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Hail Storms in Michigan

9/14/2023 (Permalink)

hail Hail in Howell, MI

Back in June, hail storms affected several homes in Howell, Michigan and the surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Brighton/Howell cleaned up the aftermath. From roofs to basements, we were there saving customers from this summers' storms. 

Why SERVPRO is your first line of defense in a house fire and how to act fast

9/14/2023 (Permalink)

When a house fire strikes, it can be one of the most devastating and frightening experiences. Acting quickly is key to minimizing the damage, and SERVPRO is your first line of defense. Their certified technicians are available 24/7 and have the resources and expertise to provide fast and effective damage remediation services. They specialize in fire damage restoration, and they have the tools and experience to help you get back to normal faster. With their knowledge and quick response, SERVPRO can help you recover from a house fire faster and with less stress.

Mitigation Services from SERVPRO are an essential part of the fire damage restoration process. Once the fire has been extinguished and it is safe to enter your home, SERVPRO's certified technicians will begin their mitigation services to minimize further damage and ensure a smooth recovery.

First, they will assess the extent of the fire damage, inspecting both the affected areas and surrounding spaces. This helps them develop a comprehensive plan for the restoration process. They will identify any structural damage, smoke residue, and water damage caused by firefighting efforts.

Next, SERVPRO will take immediate action to mitigate the damage. This includes removing debris, securing the structure, and boarding up any broken windows or doors. They will also address any water damage by extracting standing water and implementing drying techniques to prevent mold growth.

SERVPRO utilizes advanced equipment and techniques to clean and restore your belongings and property. They will use specialized equipment to remove soot, smoke, and odor from surfaces, furniture, and fabrics. Their expert team will carefully clean and sanitize affected areas, ensuring a safe and healthy living environment.

Throughout the process, SERVPRO will communicate with you, keeping you informed about the progress and answering any questions you may have. They understand the emotional toll a house fire can have, and they will work diligently to restore your home to its pre-fire condition as quickly as possible.

In addition to their mitigation services, SERVPRO can also assist with insurance claims. They will document the damage and provide you with detailed reports and estimates to streamline the claims process. Their experience working with insurance companies ensures a smooth and efficient resolution.

When it comes to fire damage restoration, SERVPRO is your trusted partner. With their mitigation services and expertise, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home is in capable hands. They will work tirelessly to restore your home, helping you get back to normal faster and with less stress.

One Storm Too Many: When Sump Pump Failure Hits Hard and Water Mitigation Services Make all the Difference

9/14/2023 (Permalink)

No one is ever fully prepared for the disaster of a sump pump failure. Suddenly, all of the water that was safely contained in your basement is gone, and your carpets, walls, and furniture are soaked. This is where SERVPRO can help. With their water mitigation services, they can help restore your home back to its original state after a sump pump failure. With their experience and knowledge, SERVPRO can help you get your home back to normal quickly.

Water mitigation professionals are trained and experienced in dealing with the aftermath of a sump pump failure. When you're faced with a flooded basement, it's important to know that you're not alone in this battle. SERVPRO has a team of skilled professionals who can help restore your home and minimize further damage.

One of the first steps in water mitigation is to assess the extent of the damage. This involves inspecting the affected area and identifying any potential hazards. This includes checking for electrical issues or other safety concerns that may need to be addressed before any work can begin.

Once the area is deemed safe, the water mitigation professionals will start the process of removing the water. This can be done through various methods, depending on the severity of the flood. For smaller amounts of water, wet vacuums or pumps may be used. However, in more severe cases, industrial-grade equipment such as water extractors or submersible pumps may be necessary.

The next step is to dry out the affected area. This is crucial in preventing further damage, such as mold growth or structural issues. Water mitigation professionals will use a combination of dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans to ensure that the area is thoroughly dried. This process can take several days, depending on the extent of the damage and the environmental conditions.

During the drying process, the water mitigation professionals will closely monitor the moisture levels in the affected area. This is done using specialized equipment that can detect even the smallest traces of moisture. It's important to ensure that all areas are completely dry to prevent the growth of mold or other harmful bacteria.

Once the area is completely dry, the water mitigation professionals will thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected surfaces. This is done to remove any potential contaminants or odors that may have been left behind by the floodwaters. Specialized cleaning agents and disinfectants will be used to ensure that the area is safe and sanitary.

In some cases, the water damage may have caused structural issues or damaged materials that need to be repaired or replaced. Water mitigation professionals have the knowledge and expertise to assess the extent of the damage and recommend the necessary repairs. This may involve repairing or replacing drywall, flooring, or other damaged materials.

In severe cases, where there is significant damage to the home, water mitigation professionals may need to utilize additional resources, such as generators, to power the drying and restoration equipment. This ensures that the restoration process can continue even in the event of a power outage.

In conclusion, water mitigation professionals play a crucial role in restoring your home after a sump pump failure. Their expertise, specialized equipment, and knowledge of industry best practices allow them to effectively tackle the job and minimize further damage. Whether it's removing the water, drying out the affected area, or making necessary repairs, water mitigation professionals can help restore your home back to its pre-flood condition. Don't hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO when you're faced with a sump pump failure – they have the experience and skills to get the job done right.

Stay Safe and Sanitized: The Crucial Role of SERVPRO in Biohazard Cleanup and Disinfection

9/14/2023 (Permalink)

When it comes to hazardous contamination and sanitization, SERVPRO has been a trusted name for over 50 years. Providing comprehensive services for fire, water, and biohazard damage, SERVPRO is the go-to for disinfection and cleaning services. Biohazards can be anything from sewage overflows, to chemical spills, to mold infestations, all of which require specialized safety procedures and skill sets to clean up. SERVPRO’s team of professionals are certified to safely and securely handle biohazard cleanup and disinfection, keeping your home or workplace safe and sanitized.

From Up Above to Down Below: SERVPRO Helps With Tree-Induced Storm Damage

9/14/2023 (Permalink)

When storms come through, they can leave a lot of damage in their wake. Trees are especially vulnerable to high winds and flooding, and can often fall onto homes and other structures. SERVPRO is experienced in helping people recover after tree-induced storm damage. From above the roof, to below the foundation, SERVPRO has the expertise to get your home back to its pre-storm condition quickly and safely. Contact us to learn more about how SERVPRO can help you with tree-induced storm damage.

The Benefits of Specialty Cleaning for Your Business: SERVPRO's Expertise

9/14/2023 (Permalink)

A clean and hygienic environment is essential for any business, regardless of its size. Regular commercial cleaning not only helps to maintain the appearance of your establishment, but it also plays a crucial role in ensuring the health and safety of your customers and employees. With the expertise of SERVPRO and their specialty cleaning services, you can rest assured that your business is in good hands.

One of the key areas that requires attention when it comes to commercial cleaning is the HVAC system. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and it is responsible for regulating the temperature and air quality in your business premises. Over time, dust, dirt, and other pollutants can accumulate in the HVAC system, compromising its efficiency and potentially leading to poor air quality. This can have a significant impact on the health and comfort of your employees and customers.

SERVPRO's specialty HVAC cleaning service involves a thorough cleaning of all the components of your HVAC system. This includes cleaning the ductwork, vents, filters, and coils, ensuring that all dust and debris are removed. By regularly cleaning your HVAC system, you can improve its performance, extend its lifespan, and create a healthier indoor environment.

Another important aspect of commercial cleaning is duct cleaning. The ducts in your business premises play a crucial role in circulating air throughout the building. However, they can also become a breeding ground for dust, mold, and other contaminants if not properly maintained. This can result in poor indoor air quality and even potential health hazards for those who spend time in your business premises.

SERVPRO's specialty duct cleaning service focuses on removing any dirt, dust, and debris that may have accumulated in your ducts. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, SERVPRO ensures that your ducts are thoroughly cleaned, helping to improve the air quality in your business and creating a healthier environment for everyone.

In addition to HVAC and duct cleaning, SERVPRO also offers a range of other specialty cleaning services that can benefit your business. For example, if your business has recently experienced a fire or flood, SERVPRO can provide document restoration services. They have the expertise and equipment to salvage and restore damaged documents, helping you get back on track as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO also specializes in cleaning up crime scenes, which can be a challenging and sensitive task. They have the necessary training and experience to handle these situations with professionalism and compassion, ensuring that the area is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

Regular commercial cleaning is not just about maintaining a clean appearance. It is about creating a safe and healthy environment for your customers and employees. By utilizing SERVPRO's specialty cleaning services, you can ensure that your business remains clean, hygienic, and welcoming to all who enter. Don't underestimate the importance of commercial cleaning – it's an investment that pays off in the long run. So, why wait? Contact SERVPRO today and give your business the cleaning it deserves.

When a State Vehicle Needs Cleaning

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

PPE by SERVPRO truck Fully Equipped in PPE for any biohazard

Here are SERVPRO of Brighton/ Howell and Greater Highland/ White Lake/Commerce North, we understand that Michigan State owned vehicles can also sustain damages when transporting patients or prisoners to their destinations.  That is why we are registered as a preferred cleaning vendor for police patrol cars, ambulances, buses, fire emergency response vehicles, transport vans and transport cars on your State of Michigan Bio-hazard list.  We can clean any catastrophic issue from bodily fluids to blood borne pathogens.  No vehicle or clean-up is too big or too small, we have the training and know-how to tackle any job.  While you are protecting our safety, let us protect you by using proper personal protection equipment and specially designed cleaning products to tackle the job and get your vehicle back to a safe and clean condition.  We even have special products and techniques to tackle any odor that may be associated with the damages

Flooding in Livingston County Homes

9/9/2022 (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. 

The Dry Out Process

9/9/2022 (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

9/8/2022 (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.