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Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

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You can never plan on a disaster, but you can certainly prepare for one. SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling has been working hard to keep our communities and local businesses safe with our Emergency Ready Profiles. As sponsors of the American Red Cross Ready Program, we create these cost free assessments of your facility that help your business better prepare for any kind of property damage loss. These are great tools for any business and are a great supplement to any contingency plan in place. The following are some of the benefits included with creating an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO;

  • Your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any property damage loss.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster and limit business interruption.
  • Establish your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identify the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provide facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Give SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling a call today at 231-564-4014 or email them at to get one of these cost free plans started! 

Different Types of Household Water Damages

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Flooding is usually caused by rain or snow melting on top of impermeable surfaces like roofs and sidewalks, which causes these rare events when the water spills into basements or crawlspaces. Water can find its way into your home through cracks in foundation walls, gaps in utility lines, or leaky windows and doors. If you do not take pre-emptive measures to prevent flooding, you are putting your home at risk of lasting damage that can lead to significant expenses down the road. Here are some examples of flooding that can happen in homes:

1. Sewer Flooding

Flooding your basement can prove disastrous. Water might force its way into your basement through improper drainage or sewer lines that have become clogged. You have to be wary of possible damage to your pipes and appliances, such as water damage from broken pipes, rotted wood, and mold. Sewer flooding is more common in older homes with faulty septic systems or no septic system at all. This kind of flooding can often be prevented by scheduling regular maintenance on your septic system.

2. Rainwater Damage

Rain Water Damage also causes flooding in homes, particularly in areas with very heavy rainfall. Heavy rainfalls can lead to water seeping into foundations and walls, leading to a host of problems like mold, mildew, decay, and structural damage to your home. Overflowing gutters or faulty downspouts are usually the culprits of this kind of water damage. To avoid this type of flooding, make sure to clean out your gutters regularly, and have a rain gutter installation professional check for any possible damage.

3. Basement Flooding

Basement flooding usually occurs when water seeps through an area not properly waterproofed or drained, such as a gap in the foundation wall or roof, a leaky basement window, or an improperly installed sump pump. Water can also get into your basement through your toilet tank and pipes. The damage of basement flooding can be extensive. It can ruin your basement and its contents, plus do damage to other areas of your home. Basement flooding often requires expensive repairs that may be difficult to afford.

4. Water Intrusion

Water intrusion can be caused by a leaky sump pump or drain pipe that has become clogged with debris. Water can also find its way into your home through a small gap between the base of the foundation wall and the ground. This type of flooding is usually caused by poor drainage or overcrowding in your basement. Water intrusion can also take place during heavy building rainfalls. 

Flooding can be devastating to your home. If your home has suffered any kind of water damage, SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling is here to help! 

Commercial Industry Cleaning & Restoration

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Pictured are some SERVPRO technicians cleaning a commercial facility. We are here to help with all of your commercial cleanup and restoration needs!

Your commercial property says a lot about you to potential clients and customers. You want to build trust and present your business or public space as a safe, clean place to be. With more than 50 years of experience, we’ve earned the reputation as a trusted leader in the restoration industry and specialize in fire and water damage, specialty cleaning, mold, and so much more. Our highly-trained professionals understand your need to keep business going, even after an emergency. That’s why we offer flexible solutions, working after hours or around the clock to complete your restoration project. In many cases, SERVPRO can clean up in a way that the damaged space can be safely isolated from functional space so that normal operations can proceed around the cleanup. This minimizes the amount of business interruption you will experience. We have done work in and are trusted by many in the following industries;

  • Retail
  • Educational Facilities
  • Manufacturing Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare
  • Food Service
  • Hospitality

We’re Faster to any size disaster™ providing 24/7 emergency service. Give us a call today to find out how we can help out your commercial facility! 

Technology Storm Prep

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and to be in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a daily basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following tips will help you be ready in the event of an emergency. 

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive or Dropbox offer free ways to store different types of files, like medical records and identification documents. 

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed. The American Red Cross offers Safe & Well check-in sites to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that becomes activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook directly if you're located in the affected area at that time. 

Make sure your contact information is updated in your phone and e-mail for communicating with family, friends, business contacts and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster. Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this form from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. Put help in the palm of your hand by adding your local SERVPRO franchise to your personal and work phones. Your local franchise professionals are "Ready for whatever happens." 

Carpet Cleaning Tips

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO recommends that you vacuum your carpets regularly and have them fully cleaned on a consistent basis before they start appearing dirty. Dirt builds up in layers, and when carpet visibly looks dirty, you're actually only seeing the dirt at the tips of the carpet fibers. If you wait until your carpets look dirty to have them cleaned, they may not be able to be restored to their original condition. That's why you should vacuum often! 

The frequency of carpet cleaning depends on several factors. Carpets in homes without children, pets or smokers should be cleaned every six to 12 months. Carpet in homes with children, pets or where smoking is occurring need to be cleaned more often; every three to six months. 

If you have any tough to remove stains or are in need of a professional carpet cleaning, give us a call at 231-564-4014

How to Master Spring Cleaning

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

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April showers bring May flowers, and a chance to tackle some spring cleaning! Spring is a great time to sweep those winter blues away and freshen up your living environment. Luckily, SERVPRO is a pro in home cleaning. We know how it is. Sometimes things happen; spills on the carpet, pet accidents, and the general wear and tear of everyday life. These things take their toll on your carpets, upholstery, and other items. Sometimes you just need a deeper clean for your home which you may not be able to accomplish yourself. You need a professional cleaning company that can provide heavy duty cleaning services. That's when you can call the certified professionals at SERVPRO. We can clean carpets, upholstery, drapes, blinds, window treatments, ceilings, floors, and walls. SERVPRO offers specialty cleaning services too, including HVAC/air duct cleaning, biohazard/crime scene cleanup, document restoration and odor removal. 

So many of our restoration services such as mold remediation and fire damage, involve the quality of the air in your home. When you call SERVPRO for your home's HVAC and air duct maintenance, we bring that experience and professional training, just as we do to any other restoration or cleaning project. When you find your home has been invaded by a serious, persistent odor like smoke, pet, or sewage stench, it can be a challenging situation. Our team is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors, whether they come from an inside or outside source. We don't simply mask odors but will use professional odor removal techniques to tackle the cause of the problem. 

If you need a little spring cleaning help, don't worry! SERVPRO's residential cleaning services will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for your family. 

Eliminating Water Damage Odors

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced a water damage in your home, you may notice lingering smells. Musty, heavy smells are unpleasant for residents, and if the smell is the result of an active mold or mildew infestation it could pose a serious health risk as well. With this in mind, knowing how to eliminate water damage odor, becomes imperative.

Dry the Affected Area

The first item to check off the list, is making sure that your house is completely dry. Of course you make sure the damaged area gets totally dried, but don’t forget to check your home for other sources of moisture. Kitchens, bathrooms, and the corners of basements are all common areas for the mold that causes water damage odor to grow. Dehumidifiers and air-moving fans will be necessary tools so you can dry out any moisture that you find in your home. If the water and/or dampness doesn’t seem to be receding, you should consult us at SERVPRO. Professional, quality air-moving fans and dehumidifiers pack a much bigger punch than their residential counterparts.

Combat the Mold

After you’ve dried up all moisture in your house, begin ridding your home of any mold that has grown. Mold does present a health concern for humans and pets. Mold releases spores that can cause health effects. Additionally, bacteria feast on the waste that mold produces. This can weaken the structure of your home and causes a lot of the water damage odor that troubles homeowners. If the mold damage is too severe for you to take care of or handle, give the mold professionals a call at 231-564-4014. 

Don’t Mask Water Damage Odor

If you have an issue with water damage odor that has resisted your attempts to clean it up, don’t settle for masking it. Masking the smell may prevent the unpleasant odor, but won’t stop any health risks that mold and mildew pose. If smell seems to be lingering, it’s more likely that there’s some water damage you haven’t found yet. A professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO will be able to find any hidden water damage and get to the bottom of the odor. Ignoring this problem won’t make it go away: mildew, mold, and water damage odor only gets worse.

Know What to Do

Knowing how to eliminate water damage odor is important to you as a homeowner. Never ignore musty smells that come from water damage, and don’t try to mask them either. Make sure you dry up any moisture found in your home, as this helps to stop mold growth. You can use dehumidifiers and air-moving fans to help dry up moisture in your home. If you need help, call your local SERVPRO water damage experts at 231-564-4014!

Flood Types

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Pictured is a house that is surrounded by resulting flood water. We are here to help with any of your post-flood cleanup needs!

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, according to Failing to evacuate a flooded area or entering flood waters can often lead to serious injury or possibly even death. Floods cause billions of dollars worth of residential and commercial property damage each year. Since floods can damage any property in almost any area, it is crucial to learn how floods form, the various types of floods there are, and how they can affect your property. 

Flash floods are fast-moving waters that sweep everything in their path. They are caused by heavy rainfall or rapid snow thaw. Flash floods usually cover a relatively small area and occur with little to no notice, generally less than six hours. The rapid water torrents can move large objects like cars, rocks, and trees.

Coastal floods are caused by strong winds or storms that move towards a coast during high tide. When powerful waves breach the coast's dune the area is usually flooded. Coastal regions with fewer defenses and lower elevations are the most affected. The best time to repair a breach is during low tide.

River floods are characterized by gradual riverbank overflows caused by extensive rainfall over an extended period of time. The areas covered by river floods depend on the size of the river and the amount of precipitation. 

Urban floods occur when the drainage system in a city or town fails to absorb the water from heavy rain. The lack of natural drainage in an urban area can also contribute to flooding. Water flows out into the street, making driving very dangerous. Although water levels can be just a few inches deep, urban floods can cause significant structural damage.

Pluvial floods form in flat areas where the terrain cannot absorb the rainwater, causing puddles and ponds to form. Pluvial flooding is similar to urban flooding, but mainly in rural areas. The agricultural activities and properties in areas where pluvial floods have occurred can also be seriously affected.

Flooding can cause severe damage to residential and commercial properties, but there are many
ways to prepare and prevent it! If your residential or commercial property suffers from flood damage, give us a call at 231-564-4014 to help you out in your time of need! 

What Happens When There’s Water in My Crawl Space?

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Your home’s crawl space is often a neglected part of the house. In fact, you might not check it regularly. With this part of homes often going neglected, water can build up in your crawl space without your knowledge. This happens because the ground gets wet and dry through the seasons that can cause moisture in your crawl space. 

What Happens When a Crawl Space Is Wet

There are three ways water gets into a crawl space; a leak, water seepage from the soil, or condensation. When there are puddles of water in the crawl space, you should address them right away. Even though the water itself won’t damage your home, the water vapor that comes with it will. Moisture can cause rot, energy loss, and even attract pests to your home. 

Here are some of the major problems you’ll experience when you have a wet crawl space: 

  • High Energy Bills: Having a crawl space means you have more space to heat and cool. However, when there’s wetness inside, the damp air will take more energy to heat or cool. With that said, you’ll use more energy which will translate into higher energy bills. 
  • Mold: Undeniably, mold loves moisture, and it feeds on dead organic materials, such as paper, wood, and cardboard. When there’s mold in your crawl space, it will release airborne spores that can make their way upstairs. The spores aren’t good for your health and can cause health effects, while also having a detrimental effect on your property value. 
  • Dust Mites and Pests: Dust mites love humid environments, which means they would love to be in your dirt crawl space. They can float in the air and trigger allergies and asthma. Dust mites can also attract pests, such as termites, mice, rats, and even snakes. 

Fix Your Crawl Space Problem

The most important thing you should do to fix your crawl space problem is to first understand where the water is coming from. Surface water that gets into the space comes from roof drainage, overflowing gutters, grading issues, or leaky basement windows. 

Another reason there’s water in your crawl space is groundwater. The soil that’s surrounding the foundation can be saturated after periods of heavy rain or snow. Finally, issues with your plumbing can also cause water into your crawl space. 

Always Keep It Dry

When you have identified the reasons water gets into the crawl space, you’ll be able to find ways to keep it dry. For one, a dehumidifier and sump pump system can prevent water and moisture damage. 

Now, if your crawl space leaks when it rains, you need to get it under control. The main goal here is to get rid of humidity in the crawl space to prevent moisture. 


Water in your crawl space can be a huge problem if you don’t address it immediately. That’s why it’s a good idea to have regular inspections to ensure that everything’s well. In the case that you notice moisture in your crawl space, call SERVPRO at 231-564-4014 right away before it creates more issues that can be costly. 

Flood Preparation Tips

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Sometimes floods develop slowly, and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will happen days or weeks before it occurs. However, flash floods can occur within minutes and sometimes without any sign of rain at all. Being prepared can save your life and give you peace of mind. 

If you have access to sandbags or other materials, use them to protect your home from flood waters if you have sufficient time to do so. 

Have a professional install check-valves in your plumbing to prevent flood waters from backing up into the drains of your home. Make sure your electric circuit, breakers, or fuses are clearly marked for each area of your home. Be safe! 

Give us a call at 231-564-4014 if you experience any kind of flood damage!