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Eaton County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Mitigation & Restoration

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement caused by a recent storm

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Eaton County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 517-541-1170

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Coutnies, Lansing & Holt and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (517) 541-1170

Hiring a Hero

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Our, Blake Darling at his monthly training for the U.S. Navy Reserves

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, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt is proud to offer a job, and work around schedules for those who serve, or have served our country. 

Faster to your Water Damage Event

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Calendar of our services!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt 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, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Fast Response to Fire in Eaton County

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Board up upstairs door to secure the home after a fire

When people think about home and structure fires they often think about the lasting effects of that fire. Their damaged contents and structure being forefront in their minds. Often, because of the panic and the stress of the initial damage they don't think about the initial board up and security that may be needed. That is where SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt comes in. 

SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt offers emergency board up and security services. 

If the doors, windows and roof of a home or business aren't damaged from the fire, they may be damaged by the fire department while they are trying to put out the fire and gain access to the house. SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt can come out as soon as the fire department clears the scene of the fire to board up windows, doors or the roof and to set a lock box. This prevents additional damage from the elements and also unwanted intruders. 

How Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold Spores?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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.”

What to do After your Home Floods?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Hey..Your toilet is overflowing..

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

"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

Questions, Call! (517)541-1170

Clogged Gutters

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Gutter clogged with leaves

As we move into spring, we all notice the melting of snow and welcome the rains. What you may not notice is the fall leaves clogging your gutters. If your gutters get clogged in the fall or with debris from a winter storm, rain water will push back up onto your roof instead of draining away. This can result in water potentially getting in your home through the roof. This can lead to many problems such as mold in an attic or a collapsed ceiling in a room.

There are a couple of things that you can do to prevent these problems. You can start by checking your gutters regularly, in both the Spring and the Fall, to make sure they are clean. You can also invest in gutter guards or screens. These work well to keep the leaves out of your gutters but will still need to be checked. 

If you notice any water staining on your ceiling be sure to contact SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton and Gratiot Counties, Lansing & Holt to investigate. 

Call us Today at 517-541-1170

How We Handle Mold

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold should be taken seriously. SERVPRO wants you to call if you believe your home or business has been infested by this dangerous element.

Mold remediation is a process in which we take very seriously. Here is a look at our step-by-step process that we take.

  • It begins with initial contact from a customer requiring emergency services.
  • An assessment of damage and inspection is required.
  • Next, we take control of the mold so it doesn't spread.
  • Then air scrubbers are used to further stop the spread.
  • Removal of mold and infested materials is a priority.
  • We clean any belongings affected by the mold.
  • And lastly, we restore anything that has been damaged from the mold infestation. 

Mold is not something you should just set aside and deal with later. If you think you have mold in your home or business call SERVPRO of Eaton County, Clinton & Gratiot Counties and Lansing & Holt at (517) 541-1170.