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Broken Sump Pump in New Baltimore?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump outlet pipe is shown. We restore water damage in Macomb County.

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, has been restoring water damage in New Baltimore for many years. According to a study done by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), power outages, clogged inlet screens, and faulty float switches were the leading causes of sump pump failure. Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips to keep your sump pump in good repair:

  • Open the lid and remove debris that may be blocking the water inlet screen
  • Pour about five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on, and the water should discharge through the outlet pipe
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe
  • Water should be flowing from the pipe and away from the home
  • Contact a plumbing professional if the sump pump fails to operate during this inspection
  • Install a battery backup system
  • Choose a system with a battery replacement warning
  • Replace batteries every two to three years

Call Us!

When your New Baltimore home or commercial business needs water damage services, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 586-598-5050. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Drying and Dehumidification for New Baltimore?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A beautiful hardwood floor is shown in a home. Our advanced drying techniques save our customers money in Macomb County.

When your New Baltimore home or commercial business experiences water damage and the excess water has been removed, the area will look dry. However, there will still be water absorbed into the building materials. Most building materials are porous and absorb and retain water, causing the materials to break down, warp, and even cause mold damage.

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore’s technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Our technicians use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the amount of dehumidification and drying equipment required to dry the area thoroughly. We use specialized drying equipment, including:

Drying Equipment

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture
  • Use monitoring equipment to Track Progress

Monitor Floor and Walls

We check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process. 

  • Monitor floors
  • Monitor walls

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Here to Help. ® We have a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in New Baltimore. Call us today at 586-598-5050. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Rain Gutter Failure in Mount Clemens?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Rainwater is flowing from a downspout into a rain barrel from a downspout. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Macomb County.

Water damage can happen at any time, but it can be prevented through the routine cleaning and maintenance of your rain gutter system. When rain gutters are working properly, they divert water away from the structure. The rainwater can be diverted to a drainage system or through the downspout into a water catchment system, like a rain barrel. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year and offer these tips on how to clean your rain gutters using a power washer:

A power washer is a great tool to clean rain gutters that contain built-up dirt and debris. Using a power washer can be a messy process, so plan on cleaning the roof and walls of your home’s exterior, too!

  • Use the fine-spray nozzle to blast away debris from the gutter system working towards the downspout hole
  • Point the nozzle down the hole and rinse the shaft until the water can run through it freely

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business requires emergency water damage cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Here to Help. ® We have a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Mount Clemens. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewer Problem in Harrison Charter Township?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

A modern bathroom is shown. Macomb County residents rely on us to restore water damage.

Harrison Charter Township residents need to know.

When your sewer backs up, or your toilet overflows you will be exposed to highly unsanitary and dangerous “black water.” SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore uses specialized equipment and wears the required protective clothing to prevent exposure to bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness.

"Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

"Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • It May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Call Us Today!

You never know when you’ll need emergency water restoration services, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Here to Help. ® We have a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Harrison Charter Township. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your sewer damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding Damage in Mount Clemens Home?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A pile of clothing is shown laying on the floor. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Macomb County.

Flooding Disaster in Mount Clemens

When my bathroom flooded my insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore. When they arrived, they inspected and assessed the damage and immediately began extracting the water. The flooding spread to my laundry room and family room, so all of the clothing, furniture, electronics, and throw rugs had to be packed out and cleaned.  They extracted the water and set up air movers and air blowers to remove the excess moisture in the area. They monitored and documented the drying process to ensure the rooms were restored to normal moisture levels.

Six-Step Water Restoration Process

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact
  • Step 2: Inspection
  • Step 3: Water Removal
  • Step 4: Drying
  • Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Step 6: Restoration

Because the SERVPRO team acted so quickly, everything damaged by the water was restored to preloss condition. Thank you, SERVPRO!

Cleaning Methods

  •  Dry Cleaning
  •  Wet Cleaning
  •  Spray and Wipe
  •  Foam Cleaning
  •  Abrasive Cleaning
  •  Immersion Cleaning

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Mount Clemens. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Disaster in Harrison Charter Township?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A wall is torn open to reveal plumbing pipes is shown. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services in Macomb County!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year in Harrison Charter Township. Plumbing systems and appliances can fail at any time and cause water damage in your home or business. Our restoration technicians have the advanced training, state-of-the-art equipment, and experience to restore any size water loss quickly and efficiently and with minimal disruption to your family or employees and customers.

The Insurance Institute for Business Home and Safety suggests that homeowners and businesses:

  • Provide a reliable backup power source to ensure continuous power to the building
  • Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve. Use wireless sensors near water sources.
  • Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure and heat unheated sprinkler control rooms

Water damage happens at all times of the day and night and can become a costly repair if not addressed quickly. Our highly trained technicians are on-call 24-hours a day and can typically arrive within four hours of your call.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day in Harrison Charter Township. Call us today at 586-598-5050. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fast Water Damage Response Time for New Baltimore?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Clocks with wings are suggesting that time is flying by. We are trusted leaders in emergency water restoration services in Macomb County!

When water causes damage to a structure, fast response time is critical to minimizing further damage and expensive repairs. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has been responding to water damage emergencies in Macomb county for many years, and we witness firsthand the damage water can do to a home or commercial business. Here is a water damage timeline from our website to help in understanding the damage water can do over time:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond to residential and commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your water damage in New Baltimore, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Heater Leaking in New Baltimore?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

A water heater is shown. We are leaders in water restoration in Macomb County!

Water Heater Water Damage in New Baltimore?

Do you know the last time your water heater was inspected? In a study prepared by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) three-quarters of all water heaters failed before they become twelve years old, and the chances of a water heater leaking or bursting will dramatically increase when the water heater reaches five years of age. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year and offer tips from the IBHS:

Water Heater Loss Prevention and Maintenance Tips

  1. Have a professional plumbing inspection of the anode rod at least once every two years and annually after the warranty expires. The rod will eventually corrode and leave the tank vulnerable to damage.
  2. Remove sediment by flushing the tank every six months. Sediment will build up faster in areas with hard water.

Tankless Versus Tank

You may want to consider purchasing a tankless water heater. Over the years they have become more sophisticated, and some models even can tell you via a smartphone when it needs maintenance. You’ll also save between twenty-seven and fifty percent on fuel costs compares to tank-type heaters.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of highly trained water restoration technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your water damage in Mount Clemens, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Independently Owned and Operated.

Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Mount Clemens?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

A leaking water faucet is shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Macomb County.

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year in Mount Clemens. Here are some plumbing maintenance tips to help you keep your indoor plumbing in good condition from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerator ice makers. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. Being able to locate and shut off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money, and time.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

Call Us Today!

When your home has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of restoration technicians on-call and ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your water damage in Mount Clemens, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-damaged Belongings in New Baltimore?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

A man is shown placing green plastic bins on a new storage shelving unit in his basement. We clean and restore water-damaged items in Mount Clemens.

When a customer’s basement flooded in New Baltimore, the water-saturated everything. Off-season clothes, Christmas decorations, hunting gear, old magazines, books, and other keepsakes were soggy and on the verge of being unsalvageable. We came out and immediately went to work extracting the standing water and moving, cleaning, and drying everything compromised by the water.

At SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, we offer a full range of restoration services to restore water damaged contents, and offer these tips for protecting your possessions from water damage from the Insurance Information Institute:

Protect your possessions

  • Store off-season and other bulk belongings in waterproof bins, especially in areas where there are plumbing pipes or that are prone to dampness, such as basements and attics.
  • Never store valuables or memorabilia where there is risk of destruction from water. Water and damp also brings with it the threat of mold damage.
  • Keep belongings stored on shelving off the floor in basements. In case of water seepage or sewer backup, they're less likely to get damaged.
  • Keep an up-to-date home inventory. Having a comprehensive list of your possessions will save time, trouble and stress in case of loss from water damage.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has a team of restoration technicians on-call and ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll restore your water damage in New Baltimore, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Independently Owned and Operated.

Washing Machine Flood in Mount Clemens?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

A white washing machine is shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Mount Clemens and New Baltimore.

Washing machine washout.

I left my Mount Clemens home to run some errands and came back to find the downstairs hallway and laundry room floor flooded. Evidently, my washing machine hose cracked and burst while the machine was running, and that was all it took to cause the disaster. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore are leaders in the restoration industry, and when you call, we will act quickly to mitigate your water damage.

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), water damage is one of the most expensive types of damage and costs billions of dollars in repairs annually. Here are some tips from the III for maintaining indoor plumbing systems:

Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. 

  • Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerator ice makers.
  • You may also want to invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system that can alert you to any leakage issues.
  • Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, has a team of highly trained technicians on call and ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Mount Clemens, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Independently Owned and Operated.

Busted Pipe in Harrison Charter Township?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

A newly constructed, pristine white commercial office interior is shown. Mount Clemens residents trust us to restore their water damage.

Hidden Water Damage is the Worst

Water damage is a common occurrence in Harrison Charter Township, and SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore are called to respond to water damage emergencies of all kinds. Busted or leaking pipes can cause hidden water damage that is not immediately apparent, that is until you see the tell-tale signs of blistering drywall, or dark stains pooling on your ceiling, or even water sitting on the floor. Yikes!

Water damage left unrepaired can cause even greater and more expensive repairs as the water has the chance to saturate wooden subfloors, insulation, baseboards, and other parts of the structure.  When we arrive, our highly trained technicians will immediately begin the cleanup and water extraction process and will provide and assessment of the damage. We will thoroughly dry the area and repair structural damage as needed, restoring your property to preloss condition quickly and efficiently. We will also help you with the insurance paperwork and process.

Call Us Today

If your Harrison Charter Township property experiences water damage of any sort, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore wants to help. We are on call 24 hours a day to assist you no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 586-598-5050.

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Independently Owned and Operated.

Hidden Water Damage in New Baltimore?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

An interior wall has been opened, revealing plumbing that has been recently repaired. Our water restoration experts are on call 24 hours a day to serve you.

A Little Leak Can Become a Costly Repair

Did you know that ten percent of homes have water leaks that waste around ninety gallons of water each day? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the most common household leaks are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets and showerheads, and leaking valves of all kinds. Small leaks in pipes inside walls can be hard to identify, and they can become costly repairs if left untreated. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has years of experience repairing water damage of all kinds and our team of water restoration technicians has the training to do the job right the first time.

We use state-of-the-art moisture detection and measurement equipment and rely on scientific drying principles to remove moisture and dry the area quickly and effectively. Based on your specific needs, we may use any combination of the flowing equipment and treatments to complete the repairs:

  • Infrared cameras may be used to locate water inside a wall
  • Hygrometers to detect moisture
  • Water extraction equipment to speed the drying process: gas-powered pumps or truck-mounted and portable extraction units
  • High-speed air movers
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers
  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents
  • Sanitizing agents, germicides, and anti-microbial treatments

Call Us Today

When your home or business experiences a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore wants to help. Call us today at 586-598-5050. We’ll clean and restore your property in New Baltimore, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips for Standing Water in New Baltimore

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Woman in business attire sitting on a rooftop avoiding flooded waters Tips for standing water in New Baltimore after Heavy Rains.

A flood doesn’t end once the storm stops. We still have to deal with all that standing water. The flood water can take up to 11 days to disappear. It’s not time to go fishing.

If you have to evacuate your office, do not go back until you have been told it is safe.

Be careful driving in New Baltimore.  Remember to “Go around. Don’t Drown!” The water may still be too deep for safe travel.

Floods are not natural swimming pools

  • Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the storm water leftovers
  • Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick  
  • Don’t drink the water
  • Water conducts electricity.  Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock

Flood waters vs. Animals in New Baltimore:

  • Bugs and other animals may get into your building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up
  • Some animals might find your office a cozy place to live
  • If tap water is unsafe to drink, it is unsafe for your pets

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods 

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in New Baltimore

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

House going under flood waters Things to do for Water Damage until Help Arrives in New Baltimore

If your home or business in New Baltimore has water damage, you can do some things before help arrives.

Make sure that the building or home is safe.

SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore Wants You to Remember:

  • Waterlogged materials are very heavy
  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on dry area before you turn on the electric power

SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore suggests that you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Hang up rugs to dry
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Start drying items ASAP
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings

Links:

www.fema.gov 

Commercial Flood Insurance in New Baltimore

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Buildings in the rain starting to go under Things to know regarding Commercial Flood Insurance in New Baltimore

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Buy flood insurance from an insurance agent. 

SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is interested in helping the businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood. 

Things to know in New Baltimore, Michigan. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

  • All agencies in (City/County) charge the same for flood insurance
  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore recommends the following: 

  • Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.

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Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance 

www.fema.gov 

What to do when the kitchen sink overflows in New Baltimore

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen sink overflowed with water Don’t cry over spilled water – SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is here to help.

As homeowners or renters, we know that many things can go wrong. This includes accidental fire, mold problems, and more. One common problem is the kitchen sink. They can get clogged, pipes can burst, and they can overflow. There are many reasons the kitchen sink may be overflowing – the drain is clogged and the water filled up quickly, a home owner had to walk away in the middle of doing dishes and forgot to go back and finish that chore, a child turned the water on and ran away (it happens!), etc. The possibilities behind this are endless. Do not cry over spilled water (or milk!). SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is always on-call and ready to save the day for New Baltimore residents! Here are some steps to take when the water starts flowing out of the sink and on to the floor:




  • Shut off the faucet that allows water to flow to your sink 
  • Use a pitcher or any other type of large cup to get water out of your sink
  • If you have a food disposal connected to the sink, check that and make sure it is not clogged
  • If a clog is not solving itself, grab the plunger – they are not just for toilets
  • Keep an eye on any water damage because this could lead to mold

Macomb County residents are encouraged to call us at SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore when the job becomes too much and the water is overwhelming and all over the floors. We have highly trained professionals that are ready to head to any home or commercial building when cleanup or restoration is needed after any type of water damage. Do not hesitate to give us a call at any time. We are open 24/7 for your convenience.

SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is independently owned and operated.

Link:  https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

Colder Weather means Freezing Pipes in New Baltimore

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fall leaves |Fall leaves brings Cold Nights, Call SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore to Clean Up Standing Water.

The fall weather is finally approaching which means winter will be here before we know it. Unfortunately for the residents of New Baltimore, that means pipes will freeze which can lead to pipes bursting and flooding parts of the residential area. A flooded kitchen is not very fun to deal with, but luckily the trained professionals at SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore know just what to do, and we get it done quickly. 

Here are some common guidelines to follow when preventing and thawing frozen pipes:

  • Remove and drain all outside hoses and close the inside valves
  • Add additional insulation to basements, crawl spaces and attics
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines located there
  • During very cold New Baltimore nights, keep kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warm air to flow around the pipes
  • Allow the pipes to have a small drip throughout the night as well

If your pipes are frozen, try the following:

  • Carefully run a small flow of water through the faucet as this will allow the ice to melt while the water is running
  • Apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe using an electric heating pad, a hair dryer, or towels wet with hot water
  • If the pipe ends up bursting, call SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore to help clean up and restore the affected area(s)

SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is independently owned and operated.

Link:  https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.html

What to do when a house is flooded in New Baltimore

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

House floating in water What to do when a house is flooded in New Baltimore

Residential floods can be caused by many different occurrences including a severe storm, a busted pipe, a leaking toilet, accidental tub overflow, sewage problems, etc. The possibilities are endless! What a homeowner does AFTER the flood happens is very important in New Baltimore. SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore wants to share some post-flood tips. They are as follows:

  • If this was a flood caused by a natural disaster, let friends and family know you are safe
  • Keep children and pets away from the floodwater and all electrical outlets/appliances
  • Remember, electricity can run through plumbing so take extreme caution around active water
  • Furniture and other home décor may be waterlogged so take caution in moving those things because they may be heavier than usual

A residential flood will likely leave behind flood water damage in the home in New Baltimore. SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is trained for situations like this and we are ready to help. Give us a call as soon as safety has been established and confirmed and the home is ready to be cleaned up and restored to its best possible condition. Our goal is to make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Independently owned and operated by SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore.

Sewage Damage Tips

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage filled basement Sewage Back Up in Basement in Chesterfield

Sewage Damage Tips

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.  Keep SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore in mind when dealing with these situations.  We are on call to serve you 24/7 at (586) 598-5050.

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

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

Severe Weather in New Baltimore, MI

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage falling from ceiling New Baltimore Water Loss

Major storms are common around New Baltimore. The weather service can explain the science behind summer storms; SERVPRO® of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore reserves its efforts for undoing damage from strong winds, lightning, floods and rain, and even hail.

Emergency-response crews are available 24 hours a day, every day. Disasters don’t wait for business hours to strike. SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is always ready.

When disaster strikes a home or business, call SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore at (586) 598-5050.

Water, water everywhere

The most common storm damage in New Baltimore is from water.  Water does plenty of damage by itself, soaking into property within minutes. Rainwater and groundwater bring outside contaminants. If lightning or wind exposes the inside to the elements, insects, fungi, and other contaminants get inside as well.

SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore starts extracting water immediately. Technicians have training and advanced equipment to remove even immense volumes of water. Dehumidifiers and dryers ensure that no hidden moisture remains to destroy property and allow microbial growth (such as mold) to cause more damage.

Once technicians have checked that the excess moisture is gone, the team starts decontamination and restoration. SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore favors restoration over replacement, making expenses less, and life easier, for the homeowners and business owners in Roseville. SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore has one goal: to get the property back to the pre-storm condition.

SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore is independently owned and operated.

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https://www.SERVPROmountclemensnewbaltimore.com/

Water Damage in Chesterfield, Michigan Thermal Imaging to the rescue!

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Thermal Imaging

Sometimes you might not know exactly what has been affected when you have a water leak. Did you know that we can detect hidden moisture with the use of thermal imaging? We can detect where moisture has infiltrated walls, carpeting etc. with the use of thermal imaging cameras. A thermal imaging camera can detect slight temperature differences inside your home. It creates a visual map so we can pinpoint the location of leaks and moisture.

Generally speaking, the higher an object's temperature, the more infrared radiation is emitted as black-body radiation. A special camera can detect this radiation in a way similar to the way an ordinary camera detects visible light. It works even in total darkness because ambient light level does not matter.

Call SERVPRO of Mount Clemens, New Baltimore at (586) 598-5050 for your emergency water damage cleanup.