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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:

SERVPRO can treat your water damage

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

When a home or building experiences a broken pipe, flood or other moisture problem, a professional Munger water damage company, like SERVPRO, should be consulted for cleanup.

What SERVPRO does First

  • The source of a Munger water problem is identified visually or through the use of probes and sensors.
  • The Munger water damage is assessed, and recommendations are made.
  • The water is then removed through pumps, and the affected area is thoroughly dried.
  • When drying is complete, the company will then begin the cleaning process. This is crucial because contaminated water can make people sick. Cleaning also removes odors caused by excess moisture and mold.
  • When the cleaning process is complete, all belongings can be moved back in.
  • The SERVPRO technicians will perform repair and reconstruction work including carpet installation, tile replacement, and painting.
  • The company will also offer advice on future flood prevention so that the situation can be avoided in the future.

What to Do Before SERVPRO Arrives

If there is a plumbing or flooding problem, SERVPRO should be called right away. Severe flooding requires an immediate evacuation, but a small leak may be stopped by turning off the water or putting a bucket in place. Valuable items can be removed if they are at risk of being damaged. The electric service should be turned off at the fuse box for further safety. Everyone should stay outside until help arrives. Water Damage Preparation and Prevention Performing regular maintenance such as plumbing inspection, gutter cleaning and making sure all rooms are properly ventilated will prevent leaks, floods, and moisture problems. Insurance will help cover expenses if hiring a cleanup company becomes necessary and items need to be replaced. It will also bring peace of mind during an emergency when worries about costs can add extra stress. A flood or leak can happen suddenly, causing destruction and upset for the people involved. A professional restoration company will take care of the problem and minimize the personal distress. It is very important to have the number of SERVPRO accessible at all times to ensure a quick response when Munger water damage strikes.

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 water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Let SERVPRO help your Essexville water damage

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

When Essexville water damage occurs, prompt action by experienced water removal and remediation technicians helps to make a difference in mitigating structural damage. From a single pipe burst, faulty appliance, flooding, sewage back-ups, etc. these professionals from SERVPRO have the experience to handle all types of water damages. Every water damage event is somewhat different and will require a unique solution. When your home or commercial property is hit with water damage, restoration professionals have the expertise and equipment to restore your property correctly, through experience and a sound scientific approach for removal and cleanup. 
Flooring, walls, and ceiling will very likely require professional cleaning services. Water removal and remediation experts from SERVPRO will also clean furniture, upholstery, clothing and other restorable belongings. Most damages caused by excessive water issues also requires a professional odor removal and deodorization process because wet materials emit a very distinct foul odor. Restoring versus replacing furnishings, belongings, and building materials will help homeowners limit excessive money outlays. This is why the skilled technicians from SERVPRO offer top notch results.
• Dry Cleaning
• Wet Cleaning
• Spray and Wipe
• Foam Cleaning
• Abrasive Cleaning
• Immersion Cleaning 
Professional water damage restorers are part of a team of project managers, experienced technicians, and construction specialists who initiate and complete the entire water damage restoration process.  Our team members are certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (“IICRC”), which means that they are dedicated to customer service excellence, backed up by corporate training and placing you first. 
Residential and commercial owners don't have to be concerned about the drying-out process because water damage removal technicians use the scientific method of taking room measurements, temperature testing, and measuring the relative humidity (RH) to determine how best to use their air movers and their dehumidifiers to dry out your home. Moisture levels are checked to monitor the drying process, while industrial-grade dehumidifiers are used to help prevent any secondary water damage, such as swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture. High-speed air movers are also employed to accelerate the evaporation of moisture from walls, carpets, pads, and furniture. 
To further alleviate any stress, water damage removal technicians will not let you back into your home or business until everything is in a preloss condition. This involves taking care of all sanitizing through antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal treatments.  To help customers who are harmed by water, mold, fire, etc., water damageremoval and remediation professionals will also remove and dispose of damaged materials and cooperate with you and your insurance adjuster throughout the process.
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.

Mold damage after a storm?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is upon us and with it high humidity and often wet weather.  We are going to be hit with lots of rain and storms--and you may contract damage.

These are prime conditions for the growth of mold. The following list from the U.S. Evironmental Protection Agency describes the problem and solutions.

As you can see, mold can be serious problem. Homeowners can  deal with small amounts of mold; for bigger problems, call the professionals at SERVPRO. We are experienced, trained, and we have solutions for you mold problem.

Mold can cause health effects.

There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outsideUsing air conditioners and de-humidifiers

Increasing ventilation

Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning

Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

SERVPRO Offers Professional Mold Remediation Services for Your Auburn Home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Auburn mold remediation provides professional and reliable mold restoration services if the need ever arises. This involves reversing the damage done by mold growth in commercial and residential properties through repair and remediation. It may include cleaning, mold growth extermination of know colonies, sanitizing, deodorizing and the integration of mold mitigation measures and strategies. If a company claims they will remove all mold from your home. Walk away. Everly home will harbor a certain amount of mold spores and possibly small colonies in hidden pockets and voids.

Here are some frequently asked questions about mold remediation.

How Do I Find the Right Mold Remediation Specialist?
The two most important thing to check for are a license to operate and full insurance. This is crucial; if a mold remediation company causes more damage, instead of remediating the current infestations, you need to know that it is covered and can pay for the costs incurred.

Then, do some research and look for online reviews and testimonials. If possible, seek feedback from a previous client who used a similar service to the one that you need. While it is not always a legal necessity for mold remediation companies to have full certification, you should ask for evidence of qualifications and training. SERVPRO provides years of experience with full licensing and certifications as set forth by the IICRC standards. Our technicians then have additional corporate, eLearning, and franchise level on-going education. This is a serious field--mold remediation that requires expertise, experience, and top-notch equipment.

As for cost, it is important to choose your mold remediation specialist carefully. The rates do vary wildly from company to company. The companies with the highest rates do not necessarily offer the best restoration services, so look for a team with excellent qualifications and a lot of experience. SERVPRO will always look out for your best interests and offer you only the services that improve your home and health.

How Do I Know If the Mold Remediation Service is Acceptable?
It is essential that all mold remediation companies perform a final clearance assessment, to make sure that you are satisfied with the work provided. This will give you a chance to raise any issues that you have and ask questions about future prevention measures.

If you are particularly worried about the quality of work, you can seek the approval of a third party company. This third party would not perform any job, but would be paid by you for advice and feedback on the quality of the restoration. This is not necessary if SERVPRO has been your mold remediation company. We do a final walk-through with you to guarantee your satisfaction with our service. We provide ducumention that the moisture levels are reduced, inhibiting the return of a mold infestation. Our record speaks for itself. Your Auburn mold damaged home will be restored to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Expertly Restores Your Fire Damaged Property

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage at your home or business can be very devastating because what isn't burned will likely be covered by soot and smoke. Unfortunately, water damage can also result from efforts in extinguishing the fire. This type of destruction can make anyone feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, which is why an understanding, expert company like SERVPRO is needed to guide people through this crisis. They believe in treating people and their possessions with respect and empathy. This is the time that professional fire damagerestoration experts should be on the scene to help businesses and families start their rebuilding and repairing process.

There is no substitute for training and experience, therefore as fire and water damage specialists, they possess the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get residential properties back to a proper condition. Fire restoration technicians provide the following: 
• Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
• Odor Control Technician
• Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
• Water Damage Restoration Technician 
SERVPRO of Saginaw fire repair and restoration experts are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified, which means that they take great pride and care in all handling and cleaning methods. Their main goal is to do whatever they can to return your home to its preloss condition or better. Professional fire repair and restoration technicians will perform the following steps to help restore your home.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The fire restoration process begins with some questions about how their technicians can better help by understanding the type of fire damage that has occurred so that they can determine the right equipment and resources needed to help you. 
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
An accurate inspection and assessment are determined by the fire and smoke damage. The experts examine the affected areas and test the area for soot and smoke damage. 
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service 
Unfortunately, Rankin has seen fire damage cases where it was necessary to board up walls, windows and to place tarps on rooftops. This action is needed to help maintain security and to protect against further damage. 
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying 
After a fire, if water damage has occurred, technicians can use powerful pumps and extraction tools to clean standing and excess water. They also use industrial-strength dehumidifiers and air movers for a sanitized drying process. 
Step 5: Remove Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Specialized cleaning products, equipment, and techniques are used to clear smoke and soot residue from ceilings, walls, floors, and other surfaces from any Freeland fire damaged home. 
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Fire restoration professionals will remove smoke and odors by using advanced air scrubbing tools and innovative fogging devices. This may include a thorough cleaning and deodorizing of your HVAC system. They also use a variety of specialized cleaning methods to help restore your belongings, cleaned and sanitized. 
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the damage that a fire has created, technicians will rehabilitate homes and businesses that may require minor repairs, i.e., replacing drywall and painting or the restoration of entire rooms. 
SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. We are proud to be a part of the Michigan community too. When there is smoke or fire damage emergency, we are always nearby and ready to help. Our fire repair and restoration experts are available for all 24/7 emergency services.