Recent Fire Damage Posts

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:

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.

Fire damage in your Auburn home?

6/15/2018 (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 San Leandro 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." When you give them a call, you get an immediate 

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

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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:

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.

Fire Damage Restoration in Essexville: A Brief Overview

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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