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Gutter Inspections Can Reduce Flood Damages To Your Andover Residence

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Gutter Inspections Can Reduce Flood Damages To Your Andover Residence While a functioning system can remove excess water from the base of your Andover home, flood damages result from gutters that are failing.

Gutter Inspections Can Lessen Flood Damage

There are times where flooding just cannot be prevented, as the rising water reaches areas that many believed could not be affected. As uncommon as this is, there is a far more likely scenario that allows your Andover home to be a flooding victim during heavy storms when other neighborhood houses remain dry. This suggested scenario is a direct reflection of the upkeep of your house and your gutter system.

Your home's gutters are designed to take the water rolling off of your roof and move it away from the foundation and other structural strong points of your house. Proper installation is done by setting the gutter at a pitch, forcing the water to move naturally into downspouts located in strategic spots throughout the design. While a functioning system can remove excess water from the base of your Andover home, flood damages result from gutters that are failing.

It is not at all uncommon for your gutters to pull apart or break down over time. An inspection of these connections and fittings on a regular basis can help to keep you ahead of the potential trouble. The most common issue when these systems fail is a clog. This just forces the water to pool in the tray until it spills over. The failure allows a great deal of water to penetrate the area around the foundation, and any weak points where water can get through the walls are exposed.

We at SERVPRO have seen all manner of flooding throughout the years, and this scenario remains a common threat to homes. The best thing that a homeowner can do to prevent it is to visually inspect your system for clogs, ensuring that water can freely make its way to the downspout and away from your house.

When flooding is just starting, you should not hesitate to contact SERVPRO and put our team to work. Your fast reaction times can help to prevent substantial losses, and allow our team the opportunity to keep up with the water and solve the problem in real time. Starting restoration immediately is the most efficient way to save your belongings and the incurred costs or claims against the resulting flood damages.

Do not wait to call us. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is available 24/7, and you can reach any of our emergency response professionals at (763) 712-9712.

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Remediation For Mold Damage In Your Ham Lake Kitchen

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation For Mold Damage In Your Ham Lake Kitchen Mold often grows in damp places, and a small leak or drip can allow this to happen rapidly.

Mold Damage In Your Kitchen

Preparing meals and baked treats for the holidays often bring other family members and relatives into your kitchen to help out and share recipes. Teaching younger members of the family traditions also build memories of their visits to your Ham Lake home. During these activities, constant use of your sink for both cleaning and inclusion in the many foods made, an increase from the everyday activities.

Preparing your Ham Lake kitchen for these activities can expose existing mold damage behind sinks, or underneath them. Mold often grows in damp places, and a small leak or drip can allow this to happen rapidly. SERVPRO professionals work quickly so your plans can stay the same. We know you want to share enjoyable time with family, not worry about mold exposure, which can cause health effects.

Mold remediation does not always mean tearing everything out of your home. We only perform tear-out work where the mold currently exists. We prefer to treat any other areas containing excess moisture with other measures geared toward preventing the growth of mold. Science has discovered that bleach cannot rid a home of mold, and therefore, we do not use this standard disinfectant. The chemicals we use leave no scent and are entirely safe.

When we remove materials from a home, we use containment methods to keep mold spores from spreading. In the area worked on, air scrubbers remove any dislodge particles and spores from the air. Our job is to contain the mold, remove overgrowth and affected materials, and prevent the spread of microbial contaminants.

Other areas adjacent to your kitchen can also suffer from mold invasion and damage. We check these areas and then advise you of the situation. Within your kitchen, sinks and cabinets are only one area where mold might grow. Under refrigerators is another location, as is the area around dishwashers. We can test for the presence of mold and other microbial activity rather quickly.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County wants to help local families preserve their daily routines and the ability to share ongoing traditions. Call us at (763) 712-9712 so we can help you avoid exposing family members to mold damage during the upcoming holiday season.

For more information about the city of Ham Lake, Minnesota visit http://www.ci.ham-lake.mn.us/.

Fire Damage Cleanup After a Lightning Strike to Your Ham Lake Home

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup After a Lightning Strike to Your Ham Lake Home Lightning Strikes, Fire & Smoke Damage in Lake Ham, and SERVPRO for Restoration and Clean Up

The Nature of Combustion Directs the Fire Cleanup and Restoration

Lightning damage is not often thought about but is more common in Ham Lake than you might think. Lightning strikes to your home can damage certain things like electronics. However, they can also spark a fire and cause fire damage. The damage in a case like this can be devastating.
 
Your Ham Lake home cannot always be protected from fire damage, and when a lightning strike causes a fire, it can be a very frightening experience. At SERVPRO, we recognize that these events are daunting and you may not know where to turn next. Our staff are professionally trained to be able to handle fire damage of any kind, so you can feel at peace when you put your trust in us.
 
Fire damage restoration includes getting soot residues removed from different materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same, and some are not easy to clean, while other soot is very difficult to remove. Luckily, we understand smoke and combustion.
 
Combustion, an exothermic chemical reaction, happens when a material is burning. If the wood is burning, it is combusting. Combustion usually occurs when a solid turns into a gas because of heat. As combustion occurs, the material burning is breaking down and combining with oxygen while heat is given off.
 
Fire needs three components to work – fuel, heat, and oxygen. Fires form smoke when these elements are not in the balance, so incomplete combustion makes soot and smoke residues. These residues are corrosive and need to be removed as soon as possible after a fire occurs, or more damage continues to happen to your home and possessions. This also produces that different culprit to vanquish from your property--odor.
 
At SERVPRO, we know that we need to work quickly to clean your home because of this. Anything that can be restored, we clean and sanitize. If something cannot be salvaged, we take it out of your home so it can be replaced.
 
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is ready anytime you need us to clean up the fire damage in your home. If you reside in the areas of Oak Park, Hamm Lake, or Anoka, give us a call at (763) 712-9712 so we can restore your home as quickly as possible.

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Tips to Keep Commercial Water Damage from Affecting Production Lines in Andover Factories

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips to Keep Commercial Water Damage from Affecting Production Lines in Andover Factories Keeping your factory environment clean and sanitary is imperative to providing quality products. Contact SERVPRO when facing water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage as Well as Providing Prevention Services to Factories and Businesses

Businesses outside of the Andover area and your employees and their families depend on your factory and its operations. Without your facility, the state of workers' jobs, the finished goods produced, and even your suppliers suffer.  

Factories must retain high levels of cleanliness, but commercial water damage in Andover can quickly thwart the best efforts in maintaining a sufficiently clean environment. Many factories have protocols in place to help maintain equipment and general safety. There are additional activities which managers can implement to help ensure the risks presented by the presence of unwanted water remain minimized.

If your factory is one of those specializing in food products or high tech, you know that quality controls regularly include the environment as well as the components used in the finished product. Water, while needed by virtually every living creature on the planet, quickly damages non-living things and does so rather effortlessly. Undesired living microorganisms such as mold and mildew thrive in environments where water persists, adding significantly to the trouble.

SERVPRO employees have seen the worst examples of the damage caused by water, in many different kinds of settings. We know firsthand that prevention is both easier and less expensive than cleanup and mitigation after damage affects a facility. This is why we continue to provide assessments and other preventative measures to local businesses.  

In locations where dehumidification units already exist, maintenance of these items on a regular schedule can prevent situations from accelerating into trouble with inventory and finished products alike. If humidity is high enough to cause condensation to accumulate on cold surfaces, increasing the rate at which the existing dehumidifiers run can help resolve the problem. Attention to water meters during shut down periods can help you discover any otherwise invisible leaks in your water lines. You might not be able to do so during times of regular operations.  

However, in both of these examples, locating the source of the water can lead to more permanent solutions. Adding water-proofing barriers or fixing leaks wherever they occur can resolve the issue more effectively than continually ridding your factory of the moisture by keeping it from ever entering.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can assist you in discovering sources of water that you wish to eliminate. Call us for round-the-clock services at (763) 712-9712. We are always available to take your call.  

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Water Damage Repair For Drywall In Your Hamm Lake Basement

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Repair For Drywall In Your Hamm Lake Basement When your basement floods, it can cause a massive problem to the drywall there.

Water Damage Repair

Drywall is a part of your daily life in Hamm Lake, but you never stop to think about it unless you must. When your basement floods, it can cause a massive problem to the drywall there. Even though drywall is very sturdy, when it has been exposed to water for too long, it can get damaged. It loses its structural integrity, becoming weak and soft. Depending on how wet it got, you might be able to save it, but speed is critical to avoiding mold damage as well.

The best thing to do first when you have water damage to your drywall in your Hamm Lake basement is to get a hold of the professionals at SERVPRO. Our trained technicians have professional and industrial tools which can get your home dried out and back to its usual condition quickly.

When we arrive, we first check your drywall for moisture. We do this by using a non-penetrating moisture meter or by removing the baseboards and poking small holes. If the drywall is soft, it has gotten wet. We need to check the interior of the wall as well. We do this with a penetrating moisture meter or making a larger hole to search for moisture on the studs. If there is insulation present, it is critical for us to check it for moisture content as well, especially if it is cellulose or fiberglass.

Wet walls and insulation hold moisture for quite a while, which means that mold clusters can start forming inside the wall. If your drywall has started molding, we need to replace all or part of it. You do not want mold to continue growing in your home, as it can create a health risk for you and your family.

SERVPRO technicians have the training to remove the mold and clean and sanitize your home afterward. We can find any mold that is hiding inside your walls and prevents it from spreading even further throughout your home.

Trusting in SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to take care of your wet drywall is the right step to take. Anyone experiencing this problem in the areas of Oak Park, Coon Rapids, or Hamm Lake can get a hold of us at (763) 712-9712.

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Flood Damage Handled in Ham Lake

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Handled in Ham Lake Flooding can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO after a storm so that we can commence the remediation process and help prevent secondary damage.

Our Technicians Methodically Remediate Storm Damage in Your Home

Extraordinary rainfall totals result in flooding even if your home is not on a traditional floodplain. Flash floods are not uncommon in Ham Lake during the spring, summer, or fall, and can damage your basement or walk out lower level. Our crews are familiar with the devastation these heavy storms inflict and have the equipment and the work crews ready to put your flood-damaged home to rights.
 
Strong storms pounded your home, causing flood damage to your Ham Lake basement. After several days of rain, the ground surrounding your home became saturated, allowing some water to seep inside, handled by your sump pump system. The last line of storms dropped several inches over just an hour or two, and your lower level is now several inches underwater, and the sump pump is overwhelmed.
 
SERVPRO offers that extra help even the best-prepared homeowner needs when weather patterns smash records and leave devastation in their wake. Because of your sump system, you felt confident in using part of your basement for living space. Now the decor and furnishings are soaked with flood waters, and we pledge to help you determine what items dry out and restore well, and what possessions you must consider discarding.
 
Our crew assists in a pack up and move out so the flooded area can be restored without the clutter of soaked possessions. If you have an attached or detached garage or other protected areas on your property, we move items there. SERVPRO also takes items like documents and pictures to specialists who use freeze-drying techniques to save your treasures and important papers. Our team carefully inventories what we remove and consults with you concerning the likelihood particular items can survive the flood, so you make informed decisions.
 
We also pump and extract water in the affected area before drying and sanitizing. Our trained technicians ensure HVAC systems, water heaters, appliances, and other mechanics in the flooded spaces are inspected by appropriate experts before further use and that any needed repairs and a thorough drying with air movers and dehumidifiers are completed.
 
When the “storm of the century” inundates your home, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is there to help you sort out issues that face you after the flood. Our scheduling staff can be reached 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Challenges of Andover Mold Damage in the Winter

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Challenges of Andover Mold Damage in the Winter If you are dealing with mold damage in your home, don't stress because SERVPRO can remediate the mess!

Mold Damage in Andover Can Still Occur in the Winter Months 


While mold is most likely to grow in the summer months, it can still cause problems in the winter, especially if a summertime infestation has been allowed to persist into colder conditions. As the weather gets colder, our approach to mold damage changes to accommodate shifting conditions and new impediments. An Andover mold damage case in January might be even tougher for SERVPRO to root out than a fast-growing colony in warmer conditions. Here are a few of the challenges we may face when dealing with mold in the winter.

Frozen Colonies

Mold damage in Andover homes typically occurs around a source of liquid water. Whether this is a puddle, drip, or soak, this source of water is liable to freeze once temperatures get cold enough, potentially frosting any mold feeding off of it. While this is usually very effective in stopping growth, it also makes the colony harder to remove and does not permanently kill off most species of spores. Our line of mold treatments makes sure that once conditions thaw, mold does not return with a reinvigorated fury in your home.

Challenging Conditions

Because of mold's proclivity for water, it often only becomes a problem when precipitation is the heaviest. Unfortunately, in the winter months, this can be in very snowy or blizzard conditions, making it difficult for us to respond to and treat mold damage in your home. However, as soon as conditions allow, SERVPRO is ready and waiting to help local residents with any difficulties that may arise out of the inclement weather.

Hardy Species

Some species of mold are much more common in winter months than others, and these are often the hardiest of the bunch. Mold that can withstand freezing temperatures is typically highly resistant to other forms of treatment, as well, making it a challenge for less-well-equipped companies. SERVPRO stocks a full retinue of mold treatment equipment to ensure that any variety of mold can be treated quickly and effectively in any season.

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SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is ready 24/7 to respond to your mold damage call. If you have found mold in your house, contact us at (763) 712-9712.

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The Basic Deodorization Procedures Used to Repair Fire Damage in Hamm Lake Properties

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Basic Deodorization Procedures Used to Repair Fire Damage in Hamm Lake Properties Our technicians can help you with fire and smoke damage. Call right after the firefighters leave for best results with remediation and odor removal.

Fire Damage and Smoke Odors go Hand in Hand After a Fire Incident in Your Home

Fire is a very destructive element that can significantly set back the homeowner financially. Indeed, many have been left broke and even homeless after a devastating fire breaks out. Fire emergencies can occur from a gas leakage, careless smoking, short circuiting, kitchen fire, and candle or heater, among other factors. When this happens, it can leave undesirable odors lingering.
 
If you are a victim of a fire disaster, SERVPRO can respond quickly to neutralize the situation. Our highly skilled technicians have industry leading deodorization solutions to counteract fire damage odors in your Hamm Lake property. The basic deodorization procedures are as follows:
 
1. Eliminating the odor source and debris
On arrival at the site of the fire damage, our technicians locate the odor source and remove it completely. This option is often more preferable than trying to deodorize the source – for instance in the case of a dead animal. We also extract charred structural materials before initiating the deodorization process. This is because the debris can continue producing smoke odors even long after deodorization.

2. Cleaning the surfaces with odor-causing residues
Thorough cleaning is also necessary to get rid of small particles that may continue generating odors after deodorization. Some of the surfaces that need particular attention include ceilings, cabinets, vent filters, vent hood, walls, countertops, and the stove. Our fire damage responders inspect all rooms to determine the extent of the odors before proceeding. In some cases, we may need to clean the entire building and its contents to remove the smoke odors.
 
3. Recreating the conditions that allowed odor penetration,
SERVPRO technicians do not leave anything to chance. To trace the odors to their source, we may need to recreate the conditions that facilitated their penetration. In the case of smoke odor, for instance, we spray a deodorizing “smoke” that follows the original path of the odors. If urine is the source of the problem, we use deodorizers (digesters, neutralizers, and sanitizers). Sometimes the odors can be distributed in several ways, for example through air currents. In this case, we apply multiple methods of deodorization.
 
4. Sealing surfaces exposed to malodors
If the situation is severe, SERVPRO technicians may have to seal the surfaces exposed to malodors. Our fire damage restoration experts can determine whether the problem is too impractical for deodorization. If so, we use two effective sealing techniques: sealing unreachable duct surfaces in the air-handling system and painting the walls.
 
These are some of the many steps we take to ensure that your property is free of toxic odors. As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can respond quickly to your fire emergency. Call us today at (763) 712-9712.

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Protect Against Future Storm Damage In Andover

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Against Future Storm Damage In Andover If your home has taken damage from a storm in the past, it might be a good idea to start safeguarding your belongings against future catastrophes.

Storm Damage Protection

If your Andover home has taken damage from major storms in the past, it might be a good idea to start safeguarding your belongings against future catastrophes. These quick improvements are inexpensive, require minimal time to set up, and might make many thousands of dollars' difference should lightning (and the rest of the storm) strike twice.

Waterproof Containers
The easiest way to safeguard small objects and electronics against flood damage in your Andover home is to keep them in inexpensive waterproof containers. In most cases, a simple plastic barrier against water is enough to protect even sensitive and valuable items from floodwaters. Be sure to label these boxes, as it makes our inventory and organization process much quicker and easier.

Keep Electronics Off The Ground
Electronics are often the first and most expensive items to go in a major storm, and yet much of the financial loss we typically see with these items can be prevented with a bit of preparation. Keep electronics off the ground, but not so high as to topple over easily. While it is difficult to protect these items from more violent flooding, lighter damage does not have to create a major financial loss if you do not let it.

Seal Up Cracks
Even when your home appears to stand fast against the raging storm, water damage may silently work its way in, creating problems without your knowledge until it is too late. Cracks and leaks in your home exterior allow water to seep in and create problems with mold, oxidation, and dissolution behind walls and below floorboards. Checking for and repairing leaks and cracks might just save you a call to SERVPRO down the road.

Keep Windows Shut
When it is nice outside, some people just can't resist the chance to open up a window and let air into the home. While this is healthy and enjoyable, it is important to close windows back up later or when clouds begin to roll in. If it starts raining hard while a window has been left open, you may suddenly be liable for thousands in damages.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is ready to help restore your home after any major storm. Once the weather has passed, you can guarantee our staff is on-hand and prepared for the worst. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Water Removal in Andover for Home Appliance Leakages

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in Andover for Home Appliance Leakages Don't let a leaking water heater cause permanent damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation efforts.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Have Extensive Experience With How Different Types of Flooring Handles Water Damage and How Best to Remediate the Damage

Home appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers have become a necessity in modern life. They make mundane tasks like doing laundry and washing utensils look more enjoyable while saving us time in the process. The bad news is that a leakage from one of these appliances can lead to excess water flowing all over the floor. It can occur unexpectedly, causing damage to your tiles, carpets, and nearby upholstery.
 
If this happens, you need to contact SERVPRO immediately for water removal services in your Andover home. We are part of your community and can respond quickly to your water damage situation. Our technicians are highly trained according to IICRC standards and have access to specialized equipment for every emergency.
 
After establishing a favorable environment for drying, our professionals use extractors to remove water from the floor and clean carpets and upholstery. The extractors can be portable or truck-mounted. The former is suitable for accessing restricted areas, but the latter is more efficient for both restorative cleaning and water removal.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand that aggressive water removal can lead to carpet delamination. Carpet becomes about 50 percent weaker when wet, so we use a heavy device to squeeze water out of the material. However, the first extraction is done using a wand to stop water migration.
 
If standing water from the leakage is above 2 inches from the floor, we use a submersible pump with sufficient volume capacity and lift capability to pump it directly into a treated sewer (ordinarily a toilet). This step is only applicable if the water does not contain any solid contaminants.
 
Asphalt tile usually maintains a good bond with concrete after water damage. It may develop white areas when the finish or sealer wax is separated from the floor, but these are easy to clean up. On the other hand, vinyl tile on concrete is more vulnerable and may come out in the presence of excessive water. In this case, replacing it is less expensive than drying.
 
There is no reason to panic when your washing machine or dishwasher develops an unexpected leak. You can count on SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to repair the water damage. Contact us today at (763) 712-9712.

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