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Mold clean-up process

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold clean-up process Mold likes to hide, let us take it away!

When there’s a water intrusion, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call Your Local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.


Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids  understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. Call us at 616-662-9700, were here to help with your mold mitigation.

Smoke Alarms

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Test every month, change battery every year and replace every 10 years.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids Professional at 616-662-9700.


* 7 People die every day from a home fire.

* 36 People suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.

* $7 BILLION in property damage occurs every year.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Frozen water line burst in the wall of this Southwest Grand Rapids home.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Grand Rapids basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

Customer Testimonial - Joyce G "Our basement flooded due to septic pump failure and SERVPRO of SW, SE, NW Grand Rapids responded to my call with-in 15 minutes with a team of Professionally Trained technicians.  Their handled all of our furniture and belonging’s with extreme care.  It was a real blessing to have them in my home to relieve the stress of the situation and to have all everything cleaned out beyond my expectations."

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 616-662-9700

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Southwest Grand Rapids and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
    • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
    • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids Today – We’re Ready To Help 616-662-9700

Restoring Your Southwest Grand Rapids area Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Southwest Grand Rapids area Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event We are #heretohelp!

Flooding and water damage events at Grand Rapid’s commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with 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, 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 Southwest Grand Rapids

SERVPRO of Southwest Grand Rapids specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property 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.

Sump Pump Failure during storm

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sump Pump Failure during storm How to a sump pump works

When the ground is dry and then gets an influx of water to saturate the ground, where does the water go? Once the water has flooded the surrounding grounds, the water searches for the weakest point to enter any hard surfaces. Many times that is your basement floor. Which is why we have sump pumps.

How it works - A hole is dug in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace where a sump pump sits and filters out water. As the pit fills up, the pump turns on and moves the liquid out of the pit through pipes that run away from the foundation of your home into an area where it can drain, such as a municipal storm drain or a dry well. A one-way valve (check valve) keeps water from entering back into the home.

Why does it fail?

  1. Power Failure
  2. Pump is the wrong Size
  3. Improper Installation
  4. Switch Problems on the pump
  5. Lack of Maintenance
  6. Frozen or Clogged Discharge Lines
  7. Product Default
  8. Passed Life Expectancy

How can you prevent failure? Quarterly maintenance.

When there’s an influx of ground water or your power goes out, keep an eye on your pump to make sure you don’t become a victim of a flooded area in your home.

Another important point is the sump pump's power supply. The fact that sump pumps rely on electricity to operate does make them vulnerable in the event of a power outage. Fortunately, there are backup options available. For some people, at least those on municipal water systems -- and assuming the city water system is still functional -- water-powered sump pumps that don't need any electricity are an option. These pumps literally use the pressure of flowing water to pump water out of the sump. The downside to this design is that the pumping process uses virtually the same amount of city water as the quantity of water it pumps out. So, while water-powered pumps aren't necessarily a good choice for a main pump, they offer a viable option for a short duration backup pump.

SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids is here to help. We are available 24/7 for emergency services. Call us at 616-662-9700

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Water damage prevention tips

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage prevention tips Decluttered and Organized spaces is a great way to protect your contents when water damage occurs at your home.

Water damage to your property is a very devastating experience. It gets into the tinniest of spaces and travels like a winding stream. That is because water has found the weak spot in any material and followed it. Have you ever had a sump pump fail or a busted water pipe? You unknowingly step in water and wonder where in the world is this coming from?

As you follow the water trail, you notice contents in your home are wet. It’s no big deal just the outside of the box is wet, Right? Keep following the water trail and now you know you have a bigger problem. Your entire floor is covered with water!

First things first – stop or turn off the water source, wither it be a water line or the sump pump. Turn off the main water line or just the affected portion to fix the pipe. Replace or fix the sump pump is that is the culprit. Either call a plumber or fix it yourself. Big thing is to stop the source of the leak to prevent more water damage.

Second call SERVPRO of Southwest Grand Rapids to extract the water and dry out your home.

But what about all your contents that got damaged? How can you protect your personal belongings from being ruined by water? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Invest in Plastic totes with lids to store items instead of cardboard.
  • Annual declutter clean. Take time each year to go through your items and use the Keep, Donate or Trash pile system.   If it’s broke, trash it. If you have used in the last year and foresee usage in the next year keep it. If it doesn’t fit, haven’t used in the last year or more, donate it.
  • Make sure you have the proper insurance coverage for your contents, in the event they do get damaged.
  • Remember to winterize your pipes.
  • Perform annual maintenance on your sump pump.
  • Know where the main the water shut off valve to stop the water from pipes.

Being prepared to prevent damage is always a great measure to take, but do you know who to call when disaster strikes your property? Call SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids at 616-662-9700, we’re here to help!

What to do with Mold!

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to do with Mold! When you can see Mold, you need us!

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Call SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids for an estimate and we will do the rest! Our production manager will inspect your damage, give you an estimate and set you up with an appointment to get the rest of the job done.

Our trained technicians will arrive to set up the containment and air filtration system to protect from further mold spreading. We go through the process of removing the mold and Mold-Infested Materials, then we begin cleaning contents and belongings. Once that is complete we begin restoration process.

SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. Call us at 616-662-9700, were here to help with your mold mitigation.

Be prepared for Natural Disasters

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be prepared for Natural Disasters Have a kit and plan together for when the big storm hits!

Don’t wait to prepare!! Emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people just like you. Tornado outbreaks, river floods, flash floods, historic earthquakes, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.

Now is the time to think about the basics, things you will need in advance of an emergency; how you will communicate, what supplies you will need to keep in your home, car or office. Use the list provided here to build an emergency supply kit to ensure your family is equipped and ready for any type of disaster.

The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

Build An Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, gallon per person per day
  • Food, non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener             
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help    
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Local maps        
  • Hygiene items
  • Clothing
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Cash
  • Important documents such as:
    • Copies of insurance
    • Policies, identification and
    • Bank account information

Contact SERVPRO® Southwest Grand Rapids  Professionals for more information and tools to help you be “Ready for whatever happens.”

Portable Fire Extinguishers

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Portable Fire Extinguishers SERVPRO of Southwest Grand Rapids cleans up the mess after the extinguisher is dispensed.

Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Help people decide when to use a fire extinguisher

Fire extinguishers can be helpful on a small fire. Consider providing a checklist to help people prepare to use a fire extinguisher on a potential fire.

For example:

  • Have I alerted others in the building that there’s a fire?
  • Has someone called the fire department?
  • Am I physically able to use a fire extinguisher?
  • Is the fire small and contained in a single object (like a pan or a wastebasket)?
  • Am I safe from the fire’s toxic smoke?
  • Do I have a clear escape route?
  • Use a fire extinguisher when all of these questions are answered “yes.” If you’re unsure about whether or not it’s safe to use a fire extinguisher, and for all other situations, alert others, leave the building, and call 911 from a mobile or neighbor’s phone. It is not recommended that children use fire extinguishers.

Visit US Fire Administration for more information on Choosing and using Fire extinguishers.


3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial ARE YOU PREPARED? Our Emergency Ready Profile puts all your emergency information at the tip of your fingers 24/7.

Are You Prepared? As a member of the Ready Campaign’s National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO® is proud to present the following information.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.

The following are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.

Be Informed

Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company? Do you know what you will do in an emergency situation?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Do you have backup plans for those operations? Do you know what you will do if your building or plant is not accessible? Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by a disaster? Are you ready for utility disruptions?

Prepare Your Emergency Plan

Do you have an evacuation and shelter in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during, and after an incident? Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan

Have you practiced your plan recently? Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Facility and Equipment

Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building? Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what can be strapped down?

Improve Cybersecurity

Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software? 

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness

Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit and learn how to better prepare your business. Or call SERVPRO® of Southwest Grand Rapids at 616-662-9700 and ask to speak to us about the Emergency Ready Plan.