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Types of Roof Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

We have received a ton of calls for roof repairs after all of the high winds we have seen lately. 

If your home has taken a beating from high winds, the damage is not always obvious. Damaged shingles may look fine from the street and the issues may not reveal themselves until after some time has passed. 

Damaged shingles can lead to a leak in the roof. The leak will be small and hard to notice but may make its way through your homes siding or roofs waterproof material. These small areas allow moisture and pests to enter your home.

The wind can also cause the roof decking to lift away from the framing. Even the slightest lift can lead to loose screws and nails. If this happens it may take only one more high wind situation to completely lift the roof decking away from the home. 

The damage your home sustains will depend on several factors. These include:

  • Direction of high winds
  • Type of home construction
  • Materials used for roof and siding
  • Age of home

 When you have your home assessed for damaged by SERVPRO professionals, they will look beneath the surface to find the hidden damage.

SERVPRO of Lapeer vs Water Damage- Why you should choose us and what we can do for you!

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

If you are experiencing water damage from a failed sump pump, sewage backup or other plumbing issue, you have come to the right place. At SERVPRO of Lapeer Water & Fire Restoration, we specialize in water removal & restoration of all types and sizes and stand ready to solve your problem 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. With a full service restoration approach, we can handle everything from the initial cleanup & drying service, all the way through to the final restoration. 

Water Damage Restoration Process at SERVPRO of Lapeer

Our process works through mitigating, or “minimizing the severity” of your loss. We do this through our emergency response crews that come equipped to extract all water, apply a disinfectant, remove any non-salvageable materials and use drying equipment to dry the materials that can be saved, and prevent mold. As response time is so critical, getting a free estimate as soon as possible is extremely important to reducing further damage and preventing mold.

Our specific procedures based on the cleanliness of the water source & conditions & amount of dwell time. If you have any questions about how your situation should be handled, please contact us at (810) 664-1000.

SERVPRO of Lapeer provide:

  • Quick Friendly Service
  • Emergency Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service Available
  • Fully Licensed & Insured Commercial Water Damage Restoration Contractor
  • Expert Certified Commercial Water Damage Restoration Professionals
  • Commercial, Residential & Municipal Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Snow and Ice Build Up and The Damage it Can Cause to your Home

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Winter is a beautiful and magical time of year. The snow fall makes for a picture perfect kind of day. But what happens if you leave all that snow on your roof and in your gutters to freeze?

Snow Damns- When snow falls on your roof and the temperature is above freezing, the snow melts and trickles down to a part of your roof that is colder and below freezing. The water then freezes and expands which can damage your shingles, open up cracks and create a snow damn. They may be beautiful to look at but they create an awfully expensive roof repair when not attended to properly. 

Cave in's- if we have a bad snow storm, large amounts of snow can accumulate on your roof and if it is not removed in a timely manner, the weight of the snow could cause your roof to cave in. 

SERVPRO of Lapeer are the experts in all things water. Call us any time-24/7- 365 days a year. 

SERVPRO of Lapeer


Roof Health

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Living in Michigan your home is bound to see its share of wind, rain, snow and ice. Replacing or repairing a roof usually comes with an expensive price tag. Keeping an eye on a few simple things will help you maintain a healthy roof and keep you from spending a fortune. 

Keep an eye on your shingles

Missing or damaged shingles are the cause of most major roof repairs because they are not attended to in time. Cleaning them on occasion to keep them free and clear of dirt, and replacing one or two missing shingles will help keep the integrity of your roof.

Roof Sealants

Replace your roof sealants once they show signs of wear or visible cracking.

Watch out for Rust

Rust spreads fast so if you have used any metal in the construction of your roof check it often. If rust does appear you should try to lightly brush it off. 

Trim Branches

keep nearby branches trimmed and away from your roof in the case they fall over during a storm. 

Think Before you Light your Candles

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that December is the peak time of year for home fires started by candles? Each year an average of 7,900 home candle fires are reported! 

Candles smell great and give you a nice cozy feeling, especially in the cold winter months, but it is important you pay attention to a few things.

     Never leave your home while         a candle is burning. Before           walking away, make sure that      the flame has completely              burned out. 

     Never place a lit candle                 underneath a low shelf or             cabinet. make sure the candle       is placed somewhere free and       clear of anything that is                potentially flammable. 

     Never leave a child alone in a       room with a lit candle and             make sure that the candle is         up high enough so a child             cannot reach it and knock it           over.

SERVPRO of Lapeer is wishing you and your family a very safe and Merry Christmas this year. 

Tree and Down Power Line Damage After a Storm

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Winter brings more than snow and cheer, it also brings ice and wind with home damage fear!

A large snow and ice storm comes through and leaves an accumulation of ice and snow, heavy enough to take down even some of the strongest and healthiest trees. 

if you find yourself in this situation call SERVPRO of Lapeer.

First our highly trained specialists will bring in a tree company to safely remove the tree, causing as little damage as possible in the process.

Next, we will cover the affected areas to save it from any additional damage.

We will then clean and mitigate your home with proper drying equipment to prevent any underlying issues.

Finally, we will work with your insurance company and get the approval needed to begin work on your home and to live up to our promise, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Lapeer


Tips on how to SAFELY deep fry your turkey this Thanksgiving

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Turkey Fryer Best Practice Be sure to follow these tips to SAFELY deep fry your holiday bird!

Thanksgiving is a time for family and holiday traditions including taste tested Thanksgiving recipes. It's also a time where family members may want to join in the food preparation so fire safety is important. With the speed of deep-frying a turkey, the irresistible flavor, and juiciness that results, turkey frying has become a Thanksgiving tradition for some. But turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injury, which is why organizations like the National Fire Protection Association advises against using them. If you DO plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home.

Tips to help prevent deep fried turkey accidents

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  • Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.
  • Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  • Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

In the slim chance that something goes wrong (of course we HOPE not), please remember that SERVPRO of Lapeer always has crews on call, including holidays like Thanksgiving.  We are always here to help.  Give us a call at 810-664-1000 any time.

Overloaded Electrical Outlets

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

An overloaded outlet can get hot enough to burn through wires and start an electrical fire. 

Signs of Overloaded Circuits

  • Humming or buzzing sounds
  • Smoke coming for the outlets
  • Dimming Lights
  • Burning Smells 
  • Frequently flipped circuit breakers
  • Warm or discolored wall plates 

Immediate Fixes

You will simply want to disconnect some of the plugs, find a different outlet to use and flip the breakers back on. 

Long-Term Fix

Older homes are often not equipped with enough outlets to power all of your devices. You may want to add more outlets which is a great idea but it may overload your circuit breaker. You may have to install a new circuit controlled by a new breaker.  

SERVPRO of Lapeer is equipped to handle any size fire at your residential or commercial residence. 

if disaster should ever strike, let the experts at SERVPRO of Lapeer handle it.


Stages of Water Damage Repair for your Lapeer County Home or Business

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement and Contents This basement experienced flooding after a bad rainstorm, and SERVPRO of Lapeer was on site to clean it up

If you experience water damage in your home or business, you will likely need to have water restoration done. What this entails can vary depending on the severity of the damage, but the general process remains the same. While your house is being worked on, you can expect a restoration company like SERVPRO of Lapeer to follow these fire restoration stages.

Inspection of the water damage

Before restoration can begin, the property will need to be inspected to understand the extent of the damage and how to address it. Our skilled production technicians and crew chiefs will look at each area of your home or business to determine the extent of the damage done by the water, whether it was from a storm or other flood in your building. This allows them to determine the best way to move forward with their work and create a water damage repair plan.

Mitigation against further damage

Once the inspection has been completed, SERVPRO technicians will move on to water mitigation. This step is essential to prevent the damage from getting worse. Unfortunately, many people miss this step and end up making matters worse by not preventing further damage from happening. For example, if there are holes in the walls from water seeping through or issues with the roofing or broken windows, these will need to be boarded up or covered with a tarp to keep the area safe and prevent further damage. Water damage will be removed as well, with each object treated based on what it’s made of. It will also include removing excess water and drying the building to prevent mold or mildew growth. Unpleasant odors will be removed as well. By identifying the odor's cause and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace, such as mold or mildew that has already started to grow.

Restoration of your home or business

After damage cleaning is complete, the final stage, the repair process, can begin. During the restoration, SERVPRO technicians will begin to return your home to its previous condition, endeavoring to make it "Like it never even happened." In the case of severe damage, this can include rebuilding walls, roofing, or even whole rooms. SERVPRO offers a variety of building services to address this. Smaller tasks, such as replacing carpets and repainting walls, will be done as well. All repairs will be covered with the home or business owner before starting. Once this stage has been finished, your house or business should look as good as it did before the water damage occurred!

Whether the water or flood damage was large or small, water damage restoration is a necessary part of returning your home or business to normal. A water damage remediation company like SERVPRO of Lapeer has the equipment and professional training necessary to do this quickly and thoroughly. We will be able to repair your home and can salvage many of your damaged belongings as well. If you’ve experienced any kind of water or flood damage, contact SERVPRO 24/7 at 810-664-1000

Three Tips to Avoid Freezing Pipes

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen Steps Don't get caught with frozen pipes this winter

A slow leak in a pipe in your home in Lapeer County, may go undetected for a while, but there's no mistaking the sudden and extensive damage a pipe that has frozen can cause. Here are some pipe freeze prevention tips to help keep your home safe from busted pipes and water damage during the winter.

3 Tips To Avoid Freezing Pipes and Water Damage

1. Prevention

The best way to avoid extensive water damage from frozen pipes is to prevent the issue from happening in the first place. There are a few places in your home where your pipes are the most vulnerable to freezing:

  • Right inside exterior walls
  • Connected to exterior faucets
  • Inside closed cabinets
  • In unheated areas such as attics and crawl spaces

There are several things you can do to prevent pipes from freezing. Insulate your pipes, particularly the ones that are near exterior walls or in spaces cut off from the central heating in your living spaces. You can apply electrical heating tape to pipes as well. Be sure to keep your heater on, even when you are not at home, if temperatures outside are below freezing. During the coldest parts of the day, it's a good idea to open your cabinet doors or allow your water faucets to drip for reliable pipe freeze prevention.

2. Detection

If you can catch a frozen pipe before it bursts, you may be able to save the pipe and the area around it from damage. A telltale sign that you have a frozen pipe is a significantly smaller flow when you turn on a faucet. Turn the faucet off, locate the pipe and slowly warm it up, allowing the ice inside to melt. The faucet should then flow normally again.

3. Solution

A burst pipe leads to water damage that can only be properly repaired by water mitigation experts. The technicians must tear out all ruined materials and rebuild the area affected by the flooding. If your insurance doesn't cover the cost, you may be looking at a lot of out-of-pocket expenses.

These pipe freeze prevention tips can protect your home from water damage. Make pipe protection part of your regular winter maintenance plan.  Should you find yourself in a wet and cold situation, SERVPRO of Lapeer is available 24/7/365 (yes, including holidays) to mitigate your water damage and get you back to normal.  Call us at 810-644-1000 anytime to get started.