Recent Storm Damage Posts

Preparing for Storm Season

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Even outside damage can effect the inside of the home. Be prepared!

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. 


8/28/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Tree Damage

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a home which a tree fell onto their gutter causing damage.

The trees in our yard not only provide shade and privacy, but they are also good for the environment! However, we often underestimate how tall or heavy they are until they fall during a storm.  Falling trees during bad weather can result in down power lines and costly damage to homes, fences and outbuildings.  That is why we remind homeowners to have any dead or damaged branches or diseased trees removed. SERVPRO of Greater Highland/White Lake can help you avoid this danger by coming out to your home remove any branches or limbs that could be a potential danger when high winds occur. 

Have you recently had a branch or limb fall causing damage to your home or garage? Remember SERVPRO of Greater Highland/ White Lake is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! 

Michigan Winters

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a photo of an ice dam created by an ice storm.

In Michigan, we often experience extreme winters. This means a lot of ice, and snow fall, often an ice dam is formed. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms on a roof and prevents melting snow/ice (water) from draining off the roof.  With nowhere else to go, and with freezing at night and melting during the day, the water will eventually back up behind the dam and ultimately leak into the home causing severe damage to roof shingles, ceilings, walls, insulation, and more.  If damage from an ice dam goes unnoticed in an attic, there is also a potential for mold/mildew to form. SERVPRO of Greater Highland/White Lake can effectively and safely mitigate the resulting damages from both the water and mold.  

Wind Storm

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a photo of a tree that had fallen on one of our customers homes.

On March 8th 2017 Livingston County residents experienced an very destructive wind storm. The gusts got up to 55 MPH and stayed at these high speeds all day, taking shingles off roof, causing power outages and leaving trees on homes. 

SERVPRO of Greater Highland/White Lake was available to help with the repairs. Our mitigation and restoration crews were available as well as our construction teams for repairs. 

Its important to try to stayed prepared for these types of storms, by removing all dead branches or tree limbs, as soon as you spot them. If a tree falls down and causes damage to the home, we are available to help you repair the damages! SERVPRO of Greater Highland/ White Lake can help you, contact us with further questions!  

Michigan Storms

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a home with a tree fallen right in the living room! You never know what can happen during a Michigan Storm.

As Michigan residents, we all know we can experience all four season in just one day. Whether were hit with 50 mph wind storms, four feet of snow, torrential rains, or a tornado- SERVPRO of Greater Highland/ White Lake is prepared to help you! 

Frozen pipes, down trees or a flooded basement. Storms can create a very scary time for Michigan residents, but remember, SERVPRO of Greater Highland/ White Lake is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even when the largest storms hit, we have the availability to bring in crews from different SERVPRO locations, allowing us to properly serve our community, quickly and safely. 

Let us be your real life hero! If you are affected by storm damage, call SERVPRO of Greater Highland/ White Lake today!