Lets Talk Flooded Basements
With spring coming in the middle of summer this year, our team has been working around the clock to keep up with the overflow of calls we have received. Our team is one of the largest in the area and we are still struggling to keep up.
Is your basement flooded?
Cant get someone out today?
Here is what you can do to minimize the damage..
Early cleanup after your basement floods is not only efficient but also important from a health standpoint. After you are certain the cause of the flood has been repaired you can start the cleanup.
Before you begin anything, be sure the situation is safe! With flooded basements sometimes comes sewage leaks, structural damage, or electrical hazards.
If you have a flood contained in a small area, you can use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the water.
Larger floods require the use of your sump pump. Connect a garden hose to the pump with the opposite end running away from your house and preferably into a storm drain. DO NOT remove all the water at one time. Remove about 1/3 of the water at the time, marking the level each time to confirm the leak has been cared for properly.
Why not remove the water all at once?
If the flooding in your basement is caused by heavy rain or snow fall, the water pressure in the ground is likely high. The water in your house may be stabilizing your foundation. Removing it all at once can lead to cracks in the foundation.
Again, removing the water will you wait for the professionals to come in will make dramatic difference in the amount of damage you have.
If you or someone you know has experienced basement flooding, do not wait! Give us a call today.
SERVPRO of Lapeer
Standing Water? We Can Help With That!
The last few weeks in Michigan have been wet, to say the least. Our emergency service line has been ringing non-stop and our team is working around the clock. Do you know what to do at the first sign of a water leak?
1) Identify the source- where is the water coming from? -Is it the sump-pump, a broken pipe, or is there water coming in from your basement windows? Why does this matter?Insurance companies put each loss in a different type of category so knowing the cause is vital when confirming if a service is covered or not which brings us to point # 2. 2) Know your insurance policy- verify your coverage before you request a service team otherwise you may be stuck with a big bill at the end. 3) Call in the experts! SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc waiting for your call 24/7 810-664-1000
Water Works Quickly..... But so do we!
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Lapeer arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Lapeer
SERVPRO of Lapeer specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Give us a call today at 810-664-1000!
What Happens when Water Gets Under your Ceramic Tile?
Tile can withstand small quantities of water but if your home has been flooded and you are thinking of leaving the effected tile untouched, there are a few important things you should know. Water that has found its way under ceramic tile can cause mold growth. If that mold is not taken care of it can become very dangerous. Mold spores can lead to health effects and will eventually compromise the structure of the tile itself.
This is where your insurance company steps in and tells you to call SERVPRO of Lapeer. Our trained professionals will come in, access all damage and identify potential future problems that you may not have even known to check for. Our Project Manager will work directly with you and your insurance adjuster to repair or replace all damaged areas.
With 24/7 on-call technicians, we are faster to any size disaster.
SERVPRO of Lapeer
Fires in The Workplace
Fires in the workplace can be especially devastating to business owners. There is the damage to the facility, any inventory, and then there is the longer timeline before you can get back up and running which may lead to loss of employees. SERVPRO does not often receive calls for workplace fires, however the ones they do respond to, often have major damage with a loss of most or all their inventory. Take note of these 4 most common reasons for workplace fires.
Faulty Electrical Equipment
Loose wires, overloaded plugs and faulty connections can lead to dangerous electrical fires. This often happens because businesses put off replacing functional but unsafe or outdated equipment. It requires a slight investment to keep your staff safe and saves money in the end.
*Note- it is a business owners' responsibility to care for electrical equipment. These types are especially dangerous because they cannot be put out by water. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in site for all employees.
Flammable and Combustible Materials
Workshops and garages can be prone to these types of fires. If these items are not stored properly certain tools like a circular saw can cause a spark and light near bye flammable chemicals.
Lack of Staff Training
Unforeseen accidents are always a possibility even when you have followed all rules and regulations. For this reason, employee training is vital! Proper training can prevent innocent mistakes, like covering the vents of electrical equipment, that could lead to a major disaster. If a fire does still occur, it is extremely important that all staff members are aware of your evacuation plan.
Lack of resources and equipment in place
Smoke detectors and fire alarms need to be installed and checked! This should seem like a given, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Investing in the initial upfront cost of these safety procedures could save you thousands of dollars in the end and most importantly will KEEP YOUR STAFF SAFE!
If disaster should occur call
SERVPRO of Lapeer 24/7-365.
SERVPRO of Lapeer Water Damage Services
SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
Our professionally trained technicians are waiting for your call. With the most current and advanced drying equipment we can have your home or business on the way to recovery in a matter of hours. While the dry out process is being executed, we will carefully pack up and store all of your belongings that have not been affected and contain the damaged areas to keep it from spreading any further.
Let us go to work for you!
SERVPRO of Lapeer
Emergency Restoration Services With SERVPRO of Lapeer
SERVPRO of Lapeer provides professional residential and commercial emergency restoration services for disasters of all sizes. From water and flood damage, to fire damage and mold remediation, SERVPRO of Lapeer is available 24/7 to clean up and repair damage to residential and commercial property.
Why choose SERVPRO emergency restoration services?
- Emergency disaster service available 24/7
- Rapid response to disasters of all sizes
- IICRC-certified water restoration specialists
- Affordable Prices
- Quickly Friendly Service
When disaster strikes your business, every hour spent on recovery could equal hundreds, even thousands of dollars of lost revenue. Fast and efficient disaster cleanup is crucial. Our professional commercial and large loss restoration specialists will be there fast to get your business up and running again.
Do you Have a Mold problem? Give SERVPRO of Lapeer a call Today!
Did you know that it is actually impossible to remove ALL mold from your home or business? Mold lives everywhere, indoor and outdoor. Mold spores are microscopic, traveling through the air and usually entering your home through windows, air conditioning units or doors. They thrive on moisture and can quickly turn into a much larger problem when exposed to water.
Large mold problems are generally easy to find because it produces a strong musty odor.
Why chose SERVPRO of Lapeer if you find mold present in your home or business?
We are faster to any size disaster!
We are highly trained mold remediation specialists. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
SERVPRO of Lapeer is here for you day or night 365 days a year.
Types of Roof Damage
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!
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