IICRC Water Class Certification
Our technicians and production managers are not the only team members at SERVPRO who have to understand the process of drying a house out from a water damage. On March 21st to the 23rd two of our new administrative specialists traveled to Novi Michigan to become IICRC Water Certified. For three long days they learned difference of water losses, how many dehumidifiers and air movers is needed for each room, and what happens when they are not taken care of properly. After a review on the last day they were tested on everything they learned in class. An hour and a half later they finally finished their test. They left beautiful Novi and headed back home with high hopes of passing their class like so many of our other team members at SERVPRO.
SERVPRO is IICRC Certified.
Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.
More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
SERVPRO is Certified in Smoke and Fire Restoration
The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its pre-loss condition requires professional restoration. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner.
For results you can have confidence in, the IICRC recommends hiring a certified restoration firm. Restoration to a property can be complex. Proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require technicians certified in these specific areas.
When selecting a certified restoration firm several factors must be considered:
- Formal and up-to-date specialized training
- Health and safety certifications
- Experience in a wide range of restoration projects
- Proof of proper insurance and licenses
SERVPRO of North Calhoun has all of the above. Call us today!
What Causes Mold Damage?
While mold damage can happen at any time of the year, certain months and seasons are more likely than others to produce cases of mold growth in Michigan. Mold is hardy and adaptable, but also tends to favor certain key conditions when it grows most profusely. In some states, these conditions exist year-round, and they consequently experience more overall mold damage cases than our local area. In Michigan, however, weather and conditions are highly seasonal, and you may be more likely to develop mold damage in your home in the spring or summer for a few reasons.
Wetness is a key factor in how at-risk an area is for mold damage. In the spring, snowmelt produces a lot of runoff and even some amount of flooding. This tends to get into homes and properties, and moisture in generally dry areas is one of the most important causative factors in mold growth. Also, relative humidity increases once the days grow longer, and the land gets warmer, which can sharply increase the rate at which mold matures and reproduces.
The second key factor in accelerated mold growth is temperature, and in Colorado, warm temperatures suitable for mold growth are a seasonal occurrence. Typically, it is too cold in autumn through mid-spring for mold to grow rapidly, and only the summer months provide warmth desirable for the mold. When combined with the wetness of that period, late spring and early summer end up being the times when we receive the most mold damage calls.
Whether your mold damage has happened in spring, summer, autumn, or winter, SERVPRO of North Calhoun is a local and accessible restoration and remediation company available 24/7 to help you deal with any mold damage on your property. Call us at (269) 963-3033 for our services or a quote.
Fire Prevention Month
Have you checked your smoke alarm batteries recently? Don't wait! Check the date!
October is Fire Prevention Month, and it is a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business. The 2016 theme for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years." According to the NFPA in 2014 fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 injuries and $6.8 billion in property damage. Roughly half of home fire deaths occur in fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Smoke alarms save lives! In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire, in half! When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead. Check your smoke alarms today to ensure your safety!
SERVPRO Super Run
SERVPRO Staff in her super hero gear.
This past Saturday (October 1, 2016) was The Super Run in Kalamazoo. It was very fitting for it to rain on the event considering that we are the hero to water damage. While other runners were decked out in Marvel and DC comic book heroes our staff member wore our orange and green colors proudly!
The runners’ fee went to support nonprofit groups such as:
- Playworks -a charity that creates safe and healthy recesses at schools in Michigan.
- Savvy Cyber Kids- A group that helps keep children safe online and rallies against cyber bullying
- American Association for Cancer and Research
- Superhero Training – A charity that funds special classes, gifted and talented programs, and after school programs for children in Michigan.
SERVPRO is proud to be a part of a fundraiser that benefits children in our state. We look forward to contributing to future causes.
SERVPRO TO THE RESCUE
The Super Run Flyer
On October 1st 2016 one of our own office staff member will be running in the Super Run 5k. The Super Run partners with local originations to help raise awareness and funds for their causes, by making everyone that registers a real life super hero! Our staff member will be decked out in our orange and green SERVPRO colors as our very own super hero!
The location: Spring Valley Park- 2600 Mt. Olivet Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49004.
The race starts at 8 but there will be games and give away so make sure to check it out!
SERVPRO of North Calhoun is excited to participate in helping the community and we look forward to future events! Make sure to check back for photos from the race!
SERVPRO TO THE RESCUE!!!
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (269) 963-3033
Whether your Calhoun County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Calhoun County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROnorthcalhouncounty.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Carpet cleaning is important to maintaining the overall comfort and monetary value of a property. Any type of flooring is an investment for the property owner. Keeping the investment in the best shape takes a professional, but without proper certification, the consumer cannot be guaranteed of proper education and training on updated techniques used in maintaining the value of the flooring.
There are health concerns that can arise from any unsanitary environment, and it can be surprising to learn what survives in and under the flooring. Allergens that are left behind can lead to serious health problems for family members and even household pets. Proper techniques can reduce or eliminate allergens in the environment, improving the health of the occupants.
Great strides have been made in technologies used in carpet-care. Today there are only a few basic wet and dry methodologies accepted by the industry leaders. Ensuring consistently high standards means understanding how the certifying body works to guarantee better results at lower costs.
Proper maintenance begins with regular vacuuming using a high-powered machine. Over time normal wear and tear leads to a dull, soiled appearance. Proper maintenance by the occupants can help keep the flooring looking good, but there comes a time when a certified technician has to be called to get to the really deep grime a normal household vacuum can miss.
While regular maintenance is beneficial to the healthfulness and attractiveness of a home or office, a certified technician is necessary to take care of the really deep jobs regular vacuuming misses. Consumers often find it difficult to choose a professional company for those important household chores. The benefits of carpet cleaning are numerous, but knowing who can be trusted is not always easy. That's where we come in! Just give us a call @ (269) 963-3033 and we'll help you in any way that we can, whether that be by offering our carpet cleaning services or just answering any questions you may have.
Vandalism DO's and Don’ts!
SERVPRO Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners quickly recover from fire and water damage. They also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.
If you ever encounter an act of vandalism to your home or building, here are some tips on what to do until SERVPRO arrives:
Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
Blot freshly spilled food from carpets and fabrics with a dampened cloth or sponge (but don’t over wet). Scrape and blot (don’t rub: it may damage fibers).
Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery Save containers, which reveal the composition of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.
Record all damage and photograph when possible.
Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
Discard wood chips, broken pieces from furniture, porcelain or other art objects.