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Has a Fire caused Soot and Smoke Damage throughout your home?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damage and soot caused from a fire in your home can penetrate in various cavities within your home.  This can cause hidden damage and odor if not taken care of and cleaned and deodorized by a professional. We are experience in smoke damage deodorization and our experience allows us to scope and inspect to accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts and behaviors:

  • 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

Did you know there are different types of smoke damage?  There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue following a fire in your home. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan will test the soot in your home to determine which type of smoke damage occurred has affected your home and how we can help get you back in your home. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting and our scope of work identified. 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. 

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different and unique, each one requires a different and tailored solution 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 –SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan at 989-705-2400

Have you had a Fire at your home on Lake Charlevoix?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Have you suffered a fire or smoke damage at your season home on Lake Charlevoix? At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan, we realize the importance of getting you back into your home as soon as possible so you can enjoy your summers on the lake! Here are some safety tips to follow to help speed up the process and before a professional Restoration Company is contacted to start the cleaning services.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage to your home on Lake Charlevoix? Call (989) 705-2400

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan, we can help from the start from the initial board up to protect your structure and belongings, to cleaning and deodorizing your seasonal home and contents and helping with the reconstructing if any structural damage has been caused due to the fire.  Our goal is to get you back into your home on the lake as soon as we can while striving for excellent customer satisfaction.  

If you have had a fire in your home, give us a call at 989-705-2400 and we will come and meet with you and complete an inspection!

Is a winter storm on the way in Northern Michigan? How can you prepare your home?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Northern Michigan, snow and winter weather can be a lot of fun, but blizzards and extremely cold weather systems can cause serious property damage issues for your home. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home prior, during and after a winter storm. Below are helpful tips to educate and properly prepare homeowners for extreme winter weather in Northern Michigan.

Winter Weather Preparation:

  • Stock up: Purchase in advance all the necessary tools to clear sidewalks and driveways, uncover your car and keep all passageways clear. Stock up on snow shovels, a snow blower with gas and salt or sand to pre-treat the driveway and sidewalks, all items that will help you keep snow and slush at bay.
  • Create an emergency kit: Items to assemble for your kit include a First Aid kit, battery-powered radio, water, flashlights and lanterns, fresh batteries, blankets to keep warm if the power goes out, a manual can opener and a three-day supply of drinking water and non-perishable canned food.  Keep your cellphone charged up in case of an emergency.
  • Insulation central: Take steps to make sure your home is properly insulated, including:
    • Insulate walls and attics to conserve heat and energy.
    • Insulate pipes, especially those near exterior walls of your home, to prevent freezing.
    • Apply weather-stripping around doors and windows to protect against drafting air.  This will help prevent cold air from getting in and your furnace from working even harder.
    • Install storm windows or use plastic sheeting to cover windows.
    • Use all-weather caulk to seal around window frames, doorframes and other openings on the exterior of your home.
    • Close currents and blinds to help retain the heat in your home.
    • Close doors to unused rooms to retain heat in the center of your home.
  • Generate power: If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages due to severe winter weather, consider purchasing a generator. But remember NEVER to operate a generator indoors, as the engine exhaust contains potentially fatal carbon monoxide.
  • Be Cautious: Change the air filter in your furnace to avoid the system from working even harder when temperatures decline.  Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector on each floor of the house.
  • Heat it up: If you have a wood burning fireplace or heat source, stock up on firewood. Always be sure the flue is open to allow gases and potentially harmful fumes to escape.
  • Winterize your vehicle: Put on snow tires or chains (where allowed) and make sure your brakes are in good working condition. Try to keep your gas tank more than half full to prevent gas lines from freezing. If you park your vehicle outside, you may want to keep a lock deicer handy as well.

During and After the Storm:

  • Frequent shoveling: Depending on the amount of snow that falls, it is a good idea to occasionally clear a path from the front and back door or your home. In case of an emergency, you need a clear exit at all times. If a heavy amount of snow falls and your boiler or furnace has vents on the side of your home, make sure that you remove enough snow so that pipe stays clear. If it becomes covered with snow your unit will shut down.
  • Severe cold switch: During bouts of extreme cold temperatures, switch your heater from auto to fan on. This adjustment will constantly circulate warm air throughout the home causing the burners to run less, which will maintain a consistent warm temperature in your home and use less natural gas and/or electricity.
  • Prevent freezing: In areas of the home where pipes are prone to freezing, such as a bathroom on an outside wall or basement, turn the faucet on slightly to allow a trickle of water. Moving water will keep the pipes from freezing. Keep the cabinet doors to pipes open so warm air can reach them.
  • Frozen pipes: If pipes freeze, remove any insulation and wrap towels around the pipes to absorb moisture during the thawing process. Do not use a blowtorch to thaw frozen pipes, slow thawing works best to prevent them from bursting.

 If you have suffered any storm damage to your home or business in Northern Michigan, we can help.  At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan we perform emergency board ups, tarping and water mitigation from frozen pipes.

Call 989-705-2400 today!

Winter Weather can Cause Property Damage to your home

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

In Northern Michigan our winter weather can cause serious damage to your home or business.

If you have suffered property damage to your home or business due to a snow storm and cleanup and restoration services are needed, it is important to call a professional to assess the damage.

Do you have Insurance Coverage?

Dependant upon the damage from a snow storm to your home or business, you could have insurance coverage, though the coverages and limits vary depending on your policy.  You will be responsible for your deductible.

Make sure to document the damage to your home or business. Make sure to take a lot of photos and be sure to hang on to any receipts and documents related to appliances and maintenance work you completed prior to the storm. Make sure to reach out to a specialist such as a restoration company to help restore your home or business and assess the damage. 

Winter Storm Damage

Winter storms rip through Michigan every year, and areas that don’t get hit with snow often deal with ice storms and freezing rain. When you’re dealing with blizzards, lake effect storms and snow squalls, damage to your home and business can include roof and structural damage from heavy snow as well as damage to fascia, exterior pipes and siding. These wintry storms often come with high winds, which can exacerbate damage by causing shingles to break loose. These storms can wreak havoc on utility lines.

Ice dams can also be formed due to the winter storms and freezing weather.  These can be easy to miss, but are important to be aware of because they can quickly lead to leaks and then to mold and structural damage.

Contact a Professional

If your home or business has property damage due to a winter storm, it is important to repair the structure quickly.  Don't take the repairs into your own hands.  SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan works very closely with many insurance companies throughout Northern Michigan. 

Have you had a fire in your home in Gaylord?

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Have you suffered a fire or smoke damage in your home in Gaylord?  Here are some safety tips to follow before a professional Restoration Company is contacted.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage to your home in Gaylord? Call (989) 705-2400

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan, we can help from the start from the initial board up to protect your structure and belongings, to cleaning and deodorizing your home and contents and helping with the reconstructing if any structural damage has been caused.  

If you have had a fire in your home in Gaylord, call our team here, we are available 24 hours a day.  989-705-2400

Flooding in your home from Frozen Pipes in Sault Ste Marie

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan is locally owned and operated with employees throughout Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula,we are a part of this community too. If you should suffer a flood in your home this winter due to frozen pipes bursting, we are ready and waiting nearby for your emergency to help.  Regardless of the day or time of day, we offer 24 Hour Emergency Services in case of your water damage.  We take pride in being a part of and serviving the Sault community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Our technicians and highly trained and certified to respond immediately and effectively to your water damage.  We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.  We have a great track record with local insurance companies and commercial properties throughout Sault Ste Marie and Northern Michigan.

If you need help now. Call SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan @ 989-705-2400

Have you had smoke damage to your home and have soot covering your home?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Even a small fire or smoke throughout your home can cause soot damage to cover your entire home structure and belongings.  Your home may also suffer from water damage if you have had the fire department respond due to firefighting efforts. This type of secondary damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. If you have suffered any type of smoke damage or fire in your home, you may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan specializes and is trained in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home and your affected contents to pre-fire condition.

Don't wait! Give us a call today and we can help!

989-705-2400

Water Damage in Mackinaw City

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us no matter what time 24/7. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and helps reduce cost.  We have a large staff of dedicated and trained Technicians to respond.  

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.  This documentation can be uploaded to your insurance company should you choose to submit a claim. 

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques and keep up with Industry Standards

We invest in the latest technology and equipment because it helps us restore your home more quickly and to help minimize cost. This equipment allows us to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water quickly and efficiently. We also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to cleaning and sanitize the affected water damage area for your comfort and safety.

Have any questions? CALL US TODAY - 989.705.2400

Have you had a Water Damage in your home in St. Ignace?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Have you had a water loss in your home in St. Ignace?

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to your water damage at your home in St. Ignace and the Upper Peninsula.  We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first, please utilize these tips below:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have any questions? Give us a call at 989-705-2400 

Striving For Customer Satisfaction

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan our team strives for high customer satisfaction.  Satisfied and happy customers are what makes our job as Restoration Professionals rewarding and worth the hard work and hours that we put in sometimes in extreme conditions.  We want to ensure the quality of our work is up to the highest standards and to help our customers through their devastation and make them whole again! 

We love sharing testimonials and positive feedback from our customers that we have performed our services for in their time of need. 

"We called SERVPRO of G&C after a pipe freeze at our cabin. They came in and did a quick remediation (the whole nine yards, cleaning packing up and getting rid of the mold) They then put it all back together. We worked with their general and even had contact with the owner. Top Notch!"

Thank you Jennifer for the great testimony and positive feedback you provided.  It's great to have customers like you that allow us to come into your lives during a less than desirable time when a water or fire damage has affected your home.  That is our ultimate goal as Restoration Professionals, to help make it a little less stressful on you!  

From the time we receive the notice of your loss, through the scope of work and the mitigation and services performed, our team works together to provide a superior work product and performance to help put you back together and make your home whole again!