Fire Clean-Up Specialists
Cleanup of fire damage is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner. The entire process can be very overwhelming for a homeowner, and SERVPRO is here to help! Its important to remember that while physical damage is obvious, the odor and soot clean up is difficult. Different fire sources require different cleaning procedures to return a residential or commercial property to its preloss condition. Restoration of a property can be very complex and proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require experienced technicians that are certified in these specific areas. All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have studied the best techniques to restore your home! Don't wait or try to handle this damage on your own, call your fire specials at SERVPRO!
Garage Fire Clean-Up
Every year SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell is called out to address fires in our county. Many of these fires start in the garage. Most of the fires are caused by electrical shortage/malfunctions or by improperly stored flammable liquids. Its important to stay safe! Follow this simple tips to keep your friends and home safe from possible fires:
- Store oil, gasoline paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from the home.
- Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances
- Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet at a time. Don't use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
If you experience a garage fire let SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell help you! Our team is certified, trained and prepared to bring your home back to like, "it never even happened!"
Preparing for Storms
Here is a photo of a tree fallen onto a homes gutter.
Springtime in Michigan is a beautiful time of year. After our long winters we all get excited with the warmer temperatures and budding trees. Spring time can also bring storms as the weather changes. From strong wind storms, thunderstorms and tornadoes, these storms can cause a lot of destruction. Its 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 we 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 loose power your food will stay cooler, longer.
Basement and crawlspace food from sump pump failure is a common issue in Michigan. If you live in any area prone to flooding or if you loose 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 and 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.
Here is a photo of an ice dam created from an ice storm.
Michigan winters can often put our homes at risk for severe damage. With the freezing cold temperatures, inches of snow, and high winds, preparing your home is a must! Homeowners could experience an ice dam. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms on a roof and prevents melting snow/ice (water) from draining off the roof. With nowhere else to go, and with freezing at night and melting during the day, the water will eventually back up behind the dam. Ultimately the water will leak into the home causing severe damage to roof shingles, ceilings, walls, insulation, and more. If damage from an ice dam goes unnoticed in an attic, there is also a potential for mold/mildew to form. SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell can effectively mitigate the resulting damages from both the water and mold.
Here is a photo of a large tree fallen on a SERVPRO customers home, prior to removal and repairs.
The tree in our yard not only provide shade and privacy, but they are also good for the environment! However, we often underestimate how tall or heavy they are until they fall during a storm. Falling trees during bad weather can result in down power lines and costly damage to homes, fences and outbuildings. That is why we remind homeowners to have any dead or damaged branches or diseased trees removed. SERVPRO Brighton/Howell can help you avoid this danger by coming out to your home remove any branches or limbs that could be a potential danger when high winds occur.
Have you recently had a branch or limb fall causing damage to your home or garage? Remember SERVPRO Brighton/Howell is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Here is a photo of a customers basement infested with mold prior to SERVPRO removal.
Mold in homes can happen under many different circumstances. It could be an outside water intrusion, a flood, or sewer leak. It also could be from a bat, bird infestation, a decaying animal or rodent. As soon as you are aware of mold in the home its important to call someone for proper removal to make sure there are no effects your you heath or your loved ones.
There are thousands of types of mold and depending on your location, temperature (inside and outside) will determine how to handle the home. First, its important to figure out where the source of mold is coming from and start the removal process.
Call SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell to help you out! We can walk you through the process, and get your home back to the safe environment it should be!
Coming Home from Vacation to Mold in the Home
Here is a photo of mold that was found in a customers home after being out of State for a few weeks.
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 Greater Highland/White Lake 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 its important to properly prepare the home, but to also have a trustworthy family member to check on the home as well.
Usage of Inject-dry Floor Drying System in drying:
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 is moved 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 ceiling to concentrate the dehumidification specifically on this area. This maximizes the efficiency of the dehumidifier to reduce the specific humidity and moisture content levels in the materials in that area lower than the levels of the unaffected areas around the contained area.
Commercial Water Damage
COMMERCIAL Water Damage:Regardless of the cause, when catastrophe strikes a commercial property, the damages can be crippling to a business and even bring operations to a complete halt. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost productivity and revenue. SERVPRO has highly trained technicians that are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to properly and efficiently mitigate the damages.
Ask about SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan (ERP), a useful tool to prepare a business for the "worst-case scenario". The ERP is a data collection source, storing all your important and vital information such as where to find shut off valves for both water and gas, where electrical panels are located and who to contact in the event of an emergency. This information is compiled into one neat folder and is ready for anyone in your business to use in one place at your fingertips.