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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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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Minneapolis Home

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment being used in a bathroom because a toilet over flowed Water damage was caused by a toilet overflowing in the bathroom. We provide 24/7 emergency service so call us right away.

What to Expect from Professional Water Removal Strategies in Minneapolis

Most residences in Minneapolis have full basements or a walk-out configuration with at least a portion of the foundation walls below ground. Overflows and leaks follow the path of least resistance, moving moisture to the lowest levels. Although the balance of the fluid collects below, a portion of the water absorbs into porous building materials. Retrieving the water that percolates into the foundation and evacuating moisture saturating structural components are challenges with which we can help.

Our Professionals Use Specialized Equipment 

When significant water removal in your Minneapolis home is necessary after a plumbing leak or appliance malfunction, we rely on the high-efficiency, commercial-grade equipment we stock on each of our service vehicles. Submersible pumps eliminate water deeper than two inches, and then we turn to truck-mounted wanded extractors for suction of the remaining pooled liquid. If the electricity is disconnected temporarily for safety, no delay in our response is needed. Our pumps are gas-operated, and onboard generators provide the power for the extractors. We collect and dispose of the water according to local regulation. 

Moisture Metering Is Essential to Water Removal

Conventional building materials, including drywall, ceiling tiles, wood framing and woodwork, flooring, and more, soak up water after an emergency. SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training includes mastering the methodology used when employing moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other devices that measure the extent and locations of moisture saturation. We also learn how to scan for hidden caches of water. Our tolls include using infrared imaging cameras to find trapped fluid. Controlled demolition techniques like weep holes or flood cuts are options we explore to release the water.

The Mechanics of Removing Absorbed Water

Once we determine where the water migrated and the level of saturation, SERVPRO crews plan strategies to facilitate the transfer of the absorbed water into the air as vapor. We balance temperature with air movement to create the appropriate environment for the absorbed water to vaporize. The now-airborne moisture condenses or absorbs through the action of our evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers. Lower temperatures experienced in our region during some months of the year make desiccant dehumidifiers particularly effective.

The highly-qualified employees at SERVPRO of Minnetonka use advanced techniques and technology to remove water after leaking and other crises. Call (952) 473-4837 to arrange for an expert consultation.

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Here is What You Should do for Your Commercial Water Damage Scenario in Minneapolis

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged floor and a bucket Water damage can quickly affect your brewery of other business. Excess water can quickly cause a mold infestation scenario. Contact SERVPRO.

Prepare for Water Damage in the Minneapolis Brewing District

Recently, the number of craft breweries in Minneapolis has exploded. Vast amounts of water are used even in a small, niche brewpub, exposing the investors to the potential of a catastrophic loss if a copper leaks or a supply line bursts. Work with us to develop a preparedness plan to ensure that any water loss is a brief set back, not a brand buster.

Commercial entities like small breweries can face significant financial crises if severe water damage closes their Minneapolis site for even a short period. Although they have loyal customers, dozens of additional specialty brewers hawk their wares just up the block or in other areas of the Twin Cities. Statistics illustrate that nearly 50 percent of businesses facing a disaster without a preparedness plan do not survive.

Work with our experts at SERVPRO to develop disaster response agenda that protects your hard-fought rise in the business. Our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) is a collaborative effort, including an in-depth evaluation of your commercial property layout and your operations.

An experienced project manager visits your brewery, ready to sketch out a blueprint of equipment, storage and inventory spaces, retail areas, and more. SERVPRO pay particular attention to the location of critical services like utility shutoffs and plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical grids. Expect recommendations aimed at limiting your loss if a pipe bursts, brewery equipment fails, or extreme weather or other outside forces imperil your business.

You personalize the ERP with our mobile app. The app walks you through questions intended to help you prioritize and share critical information with the SERVPRO crew that might answer your water damage call in the future. Identify and provide contact information for the vendors and contractors who designed and built your equipment and systems so we can reach out if needed during mitigation and remediation. Designate one or more individuals whom you authorize to act for you should you be unavailable during the emergency.

Clarify that SERVPRO is your restoration company of preference, allowing us to start work immediately. With a concise, digital plan available, our work will have you back in the brewing business swiftly.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka welcomes proactive inquiries about creating commercial ERPs. Let’s work together to keep the taps flowing by calling (952) 473-4837.

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Training and Skill in Water Damage Migration Detection Are Why SERVPRO Delivers Success

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in a bathroom. Let SERVPRO guide you towards the correct path for your Minneapolis water damage.

We keep up with every bit of training to assist our Minneapolis homes.

When a Minneapolis homeowner tries to determine the extent of a water loss, both instincts and common sense can fall short. When water gets loose inside your home, it can migrate far from the original plumbing break, roof leak, or appliance breakdown. Without the tools to detect the path the water followed, significant damage can go unnoticed. Our investments in education and innovative moisture identification tools help avoid additional expense and secondary damage, why we offer our help. 

Water Detection is a Science and an Art

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses our managers and production technicians master covers the expected and unexpected behavior of water damage inside a Minneapolis bungalow. The lathe and plaster and stucco construction of signature Arts and Crafts structures are both charming and capable of hiding water damage when it is minor and manageable. Our training and experience in tracing water meanderings behind walls and built-in fixtures explains why we are skilled in finding and solving water problems before the integrity of your historic home is compromised.

Aging Heating and Plumbing Plus Temperature Extremes Equal Water Damage Challenges

When your dining room oak floor develops cupping and crowning the search for a water source can be daunting. Bungalows often retain their 100-year-old gravity heating, with old radiators filled with hot water from the boiler in the basement warming spaces. Rusted pipes and failing valves can slowly saturate the floor, unnoticed at first as the issue begins and then spreads from behind the radiator at the wall. Mold development on a main level wall or ceiling can trace to ice dam development the previous winter, moisture seeping in the attic from clogged gutters eventually traveling downwards. Our familiarity with this type of insidious damage is why SERVPRO can respond quickly and reliably to your water damage challenges.

Sensitive Moisture Meters and Infrared Cameras

The availability of and skill in using water detection tools are why SERVPRO crews can outline water damage with accuracy and confidence. Infrared technology indicates the presence of water through temperature variations. Moisture meters establish relative levels of absorbed water in building materials. Periodic use of these tools throughout a water damage remediation project ensures we find and release liquids. Then our Applied Structural Drying (ASD)-certified technicians create an effective drying plan using the data, moving water out of structural components with temperature adjustments and air movement. Dehumidifiers capture the vaporized water for disposal. Moisture measurements continue until we reach designated levels, avoiding over or under drying.

Training and innovative equipment are two reasons why SERVPRO of Minnetonka efficiently mitigates and remediates hidden water damage. Call us at (952) 473-4837 if you suspect your bungalow harbors damaging moisture.

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Our IICRC Certified Professionals Are Prepared To Handle Your Minneapolis Flood Damage

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding Outside An Office Building We are prepared 24/7 to restore your home after a flood. We have the expertise, equipment and experience to handle any job big or small.

Flood Removal Resources in Minneapolis

Your home in the City of Lakes floods not because of proximity to waterways but because periodic downpours fill your basement with rainwater. Although there might be ways in the future for you to improve the odds against flooding for your Minneapolis home, the immediate problem is several inches of water exposing your appliances, heating and cooling system, and storage areas to rain damage. We can help clear the flood water fast.

Heavy Rains Flood Low Lying Areas

Periodically over the summer, rainfall can be heavy enough to flood intersections and send water into basements. Flood removal in Minneapolis is necessary to clear the water and prevent any secondary damage such as mold damage. Our team of water damage specialists has both training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and investment in up to date water removal equipment.

Our Equipment Can Use Alternative Power Sources

Experienced project managers assess the situation and develop a floodwater abatement plan. We make sure that the power is turned off in the affected area of your basement to avoid electrical shock. Because the pumps and extractors in our inventory use either gas or onboard generators, the loss of power does not inhibit our efforts.

Water Can Migrate into Building Cavities

We are not satisfied to remove visible water. Because many basements in our area use cinder block construction, it is possible that the rainstorm-based flooding migrates to the open cells of cinder blocks. Water can also hide behind walls or paneling in a partially or fully finished lower level. Tools such as modern thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters help us locate trapped water and heavily saturated structural materials.

Weep Holes and Flood Cuts Help Release Water

Planned and controlled demolition can release the hidden water for capture and removal. Holes drilled in mortar joints allow water to flow out, and we also have success in using extensions for wand extractors to suction water from the hollow cells. Drywall and paneling cut several inches above flood stage allows access to the water and also facilitates the circulation of warm, dry air during structural drying. 

Rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Minnetonka to manage flood removal options after the increasingly more frequent heavy rains in the Twin Cities. Call (952) 473-4837 for dispatch of an emergency team. 

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We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Minneapolis Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to this home began in the pictured carport. The roof and a temporary enclosure were the primary losses from the fire.

Immediate Fire Damage Cleanup for Your Minneapolis Home Can Prevent Additional Damage 

When faced with a fire disaster in your Minneapolis home, it is vital to ensure that you rectify all the direct and indirect harm to the building and its contents. Smoke, ash, soot, and water from firefighting efforts may pose serious issues far from the fire itself affecting home electronics, furniture, cabinets, HVAC systems, plumbing, and floor coverings.

Immediate action can prevent further destruction to your home and possessions. When there is fire damage in your Minneapolis residence, you may feel overwhelmed by all the tasks you need to complete. Some tasks you need to carry out include:

  • Securing the property – This   includes boarding up or tarping openings, controlling access, and structural bracing.
  • Inventory and inspection – It is crucial to survey all the damage to schedule work and set priorities. A detailed inventory of fire damage is critical for successful insurance claims.
  • Evaluate losses – Professionals can determine which items to salvage and which ones to discard.
  • Fire Damage mitigation – You need to take special steps to prevent additional damage from smoke, soot, and water. Your fire insurance policy may not cover subsequent destruction if you fail to take proper measures soon enough.
  • Debris removal – Remove all waste, broken items, and hazardous materials and dispose of them appropriately.

SERVPRO is the company you can trust to take care of all your fire restoration needs. We offer restoration services around the clock, and with our experience and advanced equipment, we can return your property to its preloss state. One valuable service we offer is the cleanup of the fire-damaged areas to prevent permanent damage that smoke and acidic soot residues can cause.

Most smoke particles are about 0.004 microns wide, meaning that they can get into many different places like carpets, wallboard, and insulation. The difficulty of cleaning up the residues and smoke odors increases depending on the type of smoke that was present during a fire. Smoke from natural materials like paper and wood leaves a gray or black ashy residue that is easy to clean using a dry sponge or vacuum cleaner. Smoke from synthetic materials like plastic and artificial fabrics leave a smeary residue which is more challenging to clean up.

Our SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can clean the structure and contents of your home separately. Before cleaning, we test the structure to determine the correct cleaning method. We categorize materials as washable or non-washable. We can use water-based cleaning products to clean washable materials and dry cleaning methods to clean non-washable materials.

Our technicians can remove smoke residues from the exterior and interior surfaces of the house. Since these residues usually give off smoke odors, we can deodorize the building using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers or hydroxyl machines to eliminate the malodors.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has what it takes to clean up your Saint Paul, Minnetonka or Osseo home after a fire. Contact us today at (952) 473-4837 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Will Save Your Minneapolis Food Store

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

One call to SERVPRO at (952) 473-4837 delivers a trained and certified workforce to your business to assist in recovery from a commercial water loss.

Water Damage Solutions For Your Minneapolis Coop/Specialty Food Store

Minneapolis residents enjoy alternatives to national grocery chains, and your neighborhood coop or niche food shop is a welcome addition to the mix. Like any business, the appliances that keep your products safe, and your ambiance comfortable can malfunction. When a broken water heater or dishwater in your deli department causes an indoor flood, we can help get you back to business.

When water damages your Minneapolis commercial food preparation area, we follow or exceed the restoration industry’s best practices to get you back in business. Our managers and technicians master multiple mitigations and remediation specialties offered by the internationally-recognized Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Have confidence that our crew can resolve any issues safely and per local food-handling codes.

Because your deli is only a portion of your operations, SERVPRO managers create a recovery plan that permits the rest of the store to open and serve your customers as usual. We erect a containment perimeter around the affected space, using heavy-duty plastic sheeting and air scrubbing technology to seal off the damage and filter and vent any airborne contaminants.

Mold growth potential is always a concern with water damage, but avoiding microbial activity is paramount in a food handling space. Our deadline for water removal and drying is 24 to 48 hours, and we hit that mark with our skilled team and cutting edge equipment. Pumps and high-efficiency water extractors rid the department of excess water. SERVPRO also uses thermal imaging and moisture detectors to find, follow, and remove any water migration behind structures.

Once the water evacuates, we use cleaning and disinfecting products registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and approved by local licensing agents for food prep surfaces. After cleaning and sanitizing, we determine drying goals and set up a drying configuration. High-speed air movers and heaters encourage the transfer of water absorbed by building materials into the air as vapor. Evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers remove that vapor for disposal.   

One call to SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 delivers a trained and certified workforce to your business to assist in recovery from a commercial water loss. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What Homeowners can do Before Professional Help Arrives to Mitigate Water Damage in Minneapolis

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

A pipe break caused this water damage. By quickly removing wet items, we were able to prevent further damage including mold growth.

How You Can Help SERVPRO Handle Water Damage in Minneapolis 

Even with recent maintenance and high-quality parts, the water lines and faucets in your Minneapolis home may still be subject to damage when you least expect it. SERVPRO stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond to local calls for help, but before we arrive, there are still a few things you can do to help control the damage and keep costs low. Try your best to get these on-the-spot actions done before we arrive for the best results from our mitigation and restoration work.

Stop the Water

The most effective way to minimize costs related to water damage in your Minneapolis home is to cut off the flow of water as soon as possible after you discover signs of damage. Regardless of whether the problem seems to be a slow leak or a sudden water line burst, sealing up the site of damage and cutting off water flow stops any further damage from happening to your home. Most drug stores and supermarkets sell commercially-available sealant products that can apply a temporary fix to most problems. Try to pick some up and seal up the problem yourself before our professional technicians can apply a more permanent fix.

Mop Up

Some of the worst consequences of a small-scale water damage incident can only happen when moisture soaks into floor materials without getting mopped up. The faster we can remove excess water from your home, the more damage we can prevent. Mops, rags, or even paper towels should be used to soak up as much water as possible before our mitigation crew arrives with high-intensity drying equipment.

Separate Soaked Materials

Some fabric objects should be separated into their parts when soaked in water. Items you should try to space out include:

  •  Couch cushions
  •  Pillows
  •  Sheets
  •  Clothing
  •  Rugs and carpets
  •  Books and magazines 

Remove any wet items and place them separate from one another in a dry part of the house. Doing so helps to prevent colors from bleeding between items and helps to prevent mold growth caused by slowness to dry.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is a locally owned and operated company with a national network of resources to provide the best possible care for your home after a damaging incident. Contact us at (952) 473-4837.

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Our Flood Damage Professionals Can Save Your Minneapolis Businesses!

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

If you need us, call (952) 473-4837 today to set up a service call from one of our teams.

Remediating Commercial Flood Damage In Minneapolis Businesses

Minneapolis is a wonderful city with a great history of river travel, music, and education. The source of that river travel, the Mississippi, is also the source of flood problems and issues for area residents and business owners. Having Cedar Lake, and Lakes Calhoun and Harriet within the city limits does not help the situation either.

The resulting commercial flood damage to Minneapolis businesses can knock down walls, smash furniture, destroy inventory, and leave a commercial operation in ruins. SERVPRO response teams train extensively to remove water, dry the structure and property inside, remediate as much of the damage as possible, and replace or rebuild what is not restorable.

The team’s Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) and Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) specialize in returning even the most badly damaged facility and its inventory to a usable, saleable, condition if possible. In a furniture store, that involves not only the store itself, but the items for sale, and the carpets, walls, and other props used to create the bedrooms, living rooms, and more for display.

After specialists use pumps and extractors to draw the water from inside the building, the WRTs then move in to examine what is restorable and requires disposal. Since this is outside floodwater, it contains soil and a host of other contaminants. That means the response team leader cannot guarantee that any of the carpets are clean. Unless the owner requests putting them aside, the WRTs dispose of them as a first step before cleaning the floors and walls affected by the contaminated water.

Meanwhile, the ASDs set-up a series of fans and air movers to dry the floors and walls. For the false walls on the displays, technicians can direct the air movers across and up them if needed to dry the fabric and frames. Since water can cause drywall on the building interior walls to quickly split and crumble, SERVPRO team members have to demolish the panels and replace them if they absorbed too much floodwater. Completing the task simply depends on the number of affected panels.

The goal for SERVPRO of Minnetonka response teams is to help our Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Osseo customers reopen their businesses for their customers as quickly as we can provide a dry, safe environment for everyone. If you need us, call (952) 473-4837 today to set up a service call from one of our teams. We are here for you.

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