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Warehouse Flooded

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Warehouse Flooded Flood water affects business operations.

SERVPRO of Berrien County responds to all kinds of water disasters.  Many times, Mother Nature creates situations you wouldn't expect.  With water tables historically high, additional rains can quickly cause ground water flooding.  Storm drains can fill up and lift stations can fail to pump off excess water. 

A St. Joseph area business experienced storm water back-up  during some heavy rain storms in June.  SERVPRO was called to extract standing water and steam clean cement affected by CAT 3 water.  

SERVPRO 269-925-6841 is ready to help any business that has a disaster affecting the operation.  Business continuity and keeping employees working is a top priority.

October is Fire Prevention Month

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Community October is Fire Prevention Month 1,000 smoke alarms for Berrien County

SERVPRO of Berrien County donates 1,000 smoke alarms for fire departments to install for residents.  We have done this for 15 years and are proud to help the community.

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. 

-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement. 

- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 

-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button. 

-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away. 

-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. 

Water damaged basement

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damaged basement Water is extracted and antimicrobial is applied to affected areas of structure.

With over 40 years of experience, SERVPRO professionals have restored flood-damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast.  SERVPRO'S disaster recovery team is equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest flood waters.

If water damages your home or business, call SERVPRO of Berrien County  269-925-6841.

Even minor floods or heavy rains have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any size disaster and lelp make it "Like it never even happened."

If  flood damage is not promptly mitigated, lingering moisture from floodwater may elevate the risk of mold growth.  SERVPRO can properly remediate mold damage in your home.

Water damaged business from clean water.

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damaged business from clean water. Pipe fittings failed allowing hundreds of gallons of water to flood this business.

Benton Harbor, MI.

Water damage from clean water.  These pipes had some corrosion on multiple fittings which caused this flooding.

  What to do?

- Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified plumber to stop the water source.

- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building.

- Call SERVPRO of Berrien County for mitigation.

- Remove as much excess water as possible.

- Place foil, plastic or wood blocks under furniture legs to stop staining.

- Remove contents that are sensitive to moisture to a dry, safe place.

- Hang drapes with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting of floors.

- Do Not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.

- Do Not leave books, magazines, oriental rugs or other colored items on carpeting that could stain.

SERVPRO of Berrien County 269-207-4009

Fire damage to your Michigan home.

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Niles, New Buffalo, Stevensville, Bridgman, Buchanan, Eau Claire, Watervliet, Coloma

More home fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else. In 2011, cooking was involved in an estimated 156,300 home fires that caused:

  • 470 deaths
  • 5,390 injuries
  • $1 billion in property damage

These Numbers could be greatly reduced if people paid more attention when they cooked and practiced simple fire safety behaviors.

Unattended Cooking

is the leading cause of kitchen fires

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling of broiling food
  • Check food regularly – use a timer to remind you the stove/oven is On
  • If you must leave – turn the oven Off

Stay Alert

to avoid stirring up trouble

  • Don’t use the oven or stovetop if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol or are using drugs.

Hot Tips

  • Keep pot handles turned in
  • When you microwave food, open the container slowly to let steam escape and let food cool before eating
  • Cool a burn under water for 3 to 5 minutes and cover it with a clean dry cloth
  • If the burn is bigger than your fist, seek immediate medical assistance

Flammable Objects

Keep away from the stove

  • Keep anything that can burn a safe distance away from the stove
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and the stovetop
  • Wear short, tight-fighting, or lightly-rolled sleeves. If clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll over and over or back and forth to put the fire out. Get medical help.

Be Ready

to react fast to a cooking fire

  • When in doubt – just get out!
  • If you try to fight fire with a fire extinguisher, be sure:
    1. Other people are leaving the home
    2. Someone is calling the fire department
    3. You have a clear exit path
  • If a small fire starts:
    1. Slide a lid over the pan
    2. Turn Off the burner
    3. Leave a the pan covered until it is completely cool
  • For an oven or microwave fire, turn off the unit and keep the door closed.  

If you do have a problem in the kitchen or any other room in the house give SERVPRO of Berrien County a call.  We will clean up all Fire, Smoke and water damage. 

Niles, Michgian water damage from fire.

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Niles, Michgian water damage from fire. Apartment Fire with water

Fire and water damage events at  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 Berrien County 269-925-6841

SERVPRO  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.

Niles, MI flooding

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Niles, MI flooding Flooded St. Joe river in Niles, MI

Feb 23, 2018 Berrien County, MI had frozen ground, 18" of snow, high river and lake levels.  Then it rained for three days with warm temps.  The entire county was flooded because the water had nowhere to drain properly.  Businesses, trailer parks, entire river communities.  Thousands of people were affected and had evacuate until the water levels receded.  For many it was days or weeks.  Lives and jobs are greatly affected by mother nature.  

SERVPRO of Berrien County is trained to help flood victims cleanup and restore commercial properties. A strip mall within 200 yards of this river needed steam cleaning, sanitizing, dry out, demolition of affected materials and some remodeling.  Business must go on and SERVPRO is ready to help.

When your needs are extreme, call

SERVPRO at 269-926-6841 

Berrien County, MI flooding

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Berrien County, MI flooding Front St. between Wonderland Theater and the Save-A-Lot strip mall. Feb 26, 2018

Feb 22, 2018 Berrien County, MI had frozen ground, 18" of snow, high river and lake levels.  Then it rained for three days with warm temps.  The entire county was flooded.  Businesses, trailer parks, entire river communities.  Thousands of people were affected and had evacuate until the water levels receded.  For many it was days or weeks.  The water was so deep in many areas that the Utility companies shut off gas and electric.  Then sump pumps didn't work without a generator.

SERVPRO of Berrien County is trained to help flood victims cleanup and restore commercial properties. Affected buildings needed steam cleaning, sanitizing, dry out, demolition of affected materials and some remodeling.  Business must go on and SERVPRO is ready to help.

When your needs are extreme, call

SERVPRO at 269-926-6841 

Niles, MI flooding

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Niles, MI flooding St. Joseph river flooding, Niles, MI

Winter 2018 Berrien County, MI had frozen ground, 18" of snow, high river and lake levels.  Then it rained for three days with warm temps.  The entire county was flooded.  These Niles, MI businesses were all flooded.  Businesses close until water recedes and cleanup/remodel is finished.  It is a great financial hardship because so few have flood insurance.  All repairs are out of pocket.  SERVPRO helps businesses return to normal operations quickly.

SERVPRO of Berrien County is trained to help flood victims cleanup and restore commercial properties. The strip mall in this picture needed steam cleaning, sanitizing, dry out, demolition of affected materials and some remodeling.  Business must go on and SERVPRO is ready to help.

When your needs are extreme, call

SERVPRO at 269-926-6841 

When the flood water recedes...

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When the flood water recedes... Cat 3 water in a business by the river.

SERVPRO of Berrien County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 269-925-6841

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Berrien County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Berrien County

SERVPRO  specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.