Frozen Pipe Damage
Michigan is known for our harsh winters with extreme temperature drops in the months of January, and February. This means homeowners are susceptible to frozen pipes. Water expands when it freezes- putting additional pressure on the pipes, which can ultimately cause them to burst. Pipes that freeze are those that exposed to extreme cold, such as exterior spigots, water sprinkler lines, and water supply lines in unheated areas. Basements, craw spaces, attics and garages often have exterior pipe lines as well. To aid in freeing pipes make sure to keep your home to at least 55 degrees or warmer and leave interior doors open to increase air flow into the cooler areas of the home. Also, if you eave your home during these months make sure a trusted neighbor or friend is watching over your home!
Extent of Water Damage
Here is a home that experienced a major water loss.
When a homeowner deals with a water loss, its often a surprise to the customer the extent of damage that is caused. SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell will come to the home, evaluate the damage and begin the dry out process and repairs. Our crews often have to remove dry wall due to damaged installation, we might have to remove flooring, furniture, essentially anything that is affect by the water.
Its important to have SERVPRO to come out to evaluate the home to find how much the water spread, and what needs to be done to properly get your home back to normal! Our production leaders have top of the line equipment, to test areas that are wet, and they can see what has been affected. Our SERVPRO crews are educated and trained to know how to handle each home depending on the job.
Types of Fires
Many people don't know this but there are different types of smoke.
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Here is a photo of a local garage with smoke and soot damage.
A house fire can be one of the worst experiences someone could go through. After the flames are put out is when SERVPRO of Brighton/ Howell can step in and help you! One major causes of damage is smoke and soot. Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
The Dry Out Process
Depending on the water damage, SERVPRO will come in inspect the damage and determine which type of drying process will be est for the flooring, home owner and insurance company. Three different drying techniques we use are:
Inject Floor Drying System:
Inject-dry floor drying system is used to dry hardwood and ceramic tile flooring. It directs airflow down along the floor, drying floors faster. With proper placement of the mats it easily adapts to any floor plan. Placing a containment or "tenting" the affected area is sometimes used in conjunction with the inject-dry floor drying system.
Usage of Air Movers in Drying:
Evaporation will occur when the water moves from a liquid state to a vapor state in the air. This is achieved by rapid and direct air flow. Evaporation does not remove the moisture, it just moves it from the materials to the surrounding air.
Usage of Dehumidifier in Drying:
Dehumidification is the removal of moisture in the air. In some cases a containment is placed over an affected area ceiling to concentrate the dehumidifcation specifically on this area.
Its important to make sure that your business is prepared for any disaster. At SERVPRO Brighton/Howell we have seen it all.
Our crews have repaired kitchens in which a car drove through. We have dried out massive floods in Livingston County government buildings. We have cleaned up fires within 24 hours prior to a major Halloween party at a private clubhouse. We have even pumped out sewage during a major event.
These are all random disaster that have hit local businesses but we were able to be there for our fellow business owners and we were able to get their establishments up and running again.
If you ever experience an emergency, remember to call SERVPRO Brighton/ Howell! Whatever the problem, whatever time, we are here for you!
Michigan Rain and Floods
Here is a photo of flooding after a Michigan storm.
SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. At any time during a storm our customers struggle with sump pump failure. We have customers that face wind damage which can effect their home. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Livingston County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
24 Hour Services
Call us ASAP when it comes to water damage!
SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business. Our community can trust that our team is going to provide excellent service, a quick turn around time, and that we truly care!
Coming home to Mold
Here is a local home with major mold damage.
Mold can happen in any home at any time! This picture is of some of the mold that was found in a summer home. When the homeowners winterized their home, they didn't think that a radiant heat line would split. This caused a large amount of water damage resulting in extreme mold throughout the property. The homeowner called SERVPRO of Brighton/ Howell to come in. Our technicians removed all the affected flooring and drywall and encapsulated the structure so the reconstruction can begin. The homeowners were thankful for our crews, and gad we were able to help speed up the reconstruction process.
When you leave your home for long periods of time it's important to properly prepare the home, but to also have a trustworthy family member to check on the home as well.
Come meet our team!
Come visit our booth and meet other Livingston County businesses at the upcoming expo!
We know that the best time to prepare for an emergency is before the emergency occurs and helping the community and other local businesses be prepared for any type of emergency is something we strive to do here at SERVPRO of Brighton/ Howell. That is why we have made it a point to participate in the annual Emergency Preparedness Expo held in Howell every September. We bring information on how to make sure every family and local business is prepared for any emergency. We bring water and gas shut off tags for business and homeowners, magnets and even coloring pages for the kids. We want to make sure that companies are prepared by signing them up to do Emergency Ready Plans also known as ERP's.