The hard working team of restoration technicians from Jarvis’s water damage team has been working around the clock to help property owners throughout Michigan recover from a severe thunderstorm that caused flooding throughout the area on Weudnesday. Teams from Jarvis have been dispatched to hundreds of households to help with water extraction and cleanup, primarily from basement flooding. The heavy rainfall overwhelmed drain lines, causing serious flooding and sewer backups in numerous communities throughout the greater Detroit area. Jarvis has brought in support team members from other regions to help provide timely service in lieu of the demand for professional cleanup.
The heavy ban of thunderstorms that are working its way across the State of Michigan have resulted in flash flooding and could get worse by the end of the week. Weather experts have predicted rainfall in excess of three inches throughout parts of the State. The month of May has already produced elevated amounts of rainfall in much of the State and severe weather continues to cause property damage problems for a large portion of the Midwest region.
The heavy rainfall is not likely to cause substantial river flooding, but will be challenging for basement flooding, low lying areas and the potential for some washed out streets and parking lots with poor drainage. Jarvis water damage restoration division will be busy assisting residential and commercial property owners this week. Property owners with finished basements will want to monitor their sump pumps to ensure that they are working properly to remove excess water and help keep their foundations as dry as possible.
The disaster recovery storm damage response team has been dispatched to Joplin, Missouri on Monday to help with the cleanup and repair from devastating tornadoes that tore through the town on Sunday afternoon. The large tornado carved a path through the heart of the town, destroying homes and businesses within its path. You can witness the devastation from a photo of the regional medical center, shown below.
Jarvis has dispatched members from its division of first responders who have extensive disaster restoration experience. Team members from Jarvis’s local office in Illinois, Iowa and Michigan will be traveling to the region and will be equipped with a large inventory of emergency generators, roof tarps and window/door board-up materials.
2011 has been a year filled with storm devastation. Large tornadoes hit South Carolina and Alabama earlier this year, claiming over 400 lives in the process. The recent storm in Joplin has already claimed nearly 100 victims and the search and rescue operation is now in full force. Weather experts are predicting additional storms throughout the Midwest region this week, with the possibility of severe weather and additional tornadoes a real probability. The major storms have caused water and flood damage in Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana already this year as rising flood waters have washed away many rural communities. Many weather experts are already predicting 2011 will be a year filled with major hurricanes and destruction.
The use of ozone generators is one that requires extreme care and training to ensure safe handling for the technicians and property owners. Ozone generators can be very effective in removing odors caused by fires, certain foods and other protein based air pollution problems. Ozone generators are often used in properties following smoke damage to help remove the odor. The ozone machine creates a compound of 3 molecules, which allow the extra compound to attach to air molecues, allowing them to be destroyed through an oxidation process.
The best source for understanding how Ozone machines work is the EPA, which provides a good overview here:
What is Ozone?
Ozone is a molecule composed of three atoms of oxygen. Two atoms of oxygen form the basic oxygen molecule–the oxygen we breathe that is essential to life. The third oxygen atom can detach from the ozone molecule, and re-attach to molecules of other substances, thereby altering their chemical composition. It is this ability to react with other substances that forms the basis of manufacturers’ claims.
Jarvis technicians can professionally place and monitor the use of ozone generators to safely and effectively eliminate many types of odors. It is very important to note that while Ozone machines can be very effective at removing odors they should never be used around people, animals or plants. The same chemical reaction that helps remove the odorous molecules can be extremely harmful and even fatal if exposed over an extended period of time.
Heavy rainfall hit a large portion of the Metro Detroit area on Sunday and is expected to remain in the region throughout the week. The rain is not likely to cause flash floods or major river flooding, but is going to become problematic for Michigan homeowners with basements. The water table will struggle to drop this week as weather experts have predicted a steady forecast of rainfall. Property owners who have basements often rely on a sump pump to remove excess water from the foundation and help keep basements dry. The sump pump is designed to pull excess water from under the foundation and funnel this to the homes sewer drain line system. Sump pumps require electricity to work in almost all modern designs and come in a variety of models and sizes. Most sump pumps require installation by professional plumbers to ensure they are set up to work effectively.
Property owners who experience water damage or basement flooding can reach a member of the disaster recovery team at Jarvis for assistance with water extraction, mitigation, structural drying and repairs. Jarvis uses a variety of restoration equipment for professional basement flooding cleanup service.