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Flood Damage In Your Minneapolis Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Help With Flood Damage in Your Minneapolis Home

Flooding often happens in Minneapolis when the snow melts in the spring, and there is excess precipitation added to the already-saturated ground.  Dealing with the restoration process after flood damage is an overwhelming challenge. Having the help of trained, competent professionals can make the process so much more comfortable from the actual restoration process itself to understanding how to best deal with insurance companies.

If you have flood damage in your Minneapolis home, SERVPRO is available to assist you every step of the way until your property is back to its preloss condition. We understand that time is of the essence and respond quickly to your emergency call. Our skilled technicians are available twenty-four hours a day, every single day of the year. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO technicians create a customized plan for the restoration of your home. We use the training learned in SERVPRO's Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to tackle each unique situation, understanding when and how to use moisture detectors and hygrometers to measure moisture content. We also decide if the damage requires controlled demolition techniques such as flood cuts to release trapped water. During each step of the process, our project managers use their advanced training and professional expertise to recover from flood damage effectively.

Aside from creating a customized plan, SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment and cleaning agents to remove floodwater and disinfect after black water exposure, possibly containing disease-causing microorganisms and potentially dangerous chemical contaminants. When needed, we use submersible pumps to eliminate deep water and extraction tools for remaining moisture, either truck-mounted or in portable wand form. We then use high-velocity air movers to blow warm air over moist surfaces and industrial-strength dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air.

SERVPRO has specially formulated cleaners containing chlorine or alcohol that attack dangerous microbes to ensure the safety and health of everyone in your home. SERVPRO technicians are qualified professionals, ready to create a plan for restoration and execute that plan using knowledge, specialized equipment, and high-quality cleaning products. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 for an expert consultation.

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We Provide Reliable Professional Water Cleanup In Minneapolis

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Is a Leader in Minneapolis Disaster Recovery

Water damage in your Minneapolis residence can stem from many different sources. Most common are everyday accidents and malfunctions like overflowing tubs, leaks in plumbing, or appliance breakdowns. Sometimes these present as significant crises like a burst supply pipe or water spraying from a broken hose connection on a washer. Other times the water incursion seems minor but builds in intensity over time, like tiny cracks in plastic conduit or a gap in caulking around a shower or sink. Our crews are ready to respond regardless of the cause, why we are well-positioned to help.

We Have Met the Challenge Before
Coping with water cleanup in your Minneapolis home can feel overwhelming. Whether you face gallons of water all at one time or discover hidden damage due to a slower leak, it is difficult knowing what to do first, much less completing a water removal and drying project. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians bring many combined years of experience to every job. Although each water loss is unique, our familiarity with water cleanup industry best practices over a range of different circumstances is why we are prepared to manage nearly any water event confidently and skillfully.

We Arrive with Necessary Equipment
Our team can assess your water cleanup needs quickly and develop a recovery plan that is both practical and efficient. We enhance of success of our efforts by traveling to your site with fully stocked service vehicles, avoiding any delay in the implementation of the project agenda. An extensive inventory of commercial-grade pumps and extractors, along with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers, are why SERVPRO crews begin work immediately. Fast, professional action is the most reliable indicator of a successful outcome after water incursion.

We Remain Available After the Work Is Done
Customer satisfaction depends on both expertly planned and completed projects and responsiveness now and in the future. Our commitment to the community is why SERVPRO stands out among water cleanup contractors. We stand behind our work and intend to be here, helping area residents for decades to come.

Fast and effective damage recovery is our mission, why SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers reliable, professional residential water cleanup services 24/7. Call (952) 473-4837 to schedule a swift evaluation of any water loss.

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How to Mitigate Water Loss and Closures for Minneapolis Commercial Sites--Ask SERVPRO for Advice

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

back service area of a facility with some drying equipment SERVPRO Is Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call Us to Keep Your Minneapolis Area Business Operational after a Water Loss

Tips for Minneapolis Business Owners to Avoid Commercial Water Cleanup Situations

Commercial water damage hit a business in multiple ways. The company usually needs to close for repairs, lack of revenue, and the loss from items directly damaged by the water.

There are actions business owners can take to protect their Minneapolis property from commercial water damage. It is far easier to dedicate a small amount of time towards proactive measures that assist in avoiding a loss to the property and contents. SERVPRO recommends doing the following:

Regular Inspections
Here in Minnesota, snowmelt and flash floods, as well as plumbing issues, are the reasons for water loss in commercial properties. Make a list of areas to check and look over those places once a month. In this way, small leaks, damage to the roofing, or pooling water from poor drainage does not have a chance to become a problem.

Winterize
The winters in the state are brutal, and a little winterization goes a long way. Drafts can freeze pipes with poor insulation, which in turn causes the pipes to burst. Overnight and on weekends, make sure the heat in the building runs at sufficient temperatures, never lower than 50-degrees Fahrenheit, to prevent freezing pipes. If the thermostat has a battery backup, make sure to replace the batteries regularly.

Talk to Your Security Company About Environmental Monitoring
Environmental monitors can send out an alert when there is an elevation in temperature or moisture. Many different monitoring agencies offer this type of service.  Having an early warning system in place has the potential to save your property from damage from both fire and water.

Establish an Emergency Plan
If water damage happened on-site, what should you do? Establish a list of where the water shut-off valve location and numbers to contact, such as SERVPRO for quick cleanup of the property. The technicians can remove water, restore furnishings, and handle proactive treatments against mold and odors.

We suggest contacting our office regarding a pro-active program we offer called the ERP--Emergency READY Profile Program. A Sales and Marketing Rep SMR can schedule a visit to your company and demonstrate the advantages of this effective measure to keep your business viable. No cost to you, and it can save your business from closure.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 is ready to assist local businesses with commercial water cleanup of any size. They arrive quickly and restore the property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

We Act Fast In Minneapolis To Prevent Further Water Damage

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

One of our industrial air movers and dehumidifiers drying this bathroom after a water damage disaster We cleaned up the water and set up industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to aid in the drying process in this bathroom.

Preparing for Winter Water Damage in Minneapolis

Water Damage Minneapolis

The changing temperatures throughout the year can harm your water pipes, as well as putting added pressure onto your sump pump. It is a good idea to run maintenance checks on appliances before the winter months roll in to ensure your home is prepared for colder weather. Pipes can freeze, causing the water inside to expand, which can be a considerable problem for metal materials. Equally, heavy rainfall may put extra pressure on gutters as well as sump pumps that dispose of water.

You may prepare yourself properly and still end up with water damage in your Minneapolis home. Despite putting in place safeguards, the unfortunate truth is that accidents do happen. When they do, SERVPRO is here to help you get your home back to a healthy condition. The worse decision you can make is to do nothing. Over time water can stagnate, particularly in areas of the home with little natural airflow. Any stored fabrics or clothing can also quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.

At a preliminary stage, you may want to consider removing furniture from the affected area. Larger items like sofas, tables, or cabinets can be left to a SERVPRO technician. If it is not possible to remove an item, we can block furniture, placing it above the water level while work is being done. Using vent box fans, we can encourage airflow in spaces and encourage the evaporation process. Our goal is to dry your home as quickly as possible, as this remains the most effective method of water restoration.

With the property appropriately dry, SERVPRO can start working to restore any water damaged contents or decor. Prolonged exposure to moisture can result in yellowing, discoloration, or watermarks on upholstery, flooring, and walls. For carpets and fabrics, we can load pre-conditioners into our truck-mounted extractors and distribute it efficiently where needed. Roto machines can buffer flooring, and furniture can be refinished to its preloss condition.

Acting quickly to recover your property after a water incident can play a crucial role in the recovery of losses. Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka immediately at (952) 473-4837.

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Avoid Mistakes With Minneapolis Storm Damage Remediation by Calling SERVPRO

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

snow covered car and home Make sure that SERVPRO is your first call after a snow storm causes damage to your home.

Snow Storm Damage Potential Unlimited in Minneapolis

Homeowners in Minneapolis can suffer much more than high heating bills and an unshoveled walkway after a snowstorm. When blizzard conditions include high winds, icy and snowy forms of precipitation, and plunging temperatures, you can find yourself in need of much more than a plowing contractor. Power lines and tree branches, heavy with ice and snow, can crush a home, allowing water and freezing winds inside. Count on our hometown team to help you make it right.

Ice Followed by Snow Spells Trouble

When temperatures are warmer than 32 degrees, rain and sleet can be the first warnings of snow storm damage in Minneapolis. This “wintry mix” weighs down trees and eventually freezes solid on power lines, frequently still above ground and supported by utility poles in the city. High winds increase the danger and probability of tree branches, light poles, and utility wires damaging your home severely if they fall. 

Help Is Available 365 Days a Year

The SERVPRO team does not limit assistance in our snowy climes. We arrive to help whether the water now in your home is frozen or quickly on its way to melting to cause more harm. Our crews swiftly and skillfully board up and tarp any holes in windows, siding, or roofs. Meanwhile, our experienced project manager assesses the damage indoors, creating a plan to remove the snow, ice, and melted water and dry out the spaces. 

Exterior Roof and Gutter Damage Can Lead to Continuing Problems

Our team of experts mitigates and remediates the meltwater damage in the rooms of your dwelling quickly and thoroughly. At the same time, we refuse to lose sight of the possibility of progressive damage if proper repairs fail to be completed outside of your home. SERVPRO secures the outside for your chosen contractor to make roof and gutter repairs, so we do not need to return in the spring for ice dam water damage remediation. Our comprehensive understanding of the toll snow storms take to our northern homes permits us to help you now, during an emergency, as well as preventing predictable damage in the near future. 

You cannot be sure when the first significant snow storm hits, but you can count on SERVPRO of Minnetonka to help you survive the aftermath. Call us at (952) 473-4837 to make it “Like it never even happened” all seasons of the year.

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Professional Tips for Drying Flooded Minneapolis Homes

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying water damaged bedroom Floodwaters damaged this home. We used air movers to blow warm air over the wet structure.

How Portable Heaters Help Minneapolis Homes After Flooding  

There is no mistaking the cold realities of winter coming to Minneapolis. When circumstances get met for flooding and other natural disasters during these already challenging months of the year, added steps must be included to ensure the safety of those affected by both flooding and steep temperature drops. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We take the information we get and arrive with equipment to help reduce these threats.  

Heating might not seem like a vital element to the restoration process. Still, for both the flood damage in Minneapolis homes and the environment where the restoration work must get completed, our application of heating units can make a substantial difference. Our SERVPRO team has many portable units that can help to have a positive effect on damaged area homes, regardless of the severity of the falling winter temperatures outside. There are several areas where portable electric heaters can help homeowners, the property, and the restoration process after a flood.  

Flooding can have a direct effect on available power or utility use. Even if you do not use electric heating in your home, you might not have safe and reliable access to continue the use of your furnace. Portable electric heaters do not always require access to power from the damaged residence but can use electricity from our trailered generator brought to the job site. These can help to add warmth to areas in the house that have lost it, not just to work zones when needed.  

Direct application of heat to saturated elements can evaporate moisture more quickly. Our technicians work to maneuver these heating elements to new positions multiple times throughout the drying process, as there are risks to this approach if left in one location for too long. With continual monitoring practices for drying processes, we can determine this risk of damage and move heating units frequently to maximize results.  

Flooding does not always leave several inches of standing water, but it can threaten your home through oversaturation and similar threats. Electric portable heating can help to both make the drying process more efficient, but also make technicians and occupants of the house more comfortable through the restoration as well. Give our SERVPRO of Minnetonka team a call today at (952) 473-4837. 

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Steps to Restoring Your Minneapolis Property After Flood Damage

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

A living room with the bottom of the rooms drywall removed, with SERVPRO equipment. Our SERVPRO steps to assist your Minneapolis flood damage is what your home needs.

We will walk you through every step for your Minneapolis flood damage.

Flash flooding is common in urban areas, and it usually occurs after heavy rain. In Minneapolis, about 490 addresses are situated in FEMA’s 100-year floodplain. This means that there is a one percent chance of flooding taking place in the properties built in the floodplain in any given year.

Flooding creates a frustrating situation for property owners. Fortunately, by taking the right steps, it is not hard to restore your Minneapolis property after flood damage. If it is safe to enter your home, you can start the flood cleanup process by doing the following things: 

  • Wear protective attire like watertight boots, rubber gloves, and safety glasses or goggles.
  • Discard porous materials such as foam rubber and padded furniture.
  • Throw out exposed food, medicine, and drinks.
  • Document the damage by taking photos or videos.
  • Wipe down wooden items.
  • Clean hard surfaces with a solution of hot water and soap.

Cleaning up and drying a flood-damaged property is challenging. You may need special tools like air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected surfaces. Some parts of your home may also need to be rebuilt, or soaked materials like carpeting and drywall may need to be removed, discarded and replaced. The other items you may need to replace include drapery, clothing, and ductwork. Therefore, it is advisable to hire a flood damage restoration company like SERVPRO to assist you with the remediation process.

When we get to your residence, we can conduct a detailed inspection using devices like moisture meters, infrared cameras, and moisture sensors. These devices enable us to track moisture within a building. After assessing the destruction, we can come up with the appropriate restoration plan. Floodwater can bring all kinds of solids in your property. We can use a self-priming trash pump to extract the water mixed with solids. We can also use power washers to remove muck or mud on the exterior parts of your home.

After extracting the water, your walls and floors may look dry, but they are still wet. Porous building materials can hold moisture that can make them swell or warp. Our SERVPRO technicians can manipulate temperature and humidity using dehumidifiers and air movers so that drying occurs much faster.

Cleaning floors, walls, and other affected surfaces is also essential. During a flood, sewer lines can leak wastes that may end up in your property, threatening your health. Our team can clean your home using disinfectants that destroy 99 percent of microorganisms.

When you need flood cleanup services in Saint Paul, Minnetonka, or Osseo, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka for help. Our 24-hour emergency helpline is (952) 473-4837. We can make the loss appear “Like it never even happened.”

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Did a Fire Cause Smoke and Soot Damage to Your Minneapolis Home?

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke surrounding fire alarm Smoke travels. Even small fires can cause a lot of damage. We have the equipment to remove the smoke from your home.

How to Remove Smoke Odor After a Fire Damages your Minneapolis Home

After a home has sustained fire damage, it is easy to detect the smoke odor. The telltale scent makes its way or lingers in walls, drapes, carpets, clothes, and furniture, among other items. The smell may even sicken you, and you may not tolerate it. Regardless of the size of the fire and how quickly you extinguished it, the smoke it emits can permeate your entire home.

When your Minneapolis home has fire damage, you need to begin the restoration process promptly. You may have tried to eliminate the smoke odor yourself, but failed. Cleaning the smoke residues and removing the scent can be difficult, tedious, and futile. SERVPRO restoration experts can help you in cleaning up your home and eliminating the smoky smell before it worsens.

Insurers classify fire and smoke damage into two categories; primary and secondary. We can help you determine the severity of fire damage in your property.

  • Primary fire damage – This refers to the destruction which happens because of the flames. It includes damage to the structures and contents of a home. 
  • Secondary fire damage – It refers to the damage caused by soot, smoke, and other corrosive substances, which are a direct by-product of the fire. Secondary fire damage usually accounts for most destruction that happens in a building.

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can take several steps to remove the smoke odors while treating your home and possessions with care. We can assess the affected rooms to determine the full extent of the destruction and take the right steps to deal with it.

We can identify and list the smoke-damaged items that need removing from your home. The smoke odors can decrease after we remove the affected materials. Our team can also remove the contents that cannot be repaired and dispose of them appropriately. We can also take some items to our facilities for meticulous cleaning and restoration.

Our SERVPRO restorers can clean surfaces like walls, floors, woodwork, ceilings, mirrors, windows, light fixtures, and ceiling fans using specialized equipment and cleaning products. We can also spray affected surfaces with odor counteractants. Smoke particles can get into many areas of your property. Therefore, we can clean the exterior structures of your property, such as decks, siding, and windows. We can also remove smoke odors from your vehicle if it was in the vicinity when the fire happened. Our restorers can also close off the area inside your home to treat it using fogging equipment to neutralize the malodors.

Fire is terrible enough, but secondary damage from smoke and soot adds to the problem. Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 to address the issue. We serve the residents of Saint Paul, Minnetonka, and Osseo.

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Cleaning the Gutters in Your Minneapolis Home Can Prevent Water Damage

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Hand pulling leafy debris from gutter on house Be sure and have your gutters cleaned before winter begins to prevent potential water damage.

Prevent Water Damage in Minneapolis with Fall Gutter Maintenance 

Although we are used to the weather extremes in Minneapolis, our swings from summer’s hot and humid feel to the “Polar Vortex” in deep winter can be hard on our home’s systems and structure. Now that fall is firmly ensconced, and winter is on the way, make time to inspect your roof and its drainage configuration. Once winter’s frigid temperatures take hold, it is too late to prevent problems easily. 

Why the Focus on Gutters and Drains? 

Water damage in Minneapolis is not limited to the aftermath of burst pipes, appliance malfunctions, and severe storms. During the quiet and coziness of a gentle snowfall, your roof and the structural components of the upper levels of your home can be under attack. If ice dams form near the eaves and roof edges of your house, water can seep inside. You risk ice dam complications when warm air escapes at the joints between exterior walls and the roof, melting snow that deposits into the gutters. If your home's gutters experience clogging with leaves and debris, the water collects. Poorly attached or missing downspouts exacerbate the situation, and improperly canted gutters prevent drainage as well.  

Slow, Steady, and Nearly Invisible Damage 

The cycle of snow melting and freezing into ice dams eventually force moisture into your attic or highest level. Wood framing and insulation absorb the water, increasing the probability of mold growth and deterioration of the building materials. Throughout the winter, the water can migrate down and between the walls into living areas. Drywall or lath and plaster construction both experience significant damage over time. The smell of rapidly multiplying mold colonies or staining might be your first signal that months of substantial destruction have occurred without fanfare. 

Maintenance Is the Key to Ice Dam Prevention 

Cleaning gutters and securing downspouts is an autumn task that repays you many times over when the snow flies. A bonus is that a well-maintained gutter system also helps preserve the integrity of your home during spring showers and summer’s severe weather. Ensuring that the water running off the roof is far from your foundation prevents flooding and damage to exterior building materials. Sealing eaves and upgrading insulation also helps interrupt the melting and freezing cycle at the edge of your roof. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is your partner if poorly draining gutters and downspouts cause water to head into your abode any time of the year. Contact us year-round at (952) 473-4837 for help with migrating water damage.

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Guaranteed No Stress Flood Damage Remediation Process in Minneapolis

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

flood damaged laundry room Many times flooding and flood damage is not something that you can control. But you can control how you respond. Contact SERVPRO.

Why SERVPRO Delivers Premier Flood Damage Recovery in Minneapolis

Returning your Minneapolis residence to preloss condition after flooding requires completion of a multi-phase agenda. Creation of a solid plan for implementation by our skilled technicians based on your unique circumstance aims at the goal of making the damage “Like it never even happened.” Development and management of the details supporting your project follow a proven template. Our experienced management team is why we are confident that our efforts consistently result in a superior outcome.

Organization with a Purpose

The initial assessment by a seasoned crew lead or project manager eventually leads to rapid Minneapolis flood damage recovery. Perhaps your home is in a battle with the record-breaking rainfall seen this summer. Maybe your lakeside location allows unexpectedly rising water tables to intrude. Regardless of the backstory, the training and protocols mastered by our team are why we can assure customers of a solution to the damage flooding brings. Following our research-based and field-proven process reaps results.

The SERVPRO® Project Management Process

Every flood damage project we take on integrates our signature Project Management Process. Phases include 

  • Project Initiation
  • Project Plan
  • Project Execution
  • Project Close Out

Each phase incorporates all of the steps, tasks, and activities necessary to ensure our work is of the highest quality and competed to meet or exceed industry standards. Throughout the progress of your flood damage recovery project, we employ dozens of checks to make certain all issues presented in your home resolve entirely and in order. We prevent missing critical aspects of professional flood damage mitigation and remediation using this exhaustive system, why the outcome of your project is successful. 

Our Response Is Proportionate to Your Loss

Flood damage, by definition, involves managing highly contaminated water. Breaking down everything in the initial assessment and planning focuses us on not merely removing the water, but also containing and disposing of it per local regulations. The safety of your family plus the integrity of your home's building materials depend on appropriate attention to the soiling and pathogens potentially left behind in a flooding scenario. We add project execution tasks, steps, and activities that concentrate on the heightened risk of post-water removal microbial growth in overland flooding. The detailed plan is why SERVPRO can demonstrate to your insurer and officials that our extra efforts were needed. 

Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 if you struggle with flooding during this unexpectedly wet summer and fall. We approach your loss with compassion, skill, the right equipment, and with industry-leading planning through project completion process.

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