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What to Avoid When Dealing With Fire Damage in Andover

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

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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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Don’t Try and Remediate Your Anoka Business Alone After Flood Damage

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

small restaurant with tables and a bar Your customers count on your restaurant being open for their celebrations and gatherings. Make sure that any flooding is remediated right away.

Can a Partially Flooded Anoka Restaurant Still Operate?

Flooding can be a severe threat to your Anoka restaurant, especially when you consider the kind of immediate exposure risks it presents to fixtures and furniture in a dining area. If the situation is much more contained, there are ways that with the right response from qualified professionals that your business can continue to operate during the restoration and recovery. Our experienced SERVPRO team can help by assessing the full scope of this damage and the best approach to getting your property back to preloss condition.

While our professionals can understand the importance of serving your customers in crisis, keeping your doors open after flood damage in an Anoka restaurant can only work in specific situations. It is crucial to note that if natural disasters have occurred with brought black water into the establishment in any way, it is a situation that demands a temporary closure of your establishment until our professionals can adequately address this threat. Keeping your doors open during this emergency hinges on the damage occurring in a separate area and not posing a direct threat to your employees and patrons while our team begins mitigation and restoration practices.

Even if your doors do need to close, it has always been our business to get you back in business. We have experienced SERVPRO professionals that can work to remove standing water and to address the absorption of the affected materials. With direct drying practices like air movers and dehumidifiers, we can often protect installed structural elements like the booths and even affixed tables from the damage they could experience.

Containment practices can help to seal off damaged areas of your property from the guests and staff of your restaurant. Actions like physical barriers and plastic sheeting reduce the airborne particulates, dust, and debris created by even our essential restoration and recovery practices.

It is not a guarantee that any business can stay open and accessible after flooding. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can work with your management to find the best solution for your business that returns things to normal as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

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We Describe How To Pack And Move Out Your Contents In Anoka When Needed

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Experts In Anoka Describe How To Pack And Move Out Your Contents When Needed

Severe storms that hit the Anoka region can bring with them high-speed winds that can cause much destruction. If the winds are fierce enough, it is possible that it can blow off your roof or a section of it, thus making your home suffer from extensive flood damage. Once a hole in your structure opens up, rainwater can pour into your building. Large amounts of water can ruin many of your structural components and contents.

During severe cases of flood damage in Anoka, our SERVPRO technicians can remove and replace items if needed. However, in most cases, we try to save your building materials and possessions by extracting and drying them. When the moisture is excessive, it is often much easier to restore the structure and the contents if they are separated.

If moving out all of your contents is necessary, our SERVPRO team follows a strict procedure to pack out your items. Our experts start by making an inventory of everything that we move out and where it was before we moved it. We then can pack up your smaller contents and wrap your furniture. If your items need to be cleaned or dried, we keep track of what stage of the process each item is in.

While your contents are moved out of your building, we conduct restoration procedures on your structure. We can remove ruined items and then attempt to dry others. Once your house is completely rebuilt, and all of your contents are dried and cleaned, then Our crew can move your possessions back into your home.

When we return your items, we first take an inventory before leaving the storage location. We then stage the items so that they get put into the truck in a way that makes it easy to put things where they go in your house. Once we strategically pack the truck, we unload it and stage your items in an area in your home. Lastly, we use our inventory list to move your contents back into the exact places they were before the storm hit.

Shortly after the storm strikes your home in Andover, Arden Hills, or Ham Lake, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 because we are available 24/7 and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Effects of Fire Damage in Your Andover Home And How to Deal with Them

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Bed with burnt comforter and mattress with firefighters and male standing around it. If your home experiences a fire and the resulting soot damage, SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Fires lead to Soot Damage that SERVPRO can Help Remediate

A strong repulsive smell is one of the first signs of a burning house. Most times, diminishing smoke is a sign of a fire ending. However, after a fire, you have to deal with soot and smoke damage and water damage from the firefighters putting out the flames. 

After a fire damages your Andover home, you have to make decisions during the emotionally charged and confusing time. However, the sooner you make the right decision, the faster you can restore your home and return to normalcy. One critical decision you need to make is to hire a competent fire restoration company like SERVPRO to help you with the cleanup and restoration efforts. Smoke and soot can wreak havoc to your home and possessions in the following ways:

Staining 

It does not take long after putting out a fire to see the effects of smoke. Stains appear on the walls, curtains, windows, clothes, and furniture. 

Corroding Metal

Soot is acidic, and it does not spare metal-made items like pipes, sinks, and appliances. Corrosion can cause your appliances and kitchen fittings to wear out faster than they should. 

Lingering Odor

When smoke particles settle on your carpets and furniture, it could take weeks before the odor dissipates. 

At SERVPRO, we provide comprehensive restoration services after fire damage. We can provide structural cleaning to remove residues from your walls and floors. If the fire ruined some parts of your home severely, it might be impossible to return them to preloss state. Our technicians can dispose of the structural items that the flames have charred or the heat has blistered. 

We can also restore salvageable fire-damaged contents because it is cheaper to do so than it is to replace or refinish them. We use several methods to clean different possessions in a fire loss. We can use dusting cloths or feather dusters to eliminate surface dust by wiping or brushing the surface of the ruined items lightly. Vacuuming and dry cleaning sponges can remove particular soiling and light debris. 

When dealing with a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. We have the expertise and tools needed to restore fire-damaged homes to make the destruction look “Like it never even happened.”

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Six Useful Chemical Agents For Water Damage In Your Anoka Commercial Property

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage Workers In Anoka Point Out Six Useful Chemical Agents

If a toilet or sink ever breaks inside your Anoka convenience store, the results can be quite devastating. If the problem takes place while your store is closed at night, the commercial water damage you find when you come to open the store in the morning could be quite catastrophic. A broken clean water pipe can dispense hundreds of gallons into your store in hours, whereas broken toilets and sinks can threaten your health.

If drain water ever leaks out from your convenience store's restroom, there is always a possibility that harmful bacteria and parasites can be present. When mitigating commercial water damage in Anoka, our SERVPRO technicians base what restoration strategies they utilize on where the moisture originally came from. Clean water problems are easier to deal with than grey or black water issues because there is no chance that the water is harmful and contaminated. If one of your kitchen or bathroom sinks leaks, the water could contain contaminants and is classified as a category two situation. Sewage water leaking or toilets backing up can make matters worse because this black or category three problem means that the moisture has probably contaminated items in your store.

When battling the presence of harmful bacterias, our SERVPRO team uses several chemical agents. The following six chemicals get used often in the industry to help us combat harmful substances of all kinds.

1. Antimicrobials
Antimicrobial agents are used in limiting or stopping the growth of harmful microorganisms such as mold.

2. Disinfectants
Germicides and disinfectants are antimicrobials that destroy about 99% of organisms they contact on surfaces.

3. Sanitizers
A product listed as a sanitizer decreases microbes to levels considered by public health authorities to be safe.

4. Sporicides
These are disinfectants that are effective in controlling bacterial or fungal spores when used according to label directions.

5. Phenolics
Phenolics are aromatic alcohol-based agents usually diluted with water and used as disinfectants, antiseptics, biocides, and antimicrobials.

6. Quaternary Compounds
Quats destroy microorganisms by rupturing their cell walls. They are used primarily to disinfect or sanitize.

If you are ever worried that contaminated water has entered your convenience store in Andover, Arden Hills, St Paul, or Ham Lake from one of your sinks or toilets, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. We can do such a quality job that we can make it truly seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Flood Damage Experts Will Save Your Andover Home

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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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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