You Never Know When! – Flood Statistics
The National Flood Insurance Program is a FEMA institution and has been around since 1968.
In 2016, the National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, reported 59,332 losses were paid out by their organization. There were more losses nationally in 2016 than in 2013-2015 combined. Michigan bucked this national trend, as the state only had 123 reported losses paid out from Oct 2015 to Sep 2016, which was below then mean average of the rest of the country. This is partially due to the mild winters we had in the state, which resulted in lower amounts of precipitation for the state and the Midwest region as a whole. In a normal winter, our state would have likely had a considerable amount more in claims for floods and or water damage claims through the NFIP as well as other sources. If you suspect that your home has been affected by a fire, water or mold situation, please call your local experts at SERVPRO of Fraser by dialing (586) 296-3331 or emailing us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Storm Warning: Water Damage in the Common Area
A dehumidifier set up near the source of the water loss.
Our SERVPRO of Fraser team worked on a water loss at a church in Waterford. Multiple rooms were affected and it all started on Memorial Day Weekend. Our owner went out to the Church around 11:00pm to start the drying and cleaning process for the church and try to get them ready as soon as we could for service. The drying process took a while as there were multiple rooms affected by the water that came from outside and leaked through a door. The rainstorm had flooded the drains and caused some issues for various rooms within the church. Within a week, their facility was back to its pre-storm self and we finished in time for them to have their normal Sunday service. If your facility has been affected by the summer storm season and creates damage for your building, then call your local Fraser SERVPRO at (586) 296-3331.
Big-Time Cleaning for Senior Center in Troy
How the room looked after we cleaned it.
SERVPRO franchises may often have work on holiday weekends, and this Memorial Day weekend was no exception. Our franchise was working around the clock on that Memorial Day weekend when we were cleaning a brand-new senior living facility slated for its grand opening on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Our crew worked tirelessly to ensure that the building could stand up to the standards that were placed on us by our customer. On a larger commercial building, our franchise makes sure that we are constantly aware of the task at hand and working towards being as efficient and timely as we can to ensure that we can cover the deadlines with the utmost quality and professionalism. SERVPRO of Fraser can work 24/7 and would love to perform larger commercial cleanings for our Fraser area businesses. If you are interested in our cleaning services, call us at 586-296-3331.
Disaster Recovery Team Capabilities
SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team in action.
In the event of a major disaster or weather event, SERVPRO has a Commercial Large Loss Division that can handle the most severe of weather conditions. 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, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. They have handled a myriad of disasters such as Hurricane Ike, Sandy and Katrina, as well as weather events like a Polar Vortex. The Large Loss team prides itself on providing the best service possible and making sure that they can restore the pre-disaster state of the area and cut the costs down by restoring instead of replacing. If you are pressed in an emergency situation and you’re in need of assistance during a major fire, water or mold event, please call your local SERVPRO Franchise at 1-800-SERVPRO.
Fourth of July Fire Safety
We wish our SERVPRO of Fraser customers and partners a fun and safe Fourth of July Season!
The National Fire Protection Association produced a “Fireworks” report which provided estimates of fire damage and associated losses caused by fireworks through 2013. According to this report, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires in 2013. Sparklers and Firecracker damage accounts for over half of injuries caused by fireworks. The holidays are a time for celebration and taking preventive measures as well as making sure that all precautions are taken are vital to ensuring that your Fourth of July night is not affected by a self-created disaster. It is also important that fireworks are used in a safe location away from buildings and other housing facilities that could be affected by damage. In the event of an emergency where your home is affected by fire damage during the holidays, please call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.
We Help All in Need
Our Owner, Paul, is working hard to ensure that the water is extracted.
It’s never easy to have to move to a new place and break away from your typical daily routine, but especially as a senior citizen. This particular senior center had a water loss that affected two floors and multiple rooms. Two main floor rooms needed to be evacuated and those residents had to be moved from their rooms for the time being in order for us to properly extract the water within their rooms. We worked well into the midnight hour to make sure that we were able to dry the rooms properly. The rooms will be finished within the week and the tenants will be able to move back into their rooms in exactly the same condition that they had before the disaster. If your business experiences any sort of pipe break or water disaster, call in your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331. We want to make the disaster look “Like it never even happened."
The Importance of Closed Doors in a Fire
A picture that shows the difference between a closed room and a open room.
Soot and smoke damage can travel quite rapidly in any size building. In the event of a fire, some homeowners may believe that leaving entryways open can lead to a greater rate of survival and more routes for a homeowner to escape from a fire. While it is of utmost importance to escape immediately, it is also important to contain the scope of a fire and this can be done by shutting the doors in your house. This should be done in order to contain the damaged areas from spreading at an alarming rate to the rest of your house. The doors can often lead to the fire spreading at a slower rate which stops damage. It is also important to have smoke detectors available in each of the hallways within your home. In the event of a fire to your home or business, please get help from your Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331.
Flushable Wet Wipes Are Not Always Flushable
Sewers can wreak havoc on a home.
The wet wipes you find in the grocery store are indeed flushable, but they also can wreak havoc on your sewer system. Part of the problem with the Fraser sinkhole, is the fact that these wet wipes can wrap themselves around sewer lines and cause structural damage to those sewer lines. The concept is referred by professionals as ragging and can cause millions of dollars of damage to those sewer lines across the country. These wipes are often billed as being flushable, but the materials that make up the wet wipes aren’t easily broken down, which causes the wipe to wrap itself around a pipe. As a result, this pipe starts to have structural damage. If your sewer system is affected, it can also come in to your home as well. So, please make sure that you are throwing away wet wipes instead of flushing to combat this epidemic of ragging. If you have a sewer issue or any other water damage issue within your home, please call us at 586-296-3331 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”
Our Very Own Drain Backup: How We Dealt With Our Drain Backup
The before picture of our backup.
Incidents and accidents within your business can happen at any time. Even SERVPRO of Fraser isn’t immune to a drain backup. Early in the month, we experienced our very own drain backup. The source was from another tenant whose pipes had burst and the resulting damage came into our business. Thankfully, we had a trained staff on hand when the incident occurred, but it made us realize that we should always be prepared for incidents that occur outside our four walls, and not just inside them. So, for our local businesses in Fraser, please be aware that it is important for us to consider where disasters can occur and prepare accordingly. If you lack an emergency preparedness plan for your business, please call your local Fraser experts to schedule a free ERP at 586-296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com for more information for scheduling an ERP.
Most Affected Areas after a Hail Storm
Hail can damage your home by causing dents, breaking windows or causing cracks in your siding.
When hail or sleet storms happen in Michigan, they tend to cause a lot of exterior damage to homes and businesses. These are the most affected areas after a hail storm:
- Roofs: The roofs after a hail storm tend to have damage mainly from precipitation. It is important to look for missing or torn shingles. Should the shingles not be repaired, this can leads to leaks and water entering the attic. A temporary solution would be to tarp the affected area.
- Attics: This should be checked especially in the event of shingles missing or torn on your roof. The precipitation can penetrate into the attic if the roof is not made of hail resistant materials.
- Windows: Make sure that your windows are secure and there are no areas where water can leak into the interior of your home. The windows also tend to garner a lot of surface damage from the high speeds of hail precipitation.
In the event of your home being damaged by hail storms, please call your local experts at (586) 296-3331.