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Thunderstorm Season is Coming. Are you Ready?

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorm Season is Coming. Are you Ready? Thunderstorm Season in Roseville, MI

Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding. Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities. Hail up to the size of softballs damages cars and windows, and kills livestock caught out in the open. Strong (up to more than 120 mph) straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. Tornadoes (with winds up to about 300 mph) can destroy all but the best-built man-made structures.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your St Clair Shores home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Keep our number handy in case of an emergency (586) 741-5050.

Do's & Don'ts After a Flooding

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do's & Don'ts After a Flooding Flood Season is Here in Eastpointe, MI

What to Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If you experience a flood, call us @ SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Tornado Safety Tips

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Safety Tips Tornado safety in St. Clair Shores, MI

IF YOU ARE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Keep listening to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, and local authorities for updated information.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust.
  • Try to send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting.
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe.
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.

Remember if disaster strikes, strike back by calling SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Storm Damage at your St. Clair Shores Home?

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage at your St. Clair Shores Home? Storm Damage at your St. Clair Shores Home?

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

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your St Clair Shores home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

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We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

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Preparing for Winter in Roseville, MI

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Winter in Roseville, MI Cold Weather is Approaching in Roseville, MI

The cold weather is approaching and here are some tips to prepare your Roseville, MI home.

  • Add more insulation to your attic, if you have one. Heat rises, and will escape through a poorly insulated attic. Fiberglass insulation comes in rolls with paper backing that you can roll and tack up to winterize your home.
  • Caulk cracks around windows and doors to eliminate drafts. Use water resistant caulk on the outside of buildings.
  • Add weather stripping to doors and windows when winterizing buildings.
  • Install outlet gaskets to electric outlets located on outer walls. The gaskets will eliminate drafts when you prepare your house for winter.
  • Clean your furnace, if you have one, and replace the air filter. Dirty air filters clog the flow of air and could start a fire.
  • Service your wood burning stove. Have a professional chimney sweep come out to clean and inspect your wood stove when preparing your house for winter.
  • Close off rooms that are not in use. Try to confine areas in your home that don’t require heating.
  • Stay Safe! Keep our phone number handy in case of any emergency. Call SERVPRO 24/7 @ (586) 741-5050.

Emergency Kit

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Kit Be Prepared!

Storms can come at any minute in
Clinton Township, MI. They also can go from calm to very severe just as quickly. Be prepared at your home and business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:

- 3-day supply of nonperishable foods

- Water (one+ gallon per person per day)

- First-aid kit

- Prescription medication

- Sleeping bag or blankets

- Fire extinguisher

- Hygiene products

- Flashlights

- Extra batteries

- Cell phone charger

- Change of clothes

- Matches in waterproof container

- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

- Whistle to signal for help

- Pet supplies

- Infant formula and diapers

- Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

It is also suggested you keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, go to Ready.gov.

We are here for you 24/7. In case of an emergency call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Ice Storm Facts

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Storm Facts Ice Storm Damage in St. Clair Shores, MI

Ice Storm Facts

You may hear forecasters talk about ice accumulations this week and wonder, "Will I lose power, or will the roads just be slippery?"

Just a thin coating of ice can result in a travel nightmare, while heavier amounts will severely damage trees and power lines. Strong winds can add extra force to already weighted down tree branches and power lines, increasing the likelihood of significant damage.

  • Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times.
  • A 1/2-inch accumulation on power lines can add 500 pounds of extra weight.
  • An ice storm in 2009 centered from northern Arkansas to the Ohio Valley knocked out power to 1.3 million.
  • In 1998, an ice storm in northern New York and northern New England damaged millions of trees and caused $1.4 billion in damage. Accumulations were as much as three inches thick!
  • Stay Safe! Keep our phone number handy in case of any emergency. Call SERVPRO 24/7 @ (586) 741-5050.

Cracked Roof Flashing Could Cause Water Leaks

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cracked Roof Flashing Could Cause Water Leaks Roof Leak in Grosse Pointe, MI

Cracked Roof Flashing Could Cause Water Leaks

What Does It Look Like: Flashing are thin pieces of metal that are installed under shingles and on the joints of your roof in order to create a water-resistant barrier, which can be concealed or exposed. If exposed, they will look like long runs of sheet metal and, if concealed, they will have a rubberized coating overtop. Broken flashing will feature large cracks

Why It Happens: Roofers often use tar to seal the flashing together and that can corrode over time. In the event that your flashing is left exposed, elements like wind and rain could be the reason behind its crack.

How To Fix It: (Via The Family Handyman): Once you locate the source of the leak, pry up the nails used to secure the old flashing. Lift any shingles out of the way and remove the cracked segment. Gently put a new run of flashing in its place, fasten the new flashing in the same pattern as your old piece using roofing nails. Then, apply a coat of roofing sealant to the nail heads.

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Thunderstorms & Lightning - Are You Prepared?

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorms & Lightning - Are You Prepared? Are You Prepared?

Thunderstorms & Lightning

by ready.gov

All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.

Before Thunderstorm and Lightning

To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Lightning Risk Reduction When Outdoors

  • If you are in a forest then, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees.
  • In an open area, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley. Be alert for flash floods.
  • On open water, get to land and find shelter immediately.

Facts about Thunderstorms

  • They may occur singly, in clusters or in lines.
  • Some of the most severe occur when a single thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.
  • Thunderstorms typically produce heavy rain for a brief period, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for thunderstorm development.
  • About 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe – one that produces hail at least an inch or larger in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher or produces a tornado.

Facts about Lightning

  • Lightning’s unpredictability increases the risk to individuals and property.
  • Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.
  • “Heat lightning” is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away from thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction.
  • Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors in the summer months during the afternoon and evening.
  • Your chances of being struck by lightning are estimated to be 1 in 600,000 but could be reduced even further by following safety precautions.
  • Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately.

Know the Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a thunderstorm hazard:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - Tells you when and where severe thunderstorms are likely to occur. Watch the sky and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.

During Thunderstorms and Lightning

If thunderstorm and lightning are occurring in your area, you should:

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric for recharging.  Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After a Thunderstorm or Lightning Strike

If lightning strikes you or someone you know, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance as soon as possible. The following are things you should check when you attempt to give aid to a victim of lightning:

  • Breathing - if breathing has stopped, begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Heartbeat - if the heart has stopped, administer CPR.
  • Pulse - if the victim has a pulse and is breathing, look for other possible injuries. Check for burns where the lightning entered and left the body. Also be alert for nervous system damage, broken bones and loss of hearing and eyesight.

After the storm passes remember to:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control

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Snowstorms & Extreme Cold - Knowing your risk.

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Snowstorms & Extreme Cold

This explains what actions to take when you receive a winter weather storm alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a snowstorm or extreme cold.

Know your risk

What

A winter storm occurs when there is significant precipitation and the temperature is low enough that precipitation forms as sleet or snow, or when rain turns to ice. A winter storm can range from freezing rain and ice, to moderate snowfall over a few hours, to a blizzard that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures.

Winter storms can cause power outages that last for days. They can make roads and walkways extremely dangerous or impassable and close or limit critical community services such as public transportation, child care, health programs and schools. Injuries and deaths may occur from exposure, dangerous road conditions, and carbon monoxide poisoning and other conditions.

Where

Winter storms and colder than normal temperatures can happen in every region of the country.

When

Winter storms can occur from early autumn to late spring depending on the region.

During Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule and your route; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.

Cold Related Illness

  • Frostbite is a serious condition that’s caused by exposure to extremely cold temperatures.

    • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
    • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
    • numbness
    • If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care.

  • Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures.  Hypothermia is caused by prolonged exposures to very cold temperatures. When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it’s produced. Lengthy exposures will eventually use up your body’s stored energy, which leads to lower body temperature.

    • Warnings signs of hypothermia:

    • Adults: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech drowsiness
    • Infants:  bright red, cold skin, very low energy

      If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95° F, the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately.

Carbon Monoxide

Caution: Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. These deaths are likely due to increased use of gas-powered furnaces and alternative heating, cooking, and power sources used inappropriately indoors during power outages.

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal¬ burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep these devices at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.

  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.

  • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Stay or Go

STAY:

  • If stuck on the road to avoid exposure and/or when rescue is likely

  • If a safe location is neither nearby or visible

  • If you do not have appropriate clothing to go outside

  • If you do not have the ability to call for help

GO:

  • If the distance to call for help is accessible.

  • If you have visibility and outside conditions are safe.

  • If you have appropriate clothing.

  • Once the storm has passed, if you are not already home, follow instructions from your local transportation department and emergency management agency to determine if it is safe to drive and, if so, which route will be safest for you to get home. Drive with extra caution.

After Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

  • If your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours or if you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to go to a designated public shelter if you can get there safely. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER20472)

  • Bring any personal items that you would need to spend the night (such as toiletries, medicines). Take precautions when traveling to the shelter. Dress warmly in layers, wear boots, mittens, and a hat.

  • Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.

Storm Damage to your business? We Can Help!

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Winter Storm – Snow and Ice Storm Damage – Commercial Insurance Claims

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores has the experience and knowledge to help you with your claim. Contact us today!

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Flood and Fire Cleanup and Restoration -  Disaster Recovery Services

A winter storm can bring with it sleet, ice, high winds, and heavy snow, which can result in sudden unexpected commercial property damage. Feet of heavy wet snow can cause roofs and structures to collapse; high winds can tear siding; and icing can down trees and power lines. As large commercial buildings often have flat roofs, they are more susceptible to collapse, thereby increasing their chances of suffering damage after a storm.

If your business has been damaged due to a winter storm, make one of your first calls be to SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores. We are seasoned experts in dealing with the damages wrought by snow and ice.  We are experts in the commercial property insurance claims process, and we take pride in helping our clients achieve a full recovery. Starting with a thorough investigation of your business’ property loss, we will lead you through the entire claim filing process—accurately preparing, documenting and submitting your insurance claim and through the entire cleanup and repair of your business.  Call us now at (586) 741-5050.

Before Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Before Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Prepare your home:
    • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
    • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
    • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
    • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
    • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
    • If you have a wood burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
    • Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
      • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
      • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace
  • Prepare your vehicle:
    • Fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
    • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
  • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
  • People who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time.
  • Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
  • Plan to bring pets inside.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.
  • Fill a gallon container with water and place them in the freezer to help keep food cold.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.

We hope these helpful tips help you in planning for this Winter.  If you experience damage to your home or business, don't hesitate to give us a call at 586-741-5050.  SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is here 24/7 for your emergency needs!

Do you know the Winter Weather Watches and Warnings

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Knowing the differences can affect you and your family!  Here are the definitions of each to help you this Winter. 

Keep SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores in mind this winter if you experience any kind of Winter Storm Damage to your home or business.  We are always Here to Help at 586-741-5050.

Winter Weather Watches and Warnings

  • Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify an extreme winter weather alerts:
  • Freezing Rain - Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.

  • Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.

  • Wind Chill- Windchill is the temperature it “feels like” when you are outside. The NWS provides a Windchill Chart to show the difference between air temperature and the perceived temperature and the amount of time until frostbite occurs. For more information, visit: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/windchill.shtml.

  • Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening. The NWS issues a winter weather advisory when conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.

  • Winter Storm Watch - A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information. The NWS issues a winter storm watch when severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area but the location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued 12 to 36 hours in advance of a potential severe storm. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, TV, or other news sources for more information. Monitor alerts, check your emergency supplies, and gather any items you may need if you lose power.

  • Winter Storm Warning - A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.

  • Blizzard Warning - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

  • Frost/Freeze Warning - Below freezing temperatures are expected

6 Things you should do after a flood

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 6 Things you should do after a flood Flooded Basement

6 Things You Should Do After Your House Floods

on May 4, 2016    

One of the most damaging and devastating things you can ever experience as a homeowner is a flood. There are many causes of household flooding including:

  • Heavy rains
  • Sewer back-up
  • Malfunctioning sump-pump
  • Burst pipes

No matter what the cause, you should still know what you should do if your house floods. Taking care of the problem earlier will help reduce the amount of damage after and will make clean-up and repair easier.

1. Safety First

 

The first step in any major home disaster is to remain safe. You may be forced to leave your home if the flooding is bad enough. Make sure you are also safe when you return to your home to begin dealing with the aftermath. This may include turning off the power, as water and electricity obviously do not mix. Be sure to wear protective clothing–such as rubber boots and gloves–when you reenter your home. Not only will you be dealing with the water itself, but also whatever else the water has been in contact with, namely debris or even sewage. It is best to protect yourself against whatever harmful chemicals and items the flooding may have washed in.

Be sure to never eat food that has been contaminated by flood waters, or even in close proximity to the water for an extended period of time. If the water was high enough to reach your refrigerator or any of your pantry cabinets, it is safest practice to go ahead and throw the food away and just buy more. Be sure to thoroughly wash any dinnerware, glasses, and flatware that might have been caught in the house flood before you use it again.

2. Stopping and Removing Water

One of the first things you should do when your house floods is stop the source of water coming in if at all possible. If your sump-pump is broken or malfunctioning, replacing it will help keep up with any continuing rains and may prevent further damage to your basement, garage, crawl space, or main floor. Calling the city to remove debris from storm drains may also be necessary in order to help stop flooding.

If your flooded home was caused by a burst pipe, fix the plumbing as soon as possible to lessen water damage. The sooner you stop the water from coming in, the sooner you can get to cleaning up and repairing any damages.

After that, it’s time to remove the water. Depending on the level of flooding you have experienced or even the rooms in your home that have been affected, your process might change. You may need to bail water out using buckets and bins or use hoses to drain large amounts of water from your basement. As the water begins receding, you can use a wet vacuum to suck remaining bits of water and moisture from carpets and floors. If you’re lucky and the damage is minimal, you might be able to simply mop the mess up.

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3. Drying Out Your Home

Even if you are successful in removing all of the standing water from your home, everything will remain damp and wet, especially if heavy rains have increased the humidity in your area. If you have power, use your air conditioning and portable fans to help dry the wet areas of your home.

Dehumidifiers are also a big help, especially in closed off spaces such as basements or crawl spaces. Dehumidifiers work by removing excess moisture from the air. This is the easiest way to dry out your home and minimize the potential water damage you might be dealing with, as it does not require you to actively clean. However, in the case of a house flood, dehumidifiers are only supplemental and you are likely to need multiple methods of action. Dehumidifiers are recommended for anyone who lives in a damp climate or an area that experiences longer rainy seasons, as they can prevent some of the problems associated with this type of weather, both for you and your home.

4. Calling the Insurance Company

Your homeowners’ insurance will vary depending on what policies you have, but many insurance companies cover flooding due to storms, backed-up city sewers and storm drains, broken sump-pumps or burst pipes. The insurance company will send an adjuster to look at and assess the damage and determine if it is a covered loss. If your losses and damages are covered, the sooner you call the insurance company, the sooner they will pay out. Repairs can become costly, but the insurance money will help get your home back in order quicker with less of a financial burden on you.

Your insurance company may not be able to send an adjuster right away, especially if your flooding is part of a larger weather event. Document values of everything and take as many photos as possible before, during, and after clean-up. This will help the adjuster when he or she is able to come assess the damage.

5. Clean-Up

Once the water is gone and you have called your insurance company, it’s time to begin post-flood care. You can call in a professional clean-up crew or else begin work yourself. This may involve determining what is salvageable and throwing away anything that is too damaged or no longer safe to use. If the flooding in your home was widespread, you may have to bring in a roll-off dumpster for easy disposal of larger damaged items, as you will find your trash bags filling quickly.

Be aware that you may need to remove flooring, drywall, and insulation to prevent mold and mildew from spreading in your home. Furniture may also need to be dried out, cleaned or thrown away depending on the level of water damage. Unless you are exceptionally handy, it is probably best to call in a professional company that specializes in mold removal. Mold can begin developing within the first 24 hours after a flood, and once it has started growing it can be difficult to fully remove. The quicker you remove items from water and begin drying them, the less likely they are to be lost to mold, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution and have a professional assess the situation.

6. Repairs

The aftermath of a house flood can typically take the longest amount of time. You may have broken windows from the water rushing in, flooring that may need to be replaced, and broken possessions in need of repair. After your insurance company pays out for qualified damages, you can hire a contractor if one is needed. Be sure to board up any broken windows and remove any harmful debris from flooded areas.

If you have electronics that were submerged in water or were damaged in the flood, make sure to have them checked out by a professional before plugging them back in to a power source. This includes your television sets, stereos, game consoles, computers, and appliances.

If you are unsure about what your first steps for home repairs should be when your house floods, then hiring a construction company that specializes in flood or natural disaster repairs can be helpful. They can determine if walls need replaced or if your floors have been compromised by the flood waters. A professional construction company can help you safely enjoy your home once again.  Contact SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores for a free inspection at (586) 741-5050.

Damaging Winds Basics

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

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Severe Weather 101

Damaging Winds Basics

What are damaging winds?
Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.
Are damaging winds really a big deal?
Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.
Who is at risk from damaging winds?
Since most thunderstorms produce some straight-line winds as a result of outflow generated by the thunderstorm downdraft, anyone living in thunderstorm-prone areas of the world is at risk for experiencing this hazard.

People living in mobile homes are especially at risk for injury and death. Even anchored mobile homes can be seriously damaged when winds gust over 80 mph.

Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores if you experience Storm Damage to your property at (586) 741-5050. 

What to do if your house gets struck by lightning

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do if your house gets struck by lightning Dangers of lightning

What to Do If Your House Gets Struck by Lightning

by Shawn Hedrick

What happens when lightning strikes a house?

If your home ever gets struck by lightning, you will hear a very loud, powerful boom that might shake your entire house. Many homes are built to withstand lightning strikes without succumbing to major damage. While staying inside your home, away from doors and windows, is the safest place to be during a storm, a couple of dangers exist inside the home when lightning is involved, regardless of whether you have lightning protection in place.

  1. Power Surges: When lightning strikes a house, the electricity often surges through a home’s wiring or plumbing system, searching for the quickest possible route to the ground. Make sure to unplug any electronics (especially valuable ones like TVs or computers), or they could be destroyed. Avoid running water during a lightning storm. You could get electrocuted if you are touching or standing near water or any electronics that are plugged into walls.
  2. Fire: When lightning shoots through a home, there’s a risk for fire. The most common place for a fire to ignite is in the attic, when a lightning bolt comes through the roof or top of the house. However, the heat from the electricity of a lightning bolt that runs through the walls inside your plumbing or wiring could start a fire as well. You may notice it immediately, or it may burn slowly inside the walls without your realizing it for some time.

What to do if your house gets struck by lightning?

    1. First, make sure everyone is okay. If you see fire or smell smoke, evacuate your home immediately.
    2. Call 911, and tell them your home was struck by lightning. Do this regardless of whether or not you detect a fire hazard.
    3. The fire department will come out to your property and assess the area for damage, including using thermal imaging cameras to search inside walls for heat that could or already has started a fire.
    4. Once your home is assessed and found to be safe, you will be able to return inside.
    5. Call your insurance company and explain what has happened.
  • If there is damage to your home call us at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050. We are always here to help – 24/7 our experts are standing by.

Is Your Tree Going To Fall Over?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Your Tree Going To Fall Over? This happened in St. Clair Shores, MI

Is Your Tree Going to Fall Over?

By Houselogic.com

Sometimes a valuable tree uproots without warning; but most often, your tree sends distress signals before it topples.

A mature tree can account for as much as 10% of your assessed property value, depending on your market.  With that much at stake, you sure don’t want to have to yell, “Timber!”

Here’s how to tell if one of your trees is in danger of falling over, and what you can do about it.

How to Inspect Your Trees

No one knows your trees as well as you. So, after they leaf out in the spring, leaf off in the fall, and after a big storm, walk around and look at your lovelies, top to bottom, noticing changes in foliage, branches, roots, and bark.

Inspect all sides of the tree, both up close and from a distance.

  • Check for cuts in or peeling bark.
  • Use binoculars to inspect the tree’s crown for dead wood and brown leaves.

Leaning Trees

Trees usually don’t grow straight, and a little lean is normal. But when your tree starts looking like the Tower of Pisa because of poor weight distribution or anchor root damage, it’s likely unstable. This is a good time to call an arborist.

Danger signs:

  • Cracked or heaving soil, especially on the side opposite the lean.
  • Exposed roots around the base of the tree.

Cures:

  • Prune branches to distribute weight better.
  • Brace the tree trunk with cables attached to stakes on opposite sides of the tree. Make sure to pad the tree before placing cables around tender bark.

Multiple Trunks

A tree with multiple trunks, or with splits in one trunk, can be unstable.

Danger signs:

  • V-shaped or U-shaped multiple trunks are weak points for mature trees. The connective wood where the trunks come together may lose strength — and be more likely to split — with age and when storms occur.
  • Cracks that extend deeply into or through the trunk.

Cures:

  • An arborist can stabilize split trunks by attaching cables between trunks and branches high in the tree. Cables won’t repair existing damage, but they will increase the safety, especially in strong winds, and extend the life of your tree.
  • This is dangerous work best left to experts, who will charge between $600 and $2,000; annual cable maintenance costs $100-$200.

Construction Destruction

Construction is tough on trees. Installing a driveway, putting on an addition, and digging up utility lines puts nearby trees under stress. Construction can damage shallow feeder roots, starving and destabilizing the tree. Construction equipment can scrape tree bark, providing a gateway set for disease and infestation.

Danger signs of construction stress (which can show up immediately or years later):

  • Damaged bark
  • Reduced, smaller, or no foliage
  • Premature autumn color
  • Mushrooms, conks, and carpenter ants at the base of the tree are a sign of decay and rot.

Cures:

Prevention is your best option. Before construction, set up a barricade around the tree; for each inch in diameter of the tree’s trunk, add a foot of protection. For example, an 8-inch-diameter tree needs a barricade with an 8-foot radius. 

If the tree is damaged by construction, act fast:

  • Prune to reduce weight and remove damaged limbs.
  • Install cables or bracing rods.
  • Water deeply.
  • Aerate compacted soil around the root zone.

An Arborist to the Rescue

If you think your trees are changing, or you see any of the major warning signs above, they could be “hazard trees” — trees likely to fall and destroy what’s near them — like your house.

This is a good time to call a certified arborist. Get recommendations from friends or neighborhood list serves. Or, contact the International Society of Arboriculture, which maintains a list of certified arborists.

An arborist can help save your tree, or let you know if it’s beyond help. For example, bacteria or bugs could be harming your tree, and an arborist’s inspection ($150-$350) can diagnose which disease, trauma, or fungus is the culprit. An arborist also can determine if your tree is decaying internally, something that may not yet be obvious.

Arborists can either fix the problem, or calculate the risk of the tree falling and the likely objects it could damage. That calculation will help you decide if it’s worth spending money to keep the tree alive and upright, remove the tree, or just let nature take its course and topple the tree at will.

What About Lightning Risks?

If you live on the highest hill in the neighborhood, and own the tallest tree on the block, that’s pretty sweet. But it also increases your chances of a lightning strike.

If lightning strikes one side of a tree, your tree might close the wound and live its life. But if a bolt travels through the trunk, exploding wood and bark and damaging roots, it might be lights out.

To protect trees from lightning, an arborist can ground a tree with a copper cable system that extends from near the top of major trunks down to copper ground rods. These systems can cost $1,500, and may not be worth the money to protect a tree you could replace for $150.

If you’re thinking of planting a tree, you might want to avoid one of these trees close to your house.

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.

Ice Dam Damage

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Dam Damage Ice Dam Damage

How to Identify and Help Remove an Ice Dam

© 2016 The Travelers Indemnity Company

 

Sometimes, even your best efforts to prevent an ice dam may not be enough. Knowing what an ice dam is, how to identify one and how to help remove it is important to protecting your roof and home from potential damage during the snowy, winter months.

What Is an Ice Dam?

Ice dams may form when water from melting snow freezes into ice at the edge of your roofline. Without proper roof snow removal, the ice that develops may grow large enough to prevent water from melting snow from properly draining off the roof. When the water is unable to drain from the roof, it may then back up underneath roof shingles and make its way into your home.

 

Do You Have an Ice Dam?

Most ice dams develop on the edge of your roof, but they may also form in other locations, depending on the slope, orientation and style of your roof. Be sure to monitor the weather and your roof for signs of ice dam formations.

  • Look closely at the icicles around the exterior of your house. If the icicles are confined to the gutters and there is no water trapped behind them, then an ice dam has likely not formed. Nonetheless, icicles can be a precursor to ice dams. Depending on their location and size, icicles may also pose a danger if they fall off. Whenever possible, and if safe to do so, remove icicles from the exterior of your home, making sure not to stand directly beneath them. If you cannot safely reach the icicles from the ground, consider calling SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores to assist in their removal.
  • Check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.Removing an ice dam from your roof immediately after spotting the signs can be critical to helping prevent damage to your home. One way to remove an ice dam is to melt it using calcium chloride ice melt.

HOW TO REMOVE AN ICE DAM:

  • Step 1. Using a roof rake, remove snow 3-4 feet from the edge of your roof, being careful not to damage the roof covering or to allow snow to build up around walking paths or to block emergency exits.
  • Step 2. Use a calcium chloride ice melt product, which you can generally purchase from your local hardware store. Be sure not to use rock salt or sodium chloride, which can damage your roof.
  • Step 3. Fill a nylon stocking with the calcium chloride ice melt.
  • Step 4. Safely place and position the calcium chloride-filled nylon stocking vertically across the ice dam so that it can melt a channel through the ice.
  • Step 5. Cover and protect any shrubbery and plants with lightweight tarps near the gutters or downspouts for the duration that the calcium chloride stockings remain in place. This is important because the calcium chloride-saturated water dripping from the roof may damage the shrubbery and plants.
  • REMEMBER: Using a ladder in snowy and icy conditions may be dangerous. If you cannot safely reach the roof, consider calling SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050.

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Getting Your Home Ready for Winter Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter by Bob Formisano Home Repair Expert

                                                                                                                                               

Get your home ready for winter!. Photo Credit: Fotolia

Updated November 12, 2016.

 

 Wood-burning Fireplace, Chimney and Flue

Although largely ignored in warm weather, the wood-burning fireplace and chimney can be a major source of cold air leaks and other issues in winter. So the chimney and fireplace need some inspection and service before winter sets in.

  1. Check to make sure the chimney is clear of any nests from birds, squirrels or other small animals.
  2. Check flue damper operation. Make sure it opens and closes fully, and that it is can be locked in the open or closed position.
  3. Check chimney draft. Make sure the chimney will draw up the fire and smoke properly. Test this by taking several sheets of newspaper and rolling them up. Then with the fireplace damper in the open position, light the newspaper in the fireplace. The smoke should rise up the chimney. If it doesn't, you have an obstruction and need to call a professional in to clean the chimney of creosote and ash and possible debris.
  4. If it has been several years (or never) since you had your fireplace chimney cleaned, you should have it done by a professional chimney sweep. Definitely not a fun DIY project.
  5. Inspect the fire brick in the fireplace. If you see any open mortar joints, have them repaired immediately A fire can spread into the stud wall behind the masonry fire brick through open mortar joints.

 

How to Protect Pipes from Freezing

Plumbing is especially susceptible to cold weather and freezing. Burst pipes from freezing can cause some of the most expensive repairs in the home. So let's go over some of the basics to make you have them covered.

  • Insulate exposed piping: If you have any exposed water or drain piping in uninsulated spaces, such as in a crawlspace, attic, outside walls, etc., make sure to insulate them with foam insulation at a minimum. Ideally, you should wrap them with electrical heating tape first, then insulate them.
  • Exterior faucets: Known as hose bibbs or sill-cocks, the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bibb. And remember to disconnect your garden hoses from the sill cocks or outside faucets, and drain them if you store them outside.
  • Seasonal shut-down: If you are shutting down a property for several months you should always shut off the water supply and drain the plumbing system. If a leak were to occur without occupancy, the damage could be catastrophic. See How to Drain Your Home's Plumbing System.
  • If you don't use your fireplace often and it leaks air, you can cut a piece of fiberglass insulation and stuff it into the fireplace behind your glass doors to block the cold air coming down the chimney. Of course, you need to remove this when you make a fire...

 

 

Roof

Moving to the outside of the home, you should do a quick check of the roof. Either hire someone to inspect the roof if you are not comfortable safely doing this yourself, or inspect it yourself, wearing well-fastened shoes with non-skid soles.

  • Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles, and have them replaced.
  • Check flashing around chimneys and other roof projections, which are often the source of leaks. Have repairs made, if necessary. 
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean, having no leaves. Wet leaves remaining in the gutters over winter add significant weight and volume to the gutter when frozen and increase the risk of damage.

 

Severe Weather Facts

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather Facts St. Clair Shores Storm Damage

Did you know these facts about Severe Weather?

What is a severe thunderstorm?  A thunderstorm is classified as “severe” when it contains one or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 50 knots (57.5 mph), or a tornado.

How many thunderstorms are there?  Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. About 10% of these reach severe levels. 

Did you also know that thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours, but they can occur year-round and at all hours of the day. 

Under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities. Hail up to the size of softballs damages cars and windows, and kills livestock caught out in the open. Strong (up to more than 120 mph) straight-line winds associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. Tornadoes (with winds up to about 300 mph) can destroy all but the best-built man-made structures.

At SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores we are available 24/7 for any of your storm related emergency needs, including flooding, storm damage to your property or tree damage to your home or business.  Save our phone number in case of emergency – SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050. 

What to do if Lightning Strikes

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do if Lightning Strikes Lightning Strikes

If lightning strikes you or someone you know, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance as soon as possible. The following are things you should check when you attempt to give aid to a victim of lightning:

  • Breathing - if breathing has stopped, begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Heartbeat - if the heart has stopped, administer CPR.
  • Pulse - if the victim has a pulse and is breathing, look for other possible injuries. Check for burns where the lightning entered and left the body. Also be alert for nervous system damage, broken bones and loss of hearing and eyesight.

After the storm passes remember to:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.

Thunderstorms & Lightning

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thunderstorms & Lightning Storm Damage

Thunderstorms & Lightning

 

All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.

If you property is affected by storm damage, call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586)741-5050

Sump Pumps and Back Up Plans

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sump Pumps and Back Up Plans Sump Pump - How it works

Why You Need a Battery Backup Sump Pump:

Most homeowners understand they have a primary (AC powered) sump pump in their basement or crawlspace to protect them from flooding. That's all well and good, but:

  • IF/WHEN the power goes out (or the fuse blows, or the circuit breaker trips, or the power cord gets pulled out), your primary pump won't run and you will flood.
  • IF/WHEN your primary pump fails due to a clog or other mechanical problem, you will flood.
  • IF/WHEN the float switch on your primary pump gets stuck or doesn't activate, you will flood.

At The Sump Pump Company, we've learned from hard experience that if you don't have a backup sump pump, you don't have a sump pump at all! That's because ALL sump pumps eventually fail, and without a good backup system, you won't know the pump has failed until you have a flood! Everybody with a sump basin should have both a primary AND a backup system. Check out our COMBO Sump Pump Systems for the easiest, most affordable way to get the right protection for your home and what you own.

How does the battery backup system work?

A battery backup sump pump is a second pump that gets installed right next to your primary pump.

It has - you guessed it - a battery, providing a secondary power source that can operate the pump if power has failed.

It has its own switch, so when the water rises, the backup pump is activated.

It IS a complete second pump system, so it's there when the primary pump fails for ANY reason!

Also, if there is an unusually strong storm that causes more water to enter the sump basin than the primary pump can handle, the backup will kick in to provide extra pumping capacity, keeping your home dry.

It's hard to believe how many basement floods occur when a primary pump fails, and the homeowner ALREADY HAD A BATTERY BACKUP SYSTEM! When the moment of truth arrived, those poor folks found out the hard way that the inferior backup system they were counting on had FAILED!

In order to provide reliable protection for your basement, a battery backup pump system must AT LEAST alarm if it's activated, and monitor its battery and alert the user if there is a problem.

  • Monitor battery status. We've already said this, but dead batteries are the #1 cause of backup pump failures, and despite their best intentions, most people don't remember to check them regularly. In our opinion, they shouldn't have to! The Pro Series 2400 not only makes sure the battery charges correctly, it shows how much capacity remains, it keeps an eye on the battery fluid level, and it even warns if there is a loose connection or corrosion on the battery terminals. When it's time to replace the battery, it will let you know.
  • Pump a lot of water. Many backup pump systems have small, low capacity pumps, and simply cannot keep up. The Pro Series 2400 pumps 40 GPM at 10' lift, more than many primary pumps!
  • Self test itself on a regular basis, to ensure the pump actually operates. This also extends the life of the backup pump. Although it might sound counterintuitive, a pump that sits in water and never runs will usually fail before a pump that runs all the time, because scale and corrosion (which occur naturally underwater) build up over time. Running the pump breaks this material off and helps keep it operating.
  • Sound an alarm (that actually alerts the homeowner!) whenever there is any sign of trouble, such as when the backup pump was activated. Many systems have a tiny light and a feeble beeper that is inaudible unless someone happens to be near the system. The Pro Series 2400 can interface with your home alarm system or an auto-dialer; this ensures you actually get the alarm.
  • Run indefinitely on AC power. Most backup systems can't run the pump directly from AC power, and must drain battery energy to operate. That means when the primary pump fails, it's imperative to get it replaced quickly before the battery is exhausted.
  • Accept a second battery. Having a second battery connected to your backup system will give you approximately twice as much run time without AC power. If you live in an area that experiences long power outages, this is a nice feature to have...

So to recap: Having a primary pump - good. Not having a battery backup pump to provide secondary protection - bad.

One of the smartest things a homeowner can do is protect their crawlspace or basement with a complete battery backup system. In addition to protecting valuable possessions and property, the best benefit of all is saving frustration, aggravation, and hours and hours of cleanup time. Don't lay awake at night during a storm, wondering if your home is going to stay dry - protect yourself and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from KNOWING you're safe! 


Things lost in a flood:

  • Furnace
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Washing Machine
  • Dryer
  • Furniture
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Storage (valuable photos, clothing, home decorations, family mementos, kids' toys)
  • Electronics
  • Aunt Thelma's fruitcake from 1977 (no...wait...that's the ONLY thing that might survive a flood!)
  • Pool Table
  • Bar
  • Tools
  • Damage to walls and floors (drywall, carpet, etc.)
  • Damage to your staircase
  • You get the idea...

Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores for any Flood, Fire, Mold issues that may occur to your property!  We are always Here to Help!  (586)741-5050

Roof Damage from a Storm?

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Roof Damage from a Storm? Storm Damage? Think SERVPRO S.C.S.

How to spot roof damage from a Storm

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hailstorms and hurricanes can tear shingles from your roof and give your roof a beating with tree branches. Follow these steps to check for storm damage to your roof:

• Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage. Also, if any water stains appear on your ceiling or walls, you likely need repairs or a roof replacement.

• Look for signs of storm damage from the ground. Check for missing shingles or missing pieces of metal fascia, including any metal pieces displaced from around your chimney. Also, assess the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls.

• Obviously, you’ll notice if a tree fell on your roof. If so, stay out of your home until a professional can determine whether any structural damage occurred. Consider calling SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores, where we have a general contractor’s license if your home suffered structural damage, as you’ll probably need more than just roof repairs.

• If the storm produced hail, check for roof damage as well as siding damage. Hail damage commonly comes in the forms of dimples, made by smaller chunks of hail that pound the outer layer of shingles.

• Stay safe — avoid going on the roof to check for damage yourself and instead contact a SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores to assess for damage. 

SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores 586-741-5050.  We are Here to Help 24/7.

Know the Experts in Speciality Drying

5/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Know the Experts in Speciality Drying Hardwood Floor Specialty Drying Grosse Pointe, Mi

In a lot of the older homes we have been called to in the Grosse Pointe Area we keep coming across specialty hardwood floor drying situations.  Many of these homes have beautiful newly finished hardwood floors affected in a loss.  Cupped, water damaged wood flooring is one of the most difficult and complicated materials for our industry to dry and requires experience, finesse and good judgement to reverse the damage. At SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores we are trained in the use and application of the most up to date drying techniques in the industry and with our floor drying systems we can help save your wet wood floor. Wood flooring responds slowly to moisture so it’s important to act promptly when you discover, warped, cupped or discolored water damaged wood floors.

RESTORING A WOOD FLOOR

1. Determine if your water damaged floor is salvageable. Solid wood floors that have cupped but are not completely buckled stand the best chance for restoration. Another consideration is that if the floor is severely cupped, the nails that secure the wood to the subfloor may pull loose, causing the floor to squeak or prevent it from completely laying flat after drying. Conditions that may prevent successful restoration.

2. Remove the bulk moisture. Most of the moisture absorbed by a wood floor is not from the top surface but from the bottom. Therefore, if you don’t quickly evacuate the standing or bulk water from flutes on the underside of the flooring, you’re going to have a hard time drying the cupped floor. Wood will continue to slowly absorb water if there’s a source for it to draw from. Not removing the bulk water can cause the floor to continue cupping, even after a drying system is in place.

3. Installing wood floor restoration vacuum panels like in the picture below is your best chance at saving your floor. The floor restoration panels are temporarily installed over the wet wood flooring and a powerful negative pressure is applied. The warm dry air being “pulled” under the wood floor through the flutes in the hardwood (over the permeable layers) is sufficient to create the vapor pressure differential needed to move moisture from the wood floor assembly.

Know who to call when you have a situation our may be unsure of.  We are the leaders in our industry and are always Hero Ready when you need us most!  Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050

Macomb County and our Severe Storms

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Macomb County and our Severe Storms Mt. Clemens Michigan Storm Damage

Attached is a picture of a house in Mount Clemens Michigan that had Storm Damage from a spring storm.  SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores was able to help them get the tree off of their house and tarp their roof off before the next set of storms came through and further damage was avoided.  Act fast, and call the team who is on call for you.  SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores (586) 741-5050.

Do you and your family have a plan in place?  Who would you call if a storm damaged your house? .....

Here are some definitions and guidelines to follow to help keep you and your family safe:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch - issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms, people located in and around the watch area should keep an eye to the sky and listen to their NOAA weather radio all hazards or tune to local broadcast media for further weather information. The watch is intended to give you time to prepare, time to review safety rules.

 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - issued when a severe thunderstorm has been detected by national weather service doppler radar or a reliable report has been received. A warning is usually issued for portions of one or two counties, for an hour or less. If the warning includes your neighborhood or work place, you should take immediate action to protect your life and the lives of others. Severe thunderstorms can produce large hail and damaging winds. Tornadoes can and occasionally do accompany severe thunderstorms. Treat this warning the same as you would a tornado warning by taking the proper safety precautions.

 

  • The best defense against thunderstorms is to stay inside a sturdy building or shelter that can protect you from deadly lightning, large hail, damaging winds, flooding rain and tornadoes. Fortunately, thunderstorms typically do not last very long and will most often pass by your location in less than one hour.
  • Once in a shelter, stay away from windows and avoid electrical equipment and plumbing. Remember to bring pets inside. If there is time, secure loose objects outside as these objects often become dangerous flying debris in high winds.
  • Postpone outdoor activities until the storms have passed.
  • If caught outside, take shelter in a sturdy enclosed building or hard top automobile immediately. Avoid open spaces, isolated objects, high ground and metallic objects.
  • Get out of boats and away from bodies of water. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning.

If a tornado is spotted, act quickly and move to the lowest level basement of your shelter, putting as many walls between yourself and the outside as possible.

 

Review your safety plan now and be prepared when severe weather threatens your area!  Know who to call 24/7 in case the weather impacts your house or business.  Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050.  We are here for you when you need us most. 

Flood Cleanup Tips - St. Clair Shores, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores, Eastpointe

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Cleanup Tips - St. Clair Shores, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores, Eastpointe Flooded Basement?

Sewage Damage Tips

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.  Keep SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores in mind when dealing with these situations.  We are on call to serve you 24/7 at (586) 741-5050.

Here are the key principles homeowners should know about sewage back-ups:

  • Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic – disease causing – fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.
  • Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.
  • It is not safe to stay in a building that’s flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.
  • Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper or even fabrics that can’t be washed in hot water (130°F/54°C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too.
  • There’s simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.
  • Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a “third party” indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or “clearance testing” to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

Roseville Storm Damage

1/4/2016 (Permalink)

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The winter Rain/Ice Storm in December 2015 caused this commercial property to have roof leaks, causing ceiling tiles to fall.  SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores was able to keep their doors open to the public without disrupting their day to day business by responding to their emergency call within less than an hour.  We were able to dry out their structure and complete all repairs to the property within 3 days.  Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores' Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

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