Recent Storm Damage Posts

Weather or not?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Bridgman, storm, flood Radar

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.

Storm damage

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Stevensville, storm damage 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:

269-925-6841

Be prepared for Severe Weather!

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Union Pier, storm Storm front

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.  

Preventative maintenance:

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

Storms bring wind and flooding rains.

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

New Buffalo, storm, damage, wind damage Storm clouds coming across the lake

Berrien County, MI has a beautiful coastline on Lake Michigan.  As you may imagine, living on the edge of a great lake comes with interesting weather systems.  Strong winds and driving rains damage trees and homes during spring and summer storms.

Tree damage, wind damage, ground water flooding are just a few things that can ruin your home when Mother Nature kicks up.

  SERVPRO is "Here to Help" 24/7/365. 

We have been cleaning up and rebuilding after storm damage since 1995.  Our emergency service crews can help mitigate damages when you need it most.

SERVPRO works with all insurance companies efficiently and effectively.  When disaster strikes reach out to the professionals in Berrien County.  SERVPRO of Berrien County Michigan will help.

Call us anytime.

Winter storms can freeze pipes.

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Frozen water line Drain water lines before they freeze and burst.

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping residents and commercial property managers cleanup and restore buildings since 1995.  From St. Joseph to Niles, Benton Harbor to New Buffalo and townships across the county we service them all.

When mother nature dips into the single digits and the wind blows across the frozen land, water freezes.  Detach your garden hoses, insulate water lines against exterior walls, open cabinet doors so heated air can circulate, drip faucets during single digit temps.  These are all things that can prevent frozen pipes and water damage.

When your pipes freeze and burst there are three things to do immediately:

1.  Turn off your main water line which is usually in the basement.

2.  Contact your plumber.

3.  Call SERVPRO 269-925-6841

We will respond immediately to help with cleanup and restoration

Flood damage under a commercial floor

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water on cement floor It's the water you can't see that can cause the most damage.

A large Benton Harbor, MI commercial facility experienced extensive ground water flooding in a large administrative area.  It was discovered when internet wire moisture alarms started alerting.  Flooring segments were removed to determine the scope of damage.  Approximately 3000 sqft of HVAC conditioned space had contaminated water from a failed lift station outside the front entry.  

SERVPRO of Berrien County was called in for emergency extraction and sanitizing of this space so the business could resume operations.  

SERVPRO is always ready to help commercial and residential properties clean up and restore properties to healthy conditions.  We are "Here to Help" 24/7/365

From Berrien Springs to Bridgman, Coloma to Union Pier, Buchanan to Benton Harbor SERVPRO will respond immediately to emergency service requests.  

Call 269-925-6841

Storms bring wind and flooding rains.

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Radar map Regional storms bring severe damage.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI has been servicing Southwest Michigan since 1995. From Niles to St. Joseph and New Buffalo to Benton Harbor, we have been cleaning up and restoring properties for homeowners and businesses 24/7/365.  

Severe storms can bring damaging winds and flooding rains.  If your building isn't ready you may need help cleaning up after storm damage.

Thing you can do to lessen damages:

- Remove dead trees that could fall on your building.

- Repair or replace damaged roof shingles.

-Clean out your gutters and drain water away from your foundation at least 5 feet.

-Install a battery backup for your sump pump in case the power goes out.

If you experience storm damage you can call us anytime at 269-925-6841

Wind damage

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Tree on house Severe winds off Lake Michigan can uproot major trees.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, Michigan has been helping homeowners cleanup after storms since 1995.  From Niles to St. Joseph and New Buffalo to Benton Harbor we are ready to help 24/7/365.

When mother nature huffs and puffs you never know where the trees will fall.  If it happens to be on your home you could experience major structural damage and water intrusion.  If this happens to you call us at 269-925-6841.  Together we will figure out how to remove the trees and tarp the room.  And if there is water damage inside we will handle that for you also.

Whether it's fire, water or storm damage, we will always be here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Storm Water Drainage

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Debris filled gutters Clean your gutters for proper drainage.

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping homeowners clean up and restore homes since 1995.  From Niles to St. Joseph, Benton Harbor to New Buffalo.  We are ready 24/7/365 to answer your call.  269-925-6841

Seasonal rains will certainly come and flood our region.  Many of the water losses we remediate are due to poor drainage around a home.  Gutters should be cleared of leaves and debris to allow proper drainage off roofs away from foundations.  It is recommended water is drained at least 5 feet away from foundation walls. 

Water not drained away from a foundation usually finds its way into the home.  This can cause basement flooding which creates an unhealthy situation.  SERVPRO is prepared to extract, dry out and sanitize your home.  We are trained to keep you in your home and operational. 

SERVPRO can make it seem "Like it never even happened."

Ground water flooding

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Pump and vac lines in crawl space Ground water filled this crawl space with 3 feet of water when the sump pump stopped working.

Bridgman Michigan - 2 inches of rain in 24 hours during severe weather flooded a lot of water into this customer's crawlspace. The sump pump overheated and stopped working.  Luckily the home owner had a rider on his insurance covering this loss.

SERVPRO immediately responded by pumping the standing water outside, removing wet insulation, sanitizing structure and setting drying equipment for 5 days.  It was important to dry the wood studs and replace the wet insulation.  This was a second home for our out of state customer.  He really appreciated our trustworthiness and dependability during this job.  He runs a large construction business in Chicago and was impressed with our level of expertise and attention to detail.

Another job well done.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI responds to flood damage 24/7.

  Call us at 269-925-6841 for an immediate response.

Tree damage to roof.

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Roof damage Storm damage to roof. Tree fell on home-nobody hurt.

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been providing emergency cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial customers since 1995.

Mother nature can wreak havoc with wind and rain storms anytime of the year.  As you can see in this attached picture, this is the result of a wind blown roof damage when a 100 year old tree fell on this home.  This is a severe puncture which is dangerous and can require cleanup, tarping, remediation and rebuild.  All of which we can do for customers.

Roof punctures allow water to get into the structure and cause water damage.  The damaging tree and branches must be removed and the roof boarded up to keep water out.  Then the structure must be cleaned and dried before repairs.

If you experience storm damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Berrien County 24/7/365 for emergency cleanup and restoration services.

Proper gutter drainage

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Poor downspout example next to a proper drainage away from structure. Downspout drain before and after.

SERVPRO of Berrien County has been helping residential and commercial properties cleanup after ground water flooding  since 1995.  We have helped customers in Niles, Buchanan, New Buffalo, Sawyer, St. Joseph and Coloma.  Water will get in your home in many ways unless you take steps to keep it out.  

One of those ways to keep water out of your home is to keep it away from your foundation with proper drainage.  The ground should slope away from the house and the downspout should discharge water at least 5 feet away.  Some home owners will bury  the drain line and other put an extension on the downspout.

With clean gutters and proper downspout drainage many owners will reduce their risk of water damage to buildings.  

If you experience water damage or flooding in your building, call the SERVPRO professionals at 269-925-6841  24/7/365 for emergency service.

Spring Flooding in Michigan

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Flood water

Here in Southwest Michigan we get some very heavy spring rains.  They usually come with powerful winds resulting in power outages.  This combination results in many flooded basements.

SERVPRO of Berrien County cleans and restores flooded basements.  269-925-6841

 Wind driven rain can enter your home under shingles.  Trees can fall on your roof letting water in.  Gutters clogged with leaves and sticks can overflow water against your foundation. Clear them out and drain at least 5 feet away from the home. Otherwise hydrostatic pressure created from runoff can push water through foundation walls.  When power is lost your sump pump stops working and the basement floods.  *Check to see if you have a sump pump rider on your homeowners insurance policy.  If you don't the water damage may not be a covered loss.*

Are your drain lines clear of roots and debris so water can move to sewer?  If not you could experience backups.  

SERVPRO of Berrien County 269-925-6841

Servicing Niles, New Buffalo, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and other areas of Berrien County.

Ground Water Flooding

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss Berrien County ground water flooding.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI is always ready to help homeowners dry out and sanitize their home after storms.  

February is a difficult time for South West Michigan when it rains for two days.  The ground was frozen and the snow melted into runoff which flooded many areas by the river. Niles, Berrien Springs and areas of St. Joseph were greatly affected.  Many were using boats to reach their homes. 

Flood waters contain all kinds of bacteria picked up from the ground and sewers.  When this category 3 water enters your home it is important to remove affected materials and sanitize all areas.  

When ground water flooding affects your home, call SERVPRO 269-925-6841 to dry it out and sanitize to prevent mold growth. 

"Like it never even happened."

Storm water stops business

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded Inventory

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI responds to storm related damages.  A St. Joseph, MI commercial beverage distribution business came to a halt when mother nature flooded the area with tremendous storms.  The storm sewers were full and backing up into warehouses.  This water mixed with sewer lines created a bacteria filled mess .

SERVPRO was contacted to help remove standing water with pumps and extraction equipment.  We worked through the weekend to help this company fulfill delivery contracts during it's busiest weekend of the year.  Then SERVPRO concentrated on the office areas to remove affected materials, dry the wet structure and sanitize all areas inpacted by flood water.

This customer was thankful that SERVPRO was there to immediately begin restoring their company to it's preloss condition.  

Warehouse Flooded

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded warehouse Flood water affects business operations.

SERVPRO of Berrien County, MI responds to all kinds of water disasters.  Many times, Mother Nature creates situations you wouldn't expect.  With water tables historically high, additional rains can quickly cause ground water flooding.  Storm drains can fill up and lift stations can fail to pump off excess water. With no where else to go flood waters can quickly enter commercial buildings through floor drains and doorways.

A St. Joseph area business experienced storm water back-up  during some heavy rain storms in June.  SERVPRO was called to extract standing water and steam clean cement affected by CAT 3 water.  

SERVPRO 269-925-6841 is ready to help any business that has a disaster affecting the operation.  Business continuity and keeping employees working is a top priority.

Spring rains can bring wet pains.

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Niles Feb 2018 flood

Here in Southwest Michigan we get some very heavy spring rains.  They usually come with powerful winds resulting in power outages.  This combination results in many flooded basements.

SERVPRO of Berrien County cleans and restores flooded basements.  269-925-6841

 Wind driven rain can enter your home under shingles.  Trees can fall on your roof letting water in.  Gutters clogged with leaves and sticks can overflow water against your foundation. Clear them out and drain 5 foot away from home. Hydrostatic pressure can push water through foundation walls.  When power is lost your sump pump stops working and the basement floods.  *Check to see if you have a sump pump rider on your homeowners insurance policy.  If you don't the water damage may not be a covered loss.*

Are your drain lines clear of roots and debris so water can move to sewer?  If not you could experience backups.  

SERVPRO  269-925-6841

Winter flooding 2018

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

St. Joseph River - Michgian

Winter Feb 2018.  The ground was frozen with about 2 feet of snow.  All at once it rained hard for a couple days.  All the storm runoff had no place to soak into the ground.  All creeks, streams, rivers rose above flood stage quickly.  The river level was already at an all time high and soon went 7 feet past flood stage.  Sand bags did little to slow the intrusion.  Homes that never had water now saw feet of dirty river water in their basements.  Many were not able to reach their homes due to the depth of the water.  Pets had to be rescued and many communities had utilities shut off for safety.

SERVPRO helps home owners dry out and sanitize their property so they can remodel.  

Storm Damage - Trees Falling

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Summer/Fall is upon us which means storm season is here! 

A common occurrence during Southwest Michigan storms is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are 5 steps to take for emergency tree removal:

  1. Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
  2. In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.
  3.  Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.
  4.  Call your insurance company and if you can safely do so take pictures.
  5. Contact your local mitigations and emergency storm cleanup provider in Berrien County. They will place a tarp on the roof if needed. They will also carry out any board up services required and cleanup any water inside the home. Boarding up parts of the home that have structural damage will help with your insurance claim and also deter any vandals while you are away from your home.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Berrien County has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. We are faster to any disaster and will make it "Like it never even happened."  

Prepare for severe weather.

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency  Ready Profile

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive.  Preparation can get you back in the building faster following a disaster.  Don't wait until disaster strikes.  Call us today to establish an Emergency Ready Profile for your property and be ready for whatever happens. 

Build an emergency kit:

- Water (one gallon per person per day)

-Food (Non perishable, 3-day supply)

-Manual can opener

-Battery operated radio

-Flashlight and extra batteries

-First aid kit

-Whistle to signal for help

-Clothing

-Dust masks or bandanas

-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

-Hygiene items

-Important documents-insurance-financial

-Cash

-Fire Extinguisher

-Matches in waterproof container

Storm Damage - Trees Falling

5/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage - Trees Falling

Summer is upon us which means storm season is here! 

A common occurrence during Southwest Michigan storms is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are 5 steps to take for emergency tree removal:

  1. Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
  2. In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.
  3.  Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.
  4.  Call your insurance company and if you can safely do so take pictures.
  5. Contact your local mitigations and emergency storm cleanup provider in Berrien County. They will place a tarp on the roof if needed. They will also carry out any board up services required and cleanup any water inside the home. Boarding up parts of the home that have structural damage will help with your insurance claim and also deter any vandals while you are away from your home.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Berrien County has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. We are faster to any disaster and will make it like it never even happened.  

Spring Storms

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

St. Joseph, help,  water Storm

Your home is your most valuable asset so don’t get caught unprepared in the rain.  Take steps now to secure your property before Spring showers dampen your mood.  

Storms can happen in the blink of an eye with little to no warning.  The aftermath of not being prepared can be stressful and costly.  Taking the time to address a few key areas of concern can make a huge difference between staying high and dry or up to your knees in water.  One of the best things you can do to get prepared is to pretend there is a storm coming right now and take action.  

1. Go out and purchase any supplies you may need should you lose power or water supply for a period of time; batteries, a backup generator, bottled water, canned foods and gas just to name a few.  By having these items ahead of time, you can avoid standing in line for hours and risking supplies running out.  

2. Make sure that you have the proper insurance plan in place. Check on your policy so that you are familiar with what is and what is not covered and to make sure that everything is current.

3. Do what you can to secure your property. Seal up any cracks or gaps around windows and doors and check your roof for any broken or loose shingles. Installing items such as window shutters, garage door braces, and roof clips can all help to protect your home as well. These resources can be costly but they can save you money in the long run!  

4. Take care of the trees surrounding your home.  Make sure to keep trees pruned and healthy.  Remove any dead branches and trim back any limbs that could become a danger to your house.  Overhanging limbs can scrape the roof and damage shingles or can bust through windows.  Properly maintaining your landscaping is an easy and necessary task in being proactive against storm damage.  So, keep your yard picked up and clear of debris.  

5. Also, secure patio furniture and pick up any items such as sporting equipment or lawn items and put them in an appropriate storage space.  

Storms are truly unpredictable and sometimes damage is unavoidable. Taking proactive measures can help but also be sure to have the contact information for your local service company handy should you need help with the aftermath!

Storm Disaster Recovery Team

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

Equipment on truck SERVPRO is always ready to help.

SERVPRO of Berrien County is a Large Loss Response Team. When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is poised and "Ready for Whatever Happens." With a network of nearly 1700 franchises, the SERVPRO system strives to be faster to any disaster.

Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, additional manpower, equipment and other resources, The Disaster Recovery Team assists your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of disaster, there is only one objective, to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is ready 24/7/365 and can be reached at 269-926-6841

Be prepared for Severe Weather!

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

Severe weather Storm damage

SERVPRO of Berrien County is ready when you are to clean up after storm damage.

Preparation is key is the key to making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building faster following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call us today to establish an Emergency Ready Profile for your property and be ready for whatever happens. 

Build an Emergency Kit:

  • Water (One gallon per person per day)
  • Food (Non perishable, 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • battery operated radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandannas
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities 
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents, copies of insurance policies identification cards and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof container