Warm Those Pipes, Michigan

January 19, 2012

As January rolls along, temperatures in Michigan are dropping even further. In fact, as daytime highs fail to climb out of the 20s, you’ll miss those warmer winter days when our highs topped 40 degrees. But while you’re dressing in layers outside or covered with an extra blanket inside, your water pipes may not feel so warm and toasty.

There are numerous ways to protect those pipes. For example, you could buy a product to insulate them. Some people recommend leaving a tap on to allow water to steadily flow through the pipes, reducing the risk of a freeze. Yet whatever option suits you best, it’s wise to address the potential problem before it becomes an actual problem.

The extended freeze makes a pipe burst more likely because the daytime temperatures don’t warm up enough to make a difference. And there is a huge difference between a few degrees. 29 is not 33.

A few days of freezing temperatures coinciding with a weekend can lead to a disaster if no one is home to tend to the pipes. A wise Michigan resident who is out of town during these particularly cold spells will contact someone to check on the house in his or her absence. An early observation of a developing problem can become a significant game changer with the right intervention.

A developing problem that gets neglected during a deep freeze can lead to widespread damage, depending on where the pipe burst occurs. It may affect flooring, furniture, walls and much more. By the time the disaster is discovered, the expense of clean-up could have doubled, tripled or worse.

Your best bet is to expect the best but prepare for the worst. That’s pretty much a smart policy to adopt in any area of your life, especially if you’re new to Michigan. Winters around here can pack a pretty cold punch.

Aaron’s Restoration is ready to handle disasters round-the-clock, during even the most chilly conditions. Whether it’s water mitigation, mold remediation, fire and smoke clean-up or virtually any other home disaster, the team of specialists at Aaron’s Restoration can return a home to its original condition quickly and expertly. Visit www.aaronsrestoration.com today or call 888-442-2766.

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October 26, 2011

It happened in Grand Rapids and again in Shelby Township. It also took place in Allegan and Georgetown Township. Residents in these Michigan locations have experienced the destructive outcome of a car crash, not on the road, but in their homes. Unlike other potential threats, such as fire, flood or tornadoes, there seems to be no way to prepare for this kind of unexpected man-made disaster. The only response, barring any personal injuries, is repairing and restoring your Michigan home as quickly as possible.


In some instances, damage to the outside of your Michigan home may be contained to the point of impact. Homeowners and property managers will want to secure the home from unwanted visitors by temporarily sealing damaged walls and windows. Foot traffic may also be directed away from the point of impact if a portion of the structure is deemed unsafe. If the incident occurs during extreme weather conditions, the home may be uninhabitable until repairs are complete.

If the exterior damage is more extensive, the home may be structurally unsound. An expert evaluation will tell you if the home is safe to live in during the repair and renovation process or if finding an alternative location is recommended.


Depending on how far a vehicle enters the home, interior damage can vary greatly. In one of the Michigan incidents referenced above, the crash sparked a fire which led to more damage in the home. (Thankfully, no one was home at the time.) Typical interior damage can affect furniture, flooring, appliances, electrical systems, and more.  In some cases, damage contained to one room can allow a family to remain in the house during the repair and renovation process.

If the interior damage is more extensive—the kind that is possible when a vehicle passes through the entire house—the house will likely be deemed unlivable until the repair and renovation process is complete and the structure meets building codes once again.


Your homeowners insurance coverage policy—and your insurance adjuster—will help you understand what your particular policy covers in regards to this type of disaster. Maintain a file of all communication with the insurance agent, and help expedite the process by documenting (in writing, photos, video) the damage to your home. Create a list of all damaged or missing items as well. Also, keep in mind, loss of use coverage in a policy may help families forced to live elsewhere during the renovation process cover any reasonable living expenses incurred.


Even with insurance coverage, homeowners are responsible for preventing future damage. Make immediate temporary repairs to help reduce the risk of more damages, and save receipts for reimbursement of reasonable expenses. Consider all repairs temporary until the property can be assessed by an insurance agent and a claim is processed. Avoid contracting an individual or crew to make any permanent repairs to the home before the insurance claim is complete. This is especially important as your home may draw the attention of numerous unlicensed and less-than-desirable contractors.


In a world of unexpected developments, choosing the right contractor is one thing that is always within your control. An optimum restoration company provides both 24-hour emergency service and comprehensive solutions for cleanup and recovery in your Michigan home. Immediate board-up service can prevent further damage to your home and your belongings. Careful assessment of the property can minimize overall expense by determining which items are salvageable. Licensed, experienced companies also understand how to work with insurance companies to minimize cost in other ways and return a home to its original condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.

When disaster strikes in Michigan or Ohio—whether it’s man-made or caused by Mother Nature—rely on the experts at Aaron’s Restoration to handle the job. Aaron’s Restoration will erase the effects of car crashes, fire, wind and water, and return your home or business to the livable or workable environment you deserve. With its sterling reputation, it’s no surprise Aaron’s Restoration has been the trusted contractor for homeowners and business owners for nearly two decades. Call 888-442-2766 or visit aaronsrestoration.com.

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Upgrading During Restoration

October 13, 2011

A restoration project has a simple mission: get the home back to its original, pre-disaster condition. But that doesn’t mean the restoration work can’t coincide with other plans to upgrade and enhance a home. In fact, tying a restoration project to an upgrade can really work in a homeowner’s favor.

One advantage is using the “down time” of restoration work means not disrupting life at home a second time to handle the upgrade. In some cases, the upgrade can immediately follow the restoration. The two projects may also be in progress simultaneously with respect to each other.

As the written agreement for the restoration gets assembled, a homeowner who is interested in adding some upgrading to areas of the home should make those interests known to the contractor. Adding it afterwards can be accommodated, in some cases, but may slow down the restoration process and alter the delivery of the initial work. Working out the details in advance instead gives a homeowner a more accurate timeline for completion of the work.

Here is one way it could work to restore and upgrade at the same time. A flood causes water damage to a home, prompting the need to repair walls and replace flooring. At the same time, the homeowner now wants wider hallways and doors to allow more ease in mobility for an existing physical condition, the work can be done to meet both objectives.

Aaron’s Restoration is ready to help homeowners in Michigan return to their normal lives at home, and can help upgrade at the same time when that is a homeowner’s plan. The work need not be strictly related to barrier-free services; it could be any general contracting services we provide. Ultimately the goal is to provide a comfortable place for you to live, and extra comforts and convenience are certainly great reasons to go home every day.

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Michigan’s Ace in Accessibility Solutions

July 26, 2011

According to the Social Security Administration, one out of four of today’s twenty year-olds will become disabled before they retire. That disability may be prompted by an injury or accident—at work, at home, on the road, etc.—and could lead to a permanent change in mobility and lifestyle. If the disability is severe enough, it could even affect the quality of life in one’s own home.

In situations where changes need to be made to the home to provide better accessibility and safety, finding a contractor to provide cost-effective solutions is imperative. That’s when Aaron’s Restoration can help. We will meet with you to discuss your particular needs and create a plan that helps you meet your goals. We will also help make your home compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For example, we can construct wheelchair ramps outside the home and modify existing bathrooms to make them wheelchair-accessible. Walk-in bathtubs and roll-in showers are also part of our barrier-free services. In some cases, wider hallways and doorways are necessary, and we can make those changes, too.

New lighting can provide added safety to dark areas inside and outside the home. Aaron’s Restoration can also simplify the use of new and existing lighting fixtures by installing flat-panel switches in every room. We can also provide ease in getting into those rooms by replacing existing door knobs with door levers. Many door levers are ADA compliant, and keyed door levers are ideal for any doors leading to the outside of the home.

Not every person who suffers a disability stops working permanently. Many people will return to the workplace where special considerations will be necessary to allow them to work safely and productively. That’s when clients who own or manage commercial buildings that require barrier-free construction will contact Aaron’s Restoration.

When your Michigan home or office needs improved accessibility, call Aaron’s Restoration at 888-442-2766 for a free estimate.

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