Weather or not?
We all love a good spring rain. Our grass, flowers, trees all need a good watering. But is our house ready for what Mother Nature brings to us?
From the top down we want to make sure roof shingles are not torn or damaged, gutters are clean of debris and draining at least 5 feet away from the foundation and window wells are clean and the dirt is below the window sill.
Spring rains sometimes damage your home when water finds a way inside. It doesn't have to be a broken pipe. Ground water flooding can cause a lot of damage that need professional remediation.
SERVPRO of Berrien County has cleaned up water damage for thousands of home owners since 1995. Our crews are certified in water remediation and dehumidification. In other words, we clean and restore your home fast.
We are "Here to Help" call us anytime.
Aftermath of tree on house.
Mother nature brings the storms and home damage follows. Trees and limbs are blown onto houses during strong winds. The damage can be severe. Punctures on the roof that rain can enter and damage interior structure and contents. Shingles can be damaged requiring replacement. Gutters can be torn off along with siding. All needing replacement. Windows can be broken. Chimney damage can occur.
Storm damage can affect your home in ways that make it unliveable until repairs can be made. SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping homeowners cleanup and restore their homes since 1995. Our trained crews are ready 24/7/365 to immediately respond to your call for help.
So when Mother Nature damages your home, give the professionals at SERVPRO a call:
Commercial water damage
Raised commercial flooring crawl
A major employer and customer of SERVPRO in South West Michigan had just completed an extensive remodel of an old manufacturing facility. The administrative area was in the front of this building setting on a raised floor. A lot of technology and electrical utilities ran under this work space of approximately 8,000 sqft.
The water lift station out by the road malfunctioned during some heavy rains and storm water entered the crawl space. This triggered water sensors and initiated an emergency call to SERVPRO. We put our thinner crew members into this confined space to extract ground water and sanitize all affected areas; approximately 3,000 sqft.
This large commercial customer was very satisfied with our response and mitigation.
SERVPRO of Berrien County is always ready to respond 24/7/365 to emergency commercial situations. "We are 'Here to Help"
Mold remediation experts
Berrien County sits directly across Lake Michigan from the City of Chicago. Many Illinois residents have second homes here in Michigan. The homes sit mostly vacant waiting for the owners to visit or vacation during the beautiful summers. But when the owners are away the pipes sometimes burst and spray.
This home had a third floor toilet supply line that malfunctioned at the valve. Water under pressure ran for about 7 days saturating 80% of the structure with an estimated 6,000 gallons of water. Bacteria quickly affected organic materials like drywall, wood, carpet and furniture. The home was 100% affected and required professional remediation and sanitation.
SERVPRO of Berrien County was contracted to handle the remediation from start to finish. We have crews certified in remediation and sanitizing. All affected materials were removed, remaining structure was dried and sanitized so a healthy remodel could be completed.
The customers were thrilled with how we made their home healthy again.
Be prepared for Severe Weather!
The time to prepare for a storm is before it happens. Once it is upon us there is little we can do but shelter in place. Berrien County's western edge is directly on Lake Michigan. Each spring/summer season there are some incredibly damaging storms that damage homes.
Wind driven rain, up to 65 mph winds, trees uprooted and falling on roofs, ground water flooding of basements, power outages.
1. Remove dangerous limbs and trees from your property.
2. Clean out debris from gutters and drain the down spouts at least 5 feet from your foundation.
3. Service your sump pump to make sure it's working properly. Add a battery backup for power outages. It still has to pump and needs electricity.
Keep emergency vendor contact information handy. Tree removal, plumbers, roofers, electricians, and SERVPRO 269-925-6841
One of our restaurant customers had a fire in the circuit panel. An early morning motorist noticed smoke coming out the side door and called 911. Emergency services arrived in time to put the fire out before the building was a total loss.
This Italian cafe that had been providing great food since 1956 wondered if they could reopen. SERVPRO was called in to demo structural materials, clean remaining ceilings and walls and spray a sealer on structure that remained.
The total remodel took 3 months and the entire customer base was relieved to know it would reopen. The customer was very pleased with the cleanup and restoration. No odor and everything was new. The rebuild was a success.
SERVPRO is expert at cleanup and restoration after fire and smoke damage.
Basement water damage
Water heater, leak, basement
Water heaters have a servicable life of 10-15 years. Some work much longer and some live shorter lives. But they all take their turns at failure and sometimes flood your basement. Annual service can extend the life of your water heater by any number of years. But in the end, many just decay, rust and leak out many gallons of water into your home. The water is usually under 60 psi which will continue to flood your home until the water is turned off.
Basement flooding can affect your flooring, walls, insulation, contents and utilities. When you discover a basement flood:
1. Turn off the water supply to the unit or the main water shut off.
2. Call a plumber to fix the source.
3. Call your insurance company to file a claim.
4. Call SERVPRO of Berrien County to extract water and clean up the damages.
Many times it's the water you don't see that causes major damage to your home. A local home sits on a dirt floor crawl space with no ventilations to maintain a proper atmosphere. One which has a lower relative humidity. There was not a moisture barrier on the dirt to keep moisture in the ground. the humid conditions allowed bacteria and mold to actively grow on the wood surfaces.
The moisture can also come from leaking pipes and ground water intrusion. If this should happen to your home...
1. Call your insurance company and explain the situation.
2. Call SERVPRO of Berrien County and request an inspection of the space.
SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to help keep your home operational and safe.
"Here to Help"
Water ceiling damage
wet ceiling tiles
Water losses come in all sizes. Large and small, we clean them all. When a pipe breaks, the bathtub overflows, a basement fills with water because the garden hose was left on or the roof leaks, SERVPRO of Berrien County is here to help.
Ceiling tiles and drywall absorb moisture, water hides behind the baseboard and under carpeting. Just because you can't see water doesn't mean it isn't there damaging your home. Our professionals have moisture meters that find and measure water in your home. Undetected and left alone it will turn to mold.
Commercial ceiling tiles bow under the weight of moisture. Remove and replace.
Contact SERVPRO of Berrien County 24/7/365 to inspect and find hidden moisture in your home or business. We will dry it out and return your building to a healthy condition.
Spring rains and ground water flooding
House in water
Our customer on the St. Joseph river built their home in 1953. They had never experienced a flood in all the years since until 2018. The weather conditions were a perfect storm of flooding. A foot and 1/2 of snow pack on frozen ground. In February mother nature brought 3 days of rain. The combination of rain and snow melt mixing with ice jams on the river created a major flood.
All buildings near the river experienced flood water. It was a terrible mix of dirt, debris, toxins etc...
Once the water receded SERVPRO of Berrien County was able to help multiple residents and business owners dry out and sanitize their buildings.
When you need help with water loss, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Berrien County.
We are "Here to Help"