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Flooding and Water Damage

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding is both a common weather and household hazard that can happen at any time.  Whether a flash flood from heavy rainfall or a flooded kitchen or basement from a broken pipe, floods can be dangerous and even potentially life-threatening, and can also cause extensive property damage.  However, there are certain things you can do to prepare for floods in order to minimize the effects in both situations (flash flooding or household water losses). 

Flash flooding can occur with little to no warning, within minutes to hours of a heavy rainfall, especially in low-lying areas that are in close proximity to small bodies of water such as rivers or streams.  Homeowners insurance policies generally do not cover this type of flooding, so additional flood insurance should be purchased in areas that are prone to flash floods (https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance). Evacuation plans should also be made so that all family members know what to do and where to go in the event of a flood. 

Household water losses can lead to flooding inside the home as well.  This can be caused by many different things, such as a broken pipe, overflowed toilet, roof leak, water heater leak, drain backup or even sump pump failure.  Standard homeowners insurance policies generally cover water damages from “sudden and accidental” causes, but special coverage usually must be purchased for sump and water backup losses (https://www.forbes.com/advisor/homeowners-insurance/water-damage/).  You can check with your insurance agent to verify what type of coverages you have on your homeowners policy. 

Homeowners and renters insurance policies typically cover damages to your belongings as well.  It is always a good idea to take photos of major household appliances and other valuables in case they ever need to be included in an insurance claim.  Important documents and valuables should always be kept in waterproof containers on higher levels or shelves. 

Some other preventative measures include clearing out drains, periodically checking water valves, and using a sump pump that has a backup battery in case of a power outage (https://www.ready.gov/floods).

The most important consideration to be taken during any flood situation is safety.  Stop the source of the water intrusion if at all possible.  Do not touch any electrical equipment that is wet or in standing water.  Turning off the electricity is the best way to prevent electric shock if safe to do so.  Stay out of any areas with sagging ceilings.  Then contact us at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee to begin the water mitigation process at (734) 299-7006.  We are here to help!

Be Prepared for Disaster Emergencies!

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

As the summer is coming to an end and we are approaching the Back to School season, it’s important to be prepared for potential emergencies both at home and school.  The upcoming month of September is National Preparedness Month, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (also known as FEMA), and encourages people to prepare for all types of emergencies that may arise.  This year’s theme is “A Lasting Legacy:  The life you’ve built is worth protecting.  Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.” (https://www.ready.gov/september#theme)

At Home:

Family emergency planning – what to do, emergency contacts, evacuation plans, etc.  Get the whole family involved in both the planning and practicing of emergency drills.  Teach older children and teens how to use fire extinguishers and shut off water valves.

Emergency supply kits – food, water, toiletries, first aid kit, flashlights, batteries, matches, cash, etc.

Making your home safer – smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, home fire escape ladders, etc.

Financial preparedness – emergency savings funds, property, health, and life insurances

At School:

Prepare your teachers and students for all types of emergencies or disasters that may occur, including but not limited to fires, floods, tornadoes, and power outages.

Multi-hazard emergency action planning

School emergency operations planning

Establishing an Incident Command System

Fire safety training

Fire and tornado drills

Although the best way to deal with disasters is preventing them from even happening in the first place, not all of them are preventable and we at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee are here to help for your fire and water restoration needs.  This includes smoke remediation and cleaning and sanitizing after flooding or sewage backups.  You can call us at the time of any emergency at (734) 299-7006.

Fire Damage In Your Flat Rock, MI Business

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in your business, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with.  If this happens, you want to regain control as quickly as possible to avoid disruptions in your business, and minimize the time that you have to be closed, and therefore losing income essential to your company’s survival.  

Specifically trained in the cleanup and care of your business and equipment, SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee will arrive on site within hours of the loss to begin mitigation services.  We understand that timely response could prevent business closure and revenue loss, and our goal is to get you back to normal and “Like it never even happened,” as fast as physically possible. 

Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are just some of the initial steps taken to help begin the restoration process.  Rest assured, your business and your belongings are in good hands.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is available and on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help get you back up and running.  Call us today at (734) 299-7006 if you have had a fire and need help or have questions on the fire restoration process.

How Do I Protect My Downriver Business After a Water loss?

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee to rid your downriver business of water damage!

Pipe breaks never seem to happen in the open, at a convenient time on a Tuesday. They always seem to be overnight on a weekend or about an hour after the store closes and no one is around. 

What Exactly Is Water Mitigation?

Water mitigation means reducing the severity of a water spill as quickly as possible. SERVPRO response teams can begin removing water and restoring your tux and formal dress shop within minutes after arriving in the parking lot.

What is the First Thing Team Members Do?

Our first task is to get the water out of your shop. Our teams usually begin with large pumps, but for a smaller operation, we begin with extraction wands. These devices work exceptionally well on concrete and wood floors, as well as commercial carpets. Water removal takes several days to a week for most stores.

There is still moisture in the air and trapped in carpets though. To finish the task and bring the inside humidity to a normal level again, our technicians use a combination of exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers.

Is There Anything I Can Do When It Comes to Mitigation?

Yes, absolutely! Even with our rapid response team, SERVPRO technicians still arrive an hour or more after someone notices the problem. Owners and employees can perform these tasks:

  • Shut-off the water. Every building has a cut-off valve or switch. If you can’t find it, call the Water Department immediately to do it for you.
  • Open the doors and windows. This allows water to drain out of the store and increases airflow to improve the rate of evaporation. 

Both actions help prepare your business for our response team but remember safety first. If there is any risk of being inside, wait for our team leader to help assess the situation.

To schedule a service call, contact SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee today at 734-299-7006.

Water Damage Do's and Dont's

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or to wake up to the sound of a broken pipe spraying water on valuable furniture and household possessions. However, the possibility of water damage occurring in your business or home is very real. Whether it is a pipe burst or a weather-related issue, it is important to arm yourself with some basic knowledge to deal with this type of emergency before it happens.

Here are a few tips to help in the event of water damage :

  • First, ascertain whether it safe to stay in the house.
  • Make sure there are no active electrical devices or outlets immersed in or near the water.
  • Note that wet floors are slippery and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Keep in mind that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
  • Have your plumber’s phone number ready and available.
  • Contact your SERVPRO Professional at 734-299-7006 for complete restoration.

While waiting for your SERVPRO Professional to reach your location, here is what you CAN do:

  • Shut off the water
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air condition on for maximum drying in the Summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects and other prized possessions to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to do After Flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Three Reasons Why Your Toilet is Leaking

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

A leaking toilet can be a major nuisance, especially when the underlying cause is unknown. If your home has a bathroom leak that goes untreated, the resulting damage can be costly. The following are three possible reasons why your toilet leaks with every flush.

1. Malfunctioning Wax Ring

A common cause of this type of leak is failure of the wax seal underneath the toilet. When working properly, the wax ring functions as a barrier between the toilet and floor flange to keep water from seeping out. When this wax seal is malfunctioning, it could be that the wax has become dry over time and no longer functions as a barrier, or that the seal was improperly installed with the toilet.

2. Broken Tank Flange

Another potential cause of a leaking toilet is a broken tank flange. If the flange is not properly installed, it can shift out of place and crack under pressure. Because your toilet is a relatively high-traffic area of your home, even a small crack in a tank flange can quickly become a cause for concern and require replacement.

3. Loose Tank

Bathroom leaks that are not pooling on the floor near the base of the toilet can sometimes be traced back to the tank itself. If your toilet is leaking from the tank, but you see no obvious cracks or damage through which water might escape, your tank might just be loose. The connection between the tank and the rest of the toilet can become loose over time and will most likely cost less to repair than to replace entirely.

A leaking toilet can be a headache to deal with on your own. Hiring the professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee can help fix existing issues and minimize costly water damage in your bathroom to make it seem "Like it never even happened."

Ready For Any Size Disaster

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

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A fire, water, or mold related disaster is always unexpected and an inconvenience in your place of business.  Every hour spent mitigating the damage is an hour of lost productivity and revenue for the company.  At SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee, we have the resources and expertise to give you excellent results in a timely manner.  SERVPRO can help with any commercial loss, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Retirement Communities
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Churches
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities

As always, SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is prepared for any emergency you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call Us Today - 734-299-7006 to get your business back up and running.

SERVPRO Storm Response

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire & water damage, or specialty cleanup needs, it's the SERVPRO brand that comes to mind. Our TEAMS work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy, and have one objective in the aftermath of disaster, to make their loss "Like it never even happened." 

No matter the job size, our SERVPRO teams are ready to handle any size loss. With 1,700+ franchises nationwide, we have access to numerous highly trained personnel and thousands of pieces of equipment. Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery teams are strategically placed throughout the country to respond when needed. Our Teams have a proven track record for success, assisting with cleanup of floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and damage caused from frigid temperatures. 

Whether it’s a major storm event, or faulty appliance, we will be there with one call.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee 734-299-7006

Unpredictable Storm Damage

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Bad weather can be unpredictable, and when it is, homes are at risk of suffering storm damage. The worry is that it’s often difficult to tell just how serious the damage is.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee understands the process of water damage through the roof and has years of experience.

Homeowners often ignore what is seemingly minor damage, not knowing that it is actually causing major issues within the building’s structure. Remember, serious storm damage is not always immediately visible. It may seem like there’s nothing to worry about, but actually, mold growth and ceiling stains are very often signs of a more sinister problem.

Call Us Today at 734-299-7006

Schedule an appointment for us to come and take a look ASAP. If you wait for obvious signs of damage, you may be putting your entire home at risk. Moreover, if your roof or other structural elements have suffered storm damage, your insurance should cover the cost of repair and restoration.

SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee is here in your community and here to help. We also offer 24/7 emergency home restoration services on mold, water, fire, smoke, and storm damage, as well as vandalism or any other disaster that may strike your home.

We are always ready to help and can handle any size job!

Reduce Your Risk of a Dryer Fire

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

According to the US Fire Administration, there are more than 2,500 clothes dryer fires in homes across the United States every year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property damages.  As simple as it seems, the biggest contributing factor of these fires is failure to clean the lint screen.

To protect your home and family from such a tragic disaster, there are several safety tips you should follow to decrease your chances of dryer fire in your home.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Follow the manufacturers operating instructions and do not try to over load your dryer
  • Clean the lint screen before and after every load of laundry
  • Do not use a dryer without a lint screen
  • Be extra careful when drying clothes that have been soiled with flammable substances. If possible, wash clothing more than once and hang to dry
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn
  • Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint builds up and around the drum
  • Make sure the venting system is not damaged or crushed which restricts air flow
  • Check that the outdoor vent flap opens when the dryer is operating
  • Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer for laundry to dry, clean out the vent pipe, or have a professional service do it for you

If you or someone you know has experienced a dryer fire, or any type of fire and need help, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Carleton/Maybee at (734) 299-7006.