Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage in Sanford?

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –  (989)835-5015

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties 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. 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.

Does your Freeland home have water damage?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

If you have water in your Freeland, Mi basement what should you do?  Call the cleanup professionals at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties.  We will respond quickly and get things drying out.   Here are some other tips to help you out until we arrive.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (989) 835-5015

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Even if the wet area seams very small give us a call.  most times the damage goes way beyond what you can see.  Water will spread out very quickly and can create secondary damage to your home easily if not taken care of properly.

Is your Midland home flooding?

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

We are always ready to answer the call when you have water in your basement.  Getting started as soon as possible can minimize secondary damage and save money.  If the cause is known and repairs have been made we can start right away.  We can begin by getting the remaining water out and drying the structure.  At this time we would begin any demolition that needed to be done.  All wet carpet pad would be removed along with any dry wall or paneling.  Basically everything that was wet would be stripped down to the structure.  When the tear out is complete we bring in large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it all up.  It usually takes a minimum of three days for drying.  Once it is dry repairs can start immediately. 

Does your Coleman basement have water?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

A wet basement is a problem that needs to be taken care of by professionals.  Some home owners may want to take care of it on their own but without the proper tools and equipment you could miss something.  Without getting everything completely dry you could have big problems to your structure down the road.

     There are a few things you can do on your own to help keep the damage down.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (989) 835-5015

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Flooded basement? We can help!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Midland and Gladwin county basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (989)835-5015

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

If your business floods you could lose everything.

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

A large trailer mounted Dehumidifier drying the air of a commercial loss

When disaster strikes your business who would you call?  There are several different restoration company's in our area alone but many of them could not handle a large loss.   We understand how important it is to get your business up and running as soon as possible. Weather it is a small corner store or an entire hospital every minute your business isn't running it costs you money, customers and maybe even employees.    We can bring in entire crews with just a phone call and get you up and running as quickly as possible.     

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

Is your Basement full of water

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Leaving your basement wet can lead to way bigger problems.

SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is always ready to answer the call when you have water in your basement.  Getting started as soon as possible can minimize secondary damage and save money.  If the cause is known and repairs have been made we can start right away.  We can begin by getting the remaining water out and drying the structure.  At this time we would begin any demolition that needed to be done.  All wet carpet pad would be removed along with any dry wall or paneling.  Basically everything that was wet would be stripped down to the structure.  When the tear out is complete we bring in large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it all up.  It usually takes a minimum of three days for drying.  Once it is dry repairs can start immediately. 

Sump pump's fail if they are not properly maintained

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

You should always keep your sump pump and crock free of dirt and debris

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.

If your sump pump does fail  Call (989)835-5015 and a crew from SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties will come out and dry your basement and any other areas that are wet.  

Here are some flooding safety tips for you

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Midland county is very common.  Here are some tips to help keep you safe.

  • Do not attempt to cross flowing water which may be more than knee deep.
  • During threatening weather listen to commercial radio or TV, or NOAA weather radio for swatch and warning bulletins.
  • Never try to walk, swim,drive, or play in flood water.  You may not be able to see how fast the water is moving, or see holes or submerged debris
  • Beware of low spots such as underpasses, underground parking garages and basements as they can become death traps.  
  • Beware that flash flooding can occur.  If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.  Do not wait for instructions to move.  
  • Beware of streams, drainage channels,canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly.
  • Do not walk through moving water.  Six inches of moving water can make you fall.

The Following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions

  • Do not drive into flooded areas.  If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.  You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.  
  • Do not drive around a barricade.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.  
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles including Sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pickup trucks.  

Remember nothing you own is worth your safety in an emergency situation.  The best thing to do is get to higher ground until the water recedes and Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties to clean up the mess and dry out the structure.  

If your Gladwin county Home has a wet basement call Immediately

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

An air mover are used to dry a basement in Sugar Springs

The restoration process begins when you call us. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (989) 835-5015

Water damage can be chaotic and traumatic. When you call us, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Just because it feels dry does not mean it is.

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

This is on of the many tools we can use to tell how much moisture is in your wall.

Did you know, you cannot use your hands to adequately determine if something is dry because skin has a moisture content of 25 percent. Dry wood for example, has a moisture content of about 10 percent. If you feel wood that has moisture content of 20 percent, your skin tells your brain the wood is dry because it is drier than your skin. In actuality it is twice as wet as it should be. Just because it feels dry to you it might be saturated with water and not drying it properly could cause even more damage.

The Franchise Professionals here at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties are equipped withspecialized equipment to help ensure a structure and contents are quickly and thoroughly dried after water damage.

Do you know who to call if your basement Floods

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's on site equipment trailer here to support franchises during a storm event.

In June of 2017 Midland county experienced extreme flooding worse than it has in 100 years.  This left a lot of its residents scrambling to find a solution to dry out there homes.  Calling several restoration company's,Carpet cleaners or handyman services to look for help only to find everyone was too busy. 

 During this time the SERVPRO disaster recovery team was already called into action. Bringing the knowledge and experience of over 1700 franchises to the Great Lakes Bay Region.  Within 48 hours Franchises from all over the country were Here to Help.  

So it does not matter if the water damage is confined to one room of your basement or flooded a several floor of an office building we are always ready to answer your phone call.  

It's not that wet I can dry it myself.....Wrong!

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties at (989)835-5015

If you see water on your floor and feel wet carpet in just a small area of a room the damage can go way further than you can see.  Water can travel under walls and through floors.  Carpet pad is like a giant sponge that draws water several feet past the initial area that looks or feels wet.  SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties has several pieces of specialized equipment to find even the smallest amount of moisture.  We can check through flooring and inside walls to make sure we are drying everything that is wet.  

Once we find and remove all of the wet materials we use commercial air movers commonly referred to as fans and dehumidifiers to remove all the moisture and humidity.  So if you find a wet area in your home call SERVPRO first to make sure it is dried properly.

Sump Pump maintenance is often overlooked by homeowners

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

This is not just a hole in your floor that you can forget about.

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.

If your sump pump does fail  Call (989)835-5015 and a crew from SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties will come out and dry your basement and any other areas that are wet.  

Flooded basement? We can help!

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

We can get your home dried out quickly reducing the risk of secondary damage

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Midland and Gladwin county basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (989)835-5015

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (989)835-5015

Who would you call If your Midland, MI basement floods?

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

When your basement floods let us handle it for you.

We are always ready to answer the call when you have water in your basement.  Getting started as soon as possible can minimize secondary damage and save money.  If the cause is known and repairs have been made we can start right away.  We can begin by getting the remaining water out and drying the structure.  At this time we would begin any demolition that needed to be done.  All wet carpet pad would be removed along with any dry wall or paneling.  Basically everything that was wet would be stripped down to the structure.  When the tear out is complete we bring in large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it all up.  It usually takes a minimum of three days for drying.  Once it is dry repairs can start immediately. 

Who would you call if you had a wet basement?

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

It only takes a small amount of water to cause big damage.

We are always ready to answer the call when you have water in your basement.  Getting started as soon as possible can minimize secondary damage and save money.  If the cause is known and repairs have been made we can start right away.  We can begin by getting the remaining water out and drying the structure.  At this time we would begin any demolition that needed to be done.  All wet carpet pad would be removed along with any dry wall or paneling.  Basically everything that was wet would be stripped down to the structure.  When the tear out is complete we bring in large fans and dehumidifiers to dry it all up.  It usually takes a minimum of three days for drying.  Once it is dry repairs can start immediately. 

Emergency safety instructions for flooding in Midland,MI

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Midland county and the surrounding areas flood on a regular basis. It is no problem for the cleanup professionals at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin

Flooding in Midland county is very common.  Here are some tips to help keep you safe.

  • Do not attempt to cross flowing water which may be more than knee deep.
  • During threatening weather listen to commercial radio or TV, or NOAA weather radio for swatch and warning bulletins.
  • Never try to walk, swim,drive, or play in flood water.  You may not be able to see how fast the water is moving, or see holes or submerged debris
  • Beware of low spots such as underpasses, underground parking garages and basements as they can become death traps.  
  • Beware that flash flooding can occur.  If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.  Do not wait for instructions to move.  
  • Beware of streams, drainage channels,canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly.
  • Do not walk through moving water.  Six inches of moving water can make you fall.

The Following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions

  • Do not drive into flooded areas.  If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.  You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.  
  • Do not drive around a barricade.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.  
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles including Sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pickup trucks.  

Remember nothing you own is worth your safety in an emergency situation.  The best thing to do is get to higher ground until the water recedes and Call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties to clean up the mess and dry out the structure.  

How To Maintain Your Sump Pump

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

When your sump pump fails call SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin.

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.
Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association.If your sump pump does fail  Call (989)835-5015 and a crew from SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties will come out and dry your basement and all other ares that are wet.  

Flooding in Midland Mi

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

A flooded basement from recent storms and thawing.

It is definitely flood season here in Midland so if anyone has had any water in their basement we are here to help.  Here at SERVPRO of Midland / Gladwin counties we specialize in getting you dried out and restored.  


If the water is from a clean source you can do some things to minimize the damage.


DO



  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.


DON'T



  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.