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Eliminating Contamination after Water Damage in Minneapolis

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Eliminating Contamination after Water Damage in Minneapolis The SERVPRO Green Fleet Removes Water and Sanitizes Homes in the Greater Minneapolis Area

SERVPRO's Water Loss Recovery Service Includes Sanitizing Affected Properties

You have a lot to worry about when your Minneapolis home is awash with water. Your biggest worry is probably how to extract the water and dry the soaked contents. Contamination is probably the last thing in your mind unless the flooding is from sewage back up or stormwater. You are not alone in this line of thinking as most people only realize there is contamination at the very late stages of the restoration. So, how can you eliminate contamination through the steps taken during restoration?

The level of contamination in cases of water damage in Minneapolis depends on the kind of water that causes flooding. At SERVPRO, we follow industrial standards that identify three types of water that floods properties. These types are black, grey and clean water and the contamination levels are highest in black water and lowest or nonexistent in clean water. Even potable drinking water can degrade to gray or black water if left unattended.
 
In addition to identifying the water type, our SERVPRO technicians also consider the materials affected by the water. If there was a carpet affected by clean or grey water, we treat it on both sides with an EPA-registered disinfectant. We also use the same disinfectant on the floor after extracting the water. This minimizes chances of further contamination. Any upholstery in the affected area might also be contaminated. Unlike the carpet, which is easier to clean, upholstery has different nooks and crannies, so it requires special attention. Using tools such as ULV foggers, our team can administer the disinfectant in the form of a mist to reach and remove contaminants even in hidden parts of any upholstery item. Generally, we can group furnishings in a containment chamber for large disinfecting efforts.
 
Cleanliness is a relative state that depends on the percentage of contaminants eliminated. Properties can achieve four different levels of cleanliness depending on the effort put. From the dirty state, cleaning can change the property to sanitary or disinfected. This recovery from a water loss is the states that SERVPRO technicians can achieve. Sterile conditions are beyond our scope and service. These environments are needed in hospitals, labs, and other such structures. Reaching a sanitary state is the goal of most restoration processes. Our SERVPRO technicians extract the water, vacuum and deodorize any affected areas ensuring they attain sanitary conditions.
 
Calling SERVPRO of Minnetonka eases the restoration process. You can reach us at (952) 473-4837 any day of the week.

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Why Cleaning is Critical During Fire Damage Restoration in Minneapolis

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Cleaning is Critical During Fire Damage Restoration in Minneapolis Cleaning fire damage residues on items is not as simple as spraying and wiping down. Contact SERVPRO so that we can use our many effective techniques.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand Effective Techniques to Clean Residues

After a fire damage incident, it is understandable for any homeowner to be stressed. Such traumatic events disrupt your professional or personal lives, and there is need to work closely with a restoration service provider as you work towards returning your Minneapolis property to its earlier state. It all starts by identifying what is restorable and performing emergency services to limit further damage.
 
Cleaning is one of the services that our SERVPRO team offers when attending to fire damage events in Minneapolis. One of our goals is to reduce the fire damage claims. Remember, if you do not act quickly, you might end up with expensive options such as replacing restorable items and resurfacing parts of your structure. We are going to look at some of the principles of cleaning that we use when restoring your materials.
 
Starting from the location where the fire originated from, our SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect the site. During the inspection, we identify the various kinds of residues, and this helps us to come up with an effective cleaning method. The cleaning process we choose should remove the smoke residues efficiently and not cause any damage to the surface.
 
There are four essential elements we take into consideration to suspend and remove the smoke residues: temperature, agitation, time and chemical action. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that chemical reactions increase as the temperature increases and thus we are keen to select an appropriate degree of heat that corresponds well with our cleaning solution of choice. If we want to dislodge smoke particles and distribute cleaning product on areas, we can use agitation. In this process, we can use sonic vibrations, water and air pressure, brushes and towels.
 
Digesting, changing pH, oxidizing, dissolving, bleaching and emulsifying are some of the chemical actions we take into consideration when cleaning your property. Depending on the action we desire, we select a proper cleaning product. Time is also critical during restoration, and it is dependent on the type of cleaning solutions we use and residues at the site.
 
At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is mold, storm, water and fire damage in both residential and commercial properties. Call us at (952) 473-4837 if you need more details on our industry proven services.
 
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Accidentally Leaving Your Stove On Can Cause A Fire In Your Minneapolis Home

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Accidentally Leaving Your Stove On Can Cause A Fire In Your Minneapolis Home Accidentally leaving your stove on, after you finish cooking, is an unfortunately common way to set a fire in your home.

Leaving Your Stove On Can Cause A Fire

There are many things inside of your home that can cause fire damage. Some of them are even objects that you use every day of your life, such as your stove. At first glance, they are merely a part of your home and nothing to worry over, as they should be. However, if these devices are misused, they can cause a fire. Accidentally leaving your stove on, after you finish cooking, is an unfortunately common way to set a fire in your home.

Detecting a burning odor and hearing your smoke alarm in your Minneapolis home are significant indications that fire damage is occurring. The bacon grease left in your pan from cooking breakfast has caught fire and then spread to your nearby paper towel roll and cooking ingredients. By the time you use the fire extinguisher to smother the flames, your cupboards and belongings have already been covered in soot. Additionally, whatever foodstuffs were in the area have been burnt up by the fire.

At first glance, the damage may seem like something you can handle at home. Afterall, it has mostly been caused by smoke. However, only professionals, like SERVPRO, know specifically what cleaning method to use on the remains of a fire.

Soot adheres at a high temperature but selecting a method of remediation also depends on the temperature of the surface area. SERVPRO knows precisely how to remediate the fire damage left behind in your home. Our technicians can carefully investigate your kitchen and figure out what cleaning methods to use. In fact, we may have to use more than one as it is common for multiple types of soot and staining to be left behind. To handle the soot, we can use lubricative, chemical, or abrasive cleaning techniques.

Here at SERVPRO, we always strive to return your home to its preloss state, and it begins with ridding your home of every reminder of the fire, including scent. We can use advanced tools, such as air scrubbers, to handle the foul odor that fire leaves behind. The device uses HEPA filters to pull the odorous particles out of the air and neutralize them before filtering the newly cleaned air back out. Once our specialists are satisfied with the quality of the remediation, our job is done.

Do not let the potential embarrassment of an accident cause you to hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of Minnetonka by calling (952) 473-4837. Day or night, we are always open to take your call.

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Flood Damage in Minneapolis Leaves a Microbial Wasteland Behind in Affected Houses

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Minneapolis Leaves a Microbial Wasteland Behind in Affected Houses When flooding happens during or after a storm, getting your property dry is of great importance. Contact SERVPRO right away for drying out services.

IICRC Certified SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Importance of Drying Out Your Property After Flooding

When a neighborhood in Minneapolis suffers through torrential downpours, flooding caused by creeks and streams overflowing can quickly happen. Many times, this crisis gives little warning and homeowners do not receive very much time to prepare.
 
When homeowners start restoring their homes from flood damage in Minneapolis, many different things must take place. SERVPRO technicians can help your family recover faster by performing the work for you. Not only does this keep your family members out of harm's way, but our extensive experience means we know how to rapidly restore your home while staying safe ourselves. The intricacies that we learned in previous jobs help us immensely, as does our work in obtaining IICRC certificates.
 
Because water that travels across lawns, streets, and other areas, often originating in a stream or pong, before it enters your home, the number of pathogens contained in that water can reach enormous numbers. These microscopic entities can become embedded in the tiniest cracks within your home's interior and live as long as conditions permit them to do so. We alter the interior environment of your home to make it less conducive to the survival of these microbes. Although we remove the majority of them when we remove any remaining water from your home, many remain behind.
 
Removing your home's carpeting wherever it shows saturation from the flood keeps flood damage from escalating and also removes additional microscopic organisms within the soggy carpet and padding. We bag up carpeting and padding much the same way we do drywall sections. Once we eliminate the carpeting, we use heated floor mats to extract the remaining moisture from your flooring. This process kills off any escaped microbes as it dries out your sub-floor.
 
Clearing your home of any residual moisture that condenses on surfaces above the waterline happens as we dry out the air with air movers and desiccant machines. Air scrubbers clean the air and strip it of pathogens, including mold-causing spores, so we use these effective machines, also.
 
One thing that we cannot safely clean to an acceptable, preloss condition and assure your family's safety and good health involves your food. Even after extensive cleaning, food in canned and jarred containers can cause illnesses if consumed, regardless if cooked per the directions. Health regulations dictate the disposal of these items. We can help you dispose of these items, just as we do the rest of the items affected by flood damage. We can include these items on inventory sheets to help you process the insurance claims.
 
SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here to help the residents of Calhoun Isles, Golden Valley, and Kenwood recover after flood damage and other disasters. Calling our 24-hour service line at (952) 473-4837 gets your family started with the recovery process.

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A Leak in Your Bathroom Plumbing Can Cause Mold Damage

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Leak in Your Bathroom Plumbing Can Cause Mold Damage When you see or smell mold in your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation services right away to prevent the infestation from spreading.

Team SERVPRO Understands How Mold Proliferates in Your Home 

One of the first signs that you may have mold damage in your home is continually detecting a musty odor. Catching the odor anywhere in your home is never a good thing, but it is particularly unfortunate when you come across it in your bathroom. It usually indicates that there is a leak in your plumbing and it has caused a mold colony to grow. It is vital to deal with the mold in your washroom as quickly as possible because it can cause health effects. Fortunately, there is qualified help close to your home that you can rely on.
 
Many people misunderstand the nature of mold spores and how they come to cause mold damage in your Minneapolis home. The truth is that mold spores are not dangerous and they are everywhere. You can never truly be completely rid of them. However, if they come into contact with moisture, they can rapidly grow and multiply. As they grow, they end up creating a mold colony that can damage the structure of your home.
 
SERVPRO understands that the longer that mold is in your home, the more damage it can do to the structure of it. We strive to arrive at your residence after your phone call as quickly as possible. Once our technicians get there, we can begin the remediation right away.
 
The first thing that SERVPRO can do is section off the entrance to your bathroom and any vents inside of it. Creating a quarantine allows us to agitate the mold without giving it the freedom to spread to other parts of your home. As we investigate and find that the mold is building behind your sink, we can begin to disinfect the area and clean the mold from the surface of your walls.
 
While we work, our SERVPRO techs can set up an air scrubber with a HEPA filter. Not only does it neutralize the smell that mold creates, but it can also capture airborne mold spores. Once the mold has been cleaned away from your walls, we can use an antifungal spray to ensure regrowth is less likely. Finally, our technicians can make sure to remove any excess moisture from the area.
 
If you come across a musty smell in your home, do not delay. Dial (952) 473-4837 into your phone and contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka. We're open 24/7 and always ready to take your call.

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Summer Rains Bring Flood Damage to Minneapolis Homes

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Rains Bring Flood Damage to Minneapolis Homes When your area and home faces flooding after a storm, contacting SERVPRO is an essential part of the recovery process. Contact us right away.

Team SERVPRO Understands That Drying Out Your Property After Flooding is the First Step of an Effective Flood Damage Remediation Process

Minneapolis is The City of Lakes, and also boasts miles of waterway frontage on the Mississippi River and Minnehaha and Shingle Creek. When heavy summer rains fill the banks to overflowing, homeowners living nearby can struggle with flooding in basements and walk-out lower levels. Our business mission is to aid our customers with this kind of disaster.
 
Flood damage in Minneapolis brings life as usual to a halt. Like almost every home in the city, yours has a full basement filled with mechanical systems, stored items, and appliances such as water heaters and your washer/dryer. Days of heavy rain saturates the ground around your house and now seeps into the basement through the cinder block foundation. If your home is unequipped with a sump pump, or if that pump is overwhelmed or malfunctioning, we can help evacuate the water and dry the area.
 
Immediately after arrival, our crew chief assesses the scenario and designs a plan to begin water removal. SERVPRO always puts the safety first, so the area is evaluated for hazards. We likely shut off the electricity to the flooded space to avoid the threat of shock during the initial phase, but our pumps and extractors receive needed power from alternative sources on our service vehicles. We use moisture meters and scanning device to locate any hidden pockets of water especially prevalent in the open cells of the cinder blocks. If necessary, we drill holes in the mortar or use extenders on the extractors to release the water.
 
If you have living spaces in the basement, we arrange to inventory and move furnishings and other items to a dry staging area on your property or at our production facility. Our production technicians review your options with you as we gauge the damage to your personal belongings. We offer a range of techniques to dry out and restore items, including innovative techniques like freeze-drying (lyophilization) for books papers, and pictures.
 
Any carpeting is dried in place with weighted wand extractors, usually with the addition of heat to hasten the process. Flood waters are often contaminated, so we frequently recommend removing the padding as it allows for easier access to the carpet for cleaning and drying. Padding is inexpensive and relatively easy to replace after we use professional antimicrobial cleaning products on the floor coverings.
 
SERVPRO of Minnetonka features state of the art equipment and highly trained technicians ready to manage your flooding needs. Call us day or night at (952) 473-4837 to arrange an inspection after water intrudes into your basement.

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Removing And Remediating Water Damage In Minneapolis Residences

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removing And Remediating Water Damage In Minneapolis Residences Most Minneapolis water damage comes from domestic sources like a broken pipe connection, split dishwasher hose, or another plumbing issue.

Removing And Remediating Water Damage

When water gets into a Minneapolis home, the key to preserving the structure and personal property is to remove it quickly. The longer standing water rests on carpets and floors, and soaks into furniture and other items, the more it damages it and results in more expense to a homeowner.

Most Minneapolis water damage comes from domestic sources like a broken pipe connection, split dishwasher hose, or another plumbing issue. Water from these sources is clean and therefore free of contamination unlike water from a flood or rainstorm. In this situation, SERVPRO technicians quickly begin removing water without needing to prepare for exposure to possible health risks.

They begin with a commercial grade pump to remove water deeper than an inch or two. As team members set up this device, others remove anything that might transfer a stain to floors and carpets like upholstered furniture, area rugs, curtains, and paper products like books and magazines. They place items in an unaffected area or set these items on blocks or shelves that keep them out of the water.

Once our team removes the bulk of the water, they switch to extraction wands. These smaller devices can draw out water trapped between floorboards and in carpets. They also contain a heating element so that technicians can begin the drying process at the same time. For concrete floors, team members use long-handled squeegees to push remaining surface water out of the structure.

If they find stains on carpets or rugs while removing the water, SERVPRO technicians attempt to clean them before using the extraction wands. The cleaning agents and carpet shampoo machines we utilize are more effective on wet carpets than dry ones.

With the carpets and floors now free of water, technicians next examine walls. Wood paneling can warp from exposure to too much water, and drywall panels soak up standing water at a quick rate. Our team sets-up air movers to force moisture out of these structural materials and fans to increase circulation and draw damp air outside of the home. They also install dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the surrounding air and nearby property to augment the drying process.

The goal of SERVPRO of Minnetonka is to return every home to a dry, safe condition. Regardless if you have a foot of water in your basement or a soaked living room carpet, call us today at (952) 473-4837 to schedule an appointment and receive a free estimate.

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Water Damage Left Unchecked In Your Minneapolis Furniture Store Can Cause Extensive Damage

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Left Unchecked In Your Minneapolis Furniture Store Can Cause Extensive Damage Leaving water damage unaddressed in your furniture store can cause a variety of issues that were not present when the damage first occurred.

Water Damage Left Unchecked Can Cause Extensive Damage

When a pipe bursts in your furniture store and causes water damage, you may be worried about your finances. You may be enticed to try and handle the water damage on your own. However, without the proper tools, you have no way of knowing if you correctly addressed all of the excessive moisture that the damage left behind in your store. It is best for you business to call for professional remediation services, as experts are trained to deal with the damage appropriately.

Leaving water damage unaddressed in your Minneapolis furniture store can cause a variety of issues that were not present when the damage first occurred. The potential for mold growth rises. Water damage left unchecked can cause rust on develop on anything metal. The stability of the furniture you sell can wane.

Your business is full of organic material as wood and leather are conventional materials used in furniture. Mold is directly responsible for the decay of organic material. To help prevent mold and remediate the water damage, SERVPRO can send IICRC-certified technicians to measure the moisture levels around your store and then address any areas where they are too high. Once we inspect your store, we can begin to work quickly and efficiently to get the job done as soon as possible. We can even work during the night to adhere to your schedule and be as unobtrusive to your business as possible.

SERVPRO techs can pick the best drying techniques for your unique situation and apply the right tools to administer them. For example, we can use extractors on your carpets to help thoroughly draw water out of them and to dry them simultaneously. SERVPRO uses superior technology, like desiccant dehumidifiers, to encourage evaporation and help bring the moisture levels in your store back to an acceptable amount. We strive to return your store to its pre-water damaged state.

Do not hesitate if a burst pipe causes water damage in your business. Reach out to SERVPRO of Minnetonka by phoning (952) 473-4837. SERVPRO can respond to your call quickly and on your schedule.

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We Offer Fire Damage Restoration for Your Minneapolis Home

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Offer Fire Damage Restoration for Your Minneapolis Home SERVPRO can help save damaged contents and restore your home after fire damage.

Call SERVPRO ASAP to Restore Your Home and Minimize the Damage after a Fire

House fires in a home can be dangerous and frightening at the same time. Acting quickly is key to salvaging your home and belongings. Getting out of the house quickly and calling your local fire department is the best way to minimize structural damage. Also, contacting fire damage restoration specialists right away is the best way to restore the affected area. Plus, calling professionals can help save many of your belongings that were not lost in the fire.

SERVPRO technicians are experienced in fire damage cleanup in Minneapolis. They arrive at your residence ready to conduct a full inspection. Luckily, the firemen put out the fire rather quickly. Thankfully, damage to the structure of your home and to most of the belongings stored in the attic is minimal. However, it is unfortunate that there is much smoke in the attic and soot on the walls, floor, and ceiling. Our technicians are trained to remove unsalvageable items such as burned-out boxes, charred furniture, and ruined clothing. Saved items are cleaned, sanitized and preserved.

We suggest that you do not wash or wipe down the walls, floor or ceiling. Leave that to our expert fire damage team. Also, try not to turn on the lights or ceiling fans because the electrical wiring may be damaged. We also suggest that if any clothing has smoke damage that you allow us to clean them for you because normal laundering or dry cleaning will not eliminate strong smoke odors. You can rely on us to thoroughly inspect the entire attic to determine the level of damage, which includes fire, smoke and soot damage. SERVPRO technicians can perform minor repairs such as boarding a missing window to protect the affected area of the home. For big carpenter jobs, we call a general contractor.

Our certified SERVPRO team is well experienced in fire damage restoration. Industrial air scrubbers, fans, and fogging equipment quickly remove offensive smoke odors. Also, industrial cleansers wash soot and dirt from the walls, floors, and ceiling. Items affected by the fire are cleaned with our powerful and effective odor removal products that neutralize and fully remove pungent and lingering smoke odors.

When possible, SERVPRO of Minnetonka can restore your fire damaged home to its preloss condition. It is our goal to make you feel “Like it never even happened.” Contact us 24/7 at (952) 473-4837.

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How A Damaged Roof Can Allow Attic Mold Damage In Your Minneapolis Home

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How A Damaged Roof Can Allow Attic Mold Damage In Your Minneapolis Home If you or our SERVPRO professionals encounter mold throughout this crucial inspection, remediation needs to occur soon after that.

Mold Damage In Your Home

One of the problems of harsh winters to Minneapolis homes is the damage that heavy snowfall has done to the roof of your house that you might not even know. Since many homes have unused attic space (for more than merely storage or air circulation appliances), you might not know about problems with your roof, which in kind affect this attic space, until significant damages have already occurred to the construction materials and structural components found in this area of your residence.

Vulnerable areas of your roof not only raise the cost of the utilities every month from a lack of consistent insulation but also present the possible penetration of water to these weaker areas of the structure. When moisture from the outside can penetrate into the support of the roof (and then into the attic space) this warmer portion of your Minneapolis home is susceptible to widespread mold damage.

Regular inspections are essential to prevent a considerable problem in this area of your house. While our SERVPRO professionals can help you to do more thorough inspections that look more intently at all of the possible places mold could exist, many of these inspections you can also do on your own to see if you notice (or smell) something out of the ordinary.

If you or our SERVPRO professionals encounter mold throughout this crucial inspection, remediation needs to occur soon after that. The longer that this process is put off, the more widespread the problem can become and the more likely that structural components in this area need replacement rather than restored.

If you do not know what you are looking for when it comes to finding mold growing in any area of your house, you can entrust this process to our experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Minnetonka. We can work quickly to find mold and to remediate the damage that it has caused to your home. Call us today at (952) 473-4837.

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