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Commercial General Cleaning

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sign You can put your trust in SERVPRO.

Is your commercial facility in need of a deep clean?  Luckily, we have you covered!  Many facility owners realize that due to contents, structural materials, etc. they are not able to simply hose down the inside of their building without causing major damage.  Taking trained employees off their jobs to hand clean your facility can cut into revenue and efficiency.  

Our IICRC trained technicians have experience cleaning large commercial facilities by hand to ensure that no damage is done and your building is left looking flawless.  We have the equipment needed to successfully clean a variety of different surfaces and structures.

If you have recently acquired a new facility or are looking to get rid of years of dust and grime in your business, we are the company for you.

Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties Today - (269) 686-0664

Preventing Commercial Grease Fires

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Floor of commercial kitchen after grease fire Large or small damage, we can handle it!

There are a variety of different ways that a grease fire can start in a commercial kitchen.  A mixture of flammable items and a chaotic environment is a recipe for a fire eventually.  Luckily, there are safety precautions that you can take to prevent a kitchen fire.

Always make sure that you keep everything clean.  Most kitchen fires begin when flammable cooking material such as oil or grease are ignited.  It is also important to make sure that deep fryers and hood filters are properly maintained.  Although having a clean kitchen doesn't make it completely fireproof, it highly decreases the likelihood of experiencing a fire.

Make sure you have proper safety equipment on-site.  This includes having up-to-date fire extinguishers as well as investing in a fire suppression system.  The fire suppression system will dispense chemicals immediately to combat a fire, helping to prevent the spread.

Be sure that kitchen staff have training on how to prevent fires as well as procedures for if one does occur.  Think about fire prevention as an investment.

If your business does experience a grease fire, call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties to make it "Like it never even happened." - (269) 686-0664

The Dark Side of Candles

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Soot filled kitchen from candle fire This soot filled kitchen was caused by a candle.

Most homeowners burn candles on a somewhat regular basis.  No matter how much you enjoy the aroma and ambiance, candles are a real danger for multiple reasons.

  1. They are a fire risk.  You should never burn candles near flammable materials and should always keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  2. A less obvious danger, soot damage.  A smoldering candle has the ability to do some serious damage.  Soot, which is largely made up of carbon, can coat your walls, carpet, furniture, blinds, drapes, contents and more.  It also has the ability to enter your ventilation system and blow throughout your home.  If a smoldering candle has left you with soot damage, it is important to not attempt to clean it yourself.  Incorrect cleaning of soot can result in further damage.

If your home has been damaged by a candle leave it to the experts.  Call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties today - (269) 686-0664

Hailstorm Tips

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hailstone on grass Hailstones come in a wide range of sizes.

Living in Michigan we experience a wide variety of severe weather.  Thunderstorms are pretty common in the spring, summer and fall.  The tops of thunderstorms are below freezing so soft, snow-like particles form, yes even in the summer.  The hailstones grow bigger in the clouds as ice crystals and cloud droplets freeze onto them.  They're held in the clouds by strong winds that push up into the storm.  Once the hailstones grow too heavy, gravity causes them to fall to the Earth.

Hailstorms are known to knock out power, so it is always best to have a plan in place for severe weather.  This includes having a survival kit with flashlights, a radio, water, etc.  It is always best to be aware when severe weather is approaching as well.  Pay attention to future forecasts and always prepare for the worst.  When a hailstorm is approaching, go indoors and remain inside until the storm has passed.  If you have a garage, it is best to move vehicles inside as well.  Also, keep pets indoors as hail can widely vary in size.  When the storm has passed, be sure to check your roof for any damage; you do not want a surprise water damage when the next storm rolls through!

If your home does experience damage from a severe storm, call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties, We're Here to Help 24/7 - (269) 686-0664

Winter Weather Preparation

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

House covered in snow and ice Keep yourself and your home safe this winter.

Winter weather is fast approaching.  SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties know about severe weather and have helped many families and businesses in the area mitigate storm damage over the years.

Being prepared for inclement weather and knowing the difference between Advisories, Watches, and Warnings can help you stay safe this winter.  The following are the definitions of the various winter warnings from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Advisory: issued when snow, blowing snow, ice, sleet, or a combination of these wintry elements is expected but conditions should not be hazardous enough to meet Warning criteria.  Be prepared for winter driving conditions and possible travel difficulties.  Use caution when driving.

Watch: issued when conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event.  Heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storms, blowing snow, or a combination of these events are possible.

Warning: issued for a significant winter weather event including snow, ice, sleet, blowing snow, or a combination of these hazards.  Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations.  Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.

SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24 hours a day, call (269) 686-0664, and we'll restore your storm damage, "Like it never even happened."

Removing Nicotine Damage from your Home

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Cigarette in ash tray Call SERVPRO to take care of nicotine or smoke odor in your home or business.

In order to successfully remove any odor, you must first remove and/or clean the source of the smell.  Once the source has been permanently neutralized, our trained technicians will clean all surfaces with HEPA vacuums and SERVPRO professional cleaning products, paying special attention to horizontal surfaces as dust sized particles can carry smoke and nicotine smells.  

The following are some typical steps or procedures SERVPRO professionals use to clean smoke and nicotine from homes and businesses:

  • Clean using the top-down method.  It is best to clean smoke or nicotine residue starting with the ceiling, working your way down the walls, and ending with the floors.  This minimizes the potential of resoiling cleaned areas and insures that no spots are missed during the cleaning process.
  • Clean all color safe or glossy finished walls, cabinets, light fixtures, windows and trim surfaces with a light detergent.
  • Special attention is given to horizontal surfaces such as door jams, window seals, window treatments/blinds, cabinet tops and crown molding.
  • Only soft white cloths are used to do this type of cleaning.  They prevent damaging of surfaces and also verify that the nicotine is being removed.  Because the cloth is white, our technicians are able to see yellow residue developing on the cloth as they clean.  This indicates that the process is working and that the nicotine particles are successfully being removed.  The technicians will repeat this cleaning process until no yellow residue appears on the surface or cleaning cloth.
  • Smoke and nicotine odor particles are typically airborne, so it is likely that they have contaminated your HVAC system.  We recommend a good duct cleaning and replacing filters.
  • Thermal fog the entire affected area.  Thermal fogging is a process where heat is applied to our professional deodorizing products using a thermal fogging machine.  The machine releases a fog that smoke and nicotine odor particles are drawn to and are absorbed by, thus neutralizing the odor.

Nicotine and smoke odors are one of the more common odor related issues and can be cleaned up quickly and effectively by well trained and equipped professionals.  SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties has a team of trained professionals that have the knowledge base and experience to take on even the most challenging odors.

Do you have a rental property or a deceased family members home that needs a thorough cleaning because they smoked in the home?  Call us today to schedule an inspection for a quote - (269) 686-0664

Water Bill Excessively High?

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Dripping faucet SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties Here to Help® 24/7!

Did you know that you can tell if you have a leak in your water pipes by examining your winter water use?  According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if your family of four uses more than 12,000 gallons a month, you most likely have a serious leak problem.  Common types of leaks include a dripping faucet, showerhead, or a worn toilet flapper, and these types of leaks can be fixed fairly inexpensively.  However, you may have a leak inside a wall of under the house, and this type of leak may be causing hidden water damage that will become a costly repair if not treated quickly.

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties has a team of water damage restoration specialists available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Although every water emergency is different, we use this six-step approach for these kinds of jobs:

  1. Emergency contact
  2. Inspection and water damage assessment
  3. Water removal and water extraction
  4. Drying and dehumidification
  5. Cleaning and sanitizing
  6. Restoration

When you have water damage, SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties is Here to Help® - (269) 686-0664

Holiday Decoration Safety Tips

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Ball of Christmas lights Take precautions this holiday season

Christmas lights, candles and decorations bring holiday cheer to homes and businesses, but if they are not used with caution, your holiday can go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross shared these valuable safety tips to help greatly reduce the risk of a fire in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet from heat sources such as fireplaces, portable space heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Inspect light strings and other holiday decorations for fraying electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Never leave candles unattended.

SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Here to Help

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

Technician explaining to customer Our IICRC Certified technicians are Here to Help

If you have ever experienced a loss to your home or business, you know how worrisome it can be.  More often then not, one of the first things you want to know is how the situation is going to get resolved.  One of our main priorities at SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties is that our customers know and understand exactly what we are going to do to restore their home or business.  Our IICRC Certified technicians are trained to keep customers updated and answer any questions they may have.  Since restoration can be a complex process, we want to ensure that our customers know exactly what we are going and why we are doing it.  We will be with you every step of the way.

If you experience a loss to your home or business, we are Here to Help.  Your property will be in good hands; call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties so we can make it "Like it never even happened." (269) 686-0664

Winter Weather Worries

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

Burst pipe Burst pipe from freezing temperatures

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a driveway to shovel.  Living in Michigan we are at risk for frozen pipes, which can create a major disaster to your home or business.

Frozen pipes occur when exposed to cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.  A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused from the backflow of pressure between the water source and the blockage.

If winter weather causes water damage to your business or home, SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties is only a call away, (269) 686-0664! Our IICRC Certified technicians have the knowledge, experience and equipment to restore your property "Like it never even happened."