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Checking Newly Acquired Facilities

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Many businesses, if successful, will begin to acquire new facilities as they expand and grow. Sometimes this means building a new structure, and other times it means gaining ownership of an already existing one. Many businesses that acquire existing facilities with plans to remodel discover that their facility may have water/mold damage. This is not uncommon when a facility has sat vacant for some time. When a situation such as this occurs, it is important that the new owner takes proper precautionary measures. Our highly trained team of technicians have experience working with vacant facilities. If your business has recently acquired a building that you fear has experienced water/mold damage, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County. We make it our priority to ensure the health and safety of our customers.

SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County: 616-396-8180

Frozen Pipes In West Michigan

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

During the winter season in West Michigan, is not uncommon for homeowners and business owners to experience frozen pipes. When a pipe freezes and bursts, quick action is required. Be sure that you check your basement and crawlspace regularly during the winter to ensure that no broken pipes have gone unnoticed.

If you notice wet floors, walls, or ceilings, shut off your water immediately. A small amount of water has the ability to effect a large amount of your facility. The longer the water exists before it is successfully dried, the more extensive the damage will be. If you feel that the water damage is too much to handle, call SERVPRO of Holland/W. Ottawa County. We have the training and equipment to make sure that your home or business is dried successfully to prevent further damages.

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Preventing Commercial Grease Fires

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

There are a variety of different ways that a grease fire can start in a commercial kitchen. A mixture of flammable items and a chaotic environment is a recipe for a fire eventually. Luckily, there are safety precautions that you can take to prevent a kitchen fire.

Always make sure that you keep everything clean. Most kitchen fires begin when flammable cooking material such as oil or grease is ignited. It is also important to make sure that deep fryers and hood filters are properly maintained. Although having a clean kitchen doesn't make it completely fireproof, it highly decreases the likelihood of experiencing a fire.

Make sure you have proper safety equipment on-site. This includes having up-to-date fire extinguishers as well as investing in a fire suppression system. The fire suppression system will dispense chemicals immediately to combat a fire, helping to prevent the spread. 

Be sure that kitchen staff have training on how to prevent fires as well as procedures for if one does occur. Think about fire prevention as an investment.

Spring Flooding

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

As the snow melts throughout West Michigan and rivers begin to rise, homeowners begin to experience flooding. Many residents who live along rivers, lakes, or areas with a high water table may experience ground water start to seep through cracks within their foundation. If you live in an area prone to flooding, be sure to check your home for areas where water could enter.

A great way to prevent basement flooding in areas with a high water table is to install a sump pump. A sump pump is used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin. The pump will send the water away from the house to any place where it is no longer problematic. Since sump pumps are typically hardwired into a home's electrical system, it is important to ensure that it has a battery backup should your home lose power.

Hidden Moisture

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

When you step into your living room and hear the carpet squish under your feet as your socks become wet, you know that something is wrong. Your home has experienced a water loss. Whether it be a broken pipe, flooding, roof leak, etc., your home now contains water where it shouldn't. At first glance, it may seem easy enough to throw down a few towels and break out the box fans and everything will be good as new in a day or two. Although this may appear to work, it is very likely that your home has experienced more extensive damage that you are unaware of. The drywall, foundation, wall interiors, and more could still contain moisture that may go unnoticed. This can lead to far more serious damages and could cost you thousands in repairs. 

We have equipment such as moisture detectors and thermal imaging devices that allow us to see how extensive the water damage really is. If your home experiences a water loss, we are here to help.

Travelling Mold

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture within a home or business can be the result of a variety of different situations. Maybe you recently experienced a water loss or maybe you have above average humidity levels. No matter the case, it doesn't take a lot of stagnant moisture to begin the process of mold growth. If you have discovered mold in your home or business, the best thing that you can do is to not disturb it and call us. Mold spores have the ability to go airborne once they are disturbed. This can result in mold growth in other areas of your home or business where the spores land, as well as respiratory issues for occupants. 

We have the equipment and training to safely remediate the mold situation in your home or business.

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Pipe Breaks Causing Mold

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Throughout the winter season of pipe breaks, many West Michigan homeowners experienced a water loss of some degree. Whether it be a small loss, or a large loss, both have the ability to bring about a variety of other issues. One of the main issues that often times stem from a residential water loss is the entrance of mold.

Many homeowners who experience a minor water loss will attempt to handle the situation themselves. Although some are able to do this successfully, many soon realize that it is too much for them to handle. If a water loss is not successfully dried completely, mold can begin to set in. This mold can begin to appear on drywall, carpet, floor joists, and a variety of other surfaces. Once mold has set in, the restoration process becomes more extensive since not only is mold remediation required, but it is also a sign of additional moisture presence that is generating more damage. Our highly trained technicians can make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold In Your Commercial Facility

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to running a commercial facility, there are a variety of responsibilities. One of the main ones is protecting your employees and occupants from any harmful substances. A commercial facility can be a manufacturer, school, church, etc. When it comes to facilities such as schools and churches, children are often present. This raises even more of a health protection concern as children are more susceptible to illness.

Commercial facilities range in size and frequently experience water losses due to their increased risk. When a loss occurs, it is very important that facility managers ensure that it is properly resolved. A lack of equipment or training could result in health risks should mold begin to appear. Along with health risks comes a shutdown period. In order to maintain the health of employees and occupants, the facility will often times need to be closed until the mold remediation is complete. This can cause large drops in revenue.

If your commercial facility experiences a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County to ensure that it is properly handled. 

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (616) 396-8180

Post Winter Roof Leaks

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

It has been a relatively mild winter in West Michigan, for the first half anyway. January and February brought with it a variety of snow storms that dumped inches upon inches of snow. As we are approaching the tail end of the winter season, we can be thankful that the snow is soon to melt. Although it is a glorious sight to see the eves begin to drip, melting snow will reveal roof leaks to many homeowners. Gutter and roof damage throughout winter is noticed through those dreaded water stains on your white ceiling. It becomes evident that your ceiling now contains moisture and not only do you have a leak to fix, but also a ceiling to dry.

Luckily, we are the professionals that deal with these cases very often. Once the leak is fixed, we can ensure that the moisture that has made its way inside does not begin to create further issues. If you experience a roof leak, let us help!

Water Loss Warps Wood Floor

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Hardwood floor may be the touch of elegance for your home that you always wanted. It is easy to clean if you have pets and takes away the hassle of picking out what type and color of carpet you want. Although it looks great, hardwood floor can  be easily damaged if you experience a water loss. Many homeowners who have experienced water damage have reported that if not resolved extremely quickly and effectively, their hardwood floor began to warp. As a homeowner, it is crushing to see your beautiful flooring start to buckle. Although it may appear that all is lost, that is not the case. We have equipment, that if caught soon enough, can save you from replacing your hardwood floor. These mats are placed on the floor and hooked to tubes that draw the moisture up. Just when you think all is lost, we are here to save the day!