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When Storms or Floods Hit East Lansing/Haslett, SERVPRO is Ready!

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit East Lansing/Haslett, SERVPRO is Ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in East Lansing/Haslett!

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett 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 the East Lansing/Haslett area, we 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 that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 517-999-0789

Are you prepared for a power outage?

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared for a power outage? Keep your family safe with an emergency preparedness kit!

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at https://www.ready.gov/power-outages. When bad weather strikes the East Lansing/Haslett area, knowing what to do until SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett arrives will make a difference.

Call us directly at 517-999-0789.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your East Lansing Home

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, water or storm damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Learn More About Our Company

February Floods

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage February Floods The basement of an Okemos home on the Red Cedar, 5 days after flooding began.

For many people, snagging a piece of waterfront property can be a dream come true. But when accumulated snow melts, or heavy rains ensue, that dream can turn into a nightmare.

In February, Mid-Michigan experienced some of the worst flooding in recent history. The Red Cedar's flood stage is 7 feet, and peaked at 10.3 feet; the Grand River's flood stage is 11 feet, and it peaked at 14.6 feet. The Lansing flood of 1975 reached levels of 12 feet.

There are over 1,700 SERVPRO franchises nationwide, as well as a Disaster Recovery Team and many franchises who participate in Storm Team. SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett has had the opportunity to participate in disasters around Michigan and in Texas during the devastating Hurricane Harvey aftermath. During the Lansing flood, franchises came to help from Tennessee, Ohio, Minnesota and Oklahoma.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - 517-999-0789

Staying Safe During a Winter Storm

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Staying Safe During a Winter Storm While beautiful, snow covered landscapes can be treacherous.

Although the deep freeze has passed, Michigan's unpredictable winter could throw a few more weeks of frigid temperatures our way. Following these helpful tips from the Red Cross can help keep you, your family, friends, and neighbors safe during a winter storm.

  • Stay indoors and wear warm clothes. Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than a bulky sweater. If you feel too warm, remove layers to avoid sweating; if you feel chilled, add layers.
  • Eat regularly. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
  • Keep the body replenished with fluids to prevent dehydration. Drink liquids such as warm broth or juice. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine, a stimulant, accelerates the symptoms of hypothermia. Alcohol, such as brandy, is a depressant and hastens the effects of cold on the body. Alcohol also slows circulation and can make you less aware of the effects of cold. Both caffeine and alcohol can cause dehydration.
  • Bring your companion animals inside before the storm begins.
  • Move other animals to sheltered areas with a supply of non-frozen water. Most animal deaths in winter storms are caused by dehydration.
  • Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends, particularly if they are elderly or if they live alone.

If you must go outside, protect yourself from winter storm hazards:

  • Wear layered clothing, mittens or gloves, and a hat. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Mittens or gloves and a hat will prevent the loss of body heat.
  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from severely cold air. Avoid taking deep breaths; minimize talking.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses much of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly away from the body.
  • Stretch before you go out. If you go out to shovel snow, do a few stretching exercises to warm up your body. This will reduce your chances of muscle injury.
  • Avoid overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a vehicle, or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor may cause a heart attack. Sweating could lead to a chill and hypothermia.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks. Slips and falls occur frequently in winter weather, resulting in painful and sometimes disabling injuries.
  • If you must go out during a winter storm, use public transportation if possible. About 70 percent of winter deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.

Prepare Your Mid-Michigan Home for a Winter Storm

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Mid-Michigan Home for a Winter Storm Prepare your home and family for Michigan's upcoming winter season!

Michigan is no stranger to deadly winter storms - take the time this fall to prepare your home and family for this year's winter season!

Trim or Remove Trees

Trees are responsible for the majority of damage to homes and personal property during winter storms. Your homeowner’s insurance may not protect you in the event of fallen limbs or trees. According to insurance company Allstate, your homeowner’s insurance probably will not cover a fallen tree if the tree exhibited prior signs of rot or instability.

  • Trimming: Trimming is far less expensive than full removal. Crews can thin out the branches to reduce the “sail effect” when those high winter winds blow. Trimming can also can balance out the tree’s load and keep one side from being heavier than the other, a condition that may topple the tree.
  • Removing: Tree removal can entail a significant cost, especially in dense, metro areas where mobility is limited. The average cost to remove a large tree hovers in the $1,500 range, not including debris removal. Many communities require that you apply for a tree removal permit or at least put in a written notification. In many cases, the permit or notice must be accompanied by an arborist’s report stating that removal is required.

Check Roof and Flashing Stability

High winds can loosen roof shingles. Walk your roof and inspect it carefully. Shingles that are obviously loose should be replaced by a qualified roofer.

The condition of the flashing – the metal sleeves around the chimney and other roof protrusions – is more difficult to visually determine. Have a contractor or roofer inspect these areas.

Promote Drainage Away from House

When storms hit, massive amounts of water are directed at your house over a short period of time. Re-grade the soil around your house so it declines away from the foundation.

Clean and Repair Gutters and Downspouts

One source of water damage to foundations and basements is downspouts that force water straight into the ground. This can be easily and cheaply fixed by adding plastic downspout drainage lines that deposit the water away from the house. Fix or replace gutters in the summer. Clean gutters in the early fall, as soon as all the leaves are off the trees.

Purchase Ice Melt

In areas prone to freezing weather, walkways and driveways can become dangerously icy. Purchase ice melt in early fall (it may not be in stock in stores earlier than that). Calcium chloride is better than rock salt because it is less damaging to hardscaping and surrounding plants.

Remove Air Conditioners

By the end of summer, window unit air conditioners are no longer needed. A/C units are weak points for water intrusion. Even if there is a tight seal between the unit and the window, water can still enter through the back of the unit. Remove them and stow them away.

Remove Screens and Install Storm Windows

Depending on your climate, you can likely keep the windows open for a month or two past summer’s end. Eventually, though, it is good practice to remove the screens, wash them down, and store them until the following summer. Exterior retrofit storm windows can protect your windows against light debris impact and wind-blown rain, snow, and sleet.

Clean Chimneys for Wood-burning Fireplaces

Wood-burning fireplaces build up creosote, an oily black substance that can cause chimneys to internally ignite. Hiring a chimney sweep is the most effective way to rid your flue of creosote.

However, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) endorses one product, Joseph Enterprise’s Creosote Sweeping Log, as being acceptable for do-it-yourself creosote cleaning.

Prepare Your Home’s Interior and Yourself

Dealing with exterior issues during the summer, when the weather is fair, gives you more time and leeway to tackle interior areas as winter approaches.

Tune-Up Your Heating System

Bringing in a technician to conduct a furnace “tune-up” is like your biannual dentist’s visit for teeth cleaning: you can miss it sometimes, but it is highly recommended that you do every year.

The greatest value in doing the tune-up before winter storms is that you can accomplish it on your own terms. If you wait until your furnace dies during a storm, you will be at the mercy of overtasked HVAC companies, their tight schedules, and their often-inflated pricing.

Learn How to Shut Off the Water Main and Gas

Quick – Do you know where your water main and gas shut-off valves are located? If you cannot answer this question off the top of your head, you need to find out now.

Water main valves are typically located within the house on the perimeter, facing the street. Gas valves are located outside the house near the gas meter. Most gas and water shut-off valves require a special tool that costs less than $15.

Install Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is your protection against fumbling around in the dark when the power goes out. Available for less than $20, these lights stay plugged into outlets so they are always charging. When power to the outlet is cut off, they automatically turn on.

Create a Family Emergency Plan

Creating a family emergency plan is as simple as printing and filling out a form that is available at the FEMA website.

This plan lists phone numbers, addresses, and medical information for all family members. Because both power and cell phone reception can go down in storms, it is valuable to have all this information available in hard-copy form.

Tips courtesy of fix.com

Hurricane Harvey Restoration Work

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey Restoration Work An aerial view of Katy, TX after Hurricane Harvey.

In the days following the horror that was Hurricane Harvey, SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett was assigned to the SERVPRO Storm Team to help with restoration in the Houston area after the massive flooding. Our franchise owner, Bert, and four technicians headed down to Texas to do what they could to restore homes devastated by the storm.

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett was assigned mainly to the areas of Tomball and Katy, which are north and northwest of Houston. The homes in these areas had experienced indoor flooding anywhere from 1' to 4' high, and the water would take a few days to a week to recede. Even after the water had gone down in the homes, many streets were still flooded at least 2' high up to nearly 4', preventing service vehicles from getting through.

Due to the contamination in the flood waters, anything the water touched would be deemed non-salvageable. Walls, cabinets, furniture, appliances, electronics - everything was lost. This also meant a lot of demolition and repair. Our small crew worked tirelessly tearing out drywall and flooring, and setting equipment to get the homes dried out in an effort to prevent any mold from forming, as well as to get started with repairs.

Our franchise is extremely grateful to be a part of the SERVPRO family, and to be able to take part in opportunities such as this. We've learned a lot about what it takes to come back from a natural catastrophe and are looking forward to continually serving our community.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 517-999-0789

Preparing for a Tornado

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for a Tornado Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms.

Warmer seasons can bring about destructive tornadoes around mid-Michigan. Peak tornado season for the northern states is late spring through early summer, and most commonly occur between 3:00pm and 9:00pm, but can strike anytime. Tornadoes can develop quickly and without warning, so keeping your home and family prepared for storms and power outages is essential to ensuring everyone remains safe during unpredictable weather.

During storms, keep an eye out for skies turning dark and greenish, watch for large hail, low-lying clouds, and loud roars similar to a freight train. These are danger signs a tornado may be approaching and you should seek shelter immediately.

If you are under a tornado warning and in a structure, get to the lowest level of the building or home. If you are too far from the lowest level to get there in time, go to a small interior room or hallway. Manufactured and mobile homes offer little protection from tornadoes - getting out immediately and to a pre-defined location such as a storm shelter or nearby building. When you're outside and a tornado warning occurs, take cover in a stationary vehicle, covering your head with your arms, a blanket or a coat. If you cannot get inside anywhere, lie in an area noticeably lower than the roadway. Never take cover under an overpass or a bridge!

Be sure to build an emergency preparedness kit in case you're caught in a storm or power outage. Visit ready.gov/kit to see what essentials you should have in your kit. While building your kit, it's a good idea to gather the family and plan a meeting spot in case anyone gets separated during a storm.

Wind, rain and hail can do a lot of damage to your home during a storm. If you find yourself needing emergency tarping or boarding up, call SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett at 517-999-0789. We're here to help.

When Storms or Floods Hit East Lansing/Haslett, SERVPRO is Ready!

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit East Lansing/Haslett, SERVPRO is Ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in East Lansing/Haslett!

SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett 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 the East Lansing/Haslett area, we 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 that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 517-999-0789

Are you prepared for a power outage?

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared for a power outage? Emergency Ready Kit

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

These and many other helpful tips are available at https://www.ready.gov/power-outages. When bad weather strikes the East Lansing/Haslett area, knowing what to do until SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett arrives will make a difference.

Call us directly at 517-999-0789.

IICRC Certified.. what it means to you.

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage IICRC Certified.. what it means to you. IICRC logos clearly identify certified technicians who have gone through rigorous training.

SERVPRO of East Lansing / Haslett is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of East Lansing / Haslett

SERVPRO of East Lansing / Haslett specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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