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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.

Kitchen fires

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Your kitchen is perhaps the most likely place in your home to have fire and smoke damage.  The most common kitchen fire is from stove top cooking.  Never walk away from what you are cooking.  And always have a proper fitting lid or pan covering that can smother a fire.  Do not pour water on a grease fire.

SERVPRO has been helping victims of fire and smoke damage clean and restore since 1995. We are always ready to help restore your home to it's former operational condition.

Even a small fire can produce a lot of heat and smoke damage to your home.  If you experience fire damage call 911 for help putting the fire out.  Then call your insurance carrier and tell them what happened.  

SERVPRO is  "Here to Help"

Restoration Services

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

building Call the professionals.

For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, biohazard, and pathogen remediation.  

SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,900 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small - from million -square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes.  

When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Berrien County provides restoration services from New Buffalo to Coloma, Buchanan to St. Joseph.  We are "Here to Help" anywhere, anytime.  If you experience fire or water damage you count on us to respond to your emergency any time of day or night.

Wet Basement

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Cement crawl space Dry out the basement

Pictured is a 140 year old cement crawl space or basement of a commercial building in Three Oaks, MI. Standing water comes and goes as the water table rises and falls seasonally. The cement floor and stone walls allow moisture to seem through cracks and breaks due to hydrostatic pressure. Most basements experience this moisture intrusion at some point.

High moisture levels aren't conducive to a healthy atmosphere in a lower level. It is recommended that the relative humidity (RH) be less than 60% so bacteria doesn't grow. This basement has an average 82% RH which isn't good for the atmosphere or structural materials affected.

When dealing with high RH levels it is best not to have contents stored in the space. Mold can ruin the contents quickly. Reduce the moisture levels with dehumidification.

"Here to Help"

Commercial emergency restoration services

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Business ad Our reputation is everything

For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, mold mitigation, biohazard, and pathogen remediation.

SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,900 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes.

Servicing Berrien County from Benton Harbor to Niles.

When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners, and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened®.

Commercial water damage

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

wet ceiling Roof leak or broken pipe?

A commercial customer in Niles, Michigan noticed some wet spots growing in their ceiling tiles.  Every time it rained the wet areas returned and then dried up on their own.  Until the next rain.

SERVPRO is always available to consult and advise on any water damage your building may be experiencing.  We will inspect, monitor structure for moisture and help determine the source or cause of the loss.  We may advise further evaluation by a qualified roofer or plumber.  This allows the cause to be fixed by a professional.

SERVPRO is also available to clean up and restore your facility when the water damage is something beyond your equipment and labor assets.  We have certified, professionally trained staff to remediate any size water loss.  

"Here to Help" 24/7/365

Out of sight out of mind.

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Roof drain Keep roof drains clean

Gravity is the great enabler during water losses.  Just imagine this commercial flat roof with drains clogged with leaves and debris.  A strong rain storm could leave a lot on standing water on the roof.  And gravity helps it find a way into the building.  Small tears or punctures in the membrane can let water inside.  Then the trouble begins.  Water damage is no joke.

This Berrien Springs, MI roof is in great shape.  The roof drains are clear and proper drainage is happening.  Routine maintenance of a flat roof is important for the health of your facility.  Water will find a way in if you allow it.  

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping commercial customers since 1995.  We are always ready to help clean up after water loss.

HERE To HELP

Standing water

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

water on roof Clear the roof drains.

A Stevensville, Michigan credit union's flat roof above the drive through has a lot of standing water on it.  The roof drain was plugged with debris and gook about 1/2 inch deep.  That's a lot of water on a roof that can leak into the structure.

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping commercial properties with water damage for over 25 years.  Anytime, anywhere we will answer the call for help.  24/7/365 we work.

Routine maintenance of commercial roofing is important to reduce the chance of water damage.  So consider a maintenance schedule that includes walking the roof seasonally and cleaning the drains as necessary.  This one ounce of prevention can save you a lot of time and money going forward.

Here to Help

Water damage waiting to happen

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

sump pump Homemade sump pump situation

SERVPRO has been helping residential and commercial victims of flooded basements since 1995.  We serve Berrien County from Niles to St. Joseph, Three Oaks to Eau Claire.  

A healthy basement makes a healthy home.  Sometimes it's all about the sump pump operation.  As you can see in this picture there is a pump in a 5 gallon bucket sitting in a rough opening in the slab floor.  In theory this can work but there should be plan B.  If the power goes out there is no battery backup.  The PVC line might pick up dirt with the drain water.  Is that old pump working properly?

When the pump stops working and your basement floods it's time to call your plumber and SERVPRO of Berrien County to return your basement to a healthy environment.  

Here to Help 24/7  269-925-6841

Triggered sprinkler head

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Draining sprinkler Fire Sprinkler finally drains

Stevensville, Michigan.  This fire suppression system was triggered when the sprinkler head was mysteriously damaged.  The amount of water that sprays out is staggering.  It is designed to put out a fire.  About a gallon every 3 seconds is what we figured at this loss.  And it took more than 2 hours to locate the system shutoff and release the line pressure.  

Now you have 6000 square feet of operating commercial space covered in lots of water.  The tenant was evacuated and SERVPRO was called in for emergency extraction and dehumidification.  Vinyl cove was removed from the drywall and 1" holes drilled to allow air movement for drying. Initial estimates put this loss at $45k before remodel.

When you have the chaos of a pressurized water loss call SERVPRO to help clean it up and dry it out.  269-925-6841