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Winter Weather Alerts
Now that we are in the midst of winter, it is always good to know winter weather terminology to be prepared. You never know what Michigan winters will bring, so it is important to know the following terms:
Winter Weather Advisory
This product is issued by the National Weather Service when a low pressure system produces a combination of winter weather (snow, freezing rain, sleet, etc.) that present a hazard, but does not meet warning criteria.
Winter Storm Watch
This product is issued by the National Weather Service when there is a potential for heavy snow or significant ice accumulations, usually at least 24 to 36 hours in advance. The criteria for this watch can vary from place to place.
Winter Storm Warning
This product is issued by the National Weather Service when a winter storm is producing or is forecast to produce heavy snow or significant ice accumulations. The criteria for this warning can vary from place to place.
Blowing Snow Advisory
Issued when wind driven snow reduces surface visibility, possibly, hampering traveling. Blowing snow may be falling snow, or snow that has already accumulated but is picked up and blown by strong winds.
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.
Advisory Issued when freezing rain or freezing drizzle is forecast but a significant accumulation is not expected. However, even small amounts of freezing rain or freezing drizzle may cause significant travel problems.
Ice Storm Warning
This product is issued by the National Weather Service when freezing rain produces a significant and possibly damaging accumulation of ice. The criteria for this warning varies from state to state, but typically will be issued any time more than 1/4" of ice is expected to accumulate in an area.
This product is issued by the National Weather Service when a low pressure system produces snow that may cause significant inconveniences, but do not meet warning criteria and if caution is not exercised could lead to life threatening situations. The advisory criteria varies from area to area. If the forecaster feels that it is warranted, he or she can issue it for amounts less than the minimum criteria. For example, it may be issued for the first snow of the season or when snow has not fallen in long while.
Heavy Snow Warning
Issued by the National Weather Service when snowfall of 6 inches (15 cm) or more in 12 hours or 8 inches (20 cm) or more in 24 hours is imminent or occurring. These criteria are specific for the Midwest and may vary regionally.
Issued during the growing season when widespread frost formation is expected over an extensive area. Surface temperatures are usually in the mid 30s Fahrenheit.
Below freezing temperatures are expected.
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. If you suffer from winter storm damage, don't hesitate to call us! We are here to help 24/7.
Protect Your Pipes from Cold Weather
After 2020, we have learned to be prepared for the unexpected. With that being said, we need to prepare our homes for the cold winter months, because you never know what 2021 could bring. It is important to take the proper steps now to protect our homes from busted pipes and prevent the stress associated with a major water loss.
Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold.
Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:
- Outdoor hose bibs
- Swimming pool supply lines
- Water sprinkler lines
Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:
- Crawl spaces
Prevent Frozen Pipes Tips:
- Keep water faucets running with a slow drip
- Keep garage door closed
- Keep thermostat set to the same temperature morning and night
- Leave the cabinet doors open near pipes
- Unhook the hose from outside the house
- Install heat tape
- Seal leaks to prevent cold air from entering your home
- Check the temperature in the house to ensure there is enough heat on those colder days
If your pipes do freeze or burst, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Romulus have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. Call 734-992-3138!
Prepare Your Home for Winter
As we quickly head into winter, it is time to prepare your home for the cold weather. As we know, Michigan winters are long and brutally cold, it is critical to prepare your home to take on the state’s longest season.
Read the tips below to protect your home against winter:
Plan for a home energy audit: This should be done by a professional and will help you discover any problems with your home before colder weather comes.
Add insulation: Adding insulation to the attic, floors, or walls can help conserve more heat in the winter, especially in older homes.
Seal around windows: You could be losing heat around your windows. By having them properly caulked, you could potentially but your heating bill.
Lower your water heater temperature: By keeping the maximum temperature of your water heater lower, it will consume less energy and save money.
Keep your home temperature at least 65 degree: You want to make sure your pipes do not freeze and expand, resulting pipes to freeze and break. It is advised to cover outside faucets with insulation kits or installing leak detection systems.
Clean you gutters often: Clear your roof, gutters, and downpours so they can properly drain. If not taken care of, ice build-up or water overflow during a storm can cause severe damage to your home.
If you happen to suffer from water damage this winter, 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.
Preparing for a Winter Storm
During extremely cold weather or snowstorms, staying safe and warm can be a challenge. As Michiganders, we know that winter brings freezing temperatures, power failures, and icy roads. To keep you and your family safe, you need to prepare your home for Michigan’s longest season.
Prepare Your Home:
- Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
- Insulate walls and attic.
- Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
- Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
By preparing your home before a storm, it could help prevent or lessen the damage. In Michigan, we never know what type of weather we will get, so it is always important to be prepared and safe rather than sorry. For these long winter months, having a plan can protect your home against storm damage.
Before the Storm Hits:
The CDC highly suggests listening and watching weather forecasts regularly to keep updated on the storm. It is also recommended to have an emergency supply kit which includes emergency food and water supply. Even though we cannot always predict how bad a winter storm can be, sometimes watching/listening to a forecast can give you several days to prepare.
Bring Your Pets Indoors:
Don’t leave your furry friends outside to take on the storm. Bring them inside to them warm and safe. Also, make sure that your pets have access to unfrozen water and food.
For more information on preparing for a winter storm, visit the CDC’s website for helpful tips!
Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Regardless of the type of storm, our team can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.
- Cold temperatures
- Heavy snowfall
- Ice storms and freezing rain
No matter the winter storm damage, our team is ready 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Get Your Emergency Storm Kit Ready!
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. SERVPRO is always here to help and want to give you tips on a basic emergency kit in case the unpredictable happens.
In a year filled with the unexpected, one thing that 2020 has shown us is to always be prepared. Here are some basic you should have in your Emergency Storm Kit.
Basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items:
- Water (one gallon 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
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- 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)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Also look at ready.gov for more ideas on emergency kits!
Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes and businesses an easy target for winter storm damage. That is why we here at SERVPRO of Romulus are ready to help 24/7. We will work around the clock to get your property back to preloss condition.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Living in Michigan, we all know sub-zero temperatures are ahead. With frigid temperatures and winter storms coming, now is the time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes and water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Frozen pipes are actually very preventable, SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.
To prevent frozen pipes and avoid any potential damage:
- Insulate all exposed pipes in your property. Pay close attention to where pipes may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Maintain a consistent temperature through your house day and night.
- Close any valves located inside that supply water outdoors and open outside valves to properly drain any excess water remaining in the pipes.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.
- In especially freezing temperatures, let your faucet trickle; running water is less likely to freeze.
- If you will be leaving your home unoccupied for an extended period, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Thawing Out a Frozen Pipe:
- If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, you may have a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Leave the faucet on while treating any frozen pipes, as flowing water will help melt the ice.
- Apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe by using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device.
- Check all other faucets in your home to see if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.
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. SERVPRO of Romulus has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. We are always here to help! (734) 992-3138.
Fall Weather Can Be Destructive
Since we are now in the fall season you may have noticed a lot of rain. In these wetter months, we all must consider the possible damages that can happen to our structures during this time of year. Fall weather may not be as destructive as winter, but it is better to prepare for water damage before it is too late.
For homeowners, some concerns due to fall weather can be:
- Eroded landscaping
- Rutted driveways, especially those that are graded either up or downhill
- Moldy siding, windowsills, doorjambs, windowpanes, and roofing
- Rotting wooden fencing and decking
- Leaking roof
- Puddles and pooling
For business owners, some concerns can be:
- Potholes and eroded surfaces in public parking areas
- Eroded walkways or damaged, buckling sidewalks and public walkways
- Leaking roofs
- Damaged materials and machinery that have not been stored properly
Businesses must also keep an eye on employee bathrooms and kitchen/break areas to make sure that leaks are handled immediately and that spills are cleaned up right away. During bad weather, customers and vendors will track water and debris into your building, and both for safety and aesthetics, it will be a good idea to keep up with this type of accumulation to prevent water damage. Have an umbrella stand ready for everyone who comes through the door!
Homeowners also need to keep up with spills, leaks, and traffic, but it will obviously not be such a large job. In a home, water damage is more likely to come from a water heater or dishwasher that is malfunctioning, or a washer that has developed an issue.
One thing both types of structures must be concerned about is mold, however - it is never a good thing to realize that mold has taken hold in either your home or your business. Mold just needs two things to grow: water and humidity. It can infest a home or business in as little as 48 hours and even the tiniest of unchecked leaks can produce an infestation. With a household or workplace mold infestation can come allergens and irritants, making it an uncomfortable living, or working environment.
If you suspect mold, weather because of water damage, or just from damp conditions, you should call SERVPRO of Romulus as quickly as possible. We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Our goal is to get you back to a clean, healthy home and make it "Like it never even happened."
Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today!
Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month to promote the importance of family and community disaster planning. This year’s theme, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today,” resonates strongly as local communities and communities around the world battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For disaster mitigation specialists at SERVPRO® of Romulus / Taylor, the scope and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all aspects of everyday life, health, and well-being have magnified the importance of SERVPRO’s ongoing message to the communities it serves: When disaster strikes, preparedness is the best defense.
Before COVID-19 exploded into a global crisis, ‘disaster preparedness’ for the everyday home or business owner was largely dictated by the hazards unique to their location or their business. For some, that meant preparing for hurricanes and water damage, for others, tornadoes, flooding, wind damage, or even wildfires. But COVID-19 taught us that everyone – individuals and business owners alike – needs to be prepared for a national emergency that may disrupt food and medical supplies, transportation systems, schools, businesses, and every single aspect of everyday life that we take for granted. We have learned that no matter where you live or work, in addition to your ‘disaster’ preparations, making certain that you have a stock of some basic items on hand can make a huge difference if a national or global event suddenly disrupts – or even stops – everyday life.
At SERVPRO, we emphasize that everyone still needs to have a disaster preparedness plan in place. FEMA provides easy-to-use disaster planning guidelines at https://www.ready.gov, and home and business owners both can take advantage of free tools like the SERVPRO READY app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Romulus / Taylor as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.
COVID-19 has taught us we need to rethink and add to our disaster preparedness toolkits. We are all still struggling with a ‘disaster’ that has disrupted not only our lives and our jobs, but our entire community, our society, and the supply chain that we depend on. While in retrospect, the shortages of some of these items have become the stuff of urban legend, it is a good idea to stockpile a supply of items for which there are no easy substitutes. Toilet paper; yeast and flour for breadmaking; detergents; canned foods, fruits, and vegetables; pet foods and cat litter; fresh dairy items; diapers; and a host of other items were in short supply for weeks at the beginning of the crisis. Think back on those weeks and keep a supply of the things that you just don’t want to do without – along with some shelf-stable dairy items, dried beans, and frozen meals. Use them before they expire but be sure to replace them.
The disaster remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Romulus / Taylor extend their sincere sympathy to those who have lost loved ones or have been otherwise affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Metro Detroit area commercial and residential customers, SERVPRO of Romulus / Taylor continues to specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened.”
Prepare for Storms!
Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. Storms can be dangerous weather events that leave destruction to your property as well as cause injuries and occasionally even death. Below is a checklist to make sure your home and family are best prepared for any storms, so that you, your loved ones, and your home can stay safe.
Prepare a storm shelter.
Include essential supplies such as food, water, a first aid kid, flashlights, and batteries to last a few days in the case of a severe storm or tornado.
Clear branches and dead trees around your home.
The high-speed wind of storms can send dead branches or even trees crashing through your windows, siding, and roof. Clearing these objects away from your house is an easy way to make sure they do not cause any damage.
Secure outside objects
The benefits of technology is we have weather apps and stations that give us warning before a storm arrives. If a bad one is coming up, move large outdoor objects inside to prevent damage to your house and those objects.
Document your valuable items.
Take pictures of valuable items that you can use to show insurance later. If they are damaged or lost in the storm, you have better luck with your claim if you have documentation. Include date of purchase and purchase amount if you have that as well. Bonus points for saving receipts!
Protect Your Pets!
When preparing for storms, oftentimes pets are forgotten about. Make sure to have a plan in place for your pets, whether that is in your storm shelter or if that means having them in a separate safe location for when the storm hits.
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.”
Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Time is Money
As a leader in water damage restoration, we know fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption. With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,800 franchises, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team can provide trained crews faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage that water can cause. We have the right equipment, procedures, and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money.
Specific Tasks to Include:
- Containment of damaged area to reduce in-flow of water.
- Shrink-wrapping of structures to control inflow of mixture.
- Water Extraction – to remove excess water from a structure.
- Moisture Mapping – to determine impacted areas of a structure.
- Selective Demolition – to remove wet building materials that cannot be economically dried in place.
- Containment – to assure potential contaminants do not spread.
- Evaporation Enhancement – to remove moisture content from building materials.
- Dehumidification – to remove excess water vapor from the structures’ environments.
- Temperature Control – to assist in dehumidification and to prevent the onset of mold growth.
- Post-Drying Cleaning – to remove any potential contaminants from dried building materials.
When disaster strikes, so do we! Our team members live locally and are available 24/7 to respond to your call.
Learn About Derechos
What is a Derecho?
With hot and humid weather conditions that come with summer also comes a threat of a rare severe thunderstorm called a derecho. You may be familiar with this type of storm now after the events that happened in Iowa. According to the National Geographic, a derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms. Derechos produce walls of strong wind that run throughout the landscape, causing hundreds of miles of damage.
For a band of severe storms to be classified as a derecho, it must travel 240 miles and move at a speed of at least 58 miles per hour. The Midwest Derecho swept across South Dakota to Ohio, traveling 770 miles in nearly 14 hours and knocking out power for over a million people. Unlike tornadoes and hurricanes, the winds from a derecho follow straight lines. In fact, the term “derecho” means straight in Spanish.
How Derechos Form
Derechos winds can be as strong as winds found in hurricanes and tornadoes. So, how do these strong winds form? It is created by a downburst. SciJinks stated that when the wet air in a thunderstorm meets the drier air surrounding it, the water in the air evaporates. When water evaporates, it cools the air around it. Since the cool air is denser, it rapidly sinks to the ground and creates strong winds.
The downburst can suck more dry air into the storm, making stronger downbursts. Derechos happen when the right conditions for downbursts occur over a wide-ranging area.
Where Derechos Happen
Derechos are most common in the Midwestern United States but are quite rare. There is an average of 1 to 2 derechos a year. These storms most commonly occur in late spring and summer.
A derecho can be just as destructive as a tornado, but destructive in a different way. According to the National Geographic, downburst clusters of wind caused by derechos can range from four to six miles long, containing smaller pockets of extreme wind called microbursts and burst swaths. The latter are only about 150 to 450 feet long, but they are severe and concentrated like the winds of a tornado and can exceed 100 miles an hour.
What to Do
Treat a derecho like a tornado and follow the same safety procedures. The best thing to do in the event of a derecho is to go someplace safe and protected—high winds and falling trees can be quite dangerous.
Preparing Your Home or Business for Hurricanes
Here in Michigan, we obviously do not have to worry about hurricanes. But for those who own vacation homes or have friends/family living in hurricane zones, we have some helpful tips to prepare that you can share.
Tips from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for Preparing Your Home or Business for a Hurricane.
Prepare your Home:
- Cover all your home’s windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
- Plan to bring in all your outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep doors closed.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
Prepare your Business:
- Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
- Identify operations critical to survival and recovery.
- Plan what you will do if your building, is not accessible.
- Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home.
- Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable.
Do Your Due Diligence to Find a Storm Restoration Company
Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Romulus to set up an appointment.
Following a thunderstorm or other bout of severe weather, discovering that your home has sustained damage can be a difficult thing to process. The severity and cost of storm damage rises with each passing year, so having a plan in place before it happens to you is what we always recommend to be prepared.
As you plan ahead for what will happen after storm damage, picking the right company for restoration is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Knowing you are in good hands will take much of the stress out of the situation, so you can rest assured that your damage will be fully handled by restoration experts.Plan Ahead by Picking a Storm Restoration Company
Be sure the company is legitimate. Because storms can cause severe and sudden damage, there will be many people wanting restoration as soon as possible—and many scammers that try to take advantage of this. On any company you are looking into, check out their past reviews from others in the community and research how well-regarded they are in the reputation industry as a whole to make sure they are legitimate.
Check on how they will handle periods of heightened demand. After severe weather, there will likely be many people who are seeking damage restoration, which can cause an overwhelming spike in demand. For us, however, these spikes are no issue—with our national SERVPRO® partnership, we can help everyone who needs us and call for backup to ensure our service is always exceptional.
Determine their emergency planning protocol. There is no convenient time to receive damage to your property, but if you can’t get in touch with your restoration company when it happens, it can be extremely frustrating. That is why we make it simple to get in touch with us 24 hours a day. You can call us the moment you discover damage, no matter when that is, to receive a quick response.
When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.
Tips on Driving in the Rain
Did you know nearly half (47%) of all weather-related car accidents — more than 700,000 a year — are due to rain? Read below for our tips on how to drive safely in the rain.
Here are 10 tips for driving in the rain:
Step 1. Exercise caution. Engine oil and grease build-up on roads and highways over time, and when combined with precipitation, you’ve got the equivalent of an automotive Slip ‘N Slide.
Step 2. Slow down. Wet pavement causes tires to lose traction and vehicles become more difficult to handle.
Step 3. Use headlights. Always use headlights in the rain – even if it’s just a sprinkle. Headlights help you see and be seen in wet weather.
Step 4. Keep your windshield wipers in tip-top shape. Summer can wreak havoc on your blades, so get them checked before fall’s showers arrive.
Step 5. Defog your windows. Precipitation can cause your windshield to quickly fog up, so use the front and rear defrosters to maximize visibility.
Step 6. Avoid pooling water. By splashing through puddles you can impair your vision and other drivers’. Additionally, standing water often shields potholes and debris from view and it can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes.
Step 7. If your car begins to hydroplane, do not brake or turn the wheel abruptly as this may cause your vehicle to go into a skid or spin. Take your foot off the gas and keep the wheel straight until your car reclaims traction.
Step 8. Increase your following distance. Slick roads, wet brakes and reduced visibility can lead to collisions. Give other vehicles plenty of room and brake early with reduced force.
Step 9. Don’t use cruise control. It can cause your car to accelerate when hydroplaning and reduces driver attentiveness.
Step 10. Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you. This allows the vehicle ahead to displace any standing water that’s on the road.
By employing these safe driving techniques you can keep yourself and your passengers safe during spring drizzles and downpours. Rainy roads can be dangerous, but if we all slow down and use extra caution, rainy days might actually be a little brighter.
Easy Tips to Remember When Sudden Storms Start Up
Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Romulus is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.
When you are having fun and enjoying summer, a sudden storm may seem impossible when the skies are clear. However, storms can pop up suddenly when the heat and humidity begin to rise, creating a dangerous environment with little notice.
Because these storms can catch you at inopportune times, we have put together some quick tips for storm safety anywhere you go.
Quick Tips for Storm Safety Anywhere You Go
Know your options for shelter. If an alert about severe weather is issued and you are able to get home quickly, that is your best option for seeking shelter. However, if you are out and about, turning your car into a storm shelter is actually the next best thing you can do to stay safe. Pull over safely, turn off the engine and avoid coming into contact with any metal surfaces as you wait it out.
Practice electrical safety. When lightning strikes a structure, it is looking for the easiest route to get to the ground—which is oftentimes the electrical system. As the current travels through these wires, the charge can transfer to any electronic that is plugged in, potentially ruining it. If you are in a building and a storm is on the way, you can unplug everything to be as safe as possible, and in general, it is best to use surge protectors on every outlet.
Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are so sturdy in part because of how they are built. As concrete is poured around metal, it creates a great structure—but also causes a concern if there is lightning nearby. The metal in concrete can disperse electricity if the building is struck by lightning, so avoid touching these surfaces directly if possible.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When summer activities are interrupted by severe weather, getting back to the fun is high priority. Because of how far lightning can travel from the storm’s center, however, it is best to exercise caution. After the thunder starts to wane, set a 30-minute timer and reset it with every thunder clap, making sure it goes off before you go back outside.
If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Here to Help 24/7
Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Romulus provides 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.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Romulus?
- We are Faster to Any Size Disaster: Floods and storms do not wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.
- We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists: As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
- We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters: In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,800 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.
Our Disaster Recovery Team
Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,800 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:
- 2020 Midland Floods
- 2019 Hurricane Dorian
- 2018 Hurricane Florence
- 2018 Hurricane Michael
- 2017 California wildfires
- 2017 Hurricane Irma
- 2017 Hurricane Harvey
- 2016 Hurricane Matthew
- 2015 Carolina floods
- 2014 Polar Vortex
- 2012 Sandy
- 2010 Nashville floods
- 2008 Ike
- 2007 Chicago floods
- 2007 Ohio floods
- 2007 California wildfires
- 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita
Should a storm or major event strike, we will make it “Like it never even happened.” Call (734) 992-3138, we are always here to help!
Making Sure You Prepare in Advance for Severe Weather
If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Romulus will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.
It may feel like severe storms are a commonplace event, but it is important to understand and be prepared for the severe levels of damage they can cause. Every storm with thunder has the ability to cause issues ranging from flooding to hail damage, and it is important to prioritize your safety in advance so a dangerous storm does not catch you off guard.
By knowing the meaning behind weather alerts, stocking and storing your emergency kit and finding a reliable way to get weather alerts, you will be in a good position to handle any weather event without worry.
Know the Meaning Behind Weather Alerts
Understanding the meaning that weather alerts carry is a useful skill so you know exactly how to respond when they are issued by local weather officials. When a thunderstorm watch is announced, storms are a possibility and everyone in the area should stay alert for updates. When a thunderstorm warning is issued, that means there is an active storm in the area and everyone should seek shelter right away.
Stock and Store Your Emergency Kit
Having all the essentials in case of severe weather will help keep you and your family comfortable and safe while severe weather passes through. Having reliable light sources and backup batteries, shelf-stable food and fresh water is helpful for comfort, and a first-aid kit will come in handy in case an injury occurs. You should store this emergency kit in a temperature-controlled area where your family can hunker down and wait for the storm to pass, such as a basement bathroom or a hallway.
Find a Reliable Way to Get Weather Alerts
We mostly depend on our cell phones to get news and updates about current events, but in case of a thunderstorm, you should have a more reliable method just in case. Cell reception and electricity are unreliable during severe weather in a lot of cases, so having a tool like a weather radio can help you be certain that you will receive the important alerts regarding the storm’s path.
If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 24⁄7 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.
Protecting Your Garden During Rainstorms
Although our gardens love a nice rain shower, too much rain can be harmful to all the plants. After all the hard work you have done to manage your garden, do not let heavy rainstorms ruin it!
Follow these tips to protect your garden during heavy storms:
- Remove damaged limbs and shoots – Removing dead limbs and shoots from your plants will help make them more streamlined and will reduce snapping and tangling.
- Add compost and mulch – Adding a couple of inches of compost to the top 8 to 12 inches of soil will help with drainage.
- Support taller plants – Push a wooden or metal support into the ground and tie taller plants to it. This will help keep them stable against rain and strong winds.
- Drainage – Make sure there is a proper runoff that tilts away from your garden and make sure it is not blocked. Water collecting in your garden can be damaging to your plants, possibly drowning them.
- Cover you most delicate plants – Use a waterproof tarp to cover your most fragile plants during heavy rainstorms. Make sure that the covering is not blocking water from draining because it can cause other plants to drown.
- Check your vegetable roots – Once the rainstorm has stopped, make sure there are no exposed roots following soil erosion. If there are exposed roots, covered them with soil or compost before they dry out.
- Check your pots and planters – Pots and planters can easily become flooded if the drainage is blocked. Check them before, during and after rainstorms. You can always cover pots and planters if necessary.
- Pull weeds up by hand – The moist soil after rain means you are much more likely to retrieve the whole root without it snapping or breaking.
Need more tips? Go to The Plant Guide for more information on maintaining your garden during severe weather.
When floodwater enters your home or business, it can cause "standing water". Standing water is a pool of water that does not flow. This can be a dangerous thing if it is not handled correctly. Standing water should be dealt with right away. The cleanup can sometimes take up to 10 or 11 days to completely disappear unless it is mitigated immediately.
Here are some protective measures to take into consideration when dealing with standing water:
Stay Away from Standing Water
- Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the standing water leftovers
- Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria and other parasites
- Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick
- Wash your hands after contact with standing water
- Do not drink the water
- Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock
Standing Water vs. Animals:
- Snakes and other animals may get into your home or building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up
- Mosquitoes can breed and grow in standing water
- Some animals might find your home or business a cozy place to live
- If tap water is unsafe to drink, it is unsafe for your pets
If you find yourself dealing with standing water of any kind, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened."
Protect Your Basement from Storm Damage
According to the Insurance Journal, weather incidents account for more than half of all homeowners’ insurance claims. If you do not want your beautiful finished basement to become an indoor pool after a bad storm, follow these tips!
When it comes to avoiding a flooded basement, prevention and maintenance is key.
- Try to keep as much of that rainwater away from your home.
- Look at the grade of your backyard and make sure it slopes away from your home (and not towards your basement)
- Clean the gutters regularly
- Repair any cracks in the wall or floor
- Invest in a sump pump
- Review your insurance policy and check for flood insurance
- Ask your security company about flood sensors. New technology allows you to monitor your basement from your phone.
Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. That is why we are ready to help 24/7. If your home is affected by storm, or if it is 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.”
Storm Damage? We Are Here To Help!
Heavy rainfall causing floods and storms can lead to damage to your home or business in no time. SERVPRO of Romulus wants residents of Metro Detroit to know that when a storm damages your home or business, our highly trained professionals will respond to cleanup and restore your property to pre-damage condition. Our ability to immediately respond to a storm emergency helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Here are some of the services we provide:
- Emergency contact 24/7
- Inspection and damage assessment
- Water removal and water extraction
- Drying and dehumidification services
- Cleaning and repair
- Odor removal
What To Do Until Help Arrives:
- 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.
When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. Day or night, Metro Detroit residents and business owners can expect us to respond immediately to your water emergency.
Removing Odors After a Flood
The water damage that occurs when your home floods in often comes with odors and mold growth that continue to seep your residence long after the water has subsided. You can take care to eliminate odors and preserve the safety of your dwelling with the following measures:
Air Things Out
Open all doors and windows to allow air to circulate in your residence. This should help dissipate any lingering smells that remain and will also facilitate drying of the affected areas.
Dry the Wet Areas
You may install dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process. Removing moisture from porous and absorbent surfaces such as carpet and upholstery can greatly reduce the chance of foul aromas remaining after the flood and can mitigate the appearance of mold.
Deodorize Your Home
There are natural and inexpensive methods that you can utilize to expedite the deodorizing process in your house. Baking soda sprinkled into carpets and other absorbent surfaces then vacuumed up can help greatly with getting rid of foul odors. On less porous surfaces, vinegar applied liberally can aid in combating persistent smells.
Keep an Eye Out for Mold
As with any area that has had prolonged exposure to moisture, mold growth can be a threat that, if not addressed immediately, poses a potentially recurrent problem that can present itself throughout the life span of your residence. It is imperative that proper steps are taken to ensure that mold and spores do not have the opportunity to spread in your home.
Be Aware of Contaminants
Sewage loss can lead to your home being contaminated by sewage contents when flood water finds its way past your threshold. This can leave behind an overpowering smell even after the moisture has been removed due to the bacteria in the water. These smells often cannot be removed by household cleaners and require the services of a professional flood restoration company.
Why Choose SERVPRO?
We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.
The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.
Flood Zones and Your Home
After seeing the devastating floods in Mid-Michigan, you may be wondering if your home is a high flood risk. One way to know this is to determine if your home is located in a flood zone. Here are a few things you may wish to know about these zones and how they affect your home.
What Are Flood Zones
Flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to flooding. This may include being at the bottom of a watershed, coastal areas, areas near rivers, and areas that experience frequent storms. FEMA sets these risk levels and they should be marked on your local communities Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), which you can look at by going to your local zoning office.
Is Flood Insurance Necessary
In the event your home is determined to be at risk by its position in a flood zone, you may be wondering what, if any, addition insurance will be required. The best way to determine this is to talk to your insurance agent about what is included in your existing plan, and if any supplemental plans are available for additional coverage. It is important to note than in many cases flood insurance is considered a separate policy.
How to Deal with a Flood in the Home
If a storm does cause flooding in your home, then it is best to contact a flood damage restoration service as quickly as possible. These professionals have the tools necessary to move large quantities of water and can also make any repairs your home may need. The restoration team can also check for any additional problems flood water may cause, such as potential mold growth.
As explained earlier flood zones are areas that exhibit geographic qualities that make them more prone to a flood. It is important to note that in some cases having a home inside a flood zone can affect your flood insurance coverage.
If your home does experience flooding, we are here to help! Our team has experience with flood damage and we will work hard to make it “Like it never even happened.”
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
- 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
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
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 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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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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 24⁄7 for more details.
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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 24⁄7 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.
What to Know About Ice Dams
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:
- Heat collect in the attic and warms the roof, except for the eaves.
- The snow melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves.
- 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
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
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
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?
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
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.