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Our Flood Damage Experts Will Save Your Andover Home

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call us for any emergency 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

Storm Flood Damage In Andover Can Create Health Hazards

Water comes from many sources in the average home, some of which may be cleaner than others. Dirty water sources can cause a host of additional problems when they cause damage (as opposed to clean water), not the least of which is an increased risk of health and safety problems for anyone unprepared. Water damage from any of these sources should be handled by a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. We have the equipment and advanced training necessary to stay safe around potential hazards.

Ground Water Floods
Many calls we receive for flood damage in Andover originate from heavy rains over-saturating the soil and causing groundwater overflow to coalesce into a flood. Any water from these types of situations should be treated as a potential safety hazard because the soils and other contaminants that may be carried by the water could cause health effects if you are exposed to them. Any time floodwaters enter your home from the outside, you should treat the situation as though the water contains many contaminants from the ground.

Septic Tank Spills
A common reason for flood damage is the spill, rupture, or overflow of a septic tank. Most of the time, these spills avoid contaminating the inside of your home, but can still cause health effects if you are exposed to them, especially during a larger flood. If the spill happens during a storm flood that allows the water to come into your home, this can become a real emergency. Never get close to any water that may have come into contact with your septic tank or other sewage systems and be sure to let SERVPRO technicians know that you suspect the floodwaters may be contaminated.

Chemical Mixtures
Many of our storm damage calls involve limited flooding due to a left-open window or door. While these situations usually are far less dangerous to deal with, they can still pose significant safety hazards if the water starts to mix with chemicals and contaminants that may be present inside your home. Most parts of your house should be safe from these concerns, but please let us know if you suspect that any dangerous substances have mixed with the floodwaters.

At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County, we take the time and expenses necessary to ensure that our specialists are fully trained and certified to handle any type of flood damage disaster. Call us for any emergency 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Coon Rapids, Minneapolis Area Property Damaged from Water, Fire, or Storm? Why the Right Call Is to SERVPRO for Restoration

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Property Loss in Coon Rapids? Let SERVPRO Do the Heavy Lifting--We Can Help!

Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice for Coon Rapids Emergencies

Hundreds of families and businesses come to depend on our SERVPRO team every year to help them through traumatic experiences ranging from water and fire loss incidents through more complex biohazard cleanup and carpet cleaning. With the speed that storm damages and even water loss incidents can take root in Coon Rapids properties, our technicians must stay vigilantly prepared at a moment’s notice to roll out to help. We have the most advanced equipment and products to make our restoration processes more efficient, which can save our customers time and money.

Water Loss, Skilled Technicians, Advanced Equipment
Our water recovery team is one of the most experienced of our entire SERVPRO crew, boasting decades of experience in the industry. With so many potential sources for water damage in Coon Rapids homes, experience makes a substantial difference in knowing how to proceed when minutes count. We have ensured that our professionals continually pursue the latest training and education in the water recovery niche of the industry, not only obtaining their accreditations as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

We know that success in water restoration comes from developing our entire infrastructure of competent employees from our owners to our field technicians. With how frequent these disasters can be for the entire Greater Minneapolis region, having a full roster of competent professionals with the right experience can protect area homes and businesses with real-time mitigation and restoration strategies. We have invested in the latest equipment, including hundreds of high-velocity air movers, low grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers.

Extraction and drying are vital components to the recovery work that we do, and we have specialized equipment that can help us to reduce saturation in areas like carpeting, hardwood flooring, and ceiling spaces. Water damage in Coon Rapids homes can spread quickly, so our team relies on discovery tools like infrared imagery to help identify moisture pockets as we rapidly work to reduce relative humidity beneath an established baseline.

Fire Damage means more than just burnt items
We strive to offer the most effective and efficient services when addressing fire damage in Coon Rapids homes and businesses. This commitment begins with the education of our field technicians and management staff, and we encourage our professionals to not only obtain accreditations in Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) through the IICRC but also to pursue secondary education as well with endorsements in:
-    Odor Control (OCT)
-    Carpet Cleaning (CCT)
-    Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
To ensure that our professionals have the best approaches to fire recovery in Coon Rapids homes and commercial properties, we team up with local fire departments to identify the steps that these departments take when extinguishing flames where sprinkler systems were available and when they were not. These same events helped educate the public about how structure fires can spread and useful tips to limit their destructive power in area homes.

We know that no two fire disasters are the same, so our well-trained restoration specialists must quickly assess fire damage in Coon Rapids properties and begin designing a recovery plan that suits soot removal, odor removal, air filtering, containment, and even content management as needed.

Mold Remediation Requires Training and Professionalism
We live in an area that can see a substantial change in temperature from one season to another, and the humidity index throughout all of these respective seasons also fluctuates greatly. When you consider how many homes have poorly ventilated areas like basements and cellars, or even attic space without proper airflow and sunlight, the possibility of mold damage in Coon Rapids homes is a constant threat. Addressing these concerns must be swift and deliberate, as mold colonization can spread out quickly from the initial growth, and can get out of control in a short period.

We strive to provide our customers with the most knowledgeable professionals available in the area for mold remediation, and that begins with pursuing the coursework to certify our professionals as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) through the IICRC. Also, these same qualified professionals with the latest practices and techniques seek accreditations through the same firm in Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying. These additional endorsements provide the experience and education to dry up moisture and dampness and prevent mold recurrence in Coon Rapids residences.

Our success combating mold damage in Coon Rapids homes is also a testament to the investments our SERVPRO team has made in our inventory of recovery and remediation tools. For issues that immediately arise, like the need for containment, we have specialized equipment like our negative pressure air scrubbers that can vent outside and prevent the colonization from spreading beyond physical established barriers.

Storm Damage from Rains, Winds, and Snow
Our storm damage recovery in Coon Rapids is so successful and experienced that we have gotten recognized and sought out on a national level to help with disaster recovery in other areas of the country. Part of our excessive experience and successes in this niche of the restoration industry hinges on our geographic location and the severe weather events that we have experienced and continue to address throughout every year.

We strive to provide every customer, residential, or commercial, with the same strategy when storm systems have damaged their Coon Rapids property. Once our team first arrives, we work to secure the premises as much as possible before we begin to assess the damage and create a tailored plan designed to return the damaged structure to preloss condition as promptly as possible.

Considering that many weather events can lead to worsening conditions like flood effects, storm damage in Coon Rapids homes and businesses gets approached with compassion and sensitivity for our customers. We understand it is a trying experience, and we want to help you through it.

We know that there are options in restoration services in the area, but our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County professionals have the skills and the equipment to make any loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime disaster strikes for help that your property needs at (763) 712-9712.

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If Your Office In Anoka Suffers A Fire Disaster You Can Count On Our Experts For Help!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Assist You When Your Anoka Wedding Planning Office Suffers Fire Damage

Any business owner who runs a service-based off of strict schedules, appointments, and planning can agree that having fire damage inside of their main office building would be a disaster. In the case of your event planning business, it is unfortunate that an electrically-based fire broke out in one of your planner's offices, burning up files, damaging the computer, and covering the office in soot.

While the fire damage inside your Anoka event planning offices may be overwhelming and nightmarish, it is essential for you to fight through the shock and reach out to help as soon as possible. The faster that fire damage is addressed, the better it is for the structure of the building and anything inside the office that suffered damage. Fire damage is most easily remediated when whatever has been damaged has not had the time to completely cool.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand that losing so much essential information for your business is a huge hit. For this reason, our team always swiftly arrives and gets to work so that you can focus on rescheduling appointments, reaching out to clients, and recovering lost documents. When you leave the job to SERVPRO, you can feel confident that it can be done right.

Our SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians (FDRT) can begin by removing anything unsalvageable and disposing of it. From there, we can box up the remaining files, as well as anything in your desk, sealing them away into a safe environment. Afterward, we can remove the desk and chairs and transport them to our facility, where they can be cleaned with house-made solutions specially designed for removing soot.

Inside of your office space, SERVPRO can begin to clean up the suppressant powder from the extinguishment system with an industry-grade vacuum cleaning. Once everything has been removed from the office, we can begin to focus on the soot and greasy stains inside, removing them with our chemically-based cleaning solutions. To finish the job off, our FDRT can use thermal foggers to remove the foul scent fire leaves behind, before bringing back the office furniture and unpacking the files and objects we stored in boxes during the remediation.

If your business suffers fire damage, never wait. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by dialing (763) 712-9712. Our technicians are always ready to help.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Anoka 

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can leave a lot of residue and smoke odors. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Tips for Eliminating Odors After Fire Damage in an Anoka Home

The flames of a fire can cause irreversible harm to the structural materials and personal items in your property. However, the destructive power of fires extends beyond the flames themselves. After extinguishing a fire, the potential for damage is still present because lingering by-products of the fire can harm your property and possessions. The particles of smoke attach themselves to surfaces and become embedded in porous materials such as carpeting, clothing, and paint.

Odors also accompany the smoke and they can linger in your property for many days, weeks or months, compromising indoor air quality and the health of the occupants. If your Anoka residence has fire damage, it is also critical to take immediate action to remove the smoke and its odor. Some things you can do to remove smoke odors from your house include:

  • Airing out your home
  • Using positive pressure ventilation by placing fans in your home
  • Cleaning porous items in your property like upholstery, fabrics, and carpeting thoroughly
  • Opening all doors and windows
  • Repainting your home

Odors may still linger after taking the steps above because smoke particles require specialized cleaning methods. You can enlist professional odor removal services from SERVPRO. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) have the equipment and expertise to clean up the affected structures and contents and eliminate smoke odors. Soot from a fire can contain chemicals and acids that can destroy fabrics further. We can use heavy duty vacuums to remove soot from floors and walls to prevent it from staining or damaging the structures further.

To deal with smoke odors, we can spray deodorizing agents directly onto visible smoke residues. These agents form a barrier that stops or minimizes the evaporation process, preventing odors from transforming into a vapor. The vapor is what you smell. If odor particles are already in the air, our technicians can block them using deodorant vapors or counteragents because they comprise a stronger, more pleasing odor that overcomes smoke scents.

Our SERVPRO OCTs can also use thermal foggers to deal with smoke damage. This deodorization process disperses deodorant droplets similar to how smoke spreads using pressurized force. Thermal fogging is ideal for lessening smoke scents in large areas.

When in need of smoke odor removal services in your property, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for help. We can eradicate the odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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How Our Flood Damage Specialists Deal With Foul Odors In Your Anoka Home

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

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How To Combat Smells After Flood Damage In Your Anoka Residence

Flooding often occurs because of huge storms like hurricanes, but it can also happen after a small, localized event like a typical afternoon thunderstorm. If your house has existing damage like a broken window or missing shingles, large volumes of water can get into it, leading to costly destruction in its interiors. The water can ruin the ceiling, walls, flooring, and furniture, among other belongings in your home.

After a flood damages your Anoka home, you may also have to deal with foul odors. Floodwaters usually leave bad odors behind because they may contain sewage, freshly turned over mud, rotting plants, pesticides, animal droppings, and landscaping chemicals. The odors can remain in your house for weeks or months afterward, even after you have cleaned up the flooded areas.

Professional deodorization and restoration is the ideal way to combat the odors and ensure that they do not return. SERVPRO franchise experts have the equipment and expertise required to deal with the aftermath of a flood and eliminate the foul odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

To deal with odors, it is critical to dry all parts of your property. Odors usually occur when wet materials are not completely dry. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry out any moisture we find in your house. Our technicians can also locate and remove other things that may be causing the odor such as:

• Dead organisms
• Trash
• Mold
• Dirt
• Porous furnishings

Since the odors may be coming from multiple sources, we use multiple deodorizing agents to eliminate them. For instance, we can use disinfectants and sanitizers to disinfect the affected area. Disinfecting the areas where the smell is emanating from can remove it without leaving traces of the scent behind. Our technicians can also use paring agents, which are products that combine with odor particles and cause them to fall into the surfaces being cleaned. Our SERVPRO crew may also use a hydroxyl generator to tackle the foul odors. This machine is safe to use in occupied areas for deodorization purposes.

When in need of odor removal services after a flood damages your house, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County for help. With years of experience, our technicians can eliminate the lingering odors effectively. You can reach us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Let The Professionals Handle Fire Damage Remediation in Coon Rapids

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes a nice fire in the living room can get completely out of hand. Contact SERVPRO today for all fire damage remediation needs.

Fire Damage in Your Coon Rapids Residence Could Call for Removal of Charred Materials and Contents 

Statistics show that 60% of fires in Minnesota originate in the kitchen. A fire can start in the kitchen of your Coon Rapids home if a person gets distracted and leaves cooking pans and pots untended. Another common source of fires is flammable liquids like denatured alcohol and gasoline. Seeing fire damage your house and belongings can be devastating. 

After such a loss, encouragement comes from having the support and clear guidance in salvaging most possessions, cleaning up your property and removing odors effectively. When there’s fire damage in your Coon Rapids residence, the Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at SERVPRO can help you return your property to its normal condition quickly. 

A fire can use the contents in your house as fuel and keep burning for many hours. It can ruin clothing, furniture, appliances, and electronics. We can inspect the contents to determine which ones are salvageable and which ones are not. Our technicians can take the salvageable contents to our facilities for thorough cleaning and deodorization before returning them to your home. 

Fire can also ruin building materials like drywall, flooring, and tiles, among others. We can remove damaged, burned and contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned economically like wet drywall, upholstered furniture, and carpeting and dispose of them. Removing and washing carpets is not always possible, especially if the fire is serious. If an indoor fire affects drywall, it is vital to remove it and check the wooden structure inside. We can inspect the wooden studs to determine if the charring is severe and if that is the case, we can remove them. Fire may also ruin a ceiling, cooling ductwork and insulation. Our technicians can remove such materials to pave the way for their replacement and restoration of your home. Removing damaged contents and materials also provides a safer environment for our technicians to restore the house. 

The other damage that’s hard to deal with after a fire is smoke odors. Many products only mask the smell for brief periods and it can remain in the fabric, upholstery, and walls. Several factors influence the severity of the smoke odor, including the size of the fire, length of exposure, materials that have burned and the size of the affected rooms. Our SERVPRO technicians can neutralize real odors while addressing imaginary odors. We have a robust selection of equipment and products specifically designed to remove stubborn odors such as; 

  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers
  • Thermal foggers
  • Ozone machines
  • HEPA and Charcoal Filtration Systems
  • Pellets-deodorizers 

Our restorers are equipped to remove all kinds of residues and odors even in tough post-fire jobs. We respond to the various challenges created when smoke odors and residues affect different materials and surfaces. 

When a fire incident happens in your Anoka, Andover or Columbia Heights home, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County for help. You can reach us at (763) 712-9712 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How to Remove Water From Coon Rapids Homes

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Quickly removing water from hardwood floors is imperative to prevent damage. Call SERVPRO for fast water extraction.

Water Removal Methods and Actions For Coon Rapids Homes 

Despite the recent spring rains and other unusual weather, Coon Rapids residents know that the far higher risk to their homes is far more mundane and less noticeable. A leaking water tank or a split pipe can send hundreds of gallons across the kitchen, bathroom, or basement floors. Quickly getting it out can be the difference between a day of drying out a home versus days, or even a week, of restoring the soaked property and throwing out items too damaged for repair. 

For rapid water removal in Coon Rapids homes, SERVPRO response teams bring an extensive inventory of skills and equipment for the job. They can clear the water from many homes in a day and begin drying property almost as quickly. 

If the water inside is about ankle-high or more, technicians start with an industrial grade pump. Each one can rapidly remove water from any room. If it is in a basement, they increase the rate of speed and vacuum to rapidly clear the room so other team members can get in and remove property for drying or disposal. 

Once the water level is down to just above the surface, SERVPRO team members switch to extraction wands for carpets and wood floors. Operators can adjust the rates to avoid damaging carpet fibers or splintering floorboards. They can also carefully apply heat to speed up the drying process. For concrete floors or linoleum, technicians use long-handled squeegees to push the water off the surface and out the nearest exit. 

Regardless of which removal tool they use, the next step is to dry the floor thoroughly. For carpets, this means rolling them up and removing the pad underneath. Pads quickly deteriorate once soaked, so it is faster and cheaper to replace them instead of attempting restoration. Team members install air movers and fans to force warm, dry air over the surface while drawing off the damp air and directing it outside. Once completely dry, technicians install a new pad and then unroll the carpet. If it is still damp, they continue using the air movers and fans to dry it before stretching it back in place. 

They use the same method to dry the other types of floors. For wood floors, team members carefully monitor efforts to prevent cracking or splitting floorboards. 

At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County, every potential customer is also a neighbor, and we treat each home accordingly. Should you have unwanted water in your home, or a squishy carpet, call us today at (763) 712-9712 to schedule an inspection or a service visit.

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If Your Self-Storage Facility In Coon Rapids Is Plagued By Water Damage, Our Crew Can Help!

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help mitigate the loss.

Challenges That Complicate Commercial Water Damage In Coon Rapids Self-Storage Facilities

If you run a self-storage facility, the risk water damage presents extend beyond the interruption of your regular operations. Since people store items with all sorts of value, ranging from rare items to regular items with sentimental value, any damage incurred might be hard to compensate. Such an incident can, therefore, strike a significant blow to your business. Our professional water damage restoration services can help save your customers' valuables, maintaining a favorable reputation for your storage facility.

Commercial water damage in Coon Rapids self-storage facilities can happen in several ways. Leaks from the roof or other breaches in the outer walls of the facility can let in rainwater. A burst plumbing line or a faulty air conditioning unit can also release water into unwanted areas of the facility. With the assembly of several locked units in a facility, locating the source of the leak or the extent of the damage can be a problem. Our SERVPRO technicians can use thermal cameras to check for wet areas behind walls establishing the extent of damage conveniently.

Passage of time amplifies the effects of water loss, so fast action is necessary. The segmentation of a self-storage facility can slow down water removal even with the use of sophisticated extractors leading to more losses. Our SERVPRO teams have access to several units of extraction equipment, allowing us to remove water from several areas simultaneously.

Even minimal exposure to water ruins books and other paper documents easily through ink smudges and other forms of material deterioration. The effect on electronics, on the other hand, might not be apparent immediately, but exposure can lead to corrosion of circuits, making them inoperable in the future. Our SERVPRO CDS, Commercial Drying Specialists, take different measures to save such items owned by your clients or are part of your record keeping system. We freeze any wet documents to prevent further deterioration and then use sublimation to dry them. For electronics, we ensure they do not cool to the dew point to prevent corrosion.

Water loss incidents pose a grave threat to self-storage facilities in Anoka, Andover, and Columbia Heights. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help mitigate the loss. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Dodge Flooding Issues In Your Anoka Home With Help From Our Experts!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on repairs and restorations after flood damage strikes your home.

Avoid Problems Later By Handling Anoka Flood Damage Now

Sometimes, light flood damage may seem easy to deal with or benign. Seeing the situation right after a storm rolls through may paint an inaccurate picture of a mostly unharmed and slightly wet interior of your home. However, many of the worst problems associated with flood damage come days or weeks after the accident, and these problems can cost thousands of dollars to reverse and repair. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster to make sure that we can mitigate as much damage as possible while setting up a recovery plan to avoid these major consequences.

Foul Odors
Depending on how much flood damage hit your Anoka home and how clean the water was, your home may be completely odorless during and right after the disaster. However, as time goes on, odors are likely to form and pervade throughout the house. Drying water quickly helps to avoid most bad smells associated with flood damage, but when odors still creep their way into your home, SERVPRO technicians use heavy-duty thermal fogging machines to provide an extensive and thorough odor removal treatment for the entire structure.

Warped Carpeting and Floorboards
Most flooring materials do not start to bend and warp when they get wet. However, once these soaked materials start to dry out, they can bend and twist into uneven and unsightly shapes. Depending on the situation, we may need to replace some flood-damaged flooring materials, especially when the floodwaters may have been unclean. When possible, however, we can apply several restorative treatments to save the materials of your home.

Structural Damage
Some floods can cause damage to the foundation and supporting elements of your home. These issues can be challenging to detect and predict early on but may cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair later. A professional damage restoration job helps to ensure that critical structural elements of your home stay monitored and free of damage after a flood.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on repairs and restorations after flood damage strikes your home. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Revolutionize Fire Damage Remediation in Your Minneapolis Home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires happen and can cause serious fire damage. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage Experts In Minneapolis Talk About Kitchen Blazes

One of the most common ways something ignites fire inside your Minneapolis home is from kitchen accidents. If the food you are cooking burns, it is possible that extensive fire damage can result. Leaving the kitchen while you are cooking is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Food can burn, or a grease fire can ignite very quickly, and if you are not in the kitchen when it occurs, then it could get out of hand and cause a large blaze. Once multiple things burn inside your kitchen, it could become necessary to call in a professional fire damage company such as SERVPRO.

If the source of the blaze is the grease that got too hot while cooking, the flames can get large very quickly. Grease burning can cause excessive fire damage to your Minneapolis home in a matter of minutes. If you try to put out the blaze with water, the flames can get bigger, and the inferno can grow quickly. The best way to extinguish the inferno when cooking grease is the fuel is to smother the fire with baking soda or a fire extinguisher. Water clashes with the flames and causes them to grow so something must be done to cut out the burn's oxygen.

Once the fire is completely extinguished, then it is time to call in our SERVPRO experts. We can arrive promptly and quickly begin assessing the situation. We first go through your house and determine whether the area is safe for you and our staff. If we notice any potential hazards, we take steps to mitigate the problem so that no danger exists.

Once the work area is deemed safe, we then inspect your entire structure for smoke and fire-related issues. This includes going through your home and taking swipe tests to see how far smoke damage could have spread. We then bring a test cleaning kit that we can use to determine which chemicals will clean various surfaces the best.

If you ever have something burn inside your kitchen, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 seven days a week.

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