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SERVPRO of Michigan Scholarship

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Students and Faculty of Olivet College pose with SERVPRO employees These are the first students to win the annual SERVPRO of Michigan Scholarship

We are very happy to be able to hand over annual SERVPRO of Michigan Scholarships at Olivet College. All of the SERVPRO of Michigan franchises are invited to donate. Of the two shown 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! 

Hiring a Hero

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Men in camouflage pose together with sign Our very own Blake Darling, with others, at drill

1 in 5 Americans are eligible to serve in the U.S. Military. When I think of our family members, friends, co-workers, and fellow Americans taking that oath, I think of those words running throughout their blood, even after they complete their military service.

We are an organization that understands the character and dedication veterans bring to the SERVPRO family, such as:

  • Strong Leadership Qualities
  • Flexibility to work strongly within a team as well as individually
  • Ability to work efficiently and diligently in a fast-paced environment
  • Respect for procedures and accountability
  • Strong sense of health, safety, and property standards
  • Problem solving skills

Whether active duty, or retired, SERVPRO of Eaton County is proud to offer a job, and work around schedules for those who serve, or have served our country. 

Pets are Family Too

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fireman holds orange bag with pet oxygen supplies insdie. standing in front of fire truck 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!

Conditions in Eaton County Right for Mold

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Sign that reads "MOLD PROBLEM? CALL SERVPRO WE CAN HELP." Call us anytime! 517-541-1170

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

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

patches of mold grown on drywall This mold was hiding behind furniture in a basement that had a small water damage.

While many of us in Michigan use our basements daily, some of us never go down there at all. Whether it's 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 

IICRC Firm

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC Certificate 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.

Attic and Basement Mold

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Corner of white wall and ceiling with black mold showing up from water damage If you are dealing with any water damage, contact SERVPRO of Eaton County. We have the experienced to take care of any restoration need.

Mold problems can spread via spores that float in the air, which is one reason experts recommend immediate mold remediation as soon as possible. Still, it may seem like an odd coincidence if mold shows up in both your attic and your basement.

Whether the two mold problems are simultaneous or consecutive, you should know that they could be related in one of several different ways. Here are four ways that mold in your attic and mold in your basement could be related.

  1. Both Mold Problems Could Result From Gutter Issues

Did you know that problems with your rain gutters can cause erosion, mold, rot, leaks, and even foundation damage? Gutters can cause moisture problems in your basement if they spill water down your walls or allow it to waterfall over the gutter's edge to the ground rather than carrying it away down the downspout.

If the gutter is too small for the amount of rain, it could leak quite a bit of water down towards your foundation with every heavy rain. Other gutter problems that can cause this include a gutter that can't catch the rain because it's misaligned and a gutter that's bent or deformed, allowing water to escape.

But rain gutters can also cause moisture problems in your attic. For instance, if the gutters are clogged with leaves, the wet debris holds moisture in place so the air pulled in by your roof's soffit vents may be very high in humidity, allowing condensation to build up on the roof deck until mold appears.

  1. Basement Air and Humidity Could Rise to the Attic

Another way basement mold problems can relate to attic mold problems is through sharing air. Air, which may carry mold spores and extra moisture, can transfer between the basement and the attic. Stairwells, wall cavities, and other open spots may allow air to travel upwards through your home in a stack effect.

  1. Roof Leaks Could Trickle Down

You'd expect that a roof leak could cause moisture problems in the attic, since that's the first stop for anything that leaks through the roof. However, a leak could potentially affect the basement as well.

Some roof leaks, instead of dripping down into your living space, sneak down along the supporting beams of your home, and gravity pulls the water downwards all the way to the basement. Moisture problems can develop wherever the leak ends up, meaning you could have mold growing not only in the attic and basement but inside your walls as well.

  1. Pests Could Be Involved in Both Areas

Pests can be either a cause or an effect of moisture problems. For example, damp wood termites love to infest wood that's already wet and rotting, so they could show up throughout your home after moisture problems develop. On the other hand, pests such as bats and raccoons can sometimes be the cause of a moisture problem in your home.

One way pests can cause moisture problems is simply by living in your attic or basement. Their waste products could increase humidity and allow mold to develop. But large pests such as raccoons, or pests with powerful teeth such as rats, can also let the elements in while trying to access these areas of your home.

To keep mold problems from deteriorating the structural integrity of your home, you'll need to not only remove the mold but also eliminate the conditions that caused the mold to grow. A professional mold restoration service can help you with both of these objectives.

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County today to discuss the mold remediation services we offer. We can help you salvage damaged materials, clean off mold, and remove excess moisture from the air. We can also help you get to the bottom of why the damage occurred in the first place so you can resist the damage next time.

What is IICRC and why does it matter?

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

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.

517-541-1170

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

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!