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Storm damage

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

fallen ceiling and insulation Storm water damage to attic

Summer storms in Southwest Michigan can be very violent with strong winds and heavy rains.  In May of 2022 along the coast of Lake Michigan a condo was severely damaged.  

A large tree limb broke off an enormous tree and crashed into the roof of this St. Joseph condo.  The branch penetrated the roof leaving a huge hole that wind driven rain poured into.  The cellulose insulation became saturated and very heavy.  The drywall ceiling got wet and caved in under the weight of water soaked materials.  

SERVPRO had the tree removed, tarped the hole in the roof and cleaning up the damaged materials.  Then we dried the entire area with dehumidifiers and air movers over a 4 day period.  Remodel came next.

You can count on SERVPRO 24/7 to respond to emergencies like this one.  

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Fire and Smoke

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

burnt insulation Affected materials hold odor.

SERVPRO of Berrien County was called upon to clean up and restore a St. Joseph children's museum after a fire started in the attic.  This tourist attraction will be sorely missed during cleanup and restoration.  

The fire department responded immediately and used water to extinguish the fire.  The entire facility was affected by smoke and water.  Ceilings, insulation, drywall, walls, wood floors, carpeting, fixtures, contents and museum displays.  Most of the affected materials required removal while critical structure was cleaned and sealed for odor control.

Where there is smoke there is fire and odor that will remain until removed through demolition, cleaning and reconstruction.  The picture shows how affected the drywall, paper and insulation is from fire.  All these absorbent materials will hold smoke odor until removed.  

SERVPRO is Here to Help you recover from fire and smoke damage.  

Smoke Damage

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

bathtub This can be cleaned

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping residents cleanup their homes after smoke damage since 1995.  We restore damaged homes for the majority of fire victims in Berrien County.  Our trained and certified fire restoration specialists will work with you and your insurance to bring your home back to it's preloss condition.

Affected materials can either be cleaned or replaced.  Many absorbent materials need to be replaced when severely affected by smoke and water.  Non absorbent materials like glass, ceramic, tile, bath tubs and solid wood can be successfully cleaned in most cases.

Contents are packed out to our warehouse for cleaning and storage.  They are placed in an ozone chamber after cleaning to remove any remaining odor of smoke.  

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Heat damage

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

wall with black and white streaks Heat and smoke damage

SERVPRO of Berrien County, Michigan has been helping fire damage victims clean up and repair homes since 1995.  We respond to the majority of fire events with speed and organization.  

Surviving a house fire is one of the most traumatic events you could ever experience.  Let's hope this never happen to you and your family.  Even a small fire can pollute your house so bad that you need to live elsewhere for months.  

Our certified fire technicians and supervisors work with you and your insurance to organize all of your contents for cleaning or replacement.  Then we clean the inside of your home completely.  And after remodel we pack back all or your cleaned contents.  And you are kept informed of all activities every step of the way.

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Supporting Emergency Responders

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Check hands Fire Fighters Association donation

SERVPRO of Berrien County, Michigan has been supporting first responders since 1995.  From St. Joseph to Niles we have been consistently providing these heroes with cash donations, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and CO alarms.  Fire safety equipment that they feel is the best front line defense against loss of life and severe injury when disaster strikes.

Berrien County has 26 active fire departments that save lives and homes when fires happen.  Many of these departments are mostly volunteers that have dedicated their time and energy to help victims of emergency situations.

SERVPRO has donated more than 10,000 smoke alarms to these fire department to distribute among residents in need of safety equipment.  Smoke alarms save lives.  And we are proud to help any way we can.

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Supporting Schools

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

signs on fence Community athletic support

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI has been servicing Southwest Michigan since 1995.  From Niles to St. Joseph and New Buffalo to Watervliet we respond 24/7/365.

Our staff of certified technicians live in the area, their kids attend the schools and they all work in the county.  These families are part of the area's fabric.

School athletic sponsorships are something we actively seek out and support.  Teamwork and student participation in extra activities are an important part of education and employment.  We encourage this in our employees and area students.

Giving back to the community we live and work in is very important to our service mission.  Anything we can do, anytime we can, we will find a way.  

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Wind Storm

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Home boarded up Wind damage can seriously affect your home.

Berrien Springs, Michigan.  Strong winds off Lake Michigan, 15 miles west of this home, gusted up to 60 miles per hour.  Just the type of storm we get off the great lake in southwest Michigan.  

Fallen trees and flying objects damaged windows and also shorted some electrical which started a fire in this country home.  The fire department extinguished the flames and SERVPRO boarded up the windows.

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping victims of storm damage since 1995.  When something damages your home from fire, water, wind, you can call on us to help 24/7.  We are Here to Help.

If something damages your home enough to disrupt your world, contact your insurance carrier and call SERVPRO so we can help you return to normal.

Smoke Damage

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

soot on sink Smoke damage

Where there is smoke there is fire.  Fire damage and smoke damage always travel together.  You can't have one without the other. 

Fire damage is something that is normally replaced because it destroys structural materials beyond repair or cleaning.  Drywall, wood, flooring, carpeting, fixtures, trim, baseboard etc.

Smoke damage is many cases can be successfully cleaned off hard materials like glass, mirrors, ceramic surfaces, metal etc.

Particulate from smoke can also cause damage to absorbent materials that may or may not be cleanable.  When items cannot be successfully cleaned they usually become a claim item.  That means the insurance carrier replaces it.  Items like carpeting, upholstered furniture, mattresses, pillows etc.

SERVPRO of Berrien County can professionally clean many contents damaged by fire losses.  We work with your insurance adjuster to determine what is cleanable and what will be claimed as a loss.

If you ever experience fire and smoke damage to your home, we are ready to help you clean and restore your situation.

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Commercial water damage

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

hospital Commercial emergency response.

SERVPRO provides emergency service for commercial properties from St. Joseph to Niles and Watervliet to New Buffalo.  Since 1995 we have always responded to the call immediately.  Providing Fire and Water damage cleanup and restoration to help keep facilities operationsl.

St. Joseph, Michigan.  A wild and windy rain storm with heavy winds flooded a new construction area of the local hospital.  Multiple rooms and halls were affected and needed to be dried out.

SERVPRO answered the call immediately to extract water from all affected areas, drill holes at the base of drywall, apply antimicrobial and set dehumidifiers and air movers.  Three days later the affected areas were monitored and found dry.  Construction resumed to stay on schedule.

SERVPRO has been providing immediate response for commercial properties in Berrien County for many years.  We are the largest in terms of equipment and certified labor in Southwest Michigan.

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Is your sump pump ready?

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

sump pump Not ready for the storm.

April showers bring May flowers.  And spring storms can bring water into your basement.  We are all ready for the flowers, but is your sump pump ready for the storm?  The sump in this picture isn't ready.  Can you tell why?  The float is on top of the water and not activating the pump.  The float can become disconnected or stuck in a bad position.  

Malfunctioning sumps are a major cause of flooded basements.  Inspect your pump to make sure it is operating properly.  If it is broken replace it or have a qualified vendor fix it.  

Sump pumps are powered by electricity.  If the power goes out the pump can't do its job.  Consider a battery backup.  

SERVPRO has been helping victims of basement flooding from storms since 1995.  From New Buffalo to St. Joseph.  We are always ready to answer questions or bring a crew to clean up and restore.  It's what we do.