Recent Storm Damage Posts

Winter Storm Damage

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Damage A tree fell on and damaged this Livonia, Michigan garage. Our crew tarped the roof until repairs could be made.

Southeast Michigan has crazy weather all year long, but winter storms are particularly dangerous. Even without heavy, wet snow we can experience especially damaging storms. With so many mature trees in the area, wind felled trees are not uncommon in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.

SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE is always ready to help if a tree falls on your structure. Whether it is your home, garage, shed, or commercial building we have a crew ready to secure your property. We can board up windows, tarp roofs, and padlock doors. During the rough Detroit winters we will winterize the property if it not inhabitable during the repairs.

SERVPRO® of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE
provides 24-hour disaster mitigation and cleanup service to Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Melvindale and the greater Metro Detroit area. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, biohazard and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Minimizing Storm Damage

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Minimizing Storm Damage Roof tarping is the first step in repairing storm damage

The Dearborn and greater metro Detroit area may not need to worry about hurricanes and landslides, but we do get severe weather. Damaging storms are especially common at the change of seasons. Whether storm damage affects your residential or commercial property, SERVPRO of Dearborn is here to help you keep your structure safe. It is vital to secure your damaged property quickly to prevent any further damage. Our board up and roof tarping services are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We are locally owned and operated so we can respond to your call anytime. We work directly with your insurance company to ease your troubles.

If any type of wind or severe storm damage affects your home or business SERVPRO of Dearborn is always at the ready.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn
provides 24-hour disaster mitigation and cleanup service to Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Melvindale and the greater Metro Detroit area. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, biohazard and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Board Up Service

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Board Up Service Secure your property with our board up services./

Board-ups are not just for hurricanes! There are many reasons you may need a board up or a roof tarp to protect your property. SERVPRO of Dearborn will board-up your building whether the damage was caused by fire, wind, vandalism, animal infestation or even if vehicle hits your structure – we did this for a beloved Downtown East Dearborn business! Proper board-ups secure your property from looting or vandalism. They also protect your property from any weather-related damage. Most insurance policies require homeowners or property managers to protect against secondary damage; not securing the property can result in a claim being denied. We can also provide fencing to secure your property and protect people who may enter the area.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn
provides 24-hour disaster mitigation and cleanup service to Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Melvindale and the greater Metro Detroit area. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, biohazard and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

FEMA Mobile App

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage FEMA Mobile App Download this free app today!

It may not feel like it, but spring has officially sprung! With the beauty of a Michigan spring comes severe weather.

SERVPRO of Dearborn relies on the FEMA app for accurate weather reports and alerts. This free cell phone app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It is loaded with features to help keep you safe in any kind of weather or disaster.

The app helps you prepare should a disaster strike the Metro Detroit area. It provides emergency safety tips, checklists for building an emergency kit and allows you to set up an emergency meeting place with your loved ones. The Emergency Safety Tips feature even gives instructions for what to do before, during and after any conceivable emergency including biohazard, chemical spills and explosions. In the event of an emergency, the app has features allowing you to apply for assistance online and find a shelter in the Dearborn area.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn
provides 24-hour disaster mitigation and cleanup service to Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Melvindale and the greater Metro Detroit area. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, biohazard and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Winter Storms

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms Winter storm damage is no match for SERVPRO of Dearborn

Southeast Michigan weather can cause severe damage to homes or businesses. Immediate action is needed when weather disasters strike. SERVPRO of Dearborn has the expertise and resources to mitigate damage caused by any winter weather. 

Frozen Pipes
Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Of particular concern are pipes in areas with outdoor exposure or in unheated/partially heated areas like basements, crawl spaces and garages. The damage from broken pipes can be quite extensive.

Ice Dams
Ice dams formed when snow melts then refreezes at the edge of the roof near the eaves. The trapped water can back up under shingles and leak into homes. This can cause significant water damage rafters, ceilings and walls.

Roof Damage
Quickly rising and falling temperatures happen often in the Dearborn area. Sudden thaws can cause water to get trapped in cracks and small spaces. When the temperatures drop, the trapped water freezes and expands causing larger cracks and greater damage.

Why Choose a SERVPRO of Dearborn? 

  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
    SERVPRO of Dearborn is dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 
  • We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists.
    SERVPRO of Dearborn specializes in water damage restoration. All our responding technicians are certified in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying techniques.

Whatever winter storm befalls the Metro Detroit area, SERVPRO of Dearborn is just a phone call away.

About Us
SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, wind and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Two Simple Steps Before Fall Arrives

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Two Simple Steps Before Fall Arrives Keeping gutters clear can prevent water damage to your home

The cool, crisp days of fall are upon Dearborn; winter’s snow and ice are not far behind. There are two important steps you should take to prepare your home for the upcoming seasons.

  1. Inspect your roof
    Are you certain your roof can handle the heavy rains, snow and ice Dearborn winters bring? Before the weather turns, take a look at your roof for missing or damaged shingles, weak spots, or other indications of trouble. If anything looks suspicious, contact a professional roofer for a thorough inspection and repair estimate.
  2. Clean your gutters
    Falling leaves can slow the flow of water in your gutters. Enough of them can even block the gutters completely. To prevent clogs and subsequent water damage to your home, clear your gutters and drainpipes. Be certain to clear the areas in front of the drainpipe outlet too. Remember to keep checking the gutters as more leaves fall. Outside water damage, especially damage caused by lack of maintenance, may not be covered by your insurance.

These two easy steps can prevent big problems in the fall and winter seasons.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from water, flood, wind, storm, fire and smoke damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Summer Storm Damage

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storm Damage Summer storms sneak up on us in Dearborn.

The dog days of summer are upon Dearborn, Michigan. The hot days and cool evenings often create sudden, violent summer storms. A little planning can go a very long way toward keeping your family safe. A fully stocked and accessible Emergency Supply Kit will make any disaster a little easier. Keep in mind, depending on the severity of the storm, it may take days for help to arrive. The America Red Cross recommends stocking a 3-day supply of essentials.

Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and can opener
  • Battery-powered or hand crank NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Prescriptions, contact lens, glasses and hearing aids w extra batteries
  • Copies of personal documents including medication lists, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust masks to filter dirty air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Tool kit and work gloves
  • Local maps
  • Phone chargers with car adapters
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Matches
  • Pet supplies

If you suffer storm damage to your home or commercial property, SERVPRO of Dearborn will take immediate action to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

We are always available at 313-359-4357.

For a complete list of our services visit us at www.SERVPROdearbornmi.com

Historic Wind Storm in Dearborn

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Historic Wind Storm in Dearborn Dearborn lost many of its beautiful trees during the March wind storm.

Tropical storm force winds whipped through Dearborn in early March leaving a wake of destruction and days-long power outages. Spring storms can cause tremendous harm to your Dearborn and Dearborn Heights property. Heavy winds and rain can cause roofs and walls to collapse, damage windows, even fell trees and power lines creating fire hazards. Heavy rain can cause storm drains to fail, backing up water into homes. Excess moisture soaking into furniture, carpeting, and building materials creates ideal conditions for mold growth, which can cause health problems. 


Having a plan before the storm will help you manage after the storm.


Take Safety Precautions
Familiarize yourself with the placement and function of all mechanicals in your home – furnace, hot water heater, air conditioner, etc. Know how to turn them on and off. Keep your insurance and identification papers in a secure, waterproof place. A copy of your photo ID should be included with this, as you may need it to access other documents, bank accounts or insurance benefits. Create a system to notify all members of your household of emergencies and have a designated meeting place.


After the Storm
If you smell gas, immediately leave the area and call your gas company from a remote location. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Trees and building materials may continue to fall well after the storm has passed. Do not attempt to move branches or debris, there may be unseen power lines electrifying them.


Contact SERVPRO® of Dearborn to help secure your property and make it safe for your family’s use. Unscrupulous companies have been known to take advantage after mass damage. Be sure to check the credentials of anyone you hire.


Photograph the Damage
If it is safe to be in and around your property, photograph the damage so you have a record for your insurance company. This will make the claim process easy and help ensure correct compensation.


Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage. This helps facilitates restoration of your property. Your adjuster and restoration company will develop a plan to get you back in your home as quickly as possible.


Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance
Depending on the magnitude of the storm, the federal government may declare the affected area a disaster. This action may make you eligible for low-cost loans or reimbursement to help restore your property. The cities of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, as well as Wayne County, have resources to help facilitate this.


SERVPRO® of Dearborn provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 service is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457


 

Ice Dams are Common in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Dams are Common in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights A visual aid for understanding ice dams.

Ice dams are sneaky. Unless you are a frequent visitor to your Dearborn or Dearborn Heights attic you may not even know they are forming on your home. Temperatures above freezing in your attic will likely cause snow on the roof to melt. The melted snow refreezes when it reaches the colder eaves causing it to form a dam behind which water pools. The pooling water can back up under your roofing, leaking into your attic and along the interior walls causing wood rot and mold growth.

Mold is a great concern with ice dams. Preventing ice dams from forming can keep your family safe from potentially dangerous mold growth and costly repairs.

Prevention

Here are a few simple steps that can help prevent ice dams and condensation in your attic:

  • Always discharge bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, and dryer vents, outside. Never into the attic. Even a properly ventilated attic cannot tolerate an exhaust fan pumping warm moist air directly into it.
  • Proper attic ventilation is key to keeping the attic cool, while adequate insulation is key to keeping your house warm. Keep soffit vents free from obstructions to allow the cool outside air into the attic space to replace the warmer attic air that flows outside ridge and roof vents. This air exchange will keep the attic cool and free of moisture build-up.
  • Consult a professional for the best way to avoid ice dams and water damage in your home.

Does and Don’ts

  • Be certain vents are not blocked by attic insulation nor covered by any finishes outside the home.
  • Verify all openings, access panels, and electrical fixtures are properly sealed and insulated while maintaining manufacturer’s required clearances.
  • Check all exhaust fans and dryer vents are discharging outside.
  • Keep gutters clear of debris.
  • Do not “chip away” the ice of an ice dam. This can lead to shingle damage.
  • Do not install mechanical equipment or water heaters in attics. This is a fire hazard and will increase the temperature in your attic.
  • Do not use salt or calcium chloride to melt snow on a roof. These corrosive chemicals can damage metal gutters, downspouts, and flashing as well as nearby grass and plants.

If an ice dam forms on your house, consult a roofing professional. If you suspect mold has grown anywhere in you home, call your neighbors at SERVPRO® of Dearborn. Our highly trained technicians are available 24/7 to help restore the cleanliness and safety of your house.

Be Prepared For Summer Storms

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared For Summer Storms Summer storm damage can be catastrophic

Michigan is notorious for sudden, violent spring and summer storms. You can be one step ahead of Mother Nature with a well-stocked Emergency Supply Kit. Your kit should be assembled and easily accessible in the event of an emergency or evacuation.

The America Red Cross recommends stocking a 3-day supply of essentials. Keep in mind it may take that long for help to arrive.

Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and can opener
  • Battery-powered or hand crank NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Prescriptions, contact lens, glasses and hearing aids w extra batteries
  • Copies of personal doucments including medication lists, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies)
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust masks to filter dirty air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Tool kit and work gloves
  • Local maps
  • Phone chargers with car adapters
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Matches
  • Pet supplies
  • If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, SERVPRO of Dearborn will take immediate action to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms. We are always available at 313-359-4357.