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Mold Remediation after storm damage by SERVPRO of Bay City

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can grow under a multitude of conditions present in our buildings every day. Moisture, however,  is the foremost factor that causes mold growth. Specific areas of Michigan are considered flood zones. Flooding can affect virtually every area of a home or business. More water damage in a basement or a building's foundation causes devastating effects. If standing water of any type is not extracted quickly, mold growth and damage can be the result.

                                                                              
If homeowners or office managers experience any mold damage to their properties and belongings, it is most beneficial to contact SERVPRO immediately. Mold spores live and grow through moisture and high levels of humidity. If these conditions are not addressed immediately - within 48 hours, mold will continue to return. These fungi can also produce a musty odor. We specialize in water and mold mitigation and restoration. Our advanced mold remediation equipment and restoration processes help to detect and handle the source of the water problem. 

Each mold infestation requires a particular solution. Our highly trained professionals use an exacting system of inspection, assessment, containment, air filtration, removing mold infested materials, disinfecting, and cleaning your belongings.  We can perform various types of minor and major repairs. To save our customers stress, time and costs expense, SERVPRO can handle the entire mold remediation service. We can handle the initial damage mitigation and the rebuilding, including sanitizing and deodorizing of all affected areas. Our AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, are IICRC certified, with advanced corporate and franchise training. We are also experienced in dealing with your insurance company, and we can assist you in these matters if applicable. We can even assist you with your paperwork for your claim.

Call SERVPRO of Bay City with any questions that you may have. We are available with 24-hour emergency service – including holidays. We are locally owned and operated, which means when you call us, we can respond quickly with the help that you need. Don't try to tackle a mold situation yourself call the pros at SERVPRO. 

Is Bay City ready for severe weather? SERVPRO is

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Ready

There is a time of the year when tornadoes are more prominent than others. That time is often during the spring and summer, possibly in the fall as well. Many people don't have a plan for severe weather that includes tornadoes. With a little careful planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during a Bay City storm.

Make A Plan For The Family
Although you need to create a plan, there is something more important that you need to do with your family. You need to practice your plan so that everyone knows where to go no matter what time of the day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers of family and friends so that you can stay in contact with them after the storm to ensure that they are safe. Another important number to have is your insurance adjuster. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Companies like SERVPRO can come to the home to help with water removal and other Bay City storm damage that occurs inside the house.

Keep copies of all of your important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. You also need to have a way to communicate with others in the event there is no power or phone service. If there is a large group of people in the disaster area, each person needs to know how to contact others. Designate a leader and an assistant to check with others in the area to make sure everyone is accounted for after the Bay City storm.

An emergency preparedness kit is something to have so that your family can survive if there is no power or if the family is stuck in the home because of damages from the storm. Items in the kit should last for about 72 hours. Batteries are essential so that you can use your phone, radio or a battery-powered television. You also need flashlights, a gallon of water for each person for at least three days and non-perishable foods. Other items that you might want to include in your kit are blankets, powdered formula for babies, a first aid kit, and clothing. It's also a good idea to have a spare cell phone charger.

Before a storm arrives, if possible, secure items that might blow away. These include chairs and toys that are in the yard. When you are prepared for a natural disaster and the Bay City storm damage that could take place, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Bay City is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Bay City community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Don't wait until it's too late.

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Do Not Wait Until It Is Too Late To Get Fire Damage Restoration

Fire accidents are dangerous and can lead to property damage and physical injuries. Soot and smoke are typically what causes property damage. Many homeowners struggle to decide whether they should move out and purchase a new home. However, it is important to note that a Standish fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, can restore your home to its original state and help you save money.


What Happens After A Fire Calamity?
Soot and smoke are produced in large quantities after a fire. This occurs when household items get burnt, and the smoke and soot that are released into the air and find somewhere to settle. The walls, carpet, and appliances are things that are typically affected by smoke and soot. They will start turning a yellow color and will eventually be destroyed by the smoke and soot. The items also make it difficult to remove odor.

Many homeowners think that they can handle Standish fire damage on their own. However, it is best to call a professional to handle this job.


The Procedure For Restoring Home That Has Been Damaged By Fire
The main goal is to restore your home to its original state. The professionals at SERVPRO will take the following steps to ensure that your home is restored:

Inspection
A specialist will inspect your home to determine the extent of the Standish fire damage. Structural damage and smoke damage are the major concerns. They will then decide the type of cleaning methods and products that they will use.


Protecting The Unaffected Areas
The professionals will need to protect the areas that were not damaged by the fire from damage.


Restoration Process
Below are the two methods that professionals can use to perform restoration:

    •    Desiccant dry air moisture restoration- Professionals will use special tools to get rid of the excess moisture in your home.

    •    Vacuum Freeze Restoration- This is used for restoring books and photos.


The nature of the Standish fire damage is what the professionals at SERVPRO take into consideration when they are deciding which method to use. The specialists will also remove debris and any other materials that accumulated as the result of the damage. Items that are severely damaged will need to be replaced. Firefighters typically use a lot of water to put out the fire, and this creates excess moisture. Specialists will remove the excess water. The next step is soot removal followed by ash removal and deodorization. Additionally, this process will warrant the need for new painting.

It is best to call SERVPRO because they will help you save your property.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bay City is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Call SERVPRO for your restoration needs

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Who to Call for Water Damage Help in Bay City

When you find yourself grappling with a flood or another type of water damage issue that necessitates professional assistance, it's important that you hire a local team of remediation experts. The importance of this reasoning is based upon the fact that this local restoration company is familiar with the types of events that tend to transpire in your neighborhood. This being the case, they are equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to quickly identify and resolve your home issues. Following are some questions that should be asked as you research (time is important) for the best candidate.

Asking All The Right Questions

To ensure that you acquire exceptional water damage remediation assistance for your Bay City property you need and deserve, the following are relevant questions you should be asking prospective companies.

• Does the company offer 24-hour emergency services? Receiving round the clock services is important because it helps limit the extent of primary and secondary water damage.

• Will the restoration company provide you with a project manager who will ensure that the job is completed properly? The project manager will be coordinating the process and held accountable for the water damage restoration time-line.

• Does the company have authentic positive, realistic customer testimonials and reviews that reflect a track record marked by outstanding end-results? 

• Does the firm have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee? If so, ask for the specifics in writing.

• Does the company have a record of keeping its promises?

• How long has the company been in business?

Let The Professionals of SERVPRO Assist You

These experts have the training, equipment, and chemical products required for cutting-edge performance.

When you find that your property in Bay City has suffered water damage following a natural disaster, leak, or compromised structure, time is of the essence. To mitigate the effects of primary water damage and to diminish or prevent secondary water damage from adversely impacting your property, you need a team of experienced professionals working on your behalf. Trust the certified, trained technicians of SERVPRO. Our team is passionate about offering precise, detail-oriented remediation services that ensure that your residential property is restored, with speed and skill, to its former condition. We follow all steps of the process: water removal, clean up, repair, and restoration. Additionally, we're known for offering the type of exceptional customer service that puts clients at ease throughout the remediation process. We also coordinate our services with your insurance adjuster upon request. 

Storm Damage? We're There 24/7

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Ready

There is a time of the year when tornadoes are more prominent than others. That time is often during the spring and summer, possibly in the fall as well. Many people don't have a plan for severe weather that includes tornadoes. With a little careful planning, your family can have an increased chance of staying safe during a storm.

Make A Plan For The Family
Although you need to create a plan, there is something more important that you need to do with your family. You need to practice your plan so that everyone knows where to go no matter what time of the day or night severe weather strikes. Write down all of the important phone numbers of family and friends so that you can stay in contact with them after the storm to ensure that they are safe. Another important number to have is your insurance adjuster. This number is beneficial if there is damage to the home. Companies like SERVPRO can come to the home to help with water removal and other storm damage that occurs inside the house.

Keep copies of all of your important documents, such as social security cards and birth certificates. You also need to have a way to communicate with others in the event there is no power or phone service. If there is a large group of people in the disaster area, each person needs to know how to contact others. Designate a leader and an assistant to check with others in the area to make sure everyone is accounted for after the storm.

An emergency preparedness kit is something to have so that your family can survive if there is no power or if the family is stuck in the home because of damages from the storm. Items in the kit should last for about 72 hours. Batteries are essential so that you can use your phone, radio or a battery-powered television. You also need flashlights, a gallon of water for each person for at least three days and non-perishable foods. Other items that you might want to include in your kit are blankets, powdered formula for babies, a first aid kit, and clothing. It's also a good idea to have a spare cell phone charger.

Before a storm arrives, if possible, secure items that might blow away. These include chairs and toys that are in the yard. When you are prepared for a natural disaster and the storm damage that could take place, it can help give your family a peace of mind so that they can focus on remaining safe and together. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Bay City community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic

Are you prepared for severe weather? SERVPRO is.

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes can cause widespread damage and in Southeastern Michigan we know that from experience. But there are some facts you should be aware of when it comes to these destructive entities that tear through our homes and businesses.

Here are some facts about tornadoes:

  • The average tornado travels Southwest to Northeast but have been known to move in any direction.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm but can occur at any time.
  • Dr. T. Theodore Fujita devised the F0-F5 Scale for tornadoes in 1971.
  • In 2006 the National Weather Service unveiled the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale).
  • A tornado normally appears transparent until it picks dust and mud from the ground.
  • The USA averages around 1,200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.
  • In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction. In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.

Signs of Danger

  • Dark, green tinted sky
  • Large hail
  • Low-lying rotating cloud
  • Loud roar similar to a freight train

Remember, tornadoes can strike at any time. Have a family plan in the event of a tornado warning. Know where your safe areas are wherever you are.

Call SERVPRO of Bay City at anytime at 989-893-8340 if you have any questions about tornadoes, or what to do if one damages your house or other property. We’re available 24/7, so we’ll be there when you need us.

How to Know When You Need a Mold Remediation Company

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Linwood mold is a hazard that can exist in a home for months or years before being detected. Although mold might seem harmless, it is not. It is something that most homeowners cannot deal with alone. Mold can destroy a house. It is important to know when you need to contact SERVPRO.

Why You Cannot Ignore Mold in the Home
Mold can grow and slowly destroy the structure of the house. It can rot wood and drywall. It can also decompose carpets.

Removing Mold Yourself
It is tempting to think that you can deal with a Linwood mold problem yourself. This might be true if you see just a small amount on a non-porous surface like a metal fixture or a plastic bracket. Bleach can usually kill that mold. Unfortunately, if you spot mold, then there is likely much more on porous surfaces like your walls. It might even be hidden between the walls, under sinks or inside carpets. You do not want to rely on do-it-yourself solutions if you detect mold in your home.

When to Call SERVPRO
You should call a mold remediation company whenever you find a significant amount of mold in one place, or patches of mold spread throughout your house. A remediation company, like SERVPRO, will test your home for mold, seek out the source of the mold and then remove it. They can often repair or stop any Linwood mold damage. The company will be able to use special tools to find hidden mold in your home. They will remove the mold in a way so that spores are not redistributed into other rooms. It is always best to call SERVPRO when you find patches of mold in the house.

Preventative Actions to Take
After SERVPRO finishes, you can do a few things to prevent future problems. Start by ensuring your house is well ventilated to remove excess moisture. Check your insulation since it acts as a moisture barrier. Maintain a good temperature so that the air is not overly humid. If you do experience humidity problems, then run a dehumidifier during the day. These actions can slow or prevent the growth of mold. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bay City is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Bay City community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Tips on Preventing Residential and Commercial Mold Damage

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Vigilance is key to preventing mold growth. A professional mold remediation company, like SERVPRO, can address mold issues in homes and businesses as well as help property owners. However, if mold growth does occur, SERVPRO should be called immediately to minimize any damage and stop the mold from spreading.

Increase the Heat
One way to prevent Auburn commercial mold from growing is to increase the heat. When the walls on a property are too cold, moisture particles in the air condensate, creating a damp film that leads to mold formation. In the summer, keep the thermostat on a low heat setting, and insulate the walls on the property.

Reduce Steam
Steam is a common cause of residential and commercial mold damage. To reduce steam, homeowners and business owners should:

    •        Do not allow standing water to sit in the sink or a drinking glass.
    •        Install and use an extractor fan in the bathroom to clear the steam after a hot shower or bath.
    •        Put wet clothes outside on a clothesline to dry instead of indoors.
    •        Run the ventilation fan on the range hood to suck up steam from liquids boiling on the stove top.

Maximize the Air Flow
An easy way to keep residential and commercial damage from the mold at bay is to open the windows and let cold air circulate inside the property. Open windows keep surfaces dry and push mold spores outdoors. To further increase the air flow and reduce hidden pockets of air, pull furniture away from walls. If mold is spotted behind furniture or curtains, SERVPRO can help eliminate it.

Other Mold Prevention Tips
There are other ways to prevent commercial damage and residential damage from mold. SERVPRO recommends that business owners and homeowners:

    •        Fix any leaks from dripping pipes and water overflows from eavestroughs.
    •        Keep the roof in good repair, especially if the roof is flat.
    •        Throw away mold damaged items such as books and rotting food.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bay City is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Bay City community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Rely on SERVPRO for your commercial building

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Bay City water damage can attack your commercial property without notice. Moreover, the impact of water damage can be dangerous and devastating. On top of that, business owners who experience water damage are faced with the task of arranging water removal and cleanup procedures while simultaneously expediting the process of getting their company up and running again. With all of these pressures, many business owners may find themselves growing concerned in the face of commercial water damage. However, knowing how to prevent water damage and restore property and business items that have been affected, makes good business sense. SERVPRO recommends that you read the following outline to be better prepared for potential water damage and mitigate financial strain.

Commercial Water Damage Causes can transpire at any moment, and it can result from a wide range of factors. Some of them include:
• natural disasters--rain or snow storms
• leaking roofs--poorly sealed window or door casings
• frozen pipes--ice dams
• flooding--usually requires a specific insurance policy
• sewage backups--from main or interior plumbing problem
From clear potable water from a tap to backup up sewage contaminated water, the source must be identified, stopped. Then safe water extraction. 

Commercial Water Damage Prevention and Mitigation Strategies
First, know the location of the main water shut off valve. Also, make sure that you have an emergency evacuation plan in place, personal safety first. This emergency plan should include clear instructions regarding what steps should be taken if a water damaging event takes place. Make sure that the plan includes the phone numbers of your insurance company, local police and fire departments, contractors, and personnel. Designate an individual who will make important decisions if you are absent when the emergency occurs.

The Importance Of Hiring Professional Services
Although you may feel inclined to handle the water extraction and cleanup processes on your own, a professional effort will shorten your down time, salvage more capital investments, and protect your customers and clients interests and needs. In fact, most business owners lack the advanced knowledge and specialized equipment necessary to expedite and optimize the water damage remediation process. Skilled professionals from SERVPRO will be able to provide you with detail-oriented, comprehensive services that get your property restored in the least amount of time. 

Let SERVPRO's Professionals Assist You Now
If your St Petersburg commercial property is subjected to water damage, rely on the expertise and experience of our IICRC-certified technicians. Our goal is to economically and expediently restore your business property to its pre- water damage condition.

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Bay City has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large or small commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Essexville or big box store in Bay City or Auburn, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications.   Call us 24/7 for immediate help. (989) 893-8340

Bay City Commercial Water Damage

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Bay City or Saginaw commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bay City

SERVPRO of Bay City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property