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Flood Tips

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded area with a flood sign and SERVPRO logo Here to Help with Flood Damage!

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread disasters in the United States. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways and can range in size from being isolated to a single room to entire floors being fully submerged. 

BEFORE A FLOOD

If an advanced Flood Warning has been issued, there are several precautions that can be taken to help minimize damage to certain areas of your business:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  • Disconnect electrical equipment and appliances.
  • Move vehicles out of low lying parking garages.
  • Raise elevators from bottom floor.

AFTER A FLOOD

Safety First!

  • Account that all employees are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts.
  • If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for rescuers. While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
  • Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains).
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Return only when authorities indicate it is safe.

SECURE THE PROPERTY

  • Contact local emergency officials.
  • Secure main entrances to building.
  • Alert Security company and Alarm company of the situation.

STABILIZE THE PROPERTY

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Give priority to the protection of power plant and fire pumps, keeping them in service if at all possible.
  • Open basement or low-level windows to equalize water pressure on the building’s foundation and walls.
  • Begin water damage mitigation steps only if local emergency officials deem the structure safe to enter.
  • Notify your insurance agent or Risk Manager to determine insurance policy guidelines and steps to take.

If you have flood damage, 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. 

Prepare for Tornadoes

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Tornadoes can quickly rip through communities destroying buildings, homes and can produce deadly flying debris. As you can see from the tornado damage in Nashville, Tennessee, tornadoes are nothing to mess with and it is crucial to act quickly if one comes through the area. Here are some tips to prepare for tornadoes in Michigan:

Under a tornado warning? Find shelter immediately:

  • Stay away from windows, outside walls, and doors.
  • Find a safe and sturdy building.
  • Stay in a low and flat location.
  • It is best to go into a basement or storm cellar.
  • If you do not have a basement, go to a small interior room on the lowest level (avoiding windows).
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Watch for flying debris.

How to prepare:

  • Know your area’s tornado risk. By living in the Midwest, we have a larger risk of tornadoes.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system.
  • Know the signs of a tornado.
    • Funnel cloud
    • Cloud of debris
    • Loud roar like a freight train
  • Pay close attention to weather reports.
  • Choose a safe place and practice going there with your family to prepare.
  • Always keep a safe distance away from others in your safe shelter.

What to do during:

  • Go to your safe shelter immediately.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car.
  • Cover your head and neck for extra protection.
  • Listen to your local alert systems for current emergency information. You can also listen to EAS and NOAA Weather Radio for information.
  • If you happen to be outside or in your car, cover your arms and body with a coat or blanket.

What to do after:

  • Continue listening to your local alert system, EAS or NOAA Weather Radio for updates.
  • If you happen to be trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until they are safe.
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies.
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines.

For more information, visit ready.gov on how to prepare for tornadoes.

Prepare Your Home For Floods

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

As Michigan residents, we know that flood water can easily rise, turning your home into a flooded mess that needs extensive repairs. Although flooding from a burst pipe or flash flood can come on quickly, if your home is prepared, the damage can be minimized. Here are tips to prepare your home for flooding:


1. 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.


2. Raise Electric Components
Along with water damageflooding 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.


3. 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.


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


5. Maintain a Checklist
Even if you are prepared, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t 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.

Choose SERVPRO to Handle Your Flood Damage

Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. That’s why we here at SERVPRO of Romulus are ready to help 24/7. Whether your home or business is affected by storm, or if it’s flood damage, your property needs specialized equipment and techniques to restore it back to its pre-damaged condition. Our technicians have been specially trained to handle these sorts of unique situations to help get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Storm damage can include not only water damage but mold damage, too. It may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome, but we have the resources and tools to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Prevent Wind Damage

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO®, we handle any type of storm damage from a disaster, including wind damage. High winds can rip off shingles, siding, doors and roofs of homes, leaving considerable amount of destruction. When protecting your home from wind damage, make sure to focus on the weak points of your home: windows, doors, roofing, siding and garage doors. Also, consider the trees and outdoor furniture that can crash into your home from high winds.

Follow these steps below to limit the amount of wind damage to your home:

  • Cover Windows and Doors: You should consider installing storm shutters to your windows, doors and sliding glass doors. In a storm, you can quickly close the shutters to prevent flying objects from breaking glass. You can find steel or aluminum storm shutters; both can protect against high winds.
  • Inspect your garage door: High winds can blow off a garage door and damage what’s inside, which potentially can cause structural damage to your home. Have a garage door company inspect your garage door to determine its ability to withstand strong winds. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  • Secure shingles: High wind can blow shingles from your roof, making your home vulnerable to rain, which creates the need for an emergency door repair. When stabling down shingles, roofers should staple at least six nails should one down. You should also install a waterproof underlayment beneath the shingles for protection against rain.
  • Secure your outdoor furniture: Outdoor furniture and grills should be bolted down by decks or patios. Use ground anchors with cables and chains to ensure security.
  • Remove trees close to your home: Any trees around your home that can potentially fall into your home during severe weather should be removed. A tree should sit farther away from the home than the height of the tree when fully grown.

If your home happens to suffer from wind damage, we are always here to help! Our crew is ready 24/7 for whenever a disaster strikes. Call us today at 734-992-3138!

When a Storm Hits, We are Ready to Help!

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

About Us

SERVPRO® of Romulus specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Romulus, MI we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 734-992-3138!

After a Storm, You Can Trust Us With Your Restoration | SERVPRO® of Romulus

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

a yellow storm damage sign in front of a large damaged roof SERVPRO of Romulus is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.

Being concerned about storms as a homeowner is wise. Every storm could potentially cause damage to a home. In 2018, insurance claims for storm damage amounted to around $2 billion—and were one of the top reasons homeowners had to file claims

Being prepared for the restoration process is one of the smartest things you can do to navigate the storm’s aftermath. That is why we are here to provide service you can count on, so we can help you recover as quickly as possible.

Things That Set Our Storm Restoration Apart

Our Holistic Restoration Approach
No two storm damage cases are the same, which is why we take a comprehensive approach that addresses all the various damages that are possible. We can handle water damage, structural damage and even mold buildup, so you can be assured that every piece of your restoration work is fully completed by the time we are done.

Our Well-Trained Technicians
Because we understand the importance of having a workforce we (and our clients) can count on, we make sure that proper training is a key focus of our business. We utilize the industry standards of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to create our training program, and offer both initial education and ongoing seminars and e-learning courses for our workforce to stay current in the field.

Our Access to Resources
We are a local business, but we have the unique benefit of having access to nationwide resources thanks to our SERVPRO® network. No matter how widespread the damage is, we are able to scale our workforce to meet the demand to ensure consistent and quality service for everyone in the community that has been impacted.

Our Top-Notch Reputation
Working with a company that has a positive reputation is great for peace of mind, especially during a vulnerable time. Many companies try to take advantage of victims following storms, but when you work with leaders in the restoration industry, you do not have to be concerned.

If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 247 for more details.

Versions of Home Damage After a Flood | SERVPRO® of Romulus

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

Piles of furniture and debris in driveway after home flood Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO of Romulus is here to help when storms strike.

Though the damage that floods can cause is not news to homeowners located within floodplains, even homeowners elsewhere are beginning to take note of the dangers. Floods happen more often than they used to and can cause far more damage to homes even in unsuspecting areas.

There are multiple reasons why flooding may occur and they can damage homes in many ways. Because we have experience with many flood-damaged homes, we have been able to identify the types of damage that are common.

Common Types of Flood Damage

Foundational Damage. The foundation of a home is generally as sturdy as the ground underneath it, but that can lead to trouble when a flood occurs. Because the soil under floodwaters becomes waterlogged, it can unexpectedly move and swell, leading to house damage.

Drywall Damage and Mold. Drywall that has become damaged in a flood should always be replaced due to concerns about contaminated water and the health effects of mold. Drywall is adept at hiding mold growth behind its panels, making replacement the only choice for safety.

Insulation Saturation. The way insulation is protected from exposure is through drywall, but if the drywall becomes damaged, the insulation will as well. Insulation panels can absorb quite a bit of water, making them ineffective and a culprit for hidden mold growth.

Temporary Frame Swelling. The frame of a home is generally made of solid lumber, which is good news when discussing flood damage. Though the lumber will swell if waterlogged, it will generally maintain its structural soundness once it returns to its regular size.

Appliance Ruining. Appliances should always be evaluated by a professional after a flood because some may be salvageable while others may be dangerous. Many appliances are constructed with insulation within their walls and cannot be saved, but others will be salvageable with a thorough cleaning.

Furniture Damage. Furniture that is upholstered will often require replacement after a flood, due to contamination concerns and the unlikelihood of thorough drying. However, glass, wood and metal furniture will often retain usability as long as they are professionally cleaned afterward.

If your home has been affected by a flood, we’ll be here to help you! Give us a call 247 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.

What to Know About Ice Dams

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Winter is here and that means heavy snowstorms are heading your way! Along with these storms are ice dams, one of your home’s worst nightmare. Be prepared this winter and know the hazards of ice dams.

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a rim that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from a draining roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to the interior such as walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.

What Causes Ice Dams?

Ice dams occur when melted snow refreezes at a roof edge. The melt-water then runs down toward the colder eave overhang and then freezes. As the ice assembles, it forms a blockage that prevents the snow melt from running off the roof. The ice begins to back up under the roof shingles, where it melts once again, soaking the roof and leaking into the attic. Once it begins leaking into the attic, it soaks the insulation and can leak through the ceiling and into your living space. Larger ice dams can be extremely heavy and can also damage gutters as well as being a safety hazard to people.

A Simple Breakdown of an Ice Dam:

  1. Heat collect in the attic and warms the roof, except for the eaves.
  2. The snow melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves.
  3. Ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam. Then, melt-water from the warm roof back up behind it, causing it to flow under shingles, and into your house.

What Happens When Ice Dams Enter your Home?

  • Gutters can be torn off
  • Loosen shingles
  • Water leakage in your home
  • Peeling of paint
  • Warped floors
  • Stained ceilings
  • Damp insulation which could lead into mold

How to Prevent Ice Dams:

  • Remove snow from roof. This can be done by using a push broom or a roof rake.
  • Cool off your roof! Heat escapes from the living spaces and rises to your attic.
    • Improve the insulation in your attic
    • Improve the ventilation in your attic
    • Look for places where heat is being sent directly to your attic, then either block or move them.
  • Get the right roof. Consider getting an ice and water shielding under your roof. Ice and water shielding will not prevent ice dams, but it will keep water out of your home!

If you find that you home has been damaged by ice dams, do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Romulus. Our highly trained professionals will fix water damage, remove mold and restore your home with lightning speed. Call us at 734-992-3138.

Storm Damage? We're There 24/7

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

This is important because in many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. We arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

If you have storm damage call us now at 734-992-3138

Tornado and Storm Safety Tips

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO can help you clean up any storm damage and restore your home.


Look For Storm Warning Signs
Tornadoes typically occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hailstorms and lightning strikes are some of the signs of a possible tornado. Some other warning signs of an oncoming tornado include:
* Orange or Green Skies
* Rumbling or Roaring Sounds in the Air
* Very Calm Conditions After a Storm
* Damaged Power Lines or Debris
* Rotation of the Clouds


Staying Informed During a Storm
Local television and radio stations are your best source for updates on how the storm is developing. However, if you hear a tornado siren, you should immediately head to the nearest shelter.


What is the Difference Between a Tornado Watch, Warning and Emergency?
* A Tornado Watch means that a storm could be coming in your area soon because of the current weather conditions.
* A Tornado Warning is a sign that one or more tornadoes are in the immediate area. Look for shelter as soon as you see this signal.
• A Tornado Emergency is the final step in the warning process. A tornado has been spotted near a populated location. Move to the safest possible place if you cannot get to a real shelter in time.


How to Find Safe Shelter
Head for a sturdy building before the storm approaches. Look for a home or office with a basement whenever possible. If a basement is not available, move to the center of the building. Stay away from windows and debris. Try to place as many solid walls as you can between the coming storm and your family.


Avoid mobile homes and trailers during strong winds or heavy rains. Even the most well-built trailer will suffer too much storm damage to keep you safe.


Cars also do not provide much shelter, but you can drive to a storm shelter or nearby building. If the storm is too severe for driving, secure your seat belt, get as low in the seat as possible and place a blanket over yourself.


Stay close to the ground if you are caught in an open field. Cover your head and keep an eye out for debris flying through the air. Avoid hiding under overpasses or bridges.

Practice and Build Out Your Plans

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Every disaster plan should include anEmergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).

Here are more tips from SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor on how to practice and build out your plans in case of a disaster:

  • Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
  • Participate in an emergency drill
  • Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)
  • Maintain emergency savings in case of a disaster.
  • Do you know how to access community resources where you live? Search online today.
  • Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes.
  • Have at least a one-week supply of medications.
  • Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods floodsmart.gov
  • Give yourself financial peace of mind & create an emergency savings account that can be used in a crisis
  • Financial prep tip: gather & store critical personal, household, & medical information for easy access during a disaster.

Is your Home Prepared for Storm Damage?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Ready

There is a time of the year when tornadoes are more prominent than others. That time is often during the spring and summer, possibly in the fall as well. Many people don't have a plan for severe weather that includes tornadoes. With a little careful planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during a storm.

Make A Plan For The Family
Although you need to create a plan, there is something more important that you need to do with your family. You need to practice your plan so that everyone knows where to go no matter what time of the day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers of family and friends so that you can stay in contact with them after the storm to ensure that they are safe. Another important number to have is your insurance adjuster. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Companies like SERVPRO can come to the home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside the house.

Keep copies of all of your important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. You also need to have a way to communicate with others in the event there is no power or phone service. If there is a large group of people in the disaster area, each person needs to know how to contact others. Designate a leader and an assistant to check with others in the area to make sure everyone is accounted for after the storm.

An emergency preparedness kit is something to have so that your family can survive if there is no power or if the family is stuck in the home because of damages from the storm. Items in the kit should last for about 72 hours. Batteries are essential so that you can use your phone, radio or a battery-powered television. You also need flashlights, a gallon of water for each person for at least three days and non-perishable foods. Other items that you might want to include in your kit are blankets, powdered formula for babies, a first aid kit, and clothing. It's also a good idea to have a spare cell phone charger.

Before a storm arrives, if possible, secure items that might blow away. These include chairs and toys that are in the yard. When you are prepared for a natural disaster and the storm damage that could take place, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Saginaw community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic

Get prepared for storms

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Now is the time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. An Emergency Supply Kit is a good place to begin.

An Emergency Supply Kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather
    Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Phone charges with adapters to allow charging in an automobile

Keep our number handy as well, 989-752-8644. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, we can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.