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SERVPRO Scope of Services

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

List of services SERVPRO scope of services for residential and commercial properties.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, Michigan has been helping business and residents clean and restore properties in Southwest Michigan since 1995.  From Niles to St. Joseph and New Buffalo to Benton Harbor we respond immediately 24/7/365.  We are always ready to help when you experience Fire, Water and Mold damage to your building.

Damage to your structure can result from fire, water, mold, storms and crimes.  Our trained, certified professionals are always prepared to respond when you call. 

Our goals are:

- assess the situation and stop further damage to the structure.

- clean and restore the damaged materials and  areas quickly and efficiently.

- return your belongings so you can return to operational status.

When you experience disasters we are here to help.  Call us at 269-925-6841

Storms bring wind and flooding rains.

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Radar map Regional storms bring severe damage.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI has been servicing Southwest Michigan since 1995. From Niles to St. Joseph and New Buffalo to Benton Harbor, we have been cleaning up and restoring properties for homeowners and businesses 24/7/365.  

Severe storms can bring damaging winds and flooding rains.  If your building isn't ready you may need help cleaning up after storm damage.

Thing you can do to lessen damages:

- Remove dead trees that could fall on your building.

- Repair or replace damaged roof shingles.

-Clean out your gutters and drain water away from your foundation at least 5 feet.

-Install a battery backup for your sump pump in case the power goes out.

If you experience storm damage you can call us anytime at 269-925-6841

Wind damage

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Tree on house Severe winds off Lake Michigan can uproot major trees.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, Michigan has been helping homeowners cleanup after storms since 1995.  From Niles to St. Joseph and New Buffalo to Benton Harbor we are ready to help 24/7/365.

When mother nature huffs and puffs you never know where the trees will fall.  If it happens to be on your home you could experience major structural damage and water intrusion.  If this happens to you call us at 269-925-6841.  Together we will figure out how to remove the trees and tarp the room.  And if there is water damage inside we will handle that for you also.

Whether it's fire, water or storm damage, we will always be here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial HVAC maintenance

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

White duct run Maintaining commercial HVAC systems.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI has been servicing commercial businesses in southwest Michigan since 1995.  In addition to Fire, Water, Mold cleanup and restoration we clean HVAC systems commercially. 

HVAC systems should be serviced regularly and cleaned when necessary.  When there is smoke damage to a facility the HVAC system is almost always cleaned and filters changed.  Particulate from smoke can remain in runs until they are cleaned. And sometimes sealant is sprayed inside to eliminate odor from remaining particulate. 

SERVPRO is available to estimate the cleaning of commercial air handlers and ducts.  We can be reached at 269-925-6841.

A full scope and written estimate by our trained professionals allows property managers to budget for future services.  You can schedule an estimate by contacting our Berrien County, MI franchise and ask for commercial services.  We have may professional references that can be provided in manufacturing, medical, financial and retail. 

Water you don't see causes the most damage.

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

moisture barrier schematic Moisture barriers hold hidden water.

The water you don't see can cause the most damage.  , SERVPRO of Berrien County is trained to find hidden water before it causes secondary damage.  We have been doing this in Southwest MI since 1995. 

When water gets into your home or business it soaks into many different materials.  When it comes from above it can move through insulation, drywall, wood, paint, wallpaper and light fixtures.

When water comes from below it can soak your carpeting, flooring, padding, baseboards, drywall, wood floors, studs and any contents that it touches.

SERVPRO will extract the water you can see and measure the moisture content of all structural materials to find what is hiding within.  Materials that can hold water are separated or removed for drying.  If this isn't done properly and completely bacteria can start growing within 72 hours.  We then strategically place dehumidifiers and air movers to efficiently remove moisture from materials and the atmosphere.  Moisture readings are taken daily to make sure the process is successful.  We then apply sanitizer and discuss any additional work that may apply.

SERVPRO is available 24/7/365.

  Call us at 269-925-6841

Storm Water Drainage

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Debris filled gutters Clean your gutters for proper drainage.

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping homeowners clean up and restore homes since 1995.  From Niles to St. Joseph, Benton Harbor to New Buffalo.  We are ready 24/7/365 to answer your call.  269-925-6841

Seasonal rains will certainly come and flood our region.  Many of the water losses we remediate are due to poor drainage around a home.  Gutters should be cleared of leaves and debris to allow proper drainage off roofs away from foundations.  It is recommended water is drained at least 5 feet away from foundation walls. 

Water not drained away from a foundation usually finds its way into the home.  This can cause basement flooding which creates an unhealthy situation.  SERVPRO is prepared to extract, dry out and sanitize your home.  We are trained to keep you in your home and operational. 

SERVPRO can make it seem "Like it never even happened."

Ground Water Flooding

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water Storm water can find it's way into your home.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI has been servicing Southwest MI since 1995.  We are part of a national franchise system that covers the nation.  Our training and certifications qualifies us to properly restore homes to dry, sanitary conditions.

Ground water flooding does not discriminate by house or neighborhood.  Water seeks it's own level and it can fill your window wells and soak through cracks in your foundation wall flooding your home. 

Prevent basement flooding:

1. Make sure gutters are clean of debris and diverting water at lease 5-10 feet away from your home.

2.  Clean out and cover window wells to prevent rain from filling them with water.

3.  Landscape the ground to slope away from the home.

4.  Allow bedding areas against the home to drain away instead of against the foundation.  Sometimes the edging can keep water up against the house instead of draining away.

SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to extract water, set drying equipment and sanitize areas affected by ground water.  Call us anytime to discuss your situation 269-925-6841.

Water in elevator pit.

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI has been servicing Southwest MI since 1995.  We are part of a national franchise system that covers the nation.  Our training and certifications qualifies us to properly restore homes and businesses to dry, sanitary conditions.

Ground water flooding does not discriminate by house or neighborhood.  Water seeks it's own level and it can fill your window wells, elevator shafts and soak through cracks in your foundation wall 

Prevent foundation flooding:

1. Make sure gutters are clean of debris and diverting water at lease 5-10 feet away from your building.

2.  Clean out and cover window wells to prevent rain from filling them with water.

3.  Landscape the ground to slope away from the foundation.

4.  Allow bedding areas against the foundation to drain away instead of against the foundation.  Sometimes the edging can keep water up against the house instead of draining away.

SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to extract water, set drying equipment and sanitize areas affected by ground water.  Call us anytime to discuss your situation 269-925-6841.

Weekend Pipe Break

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water line spraying Water lines under pressure can flood buildings.

When water lines under pressure leak they can be a major cause of water damage.  Especially when they go undetected for a length of time.  This line break happened at a local golf course clubhouse during the off season.  By the time a maintenance person discovered the problem water had flooded many areas on two levels.  Water saturated the source room, carpeting, part of a ballroom and lobby.  Then gravity pulled the water down through an old hardwood floor into a basement bar and surrounding areas.  And of course the drywall ceiling fell onto the basement bar. 

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping businesses cleanup after water losses since 1995.  We are always ready to respond to reduce secondary damage and restore structure to a dry, healthy state.  Call us at 269-925-6841 anytime.

On this loss we were able to save the carpeting, wood flooring and the basement bar area.  We extracted standing water, dried out the affected structural materials and spent a lot of time detailing the bar.  The customer was very happy with the results of our efforts.

Property managers know they can count on SERVPRO to respond when disaster strikes.  That is why we work with Whirlpool, Spectrum Health, manufacturing, financial, retail, recreation and government.  One of our mottos is, "Anywhere, any size, anytime."

Proper gutter drainage

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Facility managers inspecting How is the water getting into the building?

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been working with property managers in all business categories since 1995.  From major manufacturers to the local convenience store, retail to restaurants and  medical to movie theaters.  Business must continue to operate and people need to work.  We are trained to keep the business operational and safe during a disaster cleanup.

Hydro-static pressure can move water through walls.  Cement is porous and has hairline fractures that water under pressure will find a way to intrude.  All buildings can experience this in basements and around foundations.  

Ground water that mixes with other materials and bacteria can be some nasty stuff requiring remediation.  SERVPRO professionals are ready 24/7/365 to respond for cleanup and restoration.  We will make it seem "Like it never even happened."

269-925-6841 for an immediate response.