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Frozen Pipes and Indoor Flooding

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Do you have a burst pipe or indoor flood?

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

• Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
• Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
• Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
• Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
• Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
• Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
• Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Water Damage:

• Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
• Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
• Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
• Don't use the television or other household appliances.
• Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Bay City Smoke Damage Can Be Mitigated by SERVPRO

7/29/2018 (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 Auburn Requires Specialized Equipment

7/15/2018 (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.

The six steps to fire restoration

7/8/2018 (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:

Residential Water Damage in Williams Charter Township

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Residential Water Damage: A Brief Overview 

Once your residential property is subjected to water damage, acting immediately and effectively is important. However, many homeowners aren't sure what steps to take to limit damages, prevent stress, and avoid excess fees for repairs. By following the simple steps outlined for you below, you can attain the information necessary to successfully handle water damage in Williams Charter Township:

1. Turn Off Your Water. 

The first thing you should do once you recognize that water damage has transpired is to turn off your water. This step is important because it ensures that you will stop the flow of water. Since this is so, be sure to cut off the main water line source and then identify the source of the problem so it can be addressed and resolved.  

2. Turn Off The Electricity And Gas. 

In addition to turning off your water in your Williams Charter Township home, be sure to cut off the electricity and gas. As you probably know, electricity and water don't mix well. In fact, they can produce an unwanted electrocution. As you turn your electricity off, make sure that you are not standing in the water. If you're not certain you can complete this step efficiently, call an electrician for assistance. 

 3. Find Your Valuable Possessions. 

Find important items like checkbooks and passports. These items need to be kept safe from water.  

4. Call Your Insurance Company.

Another important step in the water damage remediation in Williams Charter Township process is calling your insurance company. Your agent will provide you with the information and advice necessary to expedite the restoration process. This will include taking photos of the damages to ensure that you attain a substantive claim.  

5. Call A Professional Water Damage Restoration Company. 

Your final step is calling a professional water damage restoration company. The contractors of the company will be able to provide you with a wide range of helpful services that get your home back in excellent condition. Some of those services include assessment, drying, mold removal, and content restoration.  

If you've experienced water damage in your home, SERVPRO is the company to call for effective, expedient restoration services. Our IICRC-certified professionals possess the extensive industry experience necessary to optimize the remediation process. Moreover, they'll offer the detail-oriented customer service that helps keep you calm and comfortable as they complete the job.  

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 flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (989) 893-8340

What should you know about Mold?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is upon us and with it high humidity and often wet weather. 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's Experts Provide Restoration Services to Your Essexville Water Damaged Property

6/19/2018 (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.

Storm Damage? We're There 24/7

6/18/2018 (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.

Is Bay City ready for severe weather? SERVPRO is

6/18/2018 (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.

SERVPRO Expertly Restores Your Munger Fire Damaged Property

6/18/2018 (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.