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SERVPRO, Minneapolis, Property Cleanup and Restoration--That's It!

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO, Minneapolis, Property Cleanup and Restoration--That's It! Should We Call SERVPRO for Restoration Services? Everyone in Minneapolis Wants to Know!

Why SERVPRO? Fast, Capable Response to Residential Disasters in Minneapolis

Minneapolis residents appreciate the speed and professionalism of our team of highly-qualified water, fire, mold, and storm damage mitigation and remediation experts. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians hold certifications in multiple specialties and hands-on experience working on a broad range of disaster scenarios. Homeowners in the city benefit from our full-service approach, negating the need to change contractors for different types of cleanup projects or when unanticipated complications arise.  

Water Damage
After the long, cold winter, it is wise to spend a bit more time indoors in Minneapolis, looking for water damage from ice dams in the upper levels of your home. Poorly maintained or storm-damaged gutters and downspouts can create conditions during the below-freezing months that force water inside under flashings, eaves, and at the roofline. Unless your attic is frequently visited for storage purposes or converted to living quarters you might not notice the problem when it is still minor.

Gutters clogged with leaves or other debris and suffering wear or poorly canted because of missing hardware can collect water in the fall and warmer winter days. When temperatures dip the ice that forms expands into nearby roofing materials and damages them, creating spaces through which water can flow. When temperatures increase, combined with warm air rising from your interior, melting ice makes its way inside your home, saturating structural components.

We see this phenomenon frequently and have strategies to address the damage and prevent it from recurring. This comprehensive approach explains why SERVPRO is the contractor of choice for addressing the issues. We can remove the water and dry out the surfaces affected, our highly-qualified technicians using our inventory of state-of-the-art equipment according to the industry’s best practices. Our team can help you arrange for repairs and renovations such as adding more insulation to avoid ice dams in the future.
 

Fire Damage
Summertime means celebrating of the limited outdoor grilling season for many in the Twin Cities, but when unintended fire damage results Minneapolis homeowners need our help to return outdoor living spaces and their adjacent homes to preloss condition. Dry grass or other vegetation, nearby table linens and patio furniture, screens and umbrellas, and overhanging eaves can accelerate a grilling flareup into a blaze that can harm both the exterior and interior of your home.  

When we arrive, tarping and boarding up services are likely needed, and our crew accomplishes the tasks fast. Our project manager assesses the damage inside and out, which usually includes at least some water loss from either your or the fire department’s hoses. Our technicians are adept in multiple specializations, supported by the IICRC training each completed. This flexibility in response is why SERVPRO can offer a full-spectrum approach to the damage.

Water removal and drying proceeds, and then we address fire residues. The smoke and soot might be largely protein-based, requiring abrasive tools and cleaning products to loosen the thin, tightly adhered film. If building materials burned extensively, we expect dry and wet soot as well, adapting cleaning methods to deal with each type. Our technicians work swiftly yet carefully, knowing that inappropriate cleaning methods can make the damage worse. Odors linger, so our final efforts include a multi-step protocol that uses deep cleaning followed by advanced technologies such as thermal fogging or hydroxyl generation to rid your home of the smells inside and out.

Mold Remediation
If you contact us about mold removal in Minneapolis, expect us to spend time upon arrival at your home looking for the source of moisture that fueled the growth of spores into full-blown colonies. When we respond to a mold infestation, we are careful to stress what we can do to help. We can remove the active mold growth and use strategies to reduce the high levels of spores created during the colony’s expansion. Practices that eliminate moisture prevent repeated episodes.

We employ the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol when performing mold remediation. Containment is essential to limit the drift of moldy materials to unaffected spaces. We accomplish it with physical barriers and the use of air scrubbers that seal the work area, filter the contaminated air, and exhaust to the outdoors. Mold scrapes or brushes off solid surfaces, although we often use gentle abrasion such as soda blasting to remove mold from porous items. Our continual search for mold removal options is why SERVPRO can offer innovative solutions to customers.

Treatment with an EPA-registered antimicrobial inhibits regrowth, and we sometimes use a sealant containing a similar disinfectant to prepare the surface for refinishing. Humidity control and taking care that spills and other water events receive immediate resolution prepare you to follow best practices to prevent mold growth and damage in the future.

Storm Damage
The spring and early summer months bring heavy precipitation and high winds to Minneapolis. Temperatures heat up, and moisture-filled air can rise quickly to cooler atmospheric levels. Clouds form when water condenses from the rising humid air. The now cooler air drops lower in columns that strike the ground with fierce downdrafts and horizontal winds that can top 58 miles per hour.

It comes as no surprise that this process can result in severe Minneapolis flood damage. Trees and utility poles fall, crashing onto homes and damaging roofs, exterior walls, doors, and windows. Rain sheets down, pouring in through holes and gaping windows.  If the sewers cannot handle the influx, you might also suffer from waste backup into your basement. Sewer fluids include human and animal waste, exposing your family to the risk of pathogens that can cause illness. You need our IICRC certified and experienced crews to secure your dwelling with boards and tarps and then assess and plan for stormwater recovery, including managing large quantities of contaminated, Category 3 water.

Our vehicles stock a comprehensive inventory of flood damage equipment and supplies. We use pumps and extractors first, containing the water and contaminants for lawful disposal. EPA-registered cleaners and antimicrobials clear residues from basement surfaces, disinfecting affected spaces as well. Structural drying proceeds immediately to avoid any mold development.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka prepares by investing in the industry’s most advanced training and cutting-edge equipment to meet your mitigation and remediation needs after a disaster. Call us at (952) 473-4837 round the clock for a professional assessment and recovery plan.

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Stop Suffering From Fire Damage in Your Minneapolis Home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stop Suffering From Fire Damage in Your Minneapolis Home Fire damage in Minneapolis can be arduous is not dealt with correctly. Call SERVPRO today for help.

Fire Damage Aftermath Pack-Out Beneficial at Your Minneapolis Residence

The first views you have of your Minneapolis home after the firefighters leave can be devastating. Soot covered walls and inches of dirty water shock, but the most heartbreaking moments are when you see the damage to pictures, mementos, books, toys, and other treasured items. Appropriate cleaning and painting can make the grime on surfaces disappear. Our specialized content technicians can work wonders with your personal possessions as well.

There are as many ways to approach fire damage in Minneapolis as there are structural components, fixtures, furnishings, household goods, and other items in your home. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians are highly skilled and able to deep clean, disinfect, and deodorize the spaces and surfaces in your house. Innovative techniques and specialized equipment available at our headquarters can do the same for packed-out items.

A SERVPRO pack-out uses our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), a secure and detailed protocol that documents damaged items through pictures, list, and barcodes. CCIS permits us to add data at evaluation, during restoration, and after our efforts to track the articles for our customers and their insurance companies. We act as a liaison between you and your carrier, ensuring that claims compensate promptly and accurately.

The despair felt when you first reviewed the damage to the packed-out items lifts when you realize how well research-based cleaning and restoration techniques work on your property. Freeze-drying removes firefighting water damage from books, photos, and documents. Immersion and ultrasonic tubs dislodge soot and other residues from intricately detailed decor and household essentials like window blinds. SERVPRO resources include dry cleaning and industrial washer and drying systems for window coverings, fabrics, and other soft items. That collection of stuffed animals or dolls your children or grandchildren mourned often returns cleaned and refreshed to greet them when the project winds up. 

A pack-out allows our on-site technicians to move even more efficiently than usual through your fire-damaged home. Water removal, wall and ceiling cleaning, and structural drying and deodorization move forward with fewer complications when furniture and boxes of dirty and wet possessions receive remediation elsewhere. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka can help make it “Like it never even happened.” for both your home and possessions after fire damage. Call (952) 473-4837 day or night. We are ready to help you through the stress and trauma of fire damage mitigation and remediation. 

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What are Common Sources of Water Damage in Minneapolis?

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What are Common Sources of Water Damage in Minneapolis? Water damage can come from numerous sources. Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka for fast remediation.

Minneapolis Water Damage Causes Homeowners Should Know 

Water damage arises when unwanted water starts to pool in places where it is should not. In most Minneapolis homes, different factors contribute to this excess water. When you know possible causes, you should take appropriate measures to ensure against a leak. You need to spot a problem when it arises and take control.  Early discovery of problems causes less work needed to restore your property. 

Leaking or bursting Pipes 

Pipes that leak or burst are common causes of water damage in Minneapolis. Toilets and drains that get blocked and backed up may cause a high amount of pressure in the pipe, making it to leak or bust. Another problem that makes pipes to burst is garbage disposal not working correctly. Also, roots that grow into water or sewer lines may cause bursting of pipes. Rusty or old pipes are prone to leaking. You should get professional help from SERVPRO to clean things and restore your home as soon as possible. We use specialized test equipment to find hidden water in your property. 

Plumbing Problems 

Most plumbing problems occur within walls and are difficult to detect. They happen when pipe and hose joints are not appropriately attached. Routine inspections by SERVPRO team helps mitigate possible plumbing problems. 

HVACs 

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are common causes of water damage. Air conditioning systems need routine servicing, and if not maintained as required, they cause moisture buildup. Moisture cools and encourages secondary water damage. We use moisture detection devices to ensure that the areas have dried up.

Malfunctioning Appliances

Household appliances get older and start to crack and rust. Also, their hoses weaken. Dishwashers, water heaters, refrigerators, and washing machines are prone to deterioration. Hot water tanks and washing machines are two primary appliances in a home that cause water damage.

Attic and Basement Concerns

Some areas of the home are susceptible to water damage. They include attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Moisture and water get to these areas from roof and pipe leaks. There is a need to inspect your home routinely in these areas.

Call the Experts

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has specialized equipment and experienced staff that has undergone extensive training and certification to deal with water damage problems, professionally and safely. Kindly, call us at (952) 473-4837. We are available 24/7 and ready to help. 

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Our Specialists Can Help Prevent Fire Damage To Your Minneapolis Home

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Specialists Can Help Prevent Fire Damage To Your Minneapolis Home When fire damage does happen, call us at (952) 473-4837, and we send out qualified mitigation specialists.

Preventing Fire Damage In Your Minneapolis Residence

Fires can happen anywhere, including when you leave your home unoccupied. A quick trip to the store can end terribly when you return to see fire trucks swarmed around your Minneapolis house. This scenario does not put you and your family in the same risks families experience when a fire starts during the night. While your smoke detector hopefully wakes you, the smoke can make escaping extremely difficult. Flames can take over your entire house when no one is there to call for help.

Our goal is to help families in Minneapolis prevent fire damage, and where it affects homes, to mitigate the situation, so those properties become safe to live in again. The best way to deal with fire damage is by preventing it from happening.

During the summer months, many families enjoy outdoor cooking on the grill or fire pit. Grills put away when still holding hot coals can cause stored chemicals in the garage to ignite. Fireworks stored for Independence Day celebrations can turn into problems when young children locate them and then mishandle them inside the home by trying to light them. Electrical hazards develop when using tools outside with the cords laid in the driveway can later create hot spots when using the tool inside the house.

Waiting until your grill cools off completely before rolling the unit into the garage keeps combustible liquids from getting hot enough to burn. Keeping combustible liquids in a cabinet or shelving area away from other items can also help. Installing a smoke detector in the garage can also alert you of a fire before it grows too large.

Explaining to children about lighters and matches and their inherent dangers can help prevent fires caused by curious youngsters. However, placing both fire starters and fireworks well out of reach and out of range even if chairs get pushed up against tall cabinets can work wonders at avoiding tempting situations.

Keeping cords in good condition and replacing damaged ones effectively stops fires and electrical shocks from hurting anyone. Always check the gauge of the wires before replacing them to avoid damaging the tool.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka wants to remind families in Osseo, Groveland, and Isanti to install smoke alarms in strategic locations in your house and check the battery monthly. You should choose a family member's birthday or anniversary as the date to install new batteries, to keep them fresh. When fire damage does happen, call us at (952) 473-4837, and we send out qualified mitigation specialists.

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We Will Help You Through Every Phase Of Flood Damage Recovery In Minnetonka

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Will Help You Through Every Phase Of Flood Damage Recovery In Minnetonka If your home has suffered storm damage losses, call our experts, we are available 24/7 to assist you.

Removing Mud and Debris After Flooding in Minnetonka Properties

Natural flooding in your Minnetonka property can happen more frequently that homeowners in the area would care to believe, and with these rising waters from nearby creeks and streams comes all manner of mud, dirt, and debris collected along the path to your property. With these damaging elements affecting your house along with the saturation of structural elements and construction materials, a fast response with advanced equipment and highly trained personnel can protect your property as much as possible in this destructive scenario.

In many cases of natural flood damage in Minnetonka, many materials and contents within your  home can become irreparably damaged and unsalvageable. Even with the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals, you cannot discredit the possibility of contamination, bacteria, and other potential hazards that exist in water from an unknown source that took an undisclosed path to reach your property. The priority for our technicians is to keep the situation from getting any worse by setting up containment barriers and beginning effective mitigation such as extraction and drying efforts quickly.

Mud and debris commonly accompany floodwater into your property and can prove problematic to remove and clean even after extraction and drying efforts have gotten underway. While some areas of your property get a more direct deposit of mud, clay, and debris from the flooding, other parts on the edges of these effects can get left with a residue that is equally challenging to clean. In most cases, our SERVPRO team opts to remove affected construction materials, flooring, and other components instead of attempting to clean and disinfect them.

For structural elements like supports and framing, our professionals seek to protect these areas as much as possible. We can spray these elements with both antimicrobial and disinfecting agents that can kill bacteria and make the surface uninhabitable for mold colonization.

While natural flooding can leave your home a mess, our SERVPRO of Minnetonka team can help our customers through every phase of recovery after a flood damage disaster. No matter when emergencies like these occur, you can count on our professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at the first sign of flooding at (952) 473-4837.

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How to Eliminate Fire Damage Remnants in Your St. Paul Home

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Eliminate Fire Damage Remnants in Your St. Paul Home Smoke odors can linger if not cleaned the correct way. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation techniques.

Smoke Damages in Fabrics of Your St. Paul Home

Smoke is a common issue when St. Paul homes contend with fire loss incidents. While smoke is not always the first symptom addressed, especially in situations where severe structural damage has occurred, it is still a challenging obstacle for even seasoned restoration specialists to overcome to return your property to preloss condition. Our technicians have unique training and experience in this department, both receiving training to obtain accreditation from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) organization and years of hands-on experience in the field recovering fire loss situations.

We understand that there is no time to waste when mitigating and restoring fire damage in St. Paul homes, and that is why our professionals stay prepared for these emergencies 24 hours a day. With advanced equipment to address smoke damages, we can clean up both residues and remove lingering odors permanently that exist in open spaces and what has permeated into materials near to the ignition site.

Fabrics are naturally absorbent to smoke odors and charring scents that exist after fires have gotten extinguished in your house. The Contents Department of our SERVPRO team can go through the property in our initial inspection and remove many of these at-risk items and belongings to better protect them from these harsh odors and lingering effects like soot and smoke residues. Additionally, this process can help to introduce these removed items to efficient deodorization processes to thoroughly remove these smells from the items.

For fabrics and soft materials that must remain in place, we can both protect these areas from direct exposure with containment, but also have effective solutions to remove harsh smells that already exist. From our UV and thermal foggers to our ozone machines, we have advanced tools to address odors on site. We can also utilize dry cleaning equipment and processes to clean soot/smoke residues and help to reduce the presence of these odors.

While there are many effects to contend with after a fire moves through your home, our SERVPRO of Minnetonka professionals have the training and tools to handle it. Give our professionals a call at (952) 473-4837 to make fire damage effects “Like it never even happened.”

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Resolve Flood Damage in Your Minneapolis Home with SERVPRO

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Resolve Flood Damage in Your Minneapolis Home with SERVPRO Flood damage can accumulate quickly and take a long time to recover from alone. Contact SERVPRO technicians to help with all remediation needs.

Solving Odor Problems with Flood Damage in Minneapolis

One of the most noticeable effects of flood damage, even for clean water flooding limited to a small area, can often be the smell that pervades throughout your home by several days after the disaster. Floods can create even stronger odors than those created by smoke and chemicals after a devastating fire. SERVPRO deodorization techniques target the unique odor particles that form from the after-effects of flood damage; understanding how and why these smells become such a problem can be vital in treating the issue.

How Floods Start to Smell

The worst odors from flood damage in Minneapolis tend only to appear several days after the initial damage incident. Although water contact with some construction materials can immediately cause small-scale chemical reactions that produce noticeable odors around the damaged area, these often go away on their own and typically do not require special attention. The types of odors that require a specialist company like SERVPRO come from fungi and bacteria that grow in the soaked parts of your home. At first, these organisms should be small in number and produce minimal amounts of odorous gases and waste products. With time, however, their colonies become more numerous and widespread and can release enough odor particles to give your home a long-lasting foul and musty smell.

How We Handle the Issue

Our technicians utilize advanced thermal fogging devices that create clouds of odor-neutralizing vapor in your home. These vapors are specially engineered to target odors emitted by mold and bacteria without causing any damage to the interior of your home. By using fogging machines, we can deodorize even the most hard-to-reach parts of your home, eliminating the smallest traces of foul smells and leaving the place "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is a locally owned and operated company with national resources to help us tackle flood damage faster and with greater efficiency than ever before. Call us 24/7 at (952) 473-4837.

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Our Water Removal Techniques Will Restore Your Minneapolis Home To Pre-Damage Condition

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Water Removal Techniques Will Restore Your Minneapolis Home To Pre-Damage Condition Water damage only spreads, making mitigation crucial to protecting your home and its furnishings.

Using Water Removal Techniques Protects Both Structure And Furniture In Minneapolis Homes

Lost water inside your home can affect more than the submerged floors. SERVPRO's IICRC-certified specialists know that to restore a home in Minneapolis fully, we need to ensure that the proper level of dryness happens quickly.

After an incident, we use different water removal methods in your Minneapolis home that pull the moisture out of the home's structure and contents. Broken water pipes can leave a house's interior saturated and because moisture travels toward dry locations, low-to-the-floor furniture can soak up water from carpeting.

While heavier furniture pieces can seem stable and sturdy, water can harm these items quickly. The same components that make a sofa seem durable can also become a detriment to that piece. Wood framing can split or become warped when left wet for too long. Some pieces contain both metal fasteners and glue. Fasteners can rust and break over time while glues can soak up water and allow pieces to slip apart.

Moisture can cause problems for the exterior of the furniture in your home, also. Colors in upholstery can bleed when wet, becoming blurred and losing their fresh look. Light-colored carpeting can end up
stained from both the colors bleeding from dust covers and wooden furniture legs. SERVPRO technicians place such furniture on wooden blocks that contain no stains or dyes and place plastic tarps under the areas where fabric s from furniture can come into contact with the carpeting below.

Water damage can also take hold within the structural aspects of your house's framework. Warped beams and crumbling drywall signify the continued presence of water, letting us know we should look for other kinds of damage that also takes lengtheir periods to develop.

Areas with stains, such as those on ceilings and the upper portions of walls and peeling paint around windows and doorways can look new again with a fresh coat of primer and paint. We work with you to find the options with the lowest costs but with the best results.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has IICRC-trained technicians who can get your Osseo, Groveland, or Saint Paul home dry again. Water damage only spreads, making mitigation crucial to protecting your home and its furnishings. Call our crew at (952) 473-4837, so we can start making your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Water Damage in Minneapolis Is No Friend to Small Business

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Water Damage in Minneapolis Is No Friend to Small Business When your server room has water damage, the situation can escalate quickly. Contact our SERVPRO team for effective remediation services right away.

Commercial Water Damage in Minneapolis Minimized by Their Technology and Our Expertise

Using a network system to monitor functions is not unusual, especially in an IT company. One company took system monitoring a step further and set up a leak monitoring system as a service on their network. This was because the building they had their office in was older with old plumbing and they had a considerable investment in equipment.

Commercial water damage in a Minneapolis IT company could have been worse when a pipe burst in a conference room wall, during an unseasonal overnight cold snap. The sensors monitoring the plumbing caught it and turned off the water, but not before where the pipe burst had drenched the local area.

The owners were alerted quickly and contacted SERVPRO in the early morning hours. Our local emergency response teams are available 24-hours a day and arrived ready to get rid of the water. Using portable extractors the water on the floor was quickly picked up, and mats moved out of the area to dry.

The drywall was too damaged to restore and was cut away to also allow for airflow behind the wall around where the pipe was. The area was checked for signs of mold, as sometimes suddenly bursting pipes have been leaking for a while, none was found. The baseboard around the bottom of the wall was removed for drying of the wall cavity using our Injecti-Dry method which uses numerous hoses to push warm, dry air into spaces directly.

The large conference room table and chairs were placed on blocks for drying while the air movers and dehumidifiers were running. We do this, so as little disruption as possible is caused during the remediation process.

Our technicians take moisture readings during the drying phase to determine when the room can be classified as dry. Afterward, to ensure sanitary conditions and to inhibit mold, we thoroughly wipe down all surfaces affected by water with our professional strength antifungal and antibacterial cleaners.

We know commercial water damage can halt your business. SERVPRO of Minnetonka (952) 473-4837 is available when you need us to clean up and make your water loss incident, "Like it never even happened."

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Successful Stories You Didn’t Know About Minneapolis Fire Damage Remediation

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Successful Stories You Didn’t Know About Minneapolis Fire Damage Remediation Fire damage and its components, residues and debris, need to be removed to prevent odors from lingering. Call SERVPRO 24/7 365 days a year.

What Determines a Good Method During Fire Cleanup in Minneapolis

When there is a fire in your Minneapolis property, the heat, smoke, and other aspects of the fire leave considerable damages. Even if you manage to call firefighters in time or put out the fire on your own, the damages left might require a professional had to restore the property to its preloss state. We clean up affected areas, replace materials, deodorize the area and deal with any other damage “Like it never even happened.”

Evaluating the type of damage left is a crucial step during fire cleanup in Minneapolis. Fires can leave massive smoke deposits necessitating extra cleaning effort, or many scorched surfaces necessitating restoration. Smoke also falls into different categories such as wet or dry smoke necessitating different approaches during cleanup. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their extensive training in fire and smoke restoration to determine the best approaches.

Dry smoke is produced by fires burning organic materials such as wood, paper and natural fibers like wool. Restoring areas affected by dry smoke should be simpler because it does not stain materials like wet smoke and is also less pungent. However, since the fires producing dry smoke are usually hotter, incidences of scorched surfaces are likely to be higher. Our SERVPRO technicians wipe off the residue with professional cleaning agents. We also use advanced cleaning methods such as soda blasting which helps lift off burnt residue from surfaces without damaging the underlying material.

Wet smoke is a common outcome in fires involving synthetic materials like plastic. Even in the absence of synthetics, an oxygen-starved or smoldering fire is likely to produce wet smoke. These residues penetrate deep into materials leading to staining. Convection currents are also low in such fires, so the smoke floats around working its way into crevices and concealed spaces. In such cases, our SERVPRO technicians focus on deodorization and removal of severely affected materials. We combine different techniques including chemical containment, vapor odor control and thermal fogging.

In case of a fire in your property, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka County to help you figure out the best cleanup method. You can reach us at (952) 473-4837. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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