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Freezing Temperatures and Ice Daming

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

As winter comes to an end and everything begins to thaw new issues can arise. I'm talking about ice dams. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the ice dam can leak into a residence and cause damage to the wall, ceiling, insulation, and other areas. There are a few signs to look for that might indicate an ice dam.

  • Icicles forming on the roof line of your home
  • ice and water forming on the siding or around windows
  • Ice building up on the gutter or lower roof edge
  • Water stains or moisture in your attic
  • Water stains on the interior of your home (ceiling, walls, etc.)

When winter weather causes you trouble just remember SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County is always here to help 24/7!

Have Questions? Call our Office! 269-686-0664

Snow Melt Flooding

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Spring has sprung! Snow is melting and the earth is saturated. The first day of spring is exactly a month away. You may be wondering what effect snow has on flooding potential. Well I'm here to let you know. As snow melts it adds to the ground just like rainfall. On average one inch of fresh snow is equal to a tenth of an inch of water. When snow begins to accumulate and compact throughout the winter season the ratio of snow to water changes. So ten inches of snow remaining as spring arrives may contain as much as 5 inches of water! As a result snowmelt flooding can occur. So what are the major contributing factors of snowmelt flooding?

  • High moisture level in the soil in fall
  • Ground frost
  • Snow coverage with high water content
  • Melting occurring at a rapid continuous rate
  • Ice Jams
  • Moderate to heavy rain during the melt down

If snowmelt flooding is causing you to have a melt down remember 

SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7!

Fire Safety Tips

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

A single flame can become a raging inferno in a matter of minutes. For this reason it is important for you and your family to be prepared. Fire prevention is key! Here are a few tips to help you stay safe.

  • Keep all fires and heaters well-guarded.
  • Keep portable heaters and candles away from furniture and curtains.
  • Don't dry or air clothes over or near the fire, or the cooker
  • Do not smoke in bed
  • Never leave a pan unattended
  • If there are children around, keep matches and lighters well out of reach
  • Fit approved smoke detectors on each floor.
  • Plan your escape route.

Remember Get out, stay out and call for HELP!

SERVPRO® of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is “Always here to help” 24/7! Faster to any disaster.

The Silent Killer

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide is a gas that is both odorless and colorless. This gas is created when fuel like gasoline,wood,coal,natural gas and propane burn completely. Carbon monoxide or CO is often referred to as the silent killer.

Each year more than 400 Americans die due to unintentional CO poisoning according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room due to carbon monoxide poisoning. It is important to take precautions to prevent CO poisoning. All people and animals are susceptible.

Systems and Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Blurred vision 
  • Confusion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Dull headache
  • Loss of consciousness 

For additional information visit the mayoclinic.org

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Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguish

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguish Fire Extinguishers

When purchasing fire extinguishers for your home there are a variety to choose from. In this posting I will be giving you a quick breakdown of 5 classes of extinguisher.

Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as wood,cloth,rubber,paper and most plastics.

Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids like grease,oil, and gasoline.

Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools or other equipment electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.

Class K: Intended for use on fire is that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are becoming more popular in the residential market for used in kitchens.

For more information: www.nfpa.org

Hoarding Hazards

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with items because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences feelings or sometimes physical distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Do to this  accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are usually piled with stuff. And when there's no more room inside, the clutter may spread to the garage, vehicles, yard and other storage facilities.

In some cases people hoard not only items but animals.People who hoard animals may collect dozens or even hundreds of pets. Animals may be confined inside or outside. Because of the large numbers, these animals often aren't cared for properly. The health and safety of the person and the animals are at risk because of unsanitary conditions.

SERVPRO Franchises encounter hoarding situation most often during water losses and fire losses. Each hoarding situation is unique. Often hoarding is a sensitive situation. Our SERVPRO team has the professionalism and compassion to help.

Can you use SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry Counties help?

Call our Office at 269-686-0664

Information found at www.mayoclinic.org

Fireplace safety

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire places can be a warm and welcoming addition to a home but are also potentially dangerous when not used safely. Fire prevention is key! Here are a few tips to help you stay safe.

  • Keep all item away from open flame.
  • Don't dry or air clothes over or near the fire, or the cooker
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Have your chimney checked annually by a professional
  • Use dry and well-aged wood.Wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney.
  • Fit approved smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector on each floor.
  • Plan your escape route.
  • keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

Remember Getout, stayoutand call for HELP!

Remember SERVPRO® of Allegan & Barry County (269-686-0664) is always here to help 24/7! Faster to any disaster.

Four-Legged Friends

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Four-Legged Friends Our very own office pet Buddy!

Our pets are valued members of the family. When an emergency happens our four-legged friends should be included in the emergency planning. This blog will give you a few tips on what to pack for your pets if disaster strikes.


  • Food.At least a three day supply in a water proof container'
  • Water
  • Familiar Items.Such as toys and bedding
  • Picture of you and your pet in case of separation or for proof of ownership.
  • Important documents
  • Collar and harness
  • Crate or pet carrier

Also while planning your families fire escape plan be sure to include your pets. Microchipping can also be a great way to help protect and locate your pet. For more information check out https://www.ready.gov/animals

Remember SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County is always here to make it  "Like it never even happened". 

Just Call our Office at 296-686-0664

Fire,Water,Storm Damage,Biohazards, Mold and Cleaning

Winter Ready

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Winter Ready Are SERVPRO team is always ready here to help!

Is Your Property Winter Ready?

Cold weather has arrived in West Michigan. Cold weather can have a huge impact on your property whether it’s a commercial property or residential. Heavy snowfall,sleet, and icy conditions can cause serious and expensive damage. Though you can not control West Michigan weather, you can take steps to be better prepared. Take these steps into consideration when protecting your property.

  • Check for weak branches and limbs around your structure. Snow and or ice buildup can cause branches to fall which could cause potentially personal injury or damage to your property.
  • Inspect entryways,handrails,and stairways leading to your business or home. Such areas can become treacherous in winter.
  •  Inspect walkways and parking lots for proper drainage.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by allowing a drip when temperature go below freezing.
  • Inspect your roof line and watch out for ice dams!
  • Ask your SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County sales team member to complete and Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

Have Questions? Call our Office! 269-686-0664

Help is on the way!

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Help is on the way! What to do

What to do... 

Your home suffered a fire loss. The first responders came and went and your home is in shambles. A host of other problems now rest before you. Damage to the ceilings,walls,content,care pets and flooring. Trying to solve these problems on your own can be daunting. That is why you should call the professional at SERVPRO or Allegan and Barry County. The following are tips that may help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County. This attempt could set soot into the surface.
  • Limit  movement in the home to prevent soot from being embedded into soft upholstery and carpet.
  • If electricity is off empty the refrigerator and freezer completely and wipe clean to prevent odors.
  • Do not attempt to eat any food or beverage that may have been stored near the fire,heat or water.

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.

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Emergency Ready Profile ERP

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile ERP Our Mobile ERP accessible from almost anywhere.

Why SERVPRO? We have what you need.

Does your business have an emergency plan in place? There are many benefits to having an emergency plan. At SERVPRO we offer the ERP. The Emergency Ready Plan or ERP is a service our company offers to help your business in its time of need. In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. This is a comprehensive document that contains critical information about your business. This includes Emergency contact information, shut off valve locations, and priority areas. With our many technological advances you are now able to access your ERP on your mobile device from almost any location. 

The ERP is a no-cost assessment! It’s only requires time. If you are interested in acquiring this valuable assets contact SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County 269-686-0664.

advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

  • No-cost to your business 
  • Easy access to critical information 
  • Quick access to contacts
  • Easy to understand and organized
  • Peace of Mind

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, mold remediation from an on going problem or a fire. SERVPRO of Allegan and Barry County is here to help. When fire or water damage puts your business at risk. Let us make it “ "Like it never even happened." “. It all starts with a phone call and one of our helpful representatives will assist you with your needs.

Have Questions about ERP,Fire ,Water, or Soot Damage?

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Pipe break!

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Pipe break! Water shut off

Freezing Temperatures and Your Pipes 

Winter has arrived in West Michigan. As Michiganders we begin to prepare our homes for the freezing temperatures.Unprotected pipes are susceptible to cold temperatures because water expands when it goes from liquid to solid form. A gallon of water one frozen will expand to a volume 9% greater than the original gallon. Ice blockage becomes more likely one outside temperatures drop to below freezing. A cold wind reaching unprotected pipes quickly remove heat and increases the chances of ice for mission. Water pressure that builds between the ice blockage and a closed faucet can burst the pipe. After a pipe break occurs a water damage begins.

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.

Have Questions? Call our Office! 269-686-0664