Recent Water Damage Posts

Let SERVPRO clean up your home after a burst pipe

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home. Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, possibly causing personal schedule changes and insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor like SERVPRO can help assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. SERVPRO has the experience  to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst pipe.

We’re available to help you 24/7. Call SERVPRO at 734-721-5699 for more information.

SERVPRO of Westland/West Garden City is Faster to Any Size Disaser

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westland/West Garden City is here to help! With all of the rain Michigan has been getting, it's important to know you're in good hands if your home or business floods.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither does SERVPRO of Westland/West Garden City. We  provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Westland/West Garden City arrives quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. The water damage timeline below details the damage that occurs if no action is taken.

Call us today at 866-445-4011 for more information.

Frozen Pipes?

11/4/2018 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes and Indoor Flooding

Do you have a burst pipe or indoor flood?

Here are some WHAT TO DO tips while you wait for SERVPRO to arrive:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Water Damage:

    Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don't use the television or other household appliances.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

When Water Damage Happens, Call SERVPRO for Service

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you are grappling with the aftermath of residential water damage, you want the problems resolved as quickly as possible. Keep handy the name and number of a local cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO. Our job is to provide state-of-the-art service to our customers that are in need of expert water damage restoration. And we do so with rates that won't break your budget. 
What You Can Expect From a Water Damage Restoration Service 

When you contact us to assess the character of your problem, we will respond by sending a team of friendly, knowledgeable service technicians and leaders to your home. We will make a full inspection and assessment of your property, making sure to note where all of the damage and future potential trouble spots lie. We find the source of the water intrusion, if not visible, for repair. We must identify the water to determine if it is contaminated (such as Black Water from a sewage backup or groundwater intrusion), to use a correct and safe extraction method. Once we have completed this initial diagnosis, we provide you with a full estimate of the cost involved.  We will even help you with the insurance claims process.

How We Deal With Water Damage 
Once water damage in has taken its toll, engage the path to a solution as soon as possible. This means hiring a professional cleanup and restoration service to drain all of the unwanted water out of the building. We have truck-mounted pumps and portable extractors to quickly dispatch water. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can dry out your home with the additional aid of air movers and dehumidifiers, both desiccant and refrigerant. Our trained WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technicians, adhere to the cleaning standards of the IICRC. We ensure, by testing with moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers, that the affected areas are dry. 

Contact Your Local Residential Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Westland is here to be your one-stop water damage cleanup and restoration authority. For all fire, mold, and water issue, we are fully equipped and qualified to address and solve them quickly. We are locally owned and operated and can be contacted at any time of the day or night. 

Saving water damaged photos

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

When a water damaging flood strikes and homes are forced to submit to the destructive power of Mother Nature, it is rarely material possessions that people fear losing the most. Instead, they worry about the water damage done to sentimental items, particularly family mementos and photographs.

While it is not always plausible to save water damaged photos, scrapbooks, albums, and other personal records, in many cases, steps can be taken to restore them partially, if not fully. If your possessions have been damaged by flooding, follow this step by step process to try and revive treasured memories.

Step One The first step is to remove the photographs from standing water as carefully as possible and place them up high. If they are held in albums, they need to be separated and laid out somewhere dry. Take care when handling the shiny surface of the photo, as too much pressure can rub away the emulsion.

Step Two Take a sturdy container filled with cold, clean water and quickly dip each photograph. Replenish the water if it gets dirty or murky.

Step Three Now, lay each photo out flat again on a dry surface. It can be beneficial to set an absorbent material beneath them (like paper towels) too. These towels will soak up the surface water. However, do not use printed paper towels or newspaper, because the ink can end up transferring into the pictures.

Step Four For those are still dealing with a chaotic situation and cannot find a safe place to dry the photos, the best thing to do is seal them in a plastic sandwich bag and put them in a freezer. This will ensure that they do not suffer further damage before you have a chance to dry them in a controlled manner. Use this as a last resort. Consider allowing SERVPRO to remove your photos and personal memorabilia to our facilities where we have state of the art equipment for cleaning and drying.

Extra Hints and Tips
If possible, retrieve photos exposed to water damage as quickly as you can (ideally, within two days–but within hours will improve the chance of success ). After this point, they will begin to develop mold and will be much harder to save.

To give yourself as much chance of saving prized mementos as possible, rescue photographs that do not have negatives first. You want to be focusing on the most ‘at risk’ items and objects. Do remember that photographs in frames need to be removed for saving while still wet. If you allow them to start drying, the photo will stick to the frame and be impossible to preserve. To separate a wet photo from its frame, rinse both with clean, cold water until the picture surface starts to become unstuck.

Hopefully, you have digitized your photos and video clips. Regardless, hard copies are treasures to be saved whenever possible. SERVPRO suggests that for photographs and important documents you secure our services to transport them back to our headquarters from your Oakdale water damaged home. There we have many options to optimize the success rate of restoring, or, at least, preserving them, as best as is possible.

  • Dehumidification
  • Air Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying
  • Freezer Drying

Urgent response to drying will help save these mementos. Don’t wait. Call SERVPRO at 734-721-5699. As we restore your water damaged home, we can also be working on the photos.

Let SERVPRO clean up your home after a burst pipe

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home. Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, possibly causing personal schedule changes and insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor like Westland SERVPRO can help assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. Westland SERVPRO has the experience  to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst pipe.

We’re available to help you 24/7. Call SERVPRO of Westland at 734-721-5699 for more information.

Water Damage? Now What?

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Your primary focus should be safety:

Is it safe to stay in the house?
Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
Call SERVPRO at 734-721-5699

What To Do After Flooding:

Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding:

Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
Don’t leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
Don’t use television or other household appliances.
Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Water Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage takes over home.

Water damage can occur in a variety of locations throughout your home.  Damage may occur in areas ranging from under window sills that have aged and now allow rainwater and snow to collect, to water lines that leak under sinks to storm damage in attic areas. Water damage can also occur in basements and garages where humidity and condensation have accumulated, ruining belongings stored there. 

If you've found water damage in your home, you can minimize damage by immediately having professional and restorative work done. Water damage does not stop on its own, but instead will continue affecting materials, possessions, and even heirlooms.

Your home's interior structures may seem sturdy, but over time water damage can weaken them, making them unsafe. Rotted and degraded floor joists or roof rafters can cause immense problems and safety issues. Mold can also begin to grow, creating other problems, including musty odors that can make a home seem dirty inside, no matter how much you clean. 

We have the equipment and experience to get your home restored, no matter what aspect of it is affected by water damage. Our IICRC certified technicians have ASD, Applied Structural Drying, and WRT, Water Remediation Training. You certainly want a healthy and safe home that also looks as it should – without any discolorations and blemishes of painted walls and other surfaces. Stained draperies that sat too close to windowsills and carpeting that has become rumpled and misshapen from moisture and water can be repaired. We are experts at restoring and repairing all aspects of a home's interior, including the furnishings. We are specially trained to return everything back to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

In addition to hard surfaces and their repair, we can also use air scrubbers to remove any impurities including mold spores, from the air, preventing mold growth within your home. We work hard at restoring your home so that you can enjoy it once again.


When you have water damage, call us at SERVPRO of Westland and West Garden City at

(734) 721-5699

24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will come to your home and immediately begin restorative work. We now you want to have a healthy home that looks beautiful once again.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Gutters in the Fall

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Failure to maintain the gutters on your home can lead very easily to extensive water damage.

At Westland SERVPRO we deal with water damage pretty regularly, and we’ve discovered that it’s a lot easier to prevent water damage before it occurs than try to fix it after it has become a real problem.

Failure to maintain the gutters on your home can lead very easily to extensive water damage. It doesn’t have to be that way. Cleaning the gutters is one of the easiest jobs you need to do around the house, and needs the least equipment.

A good rule-of-thumb is to clean your gutters at least twice a year . . . in the spring and in the fall. If you live in a heavily wooded area, three or four times may be called for.

Why Is It So Important?
Clogged gutters can cause many problems in your home. Some examples:

Water damage
Gutters and downspouts direct water away from the structure of your home, but clogged gutters and downspouts may cause water to collect around your foundation and get into your basement.

Loosened gutters
The weight of water and debris may loosen gutters and cause them to pull away from the house leading to your siding and trim rotting.

Ice dams
Freezing temperatures are common in Southeastern Michigan and clogged gutters may cause ice dams. An ice dam is when water flows over the edges of a clogged gutter and then freezes, potentially forcing water into your home. Ice dams can also become so heavy they may rip the gutter right off your home.

The Equipment You Need
When cleaning gutters, gloves and safety goggles are a must, as is a sturdy ladder and a coworker to keep it steady as you ascend and descend.

If possible, try to complete the job during a dry, sunny day, so slipping on the ladder will not be a safety issue.

We’re Here 24/7 To Answer Your Questions
If you have any questions about cleaning your gutters, please call Westland SERVPRO at 734-721-5699. In fact call us about anything you to get the job done. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible.

Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price. We are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.