Recent Storm Damage Posts

The Do's and Don'ts to Follow After a Serious Storm

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Bookshelf and books partially submerged in dirty brown water from flooding After a serious storm contact SERVPRO of Eaton County, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

Should you break out the boots and trudge through the post-storm flood in your home? Even though the rising water may tempt you into some DIY cleanup, this strategy could cost you unnecessary time and money. If you have storm damage, take a look at the do's and don'ts to follow first.

Do Wait for the Go-Ahead

Is your home structurally sound or safe to re-enter? Whether your ceilings sag, the lights spark, or your home has another potential risk, you need to stay out and away — at least for now.

Before you re-enter your property, wait for the go-ahead from a professional. In some cases, this may mean you need a green light from multiple experts. These could include an electrician, utility worker, EMS personnel, restoration contractor, or engineer. Provided it's safe to go home again, read on for information on the next steps to take.

Don't Take Risks

Even though the experts may say your home is safe to re-enter, that doesn't necessarily mean you can move back in completely. It's likely you'll need to hire a water restoration contractor to mitigate the damage before you resume daily life in your home. If you're not sure whether it's safe to stay, contact a contractor as soon as possible for a professional evaluation.

While you wait for the contractor to assess, treat, and restore your home, steer clear of standing water, weak floors, and other obvious areas of damage.

Do Take Photos

Your insurance company may not send someone to immediately assess the damage. But that doesn't mean you should start the repairs without documentation. If it's safe to re-enter and walk through your home, photograph the damage. This may include pictures of carpeting, walls, ceilings, appliances, and anything else that has a visible post-storm problem.

If you're not exactly sure what type of damage to document, ask the restoration contractor. They can help you to determine what the insurance company may need to see in order to make a claim. Along with the contractor, talk to your insurance agent. The insurance adjuster may need to see specific types of damage or may want views of details you hadn't thought of.

Don't Remove Water-Logged Items

This may seem like the opposite of what you should do after a storm. But if you don't have experience handling water damaged furniture, flooring, or other items, you can cause more problems than you fix with a do-it-yourself approach.

Wait for a damage and restoration contractor to evaluate the situation before you touch anything inside your home. Even though the water may look fresh, it could harbor microorganisms or pose a health risk — especially if the damage happened days ago.

Do Replace Some Items

Even though you shouldn't remove water-damaged items, the contractor should. Along with any standing water, the contractor may remove some items from your home. In some cases, it's possible to restore furniture, flooring, and other home accents. The ability to restore or repair these items depends on the extent of the damage, potential contamination, and the time or cost it will take.

Expect to replace some items — especially anything with severe damage, visible mold growth, or other issues that prevent a full restoration. If the damaged piece of furniture (or other item) is old, low value, worn, or has other damage, you may save time, money, and headaches with a replacement.

Talk to your insurance agent about what this means for your claim. It's possible the insurance company will pay for a replacement. But you shouldn't assume they will without verifying what your policy does and doesn't cover first.

Do you need help with water damage restoration after a storm? Contact SERVPRO of Eaton County for more information.

What happens when you call SERVPRO after a storm hits your Eaton County home or business?

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eaton County's steps to help home or business owner after a storm damage. 

1-517-541-1170

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO of Eaton County Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO of Eaton County Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO of Eaton County Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO of Eaton County can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6 - Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

Fall Storms in Michigan

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A mature tree falls on the roof of a house, causing exterior and interior damage on the home. Some storms can leave damage to the exterior and interior of your home.

SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm and preloss condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit our area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 517-541-1170

Winter Storms in Eaton County

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Ice can build up on your roof and cause damage

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 Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm? Call Today 517-541-1170

SERVPRO of Eaton County

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Services
  • Highly Trained Winter Storm Restoration Specialists 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO of Eaton County can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Regardless of the Winter Storm, They Can Help

Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Eaton County can handle any size disaster. 

  • Cold temperatures
  • Heavy snowfall
  • Ice storms and freezing rain

Hurricane Harvey

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast at the end of August 2017. Coastal communities were devastated by a storm that just refused to quit. 

Harvey made landfall near Rockport, TX as a Category 4 hurricane and dumped 41-60 inches of rainfall in Texas and Louisiana. 

Thousands of water rescues we done by authorities and civilians that traveled from all over the U.S. to help with efforts. 

Our crews were dispatched to help with storm clean up with thousands of calls coming into the Storm Team daily. 

Our crews were dispatched to the Dickinson, TX area and stayed for 4 weeks helping with cleaning and drying out of homes. 

It will take years to rebuild the affected areas but we were happy to do our part to help out.

When Storms hit, SERVPRO of Eaton County Is Ready

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Eaton County.

SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Eaton County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 517-541-1170

Flooding in Isabella County MI

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Isabella County Flooding

In June of 2017, Isabella county and the city of Mt. Pleasant received a record amount of flooding, recording over 8 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. This prompted the quick response storm team of SERVPRO to  provide  the necessary equipment in helping to resolve these extreme circumstances.

Flood damage to Isabella County, public and private property is close to $90 million, according to a initial assessment  announced Wednesday, June 28.

The damage to homes and roads appeared to be hit hardest in Isabella county among the four counties that have declared states of emergency in the wake of heavy rains and flooding  

In Midland County, the second hardest-hit, roads and bridges sustained about $13 million in damages, county officials said.

Gladwin and Bay counties also reported damage to roads, but to a lesser extent than Midland County and especially Isabella County.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates a large loss of crops, with a financial bearing on farmers and the agriculture economy of an estimated $21 million.

The total damage estimate in Isabella County so far is $87 million. More damages will be reported and updated as additional  information is received.

SERVPRO of Eaton County was able to provide a quick response and was able to assist in storm damage clean  up. 

Midland County Flooding June of 2017

7/5/2018 (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