikes your home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts will 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.

Biohazard Cleanup in Kalamazoo, MI

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Trauma Scene Call our professionals at (269) 342-2366 today if you find a biohazard on your property.

While widely known for our fire restoration and water mitigation services, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in a wide variety of services. One of the other services we offer is biohazard clean up. Our team is trained to remove and dispose of fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime scene, or death.

While following state and federal guidelines, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo properly cleans and disposes of harmful substances, such as chemicals from methamphetamine labs or pepper spray residue. Our team thoroughly cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes affected areas. We understand biowaste can be harmful. Our crew prepares hazardous debris for proper disposal according to OSHA, as well as local and state health regulations.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available 24/7 for biohazard clean up. We have the training and expertise to make biohazard damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call our professionals at (269) 342-2366 today if you find a biohazard on your property.

Water Damage You Don’t See Can be the Most Damaging

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded area in house Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo if you spot water damage in your home at (269) 342-2366.

Water intrusions can invade floors, ceilings and walls to find the lowest point in your home or business. Water from water incidents will search for pinhole cervices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel down in the building’s structure. Surfaces such as wood, drywall, and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of the structure. Follow these tips to help prevent further damage to your home:

  • Shut off the water source if possible
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or woods blocks under furniture legs
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting

Here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we understand that there is no such thing as a small disaster. For this reason, we offer 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances a SERVPRO professional will arrive on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services, your local SERVPRO professional can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo if you spot water damage in your home at (269) 342-2366.

It’s More Than Just a Business, It’s Your Livelihood

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

Fire inside of office Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 for all your fire damage needs.

Fire, smoke, and soot damages in your facility can create unpleasant and permanent problems if not addressed properly. As various materials burn, the smoke produced will travel throughout the building leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in 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 cleanups themselves.

Any fire in your facility is bad, but trying to clean it up yourself can be a disaster. Considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout the building and many cause odors to resurface for years. SERVPRO East Kalamazoo understands how disruptive fires ca be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.

Before you risk doing more damage to your valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 for all your fire damage needs.

Mold Myths Debunked

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Identifying mold If you think that you have a mold problem, give SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo a call today, at (269) 342-2366.

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our daily environment. In fact, over 1,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Here at SERVPRO, we deal with water damage every day and know the proper actions to prevent mold growth. If you spot mold in your home or business make sure you know the difference between the myths and facts about mold.

  • ‘Toxic’ Mold is the only dangerous types of molds: “Toxic’ mold or “black” mold is often referred to being the most dangerous to your health. “Black mold”, known as stachybotrys chartarum develops very slowly and usually follows earlier mold growths. There are more than 100,000 types of molds and only 50 to 60 are actually potentially hazardous to humans.
  • If you can’t see it or smell it mold is not a problem: Mold can grow in isolated areas like between floors and ceilings. Not only can you not see the mold, if it’s cut off from air flow, you are unlikely to smell it.
  • Bleach kills mold: Due to the chemicals in bleach, putting bleach on mold may appear to get rid of it, but the affects is superficial and temporary. There are many chemicals that can kill mold called biocides. Take warning that anything that kills mold is harmful to both you and your pets. While that little mildew in your shower can be treated with bleach, anything else will likely need professional help.

Moldy materials must be carefully removed by properly our trained professionals. SERVPRO professionals are trained in mold remediation and will examine the structure for any signs of mold. If you think that you have a mold problem, give SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo a call today, at (269) 342-2366.

What is the Difference Between a Watch vs. Warning

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado in the distance If your home is affected by storm damage, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, as we are “faster to any size disaster”.

In Michigan we know that the weather can change minute-to-minute, so it is important to know the difference between a watch verses a warning. Knowing the difference can save you and your family. Learn the difference between a watch and warning below:

WATCH

A watch means that there is a potential risk for the development of severe weather. For example, a tornado watch means that the weather is perfect for a tornado to form and that a tornado has NOT been seen. During a watch, no immediate action is required for you and your family’s safety, but you should keep an eye on your local weather to stay updated on the situation.

WARNING

A warning means immediate action should be taken and should be taken seriously. For example, a tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or one has been indicated by a doppler radar. During a warning, it is indicated that severe weather is approaching or is currently happening. It is recommended that you take cover immediately as it is likely you will be directly impacted.

With this information you will be better prepared for severe weather when it threatens our area. If your home is affected by storm damage, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, as we are “Faster to any size disaster”.

House Fires Happen, Let SERVPRO Clean it Up

8/15/2021 (Permalink)

House caught on fire SERVPRO is always here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

National fire statistics indicate that a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds somewhere in the United States. However, when you a suffer a fire, only one fire matters to you. Personal belongings are a treasure of life, and a reflection of hard work and achievements. Photographs, books, and other personal belongings have a value that cannot be replaced. Our SERVPRO Professionals understand this. Follow these emergency fire damage tips to help save your belongings:

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted areas to prevent more spoiling
  • DO NOT attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO
  • DO NOT attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting with SERVPRO

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup restoration professionals at (269) 342-2366. SERVPRO is always here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Outside Grilling Safety

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Grill outside on patio If you experience a house fire, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.

Did you know that 7 out of every 10 adult owns a grill or a smoker? This can mean a lot of yummy food, but it also means an increase of home fires. From 2014-2018, there were an annual average of 8,900 house fires, involving grills. A grill placed to close to anything that can catch on fire is considered a fire hazard. Grills can be extremely hot, also causing burn injuries. National Fire Protection Association has put together safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors
  • Grills should be placed away from home, deck railing, and out from under low tree branches
  • Keep children and pets at least 3ft away from grill while using
  • NEVER leave the grill unattended
  • Always make sure the lid is open before lighting the grill (nfpa.org)

If you have more questions about grill safety, check out https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Grilling for more details. If you experience a house fire, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.

24 Hour Remediation Services

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides 24/7 services If your business or residence is damaged by water, fire, or any other force of mother nature, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today!

As an independently owned business, we understand that every hour lost is a customer and revenue lost. With our highly trained and certified technicians, we can prevent loses such as water damage and mold from being a long-term problem for your business. Being a 24-hour franchise, we have a flexible schedule to work around time strains you may have. 

We have the experience and the technology needed to solve any problem. Our emergency response team is available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you. If your business or residence is damaged by water, fire, or any other force of mother nature, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. We are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

24 Hour Remediation Services

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides 24/7 services If your business or residence is damaged by water, fire, or any other force of mother nature, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today!

As an independently owned business, we understand that every hour lost is a customer and revenue lost. With our highly trained and certified technicians, we can prevent loses such as water damage and mold from being a long-term problem for your business. Being a 24-hour franchise, we have a flexible schedule to work around time strains you may have. 

We have the experience and the technology needed to solve any problem. Our emergency response team is available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you. If your business or residence is damaged by water, fire, or any other force of mother nature, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. We are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

What is the Difference Between a Watch vs. Warning

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado in the distance on a road If your home is affected by storm damage, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, as we are “faster to any size disaster”.

In Michigan we know that the weather can change minute-to-minute, so it is important to know the difference between a watch verses a warning. Knowing the difference can save you and your family. The article, Watch vs. Warning: What’s the Difference, defines the difference between the two.

WATCH

A watch means that there is a potential risk for the development of severe weather. For example, a tornado watch means that the weather is perfect for a tornado to form and that a tornado has NOT been seen. During a watch, no immediate action is required for you and your family’s safety, but you should keep an eye on your local weather to stay updated on the situation.

WARNING

A warning means immediate action should be taken and should be taken seriously. For example, a tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or one has been indicated by a doppler radar. During a warning, it is indicated that severe weather is approaching or is currently happening. It is recommended that you take cover immediately as it is likely you will be directly impacted.

With this information you should be better prepared for severe weather when it threatens our area. If your home is affected by storm damage, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, as we are “faster to any size disaster”.

Is Your Kalamazoo Business Prepared for Water damage?

7/31/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded office building When water damage encroaches on your Kalamazoo business, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

Dealing with a water damage disaster at your Kalamazoo business is never convenient. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands the urgency and sensitivity of this situation. When faced with a potentially flooding disaster, it is important to remain calm, use clear judgment, and act fast.

Here are a few tips that can be helpful until our team arrives:

  • Shut off the water source if at all possible
  • Remove colored rugs from carpet to prevent staining
  • Hang fur or leather items separately at room temperature
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
  • Avoid areas where ceiling is sagging, as they could collapse

Things NOT to do:

  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • Do not leave books or other colored items on wet carpeting

When water damage encroaches on your Kalamazoo business, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269.342.2366.

Keep your Carpet of Your Richland, MI Business Clean

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet being cleaned with SERVPRO Vacuum Don’t hesitate to Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for all your commercial carpet cleaning needs. Call 269.342.2366 today.

Are you struggling to keep the carpets of your Richland business clean? Are you haunted by the dirt left 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.

Our professionals have been handling stains and soils of all types. Our equipment works deep within the carpet breaking down dirt and grime with ease. We use professional equipment to remove soils within your carpet’s pile and backings. Foot prints throughout the office, not a problem. Ink stains, not a problem. No stain is a match for us!

Don’t hesitate to Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for all your commercial carpet cleaning needs. Call 269.342.2366 to make an appointment today.

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Caution tape SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes, and offices.

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience are key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Our SERVPRO Professionals provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These including the following:

  • Coronavirus- viral pathogen
  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen when we most expect it, that’s why SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Help! My Basement Flooded, What Do I Do Now?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement Give us a call today if you need help with a flooded basement.

Returning home after a long day can quickly turn into a nightmare upon discovering a flooded basement. How you handle this emergency not only affects the level of damage to your home, but also to the safety of your loved ones. Before you panic, start with these steps:

  1. Shut off electricity and gas to the area. If you are unsure how or if it’s safe, call an electrician or SERVPRO, who can get someone out to you right away.
  2. Try to determine the source of the water. The top two reasons are excessive rainfall or burst pipe.
  3. If it safe to proceed, wear protective gear like boots, gloves and mask to enter the water to investigate further. If the basement has a drain and can safely navigate to it, check to see if it clogged.
  4. Time to get water out of there. Depending on the amount of water, this can be done in many ways by using, towels, mop, or a wet vacuum. If flooding is more extensive, a sump pump might be needed. Once most of the water is absorbed, you can soak up the rest with towels
  5. Assess the damage. Remove any items that appear to be damaged by water and move them to a space when they can dry. If the drying process takes longer than a couple of days unfortunately, they may not be salvaged. Any items that were in boxes should be removed to dry and all items should be monitored for mold growth.
  6. Get the air moving in the basement to dry. Open windows and doors to allow air flow. Place fans around the space to allow quick drying of the flooded area. If you have a dehumidifier, move it to the basement to aid the drying process.

Call a professional for help is a great idea, especially if the water is more than a foot deep, damage might be worse than you think and mildew might start. Quickly removing the water and begin the drying process is essential to lessen the possibility for mold to form, which can greatly increase the damage and involve more money to fix. Give us a call today if you need help with a flooded basement.

Keeping your Pets Safe from the Unexpected

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

Dog laying on couch Keep your pets safe from the unexpected.

Emergencies can happen at any moment and can come in wide variety of ways. While we might never be able to prevent accidents from happening, we should prepare ourselves and our pets for when they do occur. Here are important tips concerning keeping your pets safe in your home. The ASPCA put this list together to ensure that you and your pets are prepared should a fire break out.

  • Consider installing monitored smoke detectors
  • Note where your pets like to nap or hide
  • Have an emergency plan and practice escape routes with your pets
  • Keep the phone number and address of the local animal hospital nearby
  • Pet -proof your home
  • Get a rescue alert sticker
  • If you evacuate, take your pets with you whenever possible
  • Prepare emergency supplies and traveling kits
  • Keep the ASPCA on-hand at all times

While these tips cannot prevent an accident from occurring, but they can help keep your pet’s safe should a fire start. Keep these tips in mind and remember that being prepared is always the best line of defense when it comes to you, your pet, and your family safety. Learn more on how to keep your pets safe at aspca.org/news/fire-safety-and-your-pets-keeping-them-safe-unexpected.

Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your Business

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Ready Plan Is your business prepared for a disaster? Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo TODAY to schedule a free assessment of your building at 269.342.2366.

Is your business ready for a disaster? The moments immediately following a fire or water damage event are the most critical. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the events happen, but well before it happens.

A few advantages of SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP):

  • A 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 your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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.

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you Ready for whatever happens?” Contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today, to find out more about scheduling an appointment at your facility with one of our qualified representatives. This complimentary assessment of your building will help you and your staff save crucial time in the event of an emergency and establish SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo as your fire and mitigation provider. 269.342.2366

We Will Help You Put Your Business Back Together!

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

Business caught on fire. Call (269) 342-2366 for all your fire and water damage needs!

To you its more than a business, it's your livelihood. Here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern related to handling fire damage. Our goal is to help you regain control and get your business running again. Within eight hours one of our SERVPRO Professionals will arrive at your facility and discuss the extent of damage and take the proper steps to help restore your business, equipment, and furniture. 

The leading causes of fire in a business include:

  • Cooking Equipment
  • Electrical
  • Heating Units

No matter how the fire started, a feeling of concern about business closures, employee safety, and equipment replacement seems to follow. Our Professionals are trained in the cleanup and equipment following a fire incident. Before attempting to clean up the fire damage, contact us today!

Clean Houses Sell Faster!

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

House with for sale sign in yard Clean houses sell faster! Call us today for a quote!

It is a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Before you sell, your home might have trouble spots to address before you list your home or schedule a home inspection. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo’s staff are trained and equipped to help you clean your home before you put it on the market.

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of mold and other organisms, causing a public health concern. It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value. If your property has experienced a water intrusion, our staff can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth. Whether the problem is water stain on a hardwood floor or a mildew smell in the basement, we can reassure you that we can get your home in top show condition and ready to sell.

We can offer you a wide variety of services to help revive your listing to top show condition:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Should you need our services to help sell your home, give us a call today and we can help you get your home sold faster!

Are You Prepared for Spring Storms?

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm If you experience any damages from a storm call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to help make any storm damages “Like it never even happened.”

As we know, spring weather can be unpredictable. Thunderstorms are the cause of much of our strange spring weather each year. Given how quickly the weather can change this time of year, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants you to be prepared for the storms this spring. You can prepare your house for spring by following these tips:

Exterior

  • Inspect Roof
  • Clear Gutters
  • Clean Drains and Sewers
  • Examine Wall Siding
  • Investigate Drainage Systems
  • Patch Cracks
  • Secure Windows and Doors
  • Check for Leaks
  • Paint Exterior
  • Clean Outdoor Furniture

Interior

  • Examine Basement
  • Check HVAC units
  • Inspect Appliances
  • Unplug Refrigerator
  • Vacuum Dust
  • Organize Environment

If you experience any damages from a storm call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here to help make any storm damages “Like it never even happened.”

Accidents Happen! Now Let SERVPRO Make it Better.

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Bathtub overflowing and flooding the bathroom If you spot water damage in your home, give us a call to today!

It might have started out as innocent bath time playfulness, an accident spill or a small leak. Suddenly, you’re surrounded by water on the floor, moving towards the walls, crevices, and other access points to reach the lowest part of your home. You might try to grab towels, wet vacs, mops, and fans to start cleaning up before calling anyone. You cleaned up all the water and believe that you got it all and that everything is okay…. Or is it? What happened to all the water that traveled into the floors? Did you remove all the moisture caused by the incident? Water intrusion in your home can leave lasting effects if not completely removed from the structure. Removing standing water can help prevent further damage. But who will remove the water and moisture in the flooring and walls? Help is on the way! SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here and ready to help! All of our staff are well trained in cleanup and in how to take care of your home and your personal belongings. Whether the intrusion is small or large, SERVPRO can help prevent the damage from becoming more serious. If you spot water damage in your home, give us a call to today!

Candle Safety in Your Kalamazoo Home

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Candle burning When fire damage occurs in your Kalamazoo home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. We’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that roughly 2% of house fires are caused by candles? Ultimately, candles exist to help make your house feel like home and to make your home smell wonderful. Here at SERVPRO, we strongly advise that you follow the basics of candle safety and practice safely burning. Follow these tips to help extend the life of your candles and help keep you, your family, and pets safe.

The three basics of candle safety:

  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  2. Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  3. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

The Proper Way to Burn a Candle

Before Lighting

  • Trim the wick
  • Always use a candleholder
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room
  • Keep the wax pool clear

While Burning

  • Never touch or move the candle
  • Do not burn the candle all the way down
  • Extinguish candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly
  • Always keep your candle within eyesight

When Extinguishing

  • Use a candle snuffer
  • Never use water to put out a candle
  • Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled

When fire damage occurs in your Kalamazoo home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. We’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Commercial Clean Means.

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Need commercial cleaning? Our well trained and experienced staff is here to help it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is ready to respond quickly and effectively to clean or restore your business. We understand that time is of the essence and that every hour spent restoring is lost money. When you need a cleaning or a restoration professional, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has the trained and experienced staff to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We can offer your business the following services:

  • Emergency Ready Profile
  • Carpet and Hardwood Cleaning and Care
  • Stain Removal
  • COVID sanitization
  • Fire, water, soot cleanup and restoration
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Odor Deodorization
  • Upholstery and Drapes
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Vandalism Cleanup

Have questions or want to schedule an appointment? Give us a call today (269) 342-2366 and we would gladly give you answers to your questions or can help you with any advice you may need.

Thinking of a Contingency Plan? Give SERVPRO a Call!

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile logo Are you ready? 50% of businesses that may never reopen after suffering a disaster.

From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that there is no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of your tenants and your revenue. Have you thought of a Contingency Plan? You should always have a plan for the first 24-48 hours after an emergency, so you can get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. SERVPRO can provide you the assistance in developing an Emergency Ready Profile. As part of your Contingency Plan, your Emergency Ready Profile will contain information you will need in the event of an emergency situation that can occur. If you experience an emergency and need assistance give us a call today, as our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

After a Fire, SERVPRO Will Help Put the Pieces Back Together

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Stove caught on fire, due to rag being too close to the flame SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available 24-hours a day, and 365 days a year to help you get your life back!

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that it isn't just a picture frame, it is a piece of your family history. SERVPRO understands the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern you might have while trying to pick up the charred pieces pf their memories and belongings. Our priority is helping you regain control and help put everything back together quickly. Within eight business hours of arriving at your house, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will discuss the extent of the damage and take the steps they need to restore the home and personal belongings. Restoring contents or belongings verses replacing them may reduce the cost to you.

Armed with industry approved equipment,  expertise, and a reassuring smile, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will make every effort not only to restore your home, but also your peace of mind. SERVPRO uses the latest equipment, products, and processes to properly remove smoke, soot, and fire damage from the walls, flooring, and air ducts. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available 24-hours a day, and 365 days a year to help you get your life back!

Water Mitigation in Your Vicksburg, MI Home

12/6/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded basement Call us for any water damage cleanup needs!

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for unseen water intrusions. 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
  • Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying 

Emergency mitigation means that under normal circumstances, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will be on site within four hours to begin drying and decontaminating your home and restorable contents. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, a structure is quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damages. Call us for any water damage cleanup needs!

This New Years, Resolve to be Ready!

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

News Year's picture of two wine glasses SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you 27/4! Give us a call today at (269) 342-2366.

With the holidays right around the corner, you might be thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants you to start by making a resolution to be READY. No one plans on a disaster, but now, you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, an ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years’ experience and a System of more than 1,700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it of great value that could save you time and money in the future.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you 27/4! Give us a call today at (269) 342-2366.

We are SERVPRO and We Know Stains

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

A stain on the carpet is being cleaned For your answers about carpet cleaning and care, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 today!

Since 1967 SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have been handling stains and soils of all types from residential homes to commercial facilities. Using government standards for carpet care as a guide, 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 the take time to:

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

For your answers about carpet cleaning and care, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 today!

Reduce Recovery Time in Comstock, MI

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles lined up Our 24-hour, 365-day emergency response team allows us to respond quickly to give you peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366

When fire, water, or mold damage strikes, it has negative impact on everyone. Even a small fire or water damage must be addressed quickly in order to lessen interruption. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. By arriving quickly and providing effective cleanup and restoration service, our crews will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible. SERVPRO Professionals offer a variety of services, such as smoke and soot removal, deodorization, water removal, and dehumidification to help restore your business to preloss conditions.

If your business suffers water or fire damage, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Fear and uncertainty can sweep over you in times of disaster. Our 24-hour, 365-day emergency response team allows us to respond quickly to give you peace of mind. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366 and our trained professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Bio-hazard Cleanup in Kalamazoo, Michigan

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Caution tape Call us today at (269) 342-2366 to learn more about remediation and cleanup services!

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo offer fast, reliable bio-hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

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 hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes, offices and businesses. SERVPRO professionals can help with:

  • Blood borne pathogens
  • Methamphetamine labs
  • Crime scene residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage backups
  • Black water intrusions
  • Mold mitigation and remediation

Call us today at (269) 342-2366 to learn more about remediation and cleanup services!

Mold, Don't Let it Grow

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in a corner of a window If you think mold might be a problem, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo handles water damages every day and our Franchise Professionals know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for an extended 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 mold might be a problem, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. A SERVPRO Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.

Spot Mold? Call SERVPRO today!

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall If your home or business has a mold problem call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366.

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. Consider the following facts after finding mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business 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 call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366.

Clean Air Tips for Your Vicksburg, MI Home

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

An air filter being cleaned Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366 for any help cleaning your air ducts after fire or water damage.

The worst pollution is not outside anymore. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes and businesses is 100 times more polluted than the air outside. This fact only worsens after fire, water, or mold damage and may cause problems. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo offers solutions to help you wipe away your worries.

Duct cleaning is not always necessary. After fire, water, smoke, or suspected mold, your SERVPRO Professionals can determine whether your HVAC system has been damaged, and make recommendations about the best way to address any concerns. In many cases, your HVAC system and ductwork can be restored to previous condition.

The SERVPRO Difference:

  • Remove excessive bacteria, fungi, and mold
  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminate offensive odors
  • Free written inspection and estimates
  • Reduce potential for mold growth

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366 for any help cleaning your air ducts after fire or water damage.

When Fire Strikes Richland, MI

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

A house on fire Call us today (269) 342-2366.

When an unexpected catastrophe of fire strikes your Richland home, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for you. We assist you every step of the way in the process of restoring your home. There is no need to add any stress to your family; we will handle the details for you.

Our process is as follows:

Step 1- Emergency Contact

Step 2- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3- Immediate Board Up and Roof Tarping (if needed)

Step 4- Water Removal & Drying (if water is present)

Step 5- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6- Cleaning & repair

Step 7- Restoration

At SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, our main objective is to get you back in your home as soon as possible. We do so by providing quick response and quality services. Call us today (269) 342-2366.

Winter Storms in Kalamazoo, MI

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Houses in the winter We’re always here to help in your time of need. Call us at (269) 342-2366 today!

Winter weather in Michigan can bring damage of great magnitude. Below freezing temperatures put pipes and other water lines at great risk. Along with the weight of the snow and ice on your roof can cause significant damage to your home.

If not caught in time, a damaged pipe can cause tremendous damage on your home. If a pipe freezes and bursts in your home while you’re not home, the water can travel down into the basement and can cause significant damage throughout the entire structure of your home.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can help you if your home experiences any damage from a winter storm. Our highly professionals are trained in storm damage mitigation. We take care of everything so you don’t have to. We’re always here to help in your time of need. Call us at (269) 342-2366 today!

When Winter Weather Strikes Your Kalamazoo Business… SERVPRO Strikes Back

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Snow falling outside Call us at (269) 342-2366. We are “Faster to any size disaster.”

Michigan Winters can be beautiful, but can also be extremely brutal. From polar vortex’s, black ice, to multiple snow storms, the harsh winters can cause severe damage. Winter is here, so it is best to prepare your business now. Follow these tips to prepare your business for winter weather:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask your SERVPRO Professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

When disaster strikes your Kalamazoo business, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts will walk you through our cleanup process by 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.”

Fall Storms in Michigan

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Stormy clouds in the sky. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you 24/7 365 days a year!

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our professionals are highly trained and use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm and preloss condition.

FASTER RESPONSE

Since we are local and can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the cost.

RESOURCES TO HANDLE FLOODS AND STORMS

When storms hit your area, 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.

When disaster strikes your Kalamazoo, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts will walk you through our cleanup 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.”

Get Better Indoor Air Quality for Your Galesburg, MI Business

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production. In the 1970s, sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in event of litigation. People most of risk include:

  • Infants and children
  • Pregnant
  • Elderly
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma/allergies
  • People with weakened immune systems

While molds are found naturally in the environment, an overabundance inside buildings is undesirable; some people can become ill. Experts disagree about the more controversial details of mold, but they all agree that if you have excessive mold, it needs to be removed. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366 for all your air duct cleaning needs for all your business needs.

What to do When your Galesburg Home Floods

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

This home is under water due to the area being flooded. 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.

After the devastating floods in the Mid-Michigan area, we want to remind you that floods happen unexpectedly and can cause severe damage for your home or business. Storm damage through flooding can lead to property damage and ongoing mold problems, but the team at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo have some tips to help:

SAFETY FIRST:  If there is standing water where electricity may be present, make sure that all electricity is turned off to the area to prevent electrocution. When in doubt, always contact a professional to help disconnect the power.

ACT FAST: When dealing with water damage, it is very important to take immediate action so that you can rescue as much as you can.

FIGHT MOLDGetting your home dried out as quickly as possible is critical to avoid mold from settling in. While things can dry out naturally, this is not guaranteed, and it may not be fast enough to prevent mold. Mold can spread quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem.

If water damage occurs in your Kalamazoo, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366. Our crew makes water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Time is a Precious Commodity for your Parchment Business

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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When you need it done right and done fast, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional for all your commercial cleaning needs. Did you know that when you hire SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for maintenance cleaning, you get around-the-clock restoration services built with you in mind? Quality cleaning and quick response – that’s the SERVPRO way.

When you experience a fire, water, or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at the fair price.

SERVPRO professionals are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. We can provide you the following to your business:

  • Over 45 years of experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider.
  • A SERVPRO Franchise is nearby – more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide.
  • More locations for faster responses. A uniformed technician will arrive on-site usually within four hours of notification.
  • Quick response time to help ensure the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly.
  • Large loss capabilities – no fire or water damage is too big.

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

Have no Fear, SERVPRO is Here!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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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!

Preparing Your Comstock Home for Michigan Winters

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Michigan Winters can be beautiful, but can also be extremely brutal. From polar vortexes, black ice, and multiple snow storms, the harsh winters can cause severe damage to our homes. Winter will be here before we know it, so it is best to prepare your home in the fall before snow falls. Follow these tips to prepare your home for winter weather:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it “off”.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

When disaster strikes your Kalamazoo, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts will walk you through our cleanup 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.”

A Fire Occurred in Your Parchment, MI Home. What’s next?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

This home was damaged badly by a huge fire. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you. Don't hesitate to give us a call at (269)342-2366.

National fire statistics indicate that a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds somewhere in the United States. However, when you suffer a fire, only one fire matters to you. Personal belongings are a treasure of life, and a reflection of hard work and achievements. Photographs, books, and other personal items have a value that cannot be put into words. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo professionals have the ability to help restore your belongings. Follow these emergency fire damage tips while you wait until SERVPRO arrives:

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for your Parchment, MI home. Our highly trained professionals will work quickly and efficiently to restore your home. Don’t hesitate to call us (269) 342-2366.

Preparing for Severe Weather in the Kalamazoo Area

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

A storm caused a tree to break and land on a house. For any storm damage give us a call today at (269) 342-2366.

Are you ready if Kalamazoo severe weather strikes your area tomorrow? As we all know from living in Michigan, the weather here can change in minutes! Kalamazoo thunderstorms can be dangerous, they can produce lightning, hail, strong winds, flash floods, and tornadoes.  Follow these safety measures and general tips to help you prepare in case of an emergency.

Do the Following:

  • Prepare your home by shuttering windows and doors, and unplugging sensitive electronics
  • Prepare your property by removing damaged tree branches that could fall during a storm, and bringing outdoor objects inside
  • Watch the sky and tune in to your Weather Radio for information
  • Learn to recognize emergency alerts. A "severe thunderstorm watch" means stormy conditions are likely to occur. A "severe thunderstorm warning" means they exist somewhere in the area.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, danger is imminent. Seek shelter immediately. Stay in a hard-topped vehicle if there are no buildings.

When disaster strikes your Kalamazoo, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts will walk you through our cleanup 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.”

Water in One Room Can Mean Water Damage in Other Rooms of Your Augusta, MI Home

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

This carpet was flooded by a leaky pipe Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for your water and restoration needs today!

It starts out as a leaky air vent, bathroom mishap, or break room accident. Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that can cause extensive problems. Even the smallest amount of water damage can cause challenges. Water intrusions invade floors, ceilings, and walls to find the lowest point in your home’s structure. Water from an overflowing bathroom sink or other water incidents will search for pinhole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel down in the home. Surfaces such as wood, drywall, and carpet pull water away from plain sight and into the interiors of the structure of your home.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo professionals are trained in the cleanup and care of your home following a water intrusion. Whether the intrusion occurred from a small incident or a major water event, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specialists can help locate and remove hidden moisture. So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the water yourself, call us at (269) 342-2366.

Water Heater Maintenance in your Kalamazoo, MI Home

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Leaks within a home can cause extensive damage if unnoticed for a long period of time. Leaking water can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure. Please follow these water heater maintenance tips:

  • 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 water damage occurs in your Kalamazoo, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366. Our crew makes water damage “Like it never even happened.”

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

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!

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

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!

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

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?

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

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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