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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.

For more information about the City of Andover, Minnesota visit: http://www.ci.andover.mn.us/

Rapid Response Is The Key To Fire Damage Recovery In Ham Lake

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Rapid Response Is The Key To Fire Damage Recovery In Ham Lake Smoke and soot move swiftly through your home even after a small and easily contained a fire.

Fire Damage Recovery

A homeowner’s reaction to fire damage is understandably conflicted. The experience of surviving a fire can feel overwhelming, and you may not want to make hasty decisions. Hiring the reputable and experienced SERVPRO fire restoration firm fast is essential. We offer compassionate and constructive advice and professional services to recover your home and peace of mind at this trying time.

No one really appreciates what it is like to undergo the terror and confusion of fire damage until it affects your Ham Lake home. Your impulse is to take some time to consider your alternatives, but the residues left by a fire will not wait, resulting in permanent damage within hours after the last fire fighters depart. Our core focus is speedy and efficient fire damage restoration. We pledge to work with you and your insurance company to be certain our efforts result in returning your comfortable home to preloss condition quickly and affordably.

Smoke and soot move swiftly through your home even after a small and easily contained a fire. A rarely considered issue in fire restoration, at least until you suffer the effects of a fire, is that water damage is often a significant part of the devastation. SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to handle the cleanup of sticky smoke residues and to remove the water that extinguished the fire. Our full spectrum services permit us to coordinate teams of fire damage specialists with water remediation crews to proceed with deliberate speed on both fronts.

We typically concentrate on water removal first and then transition to cleaning up the highly corrosive materials deposited during combustion. SERVPRO supports your needs and our technicians’ professional development by requiring advanced training to restoration industry standards for both fire and water damage. Our workers know what to look for and how to respond as they systematically restore a dwelling after a fire. You can count on the proper tools, cleaning products, and methods being used by us. We emphasize restoration over demolition and replacements, saving you time and money while minimizing disruption to your routine.

After the smoke settles, but within hours of the unfortunate event, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County takes charge of your fire damage recovery needs. Call (763) 712-9712 any time of the day or night for an immediate response to your crisis.

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Four Key Factors That Affect Air Moisture Content In Andover

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Four Key Factors That Affect Air Moisture Content In Andover Restoring your home after suffering water damage is not a quick or simple process.

What Methods SERVPRO Uses To Return Your Home To Pre-Damage Condition

There is a mistaken belief that removing standing water is all that needs to be done to restore a home after a flooding incident. Each home requires more steps involving additional workers and equipment.

To restore an Andover home after water damage means carefully drying the structure after removing standing water and moisture that was trapped in the floors and behind walls. SERVPRO understands that four key factors affect air moisture content and determine which methods we use to return a home to an undamaged condition.

Temperature
The ideal range to dry a home is from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If the HVAC is not operative, our technicians set-up portable space heaters to raise the temperature in the damaged areas. We make certain that the temperature on the first day is no higher than 80 degrees to avoid accidentally raising the air moisture content level rather than lowering it.

Humidity
The humidity level is based on the actual amount of water vapor as opposed to its total capacity. Any level that is 60 percent or higher means the air is saturated which increases the drying time. To reduce the humidity level, work crews establish dehumidifiers in the affected rooms and hallways. In most cases, we can reduce the humidity level by at least 20 percent in a 24-hour period.

Evaporation
Dehumidifiers also help to speed up the drying process throughout a home. Once technicians reduce the standing water to under two inches, evaporation greatly increases. To increase this pace, technicians examine the speed of the flood waters and then determine which areas were under water the longest amount of time. Knowing this allows us to place dehumidifiers, air movers, and exhaust fans in the key sectors of the home that need attention as soon as possible.

Air Movement
We use the same exhaust fans and air movers to force cooler air out of an affected room and replace it with a dry, warmer air from the outside. This technique is also useful in drying out personal and structural property by forcing warm air over the surfaces to draw out excess moisture.

Restoring your home after suffering water damage is not a quick or simple process. It is not enough to turn over the sofa and set it outside on the deck to dry the legs and skirt; you need a professional service to ensure your home is properly restored to its original state. To get the process started, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County today at (763) 712-9712. We are here to help you and our community recover from water or any other disaster.

To learn more about the city of Andover click here.

A Great Way To Address Mold Damage Issues Found In Your Andover Home

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tips for Mold Inspections, Detections, and Remediation

There are many areas in your home where mold growth can become an issue. You need to take the opportunity to smell each area, look for discoloration, and check for moisture whenever possible. Mold growth is often subtle, hiding just under the surface, only showing when things truly get out of control.
 
Getting help with mold damage on your Andover property is serious business. If you let things linger long enough, existing damage can cause health effects and lead to additional issues that all homeowners would rather avoid. Never hesitate to ask for help, professional remediation specialists are your best option.
 
Having mold damage in your attic stems from a leaky roof, improper ventilation, or even ignored maintenance. As bothersome as it may be to both your time and your pocketbook, having a properly trained SERVPRO mold remediation technician inspect your home can provide you with valuable information that saves your home from complete disaster.
 
SERVPRO checks everything, using infrared moisture detectors to locate problems with leaky windows or pipes and every other area in your home with a constant water source. We even check the ventilation in your kitchen and bathroom to ensure they work properly and vent outside, rather than to your attic or into your walls.
 
SERVPRO technicians look at the entire inside of your home, your kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms, and basement to ensure everything is in proper working order. We even inspect your yard for grading issues and check for the possibility of landscaping intruding on pipes or the building itself, allowing access to moisture.
 
If you find mold damage in your home, it is important to seek help immediately. You want to stop any leaks right away and have someone close who understands what to do to get mold growth under control fast. Our mold damage remediation services offer a quality solution you can count on, and our technicians take the time to assist you in preventing future problems.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to address your mold growth situation, today. We can get things under control in a quick, efficient manner that limits any losses you experience. (763) 712-9712

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Water Damage Services You Can Rely On In Coon Rapids

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Services You Can Rely On In Coon Rapids As a hotel manager, you should understand how important it is to seek professional help when a hotel room or your entire building floods.

Water Damage Restoration Services

As a hotel manager or property owner, you should understand how important it is to seek professional help when a hotel room or your entire building floods. With the sheer amount of water sources on your property, the problem could come from anywhere.  
 
This type of service often exceeds the ability of regular janitorial staff in your Coon Rapids hotel. You cannot prevent water damage by utilizing wet/dry shop vacuums, or carpet drying equipment. Water still makes its way through walls, under baseboards or molding, penetrates carpeting, sub floors, and causes damage to rooms below, making time a major factor in the successful recovery of items exposed to water damage of any type found on your property.
 
Having a pre-existing relationship with a company, like SERVPRO can help you obtain the support you deserve when disaster strikes. Our water mitigation services involve reducing or preventing the amount of water damage you experience. By making fast, appropriate decisions concerning the type of water exposure found on your property. We can prevent additional damages from forming, including issues caused by mold and other biohazards that can develop over time.  
 
SERVPRO technicians maintain IICRC certifications specific to water extraction, cleaning, and deodorization methods necessary to restore your building and its contents to a condition that, most times, exceeds customer expectations. We work hard to produce quality results for clients just like you and help keep your operation running, protecting guests from exposure as we perform our services.
 
SERVPRO has access to a variety of industrial-grade moisture detection, water extraction, air moving, and drying equipment that helps speed up the entire process. With extractors of various sizes and attachments for specialty situations, no amount of water escapes our grasp. We manage your entire restoration from beginning to end, allowing you the time necessary to focus on guests rather than micro-manage workers on site.  
 
We make it a point to respond to your initial call with the right amount of highly trained support and equipment, using advanced technology and 24-hour emergency services designed to meet your every need. Whether you have a flood or a single room experiencing water exposure, we want to be the company that you call. When disaster strikes, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. We can make your water damage problems disappear, “Like they never even happened.” (763) 712-9712.

If you are interested in learning more about Coon Rapids click http://www.ci.coon-rapids.mn.us/.

Water Damage Inside Your Andover Home's Walls

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Inside Your Andover Home's Walls When your home suffers from water damage, not only are your floors affected, but usually, the walls are as well.

Water Damage Inside Your Walls


When your home suffers from water damage, not only are your floors affected, but usually, the walls are as well. The damage can be obvious, but many times it is hidden and can be missed to the untrained eye.

Therefore, you need to call professionals such as SERVPRO to inspect your Andover home after any water damage has occurred. The first steps our technicians at SERVPRO need to take is to figure out how much damage you have. Water which enters at ground level covers the floor and floor covering, then starts to wick up the wall. How much wicking occurs depends upon the construction of the wall, how much water there is, and its height on the wall.

An absorbent material, drywall is constructed of a gypsum core and paper which is like cardboard on either side. The water is likely on both sides and many times higher on the inside from restricted evaporation. Water is sometimes visible, but other times the wall shows no signs of moisture.

At SERVPRO, we have a broad range of professional metering equipment so we can evaluate the damage. A non-invasive moisture meter uses radio waves to test for the presence of water. Another instrument is the infrared camera. The camera can find water in walls since evaporation from wet walls makes them cooler than dry ones.

After the wet walls are found, drying equipment is brought in. Without the presence of insulation, walls can be dried without removing the baseboard and without holes. We use high capacity air movers along each wall, reducing the water molecules from the wall surface and letting more evaporation happen as soon as possible.

Our techs also use one or more dehumidifiers in your home. Such machines lower the humidity levels to help with drying and to prevent mold from growing. When needed, we can install an inner-wall drying system, using small holes over the sill plate and forcing air into the cavity of the wall. Studies have shown this is the fastest way to dry walls that have been damaged by water.

Regardless of where the water came from, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County right away so we can mitigate your loss. You can reach us anytime at you need at (763) 712-9712.


For more information about Andover, Minnesota click http://www.ci.andover.mn.us/

Taking The Proper Precautions To Prevent Water Damage In Your Andover Home

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Taking The Proper Precautions To Prevent Water Damage In Your Andover Home Water Pipes That Burst Cause Damage to Andover Homes, Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Andover Properties Need Preventative Measures to Mitigate Damage Caused by Water


Homeowners everywhere struggle with a variety of issues concerning water damage on their property. Some implement the precautions necessary to help avoid these problems, make a majority of required repairs, and install upgrades needed to combat these issues.  
 
However, even with some of you taking charge, many Andover homes remain susceptible to water damage that occurs quite frequently. Presenting us with an opportunity to discuss a variety of issues that excessive moisture can cause and a variety of ways you can implement solutions to save your family from experiencing a significant amount of loss.
 
SERVPRO technicians respond to emergency issues daily. These are not the only issues you can have, nor are they the most damaging. However, they happen far more often than say, natural disasters like tornadoes, or torrential rainstorms. So, having them on our list gives you the heads up you deserve to combat these issues accordingly.
 
Water main issues caused by aging pipes or damaged supply lines lead to drainage issues. Broken pipes feed lines pose risks that you can prevent by having a professional technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your property for possible maintenance issues.  
 
You can get the help you need to make the repairs necessary to correct many problems that involve your plumbing, like overflows, damaged fixtures, and accidents caused by misuse. SERVPRO can help you decide how to protect your home and your family, taking the proper precautions to enjoy a safe, healthy home environment.  
 
Sewer and drainage problems exist in every home. We deal with clogged pipes, damaged drainage systems, tree growth and grading issues quickly and efficiently. We strive on returning your damaged home to a quality condition, “Like it never even happened.”
 
There is a quick, simple solution to the majority of problems you face. However, unless you take the incentive to contact your local restoration company, you may never know how to prevent large-scale water intrusions or accidents from occurring on your property.
 
Make a call to SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to receive the response and service you deserve to get back on your feet the right way. We are here to help, call today. (763) 712-9712

Strike Back Against Flood Damage On Your Andover Property

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Strike Back Against Flood Damage On Your Andover Property If a flood damage incident strikes your Andover area home, seek help immediately.

Flood Damage

Water is a life-saving resource that humanity simply cannot live without, even in the most basic example, it is essential for life. However, somewhere along the line water also became a hazard, wreaking havoc on unsuspecting homeowners and leaving many wondering what to do.

If a flood damage incident strikes your Andover area home, seek help immediately. Your decisions after an event can make the difference between total loss or ensuring a safe, efficient restoration of your property. Remember to act fast; time is a crucial factor in your homes recovery.

If local authorities have determined that your property is once again safe to enter, you should notify your insurance company, and contact a professional restoration company for help. Avoid attempting any actions yourselves; without the proper training you may end up hurting more than you help. Don't take risks with the safety and protection of your family. Your property contains a variety of hazards that you may not be aware of after a flood, and with help on the way, there is simply no reason for you to take the risk.

Contacting a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO, means that you gain access to IICRC professionally certified restoration technicians with years of experience handling situations just like yours. They know what to do, or what not to do, to maintain a safe working environment, so leave the heavy lifting and risk taking to the professionals. SERVPRO also offers a readiness app online that gives you access to communications with your local restoration office, a way to share pertinent information, log lost or damaged items, and prepare paperwork for your insurance claim process. It is just one way that we help improve your restoration experience and serves as a key tool in getting things back to normal fast.

SERVPRO is available for you 24/7 year round. SERVPRO makes it a point to discuss your concerns and explain each of the services we plan to use for your restoration. If you have any inquiries at any time before, during, or after your restoration team performs on your home, all you need to do is contact us for an answer. Give SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County the opportunity to provide you with one-stop resources in managing the flooding event happening on your property. We are here to help (763) 712-9712.