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A Top-Notch Team With No Weak Links

Friday, 17 September 2021

 As the dog days of summer begin to wane, it’s time to start thinking about getting the home ready for the colder months ahead. So, as you sip your pumpkin spice latte, read on for tips to prevent all the water leaks, roof damage and fire loss Michaelis experts have seen over the years. “A lot of the problems we see in the winter and even next…

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One Job With Michaelis Leads to Another

Thursday, 23 September 2021

 The first step of Jody Chandler’s planned basement remodel was to have the space waterproofed. She searched online and called a few companies; Michaelis Corporation was one of the few that responded. Jody was impressed with Michaelis’s thoroughness from the start. “They came out to explain the job and how they priced, what the job would entai…
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A Trusted Partner in Property Management

Sunday, 11 October 2020

 “Both sinks were full of black water with sewage and waste in them. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.” That’s how William Aelick, a community association manager for a large residential property management group, remembers what he saw in an unoccupied unit at 2 a.m. His first call was to Michaelis. “They called right back, within…
 
 
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A Roof Leak is No Problem for Michaelis

Friday, 05 February 2021

 In November 2020, Chris Lewis was standing in his kitchen and noticed a spot on his ceiling. “We figured we had a roof leak,” he explained. “I crawled up in the attic, and sure enough, I found a roof leak. And so that’s when I thought, ‘Well I’ll just call Michaelis to see if this is something they can fix.'” Chris explained he had heard abou…
 
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Michaelis Helps a Client See the Bigger Picture

Thursday, 15 April 2021

When she purchased a 1920s house in downtown Pendleton, Lisa K. Haller knew she would need to address some issues before listing it as a rental property. “There was basically standing water in the basement when I bought it,” she said, “and I could smell dampness throughout the house.” Initially, Lisa called another company for a quote to waterproof…
 
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Katrina Wright

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

 It was a Friday leading up to Easter in 2019, and Katrina Wright was entertaining friends for a Lenten supper. “I had been having a glass of wine upstairs with a girlfriend in a sitting area, and we went downstairs to eat with the men,” she recalls. “I went back upstairs to grab the wine bottle and the room was on fire – it was smoldering. I …
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When Water Damage Strikes, Michaelis Springs Into Action

Monday, 01 March 2021

 When Water Damage Strikes, Michaelis Springs Into Action Indianapolis resident Jennifer and many of her neighbors have long trusted Michaelis with their construction, renovation and restoration needs. So when Jennifer’s home sustained water damage, she knew just who to call. “They were the first company that came to mind,” she said. Jennifer’…
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Michaelis Provides Support and Peace of Mind After Kitchen Fire Damages Beloved 100-Year-Old Home

Thursday, 11 February 2021

 “Our family thought that we would make 2020 all the more interesting by having a kitchen fire in the spring,” said Michaelis customer Stasia Demos Mills with a laugh. “Thankfully, we were able to extinguish it quickly, and all people and creatures were just fine, but our kitchen definitely was not.” While the initial damage from the fire didn…
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Fire Spread Like Dominoes

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

On a hot summer day in summer 2020, Judith Cebula’s neighbor’s garage caught fire. The garages in her downtown Indianapolis neighborhood sit behind the homes on an alley, and the fire quickly spread to three neighboring garages, including Judith’s.”The garage across the alley contained cleaning rags for staining a deck that ignited from the heat. H…
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Providing Support, In More Ways Than One

Wednesday, 05 August 2020

 “I’m a civil engineer by trade, and I’ve watched projects all over the United States and most recently over in Europe. There’s no question the hardest working crew I’ve had the pleasure of working with was a crew of about 10 Americans who built a huge storage facility in Romania during the winter. They faced language barriers, tough condition…
 
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Stepping in to Complete a Job Well Undone

Wednesday, 05 August 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, Cheryl Sturges and her husband had their grown children over for a movie night in their basement. Little did they know it would be the start of a massive headache. “It was nearing time to go to bed, and my daughter’s fiancé was walking around in socks and said, ‘this is wet’,” she recalls. Cheryl traced the wa…
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Knocking Out a Decades-Old Problem

Wednesday, 05 August 2020

There had been something festering in Steve Hall’s 50-year-old Terre Haute home for several years, and he and his wife had finally had enough. “It was a scary problem. Mold would drift up through the side walls into the windows. We would find it in our leather clothing and leather shoes and closets, and this had been going on for years,” he says. T…
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Michaelis Gets it Straightened Out

Wednesday, 05 August 2020

John’s 1974 Brownsburg home had developed a problem. “We had bouncy floors,” he explains. “You’d walk across the floor and furniture would move.” It was an issue John had been trying to fix for a long time, but each time he started to gather quotes, he says he felt like he was getting the run around from every company he contacted. “People would co…
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An Experience Like None Other

Friday, 31 July 2020

“My experience with contractors is that they give you the quote, they make promises that they’ll be here on this day and always have a foreman here…and none of that stuff ever happens. There’s always overruns and additional costs, and we spend a lot of time cleaning up debris that they say they’re going to take care of.” That’s how Greg Gallaway de…
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Helping Get Rid of Unwelcome Visitors

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Karen Burkhart contacted Michaelis in April 2020 when some unwelcome visitors took residence in her home. “We were having some problems with termites,” she explained. “We found them in our kitchen and had Terminex come out to treat for them.” Terminex wanted to do a more in-depth inspection, but foam insulation the Burkharts had in their crawl spac…
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There in the Worst Moments of your Life

Thursday, 14 May 2020

 Halloween night 2019, Cindy Smith’s smoke alarms went off in her house, alerting her to a fire in her kitchen. “Within 10 minutes, our entire house was up in flames,” she said. Standing in her front yard barefoot in her night shirt, cell phone in her hand, Cindy watched firefighters work to save her home. She ended up losing everything. “My h…
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Honesty and Integrity Showed Through

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

 John R. was in the middle of selling his home when he first called Michaelis. The inspection report had come back with several items the sellers wanted fixed in order for the sale to move forward.  John says Michaelis responded quickly, coming to his house to repair a few roofing and foundation issues, as well as some other miscellaneous…
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A Long-Term Solution to a Wet Basement

Friday, 20 March 2020

We have lived in our 1960s Carmel home for almost seven years, and over time, we noticed water somehow getting into our basement and soaking the carpeted floor. It seemed like every time it would rain, we had water to deal with. Because it was a finished basement that we actually used, we would rent industrial fans to dry it out. We put gutter guar…
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Buckled Hardwoods Uncover a Major Problem

Friday, 20 March 2020

During the week of Thanksgiving 2019, Clarissa Durazzo was in her kitchen when she noticed her hardwood floor was buckled. She pulled up the board and was shocked at what she saw: water standing on the subfloor. She traced the water to her dishwasher. A call to repair it led to identification of a leak at least two months old. So Clarissa called he…
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A Flooded Basement Threatens to Ruin a 99th Birthday

Friday, 21 February 2020

Virginia’s 99th birthday was just a few days away when a strange January weekend brought five inches of rain to Indianapolis. On a weekend that she should have spent celebrating with friends and family, she was instead calling her family to report a flooded basement. “Saturday morning the basement was dry, and by Sunday morning, there were about si…
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When Pipes Leak, Michaelis is There

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Customer Testimonial Cindy H.  A pipe recently leaked in the unfinished area of my basement and onto the adjacent carpet. I felt what every homeowner feels when they see standing water – immediate panic, magnified by the fact that my house was on the market and I needed to get this fixed immediately. I knew an acquaintance who worked for a com…
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Foundation Repair for a Deflecting Wall

Thursday, 02 January 2020

 When Brad and his wife purchased their home six years ago, they knew one of their outside walls was deflecting, or bowing out. Their home inspector said it wouldn’t be an issue, but the problem worsened over time. As the couple prepared to sell their house, they knew it had to be fixed. “My real estate agent recommended Michaelis,” Brad said….
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No Matter the Cost, Michaelis Makes it Right

Friday, 03 January 2020

 Michaelis doesn’t always get it right the first time. That was the case with Scott and his wife, who had a mystery leak causing damage inside their home. “Bill [Verhonik] brought his team out, and we spent a whole lot of time over a period of several years diagnosing the problem,” Scott said. “It got to the point where we didn’t know what to …
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Safeguarding Your Home for the Holidays

Friday, 06 December 2019

 In his 12 years with the Michaelis Corporation, Rick Michaelis has seen his share of holiday tragedies. “We get a little bit of everything this time of year,” he said, including fires from kitchen mishaps, water damage from refrigerators, ice makers or toilets, and destruction from Mother Nature. Whether you are celebrating at home or traveli…
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A Little Mold, A Little Smoke - Michaelis to the Rescue

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

 Chris and his wife were preparing to sell their house when they ran into a problem with the inspection. A leaky faucet outside had caused minor mold in their crawlspace. Their Realtor recommended a company she often referred her clients to – Michaelis Corporation. “They were awesome,” Chris said of his experience with the Michaelis team. “The…
 
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Rebuilding After a Massive Fire

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

 Kyle and his wife Lauren were on an anniversary trip to Florida last October when they received a devastating late-night phone call. Electrical wiring in their attic had caused a massive fire, resulting in substantial damage. “The insurance company considered it a total loss,” Kyle said. “We lost every item in every room in our home.” The fir…
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Squish, Squish, Squish

Tuesday, 05 November 2019

 Lynda and her husband had been in their new home for less than month when she noticed something troublesome. “I walked over to the corner of our den and I felt squish, squish, squish,” she said. “Our carpeting was all wet and the baseboard was stained.” Lynda called the broker who sold the couple their home, and he recommended Michaelis.
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Michaelis Fixes Mold

Tuesday, 05 November 2019

 For years, Steve had noticed a downspout problem at his home. “Every time it rained, we got moisture in the corner of the basement,” he said. “We started having a mold problem.” When both his wife and dog began having respiratory issues, Steve knew the problem had to be addressed. “We called two or three places, and Michaelis came out and loo…
 
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An Unusual Odor in the Crawl Space

Thursday, 17 October 2019

In 2018, Bob and his wife Teresa began smelling an odor in their linen closet. After several attempts to get rid of it, they decided to call Michaelis Corporation to check it out. Upon inspection, Michaelis discovered the couple had raw sewage in their crawl space. “We were at a loss on what to do next and what all was involved in getting this rect…
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Home Inspection Identifies Major Water Issues

Thursday, 17 October 2019

 February 2019 was a particularly wet month in the Indianapolis area. Snow and ice melt, coupled with rain, left many homeowners with water issues. Michaelis customer Celeste shared her experience. In February 2019, Celeste and her husband were in the process of quickly relocating to Florida due to a job transfer. In just two weeks’ time, they…
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