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Handling Your Fire Damage Faster Than Ever!

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

flames We will clean belongings, furniture, keepsakes, clothes and anything else in your house that makes it your home.

How does SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County determine what to do with smoke damaged items?

Fire damage is an intriguing issue because temperature, whether the fire is smoldering or blazing, affects necessary cleanup measures differently.  Similarly to water damage, smoke odor and particles can easily penetrate any crack and crevice on your property. If these particles are not handled in a proper manner, the smoke odor has the potential to stick around for months after a fire. Proper cleaning, immediate odor neutralizing efforts, proper ventilation, and consistent debris removal efforts are critical to saving as many of your belongings as possible. Timing is the most crucial component of successful smoke remediation. 

Are you running out of time?

The IICRC, a global leader in all types of remediation, identifies these time windows:

  1. Within minutes: Porous materials and synthetics must be immediately addressed to prevent permanent discoloration.
  2. Within hours to days: wooden furniture, flooring, painted walls, and clothing can become permanently stained. Metal surfaces will begin to rust, pit, and corrode which often requires refinishing or replacement.
  3. Within weeks: Prolonged soot exposure will embed itself in the fibers and surfaces resulting in a longer, more pricey restoration with a higher likelihood of replacement.

With our restore versus replace mentality, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County does everything within our capabilities to bring your items back to preloss conditions. 

Give us a call today at 763-712-9712 so we can help make your home disaster seem "Like it never even happened." 

You Can't Build a Strong Home on a Weak Foundation

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

cracking foundation in Central Anoka County We have staff on call 24/7 so whether it is the middle of the day or the middle of the night, we will have our team ready to help!

Foundation water damage weakens the structure of your home, causes cracks, bowed walls, and can be as extreme as causing your home to collapse.

Here's how to identify and address the early signs of foundation water damage:

Cracks.

Cracks may appear on both the interior and exterior of a home and are a tell-tale sign of foundation water problems. On the exterior, a few hairline cracks aren't normally a concern. It is important to be aware of horizontal cracks and stair-step cracks in block walls or corners. This may indicate serious structural damage and you should consult a water damage professional like SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County. 

Standing water in a basement or crawlspace.

Water in a basement could be an indication of a plumbing issue, however it could also mean that there is water seeping in through cracks in the foundation or gutter runoff. Either way, they're both causing issues and should be addressed immediately. Seeping water is a perfect host for mold growth and can weaken wooden support structures.

Windows and doors are jamming.

Excess water absorption in a building can cause frames to warp, which means that there is probably a waterproofing problem. Excess outside moisture can also cause your entire foundation to shift, leading to much bigger issues that will need to be addresses.

Mold Patches or Rotting Wood

As we've stated before, mold needs two things to grow: a source of moisture and organic material. If you can't spot the mold with your eyes, you'll without a doubt be able to smell the distinct mildew scent. Mold remediation should be enacted as quickly as possible once you discover mold. Mold could result from a crack or opening in the foundation that's allowing water to seep in.

Flooded soil.

If your gutters or other drainage systems are not doing their job properly, it can cause water to redirect back to your foundation instead of away from your house. If you see pools of water around your home, the wet soil will increase the likelihood that water will penetrate the foundation of your home.

It is important to keep track of your preventative maintenance on your home. Most importantly, if you suspect you have foundation water damage the best thing you can do is call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712.

Walking You Through the Fire Damage Remediation Process

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

assessing fire damage in Anoka County Over the past five years we have built a reputation as specialists in fire, smoke, soot and restoration of fire damaged homes.

When a devastating fire occurs in your home, it is hard to think ahead to the recovery process. You may not even know where to begin moving forward. Once the superficial signs of a fire are cleared away, you may still smell the smoke over the long term. Every fire is inherently different, but skilled professionals at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County can help you get to the bottom of the issue through a standard fire procedure.

The Beginning

Once emergency services (if required) take care of the worst of the fire damage, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County can come in and begin cleaning. After the smoke clears and the dust settles, our fire damage remediation specialists will move in. Depending on the type of damage presented from the fire, the technician will follow a standard procedure. 

Our technicians will carefully inspect the surrounding area and test the damaged sections to determine the extend of the damage. Our technicians always have a restore before replace mentality, ensuring that they will avoid anything that might exacerbate the damage. While they're inspecting and testing, they will walk you through the process in order to develop a plan.

Rising Action: Following a Plan

Depending on the severity of the fire damage, our technician will ensure the security of your property. If necessary, they will board up missing walls and windows, and set tarps around the roof of your home to maintain privacy.

Water removal is also an important next time. Many people don't realize that water damage appears almost at the same time as smoke damage. To rid the situation of water, our experts will set up dehumidifiers. 

After water has been removed, it'll be time to get to the brunt of the work. To avoid agitating troublesome particles within the damage area, the technician will remove smoke and soot damage with extreme care. A Decatur fire damage cleaning will take restorable items into account and odors will be fought with using fogging equipment and air scrubbers.

The Final Step

Once all of the major fire damage issues have been taken care of, in addition to the water damage and smoke and soot on your home's surface, we can begin the remaining minor repairs. Since we are a licensed contractor with the State of Minnesota, we can handle any building services that may be needed from replacing drywall and painting over a refurbished surface. 

Whether you need smoke damage remediated or entire sections of your home repaired after a destructive fire, we're ready to help 24/7. We will make it "Like it never happened." When you experience a fire in your home, call 763-712-9712. 

Mold Remediation: Signs of Mold

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold remediation and removal Coon Rapids We have all it takes to keep you satisfied and restore the indoor air quality of your home!

Mold is a problem and concern that any modern homeowner or property owner should be prepared to face. You may feel inclined to ignore a small spot of mold, but when you consider the health effects it can have on your home and environment, you know you need a solution. Our professional and certified mold remediation services around Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County ensure that you don't encounter mold in your house again - at least until the next flood or leak.

What is Mold Remediation/Removal?

Mold remediation is all the processes involved in restoring the mold spores level in your home. Remediation is the whole bang for your buck that not only removes current mold issues, but ensures that it will not grow again. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is certified to remove the physical mold that is present in addition to reducing airborne spores. 

Warning Signs of a Mold Problem

Mold is always present. Whether it is in the air, indoors, or outdoors, this fungus has been around for millions of years. When exposed to moisture, it feeds, expands, and releases mold spores into the air.

You might be asking yourself: "How will I know if there are unsafe levels of mold present?"

  • Mold has a variety of colors from black to white, although green and black see to be the most prevalent.
  • Mold has a nasty musty odor that signals its presence. If you notice an odd scent even after eliminating all other possibilities, mold testing will help you verify if you really have mold issues, if it is just a stain on the wall, or an odd smell.

If you find yourself wondering if that smell is your garbage or that spot on the wall is just dirt from the dog, consider your local mold remediation service and...

HIRE A MOLD REMEDIATION SERVICE LIKE US!

Our specialized technicians make use of modern equipment to carry out mold removal or remediation in Coon Rapids. There is no need to question who you go to when you're worried about mold. Call 763-712-9712 today with any questions or concerns.

General Facts about Water Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

home in Coon Rapids with water damage Over the past five years we have built a reputation as specialists in fire, smoke, soot and restoration of fire damaged homes.

No matter how hard you try, a water damage disaster is never 100% preventable. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County wants you to be as prepared as possible if a disaster takes place. Our expert technicians will walk you through every step along the way so that you are informed of everything going on in your home or commercial building.

5 Water Damage Facts

Minor existing leaks can lead to major problems.

Preventative maintenance may stop water damage accidents from occurring and if your plumbing is not properly maintained, your insurance may not cover the costs with general wear and tear. If you don't repair or keep an eye on your minor leaks, it may lead to extensive water damage.

Water contamination comes in three different types.

Set up by the IICRC, White water (category 1), Gray Water (category 2), and Black water (category 3) are the three varieties of water damage. 

White water comes from a sanitary source and poses no threat to people or animals.

Dirty water comes from places such as a washing machine or a dishwasher. There is some level on contamination within these machines that have the potential to harm animals or humans.

Black water is the most minacious of the categories because this category often results from flood water or sewage posing the largest threat to humans and animals.

Time is of the essence.

To no surprise, the longer that water is sitting in your home or commercial building, the more issues will arise. Water damage is extremely invasive and gives no care in the world about personal space. Seeping in the cracks and crevices, water that sits in one spot can damage drywall, mold and mildew may spread, and paint can blister. Call 763-712-9712 right away to address any issues you may have.

Once the standing water is gone, your problems aren't necessarily solved.

Moisture can hide within the walls, underneath floors, and hard to reach areas allowing the opportunity for mold to grow. Given the right circumstances, mold can grow as soon as 24-48 hours. It is pertinent that mold be taken care of right away as it can spread rapidly, causing an upward spike in your costs.

Different materials require different cleaning protocols.

Water damage can be tricky. Depending on the extent of the damage and the affected materials, not all items may be salvageable. Concrete and harder surfaces can normally be fixed whereas soaked drywall, ceiling tiles, and insulation may need to be tossed. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has a restore vs. replace mentality to lower your overall costs.

For any of your water damage questions, comments, or concerns call us today at 763-712-9712. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County will make it "Like it never even happened." 

By the Book: Following Mold Standards

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage in Coon Rapids home We have a team of trained technicians who are certified by the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation.

Running a business in Coon Rapids and within Central Anoka County means that you often will have busy days on the go and a wide variety of tasks to complete. As a property owner it may be easy to focus on the work, but it is also essential to ensure that the property itself isn't neglected. If a musty odor or visible fungal growth appears, it will take more than a simple household product to clean it. There are industry-wise mold remediation standards established by the EPA, OSHA, and the IICRC that need to be addressed and followed to ensure the problem is properly taken care of. 

Following Mold Standards Guarantees Proper Cleanup

Eliminating Mold

In a similar fashion to water, fire, and storm damage, a mold remediation plan will be different in every unique case. If the area effected by mold is under ten square feet, minimal repairs are needed. However, if mold is not taken care of in a timely manner, it can spread quickly and in vast amounts. Determining the mold standards that will need to be implemented include:

  • Location of the mold
  • Size of the growth
  • Duration the building materials have been wet
  • Presence of visible moisture damage

Professional Help

Placing your property in the hands of a certified mold remediation and restoration professional is principal for your property. At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we combine the top of the line technologies with our industrial strength equipment. Not only are we capable of mold remediation but if the damages are great enough to cause demolition, we are capable of rebuild as well. 

When an unwanted mold problem knocks on your door, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712. Choosing a professional who is highly certified on mold remediation and cleaning processes will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO: Who is the best Storm Damage Company?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

alarm clock with a 24/7 time Please call us if there is anything we can do to help - even if it is just to answer questions!

When it comes to your search for Storm Damage Cleanup in Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, the search should start and end at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County. Before you make your call to our trusted expert technicians, take a peek at what we offer that is head and shoulders above what you will find in the area.

The Speed of Our Service

The first 24-48 hours after a storm is critical for conducting an assessment of your storm damage repair needs. When you choose SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, you know you’re getting access to a team of highly trained individuals that are available 24/7 to service your storm restoration needs.

Our Restoration Process

Once we have completed the water removal of your property, we’ll begin working on the restoration process. We’ll restore your property to the condition it was in before the damage occurred, whether that entails minor repairs (like replacing drywall or installing new carpeting) or major ones (like reconstructing parts of your property).

A Wide Variety of Resources At Our Disposal

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO. Whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood, the SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Contacting the Best Storm Damage Company

When it comes to storm damage repairs, the only way to get the job done right the first time is to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712. Just one phone call can set you up to get your property back into pre-storm shape quickly, helping you save potentially thousands of dollars and rest easier at night knowing that you’re in good hands.

Flood damage has affected my home, now what?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

living room with knee deep water The team at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has been restoring homes and business affected by flooding and water damage for over 20 years.

Every water damage situation is different. From the amount of water that causes the damages to the level of contamination that's in the water, each scenario requires a unique solution.

Before Help Arrives:

If you're unsure of what to do while waiting for help to arrive, check out our water tips. 

Immediately after the water damage event, your primary focus should be to ensure that you are safe. Electrical and slip and fall hazards are one of the most prevalent concerns. When materials become wet they can become very heavy, know your limits and capabilities. 

After Flooding:

Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. It's important to get the water removed as quickly as possible to limit the amount of water that gets soaked into vulnerable materials.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. This will prevent water from soaking up into furniture, which could potentially save the furniture.

Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting. by separating the materials, the chance that the colors from the rug will bleed into the carpeting are eliminated.

What Not To Do After Flooding

Don't use your household vacuum to remove water. There are specialized vacuums and water removing equipment to handle the sucking up of water, your normal home vacuum will not do.

Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floods. Not only will the item that you leave on the floor be affected by the water, but there is a chance that the coloring of the material will stain the carpet. 

Do not use your television or other household appliances. If the water has seeped into the walls or other various locations where wires are present, you should ensure that the area is dry before using any electronics. 

Have a water damage emergency? Call 763-712-9712

Importance of Smoke Alarms

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

hand reaching for a smoke alarm A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Smoke alarms can only save lives if they are properly maintained and in good working condition. They are an important part of safety in a home because a smoke detector will automatically identify and warn you of the presence of smoke. 

Perform Proper Maintenance!

How do smoke detectors work?

There are two common types of smoke detectors: photoelectric and ionization. The photoelectric sensors use a beam of light to recognize smoke. The beam will be shot in a straight line when there is no smoke and will scatter when smoke hits, signaling the alarm. The second type of smoke detector uses ions; when smoke enters the chamber the electric currents drop and the alarm will sound.

Maintenance Tips

Test your smoke alarm. You should check your detectors once every month to verify if the battery is still working or not. 

Vacuum your smoke alarm. Use a soft brush attachment around the vents of your smoke alarm once every 6 months to rid dust buildup and cobwebs.

Replace the battery. If you notice that your smoke detector is making a beeping noise, it may be time to switch the battery. However, not all smoke detectors have a battery so be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions before replacing the batteries.

Smoke detectors not only save lives, but could save you lots of money. If a fire occurs in your home, a properly working smoke detector will alert you of a potential emergency. The sooner you're able to respond to a disaster, the better. 

Choose SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County for Your Post-Fire Needs

Not only are we Faster to Any Size Disaster, but we're capable of fixing a wide variety issues. Our technicians are fire and water damage specialists who work extremely hard to get your home back to pre-fire condition. 

From smoke odor removal to the reconstruction of your damaged home, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County will make it "Like it never even happened." Call 763-712-9712 today.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in basement This Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 763-712-9712

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 763-712-9712