Recent Fire Damage Posts

Don't Wait - Check the date!

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Wait - Check the date! Substantial fire damage to a home in Farmington Hills

Fire damage can be extremely devastating to your home or business, how prepared are you? 

SERVPRO of Farmington and Farmington Hills is here to make sure that you have the information you need to prevent a fire and to help you during the aftermath of a fire. Our SERVPRO technicians are highly qualified and certified in Fire & Water Restoration. Our crews work around the clock to come to the rescue and return your home or business back to pre-fire condition. Not only can we clean the structure, but we can also remove stubborn odor and soot from upholstery and carpeting.

DID YOU KNOW?

Different types of fires require different types of extinguishers. For example, a grease fire and an electrical fire require the use of different extinguishing agents to effectively and safely put the fire out.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has used the slogan, "Don't Wait - Check the Date! - Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years" in one of their past campaigns and we're here to make sure it stays at the top of your mind! The NFPA strives to educate the public about the basic and necessary elements for fire prevention. The public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, including how to check the date, when to replace them, and how many you should have in your home. Check out the NFPA's website for Smoke Alarm Tips!

NFPA Smoke Alarm Tips 

We would like you to be as knowledgeable as possible on fire safety, so here are a few tips:

  1. Always watch your cooking - do not leave anything on the stove or in the oven unattended.
  2. Test Smoke Alarms - Test your alarms once a month and replace batteries as needed.
  3. Be careful when using candles - keep candles far away from flammable substances and surfaces.
  4. Have a fire escape plan - make an escape plan and practice it frequently.
  5. Smoke outside - If you are a smoker, have a deep ashtray and remember to NEVER smoke in bed.

Aerosol Paint Explodes in Furnace Room

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Aerosol Paint Explodes in Furnace Room Damage to furnace room after aerosol paint can causes damage

SERVPRO OF Farmington & Farmington Hills helps a Farmington Hills resident clean up their home after an aerosol paint explodes in the Furnace Room.  Fortunately, only a minor injury resulted from the fire.  Our technicians have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and soot damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Aerosol Paints are highly flammable.  Aerosol paints use propellants, such as propane and butane gases, that are highly flammable. If the can is punctured or damaged and comes into contact with high heat or flame, the gases can ignite and cause an explosion or a fire. Oil-based paints and stains often contain flammable components, such as methanol, ketone, and toluene.

Aerosol paint should be stored separately from other storage materials as well as from any fixtures that feature high temperatures or flames. Never store flammable aerosol cans in a basement or similar area that features hot water heaters, gas heaters, fireplaces, boilers or any other type of intense heat.

When Fire Destroys your home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Fire Destroys your home After Fire Destroys a home in Grosse Pointe, crews clean up the mess

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills responds to a home in Grosse Pointe after a dryer catches on fire in a finished basement.  The fire was so intense, it destroyed the entire home.  Crews tarped the roof and back side of the house to prevent further damage, installed temporary lighting and then began the process of restoration.

Who can you trust to provide dependable services and information? Trust SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills to help you make it like it never happened!

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Our technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. We utilize technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick. dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today (248) 427-1500

Fire in Retail Store in Detroit Michigan

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire in Retail Store in Detroit Michigan Air Scrubbers placed in storage room after a fire in a retail store in Detroit

Whether you operate a single facility or hundreds of commercial properties nationwide, a fire damage requires prompt action to reduce losses and costly down time. Who can you trust to provide dependable services and information? 

Air Scrubbers were placed in the storage room of the retail store. Air Scrubbers removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air.  

Our technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. We utilize technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick. dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money. 

At SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills we make your fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

Can a Hot Water Heater start a Fire?

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can a Hot Water Heater start a Fire? Hot Water Heater causes damage to Apartment in Westland

Hot Water Tank causes fire in an Apartment in Westland. The SERVPRO Team was there to help. Fortunately, no one was injured.  The unit suffered moderate damage.  SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills understands the devastation from a fire damage.  SERVPRO was able to bring the apartment back to a preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills proudly serves Farmington Hills, Northville, Farmington, and surrounding areas. Our Professional Technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

How to Avoid a Kitchen Fire

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Avoid a Kitchen Fire Fire causes Soot and Smoke Damage to this Farmington Hills Apartment.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills provides clean up services to an apartment complex near us.  After our Technicians assessed the damage, we were able to get a crew in immediately to pack out and clean the contents of the Apartment unit.  The tenant was able to move back into his unit within 2 weeks. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, “fire departments responded to an average of 166,100 home fires that involved cooking equipment per year”

According to an article from The American Red Cross "10 Ways to Avoid a Kitchen Fire"

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.
  2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.
  3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  6. Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.]
  9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (248) 427-1500

Accidents happen - Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Accidents happen - Fire Damage Repair and Restoration Homeowner in Livonia is in need of Professional Cleaning after Shop Vacuum spreads soot throughout the home.

SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills takes on the challenge of removing Soot from all Surfaces in a Livonia home.

The homeowner was using a shop vacuum to clean up the soot in the fire place not realizing that the filter for the shop vacuum was not attached.  With the amount of soot spread throughout the home, she knew she would not be able to clean up the home on her own. She knew that Hiring a Professional soot damage restoration company that has experience is the best approach.

We use specialized equipment, chemicals and techniques to remove soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. In areas of the home with severe damage, we use multiple techniques to restore the home.  Crews HEPA vacuum all surfaces to remove soot, dry sponges to wipe surfaces that could not be wet washed, and the carpeting was steam cleaned.   

Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

If you need Fire Damage Repair and Restoration your call us at (248) 427-1500

Water Proofing Contractor causes Fire in West Bloomfield

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Water Proofing Contractor causes Fire in West Bloomfield Fire Damage to utility room

Aerosol cans of house cleaners, spray paints and other chemicals are filled with butane or propane as a propellant. If that can is heated up it can explode with deadly force. SERVPRO responds to Fire Damage Cleanup in West Bloomfield after a Water Proofing Contractor used an Aerosol Spray to the foundation wall in the Furnace Room. Fortunately, no one was injured and SERVPRO Technicianswere able to Restore and Repair their Condominium. 

Dangers associated with Water Heaters

According to Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors “vapors from the liquid, when mixed with the right combination of air, that ignite and burn. These vapors are (1) heavier-than-air and will stay low to the ground, (2) are invisible, (3) can migrate significant distances (10, 20, 30 or more feet), and (4) ignite and flashback from a wide variety of ignition sources (pilot lights, open flames, sparks, etc.). Because many water heaters are floor-mounted, with their constantly burning pilot lights behind the cover plate, the pilot light serves as a ready ignition source for the low-to the-ground vapors”

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today - SERVPRO of Farmington & Farmington Hills 

(248) 427-1500

How to Properly Remove Soot

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Properly Remove Soot Technician Chem Sponging

Whether you operate a single facility or hundreds of commercial properties nationwide, a fire damage requires prompt action to reduce losses and costly down time. Who can you trust to provide dependable services and information? 


Soot Removal. Our technicians are highly trained and certified in smoke and soot removal. Pictured is our Fire Damage Supervisor using a special sponge designed to pull smoke and soot off surfaces. This is the dry cleaning portion of removal. Next, depending on the surface (paint/wood/fabric type) we would wet clean the surface using SERVPRO grade chemicals. For the rest of the space odor removal and air purification systems would be put in place. 


Our technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. We utilize technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick. dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money. 


We make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."