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Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Community Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger

For the final week of National Preparedness Month SERVPRO of Bay City encourages you to get involved! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Get involved and share preparedness info in your community, faith-based organization, business & more: 

  • Business:
  • Ready Campus
    • Make sure your campus is a Ready Campus and prepared for all types of emergencies. Get involved: ready.gov/campus
    • Make sure your school has emergency procedures in place for disasters that could affect your campus.
    • Know how to get in touch with family/friends if phones are down. Text instead of call and mark yourself as safe on social media.
    • If you can’t get in touch with family/friends after a disaster, register yourself as “Safe and Well” on theRed Cross’ website
    • Sign up to receive alerts from your school in case of an emergency like an active shooter event or natural disaster.
  • Faith-Based Preparedness
    • Keep your congregation safe – make sure your house of worship has a plan for all types of emergencies.
    • Faith-based venues can become targets. Protect your congregation & house of worship by preparing for emergencies: fema.gov/faith-resources
    • Take steps to protect your house of worship from arson. Illuminate the exterior/entrances and clear anything that could fuel fire.

National Fire Pup Day

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Community National Fire Pup Day Sparky poses with the Monitor Fire Department Truck

October 1st is National Fire Pup Day. Today we at SERVPRO recognize the canine firefighters that have long been members of fire departments across the country. When most of us think of a “fire pup”, the image that comes to mind is a Dalmatian. Have you ever wondered how Dalmatians became the firefighter’s mascot?

In the days of horse-drawn carriages, dogs were a popular means of protection for the carriage’s occupants. Dalmatians were a popular carriage dog breed, partly due to their natural athleticism, and partly due to the fact that they were well-behaved around horses. It didn’t take long for the Dalmatian to make the jump from carriage dog to fire dog.

Early firefighting equipment was horse-drawn, and Dalmatians were frequently used as “sirens” running along ahead of the horses, barking warnings that told people the fire wagon was coming and to “get out of the way.” Fire pups also guarded the wagons as the firefighters worked, and even did “chores” (like chasing rats) around the firehouse. Today Dalmatians don’t run ahead of fire trucks, but they still maintain a visible presence at many fire departments as a mascot and fire-safety symbol.

While most firefighting-related jobs have been taken over by machines, machines haven’t completely replaced dogs in search and rescue efforts. According to the Search Dog Foundation—a non-profit organization that helps partner rescue dogs with firefighters—fire pups need to be able to focus and concentrate even when surrounded by loud noises or strangers, and they need to be healthy and athletic. Not surprisingly, common search dog breeds include retriever breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors, as well as herding breeds like German Shepherds and Border Collies.

Practice and Build Out Your Plans

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Community Practice and Build Out Your Plans Practice and Build Out Your Plans

It’s Week three of National Preparedness Month! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can. Every disaster plan should include an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).

Here are more tips from SERVPRO of Bay City on how to practice and build out your plans in case of a disaster:

  • Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
  • Participate in an emergency drill
  • Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)
  • Maintain emergency savings in case of a disaster.
  • Do you know how to access community resources where you live? Search online today.
  • Make digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app in case disaster strikes. 
  • Have at least a one-week supply of medications.
  • Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods floodsmart.gov
  • Give yourself financial peace of mind & create an emergency savings account that can be used in a crisis
  • Financial prep tip: gather & store critical personal, household, & medical information for easy access during a disaster.

Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends MAKE A PLAN

September is National Preparedness Month. Follow our weekly blog posts designed to help you prepare for a disaster. Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can.  This week we are focusing on making a plan for yourself, family and your friends.

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Bay City to get you started:

  • Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.
  • Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
  • Download a group texting app so your entire family can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more comfortable if you need to evacuate in an emergency.
  • Consider downloading the Fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations: fema.gov/mobile-app
  • Sign up for local emergency alerts in your area by searching online.

Keeping yourself, family and your friends safe is your first priority when disaster strikes. Be sure you have plan in place before disaster strikes. For more information on creating and implementing a Disaster Plan visit Ready.gov.

Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

It’s week two of National Preparedness Month! Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can.  Do you know what to do when an emergency happens?

Here are some helpful tips and links from SERVPRO of Saginaw to help you know what to do until help arrives:

Did you know almost half of Americans expect to rely on their neighbors after a disaster? Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Saginaw to help you help your neighbors in an emergency:

  • Plan today:  Your neighbor may have to rely on you during an emergency. Will you be ready:  https://go.usa.gov/xRf4N
  • Preparation can help your community discover activities to keep you and your neighbors safe: ready.gov/prepare 
  • Plan a preparedness event for your community. Get FREE planning guides from: http://bit.ly/29Kjc0Q
  • DYK: In the wake of an emergency, it’s okay to move the injured away from ongoing danger. Learn how you can help here: ready.gov/until-help-arrives

Top 10 Franchise: 3rd out of 1,700 in Total Sales Volume

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Community Top 10 Franchise: 3rd out of 1,700 in Total Sales Volume Top 10 Franchise Winner

SERVPRO of Bay City has once again been recognized as a national leader for outstanding sales volume performance.


As part of SERVPRO’s National Convention held last June in Seattle, Wash., owners Randy Miller and Mike Snyder received the “Legend Gold” award for outstanding performance in 2016. The award places the group third in total sales volume among more than 1,700 franchises throughout the United States.


“Receiving this recognition is indeed an honor,” says Miller. “It truly is a reflection of the outstanding team we have assembled. From our project managers and technicians in the field to the office staff and management team, we are all dedicated to resolving any size disaster.”


This award marks the 10th time in as many years the franchise has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 producers.

Fire Damage Restoration in Essexville: A Brief Overview

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration in Essexville: A Brief Overview After a fire strikes your property, addressing the aftermath is immensely valuable.

After a fire strikes your property, addressing the aftermath is immensely valuable. Although there will be many steps to getting your property back in its original condition, attaining professional help from a Essexville fire restoration company is of particular importance. If you do not seek help immediately, you could make your residential property susceptible to structural damage and mold growth. Learn more about Essexville fire damage and the importance of attaining professional restoration help by reviewing this quick reference guide:


Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth
Once your home has been subjected to fire, there is an increased risk of mold growing and spreading throughout the property. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that water damage creates the moist, wet environment in which mold can grow and thrive. Preventing this mold from growing is important for several reasons, including the fact that the presence of the fungi constitutes a health hazard. When molds release their spores into the air, you and your family may inhale them. Inhaling the spores can result in numerous health problems, including pathogenic diseases, immune disorders, and respiratory complications. Additionally, you or your family members can develop an allergic reaction to mold. When this happens, you can manifest unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Luckily, professional Essexville fire restoration specialists possess the equipment, expertise, and experience necessary to quickly eradicate unwanted mold from your property.


Preventing Structural Damage
Water damage that results from a house fire can cause severe structural damage to your property. Specifically, the water damage can weaken your home's structure by causing warping stairs and woods, collapsing floors and roofs, and sagging ceilings and walls. These problems emerge when water seeps into the core structure of the property. To prevent this type of damage from transpiring, it's important for you to hire a team of trained Essexville fire remediation specialists. These individuals will conduct thorough assessment to discern the extent of water damage. Once they have completed this process, the remediation specialists will be able to implement a customized cleanup, repair, and restoration plan.


Let SERVPRO Assist You Now
If your property has been subjected to fire damage, it's important to attain professional assistance. The team to call for fast, friendly service is SERVPRO of Bay City. We offer 24/7 emergency assistance and employ a team of trained restoration specialists who provide excellent customer service. Because of our commitment to operating in excellence, we've become a preferred vendor for numerous local and national insurance companies. Call us now at (989) 893-8340 to learn more about our dynamic services!

Water Damage Restoration from SERVPRO

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration from SERVPRO Water damage in Bay City home.

Water damage can occur in a variety of locations throughout your home.  Damage may occur in areas ranging from under window sills that have aged and now allow rainwater and snow to collect, to water lines that leak under sinks to storm damage in attic areas. Water damage can also occur in basements and garages where humidity and condensation have accumulated, ruining belongings stored there. 

If you've found water damage in your home, you can minimize damage by immediately having professional and restorative work done. Water damage does not stop on its own, but instead will continue affecting materials, possessions, and even heirlooms.

Your home's interior structures may seem sturdy, but over time water damage can weaken them, making them unsafe. Rotted and degraded floor joists or roof rafters can cause immense problems and safety issues. Mold can also begin to grow, creating other problems, including musty odors that can make a home seem dirty inside, no matter how much you clean. 

We have the equipment and experience to get your home restored, no matter what aspect of it is affected by water damage. Our IICRC certified technicians have ASD, Applied Structural Drying, and WRT, Water Remediation Training. You certainly want a healthy and safe home that also looks as it should – without any discolorations and blemishes of painted walls and other surfaces. Stained draperies that sat too close to windowsills and carpeting that has become rumpled and misshapen from moisture and water can be repaired. We are experts at restoring and repairing all aspects of a home's interior, including the furnishings. We are specially trained to return everything back to its pre-loss condition, "Like it never even happened."

In addition to hard surfaces and their repair, we can also use air scrubbers to remove any impurities including mold spores, from the air, preventing mold growth within your home. We work hard at restoring your home so that you can enjoy it once again.


When you have water damage, call us at SERVPRO of Bay City at (989) 893-8340 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will come to your home and immediately begin restorative work. We now you want to have a healthy home that looks beautiful once again.

Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Professionals, Property Adjusters, and Facility Managers

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Community Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Professionals, Property Adjusters, and Facility Managers Hoarding - An Extreme Claims Situation

On Thursday, October 12, 2017 we will host a series of three Continuing Education (C.E.) Classes for insurance professionals and property managers at Bavarian Inn Lodge of Frankenmuth.

There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to Neena at nhogle@rdmhc.com or by calling (989) 752.8644.

We will offer the following classes:

Hoarding: An Extreme Claim Situation (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

When a fire or water damage occurs in a home of a hoarder, it may result in an extreme claim that needs to be managed carefully. In this class we will focus on understanding what hoarding is and the different levels of hoarding. We will look at liability concerns of insuring hoarders and learn how to identify a hoarding situation before the carrier agrees to insure the property. At the conclusion, we will outline suggested hoarding protocols that, if implemented by all restoration providers and adjusters, will result in controlling and/or lowering restoration costs. (Class offered by CRDN)

Restoration Techniques for Textiles (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

Restoring smoke-damaged contents is often a less costly option than refinishing or replacing them. This course has been specifically designed to explain the different approaches and techniques to scoping, cleaning, and restoring smoke-damaged contents. The purpose is to provide you with a better understanding of the work performed by the mitigation vendor at smoke-damaged work sites.

Doing the Right Thing, Doing Things Right (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)

Presenting ethical responsibility and the legal responsibilities for which agents are responsible, this course helps agents learn how to do the right things the right way in their dealings with customers and carriers. Ethical responsibility and legal responsibility are explained as to what they are and how they differ in definition and work together in practice.

Commercial Fire Damage

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration.

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration and Repair Service

Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. Especially common are cooking accidents in restaurants. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan.

The Damage Caused by a Fire
When you experience commercial fire damage to your Bay City business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

When to Make the Call
After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when do you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of Bay City is as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business. Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response, by calling (989) 893-8340.