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Hurricane Season

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Today, June 1st, marks the first day of Hurricane Season and extends through November 30th. Experts predict in 2021 there could be 13-20 storms that will be named ( winds of 39mph and higher) and of those, 6-10 could be named Hurricanes and 3-5 major Hurricanes. 

Predictions this year will be that warmer then avg surface temperatures and weaker tropical Atlantic trades winds will help fuel more storms this year. 

In 2020 SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake jumped into action to help in two States , Pennsylvania and Louisiana, for three Hurricanes. 

This is the time to start preparing for residents along the coast as we  come into Hurricane Season and here at SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake we are always prepared to go where we are needed in a moment's notice. 

Cottage Season

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Wet insulation Wet insulation from a water soaked crawl space

The Unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day Weekend. Many of us travel to our favorite lake cottage or cabin. But what do you do when you walk in and discover that a pipe had burst and there is standing water all throughout your second home? This happened to a cottage owner as they came to check on their property and saw 2-3 inches of water in their cottage and a flooded crawlspace. SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake started taking care of the property right away by removing the insulation in the crawl space, removal of tile on the main floor and drying. 

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake at 989-755-5065 to help get your property back in order. 

Unlikely Causes for Fire Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage Fire damage

Fires can start from a number of different reasons, leaving a candle burning, a cookie sheet in the oven while it’s preheating and even charging a phone or battery pack and much more.
If any of these unfortunate events should happen to you it is important to call your local SERVPRO in Mt.Pleasant, Clare, and Houghton Lake at 989-775-5065

Recently a household had fire that was not expected while a device was charging. Luckily no one was seriously hurt and was able to get out. SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake was called and able to take care of the damage and get the family back into their house. The family was very happy with the team at SERVPRO made them feel at ease and comfortable with the process.  

Apartment Complex

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen sprinkler line Ice forming from a broken sprinkler line

Winter Storm Uri hit several areas in the south in 2021 causing an unprecedented amount of damage to residents and businesses throughout the area. SERVPRO of Mt.Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake was able to pack up and head south while most of the region was covered in snow and ice and still facing record low temps. A 250 unit apartment complex was one of many buildings that experiences frozen and busted pipes after it had experienced power outages. We assisted in the tear out and helped out many of the residents get the water damaged materials out and on their way to being back into their residences. The residents of Texas were very appreciative that we would come all the from Michigan to help and we were glad that we able to help with the situation that they were in. 

When Frozen Pipes Burst, Now What?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

A frozen water pipe that has burst A frozen water line that froze and split causing a leak

Sub zero temps have hit most of Michigan the last few weeks and with the bitter cold, it also brings freezing water lines. We see losses occur most of the time with second homes, cottages and maybe a vacant home that is for sale. It doesn’t take long for a pipe to freeze, then have a rapid warm up to thaw the pipe and unfortunately find out that it broke. Some times it can be as small as a pin hole that has had water dripping constantly or could be gushing water once it thaws. No matter the size, the damage it can be extensive if not found and taken care of in a timely matter.
Picture this, you walk into your cottage and find that you had a frozen pipe and it burst, what do you do now ?

1) Find the main water line and turn it off

2) Call SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake at 989-775-5065

3 Get in touch with a plumber and have them look over all your pipes to make sure there are no other broken pipes

What is in your ready plan

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile Emergency Ready Profile

Many businesses have some sort of plan in place to give them and their employees an outline of what to do in case of a catastrophic event such as a tornado, hurricane, fires,etc. But does your business have something it’s plan for a failed pipe, or backed up sewer line,etc. Companies do not think of these things and are typically the items we do see. 
SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant ,Clare and Houghton Lake can help provide this FREE plan for you. With our Emergency Ready Profile ( ERP) we will gather all the information needed and keep it in our file so when an event does happen we are already prepared with all important information needed. This allows us to get into your business faster and able to get it cleaned up and LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED. 
Call 989-775-5065 or visit us at to set up a time for your Emergency Ready Profile 

Are you using the latest technology to disinfect

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Electrostatic SERVPRO Tech disinfecting with an electrostatic sprayer.

The past year we have all learned new ways to clean and disinfect, how often it should be done, how long it can take and how expensive it can be. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for days and be easily transmitted. 
With many of our businesses and schools opening back up, more and more people will be coming through the doors and the chances for viruses to spread will also rise. Do you have a plan? How often will you disinfect? How often can you disinfect? How much will this cost?  SERVPRO of Mt Pleasant, Clare & Houghton Lake can help you with all of these questions. We use an electrostatic sprayer that allows us to disinfect more area in less time with less product. How the electrostatic sprayer works is that when the disinfectant exits the sprayer, it does so with a positive charge. The disinfecting agent is now attracted to all negative surfaces and will spread around all visible areas. When the positively charged disinfecting agent droplets come in contact with each other, it naturally moves away from each other creating the spread of the disinfecting agent, covering more area and creating a more uniformed application. We use EPA approved disinfectants that are used in the restaurant and medical fields and our customers can be back in the area that was sprayed within 10 minutes. Because of this new and effective technology, many businesses are adding this to their readiness and cleaning guidelines. It is very important that when using this that the individuals that are spraying are highly trained and compliant with the Centers For Disease Control guidelines.  Call SERVPRO at 989-775-5065 or visit us at to set up your readiness and cleaning plan

Icicles, a beautiful winter sight or a sign of damage

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Icicles are a sign that winter is here, they are nice to see but is it also a sign of potential damage?

Once you see icicles forming this could be a sign that ice dams are forming and can lead to further damage if not taken care of quickly. 

Ice dams form because there is not adequate insulation in the attic. The warm air tries to escape through the roof and begins to melt the snow, as the water makes its way down to the edge of the roof it freezes causing an ice dam. We also see ice dams form when there is drastic temperature change from cold to warm and back to cold. The ice can damage gutters, shingles, and cause water damage in your house. Water can enter through your walls, into your insulation and if left long enough can cause microbial growth.

If you notice water damage call your local experts of Mt. Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake SERVPRO at 989-775-5056 or visit us at 

Categories of Water Damage

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage wicking up the drywall after a sump pump failure.

You may have had a small roof or plumbing leak.  A bath tub overflow.  A ruptured water heater.  Or major storm flooding.

The amount of water is only part of the water-damage equation.  The potential for deterioration and the extent of drying measures also depend on the rate of soak-in, the duration of exposure, and the rate of evaporation.  And those in turn depend on the area and type of materials affected.

When moisture lingers for more than a day carpet, furniture, and building surfaces typically develop mold.  Soon drywall swells and crumbles, wood swells, warps, and splits.  Metals corrode.  And given time even concrete weakens.  So damage can range from minor discoloration all the way to structural problems.  With SERVPRO the emphasis is on prevention and mitigation.  Problems can become significant within 24-72 hours, so our focus is on getting things significantly dryer if not completely dry within that time frame.

IICRC Classes of Water Damage

The ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration is the gold-standard for the cleaning and restoration industry.  It presents practical guidelines and procedures based on science and extensive experience.  We talked about their categories of health hazards and the needs for surface cleaning and disinfecting before.  Let’s now cover the degrees of leaks, spills, and water intrusions and their potential for damage.  The IICRC divides them into four “classes.”  It doesn’t giving any specific amounts of water as many other variables go into determining the proper water restoration measures.

Class 1

This class involves the least amount of water.  It’s defined as affecting only part of a single room, with minimal wet carpet and affecting only low-permeable materials such as plywood and concrete sub-flooring.  Resulting from things such a roof leak and rowdy kids in the bath tub, there’s minimal absorption and little moisture remaining after bulk water removal.  So after mopping and blotting a natural slow rate of evaporation may be acceptable.  Lifting carpet speeds drying and lets you determine if the sub-floor is excessively damp.

Class 2

Here there’s more water, and more gets absorbed by building materials.  It’s defined as affecting an entire room or resulting in large areas of wet carpet, with water wicking upwards in walls at least 1 foot (but less than 2 feet) and moisture reaching structural materials.  Class 2 water intrusions require bulk water removal, surface water extraction, and dehumidification for faster evaporation.

Class 3

With the most water and greatest absorption involved, Class 3 water restoration requires the fastest evaporation to head off deterioration.  It’s defined as having flooring, sub-flooring, walls, and insulation saturated.  With a source above the ceiling, that may be saturated as well.  Advanced drying and dehumification methods via specialized equipment are critical.

Class 4

This last class is a special situation, typically the result of heavy natural flooding.  There’s been enough water and time to saturate materials such as stone, concrete, brick, and hardwood.  Highly aggressive methods to maintain very low specific humidity for longer periods than usual are required.  Or the affected rooms may be considered a total loss if the structure has been severely compromised.

 If you find yourself in need of a Certified Restoration Service to see our crew click here SERVPRO of Mount Pleasant, Clare and Houghton Lake are only a phone call away. We have a Representative available 24/7 to  assist you in your time of crisis. Contact us @ 989-775-5065.

Hurricane Florence hits Topsail Island

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Walls destroyed by hurricane Florence

SERVPRO of MountPleasant, Clare & Houghton Lake 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 Topsail Island, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,950 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