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Fire Safety & Your Pets

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Pet Oxygen Mask Bags - donated by SERVPRO of Eaton, Clinton, and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt

It's important to include your pets in your fire evacuation plan. After all, they're family too! In the event of a fire, you will likely have your mind set on getting your family, and yourself, safely out of your home. To ensure your entire family (pets included) gets to a safe spot quickly, here are a few tip to make sure nobody gets left behind.


Animals, like humans, can get disoriented and scared when a fire happens. The combination of loud alarms, smoke, and flames in their home can make even the most calm pet panic. Be sure to keep all members of your family close and safe.


Knowing where your pets are at all times helps to decrease the time it takes to get them out of the house safely. In the evenings, be sure your pet is in his/her crate, or barricaded into a room. Sometimes animals will hide when they get scared, so keeping them in a designated safe place will make your rescue mission a lot easier.


We all know, after making an exit strategy for house fire, or what to do in the event of a tornado, we should practice. Don't forget to practice with your pet. Designate a family member to retrieve your animal(s) and PRACTICE WITH THEM! This helps to reduce any confusion on who should be doing what in the event of a real emergency.

SERVPRO knows that the safety of your pets is important following a disaster, so we've done our part in outfitting our community's local fire departments with pet oxygen masks. This ensures that all beings in the home have access to clean oxygen after potential smoke inhalation. Stay safe neighbors! And remember, practice makes perfect.


6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our roadside spring cleaning is complete!

SERVPRO of Eaton County has been a part of Adopt-A-Highway since 2008. We proudly maintain a 2 mile stretch of rural highway from spring to fall every year.
Adopt-A-Highway and SERVPRO share a couple common goals that can be summed up by the 2 SERVPRO slogans.

  • SEE GREEN, THINK CLEAN - Not only does this refer to our brightly colored service vehicles, but also to the sides of our roadways. We like to see clean, green grass as we travel to help our next customer.

  • Like it never even happened. - Not only do we strive to make your home or business "Like it never even happened.", but we also like to make our roadsides look the same. We do our best to get your home or business back to its original condition previous to the loss, and clean up our roadsides to their pre-manmade litter conditions as well.

Preventitive Maintenance to avoid water damage

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Debris in gutters prevent proper water flow

Not all disasters are preventable, but there are some precautions you can take to be sure your home is at a lower risk of water damage. Here are some ways you can make sure water stays outside of your home this spring.

While you're out pulling weeds, planting flowers, or laying mulch, look for low spots near the foundation of your home. Low spots can lead water into your basement or crawl space, and also act as a breeding ground for insects. These low spots can be filled with compacted soil to ensure water doesn't pool up around your foundation.

While making your rounds, you can also check for any cracks in your concrete areas near your home (sidewalks, patio areas, etc.) and have them filled. Water should always flow away from your home, and sometimes cracked or damaged concrete can lead water in the wrong direction.

Lastly, you can check your gutters for holes or excessive amounts of debris. Improper gutter drainage may lead water to travel into walls, crawl spaces, and basements.

If you notice any signs of water damage in your home, or would like more information on how you can keep water from entering your home, please call SERVPRO at 517-541-1170

Restoring your Eaton County Commercial Property

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Let us take care of your commercial water damage

It is the nature of this industry that Fire and Water damage situations are a surprise and always come when you least expect it. No matter how much you prepare and plan ahead, an emergency loss can stop production and prevent your company from moving forward. That is where SERVPRO comes in. 

SERVPRO of Eaton County has serving commercial properties just like yours for 14 years and counting. It is our goal to help you return to full functionality as soon as possible. No matter how large or how small your loss may be, we can help!

From massive pipe breaks to a small amount of smoke smell, we will handle your loss with professionalism and understand. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County for your commercial loss today at 517-541-1170

Faster to your Water Damage Event

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eaton county provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services in Eaton County
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Eaton County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Eaton County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call SERVPRO of Eaton County 24/7 –517-541-1170

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Eaton County

SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Winter Storms in Eaton County

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Ice can build up on your roof and cause damage

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm? Call Today 517-541-1170

SERVPRO of Eaton County

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Services
  • Highly Trained Winter Storm Restoration Specialists 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO of Eaton County can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Regardless of the Winter Storm, They Can Help

Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Eaton County can handle any size disaster. 

  • Cold temperatures
  • Heavy snowfall
  • Ice storms and freezing rain

Conditions In Eaton County Might Be Right For Mold

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Eaton County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 517-541-1170

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Eaton County for mold remediation services.

Mold Surprises in Eaton County Basements

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

While many of us in Michigan use our basements daily, some of us never go down there at all. Whether its just a Michigan basement that just holds a furnace or a fully finished basement that just doesn't get utilized anymore, all basements are susceptible to water damage and mold. 

Sometimes when a water damage happens the homeowner may not be aware. This can happen from being on vacation or just not going downstairs often. A water damage that isn't cleaned up and dried out properly can lead to the perfect conditions for mold to grow. 

  • It is important to check basements regularly
  • Check all of your basement appliances to make sure they are functioning properly and have no cracks or leaks. i.e. Sump pump, hot water heater, water softener, etc. 
  • Keep stacked contents away from walls.

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County today for a mold estimate at 517-541-1170 

Cleaning Your Eaton County Commercial Building

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

We are experienced in all types of commercial Cleaning

SERVPRO of Eaton County is so much more than just Fire and Water Restoration. We offer commercial cleaning as well. Whether you need general weekly clean up or large industrial cleaning annually, we can handle it. 

It can be overwhelming, stressful and not very cost effective to have you employees stop production to do general janitorial work or even larger industrial cleaning. 

Call Today For Your Commercial Cleaning Estimate at 517-541-1170

About SERVPRO of Eaton County

SERVPRO of Eaton County 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.

Eaton County Fire Damage

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can Cause Lingering Issues if not cleaned up properly.

This family’s Eaton County home suffered from a fire caused by an electrical malfunction. It’s always devastating when a family experiences a house fire, but SERVPRO of Eaton County worked hard to recover the structure and contents. We were able to remove the soot and even the smell of the smoke from the home, so that the family returned to a safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.” 

What To Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 517-541-1170. SERVPRO of Eaton County  will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Eaton County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

Smoke and Soot Damaged Contents

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

All that was salvageable after this house fire was some family photos.

A house fire is never planned for or expected. Many of our favorite and most treasured items are the once that are irreplaceable. Some examples are pictures, handmade items and antiques. Good thing for our customers, SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in cleaning all types of contents. 

Many times some of the things, like photos, that get wet and stick together and seem like they are a loss, can actually be saved. SERVPRO of Eaton County has the knowledge, expertise and training to clean and restore all of your property after a house fire. 

Generally fire affected contents will be wet as well from the fire department putting out the fire. This can cause extra issues as well but these items can usually be still be saved. We make it our priority to clean and restore your contents as if they were our own. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County to clean your smoke or fire damaged contents at 517-541-1170

Fast Response to Fire in Eaton County

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Board up and Lock box at a fire in Eaton County

When people think about home and structure fires they often think about the lasting effects of that fire. Their damaged contents and structure being forefront in their minds. Often, because of the panic and the stress of the initial damage they don't think about the initial board up and security that may be needed. That is where SERVPRO of Eaton County comes in. 

SERVPRO of Eaton County offers emergency board up and security services. 

If the doors, windows and roof of a home or business aren't damaged from the fire, they may be damaged by the fire department while they are trying to put out the fire and gain access to the house. SERVPRO of Eaton County can come out as soon as the fire department clears the scene of the fire to board up windows, doors or the roof and to set a lock box. This prevents additional damage from the elements and also unwanted intruders. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County for your emergency fire needs 517-541-1170

Commercial Fire Damage in Eaton County

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can stop production on your commercial property

Fires in Commercial buildings can devastate operation and severely impact your bottom line. To say nothing about threatening the safety of your employees and customers. While fire damage in any form can be stressful and overwhelming, we strive to make the clean up process run as smoothly and quickly as possible. 

While we all are very diligent in our fire prevention preparations, accidents and surprises do happen.  A quick call to SERVPRO of Eaton County can make all the difference. The faster you make that call, the faster we can be onsite to help. We can pack out the affected contents for cleaning, clean and repair the structure and we even offer emergency board up services for security.  No job is too big or too small!

Please contact SERVPRO of Eaton County for your commercial fire damage restoration at 517-541-1170. 

IICRC Certified Firm

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Eaton County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Eaton County

SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Commercial Cleaning

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

When opening a new business it is important to start with a clean and organized work space. Did you know that SERVPRO of Eaton County offers free cleaning estimates? We are committed to helping your business get started on the right foot by helping you prepare your work space. Whether its just some commercial carpet cleaning or cleaning the entire building, SERVPRO of Eaton County can handle it.  There is no job too big or too small! 

Some things that we can help with that you may not know about:

-Carpet Cleaning

-Commercial Structure Cleaning

-Commercial Kitchen Cleaning Including Hood Cleaning

-Ceiling Tile Removing and Replacing


-And much more! Just ask!

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County today for your free estimate. 517-541-1170

Commercially Owned Apartment Repair

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

There are no guarantees in owning commercial properties. Especially properties with rental units. You never know what may happen in those units or what might kind of loss may occur. You cannot control whether a tenant is always on site to monitor any potential loss that may occur. SERVPRO of Eaton County is always able to help. Even when the owner is out of state we can assist in tracking down a cause of loss, cleaning up any mess and even doing repairs. We can handle a full demo and repair no matter how far away the owner might be. In the case in the attached photo, the customer signed forms, authorized repairs and picked out new materials remotely. We were able to handle all the stress of the situation without the customer needing to come home. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County today for all of your commercial restoration needs! 517-541-1170

Fire Safety Tips

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

House fires are never expected. Follow these tips to help prevent them.

You may not always be able to prevent fire but here are some tips for Fire Safety:

-Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home. Make sure they are inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 

-Test your smoke alarms every month. If they do not work, change the batteries or replace the whole alarm if needed. 

-Make an escape plan with your family members. Talk about how everyone will get out and where you will meet once outside. Practice the plan twice a year. 

-If you notice any flicking lights or electrical outlets sparking do not use them. Shut the power off to that area of the home and have an electrician come out and check the wires. 

-Make sure all small appliances such as toasters, space heaters and even heated blankets are unplugged when not in use. 

There are many other things you can do to help prevent fires in your home. Be aware of how your home functions at its best so you will automatically notice if something is out of the ordinary. 

Hurricane Harvey

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast at the end of August 2017. Coastal communities were devastated by a storm that just refused to quit. 

Harvey made landfall near Rockport, TX as a Category 4 hurricane and dumped 41-60 inches of rainfall in Texas and Louisiana. 

Thousands of water rescues we done by authorities and civilians that traveled from all over the U.S. to help with efforts. 

Our crews were dispatched to help with storm clean up with thousands of calls coming into the Storm Team daily. 

Our crews were dispatched to the Dickinson, TX area and stayed for 4 weeks helping with cleaning and drying out of homes. 

It will take years to rebuild the affected areas but we were happy to do our part to help out.

When Storms hit, SERVPRO of Eaton County Is Ready

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Eaton County.

SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Eaton County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 517-541-1170

Surprise Water Damage In the Winter

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

This home had a pipe break with caused the basement to completely fill with water.

Winters in Michigan can be brutal and many in the area like to vacation to warm weather or even fly south for the whole winter. If you fit into this category, it is very important to make sure your Mid-Michigan home is ready to withstand the weather you are leaving behind. 

-You should make sure your furnace is in good working order before you leave. Have it inspected by a professional and change the filters

-Make sure you shut off the water to the house- if for some reason the furnace fails,  your pipes could freeze and burst. The water being off will prevent water from continuously running and damaging your home until you return. 

-Have your home winterized. You can do this yourself or hire a plumber. If there is no water in the pipes to freeze, they wont freeze and burst. 

-If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time ask a friend or family member to check on your home frequently while you are gone. This way you can catch and potential problems. 

If you find any water damage in your home this winter be sure to call SERVPRO of Eaton County


House Fires Caused by Small Appliances

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

An unattended personal Dehumidifier caused this house fire.

There are a myriad of things that can cause house fires. It can seem impossible to prevent all the fire hazards in your home. Smaller appliances such as toasters, space heaters and dehumidifiers can pose great risks if not properly used, maintained and monitored.

-Be sure to check the appliance regularly. Any irregularity in the unit or the power cord could be a potential fire hazard. 

-Be sure that the wall outlets you are plugging your appliance into are working properly. If you notice any flickering lights or sparks shut the power off and contact an electrician. 

-Unplug the appliance when not in use. An unused toaster sitting on the counter can easily be accidentally turned on.

-Make sure the appliance is far away from any potential fire hazard such as blankets, papers or even water which can cause the unit to spark. 

Many appliances have safety features on them that are supposed to shut the unit off when they tip over or malfunction in some way but this is not fool proof. Never leave them running unattended. 

Clogged Gutters

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

As we move into Autumn one thing we all notice is falling leaves. What you may not notice is those leaves falling into and clogging your gutters. If your gutters get clogged, rain water will push back up onto your roof instead of draining away. This can result in water potentially getting in your home through the roof. This can lead to many problems such as mold in an attic or a collapsed ceiling in a room.

There are a couple of things that you can do to prevent these problems. You can start by checking your gutters regularly, in both the Spring and the Fall, to make sure they are clean. You can also invest in gutter guards or screens. These work well to keep the leaves out of your gutters but will still need to be checked. 

If you notice any water staining on your ceiling be sure to contact SERVPRO of Eaton County to investigate. 

Call us Today at 517-541-1170

Got Mold??

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

This loss was found in a foreclosed home.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

SERVPRO of Eaton County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

This Lansing home flooded when the customers were out of town

SERVPRO of Eaton County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 517-541-1170

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Eaton County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Eaton County

SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Flooding in Isabella County MI

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Isabella County Flooding

In June of 2017, Isabella county and the city of Mt. Pleasant received a record amount of flooding, recording over 8 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. This prompted the quick response storm team of SERVPRO to  provide  the necessary equipment in helping to resolve these extreme circumstances.

Flood damage to Isabella County, public and private property is close to $90 million, according to a initial assessment  announced Wednesday, June 28.

The damage to homes and roads appeared to be hit hardest in Isabella county among the four counties that have declared states of emergency in the wake of heavy rains and flooding  

In Midland County, the second hardest-hit, roads and bridges sustained about $13 million in damages, county officials said.

Gladwin and Bay counties also reported damage to roads, but to a lesser extent than Midland County and especially Isabella County.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a large loss of crops, with a financial bearing on farmers and the agriculture economy of an estimated $21 million.

The total damage estimate in Isabella County so far is $87 million. More damages will be reported and updated as additional  information is received.

SERVPRO of Eaton County was able to provide a quick response and was able to assist in storm damage clean  up. 

Midland County Flooding June of 2017

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

2017 was a hard year for Northern Michigan. Not only was Isabella County struck with floods that happen once in hundred years but Midland and Bay Counties were affected as well. SERVPRO was honored to be a part of the storm team, disaster relief that was able to provide assistance to these counties in Michigan.

On Wednesday, June 28. In Midland County, the second hardest-hit of the four counties, roads and bridges sustained about $13 million in damage, county officials said.

  The Tittabawasee River, which was cresting Saturday afternoon at 32 feet -- the second-highest flood stage reached since recording began, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Local states of emergency were declared in Midland, Isabella and Bay counties, and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley declared Isabella and Midland counties disasters, setting the stage for state and federal relief for recovery from the flooding.

Midland and Isabella counties received roughly 4 to 7 inches of rainfall overnight Thursday-Friday of June 22nd and 23rd 

Restoring Your Eaton County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Eaton County 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 Eaton County

SERVPRO of Eaton County 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.

Eaton County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Eaton County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Eaton County Today  517-541-1170

Eaton County Smoke & Soot Clean Up

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Eaton County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Eaton County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Eaton County Today – 517-541-1170

Eaton County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

This Eaton County home flooded due to heavy rains

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 Eaton County 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

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 517-541-1170

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 Eaton County 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 Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 517-541-1170

Commercial Water Damage In Eaton County

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Thankfully the sprinkler system was working well and stopped the spread of the fire. SERVPRO was able to handle the water with no problem.

A very small fire in this empty business caused the sprinkler system to go off and flood the entire building. Thankfully, the property was in the process of being sold and was empty of all contents. The fire was so small that even though the fire department was right across the street, they did not know there was a problem until they saw the ice start to build up outside the building from the sprinkler system. 

SERVPRO of Eaton County was able to be onsite immediately and begin mitigation. We began extracting water and removing the affected carpet right away and we were able to provide temporary power and heat to properly dry the structure. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County Today for all of your water damage mitigation needs at 517-541-1170

Holiday Fire Safety!

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Make safe choices while decorating

The Holiday Season is a time for families and friends to come together and celebrate. It is important to follow safety measures when decoration to ensure a safe and happy Holiday. 

1. When decorating with candles, be sure to keep them out of the reach of children, pets and other decorations. 

2. As much as you may want to mingle, don't walk away while cooking and baking. Set timers check your oven and stove regularly while in use. 

3. When putting up your Christmas Tree be sure to put it away from heat sources and exits. Be sure to water real trees daily and choose flame resistant artificial trees and decorations. 

4. Make sure you smoke alarms are installed and working correctly and never leave portable heaters or fireplaces unattended.

5."The stockings were hung by the chimney with care"

But don't light the fireplace! 

6. Be sure to keep flammable materials away from anything that gets hot such as heat sources and fires. 

7. Check strings of lights for worn out or broken cords and loose bulbs. 

We wish you a safe and merry holiday season! 

SERVPRO of Michigan Scholarship

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Congratulations to the Winners

We are very happy to have been able to hand over the first annual SERVPRO of Michigan Scholarship at Olivet College. All of the SERVPRO of Michigan franchises are invited to donate. Of the two recipients, one of them was in our franchise area. The other student was from Marshall and was awarded her scholarship from SERVPRO of North Calhoun County. In order to be eligible for the scholarship students must be majoring in Insurance, maintain a good GPA, be a Junior or a Senior, and be a resident of Michigan.

Olivet College has 100% placement for its Insurance Program and is commited to the success of its students. It is very important to us to encourage and support the next generation of the Insurance Industry. Congratulations to both recipients this year! 

Pets are Family too

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Charlotte Fire Department

Disaster can strike at any time without warning. In the case of a fire, the most important question? "Is everybody out?" This is a question that some in your home may not be able to shout out "I'm here!". 

A pet's reaction to an emergency such as a fire can vary. Naturally, due to our four-legged friends being close to the ground, they are in the zone with the most fresh air. So their safe right? Not always the case. As we practice our fire safety plan with our family, we decide and make routine of the safe way to escape. Our pets however, tend to resort to a 'fight or flight' survival, which lends them toward having to hide in hopes to survive. 

As the firemen arrive and start to put out the flames, they will try to search for your pets if you tell them that they are still inside. Unfortunately, pets are very good at hide and seek, which makes the search difficult, and sometimes its too late by the time they are found. But there is some hope for a pet that is found and still hanging on to life.

Pets breathe the same air we do, and can breathe the smoke as well as we can. And just as we need concentrated oxygen if we breathe in smoke, they do too...

SERVPRO of Eaton County has been helping communities in need with this, and giving hope for our four-legged friends. We have been donating WAG'N O2 Fur Life Pet Oxygen Masks to local fire departments who do not have this tool in their tool box of life safety. The O2 Fur Life kits have three sizes of masks that are designed for a dog and cat's face, and are completely reusable! These kits help the fire departments to have tools that may not be very high on their lists of immediate needs, based on their budget.

If you would like to know if your fire department has a pet oxygen mask, give them a call. If they don't, give us a call so we can contact them and ask if they would like a kit. We at SERVPRO of Eaton County understand and respect the value of life and property, and are here to help in every way possible, including making sure that your four-legged family members have the best chance in the worst time!

Grand Opening Celebration in St. Johns

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

The set up for our Celebration!

In October we started construction on our new addition to the exsisting building in St. Johns. We needed the space to better serve our Clinton & Gratiot Counties franchise but, this additional will allow to better serve all of our coverage areas and beyond. We were very excited to hold our Grand Opening celebration this past weekend during the 32nd Annual St. Johns Mint Festival. We had many fun activities going on. These activities included a SERVPRO bounce house, a hot dog cook out and give aways. We also had the Team Beacon #T3 SERVPRO Modified Racecar on display for visitors to sit in and take pictures with. The St. Johns Fire Department also stopped by to eat and to show off their brand new truck. All in all it was a great way to connect with the community and get started at our shop!

Outdoor Faucets

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Outdoor faucets can freeze and break during the winter without you knowing.

One of the leading causes of water damage in the Spring, aside from the weather of course, is outdoor faucets. The pipes leading to your outdoor faucets can freeze and burst in the winter but, because the water is off, you won't notice these breaks until the spring. The best way to check is to have one person stand inside the house where the pipe for the faucet leads outside, while the other person turns the water on outside. If you do notice a leak, turn the water off immediately and contact a plumber. Also be sure to shut the water off at the inside shut off.  If you have a leak that gets out of hand, we are available 24/7 for all of your restoration needs. 


6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Our banner in the outfield

We are very proud to have been able to donate to CBC for the 3rd year in a row. The Charlotte Baseball Club teaches kids, ages 9-16, the fundamentals of America's favorite pass time on competitive, travelling teams. Good Luck CBC!!!!

St. Mary Parent Club Jr. Color Run

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Eaton County, we love to get to work and get dirty. It was only natural when we heard about an opprotunity to support a Color Run that benefits the St. Mary School in Charlotte, we had to help! 

This Sunday, June 12, you too can have your chance to excercise, help a wonderful school, and GET COLORED!! With so many benefits in one event, why wouldn't you want to help out? 

The Jr. Color Run will begin at 1pm, and concessions will be available beginning at 12:30pm. The cost to participate is $20/child, $25/adult, or $100/family which includes 2 adults and up to 4 children. This cost includes a T-shirt and sunglasses for each participant. 

The event will be held at:

 807 St Marys Blvd, Charlotte, MI 48813

Phone: 517-543-3460

Come run and have a blast getting dirty for a cause!!!!


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