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Our Specialists Discuss The Behavior Of Smoke In Coon Rapids

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Experts In Coon Rapids Explain The Behavior Of Smoke

Whenever an inferno sparks inside your Coon Rapids house, some of your building materials and contents fully combust or turn from a solid to a gas with the application of heat. However, during most fire damage scenarios, several substances do not completely combust and spread throughout your building in the form of smoke. Smoke can quickly spread into areas far away from the blaze's source. These partially combusted particles can cause other negative issues.

When battling fire damage in Coon Rapids, our SERVPRO technicians examine how smoke behaved during the blaze to help with eliminating any problems caused. Smoke can cause several problems inside any structure that it affects. When it contacts cooler surfaces like the upper portions of your walls or ceilings, it can cause soils and soot residues to negatively affect the surfaces of your building materials and contents.

One thing that sets SERVPRO above other restoration companies is that our technicians have a vast knowledge of the behavior of smoke. Our crew is trained by the International Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC program. We study and understand the following four principles of how smoke behaves.

1. Temperature Of Smoke
When smoke first comes off of the flames, it is hotter than the air around it. Warmer air rises because it is not as dense as the air in the atmosphere. This means that soot residues can be most present on the ceilings and upper walls of the areas of your house that are near the source of the fire.

2. Temperature Of Surrounding Surfaces
Hot smoke tends to be attracted to cooler surfaces, which is a principle that is referred to as "hot goes to cold." This means that soot residues can be more heavily concentrated on cooler surfaces of your contents and building materials.

3. Arrangement Of Building Space
Contents and building materials that are located close to the fire's source will collect more soot residues as smoke moves through your building, and areas far from the source will have fewer amounts of soils and soot.

4. Ionization And Magnetism
In some cases, soots can become magnetically charged and be attracted to the surfaces of your building materials or contents that have the opposite magnetic charge.

If you ever need professional restoration conducted after an inferno ignites on your property, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Right Choice In Coon Rapids Fire Damage Restoration

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen counter covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire Our technicians are standing by 24/7 to respond to your fire damage emergency. We have the state of the art equipment necessary to restore your home.

Proper Deodorization of a Fire Damage Site in Coon Rapids

The smell of fire damage is unmistakable. Even after cleaning the property, removing all burnt materials, and refinishing the charred surfaces, some smoky smell or another type of odor might persist depending on what the fire burns.

Sources of Odor

The reasons why properties may require thorough deodorization after fire damage incidents in Coon Rapids vary. In some cases, the odorous residues penetrate deep into construction materials and contents, therefore, continuing to emit odor even after restoration is deemed complete. Alternatively, some residues or aerosols might remain suspended in the air, causing the unpleasant odor. The FSRT, Fire, and Smoke Restoration Technicians in our team have the skills to identify the problem and determine the right response plan for your property.

Air Filtration

In the case of aerosols and fine residues in the air, there is a need to circulate the air inside the building to remove them. Our SERVPRO technicians use AFD, air filtration devices with different types of filters to capture residues from the air. A typical system has three filters, including a primary filter to capture large debris, a pleated filter, and a HEPA filter to capture fine particles, removing 99.97% of particulate matter from the air. Sometimes, we also use axial fans to blow out the particulate-filled air from the house, allowing recirculation with fresh air from outside the building.

Cleaning the Air Conditioner

Sometimes the problem stems from the HVAC system where fire damage can deposit residues, especially if the system was on during the fire. When the system is operated after restoration, it reintroduces the residues into the indoor air leading to the unpleasant odor. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized duct cleaning equipment to remove residues from the HVAC system. We also change removable filters from the system.

Deodorizing fire damaged property in Anoka, Andover and Columbia Heights may require several steps. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Home In Andover After A Fire

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Local Andover Fire Damage Remediation Services Available 24/7

You might think of the possibility of fire damage happening in your home and think it most likely could never happen. You are too careful to leave a candle unattended or cook in an unsafe way. However, fire damage can happen to anyone in a variety of ways.

Imagine a scenario where your Andover home suffers fire damage because of a freak electrical fire. You may think it's unlikely, but the cause is more common than it seems like it would be. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 10% of home fires between 2012-2016 were caused by "electrical distribution and lighting." Living in an older home makes the percentage rise higher, as it is more likely that the electrical work hasn't been checked out by an electrician in a significant time.

Many scenarios could cause a fire to break out in your home, but what is important is how quickly you react to them. Reacting quickly, and calling for help as soon as possible, could mean the difference between being able to save some of your impacted possessions and not being able to. For this reason, you should contact SERVPRO as soon as you can when your home suffers from fire damage.

Here at SERVPRO, we believe in basing our schedule around yours. No matter when your home needs our help, we can be there, whether it is 3 PM or 3 AM. We also believe in getting to your home as soon as possible after your call, because we understand how time-sensitive damage from a fire can be. Furthermore, our employees are highly trained and certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.)

So, what can we do to help your home after fire damage? Let's say an electrical fire happened inside of your bathroom and severely damaged the vanity, countertop, and the wall behind it. Our SERVPRO techs can remove the vanity and countertop. Let's say the vanity is not salvageable, but the countertop is. We can send it to our facility to be cleaned with house-made solutions designed to lift the grime and soot that fire leaves behind. Our techs can then demolish the damaged wall, removing drywall and insulation. Once finished, we can contact a trustworthy contractor for you who can rebuild the bathroom wall, before installing a new vanity and reinstalling your countertop.

If your home is in urgent need of fire damage remediation, never hesitate to get the help you deserve. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by phoning (763) 712-9712. Day or night, we're here for you.

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Why We Are The Leader In Andover Water Damage Restoration

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our air mover and LGR dehumidifier sitting in a kitchen drying up water damage Our air movers and powerful LGR dehumidifier, rapidly removed water damage from this kitchen and made it "Like it never even happened."

How to Best Deal With Water Cleanup in Andover

Plumbing mishaps can setback any household. They cause an interruption to your daily routine on top of being an extra expense. Without cleaning up after a water leak thoroughly, the homeowner may face secondary damage such as mold infestations or having to remove carpet from within the home. It is essential, even with non-contaminated water, to deal with it appropriately.

If you have to grapple with a water cleanup in your Andover home, then the trained professional at SERVPRO can help you. No matter the amount of water you are dealing with, we are available to assist you with the cleanup. Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The most important part of cleaning up after a water leak is drying the affected areas. Restoring the humidity levels and removing all the excess moisture within the home means that there can be less to repair in the long run. Successful drying is comprised of four essential factors: proper extraction, humidity, temperature, and air movement. SERVPRO technicians extract water using a portable high powered extractor, while the other three elements work together to ensure proper drying.

When thinking about drying after a water leak, it is essential to understand that "wet goes to dry." Water vapors move from wet areas within the structure to drier materials, and damp air goes to more dehydrated materials. Likewise, dry air absorbs moisture from wet surfaces, and dry surfaces absorb moisture from damp air. To ensure the proper amount of dry air within the home, SERVPRO technicians place industrial-strength dehumidifiers around the structure that work in conjunction with air movers to dry impacted areas.

During the process, the SERVPRO team checks the temperature and relative humidity in the treatment area, inside an unaffected area, outside the home, and the air that is coming out of the dehumidifier. This is to ensure that relative humidity (RH) levels are brought down to below 60 percent and close to preloss condition. It is crucial to achieving equilibrium with moisture and humidity levels; over-drying can create other problems such as warping of wood flooring.

The team at SERVPRO understands drying and cleanup procedures while applying their knowledge to your specific home and situation. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

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What is the Best Way To Remove Groundwater From Your Anoka Basement?

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on water damaged floor This basement experienced flooding after a storm. We had to remove the flooring to dry the basement.

Mitigation Services to Remove Groundwater in Anoka Basements 

After strong storm systems pass through Anoka, the ground can become too saturated to absorb more rainfall and present the ideal conditions for flooding. Hydrostatic pressures can be the bane of every aging home’s subterranean levels, especially when masonry joints have begun to erode and degrade over time. Even minor penetration points can become full breaches under this immense pressure. 

Hydrostatic pressure increases exponentially after soaking rainfall, especially following widespread flood damage in Anoka. Penetration into the basement of your property can immediately threaten the structural integrity of the exposed walls, but damage any stored contents in the basement as well. Prolonged exposure to standing water can affect concrete flooring as well. Addressing all of these concerns begins with the extraction and drying of the lower levels. 

Mitigation is the priority of our SERVPRO professionals beginning as soon as we arrive at your damaged household. We have high-pressure electric submersible pumps that can extract higher volumes of floodwater from the basement at a consistent rate. Even with potential solids that could exist in this lower level, we can discharge the floodwater into the drainage system leading to the sanitary sewer system. Light wands and wet vacuums can remove any further excess water from the surface of concrete flooring. 

Concrete flooring can often resist substantial saturation and water leeching when drying and extraction quickly begin after flooding occurs. Concrete has low porosity, making it harder for water to penetrate the material and remain. For what moisture can penetrate the surface, we can deploy drying mats to pull moisture from the concrete at a controlled speed. Drying the material too quickly can damage it. 

After torrential rainfall, conditions can exist to make damaging hydrostatic pressures and flooding inevitable. Preventing any moisture penetration altogether might be an insurmountable challenge for some homeowners. Still, our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can help with cleaning up the water damage that exists afterward. Give our rapid response team a call at the first sign of flooding at (763) 712-9712. 

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Some Steps for Efficient Flood Damage Remediation in Anoka

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Homeowners with Flood Damage in Anoka Trust SERVPRO to Mitigate Their Residences

Any disaster that displaces your family and destroys the contents of your Anoka home, along with much of its interior, can overwhelm anyone. What you do before such an event can protect your personal belongings and help keep your family safe for the duration of the crisis. As soon as possible, calling SERVPRO for vital assistance with mitigation can eliminate further loss.

One reason why SERVPRO is the company residents trust in Anoka for flood damage mitigation comes from the way we handle the entire situation. Our training encompasses the machinery and equipment, the concerns of the customer and their family, the property impacted by the flood, and how to work together to make things “Like it never even happened.” When your home floods, you need  a competent team who can advise you of your options and guide you through the crisis while keeping your budget and other concerns in mind. 

Although we use a topical disinfectant before we begin working on mitigation, removing drywall previously submerged under floodwater must happen as soon as possible. Disinfecting does not prevent migration of water.

Removing lower portions of walls lets us spray down the studs to prevent microbial activity and helps us manage how rapidly the interior dries. They can become full of condensation that clings to the interior surfaces. Sealing these spaces by installing new drywall too early causes weakened materials nearby, odors, and high humidity, among other problems we can help you avoid.

Other damaged items needing replaced after a flood include carpeting, parquet flooring, older linoleum, and furniture and bedding. Getting these items out of your flood-damaged home takes up space. After photographing and inventorying each item, disposing each into a large-size waste receptacle located at the curb helps save cleanup costs while protecting the neighborhood's environment. 

Our water damage specialists' training includes studying to earn recognition from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). In-house training, plus working with more experienced technicians gives our customers services tailored to their property's specific and immediate needs. 

For experienced, fully-equipped flood damage restoration experts in Andover, Columbia Heights, or Arden Hills, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County's service line, (763) 712-9712.

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What to Avoid When Dealing With Fire Damage in Andover

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

fire fighters responding to fire in a home Regardless if the fire started from a chimney or an unattended candle, calling SERVPRO is your best response. Call right away!

Restoring a Chimney After Fire Damage in an Andover Home

Minnesota homeowners are well aware of many risks related to fire damage. Still, one facet that is often overlooked is the cleanliness of the chimney. Every year in the US, there are over 25,000 chimney fires that cause an average of $125 million in damages. Fortunately, a little bit of fireplace care and maintenance can go a long way toward saving your home from disaster.

If a chimney or fireplace-related incident causes fire damage in your Andover home, SERVPRO technicians can come to you within hours of your call to address the issue. These IICRC-certified professionals can mitigate several different facets of fire-related damages, including odors, residues, burnt structures, and much more. The goal is to safely restore your possessions and return your home to a preloss condition.

Fireplace Safety Tips for Homeowners

Minimize buildup

The leading cause of chimney fires is a buildup of soot and creosote. This accumulation can be prevented by using manufactured logs or seasoned hardwood. These items burn more cleanly than regular logs, which save you from fire risks. If you have a metal chimney, burn manufactured logs one at a time to prevent chimney warping.

Burn simple materials

Before you start your fire, open the damper and keep it open until the fire is extinguished. Only burn wood or manufactured logs, and avoid burning items that can create toxic fumes like packing foam, junk mail, and glossy wrapping paper. Avoid burning resinous woods like pine, which can leave creosote residue in your chimney.

Keep burns slow

A slow and steady burn is safer for your home than a roaring fire. A fire that is too hot can crack your chimney, so burn a couple of logs at a time near the back of the fireplace.

SERVPRO Restores Your Living Space

SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the extent of the disaster and get straight to cleaning. The key with fire damage is to remove residues that can corrode surfaces or otherwise compromise their safety. If you have a fire get out of control and char your carpet, SERVPRO can deep-clean the area with industrial-grade vacuums and EPA-registered disinfectants, as well as directly spray the affected area with deodorizing solvents. If the carpet cannot be salvaged, SERVPRO can work with you to ensure that it can be replaced per your insurance policy.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is a team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If you need cleanup after a fire or water-related incident in your home, call (763) 712-9712 today.

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Andover Homeowners Appreciate the Professional Planning by SERVPRO for Water Loss Restoration

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Staging Areas Help Us Efficiently Dry Out Andover Homes

Completing and efficiently drying tasks is a focus of our SERVPRO team, and a driving force in the designed tactics and strategies we implement in Andover homes. After water loss incidents, the need for water removal is often urgent, as the faster this can get accomplished, the more of your home’s construction materials and contents that can get restored in-place. Drying these areas in your household prevents added costs of more significant losses, controlled demolition, and reinstallation of removed materials.

Because of how quickly actions must take place, such as water removal in Andover houses, having the full measure of necessary extraction and drying tools readily accessible saves time and effort for our technicians cleaning up the residence. The designation of a staging area is one that is close to the water-damaged region of your house, and one that minimizes the interruptions to your daily routine. Knowing that more than one extraction machine is often necessary for full water removal, having our inventory of these devices close by prevents wasted time with trips to the production vehicles outside.
 
This area is not only where we can keep our extraction tools like our submersible pumps and self-priming trash pumps, but also where we can prepare cleaning solutions made from concentrated cleaning agents. For this reason, we attempt to make our staging locations in places with faucets like laundry rooms, bathrooms, and other utility spaces.
 
Because of equipment being close and accessible to our SERVPRO technicians working in your home, we can more efficiently remove standing water from affected areas of your house. Electric sump pumps can help to draw indoor flooding down to 2 inches in depth continually. We can then quickly transition to light wands and wet-vacs for the remainder by switching out the equipment in the staging area.
 
Fast transitions save customers time and money on the restoration work that their property needs after water loss incidents. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team implements staging areas to maximize our efficiency. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

Eliminating Smoke Odors After A Fire In Andover

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Smoke Odors After an Andover Restaurant Kitchen Fire

A lingering harsh odor in your Andover restaurant can have a detrimental effect on the business, your patrons, and even the staff of the eatery. Kitchen flare-ups are not an uncommon situation to experience when you have a fast-paced food preparation area behind the scenes, but the effects of this situation can spread quickly out to more trafficked areas like the dining room. Once smoke odors begin to permeate the tablecloths, furniture, and open spaces where your customers are, it can be a hard situation to overcome.

Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple machines and tools explicitly devised to help you address odor and fire damage in your Andover restaurant. From cleaning up the residues and debris that can get left behind after a small grease fire to the harsh odors most powerfully concentrated in the kitchen areas, we have the equipment and the experience to help these scenarios right away.

Even before we get to work on the use of our premier deodorization tools and equipment, our SERVPRO technicians address the severity of charring and combustion in the kitchen. The origin of the fire can feature the worst concentration of destruction, and controlled demolition can be a safe and effective way to immediately reduce the presence and source of smoke odors permeating throughout the restaurant.

To reduce the presence of these odors in your dining area, we often turn to the practical results we get with our thermal foggers. These machines use high heat to convert a liquid deodorizing solution into a fog. This dense fog can get into the stitching of your tablecloths, carpeting, and other upholstered items to immediately affect and neutralize smoke odors on contact.

Running a business can be a challenge enough without the hazardous presence of lingering fire effects in the restaurant. You can depend on the quick response and deodorizing expertise of our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team to get your doors back open again quickly. Give our crew a call anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

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Let Our Crew Help After A Water Damage Incident In Andover

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Can Water Restoration Technicians Do in Andover?

Many homeowners have a DIY mindset for anything that could go wrong or need correction in their Andover houses. Unfortunately, there are situations like water loss incidents that get too out of control for conventional drying and recovery options to be viable. In these situations, the solution is to reach out the professionals of our SERVPRO team accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT.)

WRTs are the most common technician on our team, and this is due primarily to how frequently water damage in Andover homes occurs. Understanding what to expect from this experienced member of our team can help to put you at ease when it is your property contending with a crisis. Even beyond our prompt response and deep inventory of recovery tools, here are some of the characteristics and abilities of water restorers on our restoration team.

Unique Training
As challenging as it might be to turn your property over to another person, our SERVPRO professionals are among the most qualified and educated in the business. We seek continued education coursework even beyond WRT certification in areas such as Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT.)

Full Inspection
One of the first tasks set before our professionals with a loss incident is the inspection of the property. Because we have seen countless disasters over the years, we have hands-on experience on what to expect and how to get an idea about the precise approach to protect your property as much as possible.

Mitigation
Mitigation is a vital element to the work that we do as it is the process designed to save you money and time. We take these steps seriously, as we understand that not all water loss incidents get covered by your insurance, and you might have to pay out of pocket for our experienced aid.

Knowing what to expect from our WRTs can help you to anticipate the steps necessary to return your property to preloss condition. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and available 24/7 by calling (763) 712-9712.

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