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Document Restoration Spotlight
As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO knows timely mitigation is the key to reducing severity and recovering damaged items. Let SERVPRO's document restoration team help you recover your damaged paper goods before its too late.
With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water or smoke and needs to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice.
Unfortunately, many businesses and government agencies must dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired, or contaminated materials. All entities need to be certified that their products and materials are destroyed. The guarantee of certified destruction or restoration is to protect one's liabilities, brand image or proprietary information. SERVPRO guarantees certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are either disposed of or restored properly. Give us a call at 231-564-4014 to find out more on how we can help you.
Understanding Your Insurance
There are many simple actions you can take now to prepare yourself and your property for a disaster. Understand your insurance needs is an important step to prepare in advance.
Getting the right type and amount of insurance may mean the difference between a quick recovery from disaster and years of financial challenges. Take the following actions now to find and secure the appropriate insurance policies to protect your family's financial health. Different lines of insurance are available to cover the many types of potential damage caused by a disaster. Homeowners' and renters' insurance policies usually give you the following areas of coverage.
- Dwelling: coverage of your house
- Other Structures: coverage for structures such as garages, decks, and fences
- Personal Property: coverage for items such as furniture, clothing, and appliances
- Loss-of-Use: payments if you need to move temporarily due to covered damage
- Personal Liability: coverage for accidents happening on your property
- Medical Protection: payments for someone who is injured on your property
- Medical Protection: payments for someone who is injured on your property
- Property Damage to Others: coverage if you accidently break or damage someone else's property
Many landlords and property management companies will want to see proof of renter's insurance when you sign a lease. If you own a business, you will need to purchase business or commercial insurance to protect your property and employees.
Manufactured homes, condos, and farms have special insurance policies. Your bank or mortgage lender may also have minimum insurance requirements as a condition of your loan. Always make sure you have enough coverage to rebuild or replace what you lose if disaster strikes!
Understand What's Covered!
The insurance industry identifies a cause of loss, such as fire or theft, as a "peril." Insurance only applies when your policy covers the peril that caused the loss. Be sure to check your policy to see which perils it covers, and in what situations. A homeowner's policy may cover different perils for the house and for personal property. The policy may also have different deductibles based on the peril.
Always check your individual policy for specific details. For example, basic property insurance policies may not cover losses caused by flooding, wind, earthquakes, terrorism, or pollution.
Flooding is the most common and costly disaster in the U.S.! Talk with your local insurance agent if your property is at risk of flooding or mudflows, including flooding caused by earthquakes or hurricanes. Other flooding impacts, such as mold or mildew damage, can also be covered with basic property insurance, but may have a limited amount of loss payable. A yearly check in with your local insurance agent to understand your coverage is recommended!
Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?
Let us help you commit to a higher standard of safety!
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;
Give SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling a call today at 231-564-4014 or email them at ben@SERVPROgc.com to get one of these cost free plans started!
- 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.
Commercial Industry Cleaning & Restoration
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;
- Educational Facilities
- Manufacturing Facilities
- Property Management
- Food Service
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!
Limiting Secondary Damages in your Business
Here to help with any of your water or mold damage needs!
A flood or burst pipe can cause significant water damage inside any business. Excessive water exposure can be particularly problematic because moisture is an essential ingredient for black mold growth. To help prevent secondary damage and the need for mold remediation services, it’s essential that the professional restoration crew you hire performs a thorough cleanup that incorporates essential procedures. If your building features tile, you can also complete important maintenance to help reduce the risk of extensive mold contamination.
Removal of Saturated Materials
The cleanup team should promptly remove all wet items from the water damaged area. Because mold is adept at hiding, it’s essential to discard saturated building materials, including the following items:
- Drywall and baseboards
Replacing these components helps eliminate potential undetected moisture zones behind walls and under flooring where mold can proliferate.
Drying the Affected Space
High humidity and condensation can also result in black mold growth. To help prevent this dilemma, it’s essential to maintain adequate air circulation during the cleanup process. Remediation professionals can utilize fans and dehumidifiers to help remove excessive moisture. They can also employ moisture meters to verify the site is dry before installing new insulation, drywall and carpet.
Proactive Tile Care
Tile floors and walls are also susceptible to secondary damage after flooding. Because cement-based grout is porous, it’s important to take proactive measures to help shield tile from water damage.
Unless it’s properly protected, water can penetrate through grout and flood under the tile structure. This can undermine its stability and create an ideal environment for mold proliferation. To help reduce this risk, you should routinely apply sealant to any tile work inside your building.
No business owner wants to endure mold remediation. Fortunately, there are a few strategies that both property owners and flood cleanup crews can employ to help reduce the risk of black mold growth and its subsequent damage.
Give us a call anytime at 231-564-4014 to discuss how we can help you with any of your mold or water damage needs!
Post Construction Services
Let us help you open your doors!
SERVPRO is here to help ensure you that your finished projects always look their best.
Post Construction Cleaning
Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it is time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate. SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.
Dehumidification and Drying
During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on our professionals to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.
You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:
- Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep, and finish
- Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning
- Air duct cleaning
- Debris removal (if necessary)
- Window cleaning
The last thing you need is a fire intrusion, water intrusion, or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. We provide 24-hour emergency mitigation and cleanup services and can handle any issue in a timely manner. In addition to fast response, our crews utilize industrial grade equipment, training, and electronic communication to help ensure the job is done right the first time, saving you time, money, and business interruption.
Commercial Mold Damage?
Mold Remediation Experts
If your Northern Michigan property has suffered water damage, you may be concerned about the potential for mold growth. Since mold spores live everywhere, it is especially important to address any wet areas after a water leak or flood. Mold spores travel through the air and attach to damp surfaces, which can lead to mold colonies if left untreated.
Important Tips to Remember About Mold Include the Following:
- Mold can establish itself in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
- Mold thrives in areas with high humidity, dim lighting, and low air circulation.
- Mold can form colonies in as little as 1 to 12 days.
If you suspect that mold is growing in your building, it is crucial to check areas that have sustained water damage. Whether the water is from a small, consistent leak or a major disaster, it can lead to conditions that foster mold. When the mold spores land in the correct environment, they begin feeding and breaking down materials such as wood, carpet, and fabric. This can lead to structural damage if not taken care of.
Professional cleanup and remediation services are essential to effectively handle mold growth, as experts have specialized equipment and training to detect and remediate the situation. Not only is it imperative to remove the existing mold, but it is also important to fix the source of the water feeding the mold. If the source of the water is not addressed, the mold will return and cause more damage, so this is a crucial step in mold prevention.
If you can visibly see mold or suspect it, you should call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling as quickly as possible. We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Call us today at 231-564-4014!
Keeping Up With Your Business Carpet Cleaning
Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the longevity of your carpets.
Being a local independently owned franchise, we understand the challenges of owning a small business. Keeping a commercial space clean can be a big challenge but it needs to be done. First impressions are very important, and you don't want to turn customers off because your store has filthy carpets. It is safe to say that the appearance factor is important regardless of what business you are in. Nobody wants to dine in or shop at a store with dirty carpets or upholstery.
We can take care of those things for you. Cleaning your carpets at least twice a year can help preserve the life of your carpets and keep your building looking clean and smelling fresh. We clean several businesses regularly throughout the Northern Michigan area. Insurance agencies, medical facilities, resorts, and schools use us regularly to keep their carpets looking nice and you should too! Call today at 231-564-4014.
Helping You Make a Great First Impression
Let us help you make a great first impression!
You only have one chance to make a great first impression with your customers. Like they say appearance is everything. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling can help you leave a clean, fresh and long-lasting impression.
Ways to Impress Your Customers:
- Clean dirty and stained ceilings.
- Scrub lobby, furniture and draperies.
- Establish maintenance plans for furnishings, carpets and draperies.
- Clean HVAC and air duct systems.
- Clean carpets and hard floors.
- Deodorize when necessary.
Improve the Air Quality of Your Business:
When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Graylings's first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.
Our Franchise Professionals use proven Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep removing years of dust and grime.
The SERVPRO Difference:
- Reduce potential for mold growth.
- Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold.
- Restore peak energy efficiency.
- Eliminate offensive odors.
- Free written inspections and estimates.
If your commercial property is in need of deep cleaning or air quality improvement, call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling at 231-564-4014.
Commercial Water Damage?
Commercial Water Damage
Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable, flexible, and timely response. Whether it's a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, we will set up containment areas so that normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling
SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential properties after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property to preloss condition.
Our team has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. We are here to help make it "Like it never even happened."
We Have All of Your Commercial Needs!
We Have All of Your Commercial Needs!
Ever wonder what SERVPRO® of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling can do for your commercial business? No matter the disaster, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration:
Pretesting helps SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.
Water Removal and Dehumidification:
Our Franchise Professionals identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.
Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning:
Our Franchise Professionals can inspect your HVAC system and ductwork. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors and improve indoor air quality.
Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care:
SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling Franchise Professionals use the latest IICRC** training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpet’s pile and backings.
Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup:
Our Franchise Technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.
Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications:
Using IICRC standards for carpet as a guide, our Franchise Professionals will show you what cleaning option would be best for your carpet’s level of soiling and explain the benefits of soil protection.
Mold Mitigation and Remediation:
SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling work to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety.
Odor Identification and Deodorization:
SERPVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling Franchise Professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate it.
Contents Claim Inventory Service:
Accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduces job completion time. We can provide an itemized, area-by-area loss inventory.
Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry-Cleaning Methods:
Fabrics are inspected and tested to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method.
When you need it done right and done fast, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling. Call Today at 231-564-4014.
Mold Remediation Services
Mold Remediation services
SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling is here to help with any of your mold remediation needs. Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.
If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling can inspect and assess your property if you believe there is any mold. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. We are here 24/7 to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprits in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.
According to the EPA:
You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if-
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
- There is an odd smell coming from the duct system.
- Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects)
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are released into the home from your supply registers.
Some research also suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.
Is cleaning my air ducts really that important?
During normal operation, dust can accumulate in ductwork that can lead to microbial growth. Duct cleaning has been shown to reduce this growth, as well as increase the efficiency of your system. In fact, in some cases of extreme buildup, it can increase efficiency as much as 40 percent!
SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling professionals routinely inspects the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can, in turn, save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning call us today! (231) 564-4014
Disaster in Your Business
Have you had a disaster in your business that requires a Restoration Company?
Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. SERVPRO understands that 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, SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.” We have the capability of handling any of the following commercial properties:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Commercial Building Restoration Services
We are available 24 hours a day to get your business in Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling back up and running whether you have suffered a fire, water damage, sewage loss or vandalism. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.
Have Questions? Call Today – (231) 564-4014
How Can SERVPRO Help Your Commercial Business?
Ever wonder what SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling can do for your commercial business? Regardless of the disaster, we can make it “Like it never even happened.” We have the ability to mitigate damages to both commercial and residential properties.
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Our professionals are trained to help mitigate water damage, and to prevent and minimize secondary damage to your property. Water mitigation in conjunction with structural dehumidification can substantially reduce business interruption and reconstruction costs.
- Fire, Smoke, and Soot
- Pretesting helps SERVPRO determine what type of fire has taken place. Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration. After the fire trucks leave, secondary damage will have likely occurred. The act of extinguishing a fire often causes water damage far beyond the areas visibly damaged by fire and smoke. Immediate drying by our applied structural drying technicians will prevent unnecessary reconstruction costs.
- Mold Remediation
- SERVPRO works to control and remediate mold contaminants while protecting your health and safety. Our certified mold remediation technicians have been involved in hundreds of large-scale commercial mold-remediation projects. We maintain equipment to handle all types of microbial remediation projects including cryogenic blasting units, supplied air respirators, PPE equipment, HEPA scrubbers, HEPA vacuums.
- Interruption to your business can be devastating. SERVPRO is committed to minimizing the expenses created by the loss of use of your commercial property. We provide seamless service among our project managers and tradesmen. Our knowledge and construction experience means we can take a proactive approach to reconstruction in a variety of scenarios.
- Disaster/Catastrophic Response
- Floods, fires, and natural disasters can be devastating to your business. SERVPRO has provided catastrophic response throughout Michigan and will ensure the road to recovery by mitigating existing damage, preventing further damage, and returning a client's investment to full operation.
For any of your commercial property disasters call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling!
Have you had a Water Damage at your Business in Lake City?
Has your business in Lake City had a Water Damage or Flood?
Call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling Today – (231) 564-4014 We will respond with timely mitigation and we offer 24 Hour Emergency Service!
At SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling we have the proper commercial equipment and expertise on handling water damage losses to commercial facilities to help your building get back up and running with as minimal down time as possible.
Whether you experience a water loss from flooding or a plumbing malfunction the general mitigation process is the same, though each water damage has a unique solution. Please feel free to click on these steps that we have listed below to learn more about the process.
Once you contact our office at 231-564-4014 the restoration process begins. Our representative will guide you through the first notice of loss and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources needed to respond to your commercial water damage.
A Project Manager or Water Damage Technician will determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test your commercial facility to determine the extent of the water damage and to see which areas it has affected and traveled to make sure we ensure proper mitigation and restoration.
The water removal process begins almost immediately with extraction which removes the majority of the water. Once the extraction of any standing water is completed, the necessary equipment is set including commercial fans and dehumidifiers. We also have a variety of other commercial equipment including a trailer mounted Desiccant Dehumidifier that includes a generator when needed. The water removal and drying out of the structure helps prevent mold growth.
We clean any affected restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We have different techniques of cleaning based on the situation. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Give us a call 24/7 if you need our services! Call 231-564-4014.