Michaelis Helps a Client See the Bigger Picture

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

 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

 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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How to Properly and Safely Use Space Heaters

 Frigid cold weather is officially upon us here in Central Indiana, and for many of homeowners, that means pulling out a space heater to make the house a little toastier. But before you plug in your space heater, it's important to ensure you're using it properly and safely. "Each winter, Michaelis unfortunately responds to several fire restora...
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Michaelis Provides Support and Peace of Mind After Kitchen Fire Damages Beloved 100-Year-Old Home

 "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

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

 "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

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

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

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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When Summer Dries Out, Cracks Pop Up

 When the rainy, wet weather of spring and early summer turns into the hot, dry days of late summer and early fall, it's prime time for homes to shift and settle. "What happens is if gutters aren't clear and downspouts aren't extended away from the home properly, water seeps into the foundation of the home and undermines the footing," says Bil...
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An Experience Like None Other

"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

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

 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

 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

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

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

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

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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No Matter the Cost, Michaelis Makes it Right

 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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