Recent Posts

Selling your Bay City Home? We Can Help!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Bay City, our motto is “Get it Clean- Get it Sold.” It is a face that a clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained in the same way. Nearly all realtors are faced with a difficult listing to show.

Realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for the following reasons:

  • Increased market value
  • Shortened List to Sale Conversion times
  • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales

We can help you get your interior up to par before you place it on market! You’ll be able to present your home in a way that attracts buyers and results in increased market value.

Here are some of the ways our team can clean your home:

Duct and HVAC System Cleaning

Air ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home. We use a Portable Ventilation and Air Duct Cleaning System to examine duct work and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • Allergens and pet dander are reduced
  • Offensive odors are eliminated
  • Operating conditions and efficiency are improved

General Cleaning

  • Carpets, Upholstery, Drapes, and Blinds
  • Ceilings, walls, and hard floors
  • Deodorization
  • Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning
  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Call us at 989-893-8340 to learn more about our services.

Does your Bay City Commercial Property have Old Building Smell?

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Several buildings in the Bay City area have a very distinct smell. Some people say they smell musty and others say they smell old. One way to freshen up your property is to have deodorization done by our SERVPRO Professionals.

We use state of the art equipment to clean the air inside your building. Depending on the odor, we have a few techniques that we could use to eliminate it.

  • Thermal fogging is a technique which helps penetrate deeply into building materials.
  • An ozone machine is used to help add a fresh smell to odors that seem to linger such as smoke
  • Deep cleaning of walls
  • Carpet cleaning, using hot water extraction to remove deep and hard to remove soils
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning cleaning (HVAC)
  • Air duct cleaning, which can help freshen any building while improving air quality.

SERVPRO of Bay City can eliminate old building odors, leaving your building smelling fresh and clean. For more information, call 989-893-8340

What are "Puff Backs"?

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

It’s cold outside and most of you have started turning up the heat to keep warm. The frigid temperatures and winter storms may have you turning up the heat. Have you checked your heating system recently? If not, SERVPRO of Bay City highly suggests inspecting your heating system to avoid puff backs. When a heating system is clogged, poorly ventilated or not functioning properly, you could experience a dangerous buff back when you start up your furnace.

A puff back occurs when your oil burner backfires and shoots smoke and soot into your home or business. Puff backs can cause both minor and severe damage to your property and heating system. Fortunately, puff backs are preventable with proper heating system maintenance and knowing the warning signs.

Why Do Puff Backs Happen?

If a boiler or heater is not running correctly, unburned fuel can accumulate in its combustion chamber. So, when you start your heating system, this oil can ignite and cause an explosion or misfire inside your furnace. This oil burner backfire, called a puff back, forces soot or smoke through the heating exhaust system and into your Bay City property.

What Causes a Puff Back:

  • Leaks in the oil supply piping
  • Leak at or near the combustion chamber
  • Cracked heat exchanger
  • Manually resetting the system too often
  • Heater shutdown problems
  • Clogged or damaged oil spray nozzle
  • Clogged exhaust or chimney
  • Issues with chimney or heater installation
  • Problems with combustion gas venting

Warning Signs of a Puff Back:

  • Oil leaks
  • Noise after shutoff
  • Sooty operation
  • Strange odors
  • Loud startup

Damages Cause by a Puff Back:

A puff back can release soot throughout your entire house. Depending on the severity of the puff back, it can cover walls, ceilings, cabinets, carpets, bedding and furniture in soot. It can also leave smoky streaks on your walls and fabric materials can turn black and sticky. Severe puff backs can result in significant property losses and could force you out of your Bay City home. Not to mention, it can damage your heating system as well.

Ways to Prevent a Puff Back:

  • Stay alert for odors, noises and soot
  • Watch for oil leaks or air leaks
  • Do not reset system frequently

Our team is equipped with the training, tools and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your home or business. SERVPRO of Bay City will help make your puff back "Like it never even happened."  Call us at 989-893-8340 for more information.

Holiday Hazards: Tips to Avoid Decoration Fires

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Holiday decorating is one of the best ways to kick off the season. Nothing makes the season bright like putting up your favorite holiday decorations. Though things like candles, Christmas lights, dangling garlands, stockings and other decor add to the holiday experience, they can sometimes be hazardous if not taken care of properly. Home fires during the holidays are often caused by not being aware of the holiday hazards.

Read SERVPRO of Bay City’s Holiday Hazard Tips on how to avoid decoration fires:

  • Inspect electrical decorations before using them.
  • Choose decorations that are flame resident or flame retardant.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Do not connect more than three strings of incandescent lights together.
  • Do not block exits with trees or decorations.
  • Water your tree daily.
  • Make sure your tree has a stable platform.
  • Use battery-operated candles.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Turn off all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.
  • Never use lighted candles near trees.
  • Check holiday lights for fraying, bare spots or gaps in the wire.

The holidays are best spent at home enjoying time with loved ones, not dealing with the burden of fire damage. Keep your Bay City home safe during the holidays by following our Holiday Hazard tips!

Our SERVPRO of Bay City franchise is an integral part of the Michigan area, as we also serve the Williams Charter Township, Omer, and Bay City neighborhoods. Call us 24/7, even during holidays, and we provide emergency services (989) 893-8340.

Let SERVPRO Handle Contaminated Water in Your Bay City Home

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Do you have blackwater or greywater in your home? Act fast and call SERVPRO of Bay City.

Our team will identify the source and type of water. Then will take the proper course of action.

Here are some WHAT TO DO tips while you wait for SERVPRO to arrive:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

What NOT TO Do After Contaminated Water:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

There tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives.

Please follow these DOS and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Contact SERVPRO of Bay City for efficient water cleanup and damage restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 989-893-8340

Bay City Smoke or Soot Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke damage in Bay City can cause odors to linger long after a fire. Different types of odor damage require various cleaning materials and techniques. It is best to let a professional fire damage restoration expert from SERVPRO handle your odor problem. 

The odors not only smell bad, are embarrassing for guests and visitors, but can be harmful to your health and property. The acid in smoke can damage hard surfaces like furniture and coat your electrical devices with soot leading to short circuits. You must take care of these odors right away. As time goes on, you will not notice the odor as much, you will become accustomed to it. 

Some steps you can try to remove odors after fire damage include opening windows for ventilation, don't vacuum soot, cleaning all carpets and household furnishings. Wash clothing according to its label and washing all wooden or tile floors with cotton mops or cloths. Soot must be handled in a specific manner to avoid staining of walls, ceilings, and furnishings. If the fuel was a plastic product, then soot is the result, and should be cleaned up by professionals.

The fire damage restoration technicians from SERVPRO  have the tools, experience, and knowledge to help you with your fire damage odor problems. They can bring in special equipment that will clean, deodorize, and neutralize odors and smoke damage. This may include ozone machines, thermal and chemical foggers, cleansers and hand tools.

If you have odors, then you most likely have smoke and soot damage. It is imperative that you address these issues before they turn into bigger problems. If you feel like the job is too hard to handle on your own, call a fire damage restoration expert today. If you smell smoke, you have a problem that is not in the remediation realm of a homeowner. Get help.

Odors are a sign that further smoke and soot damage lay beneath the surface of carpets, wood, drapes, furniture, clothing, and other household items. It means that there was more cleaning that needed to occur to completely rid yourself of the fire and smoke damage. It tells you that you should call in the experts to help you thoroughly restore your home and all of your belongings to a safe and healthy condition. The HVAC system needs a vacuuming with HEPA filters. The air handler should also be thoroughly wiped down to remove any oily residue from soot. You might try to replace all air conditioning and furnace filters daily for a few weeks. This will help collect any soot in the air ventilation system and prevent smoke odor from recirculating. Attempt this remediation step if the lingering smell of smoke is minimal. 

Though we readily recognize the obvious signs of fire damage, soot and smoke damage can cause secondary damage that is greater than the initial flame creating issues. When Bay City smoke damage has you puzzled, call SERVPRO to restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning and Sanitizing

SERVPRO of Bay City cleans, sanitizes, and disinfects all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire and smoke. We’re trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment in Bay City, Essexville, and Auburn. Call for 24/7 assistance. (989) 893-8340

Fire damage in your home?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Auburn fire damage incidents happen very frequently. They can cause issues in the home. Many things cause fires. Among the common causes of fires are lightning strikes, cigarette mishaps, electrical issues, and the most common--kitchen accidents. In many cases, you can extinguish flames quickly. The damages are minimal. However, some fires last a long time and can result in greater damages done to the property. 
A small fire can cause a staggering amount of damage in a home. Often, it is only a particular room in the home that is charred, but the damages may have an extension beyond that area. For one thing, smoke that comes from the fire can fill up the whole place. The smoke often circulates in several rooms. Smoke damage occurs when acidic ash or chemicals react with metals, plastics, and wood. Corrosion often occurs. Smoke can permeate the carpets and other soft surfaces such as fabrics, drapes, and clothing. Soot is the by-product of partially combusted plastics, vinyl, and other non-cellulose fuel sources. This results in stains because of the oily nature of soot. SERVPRO utilizes specialized dry sponges to clean carefully hard surfaces. With proper technical work, using the IICRC standards of cleaning, many materials can be salvaged (think drywall) ready for repainting. Why demolish building materials if restoration, rather than replacement is an option? The professionals can remove damage caused by soot and smoke by also cleaning and deodorizing the HVAC system. 

You should call a professional when there is a fire of any consequence because only a professional fire damage restoration service can thoroughly take care of the fire and smoke damages done to the home. There is a process involved in repairing the ruin done to the home. This process includes the assessment of the home. They need to dry the water that has resulted from the fire. There is also an inspection that needs to occur. After the review and the assessment process, the restoration work can begin. 
SERVPRO of Bay City is one company that is well equipped to handle fire damage in Auburn. Employing ozone machines, thermal and chemical foggers, and air scrubbers, these highly skilled experts will return your home to its pre-fire damage condition "Like it never even happened." 

Auburn Fire Damage? SERVPRO is here to help

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

Even small kitchen fires can result in severe Auburn residential fire damage. The fire cleanup and restoration process deliver the best results when performed by an experienced company that has the knowledge, skill and equipment to save your most precious personal possessions. Reputable companies will clean and treat smoke damage, deodorize your home and restore your living space as close to normal as possible. Fast action is essential if you want to save the greatest number of furnishings and personal items.

Six Types of Fire Damage
Most people think that all fires are the same, but there are different kinds of fire that result in individual classes of damage. Of course, the first concerns are saving lives and then extinguishing the fire. Unfortunately, the process of fighting fires can result in additional water, and smoke damage and the fire itself can expose parts of your home to outside and chemical environments. The types of fires include Class A fires of flammable solids, Class B fires of flammable liquids, Class C fires of gasses like natural gas, propane and butane, Class D fires of flammable metals, Class E or electrical fires and Class F fires from cooking oils and fats.

Insurance companies also classify damages as primary and secondary. Primary damages are caused by the fire itself while secondary damages include those from smoke, water, chemicals released by combustion and the chemicals used to fight the fire. Secondary damages can often cause more harm than the original fire, expose your home to the elements and make it impossible to live comfortably until the damage is treated.

Wet and Dry Smoke Cause Different Kinds of Residential Damage
Auburn residential fire damage includes various types of smoke damages. Smoke contains fine particles of water vapor, carbon dioxide and fuel that hasn't yet burnt. Dry smoke occurs when fires reach high temperatures and consume almost everything, which creates a fine, powdery residue that can become trapped in crevices. Protein smoke can discolor wood surfaces and stain materials in your home. Oil-based fires produce petroleum smells and discolorations but can be treated with degreasing agents.

Wet smoke is caused by slow, smoldering fires or becomes humidity-rich after water is applied to put out the fire. This kind of smoke builds up on surfaces and creates a sticky, odoriferous film that's hard to clean and difficult or impossible to remove from clothing and personal belongings. Particulate matter in all kinds of smoke includes carbon monoxide particles, organic carbon, acetic acid, formic acid and oxides of nitrogen. Synthetic odors come from burnt textiles and plastics, and these often require specialized treatments to remove pungent odors and sticky residue.

Serving Local Michigan Communities
Fire damage can happen due to natural causes, negligence, criminal acts like deliberate arson and faulty equipment, so you can never say it can't occur in your home. Water, smoke, burnt smells and fire extinguisher residue could make your home uninhabitable or extremely unpleasant. If you experience any Auburn residential fire damage, we can help clean up the mess, deodorize your home and save your most precious family heirlooms with our fast on-site service, national resources, and specialized equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Bay City when you go through any fire in your home in Michigan areas like Bay City, Auburn, Essexville, Williams Charter Township and nearby cities and townships. We can be reached at (989) 893-8340.

Storm Damage? We're There 24/7

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Tornado and Storm Safety Tips

If your area is expecting a tornado or other major storm, there are several steps you can take to stay safe. After the tornado passes, SERVPRO of Bay City can help you clean up any storm damage and restore your home.

Look For Storm Warning Signs
Tornadoes typically occur when there is a severe thunderstorm in the area. Rain, hailstorms and lightning strikes are some of the signs of a possible tornado. Some other warning signs of an oncoming tornado include:
* Orange or Green Skies
* Rumbling or Roaring Sounds in the Air
* Very Calm Conditions After a Storm
* Damaged Power Lines or Debris
* Rotation of the Clouds

Staying Informed During a Storm
Local television and radio stations are your best source for updates on how the storm is developing. However, if you hear a tornado siren, you should immediately head to the nearest shelter.

What is the Difference Between a Tornado Watch, Warning and Emergency?
* A Tornado Watch means that a storm could be coming in your area soon because of the current weather conditions.
* A Tornado Warning is a sign that one or more tornadoes are in the immediate area. Look for shelter as soon as you see this signal.
• A Tornado Emergency is the final step in the warning process. A tornado has been spotted near a populated location. Move to the safest possible place if you cannot get to a real shelter in time.

How to Find Safe Shelter
Head for a sturdy building before the storm approaches. Look for a home or office with a basement whenever possible. If a basement is not available, move to the center of the building. Stay away from windows and debris. Try to place as many solid walls as you can between the coming storm and your family.

Avoid mobile homes and trailers during strong winds or heavy rains. Even the most well-built trailer will suffer too much storm damage to keep you safe.

Cars also do not provide much shelter, but you can drive to a storm shelter or nearby building. If the storm is too severe for driving, secure your seat belt, get as low in the seat as possible and place a blanket over yourself.

Stay close to the ground if you are caught in an open field. Cover your head and keep an eye out for debris flying through the air. Avoid hiding under overpasses or bridges.

6 steps to the fire restoration process

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration - A Six-Step Process

The process of restoration fixes the damage caused by fires in a quick, efficient manner. SERVPRO follows the basic six steps.

Emergency Service
Professional fire restoration companies like SERVPRO are available for emergency service. In some instances, a fire may cause damage such as burn holes in the roof. In these cases, a restoration company can quickly come out to the property and secure the building from further damage.

Damage Assessment
The next step is to assess the damage caused by the fire. During this step, the  fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, will look to see the length the fire, smoke and soot traveled as well as the effect the fire had on the furniture and walls. The company can make an action plan and provide an accurate quote and time estimate.

Tarp and Sealing
Once restoration is underway, the company's main concern is to prevent further damage from happening, such as leaks due to holes in the wall or a burnt roof or a burst water tank or pipe. The company will quickly stop the source off the leak before water spreads to additional parts of the building.

Clean Up
After stopping any leaks, the restoration company will clear away dust, soot and smoke from surfaces as well as begin saving the property from water damage. The company will use submersible pumps to remove standing water. Then the area will be dried and sanitized. Carpets will be cleaned, and other measures taken to remove the odors caused by smoke. Finally, items that are beyond repair will be removed and replaced.

Renovation and Repairs
During the renovation and repair stage, the fire restoration company, like SERVPRO, will repair or replace cabinets, install new carpet, repaint walls, replace wallpaper and fix other damage in order to restore the property back to its original appearance. The company can also use this opportunity to improve the property, allowing it to look better than it did before the fire occurred.

Fire Prevention Debriefing
After the restoration process is complete, the company will offer ideas on preventing fires from happening in the future. If the fire were avoidable, the company could provide design advice and fire alert tools such as smoke detectors.

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 respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Saginaw community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities: