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SERVPRO Protecting your home!

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

crews entering the home with clean booties on Here is a photo of our crews entering the home with clean booties on.

SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell does everything possible to prevent the homeowner's property and contents from becoming dirty, dusty, or damaged during the demolition/ mitigation process. We understand how traumatic the demolition and mitigation process can be, so it is important to us to take the proper precautions for damaging your home any further. Here are a few of the ways we work to keep your home clean and protected from further damage: 

  • Covering furniture and contents completely with plastic. 
  • Isolating the area with a containment barrier before the demolition begins to help prevent dust and debris from getting into the cracks and the crevices.
  • Our technicians wear foot protection to prevent them from tracking dirt into the home. 
  • To protect flooring, we place a path of cardboard, plastic or cloth is placed over the unaffected areas that lead from the work area to the exit door. This keeps other areas of your home cleaner and prevents the tracking of dust and debris throughout the home.
  • When carpets are cleaned, corner guards are used to protect the walls and block/ pads are placed under the furniture to ensure there is no damage to the furniture

What to Expect When Calling SERVPRO

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water that affected a customers floor and walls Here is a photo, prior to a customer calling SERVPRO

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell

SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Hoarding Situations in Livingston County

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

Floor covered in garbage Here is a photo of a local home in need of extreme cleaning.

SERVPRO of Brighton/ Howell is dedicated to helping in a time of crisis. We will go above and beyond to help our community in a time of need.  Our crews are highly trained, efficient, and have the top equipment in the industry to work on every particular situation. We have specialized products to clean any surface that may be affected. All of our products are safe to use, and each crew member knows exactly what product will do the best on each job. SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell can handle: 

  • General cleaning
  • Hoarder cleaning
  • Heavy smoke and nicotine
  • Post construction cleans
  • Cleaning after an animal infestation,
  • Long term neglect of a home 

Our crews are trained to handle all types of "Minor" to "Extreme Situations". We can handle all arrangements including dumpster drop off and removal, POD drop off and removal, full pack-out and pack-back services. Our franchise offers a full warehouse located in Brighton to make sure your belongings are kept safe while your home is worked on. SERVPRO offers not only structure but also, content cleaning before items are carefully wrapped and packed away. 

Big or small, we are there to help Livingston County in any way we can! 

Be Prepared!

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

3 inches of standing water in basement Here is a photo of 3 ft of water sitting in a basement! Make sure you are prepared!

This spring, Michigan has had many rainstorms, and with Summer on its way it’s important for our customers to be prepared. At SERVPRO in Brighton/Howell we like to remind our insurance agents and potential customers that the cost to dry out a basement after a sump pump failure or drain back-up can range from $1,000 to $6,000 or more depending on how elaborate their client’s basement is. This price does not include repair to the structure, replacement of destroyed content or repair/replacement to mechanical that may have sustained damage as well. Going through a loss is hard enough without the added stress of finding out there is little or no insurance coverage. It’s important to know YOUR coverage, and make sure you are covered properly in the case of a disaster.

Livingston County Fire Clean Up Source

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Debris in home from fire damage Here is a photo of a local fire in Howell, prior to our crews coming out.

When a fire occurs, often the first instinct is to put on a pair of gloves and start cleaning the mess. Clean-up of fire damage is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner, the process can be overwhelming and is very complex.  It's important to remember that while the physical damage is obvious, the odor and soot cleanup is difficult.  Different fire sources require different cleaning procedures to return a residential or commercial property to its pre loss condition. Our staff has been certified and trained with industry standards on how to properly care for the items damaged by a fire. 

Our experienced technicians have been trained and are certified in how to properly remove soot and smoke from every surface, and SERVPRO has specialized products that aid in the cleaning.  Our franchise works with a network of local contractors, that can restore damaged pictures, clothing, electronics, documents and furniture. 

Once the affected areas are cleaned, other techniques such as Ozone and Fogging with odor reducing products can be used to rid the structure of the odor that is associated with all fires.  Call your fire specialists at SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell. Let us, help you!

Livingston County Kitchen Fire

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage in kitchen Here is a local Brighton kitchen fire. Remember our tips to avoid this danger!

Kitchen Fires: There is a fire every single day in Livingston County. You might not always hear about them, but the majority of fires are small kitchen fires. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it is no surprise that cooking fires are one of the most common types of home fires. Kitchen fires typically happen when the stove is left unattended, this can occur at any time of the year. If a fire starts in a pot or pan on the stove, these are some things to remember:

  • Most fires can be prevented by never leaving food cooking unattended.
  • Water should never be used to try to extinguish a grease fire - This can result in an explosive reaction that could quickly spread the fire throughout the home. 
  • A method used to extinguish a cooking fire is to keep a lid for the pot or pan nearby. If the contents ignite, quickly cover the pot or pan with the lid and turn off the stove. This takes away the heat and oxygen needed to sustain the fire. 

With SERVPRO's knowledge of the mitigation and reconstruction industry you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Brighton/ Howell can bring your home back to preloss condition.

Soot Damage

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Soot on wall Here is an example of a wall tested for soot damage. As you can see, this needed additional cleaning.

With house fires, it's important to remove all of the soot which leaves the smell of smoke behind. Our technicians always start by testing a small area on a wall to find the best way to remove the soot off the walls. In this photo, it shows the small area tested. There are many ways for our SERVPRO technicians to clean the walls, but it is important to test and recognize the best way to properly clean without damaging paint, or wallpaper. 

It’s always important for SERVPRO to take the best possible care of our customers belongs. Whether it's a child's toy, a family heirloom, or an old dresser. At SERVPRO Brighton/Howell we care, and work to make sure your items are cared for in the best manor. 

Fire Clean Up

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in home This fire occurred locally while the homeowner was out of town. Luckily SERVPRO was there to board up the home until the owner got home.

With any size fire it is our goal at SERVPRO Brighton/Howell to turn a fire damaged home into a safe, clean living environment. Making as if, "it never even happened!" 

To do this, we require our crews to be properly trained, which is why every member on our crews is IICRC Certified! Each crew member attends multiple classes throughout the year, which provides three days of training and testing. It’s important that we take excellent care of your home, making sure that each personal item is cared for and treated properly. Each home is different which makes it important that our crews have the best knowledge for every situation they are put in. 

You can trust and rely on SERVPRO Brighton/Howell. We are here to help you! 

24 Hour Services

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in basement Call us ASAP when it comes to water damage!

SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week 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 is the cornerstone of our business. Our community can trust that our team is going to provide excellent service, a quick turnaround time, and that we truly care!

The Dry Out Process

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Depending on the water damage, SERVPRO will come in inspect the damage and determine which type of drying process will be best for the flooring, homeowner 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 dehumidification specifically on this area.