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Why SERVPRO Is the Right Choice for Fire Restoration | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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A house fire is something that no one wants to experience, but unfortunately, they are a rather
common occurrence. Focusing on fire safety efforts and putting together a fire evacuation plan
are such important elements of keeping your family safe, but it is also important to have a plan
in place for who you will call for restoration in the aftermath.

Having a plan in place for after a fire is an important aspect of preparedness, and if you are
looking for a restoration partner for your home, we are the team you can trust. Read on to learn
more about our fire damage restoration philosophy.

We Are Here for You 24/7, 365
Even with the best fire prevention efforts in place, house fires can happen unexpectedly, but
whenever they do, we are here to help. We have an emergency response line available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, so whether a fire breaks out in the middle of the night or on a
holiday afternoon, you can count on us to respond to you quickly.

When you call us, we will immediately begin assembling a team and creating an action plan to
handle your damage quickly.

We Understand Fire Damage
Every fire is going to be different, but our expert restoration technicians have a deep understanding of what fire damage restoration takes. From addressing charring to water
damage to smoke and soot in the far reaches of the home, we fully understand everything that
makes up damage from a fire and how to address it.

We Aim to Make Things Easier
Fires are a traumatic event, no matter how mildly or majorly they impact your home—and that is
something we fully understand. That is why our goal is to make things as easy as possible for
you throughout the restoration process.

From providing move-out services if you are in need of temporary housing to working directly
with your insurance company, we can help. You can depend on us to be of assistance during each and every part of the fire restoration process.

If you need fire damage restoration, SERVPRO is the team you can count on. Get in touch today to learn more about our services.

How to Prevent Costly Damage to Your Business | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Due to their significance in society, it is important to keep local businesses healthy and productive. Between maintaining a positive work environment, training employees and dealing with paperwork, business owners have enough on their plate.

The last thing a business owner wants to worry about is the potential damage natural disasters can cause.

In only the last five years, the amount of damage caused by natural disasters has slowly but steadily increased. On average, the cost of damages has reached over $150 billion per year according to the NCEI.

Flooding and severe storms are common causes of damage in places like Michigan and are expected to happen every year. With 9% of Lansing being floodplains, that area covers over 200 major businesses. When snowstorms occur and the snow melts, flooding is expected to happen.

Below is how to prevent the commonly caused damages when disaster strikes:

Water Damage

Anywhere in the United States, water and flooding can be an issue. But in areas where snowfall is heavy and constant, ice presents a slightly different threat. As the ice melts and turns into water, it can cause severe damage to your commercial property.

When precipitation is heavy, the local rivers can fill up and cause flooding as well. It is important to check the areas around your business that are prone to letting water seep in. One way to reduce these effects is to landscape routes to control the flow of water and direct it away from the building structure.

Additionally, once water does get in, it is imperative to attack it right away. To see where water has affected your building, look for warping and discoloration on your walls, ceilings and even floors. Once wood begins to rot, it can become a very expensive problem in a very quick manner.

Storm Damage

Even at a lower intensity, storm damage can shake trees, cause power outages and launch small debris into the air. At a higher level, storm winds can exceed 100 mph and tear trees from the ground.

Storm damage in Michigan is one of the most common causes of natural disaster damage. Recently, a tornado with 140 mph winds tore through Gaylord, devastating the city.

While the damage can be extreme and wretched, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the damage it can cause to your business and your community. Firstly, secure any loose furniture/decorations outside your business. This signage and furniture can become deadly projectiles.

Next, you should check the areas on your exterior to make sure they’re sealed and secure. Doors, windows and roofs should be inspected to reduce the chance they’ll go flying when these storms happen.

Storm-protective window covers can help prevent the damage caused in the event of an emergency.

Know Who To Call

Whether it’s winter-based flooding or gale-force winds tearing through your area, it’s best to be prepared for anything and everything. Even simple actions of prevention can save money, resources and lives.

In the event that damage does occur, however, we are available 247, allowing us to promptly respond to any kind of disaster. Our expert team can identify the most beneficial restoration plan and implement it in the correct way.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

SERVPRO Is the Restoration Company to Trust | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

SERVPRO is a full-service cleaning, restoration and construction company—and we’re here to assist you in recovering from even the most catastrophic natural or manmade disasters.

Consider the following property damage scenarios that may arise in East Lansing and how we can provide assistance:

Water Damage

Flooding may occur at any moment and can do significant damage regardless of whether if it is an inch or a foot deep. Each year, flooding costs the United States around $10 billion in damages nationwide.

If you own a house or business, you almost certainly will encounter flooding over your lifetime, and SERVPRO is ready to help if it does. We’ll assist you in determining the extent of the damage, enabling you to make the best repair decisions available.

We have the technologies necessary to find and eliminate hidden moisture. Additionally, we’ll work with you to build a water damage restoration strategy that will guarantee your house is cleaned, dried, and returned to its preloss state.

Fire Damage

Every 23 seconds in the United States, a fire department responds to a fire, and property damage from fires that total roughly $8.1 billion in damages yearly. If your house or company has been damaged by fire, we will immediately begin the restoration process with our seven-step restoration technique.

This procedure begins with an estimate and damage assessment and continues through all required pre and post-repair and construction activities.

Storm Damage

Storms may cause flooding and wildfires, in addition to tornadoes, hurricanes, strong winds and blizzards. The main concern in East Lansing is tornadoes. In fact, East Lansing has a substantially greater risk of tornado damage than the rest of Michigan and a higher risk than the national average.

Storm and flood damage may wreak havoc on your home’s structure and contents. Our objective is to promptly re-establish you in your newly restored property after storm damage. SERVPRO also specializes in content and document restoration with a focus on reusing materials wherever possible.

Dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleaning and abrasive cleaning are all included in our cleaning services. If your property needs a more thorough cleaning, we provide move-out services so that we can quickly restore your property to its preloss state.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We are here to help you whenever you want assistance. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you may contact a SERVPRO specialist by dialing our 24/7 Emergency Line.

Our professionals are members of the biggest cleaning and restoration team in the country, with over 50 years of expertise. We are independently owned and run, but we are backed by a network of over 1,900 locations across the United States, so you can be certain that we will promptly restore your home or business to a “Like it never even happened” condition.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Responding to a Storm Watch vs. a Storm Warning | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

dark storm clouds If severe weather has damaged your home or business, call SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett today!

Any time severe weather becomes a threat, it is important to be prepared for all the possibilities
it brings. Heavy rains, strong winds, hail, flash floods and tornado threats are all common during
bouts of severe weather, and all of these things can cause damage in addition to increasing the
risk of injury or fatalities.

If severe weather is possible, staying aware of local officials’ weather updates is key, as is
knowing how to respond to them. Understanding alert systems, such as watches, warnings and
emergency sirens for your area, can help you make smart decisions about how to respond and
stay safe when the weather turns nasty.

Understanding a Severe Weather Watch vs. a Severe Weather Warning

A severe weather watch will be issued when conditions are favorable for the severe weather
event to occur. For example, a flash flood watch may be issued during periods of heavy rain, while a tornado watch may be issued when conditions look like those that are often related to tornadoes forming.

A severe weather warning is issued when the event is actively happening—so if flooding is
reported, or if a tornado is spotted on radar or on the ground, a watch would be issued for these
events.

Reacting to a Severe Weather Watch vs. a Severe Weather Warning

Because a severe weather warning means that conditions are favorable but the event is not
actively occurring, a warning being issued is your sign to stay vigilant. Tune into local broadcasts for updates and stay close to a safe area in case you quickly need to take shelter from whatever event is at hand.

When a severe weather warning is issued, that means to seek safe shelter immediately. For a
tornado, this would mean to get to your emergency shelter area. For a flood, this would mean to move immediately to higher ground.

Because time is extremely limited in these situations, it is important that you do not wait until after a watch is issued to plan what you should do—instead, have your safety plan mapped out well in advance so you can quickly take cover when and if necessary.

If you experience damage from severe weather, we are the team you can count on for restoration. We are here 24/7 to respond quickly. Contact us today.

When You Need Restoration, We Are the Team to Call | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Needing restoration to your home is never going to be an enjoyable process, but when you find yourself in that situation, you can count on us. Whether you need restoration due to damage caused by a fire, a leak, a storm, a flood or another type of issue, we have the experience and the capability to perform your restoration with care.

While it may feel premature to consider this before sustaining damage to your home, it is a wise thing to consider in advance so that you know who to call right away.

We know that you have a lot of options when it comes to damage restoration in East Lansing, but we think the SERVPRO team is a cut above the rest. Read on below to find out what makes our approach so unique and why you should choose us for all of your restoration needs.

Why to Choose SERVPRO When You Have Damage to Your Home 

We understand the unique situation surrounding damage. While damage from a water leak may feel inconvenient, it is far less traumatizing than the damage that a house fire might cause, for example. We have helped many families in the area recover from serious damage events, and we are here to help you, too. We understand the unique circumstances surrounding an event such as a house fire or flood and will do everything in our power to help you recover.

We have the expertise to handle all aspects of damage. When you choose us for restoration, you are choosing a team that can handle whatever elements of your home have sustained damage. We are equipped to deal with fire damage, water damage, mold damage and more, so there is no job too advanced for the SERVPRO team to handle.

We are always here for you. Unfortunately, household damage does not follow a predictable schedule, and it often feels like these things pop up at the worst possible time. The good news is that whenever you discover damage, you can be certain we will be there. We are here 24/7, 365 days a year so you can always get in touch with us.

If you have damage to your home, let us be the team you count on. Get in touch today to learn more about our process or to discuss restoration!

We Can Restore Your Business After Any Disaster | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

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A workplace disaster is inconvenient for a variety of reasons. When an emergency shuts down
your business, productivity suffers, and some organizations never recover. Equipment is
damaged, customer contact is lost and you are left to deal with costly damage.

When it comes to your business, time is money! That is why SERVPRO’s quick and professional restoration services are the answer to any workplace damage. We have the tools to
get your East Lansing/Haslett business back on track, regardless of the size of the damage.

Discover all the areas of damage that we can help you repair:

Fire damage. Fire damage is a devastating event, especially for commercial properties. Following a fire, your company is left with damaged property and possessions that must be repaired or rebuilt. We can begin repairing the damage caused by the flames as soon as you contact us.

Water damage. Appliance leaks, roof leaks and leaky pipes are all common causes of water
damage within the workplace. Water damage can develop fast, so early restoration is critical to
protecting your business. SERVPRO can quickly be on the scene to address any water damage
to your property.

Storm recovery. Severe weather can have disastrous effects on your business. When damage occurs, productivity is halted, and your office could be left in disarray in some circumstances. We have the resources to clean up and rebuild any damage caused by flooding, hail or severe winds.

Mold remediation. Mold is a hazard that can arise as a result of excess moisture from water
damage or floodwater. Mold can develop on damp surfaces within 24 to 48 hours after water
damage, so fast action is required. SERVPRO can assess your mold growth and provide the
best approach to remediate the damage to your business.

What We Do to Restore Your Business
Every disaster necessitates its own restoration method. We can examine the damage to your
business and come up with a solution.

We can quickly detect and measure moisture in your company’s floors, ceilings and walls using
technologies such as an infrared camera for issues such as water damage or flooding. In some
cases, standing water must be removed; we can collect water efficiently using submersible and
gas-powered pumps.

Mold infestations are treated by our experts by detecting and contaminating mold to prevent it
from spreading. We use antimicrobial techniques to element mold and stop the spread. From
there, we can deodorize and sanitize your entire business to restore it to preloss condition.

Our approach to fire damage restoration begins with an examination of the flame and smoke
damage. Our SERVPRO team then uses specialized equipment to remove any smoke or soot from your business’ ceilings, walls and other surfaces. We may then clean and deodorize your
company’s structure or any items impacted by flames.

SERVPRO is the solution to any workplace disaster. We can quickly remediate any damage and get your business back up and running! Contact us today.

Home Restoration Services Make a Difference | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

If you have sustained fire or water damage to your home, there are few things more important than choosing the right team to work with for restoration.

The time after your home is damaged can be disorienting. Many homeowners aren’t entirely unsure of what to do after they discover damage to their homes.

The right first step is to be sure you’re calling a restoration company you can trust. You’ll want to ensure the restoration company you choose will do the job well.

Damage Is a Common Problem

There’s a common misconception about dealing with home damage—that it’s rare.

People hate thinking about it, but the truth is that home damage is very common. Millions of homeowners are faced with situations that damage their homes every year.

The Insurance Information Institute estimates that fire damage impacts one every 350 homes every year. When you broaden the scope and look at every possible cause of home damage (like storms, accidents, and flooding), it’s actually closer to one out of every 20.

Don’t worry. Instead, use this information as a motivation to have a plan in place. Knowing how to choose your restoration partner is key.

We want to be our area’s preferred restoration partner. That is exactly why we prioritize our technicians’ training when they join our team.

Education Is a Difference-Maker

We provide excellent service, and that’s on several levels. It includes response time, availability and training. We take special pride in the level of training our technicians to receive.

Members of our team earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

That means that when you call on SERVPRO for help restoring your home, you can be assured you’re working with the best.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

What Fire Safety Efforts Make the Biggest Difference? | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

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If you are trying to implement more fire safety around your house, you may be overwhelmed by
how many ways a fire can start—and how many ways there are to prevent them! Household
fires are extremely common and can be rather dangerous, but taking proper fire safety efforts
can significantly reduce your risk levels.

While any fire safety efforts are worthwhile, it is important to understand the impact that yours
have on your home and where your attention is best concentrated. Below, we will share our
most important fire safety tips so you can be certain that you are prioritizing the right things
around the house.

Which Fire Safety Efforts Are the Most Important

Installing and maintaining smoke detectors. Many home fire deaths occur due to fires starting while people are sleeping, and thus those inside get a late notice to escape the home.
Installing smoke detectors in every main area of the home and outside of every sleeping area is
the best way to increase your overall fire safety in the home. While these smoke detectors
should be checked monthly, this is an easy and inexpensive way to give your household fire
safety a boost.

Keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Cooking is a leading cause of household fires, and
because stoves, ovens and toasters all pose a fire risk, it is not surprising as to why. Always
practicing cooking safety tips, such as keeping flammable items away from the stove, is a great
strategy, but it is also wise to keep a fire extinguisher on hand to quickly address any flare-ups that do occur.

Creating a home fire escape plan. In the event of a house fire, there are often only two
minutes to escape to safety, so knowing exactly how to escape is a must. Planning out a fire
escape plan for your home, ensuring that every area of your house has two exits and practicing
your fire evacuation process regularly are all important to ensuring that everyone in the
household is able to get to safety should a fire start.

If you have fire damage in your household, we are here to help. You can get in touch with us
24/7 to learn more about our process or to report damage to your home.

Does Your Business Need Flood Insurance? | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Flood insurance application on table with eye glasses If your home or business has been damaged by a flood, call your friends at SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett today!

Commercial insurance can be a complex thing. There are a lot of things that your business’
policy is likely to cover by default, including storm damage and fire damage—but unfortunately,
as far as the insurance industry is concerned, flood damage is a completely separate category.

Floods can occur due to heavy rainfall, pipe backups, overflowing bodies of water and other
hazards, and cause serious damage along the way. As little as an inch of floodwater can cause
around $25,000 in damage by some estimates, and if your insurance policy does not extend to
cover this, it will be an out of pocket expense for your business.

If you think you may need flood insurance, keep reading so you can determine what is best for
your operations.

Determining if Your Business Needs Flood Insurance

Consider your location specs. While it is not an entirely solid indicator, one of the best things
to consider when it comes to your flood risk is your business’ location and layout. If you are in
an area that is a known floodplain, that will certainly be a factor in your decision to purchase
flood insurance, but even if you are not, you may be at risk. If your business is located near a
body of water, or your layout is such that you have valuable items and equipment stored on a
ground floor, you may still want to consider flood insurance.

Consider what is covered by flood insurance. Policies can vary, but in general, the property
outside of your building is not typically covered—this would include property such as
landscaping and septic systems. Flood insurance also does not usually cover business vehicles,
but if you have these, you can typically add these on to your policy when you sign up for it.

Consider how much coverage you will need. Usually, commercial flood insurance will provide
up to $500,000 of coverage for your building, plus an additional $500,000 for its contents. If you need more coverage, you can purchase an excess insurance coverage policy, which will include additional cash value as well as business interruption insurance.

If your business is damaged by a flood, you can count on us to help. Get in touch today to learn
more about our commercial flood restoration options.

What to Watch for in Regard to Basement Water Damage | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

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If you are considering purchasing a home with a basement or you already live in one, you are likely no stranger to just how useful basement spaces can be. Not only are basements a great option for extra storage and sheltering from severe weather, but they can also be used as extra living space if it is possible for them to be fully finished.

That being said, there are some downsides to basements as well—namely, their propensity for water damage. While some basements will never have water damage, most are somewhat susceptible to it.

Fortunately, by simply knowing what to look for, homeowners can ensure that they are keeping an eye out and are able to treat any water damage issues as soon as they arise. If you suspect basement water damage, it is important to have it handled as soon as possible.

What to Keep an Eye Out for to Prevent Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. When we see water damage in basements, it is typically clean water such as rain or clear pipe water, but that does not mean that it can’t still cause odors. When water seeps into an area where it should not be, it can give rise to mold and mildew growth. As the water evaporates and the mold is left behind, an odor can break out and be the first sign that you may have water damage on your hands.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Oftentimes, homeowners will see an area susceptible to water damage and paint it, in the hopes that this will seal the water damage in. Unfortunately, if there is a legitimate water damage problem, it will certainly still find a way to work itself into the area. This can lead to paint that peels, cracks, warps, bubbles or flakes, which is a sign that there is underlying water damage trying to work its way through.

Foundational cracks. As a home settles and shifts with weather and age, it is not uncommon for small cracks to develop throughout the home. As long as these remain hairline cracks, there is no cause for concern. However, if larger cracks develop on walls, ceilings or in the floor that is a sign that there is potentially water damage and you should have someone come take a look right away.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.