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Large Water Loss

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores 
  • Large retail/Big Box-Stores
  • High Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial 
  • Government/Military

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.

Call SERVPRO of Lapeer

810-664-1000

Storm Repairs with SERVPRO of Lapeer

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

When storms strike, SERVPRO of Lapeer is always ready with a 24-hour emergency response to aid residents and business owners. With one call to (810) 664-1000, SERVPRO of Lapeer in Oxford will be on site and work to mitigate the damage to your property. If you’ve been affected by fallen trees, tornado damage, flooding, road damage, hail damage or any other storm damage, SERVPRO is the damage restoration company to call in Oxford.

We offer a large variety of services to owners of damaged property from the storm, making sure that storm damage does not become permanent and irreplaceable damage.

Types of Storm Damage

  • Hail will mainly cause damage to your roof, siding, and windows.
  • Checking your roof each year for hail damage can help prevent future damage caused by rain.
  • If you notice dents or holes on the siding, roofs, or screens of your home, call SERVPRO Restoration and your insurance company right away.
  • After the storm, check for water stains around and under your windows, which may be a result of leakage. Also, be sure that you do not have any broken windows.

The sooner you receive help from SERVPRO of Lapeer, the sooner your home can return to its previous state. Our certified team of restoration experts can be on the job right away and help you prevent further damage and harm.

Air Quality of your Business

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

After a long few months of working from home, businesses have been sitting dormant collecting dust and moving a lot less air through their systems. Now that everyone is headed back to the office and we are about to head into the cold winter months, have you taken the proper steps to ensure the health of your employees?

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.

SERVPRO of Lapeer will inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). 

Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give your employers cleaner air to breathe.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

Everyone will be on high alert this year, wondering about every sneeze and cough. Do what you can to eliminate any contributing factors by calling SERVPRO of Lapeer and provide your employees with a safe and healthy work environment.

Fall Fire Safety

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

The cooler weather has arrived and with that comes warm cozy sweaters, the burning of all fall scented candles and the constant baking of every dessert that includes pumpkins or apples. 

In the middle of all the warm fuzzy feelings, let's take a second to talk fall fire safety.

-Candles look and smell great but they are not always practical for families with younger children. Keeping them high up on a shelf or counter does not always guarantee safety. Kids love to climb, especially when they see that pretty orange flickering light. Battery operated candles are just as beautiful, last a lot longer and are a lot safer. 

- Baking is a fall must and it is also a great skill to teach your kids. Just be sure to use proper kitchen safety. Keep the stove top clean from any grease or dust. Keep towels away from the stove top and make sure everything is completely turned off when you are finished. 

SERVPRO Water Restoration

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

When talking about our wonderful state of Michigan, a few things comes to mind.

The many large and beautiful lakes make for awesome boating months in our warm summer season and beautiful blankets of white snow cover the ground in winter creating a wonderland for skiing, sledding and ice fishing. It is safe to say that WATER plays a big part in just about everything we do.  

Unfortunately, water also plays the biggest part in Michigan home and business damage every year. 

Knowing this, SERVPRO of Lapeer has assembled the areas leading team in water restoration. 

Our professionals provide 24/7 emergency services with quicker response times and our efficiency and communication between the customer and insurance adjusters make us a preferred vendor for many nation wide insurance companies. 

The team at SERVPRO of Lapeer has extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

We proudly serve both residential and commercial properties.

SERVPRO of Lapeer

810-732-3298

Our Answer to Fire Damage

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating in so many ways. After the fire is put out, you are left with water damage from a sprinkler system or fire hose, and even worse is the lingering smell of smoke. You need a team of professionals who have certified training in all areas of restoration to help you rid that awful smell and take care of all the damage while you take care of the most important thing, your family.

As fire restoration pros, SERVPRO of Lapeer use 2 primary methods to eliminate odor 

1. Dry fogging- Dispenses solvent based deodorants as very small particles 

2. Ozone- Activated oxygen quickly dissipates with no residue, fragrances, or chemicals that some can be sensitive to.   

Call SERVPRO of Lapeer today for any of your restoration needs.

810-664-1000

Bathroom Water Disasters

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

14,000 US citizens have a water related issue in there home every day. Allot of these issues come from a home owners bathroom. Anything from a leaky or overflowing toilet, a crack in the pipes, or an overflowing sink from faulty valves, can leave a home owner with a major loss on there hands.

These simple suggestions could keep you from being a statistic. 

  • Frequently test valves for your toilet, shower, and sink to ensure they are properly working.
  • Check faucet supply lines hidden under vanities and replace when needed.
  • If you notice a clog in your sink, call in a professional.
  • Keep an eye out for rust or brown colored stains in the drywall. This may be a sign that something is wrong with the hidden pipes. 

SERVPRO Clean

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned 

Our 3 C's........

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

SERVPRO of Lapeer is ready for your call 365 days a year and 24 hours a day!

810-664-1000

SERVPRO of Lapeer- Storm Dream Team

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Lapeer understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

If You Have Questions or Need Help,
Call Us Today (810-664-1000)

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Lapeer specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. They utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Lapeer can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. For additional information, check out Contents Claim Inventory Service.

SERVPRO and Your Insurance Company

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Why choose SERVPRO for your repairs and restoration?

We offer you and your insurance company a variety of competitive advantages.

-Our professionals pride themselves on restoring your home or property correctly the first time and in a timely manner so you can get back to your life. This will allow for lower claims costs for your insurance provider and satisfied customers. 

-Our large team of professionals are trained for any size disaster. This means a quicker response time for your home or business.  

-SERVPRO franchise professionals can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

-SERVPRO Franchise Professionals must agree to 21 different guidelines to receive Insurance Client referrals. From insurance to background checks on employees, each requirement is maintained continually to help ensure clients get the best possible service providers performing work.

What to Look for as Businesses Reopen

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the definition of clean and has 89% of consumers nervous about returning to the retail world.

SERVPRO cleaning specialist in Flint, recommends paying attention to four key things as businesses reopen.

1. Look for "signs" of clean

When you first walk into the building you should immediately look for signs that the space has been cleaned recently. A clean space will be free of visible dirt and trash. Fingerprints in high traffic areas are a good sign that cleaning is not high priority. Standalone sanitation stations are a good sign that disinfecting is a priority. Many businesses are also hanging signage to remind guests to use proper social distancing protocols.  

2. What adjustments have staff made?

Everyone has a responsibility to stop the spread of coronavirus. The staff of retail businesses, restaurants, or community centers should be properly trained in CDC-approved cleaning methods. If employees are not using proper techniques or products, it might be due to a lack of proper training. Look for staff who are wearing gloves and masks and are practicing safe distancing when interacting with customers. 

3. What adjustment has the business made to the physical space?

Many businesses and facilities have made physical changed to their buildings to help reduce the risk of spreading illness. The business may adjust to traffic flow of patrons to prevent congested areas. Contactless point-of-sale are becoming more common, and many businesses are constructing barriers between employees and guests. Some have even added markers on the floor to indicate the safe 6-feet distance. One good way to help prevent the spread of infection is to reduce the number of touch points, such as propping doors open and opening windows to increase airflow. Some of the businesses are going a step further and reducing the number of customers allowed inside the space at one time. 

4. Does it look like " business as usual?"

in the same way that the country changed following 9/11, what we once knew as "normal" may change forever. If a facility is still operating gin the way it did before the coronavirus pandemic, there is a good chance the managers or staff are not taking the illness seriously and are not prioritizing the health of their employees and guests. many have reduced there hours of operation or offered times when they are open only for at-risk individuals, such as senior citizens or those who are immune-compromised. Before stepping out of your door, check the company's social media pages or their website for communications about their hours and the steps they are taking to protect patrons. These locations should be following federal, state, and local mandates with regard to safety. 

Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to help reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. 

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage,making it "Like it never even happened," for both commercial and residential customers. 

Our Thank you to Everyone on The Front Line

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

In an effort to thank our first responders for what they are doing to protect our communities, we are currently offering sanitizing and fogging services for ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars at no cost. We know each company is taking their own precautions, we are offering our services as a professional cleaning company to go above and beyond for you as a thank you.

We are reaching out individually to the first responders in our area, but we want to make sure we don’t miss anyone.

For anyone that would like to be scheduled, or has questions, please contact marketing manager Lauren Goslee on her cell phone at 810-569-2861.

Thank you to everyone who is working so hard to keep us safe in the fight against COVID-19.

Safety Measures Against the Coronavirus

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

About Coronavirus

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Scope of Cleanup Protocol

SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs,light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well: 

• Kitchen/Food Areas

• Bathrooms

• Schools/Classrooms

• Offices

• Retail Spaces

• Water Fountains

• Shelving and Racks

• Sales Counters

• Carpets and rugs

• Stair Handrails

• Elevator Cars

• Playground Equipment

• Fitness Equipment

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. SERVPROXIDE, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE.

Rid the Sickness with SERVPRO of Lapeer

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

The CDC estimates that almost 62,000 people died from the flu in the 2018-2019 flu season. That is the highest it has been in over 4 decades. The spread of the flu from person to person often happens in our work places or our children's schools and daycare facilities. 

Let SERVPRO of Lapeer help to keep your business as germ free as possible. We have an amazing, specially trained cleaning team that can come in and address every inch of your business. 

What we offer:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Document Restoration
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

Lets Talk Tech

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lapeer and Grand Blanc has all of the latest and greatest restoration technology. 

Moisture Detection

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

Water Extraction Equipment 

Powerful equipment is key when it comes to the drying process and removing the majority of standing water you may have in your home or business. 

  •  To meet this demand,      SERVPRO has gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high level water. our truck-mounted and portable extraction units make for fast and efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace and Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removers 

Air scrubbers and thermal foggers are used to remove the intense smells that accompany fire and water damage. These machines remove air-borne contaminants while controlling the air quality. 

Should you find your self in need of a highly recommended restoration company, call SERVPRO of Lapeer today.

810-664-1000

Safe Snow Removal

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Snow on your roof can lead to leaks, mildew buildup in your attic, and damage to your gutters. It has  been a pretty mild winter so far but we at SERVPRO of Lapeer have a feeling it is not over just yet. Pay attention to the following three tips for safe snow removal. 

1. Stay at ground level if possible. If it is wet you can assume it is slippery. Better to stay closer to the ground.

2. Dont let snow pile too high, remove as much as you can. Falling ice or a buildup of snow can be dangerous. The weight of the snow on your roof can also result in water leaks. 

3. Use a plastic shovel. They are lightweight, flexible and easy to handle. Snow is also less likely to stick to a plastic blade. 

Roof Damage and Repair

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Roof damage is always a major concern when big rain or snow storms come through. Usually the signs are very evident. Water spots on the ceiling,curled shingles, wet walls or winter ice damage are are all very easy ways to determine if your roof is in need of a little TLC.

Missing shingles are always a sure tell sign but you should also pay close attention to any possible damage done to the remaining shingles. 

Missing flashing at the edges of the roof, vents and chimneys should also be attended too in order to prevent unwanted water from entering your home during the next storm. 

pealing sealant can also cause problems so be sure to look for that as well.

SERVPRO of Lapeer is on call 24/7. We can restore or replace any issues with your roof.

Do not hesitate to give us a call today....

810-664-1000

Document Restoration

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Major water or fire damage can leave you feeling helpless over the loss of important family documents and photographs or books. SERVPRO knows that quick mediation is the key to recovering your damaged property. 

What can we restore?

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

How do we do it?

We use innovative vacuum freeze-drying techniques. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

With major water damage documents can we exposed to mold and bacteria. SERVPRO uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents. We are also able to digitize your valuable documents and photographs. It will save you space allow for easy and fast access. 

What is a sump pump? What happens when it fails you?

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

Hundreds of Michigan residents are finding out just how important it is to have a battery back up for your sump pump in the case of a power outage. After the severe weather we experienced this weekend many basements have been left with standing water.

A sump pump eliminates moisture and prevents flooding by collecting excess water from drains and pumping it out and away from the building. You will find a sump pump sitting in a specially constructed pit that sits lower than the basement floor in homes that are susceptible to major rain and snow fall. 

If your pump stops working, water could get into your basement and foundation walls. This may cause mold and mildew to grow and if enough water builds up, the basement can flood. 

How do you know your sump pump is working?

You can check your sump pump tow different ways. Two separate plugs are attached to the unit. Unplug them both and then plug in only the one for the pump. If the pump does not immediately turn on then something is wrong. Your other option is to add water and wait to see if the pump turns on and properly evacuates the water. 

Family Escape Plan

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have an escape plan if a fire happens at your home?

Consider these tips to create a plan:

  • Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan, showing 2 exits of each room (door and window)
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home
  • Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • If there are infants, elderly, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Having an escape plan set in place- JUST IN CASE- can be life saving and beneficial.

If you have a fire at your home, call SERVPRO of Lapeer to take care of the disaster.

810-664-1000

Keeping that Bedroom Door Shut

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Many children like sleeping with their doors open in fear of the boogeyman hiding under there bed. However this picture shows why it is so important for bedroom doors to stay shut at night time. A shut door can keep out smoke and eventually fire and save a life. 

- Routine at home fire drills are a great way to keep your kids ready and aware. Kids practice them at school, why wouldn't you teach them at home?

Stop, Drop, and Roll is universal.  Also teach them to stay low, and how to check with the back of their hand to see if a door is warm.  Pick an easy place outside like the swing set for everyone to meet.

For more tips, check out this article from the National Fire Prevention Association on creating a home fire escape plan.

-Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and properly maintained.

As always, our crews are on call 24/7 365 days of the year, should disaster strike. 

What does SERVPRO of Lapeer and Grand blanc have to offer?

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 810.664.1000

Commercial Restoration

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Lapeer & SERVPRO of Grand Blanc

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Certifications:

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm

Christmas Tree Hazards

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Every year more and more families are moving away from the fake pre-lit Christmas trees and gravitating back towards the real thing. 

Real trees are beautiful, but as with most beautiful things in life, they can be dangerous. Take a look at these guid lines to keep your family and home safe.

-When shopping for that perfect tree, look for vibrant green needles that do not break easily. If a tree is already easily shedding its needles than it is likely not a freshly cut tree and more susceptible to catch fire.

- Make sure that there is always water in the tree base to prevent the tree from drying out and make sure the tree is placed far away from any heat sources like candles or fire places. 

-We all get tired at the end of the day and forget to do things but be sure to make unplugging your Christmas tree a part of your nightly routine. 

-Lastly, pay attention to what Christmas lights you purchase. Any lights you use outdoors need to be labeled suitable for outdoor use.

Carpet Cleaning before the Holidays

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

It is that wonderful yet stressful time of year when all families gather together to celebrate the season and enjoy a really nice meal together. If you are the one hosting said meal, your more than likely working double time to get your house ready. Carpet stains or grungy looking carpet is always an eye sore so let SERVPRO of Lapeer help you out with our professional carpet cleaners.

-Some stains are extremely persistent and cannot be removed without professional attention. We use powerful cleansers and state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to remove even set-in soils and spatter.

-Deep-down dirt and grime can damage carpet fibers and cause rugs and carpet to wear out more quickly than they should. Regular carpet cleaning removes contaminants that cause damage and discoloration and extends the useful life of your carpet.

Call SERVPRO of Lapeer today for a quote. 

810-664-1000

Winterizing your Home

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

It has been the coldest November Michigan has seen in a very long time. Make sure your home is protected for the long winter ahead by paying attention to a few simple but important things.

-Cleaning your gutters and assessing your roof for any loose, cracked or bending shingles can save you from a leaky roof and major repairs in the middle of winter.  

-Protect your deck by sweeping any fallen leaves and apply a fresh coat of sealant. Keep your outdoor furniture in good working condition by cleaning and storing it in a dry basement or garage. 

- keep your heating bill down by sealing all doors and windows that have gaps.

- Most importantly, keep your pipes safe! Pipes are most likely to freeze in the areas of your house that heat does not reach, such as the garage or attic. Make sure these areas are well insulated and always keep your house above 55 degrees. Keeping the garage door shut at all times is also a major factor in protecting your pipes. 

Refer to this article for more great tips and tricks to keep your home safe this winter.

As always SERVPRO of Lapeer is available should disaster ever strike your home.  

How to Reduce Your Heating Bill With Winter

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Keep Your Furnace System Clean

SERVPRO of Lapeer is not just a restoration company. We specialize in cleaning as well. If your furnace gets dirty it has to work extra hard, using extra power and possibly still performing less than a clean unit would. Our specialists can come out and properly clean your duct system and evaluate the dirt buildup on your blower blades. Excessive build up on your blades can severely decrease efficiency. 

Check your Homes Insulation

Insulation in the walls of your attic actually play a big part in keeping your home warm. Allot of cool air can be trapped up there, causing the furnace to work double time to heat your house. Make sure that the vents in your attic are clear so air can easily flow where it is needed.

Before Turning on your Furnace

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

The ups and downs in temperature seem to be at an end, leaving us with only the cold days. Many families are thinking about or already have turned there furnace on. Below are a few things you should check for when you do. 

Smell

You should consider having your duct system cleaned before turning the furnace on because dust will settle in your ducts during the warm months and inevitably burn off when the furnace is turned on, causing an odor. If the smell persists for more than a few days or if any smoke is coming from the ducts you should turn it off right away and call for assistance.  

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon Monoxide is an odorless gas that can cause severe health issues and even lead to death. Be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector installed if you do not already have one. Pay close attention to it when turning on the furnace and if the alarm goes off or you get a reading that is over 30, turn the furnace off right away and call a technician. Some professionals suggest leaving your home until it is assessed if the alarm goes off or at the very least open any and all windows to air out the space.

Noises

Your furnace can tell you allot by how it sounds. Does it seem like it is working to hard to run by making new and intense noises? Is the furnace not blowing warm air? The first thing you should do is check your breaker to make sure the furnace is receiving power. 

SERVPRO of Lapeer is dedicated to helping your family have a safe and happy fall season. 

If you need help finding a technician or someone to clean your ducts give us a call anytime. If a more serious matter should arrive and you need a restoration team, we are ready for your call 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.

SERVPRO of Lapeer

810-664-1000

What you Should Know about Sewage Backup

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

All sewage backups are an emergency and should be treated as such. The water may contain viruses and bacteria that can make you sick. SERVPRO of Lapeer has trained professionals who come in to your home ready to quickly and efficiently take care of the problem.

When describing the damage and severity of a sewage back up, three categories are used 

Category 1 or Clean Wateris water that comes from a clean source such as a faucet or clean water supply line. If left unattended this type of water can quickly move to a category 2 or 3.

Category 2 or Gray Watermay contain bacteria and would cause illness or discomfort if digested.

Category 3 or Black Water is extremely unsanitary and can cause death or severe illness if ingested. This type of water comes from the toilet bowl with feces or water from beyond the toilet trap. 

Call SERVPRO of Lapeer today for any of your restoration needs.

810-644-1000

House Fire Causes and Prevention

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

The most common cause of a house fire is cooking equipment. You should never leave your stove unattended while cooking.

Did you know that smoking in a bedroom is the leading cause for fire related fatalities? Smoking outside of the home is the best way to insure your safety and the safety of your loved ones.

Children are naturally curious about everything and if given the opportunity they may light something on fire just to see what happens. It is important to keep lighters and matches out of reach. Dont leave fire education up to your children. Teach them the importance of fire safety, create a fire escape plan and always remember "stop, drop and roll."

Faulty wiring can cause electrical fires and lamp shades can easily over heat if they are tipped over or too close to the light bulb 

BBQ's are a summer time favorite but make sure that your grill is never used inside the garage or too close to the outside of your home.

Fires can travel incredibly fast and are extremely dangerous.

Things to Look for After A Major Storm

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storms of any size can cause major damage to your home. Obvious damage may include shingles being blown off the roof or flooding in the basement. 

More severe damage may be power line damage that leads to a fire or a tree falling into your living room.

SERVPRO of Lapeer has an extremely fast response time so no further damage will come to your home. Our trained professionals will quickly asses the situation, board up any broken windows and provide coverage for any exposed part of your home to keep rainwater out. 

No matter how big or small the damage may be SERVPRO of Lapeer understands how important your home is to you and we will work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."

810-644-1000

how Can you Prepare your Children for A House Fire?

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Many children like sleeping with their doors open in fear of the boogeyman hiding under there bed. However this picture shows why it is so important for bedroom doors to stay shut at night time. A shut door can keep out smoke and eventually fire and save a life. 

- Routine at home fire drills are a great way to keep your kids ready and aware. Kids practice them at school, why wouldn't you teach them at home?
Stop, Drop, and Roll is universal.  Also teach them to stay low, and how to check with the back of their hand to see if a door is warm.  Pick an easy place outside like the swing set for everyone to meet.

-Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and properly maintained.

As always, our crews are on call 24/7 365 days of the year, should disaster strike. 

Thank you for helping to make SERVPRO of Lapeer your source for all your Genesee County restoration needs!

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lapeer for your Water or Storm Emergencies?

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lapeer 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 and that is why we are "faster to any size disaster!"

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lapeer has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

Call SERVPRO of Lapeer

810-644-1000

Questions about a Basement Flood?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your NW Genesee County basement could flood, including: 

* A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

* Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

* Storm sewer backup

* Sanitary sewer backup

* Foundation drainage failure

* Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 810-644-1000

If floodwater is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

-We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

-We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

-We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

-Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

-We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

-Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

What Can SERVPRO of Lapeer Offer your Business?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores 
  • Large retail/Big Box-Stores
  • High Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial 
  • Government/Military

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. We will leave you with a beautiful and clean business so you can worry about the hard stuff. 

Fire Prevention in the Laundry Room

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

While kitchen fires are still the leading cause of house fires in the United States, an average of 42 families are affected by laundry room fires per day.

The most frustrating thing about these fires is that they could have easily been prevented with just a few simples rules to follow.

Always make sure that both your washer and dryer and plugged into an outlet with the correct amount of voltage and never use an extension cord to run your machines. 

Your lint screen needs to be cleared out after every use and once a month it should be cleaned with warm soapy water (make sure it dries completely before putting it back into the dryer). 

Be sure to keep the floor free and clear of any cleaning chemicals or other flammable items.

Installing a fire alarm in the laundry room or in the hallway outside of the laundry room can help keep your family safe incase anything was to happen. 

A Fire Occurs Every 18 Seconds

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Only one matters to you!

What does SERVPRO of Lapeer do for you when your home and family are affected?

1. Within one hour a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will call to arrange for service.

2. Within 4 short hours a professional will arrive on-site prepared to begin emergency mitigation services, if so needed.

3. A Project Manager of SERVPRO will review your home with you and address any questions or concerns.

4. The SERVPRO Project Manager will then go through your home starting from the fire and working his way outward to see what is restorable or salvageable. 

5. Next SERVPRO will present to you and your insurance adjuster a plan of action, also known as a "Scope of Work".

6. Your home will be cleaned and restored by SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.

7. After all of the work is completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction

Dont Wait- call SERVPRO of Lapeer Today

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.  

Your Basement Flooded- What Now?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Few things are more stressful and disgusting than basement flooding. Whether it’s one inch or one foot of water, the effects can be detrimental to your home. And while damage to things like carpet, drywall, and furniture are immediately noticeable, something more serious could be lurking underneath your floors.

Five Things to Do After Basement Flooding

Whether it’s just a couple of inches of water or a few feet, you must respond quickly to basement flooding. Here are a few things you’ll need to do:

  1. Kill the Power

If there’s standing water in your basement, then you shouldn’t attempt to walk or wade through until you’ve shut off the power and made sure that open circuits aren’t covered by water. This can obviously be an electrocution hazard and isn’t something you want to mess with.

If you’re unsure of whether the electricity is cut off, can’t get to the circuit board, or simply don’t feel comfortable with the situation, then don’t attempt to go anywhere near the water.

  1. Get Rid of the Standing Water

The next order of business is to get rid of the water. The longer the water sits in your basement, the more damage it will cause. Make sure you put on a pair of sturdy shoes or boots and pants that cover your legs. You never know what’s lurking underneath the water and don’t want to risk hurting yourself.

If the standing water is high, your first step is to get a bucket and start manually removing the water (be sure to dump far away from the home’s foundation). Once you extract most of the water, you can use a wet vacuum to suck up the moisture from the floor.

  1. Call in the Professionals - Like SERVPRO of Lapeer

Once the standing water is removed, you should call in the professionals to take a look. Depending on the extent of the damage and how meticulous you want to be, this may include calls to an electrician, a flood cleanup crew, and a general contractor.  Fortunately, a single call to our office at 810-644-1000 can handle all of those repairs

Any carpeting or absorbent materials that were affected will need to be ripped up or replaced. If appliances spent any time sitting in the water, they should be looked at by a professional before being used.

  1. Call Your Insurance Provider

Once all of the time-sensitive issues have been handled, take a few minutes to call your insurance provider to let them know about the problem. If the flooding happened as a result of one of your home’s plumbing systems, then your home insurance policy may cover some or all of the damage. However, if the flooding was the result of a natural disaster, then you’ll most likely need flood insurance. Regardless, place a couple of phone calls to see what can be done.

  1. Protect Your Home

As soon as everything gets repaired and restored, you should begin taking proactive steps to protect your home from similar issues in the future. The ground next to your basement and foundation should slope away from the home. Gutters and downspouts should slope away too while discharging water a minimum of five feet away from the home. All windows and vents should be sealed and your basement walls should be waterproofed with an appropriate product. If flooding is common, consider installing special French drains or even a sump-pump.

What to Expect from your First Phone Call to SERVPRO of Lapeer

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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.


How Can you Protect your Home from Storm Damage this Summer?

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

810-664-1000

How Do They Get All of This Water Out of My Home?

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

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.

810-664-1000

We are here to help!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

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
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores 
  • Large retail/Big Box-Stores
  • High Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial 
  • Government/Military

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.

SERVPRO of Lapeer

810-664-1000

Commercial Water Damage

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Continuing Education

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

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?

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

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!

Double Header

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

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.

That Sinks!

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

The basement under the sink where the supply line had broke.

Those darn sinks sure can make an unexpected mess in a home! One moment it is just sitting there and the next, there is water everywhere! What do you do? Who do you call? This customer called us and now their home is as if it never even happened!

At this Flint home, the kitchen sink caused a mess! The supply line under the sink broke, cause water to go everywhere. Our crew showed up on site and immediately started extracting the standing water. From there, they started the demolition process. The kitchen floor, base boards, sub floor, insulation under the sub floor in the basement and vanities were all removed. The equipment was set and we began the next stage of water losses, monitoring. Each day a member of our crew returned to the house to ensure that it was drying properly. After a couple of days, they home was dry, and reconstruction was able to come in and put their home back to normal.  

Disinfecting Clean: Biohazard Job

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

A few weeks ago, we received a call from a company in need of a disinfecting clean. A physical Therapy Company recently learned that one of their patients was diagnosed with C-diff Colitis, a highly contagious bacterial infection that typically resides in the colon. Their facility was shut down directly after receiving the news. We received the call shortly after 4:00 PM and started mobilizing our staff. This was an all hands-on deck situation, as the business needed to reopen the next day. Our staff quickly packed their vehicles, grabbed the proper Personal Protection Equipment and hit the road.

Upon arrival, the crew visited the neighboring store to get the key to the building. Given the nature of the job, prior to entering the building, our crew needed to put on a full Tyvek suit and full-face respirator to ensure that they could safely clean the facility. Our crew knocked that cleaning job out in just 2 hours and the company was able to reopen the next day with their mind at ease.

Washing Machine Floods House

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

This is the laundry room after the floor was removed and the air movers were set.

We have all hoped that our washing machine will never turn against us and clean nothing more than the items that we put inside it; however, sometimes that is not case.

We recently completed a water loss in Grand Blanc where the hose for the washing machine broke, leading to water overflow. When we arrived on site, we learned that multiple levels were affected. Ben and Tracy and immediately started a hard surface extraction to remove the water from the flooring. It was after that process was completed that they noticed the vinyl flooring was starting to bubble and was reading 99% wet on the moisture reader. They are removed the flooring, set equipment and took the next couple days to monitor. Now the customer’s home is as if it never even happened.   

Betrayed by the Ceiling

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

The exposed pipe that caused the damage.

The fourth of July is meant to be a day of celebration and remembrance of the journey that our country has taken to be where we are today. Unfortunately for one family, this year was not as joyous as years past.

Our on-call staff received a call the morning of the fourth. A home in Davison experienced a leak in their ceiling, from a plumbing issue in their upstairs bathroom. It was causing water damaging is various locations throughout the house. Ben and Josh were the first of our staff to arrive on-site and start the demo process. The house was carpeted, which means all of it, including the padding needed to be removed and disposed of prior to setting the drying equipment. In addition to the demoing the carpet, the crew also removed 18 square feet of drywall in the ceiling. Once demo was complete, we placed air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the affected areas to start the drying process. After a couple days of monitoring, the homeowner was able to reclaim their home with peace of mind.

Moldy Attic

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Side by side comparison of the attic ceiling.

This attic is 1,983 square feet. When we first arrived on site it was completely covered in mold. The inspector identified the source as an improper ventilation issue. Understandably so, the homeowner was unable to fix the source until the mold was remediated. They called our office and Eric went out to give them an estimate. Soon after the estimate was accepted by the homeowner, our techs, Austin and Josh were onsite in full Tyvek suits setting up the containment and starting the remediation process. In the first day we were able to set-up the containment, remediate and set the air scrubbers. Upon the final walk through with the homeowner, the attic was clear of mold and ready to start fixing the source of the problem.

Massive Warehouse Cleaning

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen in the office section after our staff finished cleaning it.

A few weeks ago, our team completed a 75,000 square foot general cleaning job. The current owner of the building was looking to sell but was unable to do so due to the amount of black carbon dust in the building. It seemed to cover every inch of the building. It didn’t seem to matter if you were in the main office or out in the warehouse, the thickness of the dust remained the same.

In the warehouse portion of the building, we had to rent a Zamboni to clean the floor due to the dust and the surface area being covered. To see a difference in the flooring, we had to clean the floor 2-3 times. Thank goodness for the Zamboni! On the other side of the warehouse, there were 30+ racks that needed to be wiped down and the floor cleaned under. It took us several days to complete these tasks, but the warehouse looks amazing!

On the inside of the building, the carpets were covered in dirt and dust. Due to foot traffic, it was all stomped into the ground. The walls, lights and walls were all covered in carbon dust and needed to be cleaned prior to the floors being done. The bathrooms were destroyed and blackened with carbon dust, more so than any other room in the building. The kitchen was neglected, and every inch of the cupboards and appliances needed to be cleaned. Using SERVPRO cleaning products and a lot of arm muscle, the office portion is now sparkling!

In the end, we were able to clean this warehouse in just over 2 weeks. The owner will hopefully have no problems selling with warehouse and the new owners will be able to move in with confidence!

Teacher Appreciation Week

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Over the course of last week, we took time to acknowledge teachers. We asked individuals from Facebook to share a story about a teacher that either positively impacted themselves or someone that they knew. Those teachers being nominated would be entered a drawing for a basket of classroom supplies.

After the first day, we had only received one nomination, but by day two it started to pick-up. By the end of the week, we had received 16 nominations from schools in Lapeer, Davison, Linden, Swartz Creek, Flushing and Lansing. The stories that were shared with us were truly heart warming and we would like to share some of them with you!

Mrs. Furneaux

“She took a job at River Rouge High School in Detroit. In her first week on the job, she came home crying every day. She had planned on quitting that Friday because the kids were rude, bullies and dangerous. One day she lost control and cried in front of the students and a student walked up to her and said, “Mrs. Furneaux, you’re not going to quit on us too, are you?” A year later she was still working there.”

Michael

Mrs. King

“I had 7 children and she was a teacher for 4 of them. Mrs. King was amazing and always got down on their level and make them feel special, like they could accomplish anything. The last of my 7 kids are seniors this year and after all these years she still asks about my kids. She is an amazing teacher, the greatest friend and a superb human being. We love you Mrs. King!”

Heidi

Mr. Starr

“Garth Starr is always being supportive and making me believe in myself. I truly enjoyed coming to his class each day and always left with a smile.”

Erica

Sump Pump Failure leads to Flooding Issues

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

The Utility room was continuously flooding throughout the day, until we arrived.

On April 19th, we received a water loss at a commercial site in the Goodrich area. What we thought was a standard category 1 water loss, was actually a category 3. Over the weekend, they lost power in an ice storm and their sump pump failed, causing the toilets to overflow and flood the building. The employees attempted to clean the water up themselves, but quickly learned that it was a much bigger job than they were equipped to handle on their own and called us.

Upon our Production Manager, Darren arriving on site and conducting our initial surveillance, we learned that there was little to no moisture in the walls. The flooring was not so lucky. After conducting several moisture reading tests throughout the effected areas, we learned that all of the flooring, approximately 500 sqft, will have to be removed.

Later that day, our crew arrived on site to start demoing the effected area. This demo included: The main hallway, 7 rooms and 4 bathrooms. All flooring was removed, and two feet of drywall and insulation from the floor up. Air movers were strategically placed to produce the most desirable air flow and the most efficient drying process. Furthermore, dehumidifiers were used to assist the air movers in their task.

In the end, we have another happy customer and a commercial property that is back up and running as if it “Never even happened.”

Standing Up for Child Abuse Prevention & Autism

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

We decorated our front yard with blue and silver pinwheels to show our support.

Throughout the month of April, SERVPRO of Lapeer has been actively participating in Child Abuse Prevention and Autism Awareness month.

The month started with us simply decorating the lawn with the blue and silver pinwheels and each staff member wearing a blue ribbon in support of the causes. As the month went on, we quickly started to become more involved. Here is a list of our involvements:

  • Justice for Lily Foundation’s Lily Ball Sponsor
    • Table Sponsor
      • Though many of our team members are on committees for this event, we purchased a sponsorship to allow our entire office the opportunity to attend the event.
    • Weekly Meeting Host
      • We have donated a portion of warehouse space to the Justice for Lily committee to assemble center pieces and auction baskets for the event.
    • Community Supply Drive
      • Promoted and dedicated a portion of our office to supplies being collected for the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County and the Forever Friends Network in Lapeer.

We are saddened that this month has come to a close; however, we are proud of the support that we were able to give to those organizations and individuals in our community that are the boots on the ground. Thank you to everyone that joined us in showing their support and a BIG thank you to those individuals who are the boots on the ground.

Time for you to clean up with a bunch of Professionals

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Take Cleaning to a New Level. Imagine a cleaner, brighter, more sustainable future for your business. You can start enjoying that future today – with commercial cleaning solution from SERVPRO of Lapeer. We put science to work to bring you easy-to-use, green alternatives that don’t compromise cleaning performance. All are engineered help keep your facility – and your brand reputation – spotless.

There are many benefits that you can get from professional commercial cleaning. A commercial setting has more foot traffic, so it is very important that you have your building cleaned by a professional.

It can be challenging to keep Michigan Eye Institute Lapeer clean. SERVPRO is an experienced company that is focused on delivering great commercial cleaning job.

A few days ago, Michigan Eye Institute Lapeer that have 5 other locations got in trouble as because one of their patients pushed the gas padel. They called us at 1 pm. We went there to meet with the doctors at 1:30 pm and the doctors signed the agreement for us to provide the services at 2 pm. Around 3:45 pm, we arrived on site to start with the cleaning job. It took few hours to set the place. At 7 pm, everything was cleaned up by professionals of SERVPRO, and the Eye Institute was ready to open up again for next day.

We are the choice for many businesses and homeowners. We qualify each commercial cleaning lead using your preferred qualification criteria.

The process during the time frame is as follows:

  1. We board up the outside wall and saved the bricks for future repair
  2. We strengthen the inside wall by supporting it with 2x4 frame
  3. We moved inventory of glasses for the customer
  4. We stored the damaged shelves in our warehouse for adjuster's inspection
  5. We cleaned up debris, broken glasses, drywall, and insulation

We look forward to providing you with commercial cleaning services. Our goal is to make your business or home smelling free and clean. We provide service that is excellent. Call us today in order to make an appointment for your commercial cleaning.

Quick & Effective Water Damage Restoration

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

If you live in the Imlay City and 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 in Imlay City 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 in Imlay City 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

Storm Damage Restoration

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

When you get hit by a storm, there can be a lot of damage such as missing shingles, complete roofs torn off, blown-off siding, hail damage, doors blown off, power lines down, trees on buildings, or maybe all of the above. SERVPRO of Lapeer in Clarkston helps you with storm clean up, wind damage and more.

We do all of the temporary repairs, reconstruction, and cleaning with our own award-winning personnel. We are the only company that does that! You do not have to work with a lot of contractors.

What happens if we need you at night or on a weekend?

You can call us anytime at (810) 664-1000. We are available 24/7, to help you with these difficult issues. You can trust SERVPRO of Lapeer to restore your life and your peace of mind after your property has been damaged by a storm.

We offer storm damage restoration services including:

  • Debris removal and full cleanup of affected areas
  • Hail and roof damage repair
  • Restoration of electric, natural gas, and heat (if needed)
  • Window and door replacement
  • Contents pack-out and storage during mitigation and restoration
  • Complete reconstruction services
  • Emergency water mitigation
  • Temporary emergency plumbing repairs
  • Emergency board-up to prevent theft and/or injury

SERVPRO of Lapeer specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after. 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.

Fire and Smoke damage restoration

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour fire and smoke damage restoration service in Oxford.

Fire damage repair must begin quickly to maximize effectiveness. We answer the call and immediately move action 24/7. Recognizing the trauma and emotional upset that occupants suffer, we work quickly and considerately to mitigate damage on salvageable property, such as household items, furniture, metals and other contents.

Fire and smoke damage restoration requires knowledge and skill; SERVPRO of Lapeer have the expertise to do the job right.

Our certified professionals determine the full extent of fire damage, including the impact of smoke, heat, and residues from fire and smoke. We keep home and business owners informed, helping to overcome their loss and restoring hope by explaining what can be saved and how, in a way, they can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do.  Emergency fire damage repair services are then employed.

Emergency fire damage repair services in Oxford can reverse much of the effects of fire and smoke damage. Restoration and fire damage repairs with SERVPRO of Lapeer can make a very trying time much less unpleasant.

Our state-of-the-science techniques and cleaning solutions can dramatically increase the likelihood of saving property without needing to replace it.

SERVPRO of Lapeer offers the following fire mitigation services:

  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Complete Cleaning & Sanitation
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Temporary Protection

With 24-hour emergency response service, SERVPRO of Lapeer in Oxford saves your time and money.

Storm Damage Repair

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

When storms strike, SERVPRO of Lapeer is always ready with a 24-hour emergency response to aid residents and business owners. With one call to (810) 664-1000, SERVPRO of Lapeer in Oxford will be on site and work to mitigate the damage to your property. If you’ve been affected by fallen trees, tornado damage, flooding, road damage, hail damage or any other storm damage, SERVPRO is the damage restoration company to call in Oxford.

We offer a large variety of services to owners of damaged property from the storm, making sure that storm damage does not become permanent and irreplaceable damage.

Types of Storm Damage

  • Hail will mainly cause damage to your roof, siding, and windows.
  • Checking your roof each year for hail damage can help prevent future damage caused by rain.
  • If you notice dents or holes on the siding, roofs, or screens of your home, call SERVPRO Restoration and your insurance company right away.
  • After the storm, check for water stains around and under your windows, which may be a result of leakage. Also, be sure that you do not have any broken windows.

The sooner you receive help from SERVPRO of Lapeer, the sooner your home can return to its previous state. Our certified team of restoration experts can be on the job right away and help you prevent further damage and harm.

Mold Damage Restoration Services

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to get rid of mold!

Mold can be costly, difficult to remove, and dangerous for your health. Improperly handled water damage can lead to mold. If the mold is left unchecked, it could further result in reduced indoor air quality and an unsafe environment. If your home or commercial building has a mold problem, don’t hesitate to enlist our certified restoration specialists to help you kill mold and restore your property.

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour mold removal service in Oxford. Call us at (810) 664-1000.

At SERVPRO of Lapeer, we quickly and thoroughly inspect your property to locate both visible and non-visible mold growths, as well as locate the source of moisture. Using proper methods of containment, sanitation and with the use of specialized equipment, we will return your home or business to a safe and healthy state.

Causes & Risks of Mold

Moisture and mold go hand in hand. To get mold out of the home or business, you have to address the moisture problem as well. Any of our damage services will immediately address mold issues and attempt to prevent mold before it appears.

The mold may cause the following problems:

  • Allergens
  • Irritants
  • Sneezing
  • Mycotoxins
  • Long-Term Diseases

If you are not sure whether you have mold in your home our professionals can use a simple machine to test the mold count in the air.  Even if you haven’t experienced significant water damage, a problem as simple as a leaky window could lead to mold damage.

Let SERVPRO of Lapeer provide expert mold cleanup and removal services in Oxford!

Emergency water damage restoration

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

When every minute counts and customer satisfaction is critical, you want experienced people you can rely on. Emergency flood water damage restoration requires urgency and skill. Trained and certified to the highest standards in the industry, our professionals respond immediately – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – mitigate loss and meet every challenge with professionalism, reliability, compassion and respect.

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour water damage restoration service in Oxford.

Recognizing that water damage causes a devastating setback to families or businesses; we do whatever it takes to give back that sense of security with minimal disruption. Our recovery and restoration process is aimed at property and people. We offer water damage repair solution; you can rely on to minimize the impact of flooding and water damage.

Take a Moment to Consider

Our commitment to customer excellence includes you, which means that you can expect effective, ongoing communication and reporting from us. We understand your requirements. We will provide a complete estimate within 24-48 hours.

SERVPRO of Lapeer offers the following emergency water damage restoration services:

  • Emergency water extraction
  • Removal and containment of odor caused by mold and mildew
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Emergency Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service Available
  • Fully Licensed & Insured Commercial Water Damage Restoration Contractor
  • Expert Certified Commercial Water Damage Restoration Professionals

Call us immediately at (810) 664-1000 for water damage restoration services in Oxford.

Commercial Emergency Restoration Services

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

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 in Oxford are 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.

Wind & Storm Damage Restoration

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Hit hard by mother nature?

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour wind and storm damage restoration service in Oxford.

To get help fast, call SERVPRO!

Property damage caused by severe weather can be devastating to your family or business, and repairing it can be a complex undertaking. To get storm damage repair completed quickly and safely, you need a restoration service company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides specialized emergency cleanup and restoration services in Oxford to bring your property back to normal with minimal interruption. We can handle any damage due to severe weather, including:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning Strikes
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes and high winds
  • Hail and ice storms
  • Freezing weather and ice dams

SERVPRO has successfully rebuilt tens of thousands of wind-damaged households through the years. It is in situations like these that our team’s specialized skill sets are required. Rebuilding part of a home is very different from a new construction facility. Building materials, design, and finishes must all be matched to the remaining structure, while moisture remaining in the building components may need to be addressed as well.

SERVPRO of Lapeer in Oxford is licensed and insured contractors that are available 24 hours a day. Call SERVPRO (810)664-1000 or find u on the web for your best storm damage restoration costs inspection estimate! Save money and time on Storm Damage Restoration Costs in Lapeer.

Mold Removal Services for Mold Damage

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is very common across the globe in both commercial buildings as well as houses. Presence of excessive moisture caused by water leakage problems or water collection in a specific area generally results in mold. If, you are facing the issue, it is very important to take it seriously and opt for proper methods to remove it as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Lapeer are your expert Mold Removal Contractors, We can solve all the problems for you simply by using the best mold removal contractor in Oxford.

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24 hour mold removal service in Oxford.

While most molds are not a major problem, even benign mold if given the opportunity, can grow to massive numbers. Large populations of normal environmental mold can overwhelm even a healthy immune system, so it is important to get rid of active mold growth.

If you’ve discovered mold, or are concerned that a slow leak may have allowed it to grow behind a wall or other unseen area, we find the mold, treat it, and do a complete water damage remediation. We put the highest value on open communication and customer service and document the entire mold removal process.

Mold removal protects the health of your family or employees, preserves the structural integrity of your property, and improves the musty, damp smell associated with mold. And we help you get to the root cause of the issue, so the problem is not repeated.

Call our 24/7 emergency service line at (810) 664-1000 or visit online. We’re ready to help.

Fire Damage Restoration

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

If you’ve just experienced a fire or smoke damage at your home or business, then you need professional help. That’s why we’re here at all hours, every day of the year to help you recover.

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour fire damage restoration services in Oxford.

For emergency service, call (810) 664-1000right now!

As certified fire remediation experts, SERVPRO of Lapeer uses the most advanced processes and equipment in the industry. We put the highest value on open communication and customer service and document the entire fire damage restoration process.

 We get homes back to the condition they were in before the fire, with minimal loss of property. And we get businesses repaired, up to code and back in operation in as little time as possible.

SERVPRO of Lapeer is your expert fire damage restoration contractors!

Get 24 Hour Emergency Fire Damage Service In Flint

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour storm and fire damage restoration service in Flint.

Fire can cause large amount of damage on your property. However, there are other damages that can seriously affect the building as well. The Best Fire Damage Restoration in Flint homeowners and commercial property owners need to choose from many Fire Damage Restoration Contractors in Flint.

Fires are inevitable, and when they occur, you'll want someone who can repair any structural damage, as well as remove any smoke damage stains, soot coatings and odors to get the property back to preloss condition. If your home is damaged by fire, it is critical to contact a company that specializes in the fire and smoke restoration process as soon as possible to prevent additional damage.

SERVPRO of Lapeer is your expert fire damage restoration contractors!

Our fire restoration process includes:

  • Prompt damage assessment, pretesting and estimates
  • Emergency board-up and structural stabilization
  • Environment friendly methods for cleaning soot and other residue from fire damage
  • Smoke odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Expert certified fire damage restoration professional
  • Fully licensed & insured fire damage restoration contractor
  • Commercial, Residential & Municipal Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration in Flint is widely accepted as the best alternative to keeping your system working efficiently. This type of repair is the modern alternative to Fire Damage Restoration, SERVPRO of Lapeer in Flint are licensed and insured contractors that are available 24 hours a day. These experienced, licensed and knowledgeable contractors are available for any Fire Damage Restoration in Flint and the surrounding areas.

Facts of Smoke and soot:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Hit with fire or smoke damage? Call SERVPRO (810) 664-1000

Mold can be a growing problem

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

If your home or business had water damage or moisture issues, potentially dangerous mold growth can become a big problem. Mold can begin to grow within 12-24 hours and become visible within 72 hours. If you can see mold growing, the top priority is to remove and safely dispose of it.

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24 hour mold removal service in Oxford.

Mold remediation encompasses identifying and addressing mold issues in a structure. Mold remediation prevents the spread of mold by isolating damaged areas, removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources – the cause of the mold – in order to reestablish a healthy environment.

SERVPRO of Lapeer offers immediate help to secure your property and prevent further damage from occurring. SERVPRO of Lapeer stands out with:

  • Commercial, Residential & Municipal Mold Removal.
  • Expert Certified Storm Mold Removal Professionals
  • Quick Friendly Service
  • Emergency Mold Removal Services Available
  • Affordable Prices

SERVPRO of Lapeer is your expert mold removal contractors! Are you looking for Storm Damage Restoration Services in Oxford? Then count on the mold removal at SERVPRO of Lapeer who can solve all of these problems for you, simply by using the best Mold Removal Contractor in Oxford.

Mold Removal in Oxford is widely accepted as the best alternative to keep your system work efficiently. This type of repair is the modern alternative to Mold Removal in Oxford. SERVPRO of Lapeer in Oxford is licensed and insured contractors that are available 24 hours a day. These experienced, licensed and knowledgeable contractors are available for any Mold Removal in Oxford.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Lapeer specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Call SERVPRO ….or find us on the web for your best mold removal costs inspection estimate! Save money and time on Mold Removal Costs in Oxford.

Get 24 Hour Emergency Storm Damage Service in Oxford

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour storm and wind damage restoration service in Oxford.

An unexpected tornado can bring wind damage and hail damage caused by a powerful hurricane can cause severe property damage and flooding. A wintry blizzard can cause wind damage and ice damming.

SERVPRO offers the services to commercial, residential and municipal customers.

SERVPRO of Lapeer offers immediate help to secure your property and prevent further damage from occurring. SERVPRO of Lapeer stands out with:

  • Commercial, Residential & Municipal storm damage restoration.
  • Expert Certified Storm Damage Restoration Professionals
  • Quick Friendly Service
  • Emergency Board-Up Service
  • Emergency Security Personnel
  • Affordable Prices

SERVPRO of Lapeer is your expert storm damage restoration constructors! Are you looking for Storm Damage Restoration Services in Oxford? Then count on the Storm Damage Restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lapeer who can solve all of these problems for you, simply by using the best Storm Damage Restoration Contractor in Oxford.

Storm Damage Restoration in Oxford is widely accepted as the best alternative to keep your system work efficiently. This type of repair is the modern alternative to Storm Damage Restoration in Oxford.

SERVPRO of Lapeer in Oxford is licensed and insured contractors that are available 24 hours a day. Call SERVPRO (810)664-1000 or find u on the web for your best storm damage restoration costs inspection estimate! Save money and time on Storm Damage Restoration Costs in Lapeer.

If your roof has been damaged then you should consider hiring a storm damage restoration.  SERVPRO will be able to assess which tiles need to be replaced and which ones only have surface damage. The professionals will also be able to help with most of the damage caused by wind and water.

Destructive Power of Water

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Experiencing water damage? To get help fast, Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in Oxford.

Water is the single most long-term destructive substance in the indoor environment. Excess moisture or flooding can cause structures and personal property to rapidly deteriorate. The problem becomes more serious when the water is unsanitary or clean-up services are delayed.

The harmful effects of water are sharply reduced by prompt and effective intervention, especially within the first 24-48 hours. Even though the damage may look severe, cleanup and restoration can produce amazing results. From furniture to family heirlooms, office computers to production machinery, SERVPRO has successfully restored water-damaged structures and property.

SERVPRO of Lapeer is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small to commercial, residential and municipal customers.

  • 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

From leaking faucets to burst pipes and flooding, water damage is one of the most common and potentially destructive problems you can face as a homeowner.

Save money and time on water damage restoration costs in Flint.

About SERVPRO of Lapeer

SERVPRO of Lapeer specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Get 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service in Flint

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Services Lapeer

SERVPRO of Lapeer provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in Flint

The Best Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Flint homeowners and commercial property owners need to choose from many Commercial Water Damage Restoration Contractors in Flint.

SERVPRO of Lapeer is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small to commercial, residential and municipal customers.

Contact us at (810) 664-1000 or on the web. However, SERVPRO of Lapeer stands out with:

  • 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

SERVPRO of Lapeer has the specific water damage training and experience to assist you through this tough time.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Flint is widely accepted as the best alternative to keeping your system working efficiently. This type of repair is the modern alternative to Commercial Water Damage Restoration. SERVPRO of Lapeer is licensed and insured contractors that are available 24 hours a day.

Save money and time on Commercial Water Damage Restoration Costs in Flint.

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.

Water has the unique ability to affect properties with devastating results. In a short time, water can cause massive amounts of damage. Thus, preventative measures are important in order to control commercial water damage. Count on the Commercial Water Damage Restoration Costs experts at SERVPRO of Lapeer located in Flint for the best prices on Commercial Water Damage Restoration Costs.

Checking Your Home: Structural Elements

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Checking Your Home: Structural Elements

If you had to leave your home, return only when local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless you have been told that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice and instructions from your local authorities.

 If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the disaster. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them even more and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.

 Make a careful and thorough inspection of your home’s structural elements:

  • Check the outside of your home before you enter. Look for loose power lines, broken or damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, missing support beams or other damage. Damage on the outside can indicate a serious problem inside. Ask a building inspector or contractor to check the structure before you enter.
  • If the door is jammed, don’t force it open – it may be providing support to the rest of your home. Find another way to get inside.
  • Sniff for gas. If you detect natural or propane gas, or hear a hissing noise, leave the property immediately and get far away from it. Call the fire department after you reach safety.
  • If you have a propane tank system, turn off all valves and contact a propane supplier to check the system out before you use it again.
  • Beware of animals, such as rodents, snakes, spiders and insects, that may have entered your home. As you inspect your home, tap loudly and often on the floor with a stick to give notice that you are there.
  • Damaged objects, such as furniture or stairs, may be unstable. Be very cautious when moving near them. Avoid holding, pushing or leaning against damaged building parts.
  • Is your ceiling sagging? That means it got wet – which makes it heavy and dangerous. It will have to be replaced, so you can try to knock it down. Be careful: wear eye protection and a hard hat, use a long stick, and stand away from the damaged area. Poke holes in the ceiling starting from the outside of the bulge to let any water drain out slowly. Striking the center of the damaged area may cause the whole ceiling to collapse.
  • Is the floor sagging? It could collapse under your weight, so don’t walk there! Small sections that are sagging can be bridged by thick plywood panels or thick, strong boards that extend at least 8–12 inches on each side of the sagging area.
  • If the weather is dry, open windows and doors to ventilate and/or dry your home.
  • If power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use any open flame, including candles, to inspect for damage or serve as alternate lighting.
  • Make temporary repairs such as covering holes, bracing walls, and removing debris. Save all receipts.
  • Take photographs of the damage. You may need these to substantiate insurance claims later.
For information on safety and recovery after specific types of disasters and emergencies, please visit our Disaster and Safety Library.

Lapeer, Genesee & Oakland County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

 

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 810.664.1000

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Lapeer, Genesee & Oakland Counties

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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 810.664.1000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc 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.

 

Faster to your home's Water Damage Event

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Genesee, Lapeer, Oakland, Macomb & St. Clair Counties.

 


 


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.


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 & Grand Blanc arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.


Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 810.664.1000


Water Damage Timeline


Within Minutes



  • 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 & Grand Blanc


SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc 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.


 


Certifications



  • IICRC Certified Firm

  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician


 

Does your home have a mold problem?

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. This shows spore growth less than 2 days after water exposure without proper mitigation.

 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –810.664.1000

Lapeer County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

 

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Lapeer and Grand Blanc will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 810-664-1000

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

 

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Lapeer & SERVPRO of Grand Blanc

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Meet Our Crew

http://www.SERVPROlapeer.com/employee-photos

Certifications:

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm

IICRC Certified Firm

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

 

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

 

 

Certifications

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm

My House Smells Musty

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Now that it has cooled off outside and people are spending significantly more time in their homes, we have been getting quite a number of calls for mold testing.  The number one reason people have been calling for testing is due to a "musty smell" in their home.  It doesn't take much for mold to form indoors; a small water leak or excess humidity could be cause enough for mold growth to begin.  Now, one must understand that mold is everywhere and is completely impossible to eradicate, however, mold does not tend to irritate us until it has had a chance to grow; causing it to produce allergens and irritants. 

A water leak does not have to be present for mold growth to occur.  Please understand that an increase in humidity in the home can also create an environment susceptible to mold growth.  It is recommended that indoor humidity be kept below 45% in order to prevent the growth of mold.  This can be difficult in older homes that utilize water or steam heat as these tend to increase the humidity level indoors.  If this is the case for you, it may be to your benefit to place dehumidifiers strategically throughout your home where humidity levels tend to be the highest.  An indoor humidity meter can be picked up for just a few bucks online if this is something that concerns you. I (Andrea) actually have a humidity meter on my alarm clock that allows me to monitor the humidity in my bedroom and I run a dehumidifier as needed.

If all else fails and you are concerned, please give us at SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc a call.  We would be happy to come test your home for Mold in order to give you the peace of mind that you deserve.  Please know that if mold is found, our technicians come highly trained in Mold Remediation and have specialized Mold Remediation Equipment that allows us to effectively address the each unique mold issue our clients present.  If mold is identified and remediation must occur, rest assured that SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc is ready to help.  The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (810) 664-1000
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

For more information, please visit us here http://www.SERVPROlapeer.com/mold-removal-process or call the office anytime (810) 664-1000.

Take the Interactive Mold House Tour https://www.epa.gov/mold/interactive-mold-house-tour

Photo Credit: EPA.gov

Carpet Cleaning Is Our Specialty

5/8/2016 (Permalink)

Our Carpet Cleaning Machine - Adam Hodges

Cleaning is at the heart of what we do at SERVPRO of Lapeer.  Whether it's a fire, water or mold job, the goal is to give a clean and fresh smelling house back to the home owner.  At a fire job, we do fire cleaning of all walls, ceilings, and floors as well as personal belongings, which removes all soot particles from any nooks and crannies of the house.  At a water job, we clean and remove damaged structure materials, so they will be mold free.  After every reconstruction and repair job, we provide a post construction cleaning of personal belongings as well as the house.  So you can see, at the end of every job, the last step of cleaning is usually a carpet cleaning.  

Our technicians are very experienced and trained in carpet cleaning.  We provide different levels of carpet cleaning which can make the carpet look brand new again.  The highest level of carpet cleaning is called SHOW CASE CARPET CLEANING, where we scrub the carpet of any dirt. It gives the carpet a good shampoo.  

We provide carpet cleaning as part of any remediation service, so at the end of all jobs, you can expect a clean and fresh house back, free of dirt.  We recommend you clean your carpet at least every half a year, so please call us today to schedule a cleaning of your carpet, HVAC, furniture, tiles and grout, upholstery, and just about anywhere else in your house.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

3/6/2016 (Permalink)

Dryer Vent Before and After Cleaning

Do you know that clogged up dryer vent can cause house fire?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, a common household dryer was the cause of more than 10,000 U.S. home fires each year. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and ventduct, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire.

a clogged up dryer vent can also reduce the efficiency of drying and increase the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.  If the drying time is getting longer and longer, and you start to notice a burning smell, have your dryer vent inspected.

We have a dryer vent cleaning special.  We can clean the dryer vent for free when we clean the duct in your house.  So call today to set up an appointment to clean your air duct and dryer vent.

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