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April Showers Bring... Flooding & Mold!

April Showers

We are in the middle of a VERY WET SPRING! It seems to rain almost everyday here in Grand Rapids, and this has led to quite a bit of flooding and rain damage in homes and businesses throughout the Kent County Area... And if it is not taken care of properly, it also leads to mold damage...

Heavy rains, pooling water, and sump pump malfunctions can lead to basement flooding. Once water begins to pool, it will look for somewhere to run, which is typically along your home’s foundation, down into your basement, and into your sump pump basin. This should trigger your sump pump to start working and pump the water out of your home and away from the foundation.

Your sump pump is your last line of defense against flooding. If it fails, you could be in for some trouble. Just a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage, so it is important to act quickly if this happens.

First Step In A Flooding Situation - DON'T PANIC

  • Call your insurance company - Take pictures or video to document any and all damage. This will be very helpful when you go to file a claim with your insurance company. Without such evidence, your insurance company could fail to pay enough to cover the full extent of the damage or worse, deny your claim altogether.
  • Call ServiceMaster Grand Rapids. Water damage is a very serious issue that should be handled by a professional restoration company. We handle each and every flooded basement with the utmost care, speed, and effectiveness, and with decades of experience in the water damage restoration business, we are the clear choice for the job in Grand Rapids.
  • But don't wait - mold can form very quickly, and this can lead to even more extensive restoration issues, if it is  not tackled immediately, and effectively.

ServiceMaster Grand Rapids is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Call (616) 988-4357 for Emergency Restoration!

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Allergies

Spring looks like it is really here now! With the warmer weather, things are blooming and growing everywhere. Unfortuantely that also means allergy season is also here, with dust, dander, pollen, and molds affecting many people here in the Grand Rapids area. As you Spring Clean, here are some tips to allergy proof your home or business.

Spring Cleaning Steps For Allergies

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A comprehensive cleaning of all hard surfaces
Over the winter, dirt, dust, and the common allergens build up. Some of the most common indoor allergens which trigger allergic reactions include: dust, dust mite droppings, mold, pet dander, cockroaches, and food.  It is important to ensure that all the allergens are removed from the environment before the warmer months arrive. So first step is a comprehensive deep cleaning of all floors, carpets, upholstery, and hard services.

Keep carpets and rugs clean.
Carpets accumulate a lot of dust, dirt and even fungi over time, all of which are unsightly, unhygienic and can be potential health hazards. Further extend the life and appearance of your carpets as well as banish those really stubborn stains with regular deep cleaning. Call us now to get on the schedule at (616) 988-4357

Get Rid Of Mold
Mold is a very common problem in West Michigan. While some forms may be harmless, there is also the potential of a toxic mold outbreak, which can cause serious health issues for you and anyone else living in the home.  

The following chemicals can be used to get rid of mold with home remedies:

  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Borax

Before you begin, you need to know that mold can be extremely dangerous to your health, especially when starting the cleaning process. The spores it releases when disturbed can cause extreme coughing, breathing problems, watery eyes, inflammation of the throat, and other allergic reactions. Always wear protective equipment, such as gloves, eyewear, and a breathing mask to prevent these negative health effects.

If the area has spread larger than 10 feet, do not hesitate to call a mold removal professional like us. They will use commercial equipment and products to ensure the fungus is removed at its source and will not return in the future.

Don’t forget to look up!
Search for cobwebs in corners, around fireplaces, on top of lampshades and light fixtures, and between windows. Dust can also collect on ceiling fans, especially if you never turn them off, so clean each blade.

Check and Use Your Air Conditioner
Many spring pollen sufferers get relief from using an indoor air conditioner. It might seem silly to flip on the A/C when spring breezes are still keeping things cool outside, but it does more than just cool things off. It does exactly what its name implies: conditions your air.

As your A/C moves air through the house, it removes humidity – which holds pollen spores – and filters out all kinds of airborne particles. Check and change your air filter frequently to prevent buildup that can creep back into your house. For added protection, buy an A/C HEPA filter.

If you need help with your Spring Cleaning, call ServiceMaster Grand Rapids.

Whether it’s to prepare your home or business for allergy season or simple spring cleaning, you can depend on us to keep it clean! Our professional and reliable cleaning technicians will get the job done just the way you want it. 

 Contact us today at (616) 988-4357 for a free, no obligation estimate! We look forward to hearing from you!

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