Recent Storm Damage Posts
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.”
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
- 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!
After a Storm, You Can Trust Us With Your Restoration | SERVPRO® of Romulus
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.
Versions of Home Damage After a Flood | SERVPRO® of Romulus
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.