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Frozen Pipes and Indoor Flooding

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Do you have a burst pipe or indoor flood?

Here are some WHAT TO DO tips while you wait for SERVPRO to arrive:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Water Damage:

    Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don't use the television or other household appliances.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Mold Remediation by SERVPRO

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow under a multitude of conditions present in our buildings every day. Moisture, however,  is the foremost factor that causes mold growth. After all of the recent flooding through central Michigan, mold can be a massive concern for businesses and homeowners. If standing water of any type is not extracted quickly, mold growth and damage can be the result.


If homeowners or office managers experience any mold damage to their properties and belongings, it is most beneficial to contact SERVPRO immediately. Mold spores live and grow through moisture and high levels of humidity. If these conditions are not addressed immediately - within 48 hours, mold will continue to return. These fungi can also produce a musty odor. We specialize in water and mold mitigation and restoration. Our advanced mold remediation equipment and restoration processes help to detect and handle the source of the water problem. 

Call SERVPRO of Saginaw with any questions that you may have. We are available with 24-hour emergency service – including holidays. We are locally owned and operated, which means when you call us, we can respond quickly with the help that you need. Don't try to tackle a mold situation yourself call the pros at SERVPRO. (989) 752-8644.

SERVPRO handles smoke and soot

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Saginaw will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (989) 752-8644

SERVPRO Expertly Restores Your Freeland Fire Damaged Property

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage at your Freeland home or business can be very devastating because what isn't burned will likely be covered by soot and smoke. Unfortunately, water damage can also result from efforts in extinguishing the fire. This type of destruction can make anyone feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, which is why an understanding, expert company like SERVPRO is needed to guide people through this crisis. They believe in treating people and their possessions with respect and empathy. This is the time that professional fire damagerestoration experts should be on the scene to help businesses and families start their rebuilding and repairing process.


There is no substitute for training and experience, therefore as fire and water damage specialists, they possess the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get residential properties back to a proper condition. Fire restoration technicians provide the following: 
 
• Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
• Odor Control Technician
• Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
• Water Damage Restoration Technician 
 
SERVPRO of Saginaw fire repair and restoration experts are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified, which means that they take great pride and care in all handling and cleaning methods. Their main goal is to do whatever they can to return your home to its preloss condition or better. Professional fire repair and restoration technicians will perform the following steps to help restore your home.
 
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The fire restoration process begins with some questions about how their technicians can better help by understanding the type of fire damage that has occurred so that they can determine the right equipment and resources needed to help you. 
 
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
An accurate inspection and assessment are determined by the fire and smoke damage. The experts examine the affected areas and test the area for soot and smoke damage. 
 
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service 
Unfortunately, Rankin has seen fire damage cases where it was necessary to board up walls, windows and to place tarps on rooftops. This action is needed to help maintain security and to protect against further damage. 
 
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying 
After a fire, if water damage has occurred, technicians can use powerful pumps and extraction tools to clean standing and excess water. They also use industrial-strength dehumidifiers and air movers for a sanitized drying process. 
 
Step 5: Remove Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Specialized cleaning products, equipment, and techniques are used to clear smoke and soot residue from ceilings, walls, floors, and other surfaces from any Freeland fire damaged home. 
 
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Fire restoration professionals will remove smoke and odors by using advanced air scrubbing tools and innovative fogging devices. This may include a thorough cleaning and deodorizing of your HVAC system. They also use a variety of specialized cleaning methods to help restore your belongings, cleaned and sanitized. 
 
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the damage that a fire has created, technicians will rehabilitate homes and businesses that may require minor repairs, i.e., replacing drywall and painting or the restoration of entire rooms. 
 
SERVPRO of Saginaw is locally owned and operated. We are proud to be a part of the Michigan community too. When there is smoke or fire damage emergency, we are always nearby and ready to help. Contact us at (989) 752-8644. Our fire repair and restoration experts are available for all 24/7 emergency services.

When Water Damage Happens, Call SERVPRO for Service

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

If you are grappling with the aftermath of residential water damage, you want the problems resolved as quickly as possible. Keep handy the name and number of a local cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO. Our job is to provide state-of-the-art service to our customers that are in need of expert water damage restoration. And we do so with rates that won't break your budget. 
What You Can Expect From a Water Damage Restoration Service 

When you contact us to assess the character of your problem, we will respond by sending a team of friendly, knowledgeable service technicians and leaders to your home. We will make a full inspection and assessment of your property, making sure to note where all of the damage and future potential trouble spots lie. We find the source of the water intrusion, if not visible, for repair. We must identify the water to determine if it is contaminated (such as Black Water from a sewage backup or groundwater intrusion), to use a correct and safe extraction method. Once we have completed this initial diagnosis, we provide you with a full estimate of the cost involved.  We will even help you with the insurance claims process.

How We Deal With Water Damage 
Once water damage in Frankenmuth has taken its toll, engage the path to a solution as soon as possible. This means hiring a professional cleanup and restoration service to drain all of the unwanted water out of the building. We have truck-mounted pumps and portable extractors to quickly dispatch water. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can dry out your home with the additional aid of air movers and dehumidifiers, both desiccant and refrigerant. Our trained WRT-Water Damage Restoration Technicians, adhere to the cleaning standards of the IICRC. We ensure, by testing with moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers, that the affected areas are dry. 

Contact Your Local Residential Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Saginaw is here to be your one-stop water damage cleanup and restoration authority. For all fire, mold, and water issue, we are fully equipped and qualified to address and solve them quickly. We are locally owned and operated and can be contacted at any time of the day or night. (989) 752-8644

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Prevent Water Damage to a St. Charles Slab

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

St. Charles water damage is almost a given if the concrete slab is not structurally sound. It is a common misconception to believe that only basements need robust waterproofing strategies. While the mistake is an understandable one – after all, slab foundations sit on the graded soil– the reality is that all foundation systems can develop problems with invading moisture.

Ultimately, any foundation can spring a leak, no matter whether it rests on the earth, supported by footers, or is an excavated basement. The specs for a poured slab are different than for a crawlspace with footed supports or piers. 

What Are the Risks of Leaks in the Slab Foundation?
If a leak does appear, addressing it should be a top priority. It is crucial to find a quick solution because the slab foundation is where all of the electrical, HVAC ducts, pipework, and plumbing components are housed. If groundwater intrudes, all of the building's infrastructures could get severely damaged. The electrical conduits could lose their waterproofing creating a short or even worse, a fire. The drains might back up leaving behind unsanitary sewage, and the plenum HVAC ducts are likely to get obstructed and moldy. Also, water runoffs may erode the fill beneath the slab causing stress on the plate that results in major cracks or displacement of the slab. The structure may shift, losing its perpendicular integrity. If a window or door is out of kilter, find the problem quick. Water damage could also result at a much greater rate.

The water can move beyond the foundation and cause water damage to the flooring and interior building materials. The floorboards can start to smell and soften as they develop mold on their undersides. Even a little bit of moisture can cause significant problems because it encourages the growth of mildew and mold. Mold damage often occurs along with the water damage suffered from the leaking foundation slab.

Tips for Protecting a Slab Foundation
When pouring a new foundation, following local building codes and inspections, can, at least, assure a well-engineered slab.  Should the construction integrate a proper drainage channel? Including drainage tiles and pipes, arranged beneath the level of the foundation? Then, water can be moved through this channel to a sump pump, where it can be redirected away from the slab. This will also mitigate the effects of water freezing and cracking the foundation. If you are looking for a way to strengthen and protect an existing foundation, you could always try external waterproofing skins or membranes. There are several very effective products on the market. This usually takes the form of a substance applied to the outer surface of the concrete. The waterproof ‘skin’ closes off the porous (and vulnerable) areas of the concrete. Essentially, it covers the foundation walls in a secure moisture proof container. Water will not migrate through the concrete into a Birch Run home. 

Water, dampness, snow, and ice are all concrete beaters. SERVPRO can inspect your property and offer suggestions to help prevent water damage from cracked slabs and other potentially troublesome areas. St. Charles water damaged property can always be restored by the high skilled, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Saginaw tedchnicians have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. For any fire, mold, or water damaging problem in St. Charles, Shields, or Freeland call us 24/7 for promptly help. (989) 752-8644

SERVPRO Can Treat Saginaw Commercial Fire Damage

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Treat Saginaw Commercial Fire Damage

If you are experiencing Saginaw commercial fire damage, it is crucial to work with professionals who can help you restore your property. However, fire damage can take many different forms. Watch out for the following types of Saginaw commercial fire damage and call the experts as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse.


One of the first and least dangerous types of fire damage is known as Class A fire damage. This kind of damage can occur on any property, and it is often the result of a solid catching fire and spreading throughout. The fire damage from Class A fires has quantifiable sources, and the solids may include rubber, plastic, paper or cloth. This damage may spread from a single source, and it is often easy for individuals to contain if they are quick and isolate the burning source with a fire extinguisher.


Class B fire damage is another variety, and it is one of the most dangerous types that could occur. Class B fire damage typically results from flammable liquids or from solids that have become liquefied. These are commonly caused by melted plastics and waxes as well as various types of oils, including petrol and grease. While they are often caused by materials similar to cooking oil, cooking oil fires do not often count as Class B fires. These fires often spread quickly and cause tremendous damage because of water displacement issues.


Class C fire damage involves flammable gasses and similar substances. These can include fires caused by gas leaks such as hydrogen or propane, or they may be due to deposits of natural gas. They can spread quickly through the property and result in a great deal of sudden surface damage. More often than not, this type of damage is explosive and can cause tremendous destruction in the property's structure. It is one of the most common examples of Saginaw commercial fire damage, and it may result in a long-term loss if not handled quickly.


Finally, Class D fire damage is a common variety of fire damage that occurs in industrial locations. It is typically caused by combustible metals. Some of the most common metals involved include sodium and potassium, and this type of fire is large and encompassing of the work area. This damage can result in a variety of harmful ambient effects, so if you experience this sort of damage, it is crucial to have it taken care of as soon as possible. If left unattended, unwanted chemicals may become airborne and result in a variety of problems around the work area.


If you are interested in working with a locally owned business you can count on, be sure to call SERVPRO of Saginaw. We can help you manage any and all Saginaw commercial fire damage as necessary. No job is too big or too complicated for us, and we have the resources and experience necessary to help you and your family. Call us today at (989) 752-8644 to learn more about what we can do for you.

When a Shields Property Sustains Flooding Damage, Call SERVPRO

7/29/2018 (Permalink)

It is tragic when a flood brings devastation and water damage to a Shields home. But rapid water removal, clean up and repairs certainly must get under way for you home to get back to normal with minimal losses.
 
Safety is a top priority. Afterf the flood damage, evaluation of the home's safety issues must be completed before you dare to enter your home again. 
 
You do need to call your insurance agent to ascertain if you are covered under your standard home owners policy or if you do possess flood insurance. An insurance adjuster will be dispatched to your property to inspect the damage and eventually offer a settlement. Ask for help in retaining a competent water damage restoration company. SERVPRO does work with many agencies and municipalities in Michigan. We can assess and document all water damaged items, help you with your claims and paperwork, and expedite the water removal and restoration. We can check your home for structural damage and any possible electrical issues since water and electricity are a dangerous duo. This inspection will indicate to you the severity of the water damage that your home has suffered and any potential health issues you may have to address during the process of getting the flood damage repairs done on your home. 
 
When these concerns have been addressed, and if you have been given permission to enter your home, you should also document all the flood causing water damage for insurance purposes. Be sure that you do take pictures of the flooded areas of your home and any damaged belongings, including damaged furniture. This, along with the input from SERVPRO,  will help you to be fairly compensated by the insurance company. 
 
Once you have done the documentation and the adjuster had done his inspection, then the clean up starts to get under way. The home needs to be made dry and needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent any other damage from occurring. This will also lessen the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. Contamination is a given if the flooding is the result of groundwater intrusion, whether from rain, bodies of water, or a sewage blockage. Do not attempt to clean and sanitize on your own. The potential for future illness is too great.
 
It is wise to call the professionals from SERVPRO; because they can immediately begin to pump out the water and mitigate on-going water damage. And they have the skill and knowledge, along with the professional equipment required to start and complete the entire restoration process for you. 
 
After the water removal and clean up are in operation, then repairs need to be done. They could be extensive, depending on how much structural damage has occurred and the condition of the contents of your Shields property. SERVPRO can start with water removal and finish your project with complete water damage restoration "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is your go to for Saginaw water damage

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Eliminate Heath Hazards Caused by Water Damage to Your Saginaw Home Using SERVPRO  

The water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO are aware of the dangers of water intrusion into your Saginaw home. The obvious result of water damage is structural---whether severe or cosmetic. And unfortunately, structural damage can wind up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. The result of water damage can also cause the growth of toxic mold and mildew. If left untreated, this mold proliferation can be a serious hazard to your health.

Mold Growth 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should have your property dried and cleaned within 24-48 hours after the initial water onslaught. This practice will help decrease the likelihood of mold growth. Although you may be capable of starting the drying and cleaning processes, it is important to know that mold can grow in areas of the home that you can't see. Thus, simply cleaning and drying your carpet will not always be effective in preventing mold growth, especially if there is a large quantity of unwanted water. The mold can still grow in different areas of your home, including the carpet padding, underneath wallpaper, behind the drywall, along ceilings and baseboards, in voids and furniture. 

As noted by the EPA, there are several health hazards that can result from exposure to mold. Some of the most common problems include respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and asthma. It is also important to note that the mold clean up process, performed by you, can lead to exposure to dangerous fungi. For this reason, professionalwater damage restoration technicians from SERVPRO will wear special protective gear and utilize state-of-the-art equipment for mold cleanup and the prevention of mold dispersion throughout your Saginaw home. 

Exposure to Sewage

Exposure to raw sewage is dangerous because it contains parasites, viruses, and bacteria such as E. coli. The sewage can also contain pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and pesticides. The EPA has stated that contaminated water can lead to the contraction of illnesses such as tuberculosis, dysentery, hepatitis, tetanus, and cholera. Safely stay away from the hazard of sewage water--blackwater--and let the experts execute the cleanup and dry out.

Additional Hazards

While exposure to mold and bacteria is two of the biggest health hazards associated with a water-damaged structure, they are not the only causes for concern. Individuals who live in older homes are also at risk for exposure to lead paint or asbestos. Unfortunately, your restoration efforts could worsen the spreading of these materials. Also, note that failure to thoroughly inspect and dry areas affected by water damage can cause them to grow weak through degradation.

Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You

Water damage is a serious matter. In fact, it poses a plethora of dangers to homeowners. For this reason, it is prudent to leave the water damage restoration process to the professionals from SERVPRO. As a team of trained, experienced experts who are passionate about restoring homes to pristine condition, SERVPRO is your first choice for all water damage related work. The process starts with water removal and drying and proceeds through the steps of repair, and if needed, restoration.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Saginaw is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. 

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. We can clean these restorable items. Call us. (989) 752-8644 

Signs your roof is leaking

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Your Residential Roof May Leaking, Look For The Six Signs

Six Signs That Your Roof Is Leaking

As many plumbing experts know, leaking roofs can cause a plethora of unwanted problems such as water damage in your home. If these problems pop up, they can adversely affect your emotional and economic equilibrium. For this reason, it's good to be able to detect signs of a leaky roof early. In so doing, you can attain the professional assistance necessary to correct the problem and prevent structural damage to your property. With that idea in mind, consider whether you're experiencing any of the following six signs of a leaky roof:

 1. A Loss of Granules

 The granules of your roof's shingles can grow loose as a result of aging and ongoing exposure due to water damage. When your shingles start to lose their granules, the roof is subjected to faster deterioration. 

 2. Buckling Shingles

 The shingles of your roof can start to buckle as a result of hot air coming from your attic. This hot air is an indication of poor ventilation and can lead to a build-up of moisture.

 3. Mold And Mildew Growth

 If you notice mold growing inside your home or on the roof, the growth could have been caused by a leaky roof. This is the case because a leaky roof will create the excess water and moist environment that mold likes to thrive in.

 4. Roof Rot 

 Another sign of a leaky roof is roof rot. Roof rot is a term that refers to the process of your roof deteriorating rapidly. When this rapid deterioration transpires, your property can become increasingly susceptible to water damage because of potential leaks.

 5. Damaged Skylights

 Damaged skylights can cause your rainwater to leak into the home and cause water damage.

 6. Damaged Flashing

 When your flashing is improperly sealed or damaged against your roof, it can make it much simpler for excess water to start seeping into your home.

 If you find that your property has been subjected to a leaky roof, you need to address and resolve the issue immediately. The best course of action is to contact a team of trained, IICRC-certified water damage remediation specialists. The team to trust is SERVPRO. All of our technicians will offer you the goal-oriented, detail-centered care necessary to restore your property with lightning speed

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Saginaw is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (989) 752-8644