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Storm Damage Capability

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Green Equipment We are ready to help during storms.

SERVPRO has been servicing Berrien County residents and businesses since 1995.  We have the labor and equipment to handle almost anything.  Servicing severe storm damage across the county can quickly deplete our equipment resources when 100+ calls come in within 48 hours.

Residential requests are put on a service list as they come in.  Be patient.  We will communicate with you soon.  Commercial requests go to the top of the list depending on the category...medical, assisted living, hotels, manufacturing, municipalities.  

When you have storm related damage from wind, water, fire we are "Here to Help"  Please be patient as we will do our very best to clean and restore.  Remember that all service responders are very busy working 18 hour shifts.  

It is helpful if you have already called your insurance carrier to file a claim.  That info speeds up the process in many ways.  But if you aren't covered we will also help you the best we can.

Snow damage

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Car with snow Snow storm accumulation.

Winter storms bring significant snow accumulation in Berrien County.  Mother Nature brings it every season and we adjust to make it through the season.  Snow accumulation on your roof can cause water damage inside your home.  Snow builds up and then melts and refreezes causing an ice buildup.  The freeze and thawing backs up water behind the ice dam that can leak through your roof.  Then it soaks into the attic insulation, ceiling materials and fixtures, down walls and onto flooring.

Prevention:  Some areas of the roof can be cleaned off with a snow rake you can get at the hardware store.  This is very effective to reduce or eliminate the threat of ice damming.  

Water Damage Solution:  SERVPRO of Berrien County can help dry the materials and rebuild damaged areas.  

"Here to Help"

Frozen pipes

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen water line Who ya going to call when this breaks?

Eight out of 10 jobs are water damage related.  It makes sense because water supply lines in your home run from top to bottom - inside and out.  All of them are under pressure so you have water when you need it.  That means if they freeze and break they will spray and leak and gush until turned off and repaired.  

Prevention: 

1. Drain the hose bibs you connect garden hoses to.  We get a lot of those flood jobs.

2. Know how to turn off individual valves or the main water shut off.  It's usually next to the meter in the basement or wherever it comes into your building.

3. Know a plumber or handyman.

Water Damage Solution:  SERVPRO for water damage cleanup and restoration 24/7

Smoke Damage

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

smoke Smoke damage cleanup

Smoke damage can make your home unlivable or business inoperable.  Take control of this situation as best you can.  Sometimes the smoke damage is worse than the fire.  Smoke, odor, particulate permeates everything.  And it can take a small army to remove all of the damage so you can live in your home or work in you business.

Smoke gets on your ceilings, walls, floors, contents, furniture, window, bedding, clothing, tools, guns, collectibles...  Maybe the stove caught on fire and you can just replace it.  But the smoke damage may take days or weeks to cleanup.  

SERVPRO has trained fire restoration technicians that can get the job done.  We clean and restore the vast majority of fires in Berrien County, MI.  

When you have fire or smoke damage contact your insurance carrier and SERVPRO of Berrien County.  "Here to Help"

Fire suppression water shut off.

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Red large water supply lines Commercial fire suppression main shut off

Commercial buildings that are sprinkled have a lot of supply lines under pressure throughout the building.  This pressure is for the sprinklers to do their job when there is fire.  These lines are under a lot of pressure.  Usually around 145 PSI.  

A broken 2" supply line under pressure will leak an enormous amount of water in a matter of minutes. That's right!  What will you do when a line or sprinkler head fails/breaks and sprays?  Shut off the supply valve at the main supply.  The main is usually in a locked mechanical room in the basement.  Figure this out before a line breaks.  The fire department will shut it off if you can't manage to do it.  

Shutting off the water supply is the first thing to do in an emergency water loss event.  Then call your plumber for repairs and SERVPRO for cleanup.  We are always ready 24/7 to help keep your building operational.

Main water shut off.

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

large water supply lines Commercial water main shut off

Commercial buildings have a lot of supply lines under pressure throughout the building.  Do you know where all the shut offs are located?  Sinks, showers, toilets, water heaters, hose bibs, utility sinks, kitchen areas...  They all have individual shut offs or they should.  These lines are under pressure.  Usually around 60 PSI.  

A broken 1/4" supply line under 60 PSI will leak 9 gallons per minute  540 per hour or 12,960 gallons per 24 hours.  That's right!  What to do when it breaks and sprays?  Shut off the supply valve or the main supply.  The main is usually in a locked mechanical room in the basement.  Figure this out before a line breaks.

Shutting off the water supply is the first thing to do in an emergency water loss event.  Then call your plumber for repairs and SERVPRO for cleanup.  We are always ready 24/7 to help keep your building operational.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

Certified logos Professionally trained and certified.

When Fire, Water or Mold damage your home or business, you want it to be restrored as soon as possible.  SERVPRO professionals have restored property for over 45 years.  And we continue to train our staff.  SERVPRO is the trusted choice for hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, because they know we have the training and experience to do the job right.

Just ask our customers in St. Joseph, MI.  We are always ready to respond with trained crews.  They will help you on your worst day or night.  Help get your business or home operational fast.  Help staff return to work.  Help you understand the restoration process.  Help deal with your insurance company.

We train, we clean, we restore, we fix and we build relationships with our customers. 

Use the experts at SERVPRO of Berrien County.

Community Business With Integrity

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

window stickers Community commitment.

SERVPRO of Berrien County doesn't just work for the community, it works with the community.  Our entire staff lives where they work.  They are part of Berrien County and Southwest Michigan.  It's important for customers to know that our trained technicians are part of the fabric.  

Since 1995 we have lived and worked with businesses and residents to cleanup and restore fire and water damage to buildings.  

We have also been members of the Better Business Bureau and county Chambers of Commerce.  In good standing with Niles, Harbor Country and SWM Regional.  Which means we do our best on every single job.  The standard we instill in our staff is "underpromise and over deliver".  

SERVPRO is "Here to Help" and available all the time.  On your worst day we are on the way.

Weather or not?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Bridgman, storm, flood Radar

We all love a good spring rain.  Our grass, flowers, trees all need a good watering.  But is our house ready for what Mother Nature brings to us?

From the top down we want to make sure roof shingles are not torn or damaged, gutters are clean of debris and draining at least 5 feet away from the foundation and window wells are clean and the dirt is below the window sill. 

Spring rains sometimes damage your home when water finds a way inside.  It doesn't have to be a broken pipe.  Ground water flooding can cause a lot of damage that need professional remediation.

SERVPRO of Berrien County has cleaned up water damage for thousands of home owners since 1995.  Our crews are certified in water remediation and dehumidification.  In other words, we clean and restore your home fast.

We are "Here to Help" call us anytime.

Storm damage

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Stevensville, storm damage Aftermath of tree on house.

Mother nature brings the storms and home damage follows.  Trees and limbs are blown onto houses during strong winds.  The damage can be severe.  Punctures on the roof that rain can enter and damage interior structure and contents.  Shingles can be damaged requiring replacement.  Gutters can be torn off along with siding.  All needing replacement.  Windows can be broken. Chimney damage can occur.

Storm damage can affect your home in ways that make it unliveable until repairs can be made.  SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping homeowners cleanup and restore their homes since 1995.  Our trained crews are ready 24/7/365 to immediately respond to your call for help.  

So when Mother Nature damages your home, give the professionals at SERVPRO a call:

269-925-6841