Recent Storm Damage Posts

Lakeshore Storms

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Grandhaven, Michigan lighthouse getting hit by large waves Grandhaven, Michigan lighthouse. Mike Dixon photography.

Just a few days ago on October 19. 2019, Michigan was hit with a catastrophic storm that caused severe wreckage to the lakeshore. Lake Michigan’s waves were a towering 10 feet, and 50 mph wind gusts tore across the sandy beaches, knocking over tall trees along the lakeshore. Beaches and sand dunes were eroded, which made the lake water inch closer to the slew of beach houses plotted on the shoreline. In the areas hit the hardest, 10-20 feet of dune bluff was eroded with in a 12-hour period. So far, this storm has been the most destructive this fall, though other storms have attributed to the eroding lake shore as well. Because the lake’s water levels are expected to stay high, it’s likely that beach erosion will continue into 2020. According to MLIVE.com, “The strongest west winds come on a strong storm or two in November. Just based on the time of year, there could be even bigger waves producing storms in the next month”. That being said, if any of Michigan’s fall storms damage or flood your home or business, give the restoration experts at SERVPRO a call! Our crew members are highly trained and eager to make it “Like it never even happened”.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm or flood damage. 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.

If you need help with cleaning up after storm or flood damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342

Historical Snowstorms in Michigan!

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Snow covering cars in streets Michigan snow storms are no joke. If you find yourself faced with damage after a snow storm, call the experts at SERVPRO!

Michigan residents are no strangers to frigid snow storms and polar vortexes. In fact, Michigan has an impressive history of destructive blizzards. They say history has a way of repeating itself, and when it comes to Michigan snow storms, it’s certainly true.

The infamous Blizzard of 1967 hit Michigan January 26-27, catching almost everybody off guard. In fact, just two days before the blizzard hit, Lansing Michigan’s temperature was 66 degrees! Two days later, Lansing was blasted with 24 inches of snow, and Kalamazoo got hit with 30 inches! The storm was so bad, that Michigan State Police were transported by the National Guard to come in and help. There were 22 deaths in total.

Ironically, 11 years later on the same exact dates, the blizzard of 1978 took place. This blizzard was even worse than the one 11 years prior. The blizzard of 1978 accumulated 3 feet of snow and had wind gusts of 60 miles per hour. This storm left 125,000 vehicles stranded on the roads, caused 20 deaths, and damaged 400,000 homes and businesses.

Needless to say, Michigan Storms are not to be taken lightly, as they can cause extreme wreckage. If you find yourself with a damaged home or business after a storm, don’t hesitate to call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO! Our expert crews are ready to help!

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremontspecializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm damage. 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.

If you need help with cleaning up after storm damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont!(231) 796-2342

Prepare your home for Michigan Snow Storms!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

snow covering a house in winter Don't let storm damage ruin your day. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! We can make it "Like it never even happened."

Michigan Winters are undoubtedly beautiful, but can also be extremely brutal. From polar vortex’s, black ice, and multiple snow storms, the harsh winters can cause severe damage to our homes. Winter will be here sooner than we think, so it’s best to prepare your home now before the snow hits!

According to the Washington Post, it’s important to paint, caulk, and seal exterior wood before the winter season hits. Typically, the wood trim around doors and windows is only one inch thick and can be ruined pretty quick if not protected. Keeping it painted and calked will prevent it from rotting, but if you’re already past that point, it will require replacement.

Another way to prepare your home for winter is to check your drainage. In doing so, the Washington Post recommends investigating the soil around the foundation to make sure it hasn’t settled or created space for water to gather. If you do find a low spot, filling it with soil is a great wait to prevent water from pooling there. Make sure you inspect your rain gutter downspouts as well to ensure water is moving away from the home. If needed, add downspout extender! Wet soil around a foundation can cause big problems if it freezes and thaws throughout winter months, so don’t forget to check it!

Next on the winter home preparedness list is Cleaning your gutters! When the leaves fall from the trees and land in the gutters, it can cause backups. Backups cause overflows, and overflows cause water to rush down your home and saturated the soil around the house. This can speed up deterioration of the home exterior. Additionally, it can lead to water seeping in through the basement which causes a whole other set of issues.

Our final tip for preparing your home for winter is to insulate your pipes. When the weather gets cold, pipes can freeze and burst. Directenergy.com advises putting insulation on entire length of pipe from the point where your home’s main water line emerges from the ground to the point where it enters the heated space of your home. They also recommend insulating any pipes that are outside the heated portion of your home, like those in attics, unheated basements and outdoor hose bibbs.

For more tips on how to prepare your home for winter, check out our winter safety pinterest board!

https://www.pinterest.com/SERVPROnegrandrapids/winter-safety/

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm damage. 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.

If you need help with cleaning up after storm damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont! (231) 796-2342

Did you know this about lightning?

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

lightning When lightning strikes, call SERVPRO!

               Did you know this about lightning?

With summer transitioning to fall, its time say goodbye to the beach and hello to colorful leaves and stormy weather. To prepare yourself, take a look at these fun facts about thunder and lightning!

1.) Lightning creates heat hotter than the sun.

2.)While you may have heard the saying “Lightning never strikes the same place twice”, turns out that isn’t really true! In reality, lightning actually can strike the same place twice, or even more than twice! It can also strike multiple places at once!

3.) According to author Alex Daniel at com, The state of Florida gets more lightning than any other state, and Venezuela experiences more lightning than anywhere else on earth!

4.)Thunder cannot exist without lightning

5.)90% of victims who are struck by lightning survive

6.)Lightning can cause severe home damage such as fires or leaky roofs. If this happens to you, call SERVPRO! Our restoration cleanup experts will make it "Like it never even happened." We are always willing and eager to help!

 About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont

www.SERVPRObigrapidsfremont.com specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and 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.

If you need help with cleaning up after a fire, storm, or mold damage event, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Making it easy to create an Emergency Checklist

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Are your Prepared?

Making a plan to be ready ahead of any size disaster is key to surviving. With these few simple steps, it can help you evacuate your home safely before help arrives.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelterplan?
  3. What is my evacuationroute?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Create and fill out important information needed for the whole family to understand. Make sure to communicate key steps and meeting spots in case of an emergency. Using pictures or graphics can make it easier for the children in the home to understand main places to evacuate.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Source: ready.gov

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 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.

When storms hit Big Rapids/Fremont, 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 231.796.2342

When storms or floods hit Big Rapids/Fremont, SERVPRO is ready!

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 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 Big Rapids/Fremont, 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 231.796.2342

Be safe during Severe Weather

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Are you Ready?

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless

Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and 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.

If you need help with cleaning up after a storm damage event call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

Are you prepared with supplies for a Storm

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm clean-up? We can help

Steps You Should Take to Prepare for a Storm

To prepare for a storm, each family should have an emergency kit. Since you may have to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone in the family should know exactly where the emergency kits are located.

Your emergency kit should contain:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Portable battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and essential medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable emergency food
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Disposable camera
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Important papers, identification and bank information

When a severe storm is approaching, tune into a local TV or radio broadcast covering the storm and follow evacuation orders, if they are issued. Check your emergency supplies and make sure you have enough water for everyone in your home, typically 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days. Fill up your bathtubs with clean water. Turn your refrigerator and freezer up to the maximum setting so your food will stay cold for as long as possible in the event of a power outage. If you have storm shutters on your windows, make sure they are closed and secured. If not you can use pre-cut plywood to cover exposed glass. To prevent damage from flying objects, bring outdoor furniture, tools, pots and toys in from outside. Secure important documents, photographs and other valuables in a waterproof and fireproof case.

We are here for any size situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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

Fall projects that need attention before winter months

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

What projects are on your list?

The leaves start to fall and the temperatures become brisk outside so have you thought about winterizing your home to brace for winter months ahead. When it comes to your property you try to do whatever you have to do to prepare for the worst things imaginable but have you added these projects to your to do list? Many projects that include fall preparation would be your homes outdoor water spigots and garden hoses. Leaving water in any exterior hoses or pipes can cause them to freeze and burst. Another important step this fall is to check the condition of your roof. When checking your roof make sure to look for red flags such as shingles missing or pulling away. Being aware of roof damages before the snow start to fly will save you time and money in the colder months. Another project being that it is the fall season you might notice the trees around your home shedding their leaves. Make it a priority when on the roof to inspect and clean out you gutters and downspouts. These helpful hints will help you prepare with ease to enjoy the colder days ahead.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 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.

When storms hit Big Rapids/Fremont, 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 231.796.2342

What to Be Aware of When it comes to a Flood!

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

The Need to Know About Floods

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 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.

When storms hit Big Rapids/Fremont, 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.

Source: http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 231.796.2342

September is National Preparedness Month

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Are you Prepared?

With the main focus of September being Emergency Preparation Month, making a plan to be ready ahead of any size disaster is key to surviving. With these few simple steps, it can help you evacuate your home safely before help arrives.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Create and fill out important information needed for the whole family to understand. Make sure to communicate key steps and meeting spots in case of an emergency. Using pictures or graphics can make it easier for the children in the home to understand main places to evacuate.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Source: ready.gov

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 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.

When storms hit Big Rapids/Fremont, 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 231.796.2342

Prepared for Tornadoes and the Damage that Follows

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Being Prepared Ahead of the Storm

Before a Tornado

Identify safe rooms built to FEMA criteria or ICC500 storm shelters or other potential protective locations in sturdy buildings near your home, work, and other locations you frequent so you have a plan for where you will go quickly for safety when there is a Warning or an approaching tornado.

For schools, malls, and other buildings with long-span roofs or open space plans, or many occupants, ask the building manager to identify the best available refuge. 

Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

Look for the following danger signs:

Dark, often greenish sky

Large hail

A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)

Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

After a Tornado

If you are trapped, do not move about or kick up dust. Tap on a pipe or wall or use a whistle, if you have one, so that rescuers can locate you.

Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.

Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

Watch out for debris and downed power lines.

Stay out of damaged buildings and homes until local authorities indicate it is safe.

Use extreme caution during post-disaster clean-up of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during clean-up.

Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

If your home is without power, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns rather than candles to prevent accidental fires.

Source: www.ready.gov

We are here for any size Storm Damage situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Don't let Bad Weather Ruin your Summer

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Be Prepared before Disaster Strikes

Severe Weather can affect your property in multiple ways. With Summer in Michigan is full effect there’s always things to prepare for Thunderstorms to keep yourself safe. These tips listed below will help you know what to do to save your property and love ones from damage.

How to Prepare for Thunderstorms

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aidand learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Review the Be Red Cross Ready - Thunderstorm Safety Checklist

Source: http://www.redcross.org/

We are here for any size Storm Damage situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.