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Flooded basement in Sterling Heights, Michigan

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Man's foot in workboot pointing out 2 inches of water on basement floor Flooded basement in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Flooded basement in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Winter weather can wreak havoc on our Michigan homes. The temperatures can fluctuate drastically as they have recently in our area.  We had 3.5 inches of heavy rain in a short period of time. The frozen ground couldn’t absorb much water which caused flooding in some areas. Some people had malfunctioning sump pumps like this one in Sterling Heights, others had drain backups. The following weekend, we had 5.5 inches of snow, followed by freezing rain. It seems to be a never-ending cycle this winter. Lake St. Clair’s water level is very high right now which can cause more damage for the lakeshore residents.

Keep an eye on your basement and always keep our phone number handy. We are available 24/7/365 for your emergency needs. Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores 586-741-5050.

Water Damaged Belongings in Grosse Pointe, Michigan

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Blonde female technician writing on packing box Packing belongings in Grosse Pointe, MI

Water damage can affect not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are important to us because they are important to you.

During a water loss your contents may be in the way. We take extra precaution before any demolition that may need to take place and move out any of your contents in the work areas. Call a company who cares about your personal belonging as if it were their own.

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

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

When restoration is completed, we 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.

Keep your belongings safe! Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at 586-741-5050.

Electric Blankets Can be a Fire Hazard

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Electric Blankets Can be a Fire Hazard

In chilly weather electric blankets can keep you warm and cozy. But they must be used properly to avoid a fire hazard. The following tips will help keep you safe.

Check the blanket’s product label

Make sure your electric blanket has a UL              label. That means it has been certified for            safety.

Don’t use an old blanket

Most electric blanket fires are caused by              blankets more than 10 years old.

Don’t lay on top of the blanket

The blanket’s coils could be damaged by              too much weight.

Keep pets off

Dogs or cats could damage the wiring.

No electric cords under the mattress

Electric cords can heat up during use.                  Friction and excess heat under your                    mattress can be very dangerous.

Be safe on these cold winter nights! Keep our number handy in case of an emergency. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Does Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Your Sump Pump?

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Check Your Insurance Policy

A standard homeowners insurance policy does not cover water damage caused by a sump pump failure, but it can be added to your policy in an endorsement.

With an average homeowner’s policy, the sump pump backup endorsement can be added at a low cost.

This will cover water-damaged items and also the cost of the cleanup.

A sump pump could fail any time without any warning. During the winter season large amounts of snow can pile up. When the temperatures warm up and the snow melts, flooding can occur. A working sump pump is extremely important to keep your basement from flooding.

A back-up sump pump is a very good precaution. If your sump pump fails, the back-up will kick in and save the day.

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is always here to help! Call us at 586-741-5050.

Be Safe with Your Christmas Tree

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon firefighters with firehose saying Keep your Christmas tree watered or we will have to water it for you! Be Safe with Your Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

While you may be in the holiday spirit in Eastpointe, Christmas trees and decorations can be a huge fire hazard.  Property damage costs due to Christmas tree fires are $13 million dollars annually.

  • Choose a tree with fresh green needles. As soon as you get it home, cut 2 inches off the base before you put it in the stand.
  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source – fireplace, heaters, radiators, heat vents, candles.
  • Check water level daily. A tree needs fresh water added every day.
  • Check light strings. Any strings of lights that have any frayed or cracked wires should be replaced.
  • Do not overload your outlets. Use surge protector power strips to avoid an overload.
  • Always turn off the tree lights when leaving your home and before you go to bed.
  • Dispose of your tree right after Christmas. A dried-out tree increases the fire danger.

Be safe and enjoy a wonderful holiday!

Remember SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is always Here to Help @ 586-741-5050. Save our phone number in your phone so that you can be Hero Ready if disaster strikes your home or business.

Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home.

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Dog and Cat against a blue background Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home.

Roseville knows that the wind and the lake can combine to make storms seriously scary. If storms require evacuation, SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores knows leaving pets behind is not an option. The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) urges people to be prepared. 

People and Pets Can Be Ready to Evacuate Roseville:

  • For pets that wear collars, have securely attached tags with current information
  • Some pets refuse to wear (or can't wear) collars, SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores recommends micro-chips for all pets, but especially these
  • Loud noises, unfamiliar scents, and storm damage can scare pets and cause them to get loose, so keep photographs of the animals
  • Prepare by identifying pet-friendly lodgings
  • Keep harnesses or leashes and/or secure carriers for all pets
  • Copies of any prescriptions

In an Emergency Kit:

  • Copies of vaccinations, other records
  • Printed descriptions of any special needs
  • Three-day supply of water for each pet
  • Three-day supply of food for each pet
  • Three-day supply of all medication for each pet
  • Just in case, pack a first-aid kit
  • Extra bedding --- but try to bring something familiar
  • Toys and treats   
  • Supplies for handling waste (litter box, litter)

If you come home to water damage or storm damage, Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores 24/7.  We are Here to Help®, will repair damage “Like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.weather.gov/mqt/petsafety

Avoid House Fires This Thanksgiving in St Clair Shores, MI

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Deep fryer outdoors with flames shooting up Avoid House Fires This Thanksgiving in St Clair Shores, MI

Deep Fryer Safety

Once again it is time to prepare for Thanksgiving. If you are planning to deep fry your turkey, you must take proper precautions to ensure the safety of your home and loved ones.  The oil in a deep fryer can reach temperatures of over 400°. Extreme safety measures should be taken to avoid starting a fire or severely burning someone.

Select a safe location outdoors for deep frying your turkey – far enough away from your home. Cooking oil is highly flammable. Make sure the cooking oil does not come into contact with flames. Also, water must not come into contact with hot cooking oil. It will steam and splatter possibly causing severe burns or start a fire.

Follow your deep fryer’s manufacturer’s directions closely and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep our number handy in case of an emergency. We are available 24/7. Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050

Prevent Frozen Pipes in Roseville

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Book and tea on table in front of a fire in the fireplace Prevent Frozen Pipes in Roseville

Freezing weather doesn't skip Roseville. When temperatures don't budge over 20 degrees F, pipes may freeze and burst. Water damage from burst pipes is common; the Federal Emergency Management Association notes that burst pipes damage at least one room in a quarter of a million homes and offices every year.

To prevent such damage, SERVPRO® of St. Clair Shores is sharing these tips.

No More Burst Pipes in Roseville:                                

  • Before the weather turns cold, insulate the walls that pipes run through
  • Wrap pipes with several inches of pipe insulation
  • Keep the area warm to keep the pipes warm
  • Plug updrafts around walls and doors
  • Whether people are sleeping or out of the home or office, keep the temperature at a minimum of 55 degrees F
  • When the weather is cold, let faucets drip cold water, preventing the pipes from freezing
  • Open bathroom and kitchen cabinets so warm air circulates over the pipes
  • Keep doors to uninsulated areas closed

Worst case? Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores right away. Someone will get back to you, regardless of the time or the day.                   

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.html

Dangers of ice dams in St. Clair Shores, MI

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Snow on roof of house Don't let snow pile up!

Prevent Ice Dams 

Snow can accumulate quickly during our Michigan winter storms. It is important to not let an overabundance of snow build up on your roof. Too much snow on your roof can cause ice dams. Ice dams can cause your roof to leak and damage your home. If the temperature stays below freezing, the snow cannot melt. A general rule of thumb is to remove the snow if it builds up to 6 inches or more.

Snow removal can be accomplished by using a roof rake or shoveling. A roof rake is a safe way to go and can be done by the average homeowner. Shoveling should be done by a professional. Safety first!

Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050 for your emergency water damage cleanup.

Is Your Roseville Home Insured for Winter Storm Damage?

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Insurance policy with fountain pen on top Review your Insurance!

Make Sure You're Prepared 

During the winter months your home is at risk for water damage. Melting snow can cause roof leaks or leak into your basement causing damage to your home and its contents. It is always a good idea to review your homeowner’s insurance policy to make sure you have adequate coverage. Be sure your policy has sufficient dwelling loss limits to cover rebuilding your home if disaster strikes. You may have to leave your home while repairs are made, so you need enough coverage for the loss of use. You also need to think about your contents. You want to have enough replacement cost coverage in case your belongings are damaged and need to be replaced. We are here for you 24/7. In case of an emergency call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.