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Seasonal Heating Hazards

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Seasonal Heating Hazards Home fire

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI is expert at cleaning and restoring homes damaged by fire and smoke.

After smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.  Your SERVPRO professional will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different surfaces found in your home.

Seasonal heating hazards are important to consider to prevent home fires.

Space heaters should always be at least 3 feet away from combustible items.

Lighted Candles should never be left untended.

Fire places and chimneys should always be cleaned seasonaly.  Check to make sure the flue is open before lighting the fire.

If you experience a home fire of any size, call your insurance company and then call SERVPRO of Berrien County at 269-925-6841 to inspect damage.

October is Fire Prevention Month

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage October is Fire Prevention Month Smoke alarms distributed to Fire Depts for Berrien County residents.

A National Fire Protection Association report shows an average of 7 people lose their lives as a result of house fires every single day.  SERVPRO of Berrien County is helping prevent future tragedies. In recognition of National Fire Prevention Month, SERVPRO is donating new smoke detectors on a first come basis at area Fire Departments.   

Don’t add to sobering statistics.  Be sure your home has a working smoke detector courtesy of SERVPRO, and brought to you in part by Mid-West Family Broadcasting.

Smoke Detectors available at fire stations and police agencies listed below:

Benton Harbor
Benton Township
Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township
Bertrand Township
Buchanan City
Buchanan Township
Eau Claire

Galien Township
Lake Township
New Buffalo City
New Buffalo Township
Niles City
Niles Township
North Berrien Fire
Royalton Township
St. Joseph Charter Township
St. Joseph City
Sodus Township
Sister Lakes
Three Oaks
Weesaw Township

For more information, call SERVPRO at 269-925-6841.

Other Fire Prevention resources:
- Fire Prevention for Kids:
- Families:

 Alarms available in October 2018

River Flooding

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage River Flooding Berrien County ground water flooding.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI is always ready to help homeowners dry out and sanitize their home after storms.  

February 2018 was a difficult time for South West Michigan when it rained for two days.  The ground was frozen and the snow melted into runoff which flooded many areas by the river. Niles, Berrien Springs and areas of St. Joseph were greatly affected.  Many were using boats to reach their homes. 

Flood waters contain all kinds of bacteria picked up from the ground and sewers.  When this category 3 water enters your home it is important to remove affected materials and sanitize all areas.  

When ground water flooding affects your home, call SERVPRO 269-925-6841 to dry it out and sanitize to prevent mold growth. 

Storm water stops business

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm water stops business Flooded Inventory

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI responds to storm related damages.  A St. Joseph, MI commercial beverage distribution business came to a halt when mother nature flooded the area with tremendous storms.  The storm sewers were full and backing up into warehouses.  This water mixed with sewer lines created a bacteria filled mess .

SERVPRO was contacted to help remove standing water with pumps and extraction equipment.  We worked through the weekend to help this company fulfill delivery contracts during it's busiest weekend of the year.  Then SERVPRO concentrated on the office areas to remove affected materials, dry the wet structure and sanitize all areas inpacted by flood water.

This customer was thankful that SERVPRO was there to immediately begin restoring their company to it's preloss condition.  

New Construction Mold

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation New Construction Mold Mold growth on new building materials

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI is expert at the remediation and restoration of mold damage.

Take Precautions: SERVPRO professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

- The presence of visible mold.

- Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold in present.

- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

- Excessive humidity.

In this case the builder was unable to control the environment during construction.  It was a very wet spring and the roof took longer than expected to install.  Mold grew on these new construction materials requiring remediation to kill the mold  and remove .  SERVPRO is expert at the removal and remediation of mold.

Hidden mold

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden mold Sometimes it's the water you don't see that caused the biggest problems.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI is expert in the removal and remediation of mold inpacted facilities.  Many times there are impacted areas that aren't visible.

A Stevensville, MI business had some water in their basement storage areas.  They removed the water themselves.  Weeks later more water got in the basement and a terrible smell began seeping into the rest of the facility through the air conditioning system.  They called SERVPRO to handle the situation.  We extracted water from affected areas and set drying equipment.  Then we sanitized the entire basement.  But the telltale odor of mildew was still present.  

We found a previously mold impacted cement wall covered with drywall.  This material was removed and the wall sanitized.  The odor was eliminated.  Sometimes hidden areas cause the biggest problems.

Moldy Environment

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Moldy Environment Uncontrolled humidity mold growth

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI is expert at the removal and remediation of mold impacted materials.  

A Benton Harbor, MI hotel has carpeted meeting rooms totaling 5,000 sqft.  They discovered mold growing on door frames, wall paper and all over  the carpeting.  SERVPRO was called to help discover the cause and re mediate the issue.  The HVAC system was not consistently controlling the environment.  Relative humidity was 77%.  Mold was actively growing on the carpeting which they would vacuum off before meetings.

SERVPRO applied antimicrobial prior to steam cleaning the carpet, then steamed cleaned and again applied antimicrobial.  Dehumidifiers and air movers were set for 24 hours which decreased the relative humidity to 57%.  

Customers were very happy to have SERVPRO clean up the area and advise them on the importance of regulating the atmosphere.

Continuing Education for insurance professionals

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Continuing Education for insurance professionals Invitation

SERVPRO of Berrien County will be offering 2 free continuing education seminars on October 15, 2018. Classes will be held at the following location:

Kinexus - Anchor Room  499 West Main Street, Benton Harbor, MI  49022

(At the round about across the street from Whirlpool Headquarters)

The subjects will be:

ETHICS  3 insurance credit hours  Course #70878  Restoration Category

Registration Time: 8:00 am

Course time 8:30-11:30

Lunch will be provided from 12:00-12:30

BIOHAZARD CLEANUP  2 insurance credit hours course # 74256  Restoration Category

Registration time: 11:45 am

Course time: 12:00 - 2:00pm

100% attendance is required in order to receive credit for this course.

For reservations contact: SERVPRO of Berrien County     269-925-6841

Warehouse Flooded

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Warehouse Flooded Flood water affects business operations.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI 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. With no where else to go flood waters can quickly enter commercial buildings through floor drains and doorways.

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.