Recent Storm Damage Posts

Emergency Do's and Don'ts

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage to basement with wet carpet and miscellaneous contents Storm caused major damages to finished basement in Northville

As Michigan is currently in a rainy season, here are some emergency water damage tips to help assist you in taking proper action until our SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills technicians arrive.

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home or building if you have safe access to the power distribution panel.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting or flooring.
  • Move any artwork, computers, documents, and other items with sentimental value to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. ALWAYS avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you experience a water damage call SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills at (248) 427-1500

If Insulation gets wet, is it still good?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Wet insulation After removing the drywall, SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills discovers wet insulation

There can be confusion about insulation that’s been soaked or damaged by floodwaters. Does it breed mold and mildew? Will it eventually damage other structures such as drywall or tile floors?

Insulation comes in a variety of materials and is installed in many ways. For instance, there is fiberglass, cellulose, foam board, cotton, and spray foam.  Each type of insulation must be treated differently after water damage.  Because each of these materials has different properties, they will react differently from each other when affected by a Water Damage.

There is also the risk of toxins in water-damaged insulation. Floodwaters can carry potential toxins that remain in the insulation after the water recedes. Some types of insulation can retain moisture for a long time after the flood is gone.

Assessing and repairing water damage needs to take priority for homeowners who’ve been hit by a flood or storm. It’s not just a matter of aesthetics, though the odors can be unpleasant, it is important to your family’s health and safety that the insulation is handled by an expert.

We help homeowners analyze all of the issues concerning the repairs, salvage, disposal, insurance, and restoration installed. We can help you decide whether to remove and replace insulation after we’ve begun the job of assessing the damage and drying out the structure.

Cleanup and restoration after water damage is a comprehensive job. It requires skills, tools, and experience. SERVPRO has many resources to restore your home or business.

To GET HELP call SERVPRO (248) 427-1500

Is My Sump Pump Working?

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Sump Pump in a Basement Sump pump in Finished Basement fails during Winter Storm

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

No power: If the power goes out during a storm, your sump pump won’t be able to drain the water

Wrong size: If your sump pump is too small a sump pump for your home’s size can mean too big a job for it to handle. On the flip side, running too large a sump pump can shorten its lifespan.

Old age: Just like any appliance, the years can reduce the efficiency and working order of your sump pump. The average lifespan of a sump pump is roughly 10 years. If yours is creeping up in age, consider replacing it with a more current model.

Clogged pipe: Debris can enter your discharge pipe and create a backup. With nowhere for the water to flow, your sump pump will come to a stop.

Lack of maintenance: Your home and the appliances that make it run require regular maintenance. Clean your sump pump three to four times a year to avoid blockages in your discharge line, vents, and floats.

Switch issues: When the sump pump shifts in the basin, the float that administers the switch can cause it to become jammed.

Product or installation problem: In addition to product defects, which are out of your control, improper installation can also cause sump pump failure.

Sump pump fails and causes water damage while you are out of town.

A Homeowner in Livonia came home from vacation he discovered that his finished basement had 2”- 3” of standing water covering the entire basement. SERVPRO was called out to a home in to clean up the water damage.  Upon inspection, Technicians noticed mold on the walls, floor, and contents, which lead them to believe that the water damage had occurred a while ago.  

Unfortunately, the homeowner did not have insurance coverage to clean up the mess the water left behind. SERVPRO worked with the homeowner to remove affected materials and dry out the basement.

 Call SERVPRO at (248) 427-1500

What to do When a Tree Falls on Your Home

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Tree that has fallen on a roof Pictured above is a tree that fell on a home in Livonia, MI after a severe storm

Trees can cause a great deal of damage to roofs, walls, and windows.  Before a storm hits, it is a good idea to remove dead, diseased tree limbs. 

A recent storm caused a large tree to fall on a Livonia home causing damage to the structure and furniture in a bedroom.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  The damage was severe enough to cause the roof to leak.  After the storm, a tree removal company was able to remove the tree limbs from the roof, and then SERVPRO was able to provide emergency tarping of the roof to prevent further damage until repairs could be made. Once the structure was safe, SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills was able to go into the bedroom and inventory, pack out, clean the furniture, and other items. 

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. We are faster to any disaster and will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Call SERVPRO (248) 427-1500

Ready to Rebuild After Storm Damage

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fallen ceiling on basement carpet and stairs Basement is destroyed from a broken pipe during a winter storm

Michigan can have some pretty crazy weather! No matter if it’s a summer storm or a winter storm, they can cause damage to many homes in the Metro Detroit Area.  SERVPRO Technicians were called out to a water damage only to find the entire home had water damage and was frozen.  The furnace failed, causing the pipes to freeze and break. Most of the ceilings, walls, and flooring needed to be completely removed after the water damage. The Homeowners are now ready to rebuild after the storm, they are in the process of adding drywall, flooring, cabinets, and fixtures.

When your business is damaged from a Water Damage, we will be there fast with the help you need.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

Ceiling Collapses After Heavy Rains

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Collapsed ceiling showing insulation underneath Damage to bedroom when a ceiling collapsed in a Farmington Hills home

With heavy, wind-driven rains over several days, water leaked into a bedroom ceiling in Farmington.  SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills was called out to clean up the damage. Our crew was able to minimize the damage by putting a tarp over the leak on the roof. Contents needed to be moved out and cleaned from the room and then technicians were able to remove the affected insulation and drywall and dry out the ceiling. 

Damage to Your Roof?

Often leaks are due to defective or failing flashing or caulk, but it is possible that you may have actual damage to your roof. A fallen tree limb or shingles that have blown off from the wind can also be sources of the leak. 

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

To GET HELP call SERVPRO (248) 427-1500

Flooding from Storms Cause damage to many homes

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Wet belongings from the basement after a large storm hits the Metro Detroit.

If disaster strikes causing damage to your home, call the Professionals at SERVPRO® of Farmington & Farmington Hills to Help you clean up the mess. We are ready to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Whatever the storm, we will be there to help. We are faster to any size disaster that you may experience when unpredictable weather damages the Metro Detroit area. As storm season approaches, we encourage you to take all the necessary precautions.

If you do happen to experience damage from a storm, our Experienced Team will be there to dry out and clean up your home or business. As a customer, you have the right to choose who helps you with your water damage clean up. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Trust SERVPRO® of Farmington & Farmington Hills to help you clean up your disaster (248) 427-1500

Freezing Pipes causes Water Damage during winter storm

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

Basement floods after pipe break during Winter Storm

When pipes freeze in extreme winter weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, these pipes tend to crack and burst, causing leaking and flooding. 

A home in Michigan without a working furnace, even for a couple of hours can cause serious risks.  Recently, SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills were called out to a home that was for sale in the Metro Detroit area to mitigate a water damage.  Upon entering the home, the technicians discovered several feet of standing water in the basement. Moisture from the basement caused extensive damage to the upper floors.  Most of the materials including walls, ceilings, floors, and cabinets removed due to the water damage.

Prevent frozen pipes from damaging your home by keeping your home’s thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you will be out of the home for a lengthy period, consider shutting off and draining your water system. 

SERVPRO Professionals have the experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

If you have damage due to bad weather, Call SERVPRO at (248) 427-1500