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Overflowing Catch Basins Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your Arden Hills Home

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Overflowing Catch Basins Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your Arden Hills Home Flooding is a disaster that no homeowner can prepare for and ward off.

Overflowing Catch Basins Can Lead To Flood Damage

Culvert systems throughout the community serve to move rainwater and overflow throughout underground pathways. The idea is to keep roadways from overflowing with heavy precipitation and in some cases, aid the sewer system to flow better to the treatment facility. Unfortunately, for as good as this system can be for your Arden Hills community, they are very susceptible to failures.

One of the first things that you can see with culvert systems and storm drains is their large grate coverings. With wide holes, a lot of debris and accumulation can build up in the catch basin and ultimately block off the drain. The result of this occurrence is overflows of the culvert basins, allowing for high volumes of water to potentially cause flood damages to your Arden Hills home.

While our SERVPRO team gets well equipped to help you contend with flood damages to your home, these situations are often unpredictable. Even in situations that do not even accumulate enough for flash flooding or water overflow in creek beds and rivers, a clogged catch basin cannot redirect even moderate volumes of water safely away from your home.

If you happen to live at a lower elevation to the basin itself, water takes the path of least resistance to begin rushing through your property. This occurrence immediately exposes and vulnerabilities that your home's exterior might have in its foundation. Small cracks or eroded areas of the mortar between the blocks can be enough for water to pass through and penetrate the lower levels of your house.

Within a brief period, while the storm is still active outside your house, several inches of water can accumulate on the floor of your basement or first level of your home. Our SERVPRO team can help you to remove this water and correct the damages that it has caused.

Flooding is a disaster that no homeowner can prepare for and ward off. While you can appreciate the importance of culvert systems and catch basins throughout your community, when these pathways fail, it can spell a great deal of trouble for your home. If you experience this kind of event in your residence, give our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team of restoration specialists a call. SERVPRO is available anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

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Removing Smoke and Soot Damage From Your Andover Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Smoke and Soot Damage From Your Andover Home Regaining the use of your home after a fire can often prove difficult without help. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and effective remediation.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Fire Damage With a High Level of Expertise

Disasters like a fire in your Andover residence can leave a homeowner dealing with multiple negative lingering effects simultaneously. While smaller kitchen fires offer less in the line of devastating structural concerns, persistent issues like smoke and soot damage can make it a challenge for residents to continue living in the house before restoration occurs.

Smoke and soot are both common regarding fire damages in Andover found in your home once extinguishment has occurred. While your insurance company might insist on the use of professional restoration services to clean up the mess, it is a common misconception that these lingering concerns can get readily cleaned up by the homeowner. The best decision, whether encouraged by the insurance company or not, is our SERVPRO team.

With our experience and training, our technicians get prepared for any of the potential damages that they face. Soot damage is one of the most widespread of the issues following a fire, affecting both the areas where the fire happened and connected spaces such as other rooms and ductwork. High-powered vacuums often take point for a large portion of the cleanup. Stubborn and set in soot staining can often get removed with sponges, either used dry or in combination with a cleaning solution.
 
Taking care of the smoke damage is often contending with the smell left behind after the incident. Smoke and charring can leave a harsh odor throughout the affected areas, seeping into walls, carpeting, draperies, and other materials. Deodorization, often with thermal foggers, can break apart these harsh odor molecules and neutralize them on contact. This process is safe to use on clothing, furniture, carpeting, and wide open spaces affected by the smoke.

Finding yourself recovering from a fire in your home is no easy feat for any homeowner to face alone. Fortunately, you can rely on the expertise and experience of our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County fire restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and return your home to preloss conditions. You can give us a call anytime at (763) 712-9712.

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Tips to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Columbia Heights Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Columbia Heights Home Moisture Leads to Mold Patches in Columbia Heights Structures--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

ProtectYour Columbia Heights Home from Mold

Keeping your home dry on the inside might sound like common sense, but many homes in Columbia Heights contain small leaks that let moisture build up and accumulate. Keeping these under control and to a minimum can protect your home from many different types of damaging effects.
 
One type of harm a home in Columbia Heights might sustain involves mold damage. When levels of moisture elevate inside a home, it does not take long for existing microbes to take advantage of the situation and proliferate. Because mold and mildew reproduce by spores, these microbes can colonize readily and occur anywhere in a residence.
 
Porous materials in your home can feel dry to the touch but still retain moisture. Because these organisms are hygroscopic, they dig their hyphae, or root-like appendages, into the materials. Seeking moisture this way, they also destroy the surfaces on which they live. Drywall cardboard that sandwiches the plaster is particularly vulnerable to infestations.
 
Keeping your home's interior dry can help prevent this from happening. You can do this in several ways. Only one or two methods often do not produce the results desired, making it crucial to use several of the following suggestions.
 
Showering and cooking produce steam, which dissipates unless carried away by exhaust fans. Using one of these fans during the time the water produces steam and then a few minutes after carries this water vapor out of your home and reduces the humidity in the house.
 
Watering potted house plants only when needed. Try to limit the evaporation. Larger plants can often go for more extended periods between waterings, so combining smaller plants into one larger container can help reduce the total amount of water used.
 
Check over pipes and other water-carrying conduits in your residence to ensure that no leaks exist. SERVPRO assists homeowners with inspections to determine where leaks and other sources of water exist during a mold remediation service. When large leaks are discovered, we suggest that you contact a plumber for the necessary repairs.
 
Clean up spills quickly and make sure the surfaces no longer contain residual moisture. If cracks exist in the area, or if the spillage occurred on carpeting, air drying with a fan or two can help ensure no moisture remains behind.
 
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can help deal with mold damage or help you prevent it. We can help residents in the  Ham Lake or Coon Rapids areas by calling  (763) 712-9712.

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Minimizing Flood Damage in Columbia Heights

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Minimizing Flood Damage in Columbia Heights When flooding brings many inches of water into your home, your best bet is to contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Effectively Dry Out Your Flooded Property

Despite good weather forecasting, storms and flooding still surprise Columbia Heights residents and homeowners. No matter how often our city prepares for it, that first sign of water coming over the driveway and into the house is a shocking one.
 
That does not mean neighborhoods have to sit and wait for flood damage in Columbia Heights to go away, however. SERVPRO Restoration maintains an on-call response team to move in and minimize the damage to flooded homes quickly.
 
Our teams start with a series of pumps to remove standing water. Depending on the size of the home, they can bring in a small, portable pump, or use a truck-mounted pump that can provide its electricity if local power has been knocked out.
 
As technicians bring down the water, other SERVPRO specialists lift property out of the water and place it on blocks or pallets in the garage or another part of the home. Next, they install exhaust fans in the area to increase air circulation. They do this to allow water to run off the property and to speed up the drying process without causing any secondary damage to the furniture and other items.
 
With the standing water removed and property out of the way, our technicians begin drawing water out of carpets and wood floors using water extraction wands. Team members can adjust the vacuum speed of these devices to remove trapped water without damaging the nape of the carpet or the surface of the floorboards. The wands also have a heating element, so our personnel can also begin the drying process as well.
 
As they dry the carpets and floors, other specialists examine floor trim and walls for water. Drywall is an excellent building material, but the panels rapidly soak up water. If left untreated, the material begins to dissolve, and panels can crumble right off the wall framing. Response teams remove the trim and place air movers along the walls to force warm air over the surface. It shortens drying time and prevents permanent damage. If needed, they also drill small holes in the panels behind the floor trim to increase circulation and force warm air into the wall cavity to dry it.
 
The goal for SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is reducing the damage from a flood and to return each home to its original condition. With the right information, our team can arrive and begin the process of returning your family to a dry, safe environment almost immediately. For more details or to call in a response team, call us at (763) 712-9712 today.

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How Water Damage Could Affect Your Andover Home After A Fire

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage Could Affect Your Andover Home After A Fire Firefighting efforts can allow water damage to spill into unaffected areas.

Fire damage often leaves behind water damage due to firefighting efforts

Once the fire in your Andover home has gotten successfully extinguished, you start to assess on your own the full extent of the damage that your home faces. While you assuredly notice much of the direct effects of the fire, there are secondary damages that also have to get restored to return your home to preloss condition. A great example of this would be the water damage that is often left behind after extinguishment completes.

With all of the fire damages that you have seen after the blaze was snuffed out in your Andover residence, you have likely already gotten instructed by your insurance company to seek the aid of a professional restoration company to assist you in overcoming these effects and fully restoring your property. Our SERVPRO professionals are a top choice because of our extensive training in fire restoration tactics, employment of modern approaches, and we have the latest equipment to get the job done correctly.

Once the firefighters have successfully put out the flames, it is time for our SERVPRO team to get to work on assessing the damages that you face. While smoke and soot might be typical to these occurrences, more immediate threats like the water damage, have to get addressed first.

If the water pools in areas, extraction is a requirement. Often this gets accomplished through the use of wet-vacs. Ultimately we work to avoid having to remove components that can get salvaged, and thoroughly drying the affected areas can help to determine what, if any, of the materials need to get removed and replaced.

While there are plenty of effects that you likely experience from a fire in your home, our professionals can help you to overcome these hurdles and restore your home back to preloss conditions. Trust our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County fire restoration specialists to restore your home and help you to move on from this disaster. Give us a call 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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SERVPRO Can Help With Longstanding Smoke And Fire Damage In Andover

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Can Help With Longstanding Smoke And Fire Damage In Andover Smoke damage can be one of the most difficult types of fire damage in Andover homes to repair.

Smoke And Fire Damage

Smoke damage can be one of the most difficult types of fire damage in Andover homes to repair, but unlike other, similar types of damage, not all smoke damage cases handled by SERVPRO come from a blaze. Tobacco products, cooking techniques, and small household mishaps can combine over the years to create noticeable smoke odors and discoloration in some or all of your home. Conventional household cleaning agents struggle to handle the chemical composition and widespread of smoke particles, forcing us to use high-tech and powerful thermal and ULV fogging machines to eliminate odors. While these devices allow us to provide inexpensive and fast smoke removal services for residents across the local area, they typically represent too much of an investment for anyone but the most dedicated damage restoration companies to make use of them.

SERVPRO franchises nationwide use an advanced array of technology to evaluate handle fire damage in communities like Andover, sparing no expense to ensure that your home ends up looking and feeling better than it has in years after we eliminate longstanding smoke odors. We respond year-round to calls such as these, but it can sometimes be challenging to get the necessary help to homeowners in need. While it may not be easy to identify a problem that has grown at a slow and steady pace for years, those new to the premises are often able to identify the problem immediately. If you have ever had a guest comment on odors in your home, give us a call so that we can send an inspector to verify if there truly is a problem.

If we do find a smoke problem sizable enough to warrant our services, we make sure first to evaluate how extensive the damage is and then bring in specialized fogging devices to target odor particles and give the entire area a deep clean of smoke and other odors. If necessary, we also have the experience and cleaning products required to eliminate grime and other materials built up over time from the damage.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can help clean up smoke damage, and any other effects of a fire no matter how extensive or longstanding the issues may be. Give us a call at (763) 712-9712.

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Finding Mold Damage Behind Furniture In Your Minneapolis Dwelling

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold Damage Behind Furniture In Your Minneapolis Dwelling Homes often contain substantial amounts of insulation, but if this fails in any way, mold damage can form in some regions of your home.

Finding Mold Damage

Many Minneapolis residents enjoy the different seasons our locale experiences. One drawback, though, centers on the drastic fluctuations in temperature and humidity that often occur. This can happen at any time, during seasons, or in between them as they change from one to the next.

Minneapolis homes often contain substantial amounts of insulation, but if this fails in any way, mold damage can form in some regions of your home. One such location involves the walls behind larger pieces of furniture. A lack of sunlight, or even that from your interior lighting, can encourage mold to grow whenever moisture condenses in the area between the back of the furniture and the wall.

In addition to this sheltered area and any moisture hidden there, dust also collects in these locations. When you move your furniture away from the wall, finding a colorful amount of mold can create panic in many homeowners. SERVPRO's Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can help you determine how far the mold spread within your home, and stop it from spreading more.

We prevent future mold growth by installing an easily maintained dehumidifier in cases where fluctuations in the humidity content of the home vary considerably or contain wet areas that never dry out. When a leaking pipe, either with clean drinking water or from a drain, causes humidity woes, SERVPRO crew members quickly repair such problems, so this source of invasive water no longer factors into the humidity situation in your home.

Remediating mold, so it no longer affects your home, or your family provides a fresh start. Preventing mold damage can help save thousands of dollars in the future. Mold growth behind furniture can give you a warning that mold damage can soon become a reality in other locations within your home, and save your money when you heed that warning.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County wants to help your family when mold damage threatens your home. You can reach us at (763) 712-9712 whenever you find mold damage or large areas colonized by microbes. We can make things clean and safe again for you, “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Removal Professionals in Andover Are the Answer

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Professionals in Andover Are the Answer Many Andover Homes Suffered Water Damage After These Appliances Failed--Call SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

SERVPRO Helps Many Andover Homeowners with Water Extraction and Cleanups

Whenever water gets into your Andover home, there are a few sources that can cause the leak. Houses only have a handful of places where water flows. Broken water pipes and defective appliances are everyday situations that can cause water damage. Other sources of unwanted moisture include natural disasters and structural failures.
 
The most common causes of unwanted water inside a building are pipes breaking and appliances malfunctioning. Many times when water removal occurs in Andover the water heater springs a leak or the washing machine hose rips open. When temperatures drop during the winter time, pipes are prone to freeze and burst.
 
Many of these situations may not sound horrible, but they can cause much damage to a building's structure. A broken water pipe has the potential of pumping over 160 gallons of water per hour into your house. If you and your family happen to be on vacation, then the burst pipe could spew thousands of gallons of water into your home.
 
Excessive amounts of water entering the interior of your house can cause much damage. Moisture can ruin structural components of a building if they get saturated. Burst pipes inside wall cavities are particularly troublesome, requiring demolition and reconstructions. If organic materials inside the structure stay wet for too long fungi can develop.
 
When mitigating water damage problems, it is essential to determine the source of the moisture. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists trace the evidence of moisture back to its origin when it is not apparent. The mitigation procedures vary based on what exactly caused the damage and the severity of the harm.
 
Most problems with water can be classified into three categories. The different categories describe how contaminated the water can be with harmful pathogens based on the source. The types of damage get grouped by a color based system with "white" water being clean, fresh water, "gray" being potable water that has detergents or has been exposed for a day, and "black" water being sewage and a host of chemicals and debris.
 
Once the type of water damage gets determined, the work plan is laid out to mitigate the specific issues. The cleaner the water is the more easily it is dried out without removing materials. When water is contaminated, more items inside the home get discarded. For professional help with various types of water-related problems, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any day of the week.

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Water Removal Techniques in Andover

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Techniques in Andover If your washing machine has dumped gallons of water onto your floor, contact SERVPRO immediately for dry out services and to reduce secondary damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Evaluate the Situation and Then Use the Most Efficient Tools to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

If an appliance ever malfunctions inside your home, extracting the water as soon as possible can save damage to materials. If moisture stays on contents or materials for too long, they can lose their structural integrity. If organic materials inside the house stay wet for more than 48 hours mold growth can take place.
 
After an incident, moisture problems inside a building can be eliminated through extraction and drying. SERVPRO's water removal team in Andover has access to a large variety of industrial equipment to make sure moisture levels drop quickly. When a home first gets affected, our crew extracts as much water out of the building as they can, then they set up equipment to dry out the moisture the rest of the way.
 
When beginning the extraction process, we first inspect the home and look for any standing water. If there is an area that has more than two inches of visible water then we start extracting with a submersible or sump pump. The sump pump gets placed into the water and pulls it out of the building into a sewer drain.
 
After the sump pumps remove all of the deep standing water, we use our specialized extraction system to get the remaining water. Most extraction systems consist of an extractor that has a vacuum motor and a wastewater storage tank. A hose then gets ran from the extractor to an extraction tool that gets used to suck water up out of different types of materials.
 
Depending on the scenario our team uses either a truck-mounted or portable extractor. If the affected area is in a tight spot, then we bring the portable extractor into the house. In most other situations, we use our truck mounted extractor and run a vacuum hose from the truck into the structure.
 
The extraction tool that comes into contact with the wet materials can be changed when extracting different materials. There is a specific tool used to extract water from hard surface floors and different ones for carpet and upholstery. For furniture, a smaller handheld extraction wand often gets utilized.
 
When extracting water from carpet, a large, weighted extraction tool can be used to compress the carpet, thus removing more water. For help with extraction after a water damage problem call, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any day of the week.

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Andover's Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Andover's Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques If a pipe breaks inside your Andover beauty salon, it is essential that quick mitigation of the problem takes place.

Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques

If a pipe breaks inside your Andover beauty salon, it is essential that quick mitigation of the problem takes place. It is vital that the building is made safe for your employees and customers. If moisture sits inside a structure for too long many problems including mold growth can take place.

It is also helpful if the mitigation work takes place while your business stays open. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Andover always try to complete restoration work without causing excessive strain on your company. From the first time we arrive on the job site to the finish, we utilize methods that allow our work to negatively affect your business as little as possible.

The first step to any mitigation process is to ensure that the building is safe for all occupants. Anything that is a potential hazard gets repaired, or the area gets blocked off before work begins. When we start the extraction process, we section off the areas that we are working in so that your customers and employees stay out of harm's way.

In some scenarios, we extract water out of your beauty salon a section at a time so that you can keep some salon chairs open and keep your business functioning. After we pull all of the moisture out with the extraction equipment that we can, the drying process begins. Structural drying sometimes gets completed overnight when the beauty salon is not open. Other times the dehumidification and air moving equipment gets set up inside the salon so that it is not in the way of business operations.

When setting equipment up inside a building to dry its structure, correct positioning of the air movers and dehumidifiers is vital. If air movers get set up to where they are pumping air directly into the walls, then they are pushing moisture into the wall which is not ideal. Our SERVPRO restoration team always sets up air movers so that they push air in a counter-clockwise motion at the walls at a 45-degree angle so that it pushes the moist air out to where the dehumidifiers can remove the water vapor.

Proper drying techniques get used to ensure that moisture levels drop to preloss conditions within 48 hours. For assistance drying out your beauty salon, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any time of the day.

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