Recent Storm Damage Posts

Get Your Emergency Storm Kit Ready!

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency kit items on a table. SERVPRO is always here to help and want to give you tips on a basic emergency kit in case the unpredictable happens.

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 is always here to help and want to give you tips on a basic emergency kit in case the unpredictable happens. 

In a year filled with the unexpected, one thing that 2021 has shown us is to always be prepared. Here are some basic you should have in your Emergency Storm Kit. 

Basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items: 

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation) 
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food) 
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert 
  • Flashlight 
  • First aid kit 
  • Extra batteries 
  • Whistle (to signal for help) 
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) 
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place) 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation) 
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities) 
  • Manual can opener (for food) 
  • Local maps 
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery 

Also look at ready.gov for more ideas on emergency kits!  

Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes and businesses an easy target for winter storm damage. That is why we here at SERVPRO of Shiawassee/West Saginaw Counties are ready to help 24/7. We will work around the clock to get your property back to preloss condition. 

Fall Weather Can Be Destructive

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Hole in wall with red bucket on the floor. In these wetter months, we all must consider the possible damages that can happen to our structures during this time of year.

Since we are now in the fall season you may have noticed a lot of rain. In these wetter months, we all must consider the possible damages that can happen to our structures during this time of year. Fall weather may not be as destructive as winter, but it is better to prepare for water damage before it is too late. 

For homeowners, some concerns due to fall weather can be: 

  • Eroded landscaping 
  • Rutted driveways, especially those that are graded either up or downhill 
  • Moldy siding, windowsills, doorjambs, windowpanes, and roofing 
  • Rotting wooden fencing and decking 
  • Leaking roof 
  • Puddles and pooling 

For business owners, some concerns can be: 

  • Potholes and eroded surfaces in public parking areas 
  • Eroded walkways or damaged, buckling sidewalks and public walkways 
  • Leaking roofs 
  • Damaged materials and machinery that have not been stored properly 

Businesses must also keep an eye on employee bathrooms and kitchen/break areas to make sure that leaks are handled immediately and that spills are cleaned up right away. During bad weather, customers and vendors will track water and debris into your building, and both for safety and aesthetics, it will be a good idea to keep up with this type of accumulation to prevent water damage. Have an umbrella stand ready for everyone who comes through the door! 

Homeowners also need to keep up with spills, leaks, and traffic, but it will obviously not be such a large job. In a home, water damage is more likely to come from a water heater or dishwasher that is malfunctioning, or a washer that has developed an issue. 

One thing both types of structures must be concerned about is mold, however - it is never a good thing to realize that mold has taken hold in either your home or your business. Mold just needs two things to grow: water and humidity. It can infest a home or business in as little as 48 hours and even the tiniest of unchecked leaks can produce an infestation. With a household or workplace mold infestation can come allergens and irritants, making it an uncomfortable living, or working environment. 

If you suspect mold, weather because of water damage, or just from damp conditions, you should call SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties as quickly as possible. We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Our goal is to get you back to a clean, healthy home and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today!

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

House decoy on top of maps. When disaster strikes, preparedness is the best defense.

Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month to promote the importance of family and community disaster planning. This year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today,” resonates strongly as local communities and communities around the world battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For disaster mitigation specialists at SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties, the scope and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all aspects of everyday life, health, and well-being have magnified the importance of SERVPRO’s ongoing message to the communities it serves: When disaster strikes, preparedness is the best defense. 

Before COVID-19 exploded into a global crisis, ‘disaster preparedness’ for the everyday home or business owner was largely dictated by the hazards unique to their location or their business. For some, that meant preparing for hurricanes and water damage, for others, tornadoes, flooding, wind damage, or even wildfires. But COVID-19 taught us that everyone – individuals and business owners alike – needs to be prepared for a national emergency that may disrupt food and medical supplies, transportation systems, schools, businesses, and every single aspect of everyday life that we take for granted. We have learned that no matter where you live or work, in addition to your ‘disaster’ preparations, making certain that you have a stock of some basic items on hand can make a huge difference if a national or global event suddenly disrupts – or even stops – everyday life. 

At SERVPRO, we emphasize that everyone still needs to have a disaster preparedness plan in place. FEMA provides easy-to-use disaster planning guidelines at https://www.ready.gov, and home and business owners both can take advantage of free tools like the SERVPRO READY app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app. 

COVID-19 has taught us we need to rethink and add to our disaster preparedness toolkits. We are all still struggling with a ‘disaster’ that has disrupted not only our lives and our jobs, but our entire community, our society, and the supply chain that we depend on. While in retrospect, the shortages of some of these items have become the stuff of urban legend, it is a good idea to stockpile a supply of items for which there are no easy substitutes. Toilet paper; yeast and flour for breadmaking; detergents; canned foods, fruits, and vegetables; pet foods and cat litter; fresh dairy items; diapers; and a host of other items were in short supply for weeks at the beginning of the crisis. Think back on those weeks and keep a supply of the things that you just don’t want to do without – along with some shelf-stable dairy items, dried beans, and frozen meals. Use them before they expire but be sure to replace them. 

The disaster remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties extend their sincere sympathy to those who have lost loved ones or have been otherwise affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Mid-Michigan area commercial and residential customers, SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties continues to specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened.” 

Prepare for Storms!

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Dark clouds and lightning in a landscape. Storms can be dangerous weather events that leave destruction to your property as well as cause injuries and occasionally even death.

Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. Storms can be dangerous weather events that leave destruction to your property as well as cause injuries and occasionally even death. Below is a checklist to make sure your home and family are best prepared for any storms, so that you, your loved ones, and your home can stay safe. 

Prepare a storm shelter. 

Include essential supplies such as food, water, a first aid kid, flashlights, and batteries to last a few days in the case of a severe storm or tornado. 

Clear branches and dead trees around your home. 

The high-speed wind of storms can send dead branches or even trees crashing through your windows, siding, and roof. Clearing these objects away from your house is an easy way to make sure they do not cause any damage. 

Secure outside objects 

The benefits of technology include having weather apps and stations that give us warning before a storm arrives. If a bad one is coming up, move large outdoor objects inside to prevent damage to your house and those objects. 

Document your valuable items. 

Take pictures of valuable items that you can use to show insurance later. If they are damaged or lost in the storm, you have better luck with your claim if you have documentation. Include date of purchase and purchase amount if you have that as well. Bonus points for saving receipts! 

Protect Your Pets! 

When preparing for storms, oftentimes pets are forgotten about. Make sure to have a plan in place for your pets, whether that is in your storm shelter or if that means having them in a separate safe location for when the storm hits. 

Why SERVPRO 

Whether your home or business is affected by storm, or if it’s flood damage, your property needs specialized equipment and techniques to restore it back to its pre-damaged condition. Our technicians have been specially trained to handle these sorts of unique situations to help get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Storm damage can include not only water damage but mold damage, too. It may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome, but we have the resources and tools to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Learn About Derechos

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Dark storm clouds over a landscape. Treat a derecho like a tornado and follow the same safety procedures.

What is a Derecho? 

With hot and humid weather conditions that come with summer also comes a threat of a rare severe thunderstorm called a derecho. You may be familiar with this type of storm now after the events that happened in Iowa. According to the National Geographic, a derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms. Derechos produce walls of strong wind that run throughout the landscape, causing hundreds of miles of damage. 

For a band of severe storms to be classified as a derecho, it must travel 240 miles and move at a speed of at least 58 miles per hour. The Midwest Derecho swept across South Dakota to Ohio, traveling 770 miles in nearly 14 hours and knocking out power for over a million people. Unlike tornadoes and hurricanes, the winds from a derecho follow straight lines. In fact, the term “derecho” means straight in Spanish. 

How Derechos Form 

Derechos winds can be as strong as winds found in hurricanes and tornadoes. So, how do these strong winds form? It is created by a downburst. SciJinks stated that when the wet air in a thunderstorm meets the drier air surrounding it, the water in the air evaporates. When water evaporates, it cools the air around it. Since the cool air is denser, it rapidly sinks to the ground and creates strong winds. 

The downburst can suck more dry air into the storm, making stronger downbursts. Derechos happen when the right conditions for downbursts occur over a wide-ranging area. 

Where Derechos Happen 

Derechos are most common in the Midwestern United States but are quite rare. There is an average of 1 to 2 derechos a year. These storms most commonly occur in late spring and summer. 

Derecho Damage 

A derecho can be just as destructive as a tornado, but destructive in a different way. According to the National Geographic, downburst clusters of wind caused by derechos can range from four to six miles long, containing smaller pockets of extreme wind called microbursts and burst swaths. The latter are only about 150 to 450 feet long, but they are severe and concentrated like the winds of a tornado and can exceed 100 miles an hour. 

What to Do 

Treat a derecho like a tornado and follow the same safety procedures. The best thing to do in the event of a derecho is to go someplace safe and protected—high winds and falling trees can be quite dangerous. 

Preparing Your Home or Business for Hurricanes

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here in Michigan, we obviously do not have to worry about hurricanes. But for those who own vacation homes or have friends/family living in hurricane zones, we have some helpful tips to prepare that you can share. 

Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Preparing Your Home or Business for a Hurricane: 

Prepare your Home 

  • Cover all your home’s windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds. 
  • Plan to bring in all your outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. 
  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep doors closed. 
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water. 

Prepare your Business 

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. 
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery. 
  • Plan what you will do if your building, is not accessible. 
    • Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home. 
    • Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable. 

Faster To Any Size Disaster

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team Semi Truck. Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day, or night. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties? 

  • We are Faster to Any Size Disaster: Floods and storms do not wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week. 
  • We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists: As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. 
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician 
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians 
  • We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,800 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events. 

Our Disaster Recovery Team 

Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. 

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,800 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include: 

  • 2020 Midland Floods 
  • 2019 Hurricane Dorian 
  • 2018 Hurricane Florence 
  • 2018 Hurricane Michael 
  • 2017 California wildfires 
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma 
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey 
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew 
  • 2015 Carolina floods 
  • 2014 Polar Vortex 
  • 2012 Sandy 
  • 2010 Nashville floods 
  • 2008 Ike 
  • 2007 Chicago floods 
  • 2007 Ohio floods 
  • 2007 California wildfires 
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita 

Should a storm or major event strike, we will make it “Like it never even happened.” Call 989-494-5575, we are always here to help! 

Protect Your Basement from Storm Damage

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement. Our technicians have been specially trained to handle these sorts of unique situations to help get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

According to the Insurance Journal, weather incidents account for more than half of all homeowners’ insurance claims. If you do not want your beautiful, finished basement to become an indoor pool after a bad storm, follow these tips! 

When it comes to avoiding a flooded basement, prevention and maintenance is key. 

  • Try to keep as much of that rainwater away from your home. 
  • Look at the grade of your backyard and make sure it slopes away from your home (and not towards your basement) 
  • Clean the gutters regularly 
  • Repair any cracks in the wall or floor 
  • Invest in a sump pump 
  • Review your insurance policy and check for flood insurance 
  • Ask your security company about flood sensors. New technology allows you to monitor your basement from your phone. 

Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. That is why we are ready to help 24/7. If your home is affected by storm, or if it is flood damage, your property needs specialized equipment and techniques to restore it back to its pre-damaged condition.  

Our technicians have been specially trained to handle these sorts of unique situations to help get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Storm damage can include not only water damage but mold damage, too. It may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome, but we have the resources and tools to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Standing Water

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement. Standing water is a pool of water that does not flow.

When floodwater enters your home or business, it can cause "standing water". Standing water is a pool of water that does not flow. This can be a dangerous thing if it is not handled correctly. Standing water should be dealt with right away. The cleanup can sometimes take up to 10 or 11 days to completely disappear unless it is mitigated immediately. 

Here are some protective measures to take into consideration when dealing with standing water: 

Stay Away from Standing Water 

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the standing water leftovers 
  • Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria and other parasites 
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick 
  • Wash your hands after contact with standing water 
  • Do not drink the water 
  • Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock 

Standing Water vs. Animals: 

  • Snakes and other animals may get into your home or building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up 
  • Mosquitoes can breed and grow in standing water 
  • Some animals might find your home or business a cozy place to live 
  • If tap water is unsafe to drink, it is unsafe for your pets 

If you find yourself dealing with standing water of any kind, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened." 

Storm Damage? We Are Here to Help!

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning seen through a car windshield. Heavy rainfall causing floods and storms can lead to damage to your home or business in no time.

Heavy rainfall causing floods and storms can lead to damage to your home or business in no time. SERVPRO of Shiawassee/West Saginaw Counties wants residents of Mid-Michigan to know that when a storm damages your home or business, our highly trained professionals will respond to cleanup and restore your property to pre-damage condition. Our ability to immediately respond to a storm emergency helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. 

Here are some of the services we provide: 

  • Emergency contact 24/7 
  • Inspection and damage assessment 
  • Water removal and water extraction 
  • Drying and dehumidification services 
  • Cleaning and repair 
  • Odor removal 
  • Restoration 

What To Do Until Help Arrives: 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer. 
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting. 
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place. 
  • Gather loose items from floors. 

When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. Day or night, Mid-Michigan residents and business owners can expect us to respond immediately to your water emergency. If you’re experiencing water damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of Shiawassee/West Saginaw Counties at 989-494-5575. 

Removing Odors After a Flood

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water technician with a dehumidifier. We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.

The water damage that occurs when your home floods often come with odors and mold growth that continue to seep into your residence long after the water has subsided. You can take care to eliminate odors and preserve the safety of your dwelling with the following measures: 

Air Things Out 

Open all doors and windows to allow air to circulate in your residence. This should help dissipate any lingering smells that remain and will also facilitate drying of the affected areas. 

Dry the Wet Areas 

You may install dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process. Removing moisture from porous and absorbent surfaces such as carpet and upholstery can greatly reduce the chance of foul aromas remaining after the flood and can mitigate the appearance of mold. 

Deodorize Your Home 

There are natural and inexpensive methods that you can utilize to expedite the deodorizing process in your house. Baking soda sprinkled into carpets or other absorbent surfaces can be vacuumed up, greatly with getting rid of foul odors. On less porous surfaces, vinegar applied liberally can aid in combating persistent smells. 

Keep an Eye Out for Mold 

As with any area that has had prolonged exposure to moisture, mold growth can be a threat that, if not addressed immediately, poses a potentially recurrent problem that can present itself throughout the life span of your residence. It is imperative that proper steps are taken to ensure that mold and spores do not have the opportunity to spread in your home. 

Be Aware of Contaminants 

Sewage loss can lead to your home being contaminated by sewage contents when flood water finds its way past your threshold. This can leave behind an overpowering smell even after the moisture has been removed due to the bacteria in the water. These smells often cannot be removed by household cleaners and require the services of a professional flood restoration company. 

Why Choose SERVPRO? 

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. 

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at 989-494-5575 and leave the restoration to us. 

Flood Tips

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty water crashes together to make waves from flooding. If you have flood damage, we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home.

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread disasters in the United States. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged.  

BEFORE A FLOOD 

If an advanced Flood Warning has been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas of your business: 

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. 
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances. 
  • Move vehicles out of low-lying parking garages. 
  • Raise elevators from bottom floor. 

AFTER A FLOOD 

Safety First! 

  • Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts. 
  • If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers. While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto related. 
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. 
  • Do not walk-through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall. 
  • Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains). 
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. 
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters. 
  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink. 
  • Return only when authorities indicate it is safe. 

SECURE THE PROPERTY 

  • Contact local emergency officials. 
  • Secure main entrances to building. 
  • Alert Security company and Alarm company of the situation. 

STABILIZE THE PROPERTY 

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source. 
  • Give priority to the protection of power plant and fire pumps, keeping them in service if at all possible. 
  • Open basement or low-level windows to equalize water pressure on the building’s foundation and walls. 
  • Begin water damage mitigation steps only if local emergency officials deem the structure safe to enter. 
  • Notify your insurance agent or Risk Manager to determine insurance policy guidelines and steps to take. 

If you have flood damage, we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. 

Flood Zones and Your Home

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Flood sign placed in front of water. Are wondering if your home is a high flood risk?

Are wondering if your home is a high flood risk? One way to know this is to determine if your home is located in a flood zone. Here are a few things you may wish to know about these zones and how they affect your home. 

What Are Flood Zones 

Flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to flooding. This may include being at the bottom of a watershed, coastal areas, areas near rivers, and areas that experience frequent storms. FEMA sets these risk levels, and they should be marked on your local communities Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), which you can look at by going to your local zoning office. 

Is Flood Insurance Necessary 

In the event your home is determined to be at risk by its position in a flood zone, you may be wondering what, if any, addition insurance will be required. The best way to determine this is to talk to your insurance agent about what is included in your existing plan, and if any supplemental plans are available for additional coverage. It is important to note than in many cases flood insurance is considered a separate policy. 

How to Deal with a Flood in the Home 

If a storm does cause flooding in your home, then it is best to contact a flood damage restoration service as quickly as possible. These professionals have the tools necessary to move large quantities of water and can also make any repairs your home may need. The restoration team can also check for any additional problems flood water may cause, such as potential mold growth. 

As explained earlier flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to a flood. It is important to note that in some cases having a home inside a flood zone can affect your flood insurance coverage. 

If your home does experience flooding, we are here to help! Our team has experience with flood damage, and we will work hard to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Prepare Your Home for Floods

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen. Storm damage can include not only water damage but mold damage, too.

As Michigan residents, we know that flood water can easily rise, turning your home into a flooded mess that needs extensive repairs. Although flooding from a burst pipe or flash flood can come on quickly, if your home is prepared, the damage can be minimized. Here are tips to prepare your home for flooding: 


  1. Install a Sump Pump
    Sump pumps are installed in a pit in the lowest part of the home, such as the basement or crawlspace, and are designed to prevent water from entering the home. They automatically work to pump water out when it rises to a certain level. 

  2. Raise Electric Components
    Along with water damageflooding also creates potential fire hazard situations. It is recommended that wiring, outlets, sockets and other electrical components be at least 12 inches above the structure’s projected flood elevation. A licensed electrician can raise them to meet those requirements. 

  3. Waterproof Basements
    An easy way to keep basements dry is to regularly maintain outside the home. Along with keep gutters and drains free of debris, verifying the property slopes, and properly diverts water can keep water flowing away from the home. 

  4. Keep Supplies On-hand
    Flood water can come on fast and rapidly rise. If you know you have foundation issues or haven’t cleaned the gutters yet, keeping supplies, such as sandbags and tarps, on-hand can minimize the amount of water entering the home. 

  5. Maintain a Checklist
    Even if you are prepared, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t care. When that happens, it is important that everyone in the home knows what to do and precautions are taken to minimize damage. The checklist should be easily accessible and include items such as disconnecting appliances and turning off the main power, gas line, and water supply. 

 
Dealing with flood water can be a time-consuming mess. While total prevention may not be possible, being prepared can minimize damage. 

Choose SERVPRO to Handle Your Flood Damage 

Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. That’s why we here at SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties are ready to help 24/7. Whether your home or business is affected by storm, or if it’s flood damage, your property needs specialized equipment and techniques to restore it back to its pre-damaged condition.  

Our technicians have been specially trained to handle these sorts of unique situations to help get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Storm damage can include not only water damage but mold damage, too. It may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome, but we have the resources and tools to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Choose SERVPRO After Storm Damage

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines, SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties strives to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss arrange for your service.
  • Be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival.

SERVPRO of Shiawassee / West Saginaw Counties can also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When storms hit Mid-Michigan we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,800 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Animal Infestation in Your Home?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Believe it or not, SERVPRO does deal with several animal infestation during the winter months. While some animals hibernate during the cold, many animals do not. Your warm and cozy home is what these animals are looking for to survive the winter.

When animals get into your property, they can be destructive, disruptive and dangerous. This can cause serious damage to your property and put your safety at risk.

Raccoons, bats and mice are the worst when it comes to invading a warm home. These animals are sneaky and can squeeze into the smallest openings of your home. They tend to live in your walls, attic, basement and any small place where they can be warm.

Chewed boxes in your attic or basement, chewed wires or framing, droppings and scratching are all signs that infestation is occurring in your home.

These unwanted tenants can gnaw on electrical wires and turn on appliances. This could lead to potential fire and water damage in your home. We have responded to several homes suffering from water and fire damage due to infestation such as electrical fires and flooding. Although we do cleanup and restoration services for these events, they can be prevented. For more information, call 989-494-5575.

Winter Weather Alerts

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Now that we are in the midst of winter, it is always good to know winter weather terminology to be prepared. You never know what Michigan winters will bring, so it is important to know the following terms:

Winter Weather Advisory

This product is issued by the National Weather Service when a low pressure system produces a combination of winter weather (snow, freezing rain, sleet, etc.) that present a hazard, but does not meet warning criteria.

Winter Storm Watch

This product is issued by the National Weather Service when there is a potential for heavy snow or significant ice accumulations, usually at least 24 to 36 hours in advance. The criteria for this watch can vary from place to place.

Winter Storm Warning

This product is issued by the National Weather Service when a winter storm is producing or is forecast to produce heavy snow or significant ice accumulations. The criteria for this warning can vary from place to place.

Blowing Snow Advisory

Issued when wind driven snow reduces surface visibility, possibly, hampering traveling. Blowing snow may be falling snow, or snow that has already accumulated but is picked up and blown by strong winds.

Blizzard Warning

Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

Freezing Rain

Advisory Issued when freezing rain or freezing drizzle is forecast but a significant accumulation is not expected. However, even small amounts of freezing rain or freezing drizzle may cause significant travel problems.

Ice Storm Warning

This product is issued by the National Weather Service when freezing rain produces a significant and possibly damaging accumulation of ice. The criteria for this warning varies from state to state, but typically will be issued any time more than 1/4" of ice is expected to accumulate in an area.

Snow Advisory

This product is issued by the National Weather Service when a low pressure system produces snow that may cause significant inconveniences, but do not meet warning criteria and if caution is not exercised could lead to life threatening situations. The advisory criteria varies from area to area. If the forecaster feels that it is warranted, he or she can issue it for amounts less than the minimum criteria. For example, it may be issued for the first snow of the season or when snow has not fallen in long while.

Heavy Snow Warning

Issued by the National Weather Service when snowfall of 6 inches (15 cm) or more in 12 hours or 8 inches (20 cm) or more in 24 hours is imminent or occurring. These criteria are specific for the Midwest and may vary regionally.

Frost Advisory

Issued during the growing season when widespread frost formation is expected over an extensive area. Surface temperatures are usually in the mid 30s Fahrenheit.

Frost/Freeze Warning

Below freezing temperatures are expected.

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. If you suffer from winter storm damage, don't hesitate to call us! We are here to help 24/7.