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Roof Leak Prevention

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A roof with a SERVPRO logo in the upper left corner. Roof leaks happen, it is just what comes with being a homeowner.

We have all been told from time to time to “Be thankful you have a roof over your head.” When you become a homeowner, you realize how the roof plays a vital role in safeguarding your home from rain, wind, storms and extreme temperatures. Because of this, you should be paying close attention to your roof and making sure it is in great shape.   

Roof leaks happen, it is just what comes with being a homeowner. They are frustrating because of the damage it can cause to your home. It is also very common for roof leaks to do unnoticed for quite some time. Unfortunately, they are noticed when there is already a significant amount of damage done to your home. 

As a homeowner, you need to be alerted to avoid these situations. Follow these tips for prevention measures: 

  • Have regular roof inspections – Have a trained professional inspect your roof. This is essential in spotting early signs of roof damage. 
  • Pay attention to roof flashings – Without good, secure flashings around chimneys, vents, wall/roof junctions, skylights, water can enter a home and cause damage to your walls, ceilings, insultation and even electrical systems. 
  • Maintain gutters and downspouts – Gutters and downspouts that are full of leaves and debris will cause water to back up under your roof shingles causing potential leaks and water damage. 
  • Do not block ventilation – Proper attic ventilation will help prevent structural damage caused by moisture and increase roofing material life. 
  • Keep trees and bushes away – Leaves and falling limbs can cause moisture problems from algae and rot, damage to roof tiles and clogged gutters. 

If your roof does happen to have leak and caused water damage to your home, do not hesitate to call us. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. 

Prevent Toilet Overflow

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A flushing toilet. Overflowing toilets are every homeowner’s worst nightmare.

Overflowing toilets are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. The mess and odors can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. That is why SERVPRO of Romulus is here to help! 

A toilet overflow usually occurs when a blockage prevents water and waste from flushing down the toilet drain. This backup prevents water and waste from flowing down the drain and causes your toilet overflowing. As your toilet backs up, clean water and waste will overflow the toilet bowl. If not cleaned up quickly, it may cause extensive water damage to your bathroom floor or even leak through the ceiling below. Other common causes of overflowing toilets are sewage backups, septic tank issues, low flow toilets and malfunctioning plumbing. 

Keep Your Toilet from Overflowing: 

  • Shop towels, hunks of hair, cat litter, and other products can clog the toilet 
  • Even toilet paper can clog a toilet if there is too much of it 
  • Flush in large batches if there is large amount of material 
  • Low-flow toilets save water and try patience – hold the handle down for a couple of extra seconds to make sure that there is enough water 
  • If the water in the toilet bowl is high, use a plunger to clear the drain 
  • Don't wait until the water is up to the bowl's rim – the water will have nowhere to go except the floor 
  • If a plunger doesn't work, call a plumber 

If your home has water damage from toilet overflow, call SERVPRO of Romulus. We are ready 24/7 to make your damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Dishwasher Overflow in Your Romulus Home? We are here to help!

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

An open dishwasher with empty racks. Like most appliances, dishwashers require water to work and function properly.

We depend on our dishwashers every day. They make our lives easier by cleaning dirty dish instead of doing it by hand. Like most appliances, dishwashers require water to work and function properly. This makes it very important for dishwashers to be setup properly to avoid a disaster. 

If your appliance hose cracks or loosens, it can cause hundreds of gallons of water onto your floors. If this happens, call SERVPRO® of Saginaw to extract all the water and make sure your property is dried thoroughly. 

At SERVPRO® of Romulus Franchise Professionals are trained in the cleanup and care of your home following water damage. Call us at 734-992-3138, we are here to help 24/7! 

Categories and Classes of Water Damage

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

Still blue water with a transparent orange rectangle with Water Categories written in white writing. We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition.

SERVPRO of Romulus is known for water restoration. Here is how we assess your water damaged property. First, we determine what category of water your property has: 

Category 1: Refers to clean water, or water that does not pose a threat to humans. Possible causes of this type of damage include broken appliances or sink overflows. 

Category 2: Water is also called gray water. This means that the water is contaminated and may cause sickness of ingested. This type of water contains microorganisms. Broken toilets, broken sump pumps, and seepage may cause category 2 water damage. 

Category 3: Water is known as black water. This type of water is unsanitary, as it contains bacteria and other organisms that cause sickness. The possible sources of black water damage include sewage problems and contamination of standing water. 

There are also several classes of water damage. The class of damage is important when assessing water damage repair options. 

Class 1 is the least harmful form of damage. Materials absorb very little of the water from this type of damage. Water damage repair is the easiest in this type of situation. 

Class 2 has a fast rate of evaporation, which means that carpets and cushions may be damaged. Water damage repair is more difficult when it involves class 2 damage. 

Class 3 has the fastest rate of evaporation. In this case, the water may come from broken sprinklers or other overhead sources, soaking the walls and furniture. Class 4 requires special water restoration and water removal procedures. This type of damage may affect hardwood floors, plaster, and concrete. 

Assessing the severity of the damage is important for determining what is needed to start water damage repair and water removal.  

Why SERVPRO? 

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

Don’t Let Heavy Rains Damage Your Family Home l SERVPRO® of Romulus/Taylor

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Romulus today.

Your local SERVPRO team sees a lot of damaged homes, so we have in-depth knowledge of some of the ways water can damage a home. When asked how the water damage happens, homeowners cite various problems like severe floods and storms or problems in the home, like a burst pipe.

But we notice other reasons people need water damage restoration, too. You may be surprised to hear that heavy rains can cause serious damage to a home.

This is especially true after a long period of time. Water damage from rain compounds if a home isn’t maintained the right way.

Preparing Your Property for Wet Weather

Basic home maintenance can help you stay safe from water damage. These projects will help you get moving in the right direction.

Learn how your yard drains. A yard that drains correctly protects your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Plant helpful landscaping. Landscaping can help protect your home from water damage. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.

Consider sealing your roof. Sealing your roof can help protect your home from wind and water damage. In fact, experts estimate that almost 95% of water damage is caused by water seeping through gaps in your roof and shingles which can be prevented with this step.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Maintain Your Basement!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

As we enter into spring, we can expect a lot of snow melting and rain. With that being said, it is important to maintain your basement to avoid flooding, water damage and mold. To avoid costly repairs and to keep peace of mind, follow the tips below!

  • Gutters and downspouts: Clean out any leaves, sticks and debris from gutters and downspouts. Make sure to reattach gutters that have been pulled away from your house during the winter. Run a hose on the roof to check for proper drainage. By doing this, you can spot out if there are any leaks, preventing potential basement flooding and water damage.
  • Get caulky: Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating. Make to scrape out all the eroding caulk and recaulk if needed. It is important that all access to the outdoors is properly sealed to avoid water and moisture entering your basement.
  • Check your sump pump: A sump pump automatically pumps water out of your basement when water find a way in. As excess moisture comes in during the spring, it is important to make sure that your sump pump is working correctly. You can test your sump pump by removing the lid and slowly pouring water into its well. As the well fills up the sump pump float should turn the pump on. Once it is on, it will complete its cycle and turn itself off automatically.
  • Schedule an appointment with us: One of our franchise professionals can inspect your basement along with your home. We will make sure that your dehumidifier and HVAC are maintained and working correctly to avoid mold growth.

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO!

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

If you are grappling with the aftermath of residential water damage, you want the problems resolved as quickly as possible. Keep handy the name and number of a local cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO. Our job is to provide state-of-the-art service to our customers that are in need of expert water damage restoration. And we do so with rates that won't break your budget. 


What You Can Expect From a Water Damage Restoration Service 

When you contact us to assess the character of your problem, we will respond by sending a team of friendly, knowledgeable service technicians and leaders to your home. We will make a full inspection and assessment of your property, making sure to note where all of the damage and future potential trouble spots lie. We find the source of the water intrusion, if not visible, for repair. We must identify the water to determine if it is contaminated (such as Black Water from a sewage backup or groundwater intrusion), to use a correct and safe extraction method. Once we have completed this initial diagnosis, we provide you with a full estimate of the cost involved.  We will even help you with the insurance claims process.

How We Deal With Water Damage 

Once water damage has taken its toll, engage the path to a solution as soon as possible. This means hiring a professional cleanup and restoration service to drain all of the unwanted water out of the building. We have truck-mounted pumps and portable extractors to quickly dispatch water. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can dry out your home with the additional aid of air movers and dehumidifiers, both desiccant and refrigerant. Our trained WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technicians, adhere to the cleaning standards of the IICRC. We ensure, by testing with moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers, that the affected areas are dry. 

Contact Your Local Residential Water Damage Service

SERVPRO of Romulus is here to be your one-stop water damage cleanup and restoration authority. For all fire, mold, and water issue, we are fully equipped and qualified to address and solve them quickly. We are locally owned and operated and can be contacted at any time of the day or night. (734) 992-3138

Mold Problem? We Are Here To Help!

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

How to Protect Your Wayne County Home From Water Damage

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Romulus, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

A growing number of homeowners are filing water damage claims every year. And even before that growth, water damage claims were the most common type homeowners filed.

Did you, a family member or friend have to file one of these claims last year? If so, that claim was one of literally millions that were filed.

Statistics from homeowners insurance companies note that the number of fire damage claims are dropping.. At the same time, homeowners are filing more and more water damage claims.

Like many Wayne County homeowners, you may not be clear about when you need professional help to clean up the aftermath of a leak and when you can do it yourself. Many homeowners have the tools ready to handle a minor leak (like a mop and bucket), but more serious leaks call for professionals to do remediation work to prevent property damage.

What to Look for When Evaluating Water Damage

You might notice these signs when you’re dealing with water damage that requires professional remediation service:

You can smell the beginnings of mold. Does your home have a musty odor? The smell is one of the first signs you’ll notice when water has done serious damage to your home. If you notice a peculiar odor, you’ll want to schedule a professional evaluation.

Your floorboards or furniture are starting to warp.Many people don’t realize that wood will become warped and misshapen within a few days of a water event. That’s why it’s important to call in restoration technicians as soon as you notice it.

You see changes to your windows or walls. Like your floors, your window panes and walls can start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. Depending on how severe your water issues are, this can be a sign of a major problem.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Being a homeowner, you know disasters can happen. Several circumstances can be cause for water damage in your home. From leaking pipes to defective appliances, it is crucial to recognize potential water damage causes. Below, are a few of the causes of water damage in your home.

Dishwasher

Your dishwasher can cause water damage if not properly sealed, the latch is broken, or it was loaded with the wrong soap. Make sure any leaks are immediately addressed and your dishwasher is repaired or replaced ASAP.

Washing Machine

The same goes for your washing machine. Perform regular checks, inspecting beneath the unit as well as behind it. Make sure all fittings are securely connected, and there are no leaks underneath. If you have an older washing machine that gives you frequent issues, consider replacing it with a more efficient model.

Air Conditioner

Your A/C removes moisture from the air and that moisture can build up within the unit itself. If not properly drained, that water could be slowly leaking into your home potentially ruining the flooring and drywall and, in many cases, introducing mold, which is always an emergency water cleanup situation.

Leaking Pipes

If you notice water pooling in the kitchen or bathroom, you may be dealing with a loose-fitting pipe under sink. Don’t wait to call a plumber. One leak can be a sign of other leaks in the home, too.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains aren’t just annoying—they also cause water damage (and mold growth) if left unchecked. A clogged toilet can cause water to back up into the shower, sinks, or bathroom floor. Sewer water is extremely dangerous because it contains raw sewage and bacteria, requiring help from water damage cleanup companies.

Choose SERVPRO

We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back.

Are You Prepared for a Water Damage Incident?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Romulus is available 24/7.

Water damage can be caused by many events around your home, but few seem quite so dramatic as a burst pipe. Pipes can expend a high volume of water in a short period of time, making acting quickly and mitigating damage an important component of protecting your home.

While it is difficult to plan for a hypothetical such as water damage, being prepared is one of the best things you can do. Out of every 50 homes, at least one will experience water damage in any year, but those who have a plan tend to recover much more easily from the incident.

Does Your Water Damage Plan Include Burst Pipes?

Shut off your water main. When a pipe bursts inside the home, leaving it unattended is the worst thing possible due to the large volumes of water it can produce. Turning off your water main can be a great solution to prevent water from fully saturating the area.

Shut off your electricity. Water and electricity should always be kept far away from one another, so if it is safe to do so, turn off your breaker box so you do not have to worry about the shock and fire risks associated with this.

Contact your restoration company. One great way to prepare for water damage in advance is by choosing your restoration company before you ever need them—this way, you can place a call to them as soon as you discover damages to get the process started as quickly as possible.

Take a record of the damages. Good records can help you all throughout the recovery process, especially if you are filing an insurance claim. Taking photos and videos and keeping a list of everything that has been damaged can help ensure nothing is accidentally forgotten in the chaos.

Contact your insurance company. The coverage provided after a water damage event will vary depending on your personal policy, so reaching out to your insurance company quickly will help you determine exactly what your eligibility is surrounding filing a claim.

Open windows and doors if possible. Reducing drying time can reduce the overall damage, so while you are waiting on your restoration company to arrive, you can go ahead and open all the doors and windows near the impacted area to boost airflow.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Winter Water Damage

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Michigan winters are known to be brutally cold and large amounts of snow is always expected. With below freezing temperatures. Snow, and ice, your home or business could be in jeopardy for water damage. It is crucial that you are aware of the hazards and can prepare, prevent or act quickly if faced with winter water damage.

FROZEN PIPES

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your
property if not addressed quickly.

ICE DAMS

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas.

PREPARE YOUR HOME

  • If you own a home which is unoccupied during a cold period, ensure you have ample heating fuel and that the indoor thermostat, in all areas of the home, is minimally kept at 55 degrees and ensure that you have a trusted person check the home periodically during your absence.
  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off .”
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.

PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause
    personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. Our team has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. If disaster strikes your home or business during the winter months, know that SERVPRO has your back.

How Flash Floods Become So Dangerous

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

flooded water running over blacktop road SERVPRO of Romulus is your local water & storm restoration expert. We will get the job done right, contact us today.

Severe weather is dangerous in all of its forms, but out of all of the weather events that can occur, flash flooding is the most dangerous. Flooding is the second-deadliest weather event in the United States, and flash flooding conditions lead to the most dangerous situation of all.

If there is a possibility of a flash flood, it is a must to act quickly. That is why we wanted to share some facts about why flash floods are dangerous, how you can be aware of them and how you can be safer if you find that one is possible in your area.

What Makes a Flash Flood Such a Dangerous Event?

There are many dangers involved with flooding, and flash floods are the most dangerous type of flood that there is. The definition of a flash flood requires it to start in under six hours after rain, but typically happens in under three. This creates a rapidly changing weather scenario that can be quite dangerous for those who do not react in time.

What Should I Know About Flash Flood Warnings?

Staying tuned into your local weather alerts is always important, especially if severe weather events like flash floods become a possibility. It is important to stay alert if a flash flood watch is issued, and if it is escalated to a warning, you must quickly execute your evacuation plan.

For a flash flood emergency, get to high ground as soon as possible so you can get to safety.

What Should I Know About Flash Flood Evacuation?

Because of how frightening it can be to discover that a flash flood is on the way, it is so important that you know the safety tips beforehand so you can make better choices under pressure.

  • Sign up for local weather alerts and be sure you stay tuned if severe weather is possible.
  • Plan and practice your household evacuation plan.
  • Do not attempt to cross a flooded pathway or road.
  • Avoid contact with any floodwater.
  • Be aware of several evacuation routes in case your main one becomes flooded.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Tips for a Leaking Roof

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

A major storm in Michigan can do serious damage to many properties, including the roof of your home or business. When it comes to a leaking roof, you will need a professional not only to fix the exterior but to repair your attic and ceilings. A roof leak may seem small, but it can potentially cause severe damage to your property.

Here is what you can do once a leak has been discovered:

Check the Roof

If your property has a shingled roof, check for missing shingles. That may give you an idea of how water is getting in. If water is coming through, puncture a small hole that will allow the water to flow out freely. If you leave it intact, water will spread over the ceiling which could cause it to sag and possibly collapse. A hole gives the water somewhere to go. Put a bucket underneath to catch the water and move furniture and other items out of the way.

Move Wet Items

Once belongings are wet, they need to be dried and disinfected. If there are no electrical dangers, launder furniture covers, bedding, and other washable items. Air out and clean furniture and rugs. Check for irreparable damage. If something is in poor condition, throw it away.

Dry Everything Well

From the attic on down, everything needs to be as dry as possible. Run fans or heaters or open windows to get air circulating through the area. Once everything is completely dry, then restoration work for the roof leak begin.

Call SERVPRO

A roof leak can cause substantial damage in hard-to-reach areas. Call the experts to evaluate the safety of your building before you attempt any repairs yourself. It is important to have everything dry and disinfected to prevent future problems. A damaged roof can cause extensive issues for your property. Cleaning up properly after storm damage ensures that you have a safe environment.

At SERVPRO, we are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back.

Performing Your Own Water Damage Inspection | SERVPRO® of Romulus/Taylor

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

tan wall with water damage spots showing through Do you have any water damage to your home? Contact SERVPRO of Romulus, we are your local water restoration experts.

Part of homeownership is doing regular maintenance and inspections to ensure everything is in good shape, but have you made sure to check specifically for moisture-related damages? Water damage is unsightly, but it can also lead to serious issues with your home’s structure if it is not fixed in a timely manner.

Though you should make sure to call the professionals in if you find water damage, you can look for signs of it yourself. This ensures you can find it early and reduce your insurance claim amount to keep your premium low, too.

Inspecting Your Home for Signs of Water Damage

Inspect your walls and ceilings. Drywall hides a lot of unsightly structural components of the home, but it is also a master at hiding water damage if you are not specifically looking for it. The signs will be subtle, such as small bubbles in the paint or areas that appear darker, but these might indicate that you have a serious problem lurking just underneath your drywall panels.

Don’t forget to look down. Issues with your floor are not always indicative of water damage, but if you notice specific problems, it might be a sign that your subfloor is absorbing water. Buckled floorboards, uneven spots or soft areas are common giveaways that water has permeated underneath your floors and needs to be extracted.

Inspect your roof. You can do a regular roof inspection from the ground that will tell you quite a bit about what maintenance you need. Using a pair of binoculars, check for missing shingles or areas that look like they have been damaged—these are often a clear sign that water damage could be present under the shingles.

Pay close attention to the basement. A basement should not be a moist, musty place—in fact, if your basement feels this way, it should be quickly addressed. If you notice signs of water working its way into your basement, you may end up with mold growth or other problems on your hand that can grow quite serious over time.

If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.

Hidden Water Damage in Your Home

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage does not only come from burst pipes or flooding to damage your home. In most cases, undetected water damage can cause the most damage and be quite the headache.

There are five indicators that there’s water damage going hidden in your home:

  • Stains on walls and ceilings: Nobody purposefully looks up at their ceiling. However, it is important to thoroughly check the ceilings in your home for stains. There might be a bathtub or shower leak from one floor to the next, or your ceiling could be leaking into the attic.
  • Musty or unpleasant smells: Do you smell something musty, or even earthy, in your home? Hidden water can cause mold to grow, and a nasty smell is a good signal that something is wrong.
  • Peeling paint: Not only can water stain your walls, but it can also cause the paint to lift. If you see your paint starting to peel, quickly find the source of the problem, or call a professional to fix it.
  • Mold Growth: Just like with ceilings, we do not exactly pay attention to the corners of our homes, but often these small hidden areas can tell us about potentially harmful leaks or spills. Check to see if there are any discolored or fuzzy looking spots in isolated corners or hidden areas.
  • Flooring: When allowed to flow, water naturally seeks the lowest level. Therefore, rivers flow downstream. Water can seep under your flooring and collect – damaging your sub-floors. Check for and warping or deformation to make sure there is no water hiding beneath the floorboards. When this happens, it is important to act as quickly as possible, so we can restore your flooring to good as new.

Here at SERVPRO of Romulus, we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. Whether water damage sneaks up on you or not, we are available 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Prepare Your Home For Fall

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Sweater weather is now in full swing. It is time for leaves changing colors, cider mills, and pumpkin spice everything! Decorating your home for fall is always fun, but have you prepared your home for it?  Follow our checklist to make sure your home is ready to take on fall.

  • Clean or replace your gutters – Not cleaning and draining your gutters can cause water damage inside and outside your home.
  • Drain your outdoor faucets – Drain and disconnect all garden hoses to prevent water from freeing. Not doing this can cause pipes to burst, leading to water damage.
  • Check for drafts – If you have drafts in your home, this only causes heating cost to rise. Consider weatherstripping to keep heating costs down.
  • Change your batteries – It is always important to check all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices in your home.
  • Have your furnace inspected – Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, change the filter, and check for heating efficiency.
  • Check water drainage – Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways.

Take care of the little things that can make a huge difference for you and your home. By following this checklist, you could potentially avoid extensive damage to your home. As always, if you happen to have water damage, we are here to help 24/7.

Sewage Back Up Tips

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home is devastating, especially cleaning up areas of your home after flooding and sewer damage. Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

If you ever face a sewage backup in your bathroom, there are a few things that are helpful to know to speed proper cleanup and ensure a safe and sanitary home for your family.

Call for Help

If you suspect you have damaged sewer lines, call your sewage company to schedule an inspection. To protect your home from future mold or rot issues after a toilet overflow, call flood damage remediation experts. Only with the help of professional water removal specialists can you rest assured that floodwater has not crept into places you cannot see to wreak havoc.

Dry the Area

Though you may be tempted to sanitize your bathroom immediately after a toilet overflows, you should not do so before you start drying out the affected area. Whether you are dealing with a flooded toilet or an entire flooded basement, the first thing you should do is utilize heavy duty vacuums, drainage systems and fans to remove all the water.

Sanitize

After drying the area, sanitize it as best you can. Floodwater resulting from sewer damage can be toxic, so be thorough in your cleaning processes. Once the area is dry from the first round of sanitizer, you should plan to disinfect it one more time.

Dehumidify

The presence of excess water in a bathroom often welcomes lingering humidity, which only encourages mold growth in spaces affected by sewer water. During the process of drying, sanitizing, and restoring, you should be sure that a dehumidifier is always running.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Here at SERVPRO, we are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home.

Preparing Your Summer Home for Cooler Weather

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Now that summer is sadly coming to an end, it is time to start preparing your vacation home for cooler weather.

As you are packing the car and getting ready to head out, do a quick inspection of your home to ensure you are ready to leave. Turn off the water main, and drain the existing water from sinks, toilets, and outdoor spigots. Once the water main is switched off, turn on faucets, spigots, and flush toilets until water no longer flows out.

  • Pipes under every sink.
  • Water heater.
  • Seals around windows (in case it rains).
  • Appliance hoses: washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker.
  • Sump pump. Dump a bucket of water into the sump pump to ensure it is working. Make sure to listen to its motor running as well.
  • Toilet tanks. Look for cracks that may worsen and leak while you are gone.

Give a set of keys to a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor and have them check on your home periodically while you are gone. The amount of times they should check in depends on the length of your trip, but it should be at least twice a week. Once water damage occurs, letting it stagnate for days at a time can multiply the cleanup costs tremendously. Show your house sitter all bathrooms, where the water main is, and other areas at risk of water damage. Leaving a check list for them will make sure they do not miss any subtle leaks or moisture.

Leave heating and cooling systems running as normal, these allow air flow through your home and prevent humidity from building up. They also will keep pipes from freezing if there is a sudden temperature drop one night, which is more of a risk during the fall and winter months than in summer.

If you happen to have any type of water damage during your time away, we are always here to help! We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment.

Potential Floods In Your Business

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

There are many potential sources of flood damage for businesses, including broken roofs, raging rivers or even hurricanes. However, the most common floods are caused by relatively innocent facilities you probably have on your premises:

• Water supply lines
• Fire sprinkler systems
• Toilet and bathroom fixtures
• A broken pipe

If you own or operate a business in Michigan, then chances are that you stand to come across at least one of these sources of commercial flooding. If it happens to you, remember that water repair technicians are well practiced in restoring damage caused by these issues. A good company should have you back to new in less time than you expect.


Water Supply

These water supply line systems are essential for nearly every business, but a broken pipe in one of them might create a complete disaster. The best way to deal with these issues is to shut off your water if possible. In fact, stopping the flow should be your first step in almost any flooding situation, as long as entering the flood area does not provide an immediate threat to your health.

Fire Sprinklers

Sprinkler systems are designed to protect you from disasters, but they can cause disasters as well. Prevent unfortunate losses by keeping your fire sprinklers maintained professionally.

Toilets

Nobody wants to think about a toilet overflowing, but this is one of the most common water-related disasters in businesses. Well-maintained bathroom facilities have less chance of causing a catastrophe, but it's important to know how to shut off your fixtures just in case. Some commercial toilet shutoff processes are far from intuitive.

Ruptured Pipes

A broken pipe might happen as a result of extreme temperature changes, direct stress or simple disrepair. If it happens out of sight, you might not notice the problem until it's advanced far enough to have caused significant damage. If you find a pipe issue, it's usually a good idea to call a restoration company and your insurance provider immediately after you stop the flow of water.

Why SERVPRO

Here at SERVPRO, we are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your home back to pre-water damage condition. We are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. 

Floods Strike Everywhere

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Floods ranks as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. According the NFIP, houses in the United States have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, flood cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:

  • Flood kills an average of 140 people per year in the U.S. making flooding the deadliest disaster.
  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
  • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.
  • Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood – especially at night, when it is difficult to see.

With over 45 years of experience, SERVPRO has restored flood-damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. Our Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest flood waters.

How to Maintain Your Sump Pump

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement. A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit. Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation.

More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association. If your sump pump does fail, call 734-992-3138 and a crew from SERVPRO of Romulus will come out and dry your basement and all other ares that are wet.  

Signs Your Roof is Leaking

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Your Residential Roof May Be Leaking, So Look For The Six Signs

Six Signs That Your Roof Is Leaking

As many plumbing experts know, leaking roofs can cause a plethora of unwanted problems such as water damage in your home. If these problems pop up, they can adversely affect your emotional and economic equilibrium. For this reason, it's good to be able to detect signs of a leaky roof early. In so doing, you can attain the professional assistance necessary to correct the problem and prevent structural damage to your property. With that idea in mind, consider whether you're experiencing any of the following six signs of a leaky roof:

 1. A Loss of Granules

 The granules of your roof's shingles can grow loose as a result of aging and ongoing exposure due to water damage. When your shingles start to lose their granules, the roof is subjected to faster deterioration. 

 2. Buckling Shingles

 The shingles of your roof can start to buckle as a result of hot air coming from your attic. This hot air is an indication of poor ventilation and can lead to a build-up of moisture.

 3. Mold And Mildew Growth

 If you notice mold growing inside your home or on the roof, the growth could have been caused by a leaky roof. This is the case because a leaky roof will create the excess water and moist environment that mold likes to thrive in.

 4. Roof Rot 

Another sign of a leaky roof is roof rot. Roof rot is a term that refers to the process of your roof deteriorating rapidly. When this rapid deterioration transpires, your property can become increasingly susceptible to water damage because of potential leaks.

 5. Damaged Skylights

 Damaged skylights can cause your rainwater to leak into the home and cause water damage.

 6. Damaged Flashing

 When your flashing is improperly sealed or damaged against your roof, it can make it much simpler for excess water to start seeping into your home.

If you find that your property has been subjected to a leaky roof, you need to address and resolve the issue immediately. The best course of action is to contact a team of trained, IICRC-certified water damage remediation specialists. The team to trust is SERVPRO. All of our technicians will offer you the goal-oriented, detail-centered care necessary to restore your property with lightning speed

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Romulus is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! 734-992-3138

Ways To Protect Your Home Against Flood Damage

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Living in Michigan means knowing that flood water can easily rise, turning your home into a flooded building that needs extensive repairs by a water remediation and restoration partner. Although flooding from a burst pipe or flash flood can come on quickly, if your home is better prepared, the damage may be minimized. Below are five ways to be ready for unexpected water.

Install a Sump Pump

Sump pumps are installed in a pit in the lowest part of the home, such as the basement or crawlspace, and are designed to prevent water from entering the home. They automatically work to pump water out when it rises to a certain level.

Raise Electric Components

Along with water damage, flooding also creates potential fire hazard situations. It is recommended that wiring, outlets, sockets, and other electrical components be at least 12 inches above the structure’s projected flood elevation. A licensed electrician can raise them to meet those requirements.

Waterproof Basements

An easy way to keep basements dry is to regularly maintain outside the home. Along with keep gutters and drains free of debris, verifying the property slopes, and properly diverts water can keep water flowing away from the home.

Keep Supplies On-hand

Flood water can come on fast and rapidly rise. If you know you have foundation issues or have not cleaned the gutters yet, keeping supplies, such as sandbags and tarps, on-hand can minimize the amount of water entering the home.

Maintain a Checklist

Even if you are prepared, sometimes Mother Nature does not care. When that happens, it is important that everyone in the home knows what to do and precautions are taken to minimize damage. The checklist should be easily accessible and include items such as disconnecting appliances and turning off the main power, gas line, and water supply.

Dealing with flood water can be a time-consuming mess. While total prevention may not be possible, being prepared can minimize damage. If you happen to have flood damage, we are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back. 

We Specialize in Cleanup and Restoration!

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 734-992-3138

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

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Romulus and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 734-992-3138