Recent Storm Damage Posts

Fall Storms in Michigan

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Stormy clouds in the sky. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you 24/7 365 days a year!

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our professionals are highly trained and use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm and preloss condition.


Since we are local and can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the cost.


When storms hit your area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

When disaster strikes your Kalamazoo, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts will walk you through our cleanup process, keeping you informed. We are here for you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366. We are “Faster to any size disaster.”

Preparing Your Comstock Home for Michigan Winters

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

House in background of snow falling SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is "Faster to any size disaster."

Michigan Winters can be beautiful, but can also be extremely brutal. From polar vortexes, black ice, and multiple snow storms, the harsh winters can cause severe damage to our homes. Winter will be here before we know it, so it is best to prepare your home in the fall before snow falls. Follow these tips to prepare your home for winter weather:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it “off”.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

When disaster strikes your Kalamazoo, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts will walk you through our cleanup process, keeping you informed. We are here for you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366. We are “Faster to any size disaster.”

Preparing for Severe Weather in the Kalamazoo Area

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

A storm caused a tree to break and land on a house. For any storm damage give us a call today at (269) 342-2366.

Are you ready if Kalamazoo severe weather strikes your area tomorrow? As we all know from living in Michigan, the weather here can change in minutes! Kalamazoo thunderstorms can be dangerous, they can produce lightning, hail, strong winds, flash floods, and tornadoes.  Follow these safety measures and general tips to help you prepare in case of an emergency.

Do the Following:

  • Prepare your home by shuttering windows and doors, and unplugging sensitive electronics
  • Prepare your property by removing damaged tree branches that could fall during a storm, and bringing outdoor objects inside
  • Watch the sky and tune in to your Weather Radio for information
  • Learn to recognize emergency alerts. A "severe thunderstorm watch" means stormy conditions are likely to occur. A "severe thunderstorm warning" means they exist somewhere in the area.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, danger is imminent. Seek shelter immediately. Stay in a hard-topped vehicle if there are no buildings.

When disaster strikes your Kalamazoo, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts will walk you through our cleanup process, keeping you informed. We are here for you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366. We are “Faster to any size disaster.”

How to Prepare Your Family from a Storm in Scotts, MI

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Lighting strike with SERVPRO logo When disaster strikes your home call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today!

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo knows that storms can be devastating to you and your family and your safety is important to us. After a storm, you may be without power for several days. Being prepared for any storm situation is very important. An essential part of preparedness is having an emergency supply kit. When preparing your kit, make sure to include these items.

  • One gallon of water per person per day for three days
  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone charger and backup battery
  • Battery operated or crank radio

When disaster strikes your Scotts, MI home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. Our experts can walk you through our clean up process, keeping you informed. We are here for you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to call us at (269) 342-2366. We are “Faster to any size disaster.”

Winter Storms Damage the Roofs of Vicksburg, MI Residents

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Snowman with hat and scarf Don't fret about winter storm damage! Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366.

This time of year is known for the bad weather and awful road conditions. It’s common to hear us Michiganders complaining about our commutes. What we often overlook is the effect these winter storms have on our homes. The snow and ice is more than just an inconvenience, they can significantly damage your home.

The weight of snow and ice alone has the potential to collapse your roof. As if that isn’t troublesome enough, ice dams are another threat to homes. Ice dams are an accumulation of ice often found on roofs. These dams form when snow melts unevenly, and then refreezes at the edge of the roof. Water gets trapped beneath the shingles and leaks into the home. This can cause significant damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas of the home.

Don’t let ice dams ruin your home, contact the experts at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today! We’ll take care of any damage to your home so you don’t have to worry. Call our office at (269) 342-2366.

Heavy Storm Damage in Comstock, MI

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Tree landing on roof of house Due to a large storm and heavy winds this tree landed on a roof and caused major water damage and structural damage.

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Comstock property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo had the tree removed from the roof on the same day and had the interior inspection done and updated to the insurance company by the end of the same day.  

Due to the rain after the tree fell on the roof, the rain water infiltrated the interior walls, ceiling and floor.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo removed the necessary structure components and started the drying process.  Within 3 days of the tree falling on the roof, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo had the structure cleaned, dried and ready for construction. If you find yourself facing storm damage, call us at (269) 342-2366.

Storm Damage to Scotts, MI Home

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO semi truck Rain or shine, wind storm or snow storm, SERVPRO East Kalamazoo is here to help! We make your home look "Like it never even happened."

Storms are curve balls thrown at us by nature itself. From thunderstorms to wild fires, storms ravage our cities and can even destroy our homes. There is not much we can do in ways of preventing these destructive events. However, you should know who to call when those disasters do hit home.

Our top notch disaster team at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. We have specialized equipment perfect for any size disaster. Along with this, our team is dedicated to making your home’s storm damage look, “Like it never even happened.”

When a natural fiasco strikes your home, don’t panic; call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. Our team understands how much your home means to you. We are available to you 24/7 to restore your home. 

Wind Storms Ravage Climax, MI Homes

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm cloud and lightening When a wind storm strikes your home, contact the experts in storm damage clean up at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo.

Strong winds are often underestimated. The potential they have to cause significant damage isn’t realized until the storm is over. Homeowners are then left with the aftermath of what has become of their homes. Lucky for them SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in storm damage clean up.

Wind storms can rip the shingles and siding right off your home, leaving a home exposed to the elements. They can propel objects through windows, shattering the glass with ease. The strong winds can even cause entire trees to fall on a home, leaving a gaping hole in the roof.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has a team entirely composed of highly trained professionals. They are equipped to manage any size disaster and are available to you 24/7. When a catastrophe strikes your home call the experts at (269) 342-2366.

Storm Damage to Your Richland, MI Home

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Cloudy sky with SERVPRO van When a storm hits your Richland, MI home, call the experts at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366!

Storms can arise anywhere. They can arise in a variety of forms ranging from snow and ice storms, to rain and wind storms. The severity of which can also vary. There is no telling when one of these frightful disasters may occur. That’s why SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available to you 24/7, and are equipped to handle any size disaster you may face.

  • We are faster to any size disaster. Our quick response prevents further damage from occurring, ultimately saving you money.
  • Our team consists of highly trained professionals who specialize in storm damage restoration.
  • We have vast resources at our disposal for the purpose of restoring your home or business, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

When unexpected storms damage your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. There office can be reached at (269) 342-2366.

The 4-1-1 on Tornadoes in Vicksburg, MI

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Tree fallen down near home Tornadoes can strike at any time. Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for assistance at (269) 273-8777.

Here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we are most well-known for our water mitigation expertise, along with our fire restoration services. However, our team specializes in so much more! In any given situation, we want to help people in any way that we can! After natural disasters, such as tornadoes, our team is always ready to jump into action.

The fact of the matter is this; we live in area that is at risk for tornadoes. It is important to us that you know how to prepare yourself for a disaster in order to ensure your family’s safety. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself.

  • Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch means that severe weather conditions have the potential to produce a tornado. This means you should be prepped and ready in case of funnel formation. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or indicated on the system radar.
  • Include your pets in your plan! Your pets need protection from harm as well. It can be helpful to have pet food and water available to them, as well as a blanket or toys to keep them calm and occupied.
  • Have nonperishable foods and water in your place of shelter. In case, you need to stay sheltered for an extended period of time, you’ll want to have everything you might need handy.
  • Have activities set aside for children. The need to shelter in place could last a while. Having activities for kids will keep them occupied.

In case of tornado:

  • SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. Do not hesitate. Gather your family and head to the basement. If you do not have a basement, move to an interior room in the house and stay clear of windows.
  • Be sure to cover your head. This will help protect you from debris that may be flying around.
  • Do not leave your source of shelter. Tornadoes can be life threatening. Strong winds and flying debris is not something to play around with.
  • Wait for the alert to be cleared before emerging from shelter. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “its’s always calm before the storm.” Just because it doesn’t look or sound bad, does not mean it is safe.

In the event that your home is affected by a tornado, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. We can make your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Protecting your Comstock, Michigan home from winter storms

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo doesn't take snow days! Call us today at (269) 342-2366

Winter weather is difficult to predict and can cause a lot of damage if not properly prepared. Using these tips, you can help protect your home from some of these costly winter storm damages:

  • Take care of your roof – Keep gutters cleaned, trees trimmed, replace any necessary siding or roof flashing and repair your chimney (if necessary).
  • Prevent ice dams from forming – Eliminate heat sources under your roofing, keep the attic ventilated, invest in a roof rake to remove snow, avoid trying to chip off any ice dams that may have already formed and talk to your roof specialist about sealing the roof with a moisture barrier.
  • Prevent water damage- Insulate any exposed pipes, caulk any cracks or holes in the outer walls or foundation of the home, open bathroom and kitchen cabinets to allow heat to circulate the pipes, trickle water through the faucets that run through any unheated areas of the home and if you plan to leave the home unoccupied, shut off the main water valve and have a professional drain the system.
  • Clear walkways and driveways – Keep walkways, steps and driveways clear of snow and ice and treat these areas with salt or de-icing products.

If your home has suffered winter storm damage, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366. We make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Wind and Storm Damage in East Kalamazoo

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

When mother nature strikes, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo!

Property damage caused by severe weather can be devastating to your family or business, and repairing it can be a complex undertaking. To get storm damage repair completed quickly and safely, you need a restoration service company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo provides specialized emergency cleanup and restoration services to bring your property back to normal with minimal interruption. We can handle any damage due to severe weather, including:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning Strikes
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes and high winds
  • Hail and ice storms
  • Freezing weather and ice dams

When mother nature hits hard, Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 to get help fast!  We make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

The Storm In Galesburg, MI Is Over: What Happens Now?

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

This Galesburg resident, was left with standing water in her basement after a recent storm. She called SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to help!

For those with damage to their homes, the storm was only the beginning. Now, it has passed and they are left with the aftermath of standing water. Despite what you may think, it’s not just water.

  • Water left behind by storms may contain all sorts of contaminated substances such as sewage, bits of debris, and harmful bacteria. This creates the perfect environment for microbial growth if left untreated.
  • Water is also a conductor of electricity. Standing water paired with downed power lines could make for a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Keep in mind, large amounts of water could become home to animals as well, be sure to stay alert when cleaning up. You never know what you might uncover, hopefully not a snake!
  • Always remember, if it’s NOT safe for you, it’s NOT safe for your pets either. Be sure to keep family pets away from standing water.

When disaster strikes your Galesburg, MI home have no fear, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo are here to help! Water damage often takes several days to clean up, let us take the weight off your shoulders. Here at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we are experts at restoring your home. In fact, you may say it’s “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (269) 342-2366.

Flood Safety for East Kalamazoo Residents

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Remember to stay clear of flood waters. Flood waters can contain debris, chemicals, sewage, and many other things.

Flooding can happen anywhere in the United Sates. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants to help keep you and your family safe. Types of flood hazards that could happen in Michigan include flash floods, river floods, snowmelt, and dam breaks. NOAA provides several tips for before, during, and after a flood.  

Getting Ready Before a Flood

  • Create communication plans with family
  • Have an emergency kit handy
  • Make sure your electronics are charged

During a Flood

  • Stay informed
  • Avoid flood waters
  • Obey evacuation orders
  • Get to high ground

After a Flood

  • Contact family and loved ones
  • Wait for the “All Clear”
  • Avoid disaster areas

The last major flood here in Michigan was the Grand River Flood of 2013 according to the National Weather Service. The Grand River flood closed over 300 roads and over 1200 homes were flooded.

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The Aftermath of Recent Storms in Parchment, Michigan

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Recent storms caused lightning to strike this Parchment, Michigan home directly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association lightning causes an average of about 24,600 fires each year and costs about $407 million in damages, and this Parchment home was unfortunate to fall victim to these statistics.  Recent storms caused lightning to strike the home directly, igniting a fire that was just too much to control.

When storms hit East Kalamazoo, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. If you experience a natural catastrophe call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at 269-342-2366, where we make storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Season in Vicksburg, MI

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

When mother nature strikes, let SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo strike back!

Severe flooding is one of the most devastating natural disasters for a home or business owner because of the level of destruction it creates. Not only do floods destroy property, they bring contaminants into the home, making it unsafe and unlivable until properly inspected and cleaned.

Heavy rains can be potentially harmful to your homes structure.  Once the ground is completely saturated, the water that is not absorbed has nowhere to go, forcing it to invade your home.  Water seeps into the walls and foundation of the home causing significant damage, and if left untreated can lead to mold growth.  Quick reaction time is crucial in these devastating events.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is trained and equipped for these natural disasters and is available 24/7.  Call us today at (269) 342-2366 if your home has suffered storm damages.  Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Winter Storm Preparedness in East Kalamazoo

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let broken pipes leave you puzzled, Call us Today!

Winter in Michigan can be pretty unpredictable.  Like the old saying goes:

“If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.”

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categorizes a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain.  In Michigan, we can see any of this type of precipitation.  When the temperature is below and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when our office knows what types of calls we’ll be getting: water damages.

How Water Pipes Freeze and Break

Water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze.  When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break.  The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed.  Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes. You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366 for your water restoration needs!  We make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

When Storms Hit East Kalamazoo SERVPRO is ready

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo 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 East Kalamazoo 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.

Call us today, we are always here to help! 269-342-2911

East Kalamazoo is Certified for Storm Damage Restoration

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is an IICRC firm.

What is IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

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

Contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo for any restoration service you need help with. 269-342-2911

Carpet Cleaning

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Carpet cleaning is important to maintaining the overall comfort and monetary value of a property. Any type of flooring is an investment for the property owner. Keeping the investment in the best shape takes a professional, but without proper certification, the consumer cannot be guaranteed of proper education and training on updated techniques used in maintaining the value of the flooring.

There are health concerns that can arise from any unsanitary environment, and it can be surprising to learn what survives in and under the flooring. Allergens that are left behind can lead to serious health problems for family members and even household pets. Proper techniques can reduce or eliminate allergens in the environment, improving the health of the occupants.

Great strides have been made in technologies used in carpet-care. Today there are only a few basic wet and dry methodologies accepted by the industry leaders. Ensuring consistently high standards means understanding how the certifying body works to guarantee better results at lower costs.

Proper maintenance begins with regular vacuuming using a high-powered machine. Over time normal wear and tear leads to a dull, soiled appearance. Proper maintenance by the occupants can help keep the flooring looking good, but there comes a time when a certified technician has to be called to get to the really deep grime a normal household vacuum can miss.

While regular maintenance is beneficial to the healthfulness and attractiveness of a home or office, a certified technician is necessary to take care of the really deep jobs regular vacuuming misses.

Consumers often find it difficult to choose a professional company for those important household chores. The benefits of carpet cleaning are

numerous, but knowing who can be trusted is not always easy. That's where we come in....Just give us a call @ (269) 342-2366 and we'll help you in any way that we can, whether that be by offering our carpet cleaning services or just answering any questions you may have.

What To Do if You're a Victim of Storm Damage

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm damage can occur to anyone. It can happen in any climate. Storms cause river flooding and other forms of flooding. They cause wind damage, hail damage, and hurricane damage. Winter storms bring ice dams and ice damming, which cause roof leaks, forcing you to get roof repairs done. Ice damage also comes in the form of frozen pipes. Groundwater and flood water can ruin your basement and home. You need to take steps towards home restoration. The best way to do that is to get a storm restoration and water restoration company to take care of your storm remediation.

Make sure to make an emergency call to the storm restoration and water restoration company right away. 
The first thing that the storm restoration and water restoration company will do is assess the extent of the storm damage, wind damage, roof damage, roof leaks, and any other sort of damage. They will create a plan of action for your home restoration needs.

Next, they will start fixing and removing the cause of the damage. Often, there will be hidden moisture under tiles or behind walls. They will use equipment that removes this water from your home.

The next step, after your home is completely dry, is to repair things that are broken. This starts with roof repair. If there are roof leaks and roof damage, they will do a roof repair job to repair those leaks. If wind damage caused your walls or ceiling to cave in, they will repair that as well. They may need to replace certain items. For example, they may need to use new boards or tiles for your ceiling, floor, and walls. If there is ice damage, such as a frozen pipe, they will repair that as well. Home restoration, or bringing your home back to livable conditions again, is a vital part of storm remediation.

Are you prepared?

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

We have many methods of repairing and restoring damage caused by storms, such as seepage, leaks, dampness, or flooding. The work done by our professionals goes way beyond simply cleaning up. It begins with water removal and ends with ensuring that your home is protected from further damage.

Here’s a brief look at what procedures are involved in our water restoration services:

  • Water Removal:The restoration process begins with pumping out excess water.
  • Deodorization:Foul odors can be eliminated by applying techniques such as ozone treatment, crystals, dry fogging, and wet fogging. The materials and equipment for these techniques are only available to professional water restoration service companies.
  • Mold and Mildew Removal:To achieve long-term results, this procedure must be performed by an expert restoration services provider. Using scientific technology, technicians can kill and remove developing mold and mildew.
  • Drying and Dehumidifying:These processes are necessary to remove moisture in the air and on walls, floors etc.
  • Content Restoration:This procedure involves cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting clothing, draperies, furnishings, beds, mattresses, carpets, sofas etc. These items can be successfully restored, but prompt action must be taken because harmful microbes, mildew and mold grow very fast in a damp environment.
  • Decontamination:Water restoration services also decontaminate and clean any items that are restorable, and dispose of those that are not.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will respond quickly to your water damage emergency.  24/7 - (269) 342-2911

Flood damage

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order.