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Michigan Storms

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Storm Damage Michigan Storms Storms can happen at anytime! Remember, SERVPRO of Greater Highland/White Lake is available to help you!

Springtime in Michigan is a beautiful time of year. After our long winters we all get excited with the warmer temperatures and budding trees. Spring time can also bring storms as the weather changes. From strong wind storms, thunderstorms and tornadoes, these storms can cause a lot of destruction. Its important to be prepared for these storms. While mother nature is difficult to predict, here are a few helpful tips: 

  • Trim any dead or rotting branches near the home or any vehicles. 
  • Know how to shut off the power to your home as we as gas and water shut off if needed. 
  • Tie down, or bring anything inside that can blow around or cause destruction. For example, trash cans, patio furniture, children's outdoor toys. 
  • Set your refrigerator to the coldest setting. If you loose power your food will stay cooler, longer. 

Flooding

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Basement and crawlspace food from sump pump failure is a common issue in Michigan. If you live in any area prone to flooding or if you loose power during a storm, you need a sump pump to protect your home from the damages of standing water. Flood waters can destroy the structural integrity of the home and can create and environment for mold and mildew to thrive. 

If you experience flooding SERVPRO will complete an inspection of the damages and the extraction process will begin. The amount of standing water determines the type of extraction process our crews will use. We use power submersible pumps, truck mounted extraction systems and industrial strength wet/dry vacuums to quickly remove hundreds of gallons of water from your property. 

Frozen Pipe Damage

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Michigan is known for our harsh winters with extreme temperature drops. This means homeowners are susceptible to frozen pipes. Water expands when it freezes- putting additional pressure on the pipes, which can ultimately cause them to burst. Pipes that freeze are those that exposed to extreme cold, such as exterior spigots, water sprinkler lines, and water supply lines in unheated areas. Basements, craw spaces, attics and garages often have exterior pipe lines as well. To aid in freeing pipes make sure to keep your home to at least 55 degrees or warmer and leave interior doors open to increase air flow into the cooler areas of the home. 

If you experience frozen pipes make sure to call SERVPRO of Greater Highland/White Lake. We are available 365 days a year to help you! 

Drying Out Process

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Depending on the water damage, SERVPRO will come in inspect the damage and determine which type of drying process will be est for the flooring, home owner and insurance company. Three different drying techniques we use are: 

Inject Floor Drying System: 

Inject-dry floor drying system is used to dry hardwood and ceramic tile flooring. It directs airflow down along the floor, drying floors faster. With proper placement of the mats it easily adapts to any floor plan. Placing a containment or "tenting" the affected area is sometimes used in conjunction with the inject-dry floor drying system. 

Usage of Air Movers in Drying: 

Evaporation will occur when the water moves from a liquid state to a vapor state in the air. This is achieved by rapid and direct air flow. Evaporation does not remove the moisture, it just moves it from the materials to the surrounding air. 

Usage of Dehumidifier in Drying: 

Dehumidification is the removal of moisture in the air. In some cases a containment is placed over an affected area ceiling to concentrate the dehumidification specifically on this area. 

Fire Clean Up Specialists

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Cleanup of fire damage is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner. The entire process can be very overwhelming for a homeowner, and SERVPRO is here to help! Its important to remember that while physical damage is obvious, the odor and soot clean up is difficult. Different fire sources require different cleaning procedures to return a residential or commercial property to its preloss condition. Restoration of a property can be very complex and proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require experienced technicians that are certified in these specific areas. All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have studied the best techniques to restore your home! Don't wait or try to handle this damage on your own, call your fire specials at SERVPRO! 

Garage Fires

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Every year SERVPRO is called out to address fires in our county. Many of these fires start in the garage. Most of the fires are caused by electrical shortage/malfunctions or by improperly stored flammable liquids. Its important to stay safe! Follow this simple tips to keep your friends and home safe from possible fires: 

  • Store oil, gasoline paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from the home. 
  • Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances 
  • Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet at a time. Don't use an extension cord when charging an appliance. 

If you experience a garage fire let SERVPRO help you! Our team is certified, trained and prepared to bring your home back to like, "it never even happened!" 

Commercial Building Fire

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Coping with the aftermath of a fire can be chaotic for anyone, but for a business owner it can be even more stressful. The first instinct is to clean up and get back to the daily operations of running a business. Unfortunately fire damage clean up can be a very involved, and complex process. SERVPRO helps businesses get back to the normal day to day operations by efficiently and quickly cleaning affected structure of the building and processing the fire damaged materials. 

SERVPRO's fire clean services include: Pack out, cleaning and storage of affected contents in our warehouse until the fire clean out is complete. Structural cleaning of business including soot removal, deodorization, ozone, cleaning walls, ceilings, floors, fixtures, air ducts, and hard/soft surfaces. 

Commercial Damages

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Whether the power is out, a storm has hit, a fire has start or water damaged has hit- when catastrophe strikes a commercial business, the damages can be crippling and put the day to day operations to a halt. Every hour spent cleaning is an hour lost of productivity and revenue. Let SERVPRO of Greater Highland/White Lake help you! We have highly trained professional technicians here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year available to properly and efficiently mitigate the damages. 

SERVPRO also offers the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) a useful tool used to prepare a business for the "worse case scenario." The ERP data is a collection source of all of the most important phone numbers, and information you would need in the case of an emergency. 

Mold Damage

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Mold in homes can happen under many different circumstances. It could be an outside water intrusion, a flood, or sewer leak. It also could be from a bat, bird infestation, a decaying animal or rodent. As soon as you are aware of mold in the home its important to call someone for proper removal to make sure there are no effects your you heath or your loved ones.

There are thousands of types of mold and depending on your location, temperature (inside and outside) will determine how to handle the home. First, its important to figure out where the source of mold is coming from and start the removal process.

Call SERVPRO of Greater Highland/White Lake to help you out! We can walk you through the process, and get your home back to the safe environment it should be!

Mold Growth

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Mold can happen in any home at any time! This picture is of some of the mold that was found in a summer home. When the homeowners winterized their home, they didn't think that a radiant heat line would split. This caused a large amount of water damage resulting in extreme mold throughout the property. The homeowner called SERVPRO of Greater Highland/White Lake to come in. Our technicians removed all the affected flooring and drywall and encapsulated the structure so the reconstruction can begin. The homeowners were thankful for our crews, and gad we were able to help speed up the reconstruction process.

When you leave your home for long periods of time its important to properly prepare the home, but to also have a trustworthy family member to check on the home as well.