Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Prepare an DIY Kit for Storm Damage

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage can happen anywhere.

It is always said that you should always prepare for the unexpected in life. This blog will go into how to create and build a do-it-yourself storm kit to have in a storm emergency. 

First thing you should look to include is food and drink that can last for an extended period of time. Depending on storm damage, you may have to rely on some food reserves depending on the severity of the storm. Second addition to the kit would be a light source, like a flashlight that can provide some light in case of an extended power outage. Finally, a source of communication and or a news source like a NOAA weather radio, in the event that you lose power and your phone does not work.

Having this kit in hand when storm damage strikes is a nice tool to have and can help you to be able to brace the storm damage a little better.

Storm Damage in the Macomb County Area.

6/23/2019 (Permalink)

Devastating impacts can be felt in storm damage situations.

Untreated storm damage can be a devastating and time consuming event for a homeowner. This also happens during inconvenient times and leaving the damage untreated can lead to serious damage.

Within hours, water will start soaking into drywall, upholstery and other porous materials. If it is continued to be left untreated, your home’s drywall will break and musty odors becomes present within your home.

Mold and mildew growth will manifest anywhere from 48 hours to a week after storm damage. This can also impact your wood flooring and or corkboard and start to cause swelling and can also cause warping of your windows and doors. The important thing to remember is that the longer the damage is left untreated, the more expense that will incur for repairing the damages. If you fear that your home has suffered significant storm damage, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser franchise at (586) 296-3331.

Storm Damage Resources

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage has or will impact others in your life. Make sure they know who to call.

There are a lot of resources that are needed in cleaning up storm damage events and SERVPRO of Fraser is able to help you with all of them. 

We have alliances and connections with various Metro Detroit contractors, plumbers as well as various construction companies and handymen. By having such a widespread reach, we can help draw from the experiences of multiple professionals, allowing for your home to be taken care of with the utmost expertise.

Another resource that will help more in terms of preparation is the National Weather Service. Their websites and social media feeds keep track of upcoming and current storm trends and warnings and issue those warnings and updates the information in real time. 

Finally, some of the resources are some everyday items found within your own home. In a pinch, it can help that you have some fans handy as well as a shop vac. Having the ability to at least remove some water and be able to ventilate the area affected will at least slow down the potential growth of mold. However, it is important that you contact a restoration professional in order to ensure proper remeidiation is performed.

Tips Before the Big Storm.

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the leader in insurance restoration.

If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe.

     1. Look For Warning Signs

Tornadoes occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hail and lightning strikes are all signs of a possible tornado.

Some other warning signs include:

  • Skies that have different colors like green, red or orange.
  • Damaged Power Lines or Debris
  • Tornado sirens.
  1. Be aware.

Follow your local news stations on social media and try to watch on television if possible to stay abreast of the weather patterns and conditions within your area.

  1. 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.

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.

SERVPRO of Fraser is a proud to be a member of the Fraser and the Macomb County community. When you have a flood or storm emergency, we will always be ready to help.

Hazards Associated with Storms

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can lead to homes being destroyed.

After major storm events, there can be a lot of resulting hazards from the storms damage either inside the home or within the environment of the home. 

One element of your home environment that is impacted is the air quality. Different environmental conditions have been introduced into your home and combined with the environment inside can cause various types of fungi, mold and other growths to form within certain materials of your home. 

Another hazard that results from storm damage is a major structural damage. If the storm results in a lot of standing water, it may weaken the core structures in your home. This is not as likely in newer homes, but homes that have older structures can have particular amounts of damage. 

When assessing your home, we make sure to not every possible circumstance that can result from a storm situation. In the event of a storm situation for your home, call us at SERVPRO of Fraser. 

Storm Damage and its Impact on Restoration

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm activity can cause major havoc.

For a lot of restoration companies, especially in the coastal regions of the U.S., the storm season is when a typical SERVPRO has their busy seasons. Here in Fraser, however, our storms have been few and far between this winter. 

In the event of any major episode of precipitation, our franchise will typically experience a massive spike in calls, leading to our crews working long days in order to fulfill those homes in need. Storm damage can account for a large share of yearly revenues for a restoration company, so the weather, while uncontrollable, becomes an important variable to monitor. 

SERVPRO's call center tracks various storm situations in our franchise's area as well as the other franchises located throughout the Continental U.S. In the event of a major storm activity, be aware that SERVPRO locations around the country will mobilize to remove damage and prevent further damage to the surrounding areas. Call your local SERVPRO of Fraser experts if you are impacted in a major storm situation and we will work to make the damage in your home look "Like it never even happened."

Preparations Ahead of Storm Damage.

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Sandbags are an inexpensive way to barricade your exterior portion of your home.

There are some household items that you would normally not even consider in an emergency situation that could prevent homes from suffering further damage in a storm damage occurrence.

One such item would be sandbags. Sandbags can form a barrier around the structure of your home and create a diversion from the home towards a centralized area. This can also prevent interior damage to your home.

Another preparation to make is to clear out all gutters, drains and downspouts. By clearing out those areas where water came in, you will allow the water to exit the affected area at a faster rate. The best time to do this is when the weather is warm and sunny, so you should not hesitate until the winter months.

Another avenue you could do as well is to elevate all outdoor equipment on either cement blocks or attached to an area where the flood lines are lower. Things like air conditioners, generators and fuel tanks should not be sitting in an area where water can easily reach it.

If you suspect your home is impacted by storm damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com

Types of Storm Damage

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage like this can occur if the exterior areas of the home have an issue.

Storm damage can occur in a variety of different ways and there are a lot of elements to be aware of during a storm.

Typically we see four types of storm damage situations: Water, Wind, Snow, Hail. Water damage is our most predominant type of storm damage. Usually this occurs after a foundation issue, a sump-pump failure, a roofing issue, or water coming up and through drains and water shutoff areas.

Snow damage is another issue that can occur quite frequently in the winters. Snow and water damage have obvious similarities, but they can have different types of impacts. Snow and ice can block pipes and cause pipe bursts, which can lead to more internal damage compared to a regular water loss.

Wind Damage typically occurs on the exterior of their home, but can lead to interior issues when the exterior issue is pretty widespread.

If you suspect your home is impacted by storm damage, call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.

How Can SERVPRO Cover All Storms?

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storms like this require Disaster Recovery teams like the ones we have at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO franchises across the country are industry leaders in restoring areas after mass weather events like flooding, hurricanes and other sources of extreme weather. The Storm Response Program works to maximize production volume during these catastrophic events, and mitigate the damage as quickly and diligently as possible. There are four franchise owned Storm Teams that respond to events across the country, prepared to help at anytime, anywhere. SERVPRO always answers the call and mobilizes to service National Accounts clients' customers.

Larger disasters that need to be serviced provide thousands of opportunities and require hundreds of crews to be dispatched to the area to help restore. Out of state crews from Ohio and Indiana came to Michigan last month during the severe snow storms that hit our region.

Storm Response is managed in six different phases:

  1. Promote and plan
  2. Monitor the potential event
  3. Activate the event
  4. Execute the event
  5. Exit the event
  6. Post event 

The Storm Response/ Disaster Recovery Team is not meant to be a severity initiative, however, commercial or large losses often occur in Storm affected areas. When this occurs, storm leaders work with CLLD and LLRT to respond to opportunities and manage the work produced. 

How to Mitigate Odors after a Flood

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water losses are well known to have odors associated with them.

After a flood, your home can have a distinct smell that is pungent. Other odors can also blend in to make a pretty significant odor that travels throughout your home. Here are some steps to take to try and mitigate the odors from staying in your home.

It is essential for your home to have proper ventilation, and if the odor is strong enough, it may be best to leave the windows open or cracked to allow for outside air to enter your home. The air circulation will remove the odor from a concentrated spot in your home to the outside where it can be broken down.

Another step would be to launder the items that were impacted by the flood. Fabrics such as cotton, wool or polyester are prone to absorbing moisture. When left on the ground, they can continue to wick up moisture and can start to develop strong odors, so removing that wicked in moisture and laundering the clothing can help to greatly reduce the strength of the odor, if not completely mitigating the odor.

Finally, another quick fix that you have in your home is to apply a little baking soda to the affected area. This works best on carpeted areas. The baking soda should be left overnight and then vacuumed out of the carpet the next morning to remove the excess residue.

In the event of an odor emergency, call your local SERVPRO experts at 586-296-3331.

Things to Remember to Do Before Winter Storms

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Foundational issues can lead to damage inside your home.

Winter storms tend to go hand in hand with events like pipe bursts, foundational issues as well as water damage. Here are some things to remember before the freezing weather, snow, and ice hit your home or business.

  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
  • Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
  • Close or cover vents on the exterior areas of the building.
  • Insulate exposed pipes under house with foam.
  • Don’t forget to check on pipes to your washing machine in the laundry room
  • Locate water main cut-off valve, and have a cut-off key handy.
  • Keep the faucet open when thawing frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it.
  • Have your furnace inspected before the storm. Check for a clean air filter, and check the thermostat to see if it’s working properly.
  • Caulk cracks or holes on the building exterior.
  • Replace all weather strippings that are damaged or ripped around windows and doors.
  • Clean gutters to prevent ice formation.
  • Inspect your roof for damage, once the weather has cleared.

If your home or business is impacted by storm activity and you are forced to file a claim, ask for your local SERVPRO experts and give us a call at (586) 296-3331

Ice Dams and their Impact

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

This is a common sight of an ice dam.

Ice dams can be very destructive. They cause stoppages as well as blockages that eventually cause pipes to burst. The ice dams can expand and their removal can be quite tough. Professional services may be required if the ice dam consumes most of a gutter or a pipe. If that is the case, then the removal of the ice dam requires a low-pressure washer and steamer that works to melt the ice out of the gutter. If this is not taken care of, the water can force itself underneath the shingles and potentially penetrate the interior elements of your home.  The winter storms combined with frigid temperatures results in a lot of pipes that burst as well, so preventing those pipes from bursting should be of the utmost importance. In the event of an emergency with ice, water or mold, please call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.

You Never Know When! – Flood Statistics

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Most Affected Areas after a Hail Storm

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

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.

How to Prepare for Tornadoes

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

A large tornado can wreak havoc on your home and the surrounding area.

The tornado season is right around the corner, so here is a few safety precautions on how to prepare for a potential tornado.


One safety precaution is to make sure that your family knows where to go in case of emergency. Safe places generally include the basement, a room away from windows or a room that is the lowest part of the structure.


Another safety precaution would be to pay attention to various news and media outlets like NOAA weather radio and the National Weather Service. By staying on track with the information provided by these outlets, you can allow yourself to plan around any potential tornado and or disaster. Knowing whether a tornado watch or warning is in effect will allow you to be made aware of any potential risks and when they will occur in your area.


Finally, make sure that you have a supply kit prepared for a severe storm’s aftermath. It is important to have supplies prepared to carry you over for a substantial duration of time. This will allow you to maintain some normalcy should the event be a major disaster.


As always, we here at SERVPRO of Fraser are here to help in any disaster.


SERVPRO. "Like it never even happened."

How SERVPRO Can Aid in a Wind Storm

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Roof damaged in strong winds.

During severe wind storms like the one we had last week, the exterior of your home or business can be affected by broken roof shingles or damaged gutters. For insurance claims, often the first step is to save the interior from sustaining any sort of damage. SERVPRO of Fraser can help you save your damaged home by tarping off your roof to prevent your home from damage after severe weather conditions. This can be after rain, hail or snow storms. Roof shingles may come off due to cracking or fishmouthing, which occurs when a shingle is sticking up in the middle or at the edge of the shingle. A tarping of a fishmouthed shingle is only a temporary fix, and eventually would need to be repaired by a roofing professional. If your home or commercial building has damage from a severe weather event, call us at 586-296-3331 or go online at www.SERVPROfraser.com.

Flood Warning or Flood Watch? Where They Differ

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can impact your home too, like it did in 2014.

Have you have ever asked yourself about the difference between a flood warning and a flood watch? It is something we don't think about until we are faced with the circumstances of a flood situation. In this blog entry, SERVPRO of Fraser is going to tell you what the different threat levels mean, so that you aren’t left in the dark when a severe storm arrives.

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

If your home or commercial building ever has flood damage from a storm, call your local Fraser experts at 586-296-3331. 

Tips for Preparing Home or Place of Business for Winter Weather

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Heavy snowfall affects local businesses.

The winter months can be long and cold.  Preparing your home or place of business for the winter weather will prove to be beneficial in the case a major winter storms hits.  Below are some tips to help prepare for the winter months:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells.  This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home or business.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets.  Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it off.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure.  Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.
  • Check your property for down tree limbs and branches.  Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to your house or business and potentially causing personal injuries.
  • Inspect your property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

If you have questions or are experience damage from the winter weather, especially if a storm hits, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  

What to do When a Storm Hits

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

In this photo the sump pump had failed while the homeowners were on vacation.

We are not strangers to flooding in the Metro Detroit area.  Usually our flooding is localized and is caused by a heavy rain storm which has hit our area.  With heavy rains, the water does not always have somewhere to go and may end up in your basement.  You may think that it is clean water because it was caused from the rain.  However, the water came up through your floor drains which may be mixed with sewer water.  Plus once the rain hits the ground, the water is dirty because it is now mixing with fertilizer, animal feces, oil from vehichles and more.  Therefore, the water is considered contaminated.

To remove the water from your basement, quick action is important.  Mold is not a concern as long as the water is cleaned up within 48-72 hours.  Call a plumber so that they can come out to snake the floor drains to make sure that there is not debris in the pipes.  Then call your insurance to file a claim.  The next call needs to be made to SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We will then disbatch our crew to extract any remaining standing water and to check your structure to make sure your walls are not affected.  We will show and explain to you the steps which will need to be taken to clean and dry out your structure.  Your safety and understanding is very important to us.

Remember, if disaster hits, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We are here to help!

What to do When a Storm Hits

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

We are not strangers to flooding in the Metro Detroit area.  Usually our flooding is localized and is caused by a heavy rain storm which has hit our area.  With heavy rains, the water does not always have somewhere to go and may end up in your basement.  You may think that it is clean water because it was caused from the rain.  However, the water came up through your floor drains which may be mixed with sewer water.  Plus once the rain hits the ground, the water is dirty because it is now mixing with fertilizer, animal feces, oil from vehichles and more.  Therefore, the water is considered contaminated.

To remove the water from your basement, quick action is important.  Mold is not a concern as long as the water is cleaned up within 48-72 hours.  Call a plumber so that they can come out to snake the floor drains to make sure that there is not debris in the pipes.  Then call your insurance to file a claim.  The next call needs to be made to SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We will then disbatch our crew to extract any remaining standing water and to check your structure to make sure your walls are not affected.  We will show and explain to you the steps which will need to be taken to clean and dry out your structure.  Your safety and understanding is very important to us.

Remember, if disaster hits, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We are here to help!

What to do When a Storm Hits

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

We are not strangers to flooding in the Metro Detroit area.  Usually our flooding is localized and is caused by a heavy rain storm which has hit our area.  With heavy rains, the water does not always have somewhere to go and may end up in your basement.  You may think that it is clean water because it was caused from the rain.  However, the water came up through your floor drains which may be mixed with sewer water.  Plus once the rain hits the ground, the water is dirty because it is now mixing with fertilizer, animal feces, oil from vehichles and more.  Therefore, the water is considered contaminated.

To remove the water from your basement, quick action is important.  Mold is not a concern as long as the water is cleaned up within 48-72 hours.  Call a plumber so that they can come out to snake the floor drains to make sure that there is not debris in the pipes.  Then call your insurance to file a claim.  The next call needs to be made to SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We will then disbatch our crew to extract any remaining standing water and to check your structure to make sure your walls are not affected.  We will show and explain to you the steps which will need to be taken to clean and dry out your structure.  Your safety and understanding is very important to us.

Remember, if disaster hits, call SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.  We are here to help!

Are You Prepared When Storms Hit?

7/29/2016 (Permalink)

Drain back up had affected the entire basement of a local church. Contaminated water, muck and dirt was found throughout the basement.

Are you prepared when a storm hits?  

Recently, the Eastpointe area was hit hard with heavy rains and several experienced flooded basements where the water had backed up through their floor drains.  When this occurs, the water is grossly comtaminated and everything in the basement needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

One of the first things you need to do, is to call your insurance company.  Call them now, before a storm hits.  Ask them if you have drain/back up coverage.  If you do not have the coverage, we highly recommend that you add it.  With the coverage, you will be able to have the mitigation done to your basement if a back up would ever occur.  Without the coverage, you may find yourself cleaning up the contaminated mess  yourself or you will need to pay for it out of your pocket for the professionals to come out and clean it up for you.

If you find that you are affected by a storm, call SERVPRO of Fraser 586-296-3331.  We are here to help.

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Fraser, St. Clair Shores, Roseville and Warren.

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

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, SERVPRO of Fraser can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (http://www.SERVPROfraser.com/storm-flooding-restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Fraser Today 586-296-3331.  We are here to help you.

The Great Flood of 2014

9/17/2014 (Permalink)

One week after the flood spores were beginning to grow because there was still moisture in the basement.

The flood on August 11, 2014 had a huge impact in the metro Detroit area. Many had flooded basements. Several streets were lined with the personal belongings of the homeowners who were forced to throw it out because of the contamination.

If you were affected by the flood and have not completed your clean up process, give SERVPRO of Fraser a call today at 586-296-3331. We are here to help.