How Can you Protect your Home from Storm Damage this Summer?
The frozen pipes have stopped and the storms will soon come. Follow these easy steps to keep your home safe from storm damage.
-After every winter you should check for missing or damaged shingles and replace them
-Keep your gutters clean -SERVPRO can help you with that
-Repair loose siding- We know someone for that too
-Ensure water can flow away from your home
-Make sure your doors and windows are sealed properly
-Make sure your sump pump is in working order before all of the spring rain hits
-Maintenance any trees near your home regularly
-Keep a generator on hand
-Lastly, walk around your home. Home owners are not always able to fix the problems they find around their property but that is why SERVPRO of Lapeer is available 24/7-365 days a year to answer your call.
How Do They Get All of This Water Out of My Home?
SERVPRO of Lapeer has highly trained professionals who have a precise plan of action when your home is affected by water.
First they organize a move-out/pack-out to protect all of your belongings.
Next the water removal begins immediately.
So how do they get all of that water out of there?
Depending on how much water you have, SERVPRO may use power submersible pumps along with industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. This reduces drying time and helps to prevent mold.
The flooring needs to be inspected to determine if removal will be necessary in order to protect the subfloor.
Moisture detectors are then used to measure the extent of water and inferred cameras are used to find water that may be hidden behind the walls.
After this the dry out process can begin and you can begin and you will be one step closer to getting your home back!
Call SERVPRO of Lapeer any time you have a water problem and let one of our experts get you back into your home faster.
We are here to help!
Shutting down your business because of a disaster can really put you in the negative. That is why SERVPRO of Lapeer has specially trained professionals who will arrive on site within hours and minimize the disruption to you and your customers.
Let SERVPRO of Lapeer help with any fire, water and mold needs you have.
- Small office buildings
- Large office/High rise buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large retail/Big Box-Stores
- High Rise Residential
- Manufacturing and Industrial
If your business has not been affected by a catastrophic event and you simply just need some deep cleaning done in those hard to reach areas we have a specialized team for that as well.
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Commercial Water Damage
We all get very busy with our day to day schedules and water damage can really put a wrench in your plans. As inconvenient and time consuming as it may be, leaving water damage for even 1 day can make things significantly worse.
Within Minutes water will spread throughout your property soaking into drywall, upholstery and other belongings.
Within the first 24 hours drywall will spread and break, metal surfaces begin to tarnish and a musty odor becomes present.
Within 48 hours to a week mold and mildew grow and spread, paint blisters, wood flooring swells and doors and windows swell and warp.
After 1 week of being untreated, the time and money needed for restoration significantly increase and the home or business may no longer be structurally sound.
If you travel south for the winter have a friend or family member check on your home every few days and if your business has a basement be sure to check it regularly.
Holiday Depot Support
All of the collected items on the table after counting.
Community is very important to us at SERVPRO. We strive to be active members of the community and support those in need when we can. That is why we did not even think twice about supporting the Holiday Depot of Lapeer County.
In order to show support for the organization, we became a donation center and a put gift tags on our tree for individuals looking for an item to buy. Considering we don’t get a lot of walking traffic, we decided to partner with the local elementary school to do a collection on their behalf. The school house over 400 students. We put a collection box in 19 classrooms and asked the students to bring items in over the course of 3 weeks. Any class that participated would receive candy canes and the class that brought in the most items would receive a pizza party. We were a little weary because this was the first attempt at something like this, but much to our surprise, the winning class brought in 211 items and the students, brought in 1,146 items! Those items will go a long way for this organization and the families in the community that need the assistance.
Overall, this was an amazing experience and we are so humbled by the support that the students showed for those in need in our community. We can’t wait to do this again next year!
Donation to the Fire Association
The van after the training session was complete.
Have you heard of spring cleaning? At SERVPRO, we believe in fall cleaning! In this case, we had some vehicles that didn’t work and we needed to find them a new home. Instead of just shipping them off to the junk yard, we decided to donate them to the local fire association for their training session.
This training session was teaching them how to remove people from the vehicles, more specifically, using the jaws of life. We were unable to attend the course due to state regulations, but from the pictures that they sent us, that class was very interesting. The two mini vans that we donated, are now doorless convertibles! We were impressed when we saw the after pictures.
The training the members of our fire department does, it crucial to the work that they do in the field and we are happy that we were able to assist them by donating our vehicles.
Photo of the class attendees during a class break.
One of the many ways that SERVPRO helps in the community, is by providing Continuing Education Classes. These classes assist insurance agents in receiving the credits that they need for their certification throughout the year.
This past June, we hosted our first class at the Flint Farmers Market with approximately 30 insurance agents in attendance. Mary, from SERVPRO Corporate visited and taught them about Ethics & Fire Restoration. The afternoon session was complete with a demonstration of SERVPRO products on wood with various levels of smoke damage. We even included a question and answer section with Eric, who holds a masters in fire & water restoration and has over 20 years of industry experience. Overall, the agents enjoyed the classes and thought that they were interesting, specifically the Fire Restoration class.
SERVPRO Summer Send-off
Volunteers working the check-in table for the event.
Part of our culture is having fun and bring people together. We also like to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. That is why we partnered with a neighboring SERVPRO to bring the community together for a SERVPRO Summer Send-off Party! This event was the largest after-hours event to date and the first tri-county event. This was a night that attendees will remember.
We had it all! We had a battle of the breweries, food trucks, live music, lawn games and the option to support a local nonprofit. Guests could hang out inside the warehouse or take the party outside under the tent. While some played the lawn games, many chose to take the opportunity to network with other attendees. Periodically throughout the night, we would count the brewery votes and at the end of the night, we announced Tenacity Brewing as our winner!
This event was enjoyed by all that attended, and we can’t wait to start planning for next year!
Crawl Space Pool?
The basement that flooded as a result of the water in the crawl space.
Crawl spaces are typically small and difficult to maneuver through; however, there are those times when it can’t be avoided.
At a resident’s home in Grand Blanc, water was coming from the crawl space into the basement. The carpet was soaked, but the homeowner did not know where the water was coming from within the crawl space. A plumber came out and fixed the source, but our work was only just beginning. Our crew started by removing the carpet from the affected area. Once the carpet was removed, the equipment was ready to be set to start the drying process; however, the circuits kept popping. We learned that we were attempting to plug in more than the house could handle in that specific area. So, we regrouped and came back the next day to monitor and swap out some of the previously set equipment with some Ariel fans. This helped with the power restraint, while maintaining drying power within the affected area. After a few short days, the homeowner was able to take back their home, knowing that there was no water where it should not be!
This one’s a true double header! We were called out to a home in Oxford for a shower/bath that was leaking into the basement AND mold in the basement that needed to be remediated.
To start, we addressed the water issues that the customer faced, conducting demo and setting equipment to start the drying process. Next, we addressed the mold in their basement. Our crew set-up a containment zone, remediated the mold and then place 3 air scrubbers in the affected area. After a couple of days, the water affected area was dry and the affected mold area was good to go. This job is now in reconstruction and soon their home will look like the shower/bath never leaked and the mold was never even there.