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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

Biohazard Sanitizing

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Technician in biohazard suit sanitizing equipment Every piece of equipment is clean and sanitized when it comes back from a job site. Our trucks are also sanitized daily.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Dearborn offer cleaning services including biohazard contaminants. We are Here to Help® Get Your Business Back to Normal with specialized training and products. SERVPRO is being called on by numerous Dearborn businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize properties.

Our practices are in accordance with CDC and Wayne County guidelines. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.

After every job, our equipment is cleaned, disinfected and sanitized before being used at another job site. Our staff takes all recommended precautions so ensure only clean equipment enters your facility.

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, storm and biohazard damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Pets Are Family Too!

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Bulldog looking at camera Frankie can often be found in our office begging for treats.

A fire emergency can take place at any time in your Dearborn area home. Be sure to include your animals when planning and practicing your family’s escape plan.

An important part of the plan is noticing where your pets usually spend their time and, more importantly, where they hide when frightened as fires can be especially scary for pets. You can be better prepared to get your pets out by having a checklist of areas you can look. This information should also be shared with the firefighters at the scene.

By keeping their collars and leashes handy, you can more easily guide them out of the house. It can be easier for the fire department to get them out if they are wearing collars. It is a good idea to hang leashes by the door on your evacuate route.

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, storm and biohazard damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

What to do if you have a Water Emergency

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO teams with water extracting equipment Our water specialists are always ready to help with your water emergency.

Water damage can happen quickly. The Dearborn and Dearborn Heights areas regularly face flooding from the Rouge River. Here are a few tips to help if you encounter a water emergency at your home or business.

Emergency Water Damage Tips:

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

If you find that your home or business is faced with a water emergency, please call SERVPRO of Dearborn & Dearborn Heights SE at 313-359-4357.

COVID-19 and Commercial Facilities

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Illustration of Virus through microscope SERVPROXIDE™, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses

SERVPRO® of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights SE is committed to providing safe environments for our colleagues and customers. All information we share comes from CDC and WHO. We encourage you to refer to these reliable sources for information.

SERVPRO® professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We proudly perform proactive cleaning and disinfection of facilities. The CDC’s guidelines for commercial spaces includes all “high touch” items such as light switches, phones, keyboards and doorknobs, as well as:

•Kitchen/Food Areas         •Retails Spaces

•Bathrooms                     •Carpets & Rugs

•Bathrooms                     •Stair Handrails

•Schools/Classrooms        •Offices

•Elevator Cars                  •Water Fountains

•Playground Equipment     •Fitness Equipment

The CDC recommends the use of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against organisms similar to COVID-19. SERVPRO®’s proprietary disinfectant, SERVPROXIDE™, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces.

We anticipate no impact to our service and believe in our ability to keep all our clients running as usual. Our team continues to monitor news from CDC and WHO. We will reassess the situation and adjust our plans accordingly.

Please contact our office if we can be a resource or service to you as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html