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Proactive Covid-19 Cleaning in Kalamazoo, MI

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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


Slowing the Spread of Covid-19 in Vicksburg, MI

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/

Covid-19 in Your Augusta, MI Workplace

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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


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

Disaster Recovery Team in Parchment, MI

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Christmas in Your Parchment, MI Home

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Mold Prevention in Comstock, MI

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Emergency Ready Plan in Scotts, MI

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Kitchen Chaos in Your, Richland MI Home

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Winter Storms Hit Hard in Comstock, MI.

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Ice Dam on your Scotts, MI Roof

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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.