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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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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Groveland

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Groveland Many people still prefer to go to the bank where they can deal with a teller. Contact SERVPRO if your business has suffered from a water emergency.

Depend on SERVPRO to Get Your Business Open in Record Time After an Emergency

Groveland is one of the most picturesque communities in Minnesota. The township has carefully planned our growth for over a century and attracts new business interests each year. Unfortunately, it cannot plan for broken water heaters or split pipes.
 
Customers who wait in line for a bank teller do not care about commercial water damage in their Groveland branch office. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the equipment, training, and experience to eliminate the effects of a burst pipe or other plumbing failure and reopen the doors. Often, we can do this in a single day.
 
We can accomplish this since businesses are often more straightforward to clean. Commercial carpets do not have a pad underneath and rest on a concrete floor. The rooms and customer service areas are larger and more accessible to dry out.
 
SERVPRO technicians begin by setting up dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air. They also place units at places where water has soaked into walls and can be drawn out. Each machine can remove over 25 gallons per day.
 
To augment these devices, we also open every entrance and exit available and set up fans to bring in warmer, dry air from the outside to replace the colder, damp air trapped inside. To dry the structure, technicians also install air movers along affected walls. We direct these machines to blow heated air through walls and even ceilings to speed up drying them.
 
Next, technicians use extraction wands to remove water trapped in the carpets. Depending on the size of the area, we use hand-held wands, similar to water-vacs used in a garage or a device that a team member stands on top of as it rides across the room. With the larger machine, we can extract several large rooms in just a matter of hours.
 
Flooding does not mean shutting down a business for days or even weeks. When called in quickly enough, SERVPRO of Minnetonka can help you reopen your doors the very next day. If you need our services, call today at (952) 473-4837.

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Keep Yourself Safe From Mold Damage Health Effects In Groveland

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Keep Yourself Safe From Mold Damage Health Effects In Groveland Mold damage in your Groveland home should not be taken lightly.

Mold Damage Health Effects

Mold damage in your Groveland home should not be taken lightly. Some types of mold, especially black mold varieties, can cause severe health effects and should be treated with extreme caution. While mold remains in your home, there are some safety precautions you should consider and employ to protect yourself and your loved ones. Keep these recommendations in mind and, above all else, heed recommendations from SERVPRO personnel to ensure that no ill health effects result from mold in your home.

Wear Long Sleeves
Whenever you are near or around the mold damage in your Groveland home, you should take care to wear long sleeves. Long sleeve clothing protects the skin and shields you from mold, giving a simple but effective barrier between you and potential hazards. Also, wearing close-toed shoes and long socks grants the same benefits for your feet and ankles. In general, try to leave as little skin exposed as possible.

Don Gloves But Don't Touch
Wearing latex or work gloves around the mold can be a good idea for the same reasons that long sleeves are, but that does not mean you should try to touch the mold. Direct contact with the mold, even with a barrier over the skin, is rarely advisable because it can potentially lead to ill health effects and spread mold spores around the home.

Let SERVPRO Handle It
Mold remediation truly is best left to the professionals. SERVPRO technicians are trained to deal with mold and deal with its effects dozens of times every year. They know how to stay safe and prevent further damage, but you probably do not. Some homeowners try direct action such as chemical or thermal (burning) removal techniques before calling us, but these efforts invariably result in more damage to the home and potential injury to residents. Contact us first and let us take care of the mold, for everyone's safety.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka helps local homeowners to overcome mold damage, no matter how big or how strong the colony is. For our help in ridding your home of mold, call us at (952) 473-4837.

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Don't Air Dry Water Damage in Your Groveland Home

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Air Dry Water Damage in Your Groveland Home Materials dry out at different rates. Professionals technicians at SERVPRO will dry out your property correctly after damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Many Years of Experience Properly Drying Out Homes After Water Damage

Waiting for things to air dry after a flood or other water damage incident in Groveland may seem like the most logical thing to do. Water evaporates on its own, after all, and many homeowners reason that this natural process will inevitably right things in their home. However, air drying also carries multiple downsides and potentially damaging factors. The best option is to hire a company like SERVPRO to institute a professional and expedited drying process to avoid further damage to your home. Otherwise, air drying could hurt your home in one or more ways.
 
Material Warping
 
Allowing severe water damage in your Groveland home to dry naturally should take a long time, as many materials in your home such as carpeting, fabrics, and wallpaper can have highly absorbent properties. These porous materials may adapt to the water now present between their fibers, changing shape and even chemical composition to sustain the water better. If drying is not done in a controlled fashion, these materials may warp and bend to the point where they are no longer recoverable. SERVPRO's drying process helps to mitigate some of these effects and keep most materials in an acceptable, workable state.
 
Mold Growth
 
Mold can proliferate quickly when water remains in a home and may become a major problem within days if it can find a water source. Fast drying helps to deny mold a chance to grow beyond isolated patches and spores, stopping the issue before it can get out of hand. We can even take things a step further with mold detection and deterrent technology designed to keep mold and other fungi out of the home as effectively as possible.
 
Breakdown of Materials
 
Some materials, such as wood and some fabrics, can begin to break down when submerged in water. Extended exposure to moisture can cause oxidation, acidic dissolution, or biological rotting in a wide variety of materials. The only way to protect the integrity of your home is to remove moisture as quickly as possible.
 
SERVPRO of Minnetonka is a locally-owned and operated company with the resources and workforce it takes to fix your home after water damage. Just give us a call at (952) 473-4837.

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Which Rooms In Oak Knoll Homes Are Most At Risk Of Fire Damage?

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Which Rooms In Oak Knoll Homes Are Most At Risk Of Fire Damage? We have the right tools and equipment to restore your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Prevent Your Oak Knoll Home From Fire Damage 

It is a sobering fact that home fires are a danger in any Oak Knoll home. American fire departments respond to over 350,000 home structure fires every single year, and household fires account for three-quarters of all structural blazes tackled. SERVPRO understands that it is hard to think about home fires and the potential for fire damage – after all, no one wants to face a blaze in their home. However, understanding more about the risks helps householders take preventative steps.

The rooms in Oak Knoll homes that are most at risk of fire damage are kitchens. More fires begin in the kitchen than in any other room and are often caused by grease or cooking fires. That is why you should never leave cooking food unattended, and should always clean up grease as soon as it spills, so it cannot ignite.

We also recommend keeping a fire blanket and a wet chemical extinguisher in or beside the kitchen. Wet chemical extinguishers cannot be used on electrical fires but are safe for use on grease fires, while fire blankets can be used to smother small pan fires before they get out of hand.

Wood stoves and fireplaces are the second leading cause of household blazes, which is why SERVPRO recommends homeowners with those heating sources take precautions such as regular cleaning and maintenance.

Fire safety awareness is of particular importance at this time of year. The American Red Cross states that home fires are most likely to occur in the fall and winter, particularly in December and January. Fires are also more likely at the weekends. Although we all hope to avoid such a disaster, it is better to be prepared.

In the event of a fire, our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with soot and smoke cleanup. We rub and scrub every surface and use powerful washers and spot cleaning on soft furnishings and upholstery. We also deodorize your home to get rid of lingering soot smells.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

For help with soot cleanup in Groveland, Oak Knoll, Glen Lake and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 for assistance.

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Water Removal Can Save Your Groveland Home From The Rages Of Stormy Weather

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Removal Can Save Your Groveland Home From The Rages Of Stormy Weather Torrential storms that hit Groveland can cause untold amounts of damage to homes.

Water Removal Can Save Your Home

Torrential storms that hit Groveland can cause untold amounts of damage to homes. In addition to downed trees and the direct damage created by smashed roofs and torn apart siding, rainwater can quickly become standing water. Floors face the most of this problem, but walls and furnishings can also find themselves needing professional mitigation.

When a storm event affects your Groveland home, SERVPRO's strategy begins with water removal efforts. Our primary assessment's findings determine the best equipment for extracting water the most efficiently. SERVPRO's technicians remove all water, from the obvious standing water to the moisture in cracks and crevices to the humidity in the air using state-of-the-art equipment. Our high-tech measuring devices detect the slightest elevations of moisture, ensuring we miss nothing in the process of restoring your home's usually dry state.

The entire water removal process can take a while, but minimizing the damage is easy through our expert handling of materials and belongings. Elevated moisture happens throughout a home because the humidity is trapped and has no place to go as it seeks equilibrium by saturating drier areas. As humidity flows through a home, it can damage areas and belongings that never saw a drop of rain or flood water.

Part of our equipment measures the humidity in a home, as this is a particularly important piece of information that gives us insight into how quickly the water removal process is progressing. These measurements are taken in various areas of your home, just as our technicians place air movers, different types of heaters, and dehumidifiers in strategic locations to remove any moisture and humidity remaining in those areas. When the measurements indicate that humidity levels are once again normal, we can then finish with odor control and the final walk-through with our customers.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is ready to help you with any disastrous event that calls for water removal and extraction services. We have the equipment, skills, and training, backed by IICRC certificates, all of which ensure that restoring your home happens quickly and professionally. Contact us by calling (952) 473-4837 no matter when you need us.

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What Is Salvageable After Mold Damage in Groveland?

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Is Salvageable After Mold Damage in Groveland? Whether or not an item is salvageable after mold damage will depend on the surface of the item on which the mold has grown.

How different surfaces are affected by mold damage

Our customers often ask us what is salvageable after mold damage in their home. Asking this question is understandable – of course, you do not want to throw away more items than necessary. We understand that the sight of mold-damaged belongings is a distressing one, and we work with you to save as much as possible.

The answer to what is salvageable after mold damage in Groveland depends on several factors. There are some general guidelines which hold true in many cases, but it always comes down to assessing the individual situation and the extent of the damage.

The less porous a surface is, the more likely it is to be salvageable. Very smooth non-porous surfaces such as glass and ceramic are the easiest to clean. In many cases, SERVPRO technicians find that a gentle scrub or damp wiping is enough to remove spores and leave the surface clean once more.

Porous surfaces such as carpets, rugs, and drapes are more complicated. In many cases, porous items, unfortunately, have to be discarded because it is not possible to remove the mold once it has taken hold. However, in cases where the item is wet, but mold has not had a chance to grow, it might be possible to dry the item and save it before fungus takes hold.

Although clothes are fabric, which is porous, it is often possible to save them by washing them immediately. We recommend looking for a dry cleaner who has experience in dealing with mold.

Semi-porous surfaces such as wood and stone can sometimes be saved, depending on the level of contamination and damage.

When you call SERVPRO for help, you can rest assured that our IICRC-certified remediation experts provide a thorough assessment of the situation. We examine the extent of mold damage and the affected items so we can advise you on what can we can save, and what must be discarded.

After the assessment, our team sets to work cleaning all salvageable items using a range of cleaning actions, including damp wiping, abrasion, and HEPA vacuuming. We also dry the area to reduce moisture and discourage regrowth.

For help with mold in Oak Terrace, Glen Lake, Minnetonka and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 today.

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Using Ozone Machines After Fire Damage in Groveland to Remove Soot Odors

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Using Ozone Machines After Fire Damage in Groveland to Remove Soot Odors Soot odor can linger long after a house fire, ozone machines can get rid of the odor once and for all.

Getting Rid of Soot Odors after Fire Damage

Any Groveland homeowner who is unfortunate enough to face a house fire of any size knows that the lingering smell of soot is unpleasant. We at SERVPRO see this all the time in our work – even after restoration is complete and the affected area is thoroughly cleaned, the smell of soot often lingers and is very distressing for homeowners.

In some cases, the best way to remove smoke smells after fire damage in Groveland is a piece of equipment called an ozone machine. Ozone machines are odor removal powerhouses. They are capable of removing even pungent soot odors and making a home smell fresh and clean once more.

There is only one drawback of ozone machines, and that is that we cannot use them in places where there are people, plants or pets. That means that they are not suitable for use in fire restoration situations where you are still living in your home during cleaning. However, if you have to move out for a few days during restoration, ozone is an ideal solution for post-fire smells.

Ozone is a naturally occurring gas. Ozone occurs after lightning strikes or during thunderstorms and is responsible for the fresh, clean smell you notice in the air after a storm passes.

Ozone is also known as nature’s deodorizer due to its ability to remove unpleasant smells. SERVPRO uses it in fire restoration situations because it has a powerful deodorizing effect on lingering soot smells.

How does ozone act as a deodorizer? It is a straightforward process. Ozone is an unstable molecule, and it reacts quickly to other molecules when it comes into contact with them. The extra oxygen atom in the ozone binds to odor particles and destroys them. This chemical reaction takes the molecules apart and thus gets rid of the smell.

We train our IICRC-certified technicians to apply ozone with due care and attention. We properly contain the affected area, and our team knows just how much ozone to apply for maximum effect.

Because ozone has a short life, your home is safe to inhabit very soon after the treatment is complete.

For situations where it seems impossible to get rid of that lingering smell, ozone is a powerful solution.

For help dealing with the cleanup after a fire, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 for help.

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Groveland Homeowners Get Help Fighting Flood Damage

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Groveland Homeowners Get Help Fighting Flood Damage Flood damage whether from external or internal causes can create a great deal of problems. Call the team at SERVPRO to handle it entirely.

SERVPRO Technicians Handle All Aspects of Flood Damage Restoration

Floods often cause hellacious damage to your home, leaving you with a huge mess to clean up after a major event. Many of you simply do not have the time or experience to correct all of the issues yourselves, which makes hiring a professional restoration company much more valuable.  
 
A qualified flood damage restoration company in Groveland can provide you with access to equipment, resources, and personnel along with the time and experience necessary to handle every aspect of the damage found on your property. Everything from flooded carpet to broken furniture requires particular attention, not to mention the amount of time it takes to dry structural materials properly.  
 
You do not need to contact several companies, wasting time scheduling, postponing, or even canceling services on a moments notice. SERVPRO makes it possible for homeowners to get all of the help they need by calling a single company. We handle all of the scheduling and provide you with a time frame estimate after performing our full inspection. Our supervising technician keeps you updated on every aspect of your restoration from start to finish.
 
If you are looking for a restoration company you can trust to perform quality flood damage services on your property, look no further. We take care of your home, protect it from the elements and unwanted intrusion through our roof tarp and board up services. SERVPRO relocates the contents of your home to a safe, dry location and gives each item the attention it deserves.  
 
SERVPRO technicians take their jobs very seriously and are proud to be your choice to provide restoration services in your home. We understand how important your home is and make every effort to save as much of your property as possible while providing you with the best possible service.  
 
With advances in cleaning and restoration today, flood waters cannot hide. We use infrared moisture detectors, hygrometers, water extractors of all shapes and sizes to reach every area in your home. Even those pesky hard to reach areas that often expose your home to hidden dangers that develop over time.
 
Give SERVPRO of Minnetonka a call today for help restoring your home to a quality condition you and your family can enjoy. (952) 473-4837

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