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Preventing Fire Damage Migration in Coon Rapids Store.
Fire damage can shut your Coon Rapids boutique completely down, let us help you get back up and running.
Let SERVPRO help prevent further damage from a fire in your Coon Rapids store.
Small fires in your Coon Rapids boutique do not have to become devastating circumstances when you act quickly. Securing skilled restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team can provide effective mitigation solutions, but also containment strategies to reduce the spread of harsh fire effects to the rest of your building.
Containment is one of the pre-mitigation strategies that can help our professionals gain control of fire damage in Coon Rapids stores. Regardless of how a fire started, establishing a perimeter around the damage and severing air circulation to begin restoration tasks can keep the threat contained to a specific room or region of the business. In many situations, containment can occur with constructed barriers made from wood and 6mil plastic poly sheeting. This barrier can keep a fire that occurred in the backroom, for example, from reaching the main shop floor.
Specific tools can play a role in the reduction of soot particles, and smoke odor spread, as well. Air scrubbers can work to pull contaminated air in the environment through HEPA filters to clear out particulates circulating in the damaged area. Soot particles can be a hazard for those exposed, as they are microscopic and can lead to health effects when direct inhalation occurs. Air scrubbers and other filtration equipment can help to reduce the presence of these particles in the environment while other mitigation tasks get underway.
In this same approach, we can noticeably reduce the presence of harsh odors in several ways. Machines like hydroxyl generators or ozone machines can run within the containment zone to neutralize odor compounds. Also, the removal of debris and controlled demolition practices for charred remnants of building materials can reduce the catalysts for odor threats. Odors must get successfully managed to make fire loss incidents in your store “Like it never even happened.”
Fire losses can present substantial threats to your business if not addressed quickly. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (763) 712-9712.
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Eliminating Smoke Odors After A Fire In Andover
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Eliminating Smoke Odors After an Andover Restaurant Kitchen Fire
A lingering harsh odor in your Andover restaurant can have a detrimental effect on the business, your patrons, and even the staff of the eatery. Kitchen flare-ups are not an uncommon situation to experience when you have a fast-paced food preparation area behind the scenes, but the effects of this situation can spread quickly out to more trafficked areas like the dining room. Once smoke odors begin to permeate the tablecloths, furniture, and open spaces where your customers are, it can be a hard situation to overcome.
Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple machines and tools explicitly devised to help you address odor and fire damage in your Andover restaurant. From cleaning up the residues and debris that can get left behind after a small grease fire to the harsh odors most powerfully concentrated in the kitchen areas, we have the equipment and the experience to help these scenarios right away.
Even before we get to work on the use of our premier deodorization tools and equipment, our SERVPRO technicians address the severity of charring and combustion in the kitchen. The origin of the fire can feature the worst concentration of destruction, and controlled demolition can be a safe and effective way to immediately reduce the presence and source of smoke odors permeating throughout the restaurant.
To reduce the presence of these odors in your dining area, we often turn to the practical results we get with our thermal foggers. These machines use high heat to convert a liquid deodorizing solution into a fog. This dense fog can get into the stitching of your tablecloths, carpeting, and other upholstered items to immediately affect and neutralize smoke odors on contact.
Running a business can be a challenge enough without the hazardous presence of lingering fire effects in the restaurant. You can depend on the quick response and deodorizing expertise of our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team to get your doors back open again quickly. Give our crew a call anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.
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Don’t Try and Remediate Your Anoka Business Alone After Flood Damage
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Can a Partially Flooded Anoka Restaurant Still Operate?
Flooding can be a severe threat to your Anoka restaurant, especially when you consider the kind of immediate exposure risks it presents to fixtures and furniture in a dining area. If the situation is much more contained, there are ways that with the right response from qualified professionals that your business can continue to operate during the restoration and recovery. Our experienced SERVPRO team can help by assessing the full scope of this damage and the best approach to getting your property back to preloss condition.
While our professionals can understand the importance of serving your customers in crisis, keeping your doors open after flood damage in an Anoka restaurant can only work in specific situations. It is crucial to note that if natural disasters have occurred with brought black water into the establishment in any way, it is a situation that demands a temporary closure of your establishment until our professionals can adequately address this threat. Keeping your doors open during this emergency hinges on the damage occurring in a separate area and not posing a direct threat to your employees and patrons while our team begins mitigation and restoration practices.
Even if your doors do need to close, it has always been our business to get you back in business. We have experienced SERVPRO professionals that can work to remove standing water and to address the absorption of the affected materials. With direct drying practices like air movers and dehumidifiers, we can often protect installed structural elements like the booths and even affixed tables from the damage they could experience.
Containment practices can help to seal off damaged areas of your property from the guests and staff of your restaurant. Actions like physical barriers and plastic sheeting reduce the airborne particulates, dust, and debris created by even our essential restoration and recovery practices.
It is not a guarantee that any business can stay open and accessible after flooding. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can work with your management to find the best solution for your business that returns things to normal as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.
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Six Useful Chemical Agents For Water Damage In Your Anoka Commercial Property
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Commercial Water Damage Workers In Anoka Point Out Six Useful Chemical Agents
If a toilet or sink ever breaks inside your Anoka convenience store, the results can be quite devastating. If the problem takes place while your store is closed at night, the commercial water damage you find when you come to open the store in the morning could be quite catastrophic. A broken clean water pipe can dispense hundreds of gallons into your store in hours, whereas broken toilets and sinks can threaten your health.
If drain water ever leaks out from your convenience store's restroom, there is always a possibility that harmful bacteria and parasites can be present. When mitigating commercial water damage in Anoka, our SERVPRO technicians base what restoration strategies they utilize on where the moisture originally came from. Clean water problems are easier to deal with than grey or black water issues because there is no chance that the water is harmful and contaminated. If one of your kitchen or bathroom sinks leaks, the water could contain contaminants and is classified as a category two situation. Sewage water leaking or toilets backing up can make matters worse because this black or category three problem means that the moisture has probably contaminated items in your store.
When battling the presence of harmful bacterias, our SERVPRO team uses several chemical agents. The following six chemicals get used often in the industry to help us combat harmful substances of all kinds.
Antimicrobial agents are used in limiting or stopping the growth of harmful microorganisms such as mold.
Germicides and disinfectants are antimicrobials that destroy about 99% of organisms they contact on surfaces.
A product listed as a sanitizer decreases microbes to levels considered by public health authorities to be safe.
These are disinfectants that are effective in controlling bacterial or fungal spores when used according to label directions.
Phenolics are aromatic alcohol-based agents usually diluted with water and used as disinfectants, antiseptics, biocides, and antimicrobials.
6. Quaternary Compounds
Quats destroy microorganisms by rupturing their cell walls. They are used primarily to disinfect or sanitize.
If you are ever worried that contaminated water has entered your convenience store in Andover, Arden Hills, St Paul, or Ham Lake from one of your sinks or toilets, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. We can do such a quality job that we can make it truly seem “Like it never even happened.”
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If Your Office In Anoka Suffers A Fire Disaster You Can Count On Our Experts For Help!
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SERVPRO Can Assist You When Your Anoka Wedding Planning Office Suffers Fire Damage
Any business owner who runs a service-based off of strict schedules, appointments, and planning can agree that having fire damage inside of their main office building would be a disaster. In the case of your event planning business, it is unfortunate that an electrically-based fire broke out in one of your planner's offices, burning up files, damaging the computer, and covering the office in soot.
While the fire damage inside your Anoka event planning offices may be overwhelming and nightmarish, it is essential for you to fight through the shock and reach out to help as soon as possible. The faster that fire damage is addressed, the better it is for the structure of the building and anything inside the office that suffered damage. Fire damage is most easily remediated when whatever has been damaged has not had the time to completely cool.
Here at SERVPRO, we understand that losing so much essential information for your business is a huge hit. For this reason, our team always swiftly arrives and gets to work so that you can focus on rescheduling appointments, reaching out to clients, and recovering lost documents. When you leave the job to SERVPRO, you can feel confident that it can be done right.
Our SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians (FDRT) can begin by removing anything unsalvageable and disposing of it. From there, we can box up the remaining files, as well as anything in your desk, sealing them away into a safe environment. Afterward, we can remove the desk and chairs and transport them to our facility, where they can be cleaned with house-made solutions specially designed for removing soot.
Inside of your office space, SERVPRO can begin to clean up the suppressant powder from the extinguishment system with an industry-grade vacuum cleaning. Once everything has been removed from the office, we can begin to focus on the soot and greasy stains inside, removing them with our chemically-based cleaning solutions. To finish the job off, our FDRT can use thermal foggers to remove the foul scent fire leaves behind, before bringing back the office furniture and unpacking the files and objects we stored in boxes during the remediation.
If your business suffers fire damage, never wait. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by dialing (763) 712-9712. Our technicians are always ready to help.
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If Your Self-Storage Facility In Coon Rapids Is Plagued By Water Damage, Our Crew Can Help!
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Challenges That Complicate Commercial Water Damage In Coon Rapids Self-Storage Facilities
If you run a self-storage facility, the risk water damage presents extend beyond the interruption of your regular operations. Since people store items with all sorts of value, ranging from rare items to regular items with sentimental value, any damage incurred might be hard to compensate. Such an incident can, therefore, strike a significant blow to your business. Our professional water damage restoration services can help save your customers' valuables, maintaining a favorable reputation for your storage facility.
Commercial water damage in Coon Rapids self-storage facilities can happen in several ways. Leaks from the roof or other breaches in the outer walls of the facility can let in rainwater. A burst plumbing line or a faulty air conditioning unit can also release water into unwanted areas of the facility. With the assembly of several locked units in a facility, locating the source of the leak or the extent of the damage can be a problem. Our SERVPRO technicians can use thermal cameras to check for wet areas behind walls establishing the extent of damage conveniently.
Passage of time amplifies the effects of water loss, so fast action is necessary. The segmentation of a self-storage facility can slow down water removal even with the use of sophisticated extractors leading to more losses. Our SERVPRO teams have access to several units of extraction equipment, allowing us to remove water from several areas simultaneously.
Even minimal exposure to water ruins books and other paper documents easily through ink smudges and other forms of material deterioration. The effect on electronics, on the other hand, might not be apparent immediately, but exposure can lead to corrosion of circuits, making them inoperable in the future. Our SERVPRO CDS, Commercial Drying Specialists, take different measures to save such items owned by your clients or are part of your record keeping system. We freeze any wet documents to prevent further deterioration and then use sublimation to dry them. For electronics, we ensure they do not cool to the dew point to prevent corrosion.
Water loss incidents pose a grave threat to self-storage facilities in Anoka, Andover, and Columbia Heights. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help mitigate the loss. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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We Have The Extensive Training To Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Anoka
We have commercial equipment necessary to handle the disaster when it strikes your business. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.
Get Back to Business Faster using our Commercial Flood Damage Service in Anoka
In extreme weather conditions, it is not uncommon for heavy rainfall to cause road overflows. These can be particularly damaging to warehouses which tend to hold stock predominantly on the first floor as well as having limited insulation or protective exterior. Flooded areas usually have power shutoff as a safety precaution, and you may have to close the warehouse resulting in a loss of revenue temporarily. Getting back to business as quickly as possible begins with a call to our emergency line.
The scale and breadth of commercial flood damage in Anoka properties vary but having one service that can cater to any size disaster is an essential tool. SERVPRO has crew chiefs with extensive experience in removing excess quantities of water as well as performing emergency services. We can send a team led by a dedicated project manager to your site immediately upon receiving notification of loss.
On arrival, the first thing we can do is to restore power to the property as well as perform emergency board ups. Board ups can prevent theft and limit loss for commercial properties significantly; particularly if access doors or first-floor windows are damaged by fast-moving floodwaters. In severe cases, we can prepare the site for third-party general contractors to enter and work in a safe environment.
Mitigating loss is at the forefront of what we do at SERVPRO. Once we are satisfied that no further damage is likely, we can begin work removing water as well as any stock, equipment or furniture from the flood zone. A primary method for removing substantial amounts of water is gas-powered submersible pumps. These are fed directly into an open sewer point meaning they can remove a practically limitless amount of water.
Once excess water is removed the next step is to ensure the humidity levels are controlled which can prevent further flood damages later down the line. In an open system, we can merely air the warehouse replacing humid air with drier outside air. During the winter months, a closed system can be created by placing physical barriers then using a combination of rapid air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers.
If your commercial property sustains damages, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 today.
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When the Fire Suppression Sprinkler Floods Your Andover Office
Did you know that water damage is considered secondary damage from a fire?
Commercial Water Removal for Your Andover Office Building
Fire sprinkler systems are affordable and reliable protection for your office building in Andover. Not only do sprinkler systems save you from property losses from fire and save lives, but they also save you money from tax deductions, ordinance and code compliance, savings on insurance, and the ability to keep doing business as usual. However, as beneficial as they are, sprinkler systems can leave a wet mess behind.
The sprinkler system goes into action as soon as a fire is detected, which then creates a need for commercial water removal in your Andover property. Sprinkler systems can be set up to address a specific area of the fire, preventing it to spread, and lessening the amount of water used as well. A sprinkler system might use hundreds of gallons of water, while firefighters use thousands.
Any water used indoors leaves you with a problem of moisture that needs addressing. That is where our SERVPRO technicians come in. Water damage can include the carpeting, drywall, and other building materials, plus wet office materials like upholstery, the growth of mold, and standing water.
Our first step is to clear out items from your property that include cloth, wood, or other porous surfaces and store them in a safe place until your building is ready for their return. Some items might have to be replaced depending on how damaged they are and if we can restore them or not.
We can then remove any standing water with industrial truck-mounted pumps and extraction equipment. Our goal is to get your office building to the average level of dryness. We can take measurements from dry areas of the structure to determine the right levels. We make use of dehumidifiers and air movers to finish drying the affected area, which prevents mold from forming.
Water damage can weaken drywall or the structure of your building, or even leave stains on upholstery and carpeting which are permanent. In these cases, restoring your property might require additional cleaning services or construction from other reputable professionals.
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County understands that any downtime for your business in New Brighton, St. Paul, or Arden Hills means lost earnings for you. Therefore, when you call us at (763) 712-9712, we work quickly and efficiently to get you back up and running as soon as possible.
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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
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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How Our Professionals Remove Foul Odors From Your Andover Property After A Fire
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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.
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 BuildingsThere 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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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.
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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