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Emergency Response

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to commercial losses, time is of the essence. Many commercial facilities are large and can experience severe damage in a very short amount of time. The more damage that your facility experiences often results in a lengthy closure until the problem is resolved. Luckily, we have a 24 Hour Emergency Response Service. We have the ability to respond to a loss at your facility at anytime and begin the restoration process. This can save you not only income from production halt, but also thousands of dollars worth of damages. Be sure to train your maintenance employees and those who have the ability to make contractor decisions on who to call should something happen. Time is money when it comes to a loss and we have the training and equipment to get you back up and running as quickly as possible.

If your business suffers a major loss, call (269) 686-0664

Campfire Safety

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

The weather is warming up and it is officially campfire season. Whether it be just a casual campfire with the family or getting rid of some fallen brush from winter, campfires come along with their own set of dangers. We have received numerous calls over the years of homeowners who experienced severe fire damage resulting from a campfire gone bad. Here are some tips that you can follow to prevent a disaster:

  • Dig a pit away from overhanging branches
  • Circle the pit with rocks
  • Never leave a campfire unattended
  • Keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby
  • Never put anything but wood in the fire
  • Do not pull sticks out of the fire
  • When it's time to put the fire out, dump lots of water on it, stir it with a shovel, then dump more water on it. Make sure it is cold before leaving it unattended. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Spring Storm Tips

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Most Michiganders can agree that this winter was pretty uneventful. There was not a lot of cold weather and the snow storms were minimal. Most of us probably only had to shovel our driveway a few times! Spring tends to bring much different weather, which usually includes a few severe thunderstorms. Do not wait until last minute to prepare for this kind of weather, as it can occur on short notice. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for severe weather:

  • Always have a battery powered radio on hand
  • Always have numerous flashlights and candles in case of a power outage
  • Stay indoors and away from windows
  • Unplug non-essential electronics
  • Close shutters and board windows if possible
  • Have a good shelter spot
  • Keep trees with large branches away from your home. Trim branches that could damage your home if they fall
  • Keep extra food and water on hand

Our crew has experience emergency responding to storm damage and are available 24/7!

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
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Check Your Pipes!

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

The weather is warming up and people are ready to start doing stuff outside again. Many of these outdoor projects such as washing the car, watering the grass, power washing the house, and more, require using your outdoor faucet. Many people do not take into account the dangers that come along with returning your home to "Warm Weather Mode". If you are turning your outdoor faucet on for the first time this spring, we highly recommend checking the indoor pipe that feeds the faucet as soon as you turn it on. Things can happen while the pipe sits over winter and leaks are not uncommon. The last thing that you want to realize is the whole time you have been power washing, your basement has been filling up with water. It is always good practice to check your pipes and basement regularly to ensure there are no problems that could result in costly damages.

Toilet Overflow

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

It is likely that you will experience a toilet overflow at some point in your life. However, here are some tips to stop an overflow the proper way:

1. Remove the lid from the toilet tank and reach inside the tank and lift up the bottom of the fill valve or float to stop the water from refilling. Rig the float to stay up to prevent it from refilling the toilet.

2. Turn off the water supply to the toilet. It is usually a valve located at the base of the toilet near the floor. If you cannot locate the valve or are unable to turn it off, proceed to step 3.

3. Turn off your home's main water supply.

If your toilet is overflowing, do not attempt to flush the toilet. If you believe that you have a plumbing issue, do not attempt to perform the work yourself. Hire a licensed plumber to check your pipes

Emergency READY Profile at No-Cost

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever heard of a restoration company that wants to help you MINIMIZE your loss? That's SERVPRO and the Emergency READY Profile. This is a no-cost assessment of your facility where we document critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It's a plan of action to help guide you back into your building should a loss occur. 

SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren County professionals are your disaster mitigation and restoration specialists. 

The Emergency READY Profile is a comprehensive document that contains critical information about your business, emergency contact information, approved vendor list, shut-off valve locations and access point information. The ERP can be accessed online using your computer, laptop, tablet or download the free Ready Plan app on your Apple or Android device. What this means for a business owner is that they carry their buildings with them everywhere they go. 

Being prepared is the key to making it through any size disaster. Could be a simple plugged toilet to a large sewer back up or fire that fills your business with layer of soot. Plan ahead before a disaster happens. 

Call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren County to schedule your No-Cost assessment. (269)686-0664

Disaster Is More Than Natural

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Some people think that a disaster only applies to Natural Disasters. A disaster is sudden event that causes great damage. That could be to your personal home or business. It's an unfortunate event that causes a disruption in your life. 

Whether for your home or business, it's important to be prepared and any type of emergency situation. There are apps available that you can sign up to receive local alerts and warnings. Create an emergency communication plan. Put together an emergency tub of supplies. Learn about local hazards in your area and practice emergency response plans or drills. Attend a class or training session on preparedness. Have a safe place for critical documents. Check with your neighbors and see if there are ways you can help each other should a disaster strike. Share resources with your neighbors. Be sure to have appropriate insurance documents and property documents. Safeguard your property by making improvements that will help aid in the reduction of potential injuries and property damage. 

Disasters can happen to anyone at any time. Protect yourself and your property by taking action now.

SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren County is Here to Help. (269)686-0664

Preparedness Is Not Just For September

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Even though September is National Preparedness Month, being prepared should be a priority every day. If you are a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are considered a leader in your community. You have an opportunity to lead by example for your employees, customers and community. 

Instead of waiting for National Preparedness Month in September, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types including COVID-19. Lead the efforts by encouraging your community to ban together and become more prepared. 

First - Put together a plan to stay in business. Second - encourage your employees to become ready. Third - protect your investment.

We have learned in the past and are learning even more now how important it is to work together as one team. This will ensure our families, neighborhoods, and businesses are ready for whatever type of disaster could strike your community. 

SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren County professionals can help you be ready when disaster strikes with the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile. 

Being Prepared During the COVID-19 Pandemic

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Having a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure that you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." 

In the event of an emergency such as a water or sewer loss, fire or smoke damage or a suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. This is especially important if your business is considered "essential" in order to serve the community during a COVID-19 pandemic. 

Having an ERP for your business along with a strong relationship with SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren County helps to ensure that when an emergency takes place, we know your facility, respond quickly and we know what to do with over 50 years experience ready to serve you. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive so we can get you back in your building following a disaster.

Don't wait for a disaster to happen, make plans with SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren County to complete your ERP at no-cost to you which makes it an amazing value that could save a lot of time in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren County today to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile! (269)686-0664

Generator Safety During Severe Weather

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Having a generator handy during a storm can be a God sent however if the proper safety tips are not taken, it could be deadly. Always remember the following:

  • A generator, stove, grill, propane, natural gas or charcoal grill should NEVER be used inside your home, garage, basement or even partially enclosed area.
  • Keep your generator dry by using a tarp or open canopy. Try to keep the surface dry. This will help you to avoid electrocution. Do not touch a generator with wet hands.
  • Always be mindful of Carbon Monoxide buildup in the home. Opening windows and doors and using fans will not prevent CO poisoning. Sometimes exhaust fumes can not be smelt but you can still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel dizzy, weak or sick while using a generator, go outside and get fresh air immediately.
  • CO Alarms should be installed in central locations on every level of your home or business and also outside sleeping areas to provide early warnings.