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Roof Tarps Prevent More Damage

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Roof of mosque covered in tarp after storm damage This East Dearborn mosque's roof was covered in a tarp after storm damage.

The Detroit area has quickly changing weather. Sunny to stormy and back to sunny in a day in a common occurrence. Roofs often take the brunt of storms. Wild winds can cause shingles to lift or be dislodged. Falling trees and flying debris can do much more damage. It is important to quickly and properly cover any external damage to prevent further problems inside your property. 

SERVPRO of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights SE provides emergency roof tarps for all sorts of structures including residential and commercial properties, as well as places of worship. We recently secured the roof of this East Dearborn mosque after a storm damaged it. Never walk on or try to inspect a damaged roof. The damage may be more severe than it appears to the eye.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Southeast
SERVPRO® of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire and smoke, water, flood, wind, and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Flooded Basements in Dearborn Heights

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Finished basement with receding flood water Spring flooding caused damage to this Dearborn Heights basement

Bounded by the Rouge and Ecorse Rivers, Dearborn Heights sees a lot of flooding. Many homes in the area experience annual flooding. The professionals at SERVPRO of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights SE have years of training and a lot of experience handling flooded basements – sometimes even our own basements!

Preventing Basement Flooding

There are some easy steps you can take to help safeguard your basement against flooding damage.

  • Keep your gutters and downspouts clean and flowing away from your foundation.
  • Check for pooling water in your yard. If water runs toward the foundation, consider re-grading your yard.
  • Make sure windows are protected with window well covers.
  • Install an automatic sump pump.
  • Check to see if flood insurance is available for purchase.

What to do when your basement floods?

Calling the professionals of SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE for help with a flooded basement is always a good idea. Wet carpet and furniture are very difficult to remove. Mildew begins grow in hours. The smell of unsanitary water can permeate the entire home. Before we are arrive there are a few steps you can take to help the drying process:

  1. Shut off electricity and gas to the area. Never enter the water until power is shut off.
  2. If your basement has a drain you can safely reach, check if it is clogged. This may help expedite the draining.
  3. If you are able, remove any items that appear damaged by the water.  Move them to a space where they can dry. Remove items from boxes so they can dry. Inspect all items and monitor for mildew growth.
  4. Get the air moving in the basement to dry it out. Open windows and doors. A dehumidifier will aid the drying process.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Southeast
SERVPRO® of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire and smoke, water, flood, wind, and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Cleaning Food Service Facilities

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Technician in full PPE sanitizing commercial kitchen Sanitizing the Dearborn of a Dearborn area restaurant for reopening!

Safety Is Our Top Priorities When Cleaning Restaurants, Kitchens and Food Service Facilities

The Dearborn and Dearborn Heights area has a restaurant for every taste including the best Middle Eastern food outside the actual Middle East. We are proud to provide commercial kitchen cleaning services to many of these establishments. During this down time, our team is providing kitchen and front of house cleaning, as well as pro-active Covid-19 sanitization.

Our professionals follow both the State of Michigan and Wayne County health regulations to keep your restaurant running smoothly. You can trust SERVPRO of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights SE to be mindful of the complicated health codes, food safety regulations, and environmental concerns. We work for the continued safety of you and your customers.

Types of Facilities:

  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Senior Living Facility Kitchens
  • School Kitchens
  • Food Manufacturing Facilities
  • Food Distribution Centers

Our Experience Includes:

  • Facilities Cleaning and Restoration
  • Flooding and Water Damage Cleanup
  • Restaurant Cleaning – Kitchen & Front of House
  • Restaurant Hood Cleaning
  • Covid-19 Sanitization and Disinfection
  • Odor Removal
  • Mold Removal 
  • Biohazard Remediation
  • Smoke and Soot Cleanup

About SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Southeast
SERVPRO® of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire and smoke, water, flood, wind, and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Cleaning Up Smoke and Soot After a Kitchen Fire

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Severely fire damaged stove and kitchen The kitchen in this Detroit Boston-Edison home was damaged when the homeowner left this kitchen briefly to check on her child in the next room.

Careless cooking is the leading cause of house fires*. Even a small fire can send smoke, soot and smell throughout your entire structure. Protein fires, common in kitchen fires, leave strong, stale smell. Smoke removal may seem like a straight-forward process, but it can be very challenging.

It is best to choose a certified fire restoration company, like SERVPRO of Dearborn And Dearborn Heights SE, to ensure your fire is addressed as quickly and professionally as possible. The company should have well-trained, IICRC-certified technicians as well as use the latest in fire restoration technology and equipment.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Southeast
SERVPRO® of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire and smoke, water, flood, wind, and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

*https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Cooking

Fire & Water Damage Go Hand in Hand

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire truck spraying water from aerial tower Dearborn Heights Fire Department spray a home with water from the aerial tower. Photo courtesy of Double Deuce Fireimages

Fire and water damage almost always go hand-in-hand. For this reason, SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE offers both fire restoration and water clean up services. Here are just a few ways fires can lead to water damage:

Fire Hose: High pressure fire hoses emit many gallons of water per minute. Even if it does not take long for firefighters to extinguish a blaze, your property may sustain considerable water damage.

Burst Pipes: Fires burn at different temperatures depending on the fuel source. They can become so hot they can melt certain metals. If the fire in your structure reaches the melting points of certain metals, it is possible to rupture pipes.


Suppression Systems: While more common in commercial buildings, some new houses are built with suppression systems. If your suppression system utilizes water, your building will likely sustain some degree of water damage.

Minimizing Fire and Water Damage
You can minimize fire and water damages by quickly contacting your local fire department as soon as you realize there is a fire. Quick reaction by all can potentially mitigate extensive fire damage by lessening burn time and the need for large amounts water.

Investing in a non-water based suppression system is another precaution. If your current system is water-based, consider programming it to only release water in the fire area or other specific conditions.

The professionally trained team at SERVPRO of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights SE is experienced in the proper techniques for restoring your property safely, quickly, and effectively.

No Butter But Lots of Ice Cream

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Two firefighters holding ice cream with fire truck in background  We swapped our annual butter donation for ice cream!

We are very proud to be active members of the Dearborn community. Our franchise owner sits on the Board of Directors of both the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dearborn Goodfellows, an organization dedicating to providing Christmas to area families. We are also committed to helping the Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive with their efforts assisting people impacted by fire.

For 10 consecutive years, SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE has made an annual donation of 100 pounds of butter to the Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive Corn Roast at the city’s Homecoming Festival. The Covid-19 pandemic has prevented this year’s celebration, but we wanted to continue our tradition of donating to the people who work so hard for our community. We delivered ice cream to the crew working on the steamy Michigan day that should have been the kick off Homecoming 2020. We will be back with the butter next year!

Commercial Services

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Front doors of one story commercial building Our commercial services are always available

SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE’s 24-hour emergency service is dedicated to being faster to any disaster. We respond to your commercial building emergency with the expertise to handle your restoration needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

There is never a good time for fire or water damage to strike your Dearborn or Dearborn Heights area commercial property. Every hour spent addressing the problem is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services at www.SERVPROdearbornmi.com

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Post Construction Cleaning
  • Bio-Hazard Cleanup
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Kitchen Fire Risks

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged stove top A pizza box left on top of this stove caused a kitchen fire when the dog jumped up to steal some pizza!

The kitchen is the most likely place for home fires. Here are the top four kitchen fire risks, along with helpful safety tips to avoid fire damage at your Dearborn and Dearborn Heights area home:

1. Unattended Cooking
Most kitchen fires start when someone leaves cooking unattended. It is easy to get distracted while away from the stove. If you absolutely cannot stay in the kitchen, ask someone to keep an eye on the stove or set a timer to remind you to get back to it.

2. Grease Fires
The smoke point for most fats, like kitchen grease, is about 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease reaches its smoke point shortly before a fire ignites. Grease fires must always be extinguished by smothering the flames with baking soda or salt. A Class B or K extinguisher can be used with caution. Be certain to spray an extinguisher from a distance to avoid spreading grease and fire.

3. Combustible or Flammable Materials
Keep paper or plastic food packaging and other flammable materials away from open flames and hot burners. Do not store oven mitts or towels on or above the stove where they may fall on the hot surface. Be mindful of leaving things on top of the stove when not in use. On three separate occasions we have seen fires started by dogs inadvertently turning on gas stoves while trying to reach food containers on the stove top.

4. Microwave-Safe and Oven-Safe Materials
Be certain to check cookware is rated for use in microwaves or ovens. Some packaging is not intended for heating as poses a potential fire hazard. Make sure packaging and dishes are rated for the preparation methods used.

Should a fire occur, depend on the certified fire restoration specialists of SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE to clean your home in accordance with the highest standards.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Southeast
SERVPRO® of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire and smoke, water, flood, wind, and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Specialized Trained Technicians

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Technician showing homeowner damage under a sink Our technicians are specialized trained in the most advice mitigation and cleanup techniques.

According to the restoration industry’s credentialing body, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are several reasons to choose a professional over doing it yourself. Below are a few reasons:

  • The process of fire and water restoration is very involved and potentially dangerous.
  • Properly trained technicians can help prevent further damage.
  • Specialized processes and equipment are required for restoration and vary based the unique circumstances of the property and incident.
  • For fire damage, unique cleaning products and techniques are needed to remove ash and soot.
  • The quick remediation of the problem is important for more than repairs, it is also a health consideration.
  • Choose a company for fire and water restoration with the appropriate licenses and proof that they have the proper insurance.
  • Whether at a commercial or residential location, technicians with experience and certification should perform the damage recovery.

SERVPRO of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights Southeast has a team of specially trained and IICRC credentialed professionals. Our crew members undergo rigorous training to earn accreditation and participate in continuing education to stay abreast of the changing technologies in our industry.

Summer Storms

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Garage on fire with firefighting in foreground Power lines felled by a Dearborn summer storm caused this garage fire in the Ford Historic Homes District. Photo courtesy of Double Deuce Fire Images

The Metro Detroit area has the occasional ferocious summer storm. Late spring, well into summer is prime time for tornadoes, floods, thunderstorms, and fires. The SERVPRO of Dearborn team is here for any natural disaster befalling our area.

  • Tornadoes– Tornadoes are characterized by whirling winds and debris which can endanger life and property. They are common from spring until the middle of summer but can occur any time of the year.
  • Floods– Floods are becoming more common in the U.S., with flash floods as the top weather-related killer. Heavy rains and overloaded storm drains can cause floods. A few inches of water could bring extensive damage to homes and buildings.
  • Fires– The heat of the summer, ongoing droughts and lightning strikes can precipitate fire massive fires. Downed power lines are a frequent cause of summer fires.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights Southeast
SERVPRO® of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire and smoke, water, flood, wind, and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457