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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Anoka 

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can leave a lot of residue and smoke odors. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Tips for Eliminating Odors After Fire Damage in an Anoka Home

The flames of a fire can cause irreversible harm to the structural materials and personal items in your property. However, the destructive power of fires extends beyond the flames themselves. After extinguishing a fire, the potential for damage is still present because lingering by-products of the fire can harm your property and possessions. The particles of smoke attach themselves to surfaces and become embedded in porous materials such as carpeting, clothing, and paint.

Odors also accompany the smoke and they can linger in your property for many days, weeks or months, compromising indoor air quality and the health of the occupants. If your Anoka residence has fire damage, it is also critical to take immediate action to remove the smoke and its odor. Some things you can do to remove smoke odors from your house include:

  • Airing out your home
  • Using positive pressure ventilation by placing fans in your home
  • Cleaning porous items in your property like upholstery, fabrics, and carpeting thoroughly
  • Opening all doors and windows
  • Repainting your home

Odors may still linger after taking the steps above because smoke particles require specialized cleaning methods. You can enlist professional odor removal services from SERVPRO. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) have the equipment and expertise to clean up the affected structures and contents and eliminate smoke odors. Soot from a fire can contain chemicals and acids that can destroy fabrics further. We can use heavy duty vacuums to remove soot from floors and walls to prevent it from staining or damaging the structures further.

To deal with smoke odors, we can spray deodorizing agents directly onto visible smoke residues. These agents form a barrier that stops or minimizes the evaporation process, preventing odors from transforming into a vapor. The vapor is what you smell. If odor particles are already in the air, our technicians can block them using deodorant vapors or counteragents because they comprise a stronger, more pleasing odor that overcomes smoke scents.

Our SERVPRO OCTs can also use thermal foggers to deal with smoke damage. This deodorization process disperses deodorant droplets similar to how smoke spreads using pressurized force. Thermal fogging is ideal for lessening smoke scents in large areas.

When in need of smoke odor removal services in your property, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for help. We can eradicate the odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Let The Professionals Handle Fire Damage Remediation in Coon Rapids

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes a nice fire in the living room can get completely out of hand. Contact SERVPRO today for all fire damage remediation needs.

Fire Damage in Your Coon Rapids Residence Could Call for Removal of Charred Materials and Contents 

Statistics show that 60% of fires in Minnesota originate in the kitchen. A fire can start in the kitchen of your Coon Rapids home if a person gets distracted and leaves cooking pans and pots untended. Another common source of fires is flammable liquids like denatured alcohol and gasoline. Seeing fire damage your house and belongings can be devastating. 

After such a loss, encouragement comes from having the support and clear guidance in salvaging most possessions, cleaning up your property and removing odors effectively. When there’s fire damage in your Coon Rapids residence, the Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at SERVPRO can help you return your property to its normal condition quickly. 

A fire can use the contents in your house as fuel and keep burning for many hours. It can ruin clothing, furniture, appliances, and electronics. We can inspect the contents to determine which ones are salvageable and which ones are not. Our technicians can take the salvageable contents to our facilities for thorough cleaning and deodorization before returning them to your home. 

Fire can also ruin building materials like drywall, flooring, and tiles, among others. We can remove damaged, burned and contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned economically like wet drywall, upholstered furniture, and carpeting and dispose of them. Removing and washing carpets is not always possible, especially if the fire is serious. If an indoor fire affects drywall, it is vital to remove it and check the wooden structure inside. We can inspect the wooden studs to determine if the charring is severe and if that is the case, we can remove them. Fire may also ruin a ceiling, cooling ductwork and insulation. Our technicians can remove such materials to pave the way for their replacement and restoration of your home. Removing damaged contents and materials also provides a safer environment for our technicians to restore the house. 

The other damage that’s hard to deal with after a fire is smoke odors. Many products only mask the smell for brief periods and it can remain in the fabric, upholstery, and walls. Several factors influence the severity of the smoke odor, including the size of the fire, length of exposure, materials that have burned and the size of the affected rooms. Our SERVPRO technicians can neutralize real odors while addressing imaginary odors. We have a robust selection of equipment and products specifically designed to remove stubborn odors such as; 

  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers
  • Thermal foggers
  • Ozone machines
  • HEPA and Charcoal Filtration Systems
  • Pellets-deodorizers 

Our restorers are equipped to remove all kinds of residues and odors even in tough post-fire jobs. We respond to the various challenges created when smoke odors and residues affect different materials and surfaces. 

When a fire incident happens in your Anoka, Andover or Columbia Heights home, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County for help. You can reach us at (763) 712-9712 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Revolutionize Fire Damage Remediation in Your Minneapolis Home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires happen and can cause serious fire damage. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage Experts In Minneapolis Talk About Kitchen Blazes

One of the most common ways something ignites fire inside your Minneapolis home is from kitchen accidents. If the food you are cooking burns, it is possible that extensive fire damage can result. Leaving the kitchen while you are cooking is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Food can burn, or a grease fire can ignite very quickly, and if you are not in the kitchen when it occurs, then it could get out of hand and cause a large blaze. Once multiple things burn inside your kitchen, it could become necessary to call in a professional fire damage company such as SERVPRO.

If the source of the blaze is the grease that got too hot while cooking, the flames can get large very quickly. Grease burning can cause excessive fire damage to your Minneapolis home in a matter of minutes. If you try to put out the blaze with water, the flames can get bigger, and the inferno can grow quickly. The best way to extinguish the inferno when cooking grease is the fuel is to smother the fire with baking soda or a fire extinguisher. Water clashes with the flames and causes them to grow so something must be done to cut out the burn's oxygen.

Once the fire is completely extinguished, then it is time to call in our SERVPRO experts. We can arrive promptly and quickly begin assessing the situation. We first go through your house and determine whether the area is safe for you and our staff. If we notice any potential hazards, we take steps to mitigate the problem so that no danger exists.

Once the work area is deemed safe, we then inspect your entire structure for smoke and fire-related issues. This includes going through your home and taking swipe tests to see how far smoke damage could have spread. We then bring a test cleaning kit that we can use to determine which chemicals will clean various surfaces the best.

If you ever have something burn inside your kitchen, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 seven days a week.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Coon Rapids Fire Restoration

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

We will are available 24/7 to restore your home after a fire. We arrive quickly with the necessary equipment, expertise and experience.

Cleaning Up Fire Damaged Belongings is a Huge Help for Affected Families in Coon Rapids

Restoring belongings that became covered in soot and sticky residue during a fire in Coon Rapids can become a real messy situation for homeowners who attempt to carry out the work themselves. Many times, people try to do this to save some money, but many of those who try this often find that the number of items covered in grime poses too much of a task.

SERVPRO can help clean up items in Coon Rapids affected by the smoke and soot deposits caused by fire damage. Our in-house cleaning agents remove soiling, including the heaviest grime, from textured items, glossy finishes, and other materials that would seem impossible with just regular degreasing soaps found at local hardware stores.

We cannot safely wash many objects found in your home that now have layers of soot on them with water-based products. Exposure to water could cause additional damage. Some items can withstand slight exposure to water. For these, we use other methods that do not rely on the heavy use of water.

Powders can work wonders for some items that might sustain damage if we used water or other liquids to clean them. These specially formulated powders absorb the grime fire damage leaves behind, allowing us to vacuum the powder and the absorbed soot in one step. Odors become diminished, as well, making it easier to deodorize these belongings later, more completely.

Other items, such as upholstery or cushions, can sustain higher levels of moisture as long as they do not become saturated. Foaming agents can remove soot and other soiling from these surfaces and make them like they looked and smelled before the fire.

When different items in your home hold sentimental value for you or other family members, we ask that you point these out to us. We can provide them with additional cleaning care and concentrate on their restoration. We aim to help your family's recovery after a fire, but we need your input to do this for you.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County works in Andover, Ham Lake, and Arden Hills, helping families recover memories and other important and valuable personal items after fire damage occurs. Call us at (763) 712-9712, 24/7, any day you need restoration specialists.

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SERVPRO Says Protect Your Coon Rapids Swelling from Fires with Inspections and Maintenance

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer Fire Got You Down? Call SERVPRO for a Rapid Response in Coons Rapid

Avoiding a Dryer Fire and Damage in Your Coon Rapids Home

Having a washing machine and clothes dryer in your Coon Rapids home is one of the modern conveniences that most homeowners have today. However, it is crucial that you understand some factors about running your dryer that are essential for avoiding a fire in your home. There are homeowners who may not recognize that simple maintenance should be done to keep their families and dwellings safe.
 
If you were unfortunate enough to experience a dryer fire in your Coon Rapids residence, it is an unnerving and scary event, but you need help restoring your home once the fire is out. SERVPRO is a professional restoration company that has the training and experience that you need to get your home back to the way it was before the fire whenever possible. "Like it never even happened."
 
The various restoration services that SERVPRO technicians perform include mitigation to stop further damage from occurring and structural cleaning services to clean and deodorize your structure from damage and odor. We also clean up the contents of your home from smoke residues, sometimes doing this offsite while restoration is done in the home. In more severe cases of fire, structural components also may have to be replaced instead of restored. If the reconstruction and repairs require different skills, we work with other qualified professionals to get the job done.
 
The first factor that can cause a dryer fire is the lint accumulation which happens after each load of laundry is dried. The lint needs to be cleaned out of the trap each time you take your dry clothes out and do not ever run the dryer without the lint filter, as it protects the inner workings of the dryer from collecting lint. The venting system, especially if squeezed against the wall should be inspected to ensure the unobstructed flow of hot air.
 
You should also inspect your ducts regularly, as blocked ducts can cause a fire. Check the ducts once per month to make sure there are no blockages. Some signs that can alert you to this issue are your laundry taking longer to dry, your machine overheating, or the exhaust air failing to exit the vent. Never overload your dryer or leave it running while you are out of the home, either.
 
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County wants to help you if your home in Arden Hills, St. Paul, or Ham Lake has experienced a fire. Contact us any time you need by dialing (763) 712-9712 so we can make your home safe again for you and your family.

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Don't Let An Electrical Fire Destroy Your Ham Lake Home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Once an outlet sparks and ignites a flame, the fire damages can spread quickly throughout adjoining rooms through the wall cavities of your home.

Overloaded Electrical System In Your Ham Lake Home Can Cause Fire

As the holidays approach, many Ham Lake homeowners poise themselves to make the same mistakes that they do every year. With all the corded items relating to decorations, outlets easily become maxed out from the use of multiple extension cords all plugged into the same receiver. While your home has been safeguarded in part to prevent combustion from overworked outlets, these preventative measures do not always work.

Once an outlet sparks and ignites a flame, the fire damages can spread quickly throughout adjoining rooms through the wall cavities of your Ham Lake residence. As obscure as this situation might seem for causing a fire to break out in your residence, aging electrical systems and overloaded outlets and fuses are common culprits for house fires throughout the holidays. While the initial solution is to manage the distribution and limitations of your electrical system better, most homeowners do not come to the realization anything is wrong until disaster strikes.

Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly in the midst of a disaster and be available to you in this trying time beginning right after first responders have extinguished the flames. We can quickly assess the full scope of the damage, cataloging the loss that your home has sustained and detailing the nature of the work required to restore your property to original condition. Our initial inspection can document all of the necessary information required by your insurance provider to make filing a claim more efficient.

We can also speak directly with your insurance adjuster and communicate with you about the estimated cost of the restoration. You might find that filing a claim and raising your premiums could be unnecessary if the estimated costs do not exceed or gently exceed your deductible.

While no homeowner wants their holidays affected by an unexpected fire, our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County rapid response team can work quickly to make it “Like it never even happened.” You can reach our dedicated and qualified professionals 24/7 by calling (763) 712-9712.

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

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

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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Fire Damage Professionals In Andover Talk About Problems With Acoustic Ceilings

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

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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Removing Smoke and Soot Damage From Your Andover Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

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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SERVPRO Can Help With Longstanding Smoke And Fire Damage In Andover

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

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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Snowed-In Vent Can Cause Fire Damage In Ham Lake

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

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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Keep Your Ham Lake Home Fire Free for the Holidays

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

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

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

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

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

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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Leading Causes Of Fire Damage In Coon Rapids

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Preventing and Restoring Winter Fire Damage To Your Hamm Lake Home

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Sentimental Possessions May Be Salvageable After a House Fire

8/27/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

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.

Spring Lake Park Fire Damage Restoration Explained

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

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

Why You Need Fire Damage Insurance in Coon Rapids

8/14/2015 (Permalink)

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.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Coon Rapids community too.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

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

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

2/12/2015 (Permalink)

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)

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

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.

Recovering from Smoke Damage To Your Home in Coon Rapids

9/16/2014 (Permalink)

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. 

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.