GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - There are thousands of West Michigan residents who have not needed to evacuate their homes because of flooding, but have needed some powerful cleaning tools to clean out their flooded basements.
Grand Rapids resident Helen Morgan has lived in her home for 30 years and has never had water in her basement before.
But after several days of rain, there was standing water everywhere in her basement. She couldn't clean the mess by herself, so she called on the services of a company that handles emergency situations like flooded basements.
The company says thanks to the weather, they have received loads of new customers.
"We have 8 of our own production guys and some temporary help and we have other franchises that are coming in from out of state," Serv Pro employee Brandon Buccholz told 24 Hour News 8.
The employees at Serv Pro had a few tips for homeowners tackling a basement cleaning on their own:
* If you are trying to pump it our yourself you want to make sure that you pump it as far away from the house as possible otherwise you might just end up recycling it back into the house.
* If the water has come up into your furnace or water heater, you will need to call a qualified service technician.
* If the water is up over the outlets, you definately want to turn the breakers off and/or call an electrician to check things out.
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