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How do Professionals Restore Mold Damage to Your Minneapolis Home?

2/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How do Professionals Restore Mold Damage to Your Minneapolis Home? Mold spores can move quickly through your home. Contact SERVPRO at the first sight or smell for best results.

Trained SERVPRO Technicians Assess and Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Discovering mold damage in your home can be a stressful experience for most homeowners. Mold can spread quickly if not appropriately remedied and can cause health effects as well. Thankfully, experts can help you get the situation under control.

The mold damage mitigation in your Minneapolis home is a multi-step process that requires time and expertise. That said, as spores are present everywhere, removing mold completely is impossible. What SERVPRO restoration experts can do, on the other hand, is remediate the mold growth and prevent it from damaging your home and its contents.

Understanding mold  
Mold damage starts when the microscopic, airborne spores settle on a surface and find a conducive environment to germinate. High humidity and a temperature between 68 to 86 degrees being ideal for the process. Once they germinate, the spores quickly form a network of a filamentous structure called hyphae which bear more spores on their ends. These spores can, in turn, become airborne if they are disturbed and spread to unaffected areas as well. Professional restoration experts understand this process and use the necessary care and precaution to avoid it from happening.

The mitigation processes
Our technicians spring into action immediately once we receive your call regarding mold damage to your home. The first step is to inspect the damage and assess the situation. The experts then develop a strategy based on the extent and severity of the damage and get to work.

The subsequent step in the process is to contain the damage. As mold spores can become airborne and spread to unaffected areas during the cleanup process, the experts can establish containment zones. These involve the use of physical barriers such as plastic curtains and negative pressure.

The cleanup of the contaminated material depends on the nature of the surface. If the surface is porous, such as fabric, drywall or insulation, the material itself is removed by the technicians. If the surface is non-porous, the SERVPRO technicians can use HEPA vacuuming and wipe techniques to mitigate the growth.

The settled spores also need to be eliminated by HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping. The final step is to remedy the moisture content and drying. Technicians use a variety of drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers to get it done.

Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 today to schedule a free inspection.

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Cleaning and Removing Commercial Fire Damage in Minneapolis

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning and Removing Commercial Fire Damage in Minneapolis Smoke affects each material that it touches differently. If you need help with fire damage cleanup, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Assess the Damage and Apply Appropriate Remediation Techniques

Business fires in Minneapolis usually end quickly. Sprinklers and other fire suppression systems operate automatically and put a halt to open flames rapidly. It is the smoke and soot residues left behind that normally make up the largest percentage of costs to the business owner.

Removing commercial fire damage to Minneapolis office supply stores before it becomes permanent requires a quick response and having a plan in place before the first cleaning technician sets foot off the truck. SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour, on-call team to meet every requirement, no matter when the call comes to us.

Once we arrive, we start with a thorough inspection of the structure. Our inspector begins at, or as close as possible, to the origin point of the fire and takes note of how far smoke moved through the building.

As he traces the path of the smoke, the inspector and other team members determine what types of smoke residues are present. It is common for us to find more than one residue since type each depends on what material burned and how hot it burned.

As we identify the residue, we also determine which surfaces are affected. A leather office chair requires a different cleaning method and chemical agent than a bookshelf or a pallet of paper. With the same visual inspection, SERVPRO technicians can determine which items cannot be cleaned or restored and recommend to the business owner disposal of the items.

Now, we can start to remove the residues. Team members use a variety of dry cloths and sponges to wipe down the surfaces. We do this first to prevent soaking items that may have already absorbed much water from the sprinklers with even more moisture.

If the residues are very thick or sticky, we can use one of the cleaning agents we keep on-hand to break them up and wipe them off the surface. For furniture items, it may be necessary to use a brush to break residues away from the surface before removing them.

With the surfaces cleaned, we bag the residue particles and remove them from the business. Next, we dispose of them and any property we could clean according to state and federal regulations.

Returning your business to its original state is not a quick process, but SERVPRO of Minnetonka can walk you through every step. If you need our assistance, call us today at (952) 473-4837. We are here for you.

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There is No Need to Panic after Experiencing Water Damage in Minneapolis

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage There is No Need to Panic after Experiencing Water Damage in Minneapolis SERVPRO uses professional grade pumps to remove standing water from your home.

SERVPRO Uses Professional Grade Equipment When Restoring Your Home after Water Damage

Without experience in water damage restoration, it is hard to determine what you need to replace and what is salvageable after the unfortunate incident takes place. You also need an expert to control the damage and perform removal and cleanup activities on your Minneapolis property. It is equally important to understand some of the procedures that professionals perform when restoring your property.

One of the first steps that our SERVPRO technicians carry out when mitigating water damage on your Minneapolis property is identifying the extent of the damage. When determining the level of wetness and tracking the moisture levels, the team uses specialized tools such as moisture sensors, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture meters. Once we find the wet areas, the next step is to dry them to their preloss condition.

It means water removal is a crucial procedure towards making the restoration a success. Our IICRC certified technicians may use extractors to remove the water. In most cases, we use pumps when there is standing water in the area. Portable extractors are useful when removing water from areas with limited access; otherwise, we employ the truck mounted ones when the site is so big. Apart from water removal, these devices can clean carpets and upholstery.

Whether we are performing deodorization to neutralize the smells or using dehumidifiers to increase the rate of evaporation, observing safety measures is so important. As a result, our SERVPRO team puts on the necessary safety gear and advise our clients to stay away from the site to avoid any probable injury. We also work towards preventing possible hazards by addressing any sagging wet ceilings and turning off electrical circuits that are likely to short circuit.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka aims at making your property appear as if there was no water damage with the use of the state of the art equipment and techniques. Call us at (952) 473-4837 when faced with any size of disaster and leave the rest to us. 

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Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage In Your Groveland Home

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage In Your Groveland Home Just minutes after heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through where you live in Groveland.

Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage

Just minutes after heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through where you live in Groveland. These kinds of floods are very dangerous, not just because of the volume and speed of the water, but due to the fact that the water contains rocks and other debris. These floods are fast rising and can invade your home just as quickly.

Flood damage in your Groveland home is overwhelming and can be quite devastating. When floodwaters have invaded your home, you need professional help to get your home clean and dry again. SERVPRO is standing by to help you with the professional training and equipment that is needed to do the job right.

In a flood situation, we are not finished once the water is out and your home is dry again. We must also clean your structure. Things like the subflooring and walls could need cleaning. We clean any materials which are restorable with the appropriate method.

For carpeting, SERVPRO staff clean and deodorize these areas. We choose a cleaning method that is right for the level of soiling. Six different carpet cleaning methods are utilized depending on the condition of the carpet.

Most of the time, we have a list of items which need to be cleaned. All contents exposed to water or high humidity have to be evaluated for cleaning needs. Some wood furniture might need cleaning and polishing from exposure to high humidity. We check all clothing, closets, and storage areas for contents needing cleaning and deodorizing. We also look for damage from high humidity and condensation on photographs and wall hangings. Your electronics may need special drying and cleaning services to restore them. Pool tables, pianos, clocks, and other items which are sensitive could also require specialized attention.

After restoration is complete, we finalize the job by ensuring you are satisfied. We check moisture levels one last time to ensure everything is dry and complete a walk-through with you. If there are any problems, we fix them and then remove all our equipment and supplies. Maintain relationships and communicating throughout the entire process is a huge factor in how smoothly the job is completed and how happy you are.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka prides ourselves on how we take care of our customers and their homes in Oak Knoll, Glen Lake, or Minnetonka Mills. Get in touch with us when your home has suffered flood damage by calling (952) 473-4837.

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Fire Damage In Oak Knoll

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Oak Knoll The cost to restore a home after such a disaster primarily comes from cleaning smoke and soot residues.

Dealing With Fire Damage

Most fires in Oak Knoll do not destroy the entire structure. The cost to restore a home after such a disaster primarily comes from cleaning smoke and soot residues. One of the more difficult aspects to removing residues is the odor molecules that they leave in every home and on the property inside.

Eliminating the odors from Oak Knoll fire damage can be an extensive process, depending on the type of affected property and how deep the odor molecules have gotten into it. To neutralize them, SERVPRO has developed a set of three methods we call Multiple-Phase Odor Control.

Chemical Containment is the first phase. The goal here is to keep odor molecules from turning into a vapor and escaping the air. To interrupt the process, our technicians spray a deodorizing agent directly onto any smoke and soot residues. The chemical forms a barrier which stops or at least slows evaporation.

Next is Vapor Odor Control. Restoration specialists release a deodorizing vapor to counteract and smoke and soot molecules already in the air. SERVPRO has a variety of granular agents with different, pleasant odors in our inventory. We release them immediately after starting Containment.

Thermal Fogging is our most technical phase. Technicians use a portable, heated, fog machine to disperse solvent-based deodorizing agents. The heat generated breaks down the agent into particles the same size as the odor molecules. The two types of molecules bond together, which changes the chemical composition of both and neutralizes the odor completely.

The fog generated evaporates within several hours and leaves almost no moisture, which prevents surface staining. That makes thermal fogging an ideal method for personal property like curtains, drapes, and upholstery. It is also excellent to neutralize odors trapped in drywall and other building materials.

Every set of odors is different, and may not require each phase to eliminate them. Our restoration crew checks each item after phases one and two to make sure that moving to the next is necessary.

Removing odors from your home may seem like an after-thought compared to disposing of damaged property and replacing melted, kitchen countertops. A lingering odor though is just that. It stays in your home and does not go away on its own. If you have a smoke odor or any other damage to your home, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here to help. Call us today at (952) 473-4837 to schedule an inspection.

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High Humidity And Mold Damage In Minnetonka Mills

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation High Humidity And Mold Damage In Minnetonka Mills Molds need moisture to grow, and SERVPRO knows a remediation job is not complete until the source is found and eliminated.

High Humidity And Mold Damage

Unintended consequences of modern building methods used in areas like Minnetonka Mills may include damage to structures and contents. Tightly sealed windows, doors, and other building materials help conserve energy. Lack of adequate ventilation in homes built since the 1970s lets moisture build, contributing to mold growth. Once established, the mold colonies need professional remediation.

If you notice an “off” or musty smell in your Minnetonka Mills home, would it surprise you that mold damage could be the cause? In our climate, both building materials and the systems we use to heat and cool must handle extremes of temperature and humidity. Moisture levels and temperatures that get out of balance support the growth of fungal colonies out of the many mold spores always in our environment. Standard cleaning methods are inadequate to control a mold infestation. Our expert mold remediation crews contain and remove mold growth, and then sanitize the affected areas to inhibit future outbreaks.

Molds need moisture to grow, and SERVPRO knows a remediation job is not complete until the source is found and eliminated. In a Minnesota home, high humidity levels can be the culprit. When ambient humidity rises above 60 percent, some species of mold absorb that airborne moisture and multiply. During our summers, the air is often sticky, and if air conditioning or dehumidifiers are not used consistently, mold takes advantage of the water vapor.

Winters also pose the risk of high interior humidity as our HVAC systems or freestanding humidifiers run constantly to battle the dryness of the heated air. Parents run humidifiers when children struggle with allergies or upper respiratory infections, often making things worse if mold develops and its byproducts irritate susceptible individuals. Consult a healthcare provider if you're worried about a mold and health status connection.

SERVPRO crew members test for humidity levels and seek for other hidden pockets of moisture when we respond to a mold event. All technicians work with you to reduce home humidity to safe levels between 30 and 50 percent. Calibration of the humidifier in your HVAC system may be a solution, and if mold has developed in the ductwork, we offer cleaning, sealing, and disinfection of those spaces.

The reduction or elimination of other humidifying events also helps, including running bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, checking dryer vents for obstructions, and deemphasizing the use of room humidifiers. SERVPRO employees train in advanced water removal and drying techniques. Should our meters and scanners reveal water behind a wall, beneath a cabinet, or in any other area we deal with it. Water issues must be resolved to avoid mold problems in the future.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the experience and training to remediate mold damage in your home. Call (952) 473-4837 to start development of a plan to assess the issues and address the problem professionally.

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When Farm and Livestock Suppliers Endure Commercial Water Damage in Groveland

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When Farm and Livestock Suppliers Endure Commercial Water Damage in Groveland SERVPRO offers prompt remediation services to local farmers and ranchers.

Rely on SERVPRO to Keep Your Businesses Running after Water Damage

Many Groveland businesses have been in business for decades, with the community heavily relying on them to provide goods and services. Farm and livestock suppliers help food producers carry out their trade, and without them, the entire nation could feel their loss.

The importance of Groveland's impact becomes increasingly apparent when a business suffers commercial water damage. Without proper and prompt remediation, water can ruin the inventory, resulting in extreme hardship for local farmers and ranchers. A timely response from SERVPRO can prevent this disaster from affecting these hard-working individuals, and also those families who depend on them.

Helping many industries recover from a disaster, SERVPRO knows the importance of your daily operations, your inventory, and your employees' health. Water damage can lead to rusted railings and platforms, brittleness in plastic-covered equipment, and microbial growth. Water's capability to seep into cracks and grooves in surfaces, and to travel extensively, means your inventory faces extreme risk. We at SERVPRO can eliminate these problems before they cause profit loss, increase workers' absence rates, and other problems.

Our training is extensive, and results in certification by the IICRC includes Commercial Drying (CDS). Knowing your business relies on our skills, we maintain our equipment so that we can put it to work for you at a moment's notice. Our tools and machines can complete the work required, regardless of the amount of complexity in the situation.

Available 24-hours a day, every day, we can work alongside your employees, ensuring that any downtime your company experiences remains minimal. We can help move inventory to dry locations while our other crew members set up and supervise desiccation machinery in affected areas. We understand that your customers may have their own concerns and we can discuss with you how you wish to approach such requests for information.

Always ready to assist our local businesses, SERVPRO of Minnetonka wants to help you remain a vital part of our community. Call us at our local number, (952) 473-4837, to reach our round-the-clock service, 365 days a year.

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Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Minnetonka Residents

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Minnetonka Residents Water damage can leave behind unpleasant odors, SERVPRO has the professional equipment to rid your home of these unwanted smells.

SERVPRO Professionals Work to Rid Your Home of the Odors Left Behind by Water Damage

As a property owner in Minnetonka, you can struggle to combat the resulting smells after a water damage disaster. You may lack the skills to identify all the sources of the odors. To professionally solve the stress, it is advisable to work with trained restorers who use specialized tools to deal with the problems.

Usually, the wet materials that are left behind after a water damage incident bring about unpleasant odors. That means returning the moisture to normal levels does away with most of the smells. Though that is the case, not all smells completely disappear. That is why service providers like SERVPRO that operate in Minnetonka use multiple approaches to mitigate the odors with less chance of returning.

Sometimes a customer can complain of imaginary and real smells; this is when experts from a company like SERVPRO decide to use masking agents. We work by releasing a pleasing scent that covers the bad odors. Absorption and filtration agents can be used to serve the same purpose with the main difference being the manner in which they work. When we use them, absorption of some oils, humidity, and moisture takes place. The restoration process can also make use of pairing agents, disinfectants, sanitizers, as well as electrically generated deodorizers.

Imagined and real odors are the main types of smells that SERVPRO work towards eliminating. Actual substances cause real odors while on the other hand, thoughts of people trigger the psychological or imaginary smells. Irrespective of the situation at hand, our trained professionals are equipped with the right tools and skills to do the needed deodorization.

Drying and water removal are critical when mitigating water damage disasters. Reporting the incidents to our certified professionals at SERVPRO should be done as soon as possible so that the correct restoration procedures can start.

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we respond to all storm, water, mold and fire damage disasters with urgency. Call us at (910) 762-8180 to learn more about the professional options at your disposal.

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Basement Flood Damage Cleanup Safety in Your Minnetonka Mills Home

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Basement Flood Damage Cleanup Safety in Your Minnetonka Mills Home If heavy rainfall causes your home to flood, call the trained professionals at SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Assures Safety During Restoration Services

Torrential downpours in Minnetonka Mills have wreaked havoc on many homes in the area. These rains have caused various homes to become flooded, leaving many homeowners with a big problem on their hands. Basement flooding in these situations is widespread, and it needs to be taken care of quickly to avoid further damages.

If your Minnetonka Mills home was unfortunate enough to experience the effects of these storms, you want to call in the professionals at SERVPRO for help. We have all the training, tools, and experience needed to clean up the flood damage in your basement. We understand that time is of the essence as well, so we waste no time in getting to your home once you contact us.

When the job site is unsanitary such as floodwaters, we use personal protective equipment to keep workers safe while working and so we comply with safety regulations.

Gloves are worn by our staff to protect hands from absorbing substances or becoming contaminated with microorganisms. The kind of glove is selected based on its ability to protect against the hazards and conditions of the work environment. When there are contaminants that have to be contained, surgical gloves can be worn underneath outer gloves for protection as we remove contaminated protective clothing.

In a basement flooding situation, SERVPRO techs also need eye protection to protect from punctures from flying particles or corrosive substances or burns. If there is extensive mold growth, mold spores can infect eyes, so full-face respirators or goggles could be required.

The kind of respirator we choose is based on the dangers encountered. Respirators for mold remediation, black water damage, or the application of chemicals have to use HEPA particulate filters and organic vapor filters.

Boots can protect our feet from electrical hazards and skin from contact with harmful substances. Boots may be equipped with steel shanks for the ball of the foot and steel soles and toes for further protection.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka ensures you and our staff are safe during flood damage remediation by using the proper safety equipment and clothing. When you have floodwaters enter your home, you can be assured we take care of your home correctly in the areas of Oak Knoll, Groveland, or Minnetonka when you contact us at (952) 473-4837.

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Liquids That Can Cause Fire Damage in Minnetonka Mills Homes

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Liquids That Can Cause Fire Damage in Minnetonka Mills Homes If you are using lighter fluid on your grill, it is important to soak the coals before lighting them and not after.

You Can Help Prevent Fire Damage by Staying Aware of Flammable Liquids in Your Home

Many homeowners in Minnetonka Hills are already familiar with the many safety hazards within their homes, including burst pipes, weak electrical systems, burning candles, and more. However, there are some that are often ignored but present a severe risk for fire damage when they come into contact with a flame. These include flammable liquids that may be lying around your house.

In the event of an accidental spill, leading to severe fire damage in Minnetonka Mills, SERVPRO has got you covered. Our IICRC-certified technicians can come in quickly to mitigate the damage and restore your property to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." We use industry-standard tools and techniques in every restoration job, ensuring that you retain the value of your home after the event.

Nail polish remover is one of the most ignored causes of fire damage with which SERVPRO has dealt. The liquid contains acetone, which is very flammable. When a nearby flame (e.g. from a burning candle or gas stove) comes in contact with the polish remover, it can cause a fire that may in turn spread to your upholstery and other materials.

The rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet is also flammable and tends to vaporize quickly. At SERVPRO, we receive numerous cases of fire damage resulting from people pouring the liquid over fabrics to eliminate bedbugs. Gasoline, turpentine, and paint thinner are also possible causes of house fires. One reason for this is improper storage in the garage. Filling glass jars with gasoline, for instance, risks them falling and breaking, creating a spark that may lead to a huge fire.

Many backyard grill masters use charcoal lighter fluid to light up the coals quickly. However, it is easy to create an uncontrollable flame on the grill, causing extensive fire damage in the process. It is advisable to douse the coals before lighting them (not after) - when the briquettes are cold. Additionally, avoid spraying anything on the grill that is not recognized charcoal lighter fluid.

Home fires are not something most homeowners would like to think about. When it happens, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is there to help. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and provide 24/7 emergency services for local residents and neighboring towns. For any assistance, call us today at (952) 473-4837.

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