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How Our Experts Can Get You Prepared For Fire Damage In Your Andover Commercial Property

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Our Experts Can Get You Prepared For Fire Damage In Your Andover Commercial Property Being prepared for disasters is important when running a business.

Andover's Commercial Fire Damage Experts Talk About Being Prepared For Disasters

Businesses that use heat during their day to day operations such as your Andover bakery are at high risk of suffering a structural fire. When working around several heat sources accidents can happen that can cause extensive commercial fire damage. The statistics show that there are over 5,000 restaurant fires reported to fire departments each year. These fires result in fewer than five deaths, around 100 injuries, and $116 million in property damage per year. Having an emergency action plan as well as designating a company like SERVPRO as your restoration contractor can help your commercial fire damage project go much more smoothly.

Being prepared for disasters is important when running a business. When you establish SERVPRO as your restoration contractor, we will be more prepared to help you when you find yourself in a commercial fire damage situation in Andover. As a part of the process, we come into your business ahead of time, and we determine where important things we may need access to in the building are such as electricity and water shutoffs. We also get all of the chains of command and contact information that we need to get approval to start mitigation work immediately.

If a fire does ignite inside your bakery, we will respond promptly and already know whom to contact to get work approval right away. We then will start by making sure the affected building is safe for all occupants. If there are any hazards, we mitigate them if we can or block off the area so that nobody is at risk.

Next, we begin an initial estimate where we determine what building materials and contents have been destroyed and which ones we can save with cleaning and deodorization. To do this, our SERVPRO estimators bring with them a test cleaning kit that they use to test clean different surfaces to judge cleanability. The initial estimate details what we know will need to be replaced and what items we think we can restore and save. If you ever have a fire start inside your bakery, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 24/7.

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Andover Flood Cars Not from a Storm? Better Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Andover Flood Cars Not from a Storm? Better Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal Commercial Water Loss in Andover? Picture SERVPRO as the Recovery Company to Call

Commercial Water Cleanup Experts in Andover Describe Various Extraction Tools

Water leaks can happen in your home as well as your auto mechanic shop in Andover. Over time appliances and waterpipes wear and eventually can malfunction and force you to deal with a commercial water cleanup situation. Plumbing supply system failures are the number one cause of moisture-related damage. These failures also cause 48% more damage on average than malfunctioning appliances or system material failures. When a pipe breaks the quicker the problem is resolved, the less your commercial water cleanup project will cost.
 
If the plumbing failure goes for a long time without being fixed, excessive water damage in an Andover shop can result. Moisture can ruin structural components inside your auto mechanic repair shop. Rusting of tools, inventory, and electronics can be costly to replace; why throw money away by delaying the water removal and drying processes? Our team at SERVPRO knows that reducing the loss of revenue due to a disaster is vital, so we strive to keep your doors open. Fast is better.
 
If needed, our SERVPRO technicians can complete all mitigation work during times when your business is closed. In other situations, we can conduct restoration operations a small section at a time so that part of your shop can stay open and your company can keep taking customers. Before any work begins at your place of business, we make sure your shop is safe for your workers and ours. Any potential dangers such as fall or slip hazards either get mitigated promptly, or the affected areas get blocked off until the issues can be resolved. No one wants to slip and fall into a pit.
 
After the work area is secure, our SERVPRO team begins the extraction process. We use either a truck-mounted or portable extractor depending on each situation. We then pick out an extraction tool to use depending on what type of material we are extracting moisture from. For your contents such as couches in your waiting room, we use a small handheld extraction tool. For saturated carpet inside your office or waiting area, we can use a weighted extraction unit that uses the weight of the operator to compress the carpet during extraction. Tiled floors get wet vacuumed, and even a mob and bucket help along with a squeegee.
 
If water pipes inside your mechanic shop ever leak call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 24/7.

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Our Flood Damage Experience Makes Us An Excellent Choice For Homeowners In Columbia Heights

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Flood Damage Experience Makes Us An Excellent Choice For Homeowners In Columbia Heights The amount of damage done to a house during a flood in Columbia Heights depends significantly on high how the water rose.

Changes That Often Occur In Homes After Sustaining Flood Damage In Columbia Heights

The amount of damage done to a house during a flood in Columbia Heights depends significantly on high how the water rose. Because a flood carries about the same amount of contamination into homes regardless of how high the water reaches, the flooring receives the worst of the damage. Many times, flooring specialists must replace carpeting and designer wood floors.

A home in Columbia Heights with flood damage often faces other challenges to its restoration. SERVPRO technicians work hard to ensure that we resolve all of these so your home genuinely becomes just “Like it never even happened” quickly. Flood damage can become a source of stress and anxiety for homeowners who only want to get everything back to how they remember things and move forward with their lives. We help this happen by working rapidly, communicating with our customers, and checking our progress with a variety of different devices.

One of these devices is a small instrument that detects how much moisture any particular material holds. Moisture meters can check for moisture in drywall, but after a flood, we must replace any materials that came into contact with the water. Because evaporation happens steadily after a flood and continues until we remove the water, other areas with porous materials inside your residence readily absorb this water vapor.

Not only can this extra humidity increase the amount of odor, but it can also cause drywall to soften and also help mold start growing. We use moisture meters throughout your home to ensure that everything becomes dry evenly, without any forgotten damp areas.

Infrared thermal imaging instruments help us locate areas with increased amounts of moisture. These scanning instruments become helpful when roofs leak and let in rain or snow. Walls may seem dry when you touch them with your hand, and the paint or wallpaper can seem flawless even with elevated moisture content.

Doors, cabinets, dressers, and windows made of wood or wood products can swell in the presence of excess water vapor. As we dry out your house and mitigate the flood damage, these problems may lessen naturally. We can alleviate the problem when the condition of these structures and furnishings do not improve.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can help you and your family with the complicated changes your home faces after flood damage occurs. We address more than just the water that invaded your home. We fully mitigate so restoration can begin as soon as possible. If your home in Ham Lake, Arden Hills, or Andover suffers from a flood, call us at (763) 712-9712. We are always here for you, every day of the year.

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How Our Professionals Remove Foul Odors From Your Andover Property After A Fire

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Our Professionals Remove Foul Odors From Your Andover Property After A Fire We are a local franchise that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Removing Odors After Commercial Fire Damage For Businesses In Andover

Small-fires can often be contained easily enough, although the residues and odor left behind by smoke can make your business an unpleasant environment for your customers. Scrubbing away at thick, or oily, smoke residues can be counter-intuitive, spreading the affected area and causing further damage. Before cleaning and restoring your business, it is crucial to pre-test the type of smoke and soot left behind.

Dealing with commercial fire damage in Andover is a job best left to the professionals. At SERVPRO our technicians are trained in an IIRC approved center to learn the way smoke behaves. By learning the types, characteristics, and behaviors of smoke, we can provide a better service to the businesses in our communities.

No two fires are the same. The temperature of the fire, materials burned and the texture of the surfaces it comes into contact with are all contributing factors to the staining left behind. Wet smoke, created by burning synthetic materials, can leave behind a thick, oily residue as well as a powerful and unpleasant odor.

At SERVPRO we have the expertise and equipment to remedy your business. In most cases, this can be by wet cleaning the visible areas of damage. In other cases, we may use abrasive cleaning measures provided the surfaces are hardened and non-porous. Smoke travels by moving upward toward clean air. By working with this knowledge, we can help to find areas where smoke deposits reside undetected.

When it comes to clearing odors, our team can first look for the source. Air pockets or ventilation ducts are particularly at risk of smoke deposits. Using extendable cleaning equipment we can reach areas to rid your business of odorous staining and markings.

Once a SERVPRO project manager is satisfied that all areas of smoke build up have been removed and restored we can begin making your business habitable for your customers. Using powerful Ozone generators, industrial foggers and desiccant dehumidifiers in combination can help to neutralize lingering odors for good. Leaving your store, clean, fresh and ready for business.

We are a local franchise that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for an immediate assessment and remediation service.

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WOW! Soot, Smoke, Fire Charring in an Andover Home! SERVPRO--The Cleanup and Restoration Solution

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage WOW! Soot, Smoke, Fire Charring in an Andover Home! SERVPRO--The Cleanup and Restoration Solution Andover Soot, Fire, and Smoke Damage to Toy Tractors? SERVPRO Cleans Structures and Vehicles, Large and Small!!

The Right Way to Clean Your Andover Property after a Fire Damage Incident

How prepared are you to deal with emergencies such as fire damage when they take place? As a property owner, you need to have a working game plan in place so that your operations are not brought to a standstill by such incidents. Now that this September is the NPM (National Preparedness Month), we hope you are going to learn something new as one of the ways of making sure your Andover home is safe.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians perform cleaning procedures in your Andover property with the aim of lowering the fire damage claim costs. Resurfacing and replacement are costly options for any insurance adjuster as it is mandatory to dispose of the damaged contents. As per the theme of the current NPM, “Don’t Wait Communicate.” It means every second counts, and by taking the right actions, you can lessen the damage and restore most of your items to their preloss state.
 
Before our SERVPRO team can select the most appropriate cleaning procedure to use, we start by doing a site inspection. First, we find the ignition point of the fire, and in the process, we trace how far the smoke particles have traveled in the building. There are chances of finding different smoke particles within the same location, which means we might be forced to use several cleaning methods to clean the area effectively.
 
While some surfaces can withstand aggressive cleaning methods during the restoration process, some can deteriorate further or experience additional damage. Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and competent to choose a cleaning procedure that preserves the surface or material that we are cleaning. Wet and dry cleaning processes are the standard techniques we use when cleaning the affected items or surfaces. At the end of the cleaning process, we have to dispose of the cleaning waste and debris as per the local and state regulations.
 
At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County, we offer both commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. Call us at (763) 712-9712 when you face storm, mold, fire, and water damage, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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Flood Damage Technicians In Arden Hills Talk About Problems With Lightning

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Technicians In Arden Hills Talk About Problems With Lightning Damages from lightning can strike at any moment. Count on SERVPRO for flood damage restoration

If your home is affected by flood damage, rely on SERVPRO for help

Many elements created during a thunderstorm in Arden Hills can produce problems with your property. High-speed winds and excessive amounts of rain can cause flood damage to your home. Some storms form hail that can ruin roofs and sometimes even break windows. Most thunderstorms create lightning that can get very dangerous if it strikes the ground. If lightning hits your house during a storm, it can cause structural issues that can lead to flood damage happening to the interior of your residence.

When a lightning strike hits your property, it can create holes to exist in your structure. If a hole in the exterior of your house gets formed by lightning during a storm in Arden Hills, flood damage is likely to take place. The rain coming from the storm can pour into your home from the hole created by the lightning strike. Excessive moisture in the interior of your dwelling can ruin both your building materials and contents.

Therefore, lightning can create two different types of problems in your home. First off, the area where the lightning struck may have to be rebuilt entirely. Lightning strikes can cause damage to roof trusses, walls, and drywall. Our SERVPRO technicians might have to remove a certain amount of building materials so that reconstruction can occur.

In most cases, our SERVPRO crew must temporarily seal off your structure where the lightning hit. We can board up holes in the exterior and use heavy-duty plastic to seal off the building so that no more water enters. Once moisture is stopped from further entering your home, we begin mitigating problems associated with wet items.

Moisture sitting inside a building can cause more and more issues the longer it sits there. Our SERVPRO team always works quickly first to extract all of the moisture out as we possibly can. Next, we set up air movers and dehumidifiers to rapidly dry out your structural components so that mold growth cannot occur. After all unwanted moisture is removed from your home, we can then begin the reconstruction phase that will put your home back to preloss conditions.

If your house ever gets hit by lightning, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 immediately after it happens.

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Dealing with Mold Damage in Different Parts of Your Arden Hills Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing with Mold Damage in Different Parts of Your Arden Hills Home Our SERVPRO technicians say no to mold damage and yes to mold remediation.

SERVPRO Knows How to Remediate Mold Damage From Your Arden Hills Home

Mold damage can lead to health effects, and there is a need to promptly act whenever conditions that favor its growth develop in your building. Apart from oxygen and organic materials that contain carbon - which offers nutrients - moisture is a crucial requirement for mold to grow. It means mold can grow almost anywhere as long as moisture is present. If the humidity of your property remains high, there is moisture intrusion from spills or leaks, condensation occurs and remains in place from 24-48 hours, and then you risk experiencing such an outcome in your Arden Hills home.

Let us start by looking at the procedures our SERVPRO technicians use when removing mold damage from your Arden Hills property. We start by determining whether the walls are porous or non-porous. When they are non-porous, we can use a wet cloth and a disinfectant to do the wiping. When we are dealing with porous walls, for instance, unpainted drywall, we may cut off the surface with mold growth. Mold usually grows inside materials, and that is why we cut such areas.

Another common area where we usually find mold is the drywall - because it is rich in cellulose. Since it is a significant challenge to remove mold from contaminated drywall completely, we cut out and dispose of the infected areas. It is also common to find hidden mold within the wall cavities since such areas usually contain moist and humid air. The same can happen behind the wallpapers. When necessary, we use invasive inspection techniques to determine whether mold exists behind walls.

Peeling or cracked paint, bulging and discoloration are some of the signs that indicate there is moisture in a wall. In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians may see some small mold spots on the wall which may show a possibility of a developing more massive mold colony within the wall.

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Fire Damage Professionals In Andover Talk About Problems With Acoustic Ceilings

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Professionals In Andover Talk About Problems With Acoustic Ceilings Structure fires are not as uncommon as you think and one day it could occur on your Andover property.

Fire Damage Professionals Talk About Problems With Acoustic Ceilings

Structure fires are not as uncommon as you think and one day it could occur on your Andover property. Even if the blaze was small and got put out quickly, it could have still created several problems inside your home. The heat and flames coming from the fire can torch and ruin building materials and contents. The smoke put off when things burn can make its way throughout your house and create separate issues. In some cases, heat and smoke can both negatively affect an object to the point where it must get removed and replaced. Some burn damage can get sanded off of certain materials, and they can be saved with refinishing. Most types of smoke damage can get cleaned using one or a variety of soot removal tactics and detergents. Before any work begins, our SERVPRO experts come up with an initial estimate for you and your insurance company that details which items are damaged and which ones we think we can save and not replace.

As a fire burns, the heat it creates rises causing burn damage to things located directly above the blaze's source first. In most cases of Andover fire damage restoration, the tops of walls and components attached to the ceiling are the regions where problems begin. Smoke also rises with heat and then when it touches cooler surfaces it leaves behind soot residues. Most of the time, smoke can affect the ceiling and upper parts of the wall before it ruins items located in other places.

During the initial testing and inspection phase, our SERVPRO emergency response group always inspects the ceilings for damage. Acoustic ceilings are not common in homes these days, but they still do exist. Acoustic ceiling tiles are prime targets for smoke residue contamination due to their high location and structural design. If these types of ceilings get burnt, it is usually relatively inexpensive to discard and replace the ceiling tiles.

In some situations, smoke damage can be cleaned off of ceiling tiles. Since the tiles are made out of porous materials, cleaning them with a dry sponge works best. Using wet chemicals on acoustic ceiling tiles can cause the soils to soak deeper into the tiles and cause permanent problems. If your day ever gets ruined by a structure fire, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any hour of the day or night.

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What You Can Do When You Need Urgent Water Cleanup Services in Your Andover Clothing Boutique

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What You Can Do When You Need Urgent Water Cleanup Services in Your Andover Clothing Boutique Customers depend on your boutique for their fashion finds. When your store has suffered a water damage event, contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Store's Need for Water Removal

The last thing you want when you arrive at your clothing boutique the morning after a storm is to find that your store is in urgent need of water cleanup services. Discovering that the storm worsened a leak in your roof until the ceiling was overcome with water is nightmare-inducing on its own. However, the situation can become even more overwhelming when you realize that one of the ceiling tiles gave out and several gallons of water spilled into one section of your store and all over your merchandise.
 
When these unfortunate events happen, it is essential for you to call for professional water cleanup services in your Andover clothing boutique. If you call for help quickly, a smooth remediation is more likely to occur. When it comes to standing water, the faster you can get it out of your building, the better. Stagnant water creates the perfect conditions for mold, and microbial growth can happen in as little as seventy-two hours.
 
Here at SERVPRO, when we receive your call, we aim to arrive and work swiftly because we understand how valuable your time is. Our schedule is flexible, and we work when it is best for you, including first thing in the morning. Calling SERVPRO when you first find your shop damaged may allow you to merely delay the opening of your store into the afternoon instead of just losing an entire day of business instead.
 
As we arrive at your store, SERVPRO can bring advanced equipment that is designed to get the job done as quickly as possible. We can use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the standing water in your boutique. Extractors can be further used to pull water from any carpets or drapes that you may have inside of your building.
 
After removing the visible water, our technicians can focus on addressing the moisture levels in your store, while removing the merchandise that was hit with the water. SERVPRO can set up air movers and ventilation box fans to help dry out any soaked furniture. Once we are satisfied with the dryness of your store, we can quickly pack up so you can open your store.
 
If your business is impacted by sudden water damage, do not delay. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by dialing (763) 712-9712. Day or night, we're always ready to take your call.

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Water Damage Problems in Columbia Heights?

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Problems in Columbia Heights? From Drying Carpets to Full House Water Damage Restoration in Columbia Heights--Call SERVPRO

No Problem, Call SERVPRO for Fast Water Cleanup and Recovery

Basics on water damage
Water damage is the unwelcome guest that affects many buildings in Columbia Heights, at times unbeknownst by the occupants. Most of the times, owners of a building and those living in it expect water damage to be in the form of flooding, which is not always the case. At times, even minor leaks from a bath waste pipe may lead to gradual water damage which may mostly affect the floor. You may think that your house is safe, but it is okay to have it regularly inspected since the effects of the damage could be more troublesome to deal with as compared to the checkups.
 
Causes of water damage
Before we check your home for water damage in Columbia Heights, it is more important to know what the potential causes of water damage are so that you can identify any signs early enough. Some of the primary reasons for water damage include:
1. Leakages from bath plumbing
2. Bursting or leaking of flex hoses
3. Leakage from your AC condensation line
4. Dishwasher and washing machines malfunctions

There are also other less frequent causes of water damage which are, among others, leaking toilets, sink overflows, leaking main pipes, and burst fish tanks. If you happen to suspect any case of water damage, you might want to check for any of the principal causes to be sure. However, if you’ve started noticing significant signs such as a warped floor, sagging ceiling, or peeling paint you have to call SERVPRO professionals as soon as you can.
 
Water damage effects
When unresolved, the effects of water damage can vary, with property destruction being the simplest form. Things like rugs, carpets, furniture, and others might be damaged if the floor has been damp for some time. In more severe cases, mold can surface, which can lead to health effects. In any case, SERVPRO experts advise that whether the damage has been undetected for some time or has just been discovered, calling us would be the best decision so we can rectify the issue early enough. Our team of IICRC professionals can respond immediately to your emergency, in addition to using advanced water damage restoration techniques and equipment.
 
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As SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka county, we value our customers and can respond fast. We serve with dedication and purpose aiming to get you and your family back to the life you have been accustomed to quickly and efficiently. All you need to do is dial (763) 712-9712, and from there, we can relieve you of the burden.

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Overflowing Catch Basins Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your Arden Hills Home

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Overflowing Catch Basins Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your Arden Hills Home Flooding is a disaster that no homeowner can prepare for and ward off.

Overflowing Catch Basins Can Lead To Flood Damage

Culvert systems throughout the community serve to move rainwater and overflow throughout underground pathways. The idea is to keep roadways from overflowing with heavy precipitation and in some cases, aid the sewer system to flow better to the treatment facility. Unfortunately, for as good as this system can be for your Arden Hills community, they are very susceptible to failures.

One of the first things that you can see with culvert systems and storm drains is their large grate coverings. With wide holes, a lot of debris and accumulation can build up in the catch basin and ultimately block off the drain. The result of this occurrence is overflows of the culvert basins, allowing for high volumes of water to potentially cause flood damages to your Arden Hills home.

While our SERVPRO team gets well equipped to help you contend with flood damages to your home, these situations are often unpredictable. Even in situations that do not even accumulate enough for flash flooding or water overflow in creek beds and rivers, a clogged catch basin cannot redirect even moderate volumes of water safely away from your home.

If you happen to live at a lower elevation to the basin itself, water takes the path of least resistance to begin rushing through your property. This occurrence immediately exposes and vulnerabilities that your home's exterior might have in its foundation. Small cracks or eroded areas of the mortar between the blocks can be enough for water to pass through and penetrate the lower levels of your house.

Within a brief period, while the storm is still active outside your house, several inches of water can accumulate on the floor of your basement or first level of your home. Our SERVPRO team can help you to remove this water and correct the damages that it has caused.

Flooding is a disaster that no homeowner can prepare for and ward off. While you can appreciate the importance of culvert systems and catch basins throughout your community, when these pathways fail, it can spell a great deal of trouble for your home. If you experience this kind of event in your residence, give our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team of restoration specialists a call. SERVPRO is available anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

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Removing Smoke and Soot Damage From Your Andover Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Smoke and Soot Damage From Your Andover Home Regaining the use of your home after a fire can often prove difficult without help. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and effective remediation.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Fire Damage With a High Level of Expertise

Disasters like a fire in your Andover residence can leave a homeowner dealing with multiple negative lingering effects simultaneously. While smaller kitchen fires offer less in the line of devastating structural concerns, persistent issues like smoke and soot damage can make it a challenge for residents to continue living in the house before restoration occurs.

Smoke and soot are both common regarding fire damages in Andover found in your home once extinguishment has occurred. While your insurance company might insist on the use of professional restoration services to clean up the mess, it is a common misconception that these lingering concerns can get readily cleaned up by the homeowner. The best decision, whether encouraged by the insurance company or not, is our SERVPRO team.

With our experience and training, our technicians get prepared for any of the potential damages that they face. Soot damage is one of the most widespread of the issues following a fire, affecting both the areas where the fire happened and connected spaces such as other rooms and ductwork. High-powered vacuums often take point for a large portion of the cleanup. Stubborn and set in soot staining can often get removed with sponges, either used dry or in combination with a cleaning solution.
 
Taking care of the smoke damage is often contending with the smell left behind after the incident. Smoke and charring can leave a harsh odor throughout the affected areas, seeping into walls, carpeting, draperies, and other materials. Deodorization, often with thermal foggers, can break apart these harsh odor molecules and neutralize them on contact. This process is safe to use on clothing, furniture, carpeting, and wide open spaces affected by the smoke.

Finding yourself recovering from a fire in your home is no easy feat for any homeowner to face alone. Fortunately, you can rely on the expertise and experience of our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County fire restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and return your home to preloss conditions. You can give us a call anytime at (763) 712-9712.

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Tips to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Columbia Heights Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Columbia Heights Home Moisture Leads to Mold Patches in Columbia Heights Structures--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

ProtectYour Columbia Heights Home from Mold

Keeping your home dry on the inside might sound like common sense, but many homes in Columbia Heights contain small leaks that let moisture build up and accumulate. Keeping these under control and to a minimum can protect your home from many different types of damaging effects.
 
One type of harm a home in Columbia Heights might sustain involves mold damage. When levels of moisture elevate inside a home, it does not take long for existing microbes to take advantage of the situation and proliferate. Because mold and mildew reproduce by spores, these microbes can colonize readily and occur anywhere in a residence.
 
Porous materials in your home can feel dry to the touch but still retain moisture. Because these organisms are hygroscopic, they dig their hyphae, or root-like appendages, into the materials. Seeking moisture this way, they also destroy the surfaces on which they live. Drywall cardboard that sandwiches the plaster is particularly vulnerable to infestations.
 
Keeping your home's interior dry can help prevent this from happening. You can do this in several ways. Only one or two methods often do not produce the results desired, making it crucial to use several of the following suggestions.
 
Showering and cooking produce steam, which dissipates unless carried away by exhaust fans. Using one of these fans during the time the water produces steam and then a few minutes after carries this water vapor out of your home and reduces the humidity in the house.
 
Watering potted house plants only when needed. Try to limit the evaporation. Larger plants can often go for more extended periods between waterings, so combining smaller plants into one larger container can help reduce the total amount of water used.
 
Check over pipes and other water-carrying conduits in your residence to ensure that no leaks exist. SERVPRO assists homeowners with inspections to determine where leaks and other sources of water exist during a mold remediation service. When large leaks are discovered, we suggest that you contact a plumber for the necessary repairs.
 
Clean up spills quickly and make sure the surfaces no longer contain residual moisture. If cracks exist in the area, or if the spillage occurred on carpeting, air drying with a fan or two can help ensure no moisture remains behind.
 
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can help deal with mold damage or help you prevent it. We can help residents in the  Ham Lake or Coon Rapids areas by calling  (763) 712-9712.

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Minimizing Flood Damage in Columbia Heights

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Minimizing Flood Damage in Columbia Heights When flooding brings many inches of water into your home, your best bet is to contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Effectively Dry Out Your Flooded Property

Despite good weather forecasting, storms and flooding still surprise Columbia Heights residents and homeowners. No matter how often our city prepares for it, that first sign of water coming over the driveway and into the house is a shocking one.
 
That does not mean neighborhoods have to sit and wait for flood damage in Columbia Heights to go away, however. SERVPRO Restoration maintains an on-call response team to move in and minimize the damage to flooded homes quickly.
 
Our teams start with a series of pumps to remove standing water. Depending on the size of the home, they can bring in a small, portable pump, or use a truck-mounted pump that can provide its electricity if local power has been knocked out.
 
As technicians bring down the water, other SERVPRO specialists lift property out of the water and place it on blocks or pallets in the garage or another part of the home. Next, they install exhaust fans in the area to increase air circulation. They do this to allow water to run off the property and to speed up the drying process without causing any secondary damage to the furniture and other items.
 
With the standing water removed and property out of the way, our technicians begin drawing water out of carpets and wood floors using water extraction wands. Team members can adjust the vacuum speed of these devices to remove trapped water without damaging the nape of the carpet or the surface of the floorboards. The wands also have a heating element, so our personnel can also begin the drying process as well.
 
As they dry the carpets and floors, other specialists examine floor trim and walls for water. Drywall is an excellent building material, but the panels rapidly soak up water. If left untreated, the material begins to dissolve, and panels can crumble right off the wall framing. Response teams remove the trim and place air movers along the walls to force warm air over the surface. It shortens drying time and prevents permanent damage. If needed, they also drill small holes in the panels behind the floor trim to increase circulation and force warm air into the wall cavity to dry it.
 
The goal for SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is reducing the damage from a flood and to return each home to its original condition. With the right information, our team can arrive and begin the process of returning your family to a dry, safe environment almost immediately. For more details or to call in a response team, call us at (763) 712-9712 today.

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How Water Damage Could Affect Your Andover Home After A Fire

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage Could Affect Your Andover Home After A Fire Firefighting efforts can allow water damage to spill into unaffected areas.

Fire damage often leaves behind water damage due to firefighting efforts

Once the fire in your Andover home has gotten successfully extinguished, you start to assess on your own the full extent of the damage that your home faces. While you assuredly notice much of the direct effects of the fire, there are secondary damages that also have to get restored to return your home to preloss condition. A great example of this would be the water damage that is often left behind after extinguishment completes.

With all of the fire damages that you have seen after the blaze was snuffed out in your Andover residence, you have likely already gotten instructed by your insurance company to seek the aid of a professional restoration company to assist you in overcoming these effects and fully restoring your property. Our SERVPRO professionals are a top choice because of our extensive training in fire restoration tactics, employment of modern approaches, and we have the latest equipment to get the job done correctly.

Once the firefighters have successfully put out the flames, it is time for our SERVPRO team to get to work on assessing the damages that you face. While smoke and soot might be typical to these occurrences, more immediate threats like the water damage, have to get addressed first.

If the water pools in areas, extraction is a requirement. Often this gets accomplished through the use of wet-vacs. Ultimately we work to avoid having to remove components that can get salvaged, and thoroughly drying the affected areas can help to determine what, if any, of the materials need to get removed and replaced.

While there are plenty of effects that you likely experience from a fire in your home, our professionals can help you to overcome these hurdles and restore your home back to preloss conditions. Trust our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County fire restoration specialists to restore your home and help you to move on from this disaster. Give us a call 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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SERVPRO Can Help With Longstanding Smoke And Fire Damage In Andover

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Can Help With Longstanding Smoke And Fire Damage In Andover Smoke damage can be one of the most difficult types of fire damage in Andover homes to repair.

Smoke And Fire Damage

Smoke damage can be one of the most difficult types of fire damage in Andover homes to repair, but unlike other, similar types of damage, not all smoke damage cases handled by SERVPRO come from a blaze. Tobacco products, cooking techniques, and small household mishaps can combine over the years to create noticeable smoke odors and discoloration in some or all of your home. Conventional household cleaning agents struggle to handle the chemical composition and widespread of smoke particles, forcing us to use high-tech and powerful thermal and ULV fogging machines to eliminate odors. While these devices allow us to provide inexpensive and fast smoke removal services for residents across the local area, they typically represent too much of an investment for anyone but the most dedicated damage restoration companies to make use of them.

SERVPRO franchises nationwide use an advanced array of technology to evaluate handle fire damage in communities like Andover, sparing no expense to ensure that your home ends up looking and feeling better than it has in years after we eliminate longstanding smoke odors. We respond year-round to calls such as these, but it can sometimes be challenging to get the necessary help to homeowners in need. While it may not be easy to identify a problem that has grown at a slow and steady pace for years, those new to the premises are often able to identify the problem immediately. If you have ever had a guest comment on odors in your home, give us a call so that we can send an inspector to verify if there truly is a problem.

If we do find a smoke problem sizable enough to warrant our services, we make sure first to evaluate how extensive the damage is and then bring in specialized fogging devices to target odor particles and give the entire area a deep clean of smoke and other odors. If necessary, we also have the experience and cleaning products required to eliminate grime and other materials built up over time from the damage.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can help clean up smoke damage, and any other effects of a fire no matter how extensive or longstanding the issues may be. Give us a call at (763) 712-9712.

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Finding Mold Damage Behind Furniture In Your Minneapolis Dwelling

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold Damage Behind Furniture In Your Minneapolis Dwelling Homes often contain substantial amounts of insulation, but if this fails in any way, mold damage can form in some regions of your home.

Finding Mold Damage

Many Minneapolis residents enjoy the different seasons our locale experiences. One drawback, though, centers on the drastic fluctuations in temperature and humidity that often occur. This can happen at any time, during seasons, or in between them as they change from one to the next.

Minneapolis homes often contain substantial amounts of insulation, but if this fails in any way, mold damage can form in some regions of your home. One such location involves the walls behind larger pieces of furniture. A lack of sunlight, or even that from your interior lighting, can encourage mold to grow whenever moisture condenses in the area between the back of the furniture and the wall.

In addition to this sheltered area and any moisture hidden there, dust also collects in these locations. When you move your furniture away from the wall, finding a colorful amount of mold can create panic in many homeowners. SERVPRO's Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can help you determine how far the mold spread within your home, and stop it from spreading more.

We prevent future mold growth by installing an easily maintained dehumidifier in cases where fluctuations in the humidity content of the home vary considerably or contain wet areas that never dry out. When a leaking pipe, either with clean drinking water or from a drain, causes humidity woes, SERVPRO crew members quickly repair such problems, so this source of invasive water no longer factors into the humidity situation in your home.

Remediating mold, so it no longer affects your home, or your family provides a fresh start. Preventing mold damage can help save thousands of dollars in the future. Mold growth behind furniture can give you a warning that mold damage can soon become a reality in other locations within your home, and save your money when you heed that warning.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County wants to help your family when mold damage threatens your home. You can reach us at (763) 712-9712 whenever you find mold damage or large areas colonized by microbes. We can make things clean and safe again for you, “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Removal Professionals in Andover Are the Answer

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Professionals in Andover Are the Answer Many Andover Homes Suffered Water Damage After These Appliances Failed--Call SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

SERVPRO Helps Many Andover Homeowners with Water Extraction and Cleanups

Whenever water gets into your Andover home, there are a few sources that can cause the leak. Houses only have a handful of places where water flows. Broken water pipes and defective appliances are everyday situations that can cause water damage. Other sources of unwanted moisture include natural disasters and structural failures.
 
The most common causes of unwanted water inside a building are pipes breaking and appliances malfunctioning. Many times when water removal occurs in Andover the water heater springs a leak or the washing machine hose rips open. When temperatures drop during the winter time, pipes are prone to freeze and burst.
 
Many of these situations may not sound horrible, but they can cause much damage to a building's structure. A broken water pipe has the potential of pumping over 160 gallons of water per hour into your house. If you and your family happen to be on vacation, then the burst pipe could spew thousands of gallons of water into your home.
 
Excessive amounts of water entering the interior of your house can cause much damage. Moisture can ruin structural components of a building if they get saturated. Burst pipes inside wall cavities are particularly troublesome, requiring demolition and reconstructions. If organic materials inside the structure stay wet for too long fungi can develop.
 
When mitigating water damage problems, it is essential to determine the source of the moisture. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists trace the evidence of moisture back to its origin when it is not apparent. The mitigation procedures vary based on what exactly caused the damage and the severity of the harm.
 
Most problems with water can be classified into three categories. The different categories describe how contaminated the water can be with harmful pathogens based on the source. The types of damage get grouped by a color based system with "white" water being clean, fresh water, "gray" being potable water that has detergents or has been exposed for a day, and "black" water being sewage and a host of chemicals and debris.
 
Once the type of water damage gets determined, the work plan is laid out to mitigate the specific issues. The cleaner the water is the more easily it is dried out without removing materials. When water is contaminated, more items inside the home get discarded. For professional help with various types of water-related problems, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any day of the week.

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Water Removal Techniques in Andover

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Techniques in Andover If your washing machine has dumped gallons of water onto your floor, contact SERVPRO immediately for dry out services and to reduce secondary damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Evaluate the Situation and Then Use the Most Efficient Tools to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

If an appliance ever malfunctions inside your home, extracting the water as soon as possible can save damage to materials. If moisture stays on contents or materials for too long, they can lose their structural integrity. If organic materials inside the house stay wet for more than 48 hours mold growth can take place.
 
After an incident, moisture problems inside a building can be eliminated through extraction and drying. SERVPRO's water removal team in Andover has access to a large variety of industrial equipment to make sure moisture levels drop quickly. When a home first gets affected, our crew extracts as much water out of the building as they can, then they set up equipment to dry out the moisture the rest of the way.
 
When beginning the extraction process, we first inspect the home and look for any standing water. If there is an area that has more than two inches of visible water then we start extracting with a submersible or sump pump. The sump pump gets placed into the water and pulls it out of the building into a sewer drain.
 
After the sump pumps remove all of the deep standing water, we use our specialized extraction system to get the remaining water. Most extraction systems consist of an extractor that has a vacuum motor and a wastewater storage tank. A hose then gets ran from the extractor to an extraction tool that gets used to suck water up out of different types of materials.
 
Depending on the scenario our team uses either a truck-mounted or portable extractor. If the affected area is in a tight spot, then we bring the portable extractor into the house. In most other situations, we use our truck mounted extractor and run a vacuum hose from the truck into the structure.
 
The extraction tool that comes into contact with the wet materials can be changed when extracting different materials. There is a specific tool used to extract water from hard surface floors and different ones for carpet and upholstery. For furniture, a smaller handheld extraction wand often gets utilized.
 
When extracting water from carpet, a large, weighted extraction tool can be used to compress the carpet, thus removing more water. For help with extraction after a water damage problem call, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any day of the week.

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Andover's Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Andover's Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques If a pipe breaks inside your Andover beauty salon, it is essential that quick mitigation of the problem takes place.

Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques

If a pipe breaks inside your Andover beauty salon, it is essential that quick mitigation of the problem takes place. It is vital that the building is made safe for your employees and customers. If moisture sits inside a structure for too long many problems including mold growth can take place.

It is also helpful if the mitigation work takes place while your business stays open. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Andover always try to complete restoration work without causing excessive strain on your company. From the first time we arrive on the job site to the finish, we utilize methods that allow our work to negatively affect your business as little as possible.

The first step to any mitigation process is to ensure that the building is safe for all occupants. Anything that is a potential hazard gets repaired, or the area gets blocked off before work begins. When we start the extraction process, we section off the areas that we are working in so that your customers and employees stay out of harm's way.

In some scenarios, we extract water out of your beauty salon a section at a time so that you can keep some salon chairs open and keep your business functioning. After we pull all of the moisture out with the extraction equipment that we can, the drying process begins. Structural drying sometimes gets completed overnight when the beauty salon is not open. Other times the dehumidification and air moving equipment gets set up inside the salon so that it is not in the way of business operations.

When setting equipment up inside a building to dry its structure, correct positioning of the air movers and dehumidifiers is vital. If air movers get set up to where they are pumping air directly into the walls, then they are pushing moisture into the wall which is not ideal. Our SERVPRO restoration team always sets up air movers so that they push air in a counter-clockwise motion at the walls at a 45-degree angle so that it pushes the moist air out to where the dehumidifiers can remove the water vapor.

Proper drying techniques get used to ensure that moisture levels drop to preloss conditions within 48 hours. For assistance drying out your beauty salon, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any time of the day.

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Appliances that Cause Flood Damage to Your Anoka Residence

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Appliances that Cause Flood Damage to Your Anoka Residence Flooding, whether from outside or inside sources, can leave your home under many inches of water. Contact SERVPRO to dry out the water and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Flood Damages Regardless of the Cause

Once an appliance springs a leak in your Anoka residence, you need to act fast. Shutting off the water supply to the appliance, or that section of your home can save you thousands of dollars in damages later. Your next step needs to address the water that threatens to flood your home.
 
SERVPRO helps residents when faced with flood damage in Anoka, including flooding by appliances. All may seem well when you return home from shopping or work, only to find that your washer overflowed or slipped a hose. If the latter occurs, it might occur even when you were not using the machine to wash clothes.
 
We can help you by quickly removing the water and starting the procedures involved in drying out your home. Extraction machines and pumps can remove enormous amounts of water, but still leave your home in a damp condition. We remove the moisture behind this, and leave your home dry again, "Like it never even happened." We know that this needs to happen to protect your home from the effects of water, including microbial activity.
 
We use different machines to dry out a home, including air movers. For areas that remain enclosed due to the architecture of your home, as well as under floorboards and in between walls, we use a system that injects air into these locations. Forcing dry air into these spots and then allowing it to exit carries out substantial amounts of moisture that would otherwise cause problems. Our moisture reading equipment can detect how much humidity remains in the air as it exits, allowing us to know how dry an area becomes.
 
Heat also plays a role in drying out a home, but this also must remain controlled. Too high of a heat can also cause problems with the final results, and lead to problems with wood and trim becoming too brittle. We understand these details and can answer your questions pertaining to your home if you desire more information. We know that your home is essential to you and we want to make sure that you remain a partner in its restoration.
 
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County wants to put our employees' IICRC certificates to good use, and helping homeowners with disasters such as flood damage is the perfect way to accomplish this. We can always be reached at (763) 712-9712, regardless of the hour or day of the year.

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Dead Trees Can Cause Flood Damages To Your Anoka Residence

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dead Trees Can Cause Flood Damages To Your Anoka Residence Our SERVPRO professionals have gotten specially trained in flood damage restoration.

Dead Trees Can Cause Flood Damage

Your Anoka home might not always see the worst weather imaginable year round, but it does see its fair share of severe storms that pass through. While your home might get constructed to withstand some of the harsh winds and heavy rainfall that come along with strong storm systems rolling through the region, it was never built to withstand the weight and force of falling limbs from trees (not to mention the entire tree itself).

The trouble with circumstances and weather systems that can knock down trees, beyond the obvious structural damage it can cause, is the possibility of flood damage to your Anoka residence. With wide gashes and punctured holes in the roof of your house, or through the siding on its exterior, you now have clear pathways for heavy rainfall to pour into your house rather than get diverted from it as it usually would. All of these circumstances can happen simultaneously, offering you little time to think about what to do next, so it is a good thing to know whom you can trust in a situation like this to help you restore the damage and prevent it from getting worse.

Our SERVPRO professionals have gotten specially trained in flood damage restoration. From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we prioritize sealing up the holes and punctures that permitted water to pour into your house. While these areas need repair, it initially prevents further structural damage to seal these points off with tarps and boards to keep new water out of the affected areas of your home.

Circumstances like this often leave your attic taking the brunt of the flood damage, and depending on the time before professional restoration could begin, might have spread to adjoining areas of your home through the floors. Extraction is a priority in these circumstances, as the pooled water otherwise finds a path to keep moving through your home, and widespread damage can prove costly and difficult to restore. Thoroughly drying the area with drying mats and air movers can prevent the water from affecting areas like your ceilings below the attic.

You might not have anticipated the damage that a single tree can do to your home, but fortunately, you have SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to help you through the restoration process. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (763) 712-9712.

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The Right Fire Damage Restoration Can Make Your New Brighton Home Comfortable Again

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Right Fire Damage Restoration Can Make Your New Brighton Home Comfortable Again An overloaded outlet can spark and catch fire leaving you in need of professional fire damage restoration services.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Any Size Fire Damage in Your Home

Any major holiday might bring the family in from all over to your New Brighton home. One thing that this almost assuredly means, is that you are going to be utilizing more electricity (and overloading outlets) to supply everyone with the power for their respective electronic devices, not to mention any decorations that you might also have installed. The trouble with pushing outlets beyond their limits is the reality that they can and do overload, resulting in fires.

While you can be more diligent about the overextension of these outlets throughout your home, you are never entirely aware of the condition they are to start. While the last thing that you want around any holiday season is a small electrical fire, your New Brighton home’s fire damages can get restored with the right professional team at your back.

Our SERVPRO technicians get specially trained in all manner of fire restoration, from the various symptoms to diagnose and correct, to the most modern and efficient techniques for bringing your home back to preloss conditions. While this smaller scale fire might threaten the festivities you have planned, with the right coordination with the technicians assigned to your restoration project, we can work around your schedule to get the job done promptly and professionally.

One of the ways that we work to keep your home life running smoothly, regardless of the plans that you might already have in place, is the commitment to communicate with you through every facet of the restoration process. This commitment ensures that our SERVPRO technicians work first on the most detrimental of the lingering symptoms and effects from the recent fire before setting our sights on the less significant issues that might remain.

We cover all areas of fire restoration to physically removing lingering effects, cleaning up your home, deodorization and controlled demolition for new construction needs. Whatever degree that you might need our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team following a fire, we are always there to help. Give our emergency response team a call today at (763) 712-9712.

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Failure of Appliances Could Lead to Water Removal in Your Andover Home

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Failure of Appliances Could Lead to Water Removal in Your Andover Home If you experience a water emergency in your home, call on SERVPRO, we can properly dry out and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Call SERPVRO as Soon as Possible to Remove Water Fast and Minimize Damages

Water emergencies to your Andover home come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, with so many different ways that water disasters can occur, it seems reasonable that you should already have thoroughly considered a suitable restoration company that you intend to call in such circumstances. Perhaps one of the most typical culprits in these situations is faulty and malfunctioning appliances.

While it is always advisable to do routine maintenance on all of the appliances that you have in your home from washing machines to water heaters, sometimes an annual check-up of sorts is not sufficient to negate the possibility. When an appliance directly connected to the plumbing in your home breaks down or falls apart, this water source could continue to feed the appliance fresh water (that ultimately ends up on the floor) that continues until the source of the supply has been shut down. Even with shutting this down promptly, you are still likely facing a need for water removal services for your Andover residence.

Naturally, when you call our SERVPRO professionals, our priority is preserving your home from further damage immediately. To prevent more problems from compounding, we seek out the valve connected to the water source and shut it down if it has not been already. This action ensures that more water cannot make its way to the affected area of your home through the malfunctioning appliance.

Extraction is a critical component to the restoration and water removal process, and it combines several pieces of equipment. For higher volumes of water, our SERVPRO technicians could employ a truck-mounted pump, though most often it is a combination of portable pumps with extraction wands and wet-vacuums. Drying the area is also a critical component of our restoration process, and this also combines several different pieces of our equipment, which may include tools like drying mats, air movers and large dehumidifiers.

When your home requires water removal services, time is of the essence to prevent structural concerns and irreparable damage to the contents of your home. Trust our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team to help you set things right quickly and reclaim your water damaged home. You can reach our emergency response team anytime at (763) 712-9712.

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The Reality of Finding Mold Damage in Your Andover Residence

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Reality of Finding Mold Damage in Your Andover Residence Mold can appear suddenly and then spread quickly. Call SERVPRO right away should you see or smell moldy dampness in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficaciously Remediate Mold Infestations in Homes

Most people might not even realize how easy it is to have the appropriate environment for mold growth in their Andover home. When it gets earnestly considered, the majority of people think that fungal spores and colonies only really present themselves in dark and damp areas of forgotten basements and could not find a way to present themselves into the bustling high traffic areas of their home. Unfortunately, this is undoubtedly not the case.
 
The truth is, many people do not even realize they have mold damage in their Andover home until they have a thriving set of colonies on their hands. Even with this scenario, unless you are continuously monitoring for changes in appearance to drywall and other organic materials, it can be easy to overlook. Often the damage is identified most easily by an overwhelming musty scent that is indicative of the presence of fungal growth.
 
Sure, there are plenty of places on the internet that would suggest that you can remove mold colonies on your own with this type of cleanser or through some specific method. In all actuality, without the right tools and expertise, most people cannot remove a mold colony entirely, allowing the problem to reoccur time and time again. Remediation of the mold is something that is better left to professionals like our experienced and highly trained SERVPRO team.
 
Our goal throughout this process is to remove the mold colonies from your home successfully, but at the same time, prevent more active spores from creating new colonies elsewhere. When we arrive to begin the process, we shut down air circulation appliances like your air conditioning or forced air heaters to prevent the spread of mold to other areas of your home through ventilation and ductwork.
 
Removal of the colonies is the same process regardless of where we are in the home, utilizing tools like our scrubbers with HEPA filters to clean deeply into the surfaces to eradicate the entire hyphae. Once all of the assessed damage has gotten removed, we set our sights on dehumidification to eliminate the moisture in the air that allowed the mold to thrive in the first place.
 
Our team is IICRC certified in mold remediation strategies. We know how to help you through this problem, regardless of the severity of mold damage you might face. You can trust our experienced specialists at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. Call us today at (763) 712-9712.

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Water Damage Solutions Provided To Andover Hotel Owners

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Solutions Provided To Andover Hotel Owners SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage to Laundromats and Hotels in the Andover Area Keeping Your Business Open

SERVPRO Helps Keep Your Business Open to Your Guests and Clients with Water Removal

Offering laundry facilities to guests that visit your Andover hotel can lead to some pretty significant damages if you fail to take the time to maintain your laundry rooms properly. Guests may even damage these appliances by mistake, causing significant problems for everyone else.
 
You need to remember that the washers and dryers In your Andover area hotel generate heat and moisture, which often leads to water damage or mold growth if given enough time. Never hesitate to call a trusted professional for help at the first signs of water damage in your hotel, taking your time or putting things off only make matters worse.

The washing machines themselves have both cold and hot water connections that your maintenance team needs to check for cracks or leaks on a regular basis. The filters on each machine require replacement periodically, to prevent performance issues that often cause malfunctions. SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency response teams available to respond to your request for help.

If you have slow flow problems, check lines for mineral buildup and make the appropriate repairs. Always check your feed valves for drips or slow leaks that can cause extensive water damage if left unattended. Have a plumber maintain regular maintenance of any utility sinks, checking for slow drains or continuously dripping faucets. SERVPRO can help you transport and dispose of damaged materials, dry and clean wet areas and provide resources necessary to restore damages to your hotel. Cleanup and water damage restoration are cornerstones of our business model.

Your dryers have a ventilation system that clogs quite often and requires immediate attention to avoid accumulation of moisture behind the machine and in your walls. You want to make sure that each exhaust hose is as short and straight as possible for improved dryer efficiency. Check each laundry room in your hotel for damp or soft walls, stains on floors or ceilings, or additional water damage that may be present. Guest must not be exposed to potential mold growth on their soft fabrics from a contaminated laundry room.

SERVPRO can provide you with IICRC certified technicians who have access to infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers that make testing moisture levels or finding hidden water easier. We can inspect your laundry facilities for leaks in your walls, saturation from slow leaks, and help reduce damages you might experience along the way.  

Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County for full-service water damage solutions for your Arden Hills, St Paul, and New Brighton property, today. (763) 712-9712

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The Five Principles Professionals use to Remedy Mold Damage in Your Ham Lake Home

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Five Principles Professionals use to Remedy Mold Damage in Your Ham Lake Home Mold damage is a serious concern that should addressed immediately by trained professionals.

SERVPRO Offers Thorough Mold Damage Remediation

Mold damage is a serious issue that needs immediate attention by trained restoration experts. Mold can not only damage your home and its contents, but it can also cause health effects. The best way to deal with it is to seek professional help as soon as possible.

SERVPRO technicians can remedy the mold damage from your Ham Lake home by employing the five-principle strategy recommended by the IICRC. Called the S520 Mold Remediation Standard, it is one of the most comprehensive strategies to clean and remedy the damage in the safest and most efficient manner possible.

Principle 1: Providing for Health and Safety

The health of the technicians and the occupants of the premises is of paramount importance. SERVPRO technicians can use the best safety practices to minimize the exposure to mold during cleanup. We also ensure that the mold spores are not spreading during the restoration process as well.

Principle 2: Proper Documentation

Technicians document the conditions including the extent of contamination and the level of moisture among other things. The initial documentation serves as a stepping stone for developing a strategy for the efficient remediation.

Principle 3: Containment

Containing the damage is a top priority during the remediation process. Mold spores can become airborne easily and reach uncontaminated areas. Technicians can use various strategies to prevent this from happening. Establishing a physical barrier and using negative air machines are some of the ways of achieving this. Our technicians can also establish designated clean rooms to store the equipment as well.

Principle 4: Remove the Contamination 

If the mold damage is so extensive that cleaning is not an option, physical removal and disposal of the contents is the only way to ensure proper restoration. Many porous materials may require elimination if the damage is extensive including drywall, clothing items and upholstery. Once the affected material is removed, technicians can use vacuum cleaners fitted with HEPA filters to eliminate the settled spores and dust.

Principle 5: Correcting the Moisture Problem 

Controlling the moisture problem is one of the most important things for preventing mold from returning. Restoration experts use various methods to eliminate the residual moisture including the use of dehumidifiers, air movers, and extractors.

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County today at (763) 712-9712 to discuss your restoration needs.

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Taking Precaution After Flood Damage In Your Oak Park Home

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Taking Precaution After Flood Damage In Your Oak Park Home If your home in Oak Park is in a high-risk area for floods, you might not be able to prevent flooding and flood damage entirely.

Taking Precautions After A Flood

Flooding can happen in Oak Park when existing drainage systems have too much water runoff overwhelming them. In areas where the sewer system also acts as a stormwater drainage system, water can back up through sewer pipelines. Rainwater can also enter buildings through windows, doors, other openings, or even racks in the foundation.

If your home in Oak Park is in a high-risk area for floods, you might not be able to prevent flooding and flood damage entirely. When your home has experienced flooding, you need professional help to ensure your home is dried out again correctly and to try and salvage your possessions. SERVPRO has experience and training for flood damage, along with the right tools to clean it all up.

When your house has been damaged by storms, it could pose hazards for you and us. Floods create significant damage to a structure. If your house has been exposed to water for an extended period, materials like drywall and flooring may weaken. A situation like this creates a hazard for all. We check for structural hazards before we proceed with water mitigation and restoration. We make sure to keep you and your family out as well until we know the structure is safe.

We must check for other things as well, such as gas. If we smell any, we leave right away and contact your local gas company or fire department. If any water has entered from above, we look for water in the ceiling cavities which is trapped. Ceilings can fall from softened drywall. We drill holes in the ceiling to allow any trapped water to come out.

We also examine any wet subflooring, as particleboard floors which are exposed to water might not be able to support people or our machines. Any exposed nails, broken glass, splinters, or other sharp objects could be present in your home as well, so we always watch our step and what we are picking up.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County takes everyone’s safety seriously, so before we begin flood damage remediation in your home in Andover, Anoka, or Zimmerman, we take every necessary precaution. Give us a call right away at (763) 712-9712 if your home has experienced flooding.

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Choosing Certified Professionals For Mold Remediation In Your Ham Lake Home

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Choosing Certified Professionals For Mold Remediation In Your Ham Lake Home It is important to call on mold remediation specialists at the first sign of mold in your home.

Keep Your Home Safe by Calling Professional Mold Remediation Specialists

As scary as it might be to be a Ham Lake homeowner at times, it does not change the fact that there are many things that you need to be aware of that could threaten the structural integrity or the health and welfare of your family. Even the simplest of issues, such as dampness in your basement, could spell trouble. When temperatures get above the mid-60s in this area of your home, combined with the presence of moisture in the air, you have all of the necessary components for mold growth.

Mold damage to your Ham Lake homestead might not seem like a shocking discovery or one that you need to drop everything to take care of, but any fungal growth in your home could cause health effects for your family. Mold is a problem that you need to take care of, but fortunately, you do not have to deal with it on your own.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified mold remediation specialists that are specially trained to use the proper personal protective equipment and removal methods to eradicate mold colonies effectively. The process is very concise, and our technicians work to contain active mold spores from spreading to new areas while the entire fungal organism gets removed from each location.

Lingering musty smells typical to the presence of mold can get eliminated using our fogging equipment and ozone machines fitted with HEPA filters. The process can efficiently pull active mold spores from the air around where the colonies had become seated and neutralize the odor at a molecular level to remove any trace.

The final consideration of our SERVPRO remediation specialists is to remove the moisture that was present in the affected area. Dehumidifiers and air movers get used together to dry up the region while pulling moisture out of the air. Dehumidification is a practice that you should continue after the work has gotten completed and the mold colonies have gotten successfully removed. Using this equipment can ensure that mold growth does not occur again so readily in the future.

Finding mold growing in your home does not have to be a taxing ordeal when you trust SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to restore the damages. You can reach our certified specialists at any time by just calling (763) 712-9712.

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Snowed-In Vent Can Cause Fire Damage In Ham Lake

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Snowed-In Vent Can Cause Fire Damage In Ham Lake Snow and Fire Damage in Ham Lake? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Ham Lake Fire & Smoke Damage Occurs from Many Sources

Winter in Ham Lake means the probability of lots of snow. Snowbanks along the perimeter of your home increase the possibility of your ventilation systems working improperly because of a blocked exhaust or intake vent, sometimes causing a backup of volatile gases and debris that impair air quality or even spark a fire. When the wind howls and unexpected flames and smoke roll into your home, we are ready to help.

High winds exacerbate the snowfall totals in Ham Lake, creating significant drifts that can result in fire damage. This combination of bad weather and unfortunate luck can come as a surprise, but the drifting prevents your dryer from discharging the heat and lint. The hot air and flammable bits of linens and clothing combust as they clog the vent. Because the fire has limited oxygen, it smolders, sending dark, sticky smoke and soot throughout your dwelling. Cleanup of this kind of a fire, although it seems limited in scope, is most successfully done by our team of professionals.
 
The challenge here is the soot that is thicker and more tenacious than the ashes created by a hotter and faster burning fire. It infiltrates the laundry area and can move through your HVAC system if vents are nearby. Clothing, both clean and dirty, in the laundry room now needs a thorough cleaning with which SERVPRO's trained staff assists.
 
This type of soot also coats solid surfaces requires scrubbing with a spray and wipe method or abrasive cleaners or sponges. Porous items such as upholstery, window treatments, and carpeting need professional cleaning on site by SERVPRO technicians or off-site at a dry cleaner familiar with fire damage or in our facility. Items such as window blinds and intricately detailed light shades and knick-knacks benefit from immersion cleaning or treatment with an ultrasonic machine which uses sound waves to dislodge dirt. Our deodorization specialists also perform a series of tasks ranging from cleaning and disposing of burned items to employing technologically advanced thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators to eradicate the smell of the slow-burning fire.
 
The dryer vent and your HVAC system both require an inspection by our duct cleaning specialists. Some sections of the dryer vent might need replacement, but the heating and cooling system ductwork respond well to our professional cleaning. At a minimum, the filters in the HVAC system need replacing. SERVPRO workers also evaluate the snowpack around the offending and clogged dryer vent, arranging for snow and ice to be removed and recommending the area be maintained snow-free in the future.
 
If packed cold and wet snow is the cause of a dryer vent fire, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is just a call away. Dial (763) 712-9712 for a speedy inspection and expert service from our fire damage technicians.

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Commercial Water Damage's Effects On Gas Stations In Andover

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage's Effects On Gas Stations In Andover Gas stations and other convenience stores in Andover often suffer problems with commercial water damage because of their non-sloped roofs.

Commercial Water Damage

Typical construction of many gas stations, including those in Andover, includes a flat roof, leaks become a common problem. Patching with tar or other compounds can only do so much to prevent precipitation from damaging your building.

Gas stations and other convenience stores in Andover often suffer problems with commercial water damage because of their non-sloped roofs. Clogged downspouts can also create situations where water stagnates and causes deterioration in depressed segments of the roof. While trees can provide savings on cooling expenses in the summer by shading your store, those same trees can dump thousands of leaves during the fall season.

SERVPRO technicians know how to track down the source of the water causing your property damage, and then stop it from causing any more issues. Fixing leaky pipes or defects in your building's structure decreases the risks of further, additional damage. Our employees can also help you handle an emergency water event in several ways.

Your displayed goods and inventory can become saturated with water quickly when it comes from overhead due to a massive rainstorm and a defective roof. We can help your employees box up your inventory and then move everything to a safe, dry location. We have storage facilities just for this to serve customers lacking the space.

Because water coming from overhead can carry contaminants from any pests living in the ceiling space, responsibility toward your customers necessitates you dispose of any food products with a history of contact with the water. Contact with chemicals your employees use to clean and disinfect your store can also similarly contaminate the water. We can discuss the particulars with you to ensure that you choose the most cost-effective option.

Making sure that we restore dryness to your store is crucial to keeping water damage from continuing and spreading. Signs that indicate water damage include peeling paint from concrete walls and steel fixtures, loosened floor tiles, fogged windows, and mold growth. We aim to prevent these issues from becoming a reality by making it “Like it never even happened.” including reducing the amount of humidity in the air to normal.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County stays prepared to answer your call. We keep our equipment always ready to go to reduce the time it takes to arrive. Our services, available 24-hours a day, can be contacted at (763) 712-9712, year-round.

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Understanding the Categories of Commercial Water Damage to Your Ham Lake Restaurant

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Understanding the Categories of Commercial Water Damage to Your Ham Lake Restaurant Water damage happens daily, especially in businesses which use water constantly for food preparation. Contact SERVPRO after any damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Dry Out Your Commercial Property Quickly to Minimize Any Downtime

Having to deal with water damage is the last thing on your to-do list as a restaurateur. Unfortunately, some or other form of water damage is almost inevitable in a service based business such as a restaurant that relies heavily on water. Although you can not avoid it altogether, understanding the basics of water damage can help you deal with the event in a more efficient way when it happens.

The time and money required to get commercial water damage to your Ham Lake Restaurant under control depend on the severity and extent of the damage. SERVPRO professionals use the IICRC's Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration to categorize the water damage in three distinct categories.

Category I damage
It is perhaps the least concerning water damage that can happen at your restaurant. The water causing the category I damage is clean, uncontaminated water that is safe and does not pose any immediate health hazard. Some of the most common reasons for such type of water damage include broken pipes, faulty supply lines to appliances such as ice machines and dishwashers and leaky faucets. Our technicians not only control this damage but also prevent any secondary damage from the residual moisture as well.

Category II damage  
Water causing this type of damage is usually wastewater that contains some contamination but no fecal matter. As there is some degree of contamination, it can still be problematic for a restaurant. SERVPRO professionals have years of experience and expertise to tackle such damage. We use state-of-the-art equipment to clean and disinfect your establishment so that you can face any health and sanitation inspection with confidence.

Category III Damage
Perhaps the worst nightmare of any restraint owner, this type of damage involves highly contaminated water that may contain fecal matter and can cause some serious problems. SERVPRO technicians understand the severity of such type of damage and make sure that it is dealt with promptly and efficiently. You can rely on us during the time of your need, and our professionals make sure that you are 100% satisfied.

Here At SERVPRO, we have a team of IICRC certified expert technicians who have the experience, knowledge, and skill set to handle any size disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/ Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 today, to schedule an appointment and discuss your restoration needs.

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Remediating Oak Park Flood Damage

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Oak Park Flood Damage The primary source of flood damage in Oak Park is the standing water.

Remediating Flood Damage

Too much rainfall can harm every home, and that has certainly been the case for Oak Park this year. If the rain swells streams and creeks, what was minor damage can quickly run into thousands of restoration and replacement costs.

The primary source of flood damage in Oak Park is the standing water. The longer it stays in place means higher restoration costs. Removing it lowers the costs, but it does not eliminate them. SERVPRO restoration teams do that by removing all moisture from the structure, the property inside, and the air inside the home. To lower the humidity, our technicians have two system options: Closed or Open.

The Closed system is usually the best choice for smaller homes. We seal the affected rooms from the outside air and the rest of the house. In most cases, we can cover all entry and exit points with plastic sheeting. The machine we use here is a dehumidifier. Depending on how high the moisture content is, each one we put in place can draw up to 25 gallons of water from the air each day. If the heating system is available, we slowly increase the temperature, so we do not inadvertently increase the humidity.

The Open system is the SERVPRO preferred method for larger homes and commercial facilities. We open up the doors and windows and use air movers to force warm, dry air throughout the home. At the same time, we place large fans at the entrances and exits to draw out the cooler, damp air inside the house. To effectively use the Open system, we need higher temperatures and lower humidity levels outside the home. That limits our use to the warmer months of the year.

The Open system works faster than the Closed option, but it does have certain drawbacks. We need more technicians to monitor the additional equipment and keep an eye on the home since it is more vulnerable to vandalism and theft. If the weather turns bad suddenly, as it occasionally does in Minnesota, we have to either stop operations or change to the Closed option.

Remediating flood damage in your home only starts with pumping out the water. Finishing the task and returning your home to its original state requires a professional company. If you us, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 today.

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Keep Your Ham Lake Home Fire Free for the Holidays

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keep Your Ham Lake Home Fire Free for the Holidays Make sure any lights strung on your tree or in your home are in good condition with no frayed wires.

SERVPRO’s Tips to Prevent Fire Damage During the Holiday Season

As we cozy-up in the colder months, planning abounds for the Ham Lake holidays. One thing not on most to-do lists is to recover after a fire. Unfortunately, winter time and the hustle and bustle of festivities contribute to an elevated fire risk. If your list expands to include home fire recovery, we are ready to help.

Holiday decor, including the light-strung natural Christmas tree, is a frequent cause of fire damage in Ham Lake. Add some fragrant candles, and a feast of foods simmering and roasting in the kitchen to increase the fire risk even higher. We are often called to respond to a fire over the holidays caused by a tipped candle, neglected stovetop, or dehydrated holiday tree. A few common sense tips can preserve this time for family and fellowship rather than visits from the fire department and our fire damage team.

Avoid a blazing pine tree by cutting off the end and making sure that you keep it well-watered during the season. Be certain that any lights you wrap around the tiers of branches are in good repair, with no frayed wires. Always unplug the tree when you leave your home or go to bed. Keep the tree away from other sources of light or heat like space heaters or candles, and watch that pets or children do not knock it over.

Keep glowing candles safe by supervising their use and taking care not to position them near draperies or other flammable materials. Candles need to be burned only when they are firmly ensconced in a fireproof holder and kept away from high traffic areas where they could be tipped over. Placing the matches or lighters used to ignite their flames in a place where curious kids cannot reach is also a way to prevent an accidental home fire.

Kitchen fires are the most common cause of home fire events year-round, and the holidays just add to the risk by increasing the chance that the cook gets distracted and a fire results. Time pressures, and the sheer volume of burners, ovens, broilers, and plugged-in appliances all contribute to the higher fire threat when cooking for a crowd.

In the event that your best efforts to avoid a home fire during the holidays fail, SERVPRO is the answer for fast and professional restoration services. Thorough cleaning, surface recovery and repair, and expert deodorization are the hallmarks of our response. You can rely on our fast response and commitment to undertake the many tasks necessary with a high level of skill and years of experience.

If an accidental blaze does occur, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County awaits your call for help 365 days of the year. Contact us at (763) 712-9712 for a speedy delivery of quality fire damage remediation.

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Get the Help You Need to Address Water Damage in Your Andover Area Hotel, Today

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Get the Help You Need to Address Water Damage in Your Andover Area Hotel, Today Water damage can be difficult to handle without the proper training and equipment, call SERVPRO to thoroughly mitigate water damage in your hotel.

Rely on SERVPRO to Fully Restore Your Business after Water Damage

When you experience water damage in your Andover area hotel, a variety of problems may exist that onsite maintenance crews do not know how to handle correctly. Without the right equipment, experience, and resources, your building can suffer significant damages.

If you are a hotel owner in the Andover area and find yourself dealing with water damage on your property, call a professional water damage mitigation specialist, today. Whether you have a small leak in your roof, broken pipes, or a significant flood, you can benefit from quality restoration services.

At SERVPRO, our technicians understand how water can advance into hidden areas, making it impossible to repair all damage without advanced knowledge. We have years of experience handling this type of situation and provide you with excellent water mitigation services that help reduce any costs associated with your restoration.

SERVPRO has access to infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers that make locating and reducing water levels easier. We also have water extractors of all shapes and sizes and technicians trained in a variety of advanced methods that help speed the entire drying process along. 

SERVPRO provides you with full-service solutions to any problems that may occur. We handle everything from malfunctions of your fire suppression system to faulty appliances. Our goal is to provide you with quality services that meet or exceed your expectations while also helping you keep your hotel doors open while repairs are underway. 

We have a fully stocked Green Fleet and expertly trained technicians ready to deploy 24/7, 365, including holidays. Our technicians are, Faster To Any Size Disaster and take pride in providing our local community with expert water damage mitigation services they can trust. 

You never have to schedule or call another company for help. Our technicians are qualified to perform any repairs, replacement, or rebuilds on your property and follow strict guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of your quests. 

Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County anytime, day or night. We deliver quality results you deserve in a timely, efficient manner. Get the most out of cleanup and restoration services available in your area, today. (763) 712-9712

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Gutter Inspections Can Reduce Flood Damages To Your Andover Residence

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Gutter Inspections Can Reduce Flood Damages To Your Andover Residence While a functioning system can remove excess water from the base of your Andover home, flood damages result from gutters that are failing.

Gutter Inspections Can Lessen Flood Damage

There are times where flooding just cannot be prevented, as the rising water reaches areas that many believed could not be affected. As uncommon as this is, there is a far more likely scenario that allows your Andover home to be a flooding victim during heavy storms when other neighborhood houses remain dry. This suggested scenario is a direct reflection of the upkeep of your house and your gutter system.

Your home's gutters are designed to take the water rolling off of your roof and move it away from the foundation and other structural strong points of your house. Proper installation is done by setting the gutter at a pitch, forcing the water to move naturally into downspouts located in strategic spots throughout the design. While a functioning system can remove excess water from the base of your Andover home, flood damages result from gutters that are failing.

It is not at all uncommon for your gutters to pull apart or break down over time. An inspection of these connections and fittings on a regular basis can help to keep you ahead of the potential trouble. The most common issue when these systems fail is a clog. This just forces the water to pool in the tray until it spills over. The failure allows a great deal of water to penetrate the area around the foundation, and any weak points where water can get through the walls are exposed.

We at SERVPRO have seen all manner of flooding throughout the years, and this scenario remains a common threat to homes. The best thing that a homeowner can do to prevent it is to visually inspect your system for clogs, ensuring that water can freely make its way to the downspout and away from your house.

When flooding is just starting, you should not hesitate to contact SERVPRO and put our team to work. Your fast reaction times can help to prevent substantial losses, and allow our team the opportunity to keep up with the water and solve the problem in real time. Starting restoration immediately is the most efficient way to save your belongings and the incurred costs or claims against the resulting flood damages.

Do not wait to call us. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is available 24/7, and you can reach any of our emergency response professionals at (763) 712-9712.

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Remediation For Mold Damage In Your Ham Lake Kitchen

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation For Mold Damage In Your Ham Lake Kitchen Mold often grows in damp places, and a small leak or drip can allow this to happen rapidly.

Mold Damage In Your Kitchen

Preparing meals and baked treats for the holidays often bring other family members and relatives into your kitchen to help out and share recipes. Teaching younger members of the family traditions also build memories of their visits to your Ham Lake home. During these activities, constant use of your sink for both cleaning and inclusion in the many foods made, an increase from the everyday activities.

Preparing your Ham Lake kitchen for these activities can expose existing mold damage behind sinks, or underneath them. Mold often grows in damp places, and a small leak or drip can allow this to happen rapidly. SERVPRO professionals work quickly so your plans can stay the same. We know you want to share enjoyable time with family, not worry about mold exposure, which can cause health effects.

Mold remediation does not always mean tearing everything out of your home. We only perform tear-out work where the mold currently exists. We prefer to treat any other areas containing excess moisture with other measures geared toward preventing the growth of mold. Science has discovered that bleach cannot rid a home of mold, and therefore, we do not use this standard disinfectant. The chemicals we use leave no scent and are entirely safe.

When we remove materials from a home, we use containment methods to keep mold spores from spreading. In the area worked on, air scrubbers remove any dislodge particles and spores from the air. Our job is to contain the mold, remove overgrowth and affected materials, and prevent the spread of microbial contaminants.

Other areas adjacent to your kitchen can also suffer from mold invasion and damage. We check these areas and then advise you of the situation. Within your kitchen, sinks and cabinets are only one area where mold might grow. Under refrigerators is another location, as is the area around dishwashers. We can test for the presence of mold and other microbial activity rather quickly.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County wants to help local families preserve their daily routines and the ability to share ongoing traditions. Call us at (763) 712-9712 so we can help you avoid exposing family members to mold damage during the upcoming holiday season.

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Fire Damage Cleanup After a Lightning Strike to Your Ham Lake Home

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup After a Lightning Strike to Your Ham Lake Home Lightning Strikes, Fire & Smoke Damage in Lake Ham, and SERVPRO for Restoration and Clean Up

The Nature of Combustion Directs the Fire Cleanup and Restoration

Lightning damage is not often thought about but is more common in Ham Lake than you might think. Lightning strikes to your home can damage certain things like electronics. However, they can also spark a fire and cause fire damage. The damage in a case like this can be devastating.
 
Your Ham Lake home cannot always be protected from fire damage, and when a lightning strike causes a fire, it can be a very frightening experience. At SERVPRO, we recognize that these events are daunting and you may not know where to turn next. Our staff are professionally trained to be able to handle fire damage of any kind, so you can feel at peace when you put your trust in us.
 
Fire damage restoration includes getting soot residues removed from different materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same, and some are not easy to clean, while other soot is very difficult to remove. Luckily, we understand smoke and combustion.
 
Combustion, an exothermic chemical reaction, happens when a material is burning. If the wood is burning, it is combusting. Combustion usually occurs when a solid turns into a gas because of heat. As combustion occurs, the material burning is breaking down and combining with oxygen while heat is given off.
 
Fire needs three components to work – fuel, heat, and oxygen. Fires form smoke when these elements are not in the balance, so incomplete combustion makes soot and smoke residues. These residues are corrosive and need to be removed as soon as possible after a fire occurs, or more damage continues to happen to your home and possessions. This also produces that different culprit to vanquish from your property--odor.
 
At SERVPRO, we know that we need to work quickly to clean your home because of this. Anything that can be restored, we clean and sanitize. If something cannot be salvaged, we take it out of your home so it can be replaced.
 
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is ready anytime you need us to clean up the fire damage in your home. If you reside in the areas of Oak Park, Hamm Lake, or Anoka, give us a call at (763) 712-9712 so we can restore your home as quickly as possible.

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Tips to Keep Commercial Water Damage from Affecting Production Lines in Andover Factories

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips to Keep Commercial Water Damage from Affecting Production Lines in Andover Factories Keeping your factory environment clean and sanitary is imperative to providing quality products. Contact SERVPRO when facing water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage as Well as Providing Prevention Services to Factories and Businesses

Businesses outside of the Andover area and your employees and their families depend on your factory and its operations. Without your facility, the state of workers' jobs, the finished goods produced, and even your suppliers suffer.  

Factories must retain high levels of cleanliness, but commercial water damage in Andover can quickly thwart the best efforts in maintaining a sufficiently clean environment. Many factories have protocols in place to help maintain equipment and general safety. There are additional activities which managers can implement to help ensure the risks presented by the presence of unwanted water remain minimized.

If your factory is one of those specializing in food products or high tech, you know that quality controls regularly include the environment as well as the components used in the finished product. Water, while needed by virtually every living creature on the planet, quickly damages non-living things and does so rather effortlessly. Undesired living microorganisms such as mold and mildew thrive in environments where water persists, adding significantly to the trouble.

SERVPRO employees have seen the worst examples of the damage caused by water, in many different kinds of settings. We know firsthand that prevention is both easier and less expensive than cleanup and mitigation after damage affects a facility. This is why we continue to provide assessments and other preventative measures to local businesses.  

In locations where dehumidification units already exist, maintenance of these items on a regular schedule can prevent situations from accelerating into trouble with inventory and finished products alike. If humidity is high enough to cause condensation to accumulate on cold surfaces, increasing the rate at which the existing dehumidifiers run can help resolve the problem. Attention to water meters during shut down periods can help you discover any otherwise invisible leaks in your water lines. You might not be able to do so during times of regular operations.  

However, in both of these examples, locating the source of the water can lead to more permanent solutions. Adding water-proofing barriers or fixing leaks wherever they occur can resolve the issue more effectively than continually ridding your factory of the moisture by keeping it from ever entering.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can assist you in discovering sources of water that you wish to eliminate. Call us for round-the-clock services at (763) 712-9712. We are always available to take your call.  

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Water Damage Repair For Drywall In Your Hamm Lake Basement

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Repair For Drywall In Your Hamm Lake Basement When your basement floods, it can cause a massive problem to the drywall there.

Water Damage Repair

Drywall is a part of your daily life in Hamm Lake, but you never stop to think about it unless you must. When your basement floods, it can cause a massive problem to the drywall there. Even though drywall is very sturdy, when it has been exposed to water for too long, it can get damaged. It loses its structural integrity, becoming weak and soft. Depending on how wet it got, you might be able to save it, but speed is critical to avoiding mold damage as well.

The best thing to do first when you have water damage to your drywall in your Hamm Lake basement is to get a hold of the professionals at SERVPRO. Our trained technicians have professional and industrial tools which can get your home dried out and back to its usual condition quickly.

When we arrive, we first check your drywall for moisture. We do this by using a non-penetrating moisture meter or by removing the baseboards and poking small holes. If the drywall is soft, it has gotten wet. We need to check the interior of the wall as well. We do this with a penetrating moisture meter or making a larger hole to search for moisture on the studs. If there is insulation present, it is critical for us to check it for moisture content as well, especially if it is cellulose or fiberglass.

Wet walls and insulation hold moisture for quite a while, which means that mold clusters can start forming inside the wall. If your drywall has started molding, we need to replace all or part of it. You do not want mold to continue growing in your home, as it can create a health risk for you and your family.

SERVPRO technicians have the training to remove the mold and clean and sanitize your home afterward. We can find any mold that is hiding inside your walls and prevents it from spreading even further throughout your home.

Trusting in SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to take care of your wet drywall is the right step to take. Anyone experiencing this problem in the areas of Oak Park, Coon Rapids, or Hamm Lake can get a hold of us at (763) 712-9712.

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Flood Damage Handled in Ham Lake

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Handled in Ham Lake Flooding can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO after a storm so that we can commence the remediation process and help prevent secondary damage.

Our Technicians Methodically Remediate Storm Damage in Your Home

Extraordinary rainfall totals result in flooding even if your home is not on a traditional floodplain. Flash floods are not uncommon in Ham Lake during the spring, summer, or fall, and can damage your basement or walk out lower level. Our crews are familiar with the devastation these heavy storms inflict and have the equipment and the work crews ready to put your flood-damaged home to rights.
 
Strong storms pounded your home, causing flood damage to your Ham Lake basement. After several days of rain, the ground surrounding your home became saturated, allowing some water to seep inside, handled by your sump pump system. The last line of storms dropped several inches over just an hour or two, and your lower level is now several inches underwater, and the sump pump is overwhelmed.
 
SERVPRO offers that extra help even the best-prepared homeowner needs when weather patterns smash records and leave devastation in their wake. Because of your sump system, you felt confident in using part of your basement for living space. Now the decor and furnishings are soaked with flood waters, and we pledge to help you determine what items dry out and restore well, and what possessions you must consider discarding.
 
Our crew assists in a pack up and move out so the flooded area can be restored without the clutter of soaked possessions. If you have an attached or detached garage or other protected areas on your property, we move items there. SERVPRO also takes items like documents and pictures to specialists who use freeze-drying techniques to save your treasures and important papers. Our team carefully inventories what we remove and consults with you concerning the likelihood particular items can survive the flood, so you make informed decisions.
 
We also pump and extract water in the affected area before drying and sanitizing. Our trained technicians ensure HVAC systems, water heaters, appliances, and other mechanics in the flooded spaces are inspected by appropriate experts before further use and that any needed repairs and a thorough drying with air movers and dehumidifiers are completed.
 
When the “storm of the century” inundates your home, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is there to help you sort out issues that face you after the flood. Our scheduling staff can be reached 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Challenges of Andover Mold Damage in the Winter

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Challenges of Andover Mold Damage in the Winter If you are dealing with mold damage in your home, don't stress because SERVPRO can remediate the mess!

Mold Damage in Andover Can Still Occur in the Winter Months 


While mold is most likely to grow in the summer months, it can still cause problems in the winter, especially if a summertime infestation has been allowed to persist into colder conditions. As the weather gets colder, our approach to mold damage changes to accommodate shifting conditions and new impediments. An Andover mold damage case in January might be even tougher for SERVPRO to root out than a fast-growing colony in warmer conditions. Here are a few of the challenges we may face when dealing with mold in the winter.

Frozen Colonies

Mold damage in Andover homes typically occurs around a source of liquid water. Whether this is a puddle, drip, or soak, this source of water is liable to freeze once temperatures get cold enough, potentially frosting any mold feeding off of it. While this is usually very effective in stopping growth, it also makes the colony harder to remove and does not permanently kill off most species of spores. Our line of mold treatments makes sure that once conditions thaw, mold does not return with a reinvigorated fury in your home.

Challenging Conditions

Because of mold's proclivity for water, it often only becomes a problem when precipitation is the heaviest. Unfortunately, in the winter months, this can be in very snowy or blizzard conditions, making it difficult for us to respond to and treat mold damage in your home. However, as soon as conditions allow, SERVPRO is ready and waiting to help local residents with any difficulties that may arise out of the inclement weather.

Hardy Species

Some species of mold are much more common in winter months than others, and these are often the hardiest of the bunch. Mold that can withstand freezing temperatures is typically highly resistant to other forms of treatment, as well, making it a challenge for less-well-equipped companies. SERVPRO stocks a full retinue of mold treatment equipment to ensure that any variety of mold can be treated quickly and effectively in any season.

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SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is ready 24/7 to respond to your mold damage call. If you have found mold in your house, contact us at (763) 712-9712.

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The Basic Deodorization Procedures Used to Repair Fire Damage in Hamm Lake Properties

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Basic Deodorization Procedures Used to Repair Fire Damage in Hamm Lake Properties Our technicians can help you with fire and smoke damage. Call right after the firefighters leave for best results with remediation and odor removal.

Fire Damage and Smoke Odors go Hand in Hand After a Fire Incident in Your Home

Fire is a very destructive element that can significantly set back the homeowner financially. Indeed, many have been left broke and even homeless after a devastating fire breaks out. Fire emergencies can occur from a gas leakage, careless smoking, short circuiting, kitchen fire, and candle or heater, among other factors. When this happens, it can leave undesirable odors lingering.
 
If you are a victim of a fire disaster, SERVPRO can respond quickly to neutralize the situation. Our highly skilled technicians have industry leading deodorization solutions to counteract fire damage odors in your Hamm Lake property. The basic deodorization procedures are as follows:
 
1. Eliminating the odor source and debris
On arrival at the site of the fire damage, our technicians locate the odor source and remove it completely. This option is often more preferable than trying to deodorize the source – for instance in the case of a dead animal. We also extract charred structural materials before initiating the deodorization process. This is because the debris can continue producing smoke odors even long after deodorization.

2. Cleaning the surfaces with odor-causing residues
Thorough cleaning is also necessary to get rid of small particles that may continue generating odors after deodorization. Some of the surfaces that need particular attention include ceilings, cabinets, vent filters, vent hood, walls, countertops, and the stove. Our fire damage responders inspect all rooms to determine the extent of the odors before proceeding. In some cases, we may need to clean the entire building and its contents to remove the smoke odors.
 
3. Recreating the conditions that allowed odor penetration,
SERVPRO technicians do not leave anything to chance. To trace the odors to their source, we may need to recreate the conditions that facilitated their penetration. In the case of smoke odor, for instance, we spray a deodorizing “smoke” that follows the original path of the odors. If urine is the source of the problem, we use deodorizers (digesters, neutralizers, and sanitizers). Sometimes the odors can be distributed in several ways, for example through air currents. In this case, we apply multiple methods of deodorization.
 
4. Sealing surfaces exposed to malodors
If the situation is severe, SERVPRO technicians may have to seal the surfaces exposed to malodors. Our fire damage restoration experts can determine whether the problem is too impractical for deodorization. If so, we use two effective sealing techniques: sealing unreachable duct surfaces in the air-handling system and painting the walls.
 
These are some of the many steps we take to ensure that your property is free of toxic odors. As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can respond quickly to your fire emergency. Call us today at (763) 712-9712.

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Protect Against Future Storm Damage In Andover

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Against Future Storm Damage In Andover If your home has taken damage from a storm in the past, it might be a good idea to start safeguarding your belongings against future catastrophes.

Storm Damage Protection

If your Andover home has taken damage from major storms in the past, it might be a good idea to start safeguarding your belongings against future catastrophes. These quick improvements are inexpensive, require minimal time to set up, and might make many thousands of dollars' difference should lightning (and the rest of the storm) strike twice.

Waterproof Containers
The easiest way to safeguard small objects and electronics against flood damage in your Andover home is to keep them in inexpensive waterproof containers. In most cases, a simple plastic barrier against water is enough to protect even sensitive and valuable items from floodwaters. Be sure to label these boxes, as it makes our inventory and organization process much quicker and easier.

Keep Electronics Off The Ground
Electronics are often the first and most expensive items to go in a major storm, and yet much of the financial loss we typically see with these items can be prevented with a bit of preparation. Keep electronics off the ground, but not so high as to topple over easily. While it is difficult to protect these items from more violent flooding, lighter damage does not have to create a major financial loss if you do not let it.

Seal Up Cracks
Even when your home appears to stand fast against the raging storm, water damage may silently work its way in, creating problems without your knowledge until it is too late. Cracks and leaks in your home exterior allow water to seep in and create problems with mold, oxidation, and dissolution behind walls and below floorboards. Checking for and repairing leaks and cracks might just save you a call to SERVPRO down the road.

Keep Windows Shut
When it is nice outside, some people just can't resist the chance to open up a window and let air into the home. While this is healthy and enjoyable, it is important to close windows back up later or when clouds begin to roll in. If it starts raining hard while a window has been left open, you may suddenly be liable for thousands in damages.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is ready to help restore your home after any major storm. Once the weather has passed, you can guarantee our staff is on-hand and prepared for the worst. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Water Removal in Andover for Home Appliance Leakages

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in Andover for Home Appliance Leakages Don't let a leaking water heater cause permanent damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation efforts.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Have Extensive Experience With How Different Types of Flooring Handles Water Damage and How Best to Remediate the Damage

Home appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers have become a necessity in modern life. They make mundane tasks like doing laundry and washing utensils look more enjoyable while saving us time in the process. The bad news is that a leakage from one of these appliances can lead to excess water flowing all over the floor. It can occur unexpectedly, causing damage to your tiles, carpets, and nearby upholstery.
 
If this happens, you need to contact SERVPRO immediately for water removal services in your Andover home. We are part of your community and can respond quickly to your water damage situation. Our technicians are highly trained according to IICRC standards and have access to specialized equipment for every emergency.
 
After establishing a favorable environment for drying, our professionals use extractors to remove water from the floor and clean carpets and upholstery. The extractors can be portable or truck-mounted. The former is suitable for accessing restricted areas, but the latter is more efficient for both restorative cleaning and water removal.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand that aggressive water removal can lead to carpet delamination. Carpet becomes about 50 percent weaker when wet, so we use a heavy device to squeeze water out of the material. However, the first extraction is done using a wand to stop water migration.
 
If standing water from the leakage is above 2 inches from the floor, we use a submersible pump with sufficient volume capacity and lift capability to pump it directly into a treated sewer (ordinarily a toilet). This step is only applicable if the water does not contain any solid contaminants.
 
Asphalt tile usually maintains a good bond with concrete after water damage. It may develop white areas when the finish or sealer wax is separated from the floor, but these are easy to clean up. On the other hand, vinyl tile on concrete is more vulnerable and may come out in the presence of excessive water. In this case, replacing it is less expensive than drying.
 
There is no reason to panic when your washing machine or dishwasher develops an unexpected leak. You can count on SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to repair the water damage. Contact us today at (763) 712-9712.

For more information about the City of Andover, Minnesota visit: http://www.ci.andover.mn.us/

Rapid Response Is The Key To Fire Damage Recovery In Ham Lake

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Rapid Response Is The Key To Fire Damage Recovery In Ham Lake Smoke and soot move swiftly through your home even after a small and easily contained a fire.

Fire Damage Recovery

A homeowner’s reaction to fire damage is understandably conflicted. The experience of surviving a fire can feel overwhelming, and you may not want to make hasty decisions. Hiring the reputable and experienced SERVPRO fire restoration firm fast is essential. We offer compassionate and constructive advice and professional services to recover your home and peace of mind at this trying time.

No one really appreciates what it is like to undergo the terror and confusion of fire damage until it affects your Ham Lake home. Your impulse is to take some time to consider your alternatives, but the residues left by a fire will not wait, resulting in permanent damage within hours after the last fire fighters depart. Our core focus is speedy and efficient fire damage restoration. We pledge to work with you and your insurance company to be certain our efforts result in returning your comfortable home to preloss condition quickly and affordably.

Smoke and soot move swiftly through your home even after a small and easily contained a fire. A rarely considered issue in fire restoration, at least until you suffer the effects of a fire, is that water damage is often a significant part of the devastation. SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to handle the cleanup of sticky smoke residues and to remove the water that extinguished the fire. Our full spectrum services permit us to coordinate teams of fire damage specialists with water remediation crews to proceed with deliberate speed on both fronts.

We typically concentrate on water removal first and then transition to cleaning up the highly corrosive materials deposited during combustion. SERVPRO supports your needs and our technicians’ professional development by requiring advanced training to restoration industry standards for both fire and water damage. Our workers know what to look for and how to respond as they systematically restore a dwelling after a fire. You can count on the proper tools, cleaning products, and methods being used by us. We emphasize restoration over demolition and replacements, saving you time and money while minimizing disruption to your routine.

After the smoke settles, but within hours of the unfortunate event, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County takes charge of your fire damage recovery needs. Call (763) 712-9712 any time of the day or night for an immediate response to your crisis.

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Four Key Factors That Affect Air Moisture Content In Andover

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Four Key Factors That Affect Air Moisture Content In Andover Restoring your home after suffering water damage is not a quick or simple process.

What Methods SERVPRO Uses To Return Your Home To Pre-Damage Condition

There is a mistaken belief that removing standing water is all that needs to be done to restore a home after a flooding incident. Each home requires more steps involving additional workers and equipment.

To restore an Andover home after water damage means carefully drying the structure after removing standing water and moisture that was trapped in the floors and behind walls. SERVPRO understands that four key factors affect air moisture content and determine which methods we use to return a home to an undamaged condition.

Temperature
The ideal range to dry a home is from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If the HVAC is not operative, our technicians set-up portable space heaters to raise the temperature in the damaged areas. We make certain that the temperature on the first day is no higher than 80 degrees to avoid accidentally raising the air moisture content level rather than lowering it.

Humidity
The humidity level is based on the actual amount of water vapor as opposed to its total capacity. Any level that is 60 percent or higher means the air is saturated which increases the drying time. To reduce the humidity level, work crews establish dehumidifiers in the affected rooms and hallways. In most cases, we can reduce the humidity level by at least 20 percent in a 24-hour period.

Evaporation
Dehumidifiers also help to speed up the drying process throughout a home. Once technicians reduce the standing water to under two inches, evaporation greatly increases. To increase this pace, technicians examine the speed of the flood waters and then determine which areas were under water the longest amount of time. Knowing this allows us to place dehumidifiers, air movers, and exhaust fans in the key sectors of the home that need attention as soon as possible.

Air Movement
We use the same exhaust fans and air movers to force cooler air out of an affected room and replace it with a dry, warmer air from the outside. This technique is also useful in drying out personal and structural property by forcing warm air over the surfaces to draw out excess moisture.

Restoring your home after suffering water damage is not a quick or simple process. It is not enough to turn over the sofa and set it outside on the deck to dry the legs and skirt; you need a professional service to ensure your home is properly restored to its original state. To get the process started, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County today at (763) 712-9712. We are here to help you and our community recover from water or any other disaster.

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A Great Way To Address Mold Damage Issues Found In Your Andover Home

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tips for Mold Inspections, Detections, and Remediation

There are many areas in your home where mold growth can become an issue. You need to take the opportunity to smell each area, look for discoloration, and check for moisture whenever possible. Mold growth is often subtle, hiding just under the surface, only showing when things truly get out of control.
 
Getting help with mold damage on your Andover property is serious business. If you let things linger long enough, existing damage can cause health effects and lead to additional issues that all homeowners would rather avoid. Never hesitate to ask for help, professional remediation specialists are your best option.
 
Having mold damage in your attic stems from a leaky roof, improper ventilation, or even ignored maintenance. As bothersome as it may be to both your time and your pocketbook, having a properly trained SERVPRO mold remediation technician inspect your home can provide you with valuable information that saves your home from complete disaster.
 
SERVPRO checks everything, using infrared moisture detectors to locate problems with leaky windows or pipes and every other area in your home with a constant water source. We even check the ventilation in your kitchen and bathroom to ensure they work properly and vent outside, rather than to your attic or into your walls.
 
SERVPRO technicians look at the entire inside of your home, your kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms, and basement to ensure everything is in proper working order. We even inspect your yard for grading issues and check for the possibility of landscaping intruding on pipes or the building itself, allowing access to moisture.
 
If you find mold damage in your home, it is important to seek help immediately. You want to stop any leaks right away and have someone close who understands what to do to get mold growth under control fast. Our mold damage remediation services offer a quality solution you can count on, and our technicians take the time to assist you in preventing future problems.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to address your mold growth situation, today. We can get things under control in a quick, efficient manner that limits any losses you experience. (763) 712-9712

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Water Damage Services You Can Rely On In Coon Rapids

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Services You Can Rely On In Coon Rapids As a hotel manager, you should understand how important it is to seek professional help when a hotel room or your entire building floods.

Water Damage Restoration Services

As a hotel manager or property owner, you should understand how important it is to seek professional help when a hotel room or your entire building floods. With the sheer amount of water sources on your property, the problem could come from anywhere.  
 
This type of service often exceeds the ability of regular janitorial staff in your Coon Rapids hotel. You cannot prevent water damage by utilizing wet/dry shop vacuums, or carpet drying equipment. Water still makes its way through walls, under baseboards or molding, penetrates carpeting, sub floors, and causes damage to rooms below, making time a major factor in the successful recovery of items exposed to water damage of any type found on your property.
 
Having a pre-existing relationship with a company, like SERVPRO can help you obtain the support you deserve when disaster strikes. Our water mitigation services involve reducing or preventing the amount of water damage you experience. By making fast, appropriate decisions concerning the type of water exposure found on your property. We can prevent additional damages from forming, including issues caused by mold and other biohazards that can develop over time.  
 
SERVPRO technicians maintain IICRC certifications specific to water extraction, cleaning, and deodorization methods necessary to restore your building and its contents to a condition that, most times, exceeds customer expectations. We work hard to produce quality results for clients just like you and help keep your operation running, protecting guests from exposure as we perform our services.
 
SERVPRO has access to a variety of industrial-grade moisture detection, water extraction, air moving, and drying equipment that helps speed up the entire process. With extractors of various sizes and attachments for specialty situations, no amount of water escapes our grasp. We manage your entire restoration from beginning to end, allowing you the time necessary to focus on guests rather than micro-manage workers on site.  
 
We make it a point to respond to your initial call with the right amount of highly trained support and equipment, using advanced technology and 24-hour emergency services designed to meet your every need. Whether you have a flood or a single room experiencing water exposure, we want to be the company that you call. When disaster strikes, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. We can make your water damage problems disappear, “Like they never even happened.” (763) 712-9712.

If you are interested in learning more about Coon Rapids click http://www.ci.coon-rapids.mn.us/.

Water Damage Inside Your Andover Home's Walls

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Inside Your Andover Home's Walls When your home suffers from water damage, not only are your floors affected, but usually, the walls are as well.

Water Damage Inside Your Walls


When your home suffers from water damage, not only are your floors affected, but usually, the walls are as well. The damage can be obvious, but many times it is hidden and can be missed to the untrained eye.

Therefore, you need to call professionals such as SERVPRO to inspect your Andover home after any water damage has occurred. The first steps our technicians at SERVPRO need to take is to figure out how much damage you have. Water which enters at ground level covers the floor and floor covering, then starts to wick up the wall. How much wicking occurs depends upon the construction of the wall, how much water there is, and its height on the wall.

An absorbent material, drywall is constructed of a gypsum core and paper which is like cardboard on either side. The water is likely on both sides and many times higher on the inside from restricted evaporation. Water is sometimes visible, but other times the wall shows no signs of moisture.

At SERVPRO, we have a broad range of professional metering equipment so we can evaluate the damage. A non-invasive moisture meter uses radio waves to test for the presence of water. Another instrument is the infrared camera. The camera can find water in walls since evaporation from wet walls makes them cooler than dry ones.

After the wet walls are found, drying equipment is brought in. Without the presence of insulation, walls can be dried without removing the baseboard and without holes. We use high capacity air movers along each wall, reducing the water molecules from the wall surface and letting more evaporation happen as soon as possible.

Our techs also use one or more dehumidifiers in your home. Such machines lower the humidity levels to help with drying and to prevent mold from growing. When needed, we can install an inner-wall drying system, using small holes over the sill plate and forcing air into the cavity of the wall. Studies have shown this is the fastest way to dry walls that have been damaged by water.

Regardless of where the water came from, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County right away so we can mitigate your loss. You can reach us anytime at you need at (763) 712-9712.


For more information about Andover, Minnesota click http://www.ci.andover.mn.us/

Taking The Proper Precautions To Prevent Water Damage In Your Andover Home

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Taking The Proper Precautions To Prevent Water Damage In Your Andover Home Water Pipes That Burst Cause Damage to Andover Homes, Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Andover Properties Need Preventative Measures to Mitigate Damage Caused by Water


Homeowners everywhere struggle with a variety of issues concerning water damage on their property. Some implement the precautions necessary to help avoid these problems, make a majority of required repairs, and install upgrades needed to combat these issues.  
 
However, even with some of you taking charge, many Andover homes remain susceptible to water damage that occurs quite frequently. Presenting us with an opportunity to discuss a variety of issues that excessive moisture can cause and a variety of ways you can implement solutions to save your family from experiencing a significant amount of loss.
 
SERVPRO technicians respond to emergency issues daily. These are not the only issues you can have, nor are they the most damaging. However, they happen far more often than say, natural disasters like tornadoes, or torrential rainstorms. So, having them on our list gives you the heads up you deserve to combat these issues accordingly.
 
Water main issues caused by aging pipes or damaged supply lines lead to drainage issues. Broken pipes feed lines pose risks that you can prevent by having a professional technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your property for possible maintenance issues.  
 
You can get the help you need to make the repairs necessary to correct many problems that involve your plumbing, like overflows, damaged fixtures, and accidents caused by misuse. SERVPRO can help you decide how to protect your home and your family, taking the proper precautions to enjoy a safe, healthy home environment.  
 
Sewer and drainage problems exist in every home. We deal with clogged pipes, damaged drainage systems, tree growth and grading issues quickly and efficiently. We strive on returning your damaged home to a quality condition, “Like it never even happened.”
 
There is a quick, simple solution to the majority of problems you face. However, unless you take the incentive to contact your local restoration company, you may never know how to prevent large-scale water intrusions or accidents from occurring on your property.
 
Make a call to SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to receive the response and service you deserve to get back on your feet the right way. We are here to help, call today. (763) 712-9712

Strike Back Against Flood Damage On Your Andover Property

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Strike Back Against Flood Damage On Your Andover Property If a flood damage incident strikes your Andover area home, seek help immediately.

Flood Damage

Water is a life-saving resource that humanity simply cannot live without, even in the most basic example, it is essential for life. However, somewhere along the line water also became a hazard, wreaking havoc on unsuspecting homeowners and leaving many wondering what to do.

If a flood damage incident strikes your Andover area home, seek help immediately. Your decisions after an event can make the difference between total loss or ensuring a safe, efficient restoration of your property. Remember to act fast; time is a crucial factor in your homes recovery.

If local authorities have determined that your property is once again safe to enter, you should notify your insurance company, and contact a professional restoration company for help. Avoid attempting any actions yourselves; without the proper training you may end up hurting more than you help. Don't take risks with the safety and protection of your family. Your property contains a variety of hazards that you may not be aware of after a flood, and with help on the way, there is simply no reason for you to take the risk.

Contacting a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO, means that you gain access to IICRC professionally certified restoration technicians with years of experience handling situations just like yours. They know what to do, or what not to do, to maintain a safe working environment, so leave the heavy lifting and risk taking to the professionals. SERVPRO also offers a readiness app online that gives you access to communications with your local restoration office, a way to share pertinent information, log lost or damaged items, and prepare paperwork for your insurance claim process. It is just one way that we help improve your restoration experience and serves as a key tool in getting things back to normal fast.

SERVPRO is available for you 24/7 year round. SERVPRO makes it a point to discuss your concerns and explain each of the services we plan to use for your restoration. If you have any inquiries at any time before, during, or after your restoration team performs on your home, all you need to do is contact us for an answer. Give SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County the opportunity to provide you with one-stop resources in managing the flooding event happening on your property. We are here to help (763) 712-9712.

Leading Causes Of Fire Damage In Coon Rapids

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Leading Causes Of Fire Damage In Coon Rapids Lightning has been the bane of homeowners since the dawn of civilization and remains a leading origin of fire damage.

Main Causes Of Fire Damage

Being ready for fire damage means being ready for its sources. The trouble is, fire can result from many different processes and factors, and controlling for all of these is all but impossible. The best you can do is to hunker down, make preparations wherever possible, and keep general fire safety measures like smoke detectors up-to-date and in good health. As a starting place, consider these common fire-starting events. These make up a great portion of calls received by SERVPRO nationwide, and avoiding them should drastically lower your risk of fire damage.

Lighting Strikes
Lightning has been the bane of homeowners since the dawn of civilization and remains a leading origin of fire damage in Coon Rapids. It is impossible to tell when and if lightning may strike your home, but there are things you can do to help keep damage to a minimum. The biggest safety measure you can invest in is a lightning rod - these serve to court lightning into a much safer channel leading straight into the ground. Alternatively, you might want to invest in a tall tree somewhere on your property, near the home yet close enough that fire could not spread from one to the other.

Kitchen Fires
Kitchen and grease fires are one of our most common calls, usually for minor damage. However, if no sprinkler or fire extinguisher is nearby, these fires can rapidly balloon into much larger problems. The best way to protect your home against kitchen fires is through well-placed sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers.

Electrical Fires
Electrical fires are often the most dangerous fires in a home, as they carry the added risk of electrocution. SERVPRO technicians wear special clothing and gloves designed to protect them from damaged outlets, shorted circuits, and slashed cables after a fire, so you should also do your best to exercise extreme caution around any fire involving electronics or outlets.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is ready 24/7 to pick up the phone and respond to your call for help. For assistance with fire, water, mold, or any other type of home damage, contact us at (763) 712-9712.

5 Simples Steps That Help You Avoid Expensive Water Damage Disasters In Your Oak Park Home

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Simples Steps That Help You Avoid Expensive Water Damage Disasters In Your Oak Park Home Frozen Pipes and Ice Dams Cause Water Damage in Oak Park Homes

Preparation and Maintenance Can Mitigate or Prevent Water Damage


Waiting until you face considerable expenses may cause even bigger issues that a majority of homeowners could prevent. Take advantage of the information available to you and help avoid common causes of water damage that could develop in your home.
 
If someone told you that taking a few simple precautions would help you avoid extensive water damage in your Oak Park area home, would you ignore it? Of course, not, every homeowner wants to protect life's biggest investment. So, why not get ahead of the curve and stop waiting until the last moment to do something?
     
At SERVPRO, we like to share information. We also want to help you prevent as much damage as possible and prepare your home for the worst possible circumstances. However, this is a team effort, without homeowners taking responsibility themselves, we cannot be as successful as we would like to be.
 
SERVPRO technicians would like for you to keep this in mind and follow these simple steps to prevent common issues:
 
Step 1: During winter months when the weather is the coldest, make sure to drain, disconnect, and store outdoor water hoses. Stored water can produce ice-blocks that extend into your pipes, causing indoor pipes to burst, creating damages on the interior of your home.

Step 2: Twice every year take a look at gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters produce ice-dams, overflows, and other issues that allow water to access unprotected areas of your home.

Step 3: Make sure that any trees or shrubbery on your property stays clear of drainage or plumbing in your yard. Roots can become a severe problem, wrapping around and even penetrating drainage system pipes.

Step 4: Have a certified company, like SERVPRO, inspect your property to determine if you have the proper drainage and runoff to handle water flow in your area. With the proper grading and drainage systems such as backflow valves and sump pumps installed, flooding remains minimal.

Step 5: On the interior of your home, start with checking all of your appliances. Water supply lines for washing machines, dishwashers, and even ice makers need replacement at some point. Ignoring them causes bigger issues to develop. Check seals and drainage hoses for cracks and wear and tear.
 
Already found a leak? Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County; we can help locate the source, perform repairs, and restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition in a quick, efficient manner today. (763) 712-9712

Why Attempting Mold Damage Or Remediation On Your Own In Andover Is Never A Good Idea

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Attempting Mold Damage Or Remediation On Your Own In Andover Is Never A Good Idea Visible Mold Growth IN Andover Can Extend Far into Wall Cavities--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Advises to Hire a Professional Mold Remediation Company

By using a mild cleaning solution to cleanse small areas of mold found on the ceiling or walls of your bathroom, you may be helping conceal the real problem that exists. Not only that, if you handle the area wrong, you could spread the contamination further as well.

It is true that regular bleach mixed with water in the correct manner has some effect on mold damaged areas of your Andover home. It is minimal even as the water encourages more mold growth. However, these cleaning chemicals do not entirely remove the microscopic spores that cause mold growth to occur and should never be your only method of handling mold remediation in your home.

You may use the correct cleaning solution, but you forget that any scrub brushes, sponges, buckets, or other tools you use that become contaminated need cleaning as well. You end up using these tools again and again for different reasons around your home, spreading dormant spores throughout your property, without even knowing what you are doing.

SERVPRO often assists homeowners after they have decided to try to tackle these issues on their own. It often turns out that they cause more harm than good. Our technicians use visible signs of mold growth in your home to locate larger problems hidden in your walls. Without the stains there, it just makes things harder.

Unless you are sure that you have everything necessary, including the knowledge to perform your remediation on your own, contacting expertly trained professionals to help you control mold growth in your home correctly remains your best option. We encourage all homeowners to turn to professional assistance for mold remediation.

SERVPRO technicians use physical removal methods of remediation to control mold infestations in your home. The small patches you see on the ceiling of your bathroom are just the beginning. When removing the porous materials on the surface, you often find a great deal more contamination within your walls that require your attention as well.

Give SERVPRO’s expertly trained mold remediation specialists the opportunity to inspect your situation and provide you with the proper services to mitigate mold growth on your property. They have the ability to locate and repair the source of moisture causing the problem, access to professional extraction and drying equipment to remove water faster, and experience in handling and disposing of infected materials correctly.

Allow us to help provide you and your family with a clean, healthy environment. Give SERVPRO of Coon Rapids – Central Anoka County a call today. (763) 712-9712

Remediation Services You Deserve Offered For Homes In Coon Rapids Affected By Mold Damage

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation Services You Deserve Offered For Homes In Coon Rapids Affected By Mold Damage Dealing with mold damage in your home requires expertly trained remediation technicians.

Mold Damage Remediation


Mold in your home presents your family with health concerns that you should handle immediately. Even the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that there is no such thing as an acceptable amount or type of mold and that you should seek professional help regardless of the kind of mold existing on your property. Dealing with mold damage in your Coon Rapids home requires expertly trained remediation technicians. Workers that understand how materials become affected by mold and have the professional equipment necessary to mitigate the damages created by such an event. At SERVPRO we find that one of the major reasons behind drying water-soaked materials is to help prevent permanent damage caused by fungi. Molds, mildew, and bacteria cause decomposition of organic materials, many of which reside in the materials used to build your home.

Extreme mold situations involve spotty, dirt like stains developing over walls, ceilings, or other surfaces. These stains may grow into almost fuzzy white clumps of infested materials, slowly eating away the structure of your home. SERVPRO technicians consider controlling moisture sources in your home as the key to controlling mold growth. Removing water as soon as possible once discovered makes mold growth less likely to occur and prevents additional damages from forming.

Our technician's job is to provide you with services required to dry wet materials, structure and other contents involved in your event. We follow specific instructions provided by Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP) to perform tasks necessary to help remediate your current situation properly. SERVPRO can provide you with the professionally trained technicians you need to recover from a terribly dangerous situation in your home, limiting the interruptions to your normal routine by making ourselves available through a schedule convenient for you.

We have access to both water detection and water extraction equipment to help get things under control immediately. Following all safety regulations concerning the handling and disposal of contaminated materials beyond restoration found on your property. Offering drying, sanitation, and repair services, making us a one-stop solution for all of your restoration needs. Turn to professionals that you trust during an emergency affecting your home and obtain the services you deserve to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition, with a stress-free experience.

Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County today for additional information on how we can help you overcome mold damage situations in your home (763) 712-9712.

What To Do When Commercial Water Damage In Oak Park Hits Your Server Room

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What To Do When Commercial Water Damage In Oak Park Hits Your Server Room Speed is of the essence when handling networking devices, so don’t delay.

Commercial Water Damage


For most modern businesses, there is a beating heart; a hub of activity through which all aspects of the company flow. It is found in the server room because connectivity is the key to success in our fast-paced digital world. The question is, what happens when flooding threatens to take an operation offline?

Commercial water damage in Oak Park businesses is more common than you might think. So, server rooms are at risk, particularly when situated on the ground floor. Despite this, many companies still build their networking systems in the basement. If a pipe bursts upstairs or a structural fault lets rainwater inside, there can be trouble. Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO can carry out water damage repairs fast, so that the impact of leaks is minimal. Keep reading to find out how our technicians do this.

Tackling The Immediate Danger
The first step, once the team arrives on site, is to prevent further damage from occurring. Most servers are not placed directly on the ground. For reasons of safety, the most important components are slightly elevated or secured in a sturdy housing. It is good news, particularly if the standing water is only a few inches deep.

In this case, the main danger is from humidity and water in the air. So, the best approach is to cover exposed servers and electrical devices with polyethylene sheets. They are not normally removed from the area until the standing water is gone. If they are planning to remove electrical items, the SERVPRO technicians need suitable, safe conditions.

Starting Water Extraction
If your server room is in the basement, the water cannot go away by itself. SERVPRO uses heavy duty extraction equipment to pump it out of the affected area and into a secure receptacle. The utmost care is taken when moving extraction tools in and out of the server room, so as not to dislodge moisture and cause further damage.

When urgency is an issue, as it is in a server room, desiccant dehumidifiers are a good way to speed up the evaporation process. They contain a silica gel which draws water particles out of the air at a faster rate. As saturated air turns into surface water (and secondary water damage), it is important to maintain a steady but rapid rate of evaporation.

Restoring Wet Machines
Removing vulnerable parts of server technology may be necessary. It is hard to remove moisture from electrical items, but it is not impossible. Usually, we partner with a third party contractor, who specializes in exactly this type of restoration. You can, of course, hire your own specialist if you prefer.

The electrical items are inventoried and taken to a treatment facility, where they get warmed in a way which dries the moisture without compromising the internal components. There are several instances in which SERVPRO consults with third parties. The aim is always to offer you the best possible service.

Speed is of the essence when handling networking devices, so don’t delay. The sooner you let SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County take a look, the faster we can devise a water damage repair plan. Call us 24/7 on (763) 712-9712.

Practice, Planning, And Communication To Survive Storm Damage In Andover

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Practice, Planning, And Communication To Survive Storm Damage In Andover Andover Residents Be Prepared for Flooding

Floods and Water Damage Happen: Be Prepared

A major storm encompasses the entire area that you live, and your home is about to be caught up in a major storm that can cause significant damages to your property.

You may think that you have thought of everything you possibly could to protect your Andover home from receiving storm damage during the current weather system. However, we have a few things you should keep in mind to prevent possible hazards and additional damage.
 
Always practice communication between family members in dangerous situations. Your first thoughts should be about getting you and your family safely out of the affected area. Work in combination with local media and authorities to keep up to date on all storm warnings. It has been our experience at SERVPRO, that text tends to get through more often than voice calls, use this to your advantage.
 
If you are unable to get to safety, knowing first aid or emergency medical actions could save lives, so, take a first-aid class and practice the skills so that you know what to do when faced with this kind of situation. The Red Cross certifies over 3 million people every year for emergency preparedness.
 
All of our SERVPRO technicians live in the area too; we find it smart to store some emergency supplies to assist in the survivability of our families. If you get caught somewhere, you should have an emergency "Go Bag" ready with essential items and plan your evacuation ahead of time with each member of your family. On the way out the door, remember any prescriptions, valuable documents, and personal items you may need, as well as clothing, food, and water for each member of your family. Do not forget other essential items, including a first aid kit, cash, phones, phone chargers, and valuable items that are easy to carry.
 
At SERVPRO we find that it helps to discuss the possibility of this kind of situation with your family, friends, and neighbors. It helps everyone involved if we share information and help each other prepare for disasters properly. During events like this, communication is invaluable, knowing the location of every member of your family and working as a team saves valuable time and prevents needless hazards from developing.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids - Central Anoka County for additional information for hazard prevention and safety, today. (763) 712-9712

How to Speak to Remediation Specialists about the Mold Damage in Your Anoka Home

1/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Speak to Remediation Specialists about the Mold Damage in Your Anoka Home Signs of Mold in Anoka Means a Call to SERVPRO

Information and Inspection for Professional Mold Remediation

Mold damage is a complex development, with some possible outcomes and consequences. It presents big challenges for repair and remediation specialists, who have to balance the concerns of homeowners with realistic and practical responses.

For instance, in cases of severe mold damage in Anoka homes, it may be necessary to dispose of possessions, furniture, and even some structural materials. This can be a stressful thing to do, but the ability to salvage items depends entirely on the severity of the mold. To uncover the depth of the problem, a protocol is in place. The SERVPRO team will ask you some important questions and conduct a thorough on-site inspection.

Keep reading to find out what to expect, what you should know about the mold remediation process, and what you’ll need to discuss with the team.

Why Do You Suspect There is Mold in Your Home?
This is an important question because there’s no way to know for sure if there is an extensive mold problem until the house has been inspected. So, the technicians will want to know what is making you suspect mold. Is there a musty smell in certain rooms? Are there visible patches of mold growing on walls?

Have You Had Any Recent Problems with Moisture?
Mold spores flourish in warm, wet environments, which is why they are such a problem after flooding. A pipe could burst behind a wall and cause the structural materials to become damp and vulnerable. You may have a moisture problem on an external wall, which causes the inside of the house to feel humid and clammy.

Does the Property Have a History of Mold?
Unfortunately, mold can be very difficult to treat. It can be neutralized, and usually exterminated, with the use of dehumidifiers, air movers, and air scrubbers, but all dormant mold spores cannot be removed from a structure. This means that, unless the source of the moisture is eliminated, the mold will return. If your property is experiencing recurring mold problems, it is likely because the source has not been discovered, fixed, and properly dried.

Can the Affected Are Be Sealed and Contained?
In many cases, it is easier to prevent mold spores from spreading if a containment area is set up. This can be temporarily disruptive, especially if the affected space is in a kitchen or bathroom. However, it is the best way to stop the problem from appearing anywhere else in the house. The SERVPRO technicians may ask you about alternative arrangements; for instance, if you’d rather stay elsewhere until the remediation, and if needed, restoration and repairs are completed.

At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we understand that mold damage can be stressful. This is why we work closely with homeowners to create the most effective and efficient plans for mold remediation. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

Why Fire Damage in Coon Rapids Properties Can Lead to a Battle with Stubborn Odors

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Fire Damage in Coon Rapids Properties Can Lead to a Battle with Stubborn Odors Hydroxyl Generator Helps Remove Smoke Odors from a Home in Coon Rapids

SERVPRO Equipment and Skills Eliminate Odors After a Fire

For fire damage repair and restoration teams, there are many challenges. The homeowner is putting the future of their property in the hands of an outside service, so the stakes are high. No matter how severe the fire, it is our job to salvage as much as possible and try and bring your house back to a safe and habitable condition.

It is a complex process, and it does not end with damage caused by the flames. In fact, smoke and soot are just as destructive. They leave oily stains on walls and ceilings, as well as producing foul odors which stick to carpets soft furnishings. To repair fire damage in Coon Rapids homes, an approach which deals with both odor and the burnt items is needed.

However, the battle to eliminate stubborn odors is not always what it seems. Keep reading to find out why imaginary smells can cause a big problem for homeowners.

What Are Imaginary Odors?
It might sound strange to talk of ‘imaginary’ odors, particularly about fire damage. Clearly, fires do cause some very real and awfully pungent smells. At SERVPRO, we are trained in the most advanced deodorization techniques so that we can eliminate them quite quickly. The use of deodorizing chemicals is highly effective because they interact directly with the offending particles in the air.

We often find that even after a successful deodorization period, some homeowners still struggle with unpleasant odors. This can happen even if there is no evidence of smoke or soot residue left on the property. It occurs as a result of a phenomenon called heightened awareness. To put it simply, fire can have such a big impact on people that they find it hard to convince their senses that things are back to normal.

How Do Restoration Experts Remove These "imaginary" Odors?
The answer is simpler than you might think. All it takes is the right support. Most of the time, just taking a moment to guide homeowners through the fire damage restoration process is enough to put their mind at ease. This is why, at SERVPRO, we will not leave until you are completely satisfied. It is your home, and you decide when you are comfortable and pleased with the results of our work.

Our technicians are friendly, happy to chat, and can answer any questions that you might have about deodorization equipment, ozone machines, hydroxyl generators, containment protocols, and document and electronics restoration. By keeping you in the loop, we hope to make the process as stress-free as possible and get you feeling comfortable and safe in no time. "Like it never even happened."

To find out more about how deodorization works and why it is important for fire damage restoration, talk to the experts at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County. We are based in your area, so our repairs are fast and efficient. Call us 24/7 at  (763) 712-9712.

Commercial Water Damage can Affect Stores and Shops in St Francis

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage can Affect Stores and Shops in St Francis Retail Shops in St. Francis Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Small Business Requiring Rapid Water Removal Rely on SERVPRO

Having your own business comes with many responsibilities, and having to cope with emergencies is one of them. Some, like water damage, can be one of them. When there is a water leak, your business not only has to pay for the lost water, but also faces the possibility of damaged inventory and equipment. When you react to the threat water damage poses to your investment, you typically don't have time to consult with others about what to do. You must act quickly to minimize the existing damage and to prevent larger losses from occurring.
 
St Francis shops and small stores that have water lines in them are at risk of commercial water damage when those lines and pipes are not maintained on a regular basis. When you do not own the building your enterprise is located in, you most likely rely on your landlord's maintenance crew to tend to such matters. While this may be written in your lease that maintenance of the building falls on the shoulders of your landlord, you should still examine those lines regularly. After reporting anything that seems risky to your landlord, repairs should be made quickly. However, leaks can still happen due to pressure changes in the water main's supply. Leaks are also not the only source of water that can damage a commercial setting, either.
 
Dampness is often sufficient to damage more delicate pieces of inventory, such as is found in a card shop, stationery store or clothing boutique. SERVPRO uses machines that boost air movement, even in small locations, to speed up the rate of evaporation. Water damage is possible with even slightly raised levels of moisture, meaning that flooding is not always the cause. Moist air can create the perfect environment for secondary water damage to develop.  Mold growth can begin rapidly, as can other problems, when humidity levels increase from a leaky pipe, or even from a drain that has cracks in it under the sink in the bathroom.
 
If water damage is the threat, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 at any time. Our job is to keep your business open for business.

Preventing and Restoring Winter Fire Damage To Your Hamm Lake Home

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing and Restoring Winter Fire Damage To Your Hamm Lake Home Fires can start quickly. Exercise safety precautions but if you do have a fire, call SERVPRO to assess and help with the damage!

Tips to Follow For Fire Safety

The colder months of the year compound the risk factors leading to a home fire making it more likely that your family may be hurt or displaced by a residential fire if precautions are not taken. SERVPRO recommends that you protect your Hamm Lake home from the terrors of a winter fire by following these tips.

Have your wood burning fireplaces inspected and cleaned by a reputable company on a regular basis to prevent chimney fires.

Keep flammable items away from fireplaces, space heaters or candles.

Extinguish fires and candles at bedtime and when no one is in the area to supervise them. Never leave children or pets alone in a room with a lit fire or burning candles.

Limit the use of space heaters only to times when responsible adults are awake and supervising. Inspect for frayed wiring regularly and make sure your heaters are UL listed and of the proper size for the area to be warmed.

Take care when decorating for the holidays, avoiding the use of multiple extension cords and outdated strings of lights. Turn off holiday lights and other decor when retiring for the night or when leaving the house.

Ensure your kitchen areas are equipped with fire extinguishers as you bake, cook and otherwise prepare for the winter holidays. Use extreme caution when deep frying festive treats or when many hands are helping in the room.

If a fire does break out in your home despite precautions, it is always a concerning experience, but when fire damages your Hamm Lake house during the winter you have the added challenge of freezing temperatures as you recover from the disaster. We are able to assist you with all aspects of winter fire damage including boarding up or otherwise securing areas of your home left open to the elements after a cold weather fire. Our mission is to restore and remediate the damage done by a winter fire rather than tearing up and replacing structures and contents during the snowy months. Our trained technicians are able to accomplish this even while your family is living in undamaged areas of your home by using smoke and soot containment systems and judicious applications of professional air scrubbers and deodorants that work toward eliminating the unpleasant odor remaining after a fire.

When you endure a minor fire in your home, you may be tempted to try to clean up the soot and remove the smoky smell on your own. Because of the complex chemical reactions that occur during a fire, it is wisest to invite SERVPRO to partner up with you to assess the post-fire situation in your home. We can suggest tasks a homeowner can handle easily while our professional team works on the challenges of fire restoration that require specially trained and certified technicians to complete.

Once the fire department departs call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. Experienced dispatchers at (763) 712-9712 will get a crew on its way to your Ham Lake home to begin the fire damage restoration process.

Safety Advice During Heavy Storms in Andover

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Safety Advice During Heavy Storms in Andover Stay safe during a flood. Afterwards, call the technicians at SERVPRO to assess and remediate!

SERVPRO can Remediate your Storm Damaged Property

Serious storm damage can take a toll on your home, but safety for its occupants should always be your first priority. SERVPRO has seen multiple unfortunate cases where homeowners try to protect their property at risk to themselves, and the injuries that came with those mistakes. Staying safe during a major storm is no laughing matter, and if it comes down to it, you should always prioritize your life and health over that of your home. After all, professionals like SERVPRO can reverse the damage to your home, but a lost life can never be restored.
 
Stay on the Second Floor
 
Any storm damage to an Andover home that involves flooding will hit the first floor long before the second making those upper floors a much safer place than down below. If your home does have two floors, or perhaps an attic, staying elevated could save you from serious injury if the storm brings in flood waters. If your home has a single floor, try to find a secure spot, and make sure any basements are vacant.
 
Stay Away from Running Water
 
Although most modern homes have sufficient protection from lightning, it is best to try to keep your use of running water to a minimum during a thunderstorm. This includes bathing, showering, and even usage of the sink. Ideally, you should have some bottled water around in case of an emergency.
 
Pack Away Breakables
 
If you have received a flood warning or know one is inbound, taking a few minutes to get breakable objects up high and in a secure position could save money on restorations and someone in the house from future injury. If objects are allowed to break, they can create cutting hazards, and with the unclean waters of a flood, these can lead to serious infection.
 
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County has years of experience dealing with flooding and other heavy water damage, and is ready to respond at all hours should you need us. Just give us a call at (763) 712-9712.

Prolific Types of Commercial Damage Tackled by SERVPRO

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Prolific Types of Commercial Damage Tackled by SERVPRO From Airports to Retail Shops Rely on SERVPRO in Coon Rapids to Keep Your Doors Open

Water, Fire, Smoke, Mold, and Biohazards Can Shut Down a Business

Often when least expected, disaster strikes thousands of businesses across the country every year. From the long and slow process of mold growth to sudden and disastrous floods or fires, there are many ways that a commercial building can sustain severe damage. In some cases, a fast response through SERVPRO's mitigation strategy can make a difference of thousands of dollars in damages and weeks of time, but there is typically still extensive cleanup and repair work to be done in the wake of such a disaster.
 
Fire Damage
Fires are what many business owners fear most, and the force most often identified with commercial damage in Coon Rapids. Although fires are visible and certainly destructive, they are thankfully a relatively uncommon occurrence. Most commercial fires start from electrical or artificial sources, such as gas leaks, chemical reactions, cigarette butts, or electrical malfunctions. Restaurants, cafeterias, and commercial kitchens are major players in fires. Most businesses are also equipped with a sprinkler system, able to douse most small blazes before they reach substantial size.
 
Water Damage
Water damage is a highly diverse type of damage, often creating unique conditions and problems that require an expert eye to solve. Response times are important for many water damage cases, as SERVPRO technicians will be able to assess the situation and shut off any sources of further damage. Some types of water damage, such as storm floods, can completely destroy buildings in extreme cases, but most are benign enough to allow for a full restoration.
 
Mold Damage
Mold is a difficult substance to deal with. While it is often less time-sensitive than other types of damage, cutting its growth off early is also important in stopping its exponential growth. Long-term exposure to mold may also cause health effects, making remediation a medical priority as well as a financial one. Many office buildings, particularly older structures with outdated air duct systems suffer from "air sickness." Indoor air quality is a key component in a healthy office or administrative building environment.
 
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can tackle all types of commercial damage, with well-trained professionals and high-end equipment. Call us at (763) 712-9712 to find out how we can help to get your doors back open after a disaster.

Mold Damage Can Happen Anywhere In An Oak Park Area Home

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Happen Anywhere In An Oak Park Area Home Mold needs not only water to survive and grow, but also a dark area, and organic matter to feed on.

Mold Damage And Your Property

When you become a homeowner, the joy and freedom of such status also come with many different responsibilities. These include protecting your investment and your family's health. Mold can quickly damage your home and has been known to cause health effects in people. Mold needs not only water to survive and grow, but also a dark area, and organic matter to feed on. Organic matter can be found in many areas in the typical home, but often seems to be inorganic. This is because mold, being microscopic as an individual, can find crevices that are minute but still large enough to hold nutrients. This is especially true in concrete. Other materials that may seem inorganic, but are organic include drywall. The paper covering is made of cellulose and provides a significant amount of nutrients to mold while also being capable of retaining moisture.

If you have a home in Oak Park, thinking of mold damage affecting your home may be something you'd rather not tackle. Mold can easily spread, so your first assumption is most likely correct – it's better to hire professionals who are trained, experienced, and also certified in handling mold. Mold can't be eliminated, but it can always be reduced to safe levels.

Mold can be located anywhere in your home, but the most likely spots are where there is some source of moisture and a weak or absent source of light. Sunlight can destroy mold quickly, so areas that receive some sunlight through an open window or doorway are less likely to be affected. Darkened garages, attics, and basements can also hide mold that is then carried into the rest of the home. This is also true of sheds and other outbuildings. Closed-off rooms that are rarely used can also provide the environment needed by mold, and surprise you when you need to use the room after a long period of non-use. The same method used to protect walls and flooring from being bleached by the sun can open the pathway for mold to overtake a room.

Behind refrigerators, under large appliances that use water, heating, and cooling duct work, around window frames in shady spots, and along baseboards of walls that are opposite water lines can all be places that mold can easily grow. At SERVPRO, we can help you not only remove the mold damage and restore your home, but we can also help prevent the return of over-active mold. Using dehumidifiers, sealers, and other devices, we can work with you to make sure mold has a much harder time making a re-entry into your home.

Contact us to help you return your home to a safer, cleaner state again, where mold is under control. You can reach SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712, anytime, day or night, seven days a week.

Take Control Before Disaster Strikes With A Commercial Fire Damage Ready Plan For Your Andover Restaurant

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Take Control Before Disaster Strikes With A Commercial Fire Damage Ready Plan For Your Andover Restaurant SERVPRO Helps With Commercial Fire Damage in Andover

SERVPRO's Mobile App--The Emergency Ready Profile--Helps Mitigate or Prevent Commercial Fire Damage

You have worked tirelessly to build your restaurant business, bringing to your hungry customers the delicious dishes they crave and precious memories of milestones and events, large and small, celebrated within your establishment. As the business has grown you have established a legacy for your family and a stable work environment for your loyal staff. The best way to ensure you protect your own interests and those of your employees, family and patrons are to work with SERVPRO to establish a commercial Emergency Ready Profile Plan in case the unthinkable happens, and you suffer fire damage at your restaurant. Our mobile app walks you through the process of creating an emergency response plan, assisting our team to hit the floor running if you suffer a loss.

Commercial fire damage in your Andover restaurant will be managed swiftly when we know your priorities and concerns ahead of time. As you develop your personalized Ready Profile, please feel free to consult with us. Our experienced commercial loss specialists want to understand completely how your business works so we can develop an individualized response that will get your restaurant up and cooking again in record time. We can help you sort through the options available to you before any loss, allowing your decisions to be made calmly and deliberately without the stress of a crisis.
 
As you work on your Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) take the time to review your insurance coverage for your business, organizing what you will need to provide for claims so that you and SERVPRO can collaborate efficiently to assure proper coverage for our fire damage services should they be needed. The Emergency Ready Profile development also provides an impetus to update training of your own staff about proper fire prevention and fire control measures your business can have in place to limit damage if a fire occurs. Be certain your restaurant is equipped with appropriate and fully charged fire extinguishers as per state and local codes and that your employees are trained in their use. The ERP and other safeguards will result in less downtime for your restaurant if fire damages your premises and our team of commercial fire restoration experts will be on the job fast and aware of your preferences as we remediate the situation.
 
Use all the tools available from SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County when your restaurant is damaged by fire in the kitchen or any other area of your building. Contact us at (763) 712-9712 any hour of the day or night, and we will see to it that your Emergency Ready Profile and plan is put into action.

Facing Flood Damage In St. Francis

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Facing Flood Damage In St. Francis Storm damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to help!

Quick Storm Damage Response Can Prevent Secondary Damage

The St. Francis area can experience significant amounts of rainfall during spring, summer and autumn storms. When the ground becomes saturated with daily rains and even more precipitation is forecast, the result can be damaging basement flooding in your home. If your house is near the Rum River, the increased rainfall can also put your lower level at risk when it rises due to snow melt or heavy rains. Whether from the river rising, seepage because of waterlogged soil or from improperly draining gutters and downspouts, SERVPRO can help you solve serious problems that can follow when your basement fills with inches of water and or is persistently damp as one storm follows another.
 
If you are a victim of flood damage in St. Francis, you need a water damage restoration company that responds quickly and has the trained staff and equipment necessary to handle all aspects of your home disaster. We can pump out your basement within hours of contact and then work with you and your insurer on a plan to thoroughly dry and restore the structure, interior, mechanical systems and personal possessions. Using our full-service restoration company gives you an instant feeling of relief as our technicians have all the tools necessary to take your soaked basement back to pre-flood condition.
 
Basements can be bare bones staging areas for your heating system and laundry area, or they can contain living areas, bedrooms, and storage. No matter what function your basement serves for your family you can be confident SERVPRO will assess your situation carefully and create a plan to recover those functions. After the water is removed, we will move on to restoring or replacing damaged plaster or sheetrock and ceilings. We are the expert in flooring restoration, including concrete, tile, hardwood, laminate, and carpeting. Your heating and cooling systems, appliances and electronics will be inspected to ensure they can be used without risk or proper repair or replacement will be arranged. You can count on us to personalize the restoration process, consulting with you as we review options for restoration or replacement of structural components and furnishings. Our pledge to you is to be fast, thorough and always compassionate as we help you and your family move through this disaster.
 
When the water rises in your St. Francis home, put panic on the back burner and call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. Dial (763) 712-9712 24/7 to schedule a same day appointment and relax knowing we are committed to solving your flood damage issues.

Water Removal Is A Crucial Part Of The Water Damage Restoration Process

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Is A Crucial Part Of The Water Damage Restoration Process Standing water can cause significant damage to your property.

Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

What should be done if you discover your home flooded for one reason or another and you have water standing everywhere? Obviously, the water has to be removed, but the bigger question that you will have to answer is how you can do that effectively without leaving lasting effects of the flooding for years to come. You need to have the water removed and the damage restored as quickly as possible.

Water Removal Is a Key Component of the Restoration Process
If you live in Oak Park and are in need of water removal, there are many things that are probably going through your mind. Unfortunately, it isn't enough to simply remove the water to the best of your ability and then put everything back where it was prior to the incident. When you call us at SERVPRO, you can rely on our technicians to do a thorough inspection of the property to determine whether or not it is truly restored. Your first step is to contact us so we can remove the water that is present. Once that step has been completed, we work diligently to dry the entire affected area and then sanitize everything so that you don't have to worry about any type of bacteria growing. Remember, water damage can occur from a lot of different sources. Even if the problem looks relatively small, you still have the same potential hazards to deal with that you would if your home was completely flooded. That is why it is so important that you call us at SERVPRO right away.

Call Someone You Can Trust
You don’t have to let standing water destroy the things that matter most to you. More importantly, you don’t have to try to handle the problem yourself. Contact us at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County 24/7 by dialing (763) 712-9712.

Sentimental Possessions May Be Salvageable After a House Fire

8/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Sentimental Possessions May Be Salvageable After a House Fire SERVPRO Cleans Up a Toy or a House After Fire Damage in Anoka

After Fire Damage, SERVPRO Strives to Restore Personal Keepsakes and Sentimental Items

Sometimes items that may be deemed “unsalvageable” because of a small monetary value have the highest sentimental value for our customers. After a fire, an insurance company will make a determination whether it is more economical and feasible to clean and restore an item or pay to replace it. If it is more cost-effective to replace, the item is deemed “unsalvageable”. Unfortunately, this doesn’t take into account any sentimental worth the item may have.  

This toy earthmover was taken out of a house fire in Anoka by our crews. Because it was covered in soot and smoke, the toy was put into the unsalvageable category. But this yellow grader was the favorite possession of the homeowner’s 4-year old son, who lost most of his belongings and toys in the fire. Our cleaning team took it upon themselves to clean this yellow toy grader and restore it to its original condition "Like it never even happened." We carefully wiped down, using brushes and cleaning tools, the metal body, plastic tires, and turning mechanisms with various cleansers and solvents. When we delivered it to the rental home where the family was staying the look of joy on the boy’s face was worth all the effort! He was ready to use his yellow toy grader to rebuild his house.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County takes pride in giving back to our local communities. Rely on us to restore your water or fire damaged property, including your keepsakes and heirlooms, to its pre-loss condition whenever possible. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

Flood Damage can be Costly: Here are a Few Tips on How to Decrease Your Losses

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage can be Costly: Here are a Few Tips on How to Decrease Your Losses Flood damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO and we'll respond quickly and get you back into your house!

Fast Thinking and Simple Actions Can Protect Valuables in Your Home

Floods are occurring more often in the USA than they have before. These floods arise from not only melting snows in the spring but also from heavy downpours of rainfall, even in winter. In some locations, flash floods have cost numerous people their lives, in addition to creating general havoc, loss of business income, inventory, and jobs, as well as homes and businesses themselves have been lost.

Hopefully, Coon Rapids residents will never see extensive flood damage like what has recently been endured across the USA, but it's always better to know who to call when flooding ever does happen. A fast response to flooding can decrease the amount of flood damage and reduce losses, as well as the costs of repairing and restoring flood-damaged structures and other items.

If you know heavy rainfall will be headed your way, move your most valuable items to an upper floor, if possible. If there is no upper level available, place those items that can be damaged the most easily, but are lightweight, up on top of taller dressers or even inside of cabinets that are near the ceiling. Other items, such as TV sets, might be able to be placed on lower dressers. All food that is not refrigerated or frozen should be moved to a higher location. Food cans and jars cannot be cleaned well enough to obtain proper food safety levels after being exposed to flood water.

After flood waters have receded, you need to call a company that is experienced in all stages of restoring flood damaged properties. SERVPRO has a local office in Coon Rapids but has access to resources at a national level. We are trained according to IICRC standards and are certified in all stages of restoring flood-damaged homes and businesses.

We start with water extraction, and then begin to sanitize and clean while others begin the drying process. Furniture restoration can keep your replacement costs low, and not only includes cleaning of the exterior upholstery but also the interior padding and foam that is often found in upholstered chairs, couches, and other items. Drapes and other textiles can be cleaned at our site, and carpets will be cleaned and sanitized, then inspected to ensure they do not need to be replaced instead. Carpets, because of their location and purpose, are often hit the worst in a flood. While we do our best to preserve it, many carpets do need to be replaced in order to protect residents and others who will spend time in carpeted rooms. Area rugs can be cleaned at our location, however.

Part of the problem with flood water is that it can contain the worst in contamination. Not only does flood water often contain chemical waste from roads and streets, but it can also contain industrial run-off that was drained into area rivers. Sewage run-off should be another concern. At SERVPRO, we've had extensive training in actually dealing with this kind of flood water and can eliminate much of the risk these contaminants can pose to you and your family.

Sanitizing your home or business can continue through the drying process. Drying must be complete so that secondary water damage does not become a reality. This can include rotting of internal wood beams, mold growth, and warped and splintering wood features in your home. Preventing secondary damage is another way to save on costs – prevention is always less time-consuming and also less costly than dealing with subsequent secondary damage at a later date.

When floods hit your home or business, make sure you deal with it aggressively. Call us, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 and we will help you through the entire process. We want to return your home to pre-flood condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Restoration Process

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Process Fire in your Blaine home can cause significant damage.

Fire Damage and Restoration

It is hard to imagine anything more severe than a fire in your home that threatens your family’s sense of security and leaves behind plenty of fire damage in Blaine. A fire can quickly bring a business' operations to a halt suddenly, affecting not only the business but its customers as well. A wildfire that is out of control can wreak major havoc on communities.

Every sixty-five seconds a fire at a structure is reported, according to the National Fire Protection Association. When the alarm goes off, fire departments plus emergency responders will answer the call for help with action that is decisive and fast. When the smoke clears, SERVPRO’s fire restoration team will stand ready to help with the same kind of quick response, any time of day or night.

The golden hours of recovery are within the first day or two after fire damage has occurred. An effective emergency response will quickly stabilize your structure and make sure to recover as much of your property as is possible. The smoke and acidic soot damage which is many times produced when fires are extinguished will accelerate the corrosion and deterioration of the components of the building and its vital assets. To make matters worse, fires are most often extinguished with water or dry chemicals. The toxic smoke odor left behind must also be neutralized and deodorized.

The process of fire damage restoration will include mitigating damage, cleaning up smoke damage and water restoration as fast as possible once the damage has occurred. Besides the visual damage to the structure, the contents inside the structure have to be looked at for recovery based upon several factors which include: 
- Cost of replacement vs. cost of restoration
- Effect of heat and smoke
- Loss of value
- Loss of use
- Lowered life expectancy
- Sentimental value

SERVPRO’s fire restoration services may include demolition, emergency board up, thermal deodorization to mitigate damage from smoke, soot removal film application, and total reconstruction.

Fire Department Support Services
We’ll also work closely with the fire department and many times will be called into help with fire damage efforts once the fire is extinguished. Support services include the following: 
- Emergency site containment and board up services. This includes securing the property and preserving the scene from any more smoke and fire damage.
- Arson investigators will work with us to help us to safely secure evidence, storage and transport and debris manipulation.
- Supply cranes and other heavy equipment for clearing paths, letting aerial photos to be taken, expediting hauling and other needs for fire damage restoration.
- Moving of materials to assist in the secure safe entry of the fire department and authorized personnel in the entire process of restoration.
- Provide dumpsters, lighting, emergency power and more.
- If needed, application of board up decals to the burned structure’s visual eyesore.

Blaine fire damage needs to be taken care of right away, so give us a call at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by dialing (763) 712-9712. We will come to your property to evaluate damages and being the process of fire restoration.

In The Fridley Area: Call Us For Water Removal Damage

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage In The Fridley Area: Call Us For Water Removal Damage Water damage to your Fridley property can be devastating.

Call SERVPRO For Water Removal Damage in Fridley

The extraction of standing water in Fridley involves its removal, including removing moisture from a water damaged area. This process requires a number of innovative style equipment, trained technicians, and experience. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (“IICRC”) designs industry programs for all types of water extraction systems. IICRC ensures that restoration companies are well trained in all aspects of water removal.

Removing water requires knowing the type of surface involved. When water damage occurs at a home due to a faulty washing machine or a burst pipe, people believe that they can clean it up themselves. However, what they can't see until later, is that their drywall begins to buckle, floors start cupping, or even worse, there is a smell of mildew. Our Fridley water damage technicians can use moisture readers to identify hidden spots and dry them out.

When a flood causes water damage, there are a couple of concerns. First, the structural integrity of your property is crucial. For instance, if a multi-tiered home has damage from standing water on upper floors, water can cause the floor to collapse down onto the levels below. For walls, it's 2 x 4's which support its frame can decay, causing the walls to sag and lose their ability to provide support. The second concern is the growth of toxic mold. This contaminant can begin growing within 24 hours to 10 days at temperatures, 77 to 86 °F (25 to 30 °C), although growth can occur between 32 and 95 °F (0 and 35 °C).

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County water remediation technicians, use advanced inspection and extraction equipment. Water removal is not always the same in every water damage event. However, the ending for our customers is full restoration. We are a locally owned and operated business. We are proud to be an active member of the Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County community. We are also proud to serve our local Minnesota communities: Andover, Blaine, and St. Paul. When an emergency occurs, we are nearby and ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Call us today at (763) 712-9712.

St. Paul Water Damage--What to Do and Who to Call

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage St. Paul Water Damage--What to Do and Who to Call Don't Be a Drip. Call SERVPRO to Help with Water Problems in St. Paul

SERVPRO Can Arrive Promptly to Address Your St. Paul Water Damage Issues

When water damage happens to you in St. Paul, there are steps you can take right away to reduce permanent damage and further costs. Water damage can slowly or quickly erode property and objects. This is especially true if your response is delayed more than 48 hours.

Steps to Take when you Detect Water Damage
As soon as you notice flood or water damage you can take action that can reduce further damage and begin the process of restoration. Remember to be calm so that you can clearly think about what you need to do to help remedy the situation.

1. Call a water damage restoration professional. They should respond quickly to your water damage needs in St. Paul. SERVPRO calls back within the hour and will arrive for assessment and help within 4 hours under normal conditions.
2. Turn off the main water valve and shut down any water source to stop continuous flooding from occurring. Stopping the water as soon as you can reduces damages and clean-up costs.
3. Turn off the electrical breaker in all areas that have been damaged by water or flooding. Do this before you attempt to unplug any devices. You do not want to be electrocuted or shocked badly.
4. Use foil under furniture legs to prevent permanent water staining in those carpeted areas.
5. Remove all curtains or tapestries out of the water if possible.
6. Lift up and put up any skirts around beds or sofas. This prevents water damage by way of wicking up into the furniture proper.
7. Remove any papers, shoes, plants, or other items that can stain the carpet or floor by remaining in the water.

What to Avoid Doing if you have Water Damage in St. Paul
Do not use your vacuum. This can cause you electrical shock or damage to your equipment. Don't put newspaper down in high traffic areas. This can cause ink to run onto carpet fibers. This can permanently stain your carpets. Avoid walking on any carpet or flooring more than necessary. This keeps damage from being spread to other areas in your home. When all of that is complete, simply wait for the water damage restoration expert from SERVPRO to arrive at your St. Paul residence. Chances are, they came already and did much of the above work quickly. The trained technicians have the tools, equipment, and expertise to do the job safely and efficiently. Whether a wet-vac, buckets, and mops, are the equipment of choice for your job, or sump pumps, and truck-mounted heavy duty pumps, rapid water removal salvages more personal property and also saves you money.

If you need water damage restoration in St. Paul, Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. With 24/7 emergency service, you can trust this leading company to restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage In Blaine - Reasons to Call in the Pros

4/30/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage In Blaine - Reasons to Call in the Pros This Blaine House Could Use Water Extraction from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Fixes All Water Damage Related Problems in Blaine

When your property in Blaine is affected by water damage, the essential thing to do is to resolve the water issue fast. Failing to deal with the water intrusion issues can result in secondary water damage in the form of a mold infestation and structural damage. Although most people want to complete the water damage restoration process alone, hiring a professional has a high success rate. Take a look at some of the benefits of letting an expert like SERVPRO restore your home. 

To Avoid Further Damage – After your property gets flooded, time is an essential factor as it only takes a short period before building materials degrade, furnishings become water stained, and mold grows. It is, therefore, necessary to begin the restoration process as soon as you can. A reputable company like SERVPRO can offer their services promptly to handle your problem.

Safety First – When you hire experts like us for your Blaine water damage and restoration needs, you do not do any work. As a result, you stay out of harm’s way since flood waters are infamous for containing bacteria, pathogens, chemicals, debris, and other dirt.

For a Fast Process – Our water damage restoration company has specialists who know what they are doing. We also have adequate knowledge, skills, and equipment to restore your home quickly so that you can move back fast.

To Guarantee Total Clean-up – Attempting to do all the restoration work alone is often a disaster waiting to happen. Since you are less likely to have the appropriate tools or skills, it is easy to mess up. Such a mishap can end up being more expensive in the long run.

Use Of Specialized Equipment – Our skilled technicians have access to a wide range of specific equipment useful in optimizing and expediting the clean-up and repair process. This equipment helps ensure we finish the job skillfully and speedily. Most homeowner garages do not stock water pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, ozone machines, foggers, and industry leading cleaning agents.

Hidden Damage – It is not always easy to spot water damage. Moisture can be trapped and absorbed into walls and sub floors, in drywall, and below your carpet. Water damage professionals from SERVPRO, with intense in-house and corporate training, and IICRC-certifications, are aware of this and can utilize infrared cameras and hygrometers to discover moisture problem areas.

Allowing professionals to resolve your water damage issues in Blaine is a prudent means of restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. "Like it never even happened." Whether in Circle Pines, Blaine or Andover call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County 24/7 via (763) 712-9712 and let the experts help.

Mold Damage In Andover - Homes With Mold Must Be Dealt With Quickly

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Andover - Homes With Mold Must Be Dealt With Quickly Mold can infect a home and, if left alone, can take over a house within just a few days.

Andover Mold Damage - Homes With Mold Must Be Dealt With Quickly

Mold can infect a home and, if left alone, can take over a house within just a few days. The mold spores that cause this are everywhere outside and can come into your home on the air and pets and the clothing of anyone who enters. This is how it can begin. The entrance of water, through a flood or storm damage, can also bring this dangerous element into your home. Mold damage in Andover must be dealt with through the services of a professional crew who does this type of removal on a daily basis.


The couple of things that mold needs to live and grow are already in your home, especially if there has been water coming in from a leaking pipe or a sewer connection breaking in your basement or crawl space. The moisture that is necessary, as well as the fuel, such as any wood, drywall, fabric or furniture is all there, also.


Mold can impact many people, especially those that have allergies and are prone to having respiratory problems. Health concerns make the need to have mold removal completed immediately. Calling a mold remediation company takes on an urgency that is backed up by the fact that mold can not go away by itself.


The company you call comes in and does a complete inspection of the entire house. This inspection is to find where it all is and what must be done to get it out of there. The professional technicians have plenty of specialized equipment they can use to locate all of the many sources of water and moisture, regardless of where it is, and it could be in many places. Mold may be behind the drywall, under the carpeting and floors and it might even be above the ceiling which makes the ceiling tiles decompose and possibly fall.


After locating all of the areas where it is possible for mold to be, all sections impacted like this are opened up. This is done by tearing wallboard out or opening the counters under the sinks. It could easily mean entering the crawlspaces, whether basements or attics. Remember; all areas are prone to attracting molds if the things it needs for life are present.


The areas that have mold present need to be contained. This is because, since the spores float in the air, no contaminated air should be allowed to go into other areas. This containment can consist of plastic sheeting or other barriers. The rest of the house's air is then filtered and evacuated from the home. This filtration is accomplished by large fans located in the appropriate places for this to happen efficiently.


The mold damage is then physically removed, and the areas sanitized with green sanitizing agents. A preventative can also be applied to help prevent the re-infection of this area.


Then the repair work begins. This is the installation of any building materials that have been removed to do this cleaning. They use new materials because the construction materials that were there were contaminated, and it is easier to do this than chance the old material carrying mold spores into the now clean space.


A leaking pipe, storm damage or a flood, in your Andover home, is the reason to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for a through inspection and fast remediation work by this professional personnel quickly.

How To Handle Coon Rapids Water Damage To Your Residential Property?

1/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Handle Coon Rapids Water Damage To Your Residential Property? Water Damage from a Burst Frozen Pipe Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Handles Restoration to a Coon Rapids Water Damaged Home

In the event that Coon Rapids water damage strikes your residential property, acting immediately is important. Whether the water damage resulted from roof issues, flooding, or a plumbing complication, you must eliminate the source of the problem quickly and correctly to prevent costly issues from arising. Learn more about the steps to take to lessen the impact of water damage to your home by reviewing the short outline provided for you compliments of SERVPRO.

Note: Seasonal insight into preventing snow and ice from causing water damage is timely. Water intrusion as a result of accumulated snow melting on the roof, with clogged gutters from ice or debris, will seep through the sheathing, soffits, and fascias into the attic. Prevent ice dams by keeping gutters and downspouts obstruction free. Attic insulation, as per R-rated guidelines for your locale, will diminish ice dam formations. Frozen pipes that burst can initiate hidden or extreme water flow. Keep adequate interior temperatures to prevent freezing when the house is vacant or unoccupied for more than several days. Turn off the water main and drain plumbing lines for extended non-occupancy.

How To Handle Water Damage
Once you realize that water intrusion is occurring on your property, there are several steps you can take to mitigate the water damage and expedite restoration.
• Turn the water off immediately.
• If it safe to do so, turn the electricity off as quickly as possible.
• Help prevent mold growth by reducing your house temperature until it is below 70 degrees.
• Call your insurance agent. This step is important because it will enable you to start filing your claim.
• Contact SERVPRO, water damage restoration experts, to remove all water and diminish the possibility of mold growth.

Why Acting Immediately Is Important
In some cases, a busy lifestyle or pressing work-related matters will prevent a residential property owner from reacting quickly when unwanted water appears. Don't let a small leak become a large flood. It is critically important that you take positive action as soon as you realize there is excess water on your property.

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Expedient Water Damage Remediation Our IICRC-certified technicians have extensive industry experience and will provide you with 24/7 emergency services. Because of our commitment to offering excellent results at affordable prices, we are industry leaders with over 1,650 U.S. and Canadian franchises. We can restore your Coon Rapids water damaged property "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County proudly services our local communities of Coon Rapids, Blaine, and Andover. We are faster to any size disaster and are ready 24/7 to provide help. 763-712-9712

Spring Lake Park Fire Damage Restoration Explained

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Spring Lake Park Fire Damage Restoration Explained U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011.

Fire Damage Restoration Explained in Spring Lake Park

Fire Damage Restoration: What You Need To Know

When your office or home space is hit with a fire in Spring Lake Park, the consequences can be horrific. In addition to making your property more susceptible to structural damage, fires can increase the likelihood of a mold invasion. Additionally, fires can cause stress as you seek to determine how you are going to pay for remediation services. However, learning more about fire damage and restoration processes can help you prevent headaches, save money, and get back to your regular life. Learn more about these important matters by reviewing the short outline found for you below:

 Fire Damage Restoration: A Brief Overview

 Because fires in Spring Lake Park can have such a destructive impact on your property, it's important for you to attain fire damage restoration services to correct these issues. Although fire damage restoration is a loosely defined term, it typically references the process of drying and cleaning the home or office following a fire. Additionally, the remediation experts will offer mold remediation and content restoration services.

 Steps To Restoration

 Once the fire department and other emergency representatives have done all that they can do for your business or home, it's time to call the fire damage restoration professionals. They will utilize a step by step process to get your property back in excellent condition. Typically, the steps will include:

 1. The Assessment

 The first thing a Spring Lake Park fire damage restoration expert will do when they arrive at your property is to perform an assessment. This assessment will show them exactly how much damage your home or office has been subjected to. It will also enable them to devise a thorough restoration plan that will get your house back in order. Some of the things contractors will check for include remaining fire hazards, broken windows, and structural integrity.

 2. Ensuring Structural Integrity And Cleaning Up

 The fire damage restoration company's next course of action will be to determine whether the integrity of the property's structure is sound. If there are any damaged regions of the property, the recovery crew will secure the area. The securing work can include things like strengthening walls and boarding up windows. They might also cover roof holes with a tarp. They will then move forward with a cleanup process that involves removing all excess water and restoring salvageable materials. 

 Although a commercial or residential fire can be anxiety-inducing, you don't have to deal with the restoration challenges alone. Instead, let the excellent, expedient professionals of SERVPRO provide you with the high-quality services you need and deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you with the detailed care you're looking for, and we also offer 24/7 services to ensure that your fire issues can be addressed immediately.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Spring Lake Park, Blaine, or Circle Pines, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (763) 712-971

Limit Water Damage in Andover with These Steps

10/20/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Limit Water Damage in Andover with These Steps Control Potential Water Damage ASAP

SERVPRO Is on Standby to Limit Water Damage to your Andover Home

Water damage in your Andover home can take place for several reasons. In addition to experiencing excess water due to natural disasters like floods and fire, property owners often find that a leaky pipe or a sewage issue is the culprit. In many cases, homeowners grow distraught and financially strained once their properties are impacted by water damage. However, knowing what to do when the situation arises can help keep you calm, minimize water damage, and moving forward toward a solution. Here are three simple strategies to implement after water damage has affected you home in Andover.

1. Shut Off The Source of the Water

Bear in mind, safety is always first. If possible investigate and find the source of the water intrusion. The most important action you can initiate is to stop the flow of water, either from the localized area of the flooding or the main shut off valve. This main valve is usually located outside of the house. Rapid response is the key to this step because the faster you turn off the main water valve, the faster you can stop the unwanted water flow. Try to limit the water damage.

2. Turn Your Utilities Off If Safe

Remember, safety first. If you had a strong flow of water within your house, and you cannot safely walk on the floor due to floating debris, or lack of visibility do not enter. The danger of electrocution is very real. In the case of a burst pipe or leak that is not overwhelming, proceed slowly and safely. Try to turn off your main circuit breaker in the electrical control panel if accessible. Now you can safely disconnect any appliances in pooling water. The importance of stemming the flow of water is obvious, yet by doing so, you may salvage more personal items and appliances.

3. Call A Water Damage Restoration Company.

The above drama is prudent behaviour for large volumes of water flow. If a simple mop and bucket along with running a fan will remedy a minimal water leak, then you saved property, inconvenience and money. If not, then the final step you should take when you experience water damage in your Andover home is to call SERVPRO. We possess the training, experience, and industrial grade equipment to quickly extract the water from your home. Then we can remove moisture and salvageable furnishings for cleaning. We have IICRC certified training in all aspects of cleaning--spray and wipe, foam cleaning, and abrasive cleaning just to name a few. Then we can remove odor and deodorize using special air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Additionally, we can, upon their approval, work in tandem with your insurance company or adjuster to expedite the entire process, saving you time and money. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Andover too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is close by to Blaine and Fridley and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. Call us for help. (763) 712-9712

How To Prevent And Recover From a Commercial Fire in Blaine

9/26/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Prevent And Recover From a Commercial Fire in Blaine Be Prepared and Keep Your Business Open

SERVPRO Can Get Your Small Business in Blaine Back in Service After a Commercial Fire

Running a small business in Blaine can be a personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding endeavor. However, experiencing a commercial fire can severely compromise your ability to run your company. Commercial fires can cause a host of business complications, including structural damage and employee concerns regarding health and safety. However, learning more about how to prevent and recover from a commercial fire can help you remain in control and keep your small business running successfully. Review the following quick reference guide to learn more about commercial fire prevention and recovery methods:

The Disaster Prevention Plan

To prepare for the effects of a fire, it is important that you create a disaster prevention plan. This plan includes preparation for fires as well as hurricanes, floods, snow blizzards and any other natural disaster that could occur. Your disaster recovery plan should include the listing of contact information for vendors, clients, and employees.  It should also contain the phone number for SERVPRO, a premier fire disaster recovery team. A backup plan for alternative locations and methods for completing business transactions are pertinent. 

Commercial fire damage can be avoided for the most part by being aware of potential hazards. You should also take all necessary precautions to prevent fires. One way to accomplish this objective is to contact the local authority (Fire Marshall) on fire prevention and safety methods to attain specific recommendations for your company. Also, keep that SERVPRO number handy. Be sure that you and your employees know where the fire extinguisher and emergency exits are. Fire suppressant systems should always be checked as scheduled.

Two Common Sources Of Fire

Knowing about the most common sources of fire can help in preventing them. Candles are an accident waiting to happen in the workplace. Also, note that overloaded electrical outlets are a major fire hazard. Therefore, be sure that you don't overload your building's electrical capacity. Instead, use multiple outlines and surge protectors to limit the likelihood of a fire.

Fire Insurance

In most cases, your insurance policy should cover losses if a fire transpires. Always know exactly what your business's policy will cover and review the policy each year. If necessary, you should add supplemental fire insurance to the policy. Avoid settling for partial coverage so that your premiums will be lower. In the event that you endure fire damage, this coverage will likely not be enough. Finally, you should remember that the insurance policy will not cover all of your documents and valuables. It may be prudent to insure these items and materials separately. SERVPRO has coordinated communications with hundreds of insurance companies and ancillary agencies.

Call SERVPRO Today

Once your property in Blaine is subjected to commercial fire damage, there's only one restoration company to call: SERVPRO. For over 50 years, our IICRC-certified technicians have offered the professional services and customer care necessary to keep property owners calm and restore their commercial space with speed and skill. We will always work with you to get your customers quickly returning to your place of business.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency in Blaine. We are part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises. Just call for help. (763) 712-9712

Water Damage and it's effects on Coon Rapids Government buildings

8/16/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage and it's effects on Coon Rapids Government buildings Several of these buildings are somewhat older structures that are in need of infrastructure replacement of critically important parts.

Water Restoration in Coon Rapids Government Buildings

There are thousands of buildings all over the nation, including Coon Rapids, that are owned and managed by the United States government. Several of these buildings are somewhat older structures that are in need of infrastructure replacement of critically important parts. This need for replacement could also mean the pipes are very old and not well maintained, so that they are more likely to burst then newer pipes would be. Also, there are many government buildings that are located in places that undergo significant changes in climate that can range anywhere from extremely cold to extremely hot. These temperature changes can make for a significant amount of strain on any piping that is in the building, which can yield burst pipes within buildings. Even though many people like to think of the United States government as immune to commonplace problems such as this one, the truth is that their buildings are just buildings like any other commercial building and can just as easily be affected by problems such as water damage as can any building in the United States. Which types of facilities that are owned by the United States government can be impacted by the bursting of pipes?

Military facilities experience effects due to weather changes that can come with no notice at all. Considering that several of these facilities are distributed all over the nation, it is very important to ensure that the ones that are in temperate climates have adequate insulation. If they do not, the consequences will be that the pipes will maintain a tendency to burst, whether they are located in the offices, airplane hangars, or barracks. If a pipe does burst in one of these facilities, the incident could actually lead to the formation of mold. This is bad enough in a home, but when an issue like this has an impact on the armed forces of our nation, it is absolutely crucial to make sure that the problem is taken care of, so that the armed forces can be ready for action at all times and not have to deal with issues such as this. 

Federal court buildings could also be seriously impacted by damage due to water. These building are ones that people would really not want to have to deal with an issue such as this one, because the buildings are actually local centers of the federal justice system. Because they are so important within the system, they need to be open at all times, so that the justice system can proceed with its work as usual. If water damage takes place within one of these buildings, it needs to be tended to right away, so that the problem can be alleviated and the federal justice system can proceed with its work.

Government offices need to be protected from water damage as well. If there are water damage issues in a major center of government activity, it is possible that the bureaucracy within the government could be adversely affected or even slow down to the point of ineffectiveness. For this reason, it is crucial for any water damage problems that arise in these buildings to be resolved immediately and in the most professional way possible, so that the building can be maintained in working order. It would be absolutely unacceptable for federal government proceedings, which affect everyone in the nation, to be slow down or stopped due to a problem as simple as water damage within the building. Just like other businesses, the Government calls in experts when they need a specific job done, like water damage to their buildings. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka Country - (763) 712-9712. We are available 24 hours a day to get your Coon Rapids business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services: 

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How to prepare for a flood and it's aftermath in your Coon Rapids home

8/16/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to prepare for a flood and it's aftermath in your Coon Rapids home If there is any amount of flood damage whatsoever, it is important to stay off the property

A GUIDE TO FLOOD PREPARATION IN YOUR COON RAPIDS HOME.

As the landscape around your Coon Rapids home continues to change due to natural causes such as wildfires and rainfall, it is important to continuously update one's flood preparation plans. Failing to prepare for a flood could not only mean expensive flood damage that will put a homeowner's finances at risk, it will also risk the safety and well-being of their family. This is why everyone should keep these flood preparation tips in mind and know exactly what to do after flood damage has occurred. 

Pay Attention to Local Threats
The first step should involve finding and accounting for local threats near your home. This includes any nearby streams or runoffs that could become problematic after a flood. Residents can also contact the local PD or municipal offices to see if there is a flood warning system that will make automatic calls or text messages. Finally, locals may want to invest in a scanner or scanning app to keep an eye out for real-time alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Prepare Your Property
Every few months, homeowners should go through their home and property to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for any flooding. This begins with cleaning out culverts, storm drains, and rain gutters from any debris that could clog them. Families may also want to contact specialist that can help them come up with more comprehensive solutions such as lifting the water heater off the ground, installing a sump pump, or redoing the roof. 

Prepare Your Family and Create a Disaster Kit
Every family that lives in a flood prone area should have a disaster plan and a stocked disaster kit that will last them for at least 72 hours. A disaster plan must cover information such as where vital documents are located and where the family should evacuate to. The kit should include medication, some food supplies, water, batteries, flashlights and copies of all important documentation such as insurance policies and birth certificates. 

What to Do After A Flood
Finally, families should consider what must be done after a flood takes place. If there is any amount of flood damage whatsoever, it is important to stay off the property until it has been cleared by local officials. If further damage such as a washed away road is noticed, a family must notify the local PD or sheriff immediately. From that point, a family will need to contact their insurance provider for emergency funds and to schedule a meeting with a claims adjuster. Once the flood has passed and the damage has been serveyed, call your local SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County - (763) 712-9712. They can make it, "Like it never even happened." 

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Coon Rapids community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

The importance of ridding your Coon Rapids home of mold

8/16/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The importance of ridding your Coon Rapids home of mold Once mold begins growing the spores can become airborne and affect air quality.

The reasons why removing mold in your Coon Rapids home is so important.

Mold Remediation

Mold Damage can be hidden for years and create a health hazard for the people of Coon Rapids in their home or working in a building with mold. People often associate black, green, or fuzzy mold as dangerous and the mold can be found out in nature or damp, dark places in the home. Since mold spores are dangerous and possibly toxic, breathing the air where there is mold present could cause serious health issues. In addition to causing health problems, mold can also damage the structure of the home.

Where does Mold Occur
Burst pipes or a leaky faucet can cause a mold infestation in cabinets or behind walls. Soaking up the water with a towel does not correct the problem. The mold will begin to grow and expand into the woodwork and drywall. A leaky roof or damaged shingles or gutters can also cause water damage and mold in your attic, walls, or the ceiling. Mold can easily grow in the insulation and paper building materials. If your home has been affected by a fire or flood, a water restoration company should be called in to identify potential damage by mold.

Hazards of Mold
Once mold begins growing the spores can become airborne and affect air quality. Whether the damage is in your home or office, small spaces can be especially dangerous. People who have respiratory problems are more at risk, but children and pets can also be affected. If there has been water damage to the home or building, a water restoration company needs to come in and dry out and clean up the water and debris to make the space safe and healthy.

A fire or flood can cause stress to the homeowner and family members and pets. If the water is not cleaned up quickly, additional damage can occur with mold and the decomposition of personal possessions. Family heirlooms and antiques can be saved if the restoration begins immediately. It will take professional cleaners to make sure the water is cleaned up correctly. SERVPRO can begin restoration quickly and get the home back to normal. Don't wait for mold to make you and your family sick, call the local experts at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County - (763) 712-9712  

Why You Need Fire Damage Insurance in Coon Rapids

8/14/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Need Fire Damage Insurance in Coon Rapids Snow Will Not Keep a Fire Away

Fire Damage Insurance for Your Coon Rapids Home


If your homeowner’s policy, in your Coon Rapids home, doesn’t include fire damage protection, you’re missing critical coverage that could save you a bundle.

Every year accidental house fires cause billions of dollars of damage to homes across the United States. A homeowner not covered by fire restoration insurance can find himself in real financial difficulty following fire damage to his abode.

Fire restoration insurance is part of your homeowner’s insurance policy, obtained through your provider of choice. This coverage enables you to address some concerns, such as repairs needed after an accidental house fire.

Depending on the coverage and the extent of the fire, restoration insurance may cover part or all of any fire damage and repair costs. The amount of coverage you need depends on several factors, including (but not limited to) your insurance company and any applicable state laws. Your provider can go over these details with you when you purchase the policy.

Coverage Options

Coverage for fire restoration costs varies widely, based on insurance provider and the state in which you reside. Your policy may include funds for replacing fire-damaged items, rebuilding costs, and hiring a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO. The scope of the policy, the extent of property damage, and applicable state laws will govern whether the policy fully reimburses you for all costs. The cause of the fire, as determined by fire department inspectors, can also play a major role in determining the amount you receive.

Your insurance company may refer you to a specific restoration company, which will then work in conjunction with your provider to reach an agreeable settlement for any necessary repairs. If you’re unable to get a referral, the process still works in much the same way. The insurance company will determine the amount it’s prepared to reimburse you, and the restoration company will quote you a repair cost. The two companies will then work together until they agree on terms.

But be careful! Restoration work on your home should begin within 24 hours of the fire, to prevent secondary water damage and to avoid the threats of mold and mildew.

Hiring SERVPRO is an excellent, cost-effective way to restore your home and cope with the devastating effects of a house fire resulting in serious fire damage. Consulting these professionals ensures your home will be restored to its former state as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For more information on fire restoration insurance, please contact your homeowner’s insurance provider. It is wise to be prepared in the event of an unfortunate fire in your Coon Rapids home.

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For an immediate response for fire restoration call us at (763) 712-9712

How a Coon Rapids Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help You

7/9/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage How a Coon Rapids Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help You The sooner water is cleaned up, the less damage there will be.

How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help You

When a person’s home is plagued by damage from water, one of the very first things they wonder it is if it is worth the expense to hire a professional Coon Rapids water damage restoration company or if they should just try to do the cleanup themselves. Many question the benefits of hiring a restoration company or want to know how much damage water needs to cause before contacting a professional cleaning and restoration company like SERVPRO is worth it.

When your property is damaged by Coon Rapids water as a result of a flood, a cracked or broken water line, sewage that has backed up into your home, or if water has pooled in a certain area for more than 24 hours, it is in your best interest to contact SERVPRO who can clean up and restore an area after it has been damaged by water. Having damage caused by water professionally cleaned will minimize long-term problems in the future like wood rot that could eventually weaken a home's structure.

The Sooner Water Is Extracted, The Faster an Area Will Dry
One benefit the comes from using SERVPRO is that they are equipped with the tools necessary to completely remove standing water from hard surfaces, like wood and tile, as well as from softer surfaces that could absorb Coon Rapids water, like carpets and furniture. This allows these surfaces to drive faster. The quicker water dries, the less damage will take place. If water is not dried within 48 hours, mold will begin to grow and damage the property and put the health of its occupants at risk.

Minimizing Health Concerns
Depending on where the source of the water that damaged the building is from, its occupants may be at risk from bacterial contamination or contamination from microorganisms. This is especially the case with floodwater and sewage water. Trained professionals understand the potential hazards that come from dirty water and will come equipped with the necessary equipment to clean it up properly while protecting themselves and others from health concerns.

Water Restoration Reduces Total Losses
The sooner water is cleaned up, the less damage there will be. The longer water sits in an area, the more damage it will cause to floors, drywall, and furniture. Often times, repairing a home after it has been damaged by a flood is a lot more expensive than having professionals come in and cleanup the water immediately.

SERVPRO is able to respond quickly. They can save homeowners the burden of trying to clean up water accumulation in their home themselves. As they clean, SERVPRO can identify secondary damage to the structure of the home and its foundation. They leave homeowners with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that every drop of water that is found in the home has been dried and that mold growth has been prevented. 

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace

5/26/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace Have professionals test if you suspect that you have mold damage in your commercial office. If mold exists they can create a remediation plan.

General public awareness has been greatly increased in the past years about just how dangerous indoor mold can be to a person's health and a building's structure. What we'll be discussing here is some safety tips and information about keeping mold out of larger office buildings and just what to do if there is a mold outbreak. This will assist those responsible in creating and evaluating their remediation plans and help them respond as quickly and as knowledgably as possible. That being said, the information here is just a quick summary and should not be looked upon as the end all, be all of indoor office mold information.

First, let's take a look and see just what mold is.

The Basics of Mold

Molds are a natural part of the environment and can be found virtually anywhere, including outdoor and indoor environments, all throughout the year. Currently, there are around 1,000 species of mold native to the United States with about 100,000 known species across the globe.

Mold plays an important part in the environment outside. It helps break down just about any type of organic matter, such as fallen leaves, dead animals, and dead trees. For us, it also allows us to make things such as penicillin and cheese.

While mold does have its benefits in general, it's never a good thing to have growing inside homes or offices. Indoor mold can cause major problems, as it can eat away at the foundation, the inside decorations, and can even cause health problems to people.

It can grow on virtually anything, as long as the mold has some water, oxygen, and some organic compound to eat. When it has those things, it also spreads rapidly, given its airborne spore-centered method of reproduction.

It's very easy for mold to grow anywhere that moisture is present. The longer the mold goes untreated, the more problems it can cause. Some types of mold prefer growing on wood, insulation, food, carpet, or paper products, but it's even possible for some types to spread simply by eating dust.

One of the problems is that it doesn't need sunlight to grow, which means that mold that's nested in areas that can't be seen, such as under floorboards.

Mold Prevention Tips

Now that we understand a little bit about what mold is, let's take a look and see how to reduce the chances it has for growing in your workplace.

  • If there are ever any leaks in the workplace, do not delay in getting them immediately repaired.
  • Routinely keep an eye out for any wet spots or condensation and get the areas dried out as soon as possible.
  • Increase air circulation and ventilation in order to increase surface temperature and maintain an environment that isn't so humid. You want to shoot for an indoor humidity below 70%, but if you can get below 60%, it's even better.
  • Schedule regular HVAC inspections and regularly change any filters.
  • How Do I Know If I Already Have Mold?

    Prevention is great, but sometimes mold can still sneak in through the cracks. Let's take a look at some ways to see how to determine if your workplace is already experiencing mold.

  • Are there any furniture pieces or materials in the building that have moisture damage?
  • Are there any recurring or current moisture issues in the workplace?
  • Has anyone been reporting a musty or even moldy smell?
  • Has there been any recent remodeling on the premises?
  • Have people been reporting any health issues related to mold?
  • Mold Cleanup Methods

    If you do find that mold is present, the correct method for cleanup would be to remove any causes of moisture and to completely remove the contaminated materials to prevent any further damage. There are a number of different cleaning methods you can employ to help remediate the damage mold causes. The specific method you employ for your workplace will depend on specifically what type of material has been affected.

    Wet Vacuum
    These are vacuums that are specifically designed to pick up water, whether the water is standing on hardwood floors, carpeting, or pooled in one area. Wet vacuums should not be used on porous material like gypsum board and should only be used on particularly wet materials. After using the device, make sure to clean and dry thoroughly to prevent mold buildup in the machine itself.

    Water and Detergent
    For nonporous material, mold can quickly be cleaned by using a combination of water and detergent. Make sure to dry thoroughly after wiping down the area.

    High-Efficiency Particulate Air Vacuums
    HEPA vacuums are great to use after an area has already been cleaned using traditional methods and considerably dried. Ensure that the filter is properly fitted into the machine and that anyone operating it uses a mask when switching filters.

    While mold is a huge nuisance, particularly in larger office areas, it's important to remain proactive to ensure that there isn't any chance for it to develop. In addition to that, maintain regular contact with the building's occupants to be able to respond quickly and effectively in case mold gets through anyway.

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids responds quickly to your Coon Rapids fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our technicians are highly trained in business mold removal, business mold remediation, commercial mold removal, remove business mold, serv pro cleaners, and disaster restoration services.

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    How To Prepare For A Flood in Blaine

    5/26/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage How To Prepare For A Flood in Blaine Flood damage in Blaine can cause substantial damage. Prepare for flood damage with these tips.

    America's most common natural disaster is floods. Experts estimate that floods cause $42,000 worth of damage per insurance claim. This means that Americans have spent around four billion dollars on flood damages within the past decade.

    According to Livescience, the length and intensity of the rain event are the key factors that lead to a flood. However, a levee or dam breech can also lead to a flood. Regardless of what causes them, floods can result in serious damage. A flood can also be a nightmare for a homeowner.

    Fortunately, you can prepare before flood damage in Blaine occurs by taking doing the following things:

    1.) Be Informed

    You should find out whether you live in a floodplain. Living in a floodplain not only means your area is more likely to flood, but the cost of flood insurance will also increase. If there is a flood warning or watch in your area, then you will need to make sure you stay tuned to the news.

    2.) Stock Up

    You should prepare yourself for a possible flood by stocking up on the things you need. A first aid kit, flashlight and hand-crank radio are a few of the necessary supplies. You will also need to have enough water, food and medication to last you a few days. Additionally, you should make copies of your deeds, insurance policies and other personal documents.

    3.) Prepare To Leave

    You should watch the news or listen to the radio for warning signs. You will also need to be prepared to leave if necessary. If there is a flood warning in your area, then you will need to move to higher ground. Try to avoid water. Even if the water is only a 1/2 foot high, you may still fall. If you are unable to escape the flood waters because you are in the car and driving, then you will need to get out of the car and move to a higher ground. Your car could be swept away in a flood.

    4.) Wait It Out

    Wait until the officials in your area say that it is safe to leave before you go back home. Check to see if every support is intact before you go in the house. Call 911 immediately if you notice a gas smell.

    Wear protective clothing and remove every hazardous material, such as fuel containers, batteries and cleaning materials. You may have to have your water treated before consuming it or preparing food. Contact the health department in your area in order to make sure the water supply has not been contaminated.


    It does not take much flood water to cause thousands of dollars in damages to a home. You can reduce the risk of serious damage by taking the precautions. 

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. Our technicians are trained in clean up flooding, flood water damage, home flood damage, clean up flood damage, flood damage cleanup, residential cleaning services, serve pro restoration and surfpro water damage.

    Need Storm or Flood Cleanup Services?
    Call Us Today (763) 712-9712

    Facts and Myths about Mold and Mold Remediation in Andover

    5/26/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Facts and Myths about Mold and Mold Remediation in Andover The professionals at SERVPRO can identify if there is any mold in your home. They can then come up with a remediation plan to remove and prevent mold

    Mold is a common, yet serious and often misunderstood, problem. Mold develops quickly, growing within 24 to 48 hours of a moisture breach. Common breaches include plumbing leaks, water loss and flooding into crawlspaces and basements.

    Despite all that is known about mold, there are still a lot of misconceptions among homeowners. Take a look at some facts and myths about mold and mold remediation in Andover:

    FACT: There are far too many species of mold and fungi to identify.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate there are anywhere from 10,000 to 500,000 species of mold and fungi. The most commonly identified species found in homes are: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus.

    FICTION: Mold is always visible.

    Believe it even if you don’t see it, as not all types of mold are visible. It’s best to rely on smell to detect mold. A musty odor indicates mold is likely present.

    FACT: Mold can lead to health complications.

    Although not everyone is affected when exposed to mold, all molds have the potential to cause illness or distress, especially among people with respiratory issues. Common symptoms associated with mold exposure include coughing, watery eyes, congestion, headaches, dizziness and even memory loss. Researchers at Rutgers University recently discovered that mold exposure can lead to Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms.

    FICTION: Once mold is remediated, it won’t come back.

    The only way to permanently eradicate mold is to eliminate the moisture or water problem that caused the mold to grow in the first place.

    Mold should be remediated quickly and properly. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids follows the IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation and are trained to remediate mold using the latest, most effective techniques in the industry. For further information or service consultation contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids today.

    Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Coon Rapids home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (763) 712-9712

    3 Ways to Prevent Water From Getting Into Your Basement This Spring

    3/26/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage 3 Ways to Prevent Water From Getting Into Your Basement This Spring Water can seep into a basement from many different places!

    It’s been a mild winter in Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine, Elk River and all throughout Minnesota but that doesn’t mean your basement still isn’t at risk of flooding this spring.  One major storm is all it takes to saturate the ground and cause problems for anyone not prepared.

    At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, our technicians are specialists at water remediation, water removal and water clean-up from basements.  We are on call 24 hours a day to help if you need us.  But follow the below tips to reduce the chances of having a problem!

    1. If you have a below grade sump pump, take the cover off the well and make sure it is free of debris.  It is also a good idea to test it to make sure it is still operational after the winter.  To do this, you can remove the cover from the basket, and raise the float valve to simulate water entering the sump pump well.  The pump should turn on automatically.

    2. Inspect your gutters.  They should be free of leaves, twigs and mud and all the down spouts should point away from your house. 

    3. If you have a septic tank, spring is a great time to have it cleaned.  A clean septic tank will do a much better job standing up to any strong rainfalls and will have a smaller chance of becoming clogged.

    Please click on the below link for more information on water removal from your basement or call us at: 651-631-0071:

    Water Removal From Basements

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County Travels to the East Coast

    3/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County Travels to the East Coast Our team drove over 24 hours straight to get to the New England area.

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County  recently travelled to the East Coast as a member of the SERVPRO Storm Team, a nationwide network of the most highly trained fire and water restoration professionals who travel on a moment’s notice to help those who have been affected by fire, storms and flooding.

    Three weeks ago we sent a team to the New England area to help the people out there who are dealing with one of their worst winters on record.  With over 100 inches of snowfall in under eight weeks and consistent sub-zero temps, there are thousands of homeowners dealing with frozen pipes, ice dams or both!

    Our team was in the area working for 10 days straight, sometimes for 14-1 hours at a time.  We went from South Boston all the way up to Manchester, NH.  We dealt with snowbanks twice as high as our truck and neighborhood roads so overwhelmed by snow they were almost impossible to navigate.

    Everyone returned home safe and sound and we were even able to stop for an authentic cup of New England Clam Chowder on our way out of town! 

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is a locally based business that has effectively mitigated water damages in Anoka, Andover, Elk River, Blaine, Coon Rapids and St. Francis among others!  If you need our help, please call us 24/7 at: 763-712-9712

    Why Water Damaged Needs to Be Taken Care of Immediately

    3/4/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Why Water Damaged Needs to Be Taken Care of Immediately The above is an example of our hardwood floor drying mat system.

    Even a small amount of water can cause a lot of damage to a property and if corrective action isn’t taken right away, the homeowner may bear the cost of the clean-up.  This is because most homeowner insurance policies will state that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to try to limit further damage to their home after a water loss.  If they don’t do anything, the insurance company could deny the claim.

    On top of this, the longer there is water in a home, the greater the possibility of the home experiencing secondary damage.  This is when materials that are wet sustain additional damage that then becomes more expensive to fix.  A good example is when wet drywall is not properly dried and then becomes moldy.  Another one is when you have a wet room that is not addressed and the high humidity levels cause damage to another room that wasn’t originally affected.

    Secondary damage is always more expensive to mitigate than the original water damage but can be avoided is corrective action is taken right away!

    At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we have successfully mitigated water damages in hundreds of homes in Anoka, MN, East Bethel, MN, Elk River, MN, Blaine, MN St. Francis, MN and Coon Rapids, MN

    Once you see our green trucks pull into your driveway or parking lot, you can rest assured you’re in capable hands. We have the latest modern, commercial-grade drying equipment available, including, extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers, hardwood floor drying systems, and each of our trained technicians are certified and water restoration.

    Fire and Smoke Damage in Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine and Andover

    2/12/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Damage in Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine and Andover This frame was from a couple's wedding whose home was damaged by a fire. Our certified technicians made it like the damage never even happened!

    This picture is a before and after picture from a keepsake pulled from a house fire in Coon Rapids.  As you can see it was heavily damaged from the smoke and soot of the fire but our trained technicians were able to restore it to where it looks like nothing ever happened.

    If you suffer fire or smoke damage in your home the the Coon Rapids, Anoka area call us at 763-712-9712.  You'll be amazed at what we can do!

    Fire Damage in Coon Rapids and Anoka

    1/27/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Damage in Coon Rapids and Anoka A home like this one is filled with lots of content that all needs to be accounted for after a fire

    Fire damage to your home can be a devastating event to deal with, even after you know that everyone is safe and sound. 


    While most people are rightfully initially concerned about their home, once the fire department leaves, attention soon turns to all of the contents and possessions still inside.

    Content management can be a big part of a fire loss.  At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County, anytime we take contents out of a customer’s home, we use a bar coded inventory tracking software program.  A picture is taken of each item and then a description is put into the program.  Lastly, the item is matched with a box that is then bar coded.  This helps ensure that everything is accounted for and, if the homeowners ever want to find something, we can simply do a search for that item on the software and instantly know which box the item is in. 

    Remebmer, we are always here to help, 24/7: 763.712.9712

    To read more about our fire restoration services, please click on the following link:

     SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County Fire Restoration Services

    Damage from Broken Pipes in Coon Rapids

    1/19/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Damage from Broken Pipes in Coon Rapids This broken pipe caused over $20,000 in damage to a Coon Rapids based business

    Frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of pipe bursts. Therefore, you need to take some important steps to prevent them from freezing. Here are two tips that we recommend:

  • Insulate the water pipes which are exposed to cold. Most times, these pipes are located in the crawl space, attic or along your exterior wall. Adding an extra layer of insulation will keep your pipes protected from freezing temperatures. You can even wrap these insulated pipes in heat tape.
  • Seal all the leaks that let the freezing air enter your home, especially if they are near the pipes. Most often this includes spots around cable, telephone or electrical wiring entering the home through exterior walls.
  • If you do have a pipe break in your home or business, turn off the water source as quickly as possible.  This might mean turning off that water main.  This will help limit the damage and the amount of water that comes into the structure.

    No matter how bad the damage is, we are always here to help and since we are locally based whether you live in Coon Rapids, Anoka, or Elk River, we can have one of our certified technicians on site to help typically within an hour or two. 

    How to Handle Fire Damage in Blaine, Coon Rapids and Anoka

    10/22/2014 (Permalink)

    The following are some tips on how to handle the damage caused by a fire in your home:

    • There are companies that are experts in cleaning and/or restoring your personal items. Whether you or your insurer buys this type of service, be clear on who will pay for it.
    • Be sure to ask for an estimate of cost for the work and agree to it in writing. You will find the names and phone numbers for companies that do this work in the phone book and on the Internet, or ask your insurance agent for a company they have used.
    • Before you hire any company, talk to someone who has used them to make sure they did good work. After the Fire! Returning to Normal
    • Some companies that claim to provide board up and cleaning services are not honest. Ask your insurance company for names of companies you can trust to do a good job at a fair price.

    Water Damage in Coon Rapids, Blaine and Andover

    9/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage in Coon Rapids, Blaine and Andover Carpet that sits wet for a long time will become damaged beyond repair. The key to saving carpet damaged by water is getting it dry quickly!

    If you have suffered water damage in your home, you most likely are faced with cleaning up wet, soggy carpet.

    In these situations, we are often asked if the carpet could be saved.  And the answer is that, more times that not, we can save the carpet but it needs to be dried quickly.

    The longer carpet sits wet, the higher the chance is that is will be damaged beyond repair or, even worse, mold will start growing.

    Our certified water restoration technicians have speciality equipment to safely extract the water from the carpet and then remove any remaining moisture from it.

    There are instances when the carpet cannot be saved. This is usually when the source of the water has come from an outside source, such as flooding or a sewer back up.  In these cases, more times than not, it is better to remove the carpet and padding so you don't risk any contamination from the bacteria that is in that type of water.

    Recovering from Smoke Damage To Your Home in Coon Rapids

    9/16/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Recovering from Smoke Damage To Your Home in Coon Rapids A certified restoration company can help you through the process of putting everything back together when your home is damaged by smoke and fire.

    When the place where you live is damage by smoke from a fire is natural to feel a sense of unease and loss.  Most people want to get everything back to normal as soon as possible but they aren't quite sure where to start.

    Here are a few things to think about that will help speed up the recovery:

    1. First and foremost, take care of yourself and your family.  This means getting everyone out safe and not going back into your home until you are told it is okay to do so.  Then when you do, use extreme cautiion as you will most likely be walking on uneven, wet, damaged surfaces.  Call relatives if you need a place to stay.  If you don't know anyone who can offer shelter, contact your local Red Cross for help.

    2. Be sure to let your insurance company know what happened.  Besides handling the claim, your insurance carrier can be a great resource to you in handeling all the things that come up when your home is damaged in a fire.  Making sure they are aware of what is going on as soon as possible will help them help you.

    3. If you can, try to prevent further damage.  If the fire department came and water hoses were used, try to prop up furniture off of wet surfaces.  Also, opening a few windows can help dissipate the smoke smell more quickly.

    If there is a lot of damage to your home,  enlist the help of a restoration specialist.  Your insurance agent can recommend one to you.  SERVPRO of NW Ramsey County specializes in smoke and water remediation and our certified technicians are always on call to help with needed.

    Fire and Smoke Damage Clean Up in Coon Rapids, Anoka and Blaine

    9/8/2014 (Permalink)

    If you have experienced any kind of smoke and fire damage at your home or business in Coon Rapids, Anoka County, it is important to immediately come up with a plan for clean up and take action as the damage caused by smoke and soot increases over time and will make the overall clean up more complicated and costly.

    When researching firms to handle the clean up, it is important to find one that is certified in Smoke and Fire Restoration.  A certified firm will come to your location, do an initial scoping of the damage and test materials and surfaces to determine what can be properly cleaned and restored to their pre-loss condition.

    At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, all of our technicians are certified in smoke and fire clean up and we work with all major insurance carriers.

    If we can ever be of service, please call us 24/7 at 952-473-4837. 

    Water Restoration in Coon Rapids, Anoka, East Bethel and Blaine

    9/2/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Restoration in Coon Rapids, Anoka, East Bethel and Blaine Water may be hiding where you don't expect it!

    Did you know that SERVPRO of Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County can use Thermal Imaging technology to locate water in your home?.

    We use the same high tech equipment that is used by the police to locate suspects. If water is present in building materials our thermal imaging camera will be able to detect and document the location without disrupting your home or business.

    Call us 24/7 at  763-712-9712 to set up a time to have your home inspection.  We are local and always here to help!

    -The SERVPRO of Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County Team

    What Kind of Water Damage is Covered By Insurance?

    8/27/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage What Kind of Water Damage is Covered By Insurance? A leaky roof that causes damage to a ceiling may not be covered by insurance

    If you live in Anoka, Coon Rapids, Andover or Blaine you may find it confusing trying to figure out what is and isn't covered by insurance if you experience water damage in your home.

    The general rule of thumb is that if the water came from outside the home it isn't covered but if it came from inside the home it is.  To put it another way, water that comes in from flooding may not be covered but water that comes in from a broken pipe inside the house will be.

    If you are not sure, check with your insurance agent.  Knowing what is covered before something bad happens will allow you to plan appropriately. 

    For more information on what to do if your home is damaged by water, please visit our website at: http://www.servprocoonrapidscentralanokacounty.com/water-damage-restoration

    Water Damage in Coon Rapids, Anoka, East Bethel, Elk River and Blaine

    7/21/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage in Coon Rapids, Anoka, East Bethel, Elk River and Blaine Collapsed ceiling from water damage from the spring rains.

    Now that Mother Nature is giving us a quick breather from the rains, it is time to have your home inspected for any water damage it may have suffered the last two months.

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County specializes in water damage extraction, cleanup, structure drying, carpet removal, pad removal and much more!

    We work with most insurance carriers across the country and our certified technicians can quickly perform an inspection of your home or business.

    With one of the largest restoration teams in the state we service the Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Elk River, Blaine, St. Francis and Zimmer areas.

    Please give us a call at any time to set up an appointment.  Our 24 hour on call number is: 952-473-4837

    SERPVRO-We’ll make it like it never even happened!

    Time for our Annual Key Partner Survey!

    6/11/2014 (Permalink)

    Summer in Minnesota is a time for a lot of things – heading to the cabin, going fishing, enjoying our wonderful outdoor spaces or attending one of the thousands of fairs that go on when the weather gets warm.  Those are all great but here at ServPro what we’re most excited about is that it is time for our annual key partner survey!

    The survey is quick (promise!) and it will help us serve you better.

    As an added incentive we will draw a name from all of the respondents and the winner will receive a 3 room carpet clean for free!

    To get started, click on this link an then complete the questions.

    Annual Partner Survey

    Thank you in advance for your participation!

    -The SERVPRO Team

    Smoke Alarms Save Lives

    5/27/2014 (Permalink)

    Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detecor requirements are met. 

    Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

    Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

    • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. 
    • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 
    • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. 
    • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps", the battery is low and should be replaces right away. 
    • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

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