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Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? Three times as many home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving out of any other day of the year.

Fire safety in the kitchen should be on the top of your mind during Thanksgiving, especially if you are expecting lots of people and activity. Keep your home and loved ones safe this holiday by following these Thanksgiving tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are using stoves and ovens.
  • Roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves while cooking.
  • Stay in the home when you are cooking, check the turkey frequently.
  • Set timers to keep track of cook times.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter.
  • Keep children away from hot food and liquids.
  • Keep the floor clean to avoid tripping while cooking.
  • Make sure all cooking appliances are turned off when are done cooking.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

By following these safety tips, you can enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones rather than dealing with fire damage.

If you have any questions about fire safety in your home, please call SERVPRO of Saginaw at 989-752-8644.

Water Damage Can Leave Odors

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

You can’t always see water damage, but you can always smell it. Most water damage odors are hard to ignore and alert you that there is damage in your home. Odors from water damage can be noticeable immediately or can occur sometime after the water is removed. Here are some common odors:

  • Muddy smell: If outdoor flooding has entered the home, you may notice an earthy smell associated with lakes.
  • Sewage smell: If water damage in your home is a result of a backed-up sewer, you will immediately notice the odor of raw sewage.
  • Musty odors: Musty odors occur after the fact. This is a sign that mold is growing in your home.

The sooner you notice the problem, the sooner we can help. A highly trained SERVPRO professional can access the degree of your damages.

Our Franchise Professionals will identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Our drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.

To get rid of the odor in your home, our Franchise Professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate the odor from your home.

If mold is growing in your home, our Franchise Professionals will work to control and remove mold contaminants.

Always remember to trust your nose. If it smells wrong, it probably is.

Call SERVPRO of Saginaw for more information at 989-752-8644.

Create your fire plan today!

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help you with the after effects from a fire and we can get your home back like nothing ever happened. More importantly, is the safety of your family should a fire happen to you.

There were an estimated 367,500 reported home structure fires and 2,745 associated civilian deaths in the United States in 2014 .

They say that your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.

Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.

Before a fire happens, pull together everyone in your household and make a plan.

  • Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.
  • Visit each room. Find two ways out.
  • All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
  • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
  • Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
  • Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill!

If you have any questions about fire safety in your home, please call SERVPRO of Saginaw at 989-752-8644

SERVPRO Can Treat Saginaw Commercial Fire Damage

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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 you sustain property damage, call SERVPRO

8/22/2019 (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."

How to tell if something is dry...

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

You cannot use your hands to adequately determine if something is dry because skin has a moisture content of 25 percent. Dry wood for example, has a moisture content of about 10 percent. If you feel wood that has moisture content of 20 percent, your skin tells your brain the wood is dry because it is drier than your skin. In actuality it is twice as wet as it should be. Just because it feels dry to you it might be saturated with water and not drying it properly could cause even more damage.

The Franchise Professionals here at SERVPRO of Saginaw is equipped with the right equipment to help ensure a structure and contents are quickly and thoroughly dried after water damage.

Using a fire extinguisher

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO would like to provide you with some valuable knowledge in the event of a small fire.  If you are not in danger and feel that you can safely attempt to extinguish the fire, remember the acronym PASS to help you activate the extinguisher successfully.  

  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that prevents the handle from being pressed.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.  
  • Sweep foam from side to side at the base of the fire.

 Watch for re-ignition and repeat the steps if necessary.  

It is a good idea to have fire extinguishers conveniently located on each floor of your home or business as well as areas a fire may break out. Kitchens, Laundry rooms and mechanical rooms are common locations.   As always remember safety first and if a fire is too large it is always best to leave the area and call 911 immediately.     

When Water Damage Happens, Call SERVPRO for Service

7/29/2019 (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.

SERVPRO is your go to for Saginaw water damage

7/15/2019 (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.

Signs your roof is leaking

7/1/2019 (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

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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