Recent Storm Damage Posts

River Flooding

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage River Flooding 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 2018 was a difficult time for South West Michigan when it rained 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. 

Storm water stops business

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm water stops business 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.  

Spring rains can bring wet pains.

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring rains can bring wet pains. 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)

Storm Damage Winter flooding 2018 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 Storm Damage - Trees Falling 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)

Storm Damage Spring Storms Storm

Your home is your most valuable asset so don’t get caught 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!

Disaster Recovery Team

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

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 "Like it never even happened."

Be prepared for Severe Weather!

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

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 bandanas
  • 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