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Betrayed by the Ceiling

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Betrayed by the Ceiling The exposed pipe that caused the damage.

The fourth of July is meant to be a day of celebration and remembrance of the journey that our country has taken to be where we are today. Unfortunately for one family, this year was not as joyous as years past.

Our on-call staff received a call the morning of the fourth. A home in Davison experienced a leak in their ceiling, from a plumbing issue in their upstairs bathroom. It was causing water damaging is various locations throughout the house. Ben and Josh were the first of our staff to arrive on-site and start the demo process. The house was carpeted, which means all of it, including the padding needed to be removed and disposed of prior to setting the drying equipment. In addition to the demoing the carpet, the crew also removed 18 square feet of drywall in the ceiling. Once demo was complete, we placed air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the affected areas to start the drying process. After a couple days of monitoring, the homeowner was able to reclaim their home with peace of mind.

Mold in the Attic

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in the Attic This is a side by side comparison of the ceiling in the attic.

This attic is 1,983 square feet. When we first arrived on site it was completely covered in mold. The inspector identified the source as an improper ventilation issue. Understandably so, the homeowner was unable to fix the source until the mold was remediated. They called our office and Eric went out to give them an estimate. Soon after the estimate was accepted by the homeowner, our techs, Austin and Josh were onsite in full Tyvek suits setting up the containment and starting the remediation process. In the first day we were able to set-up the containment, remediate and set the air scrubbers. Upon the final walk through with the homeowner, the attic was clear of mold and ready to start fixing the source of the problem.

Sump Pump Failure leads to Flooding Issues

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Sump Pump Failure leads to Flooding Issues Water seeping under the wall to damage the carpet in the other room.

On April 19th, we received a water loss at a commercial site in the Goodrich area. What we thought was a standard category 1 water loss, was actually a category 3. Over the weekend, they lost power in an ice storm and their sump pump failed, causing the toilets to overflow and flood the building. The employees attempted to clean the water up themselves, but quickly learned that it was a much bigger job than they were equipped to handle on their own and called us.

Upon our Production Manager, Darren arriving on site and conducting our initial surveillance, we learned that there was little to no moisture in the walls. The flooring was not so lucky. After conducting several moisture reading tests throughout the effected areas, we learned that all of the flooring, approximately 500 sqft, will have to be removed.

Later that day, our crew arrived on site to start demoing the effected area. This demo included: The main hallway, 7 rooms and 4 bathrooms. All flooring was removed, and two feet of drywall and insulation from the floor up. Air movers were strategically placed to produce the most desirable air flow and the most efficient drying process. Furthermore, dehumidifiers were used to assist the air movers in their task.

In the end, we have another happy customer and a commercial property that is back up and running as if it “Never even happened.”

Standing Up for Child Abuse Prevention & Autism

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Standing Up for Child Abuse Prevention & Autism We decorated our front yard with blue and silver pinwheels to help show our support.

Throughout the month of April, SERVPRO of Lapeer has been actively participating in Child Abuse Prevention and Autism Awareness month.

The month started with us simply decorating the lawn with the blue and silver pinwheels and each staff member wearing a blue ribbon in support of the causes. As the month went on, we quickly started to become more involved. Here is a list of our involvements:

  • Justice for Lily Foundation’s Lily Ball Sponsor
    • Table Sponsor
      • Though many of our team members are on committees for this event, we purchased a sponsorship to allow our entire office the opportunity to attend the event.
    • Weekly Meeting Host
      • We have donated a portion of warehouse space to the Justice for Lily committee to assemble center pieces and auction baskets for the event.
    • Community Supply Drive
      • Promoted and dedicated a portion of our office to supplies being collected for the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County and the Forever Friends Network in Lapeer.

We are saddened that this month has come to a close; however, we are proud of the support that we were able to give to those organizations and individuals in our community that are the boots on the ground. Thank you to everyone that joined us in showing their support and a BIG thank you to those individuals who are the boots on the ground.

Time for you to clean up with a bunch of professionals

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Take Cleaning to a New Level. Imagine a cleaner, brighter, more sustainable future for your business. You can start enjoying that future today – with commercial cleaning solution from SERVPRO of Lapeer. We put science to work to bring you easy-to-use, green alternatives that don’t compromise cleaning performance. All are engineered help keep your facility – and your brand reputation – spotless.

There are many benefits that you can get from professional commercial cleaning. A commercial setting has more foot traffic, so it is very important that you have your building cleaned by a professional.

It can be challenging to keep Michigan Eye Institute Lapeer clean. SERVPRO is an experienced company that is focused on delivering great commercial cleaning job.

A few days ago, Michigan Eye Institute Lapeer that have 5 other locations got in trouble as because one of their patients pushed the gas padel. They called us at 1 pm. We went there to meet with the doctors at 1:30 pm and the doctors signed the agreement for us to provide the services at 2 pm. Around 3:45 pm, we arrived on site to start with the cleaning job. It took few hours to set the place. At 7 pm, everything was cleaned up by professionals of SERVPRO, and the Eye Institute was ready to open up again for next day.

We are the choice for many businesses and homeowners. We qualify each commercial cleaning lead using your preferred qualification criteria.

The process during the time frame is as follows:

  1. We board up the outside wall and saved the bricks for future repair
  2. We strengthen the inside wall by supporting it with 2x4 frame
  3. We moved inventory of glasses for the customer
  4. We stored the damaged shelves in our warehouse for adjuster's inspection
  5. We cleaned up debris, broken glasses, drywall, and insulation

We look forward to providing you with commercial cleaning services. Our goal is to make your business or home smelling free and clean. We provide service that is excellent. Call us today in order to make an appointment for your commercial cleaning.

Water Damage Repair

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Almost 70% of property damage involves water – through broken pipes, natural flooding, and sewer backups or after a fire. Water can cause extensive damage and pose a serious threat to building structures, interior furnishings, important documents and prized belongings. Additionally mould can begin growing within48 hours, and mould growth and related bacteria and allergens can result in serious long term health issues.

SERVPRO of Grand Blanc is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small to commercial, residential and municipal customers.

  • Quick Friendly Service
  • Emergency Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service Available
  • Fully Licensed & Insured Commercial Water Damage Restoration Contractor
  • Expert Certified Commercial Water Damage Restoration Professionals
  • Commercial, Residential & Municipal Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage Restoration in Davidson is a difficult and complex task. There are many misconceptions out there. Many times untrained professionals (even homeowners) make mistakes due to those misconceptions. When water damage restoration is required most people go by what they can only see thinking that’s all there is. The truth of the matter is there is much more to water damage that the eye cannot see.

Calling a professional water damage restoration company will ensure the job gets done right the first time. Furthermore, it will prevent the creation of a much bigger problem, such as black mold, low indoor air quality, allergies, respiratory problems etc.

Receiving water damage repair service for your home or business can potentially cause a problem with neighbors, and the block association. Allow SERVPRO of Grand Blanc in Davison to provide assistance in order to keep you away from any potential confrontational situations. To get repair service to your living or work space due to water damage, Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Grand Blanc 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.

Water damage restoration & Cleanup

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Experiencing water damage? To get help fast, Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Grand Blanc provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service in Davison

Water damage can be sudden, immediately wreaking havoc on your property. Eventually, that damage can also become a health hazard and lead to mold problems. Water damage shrinks leather, warps wood, damages carpet, and causes other serious problems. Immediate damage repair is crucial in preventing water damage from further destroying your residential or commercial property.

After a storm, a burst pipe, or other disaster that results in flooding, water damage is a very real possibility. The first thing you should do is call our professional water damage restoration teams so that we can mitigate, prevent, or repair any damage.

SERVPRO of Grand Blanc is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small to commercial, residential and municipal customers.

  • Quick Friendly Service
  • Emergency Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service Available
  • Fully Licensed & Insured Commercial Water Damage Restoration Contractor
  • Expert Certified Commercial Water Damage Restoration Professionals
  • Commercial, Residential & Municipal Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Throughout every step of the process, we handle your belongings with utmost care. We go to great lengths to ensure mold is not an issue after restoration and that your indoor air quality is top-notch.

Smoke and fire damage restoration

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

When your home has been damaged by fire, it's essential to enlist the services of smoke and fire damage restoration experts as quickly as possible. That's why SERVPRO of Grand Blanc in Holly is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. If your home has experienced smoke damage or fire damage, don't hesitate to call best smoke and fire damage restoration experts, now!

When it comes to smoke or fire damage restoration, fast action is important. Following the initial fire or smoke-related incident, smoke and soot will settle on surfaces creating additional damage to the structure of your contents.

Contact SERVPRO of Grand Blanc at (810) 664-1000 to learn more about smoke and fire damage restoration, now.

SERVPRO of Grand Blanc in Holly provides solutions to personal property losses, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide comprehensive, professional smoke and fire damage restoration services, and other services, such as water damage restoration, storm restoration, mold removal, and more. If ever your life is disrupted by fire or smoke damage, turn to SERVPRO for reliable, smoke and fire damage restoration services you can trust.

As smoke and fire damage restoration experts, SERVPRO understands the chemical combinations that effectively clean and salvage belongings. We remove soot from brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile, and porcelain, as well as from fabrics in upholstery and carpets.

Our certified smoke and fire damage restoration technicians complete training in fire mitigation, restoration, and corrosion control, and undergo continuing education to learn new techniques.

Emergency Storm Damage Restoration Services

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Has a recent tornado or storm caused wind damage, hail damage, or water damage to your home? Call SERVPRO of Grand Blanc at (810) 664-1000.

Storm season can bring some nasty surprises. Storm damage can be caused by a number of different factors, such as falling trees and flying debris, high winds and surface flooding. And if not addressed quickly and properly, even a small amount of damage to your home can have major consequences, such as:

  • Excess humidity and mold growth
  • Deterioration of floor surfaces
  • Additional water ingress through holes in the building’s structure

SERVPRO of Grand Blanc in Flint is ready to secure your property and STOP the damage within hours of your phone call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Grand Blanc is an expert in storm damage restoration and should be called as soon as possible to assess any damage that occurs to your home. Our experienced teams are trained to deal with all damage and contamination issues and will remove the foreign debris, relocate your contents for cleaning, dry and decontaminate the affected areas, and ensure that all moisture issues are resolved prior to restoration work and the return of your items.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Lapeer & SERVPRO of Grand Blanc

SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc 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.

Meet Our Crew



  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm

Does your home have a mold problem?

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does your home have a mold problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. This shows spore growth less than 2 days after water exposure without proper mitigation

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.


If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

My House Smells Musty

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Now that it has cooled off outside and people are spending significantly more time in their homes, we have been getting quite a number of calls for mold testing.  The number one reason people have been calling for testing is due to a "musty smell" in their home.  It doesn't take much for mold to form indoors; a small water leak or excess humidity could be cause enough for mold growth to begin.  Now, one must understand that mold is everywhere and is completely impossible to eradicate, however, mold does not tend to irritate us until it has had a chance to grow; causing it to produce allergens and irritants. 

A water leak does not have to be present for mold growth to occur.  Please understand that an increase in humidity in the home can also create an environment susceptible to mold growth.  It is recommended that indoor humidity be kept below 45% in order to prevent the growth of mold.  This can be difficult in older homes that utilize water or steam heat as these tend to increase the humidity level indoors.  If this is the case for you, it may be to your benefit to place dehumidifiers strategically throughout your home where humidity levels tend to be the highest.  An indoor humidity meter can be picked up for just a few bucks online if this is something that concerns you. I (Andrea) actually have a humidity meter on my alarm clock that allows me to monitor the humidity in my bedroom and I run a dehumidifier as needed.

If all else fails and you are concerned, please give us at SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc a call.  We would be happy to come test your home for Mold in order to give you the peace of mind that you deserve.  Please know that if mold is found, our technicians come highly trained in Mold Remediation and have specialized Mold Remediation Equipment that allows us to effectively address the each unique mold issue our clients present.  If mold is identified and remediation must occur, rest assured that SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc is ready to help.  The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (810) 664-1000
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

For more information, please visit us here http://www.SERVPROlapeer.com/mold-removal-process or call the office anytime (810) 664-1000.

Take the Interactive Mold House Tour https://www.epa.gov/mold/interactive-mold-house-tour

Photo Credit: EPA.gov

Genesee County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Genesee County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home or Business

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Grand Blanc will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 810-664-1000

We Love Cleaning

5/8/2016 (Permalink)

General We Love Cleaning Our Friendly Technician - Adam Hodges


Cleaning is at the heart of what we do at SERVPRO of Grand Blanc.  Whether it's a fire, water, or mold job, the goal is to give a clean and fresh smelling house back to the home owner.  At a fire job, we do fire cleaning of all walls, ceilings, and floors, as well as personal belongs, which removes all soot particles from any nooks and crannies of the house.  At a water job, we clean and remove damaged structure materials, so they would be mold free.  After every reconstruction and repair job, we provide a post-construction cleaning of personal belongings as well as the house.  So you can see, at the end of every job, the last step of cleaning is usually a carpet cleaning.  

Our technicians love carpet cleaning.  We provide  different levels of carpet cleaning, which can make the carpet looks new again.  The highest level of carpet cleaning is called SHOWCASE CARPET CLEANING, where we use a roto that scrubs the carpet of any dirt, and then gives the carpet a good shampooing.  

We provide carpet cleaning as part of any remediation services, so at the end of all jobs, you can expect a clean and fresh house back, free of dirt and smells.  We recommend you clean your carpet at least every half a year, so please call us today to schedule a cleaning of your carpet, HVAC, furniture, tile and grout, uphostery, or any part in your house.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

3/6/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Dryer Vent Cleaning Dryer Vent Before and After Cleaning

Do you know that clogged up dryer vent can cause house fire?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, a common household dryer was the cause of more than 10,000 U.S. home fires each year. Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer hose and ventduct, reducing air flow, backing up exhaust gases and eventually creating a fire.

a clogged up dryer vent can also reduce the efficiency of drying and increase the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.  If the drying time is getting longer and longer, and you start to notice a burning smell, have your dryer vent inspected.

We have a dryer vent cleaning special.  We can clean the dryer vent for free when we clean the duct in your house.  So call today to set up an appointment to clean your air duct and dryer vent.