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How do I Clean Up After a Flood in Coon Rapids?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

"Call Now" Water damage in Coon Rapids can be handled correctly, let SERVPRO show you.

It’s Important to have a Plan in Place in Case of a Flood in Your Coon Rapids Home.

SERVPRO Technicians Clean, Dry, and Deodorize After a Flood 

Flash flooding often occurs in Southern Minnesota, making it crucial to have a plan in place for once the flood water recedes. Floodwater may carry microbial contamination, requiring specialized cleanup techniques. 

Do Technicians Clean the Same Way All Year Round?  

Flood damage in Coon Rapids requires special attention during colder months. Typically, in more mild climates, Technicians ventilate the home by opening windows and doors. This is not always possible during the cold winter months in Minnesota. However, air movers and the HVAC system also serve as tools to ventilate the house. 

What do Technicians do to Remove the Flood Water? 

  • Extract with truck-mounted or portable equipment 
  • Dry the impacted area by strategically placing air movers at floor level 
  • Pull moisture out of the air with dehumidifiers

What are the Special Precautions Taken to Clean After a Flood?

  • Hazard assessments to ensure the safety of residents and technicians
  • Source containment to stop contaminants from coming into unaffected areas
  • Clean in one area of the home to hinder cross-contamination
  • Technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves

 How Do Technicians Deal with Floodwater and Debris from the Flood?

  • Follow local guidelines, typically disposing in a treated sewer line
  • If unsalvageable, solid materials are securely bagged and removed from your home
  • If salvageable, technicians may bring the items to a secure, offsite storage facility for specialized cleaning.

After a flood, it is important to professionally clean and dry your home to mitigate further damage such as mold or other microbial growth. The professionals at SERVPRO have the knowledge, equipment, and cleaning products to restore your home to its preloss condition. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. 

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We Are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 SERVPRO specializes in Cleaning Services

SERVPRO is here to help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of COON RAPIDS at 763-712-9712.

Strategies For Water Damage In Anoka

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Successful Strategies for Hardwood Floor Water Damage in Anoka

Anoka boasts unique, historic homes along with high-quality residences of all recent eras. What many of these houses share is the warmth and beauty of hardwood floors. When a plumbing break or appliance malfunction sends water spreading across the polished expanse of your living or dining room floors, you need our well-trained and experienced crews to manage the recovery.

A Many Layered Issue
Water damage to your floors in Anoka is not something an assessor can quantify simply by looking closely. Hardwood floors always have at least two layers, the top a series of strips or planks installed over a subfloor typically made of plywood or particleboard. The decorative top layer might appear dry as water drains away, but that fluid did not disappear. It percolated into the underlayer, soaking the unfinished and porous materials. Our technicians use moisture detection and metering devices to outline the wet areas and collect data on how severe the saturation levels are.

Extraction Strategies
The first options SERVPRO technicians pursue include pumping and wanded extraction. Water deeper than two inches quickly clears with our submersible pumps, and our professional truck-mounted or portable extractors are powerful and highly-efficient versions of a wet vacuum.

Risky Business
SERVPRO changes techniques when the surface water is no longer visible because we know the risks of incomplete water removal:

    •    Cupping, crowning, or buckling of hardwood planks/strips as the wet subfloor provides moisture that wicks up

    •    Potential for mold growth

    •    Structural weakening of the supporting materials

    •    Negative Pressure for Positive Results

Removing the water from the subfloor often involves floor mats tightly sealed and connected to our extraction equipment through a series of hoses, using the negative air pressure generated to suction additional water. SERVPRO technicians monitor moisture levels, moving the mats as needed. When convinced the bulk of liquid water is gone, the focus shifts to structural drying. Air movers and heaters facilitate the evaporation of absorbed water. Dehumidifiers capture the vapor for disposal. To increase the efficiency of drying, we might use 1.6 mil polyethylene to tent areas or loosen selected planks/strips and direct warm air beneath.

Trust that SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County has the training and equipment to save your beloved hardwood floors from water loss. Call us at (763) 712-9712 to set up an evaluation.

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Fire Damage Restoration In Anoka Always Requires The Project Initiation Phase

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Well thought Out Plan To Tackle Your Property's Fire Damage

One of the common causes of structural blazes that occur in Anoka is electrical shortages. Electrical burns can be devastating and can cause different types of fire damage to occur inside your building. For example, if one of your light fixtures shorts out, the spark could ignite other building materials and structural components near it, such as your drywall, ceiling trusses, wall hangings, or wooden studs.

In some cases, electrical problems could cause an inferno to ignite inside your attic. If you ever notice fire damage inside your Anoka attic, it is wise to call in a professional company such as SERVPRO to help you restore your home to how it was before the incident, "Like it never even happened." During the entire procedure, we can work closely with you, the homeowner starting with your emergency call.

The project initiation phase always starts when our SERVPRO team gets a lead saying that you have a problem on your property, and we begin the intake and research step. Once we get the lead from you, a contractor, or your insurance company, we intake all of the information we can about your problem. Next, we conduct research with the information we have and try to anticipate what types of problems you are experiencing.

Then, we contact you and schedule a good time to arrive at your home and conduct the initial inspection. Next, our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your house and start by listening to you to figure out exactly what happened with your electrical blaze. Once we get a good idea of the incident from you, we then begin an initial walk-through. During this initial inspection, we look for signs of fire-related issues starting from the fire source and then we work our way out to see how far the problems went inside your structure.

Once we get a good idea of what we need to do to restore your home, we then consult with you and your insurance adjuster. During this consultation, we describe our plan of attack and discuss in detail the first steps we plan to take as well as line out with you our emergency action plan. The final step of the project initiation phase is to conduct the initial services like boarding up your house if needed.

If you ever have an electrical short ignite a fire inside your house, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 24/7.

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The Fire is Gone, But the Smell Is Still Here

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Tackles Remaining Fire Odors, Improving Air Quality in Your Coon Rapids Home

Anyone that ever shares space with a smoker knows how hard it is to get the smell out of your clothes, hair, and skin. Imagine flames in your home and that smoke is making its way through the ventilation system, going from room to room and settling upon your bed sheets, upholstery, curtains, and even your wallpaper. Regardless of the extent of fire damage to your home, it almost seems like the smoke, and its residual smell is an even bigger problem than sweeping ashes and cleaning soot.

In Coon Rapids, your smoke and fire damage is ideal for our SERVPRO team to tackle. Our team of experts trains specifically to address all consequences of a home fire, regardless of its size. Once we arrive at your home, we invite you to trust our knowledge and expertise as we attack all aspects of fire damage, including ridding your home of the unpleasant smell of smoke.

The term deodorizing is the all-inclusive name we use for agents capable of neutralizing or eliminating odor molecules. In practice, there are quite a few options to expel smells from your home. Our SERVPRO team considers each option and its benefits before applying it to your home. In some cases, we may bring special equipment such as an ozone generator, ventilators, or pressure sprayers to help us in deodorizing your home. In other instances, such as the use of deodorizing pellets, the application is straightforward and does not require extra equipment or space. When we exhaust our resources, and the smell remains, we may opt to use a sealant in your home, which permanently traps odor molecules, so your senses do not pick up on them.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is available to you around the clock. Our hotline is available 24/7 to meet your needs. Call us at (763) 712-9712 as soon as it is safe to enter your home and let us address the smoke and soot remains as quickly as possible. Our careful and knowledgeable approach helps us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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Signs Of Water Damage In Your Coon Rapids Home

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Look for These Signs of Water Damage that can Affect Your Coon Rapids Home’s Interior

Plumbing lines provide each bathroom and the kitchen of your Coon Rapids home with running water. A break in any of these lines or in a drain line can create serious problems that require an immediate reaction. This often does not happen when leaks occur in hidden places, like within walls and under floors.

Affecting the softest materials of your home in Coon Rapids first, water damage progresses from almost undetectable to severe deterioration, with only a very few number of things escaping some level of harm. Because hidden leaks rarely receive the attention they need when they first start, damage in unseen locations can become quite bad.

When you notice changes in the ceilings and walls, this can signify previous problems or continuing ones. It may have been large amounts of water (perhaps a sink overflowed), or it could be a tiny leak or a loose drain if you see water stains. Water stains do not happen immediately, however, but show a water problem existed at least a few weeks prior to their appearance.

When you see a ceiling that is lower in one area, typically the very center, this can mean weight of trapped water is weighing it down. Gray water from a broken drain or clean from a loosened pipe can both cause ceilings to collapse if left in this condition.

Problems with your flooring, including carpets and hardwood, can also happen when water invades your living space. Repeated soaking and drying out can make carpets brittle and worn. Wooden floors can lose their finish and split or warp, which can become unsafe.

Rusted hinges, as well as windows and doors that no longer close and open normally, can also indicate water damage is happening inside your house. This type of water damage often affects the entire house and happens when the humidity levels remain higher than normal for long periods.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can fix any of these situations for you and restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Upon seeing any signs of water damage, call (763) 712-9712 to reach experts who can mitigate the problem and keep it from creating more damage in your house.

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Water Damage In Your Coon Rapids Home

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Inside The Walls Of Your Coon Rapids Home

A small water leak inside a wall can go unnoticed for several hours or even days. A pinhole leak in a water pipe can spray water for an extended period, soaking the insulation if it is on an outside wall and also the drywall. Vinyl wallpaper and semi-gloss or glossy paint can also act as a vapor barrier, hiding the moisture until it leaks out onto the floor.

SERVPRO provides water damage restoration services in Coon Rapids and surrounding areas. Our water mitigation professionals can detect all of the moisture areas inside your walls and floors. We can also find the source of the leak to assist a professional plumber in making repairs as required. If you suspect a leak inside a wall, consumers are urged to shut off the main water supply until repairs can be made.

Removing Water from Inside Walls
Leaking water pipes can soak the insulation on an outside wall and fill cavities with water. SERVPRO may need to cut small holes at the floor level to provide an escape for the water. We may need to remove baseboards to provide access to these areas, and specialized air movers are used to blow air inside the wall cavity.

Water may also fill areas between the finish on a wall and the wallboard. Bubbling occurs, creating a cavity on the wall that fills with water. The water cannot escape since the paint or vinyl wallpaper acts as a vapor barrier holding the water inside the bubble. SERVPRO technicians can cut slits at the lower end of the bubble area to allow the water to escape. Once the wallboard is dry, the paint or wallpaper can be glued in place, plastered, and the wall repainted if needed.

We use moisture meters to test all areas exposed to the water leak to confirm the exposed surfaces are dry before removing air movers and dehumidification equipment.

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Coon Rapids, Anoka, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Preventing Fire Damage Migration in Coon Rapids Store.

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A store with wood flooring and dress clothes racks. Fire damage can shut your Coon Rapids boutique completely down, let us help you get back up and running.

Let SERVPRO help prevent further damage from a fire in your Coon Rapids store.

Small fires in your Coon Rapids boutique do not have to become devastating circumstances when you act quickly. Securing skilled restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team can provide effective mitigation solutions, but also containment strategies to reduce the spread of harsh fire effects to the rest of your building.

Containment is one of the pre-mitigation strategies that can help our professionals gain control of fire damage in Coon Rapids stores. Regardless of how a fire started, establishing a perimeter around the damage and severing air circulation to begin restoration tasks can keep the threat contained to a specific room or region of the business. In many situations, containment can occur with constructed barriers made from wood and 6mil plastic poly sheeting. This barrier can keep a fire that occurred in the backroom, for example, from reaching the main shop floor.

Specific tools can play a role in the reduction of soot particles, and smoke odor spread, as well. Air scrubbers can work to pull contaminated air in the environment through HEPA filters to clear out particulates circulating in the damaged area. Soot particles can be a hazard for those exposed, as they are microscopic and can lead to health effects when direct inhalation occurs. Air scrubbers and other filtration equipment can help to reduce the presence of these particles in the environment while other mitigation tasks get underway.

In this same approach, we can noticeably reduce the presence of harsh odors in several ways. Machines like hydroxyl generators or ozone machines can run within the containment zone to neutralize odor compounds. Also, the removal of debris and controlled demolition practices for charred remnants of building materials can reduce the catalysts for odor threats. Odors must get successfully managed to make fire loss incidents in your store “Like it never even happened.”

Fire losses can present substantial threats to your business if not addressed quickly. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (763) 712-9712.

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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)

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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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