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What to Expect During Water Damage Restoration | SERVPRO of Eaton County

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Large bathroom with white tile floor and gray cabinets submerged in flooding water A water disaster can create issues that you may not be aware of. If you experience water damage of any kind give SERVPRO of Eaton County a call.

What to Expect During Water Damage Restoration 

Whether you have a leak in the basement, water in the attic, or a burst pipe in your wall, water can lead to one of the more stressful types of damages you will have to deal with as a homeowner. You can alleviate some of the stress by knowing what to expect during the water damage repair process so you can prepare accordingly.

Address the Cause

It does little good to repair damages if they will simply occur again. Generally, a broken pipe or leaking foundation will lead to water in the basement, whereas water in the attic is generally from roof damage or poor ventilation. Water elsewhere in the home is most likely from a plumbing leak. HVAC systems can also develop condensation along the ducts, which can lead to water damage in the ceiling.

Once you know the cause, you can contact a plumber, roofer, or another suitable contractor to fix the leak and stop the flow of water.

Pro Tip:

If you can't find the leak and you aren't sure who to call, contact a water damage restoration company. They may offer leak detection services or be able to refer you to one of these professionals.

Assess the Damage

Water damage can go much further than just what you see. Even after the surface moisture dries, wet conditions can persist out of sight. Mold may also have taken hold in hidden areas. Stains, warped materials, and damage to carpets and furniture can also be present. The restoration technician has a variety of tools at their disposal to accurately assess the extent of the damage.

Pro Tip:

Don't attempt to do any sort of assessment or cleanup on your own if you suspect that the water is contaminated. Leaks from exterior flooding or a broken septic line are the most likely sources of contamination.

Dry Out the Home

Before restoration can progress, all of the moisture has to be removed. The technicians will pump out any standing water that is still present, and then they will use water extractors and large industrial fans to speed up the drying process. If the relative humidity is high, portable dehumidifiers may also be used.

Pro Tip:

Don't delay drying out the home. Mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours, so call the water damage service immediately so that the drying process can commence.

Clean Up the Damage

Cleanup techniques depend on the type and extent of the damage. Technicians will remove wet objects, including furniture, personal effects, and carpeting, to a dry location. Things that can't be repaired, such as sodden wallboards, will be removed and disposed of. The technicians may also take apart some items, such as baseboards, so that they can be dried thoroughly.

The cleanup stage is also when deeper cleaning is addressed, such as mold removal and hazardous waste sanitation. Often, this is the most time-consuming restoration stage.

Pro Tip:

If you can safely enter the wet area, you might be able to rescue papers, books, and photographs in advance of the restoration crew. Place these items in sealed plastic bags and store them in a frost-free freezer. The freezer prevents mold and deterioration until the damage techs can dry out the paper.

Repair and Restore

The final stage is the repair stage. Wallboards are patched or replaced, ceilings are repaired and repainted, and the carpeting is either thoroughly cleaned or replaced entirely. Woodwork may require sanding and refinishing if a replacement isn't necessary.

Restoration also applies to your personal belongings, including furniture. The technicians will focus on repairing everything that they can so that there will be minimal replacements necessary.

Pro Tip:

If you are on the fence about keeping your carpet, then consider these basic rules. If the carpet was exposed to contaminated water, have it replaced. Further, if it took longer than 48 hours to find and address the water damage, consider replacement of the pad and a professional biocide treatment of the carpeting. 

Contact SERVPRO of Eaton County to discuss your water damage restoration needs today.

3 Threats Associated With Standing Floodwaters | SERVPRO of Eaton County

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighter walking through water covered street towards grassy area If you experience any storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Eaton County. Our goal is to help make it "Like it never even happened."

3 Surprising Threats Associated With Standing Floodwaters

A flood can be one of the most devastating natural disasters you will experience during your lifetime. Floodwaters have the potential to completely devastate any area they pass through. At their worst, floods can lift homes off their foundations and crash through walls. Even a small flood can cause damage to your home by saturating your flooring and wall materials with water.

All homeowners need to be aware of the dangers that floodwaters pose so that they can take action to protect themselves in the aftermath of a flood. Standing floodwaters come with a variety of damages and threats. Learn about three surprising threats you should be mindful of as you assess the damage to your home following a flood.

  1. Electrocution

One of the deadliest risks associated with floodwaters is electrocution. Water is a powerful electrical conductor. When floodwaters come into contact with any electrical outlets or wires inside your home, the water has the potential to become electrically charged.

If you step into a pool of this standing floodwater or any exposed part of your body comes into contact with the water, the electrical charge stored in the water could pass through your body and cause serious harm.

Utility companies will typically shut down the electrical grid in any areas affected by a flood, but you should never assume that there is no electrical power to your home. Only a restoration professional with advanced training should enter your home to verify that the power is off at the breaker box and no electricity is circulating through your home.

  1. Explosions         

If your home is equipped with any appliances that rely on natural gas as a power source, the risk of explosion is present after a flood. Floodwaters can dislodge the pipes that feed natural gas into your home. This creates gas leaks that can trap a buildup of gas inside your residence.

The smallest spark could cause the gas to explode, causing further damage to your home and putting the life of anyone inside the residence at risk. Experienced restoration professionals can detect gas leaks before they begin working to clean up the mess left behind by a flood.

You can take the necessary precautions to address the gas leak, allowing you to maximize your safety after floodwaters recede. Never enter your flooded home if the possibility of a gas leak is present.

  1. Disease

Another serious risk associated with floodwaters is disease. The transmission of many communicable diseases can be facilitated by standing floodwaters. Some of these diseases include cholera, typhoid fever, malaria, and West Nile virus.

The water that floods your home during a natural disaster can also become contaminated with raw sewage. Bacteria and other pathogens thrive in the standing water, which makes your flooded home a serious health hazard.

Because of these potential diseases, it's important that you don't come into contact with floodwaters without the proper safety gear. A company that specializes in restoring residential properties following a flood will have the experience and products needed to eliminate the threat of flood-related disease from your home.

A restoration specialist can use powerful chemicals that will disinfect and sanitize all of the surfaces within your home once the flood water has been removed. These same chemicals can also prevent mold growth in your home.

Floods are inherently dangerous, but the dangers don't stop once the active flooding subsides. Standing floodwater in your home can increase the risk of electrocution, explosions, and disease transmission following a flood.

Contact SERVPRO of Eaton County to handle your restoration needs after a flood so that you can avoid any associated dangers created by standing floodwaters.

Surprise Water Damage in Winter

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

A fully flooded Eaton County Basement This Eaton County home had a pipe break witch 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 at (517)541-1170

Outdoor Faucets

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

An exterior water faucet 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.

CHECK FOR LEAKS
The best way to check for leaks, is to have one person stand outside to turn the water on, and have a second person observe the pipe inside the home.
IF YOU NOTICE A LEAK
Be sure to turn the water off at the outdoor faucet, as well as your indoor water mane, and call a plumber.

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. If you discover a burst pipe, or a leak that has gotten out of hand, we are available 24/7 to take your call.

SERVPRO of Eaton County (517) 541-1170

Water Damage? Four Things You Should Do Right Away

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Blue tile floor with standing water stilling on top If you experience any water damage or are in need repairs down after a storm, contact SERVPRO of Eaton County.

Water Damage? Four Things You Should Do Right Away

Water damage in a home is usually caused by leaking pipes, malfunctioning appliances, sewage backups, heavy rains, or flooding. No matter how a home sustains water damage, it is certain to cause plenty of frustration for the homeowner. Even in cases of extensive water damage, it's important for homeowners to realize that a water damaged home can be repaired and restored.

If you have water damage to your home, here are four things you should do right away.

1. Stay Safe

Your safety is of utmost importance. This is why you should take certain precautions when dealing with water damage in your home. If your home is flooded, you may want to wear protective gloves or a mask to optimize safety.

If you have standing water in your home and notice the smell of gas, you should leave right away. The smell of gas could indicate a gas leak, which might result in an explosion. You should also be aware of the dangers of being electrocuted. Be careful when handling electrical appliances or gadgets. If you notice damaged electrical wires, you should leave.

2. Assess the Water Damage

If your home poses no immediate dangers, you can start to assess the damage. Knowing what kind of water damage your home and personal belongings have sustained helps your insurance adjuster process your claim.

Look for signs of external damage, which includes the roof, exterior walls, and your front and backyard. You will also want to assess the interior damage. Pay particular attention to the attic, walls and ceiling of each room, and the foundation of your basement.

Closely inspect all your personal belongings, as well. This includes:

Appliances

Furniture

Cabinets/dressers

Carpets

Paper products including books and photographs

Electronics and digital media

Some of your personal belongings will be damaged beyond repair. You will need to decide what things to get rid of and what things can be repaired. Any contaminated food should be thrown out immediately. This includes canned goods that were immersed in water.

3. Start Drying Out

If possible, you should start drying out your home as soon as you can. Starting the drying process helps to decrease the amount and severity of the water damage. You should begin by removing any standing water. You can do this by using a wet/dry vacuum. You can also push water out the door with a floor squeegee. Using a mop is a tried and true option as well. 

If you have a lot of standing water, especially in the cases of flooding, the water could be polluted. For this reason, you may need to call professional water extractors. Once all the water has been removed, you should begin the drying out process.

Some ways to do dry out your home include:

Air drying. This can be done by opening doors and windows and using floor fans and exhaust fans.

Dehumidifying. Using a dehumidifier removes hidden moisture and decreases humidity levels, which helps to dry out faster.

Freezer drying and vacuum freeze drying. These drying methods use freezing temperatures to dry out books and other paper products.

Removing moisture from your home and your belongings will reduce the chances of bacterial and mold growth.

4. Begin Cleaning

Once your home has been dried out, you should clean and sanitize the places in your home that have gotten wet. This includes cleaning and sanitizing your floors and walls. If your home's flooring or walls are damaged beyond repair, you will most likely have to replace them.

If your home has received extensive water damage, contact SERVPRO of Eaton County, a professional water damage repair and restoration company. Besides assisting homeowners with drying out their home, they also help clean the home and detect hidden moisture.

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.

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