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Preventative Maintenance to Avoid Water Damage

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Rain Gutters are full of leaves and debris Debris in your gutters will 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 of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt at 517-541-1170

Commercially Owned Apartment Repairs

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

clean apartment with new carpet and paint It was important to us that the tenant had a clean safe space to come home to.

There are no guarantees in owning commercial properties, and especially properties with rental units. You never really know what kind of loss may occur. You cannot control whether a tenant is always on site to monitor any potential loss.

Here at SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt, we are always available to help. The rental unit you see in the photo was managed while the tenant was out of State. We assisted in tracking down a cause of loss, cleaning up any mess and even doing demo and repairs remotely. The customer was able to sign forms, authorized repairs and picked out new materials remotely. We successfully handled all the stress of the situation without the customer needing to come home. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot County, Lansing & Holt today for all of your commercial cleaning & restoration needs!

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Midland County Flood 2017

6/1/2020 (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

Midland Flood 2020

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

neighbors and first responders use rafts to help residents to safety The water level in midland reached record levels.

Thousands of Michiganders have been evacuated and relocated between May 18th and May 21st.

Water breached the Edenville and Sanford dams -- which normally contain the Tittabawassee River to create two separate lakes -- gave way north of Midland on Tuesday, May 19th after days of heavy rain.

This is was a particularly difficult time to relocate thousands of Michiganders from their homes, as the "Shelter-at-home"order was still in place. 

SERVPRO was able to send storm relief crews to help with the initial clean up after the water started to recede. 

How Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold Spores?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Green Air Scrubber in the back of a truck SERVPRO has a variety of tools and equipment like this air scrubber to remove mold damage from your home.

A variety of air filtration systems can reduce the presence of mold spores in interior air. Though purification systems work in different ways, they each have features that are helpful for preventing mold growth at a residence.

Filter Type

Fungus spores range in size from as small as 3 microns to as large as 100 microns. High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are the most effective, and have several requirements:

  • Remove 99.97 percent of airborne particles
  • Filter particles down to 0.3 microns
  • Labeled "True HEPA" and not "HEPA Type"

As most spores are larger than 2 microns, you may be able to save money by purchasing a HEPA Type filter. These filtration units will not eliminate smaller contaminants.

Room Size

When choosing a purification system, it is also important to factor in the square footage of the space in which you want to filter air. Here are a few guidelines for selecting an air filtration system:

  •  Small room purifiers filter air in spaces up to about 300 square feet
  •  Medium-to-large room purifiers filter air in   spaces ranging from about 300 to 600   square feet
  •  Large to extra-large room purifiers filter air in spaces up to or over 1,000 square feet

It may be necessary to purchase more than one purifier to use throughout a home. You may also periodically relocate a unit for more thorough filtration results.

Operation and Maintenance

Check to see whether the purifier you are considering contains additional systems. Some units feature antimicrobial treatments or methods for breaking down particles. You should also determine whether a filter can be cleaned and reused or will need to be replaced. 

All of these factors impact the ability of an air purifier to filter mold spores. The right air filtration system can improve air quality and limit mold growth. If mold is already a problem at a residence, call SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt today at (517)541-1170

Do You Live In a FLOOD ZONE?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow Flood Zone Caution Sign Flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to flooding.

After seeing the devastating floods in Mid-Michigan, you may be 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. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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 causes flooding in your home, it is best to contact SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt, as we 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, SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt are here to help! Our team has experience with flood damage and we will work hard to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Hey, your toilet is overflowing...

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

A white porcelain toilet with SERVPRO house logo in the corner "Hey, your toilet is overflowing" is one of the scariest phrases to hear as a homeowner.

Overflowing toilets are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. The mess and odors can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. That is why SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt are here to help!

A toilet overflow usually occurs when a blockage prevents water and waste from flushing down the toilet drain. This backup prevents water and waste from flowing down the drain and causes your toilet to overflow. If it's not cleaned up quickly, it may cause extensive water damage to your bathroom floor or even leak through the ceiling below. Other common causes of overflowing toilets are sewage backups, septic tank issues, low flow toilets and malfunctioning plumbing.

If your home has water damage from toilet overflow, call SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt. We are ready 24/7 - 365


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What To Do After Your Home Floods

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

large house with flood waters standing at the first level windows Ready for any size disaster

After the devastating floods in the Mid-Michigan area, we want to remind you that floods happen unexpectedly and can cause severe damage for your home or business. Storm damage through flooding can lead to property damage and ongoing mold problems, but the team at SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt have some tips to help:

SAFETY FIRST: If you have standing water where electricity may be present, make sure that ALL electricity is turned off to the area to prevent electrocution. When in doubt, contact a professional to help disconnect power.

ACT FAST: When you are dealing with water damage, it is important that you take immediate action so that you can rescue as much as you can. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc.

FIGHT MOLDGetting your space dried out as quickly as possible is crucial to avoiding mold settling in. While things can dry out naturally, this is not guaranteed, and it may not be fast enough to prevent mold. Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem.  

CHECK FOR STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY: Sometimes a flood can compromise a building’s foundation. This can lead to bigger problems down the road if not addressed immediately. Contact a trusted contractor to assess your home or business’ foundation after a flood to make sure it is in good condition and make the recommended improvements if necessary.

SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. We offer 24/7-365 service. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Faster to your Water Damage Event

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Library carpeted floors with standing water SERVPRO of Eaton County provides 24/7 Water Mitigation and Restoration services 365 days of the year.

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 bio-hazard 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 bio-hazard 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.

SERVPRO of Eaton County - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Bedroom with standing water on carpeted floor This Lansing home flooded while the residents 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.