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Decluttering Your Office in Otsego, MI

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Disheveled stack of files with papers Proactive COVID-19 cleaning, confirmed COVID-19 cleaning, we are Here to Help keep you and your employees safe.

It's Spring cleaning time!  A clean environment is a healthy environment.  Improve your workspace with a few tips to help you declutter your Otsego office:

  • Divide your workspace into zones.  Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions.  This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep only what you need at arm's length.  Boxes of pens, stacks of papers, and old coffee cups need to find a new home.  Rid your desk of visual clutter.
  • Create a daily system for organization.  Consider creating hanging files or baskets.
  • Sort through your catch-all "junk" drawer.  Go through your drawers every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place, out of date, or isn't being used.
  • Eliminate digital clutter by organizing your work inbox.  Keep icons on your desktop to a minimum.

SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties offer proactive cleanup for COVID-19 that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection.  Call us at 269-686-0664, we are Here to Help!

Workplace Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Lego man using fire extinguisher Make sure your employees know how to correctly use a fire extinguisher.

The most common emergency small businesses must plan for is a fire, according to OSHA.  Fire extinguishers can be invaluable tools to help fight smaller fires in the workplace.  It is important for employees to know how to use an extinguisher properly and also know how to accurately assess a fire situation.

The PASS method is a simple training technique for fire extinguishers:

  • Pull the pin on the extinguisher
  • Aim the hose nozzle low toward the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the flames until extinguished

Fire extinguishers are meant to handle only small fires.  If a fire becomes too large, or the environment becomes too dangerous, employees should know when and how to evacuate the area; and if appropriate, sound the fire alarm, or call the fire department immediately.

SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties is available 24/7 if your business incurs damage from a fire.  Call us at 269-686-0664, we are Here to Help!

The First 24 Hours After Damage; How Critical Are They?

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Broken sand timer Act fast. The first 24 hours after fire or water damage are critical.

Water or fire losses, even smaller incidents, can result in costly claims over time.  The longer smoke, soot, or moisture have to permeate contents and structural components, the more secondary damage can occur.

Experience has shown that quick, appropriate action delivered within the first 24 hours after damage can dramatically reduce secondary damage.  Smoke and soot have less time to chemically interact and damage or destroy contents, and moisture is prevented from spreading and breaking down structural components or promoting the growth of mold and mildew.

Offering 24-hour emergency services, SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties is committed to responding to fire and water claims during the most critical time period following a loss, usually onsite in less than four hours.

The objective of critical response is to help return business owners' properties back to preloss condition while also controlling costs.  SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties can provide the emergency service, mitigation, cleanup, and restoration experience and industry-specific technology to help you accomplish these goals.

Call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties today if you have experienced fire or water damage in your business, 269-686-0664

Is Your Business Ready If Disaster Strikes?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Logo Plan now and be ready when disaster strikes.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster.  An overwhelming majority of the businesses that survive had a preparedness plan in place.

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 affect your business.

Preparation is key for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire, or flood.  No one ever plans on a disaster happening to them, but if it does happen, you want to be prepared.  

The best time for planning is now, before disaster strikes.  The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information so you can stay calm when damage does occur.

Call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties today to get started and be "Ready for whatever happens." 269-686-0664

Preventing Mold Growth in the Workplace

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Say no to DIY mold projects Call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties for your business mold remediation needs.

Mold is found everywhere and can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present.  They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air currents.  When spores settle on an ideal surface, they begin to grow. While some molds can cause health effects, not all molds are bad.  Not everyone that comes into contact with mold will be affected; some people are more sensitive to mold than others.  Because there are so many variables to mold, it's best to keep mold out of your business.

The best way to prevent mold is to control moisture.  The following are some tips to help keep your business mold free:

  • Fix water leaks - any known water leaks should be fixed quickly.  Have a contractor inspect for unknown leaks.
  • Limit condensation - keep room temperatures warm and/or well insulated.
  • Reduce humidity - open windows, install exhaust fans or use a dehumidifier.
  • Clean wet/damp areas - any wet or damp area, material, or affected equipment should be cleaned within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

If your business experiences mold growth, call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren Counties to remediate as we have the proper training and personal protective equipment.  Call us today, 269-686-0664, we are Here to Help!

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

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

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

Commercial Cleaning Services

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is being called on daily by commercial business owners, churches, property managers, community leaders and municipalities to perform necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their facilities. Our cleanup procedures are in accordance with the CDC recommendations. The CDC recommends the usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.

If you are interested in inquiring about our services, we're here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call SERVPRO of Allegan/Barry/Van Buren County at (269)686-0664. Our technicians are on-call for all of your essential needs. We are Here to Help combat this and lessen the spread of this horrible virus. 

Hidden Moisture

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Many large scale commercial facilities experience water damage on a regular basis. This can range from a minor roof leak to severe flooding. If you have ever experienced water damage, you know that the restoration process can sometimes be tricky. One of the most important factors of water damage restoration is ensuring that everything is dried properly. A structure that is not fully dry and is harboring moisture can easily generate mold growth and cause the structure itself to break down. Our technicians have experience drying commercial facilities and understand the science behind proper water damage restoration. We also have equipment such as moisture detectors and thermal imaging to help identify hidden moisture and prevent further damage to your facility. If you experience water damage, we are here to help!

What are the Leading Causes of Fires?

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Knowledge is one of the best tool against fire prevention. In this Blog we will be learning more about how and why fires start. Let’s begin by noting the leading causes of fire. They are as follows:

  • Cooking
  • Electrical
  • Heating
  • Smoking
  • Candles

As you can see the top causes of fires are cooking, electrical, heating, smoking and candles. Many of these causes have the same prevention tips. For example you should leave any of the above listed event of items unattended. Also turning off items or unplugging them while they are not being used. When cooking don’t wear loose fitting clothing and keep flammable items away from the cook top. Like wise whenever you have an open flame or heat source ( candle,fireplace,space heater etc.) be sure there are not items nearby such as curtains or blankets. By taking small steps in your day to day life you can prevent a life changing disaster. If you would like to learn more visit

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

Winter Weather Preparedness

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

Building Safety Month!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

May is Building Safety Month. Building safety month was created 39 years ago by the International Code Council. Building Safety Month is an great opportunity to educate people on what it takes to create a safe and efficient building/home. This can be done in a number of ways. You can better prepare your home or business for disaster by taking prevention and preparedness steps. It is important to have evacuation plans, safety tips for emergencies situations, and alarms. 

You can find brochures on subjects like alarm safety,electricity,permits,appliances,yard and pool tips and so much more at

Have Questions?

For help restoring your residential or commercial space after a water,fire or mold loss ,call

SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County at 269-686-0664.

Mold Safety Tips

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Have you spotted mold in your business? If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County for mold remediation services.

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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 269-686-0664

Understanding the Nature of Smoke

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke has a behavior? Why yes it does. Smoke and soot are 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 Allegan & Barry County 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. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 269-686-0664

Water Damage and Your Commercial Property

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Allegan & Barry County 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 Allegan & Barry County

SERVPRO of Allegan & Barry County 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.

 Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –269-686-0664