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Winter Weather Storm Damage
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Accumulating snowfall is expected through this evening, bringing a widespread several inches of snow to Northern Michigan. Additional lake effect snow and high winds are expected. With this winter weather advisory in effect, don't forget SERVPRO is here to help with damages from cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, ice storms and freezing rain. Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Stay safe everyone.
Make sure to call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling for any of your winter storm damage needs! We provide emergency restoration and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Winter Storm Preparation
During extremely cold weather or snowstorms, staying safe and warm can be a challenge. As Michiganders, we know that winter brings freezing temperatures, power failures, and icy roads. To keep you and your family safe, you need to prepare your home for Michigan’s longest season.
Prepare Your Home:
- Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze.
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
- Insulate walls and attic.
- Install storm or thermal-pane windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
- Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structure during a storm.
By preparing your home before a storm, it could help prevent or lessen the damage. In Michigan, we never know what type of weather we will get, so it is always important to be prepared and safe rather than sorry. For these long winter months, having a plan can protect your home against storm damage.
Before the Storm Hits:
The CDC highly suggests listening and watching weather forecasts regularly to keep updated on the storm. It is also recommended to have an emergency supply kit which includes emergency food and water supply. Even though we cannot always predict how bad a winter storm can be, sometimes watching/listening to a forecast can give you several days to prepare.
Here To Help:
Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning resulting from cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, ice storms and freezing rain. Regardless of the type of storm, our team can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our team at SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling can respond quickly with additional resources.
No matter the winter storm damage, our team is ready 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Post Winter Storm
With winter quickly approaching, make sure you are prepared for both the pre and post winter storm. Here are some post storm tips that have been provided by READY.GOV.
AFTER THE STORM
- If your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours or if you do not have adequate supplies to stay warm in your home overnight, you may want to go to a designated public shelter if you can get there safely. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (e.g., SHELTER20472)
- Bring any personal items that you would need to spend the night (such as toiletries, medicines). Take precautions when traveling to the shelter. Dress warmly in layers, wear boots, mittens, and a hat.
- Continue to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
Learn From Every Storm
Restock your emergency supplies to be ready in case another storm hits.
- Assess how well your supplies and family plan worked. What could you have done better?
- Take a few minutes to improve your family plan and supplies before the next winter storm hits.
- Talk to your neighbors and colleagues about their experiences and share tips with each other.
Call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling if you have suffered any winter storm damage!
Winter Weather Preparation
Be prepared for winter weather before it comes
It is inevitable that winter brings with it frigid temperatures and extreme cold weather which can prove to be hard on both you and your home. Here are some tips to help in preparation during the fall season in order to prepare for the winter weather in Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling.
How to Deal with Frozen Pipes
- Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
- Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
- Turn off water to outside faucets, if available, and open valves on faucets to allow them to drain.
- Turn off sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
The above list are just a few tips to take into consideration when performing fall cleanup in order to prepare for the winter season. This is crucial as in Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling there are winters with frigid temperatures which are accompanied with freezing. If these tips are utilized, they can help prevent frozen pipes and water damage throughout your home or business.
For more information on preparing and preventing damage to your property in Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling during the winter season, please contact our office at:
High Wind Home Protection
Damaging winds or “straight-line” winds
These wind types can be classified as those exceeding 50-60mph. Winds of this extremity can occur during a severe thunderstorm or strong weather system. During an especially strong thunderstorm, the winds could exceed a devastating 100mph. These extreme types of winds can blow small to large objects around and cause extensive destruction to anything that lie in their path. If necessary, follow the following tips to prepare and protect yourself from wind damage.
Find shelter. Have an established location in your home that you can take cover in. These shelter locations should be away from any windows or glass doors, preferably in the middle of your home or basement. For those who are living in mobile homes, evacuation is necessary as mobile homes are susceptible to being overturned and punctured by high winds.
Protect your property. If strong winds are near or approaching, move garbage cans, outdoor furniture, grills and any other items that could be potentially dangerous if blown over into your home or garage. Vehicles should be stored in a garage and boats should be docked or tied up securely.
Power lines. High winds have the potential to lead to fallen power lines. It is extremely important to not try to free lines or remove debris – call and report them. “Stay Away and Stay Alive.” If you witness or come across someone who may have been shocked do not try to touch them – you could also fall victim to electrocution. Call 911 and get them the right attention as quickly as possible. If for any reason a power line falls onto your car, stay inside the vehicle and do not touch any metal framing inside of your vehicle. It is important to not exit the car unless it catches on fire – if you must do so, do not step out – but rather jump out without touching any metal portions of the interior/exterior.
Driving in high speed winds. If for any reason you are driving through high speed winds, keep both hands on the wheel (wind can jerk and pull your wheel around) and immediately reduce your speed. If winds are severe enough, turn on your hazard lights, pull onto the shoulder of the road, and do not return to driving until the conditions subside.
If your home or business has experienced property damage due to high winds, make sure to call SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling and get our specialists on the line. 24/7 Emergency Services and board up services are available to protect your property from further damage and to prevent any secondary damages.
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Storm Damage in Kalkaska
Though we don't suffer anywhere near the damage that hurricanes and tornadoes can cause, we still suffer from heavy rain and windstorms including fallen trees that can cause significant damage to your home or business in Kalkaska and Northern Michigan.
Leave the Hassle of Emergency Board-Ups to the Professionals
Boarding up your damaged property due to a storm is a burden though it needs to be done quickly to help prevent any secondary damages from occurring. If it is done incorrectly or not at all, it could cause damages such as water damage or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. Leave the work to the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling. With our 24 Hour Emergency Service, we can board up your damaged property and help with any damage this may have caused your property such as water damage or structural damage.
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling?
We're Highly Trained and experienced Storm Damage Specialists and offer emergency services 24 hours a day.
As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition and also to protect your home from further damage following a storm in Northern Michigan with our board up services.
We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. SERVPRO of Bellaire, Kalkaska, Lake City & Grayling has the capabilities to handle any size loss and we have access to resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
We are locally owned and operated, so we are part of the communities that we service in Kalkaska and Northern Michigan. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.