Preparing for Storm Damage
Storms can happen at anytime! Let SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell help you!
Springtime in Michigan is a beautiful time of year. After our long winters we all get excited with the warmer temperatures and budding trees. Spring time can also bring storms as the weather changes. From strong wind storms, thunderstorms and tornadoes, these storms can cause a lot of destruction. Its important to be prepared for these storms. While mother nature is difficult to predict, here are a few helpful tips:
- Trim any dead or rotting branches near the home or any vehicles.
- Know how to shut off the power to your home as we as gas and water shut off if needed.
- Tie down, or bring anything inside that can blow around or cause destruction. For example, trash cans, patio furniture, children's outdoor toys.
- Set your refrigerator to the coldest setting. If you loose power your food will stay cooler, longer.
Basement and crawlspace food from sump pump failure is a common issue in Michigan. If you live in any area prone to flooding or if you loose power during a storm, you need a sump pump to protect your home from the damages of standing water. Flood waters can destroy the structural integrity of the home and can create and environment for mold and mildew to thrive.
If you experience flooding SERVPRO will complete an inspection of the damages and the extraction process will begin. The amount of standing water determines the type of extraction process our crews will use. We use power submersible pumps, truck mounted extraction systems and industrial strength wet/dry vacuums to quickly remove hundreds of gallons of water from your property.
Frozen Pipe Damage
Michigan is known for our harsh winters with extreme temperature drops. This means homeowners are susceptible to frozen pipes. Water expands when it freezes- putting additional pressure on the pipes, which can ultimately cause them to burst. Pipes that freeze are those that exposed to extreme cold, such as exterior spigots, water sprinkler lines, and water supply lines in unheated areas. Basements, craw spaces, attics and garages often have exterior pipe lines as well. To aid in freeing pipes make sure to keep your home to at least 55 degrees or warmer and leave interior doors open to increase air flow into the cooler areas of the home.
If you experience frozen pipes make sure to call SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell. We are available 365 days a year to help you!
Drying Out Process
Depending on the water damage, SERVPRO will come in inspect the damage and determine which type of drying process will be est for the flooring, home owner and insurance company. Three different drying techniques we use are:
Inject Floor Drying System:
Inject-dry floor drying system is used to dry hardwood and ceramic tile flooring. It directs airflow down along the floor, drying floors faster. With proper placement of the mats it easily adapts to any floor plan. Placing a containment or "tenting" the affected area is sometimes used in conjunction with the inject-dry floor drying system.
Usage of Air Movers in Drying:
Evaporation will occur when the water moves from a liquid state to a vapor state in the air. This is achieved by rapid and direct air flow. Evaporation does not remove the moisture, it just moves it from the materials to the surrounding air.
Usage of Dehumidifier in Drying:
Dehumidification is the removal of moisture in the air. In some cases a containment is placed over an affected area ceiling to concentrate the dehumidifcation specifically on this area.
Fire Clean Up Specialists
Cleanup of fire damage is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner. The entire process can be very overwhelming for a homeowner, and SERVPRO is here to help! Its important to remember that while physical damage is obvious, the odor and soot clean up is difficult. Different fire sources require different cleaning procedures to return a residential or commercial property to its preloss condition. Restoration of a property can be very complex and proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require experienced technicians that are certified in these specific areas. All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have studied the best techniques to restore your home! Don't wait or try to handle this damage on your own, call your fire specials at SERVPRO!
Every year SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell is called out to address fires in our county. Many of these fires start in the garage. Most of the fires are caused by electrical shortage/malfunctions or by improperly stored flammable liquids. Its important to stay safe! Follow this simple tips to keep your friends and home safe from possible fires:
- Store oil, gasoline paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from the home.
- Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances
- Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet at a time. Don't use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
If you experience a garage fire let SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell help you! Our team is certified, trained and prepared to bring your home back to like, "it never even happened!"
Commercial Building Fire
Coping with the aftermath of a fire can be chaotic for anyone, but for a business owner it can be even more stressful. The first instinct is to clean up and get back to the daily operations of running a business. Unfortunately fire damage clean up can be a very involved, and complex process. SERVPRO helps businesses get back to the normal day to day operations by efficiently and quickly cleaning affected structure of the building and processing the fire damaged materials.
SERVPRO's fire clean services include: Pack out, cleaning and storage of affected contents in our warehouse until the fire clean out is complete. Structural cleaning of business including soot removal, deodorization, ozone, cleaning walls, ceilings, floors, fixtures, air ducts, and hard/soft surfaces.
Commercial Water Damage
Whether the power is out, a storm has hit, a fire has start or water damaged has hit- when catastrophe strikes a commercial business, the damages can be crippling and put the day to day operations to a halt. Every hour spent cleaning is an hour lost of productivity and revenue. Let SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell help you! We have highly trained professional technicians here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year available to properly and efficiently mitigate the damages.
SERVPRO also offers the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) a useful tool used to prepare a business for the "worse case scenario." The ERP data is a collection source of all of the most important phone numbers, and information you would need in the case of an emergency.
Michigan Ice Storm
Here is a photo of an ice dam that was created this past winter!
Michigan winters can often put our homes at risk for severe damage. With the freezing cold temperatures, inches of snow, and high winds, preparing your home is a must! Homeowners could experience an ice dam. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms on a roof and prevents melting snow/ice (water) from draining off the roof. With nowhere else to go, and with freezing at night and melting during the day, the water will eventually back up behind the dam. Ultimately the water will leak into the home causing severe damage to roof shingles, ceilings, walls, insulation, and more. If damage from an ice dam goes unnoticed in an attic, there is also a potential for mold/mildew to form. SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell can effectively mitigate the resulting damages from both the water and mold.
Here a photo of a fallen tree that caused damage to a gutter.
The tree in our yard not only provide shade and privacy, but they are also good for the environment! However, we often underestimate how tall or heavy they are until they fall during a storm. Falling trees during bad weather can result in down power lines and costly damage to homes, fences and outbuildings. That is why we remind homeowners to have any dead or damaged branches or diseased trees removed. SERVPRO Brighton/Howell can help you avoid this danger by coming out to your home remove any branches or limbs that could be a potential danger when high winds occur.
Have you recently had a branch or limb fall causing damage to your home or garage? Remember SERVPRO Brighton/Howell is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!