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10 Tips to Prevent House Fires

5/3/2024 (Permalink)

House fires are a scary thought, but with a few simple precautions, you can greatly reduce the risk. Here are 10 easy tips to keep your home safe:

  1. Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them monthly to ensure they're working.

  2. Have a Fire Escape Plan: Make a plan with your family for what to do in case of a fire, and practice it twice a year.

  3. Watch Out for Heat: Keep flammable items like curtains and towels away from heaters, stoves, and candles.

  4. Store Flammables Safely: Store things like gasoline and paint in well-ventilated areas away from heat sources.

  5. Keep an Eye on the Kitchen: Never leave cooking unattended, and keep flammable objects away from the stove.

  6. Get Heating Systems Checked: Have a professional inspect your furnace, fireplace, and space heaters yearly.

  7. Use Electricity Safely: Don't overload outlets, replace frayed wires, and unplug appliances when not in use.

  8. Candle Caution: Place candles on stable surfaces away from anything flammable and never leave them burning unattended.

  9. Keep Matches and Lighters Away: Store them out of reach of children and teach them about fire safety.

  10. Be Smart with Dryers: Clean the lint trap after every use and ensure the dryer vent is clear to prevent lint buildup.

By following these simple steps, you can protect your home and loved ones from the dangers of house fires. Stay safe!

Financing Available

3/14/2024 (Permalink)

In the wake of unexpected disasters such as floods, fires, or storms, the need for swift restoration and reconstruction services is undeniable. However, the financial burden that accompanies such emergencies can often add stress to an already challenging situation. We understand the importance of timely recovery without the added worry of immediate payment. That's why we are thrilled to announce our financing options for qualified applicants, ensuring that your path to restoration is smooth and hassle-free.

Why Choose Financing?

Emergencies don't wait for your financial situation to be ideal. That's why we believe in offering flexible financing solutions that enable you to address the restoration and reconstruction needs of your property without delay. Here's why financing with us makes sense:

  1. Immediate Action: With financing, you can take immediate action to restore your property, preventing further damage and ensuring the safety of your loved ones.

  2. Preserve Savings: Rather than depleting your savings or emergency fund, financing allows you to preserve your financial resources for other essential needs or unexpected expenses.

  3. Flexible Payment Plans: Our financing options come with flexible payment plans tailored to suit your budget and requirements, ensuring that you can comfortably manage the costs over time.

Contact us for more information.

Dealing with a Pipe Burst: Immediate Steps for Effective Damage Control

3/14/2024 (Permalink)

A burst pipe can wreak havoc on your home, causing extensive water damage and requiring prompt action to mitigate further destruction. Whether it's due to freezing temperatures, aging pipes, or other unforeseen circumstances, knowing what to do in the event of a pipe burst can make all the difference in minimizing the impact on your property. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate this stressful situation:

Step 1: Shut Off the Water Supply

The moment you discover a burst pipe, your first priority should be to stop the flow of water. Locate the main water shut-off valve in your home and turn it off immediately. This will help prevent additional water from flooding into your property and exacerbating the damage.

Step 2: Turn Off Electricity

If water has come into contact with electrical outlets, appliances, or wiring, there is a risk of electric shock or fire. As a precautionary measure, switch off the electricity supply at the breaker panel. Do not attempt to touch any electrical devices or enter flooded areas until the power has been safely disconnected.

Step 3: Assess the Damage

Once it's safe to do so, assess the extent of the damage caused by the burst pipe. Check for standing water, soaked belongings, and any signs of structural damage. Take photographs or videos of the affected areas for documentation purposes, as this may be necessary for insurance claims.

Step 4: Remove Standing Water

Using a wet vacuum, mop, or towels, begin removing standing water from the affected areas. Prompt water extraction is crucial in preventing mold growth and further water damage to your property. Open windows and doors to facilitate ventilation and aid in the drying process.

Step 5: Contact SERVPRO

While you may be able to handle some aspects of water damage cleanup on your own, it's advisable to seek assistance from professional restoration experts. A reputable restoration company will have the expertise, equipment, and resources to thoroughly assess the damage, conduct water extraction, and implement drying techniques to mitigate mold growth and structural issues.

Step 6: Document the Damage

Keep detailed records of all communication with your insurance provider and restoration professionals. Document any expenses incurred as a result of the burst pipe, including repair costs, temporary accommodation, and replacement of damaged belongings. This information will be valuable when filing an insurance claim.

Step 7: Prevent Future Incidents

Once the immediate crisis has been addressed, take proactive measures to prevent future pipe bursts. Insulate pipes in vulnerable areas, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces, to protect them from freezing temperatures. Schedule regular maintenance checks for your plumbing system to identify and address any potential issues before they escalate.


Dealing with a burst pipe can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, but by taking swift and decisive action, you can minimize the damage and expedite the recovery process. Remember to prioritize safety, document the damage, and seek professional assistance to ensure thorough cleanup and restoration of your property.

If you're facing a pipe burst emergency, don't hesitate to contact our team of experienced professionals. We're here to provide expert guidance and reliable restoration services to help you get back on track. Stay calm, stay safe, and let us handle the rest.

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