Recent Water Damage Posts

Trust your nose! Identifying water damage before it's visible

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A small leak behind the dishwasher hosted some mold growth Mold growth from a slow leak behind the dishwasher

You can’t always see water damage, but you can almost always smell it. Most water damage odors are hard to ignore and alert you that there is damage in your home. Odors from water damage can be noticeable immediately or can occur sometime after the water is removed. Here are some common odors:
Muddy smell: If outdoor flooding has entered the home, you may notice an earthy smell associated with lakes.
Sewage smell: If water damage in your home is a result of a backed-up sewer, you will immediately notice the odor of raw sewage.
Musty odors: Musty odors occur after the fact. This is a sign that mold is growing in your home.
The sooner you notice the problem, the sooner we can help. A highly trained SERVPRO professional can access the degree of your damages.
The assigned crew will identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Our drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.
To get rid of the odor in your home, our trained and certified professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate the odor from your home.
If mold is growing in your home, we will work to control and remove mold contaminants.
If you suspect water damage in your Eaton County home or business, call SERVPRO of Eaton County at 517-541-1170

Emergency Water Damage Tips for Homeowner

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Living Room Water Loss Living Room Water Loss

When you have a water loss in your home, it's easy to want to take action before help arrives. It's good to know what to do, and what to avoid doing before a SERVPRO professional arrives. Here are some helpful hints to get you through the first couple hours of your water loss. 

What to do:


* If safely accessible, Shut off water source.
* Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
* Remove and prop up upholstery cushions for even drying.
* Place aluminum foil under all furniture legs to minimize stains.
* Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
* Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
* Keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

What NOT to do:


* Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
* Do not use ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.
* Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.
* Do not move affected furniture or expensive paintings to a non-affected area.


Remember: These tips are for clean water situations only, and should not be applied to sewage backups or any other dirty water losses. Proper emergency response to a loss significantly reduces further damage and replacement costs. Let a trained and certified crew from SERVPRO of Eaton County help make it "Like it never even happened."

Faster to your Water Damage Event

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eaton county provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services in Eaton County
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 biohazard 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 biohazard 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.

Surprise Water Damage In the Winter

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

This home had a pipe break with caused the basement to completely fill with water.

Winters in Michigan can be brutal and many in the area like to vacation to warm weather or even fly south for the whole winter. If you fit into this category, it is very important to make sure your Mid-Michigan home is ready to withstand the weather you are leaving behind. 

-You should make sure your furnace is in good working order before you leave. Have it inspected by a professional and change the filters

-Make sure you shut off the water to the house- if for some reason the furnace fails,  your pipes could freeze and burst. The water being off will prevent water from continuously running and damaging your home until you return. 

-Have your home winterized. You can do this yourself or hire a plumber. If there is no water in the pipes to freeze, they wont freeze and burst. 

-If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time ask a friend or family member to check on your home frequently while you are gone. This way you can catch and potential problems. 

If you find any water damage in your home this winter be sure to call SERVPRO of Eaton County

517-541-1170

Clogged Gutters

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

As we move into Autumn one thing we all notice is falling leaves. What you may not notice is those leaves falling into and clogging your gutters. If your gutters get clogged, 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 to investigate. 

Call us Today at 517-541-1170

SERVPRO of Eaton County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

This Lansing home flooded when the customers 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.

Eaton County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

This Eaton County home flooded due to heavy rains

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 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

Commercial Water Damage In Eaton County

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Thankfully the sprinkler system was working well and stopped the spread of the fire. SERVPRO was able to handle the water with no problem.

A very small fire in this empty business caused the sprinkler system to go off and flood the entire building. Thankfully, the property was in the process of being sold and was empty of all contents. The fire was so small that even though the fire department was right across the street, they did not know there was a problem until they saw the ice start to build up outside the building from the sprinkler system. 

SERVPRO of Eaton County was able to be onsite immediately and begin mitigation. We began extracting water and removing the affected carpet right away and we were able to provide temporary power and heat to properly dry the structure. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County Today for all of your water damage mitigation needs at 517-541-1170

Outdoor Faucets

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Outdoor faucets can freeze and break during the winter without you knowing.

One of the leading causes of water damage in the Spring, aside from the weather of course, is outdoor faucets. The pipes leading to your outdoor faucets can freeze and burst in the winter but, because the water is off, you won't notice these breaks until the spring. The best way to check is to have one person stand inside the house where the pipe for the faucet leads outside, while the other person turns the water on outside. If you do notice a leak, turn the water off immediately and contact a plumber. Also be sure to shut the water off at the inside shut off.  If you have a leak that gets out of hand, we are available 24/7 for all of your restoration needs.