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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. 

Prepping For Storms

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Branch On Gutter Here's a photo from a local home that was not prepared prior to a storm.

Fall in Michigan is a beautiful time of year. Prior to our long winters we all get excited with the mild temperatures and changing trees. Fall time can also bring storms as the weather changes. From strong windstorms, thunderstorms and tornadoes, these storms can cause a lot of destruction. It's important to be prepared for these storms. While mother nature is difficult to predict, here are a few helpful tips: 

  • Trim any dead or rotting branches near the home or any vehicles. 
  • Know how to shut off the power to your home as well as gas and water shut off if needed. 
  • Tie down or bring anything inside that can blow around or cause destruction. For example, trash cans, patio furniture, children's outdoor toys. 
  • Set your refrigerator to the coldest setting. If you lose power your food will stay cooler, longer. 

Flooding in Livingston County Homes

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Here is a photo of sitting water in a customer’s home prior to SERVPRO pumping it out!

Basement and crawlspace flooding from sump pump failure is a common problem in Michigan.  If you live in an area that's prone to flooding or if you lose power during a storm, you need a sump pump to protect your home from the damages of standing water that could infiltrate your home.  Flood waters can destroy the structural integrity of your home and create an environment for mold and mildew to thrive.  SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell will complete an inspection of the damages and then the extraction process will begin.  The amount of standing water will determine the type of extraction necessary.  We use powerful submersible pumps, truck mounted extraction systems, and industrial strength wet/ dry vacuums to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.  Prompt and efficient removal of the water helps reduce drying time and helps prevent secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth. 

Flooding

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Here is a local Livingston County home which was flooded by one of our Michigan Storms this past summer after the sump pump malfunctioned.

Basement and crawlspace flood from sump pump failure is a common issue in Michigan. If you live in any area prone to flooding or if you lose power during a storm, you need a sump pump to protect your home from the damages of standing water. Flood waters can destroy the structural integrity of the home and can create an environment for mold and mildew to thrive. 

If you experience flooding SERVPRO will complete an inspection of the damages and the extraction process will begin. The amount of standing water determines the type of extraction process our crews will use. We use power submersible pumps, truck mounted extraction systems and industrial strength wet/dry vacuums to quickly remove hundreds of gallons of water from your property. 

Seasonal Storm

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Tree in living room Here is a photo of a Brighton residents living room. A tree had fallen through the roof and came right into their living space.

As Michigan residents, we all know we can experience all four seasons in just one day. Whether were hit with 50 mph windstorms, four feet of snow, torrential rains, or a tornado- SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell is prepared to help you! 

Frozen pipes, down trees, or a flooded basement. Storms can create a very scary time for Michigan residents, but remember, SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even when the largest storms hit, we have the availability to bring in crews from different SERVPRO locations, allowing us to properly serve our community, quickly and safely. 

Let us be your real-life hero! If you are affected by storm damage, call SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell today: 810-220-3711