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Proper Ingredients for Fire Safety

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen-more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries. Most of these fires start because people aren't paying attention. While a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what's cooking, that is all it takes to start a fire. 

Leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster. Review the cooking safety tips provided below to learn how to help prevent kitchen fires before they start.

- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. 

- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you. 

- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles such as towels, drapes, and pot holders. 

- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid free zone" of three feet around the stove. 

- If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department. 

- If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off and keep the door closed. Don't open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department. 

- Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (wearing the oven mitt). Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. NEVER pour water on a grease fire. 

There is no substitute for training and experience. Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we are built on a foundation of fire damage restoration expertise. If your property suffers from fire damage, smoke damage, or anything in between, give us a call at 952-473-4837! We're here to service Minnetonka, Golden Valley, Groveland, St. Louis Park, and the whole greater Twin Cities.

Putting a Stop to Moldy Carpets

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is extremely versatile. If given the proper environment mold can grow in virtually every single area on a property. While there can be many causes of mold, there are a few precautions you can take to reduce the chances that you will ever have to deal with mold damage. As with many aspects of home maintenance, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Consider taking the below steps in order to keep mold from growing on your carpets.

Control the humidity and temperature in your home.

Mold grows best with a certain amount of moisture in the air, in addition to certain temperature ranges. One way to help prevent mold growth in any location on your property is to ensure that your humidity levels never reach 60%. 

Consider a different floor covering in areas prone to moisture

Some areas of a home are just more prone to humidity and moisture. Like your bathroom, for instance. Every design aspect of your home should be done with appearance and functionality in mind, and that includes making sure you’re making smart decisions about the type of floor coverings to have in certain areas based on the area’s usage along with environmental aspects. When it comes to bathroom floors, and to a lesser extent basement floors, sometimes the smartest plan is to avoid carpets altogether.

Use carpet padding that is anti-microbial

There are a few different types of padding most commonly used in residential homes. While some are more budget friendly than others, if you’re considering carpet in areas that may be more prone to moisture issues, consider installing rubber-slab carpet padding. It’s much more resistant to mold growth than traditional carpet pads. 

If you do get standing water on your carpets, get it out fast!

This goes for any surface type in your home, and it’s especially true with carpets. With the right humidity levels and temperatures, mold growth can accelerate quickly when food and water are present. Getting the water and excess moisture out quickly can be the difference between a close call and a serious health problem for your family.

Clean your carpets regularly

Vacuuming your carpets regularly, along with having them professionally steam cleaned, can go a long way in preventing mold growth. One of the components of rapid mold growth is food, and mold loves dirt, grime, food, and any other organic substance that can be found in your carpet fibers. Regularly cleaning your carpets is a great way to help reduce the likelihood of dealing with mold in the future! 

Typically, if you have black mold on your carpets a visual inspection is all that is necessary. But in other instances, you may notice a musty smell or perhaps you’ve also been experiencing some troubling health issues that you think may be attributed to high levels of mold. In most states, mold remediation companies must be different than mold testing companies. The way it works is that the mold testing company will come take environmental samples from your home and have them sent off to a lab to be evaluated. If it’s determined through the testing that your home has a toxic black mold problem, it’s at that point that you’ll want to hire a mold removal company like us. Call our franchises!

Employee Spotlight: Andrew Knutson

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Say "Hi!" to Andrew, everyone!

Everyone say "Hello!" to our Reconstruction Project Coordinator, Andrew Knutson! Andrew has been an excellent addition to our rapidly expanding Reconstruction Division.This has been the biggest Q1 in our history and Andrew has done a superb job hopping right into our busy business. He continues to help streamline processes that enable us to run smoother projects for our clients!We're very fortunate to have you, Andrew! 

Learn more about Andrew below!

– Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

My first job was in the library in my hometown. I love books, so I found that job to be very interesting.

– Favorite travel spot?

I really enjoyed Dublin! I hope to go back someday.

– How do you define success?

I think success in pursuit of a goal is excellence. When you set out to achieve a goal, strive for perfection, but settle for excellence.     

– If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Somebody short enough to fit into a Formula 1 car, anyone driving in F1 today really.

– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Steve Buscemi

– How has SERVPRO helped you in your career development?

By showing me a clear path forward, SERVPRO is growing rapidly and having the ability to grow with it is an amazing opportunity.

– If you could pick one theme for SERVPRO to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?

Perseverance. We set expectations highly for ourselves and I think it’s important to keep pushing in the right direction all the time in order to meet those expectations.

– If you could switch your job with anyone else within SERVPRO, whose job would you want?

I’d like to swap with Aimee for a while, I’ve always been interested in the sales route.

– What advice do you have for prospective SERVPRO candidates?

Don’t be afraid to admit when you’ve made a mistake, just learn from it, and let it make you better!

– What are 3 words to describe SERVPRO

Hardworking. Teamwork. Fun.

– What do you find the most challenging at SERVPRO?

There are a lot of moving parts, prioritizing tasks is my biggest challenge day-to-day.

– What do you like most about SERVPRO?

The people!

– What drew you to SERVPRO originally? And how has SERVPRO changed since?

The fact that it was a growing business, and still is! I love the opportunity help that growth. I haven’t been here for very long, but I’d like to think that we’ve gotten more efficient in the short time that I’ve been here.

– What has been your favorite project at SERVPRO?

I’ve been fortunate in having been put into a fairly new role. I have enjoyed making it my own and developing the idea of what a project coordinator does.

– What have you gained from working at SERVPRO?

I’ve learned so much about the industry in just a few months, it’s really been a crash course into the insurance and reconstruction world.

– What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with SERVPRO?

I’d love to see how far we can take the RECON division; in 10 years I’d love to see us become the largest RECON division in the country.

– What is the favorite part about working for SERVPRO?

Again, the people. I love coming to work with coworkers that I enjoy being around.

– What is your proudest moment at SERVPRO?

Anytime I’m able to anticipate a problem before it comes up, solving problems before they become problems.

– What is your role at SERVPRO?

Reconstruction Project Coordinator

– Any favorite line from a movie?

Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds with a horrible Italian accent – “Gorlami”

– Any random facts you could share with us?

Whales have regional accents and dialects.

– Are you messy or organized?

I like to think I’m pretty organized.

– Best vacation you’ve been to?

Ireland by far!

– Choose your Mr. Men/Little Miss, to describe your work personality? – Your home life personality?

I honestly have no idea what Mr. Men/Little Miss means, but I’m pretty laid back outside of work.

– Describe what you were like at age 10.

I was very adventurous and loved to climb things. I was prone to injuring myself by falling out of a tree.

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?

I listen to a sailing podcast called “On the Wind Sailing” regularly. That would be the closest thing I’d say.

– Do you have a favorite quote?

 “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together” – Anthony Bourdain

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?

Not really. Jeff calls me AK, but he has a nickname for everyone.

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?

Thankfully, I’ve not been here long enough to do anything profoundly embarrassing. Though I’m sure my time will come.

Working Together Conference and Product Show

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Ryan, Jeff, and Aimee recently attended MN Multi Housing Association (MHA)'s Working Together Conference and Product Show. This event consisted of two days of learning, training, and networking. This conference was designed to empower you and your staff to overcome obstacles, share ideas, and understand how to thrive in today's ever-changing times. Needless to say, it was great to have these three hooligans representing SERVPRO of Minnetonka! They did an awesome job sharing our company's expertise in both commercial and residential restoration services. 

What is MN Multi Housing Association (MHA)?

The Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA) was founded in 1967 to promote the highest standards in the development, management and maintenance of rental and owner-occupied multi housing. While members include the state's largest apartment management companies, developers, common interest communities, and providers of related products and services, the majority of our members own or manage fewer than 20 units each. Governed by our Board of Directors, all members of the Minnesota Multi Housing Association commit themselves to the ethical principles and standards of our Code of Ethics

Why are we involved?

As a member of MHA, we get to work directly with clients to allow them to have a greater understanding of our business. By working with them directly at these conferences, we can gain insight on their needs as clients, all the while explaining to them the multitude of services that we can offer them.

It's very important to us that we are first seen as a positive resource for our community. We want our clients to understand that you can always call us with questions and concerns, without knowing if you need our services or not. We are here to be a resource for you!

For all things water, fire, mold, and construction - give us a call today!

Advanced Technology

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

The restoration industry has seen significant technological advancements over the years. Our technicians here at SERVPRO have taken full advantage of these advancements through the utilization of the various advanced technologies. In today's blog, we will cover three of our team's favorite advanced technologies that are used to facilitate moisture detection, drying, and sanitation. Read more to learn about infrared cameras, air movers and dehumidifiers, and OSHA-approved cleaning agents!

How do we detect moisture?

Infrared Cameras!

In the event of a water emergency, the first step is to detect water damage, measure the extent of the water damage, and monitor the moisture levels in the affected area(s). Water damage investigation has come a long way! We used advanced technologies, such as infrared cameras, to help expedite the process of detecting water damage. By speeding this up, we can save you from secondary water damage by identifying the location of moisture that is often unseen by the naked eye. Infrared cameras are used to scan locations of moisture inside of flooring, ceilings, and walls that must be extracted to prevent secondary water damage and microbial growth. We don't stop at infrared cameras though! We use hygrometers and sensitive motor detectors that help us measure the saturation level of the moisture.

What do we use for drying?

Air Movers and Dehumidifiers!

After water damage has been identified, it is essential to extract the water immediately! Once any standing water has been extracted, affected area(s) must be thoroughly dried in order to prevent secondary damage and mold. Our technicians facilitate this process by using air movers and dehumidifiers during a water damage emergency. Air movers work to quickly evaporate moisture and dehumidifiers extract water vapor lingering in the air. When used in tandem, our industrial strength air movers and powerful dehumidifiers can protect your property's flooring, walls, and furniture from warping and swelling.

How do we sanitize?

OSHA-Approved Cleaning Agents!

Once the affected areas have been extracted of water and dried completely, the water damaged areas should be cleaned and sanitized. This sanitization process completely eliminates odors and contaminants that could lead to issues in the future. Here at SERVPRO we utilize two different types of cleaning agents: disinfectants and deodorizers. Our disinfection cleaning agents work to prevent the growth of dangerous microbials including mildew, fungi, and other types of bacteria. With the help of our deodorization agents, odors that result from excess moisture are eradicated!

Advanced Technology Gets the Job Done

During an emergency, know that SERVPRO of Minnetonka St. Louis Park and Golden Valley is standing by ready to help restore your property to preloss condition. Call us today at 952-473-4827!

Is Your Office Building Prepared for a Disaster?

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Are you an owner of an office building or similar type of commercial space? Do you have fire safety and emergency preparedness meetings? Being prepared by having a well-thought-out emergency plan not only protects your property, but the people that are on your property!

Identify Fire Extinguisher Locations

In case of a fire damage situation, you will want to ensure that you have a sufficient number of fire extinguishers readily available throughout your property. By taking the time to map out and guide the people in your building to these locations, you will minimize the panic in a dangerous situation. If your employees or guests do not know where a fire extinguisher is located, it can make an already risky situation even more dangerous.

Monitor Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

Smoke detector and fire alarm systems should be inspected regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. If these systems are not running properly, you will not be alarmed in the event of a fire or smoke emergency situation. Ensuring that there is a clearly marked exit plan is essential for your building in the event that a smoke detector and fire alarm go off.

Host Safety Trainings

A vital step for fire safety preparedness is safety training for all people involved. By including a fire safety training course in your workplace, you will help the occupants know exactly what they should do if an emergency such as a gas leak, a fire, severe weather event, or flooding occurs. Having a plan in place will reduce panic and disorganization when time is of the essence.

Make Emergency Exits Obvious

Be sure to clearly identify which doors can be used in the event of an emergency situation. Illuminated exit signs can help direct occupants out of the building in case of an emergency. Tape maps of the nearest exit around the walls of the building to help expedite the evacuation process.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka St. Louis Park Golden Valley is here to help 24/7 365 days a year should disaster ever strike your property! Call us at 952-473-4837 to dispatch a crew or get more information on how we can help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Safety Tips for the Warmer Months

3/19/2022 (Permalink)

Warm weather is on the horizon! It's time to switch from sweaters to shorts, deep fryers to grills, and indoor parties to backyard barbecues. Just because we're less inclined to switch on the heat does not mean that we shouldn't be vigilant when it comes to protecting ourselves and our property from fire hazards. See below for high-risk areas for fire damage and how to maintain them.

Spring Fire Safety Tips

Fire cannot be avoided when you're preparing a perfectly cooked steak or patty on the grill. From the get-go, you've got inherent risks. Before starting a grill, be sure to check all potential problematic points including the propane tank, the hose, and all connecting points. You can do this while your meat is marinating or while you're trimming your chicken!

We understand that every house has a pyro-happy Boy/Girl Scout around. When starting a charcoal grill, charcoal should only be soaked with charcoal starter fluid. Avoid using lighter fluid as that can create a burst of heat and flames can get out of control quickly!

Every Dad loves a shiny, clean grill. Nearly 20% of all grill structure fires occur due to failing to clean the grill before and after use. Give your grill a nice scrape down while it's hot so it's ready to go for next time!

There's nothing worse than dropping your smore into a fire, right? Wrong! There's nothing worse than falling into a fire yourself! Never leave young children unattended near a fire pit. 

Safety first, safety first, safety first! Fill a bucket with water and set it next to your put before your even build a fire. Avoid throwing leaves, pine cones, pine needs, and paper into a fire pit as they catch fire quickly and can result in dangerous floating embers.

When things go awry, we're your guy!

In any emergency situation, always call 9-1-1 before calling SERVPRO of Minnetonka / St. Louis Park / Golden Valley. Once a fire has been properly handled by the fire department, give us a call at 952-473-4837! We're always "Here to Help!"

Preventing Springtime Water Damage

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

We all know the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers." With springtime comes melting snow and heavy downpours, which can bring unwanted surprises to light on your property like roof leaks or water that comes through in your basement's foundation. Soggy carpet and dripping ceilings often lead to water damage. Have no fear! Taking the following steps can help prevent water damage in the spring.

Tips to Prevent Springtime Water Damage

  • Groom your gutters. Keep the flow flowing! By cleaning your gutters and keeping them damage free, water will be directed away from your house with downspout extensions.
  • Cover up! Using plastic covers around window wells can keep rain from seeping in.
  • Show your roof some love. Give your roof some much needed TLC by replacing missing singles, any damage from storms or weather, and keep flashing sealed. We promise it's worth the effort!
  • Be an Einstein landscaper. When putting decoration or landscaping around your home, make sure to slope the ground away from your foundation. This will help prevent water from pooling and causing future water damage issues.
  • It's all about the foundation. By repairing cracks and holes in your home's foundation as soon as they are found, you can keep the water away and minimize your odds of water damage!

Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we know that water damage can be a hassle. If you follow the above tips, you might just save yourself from seeing our bright green vans. Whether you use our tips or not, water damage can still happen. That's where we come in!

Give us a call at 952-473-4837 at any hour of the day! We've got technicians at the ready to help you in your time of need.

Growing Reconstruction Division

3/6/2022 (Permalink)

A welcome image of our new Reconstruction Superintendent Dan Close Our newest addition to the Reconstruction Division is Dan Close - Project Superintendent.

Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, we are constantly striving for improvement. We have set extremely high goals for 2022 and we intend to blow them out of the water.

Over the past year, we have put a focus on growing on reconstruction division so that after we take care of your water or fire damage, we can repair your property to make it "Like it never even happened."

Our Reconstruction Division has grown over 100% since January, 2021. As of this month, we have gone from 3 people on our Reconstruction team to 7 people! We have a Job File Coordinator, two Project Superintendents, a Director of Client Services, an Estimator, a general manager, and of course our dedicated Operations Manager.

What Construction Services does SERVPRO provide?

Where do we even begin to answer this question? Our group is capable of handling almost any situation - give us a shot!

Here are some examples of our reconstruction capabilities:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

From the bottom of the foundation to the top of the highest point on your roof, we have the reconstruction capabilities to get your property back to its preloss condition. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County today at 763-712-9712!

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

smoke damage in a home To avoid a total fire damage disaster, properly maintain your smoke alarms so that you're notified of any suspicious situations immediately!

Experiencing a fire on your property can be one of the most stressful situations you can have as a property owner. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Not only can fire damage restoration be expensive, but the process can take much longer than drying out a flooded room.

Smoke and Fire Alarms

In more than half of the homes that reported fires to U.S fire departments, the fire alarm sounded to alert the residents of the property. The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have working smoke alarms (NFPA).

Here's what you need to know!

Smoke alarms should be interconnected. when one sounds in the basement, all other alarms around the house should alert you of potential smoke damage.

Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. As you're sweeping the floors, vacuuming, or moving around the house doing chores, take a second to press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. 

Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years. With the advancement of time, smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, in addition to mitigating false alarms.

What do you do when you experience fire damage?

Call us, of course! We are one of the top fire damage restoration companies near you. We are available 24/7 and have crews ready round the clock to respond to any emergency that you might have. We've got the committed people and the  most advanced tools to make restoring your home as painless as possible.

Preventing Household Winter Water Damage

1/23/2022 (Permalink)

frozen pipe from water damage With our vast commercial and residential water damage restoration capabilities, you'll never have to ask yourself who to call again!

No matter the season somehow water can always find a way to damage properties. During the cold season, uninsulated pipes can freeze and burst, ice dams can cause roofing issues, and thawed snow can enter basements. Read the blog below to see what you can do as a property manager to prevent winter water damage.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Insulate all water pipes in unheated areas whether its a crawl space, under the kitchen, in the basement, or behind bathroom cabinets.
  • Ensure that you leave your home at an adequate temperature if you leave for an extended period of time. If you're nervous about the functionality of your heating system, a trusted person should check on your home once a week.
  • Running a trickle of water through pipes will help prevent them from freezing. Although this is not a long-term solution, it can help save your pipes from bursting in a pinch.

Preventing Ice Dams

  • Keep the snow on your roof under 15 centimeters. To remove snow from the roof, use a roof rake or long-handled brush to avoid using a ladder.
  • Insulate your attic to prevent warm air from melting snow on your roof. If water is melting and then freezing, it can cause ice dams to form at the edge of your roof.
  • Install a water membrane underneath the roof shingles to help prevent water from seeping in.

General Winter Water Damage Safety Tips

  • Place a water leak detector near high risk areas such as on sump pumps, near water-bearing fixtures, and around pipes.
  • Check your water supply lines annually for leaks. Appliances such as the hot water heater, washing machine, and refrigerator will have these supply lines.
  • Disconnect your outdoor hoses. This will prevent water from getting into the line and creating a blockage which in turn can cause backflow.

5 Instant Steps to Take When Handling Winter Storm Damage

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

potential snow damage and ice on a property Many inches of snow, up to a foot or more from time to time, fall in a Minnesota blizzard. A fast response lessens the damage and reduces cost.

Cold weather poses a difficult challenge to all property owners. Ice, snow, and sleet can cause havoc on your roof, siding, driveways, and walkways. Quick action to deal with winter storm damage is essential in protecting your precious property. If you're questioning how to handle storm damage, read the tips below for some guidance.

Types of Winter Storm Damage

Flooding - Cold snaps and freezes and damage pipes and cause them to burst. This expulsion of water can lead to severe water damage and flooded areas that will need immediate emergency water mitigation.

Roof Leaks - From ice dams to heavy snow and ice breaking through your shingles, winter storms can be harsh on your roof. With holes in your shingles or blockages in your pipes, it leaves your property exposed to moisture damage.

Fires - Whether your tree ignites or your fireplace is left unattended and gets out of hand, fires can often happen during a winter storm.

Tips For When a Winter Storm Strikes

  • Remain calm. In times of emergency, it's hard not have your blood pressure raise. It's important to make good decisions when your property is under duress so that it can be repaired and taken care of properly.
  • Take proper safety measures. If water damage has occurred, take the time to shut off the water. If a fire has gotten out of hand, use an extinguisher if possible or leave the premises immediately.
  • Document Any Losses. Be sure to take notes and photos of anything that has been affected by winter storm damage. This list will be exceptionally useful in making insurance claims, smoothing out the process in the future.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company - Call your agent to get the process of filing a claim started. Leave everything in place, except for what must be moved for safety reasons until the adjuster comes to document what happened.
  • Make A Plan Now. Knowing what to do in a water storm damage emergency is essential for swiftly and smoothly restoring your property. By creating a plan you will be able to make smart and efficient decisions when storm damage occurs.

Commercial Fire Restoration

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo SERVPRO of Minnetonka is available 24 hours a day to restore your Minnetonka property and get you back to business.

As a property owner, it is vital to take immediate action after a commercial fire has occurred. Not only is this important for reducing further damage on your property, but it is essential in getting your business back to pre-fire condition. Delaying fire damage mitigation not only allows soot and smoke damage to get worse by settling into the nooks and crannies of your property, but often times water damage also happens if water is used to extinguish the fire. If your property is not attended to quickly, you will not be able to salvage as many items and structures, resulting in more time and money spent to re-open your business.

We are Fire Damage Restoration Professionals!

Fire damage is an overwhelming process. Our highly-trained technicians are here to help you out from the moment the fire is put out until the final piece of your property is back to normal. How do we perform fire damage restoration? Check out our services below!

Board Ups

Immediately after a fire is extinguished, we can come to board up vulnerable areas of your building including windows, walls, and even the roof. By sealing these openings, we will help prevent further structural damage from weather, debris, and vandalism.

Fire Damage Assessment

Our estimators have the capabilities to inspect the building in great detail. We document the amount of damage that can be saved or repaired by keeping a detailed list of all of the building's contents. After deftly and safely completing the inspection, we can recommend the best course of action to complete the fire restoration.

Water Removal

It's weird to think that you'd have to deal with water damage during a fire event, but a commercial-grade sprinkler system can unleash up to 40 gallons of water each minute once it detects a fire. By removing water and drying areas efficiently and quickly after inspection, we can aid in preventing mold and mildew growth.

Soot and Smoke Removal

Carcinogens found in soot and smoke can lead to cancer and other health problems if not cleaned up properly. Our professionals can clean walls, floors, ceilings, and any other parts of your building's structure. With our restore versus replace mentality, we are often able to clean personal items that have damaged by soot damage and smoke damage.

Through Fire and Smoke, We're "Here to Help!"

Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837 today if you're in need of fire damage, water damage, smoke damage, and soot removal. Our top-notch disaster recovery team is here to help Minnetonka, Groveland, and the greater Twin Cities area after disaster strikes.

A Trustworthy Restoration Company Near You

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Minnetonka logo At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we are continuously investing in new technologies to allow us to do a better job for our customers.

For over 20 years, SERVPRO of Minnetonka has been helping property owners recover from fire damage, smoke damage, water damage, mold remediation, and various storm damage. We are a full service restoration provider for Minnetonka, Groveland, and the greater Twin Cities as a whole. 

Focusing on Our Values

We have built a reputation as one of the premiere restoration companies in the Twin Cities by making a point to emphasize our key values within every job. Need a reminder?

Key Values

  • Honesty
  • Customer Service
  • Whatever It Takes
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Dependable to each other and to our customers

Our team is composed of some of the most educated, experienced, and personable technicians in the state of Minnesota. Don't believe us? Take a look at the raving reviews previous customers have left about our team here.

Advanced Technology

When your property suffers a disaster, you need a company like us who can efficiently assess the damage, clean up during the mitigation process, and rebuild the damage afterwards. Our specialty equipment allows us to perform restoration services and repairs to the highest standards outlined by the IICRC.

Specialized Equipment

  • Moisture Detection
    • Infrared Cameras
    • Moisture Detectors
    • Hygrometers
  • Water Extraction
    • Submersible, gas-powered pumps
    • Truck-mounted extraction units
    • Portable extraction units
  • Drying Equipment
    • Air scrubbers
    • Thermal Foggers
  • Cleaning Agents
    • OSHA-approved deodorization products
    • Anti-microbial treatments

Faster to Any Sized Disaster

Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we do our best to get to your property as soon as possible to begin mitigating damage so that secondary damage is not as drastic. That's why we have a team ready to help 24/7 365 days a year. Each technician has been certified by the IICRC in various respects of restoration and we will ensure the proper people are sent based on what services you may need. When you've suffered water damage from a broken pipe, fire damage from a cooking incident, or storm damage from high winds, give us a call at 952-473-4837 today!

Disaster Recovery Team: Here When You Need Us

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO disaster recovery team Our storm team does it all; everything from securing open areas from the elements to mitigating the water and wind damage from a storm.

Last Friday and Saturday alone, at least 39 tornadoes touched down in more than six states , as a powerful storm system moved across the central and southern United states. The National Weather Service estimates that at least 88 people have died, dozens have been injured, and caused billions in damage. The tornadoes were tracked in Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee.

For SERVPRO, No Job is Too Large

Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we are a part of SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team. Our elite large-loss specialists have been pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the U.S to handle any size disaster.

What types of major storms are we involved in?

  • California Wildfires
  • Hurricanes
    • Irma
    • Harvey
    • Matthew
  • Massive Flooding
    • Carolina
  • Polar Vortexes

With our more than 1,800 franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. The benefit of having interconnected franchises through a network of strategically positioned storm teams means that we can access areas of extreme destruction as a team. With each franchise having the opportunity to combine together into a "Storm Team," we can work as an organization to mitigate damage in a large scale.

In times of extreme need, SERVPRO can organize local command centers for our Catastrophic Storm Response Teams. Our trained production professionals cut costs and aid local companies in restoration.

When you're caught in a national disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, flooding, extreme winds, or a snowstorm, we're the team you want! We're here to make it "Like it never even happened." Call 952-473-4837 today for any of your restoration needs!

Condominium Crisis: Hoarding and Abandonment

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

before and after photos of a bedroom and bathroom  that suffered from hoarding Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we are "Here to Help!"

In places where you'd least expect it, you might be surprised to find instances of hoarding. This specific condominium had to deal with a tenant that not only abandoned their condo, but left the mess for our SERVPRO of Minnetonka technicians to handle.

What is Hoarding?

No, hoarding is not the same as your grandma collecting knick-knacks in an organized, intentional, and targeted fashion. Don't be freaked out if she can't get enough of collecting fancy china!

People with hoarding have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions due to a perceived need to save them. In these instances, attempting to part with these possessions causes great distress and lead to decisions to save them.

The prevalence of hoarding seems small at 2.6%, but can cause massive issues. Hoarding can cause issues within relationships, social and work activities, and other important areas of functioning.

How does hoarding affect a home?

Although hoarding can range from very mild to severe cases, it can create cramped living situations, narrow pathways, and make areas like kitchen countertops and stoves virtually unusable. 

Depending on the items that are collected (trash, magazines, mail, books, rotten food) it can cause significant stress on the integrity of a home.

  • Heavy items can cause stress on the foundation of the home. Floorboards and rooms that are overstuffed with items can cause warping in walls and flooring.
  • Rotten food can soil surrounding materials leaving stains, rotting natural wood, and discoloring paint on walls. 

SERVPRO saves the day!

Cleaning is at the heart of the restoration work that we do, regardless of what disaster may have damaged your home. Our certified technicians have mastered multiple layers of recovery tactics to clean a damaged property such as:

  • Wiping Surfaces
  • Cleaning Carpets and Material
  • Deodorization
  • Biohazard Cleanup

To combat unfathomable situations such as COVID-19, we created a defensive pathogen cleaning program that goes far beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. We use our patented 3 C's to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather. For more information, visit this link on our website.

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration based on a recent Commercial Attitude 7 Usage Tracking study, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837 with any of your cleaning needs today!

Winter Storm Safety

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

winter weather sign SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the Twin Cities and nearby communities.

Each year, hundreds of Americans are injured or killed by exposure to cold, vehicle accidents on wintry roads, and fires caused by the improper use of heaters. Read the following blog to learn how to stay safe during a winter weather storm!

Protect Your Family

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a winter storm watch has been issued.
  • Winterize your vehicle
    • Check the status of your battery, antifreeze, wipers, and windshield washer fluid
    • Check the integrity of the tread on your tires
    • Pack an emergency vehicle kit
      • Include a scraper, sand for traction, matches for a source of fire, warm clothing, etc.
    • Keep the gas tank full
  • Keep warm clothing and extra blankets for everyone in your household

Protect Your Home

  • Protect your exposes pipes from freezing
  • Have a professional examine your HVAC system
  • Consider purchasing emergency heating equipment
  • Consider installing a portable generator
  • Bring your companion animals indoors
  • Be aware of local area radio updates

Stay Indoors

  • Drink fluids such as warm broth or juice
  • Eat regularly and keep a well-stocked pantry
  • Conserve fuel by lowering your thermostat
  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for updated emergency information

Here to Protect You

Take immediate precautions if you hear winter storm warning or blizzard warning on the news. Winter weather is unpredictable. If you are in immediate need of help, please contact your local Red Cross or call 9-1-1.

If your home suffers winter storm damage such as roof damage from wind, roof collapse from heavy snow, gutter collapse from ice, or water damage from snowmelt, contact us at 952-473-4837. We're "Faster to Any Size Disaster!"

A General Contractor You Can Trust

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

before and after photos of a bathroom restoration We have the reconstruction capabilities to get your property back to its preloss condition.

How do you go about finding and securing a contractor after your property suffers from water damage, fire damage, smoke/soot damage, or has had issues with mold?

You might call up a few friends or coworkers, talk with your family, or scour the internet to nail down some potential candidates. When you find your "lucky three" you'll have to ask them to visit your property, create a bid, and review all of the potential prices and outcomes. After considering, weighing your options, and reviewing the scope of work, you may still feel apprehensive.

By now, weeks have passed and you're getting sick of sitting on a disheveled property. 

When you call SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we will handle the scheduling, bidding, material purchasing, organizing of scheduling - all within an agreed upon timeframe. We have both residential and commercial construction capabilities for any size job. 

For a general list of our services, click here.

Why should you trust SERVPRO of Minnetonka for your construction needs?

Trust is not given, it is earned. Throughout the past year, our Reconstruction Division has drastically improved processes both on our end of the company and with our customers.

We have respect and care for our client's property.

We respect our customers' time.

We are honest and transparent.

We listen to our customers and respond to feedback.

We are reachable.

As a general contractor near you, we understand that we are in a relationship business. We hold our relationships with our customers at the highest priority, always striving to be a resource whether or not you have suffered a disaster.

When the unthinkable happens, use your sense and call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837 today. We are here for you from start to finish.

We Handle All Cases of Fire Damage!

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage in a home We specialize in the tough jobs and never lose site that a person's home is their most prized asset.

Fires are one of the most destructive events that can happen in anyone's life. Whether a fire damage event occurs in a residential home or commercial building, we are the fire damage restoration experts that have the power to change your life!

Not All Fire Damage is Created Equal

Nuances in technique, equipment, and technology can make a drastic difference in cost and results. Read the following techniques that we use to get results in the best timeframe, in the most cost efficient manner, and to help more people who have experienced the devastating destruction of fire.

Matterport Scanning

We take pride in using the most technically advanced and up-to-date equipment as possible. The Matterport camera allows us to take high-quality 3D images in a virtual reality platform, allowing us to examine the site without ever having to step foot in the actual building. By creating a doll house view of the property, documentation reaches a higher level for all materially interested parties. Not only can this aid in the speed at which the scope for restoration and fire repair occurs, but it can be used to create a plan for returning the job side to pre-fire condition. 

Choosing Deodorizing Tools and Products Sensibly

We take full advantage of having a full network of franchises to discuss the efficiency of tools and products to use when it comes to repairing fire damage or deodorizing the affected areas. We have access to suppliers that have products ranging from odor absorbent crystals, smoke odor counteractant and deodorants, degreasing cleaners, woodcraft cleaners, and many more options.

Caring for Contents

If your personal belongings have been affected by fire or smoke damage, we have the capabilities and mindset to restore rather than replace your precious items. Our technicians are cert-ified through the IICRC and are experienced in removing smoke damage that can cause long-lasting health hazards for the occupants. We use activated carbon or charcoal filters for maximum results when addressing odors, making the site easier and healthier to work in.

Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we're always "Here to Help!"

When fire damage ravages your property, give us a call at 952-473-4837. Our certified team and fast disaster response will save you precious time and money.

A Smooth Insurance Claim Experience

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

insurance umbrella Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

The last thing that you want to deal with after you have suffered a disaster on your property is worrying about insurance agents and contractors. For this reason, our team ensures that the claim process is as stress-free as possible. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka will help make it "Like it never even happened." That way, you and your family or business can get back to what is important.

Smooth Out the Process

We understand that the insurance process can be difficult. Our goal is to smooth that process out for you and make sure you understand what is happening throughout the whole process.


By creating thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business, your insurance agent will have less questions on the work that was completed.

We document the condition of each item that we remove from the property for cleaning or storage. This process will make it clear to your adjuster what items were affected by the disaster.

Direct Communication

Our technicians and job file coordinators will gather the contact information of your insurer and contact them directly. Throughout all of the communication, you will be notified of any changes that may occur.

Our job file coordinators have been trained to handle all of the paperwork. This will ensure that your claim can be processed and paid as fast as possible.

Our Team is Here for You!

We are very proud that so many insurance companies from State Farm to Farmer's Insurance recommend SERVPRO to their clients. These companies are fully aware of the benefits that come with our partnership. We do everything in our power to make the entire process as painless as possible for you.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and other various restoration services. 

Do You Have a Plan?

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

evacuation plan sign When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business fast!

Did you know: Residues, including burning plastics or the soot from furnace disorders) form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemnle in corners of walls or at junctions of walls and ceilings are called smoke webs.

Setting a Plan for Your Business

Know the importance of protecting your people. Your employees are one of your most critical assets within your business. The following tips can help them from being injured when a fire occurs.

  • Create a Fire Plan: Ensure that you're employees know what steps to take when a fire occurs. The fire step is to immediately call 911. By conducting yearly fire drills, your employees will be aware of your workplace fire safety protocol.
  • Evacuation Plan: In large commercial buildings, it is essential to post a fire evacuation plans around the workplace. Remember those maps you saw in elementary school with the blueprint of the school and a star for what exit to take? That's what we're talking about. Do not include elevators within your plan as they may not be available for use during a fire. Always make a plan for the stairs!
  • Fire Aid: In case of injury during a fire, your employees should be aware of the location for the first-aid kit. By keeping these near locations where possible hazards can occur such as in the kitchen or near maintenance rooms, your employees will be able to quickly respond in a disaster. 

If your property suffers from fire damage, water damage, or storm damage, give us a call!

What is Minnesota's Winter Storm Outlook?

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

temperature gauge for cold weather As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back normal.

According to the Farmers Almanac, they're predicting a cold and snowy winter for Minnesota. "Numb's the Word, Just Shovelin' Along" to be exact. January should start fairly mild in temperature, but will then trend towards colder conditions during the middle and latter part of the month. Apparently there will even be a blizzard at the end of January.

How to Prepare for Cold Temperatures

Prepare Your Home

According to the CDC, it is highly important to winterize your home to keep it safe and warm during the winter months.

  • Insulate water lines that run outdoors or along exterior walls.
  • Clean out your gutters and repair roof leaks
  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Emergencies

Install a CO detector to alert you if you are in the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas.

  • Inspect any gas lines that you may have in your home. Often times your furnace or stove will be the culprit. 

Prepare Your Vehicle

Get your vehicle ready for snowy, blowy roads and chilly travelling conditions.

  • Keep your gas tank full to avoid ice buildup within the tank and fuel lines.
  • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer

Have You Found Yourself Unprepared?

Did you fail to insulate your pipes properly?

Has the cold weather burst one of your pipes?

Is water streaming everywhere?

Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka! We're here to help you 24/7 365 days a year. Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead!

Preventing Winter Water Damage

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

In Minnesota, winter is cold, uncomfortable, and unfortunately brings with it the scary possibility that your home will suffer winter water damage. When temperatures dip below freezing, there are several things that can cause dramatic water damage in your property. See the water damage prevention tips below to see how regular maintenance and inspection can lower your risks for water damage.

Here are the top causes of water damage in the winter:

Burst Pipes

Extremely low temperatures can wreak havoc on pipes. Many people think that pipes burst because of the freezing and expanding, however, it is more from the increasing water pressure when there is blockage. By ensuring that your pipes have proper insulation, you can reduce the risk of having a burst pipe during the winter months. Any pipes that lead to the outdoors or are outdoors, including anything in a weakly heated area (some basements and garages) should be properly insulated. A trick to make sure that your pipes don't freezing is to leave your faucets with a small drip so that water is constantly flowing in the pipe, making it unable to freeze.

Blocked Gutters

Gutters are made to bring water to a safe place away from your home so that water damage does not occur. Many people, unfortunately, take their utters for granted. If your gutters are clogged with materials like ice or debris, it may lead to a serious issue. When water freezes within your gutters, this water can seep into your home and cause damage when it begins melting. Make sure to keep your gutters clean at all times so that water does not have a chance to build up and freeze, creating a blockage and problems down the line.

Exterior Water Sources

Water sources from the outdoors can become even more dangerous in freezing temperatures even more so than in the summer. Make sure to drain any garden hoses and store them somewhere safe for the winter. Shut off your outdoor water valves so that in the event of a pipe burst, water will not rush back into your home. 

Even if you take all of the precautionary measures listed in this blog, you may still experience water damage. If you are unequipped to restore water damage within your home, call our certified technicians at 952-473-4837. SERVPRO of Minnetonka will make sure your water damage restoration is done right.

Examining Your Roof after Storm Damage

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage sign for roof repair SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the Twin Cities and nearby communities.

When a significant storm blows through your property, it's probably a great idea to inspect your property for any potential storm damage. Storm damage can stem from high winds, flying debris, hail, and heavy rainfall. Your main line of defense for your property is the roof and in these instances, it surely can take a beating. Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to things like dings and holes in your gutters, as well as tears in your window screens. These examples are telltale signs of hail damage.

After inspection, you may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground. However, most leaks don't represent a need for a whole roof replacement. Usually the leak, coming from the roof damage, is coming from something requiring minor repair. Find the source of the leak, stop the leaking, and clean up the water damage that has occurred.

Finding the Source of the Leak

Wind damage, hail damage, and debris that crashes into your roof can create holes that lets rain into your property. By examining the ceilings and corners of the walls from inside, you may be able to identify stains that indicate a leak source and discover areas that need roof repair. There may be a chance that you discover water stains that run down the wall. If found, grab a light source and head over to that area immediately. Try to find the source of the water stain. Some examples include:

  • Vent Pipes
  • Chimneys
  • Fans and vents
  • Window Dormers
  • Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fixing the Water Damage

When you find hints of water damage or a leak in your roof, it's time to complete a roof repair! Begin by looking for materials that have been damaged by water. Check for discolorations, rotting wood, wet drywall, and soggy insulation. When you find potential microbial growths, be careful not to spread it during cleanup. Complete drying of water damage and repairing of roof leaks is critical to preventing mold growth and secondary damages.

For any of your storm damage, mold damage, or roof leak repair needs, contact us at 952-473-4837! We have knowledgeable technicians to clean up water damage and a growing reconstruction division to fix any structural damages.

5 Star Service: Customer Reviews You Can Trust

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

here to keep your business safe logo 24 hours a day 7 days a week Call us at 952-473-4837 for emergency response, or to schedule an estimate!

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we strive to provide all of our customers with the best customer experience possible! 

We know that our customers suffering from water damage, fire damage or mold growth are going through a stressful, emotional time so our highly trained, and friendly team is here to support them throughout the whole process, addressing questions, concerns and educating them on the next steps. 

Take a peek at what a few of our customers had to say about us:

"Cheri and Albert were on time and extremely professional. Couldn't ask for more from these two. :-)"

Cheri and Albert are on our growing reconstruction division that provides top of the line services from start to finish. When you need help building your property back up after water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, or anything regarding construction services, they are the ones who make it "Like it never even happened."

"All the process was explained timely and clearly. People came and did their jobs on time. Job was done nicely and mold is gone."

We know the importance of getting a job done efficiently, but properly so that you don't have to worry about secondary damages occurring. We make sure that we clean up any damage that has occurred on your property in a crazy fast but responsible way.

"Cory and his team were wonderful and made a tough time so much easier. They managed to salvage a lot of our floors and ceilings. He knew right away the bathroom had extensive damage, and demo’ed it within 3 days. He communicated the issues to us - we understood exactly what was happening. His team was on time, efficient and very hard working. Cory is a great guy to work with - thanks Cory!"

With a restore rather than replace mentality, we save a ton of money when it comes to water damage restoration costs. By getting to the issues immediately, we are able to restore materials rather than replacing them. 

More happy customers created! Should disaster strike and you find yourself in need of water damage extraction and water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold mitigation, storm damage response, crime scene or biohazard cleanup, or reconstruction services in Minnetonka, Groveland, and surrounding Twin Cities communities, you can count on SERVPRO of Minnetonka.

Minimize Business Interruption

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial General Cleaning after fire damage Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

When fire damage, water damage, or mold damage causes issues at your commercial property, it has a negative effect on everyone. In some instances, buildings will have to close, disrupting customers, employees, and tenants.

We understand urgency.

Even the smallest instance of fire or water must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage. When a small issue becomes a big issue, disruptions magnify. That's why when you call SERVPRO of Minnetonka for your commercial needs, we are "Here to help" 24/7 365 days a year.

From our office team to our technicians, our certified professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. Our lightning fast response times allow us to mitigate damage faster so that further issues don't occur down the road. Whether we are performing mitigation to structure and contents, providing cleanup and restoration services, or utilizing our vast construction services, our SERVPRO of Minnetonka team will work diligently to minimize disruptions and get your business up and running again. 

We make it "Like it never even happened."

If you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 952-473-4837. We're here to service Minnetonka, Groveland, and the greater Twin Cities area as a whole. 

Environmentally Friendly Chemicals: Saving the Planet

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians holding our green general cleaning products Cleaning is the heart of the restoration work that we do, regardless of what disaster might have damaged your home.

Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we are green. We've got green vehicles, green work uniforms, and green restoration equipment from fans to dehumidifiers. It's time we take it a step further! Our team now has access to "green" environmentally friendly chemicals.

Green is the New Clean

At our 19,000 square foot state of the art facility, we now have the option to use Carpet and Upholstery Green Clean within all commercial and residential properties. What makes this product green? Chemical #251 is pH neutral, biodegradable, and contains zero phosphates, solvents, dyes, and fragrances.

In addition to Carpet and Upholster Green Clean, we have access and use All-Surface Green Clean. This cleaning products is also pH neutral, contains not a single dye or fragrance, and is non-toxic and phosphate free. This chemical is volatile organic compound compliant and is rapidly biodegradable. 

Our final green product to introduce is Window Green Clean. This glass cleaner is pre-mixed with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking. It is environmentally friendly, volatile organic compound compliant, and has rapid biodegradable capabilities.

For more information about our green products, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website

As always, we are here 24/7 365 days a year to offer free advice and opinions. Don't hesitate to call us at 952-473-4837 to see how you can benefit from our services.

Be Prepared for a Power Outage

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

power outage diagram SERVPRO of Minnetonka professionals are available 24 hours/7 days a week and will respond quickly to a restoration emergency.

When electrical power goes out unexpectedly, it is considered a power outage. In today's society, it's hard to imagine functioning without any electricity. The tips below will help you be ready if you happen to lose access to power.

A power outage can:

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination
  • Force retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other service businesses to close
  • Disrupt communication, the ability to cook, use water, and utilize transportation options

How to Protect Yourself During a Power Outage

  • Limit the amount of time you open your freezers and refrigerators. By keeping the cold air trapped inside, you food will keep from spoiling. 
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home as this could lead to extensive fire damage.
  • If it is safe to travel, go to an alternate location for heat and cooling.
  • Fuel may become an issue - only use generators outdoors and away from windows if you absolutely need it.

Prepare for a power outage sooner rather than later. By taking inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity, you will be able to determine what is absolutely necessary in the time of a power outage. Ensure that you have flashlights with extra batteries, a thermometer in your refrigerator to monitor temperature, electrical equipment charged, and gas tanks full.

If you experience storm damage, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837. No matter what your situation, we are always "Here to help!"

Preparing for a Winter Storm

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

equipment used for storm damage SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the Twin Cities and nearby communities.

What does a winter storm look like?

Winter storms create a higher risk for car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Minnesota is notorious for its frigid and snowy winter seasons. A winter winter storm has many faces and can last only a few hours or up to several days. A winter storm can cut off heat, power, and communication services and put older adults, children, and sick individuals at greater risk. Follow along the following tips to help protecting yourself from winter weather.

How do you protect yourself from winter weather?

As the old saying goes, "Proper preparation prevents poor performance."

Be highly aware of weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Be on the look out for emergency information and alerts and sign up for your local community's warning system.

Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Keep your tank closer to full than empty in the winter so that if you experience a breakdown, you're able to keep your car running for longer. Include jumper cables, sand in case you get stuck, an additional layer of clothing, water, and maybe a few snacks. 

Make a plan. Use a guide such as this one on Ready.gov to tailor your emergency plan and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. 

Prepare your home to keep out the frigid temperatures with proper insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. To avoid a water damage event like a burst frozen pipe, ensure that your property's insulation will suffice for your location and temperatures. 

In the event that you experience water damage for any reason such as a burst pipe, gutter blockage, or outside water sources, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka. We have the ability to quickly dispatch our 30 IICRC certified technicians and 15+ service vehicles to anywhere in the greater Twin Cities area. Call 952-473-4837 today!

Incorporating Pets into Your Fire Evacuation Plan

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage ceiling in fire damage home Pictured is a ceiling damaged by a raging fire. All 3 levels were affected after a fire broke out while a family was cooking.

Although not everyone may entirely agree... pets are family too! It is crucial for families to create a fire evacuation plan that they can quickly put into action in the event that there is an emergency. When you ensure that all members of your family understand what to do if a fire breaks out in your home, it decreases the need to take unnecessary risks and is a helpful tool to use in case of panic. Even if you do have to consider fire damage restoration in the aftermath, you will find excellent consolation knowing that you have created a plan to follow. In case of a fire emergency, the tips below will help you include every family member - even the ones with paws, wings, or scales!

Planning with Pets

Prepare an Emergency Food Kit

When a fire sparks in your home, you won't have time to think about how many cans of wet food to grab or be able to count out a sufficient amount of daily cups for your pet. By compiling these items beforehand, you will be able to grab and go, saving you precious time in a dangerous situation. Don't forget to pack water, bowls, doggy bags, potential litter. A spare collar with your animal's information wouldn't be a bad idea either!

Create a Form of Shelter

By putting your pet's emergency kit into a crate or some form of travel shelter, you won't have to think about grabbing multiple bags and forgetting the necessities. Even something as simple as a blanket will help keep your pet comfortable in a stressful situation like a fire.


Fire damage can sometimes make it impossible to return to your property until it is safe, which may take longer than you think. If you are unable to return to your home, you won't be able to access your pet's vital medication. A simple plastic bag will do the trick - just toss it in with your food and other essential materials.

Many people become extremely overwhelmed during and after a fire damage event. We know that coping with the aftermath can be confusing, scary, and just plain difficult. That's why we're always here to help whether you are in downtown Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Groveland, Hopkins, or anywhere in the greater Twin Cities area. Our team can assist you in every step of the way. 

IREM Minnesota's Men's Career Clothing Drive

11/20/2021 (Permalink)

Tierney with clothing sitting on SERVPRO car Here is Tierney with the huge haul of clothing they gathered during their trip around the south side of the Twin Cities.

Aimee and Tierney spent most of their day yesterday zipping around the Twin Cities gathering clothing for IREM Minnesota's Men's Career Clothing Drive. These articles of clothing are benefitting Ready for Success and the Sabathani Community Center! IREM is an international force of 20,000 individuals united to advance the profession of real estate management. IREM Minnesota has been an active organization within our communities and we feel very thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of it.

Ready for Success

Ready for Success serves women and men with lower incomes by providing professional clothing and accessories needed to secure employment with confidence. For more information about Ready for Success, follow this link: https://www.ppl-inc.org/readyforsuccess 

Sabathani Community Center

The Sabathani Community Center is a grassroots effort that provides a place where residents can gather in a welcoming environment, fellowship, building community, conduct business, and receive programs and services that move people forward. For more information about the Sabathani Community Center, follow this link: https://sabathani.org/

Shakopee Career Expo - On Fire!

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

aimee and tierney hosting a booth at the shakopee career expo Here are Aimee and Tierney with their fully setup table with freebies and informational flyers!

Getting Involved

Shakopee High School, through the Academies of Shakopee, hosted the 2021 Career Expo this November! The Career Expo is a free annual event for high school students and community partners alike, serving as an opportunity for students to learn about occupations and businesses, and partners to provide information on their industries and companies. The Expo also serves as an opportunity for employers/partners and students to discuss future internship and career/job openings.

Aimee and Tierney had an awesome time being a part of the Shakopee High School Career Expo. with a focus on fire damage, these two were able to share finer details about the processes of our company with prospective employees. Although most students are currently too young to be hired, it gives them a golden opportunity in the future.

Aimee and Tierney were asked questions ranging from simple processes to detailed methods of fire damage restoration. Some examples include:

  • How long does fire damage restoration take?
  • Is fire damage cleanup a dangerous process?
  • How many people does it take to clean up after fire damage?
  • What products do you use to clean soot damage?
  • What is the most difficult part about smoke damage cleanup?

We promise you - that list barely scratches the surface!

Overall, the opportunity to engage students and inform them about how our company works was a blast! We're very fortunate to be able to educate anyone at any age about the restoration industry.

Do you have more questions about our company? Give us a call today!

Preventing Winter Fire Damage

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

holiday themed snow backdrop As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business!

Believe it or not, fire damage occurs more often during the winter months. Many homeowners will light their chimneys, cook out, and crank up the thermostat when the temperature drops. In the event of fire damage, timely mitigation is the best way to reduce your fire damage costs. We know that restoration is virtually a requirement after fire damage occurs, but how about measures to prevent fire damage? Look no further!

Main Fire Hazards

Holiday Lights - for those of us who put up holiday lights right after Halloween (Thanksgiving, who?), your home's holiday lights might become hazardous. While hanging up your lights, be sure to double-check any wires or bulbs that might become hazardous. 

Electronics - technology is always advancing and you might receive a fancy new piece of electronics for the holidays. Untested electronics are a major fire hazard and every single year people light up their living rooms with more than their Christmas tree. 

The Holiday Tree - Speaking of trees.... many people begin their holiday season with a bushy, green, pine-smelling bunch of branches. However, as time goes on, these supple branches die and can become a nasty problem (and we're not talking about the cleanup). Be sure your tree is properly watered, at least a couple feet away from an outlet, and for Pete's sake don't put any candles nearby!

Holiday's never stop our fire restoration services!

Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, even if it is the holiday season, we are still faster to any sized disaster! The fire department will have to put our your fire, but we will zip in immediately after it is safe to handle deeper restorations. As your local water damage and fire damage company, we can handle it all! From start to finish (yes that means reconstruction services, too!), we're here to help. Call 952-473-4837 today with any questions about our services.

A Little Lesson About Fire

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

the fire triangle: oxygen, heat fuel The fire triangle illustrates the three elements a fire needs to ignite: heat, fuel, and an oxidizing agent.

A Little Lesson About Fire

When the leaves begin to fall and snowflakes begin to flurry around, people begin to dread the cold weather. "Time to crank up the heat!" As much as we adore our HVAC heating systems and indoor fireplaces, it is important to be cognizant of the hazards of fires.

Each year, from 2017 to 2019, there was an estimated average of 106,700 multifamily residential building fires. These fires results in 400 deaths, 3,875 injuries, and over $1.7 billion dollars in property losses. Wow!

It is important to be aware of the obvious concerns like avoiding crowding your furnace or keeping things by an open flame, but it is important to consider other threats. Cooking (around 74%) was the leading cause of multifamily residential building homes. In addition to cooking, cooking areas and kitchens were the primary areas of origin for non-confined multifamily residential building fires. Holiday lights are also on the list! Be aware of how many cords you're plugging into an extension cord.

24/7 Fire Restoration Services

Our certified technicians are on the clock 24 hours a day, seven days a week year round. Even though multifamily residential building fires occur most commonly from 4pm-9pm, you could be in the 3% that occur at 1am. In that case, we are the ones to call! Once the firefighters take care of business, we will follow with the water damage and fire damage mitigation steps.

If your property has been affected by fire damage, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka today at 952-473-4837. We're here to service Minnetonka, Groveland, and the greater Twin Cities area in general. We're "here to help!"


Your Local Water Damage Restoration Company

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damage daily departure in living room Here is an instance where we had to remove drywall and flooring that was damaged by intruding water.

Water Damage Restoration

When you have a water damage event on your property, SERVPRO of Minnetonka will respond quickly to prevent further damage and begin the water repair and restoration process.

Water damage is caused by intruding water that attacks materials, creating rotting wood, microbial growth, bacterial growth, rusting of steel, swelling of wood, and de-lamination of materials like carpet and plywood. 

Originating from a wide variety of sources like a dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, broken and leaking pipes, flooding, and building envelope failures, 13.7% of all water used in a home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks.

Small Hole, Massive Problem

On average, each home in the United States will waste approximately 10,000 gallons of water. per year For example, a tiny 1/8th inch hole in a pipe can release almost 250 gallons of water per day. This scary statistic alone should be enough reasoning as to why you should replace any worn pipe fittings and hose connections to all household appliances that use water at least once per year.

Following Procedure

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is one of the main certifying bodies that regulates and educates our technicians on water damage restoration procedures. Although every water damage event is different, the water damage restoration steps are often the same. To review how we handle water damage restoration, check out our process here.

Why choose SERVPRO of Minnetonka?

First, our customer-focused professionals will assess the water damage to your property. Afterwards, our top-notch people will help ensure that you understand the severity of the damage so that you are able to make the best decisions for the restoration of your home.

Whatever size the water damage is to your property, we have the equipment to deal with it. Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837 for our 24/7 services.

Preparing for a Winter Storm

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

equipment used for storm damage SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the Twin Cities and nearby communities.

What does a winter storm look like?

Winter storms create a higher risk for car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Minnesota is notorious for its frigid and snowy winter seasons. A winter winter storm has many faces and can last only a few hours or up to several days. A winter storm can cut off heat, power, and communication services and put older adults, children, and sick individuals at greater risk. Follow along the following tips to help protecting yourself from winter weather.

How do you protect yourself from winter weather?

As the old saying goes, "Proper preparation prevents poor performance."

Be highly aware of weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Be on the look out for emergency information and alerts and sign up for your local community's warning system.

Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Keep your tank closer to full than empty in the winter so that if you experience a breakdown, you're able to keep your car running for longer. Include jumper cables, sand in case you get stuck, an additional layer of clothing, water, and maybe a few snacks. 

Make a plan. Use a guide such as this one on Ready.gov to tailor your emergency plan and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. 

Prepare your home to keep out the frigid temperatures with proper insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. To avoid a water damage event like a burst frozen pipe, ensure that your property's insulation will suffice for your location and temperatures. 

In the event that you experience water damage for any reason such as a burst pipe, gutter blockage, or outside water sources, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka. We have the ability to quickly dispatch our 30 IICRC certified technicians and 15+ service vehicles to anywhere in the greater Twin Cities area. Call 952-473-4837 today!

Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter!

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

We're back in full swing for school, the leaves are dropping like flies, and your Starbucks Pumpkin flavored beverage is only doing so much to stave off the morning chill. It's that dreaded time of year again: turning your HVAC system from "Cool" to "Heat." Take a quick moment to check the following list to be sure that your furnace is good to go for the upcoming winter and dropping temperatures.

Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

  1. Change your air filters. More than likely, you have air filters behind a vent grill in a wall or ceiling, or potentially a single filter in the HVAC system itself. By cleaning or replacing your filter, you will keep nasty particles out of you HVAC system and the air that you breathe in general will be cleaner.
  2. Clean the heat exchanger. By hiring a trained professional, your heat exchanger should be brushed and vacuumed out annually. Why? The technician will check for cracks or damages that could lead to a dangerous carbon monoxide leak. 
  3. Inspect your carbon monoxide detectors. Just like your fire detectors, you should be routinely inspecting and replacing your carbon monoxide detectors. These alarms will help protect you from the "silent killer."
  4. Remove any items you have stored near your furnace. Especially the flammable ones! It is extremely dangerous to congest your furnace with items, particularly anything that is likely to catch fire. Remove any items that are sitting on top or in front of your air vents, too.
  5. Inspect the exhaust flue that is outside. Surprisingly enough, you might have a smart animal that has built a nest in your flue or a tree that has grown just a little too much and is now blocking the way. Clear any obstruction to ensure that your HVAC system can work properly.

If you have any issues with these tips, don't be afraid to contact your local HVAC professional. It'll always be better to prepare than to deal with fire damage later. If fire damage occurs in your home, don't hesitate to call us! We're here to help all day every day!

How cool is our Storm Team?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

storm team example The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.

Calling Storm Team Wilson!

From August 26th to September 4th, 2021 Hurricane Ida ravaged the state of Louisiana. It became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana, right behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It caused roughly $65.25 billion in damages and is considered the fourth-costliest Atlantic Hurricane in the United States.

How do you even begin to combat all of that damage?

Have no fear, SERVPRO is here! One of the most amazing things about our network of franchises is that we are able to compile our skills and abilities together to create a super team. Franchises from all over the United States came together to send out equipment and technicians to begin remediating this vast amount of storm damage.

Two of our technicians, Tucker and Jordan, were down in Louisiana for multiple weeks estimating and completing mitigation work for a small portion of the millions of lives that were affected. Tucker and Jordan spent a countless hours working through unsettling situations to help bring people's lives back to some sense of normalcy.

From inches of snow to downed trees to severe flooding, our Storm Team foes it all! We are extremely proud to send crew members to join forces with other SERVPRO professionals across the nation when severe weather elsewhere brings devastation. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services locally and state-wide. If you're in need of services, call us today at 952-473-4837!

Traveling Water Issues in Minnetonka, MN

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in bedroom Whether you live near Lake Minnetonka, in the urban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, or in surrounding communities, we can help!

Traveling Water Damage

When your property faces water damage, it can be an eye-opening experience. The effects of water damage can be extremely daunting as the building's materials and your personal contents are being soaked from the water. In this blog, you will discover that three are steps that you can take in order to minimize the amount of water damage that will occur.

Follow these water damage cleanup steps:

Eradicate the source of the water.

  • Although this is seemingly obvious, many people will panic when they see flooding water on their property. Before you move on to any of the next steps, you need to complete this one first, without a doubt. Sometimes the source of the water isn't obvious and you will have to search around your property for a burst pipe, a broken water heater, or even a blocked gutter.

Remove as much water as possible.

  • Make sure that the water is not contaminated before trying to extract the water! If the water is dirty (sewage, flood water, or has been sitting for a long period of time) you should always wait for a water restoration professional to avoid illness. If there are only a few inches on the floor, you can use whatever tools you have available to clean it up. 

Separate all personal items from the affected areas.

  • To prevent your personal belongings from suffering water damage, remove all materials that not are not attached to the floors or the walls. Make certain that you are grabbing any porous materials like wood, fabrics, and paper because they pose the highest risk for permanent damage.

Get those fans movin'!

  • One of the most important parts of the drying process is to remove as much moisture from the air as possible. You can use any dehumidifiers or large fans in addition to opening windows as long as the outside conditions will allow for proper drying. By keeping the air circulating, you will prevent bacterial growth and promote drying.

If you are unable to perform any of these functions yourself, give us a call! We're professionally trained and always ready for anything!

Meet Director of Client Services: Aimee Morris!

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

aimee morris commercial restoration Aimee Morris - Director of Client Services

Our Newest Beacon of Light: Aimee Morris

Earlier this year we were very lucky to welcome Aimee Morris to our Commercial Account division. Aimee was exactly what we needed! With over 15 years experience in the restoration industry, Aimee's all-around knowledge of the industry has been a great asset for us.

We swear Aimee has eyes on every angle of the company. She manages all aspects of commercial accounts so you can be guaranteed that you, as a client, will have seamless communication throughout your whole project. She works with your scheduling, provides rapid updates, and ensure that our team members stay on track so that projects are finished in an efficient manner.

Aimee enjoys grabbing coffee with current and prospective clients. She always has a shimmering shining smile and really wants to get to know what your needs are as a customer. Whether it takes a phone call, email, or connection through LinkedIn, Aimee is always open for communication. As a company, we strive to hold a genuine valuable relationship with the people that we work with. It is important that you know that if you have any questions regarding your project that you reach out to us or Aimee immediately, that way we can keep your project on track. 

You can depend on Aimee and our technicians to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine bright again. Give us a call at 952-473-4837 today and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Choose SERVPRO for Your Property Restoration!

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

construction services logo If you’ve had damage to your home or just want to remodel, we have everything you need to complete your home construction project.

Experienced Construction and Restoration Specialists

When you experience fire damage, water damage, or storm damage, the last thing you want to worry about is managing the clean up and contacting multiple repair crews for your property. Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we are your one-stop shop for residential construction and commercial construction!

It can be a hassle to deal with a multitude of home construction companies near you - so let us take the pressure off of your shoulders! We are licensed contractors throughout the state of Minnesota and believe in delivering quality workmanship to make your property look "Like it never even happened."

Why choose SERVPRO of Minnetonka for Home Restoration?

We understand that their will always be a concern regarding the cost of construction services. By utilizing our services, we will handle:

  • Managing the Construction Plan and Timeline
  • Weekly updates regarding your personalized plan and completed work
  • Material selections and ordering of goods
  • Insurance Claims process

Because we are a one-stop shop, you will have seamless communication with one of our project managers who will be your advocate from start to finish. In addition to having a dedicated project manager, your property restoration will go much quicker due to our ability to coordinate construction work as mitigation is being completed. Throughout each phase in our construction process your participation in making certain decisions about your plan will have an impact on cost and schedule, but we will help you along every step of the way.

What services do we provide?

Our list of services goes on and on and on - it seems to be never ending. Click here to view most of our services or see below for a few examples:

  • Board Up
  • Drywall
  • Electrical
  • Flooring Repair and Installation
  • Painting Services
  • Framing
  • ....and so much more!

When disaster hits your property, do the right thing and call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837! You won't regret the excellence of our construction services!

How to Cut Down the Chances of a Furnace Fire

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Furnace Keep your furnace from causing a fire!

The National Fire Protection Association claims that more than one in six home fires originate from heating equipment, which is the second most common cause of a fire behind cooking. Even though a large majority of these pieces of heating equipment are space heaters or fire places, one out of every ten starts with a central heating system.

Follow the tips below to minimize your chances for a furnace fire!

  • Have your furnace serviced - Prior to the cold season, hire a professional to inspect your equipment to ensure your furnace is working properly.
  • Replace the air filter - You should replace your filter every month or so, depending on the manufacturer's specifications. Furnace filters help prevent air contamination in your home.
  • Check and clean air vents and ducts - it's as simple as getting out your vacuum and removing the dust in your vents and ducts. We know this job can suckso you can always hire a professional!
  • Inspect the exhaust vent - Ensure that your exhaust vent is clear from any obstruction such as a rodent's nest, leaves, or snow. 
  • Remove items from around the furnace - if there are flammable items near a flame, need we say more? Clear the area of all flammable objects. 

When winterizing your home or preparing for cold season, your furnace should be on the list! All of these maintenance tasks can be complete in just a few hours. If you're not comfortable with any of these processes, call a professional! For professional fire, water, and mold remediation services, give us a jingle at 952-473-4837!

Content Cleaning: What is it and how do we do it?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage toy before and after being cleaned Here is an example of a kid's favorite toy that was damaged by fire but then cleaned by our crew!

As one of the top SERVPRO franchises in Minnesota, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is there to help you when everything has been turned upside down by fire damage. When your property has been ravaged by flames, many important belongings and documents can be severely damaged by flames, soot, and smoke odors. With our expansive cleaning capabilities, we are able to salvage many of your items and restore them to make it look "Like it never even happened." By doing this, we can save you money by restoring your contents instead of having to replace them.

Packing Out the Contents

The first thing to do after you experience fire damage is to assess the entire property for damage. By assessing the damage, we will be able to figure out what our next steps are regarding cleaning your personal belongings. Our certified technicians will determine whether or not the items are salvageable, they will take photos of all of the contents, they will take inventory of items that are restorable, and then we will safely and carefully pack up all of the items to be moved. Once boxed up, the items will be labeled by name and stored in our 18,000 square foot warehouse in climate-controlled vault storage.

The Cleaning

Once the contents have been safely moved to our warehouse, they are brought into our cleaning room where our certified technicians will dictate the best method of cleaning. They will determine the best path of cleaning based on several factors:

  • Are they hard or soft contents?
  • Do they need to be hand washed or machine washed?
  • What sort of chemical can be used that won't damage the material?

Hard contents, such as dishes, vases, and other sturdy objects will be cleaned in machines like  ultrasonic equipment and deodorizers for smoke odor. For objects that cannot handle the harshness of an automated machine, we will hand-clean the item with environmentally-friendly degreaser or odor counteractants.

Moving Back Home

After our technicians mitigate the fire damage and our reconstruction division repairs your property back to normal, our team will pack up your contents and send them to your home. With your fire damaged contents repair back to normal, you can enjoy living life the way it was prior to your properties' fire.

If you find yourself in need of water or fire damage mitigation, content cleaning, or reconstruction services, give us a ring today at 952-473-4837. We service Minnetonka, Groveland, Minnetonka Mills, and the greater Twin Cities Area (Minneapolis and St. Paul).

Tips for Preventing Water Damage in your Home

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

daily departure photo of rooms with fans after water damage has occurred, Here is daily departure photo of rooms with fans after water damage has occurred,

Water damage is one of the most common structural damage problems home and business owners have to deal with. Unlike other types of damage, which tend to be sudden and easy to notice, water damage usually happens slowly over time and is not noticeable until it's too late. However, some types of water damage, such as those from hurricanes and thunderstorms, can occur very quickly with disastrous results.

If you want to make sure that you never have to call for a water damage restoration company near you, it's best to prepare your property for water damage before disaster strikes.

The easiest way to avoid having to call an excellent water damage restoration company such as ours is to try to avoid water damage altogether. Although this can be a tall order, especially within storm season, that gives you all the more reason to be prepared.

4 Essential Water Damage Prevention Practices:

Fix and renovate your plumbing.

Most people associate water damage with thunderstorms and hurricanes, when in reality, the real problem is bad plumbing. Whether it's a new but poorly constructed building or an older building that has had no plumbing renovation in decades - a water pipe burst in a house can wreak havoc either way. Updating your plumbing can be as simple as starting with the hoses and faucets and then you can move on to the seals and pipes.

Take care of your building's exterior structure.

Storms and other disastrous weather conditions are a primary task for water restoration companies. To avoid having to deal with the consequences of a weather disaster, it is crucial to renovate your building's exterior by:

  • Caulking and sealing windows
  • Installing impact windows
  • Replace missing or damage shingles on your roof
  • Clean downspouts and install gutter guards
  • Repair outside walls if they are not fully sealed

Prevent water seepage by resealing your basement.

Basement water damage restoration is extremely common for our business. It is an extremely common area or water seepage to occur. Routinely check for cracks in the building's foundation and floor slabs - make it an effort to reseal them. Be sure to install backwater valves to your sewage system to help avoid sewer backup.

Keep your eyes peeled for mold growth.

Mold is not only caused by water damage, but it also causes further water damage by eroding your building's foundation. Check for mold growth in your basement, crawlspace, and roof to make sure that your structure is in superior condition.

If you are unsure whether or not you have water damage or mold damage, we are a water damage restoration resource for you. Give us a call at 952-473-4837 with any of your needs.

What to do when you wonder: What's the best water damage restoration company near me?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

testimonial from becca Here is a testimonial from one of our clients.

If you've ever question what water damage restoration company is the best near you, look no further! We at SERVPRO of Minnetonka are experts in the industry! We take pride in constantly updating our cleanup and restoration services, ensuring that all of our technicians are properly trained and educated, and every job that we take we put our reputation on the line to show our Minnetonka and Groveland community why they should use us in their time of crisis.

Here's what to do when you're thinking: What's the best water damage restoration company near me?

Call us at 952-473-4837!


SERVPRO of Minnetonka is the name you can trust for all of your residential and commercial water damage restoration needs due to our dedication and commitment to excellence and training. Every member of our team has undergone extensive SERVPRO training, continuing education courses, and many have achieve certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

One team, one dream.

The "One Team" mentality has been at the epicenter of the SERVPRO brand since he beginning of time...

"“And that’s where SERVPRO comes in... a TEAM of specialists highly trained in cleanup and care... quietly taking to the streets, every hour of every day. Proving that wherever there’s a house full of water or an office filled with smoke there’s also a van full of clean. Piloted by men and women devoted to turning back the tide of uncertainty... developing a plan. Laying out expectations. Moving quickly. Executing flawlessly. And all the while remembering that no disaster is small, especially when it’s yours.”

From start to finish, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here to help.

We are committed to providing high quality work and thorough communication with the utmost integrity. This commitment is what sets us apart and allows us to make our slogan "Like it never even happened," a reality for you and your property after damage occurs. 

When you ask yourself, "What is the best water damage restoration company near me?" Look no further! We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year! 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

The fire damage restoration process includes the removal of soot residues from various surfaces and materials. Depending on the severity of the fire, the soot that remains can be drastically different from one fire to the next.

Fires that give off smoke produce smoke-filled residues and soot. When smoke is released into the air when various materials are decomposing, the soot is in the form of suspended particles, gases, and aerosols.

The fire damage restoration process is dependent on what types of residue is on the material. Different cleaning and restoration methods will be used for each residue.

  1. Cleaning Dry Smoke Residue
  2. Cleaning Wet Smoke Residue
  3. Protein Residue
  4. Fuel Oil Soot Residue

During a fire, soot and smoke particles love to settle on and adhere to any surface they can get their hands on. Our fire damage restoration process is top-notch and means we have the capability to remove and clean these residues. Put confidence in your local professionals that provide you with the best fire restoration services available!

How To Tell If Water Damage Is Old

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

As water damage restoration experts, we understand the issues that water damage presents, especially when it isn't in your sight. When discovered, water spots are clues that indicate a leaky pipe or condensation that is generating the problem.

Even though it impossible to know exactly how long your water damage issues have lingered, there are steps you can take to tell if your water damage is old or new.

Steps to Determining if your Water Damage is Old

  1. Review the history of the house. As soon as water spots are discovered, take note of when you found them. IT's important to recognize and understand what is new and what is old because smaller leaks can take months to appear.
  2. Touch the water spot. Water damage drywall or a water damage ceiling spot will be mushy and squishy since the material will have soaked up a fair amount of water. A newer spot will be wet, but the drywall and ceiling will remain strong.
  3. Examine the materials. It's important to know what materials your walls and ceilings are composed of because thick paint or tiles can trap water. If this is the circumstance, even a small spot where there is water damage can indicate that it has been around for awhile. 

Are you still unsure how to tell if water damage is old or new? Give us a call today!

As your local water damage repair company, we can fix drywall water damage! For all of your water damage restoration needs, get in touch with us. When there's a lea that you cannot detect, it is crucial to contact an expert like us! Call 952-473-4837 now!

Full Service Restoration - We do it all!

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

before and after photo of a living room and stairwell Here is an example of our Reconstruction work. We started with the mitigation of the water damage and moved onto reconstruction to fix this home up!

One thing about SERVPRO of Minnetonka that sets us apart from other local restoration companies is the fact that we have an in-house reconstruction team! Our team is highly skilled and able to do everything from a simple painting to performing an entire remodel.

What does this mean for you?

Keeping the cost at a minimum for our clients, our overall price won't have any additional subcontractor fees or bills attached to it! We are a local franchise that stands by the idea that we are committed to providing quality work and communication with the utmost integrity. 

This commitment is what distinguishes us from others and allows us to make our slogan "Like it never even happened" a reality for you and your property after damage occurs.

Take a peek at our services:

  • Flooring: Carpet/Tile
  • Painting
  • Siding/Roofing
  • Drywall/Ceiling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC/Air Ducts
  • Kitchen/Cabinets
  • Carpentry/Framing
  • Structural Repairs
  • Windows/Doors
  • Exterior Finishing

For any of your reconstruction needs, questions, or concerns, contact Jeff at 952-270-0603.

First Golf Event in Over a Year!

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Aimee, Tierney, and Scott at the IREM tournament Aimee, Tierney, and Scott at the IREM tournament.

Last week Scott (Owner), Aimee (Director of Client Services), and Tierney (Marketing Specialist) hosted a booth at the IREM Minnesota Chapter Golf Tournament!

What a day it was! With a heat advisory for 4 straight days and not a single cloud in the sky, Aimee, Scott, and Tierney took on a long day in the heat.

Our infamous "What the Duck?!" game was a hit. The goal of the game was to avoid the only duck without a number, which we called the Ugly Duckling. If you successfully grabbed a 1, 2, or 3, you were entered into a raffle for lunch for your office, a $100 Visa gift card, or both!

Community involvement is one of our passions and it has been way too long since we were able to go out and about with familiar faces. Despite the last year, everyone was in high spirits to converse and get back into the swing of things.

Being involved with an association like IREM reminds us of the importance of making a difference in the careers of those who manage and are being managed. Through professional development events and collaboration with various business, IREM sets the stage for opening doors, forging connections, and showing the way forward.

Tackling Fire Odors

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

fire in a home Our smoke and fire damage team is one of the best in the state!

Anyone that ever shares space with a smoker knows how hard it is to get the smell out of your clothes, hair, and skin. Imagine flames in your home and that smoke is making its way through the ventilation system, going from room to room and settling upon your bed sheets, upholstery, curtains, and even your wallpaper. Regardless of the extent of fire damage to your home, it almost seems like the smoke, and its residual smell is an even bigger problem than sweeping ashes and cleaning soot.

In Minnetonka, your smoke and fire damage is ideal for our SERVPRO team to tackle. Our team of experts trains specifically to address all consequences of a home fire, regardless of its size. Once we arrive at your home, we invite you to trust our knowledge and expertise as we attack all aspects of fire damage, including ridding your home of the unpleasant smell of smoke.

The term deodorizing is the all-inclusive name we use for agents capable of neutralizing or eliminating odor molecules. In practice, there are quite a few options to expel smells from your home. Our SERVPRO team considers each option and its benefits before applying it to your home. In some cases, we may bring special equipment such as an ozone generator, ventilators, or pressure sprayers to help us in deodorizing your home. In other instances, such as the use of deodorizing pellets, the application is straightforward and does not require extra equipment or space. When we exhaust our resources, and the smell remains, we may opt to use a sealant in your home, which permanently traps odor molecules, so your senses do not pick up on them.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is available to you around the clock. Our hotline is available 24/7 to meet your needs. Call us at 952-473-4837 as soon as it is safe to enter your home and let us address the smoke and soot remains as quickly as possible. Our careful and knowledgeable approach helps us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Mitigating Fire Chances at Your Property

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

commercial building fire If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help.

We can all realistically say we hope to never experience a house fire, but hoping one does not happen and doing what you can to prevent it are two different things. Fires can spread from a single flame in under a minute, but doing what you can to ensure one never starts can go a long way.

Thankfully, fire safety is something everyone can implement around the house through some planning and some prevention. Though you can never get rid of your chances of experiencing a house fire, you can significantly reduce them to keep your household safer.

How Can I Lessen the Chances of Experiencing a House Fire?

Check your smoke detectors. Having smoke detectors installed throughout your home is so important, as they will alert you if there is a fire in the home. Make sure yours are operational by checking them on a monthly basis, and replace them according to your manufacturer’s instructions to prevent any defects from occurring.

Create a fire escape plan. It is important for the safety of everyone in the household that you have a comprehensive fire escape plan that is regularly practiced. It should only take two minutes to exit the home, and every room should have two ways to get out so no one will be trapped in the house depending on where the fire starts.

Limit your fire risks. Whenever you practice good habits around the house, you are reducing the chances a fire can start. Simple things are extremely effective in house fire prevention—never leaving the room while cooking food, not leaving open flames unattended and never running wires under rugs or behind furniture are great tips to reduce your house fire chances.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. While you should only use a fire extinguisher if it is completely safe to do so, it is good to have one handy in case the need arises. Any time you cook, grill or use an open flame, ensure you have an operational fire extinguisher nearby and are informed on how to use it.

If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.

Mold Remediation: Mold versus Mildew

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

mold that has grown along the baseboard in a minnetonka home An example of growth after water damage seeped behind baseboards.

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. That's where we come in!

How can you tell the difference between mold and mildew?

Primarily mildew is a plant disease but it can thrive on any organic matter, not just living tissue. It can appear on clothing, leather, paper, walls, ceilings, floor and even on your shower wall. It usually grows in a flat pattern in a white, gray or yellowish color. It will turn brown or black over time.

Mold is usually fuzzy and appears in irregular shaped spots. It also can appear in many different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black, or white. Mold grows on organic matter everywhere but is only visible once the colonies grow.

How can you test the affected area to see if it is mildew or mold?

If you are unsure of what the substance is within the affected area, you can easily have it tested. The best course of action is to ask for professional assistance (like us!), but you can also fairly easily identify whether it is mildew or mold with a little bit of household bleach.

1. Apply a few drops of bleach to the affected area.

2. Wait 5 minutes and inspect the spot.

3. If the affected area becomes lighter, you are more than likely dealing with mildew. If the spot remains dark, it is most likely mold.

Who do you call when you think you've got mold?

SERVPRO of Minnetonka, that's who!

If you suspect that your Minnetonka home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect, assess and remediate your property. Call 952-473-4837 with any questions or concerns. 

Burning Up the Fire Damage Remediation Process

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Ryan examining a fire damaged home Over the past five years we have built a reputation as specialists in fire, smoke, soot and restoration of fire damaged homes.

When a devastating fire occurs in your home, it is hard to think ahead to the recovery process. You may not even know where to begin moving forward. Once the superficial signs of a fire are cleared away, you may still smell the smoke over the long term. Every fire is inherently different, but skilled professionals at SERVPRO of Minnetonka can help you get to the bottom of the issue through a standard fire procedure.

The Beginning

Once emergency services (if required) take care of the worst of the fire damage, SERVPRO of Minnetonka can come in and begin cleaning. After the smoke clears and the dust settles, our fire damage remediation specialists will move in. Depending on the type of damage presented from the fire, the technician will follow a standard procedure. 

Our technicians will carefully inspect the surrounding area and test the damaged sections to determine the extend of the damage. Our technicians always have a restore before replace mentality, ensuring that they will avoid anything that might exacerbate the damage. While they're inspecting and testing, they will walk you through the process in order to develop a plan.

Rising Action: Following a Plan

Depending on the severity of the fire damage, our technician will ensure the security of your property. If necessary, they will board up missing walls and windows, and set tarps around the roof of your home to maintain privacy.

Water removal is also an important next time. Many people don't realize that water damage appears almost at the same time as smoke damage. To rid the situation of water, our experts will set up dehumidifiers. 

After water has been removed, it'll be time to get to the brunt of the work. To avoid agitating troublesome particles within the damage area, the technician will remove smoke and soot damage with extreme care. A Decatur fire damage cleaning will take restorable items into account and odors will be fought with using fogging equipment and air scrubbers.

The Final Step

Once all of the major fire damage issues have been taken care of, in addition to the water damage and smoke and soot on your home's surface, we can begin the remaining minor repairs. Since we are a licensed contractor with the State of Minnesota, we can handle any building services that may be needed from replacing drywall and painting over a refurbished surface. 

Whether you need smoke damage remediated or entire sections of your home repaired after a destructive fire, we're ready to help 24/7. We will make it "Like it never even happened." When you experience a fire in your home, call 952-473-4837. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka: Who's the best Storm Damage Company?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

alarm clock with a 24/7 time We're here to help.

When it comes to your search for Storm Damage Cleanup around Minnetonka, the search should start and end at SERVPRO of Minnetonka. Before you make your call to our trusted expert technicians, take a peek at what we offer that is head and shoulders above what you will find in the area.

The Speed of Our Service

The first 24-48 hours after a storm is critical for conducting an assessment of your storm damage repair needs. When you choose SERVPRO of Minnetonka, you know you’re getting access to a team of highly trained individuals that are available 24/7 to service your storm restoration needs.

Our Restoration Process

Once we have completed the water removal of your property, we’ll begin working on the restoration process. We’ll restore your property to the condition it was in before the damage occurred, whether that entails minor repairs (like replacing drywall or installing new carpeting) or major ones (like reconstructing parts of your property).

A Wide Variety of Resources At Our Disposal

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call 952-473-4837. Whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood, the SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Contacting the Best Storm Damage Company

When it comes to storm damage repairs, the only way to get the job done right the first time is to call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837. Just one phone call can set you up to get your property back into pre-storm shape quickly, helping you save potentially thousands of dollars and rest easier at night knowing that you’re in good hands.

Providing Better Service with Continuing Education Courses

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Minnetonka Continuing Education Course Here are details for the SERVPRO of Minnetonka Continuing Education course.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers both credit and non-credit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and Real Estate professionals. Our offered Continuing Education (CE) Courses provide you and your employees with information that will allow you to better service your customers.

These programs are designed to improve the knowledge of your staff regarding emergency mitigation. Our franchise has held Continuing Education Courses on various topics including:

  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminars
  • The Hazards of Hoarding

Our upcoming CE Course will be on Wednesday, May 26th at the Chaska Event Center.

"An Examination of Ethics in the Insurance Industry"

The premise for this ethics course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged. Each and every day we are faced with decisions that could cause harm to others or ourselves. Facing ethical decisions can be very difficult, especially when we make decisions that may seem correct at first, but we later find out were not so great. As we explore what "Ethics" is, you will be challenged to become involved in group activities. The group activities will help reinforce what has been learned, as well as increase your ability to better deal with ethical decision-making in your own life.

For reservations, click on this link. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Weber at ryanw@SERVPRO10278.com or give him a call at 612-751-5597. 

Stand Strong Against Wind Damage

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help after storm damage Our storm team does it all when we answer your call from securing open areas from the elements to mitigating the water and wind damage from the storm.

Wind and water damage are the two most common results of a heavy storm. There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms that have caused significant damage to homes - it is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional like SERVPRO of Minnetonka as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.

Important Facts to Know About Wind Damage

Wind Type Varies by Storm & Causes Different Degrees of Wind Damage

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage, but wind stemming from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage. It is essential to know when and what type of storm is headed towards your area so you know the potential and level of damage to expect. Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S., but the repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.

Characteristics of the Wind will Affect the Wind Damage

The wind has many characteristics that differ depending on the situation such as:

  • Speed
  • Direction
  • Duration of Gusts

By recognizing the pattern and type of wind, you will be able to determine another part of how much potential damage to expect. If the wind is expected to come in long gusts, it's important to be aware of branches from trees. Depending on the speed of the wind, you may have to board up windows.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Wind really isn't the thing that causes a majority of the damage - it is the items that get flung around by the wind. Whether it is your garbage can out on the edge of your driveway or debris from plants and trees, unsecured objects can become dangerous in windy situations. If a storm is approaching your area, ensure your patio furniture, toys, and garbage cans are secured or brought inside. It wouldn't hurt to double check your windows to make sure they're locked and secured, too.

The expertise SERVPRO of Minnetonka brings to storm damage cleanup and restoration in the Northwest suburbs leads the industry. Give us a call at 952-473-4837 today for any of for storm damage needs.

Don't Leave Your Property Vulnerable

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage cleanup in Minnetonka Our team is equipped with the latest specialty equipment to properly clean a fire damaged home.

Due to the pandemic, many businesses are choosing to work remotely and warehouses are left empty. As a property owner it is still vital to keep up on security and system protocols. Maintenance is still an exceptionally important role in protecting your facilities.

Having a preferred vendor like SERVPRO of Minnetonka can also prevent any further damage from happening. Reach out to us here at 763-712-9712 to learn about an Emergency Readiness Program (ERP). We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) Recommendations

In order to avoid disrupting the current environment by compromising fire and life safety, as well as leaving buildings vulnerable to vandalism, the NFPA recommends the following:

  • All commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings should maintain fully operational fire and life safety systems as required by the applicable codes and standards. (NFPA 25, NFPA 72, NFPA 101)
  • Those responsible for these buildings should adhere to the expected schedules for inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) that are vital to their operation. If they are unable to do so, they should contact their local authority having jurisdiction.
  • Public and private employees who perform the inspection, maintenance and other responsibilities for these systems should be deemed essential workers

Our fire cleaning and restoring department is unsurpassed in its ability to remove all types of residues, return surfaces and articles to pre-fire condition, neutralizing lingering odors in even the toughest post-fire jobs. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Call us today at 952-473-4837 for any of your fire damage needs. 

Biohazards and How to Handle Them

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

biohazard precaution tape in minnetonka Our professionals can make any biohazard effects “Like it never even happened.”

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Biohazards, such as sewage backups, crime scene residues, blood cleanup, and chemical spills create unhealthy and dangerous environments. These hazards put people at significant risk and their removal is essential for any building. 

How can I ensure the best method of removal for a biohazard? 

Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka of course! Our technicians have certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in biohazard cleanup. We are continually training and re-training in niches like bloodborne pathogens through OSHA.

No customer should wait with the effects of a bio-threat, and with our central location in Anoka County, we can reach every residence or business from Coon Rapids to Minneapolis fast.

24 Hour Emergency Service

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Minnetonka
  • Groveland
  • All other surrounding areas

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

Call Us Today – (763) 712-9712

The Importance of Leaving a Review

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

leave us a 5 star review There will always be a live person on the other end of the line available for whatever you need, even if it is just to answer questions.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has been restoring homes and commercial properties for over 20 years.

SERVPRO strives to provide the highest quality and efficient work possible. No matter what your expectations are for fire and water damage, mold remediation, or COVID-19 cleaning, we strive to exceed them.

This is where YOU come in.

As a customer, we understand that you want to know how great the technicians are at SERVPRO of Minnetonka.

Check out our current testimonial page for a vast representation of what our customers think about us.

Have you been serviced by SERVPRO of Minnetonka but haven't left a review yet?

Whether we provided our restoration or remediation services a year ago or yesterday, there is still more than enough time to write about your experience.

Click on these direct links to simplify the reviewing process: Google, Facebook, or Yelp

We want to know what you think about our services so we can continue our high quality and efficient work!

Have Questions? Call Us Today: 952-473-4837

Mold Remediation: Warning Signs of a Mold Problem

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold remediation Minnetonka Your satisfaction is our focus, and we work to ensure you have nothing to fear about mold again.

Mold is a problem and concern that any modern homeowner or property owner should be prepared to face. You may feel inclined to ignore a small spot of mold, but when you consider the health effects it can have on your home and environment, you know you need a solution. Our professional and certified mold remediation services around Minnetonka ensure that you don't encounter mold in your house again - at least until the next flood or leak.

What is Mold Remediation/Removal?

Mold remediation is all the processes involved in restoring the mold spores level in your home. Remediation is the whole bang for your buck that not only removes current mold issues, but ensures that it will not grow again. SERVPRO of Minnetonka is certified to remove the physical mold that is present in addition to reducing airborne spores. 

Warning Signs of a Mold Problem

Mold is always present. Whether it is in the air, indoors, or outdoors, this fungus has been around for millions of years. When exposed to moisture, it feeds, expands, and releases mold spores into the air.

You might be asking yourself: "How will I know if there are unsafe levels of mold present?"

  • Mold has a variety of colors from black to white, although green and black see to be the most prevalent.
  • Mold has a nasty musty odor that signals its presence. If you notice an odd scent even after eliminating all other possibilities, mold testing will help you verify if you really have mold issues, if it is just a stain on the wall, or an odd smell.

If you find yourself wondering if that smell is your garbage or that spot on the wall is just dirt from the dog, consider your local mold remediation service and...


Our specialized technicians make use of modern equipment to carry out mold removal or remediation in Minnetonka. There is no need to question who you go to when you're worried about mold. Call 952-473-4837 today with any questions or concerns.

Handling Intruding Water

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

leaking pipe in Minnetonka We are happy to answer questions and based on the severity of the damage immediately get a team of our certified, full time employees dispatched.

Once a water damage event occurs on your property, the first 24 hours are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. SERVPRO of Minnetonka is on-call 24/7 and has the capabilities to get to your property within the first hour of the phone call. Our technicians will be on-site to help ensure that your water damage is handled properly.


The expert technicians at SERVPRO of Minnetonka will first inspect the property and damages. This will help determine the extent of the water damage and will allow them to create a plan to review with you. Our customers rave about how informative and helpful our professionals are when it comes to their concerns.

Emergency Services

Once the plan has been created, our expert technicians will place our industrial-grade equipment in precise locations so that the drying process is done properly and efficiently. If any questions come up during the process, the experts will have no problem explaining the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.


To ensure that the process is going smoothly, a professional from SERVPRO of Minntonka will monitor the drying process daily. If there are any changes or updates, our experts will be consistently communicating with you.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  1. If you know where it is, shut off the water source so that the damage does not get worse.
  2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution is unsafe from electrical shock.
  3. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Do not enter rooms where the ceiling has begun to sag from retained water.

For more information on recovering from water damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Minnetonka by giving us a jingle at 952-473-4837 today.

Common Sources of Water Damage in a Commercial Building

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

commercial building in Minnetonka In an average year, we successfully restore and repair close to 1,000,000 square feet of commercial property.

Owning and running a commercial building in Minnetonka means that you've got a lot on your plate. Try to reduce those worries by following the information below.

How to Diminish Water Damage Issues


The most highly trafficked areas in businesses are the bathrooms and kitchens. The drains from the sinks and the toilets are doing extra work meaning you should do whatever you can to keep them from flooding and the flow moving. Maintenance should perform regular checks on them and you could consider conducting a camera-scope inspection every once in awhile. To avoid a clogged toilet, buy thin toilet paper, post signage about what can go within the toilet, and provide plenty of labelled waste receptacles. 


Ensure that you are knowledgeable on the types of pipes that your commercial property has. If they are older, often made of copper, galvanized iron, or polybutylene, they are prone to damage and do not usually last long. It might be worth your while to consider replacing your pipes to help prevent future disasters. Even if they aren't older pipes, it is still important to check for corrosion or leaks more often than not. It is also pertinent to ensure that your pipes are properly insulated to avoid freezing pipes during the winter.

Fire Sprinklers

Sometimes the fire sprinklers in a commercial property can be triggered by something as simple as a warm light nearby or burnt food in the microwave. In order to prepare for an event such as a random sprinkler going off, you should have a water damage restoration company picked out like SERVPRO and register for the Emergency Ready Plan.

There's a lot to keep track of in a commercial building. Adding a regular maintenance routine and an Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO of Minnetonka could save you time and money. Call 952-473-4837 today.

Did Your Business Experience Water Damage?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in a commercial building Our certified technicians are on call 24/7 to quickly get it cleaned up and minimize any potential downtime for your business.

Due to the wide variety of issues that can stem from water damage, it is one of the most difficult challenges a property owner can face. Depending on the severity, water damage can compromise structural integrity and damage belongings. When left unresolved or if not taken care of properly, water can result in the growth of mold. 

What is water damage?

Water damage is the type of damage that occurs on a structure and to personal property due to excessive moisture and collected water. Most often water damage will occur where water can collect without notice. For example, they will occur in the lowest depths of one's property such as crawl spaces and the basement.

Here are some examples of the equipment used for water damage repair services:

  • Air Movers - help dry water-damaged flooring and surfaces by forcing moisture to evaporate more quickly
  • Dehumidifiers - by maintaining the humidity of the room, a dehumidifier is a catalyst for drying an area that has excessive moisture
  • Air Scrubbers - filter out any particles in your indoor air which may include airborne contaminants including the smell of musk and smoke
  • Moisture Meters - gauges the severity of water damage on a surface or an area by assessing the moisture preset

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we have the best equipment to ensure that your property is taken care of properly. By reducing the time it takes to dry your property, you'll be saving time and money. Call 952-473-4837 today with any questions

Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

living room water damage near Minnetonka Our service vehicle fleet is always ready, each truck or van loaded with high-efficiency water extraction and drying equipment.

For well over 20 years, SERVPRO of Minnetonka has been helping homeowners and businesses recover from fire, smoke, soot, water, mold, and flood damage. We are a 24/7 full service provider so that when things go wrong, we can be at your door in a moment's notice. 

A pipe burst but our spirits didn't!

Unfortunately for this family a pipe burst in their upstairs bedroom, dousing the bedroom in water. The extent of the damage got worse as time went on because as we know, the sooner you can call us to respond to water damage, the better. This loss extended through the upstairs flooring to the main level of the condo.

The water seeped through the ceiling on the main level and extended all the way into the kitchen and down onto the flooring of the main level. The wood in the kitchen accumulated too much water and had to be removed. Fortunately for this homeowner, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is a licensed contractor in the state of Minnesota and can help with both the demolition and the rebuild. 

SERVPRO Responded Quickly once they received the Call

This photo was taken only a short 18 hours after we received the initial call. This particular loss was outside of the normal 9-5 business hours, but that's got nothing on us! You're welcome to call 952-473-4837 at any time if you have any restoration or remediation concerns. We deal with fire, water, mold remediation, cleaning, and commercial services. No matter what time is on the clock, SERVPRO of Minnetonka will be Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

Getting Your Commercial Property Squeaky Clean

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

commercial building in Minnetonka Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying.

Whether or not your commercial property is brand new or has been around the block a few times, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is capable of taking care of the grime, odor, and moisture challenges that your normal janitorial staff cannot handle.

What type of Commercial Properties do you clean?

We understand that every building is unique and presents itself with different types of issues. In addition to handling a wide variety of properties, we're able to handle a dusting or a deep power clean. We're capable of cleaning small office buildings, Hotels/Motels, small retail stores, high-rise residential buildings, and more!

What type of Commercial Cleaning is SERVPRO of Minnetonka capable of?

There's already enough to worry about when you own a commercial property, don't get bogged down by a dirty building. Here at SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we're capable of cleaning anything from a crime and trauma scene to basic HVAC and upholstery. 

My commercial property is clean, but I've got flooding, fire damage, and mold issues! What do I do now?

We're still here for you. We're capable of Commercial water, fire, and mold remediation. The faster your response time to get one of our professional crews on-site, the better! We're capable of responding to your call within the hour. Let us help you!

Have Questions? Call Today – (952) 473-4837

We've got you covered!

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO workers Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Whether a small home gets hit by a flood or a commercial building needs mold remediation, we can handle it! Do you know who to call in moments of water damage, fire damage, sewage, and biohazard spills? SERVPRO of Minnetonka of course! Not only do we have a large crew of trained professionals, but we've got advanced state of the art equipment to match!

Time is money.

Natural disasters, fires, and floods an be one of the worst things to happen to your property. If you own a commercial property, it affects your employee's productivity and if your home is damaged, security feels lost. With our stellar technicians and equipment, we work as hard as possible for as long as necessary to get your business back in shape. 

A Five-Star Experience every time!

We're one of the top water and fire restoration companies in the entire U.S. We have our testimonials for proof - we pride ourselves in being open, honest, transparent, and informative to make difficult processes much simpler for you. If you aren't satisfied with our work neither are we! We want to make it right every time and ensure that you receive the same care and compassion that everyone else has.

We are IICRC Certified.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration is the most trusted independent name in the restoration industry. To receive IICRC certification, a technician must take special classes and exams that follow the requirements from the ICRC. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka will make your disasters "Like it never even happened." Give us a ring today at 952-473-4837 with any inquiry.  

IREM Food Drive

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Janet and Tierney IREM Food Drive Commercial Account Manager Janet Phillips and Marketing Specialist Tierney Winter at the IREM Food Drive.

More than 200,000 children in Minnesota live with food insecurity. Without reliable access to food – such as free and reduced meal programs at school – the risk of hunger is very real. Every Meal works to fight hunger in our community by filling the gaps to food access that children face during weekends, summers, and extended breaks. 

Our goal is to make the communities in which we live better places than they were before our company arrived. Although most often we are the ones repairing businesses and residence, more importantly, we support the growth of our local communities.

Outside of volunteering for Feed My Starving Children and utilizing our partnership with the Red Cross, we interact with various associations around Minnesota. 

The IREM Minnesota Chapter Food Drive was a success! Janet and Tierney even spoke with a couple who donated $5,000. How crazy! Thank you to all of those who came and donated at the event.

Did you miss out on the drive? You're still welcome to donate online through this link

Foundation Water Damage: Know the Warning Signs

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

foundation cracks We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

You can't build a strong home on a weak foundation.

Foundation water damage weakens the structure of your home, causes cracks, bowed walls, and can be as extreme as causing your home to collapse.

Here's how to identify and address the early signs of foundation water damage:


Cracks may appear on both the interior and exterior of a home and are a tell-tale sign of foundation water problems. On the exterior, a few hairline cracks aren't normally a concern. It is important to be aware of horizontal cracks and stair-step cracks in block walls or corners. This may indicate serious structural damage and you should consult a water damage professional like SERVPRO of Minnetonka. 

Standing water in a basement or crawlspace.

Water in a basement could be an indication of a plumbing issue, however it could also mean that there is water seeping in through cracks in the foundation or gutter runoff. Either way, they're both causing issues and should be addressed immediately. Seeping water is a perfect host for mold growth and can weaken wooden support structures.

Windows and doors are jamming.

Excess water absorption in a building can cause frames to warp, which means that there is probably a waterproofing problem. Excess outside moisture can also cause your entire foundation to shift, leading to much bigger issues that will need to be addresses.

Mold Patches or Rotting Wood

As we've stated before, mold needs two things to grow: a source of moisture and organic material. If you can't spot the mold with your eyes, you'll without a doubt be able to smell the distinct mildew scent. Mold remediation should be enacted as quickly as possible once you discover mold. Mold could result from a crack or opening in the foundation that's allowing water to seep in.

Flooded soil.

If your gutters or other drainage systems are not doing their job properly, it can cause water to redirect back to your foundation instead of away from your house. If you see pools of water around your home, the wet soil will increase the likelihood that water will penetrate the foundation of your home.

It is important to keep track of your preventative maintenance on your home. Most importantly, if you suspect you have foundation water damage the best thing you can do is call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837.

Cracking Water Damage Myths

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo destination tag We're dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us.

Water damage can catch you off guard and can be frightening. It must be taken care of as quickly as humanly possible to avoid secondhand damages and lead to further issues. Although this may not be as exciting as a Mythbusters episode, here are six myths that have been uncovered about water damage.

Uncovering the Truth

My insurance won't cover it. Many times people believe that if their home suffers a small flood, the money used to clean up and repair the damages will come straight from their pockets. This is untrue! Although it's very important to be on top of your homeowner's insurance, in most cases it will cover the damages. Each situation is unique but we will work with your insurance company to get you the best plan for your buck!

The water will dry itself. The water that you can see with your own eyes will surely dry, but if there is a flood in your home, water will seep into your walls and underneath your flooring. If you do not take care of the hidden materials that are wet, moisture can lead to the formation of mold. Mold remediation is more complicated and can lead to higher expenses. SERVPRO of Minnetonka has state-of-the-art industrial strength equipment. Let us handle the drying for you. 

It won't stink. Water damaged areas will begin to smell if they are not properly and completely dried out and treated with an antimicrobial. Not only does mold smell bad, but it can cause health effects. Our expert technicians follow a standard procedure to clean, disinfect, and sanitize a wide variety of materials. 

It can wait. Really, it's not a big deal. WRONG. The window between water damage and the growth of mold is extremely short. The second that water hits any surface of your home there is a risk for extensive damage. Even the smallest of water damage situations can lead to serious complications.

My wood floors are ruined. SERVPRO of Minnetonka has a wide variety of equipment to handle water and our injectiDRY system includes a mat floor drying system. It is designed specifically to handle damages on precious flooring to dry them out safely and efficiently. Not only do you avoid having to pay for new flooring, but the drying process is expedited. 

If I can't see the water, it isn't there. If you have a hot water heater leak the water can hide within your sheetrock or in your ceiling. Sewer leaks can be even more dangerous. Sewage holds many hazardous chemicals and can cause you and your family to get sick. SERVPRO of Minnetonka is equipped to handle sewage and biohazard situations.

The commercial and residential water damage mitigation skills, equipment, and experience we offer are also available to homeowners. Whether you live near Lake Minnetonka, in the urban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, or in surrounding communities, we can help! Call 952-473-4837 today!

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Be ready logo With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka's Disaster Recovery Team is dedicated to helping customers who have experienced tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood damage. Much like our local production teams, the Disaster Recovery Team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Always prepared for the unpredictable, this team is ready to travel wherever necessary to help those in need.

According to the SERVPRO corporate website, "The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster." We are proud to participate on this team!

When a large loss occurs, regardless of the type of disaster, we will send a commercial Production Manager (or a few) with a production crew with trucks full of appropriate equipment. These Production Managers ensure that there is seamless communication and timely mitigation during the chaos of the loss.

To be invited to participate on a Disaster Recovery Team, a franchise must be in compliance of all corporate Storm Team requirements and then accept the invitation when a storm event requires our services. 

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka we pride our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. We are proud to be a part of this prestigious team and help any community during the most devastating of times.

Flood Damage Restoration

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

flood ahead sign Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we

Unfortunately, water damage is one of the most serious issues that a property owner can face. Even the smallest amounts of water damage can lead to serious repercussions including but not limited to out-of-control mold growth and structural compromise. If you need to deal with a flood damage situation in your home or business, it is crucial to call the experts at SERVPRO of Minnetonka to mitigate flood damage.

5 Steps of Flood Damage Restoration

  1. Assessing the extent of the water in the home or business. Through the use of our advanced technology, our technicians will be able to determine if there is water in the structure that has seeped in to the point past what the naked eye is capable of seeing. If the water stems from a pipe break or supply line break, the flow will be stopped.
  2. Remove the water. The faster the water is removed from the picture, the better. Moisture can lead to mold growth and can compromise the strength of the material it exposes itself to. 
  3. Begin the drying process! Our industrial-strength drying equipment is placed in a pre-planned manner so that the area is dried in the most efficient way possible. Fans are used to circulate the air and dehumidifiers are used to remove the water from the air.
  4. Ensure the property is dried. Depending on the severity of the water damage, drying can take anywhere from 2-5+ days. Once our experts believe that the area is dry, they will check again using our various tools.
  5. The cleanup team moves in for the kill. Any items that were removed from the property will be thoroughly cleaned. We will use environmentally friendly and safe chemicals that are capable of cleaning a wide variety of items from photos to books to furniture. In addition to cleaning items, our technicians will sanitize the area. This product will eliminate any nascent mildew or mold growths that commonly occur after water logging. 

Our goal is to restore, not to replace. Once the cleanup process is complete, the property will be restore to its pre-disaster condition. Most often this process will take less than 24 hours as hour technicians are capable of arriving to any storm damage situation within an hour from your phone call. 

For more information on storm damage restoration, please call 952-473-4837 anytime. 

Don't Get Fired Up, Get on the Phone with SERVPRO!

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

flames We will clean belongings, furniture, keepsakes, clothes and anything else in your house that makes it your home.

How does SERVPRO of Minnetonka determine what to do with smoke damaged items?

Fire damage is an intriguing issue because temperature, whether the fire is smoldering or blazing, affects necessary cleanup measures differently.  Similarly to water damage, smoke odor and particles can easily penetrate any crack and crevice on your property. If these particles are not handled in a proper manner, the smoke odor has the potential to stick around for months after a fire. Proper cleaning, immediate odor neutralizing efforts, proper ventilation, and consistent debris removal efforts are critical to saving as many of your belongings as possible. Timing is the most crucial component of successful smoke remediation. 

Are you running out of time?

The IICRC, a global leader in all types of remediation, identifies these time windows:

  1. Within minutes: Porous materials and synthetics must be immediately addressed to prevent permanent discoloration.
  2. Within hours to days: wooden furniture, flooring, painted walls, and clothing can become permanently stained. Metal surfaces will begin to rust, pit, and corrode which often requires refinishing or replacement.
  3. Within weeks: Prolonged soot exposure will embed itself in the fibers and surfaces resulting in a longer, more pricey restoration with a higher likelihood of replacement.

With our restore versus replace mentality, SERVPRO of Minnetonka does everything within our capabilities to bring your items back to preloss conditions. 

Give us a call today at 952-473-4837 so we can help make your home disaster seem "Like it never even happened." 

Trusting SERVPRO as Your Damage Restoration Expert

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

house with fire damage We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

The aftermath of a fire is a cleaning and deodorizing challenge like none other. Fortunately, most homeowners are never forced to arise to the test, but if you and your family find yourselves facing the smoke, soot, odor, and debris, our professional help is available.

Full Service Fire Damage Mitigation and Cleanup  - Why SERVPRO's Number should be on your phone

Fire results in incredibly toxic and corrosive soot and is extremely challenging to remove soiling and the highly pungent odors. We have invested in comprehensive training in the restoration industry for our technicians.

From Containment to Preservation of Air Quality

One strategy we use to attack the many ways that fire damage can effect your home is to contain the area. It is essential that we prevent the drifting and wafting of smoke and soot. If they are not contained, every inch of surface area in your home can and will attract soot and smells. By using six millimeter polyethylene barriers and sealing the perimeter of the area that has been damaged by a fire, we can keep various residues in check as well as any odor that has presented from the situation. Our HEPA filters force contaminants through and vent their air to the outdoors, ensure that your air quality returns to normal levels.

Our Industrial Cleaners vs. Various Soils

Household fires often result in three basic types of soot: dry and ashy, thick and wet, and protein-based. Our expert technicians are trained in each specific method of removal for the various types of soot. If not taken care of properly, the efforts to clean soot can instead cause smearing or staining. Our goal at SERVPRO of Minnetonka is to restore instead of replace.

Innovative Technology against Fire Damage Odors

Cleaning the surfaces does not always result in the elimination of smoky odors. Thankfully, SERVPRO has come up with alternative solutions to remove the stinky smell. By using thermal fogging, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators for odor removal, SERVPRO can find and remove the tiny particles of soot that hide in crevices and even in HVAC systems. 

Need we say more about our expertise? Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka today: 952-473-4837  We respond quickly and deliver fast and successful results!

Water Damage and Your Business Property

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO water damage flyer SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies.

There are numerous ways water can cause problems at your place of business in Minnetonka, including damaged pipes, flooding, and severe weather. Fortunately, if any of these were to occur, you can call your local restoration service at 952-473-4837. Here are several common water damage problems that SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the ability to solve.

Common Water Damage Problems


Storms can be scary, especially if you're unprepared for severe weather. High winds can remove shingles from the roof or blow drifting debris into your commercial property. If you have clogged gutters or drainage areas, storm rains can cause them to overflow which can cause a number of problems if unattended.

Broken Pipe

Often times building maintenance can be swept under the rug. A business can suffer serious water damage due to damaged pipes or pipes that burst. Leaking pipes can leave puddles of water in areas area bathrooms, employee break rooms, service sinks, and emergency eyewash stations. As soon as you recognize that there is a leak, it is important to have the problem fixed as quickly as possible. 

If left unattended, leaking pipes can lead to consequential secondary damages. For example, if mold spores are exposed to moisture, mold will begin to grow. Thankfully our SERVPRO technicians are certified in commercial antimicrobial remediation


Similarly to storms, there are a number of ways that flooding can occur. Flooding can come about from broken pipes, faulty sprinkler systems, sewer back ups, and drainage overflows. It is important to recognize that because the path of water flow is difficult to trace in a flood, flood water is classified as black water. Black water, once cleaned up, requires certain sanitation steps to be followed. Luckily, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is capable of commercial water damage restoration and biohazard cleanup.

After a harsh storm has rolled through, a pipe burst, or flooding have caused water damage to your commercial property it is important to contact our professionals for help. We're capable of making your property look "Like it never even happened." Call 952-473-4837 with your inquiries today!

Seeking a Professional When Flood Damage Occurs in Your Home

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

flooding around Minntonka Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO has over 1,700 Franchises ready to respond.

Addressing the consequences of flooding in your Minnetonka home is a job for a professional crew.

A Professional Flood Restoration Team Helps Dry, Clean, and Disinfect Your Home in and around Minnetonka

Recovering from a flood goes further than extracting water and wiping surfaces clean. Experienced water restoration technicians can explain the importance of drying, disinfecting, an deodorizing your home following a flood. Whether your entire home has fallen victim to the debris brought on by the flood or if it is contained in one area, rely on our experts for assistance. 

In and around Minnetonka, flood damage assistance is available through our SERVPRO crew. We have team members prepared to respond to any disaster around the clock who will provide high-quality remediation services to address your needs. From start to finish, we are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Our main focus is to mitigate your loss and optimize the resources to bring your home back to mint condition. As we inspect your home to assess the damage, we will create a plan to use our industrial-grade equipment in the most efficient manner.

Not only do we have IICRC trained technicians, but we have the most up-to-date technology paired with them. By using an array of water-extracting, deodorizing, and disinfecting techniques, we can complete your home's restoration as time-efficiently as possible. 

Flooding can be inevitable, but how you react to it can make all the difference. Give us a call at 952-473-4837 and let us help you. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

We Won't be Consumed by Flames

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage home cleanup Over the past five years we have built a reputation as specialists in fire, smoke, soot and restoration of fire damaged homes.

Walking You Through the Fire Damage Remediation Process

When a devastating fire occurs in your home, it is hard to think ahead to the recovery process. You may not even know where to begin moving forward. Once the superficial signs of a fire are cleared away, you may still smell the smoke over the long term. Every fire is inherently different, but skilled professionals at SERVPRO of Minnetonka can help you get to the bottom of the issue through a standard fire procedure.

The Beginning

Once emergency services (if required) take care of the worst of the fire damage, SERVPRO of Minnetonka can come in and begin cleaning. After the smoke clears and the dust settles, our fire damage remediation specialists will move in. Depending on the type of damage presented from the fire, the technician will follow a standard procedure. 

Our technicians will carefully inspect the surrounding area and test the damaged sections to determine the extend of the damage. Our technicians always have a restore before replace mentality, ensuring that they will avoid anything that might exacerbate the damage. While they're inspecting and testing, they will walk you through the process in order to develop a plan.

Rising Action: Following a Plan

Depending on the severity of the fire damage, our technician will ensure the security of your property. If necessary, they will board up missing walls and windows, and set tarps around the roof of your home to maintain privacy.

Water removal is also an important next time. Many people don't realize that water damage appears almost at the same time as smoke damage. To rid the situation of water, our experts will set up dehumidifiers

After water has been removed, it'll be time to get to the brunt of the work. To avoid agitating troublesome particles within the damage area, the technician will remove smoke and soot damage with extreme care. A Decatur fire damage cleaning will take restorable items into account and odors will be fought with using fogging equipment and air scrubbers.

The Final Step

Once all of the major fire damage issues have been taken care of, in addition to the water damage and smoke and soot on your home's surface, we can begin the remaining minor repairs. Since we are a licensed contractor with the State of Minnesota, we can handle any building services that may be needed from replacing drywall and painting over a refurbished surface. 

Whether you need smoke damage remediated or entire sections of your home repaired after a destructive fire, we're ready to help 24/7. We will make it "Like it never happened." When you experience a fire in your home, call 952-473-4837. 

Get your Ducts in a Row

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

before and after a dirty and clean air duct Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

Are your ducts dirty? Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka today at 952-473-4837 for a servicing.

Why it's important to have your ducts (and ducks) in a row

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. As a property owner, it should be made a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, according to the EPA.

Here are some benefits as to why it should become a routine to inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units on a property:

  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminate offensive odors
  • Reduce the potential for mold growth

Even though your ducts should be routinely checked, SERVPRO of Minnetonka technicians will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. Not only saving you money, this will provide peace of mind on the health of your system. The frequency of cleaning your ducts will also depend on what type of business you are running. For example, an automotive shop will have a higher amount of dust buildup compared to an office building.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today: 952-473-4837.

Mold Growth: Testing and Cleaning

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

mold in st. louis park home Experience, training, and advanced equipment gives SERVPRO of Minnetonka the resources necessary to handle mold damage.

SERVPRO: Faster to Any Size Disaster

Mold is present in every property, but if excess moisture becomes an issue, then your commercial space becomes a breeding ground for mold spores. Mold is a tough microbial and even if you think you may have removed a patch, there could be other areas where spores are present. That's where our expertly trained Applied Microbial Remediation technicians come in!

How can I test for Mold?

To address any mold damage issues, you may purchase a mold test kit at nearby box office stores or local hardware stores. Although those options are accessible, an Applied Microbial Remediation Technician from SERVPRO of Minnetonka can walk you through the process and will never give you inconclusive results. From there, our crew can start in mold remediation services. Our technicians will test and identify mold infestations as well as test the indoor air quality.

It is essential that the areas suspected to contain mold are not disturbed in any way until we arrive. SERVPRO of Minnetonka is available to help with your cleanup needs should you suspect that mold is within the walls of your business. Prior to our arrival, it would be beneficial to protect the affected area from drafts, lower the humidity, turn off all ductwork, and block off or isolate the area.

Cleaning Moldy Areas

When it comes time for mold remediation services, our SERVPRO technicians will arrive wearing coveralls, gloves, goggles, face masks/respirators, and protective footwear. During cleanup, we will use our industrial strength dehumidification equipment and air purifiers to complete the task. Our team uses EPA-registered cleaning and disinfectants to stop mold in its tracks so that your business is left clean and safe for you, your employees, and your customers. 

Call 952-473-4837 today to have SERVPRO of Minnetonka take a look at your mold damage concerns. We'll ensure your business will return to normal, "Like it never even happened."

Full Service Restoration for Your Business

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building mold remediation stl. louis park We are available 24 hours a day to get your Minnetonka business back up and running.

When your property faces damage and business operations are interrupted, turn to SERVPRO of Minnetonka to help restore, recover, and re-open. Offering full service restoration, we can handle all aspects of the response, from emergency board-up, to water or debris removal, cleaning, drying, and restoration, including rebuilding from the damage. 

Helping Your Business and Recovering from Damage

We are a local business based in Minnetonka and we understand that you need an immediate response with trained and professional staff working to get you restored quickly and accurately. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Since we're on the clock 24/7, do not hesitate to contact us to help with any of the following:

  • Emergency/after-hours board-up services to secure your property
  • Mold removal and mold remediation
  • Biohazard cleaning
  • Fire Damage mitigation and repairs
  • Smoke and Soot cleaning and deodorizing
  • ....and more!!

We understand that every minute that your business may be shut down due to disaster is money lost for you and that's why we're able to respond to a call within an hour. We work harder so you can worry less and focus on the steps ahead.

Have Questions? Call Today – (952) 473-4837

Real Estate Investing: What You Need to Know

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial building We take pride in being a part of the Minnetonka, MN community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Real estate investing does not require previous knowledge and can be learned through online educational resources. Although it isn't something for the faint-hearted, it can return a profitable career path.

Events to look out for:

Watching Real Estate Shows Get You Excited? Get Educated! Get in the game!

In January, during various parts of the day (register here), you and your fellow real estate junkies can meet to learn and have conversations about the industry. The more experience you get under your belt, the more you’re likely to earn. Additionally, you can parlay your experience in any number of directions. By paying close attention to alternate career paths in real estate and accumulating the skills you need, you open up more opportunities.

Why invest in Real Estate?

In this event, you will learn how you can effectively implement REI strategies such as Fix and Flips, Buy and Holds, Lease Options, among others when you acquire the right knowledge. You will also learn how you can pay off your mortgage, car loan, and/or student loans in a fraction of the time. 

Long-term Security in Real Estate

If you have been looking for a way to get into flipping houses, buy and hold, lease options, short sales, subject-to, wholesaling or another method of investing in real estate and you are looking to network, and collaborate with other real estate investors while getting valuable knowledge and experience, then come to this online zoom presentation.

What does SERVPRO have to do with real estate?

Once you become an owner of a property, regardless if it is residential or commercial, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here for all of your restoration needs. Perhaps you're flipping a house and find mold or suffer damage from a natural disaster, we have the capabilities to help you. We're a licensed contractor with the State of Minnesota and our technicians hold over 60 certifications from the IICRC, ranging from water damage restoration to applied microbial remediation. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (952) 999-2435

General Facts about Water Damage

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

fan in basement We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

No matter how hard you try, a water damage disaster is never 100% preventable. SERVPRO of Minnetonka wants you to be as prepared as possible if a disaster takes place. Our expert technicians will walk you through every step along the way so that you are informed of everything going on in your home or commercial building.

5 Water Damage Facts

Minor existing leaks can lead to major problems.

Preventative maintenance may stop water damage accidents from occurring and if your plumbing is not properly maintained, your insurance may not cover the costs with general wear and tear. If you don't repair or keep an eye on your minor leaks, it may lead to extensive water damage.

Water contamination comes in three different types.

Set up by the IICRC, White water (category 1), Gray Water (category 2), and Black water (category 3) are the three varieties of water damage. 

White water comes from a sanitary source and poses no threat to people or animals.

Dirty water comes from places such as a washing machine or a dishwasher. There is some level on contamination within these machines that have the potential to harm animals or humans.

Black water is the most minacious of the categories because this category often results from flood water or sewage posing the largest threat to humans and animals.

Time is of the essence.

To no surprise, the longer that water is sitting in your home or commercial building, the more issues will arise. Water damage is extremely invasive and gives no care in the world about personal space. Seeping in the cracks and crevices, water that sits in one spot can damage drywall, mold and mildew may spread, and paint can blister. Call 952-473-48387 right away to address any issues you may have.

Once the standing water is gone, your problems aren't necessarily solved.

Moisture can hide within the walls, underneath floors, and hard to reach areas allowing the opportunity for mold to grow. Given the right circumstances, mold can grow as soon as 24-48 hours. It is pertinent that mold be taken care of right away as it can spread rapidly, causing an upward spike in your costs.

Different materials require different cleaning protocols.

Water damage can be tricky. Depending on the extent of the damage and the affected materials, not all items may be salvageable. Concrete and harder surfaces can normally be fixed whereas soaked drywall, ceiling tiles, and insulation may need to be tossed. SERVPRO of Minnetonka has a restore vs. replace mentality to lower your overall costs.

For any of your water damage questions, comments, or concerns call us today at 952-473-4837. SERVPRO of Minnetonka will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Answers to Your Water Damage Questions

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

sprinkler From our state of the art 18,000 square foot facility in Minnetonka, we have the ability to quickly dispatch our 30 IICRC Certified Technicians.

When water damages residential and commercial properties in our area, property owners have a lot of questions.

Here are the answers to your burning questions about water damage restoration.

What happens when water floods my home or business?

Once drywall comes in contact with water it begins to sag and disintegrate. If the water is not contained quickly and in a proper manner, the wood will begin to swell. The more time that water is spent within the contents of your home, the more likely your hardwood floors will buckle and warp. 

Why do I need to call SERVPRO of Minnetonka? I already wiped up the water myself.

If your property was flooded with water the most important issue to address is the water that you can't see, not the water that you wiped up in the middle of your floor. Mold and mildew love to grow in the dark cavities of your home. To prevent future health and structural problems, call 952-473-4837 and leave it to the experts.

How does a professional water damage restoration contractor handle water differently than I would?

Your normal household fan and towels won't cut it when there's been excessive water damage. We use specialized industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to handle water after a flood. Our advanced technology will be placed in a precise manner, drying drying your property out as fast as possible. 

How long does it take to dry my home or business?

The answer varies with every different situation. The type of water damage, the extent of the damage, how long the water was at the property, and the material that was effected. Typically water damage takes 2-3 days to dry, but if the materials have been exposed for a long period of time there may be other issues!

Is it okay to leave the equipment running all day every day? 

Without a doubt! Our equipment was created to run for extended periods of time without causing any safety problems. The equipment is placed in a precise location according to our moisture mapping - do not move it!

Do I have to use the restoration company the insurance company recommends?

No way! You are free to hire whoever you want, you absolutely do not have to use what they recommend. 

Why hire us? Once we have the information about the claim you make, we will communicate directly with your insurance agent. This way you'll be able to worry less - we know you've already experienced enough hassle.

Residential and Commercial Restoration

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is close by and ready to respond to your cleaning or restoration needs. We are proud to be an active member of the Minnetonka, MN community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (952) 473-4837

Be The Light Winter Solstice Walk in St. Louis Park

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

A line of battery operated luminaries Walk with your household to see the lights and feel the support in our St. Louis Park community.

Things To Do in the Community

At sunset on the Winter Solstice, help be the light by putting out a luminary or turning on an outdoor light, lantern, or Holiday lights. We encourage you to put these lights where those in the community can see them. 

Let's remember that mental illness or difficult situations can make it problematic for many in our communities to see the light. Let's take a progressive step forward and help others take their first steps out of the darkness.

Visit the Westwood Hills Nature Center Facebook Page to get some ideas on how to create luminaries.

When you are out adventuring within the St. Louis Park community, remember to keep an eye on your neighbor's households.

Many people travel during the Holiday's, leaving homes susceptible to unattended water damage disasters and fires. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has been helping homeowners and businesses recover from fire, smoke, soot, water, mold, and flood damage for over 20 years.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (952) 473-4837

Preparing for a Winter Storm

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

snow covering SERVPRO vehicle Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community.

Winter storms are not uncommon in Minnesota and to be stuck unprepared in blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days is not ideal. Many winter storms are accompanied by extremely low temps and potentially strong winds, icing, sleet, or freezing rain.

No matter the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared to ensure your safety in these events.

Know the Difference

Meteorologists may not always be accurate in their predictions, but more often than not they are able to give out a notification for what kind of weather is to come. It is important to note the difference between a Winter Storm Outlook, Winter Weather Advisory, Winter Storm Watch, and a Winter Storm Warning.

  • Winter Storm Outlook - storm conditions possible between 2-5 days
  • Winter Weather Advisory - conditions are expected to cause inconveniences and be hazardous
  • Winter Storm Watch - storm conditions possible within 36-48 hours. Be alert of changing conditions
  • Winter Storm Warning - Life-threatening & severe conditions have begun or will begin < 24 hours. Take precautions immediately


Now that you know what each warning means - it's time to prepare before scary weather happens!

Winterize your vehicle. Keep the fuel line full to prevent freeing.

Insulate your home. There's nothing worse than a cold home and frozen pipes. Cover windows with plastic and insulate any exposed pipes outside your home. If you speculate that there is a frozen pipe, call us at 952-473-4837.

Put together a Supply Kit. Ensure you have your basic necessities of food and water for several days. Batteries, flashlights, medication, a multi-purpose tool, and various personal hygiene items.

Be aware.

Now that you know how to prepare for the different types of winter weather, maintain your awareness of the ongoing situations. Listen to the NOAA Weather radio, keep your loved ones close, and avoid traveling if it isn't necessary.

We are active and supporting of members of our community.  If we can be of any assistance, call us day or night. There will always be a live person on the other end of the line available for whatever you need, even if it is just to answer questions. We are eager to help - 952-473-4837.

Different Types of Water Restoration Equipment Used for Water Damage

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Plan for drying a room. This is an example of a plan to dry a room. You can see where each piece of equipment will go to maximize their capabilities.

SERVPRO Has an Extensive Line of Equipment to Mitigate Household Flooding in Minnetonka

SERVPRO of Minnetonka works quickly and diligently in times of flooding and emergent water damage situations. Technology has advanced greatly in the past several years and SERVPRO is proud to have top-of-the-line equipment for any situation that presents itself.

What investigation devices are used?

The very first step in restoration is to identify the issue. Scoping provides insight on which areas have been impacted by water and helps our technicians define to what extent structural elements and content have absorbed moisture.

These devices include:

  • Inspection Cameras & Borescopes
  • Moisture Meters
  • Moisture Sensors
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras

How do you dry a location after water damage has been identified?

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has several types of pumps used for water removal. The three main types are self-priming trash pumps, high-pressure pumps, and submersible pumps

Our technicians know how to assess what pumps need to be used in the current site and will inform you, the customer, directly on what the ideal process will be for the job. Water extraction is crucial to the restoration of the building.

What is used to dry the home?

SERVPRO handles situations efficiently from start to finish. Our technicians know how to use the equipment in the right ratio for the most optimal drying process.

Centrifugal Air Movers focus on replacing the damp, moist air. Axial Air Movers drive larger volumes of air for use in large community rooms, garages, and basements.

We have a wide variety of dehumidifiers at SERVPRO to absorb moisture from the air - refrigerant, conventional, low-grain refrigerants, and desiccant.

Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka at 952-473-4837 for quality water removal.
"Like it never even happened."

How to Protect Your Commercial Property from Freezing Pipes

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Freezing Pipe in the winter. Winter Safety 101: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Minnesotans are a different kind of breed, dealing with some of the most crucial winter weather in the U.S.

Although the tenants of commercial properties might be prepared for the furiously cold weather that is to come, commercial property managers need to ensure that their buildings are ready, too. 

5 Winter Safety Tidbits to Prevent Freezing Pipes

  1. Insulate water pipes.

This might be one of the easiest solutions. By insulating pipes that are exposed, along with attics, basements, and crawl spaces you will have increased protection from freezing.

  1. Check and re-check shutoff valves.

If a pipe bursts, you will need to stop the water as quickly as you possibly can to prevent further damage. Make sure all of your emergency shutoff valves are in working order.

  1. Inspect your pipes!

If you do not already, be certain that your pipes do not have any leakage or noticeable fatigue that may need replacing. Even if you have the slightest suspicion, it is much cheaper to be safe rather than sorry.

  1. Run water at a slow drip to relieve pressure.

If you believe a pipe is in danger of bursting, running the water at a slow drip, even the smallest of trickles, will help prevent the pipe from freezing and then bursting. If it is starting to freeze, the water will flow through the frozen area and melt the ice. 

  1. Plan.

An emergency action plan should be in place in case of flash flooding. Ensure evacuation routes are mapped out, have a backup plan for critical documents, data, and contact information, and call your SERVPRO of Minnetonka professionals to manage water damage as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has Commercial Property Solutions for You

There is never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Minnetonka commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Call 952-473-4837 today with any questions. 

Why is my basement flooding in Minneapolis?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Why Is My Basement Flooding? Sump Pumps, Seepage and More

When you suffer water damage in Minnetonka, Minneapolis or other surrounding areas, it's stressful and scary. The first thing to do is to understand what exactly causes the flooding. Let's examine flooding from leaky sump pumps, water seepage and other causes and find out how SERVPRO of Minnetonka can help.

Causes of Basement Flooding

Your basement might experience flooding for any number of reasons, and not all are weather-related. Some of the causes of a wet basement can include:

  • Leaky or failed sump pumps.
  • Foundation problems.
  • Drain damage.
  • Backed-up sewers.

Leaky or Failed Sump Pumps

Sump pumps are designed specifically to keep your basement dry and safe from water damage. Unfortunately, they're not always perfect. If your power goes out, for example, your sump pump may not work when you need it to. It may also simply be old or defective and break down, which can cause water to flow directly into your basement instead of out.

Foundation Problems

Most basement seepage is caused by issues with the foundation. The foundation might be cracked or just aged and porous. It's important to address these issues right away to stop the issue from getting worse down the line.

Drain Damage and Sewer Backups

Most basements have floor drains that lead to underground pipes designed to draw the water away from your foundation. If your drain gets blocked or the pipes get crushed or broken, water can back up and seep into your basement.

Call the Professionals

If you're experiencing basement flooding, don't let it go. Call the professionals at SERVPRO Minnetonka. We're here 24/7 to take your calls, assess the problem and get you up and running once more. Call us at 952-473-4837 today. 

Fire Safety Tips Minnetonka

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

The idea of a house fire is a nightmare scenario for any homeowner. Staying safe and protecting your home and family from fire is an essential part of homeownership. Check out five fire safety tips for your Minnetonka home to keep you and your family safe and secure.

Check Your Fire Alarm

It's important that you check your fire alarm regularly. Make sure you change the batteries every six months, and be sure you replace the alarm itself every 10 years. In newer homes, you could have as few as four to seven minutes to get out after a fire starts, and an alarm can be the difference between life or death.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home

Fire extinguishers can keep a small fire from taking over your home. Keep one in the kitchen and know how to use it. Again, this can save your home and your life.

Plan Your Escape Route

Be sure that you have an escape route mapped out so you can quickly evacuate your home in case of a fire. Have regular drills so that it becomes automatic. It's a good idea to have a secondary route planned as well, in case the first one is blocked.

Keep a Fire Safe

Have a fire safe and keep your important documents, like your insurance policy, in it. If a fire does damage your home, there's a better chance to recover important information if you keep it in a fire safe.

Get Minnetonka Fire Restoration Services

If a fire does tear through your home, call SERVPRO Minnetonka and Groveland for help restoring your home to its pre-fire condition. We're available 24/7 to take your call and get started. Call 952-473-4837 for help today.

Fire Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

The idea of a house fire is a nightmare scenario for any homeowner. Staying safe and protecting your home and family from fire is an essential part of homeownership. Check out five fire safety tips for your Minnetonka home to keep you and your family safe and secure.

We Can Help Adjusters Remotely Manage A Loss

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Matterport camera High Resolution 3D Scans

High Resolution 3D Scanning Technology

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka we have a Matterport Pro2 camera on site with several of our team trained on its use.

If you are an adjuster and need assistance managing a loss remotely we can a probably help.

Even if we are not the contractor for the project we can still go on site, conduct the scan and then share the information.  

The Matterport camera produces high resolution 3D scans of a property as well as floor plans if needed.  The software allows an adjuster to "walk" the property and see in incredible detail all aspects of the loss.

As the crisis related to COVID-19 continues to play out we know that there is a "push and pull" involved with staying safe yet still serving customers.  At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we can help adjusters do both.

Please call the owner, Scott Clemente on his cell: 612-217-2018 if we can be of any assistance.

We serve the entire Twin Cities area and can usually get onsite same day. 

Is There a Best Way to Get Rid of Fire Odor in your Minneapolis home?

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Count on SERVPRO to Keep Up with Deodorization Breakthroughs for Our Minneapolis Neighbors

The terror and disruption of a kitchen fire are overwhelming. Getting your family to a safe place is the highest priority. Once all are accounted for, then it is time to reach out to our professional fire restoration team to work together on recovery.

Why Should You Avoid Fire and Odor Cleanup Without Expert Help?
The fire and odor damage experienced by Minneapolis homeowners, like yourself, is unlike typical dirt, grime, and smells. Clearing away charred debris and cleaning soot from surfaces usually is not recommended as a DIY project because:

    •    Structural components like ceilings, walls, and floors need professional assessment as they might be unstable
    •    Significant quantities of water and extinguishing chemicals nearly always need removal first, needing expert extraction
    •    Debris and residues can be highly toxic, requiring personal protective equipment (PPE) to manage
    •    Effective soot cleanup methods and products vary depending on the materials burned and surfaces affected, with training supporting appropriate matching of cleanup strategies
    •    Deodorization methods frequently need specialized products and unique equipment

What Makes a Kitchen Fire Smell So Bad?
When a fire starts in the kitchen, SERVPRO finds that foodstuffs, oils, and greases are the ignition fuel. High levels of fats and protein create an oily mist that covers everything. The heat produced causes the oils and grease to melt and dehydrate. They become rancid, creating a rotten stench clinging to appliances, cabinets, walls, and ceilings, air currents carrying the odor far from the kitchen as well.

How Do Technicians Remove the Smelly Protein-Based Residue?
SERVPRO technicians learn that “like dissolves like” when choosing products to break down fire residues. Because residues of a  kitchen fire are oily, we turn to solvents to break the bonds between the soot and the surface.

What If Cleaning Alone Is Not Enough to Get Rid of the Smell?
The challenges of eliminating protein-based soot odors are many. In cases where deep cleaning still leaves a noticeable nasty smell, SERVPRO considers using the following options:

Thermal fogging
Deodorizers are combusted into a fine mist, paring with soot particles to neutralize the odor

Hydroxyl generators
Hydroxyl radicals destroy the molecular structure of odors

Airtight products applied to surfaces, preventing the odor molecules from vaporizing

Rely on the crew at SERVPRO of Minnetonka to deliver fire residue cleanup and odor removal. Call (952) 473-4837 to schedule an assessment.

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We Are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 SERVPRO specializes in Cleaning Services

SERVPRO is here to help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of MINNETONKA at 952-473-4837.

Fire Debris Removal Essentials in Minneapolis

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Effectively Removing Fire Damaged Debris in Minneapolis

The soiling and rubble left after a household fire in Minneapolis require professionals to sort, bag and discard. Unlike ordinary dirt, the residues left can emit toxic fumes and skin contact can be irritating or even dangerous. Our fully trained and certified crews and curated inventory of products and cleaning equipment supports safe, appropriate, and lawful cleanup and disposal of the debris. We pledge to complete your job quickly and with minimal to no risk to your health and the public and the environment’s well-being.

Safety Considerations

During fire debris removal in your Minneapolis house, it is critical to contain hazardous airborne and settled residues and damaged building materials and contents. To ensure your and your family’s safety and observe OSHA requirements for our workers, it makes sense to seal off the workspace. We use 6 mil polyethylene to create a partition that we seal using negative pressure air scrubbing technology. The air scrubber also forces the debris-contaminated atmosphere within the workspace through HEPA filters and vents to the outdoors. Our crew members also dress in personal protective equipment (PPE) for their safety and to avoid tracking fire debris through the rest of your home.

Debris Collection and Disposal

Since the chemical reactions caused by the fire created an endless list of toxic substances, SERVPRO crews shovel, lift, and pack the charred and melted items into appropriate containment receptacles. The things we bag up can include insulation, drywall, woodwork, flooring, household goods, and other contents -- anything that cannot be restored because of severe damage. We are familiar with the city, Hennepin County, and state requirements for fire debris disposal rules, protecting you from any violation citations. 

Special Considerations

Housing construction in our community can predate the current codes concerning lead paint, asbestos, and other hazards. SERVPRO scopes for these complications during the initial assessment, and arranges for certified removal of any of these dangerous materials and substances during our fire debris removal project. Throughout the job, we are on high alert for any structural weakness because of the fire.

Call the experts from SERVPRO of Minnetonka for professional and lawful cleanup and disposal of fire debris. Reach us at (952) 473-4837 day or night.

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We Act Fast In Minnetonka After A Flood

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Sustained Rainfall Increases the Risk of Flood Damage for Minnetonka Residents

Long periods of rainfall can cause groundwater levels to rise. When groundwater reaches an equilibrium with the surface level, it can cause standing water issues in your property. Dealing with floodwaters is a tricky task that can put your safety at risk. Since floodwaters can rise rapidly, you must prioritize your safety first by getting to higher ground. Once the risk of further flooding reduces, you may want to perform secondary mitigation tasks at the property. These mitigating tasks may include shutting off water, power, and gas to prevent further harm to your already weakened property.

A home with flood damage in Minnetonka needs urgent attention. Our team of round the clock technicians can help to limit the losses and expenses to your home. In some cases, the sheer weight of the water can result in floors collapsing or warping of walls and hallways. Emergency services SERVPRO provides include the rapid removal of standing water from the property.

Removing standing water should be taken on as soon as possible. Using electric submersible pumps, powered by SERVPRO portable generators, our technicians can pump water from inside the home along a drainage pipe and into a nearby sewer point. Where flooding affects an entire residential district or sewage lines, we can bring in truck-mounted storage tanks to load with the water pumping out of your property. These tanks can hold between 80 and 100 gallons of water before they require emptying.

It is quite likely that there are going to be significant losses during flood damage recovery. Many items common to a home environment can take on so much moisture that they are beyond saving. You can communicate to SERVPRO technicians about specific valuables in the home, which can then undergo individual restoration assessments. Some specialized cleaning methods may be possible to restore sentimental items to their pre-flooding condition.

Flooding issues affect both the structure and possessions in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 for emergency assistance.

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Spring Snow and Flooding in Minneapolis

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Heavy Spring Snow in Minneapolis Can Lead to Water Damage 

Recent years have shown that snow events can outlast the calendar-defined winter in Minneapolis. As the temperatures rise, the amount of water in every inch of snow falling increases, making the snow heavier. During a late-season snowstorm, the wet, weighty precipitation overburdens trees and utility poles as well as your roof. Windy weather exacerbates the situation, exposing your home to damage from toppled trees, sheared off branches, and downed wires.  

Snow Is Just a Thaw Away from Water Damage 

When weather compromises your roof or exterior in Minneapolis, snow invades, water damage following as it melts. Our crews hold multiple certifications that prepare them to respond rapidly to all aspects of snowstorm damage. Emergency services begin as soon as we arrive, after an assessment of safety risks. Power lines or affected electricity inside your home can expose your family or our crews to shock or electrocution. A temporary shut off protects all, allowing our employees to: 

  • Board up or tarp parts of the roof and exterior to halt further snow and water incursion.
  • Begin removing snow and moving on to water pumping and extraction
  • Move contents to a more secure space 

Importance of Moisture Detection and Measurement 

When snow is the primary precipitation making its way inside your home, it can seem to disappear as it melts. In reality, the meltwater does remain inside your house, seeping into cracks and soaking porous building materials and causing water damage. As soon as practicable, one of our trained and skilled technicians uses sensitive moisture detection and measuring devices, including a thermal imaging camera, to follow the migration of the melted snow into building cavities, subfloors, and other structural components. SERVPRO crews then use a range of strategies to gain access to and release the water and permit drying with air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers: 

  • Holes drilled after careful removal of baseboards
  • Flood cuts several inches above the watermark if drywall sustained severe saturation
  • Holes drilled in mortar joints where water hid inside cinder block cells or behind concrete or masonry
  • Drying mats using negative air pressure (suction) to pull moisture out of several layers of flooring  

The highly-qualified crews of SERVPRO of Minnetonka stand ready to help you regain your home’s security and comfort after water loss following snow damage. Our phones are answered 24/7 every day of the year at (952) 473-4837. 

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When Ice Dams Cause Flooding in Your Minneapolis Home

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

Icicles on roof; ice dam formed Ice dams are common in Minnesota. SERVPRO has the tools to dry your home. Call us today!

Seasonal Transitions: Flood Damage Solutions for Your Minneapolis Business 

As the grip winter holds in Minneapolis loosens, concern turns to the risks snowmelt and spring rains can bring to business owners. Commercial buildings often feature flat roofs in the land of otherwise steeply pitched shingles, exposing retail centers, schools, and warehouses to an overhead flooding hazard as months of built-up snow and ice liquify. When roof drains malfunction because of ice dams, and the frozen ground surrounding a building is unable to absorb more liquid, water finds its way inside.  

Signals that Flooding Is Imminent 

If several feet around your commercial building is an ice-filled moat, flood damage in Minneapolis can follow. Another sign that water lurks are bulging ceiling tiles that hides collected meltwater seeking an outlet. Outside, a visual inspection can show water blocked from flowing down drain spouts by debris or ice dams instead of sheeting down the exterior. These fluids find ways inside the building through permeable building materials like concrete and masonry. Walls become soaked, insulation packs down, and floodwater collects at the lowest level. 

Fluctuating Outdoor Temperatures Complicate Extraction and Drying 

Cold, slushy water exacerbated by overnight freezes can impede the rapid water removal. SERVPRO crews can accelerate the efficiency of pumps and wanded extractors by removing ice with shovels. If possible, increasing interior temperatures can help reduce icy debris during water evacuation. After we eliminate the liquid flood water, we consider the best balance of air movement and dehumidifiers for a cold temperature drying configuration. We use an open system as the cooler outdoor air leads to condensation issues inside. 

Use of Desiccant Dehumidifiers 

When temperatures are below 50 degrees F in your commercial building, it is hard to increase the temperature in a vast space. SERVPRO Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians turn to desiccant dehumidifiers. Desiccant units work far more effectively than refrigerant dehumidifiers under these conditions. Dense materials with low porosity and low permeability like hardwood floors, framing materials, and concrete are common in commercial spaces, and they also benefit from the use of desiccant-type dehumidifiers. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka understands that adaptations to conventional flood damage and removal techniques are necessary for the best results during cold and transitional weather. Call us at (952) 473-4837 to schedule an evaluation. 

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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets after Fire Damage in Minneapolis

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Aftermath of kitchen fire Our experts know what to do after a fire in your Minneapolis home. Call us at (952) 473-4837.

A Fire In Your Minneapolis Home Can Lead To a Variety Of Problems You Will Face

If your Minneapolis home suffers a kitchen fire, you are not alone. Research confirms that approximately 44 percent of home fires begin in the kitchen. An accidental bump of a pan or drips of grease or oil over the side can raise a ball of fire. Cotton towels or potholders too near a gas flame or touching an electric burner can be the ignition. Food neglected or forgotten, desirable browning turning to blackening in a saute pan or oven, are other risks that can transform your cheerful kitchen into a sooty, smelly mess. 

A Special Type of Residue

The soot created during fire damage in Minneapolis is particularly challenging for restorers. The visible surfaces of your wooden kitchen cabinets can be covered entirely in the protein-based soot, which is dehydrated residues of meats, oils and grease, and other foods. Although the coating appears nearly transparent, it is a significant issue, challenging to remove because it clings tenaciously, almost becoming one with the cabinets. The smell is pungent and distasteful, persistently present until removal of all the residue.

Wooden Cabinet Cleaning Steps

SERVPRO follows the restoration industry’s best practices when resolving fire damage to kitchen cabinets. Our crew trains to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) specifications, an international standards-setting organization. Our technicians might use all or some of the following strategies.

Soot Removal Techniques -- Prepping for Cleaning

  • Remove loose debris with a vacuum, holding the tool slightly above surfaces to prevent forcing particles into the wood.
  • Use a dry chemical sponge to remove embedded soot, taking care not to grind residues into wood fibers.
  • Wipe all wood surfaces with a clean towel or cloth dampened with a proprietary cleaning or prepping solution selected after pretesting.
  • Consider the use of 0000-grade steel wool to dislodge the varnish-like protein-based residue, always working in the direction of the wood grain.

Cleaning Techniques

  • Use fine-grit sandpaper to reduce charring and remove burn and soot stains.
  • Wipe with a tack cloth after sanding.
  • Apply SERVPRO’s cream wood restoration polish and permit a brief dwell time to loosen soiling.
  • Work the polish into the cabinets, following the wood grain. We monitor and undesired damage to the surface as we work, adding additional cream to cushion if needed.
  • Remove excess cream polish with a clean, soft towel. Buff to return to the pre-existing finish.

Trust SERVPRO of Minnetonka to assess and plan appropriately when a kitchen fire damages wooden cabinets. As soon as the scene is cleared for cleaning, call us at (952) 473-4837 for an evaluation and implementation of a proven recovery agenda.

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At Last, The Secret to Successful Water Damage Remediation in Minneapolis Is Revealed

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Minneapolis Can Require Dealing With Asbestos

It is possible that someday a pipe could break in a unit above your Minneapolis gift store overnight. The leak could then spray several gallons of liquid H2O inside your gift shop and cause you to have to conduct commercial water damage restoration. Moisture coming into your place of business from the ceiling can cause several of your building materials and contents to get wet. Since water follows gravity, your floors could get affected.

Luckily our team of experts at SERVPRO has dealt with several different commercial water damage projects in Minneapolis. We know that when dealing with your company's building that keeping your business operating is vital. If it is required, we can change how we conduct the restoration operations so that your company can stay functioning as usual.

Once the flooring inside your gift shop gets wet, the floor coverings could get damaged. Floor coverings such as carpet or linoleum can also trap moisture underneath them and prevent your subfloors from drying out. In more extreme situations, building materials like your carpet can get saturated. When carpet gets wet, it can become delaminated, which happens when the carpet fibers break loose from their backing. Once any carpets inside your store get delaminated, they must be removed and replaced.

Sometimes when removing carpets, our SERVPRO technicians find other floor coverings such as more carpet or older vinyl tiles underneath the top floor covering. When dealing with older flooring materials we use caution because glues and vinyl tiles created decades ago could have asbestos inside them. As soon as we find any materials that look like they could contain asbestos, we call in a certified industrial hygienist to test the materials. If asbestos is found, then the demolition work must get completed by a professional asbestos removal contractor.

Once all of the asbestos has been removed from your building, we can then inspect your subfloor and see if it got wet. If our moisture sensors tell us that your wooden subfloors have a high moisture content, then we can set up fans and dehumidifiers to dry out your affected building materials.

If you ever notice wet items or standing water inside your gift shop when you go to open it in the morning, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 24 hours a day. We can return your gift store to the way it was before the water leak, "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Has What it Takes to Restore Water Damage in Minneapolis

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in water damaged bathroom We have the equipment to quickly dry plumbing leaks before major damage occurs. Call us today!

Water Damage in Minneapolis  – Response Time is Important

Whenever there is a plumbing leak, water can spread quickly from room to room and travel to other floors, causing a great deal of damage. Flooring materials are soaked, walls and ceilings may fill with water, and the contents of the building are also damaged. A rapid response is imperative to limit the amount of water damage and the possibility of mold growth.

SERVPRO provides water damage restoration services in Minneapolis and surrounding areas. Also, we certify our technicians to restore homes and commercial buildings that have been damaged by fire, mold, storms, and flood situation, as well as biohazards. Our teams are ready to deploy with the appropriate equipment on a 24/7 basis, and we aim to have our first response team onsite in less than four hours.


We certify our technicians have in every area of the restoration industry. A few examples include ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician, CMR - Council-certified Microbial Remediator, and ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program.


Our local SERVPRO Franchise has all the latest equipment available to assist with water damage emergencies. From truck-mounted and submersible pumps to weighted carpet extractors and vacuum wands, we can remove water and moisture from your home. We also have the latest air movers with adapters to blow air into restricted spaces. We use moisture detectors to expose areas that may have hidden moisture pockets. We can deploy dehumidifiers to return humidity levels to normal levels.

Franchise Support

We are part of a nationwide franchise organization that can be called on to assist with substantial restoration challenges.

SERVPRO can also work closely with your insurance company to provide a stress-free claim process. We can assist with all of the paperwork. We also offer residential cleaning services, including air duct cleaning, and biohazards, vandalism, graffiti removal, and more.

We can restore your building to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Isanti, Groveland, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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)

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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.

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

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

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 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 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. 


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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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 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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If Your Minnetonka Business Experiences A Fire, Call Our Professionals Right Away!

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is always available to help you restore your business after a fire.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For Your Minnetonka Business

As an owner of a department store in Minnetonka, you need to be prepared for all kinds of events, including a possible fire. Making certain you have enough insurance coverage in case of an emergency is the first step. There are other steps you can do around your shop that can help prevent a fire or minimize the damage should one begin to blaze.

A fire can occur at any moment, and if your business was unfortunate to experience one, you want to contact a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO right away to restore the fire damage to your Minnetonka property. Even small fires have acidic soot and smoke that deposited during a fire. These elements continue to do damage to your structure and merchandise if they are left to sit.

You need to install a portable fire extinguisher in common areas such as break rooms, so they are easy to find when a fire starts. These extinguishers are made to put out fires in their entirety before they can spread. You also need fire alarms installed strategically throughout your building. Fire alarms are made to warn your employees and everyone else inside that it is time to leave and get to a safe area. The alarms are loud enough to be heard throughout the entire building so people can make their way out as fast as possible.

To effectively deodorize the structure, SERVPRO technicians need to use a variety of techniques. Some odors require direct spraying, some need fogging, and some require activated oxygen. The most common application for direct spraying is on structural components which are heavily charged or on carpets and fabrics.

Ventilation box fans generate a considerable amount of airflow and are usually used after we fog an area. We need to ensure that all vapors and residues are removed, and these fans can help us to dos o after thermal-fogging has been performed. A portable ozone machine eliminates various odors, including from fire damage. It generates an unstable gas of oxygen molecules and reacts with any odor-causing molecules to oxidize and remove them.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is always available to help you restore your business in Osseo, Isanti, or Groveland after a fire. Call us at (952) 473-4837 so we can assist you in getting your store back to its previous condition.

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Questions to Ask Before Water Damage Remediation in Your St. Paul Home

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

When a winter storm causes water damage in your home, turn to SERVPRO for effective remediation services. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO is the Answer When the Long, Snowy Winter Increases Water Damage Risks in St. Paul

The past few months of winter have been brutal in St. Paul, extreme cold vying with the most massive snowpack in history. When the ground freezes solid from persistent temperatures in the negative digits, the eventual thaw runs into some significant problems. “Runs” is the problematic verb as the water from the melted snow flows overland rather than absorbs into the still-frozen ground near your home. Our experience with excessive snowmelt is why we are ready to answer your call.

When ten-foot drifts begin to melt, and early rains add to the liquid load, water damage in St. Paul is inevitable. As the water skims the surface, it seeks any place to settle and pool. Unfortunately for you that often means it seeps into basements, attached garages, and walkout living spaces. We have the technicians and equipment to remove water and dry out your lower levels fast, explaining why we are the first call for you and your neighbors.

Research, tools, and training underscore why SERVPRO is best positioned to handle the challenges when warmer weather causes rivulets and streams of melted snow to head into your home. Because the ground remains frozen, it is crucial that the trapped water is contained for disposal away from your house. Storm sewers are also frozen over providing no access to an easy way to drain water extracted from your home.

Creating solutions for a never-before-seen circumstance like this year’s Polar Vortex followed by record-smashing snow foot totals is why SERVPRO is a trusted resource in the Twin Cities metro area. We get the water out and then minimize any permanent damage by completely drying out the affected structural components. Our green service trucks carry pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers, ensuring out team begins mitigating your winter water woes immediately after our experienced crew leader assesses the scene and devises the remediation plan.

Ability to handle any extreme Mother Nature throws our way is why SERVPRO of Minnetonka is a local restoration industry leader. Call us for assistance day or night at (952) 473-4837 to manage the melt.

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Groveland Homeowners Get Help Fighting Flood Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage whether from external or internal causes can create a great deal of problems. Call the team at SERVPRO to handle it entirely.

SERVPRO Technicians Handle All Aspects of Flood Damage Restoration

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

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Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Minnetonka Residents

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can leave behind unpleasant odors, SERVPRO has the professional equipment to rid your home of these unwanted smells.

SERVPRO Professionals Work to Rid Your Home of the Odors Left Behind by Water Damage

As a property owner in Minnetonka, you can struggle to combat the resulting smells after a water damage disaster. You may lack the skills to identify all the sources of the odors. To professionally solve the stress, it is advisable to work with trained restorers who use specialized tools to deal with the problems.

Usually, the wet materials that are left behind after a water damage incident bring about unpleasant odors. That means returning the moisture to normal levels does away with most of the smells. Though that is the case, not all smells completely disappear. That is why service providers like SERVPRO that operate in Minnetonka use multiple approaches to mitigate the odors with less chance of returning.

Sometimes a customer can complain of imaginary and real smells; this is when experts from a company like SERVPRO decide to use masking agents. We work by releasing a pleasing scent that covers the bad odors. Absorption and filtration agents can be used to serve the same purpose with the main difference being the manner in which they work. When we use them, absorption of some oils, humidity, and moisture takes place. The restoration process can also make use of pairing agents, disinfectants, sanitizers, as well as electrically generated deodorizers.

Imagined and real odors are the main types of smells that SERVPRO work towards eliminating. Actual substances cause real odors while on the other hand, thoughts of people trigger the psychological or imaginary smells. Irrespective of the situation at hand, our trained professionals are equipped with the right tools and skills to do the needed deodorization.

Drying and water removal are critical when mitigating water damage disasters. Reporting the incidents to our certified professionals at SERVPRO should be done as soon as possible so that the correct restoration procedures can start.

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we respond to all storm, water, mold and fire damage disasters with urgency. Call us at (910) 762-8180 to learn more about the professional options at your disposal.

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Your Best Guide to Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Minneapolis

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

When your warehouse has water damage, even the HVAC system can be affected. Contact our certified SERVPRO technicians to mitigate.

Water Cleanup Services in Your Minneapolis Warehouse

Water damage in your Minneapolis warehouse can be devastating, no matter how it started. It can cost quite a bit for repairs, plus slow or even shut down your daily operations for a while. It does not take a lot of water to cause extensive damage to your building. It can weaken your foundation, create easy pathways for water to enter in and cause cracks.

If water has entered your building for any reason, water cleanup services in Minneapolis from a professional remediation company are needed right away. At SERVPRO, we realize that we must move quickly in these situations to prevent further damage to your structure, such as mold growth.

Roofing can be a significant source of water damage which comes from the outside elements. Although you cannot control the wind and rain, you can make sure that the roof is up to par with condition and code requirements. Make sure that you regularly inspect the roof to check for any missing shingles or damage where rain could seep through and damage contents inside your warehouse.

Your HVAC system also needs to receive maintenance regularly from a qualified HVAC technician. The drain lines, drip pains, and other areas of moisture need to be clear and clean. Otherwise, water can build up and flow over into your structure.

When this happens, SERVPRO techs can use our truck-mounted pumps to get the standing water out. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers are then used to complete the drying process. We monitor these machines daily so we can move them around if needed to achieve the shortest drying time possible.

Even when you are careful, water damage can still occur. There are tools you can get to help you detect the water and perhaps stop further damage. Active leak detection systems typically generate an alarm and also perform a function which stops the water flow. Most of them have moisture sensors to detect a leak. A passive lead detection system, or water alarm, are created to alert you to a possible water leak. They generate an audible alarm tone and may feature a flashing light.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is always standing by to help you restore your building in Osseo, Isanti, or Minnetonka from any water damage emergency. Reach out to us by dialing (952) 473-4837 as soon as you realize that there is an issue so we can help make your structure look like nothing ever happened.

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Our Specialists Explain The Advantages Of A Fast Response To A Water Damage Emergency At Your Minneapolis Home

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

When mold's access to water is only temporary, the few spores that become active initially quickly die off from lack of continued moisture.

The Benefits Of Prompt Water Removal In Minneapolis

When your home in Minneapolis sustains an overflowing sink or tub, broken pipe, or other lost water, getting the water out as quickly as possible from your living space comes with added benefits. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, making it possible for our teams to make the situation less troublesome for you.

We work with homeowners in the Minneapolis area after lost water incidents cause problems by using water removal methods that help make things normal again fast. We want to make your residence like it was before, “Like it never even happened.” Because the process of extracting water while it is in its liquid form before it can escape into the air and additional objects inside your home than it is to pull moisture from the air, we start as soon as we possibly can.

The benefits go beyond a lower restoration cost, also. Not only does it cost less to extract more and dry less, but it also requires less time to accomplish this and start with cleanup. Because water that has less time to evaporate into the air and condense elsewhere, we do not need to use equipment to track it to other locations in your home.

We also can use less equipment, meaning the cost falls even more. Instead of four heaters, six air movers, and three desiccant machines, we can use about half of that number.

Other stories of your home might not become affected at all, meaning less traffic in these areas by our specialists, and increased privacy for your family members. Fewer or no machines in these areas also result in less noise that can disrupt children's schoolwork and interfere with anyone who sleeps during the daytime hours.

Fast action to a lost water event means that microbes have less time to become a problem for you. When mold's access to water is only temporary, the few spores that become active initially quickly die off from lack of continued moisture.

If your home in Osseo, Groveland, or Isanti sustains a terrible incident involving lost water and you need water removal services, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is the company you can trust to do the job right. Call our 24-hour emergency services line at (952) 473-4837, year-round so that we can send out the appropriate crews and equipment your home needs.

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Fire Prevention is Key to Keeping Your Minneapolis Home Safe

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire departments respond to an average of one residential property fire every 88 seconds. - wow!

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Minneapolis Home

Fire prevention in your Minneapolis home is almost entirely about fire prevention. As a fire burns, it consumes and damages everything that it comes into contact with, or even gets close to. The tendrils of soot and smoke travel throughout your home and do their damage. The best way to protect your property from fire is to practice fire prevention.

When your home in Minneapolis has experienced a fire and fire damage of any size, it is essential to handle the cleanup and repair as soon as the fire is out. Settled smoke and soot is acidic and continues to do damage to your property until it is cleaned. That is why contacting us at SERVPRO is the right choice, as we work fast and efficiently to get your home restored to its condition before the fire.

Because of the smoke and soot left behind, once everything else is cleaned and repaired, SERVPRO techs also need to deodorize your home. Removing the debris and odor source is the first step. Then we can clean the surfaces which have odor-causing residues on them. We then distribute a deodorize to the affected surfaces to rid your home of the odors.

The first step to protecting your family and property is to install smoke alarms on each level of your home and inside bedrooms. These alarms should be tested each month, and if they are not working, change the batteries right away. Plan out and talk to your family about a fire escape plan and practice it two times a year. If a fire does occur, get out and stay out, then call for help. Do not ever go back inside for anyone or anything.

Kitchens are the most common room where fires start. When you are cooking, make sure you are alert. Stay in the kitchen while you are grilling, frying, broiling, or boiling food. If you are baking, simmering or roasting food, check on it regularly and stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. Use a timer to remind you that you have food cooking. Also make sure to keep anything which can catch fire such as wooden utensils, oven mitts, curtains, towels, or food packaging away from your stovetop.

Make sure your home’s electrical system is up to date and well maintained. Proper maintenance needs to be done for fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces as well, and make sure that any heating devices are used according to instructions.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka understands that fire and fire damage in your home in Isanti, Minnetonka or Groveland is stressful, and we strive to restore your home as quickly as we can. Once the fire is out, reach out to us by dialing (952) 473-4837 so we can help you and your family get your safe home back.

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For Minneapolis Properties, SERVPRO Technicians Evaluate and Execute Cleanup and Restoration after Storm Flooding

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

A Welcome Sight to Minneapolis Homeowners Following Flood Damage

Ways to Speed Up Flood Removal in Minneapolis

Floods ruin property in a matter of hours or even minutes depending on the intensity of the raging water and the level of contamination among other things. However, the removal of such water and debris left after the incident is rarely fast. Working with a professional restoration service helps speed up task because of the different specialists like ASD, Applied Structural Drying and WRT, Water Restoration Technicians that make up the team working on your home.

Proper assessment at the early stages of flood removal in Minneapolis can help reduce the overall time taken by shifting the focus to crucial steps. Flooding can happen from rising groundwater or other sources such as driving rain or a punctured roof that lets water into the structure. While rising groundwater is mostly black water with high levels of contamination, the other cases may represent a lower amount of contaminants, so the principles applied for removal are different. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the type of flooding to determine whether it is just a case of removing the water or also tearing out porous materials like drywall to eliminate contaminants and excess moisture.

Floodwaters reach different sections of the property including concealed ones such as wall cavities. The techniques applied for removal can quicken or lengthen the time it takes. Since the water also soils the affected areas, the method of removing the water should also incorporate cleaning to speed up the exercise. Our SERVPRO crews rely on techniques such as performing flood cuts, weep holes and vent holes. The flood cut opens up a section of the wall, typically two feet high, and about six inches above the floodwater line. This non-salvageable material is discarded, and the exposed cavity can be dried and disinfected.

The time it takes before the removal process starts can lengthen the process because secondary damages happen if water remains in the structure over extended periods. These additional damages might include mold formation and loss of structural integrity in materials such as wood. Our SERVPRO technicians respond fast since we have fully stocked green vehicles and trailers ready to assist clients during floods.

For a speedy recovery after a flooding incident, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Our Team Can Restore Your Belongings After A Minneapolis Fire

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts will clean your belongings and deodorize them, so they are safe in your home.

Effective Mitigation for Fire-Damaged Minneapolis Homes

Fires pose significant immediate threats and even many lingering hazardous conditions for Minneapolis homes. Whenever a fire first breaks out in a residence, homeowners often attempt to take whatever they can carry out with them to try and protect things that cannot get replaced. While this might work for some items, many get left behind. Our professionals can help to restore these items, and further protect them from harm, with our effective mitigation practices we implement following fire effects in local properties.

After fire damage many Minneapolis homeowners fixate most on structural damages and how these situations get resolved, and in doing this, forget momentarily about all of the items and belongings still inside the house that could get affected by the lingering damages from the recent disaster. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive quickly to provide thorough assessments of the fire damage and what must happen to restore the home entirely. This process is also where our highly-trained technicians catalog damage to individual items and determine which must get removed and focused cleaning efforts to restore.

Our Contents department is vital to our pack-out efforts, as they make determinations on which items can get salvaged with our advanced technology and which things cannot. Once we have tagged contents for removal, they get taken to a nearby facility of ours for evaluation and restoration. We can clean these items of soot and smoke residue, we can deodorize them, and we can store them safely until it is best to return them to the restored home.

Part of effective mitigation for your property is responding quickly to the emergency when it happens. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to offer the full measure of our expertise and extensive training at any time that you might need them.

While you cannot account for when a fire can occur in your home, you can help to protect the items inside and hire a wise choice to restore your property fast. Give our SERVPRO of Minnetonka team a call anytime at (952) 473-4837

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Excess Rain Can Spell Big Trouble For Your Minneapolis Home!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Day or night, we're always open to take your call and send assistance to your home.

Excess Rain Can Allow the Mississippi River to Cause Flood Damage in Your Home

Most storms that pass over your home won't be the cause of flood damage. However, when it rains enough to flood the river that your house was built beside, that can lead to problems for your home. Excess rain allowed for the Mississippi River to flood and that water rose up enough to flood the front entryway of your house. It is fortunate in these situations that there is local help close by to assist you during your time of need.

The best thing that you could do for your home is to call for professional Minneapolis-based flood damage remediation services as quickly as possible. Swiftly getting professionals to your home to remove the excess water can prevent further damages from occurring, such as mold. Unfortunately, as soon as the water begins to flood, you are on a time-limit to remediate it. If you are able to address it swiftly, it is more likely that the remediation can go smoothly and without any complications. The longer that it takes, the more likely it is that you may have to deal with further complications.

When you contact SERVPRO, we always attempt to arrive at your residence as promptly as we possibly can. Our skilled experts can come to your home with advanced equipment designed to remove water as quickly as possible and immediately begin to work on remediating your entryway.

Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO techs can employ the use of devices such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the excess water. If the base of your carpeted stairs has been affected, extractors can be particularly useful, as they have a heating element inside that dries as they remove water.

Once the visible water has been removed, SERVPRO can use moisture meters to check if the moisture levels inside your home are at the appropriate level. SERVPRO can also use thermal-imaging technology to search for any hidden pockets of water that had gone unnoticed. With the knowledge these devices provide, we can decide to either continue with drying equipment or finish the remediation job.

If a flooded river causes damage to your home, never hesitate to get in touch with help. Dial (952) 473-4837 to speak with a representative of SERVPRO of Minnetonka. Day or night, we're always open to take your call and send assistance to your home.

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Our Experts Will Restore Water Damage In Your Minneapolis Home

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

This home suffered a water disaster.

Handling Uninvited Water in Your Minneapolis Home

The need for water removal in your home is an event that catches many homeowners unprepared to handle. Whether the uninvited water is from storms, busted interior pipes or even a mini-flood from a leaking hot tub, our SERVPRO team has the tools and knowledge to remove the water and help mitigate the damage to your home and possessions and let you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Water damage to your Minneapolis home should be addressed as quickly as possible after the initial incident. If there is standing water that needs to be removed, our team can extract the water by utilizing portable truck-mounted extractors and for smaller jobs, pumps and even mops and buckets. Once the water is removed, our team can select the appropriate type of drying system to lessen the chance of secondary damage. This is a necessary step because when water evaporates from surfaces, it raises the humidity of the interior and combined with temperatures lowering at night, this can cause excess moisture to condense resulting in additional property damage. Our SERVPRO team can choose the best drying system for your individual needs to avoid this scenario. 

We utilize both open and closed systems to remove moist air efficiently. An open system, the moist air in the room is exchanged with drier air from the outside. Our SERVPRO technicians use industrial-air movers and fans to speed the process. A closed system is chosen when water-damaged areas are closed off from areas that do not require water or moist air removal. The use of dehumidifiers and fans is a crucial part of the closed system process. Once the water and the residual moisture has been removed from your property, our technicians can inspect and address any mold or potential mold issues to avoid future complications such as corrosion and wood damage. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka can restore your home to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7 for a fast response by calling (952) 473-4837.

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Our Mold Damage Specialists Explain The Steps In Our Remediation Process In Minneapolis

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Important Steps During Mold Cleanup In Minneapolis

Mold develops easily in moist environments because its spores are omnipresent. It also requires very little regarding food source because any organic material can support its growth. Once a section of your Minneapolis property is infested with mold, you need to take several steps to clean it and, restore it to preloss state. We offer professional remediation that can help you deal with such infestations easily.

Removing debris created by the infestation is very important when doing mold cleanup in Minneapolis. Such debris is not only unsightly but is also likely to keep the musty smell associated with mold. Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians from SERVPRO use different techniques to remove debris effectively without harming the affected surface. We use HEPA filtered vacuums to remove loose debris from infested surfaces. In cases where debris adheres to the surfaces, our technicians wet-wipe with professional cleaning agents. Specialized methods like soda blasting help remove all traces of mold without harming the surfaces.

Killing spores are part of the mold cleanup process because if left unaddressed they can spur new growth within a very short while. Our SERVPRO technicians use various professional cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties to deal with mold spores. We also create exclusion zones with plastic sheets to curb the spread of debris. In some cases involving porous materials, the infestation goes beyond the surface so killing sore and removing debris does not deal with the issue entirely. In such cases, we remove the affected materials.

All mold cases involve an underlying moisture problem. Proper cleaning, therefore, involves drying the affected areas to stop future growth. This means first identifying the water source and stopping it. For example, if the mold is caused by a flooding incident, removing all standing water is the first important step. Our SERVPRO technicians then use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas to preloss levels.

You can deal with musty odors and unsightly debris easily by cleaning areas affected by mold thoroughly. Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka to help you with the process. You can reach our experts at (952) 473-4837 any time.

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SERVPRO to the Rescue to Remove Debris From Your Fire Damaged Minneapolis Home

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

No matter the size of the fire, damage will be widespread. Call SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Why SERVPRO is the Choice for Fire Debris Cleanup for Minneapolis Homeowners

Homeowners in Minneapolis work diligently on their home's maintenance year-round. One disaster can wipe out all that effort instantly, however. Getting things corrected and back to normal can save your family from an ongoing nightmare, which is why SERVPRO is always ready to help out in Minneapolis with fire debris cleanup teams.

After a house fire in Minneapolis, the amount of debris left inside and around your home seems staggering. It also poses a high number of risks to anyone wanting to grab a few items needed, including documents or other belongings. Nails, broken glass, and other sharp objects can cause injury. We get all this removed for you, carry it out of your home, and make things safe for restoration work to begin.  

Outside, your yard and driveway might also contain burnt siding sections, nails, more broken glass, torn pieces of the gutter, shingles, and many other things. All of this requires removal before work can begin on your home. Without it, even if work did occur, your family's health and safety could suffer.  

Our highly trained teams work together in putting their IICRC-certificates to work for you. We obtain the containers required by local ordinances so we can immediately dispose of the damaged items in your property, both inside and out, and get things cleaned up.  

Many homeowners are surprised at how much their homes contain that the fire destroyed. We take great care in filling out detailed inventory lists of these items, helping you even more with your recovery efforts. We know it is no small task, and we can help you with experienced guidance. Some items might seem covered only in soot, and undamaged in any other manner. However, the porosity of certain materials makes it almost impossible to clean them to acceptable standards.  

We also eliminate the water, and any foam firefighters used during their work. This water can allow mold to begin growing on both existing materials and any new materials that absorb the water vapor in the air. Damage from water can also occur so including this as part of fire debris cleanup gives your house extra protection.  

Removing the debris after a fire restores a level of safety to your house and yard, making it safe enough for restoration work to commence. Once this work finishes, we can perform the final touches to your home, including odor control methods.  

Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka by calling (952) 473-4837, day or night, 365 days a year. When your family experiences a house fire in Isanti, Kenwood, or Golden Valley, call us for thorough fire debris cleanup and other mitigation services.

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Got Flood Damage In Your Minneapolis Cafe? The Crew At SERVPRO Is Here To Help!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

It is vital for you to call professional services when your Minneapolis cafe experiences flood damage.

A Severe Thunderstorm Can Cause Flood Damage To Your Minneapolis Cafe

When it comes to any city that is situated by a river, an excess volume of rain can end up causing flood damage to the buildings around it. Your riverside cafe, known for its view overlooking the water, suffered this exact problem. As the water levels of the river rose, they began to overtake buildings close by throughout the night. Upon arriving at your establishment in the morning, you entered the space to find a few inches of water scattered across the wooden flooring.

It is vital for you to call professional services when your Minneapolis cafe experiences flood damage. Leaving the water for an extended period can only cause more problems, such as the water absorbing into your wooden flooring. Additionally, flood water usually is not clean water, unlike the liquid that would come from a burst pipe inside of your shop. Because of the nature of floods, the water can bring sewage, chemicals, and bacteria into your cafe. Getting professionals to the scene allows you to avoid the unsanitary water and gives us the chance to remove it safely.

When SERVPRO receives your call, we always strive to arrive at your property swiftly. We understand how essential it's for your business to be open during the day so you can make your revenue. We work on your clock and arrive at the scene of the damage swiftly after your initial call.

After a brief investigation, planning, and spray of an antimicrobial agent, SERVPRO can begin to remediate the flood damage through the use of wet/dry vacuums. Getting the standing water out of the front of your cafe is our first task, so it cannot continue to spread contaminants and cause water damage to the structure of the space.

SERVPRO can then sanitize and remove the tables and chairs around the front of your cafe. From there, we can focus on removing any excess moisture from the floors, after thoroughly cleaning the area with an antibacterial solution to ensure that contaminants are gone. SERVPRO can set up devices like dehumidifiers, drying mats, and air movers to draw the moisture out of the wooden flooring. When the moisture levels of your cafe have been appropriately lowered, SERVPRO can return the tables and chairs to their rightful places and then leave your cafe feeling “Like it never even happened.”

When a thunderstorm causes flood damage to your establishment, never delay when trying to get help. Dial the number (952) 473-4837 to reach out to and speak with SERVPRO of Minnetonka. No matter the time or the day of the week, our technicians are ready to assist you.

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What Few People Know About Flooding in Minneapolis

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

If your cafe location has suffered from flood damage, contact team SERVPRO right away for effective remediation services.

A Severe Thunderstorm Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Minneapolis Cafe

When it comes to any city that is situated by a river, an excess volume of rain can end up causing flood damage to the buildings around it. Your riverside cafe, known for its view overlooking the water, suffered this exact problem. As the water levels of the river rose, they began to overtake buildings close by throughout the night. Upon arriving at your establishment in the morning, you entered the space to find a few inches of water scattered across the wooden flooring.

It is vital for you to call professional services to your cafe to remediate the commercial flood damage in Minneapolis as soon as possible. Leaving the water for an extended period can only cause more problems, such as the water absorbing into your wooden flooring. Additionally, flood water usually is not clean water, unlike the liquid that would come from a burst pipe inside of your shop. Because of the nature of floods, the water can bring sewage, chemicals, and bacteria into your cafe. Getting professionals to the scene allows you to avoid the unsanitary water and gives us the chance to remove it safely.

When SERVPRO receives your call, we always strive to arrive at your property swiftly. We understand how essential it is for your business to be open during the day so you can make your revenue. We work on your clock and arrive at the scene of the damage swiftly after your initial call.

After a brief investigation, planning, and spray of an antimicrobial agent, SERVPRO can begin to remediate the flood damage through the use of wet/dry vacuums. Getting the standing water out of the front of your cafe is our first task, so it cannot continue to spread contaminants and cause water damage to the structure of the space.

SERVPRO technicians can then sanitize and remove the tables and chairs around the front of your cafe. From there, we can focus on removing any excess moisture from the floors, after thoroughly cleaning the area with an antibacterial solution to ensure that contaminants are gone. SERVPRO can set up devices like dehumidifiers, drying mats, and air movers to draw the moisture out of the wooden flooring. When the moisture levels of your cafe have been appropriately lowered, SERVPRO can return the tables and chairs to their rightful places and then leave your cafe feeling "Like it never even happened."

When a thunderstorm causes flood damage to your establishment, never delay when trying to get help. Dial the number (952) 473-4837 to reach out to and speak with SERVPRO of Minnetonka. No matter the time or the day of the week, our technicians are ready to assist you.

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A Few Warning Signs of Water Damage in Your Minneapolis Home

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage affects your home, whether from below or above, contact SERVPRO to find the source and remediate the damage.

Using an Air Scrubber After Water Damage in Minneapolis

If you experience any terrible plumbing, leaky roof, broken refrigerator, or laundry problem, then you might notice a huge puddle of water entering your establishment. Fortunately, these are often clean water, but they can still cause some issues to your home. Water damage can destroy the structure of the walls, floor, carpets, furniture, ceiling, or anything in your home. Once the water dries, it can stimulate the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, and other microorganisms. The worst part is that the humidity from the water can contaminate the air in your surrounding. Luckily, there are tools that experts use to clean the air.
Water damage in the Minneapolis location can be quite expensive. The longer we leave the damage untreated, the worse it gets. Experts often used tools like air scrubbers to help them through the cleaning process. An air scrubber is a filtration system that removes gas, chemicals, and particles from the air. The technology basically absorbs air from the environment and filters it to remove any dirt, debris, and other contaminants. Water restoration expert often uses high-quality air scrubber to do the job. It helps them restore the air after the water damage so that the residents can breathe much better.
When the SERVPRO technicians arrive at the residential area, the first thing they would do is to remove the excess water. They want to do this as soon as possible because the longer the water lingers, the more damage that it can cause. The water restoration experts would use tools like an extractor, pump, and vacuum to get the job done efficiently. After that, they can use an advanced air scrubber to clean the surrounding air to restore your environment before the aftermath of the water damage. Once everything is complete, the SERVPRO techs can walk you through your entire home to ensure that you are satisfied with the results.
If you are ready to restore your home and clean the surrounding area after the water damage, then give SERVPRO of Minnetonka a call at (952) 473-4837, and we can send our skilled technician to your residential establishment.

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SERVPRO Does Save Homes in Minneapolis from Extensive Storm Damage

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Stands Ready to Help Minneapolis Properties After Flooding

We Can Reduce Flood Damage in Your Minneapolis Home

You were not expecting your Minneapolis home to flood from last night’s thunderstorm, but it did, and water is now standing in your basement. Flood waters contain contaminants like chemicals, raw sewage, and dead animals, which is why you should never hesitate to call in the professionals. Our techs set goals to make your home clean and safe after storm waters enter your house. Whenever it is possible, our crews can restore your home to its pre-storm condition. Plus, they strive to preserve many of the contents inside your home.
SERVPRO flood damage teams in Minneapolis are highly trained and come ready to get to work when they arrive. The first step the team takes on is stopping the flow of water from entering your basement. Hopefully, that has already occurred. Next, they start extracting the water with various pieces of equipment such as a truck-mounted or portable extractor, wands and pumps that can remove water from the structure fast. The type of machinery we employ depends on the amount of water inside affected areas.
Many flooding situations may require the need for our teams to remove items from the house. When we do remove contents, our technicians keep an inventory of every item during the pack-out stage. Typically, clothing, furniture, and paper documents are sitting in several inches of contaminated water. Our crew can remove and clean all salvageable items with industrial cleaning products. Plus, they can use EPA-registered antimicrobial sprays to sanitize your items before bringing back inside your home. Ultrasonic cleaning can also restore possessions that our customers believed were lost.
Drying the area is also an essential process during restoration. Our team can use air scrubbers to clean the air. Plus, they can utilize air movers and axial fans to enhance drying. In all cases, we use dehumidifiers to absorb water vapor. Heaters may also be put in place to target specific areas.
SERVPRO of Minnetonka flood damage restoration services are fast and can help. We are available 24/7 to assist you in your time of need. If a flood ever occurs in your home, call us at (952) 473-4837 right away.

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Fire Damage Restoration: How Our Experts Can Restore Your Minneapolis Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fires inside the home can be a terrifying ordeal.

We Can Handle Fire Damage Restoration In Minneapolis

Fires inside the home can be a terrifying ordeal. Flames, smoke, and ash can destroy many of your personal belongings and can also damage floors, carpets, and furniture inside the house. Once firefighters extinguish fires, dirt, debris, and strong smoke odors can remain inside the structure. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, which is why calling us can be helpful.

SERVPRO professional fire damage teams in Minneapolis are certified and can restore your house if possible. The techs may employ fans, and top-grade air scrubbing and fogging equipment to eliminate heavy smoke odors fast. Plus, the crew can use industrial cleaning products to remove ash, soot, and debris from the affected surfaces such as your ceilings, counter-tops, walls, and floors. The team may also apply odor removal deodorants to remove smoke odors from materials affected by the flames such as upholstery, curtains, and carpeting.

In some cases, we may need to utilize portable ozone machine to get rid of offensive and lingering smoke odors. Ozone machines use activated oxygen to neutralize and eliminate strong smells and to purify the atmosphere inside the structure. If we employ this type of equipment, all occupants and any pets inside the structure must leave the house until the job is complete due to the strong chemicals. You can rely on us to make sure the air quality inside your home is safe when you return.

If necessary, the team can perform minor repairs to secure the structure such as boarding a window or door or covering and sealing a hole in the roof. Securing the home can help prevent human and wildlife intruders from invading your house. If significant repairs are necessary, SERVPRO can assist you in finding a general contractor to do the repairs. The crew can also remove burned or charred contents from the structure like carpeting, tables, chairs, clothing, and drapes. The technicians can clean, sanitize and store any materials they remove from the house and keep them in a safe storage area on or off-site until the job is complete.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers fast and reliable fire damage restoration that can return your home to its preloss condition. Contact us at (952) 473-4837 any time of the day or night. We are close by and here to help.

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Call SERVPRO To Take Care of Mold Damage Before It's Too Late

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Minnetonka can help you get out of a moldy situation!

Overcoming Mold Effects in Your Minneapolis Home

One of the frightening things about disasters striking your Minneapolis home is the secondary effects that can develop from these occurrences. An instance of flooding or water damage, when improperly restored, can leave areas riddled with moisture and dampness. These persistent conditions can allow for mold growth, which not only threatens the structural integrity of your home but also those living inside of it.

When many people think of mold damages in their Minneapolis home, they think of instances like the harsh, musty odor that comes with an active colony. While this is one of the effects that our certified SERVPRO technicians must overcome when combatting mold growth in your house, it is, unfortunately, one of the less hazardous and problematic symptoms to restore.

One of the most critical aspects of mold remediation is isolating the active colony from continually spreading and thriving throughout the affected area. Our remediation technicians set up defenses to catch and trap mold spores moving throughout the environment with the use of negative air chambers and air scrubbers. These tools can help to section off the area housing the colony to make the removal more successful.

Removal of the mold is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians have to assess the best course of action based on where the colony is, the degradation of the materials, and the type of material housing the colony. Sometimes the solution is applying a high-strength antimicrobial chemical to the affected area, other times sanding or soda blasting is the best approach, but in other circumstances, removal of the affected material might be the only credible approach to remove the colony entirely.

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When you discover mold growth throughout susceptible areas of your home, you should contact our SERVPRO of Minnetonka remediation technicians as soon as possible. We are available 24/7 to help limit the spread of this colony throughout your home, remove this presence from your property, and work to restore any damages that it might have caused. Let our technicians help you overcome this organism in your house by calling us today at (952) 473-4837.

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Our Professional Guide To SERVPRO's Water Damage Restoration Process For Your Commercial Property In Minneapolis

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner, you certainly know how crucial it is to resume your normal operations after going through commercial water damage.

Processes To Expect During Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Minneapolis

If you are a business owner, you certainly know how crucial it is to resume your normal operations after going through commercial water damage. Now that the National Preparedness Month (NPM) is here, we need to take the right actions and stay prepared to face all types of emergencies that are likely to affect us. The goal of this critical reminder is to help all business to stay in operation, know how to talk to their employees, as well as to protect their investment. Business owners in Minneapolis should also learn how to set up a response team and back up valuable information.

We're going to look at an overview of the processes that our SERVPRO technicians perform when attending to commercial water damage incidents in Minneapolis. Performing a thorough pre-inspection of the damaged area is the first thing we do when we arrive at the site. During this time, we record all dangerous situations such as sagging ceilings, electrical hazards and deteriorated walls and subfloors. We can then switch off the electrical power and if necessary perform demolitions to remove any possible hazards.

Depending on the depth, our SERVPRO team chooses appropriate pumps to remove standing water. We check for moisture in the crawl spaces, walls, and floors and use the necessary water extraction methods. When checking the level of water penetration in ceilings, walls, carpets, and floors, we make use of a moisture meter. We can also detach soaked carpets and perform water extraction from the pad and floor- there are chances of restoring the carpets when water is from a clean source. It is our job to block and move your furniture during the restoration process.

Our SERVPRO technicians have the skills to examine your carpets from various damages such as visible mold, delamination, and bad seams. We discard carpets and pads which are damaged beyond restoration. If a carpet is restorable, we extract the water, apply an appropriate antimicrobial and remove any existing furniture stains.

The highly dedicated team at SERVPRO of Minnetonka is Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is in your residential or commercial property. Call us at (952) 473-4837 for our experienced technicians to offer you industry proven services.

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SERVPRO Knows The Most Important Steps To Solve Water Damage To Your Minneapolis Property

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture can be problematic for homeowners.

Comprehensive Restoration After Water Damage In Minneapolis

Moisture can be problematic for homeowners. After flooding or heavy rainfall, it is common for older structures to take on some water. In small quantities, this poses little problem, but introducing moisture to attics or crawlspaces can result in mold growth and cause permanent damage if left untreated. Getting an expert restoration team can help you to get your home back it to how it was, "Like it never even happened."

Properties that have recently had issues with water damage in Minneapolis could benefit from a professional restoration service. Trained technicians, like those working with SERVPRO, can clear away areas of damage you can see, as well as less visible areas that may go overlooked.

When we provide restoration services, we are looking at both short-term and long-term gains. In the short-term, we can bring in wet-dry vacuums and portable extractors to remove excess water quickly. We can also clean your structure and contents thoroughly with sanitizers and anti-microbial treatments.

SERVPRO apply preventative measures to guard against longer-term damages that can appear after the initial damage has been restored. We may include assessing your carpets to ensure they are entirely clean and free of moisture on both sides as well as inspecting the carpet pads underneath. Sometimes the surface damage is just the tip of the iceberg. By moving furniture and interior, we can check your subfloor and crawlspaces for any signs of further damage.

Before we pack up and leave, a SERVPRO technician can test and adjust your indoor humidity levels to reduce the risk of secondary damages. We do this using dehumidifiers, rapid air-movers and moisture meters in tandem. Taking a sample from an unaffected area of your home allows us to establish a dry goal that we can then work toward achieving.

One of the primary concerns for homeowners is the unpleasant odors that come with water damage. Using foggers with odor neutralizing chemicals can help to restore your home to a welcoming and clean environment. Having taken both long and short-term restoration measures a SERVPRO technician can give you a walk through, pointing out areas of concern and explaining the work carried out.

If you are looking for a comprehensive restoration service in your local community, contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 to arrange a visit.

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A Professional Approach to Fire damage in Minneapolis

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team has the skills and training to restore your home from fire damage.

Trust SERVPRO to Take Care of Your Home After Fire Damage Strikes

Damage caused by fire is varied. Different surfaces, textures, and materials react in different ways to the extreme temperature which makes restoration a nuanced and complex job. Using the wrong cleaning materials can at best, spread soot and smoke residues. At worst, it can cause further damage and require expensive replacement. After a blaze has been contained, there is the added risk of secondary water damage.

Properties that have fallen victim to fire damage in Minneapolis should be pre-tested before any work begins. A pre-test can be carried out by a qualified SERVPRO fire technician who can measure affected areas for smoke damage. Although, smoke damage is visible, there are many different types which depend on the materials that burned.

Wet smoke, for example, burns at a low temperature and comes from synthetic materials that could be in appliances, lampshades or fabrics. This smoke, produced from melting plastics, has a pungent smell leaving behind thick, oily markings on walls and ceilings. Dry smoke, on the other hand, comes from natural materials like wood and paper leaving behind a powdery sooted texture.

A SERVPRO technician can conduct a pre-test that looks for different types of smoke residue. A pre-test allows us to decide on the correct method of restoration as well as products that we should use to restore your items to pre-fire standards. Using a combination of wet cleaning and dry cleaning allows us to provide a professional focus to each affected area and guarantee the best results.

A fire restoration service by SERVPRO is two-fold. The first is your contents which can be removed, tested and restored. The second is the structure itself, which involves removing soot and smoke residue from your walls, ceilings, and permanent fittings. We can restore your walls, so they are ready for repainting, as well as your floors, windows and, where possible, fabrics.

The final step is to deodorize. Burning materials leave thick smells that are not cleanable with regular fresheners. Our equipment neutralizes the odor particles rather than merely covering the smell. This approach is especially important when tackling synthetics which can release toxins when subjected to fire.

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If your home is in need of restoration following a fire, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is just a phone call away. Get help from a company with 40 years experience in fire restoration by dialing (952) 473-4837 today.

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Water Removal in Your Minneapolis Discount Center

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

When facing water damage in your large store, SERVPRO offers remediation services plus an ERP to help prepare for any possible accidental repeat.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Drying Out Services Regardless of the Size of Your Business

Minneapolis has many options for consumers seeking quality products at a reasonable price. National and local chains compete, and the customer wins. The large warehouse-type stores are just as vulnerable as a smaller store boutique when suffering water damage and flooding if plumbing fails or torrential rains overwhelm a flat roof’s drainage system. We have the crews and equipment to respond to a significant water loss.

When water pours through your discount center, you need fast, professional water removal services in Minneapolis. Even with much of the merchandise up off the floor on steel shelving or pallets, the water must be evacuated for the safety of your staff and your customers. With floors that extend hundreds of thousands of square feet, the removal task is best left to professionals.

SERVPRO is a local business with a national network to fall back upon if the scale of a job requires supplemental equipment and technicians. Sizeable commercial water losses need just as swift a resolution as those affecting a smaller shop or office. Water that lingers in the property for more than 24 or 48 hours exposes your business to the risk of microbial infestation that might even damage your inventory.

Our commercial loss team works with you to devise a plan where at least a portion of your business remains open during the restoration. SERVPRO understands how devastating closing your doors can be, particularly in the face of the robust competition other Twin City area companies engage in to tempt your customers.  

The water removal begins with pumps, moving vast amounts of water quickly out of all areas of your store. As the water level dips below 2 inches, technicians switch out pumps for extractors. Your flooring choice of poured concrete seems impervious to water, but it is a porous material that benefits from rapid water extraction. The floor edges get targeted attention to prevent water from wicking up the drywall or settling in the cells of cinder block construction.

This water emergency might lead to your development of an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) with SERVPRO in anticipation of future crises. The ERP allows us to collaborate in devising a concise plan to help both our crews and you and your staff to plan for another loss.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is ready for your water removal challenge, regardless of the extent of the damage. Call us at (952) 473-4837 to get your discount center back on track.

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Mold Damage Experts in Minneapolis Talk About Inhibiting Mold Patches from Spreading

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Leaks and Mold Damage in Your Minneapolis Home? Try Calling SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Provides Containment and Chemical Applications During Mold Remediation Services

If a water leak takes place inside your Minneapolis home and it does not get repaired, moisture can cause microbial growth. Once mold damage has taken its toll on your property, proper remediation needs to occur so that secondary issues do not develop. Fungi release microscopic spores into the air for reproduction purposes. These tiny, invisible seed-like particles float through the air inside your house in Minneapolis and can contaminate previously unaffected areas.

Microbes can also get inside your air circulation system and create air quality issues. When restoring any mold damage in Minneapolis, our SERVPRO restoration team takes extra measures to prevent the fungi from spreading. All of our technicians wear equipment that resembles a space suit when working in a contaminated area. The personal protective equipment not only protects our workers from hazards, but it also reduces the number of hazardous particles that can get transported by attaching to people or clothing.
Whenever a section of your home gets contaminated by a fungus, our SERVPRO technicians follow strict guidelines when treating the problem. Certain molds can cause health effects in some people. Therefore there are strict rules on remediating fungal problems without sending dangerous microbes into the environment. Before any work procedures begin on the job site, we build a containment chamber to seal in any spores or particles that get released into the air.
When the mold has contaminated building materials, we determine how deep the hyphae have grown into the substance. In some cases, contamination can be wiped off with a rag where others sanding the material down is the only way to remediate. In both situations, our SERVPRO crew also uses different chemicals to help reduce the spread of the contamination and to prevent it from returning to the same area in the future.
In many cases, an antimicrobial chemical gets implemented before, during and after the restoration work takes place. These industry-specific products are designed to not only kill the microbial formations, but they can get rid of the spores mold leaves behind as well. After contamination in an area gets scrubbed or sanded off, we then spray a specialized sealant paint on raw timber and other applicable hard surfaces. This paint seals the affected building materials and helps reduce the chance of mold growth in the future.
Mold problems can get worse the longer they go untreated. As soon as you know microbial development has occurred at your place of residence, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 any day of the week.

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Eliminating Contamination after Water Damage in Minneapolis

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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When A Minneapolis School Requires Professional Water Removal

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we have what it takes to clean and restore your school building.

SERVPRO Offers Water Restoration Services to Schools in Minneapolis 

For every one of the issues that could affect one of the schools in the Minneapolis area, one of the most devastating of these is a water emergency. With minimal warning, high volumes of water could impact a widespread area of the institution, forcing your school board to put a stoppage to regularly scheduled classes until the problem can get resolved.

Often, the emergencies requiring water removal that can threaten Minneapolis schools are present from natural disasters outside of the building that makes their way in, yet this could also present itself through concerns such as plumbing ruptures, fire suppression malfunctions and boiler system degradation.

While there might not be many things that you can do to prevent these issues from happening (as they often occur with no warning or symptoms), you are not going to have to face the effects from the water on your own. Once our SERVPRO team has arrived at the school, we can assess how widespread the damage is and the appropriate course of actions it takes to restore the facility entirely.

While a lot of the construction materials used in modern schools are block and concrete, there are still multiple areas like ceilings, carpeted floors for offices, and areas like auditoriums that can get affected the worst by these traumatic events. The longer that pooled water can sit in these areas, the more damage that they can do to the layers of materials beneath the surface you can see.

Extraction of the water is only the beginning of the process, and the real heart of the restoration process rests in thoroughly drying all of the affected areas. This process provides the right opportunity to inspect for severely compromised structural components that could require replacement or reconstruction from a commercial contractor.

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Water emergencies to a school can affect many families, employees, and students. Getting the issue resolved as quickly as possible is the top priority, and SERVPRO of Minnetonka can help you to accomplish this. Give us a call anytime you need us at (952) 473-4837.

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Don't Be Too Hasty With Mold Damage In Minneapolis

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

An improper response to mold damage in your Minneapolis home could spread the infestation further and create a much more substantial problem.

Mold Damage In Your Home

While it is true that some types of mold damage in Minneapolis can cause ill health effects to residents of the affected building over time, that does not mean you should panic as soon as you find signs of growth. Panicking only creates more problems as you look to handle the problem in a hasty or unprepared fashion and could even worsen the problem if you select an incorrect approach.

What Can Go Wrong?
An improper response to mold damage in your Minneapolis home could spread the infestation further and create a much more substantial problem. Some homeowners attempt to sanitize and clean up mold themselves, thinking the problem to be more minute than it really is. However, without specialized equipment, spores may only be spread around the home on board your cleaning supplies. Even if you do manage to eliminate any visible patches of growth, there may be other problem areas around the home that can continue to spread and grow. Only through advanced detection technology such as those used by SERVPRO employees can the true extent of mold growth be found out.

What Do I Do?
If the colony is large, you may want to leave the house temporarily. We can help with move-outs in these circumstances. No matter the size, color, or species of mold you find, the most important thing to do is to call a qualified restoration company like SERVPRO to take care of the matter. Uncertified contractors and handymen rarely have the tools and training available to handle mold growth safely and could create the same problems that may result from you attempting to take on the problem alone. Our representatives arrive on the site within hours of your first call and can start the process of recovery with professionalism, speed, and cost-effectiveness.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka provides professional mold damage remediation services on a 24/7 basis and is always available to respond to your call for help. Contact us at (952) 473-4837.

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Trust Professional Restoration Services For The Water Damage To Your Minneapolis Sports Complex

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Running a Minneapolis sports complex is very difficult with water damage threatening specific areas of the facility.

Water Damage To Your Sports Complex

Minneapolis is the heart of many professional sports teams. With this focus on athletics being such a staple for the region, it is no wonder why there are so many sports complexes for youth and adults alike throughout the city. When a disaster threatens this facility, you might find that the full scope of the damage far exceeds what your maintenance department is able to repair or restore on their own successfully.

Running a Minneapolis sports complex is very difficult with water damage threatening specific areas of the facility. Professional restoration services can help you get these damaged areas back to their normal operating conditions more expediently, which aids you in being available for the community and individual players as needed.

Our SERVPRO professionals begin the restoration process by assessing the full scope of the damage to the facility, determining all of the areas that have gotten effected and the best approach to remedy it. This process also helps to identify where the water is coming from so that this source can get stopped and the damage to it repaired while the restoration steps are underway.

Considering that many of the sports complexes have expensive flooring in areas like basketball courts, racquetball rooms, and indoor soccer or football fields, getting the water out of these areas is a top priority. Ultimately the goal is to preserve the floor as much as possible, implementing equipment like large drying mats to penetrate below the surface and pull out lingering moisture that could warp or disfigure the flooring.

To prevent compounding conditions like mold damage to your facility, which could put your complex out of commission for much longer with the added need for remediation and material replacement, our SERVPRO team uses dehumidification equipment to pull moisture from the affected area. Air scrubbers with HEPA filters might also get used in these circumstances to limit the presence of mold spores in the region where restoration is a requirement.

Since local amateur and semi-professional sports teams count on your facility being available year-round, as well as the athletic community, do not let water damage force these teams to choose another home field. Trust our SERVPRO of Minnetonka restoration specialists to get you back in the game quickly. Give us a call today at (952) 473-4837.

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Restore Water Damage Caused by Your Minneapolis Home's HVAC System

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Your HVAC Unit can cause vast amounts of water damage to your home, call SERVPRO for expert and speedy restoration services.

SERVPRO Detects and Remediates Hidden Water Damage in Your Home

Your home’s ventilation system can cause significant water damage if not maintained properly over the years. Clogged drains, frozen evaporator coils, and broken connections lead to clogs, leaks, corrosion, rot, and even mold. Some of these problems are obvious right away while others remain hidden for months or years at a time.

You can help prevent water damage in your Minneapolis area home’s ventilation system by changing your filters at least once a month. However, problems may already exist that require professional attention, which is where your local restoration company comes in handy. We make qualified personnel, advanced equipment, and a vast network of resources available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to correct issues plaguing your property. 

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians can check for leaks in your condensation lines and the relative humidity level in your home. We can also check for broken or improperly installed drain lines and help you avoid costly damage from slow leaks. Our technicians can help you determine whether installing additional drainage or a float switch reduces the risk of water overflow in your system or if you need professional help repairing HVAC components like ductwork, grills, registers, and thermostat controls. 

SERVPRO technicians have access to infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers that help locate hidden pockets of moisture, and return moisture levels to normal, faster. Our advanced water removal equipment such as hand-held or truck-mounted water extractors, dehumidifiers, air-movers, and a variety of attachments help us remove higher volumes, making the entire restoration process faster than ever before.

Your local SERVPRO believes in protecting every member of our local community, by keeping you safe during emergency situations and providing you with quality restoration services you can trust. Whether you have problems in your home or business, we can provide you with the answers needed to keep you moving forward. 

Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka for access to trained professionals who understand how to protect your property from both seen and unseen dangers throughout the year. Receive quality cleanup and restoration services from a company that can handle emergency situations of any size, throughout Kenwood, Isanti, and Saint Paul, today. (952) 473-4837

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What to Do When a Fire Has Left Behind Damage in Your Minneapolis Property

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke can not only discolor but damage the structure of your home. Contact SERVPRO after a fire for expert remediation and clean up.

SERVPRO Technicians Employ Proper Techniques to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Home

From the first blaze onwards, the fire damage that is left behind can be dizzying. The trouble with a fire occurring is that it can cause multiple types of damage to your property and not only structural damage. While it can be overwhelming to learn that fire can cause such extensive damage, it is fortunate that help is nearby to take care of the damage for you.
We are close by, and we understand how to help. Our skilled technicians know how to identify the correct solution to the fire damage left on your Minneapolis property. We arrive within hours on the scene and start the mitigation process in your home. After all, the quicker the damage is seen to might just reduce further loss and therefore the cost associated with it.
Structural damage is one of the most prominent impacts of a fire, but a less apparent effect is the extent that smoke can damage items all over your home. Smoke carries soot with it, and that soot attaches itself to everything that it can reach. It can cause an unpleasant odor, discolor your belongings, and ruin them in extreme cases. Truthfully, smoke damage can impact many of your belongings, including that of clothes, curtains, carpets, artwork, and electronics.
However, depending on the extent of the damage, our SERVPRO technicians might be able to restore these items by employing multiple cleaning techniques. If an item is salvageable, we can revive it through restoration, and then return it to you in its preloss condition after thorough cleaning. We can employ these same techniques to the smoke damage in your home that has left behind discoloration, odors, and greasy soot. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, SERVPRO can accomplish a successful cleaning and restoration.
If a fire occurs on your property, do not wait. 24/7, you can call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 to receive the help you need. Let us come and restore your home to its preloss condition.

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Unseen Dangers of Flood Damage in a Minneapolis Home

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Minneapolis Flooding from Winter Thaws Gets Cleanup Help from SERVPRO

Stormwater Cleanup and Restoration is a Hallmark of SERVPRO Expertise

When something avoids making itself known, either because of its size or surroundings, many people tend to forget that it exists. During a flood in Minneapolis, hidden dangers such as pathogens or jagged, splintered building materials can stay underwater and out of sight but still present and able to injury people.
Minneapolis homes sustaining flood damageextraction often harbor such hidden dangers. Because inexperience in such situations can cause costly and possible life-threatening mistakes, restoring your own home can place you or others in harm's way. SERVPRO employees wear personal protective equipment for both large and microscopic hazards while they carry out the restorative work your flooded home requires.
Our other specialized equipment focuses on getting your home dry, and back to a safe, clean condition again. Both help protect both your home and your family from harm. Restoring your residence to a dry state keeps microbial populations under control much more efficiently, and the elimination of any pathogens significantly reduces the risk of your family members contracting any water-borne diseases.
Removing standing water with the use of our large pump trucks happens relatively quickly, from hours to several days. Soggy floors get even more attention from our crew members when we use handheld vacuum extraction units. When we remove the majority of water from carpets and padding, we can more easily roll them up and remove these from your home.
Flooding causes substantial amounts of silt and other debris to become deposited in the fibers and padding. These foreign substances not only make it almost impossible for carpeting ever to become thoroughly dry or completely clean. Odor-causing bacteria can remain an ongoing risk and ever-present reminder of the flood, as well. More cost-effective and safer, new carpeting and padding can make your home like new again.
However, we must dry other components of your home. Walls can absorb substantial moisture during a flood. We remove saturated drywall and twelve inches above the highest watermark to ensure we remove any traces of water that traveled internally via wicking.
Other facets of restoring your home after flooding include sanitizing all surfaces. We remove your furniture so we can wipe down all the surfaces, inside drawers and all shelves, wiping the corners to ensure no debris remains behind to cause harm or let mold grow. Foodstuffs contaminated by flood waters can cause serious health problems if consumed, even when cooked. This happens many times because some bacteria can resist heat, remain viable, and then infect people. The floodwaters may have also carried inorganic matter that could be hazardous to contact to ingest.
For problems with flood damage that affect your home, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at our local number, (952) 473-4837, any day of the year, 24-hours a day. We are always ready to answer your questions and work with you in making your home safe again after this or any other disaster.

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Solutions to Flood Damage on Your Minneapolis Property

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Seeing your home flooded after an event can be devastating. Make sure that you and your family are safe and then call SERVPRO.

Drying Out Your Property Safely is SERVPRO's First Priority When Dealing with Flooding in Your Home

With all of the different emotions and physical stress involved in dealing with flood damage in your Minneapolis home, it can be helpful to have a checklist ready that helps you remember which decisions to make, in what order.  

You may think that making a checklist is silly, especially if you have never experienced flood damage in your Minneapolis home before. However, when you are looking at everything you own underwater and are trying to work it all out alone, you might find it handy.  

Obviously, you want to get everyone in your household to safety and notify local authorities about the situation. After the water recedes and you get the all-clear to re-enter your home, you should contact a flood damage mitigation company right away. Always keep yourselves out of harm’s way, it is paramount to your survival, never take any chances, there is no reason for anyone in your family to get hurt trying to get a jump start on repairs.  

Let a professional evaluate the situation; they can shut off your electricity, water, and gas to eliminate possible problems. SERVPRO can help you assess the condition of your property, ensure that you avoid any existing hazards and make sure that the area is entirely safe for you to return. We can provide you with the muscle needed to move furniture, electronics, and other household items to higher ground, keeping undamaged items away from water and moisture to limit losses whenever possible.

The sooner you get water-damaged items the attention they need, the easier it can be to recover. SERVPRO provides you with water extraction, drying, cleaning, and deodorization services that provide you with a quick, efficient method to address water and other debris found in carpeting, furniture, appliances, and personal belongings caught within the affected areas of your home.

SERVPRO also helps dispose of unsalvageable items and materials, the right way. We help you avoid potential problems involved with disposal of contaminated materials that often accompany flood waters. Our services involve getting your home ready for repairs necessary to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition.  

Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka, for solutions to flood damage in Kenwood, Isanti, and Saint Paul, today. We help you with insurance paperwork and keep you informed throughout the process. (952) 473-4837

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Water Removal and Restoration Services Available Throughout the Minneapolis Area

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Call on SERVPRO when you have standing water in your home for fast removal.

SERPVRO Offers Fully Certified Water Removal Services 24/7, 365

Whether you purchase a brand new home or have something with a little more history, water entering your home can cause a great deal of stress and take a severe toll on your living environment. Humidity, condensation, and water intrusions are all things that every Minneapolis homeowner has to face at some point in their lives.

Using professional water removal methods can help prevent a variety of damages in your Minneapolis area home. Regardless of the source of the problem you face, a company that provides these services can efficiently assist with protecting essential documents, furniture, appliances, carpeting, and personal items affected by this type of event and help you restore your home to its former glory.

SERVPRO’s fully-certified IICRC water removal and restoration professionals have access to a variety of water removal and drying equipment. Portable hand-held or truck-mounted extractors of various sizes make drying and cleaning carpeting, flooring, and upholstery items more successful and give you a higher chance of significantly reducing possible damages caused by water intrusions in your home.

SERVPRO technicians can put the extractors heater, pump, and vacuum system to use, providing you with both damage mitigation and restorative functions for many contents found in your home. If you have over two inches of standing water, we can put submersible pumps to work, extracting a higher volume, faster and help dispose of any possibly contaminated water the correct way. 

SERVPRO is locally owned, open 24/7, 365, proudly providing water removal, cleaning, and restoration services you can count on to get your home water-free, fast. We can explain our services in detail, keep you informed throughout the removal process and communicate with your insurance company to make the entire situation is as stress-free as possible.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka offers expert water removal and restoration services throughout the Saint Paul, Kenwood, and Isanti areas, providing quality solutions to members of our local communities that help make your house feel like a home again. Call us anytime, day or night for qualified help you can trust. (952) 473-4837

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How do Professionals Restore Mold Damage to Your Minneapolis Home?

2/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores can move quickly through your home. Contact SERVPRO at the first sight or smell for best results.

Trained SERVPRO Technicians Assess and Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Discovering mold damage in your home can be a stressful experience for most homeowners. Mold can spread quickly if not appropriately remedied and can cause health effects as well. Thankfully, experts can help you get the situation under control.

The mold damage mitigation in your Minneapolis home is a multi-step process that requires time and expertise. That said, as spores are present everywhere, removing mold completely is impossible. What SERVPRO restoration experts can do, on the other hand, is remediate the mold growth and prevent it from damaging your home and its contents.

Understanding mold  
Mold damage starts when the microscopic, airborne spores settle on a surface and find a conducive environment to germinate. High humidity and a temperature between 68 to 86 degrees being ideal for the process. Once they germinate, the spores quickly form a network of a filamentous structure called hyphae which bear more spores on their ends. These spores can, in turn, become airborne if they are disturbed and spread to unaffected areas as well. Professional restoration experts understand this process and use the necessary care and precaution to avoid it from happening.

The mitigation processes
Our technicians spring into action immediately once we receive your call regarding mold damage to your home. The first step is to inspect the damage and assess the situation. The experts then develop a strategy based on the extent and severity of the damage and get to work.

The subsequent step in the process is to contain the damage. As mold spores can become airborne and spread to unaffected areas during the cleanup process, the experts can establish containment zones. These involve the use of physical barriers such as plastic curtains and negative pressure.

The cleanup of the contaminated material depends on the nature of the surface. If the surface is porous, such as fabric, drywall or insulation, the material itself is removed by the technicians. If the surface is non-porous, the SERVPRO technicians can use HEPA vacuuming and wipe techniques to mitigate the growth.

The settled spores also need to be eliminated by HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping. The final step is to remedy the moisture content and drying. Technicians use a variety of drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers to get it done.

Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837 today to schedule a free inspection.

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Cleaning and Removing Commercial Fire Damage in Minneapolis

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke affects each material that it touches differently. If you need help with fire damage cleanup, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Assess the Damage and Apply Appropriate Remediation Techniques

Business fires in Minneapolis usually end quickly. Sprinklers and other fire suppression systems operate automatically and put a halt to open flames rapidly. It is the smoke and soot residues left behind that normally make up the largest percentage of costs to the business owner.

Removing commercial fire damage to Minneapolis office supply stores before it becomes permanent requires a quick response and having a plan in place before the first cleaning technician sets foot off the truck. SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour, on-call team to meet every requirement, no matter when the call comes to us.

Once we arrive, we start with a thorough inspection of the structure. Our inspector begins at, or as close as possible, to the origin point of the fire and takes note of how far smoke moved through the building.

As he traces the path of the smoke, the inspector and other team members determine what types of smoke residues are present. It is common for us to find more than one residue since type each depends on what material burned and how hot it burned.

As we identify the residue, we also determine which surfaces are affected. A leather office chair requires a different cleaning method and chemical agent than a bookshelf or a pallet of paper. With the same visual inspection, SERVPRO technicians can determine which items cannot be cleaned or restored and recommend to the business owner disposal of the items.

Now, we can start to remove the residues. Team members use a variety of dry cloths and sponges to wipe down the surfaces. We do this first to prevent soaking items that may have already absorbed much water from the sprinklers with even more moisture.

If the residues are very thick or sticky, we can use one of the cleaning agents we keep on-hand to break them up and wipe them off the surface. For furniture items, it may be necessary to use a brush to break residues away from the surface before removing them.

With the surfaces cleaned, we bag the residue particles and remove them from the business. Next, we dispose of them and any property we could clean according to state and federal regulations.

Returning your business to its original state is not a quick process, but SERVPRO of Minnetonka can walk you through every step. If you need our assistance, call us today at (952) 473-4837. We are here for you.

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There is No Need to Panic after Experiencing Water Damage in Minneapolis

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO uses professional grade pumps to remove standing water from your home.

SERVPRO Uses Professional Grade Equipment When Restoring Your Home after Water Damage

Without experience in water damage restoration, it is hard to determine what you need to replace and what is salvageable after the unfortunate incident takes place. You also need an expert to control the damage and perform removal and cleanup activities on your Minneapolis property. It is equally important to understand some of the procedures that professionals perform when restoring your property.

One of the first steps that our SERVPRO technicians carry out when mitigating water damage on your Minneapolis property is identifying the extent of the damage. When determining the level of wetness and tracking the moisture levels, the team uses specialized tools such as moisture sensors, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture meters. Once we find the wet areas, the next step is to dry them to their preloss condition.

It means water removal is a crucial procedure towards making the restoration a success. Our IICRC certified technicians may use extractors to remove the water. In most cases, we use pumps when there is standing water in the area. Portable extractors are useful when removing water from areas with limited access; otherwise, we employ the truck mounted ones when the site is so big. Apart from water removal, these devices can clean carpets and upholstery.

Whether we are performing deodorization to neutralize the smells or using dehumidifiers to increase the rate of evaporation, observing safety measures is so important. As a result, our SERVPRO team puts on the necessary safety gear and advise our clients to stay away from the site to avoid any probable injury. We also work towards preventing possible hazards by addressing any sagging wet ceilings and turning off electrical circuits that are likely to short circuit.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka aims at making your property appear as if there was no water damage with the use of the state of the art equipment and techniques. Call us at (952) 473-4837 when faced with any size of disaster and leave the rest to us. 

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Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage In Your Groveland Home

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Just minutes after heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through where you live in Groveland.

Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage

Just minutes after heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through where you live in Groveland. These kinds of floods are very dangerous, not just because of the volume and speed of the water, but due to the fact that the water contains rocks and other debris. These floods are fast rising and can invade your home just as quickly.

Flood damage in your Groveland home is overwhelming and can be quite devastating. When floodwaters have invaded your home, you need professional help to get your home clean and dry again. SERVPRO is standing by to help you with the professional training and equipment that is needed to do the job right.

In a flood situation, we are not finished once the water is out and your home is dry again. We must also clean your structure. Things like the subflooring and walls could need cleaning. We clean any materials which are restorable with the appropriate method.

For carpeting, SERVPRO staff clean and deodorize these areas. We choose a cleaning method that is right for the level of soiling. Six different carpet cleaning methods are utilized depending on the condition of the carpet.

Most of the time, we have a list of items which need to be cleaned. All contents exposed to water or high humidity have to be evaluated for cleaning needs. Some wood furniture might need cleaning and polishing from exposure to high humidity. We check all clothing, closets, and storage areas for contents needing cleaning and deodorizing. We also look for damage from high humidity and condensation on photographs and wall hangings. Your electronics may need special drying and cleaning services to restore them. Pool tables, pianos, clocks, and other items which are sensitive could also require specialized attention.

After restoration is complete, we finalize the job by ensuring you are satisfied. We check moisture levels one last time to ensure everything is dry and complete a walk-through with you. If there are any problems, we fix them and then remove all our equipment and supplies. Maintain relationships and communicating throughout the entire process is a huge factor in how smoothly the job is completed and how happy you are.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka prides ourselves on how we take care of our customers and their homes in Oak Knoll, Glen Lake, or Minnetonka Mills. Get in touch with us when your home has suffered flood damage by calling (952) 473-4837.

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Fire Damage In Oak Knoll

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

The cost to restore a home after such a disaster primarily comes from cleaning smoke and soot residues.

Dealing With Fire Damage

Most fires in Oak Knoll do not destroy the entire structure. The cost to restore a home after such a disaster primarily comes from cleaning smoke and soot residues. One of the more difficult aspects to removing residues is the odor molecules that they leave in every home and on the property inside.

Eliminating the odors from Oak Knoll fire damage can be an extensive process, depending on the type of affected property and how deep the odor molecules have gotten into it. To neutralize them, SERVPRO has developed a set of three methods we call Multiple-Phase Odor Control.

Chemical Containment is the first phase. The goal here is to keep odor molecules from turning into a vapor and escaping the air. To interrupt the process, our technicians spray a deodorizing agent directly onto any smoke and soot residues. The chemical forms a barrier which stops or at least slows evaporation.

Next is Vapor Odor Control. Restoration specialists release a deodorizing vapor to counteract and smoke and soot molecules already in the air. SERVPRO has a variety of granular agents with different, pleasant odors in our inventory. We release them immediately after starting Containment.

Thermal Fogging is our most technical phase. Technicians use a portable, heated, fog machine to disperse solvent-based deodorizing agents. The heat generated breaks down the agent into particles the same size as the odor molecules. The two types of molecules bond together, which changes the chemical composition of both and neutralizes the odor completely.

The fog generated evaporates within several hours and leaves almost no moisture, which prevents surface staining. That makes thermal fogging an ideal method for personal property like curtains, drapes, and upholstery. It is also excellent to neutralize odors trapped in drywall and other building materials.

Every set of odors is different, and may not require each phase to eliminate them. Our restoration crew checks each item after phases one and two to make sure that moving to the next is necessary.

Removing odors from your home may seem like an after-thought compared to disposing of damaged property and replacing melted, kitchen countertops. A lingering odor though is just that. It stays in your home and does not go away on its own. If you have a smoke odor or any other damage to your home, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here to help. Call us today at (952) 473-4837 to schedule an inspection.

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High Humidity And Mold Damage In Minnetonka Mills

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Molds need moisture to grow, and SERVPRO knows a remediation job is not complete until the source is found and eliminated.

High Humidity And Mold Damage

Unintended consequences of modern building methods used in areas like Minnetonka Mills may include damage to structures and contents. Tightly sealed windows, doors, and other building materials help conserve energy. Lack of adequate ventilation in homes built since the 1970s lets moisture build, contributing to mold growth. Once established, the mold colonies need professional remediation.

If you notice an “off” or musty smell in your Minnetonka Mills home, would it surprise you that mold damage could be the cause? In our climate, both building materials and the systems we use to heat and cool must handle extremes of temperature and humidity. Moisture levels and temperatures that get out of balance support the growth of fungal colonies out of the many mold spores always in our environment. Standard cleaning methods are inadequate to control a mold infestation. Our expert mold remediation crews contain and remove mold growth, and then sanitize the affected areas to inhibit future outbreaks.

Molds need moisture to grow, and SERVPRO knows a remediation job is not complete until the source is found and eliminated. In a Minnesota home, high humidity levels can be the culprit. When ambient humidity rises above 60 percent, some species of mold absorb that airborne moisture and multiply. During our summers, the air is often sticky, and if air conditioning or dehumidifiers are not used consistently, mold takes advantage of the water vapor.

Winters also pose the risk of high interior humidity as our HVAC systems or freestanding humidifiers run constantly to battle the dryness of the heated air. Parents run humidifiers when children struggle with allergies or upper respiratory infections, often making things worse if mold develops and its byproducts irritate susceptible individuals. Consult a healthcare provider if you're worried about a mold and health status connection.

SERVPRO crew members test for humidity levels and seek for other hidden pockets of moisture when we respond to a mold event. All technicians work with you to reduce home humidity to safe levels between 30 and 50 percent. Calibration of the humidifier in your HVAC system may be a solution, and if mold has developed in the ductwork, we offer cleaning, sealing, and disinfection of those spaces.

The reduction or elimination of other humidifying events also helps, including running bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, checking dryer vents for obstructions, and deemphasizing the use of room humidifiers. SERVPRO employees train in advanced water removal and drying techniques. Should our meters and scanners reveal water behind a wall, beneath a cabinet, or in any other area we deal with it. Water issues must be resolved to avoid mold problems in the future.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the experience and training to remediate mold damage in your home. Call (952) 473-4837 to start development of a plan to assess the issues and address the problem professionally.

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When Farm and Livestock Suppliers Endure Commercial Water Damage in Groveland

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers prompt remediation services to local farmers and ranchers.

Rely on SERVPRO to Keep Your Businesses Running after Water Damage

Many Groveland businesses have been in business for decades, with the community heavily relying on them to provide goods and services. Farm and livestock suppliers help food producers carry out their trade, and without them, the entire nation could feel their loss.

The importance of Groveland's impact becomes increasingly apparent when a business suffers commercial water damage. Without proper and prompt remediation, water can ruin the inventory, resulting in extreme hardship for local farmers and ranchers. A timely response from SERVPRO can prevent this disaster from affecting these hard-working individuals, and also those families who depend on them.

Helping many industries recover from a disaster, SERVPRO knows the importance of your daily operations, your inventory, and your employees' health. Water damage can lead to rusted railings and platforms, brittleness in plastic-covered equipment, and microbial growth. Water's capability to seep into cracks and grooves in surfaces, and to travel extensively, means your inventory faces extreme risk. We at SERVPRO can eliminate these problems before they cause profit loss, increase workers' absence rates, and other problems.

Our training is extensive, and results in certification by the IICRC includes Commercial Drying (CDS). Knowing your business relies on our skills, we maintain our equipment so that we can put it to work for you at a moment's notice. Our tools and machines can complete the work required, regardless of the amount of complexity in the situation.

Available 24-hours a day, every day, we can work alongside your employees, ensuring that any downtime your company experiences remains minimal. We can help move inventory to dry locations while our other crew members set up and supervise desiccation machinery in affected areas. We understand that your customers may have their own concerns and we can discuss with you how you wish to approach such requests for information.

Always ready to assist our local businesses, SERVPRO of Minnetonka wants to help you remain a vital part of our community. Call us at our local number, (952) 473-4837, to reach our round-the-clock service, 365 days a year.

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Basement Flood Damage Cleanup Safety in Your Minnetonka Mills Home

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

If heavy rainfall causes your home to flood, call the trained professionals at SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Assures Safety During Restoration Services

Torrential downpours in Minnetonka Mills have wreaked havoc on many homes in the area. These rains have caused various homes to become flooded, leaving many homeowners with a big problem on their hands. Basement flooding in these situations is widespread, and it needs to be taken care of quickly to avoid further damages.

If your Minnetonka Mills home was unfortunate enough to experience the effects of these storms, you want to call in the professionals at SERVPRO for help. We have all the training, tools, and experience needed to clean up the flood damage in your basement. We understand that time is of the essence as well, so we waste no time in getting to your home once you contact us.

When the job site is unsanitary such as floodwaters, we use personal protective equipment to keep workers safe while working and so we comply with safety regulations.

Gloves are worn by our staff to protect hands from absorbing substances or becoming contaminated with microorganisms. The kind of glove is selected based on its ability to protect against the hazards and conditions of the work environment. When there are contaminants that have to be contained, surgical gloves can be worn underneath outer gloves for protection as we remove contaminated protective clothing.

In a basement flooding situation, SERVPRO techs also need eye protection to protect from punctures from flying particles or corrosive substances or burns. If there is extensive mold growth, mold spores can infect eyes, so full-face respirators or goggles could be required.

The kind of respirator we choose is based on the dangers encountered. Respirators for mold remediation, black water damage, or the application of chemicals have to use HEPA particulate filters and organic vapor filters.

Boots can protect our feet from electrical hazards and skin from contact with harmful substances. Boots may be equipped with steel shanks for the ball of the foot and steel soles and toes for further protection.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka ensures you and our staff are safe during flood damage remediation by using the proper safety equipment and clothing. When you have floodwaters enter your home, you can be assured we take care of your home correctly in the areas of Oak Knoll, Groveland, or Minnetonka when you contact us at (952) 473-4837.

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Liquids That Can Cause Fire Damage in Minnetonka Mills Homes

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

If you are using lighter fluid on your grill, it is important to soak the coals before lighting them and not after.

You Can Help Prevent Fire Damage by Staying Aware of Flammable Liquids in Your Home

Many homeowners in Minnetonka Hills are already familiar with the many safety hazards within their homes, including burst pipes, weak electrical systems, burning candles, and more. However, there are some that are often ignored but present a severe risk for fire damage when they come into contact with a flame. These include flammable liquids that may be lying around your house.

In the event of an accidental spill, leading to severe fire damage in Minnetonka Mills, SERVPRO has got you covered. Our IICRC-certified technicians can come in quickly to mitigate the damage and restore your property to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." We use industry-standard tools and techniques in every restoration job, ensuring that you retain the value of your home after the event.

Nail polish remover is one of the most ignored causes of fire damage with which SERVPRO has dealt. The liquid contains acetone, which is very flammable. When a nearby flame (e.g. from a burning candle or gas stove) comes in contact with the polish remover, it can cause a fire that may in turn spread to your upholstery and other materials.

The rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet is also flammable and tends to vaporize quickly. At SERVPRO, we receive numerous cases of fire damage resulting from people pouring the liquid over fabrics to eliminate bedbugs. Gasoline, turpentine, and paint thinner are also possible causes of house fires. One reason for this is improper storage in the garage. Filling glass jars with gasoline, for instance, risks them falling and breaking, creating a spark that may lead to a huge fire.

Many backyard grill masters use charcoal lighter fluid to light up the coals quickly. However, it is easy to create an uncontrollable flame on the grill, causing extensive fire damage in the process. It is advisable to douse the coals before lighting them (not after) - when the briquettes are cold. Additionally, avoid spraying anything on the grill that is not recognized charcoal lighter fluid.

Home fires are not something most homeowners would like to think about. When it happens, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is there to help. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and provide 24/7 emergency services for local residents and neighboring towns. For any assistance, call us today at (952) 473-4837.

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Remediating Commercial Water Damage in Groveland

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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Keep Yourself Safe From Mold Damage Health Effects In Groveland

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage in your Groveland home should not be taken lightly.

Mold Damage Health Effects

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

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

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

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

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

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Don't Air Dry Water Damage in Your Groveland Home

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Materials dry out at different rates. Professionals technicians at SERVPRO will dry out your property correctly after damage.

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

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

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

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

We have the right tools and equipment to restore your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Prevent Your Oak Knoll Home From Fire Damage 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

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

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Torrential storms that hit Groveland can cause untold amounts of damage to homes.

Water Removal Can Save Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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What Is Salvageable After Mold Damage in Groveland?

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Whether or not an item is salvageable after mold damage will depend on the surface of the item on which the mold has grown.

How different surfaces are affected by mold damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Soot odor can linger long after a house fire, ozone machines can get rid of the odor once and for all.

Getting Rid of Soot Odors after Fire Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Signs of a Leaking Refrigerator in Your Minnetonka Mills Home

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

This Non-Refrigerator Leak in Minnetonka Mills Can Use the Help of SERVPRO

Leaks Can Lead to Significant Water Damage

One of the most important appliances in your home, you depend on your refrigerator working hard and keeping up with your daily demands. However, refrigerators, unfortunately, do not last forever, and the first sign it is near the end of its lifespan is sometimes the formation of a leak. Not all leaks are the same, though, and you should be aware of the different kinds.
Bottom Leaking
A leak coming from the lower part of your refrigerator causes water damage to your Minnetonka Mills home and needs to be addressed right away. A type of leak which is caused by condensation, it is a good indicator that your fridge is near the end of its days. If you are lucky, you just need to remove the water from the condensation tray. A leak coming from the bottom of your fridge is slow and steady, and you might not notice it for a while. In the meantime, mold and mildew start growing, and the flooring underneath the refrigerator suffers damage as well.
You certainly need the help of a professional water damage restoration company in a case like this. SERVPRO are the ones to call, as we get to your home fast to fix the problem and dry out your home before more damage occurs.
Leak from Ice Maker
An easy leak to spot, an ice maker leak is a rapid, steady leak, and causes damage if not fixed right away. Know what the pipe used in your ice maker is made of. Plastic pipes are well-known for getting tiny pinhole leaks which can go unnoticed for a while, doing severe damage behind your refrigerator. Copper pipes last a lot longer.
Know where the water shut-off valve is in your home. There could be one that goes right to your fridge, or you might have one for the whole house. No matter what, your first thought after noticing a leaking refrigerator should be to turn off the water supply. Then, get in contact with our technicians at SERVPRO immediately. We use special industrial tools to clean up the mess, and then repair the damages which have been done to your home. However, we do not repair or replace the appliance.
At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we do not waste any time when it comes to water damage. We understand that the longer the water sits in your home, the more damage and mold growth there is. Contact us whenever you need at (952) 473-4837.

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Drying Out After Commercial Flood Damage Soaks Your Groveland Hotel's Laundry Room

7/8/2017 (Permalink)

Laundry rooms are full of watery accidents waiting to happen, and those in hotels are certainly no exception.

Commercial Flood Damage

Laundry rooms are full of watery accidents waiting to happen, and those in hotels are certainly no exception. Not only does each washing machine have the potential to overflow should too much detergent be added, but there is also the possibility of joints coming loose or pipes breaking. On top of that, there is the sink that might be forgotten while being filled, causing it to overflow.

Even with the installation of drains in the floor of a Groveland hotel's laundry room, commercial flood damage can happen because that type of drain is for small spills, not accidents such as those above. Large spills and overflowing machines, as well as broken pipes and fittings, can quickly lead to flood damage at levels requiring professional repairs. Keeping your hotel at acceptable standards is difficult enough to do under normal situations. Flooding can make this impossible, but we can help resolve the situation and make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO technicians are trained in methods that make cleaning up after such an accident quick but thorough work. We also ensure that your guests and their routines are not overly and adversely affected by our equipment and activities. We always do our best in minimizing our impact on your business, no matter what kind of work we are doing or how extensive the repairs that are required.

Except for the largest of flood incidents, we can use a combination of your drains and our hand-held equipment to drain away the majority of the overflow. When most of the water has been removed from the laundry room, we can apply heaters to dry out the immediate area as well as any adjacent locations that may have been affected. Any items that were affected by the water, such as boxed laundry detergents or other goods, should be disposed of and we can help with this, as well.

We at SERVPRO of Minnetonka understand that when one aspect of your hotel's internal framework malfunctions, everything can falter. Hotels like yours help keep our local economy strong, and we rely on you as part of our local framework to remain vital. When you have an emergency like flood damage or another catastrophe, call us, at (952) 473-4837, anytime, any day. You can depend on us to make things right again.

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Protection Against Fire Damage Throughout The Groveland Area

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Having a fire in your home can be both mentally and physically exhausting.

Protection Against Fire Damage

Having a fire in your home can be both mentally and physically exhausting. You watch as your property gets consumed by flames, wondering how difficult it might be, or if it is at all possible to recover. Unfortunately, putting the flames out is only the beginning.

When facing fire damage in your Groveland area home, avoid taking chances, limit interaction, and make the call for help. You are not a contractor or a multi-faceted do-it-yourself jack-of-all-trades, and you do not have to be. Highly trained restoration specialists are only a phone call away, stay out of harm's way and leave your homes recovery to the professionals.

SERVPRO sends highly qualified IICRC certified fire restoration technicians that understand how fire affects the contents of your home. We have the equipment, experience, and training necessary to remove excess moisture left behind by firefighters, address damages, and perform repairs to restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO uses a variety of cleaning and deodorization methods to remove particles that attach themselves to your walls and other surfaces throughout the progress of the fire. We treat every area, surface, and belonging found in your home with the utmost care. Using every method in our arsenal to tackle even the smallest job to help limit losses you experience and prevent additional damages from forming in the future.

SERVPRO technicians take the time to explain each service in detail so that you understand what is happening in your home. If you are unavailable, we keep you updated with regular progress reports and contact you immediately should anything change as your restoration moves forward. We understand how challenging these situations can be, and do our best to provide you with the quality solutions you deserve.

You can trust that we make every effort to provide you with the services you deserve. Our certifications, licensing, training, equipment, and experience give your home an exceptional chance of recovering with limited disruptions to your everyday routine. Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka for all of your fire damage restoration needs. We provide you with the help you need when you need it. Call today (952) 473-4837.

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Mold Growth In Your Groveland Home

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

The simplest way to stop mold growth is to reduce moisture.

Mold Growth And Mold Damage

Mold growth is not as noticeable as fire or water damage. It can be just as dangerous to residents and destroy as much property if left unchecked and untreated. Stopping the advancement of mold growth, however, is simpler to accomplish for the most part.

To understand how SERVPRO stops mold damage in Groveland, it helps to know how mold gets started in the first place. Individual mold spores are smaller than a mustard seed, but function in the same manner. A mass containing thousands of them is much smaller than a dandelion, but when it is disturbed, reacts the same way; it breaks apart and spreads the spores (seeds) as far as an air current takes them.

In most cases, these spores touchdown and remain inert, a threat to no one or anything. To expand, they need moisture. The expanding spores extend hyphae across surfaces, seeking a food source so they can grow. When they find one, the spores form a new mass, and the cycle repeats itself, spreading across walls, ceilings, under carpets, and into HVAC ductwork. Most of this takes place between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, but a few species of mold can grow at high or lower temperatures. To stop growth and render the spores inert, we perform the following tasks: Reduce the moisture available, remove the food source and either raise or lower the temperature.

The simplest way to stop growth is to reduce moisture. Our technicians examine the area around it for standing water and measure the air moisture content, also known as the humidity level. We use pumps and extractors to remove visible water and draw unseen water from floors and carpets and set-up dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air.

Removing the food source requires a certain amount of demolition that starts with replacing drywall and ceiling tiles. It is simply not cost-effective to try to clean and restore them. If we find mold under a carpet, the same is true.

Changing the temperature is the most difficult factor to manage. Trying to raise or lower the temperature of an affected area can take a long time since it is usually unsafe to engage the HVAC with an active mold growth in the home. In smaller areas, we use heaters to raise the temperature effectively, but even then, we do so as part of reducing the moisture levels.

Stopping mold growth in your home is a simple task compared to tearing out the effects of a fire or water disaster. Simple does not mean easy or quick though; you still need a professional restoration service to accomplish the task safely. SERVPRO of Minnetonka is prepared to return your home to its original state as quickly as possible. Contact us today at (952) 473-4837 if you need our help or suspect there may be a problem and want to schedule an inspection.

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Mold Damage Remediation In Groveland You Can Trust

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Finding areas of your home that contain excessive moisture, condensation, or water stains, often results in the discovery of mold growth.

Mold Damage Remediation

Finding areas of your home that contain excessive moisture, condensation, or water stains, often results in the discovery of mold growth. Most of the time, when it eventually becomes visible, repairs often exceed a normal person’s ability.

Dealing with mold damage found in your Groveland area home requires specialized equipment and a professional eye to deal with properly. Regardless of the amount or kind of mold damage you discover, professional remediation services provide you with the best possible results. Professional remediation companies, like SERVPRO, exist so that you do not have to expose yourself to hazardous materials. We want to help you get things under control quickly, limit losses you experience, and make the process as stress-free as possible. Asking for help from SERVPRO technicians means that you understand how important it is to keep your indoor environment healthy and clean. It is smart to gain knowledge that can help prevent future contamination and allow someone with expert training to assist you in controlling mold growth in your home.

You could have extensive mold growth underneath your kitchen sink, spreading throughout your cabinets, walls, floor, or ceiling that leads to extensive repairs that you are not prepared to handle. SERVPRO takes charge of your entire remediation process, providing you with everything you need to return your house to a quality pre-mold damage condition, often exceeding your expectations. Our technicians use moisture detectors, negative-airflow machines, air movers, dehumidifiers, water extraction equipment, containment, handling, and disposal procedures throughout your home’s remediation. With IICRC certified mold remediation specialists on your side, you can accomplish a mold-free living environment and protect your family against risks that may cause health problems.

Make excessive mold problems on your property a thing of the past, making mold disappear, “Like it never even happened.” Trust your health and the health of your family to expertly trained professionals concerned with making your home livable again. It feels great to have someone on your side, working with your insurance company to ensure you receive the results you deserve.

Get everything necessary to return things to normal in the quickest, most efficient way possible by contacting SERVPRO of Minnetonka. We can help return things to normal fast, call today (952) 473-4837.

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How Retail Stores' Daily Operations Are Affected By Water Damage In Groveland

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Each water damage situation is different and may have many hidden or complicated factors at play.

Water Damaged Retail Stores'

Most retail outlets' primary concerns when dealing with water damage relate to costs incurred and how the disaster may affect business. Each situation is different and may have many hidden or complicated factors at play, so we cannot give an accurate assessment of restoration time and impact on your daily operations until our inspectors have carefully examined the job site. However, with a touch of common sense, you should be able to place your damage in one of these categories to determine how much you need to prepare for the rocky road ahead.

Light Damage
Some retail water damage situations in Groveland may be light enough to avoid any major impact on the store's day-to-day operations entirely. If the damage is contained to a small area, such as with a sink or bathroom overflow, it may be possible to cordon off nothing more than this little section of the store. If this is the case, SERVPRO technicians do their best to not interfere elsewhere in the location to ensure that your business continues uninterrupted.

Moderate Damage
Most jobs SERVPRO is called in to help with involve a heavier situation, but one in which the store may still operate albeit at a limited capacity. In these cases, water damage is widespread or severe over an area of the store and requires the closing of any damaged regions. Your finances may hurt from this, but it is usually best to keep doors open and money flowing in if possible.

Heavy Damage
When water damage is widespread across the store or seriously impedes key functions such as power delivery, it may be necessary to close the entire location down while we work on restorations. If we ask you to close down fully, it is because the damage is severe enough to be dangerous or make continued operations impossible: we do not make this decision lightly. We understand that these conditions are unsustainable for lengthy periods of time, and focus our efforts on such cases to keep your business from closing doors permanently.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has experience with water, fire, and mold damage in retail locations of all sizes. To minimize the impact on your business, call us 24/7 at (952) 473-4837.

How Commercial Fire Damage Can Hurt Groveland Farm Supply Inventory If Not Professionally Mitigated

4/23/2017 (Permalink)

After a fire is extinguished, warehouse fires often leave surprising amounts of damage.

Commercial Fire Damage

After a fire is extinguished, warehouse fires often leave surprising amounts of damage. This damage can take different forms simply because of the various types of inventory and goods that are warehoused.

When a fire hits a warehouse in Groveland that is used to store farm supply goods, commercial fire damage can seem minor and easily cleaned up by current employees. One problem with this is often readily apparent – many insurance adjusters rarely honor claims that do not have third party accounting. There are other concerns for cleanup after a fire, however.

Different types of fertilizer can affect smoke residues. Soot always contains corrosive substances, no matter how clean the fire was. When chemicals have been in the fire or even near it, these chemicals can affect the quality of the soot. This highly corrosive soot can eat away at any metal. In the case of farming vehicles and other related items such as trailers, these are typically painted. Soot is capable of finding its way under the paint, leading to future corrosive activity. Small items such as hand tools, clothing, boots, and other merchandise all need to be cleaned.

Products that are designed for feed and medicines often have detailing that catches soot. These items need to be cleaned of all soot before sale. Soot might resemble charcoal, but it can contain chemicals that could adversely affect animals that ingest even small amounts. Consuming even small amounts of soot can be unsafe in large part because some chemical compounds change when exposed to heat.

Employees who work inside a warehouse with unmitigated fire damage are at risk of continued inhalation of soot. Soot can be removed by manual cleaning, but a significant amount can be left behind in locations that are not easily accessible. Even though these places may be hard to reach, if soot can find a way in, as soot breaks down, those same particles are eventually released back into the air.

At SERVPRO, our employees know how to remove visible soot, but also how to remove particles that make soot a stinky, smelly, and ongoing reminder of the fire. With the use of equipment that produces a safe and naturally occurring gas, hydroxyl, or OH, that is more powerful at cleaning the air of impurities than ozone. Being safer than ozone, hydroxyl can be used in occupied buildings, around plants, and even in areas where carpets are still damp.

The sale of smoke-affected items can lead to dissatisfaction, and that can result in subsequent complaints to the makers of these products. Soot can ruin the finishes on products of any kind, and also creates an undesirable environment for employees. Having a professional and experienced company like SERVPRO perform the needed cleanup can prevent these and other problems from taking place. Protecting your employees from the risks inherent in cleaning up after a fire while obtaining excellent results and third-party verification is always the better option.

We at SERVPRO of Minnetonka know farming is a vital part of our community, and work hard to ensure that businesses affected by commercial fire damage and other disasters can continue providing goods and services locally. When your business has just such an emergency, call us at (952) 473-4837. We are always here to answer the phone and can start working on restoring your business.

The Five Step Repair Plan for Water Damage in Minnetonka

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Burst pipes can cause extensive water damage. Call SERVPRO for expert remediation.

Steps to take after water damage

Unfortunately for homeowners, there is a surprising number of ways for excess water to get inside a property. The most common is a broken pipe in the kitchen or bathroom. It can cause a big flood or what is called ‘invisible’ water damage, whereby a pipe cracks behind a wall and the effects are not immediately detected.

Water damage in Minnetonka homes may also be related to an impaired roof. If tiles, slates, or shingles are missing, rain can get inside and saturate the insulation and other materials. Similarly, if a kitchen appliance (such as a dishwasher) breaks down mid cycle, the flooring, walls, and cabinets are all susceptible to damage.

Keep reading to find out how remediation companies like SERVPRO deal with water damage in residential buildings.

Step One: Contact the Experts

Speed is of the essence for water damage repairs. The faster you get in touch with our team, the easier it is to reverse the destruction. After 48 hours, there is a significant risk of mold, so you need to arrange remediation quickly.

Step Two: Talk to Your Insurer

The SERVPRO team resides in the Minnetonka area. It means that they can guarantee a fast response. While they are inspecting the damage and formulating a drying plan, you can speak to your insurer. The technicians can answer any questions that they have about the estimated timeframe and cost of the job.

Step Three: Pump Standing Water

If a large volume of water is inside the house when we arrive, motorized pumps can be used to extract it quickly. Materials cannot be fully dried and cleaned until as much liquid has been removed as possible. Normally, this stage happens quite quickly. It is the precision drying which takes the longest amount of time.

Step Four: Drying with Dehumidifiers

Precision drying (or Applied Structural Drying) refers to a controlled schedule of dehumidification and humidity regulation. It relies on a carefully monitored arrangement of air movers and dehumidifiers to draw out water without causing further damage. It is particularly effective for porous items like carpets, curtains, and sofas.

Step Five: Cleaning with Biocides

In some cases, cleaning with strong detergents is not necessary. However, if the flood or leak contains gray water (mixed with other substances), there is a small risk of bacteria developing on surfaces. For this reason, SERVPRO wipes walls and non-porous objects with cleaning chemicals after drying is complete.

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, we have all the expertise you need to rescue your home from water damage. We are a local service, so you can always get in touch and arrange repairs fast. Call us 24/7 at (952) 473-4837.

When You have Fire Damage in Groveland

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Groveland Fire Damage Needs SERVPRO for Cleanup

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Groveland Home Damaged by Fire

Fire can happen in any home and be caused by many different things. Malfunctioning appliances are one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. Elements can overheat, cords that have frayed can spark and ignite flammable materials nearby, and plugs that are only partially connected to outlets can all start fires that spread quickly in a home.
Groveland homes that have fire damage should be restored as soon as possible. Along with fire damage, any water used to extinguish the fire can create problems of its own. Even small amounts of water from a small fire can become problematic. SERVPRO can look to see how much damage exists in your home in a short amount of time. When we look in a home to determine the level of fire damage, we also take into consideration that other types of damage are also highly likely.
Fire damage often affects homes severely, even if the surface seems to be only slightly damaged. Fire damage includes scorching, which is very visible, and also weakening of internal structures from the high heat produced by the fire. While a wall in your home may seem fine because the fire never touched it, the beams inside could be damaged. Interior support beams that never caught fire but instead smoldered are an underlying reason that fires often re-ignite long after the firefighters have left the scene.
Structural components in your home may be out of sight, but they should be given the attention they deserve. They hold your house together, and without them, your walls would soon collapse, your floors would sag and cave in, and your roof would allow rain, snow, and pesky animals to enter at will. When we locate such damage, we can replace the affected beams and other supports so that your home remains safe.
When fire damage covers a much larger area, we can restore these areas, also. No job is too small, nor too large for us to complete. Call us, SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837, when your home has had a fire of any size.

Flood Damage Protocols in Andover

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Lines on the Walls Indicate the Height of the Storm Waters in Andover

When an Andover Home Is Flooded Call SERVPRO for Emergency Cleanup and Restoration

The rain and storms to our area have been record-breaking this year. Minnesota residents have seen more water rise and broke banks than ever before. This exceptional flooding has brought exceptional problems as well.

In many cases, the flood damage to Andover homes includes contaminated water. Silt, debris, and even sewer water from overwhelmed city systems or septic tanks require special protective and cleaning actions. An experienced company like SERVPRO has the training to deal with these situations and how to safely put you back in your home.

Once discovered, our IICRC certified technicians deal with a contamination threat by spraying a disinfectant as they enter the structure. They spray every surface with an EPA approved chemical. Spraying not only reduces the threat but also reduces the chance of spreading the contamination as our technicians move into uncontaminated areas. Next, we remove excess debris. As the process begins, our technicians use shovels to remove heavy items and rakes to remove silt from carpets. This material may be hazardous if it contains asbestos, lead or another regulated material.

Now, technicians begin water removal. They accomplish this task using a combination of water vacuums and extractors specially designed to remove the flooding without harming carpets or other types of flooring. With that finished, our restoration team continues with the evaluation. We determine if your structure and personal property can be decontaminated and restored. If this is not possible, then the items must be removed and replaced. We usually remove building material (e.g. drywall, wallpaper) since it is rapidly destroyed by standing water alone. Structural beams and other components are more resistant to standing water; technicians pressure wash them and then spray with a disinfectant to avoid the cost of replacement.

Other types of property are restorable unless exposed to black water (sewer water). If this has happened, then the decision to attempt disinfecting the item depends on the porous nature of the items. A solid countertop is recoverable while carpets and furniture fabrics are usually written off as a loss. Safety first.

As technicians remove property, new surfaces are exposed. Every new surface is disinfected and inspected again to determine if it can be restored or requires removal. Technicians repeat these actions until all surfaces, hardwood or tile flooring and soft fabrics, in the home are disinfected or disposed of according to state and federal regulations.

Restoring your home after a flood is a complicated process, but SERVPRO of Minnetonka stands with you through every step. Call us today at (952) 473-4837 for an initial inspection or to get started immediately.

Quick Recovery from Flood Damage in Oak Knoll

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Rising Waters During Floods Can Contaminate Your Oak Knoll home

Oak Knoll Damage from Flooding Is Mitigated with Fast Restoration

Flooding often happens in the spring months. There are many causes behind flooding – rapid snow melt that overwhelms the terrain, torrential storms in the area and nearby, and sewer backups caused by heavy debris blocking drains are just three. Flooding can also result from internal sources, such as malfunctioning appliances or water lines that burst apart.

Oak Knoll residents can restore their homes after flood damage threatens them with some assistance from SERVPRO. We are equipped with and experienced in the use of, the latest technological devices that can detect problem areas before they become visibly noticeable.

Areas saturated with flood water often contain various microbes. We can detect higher levels of contamination and remove the areas affected the most first. By targeting and removing materials that are more heavily contaminated before other materials are removed, we reduce the number of mold spores and other pathogens that are present, which prevents them from spreading to other areas.

Because water from water lines is clean, many people assume that this water cannot contain microbes. As water flows through your home, it can wash solid particles, dirt, oils, pet dander, and even microbes along with it. These are found throughout even the cleanest of homes, typically in carpeting, in between floorboards, and under counters, furniture, and cabinets.

When flooding happens because of a leak inside your home, calling us can reduce much of the need to remove materials such as drywall and sheetrock. We can, instead, restore these areas to a dry state. Then we can clean the areas affected and apply a microbial agent to prevent mold and bacteria from growing on these surfaces. Every minute spent waiting can increase the cost involved in restoring your home.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the experience needed to deal with flood damage caused by water from any source. No job is too small for us. We can be contacted any hour of the day or night at (952) 473-4837.

Avoiding Water Damage To Your Home In Groveland During A Flood

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Prepare an emergency preparedness kit that includes a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid.

Water Damage Caused By Flooding

Hopefully, you live in an area that receives warning alerts and has specific flood watch services available to give you ample warning of any impending issues. Because there are a variety of actions, you can take before, during, and after receiving a warning to help protect your home and family.

Make your entire family aware of potential water damage and flooding situations around your Groveland area home. It could make a huge difference in getting your family to safety or falling victim to a natural disaster that you have zero control over.

SERVPRO has some basic safety tips to following during an emergency. First, if there is any chance whatsoever of flash flooding in your area, make sure that every member of your family understands the importance of getting to higher ground, it is essential to their survival during this kind of emergency. You should avoid walking or driving through areas affected by flood waters, it takes as little as six inches of moving water to remove you from your feet, and only two feet of water is more than enough to sweep a normal sized vehicle away. Leaving a vehicle trapped by swift currents of water exposes you to dangerous contaminants and debris floating in the water, it is best to stay put for as long as possible. You want to be aware of your situation and prevent this type of event from happening when at all possible.

Know where to go during an emergency, prepare an emergency preparedness kit that includes a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid, as well as clothing, food, and water for every member of your family to cover a couple of days at least. It also helps to shut off the electricity, gas, and water supply to your home if you have the time while taking any important indoor possessions to the highest floor possible to protect them from flood damage. Make sure that you and members of your family avoid contact with water, especially if an electrical hazard still exists.

After the authorities report that it is safe to return to your home, contact your insurance company and a quality restoration company like SERVPRO for help immediately, the sooner help arrives, the higher the chance is that you can avoid additional damages and other issues from forming in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka for help anytime, day or night, 365 days a year (952) 473-4837.

What Is Mold And How Can Homeowners In Oak Knoll Decrease Exposure?

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Growing on a Wall in Oak Knoll

Limit Humidity in Your Home to Reduce the Risk of Mold Infestations

Constant use of your shower, as well as cooking and cleaning appliances, can cause mold to spread throughout your property. There are several ways for this type of infestation to run rampant in your home, but what is it, and how can you help decrease exposure?
If you suspect that your Oak Knoll home has mold damage, locate a certified professional to assist with the repairs and cleaning before things get out of hand. At SERVPRO as we become more aware of molds and fungi, it is our responsibility to understand them, find out why they exist and get the proper help to control the spread within our homes.
We experience new species regularly; no one knows how many types there are, yet. Molds exist both indoors and outdoors, within our environment, in the air that we breathe, the food and water that we consume, everywhere around us. We also know that various types of airborne molds and spores may cause health effects in certain people if exposed to the right quantity.
However, we have also learned that mold and fungus grow at the highest rate, inside of warm, damp, humid environments, and spread quickly, through the reproduction of microscopic spores. They can even survive harsh dry or cold environments that limit or completely stop normal mold growth, mainly waiting for the right conditions to exist.
Mold growth inside of your home is controllable; it is when things get out of control that you need professional help from a company like SERVPRO. We can help you learn how to control your humidity levels inside and properly ventilate your showers and cooking areas to prevent growth from forming.
SERVPRO technicians can also help you learn which products to use for cleaning smaller contaminated areas. However, when the area exceeds 10 square feet, professional assistance may be necessary to clean the area and mitigate damages properly. It is unlikely that you have the experience or equipment needed to handle a job of larger size and most homeowners find that they make the problem bigger by attempting to do it themselves. We suggest leaving grappling with mold in the hands of the professionals.
At SERVPRO, we recommend maintaining an indoor humidity level of no higher than 50%. Both air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help you keep your humidity low. Install the proper exhaust fans for cooking appliances, dishwashers and clothes dryers. Cleaning the surfaces in your bathroom, kitchen and other constant moisture source areas with mold killing products help as well.
Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka today for additional advice and professional mold damage restoration and remediation services. (952) 473-4837

Businesses Fight Mold Damage in Groveland

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Whether the source of the mold is apparent or hidden, SERVPRO has the tools and experience to find it. Call today to see for yourself.

SERVPRO Investigates to Quickly Find the Source of the Mold

Running a pub can be rough, dealing with customers day in and day out who have had a little too much to drink. The place can get out of control, but even under the best circumstances, there are several gallons of moisture hitting the floors every day. If the serving area, the bar itself and the storage areas for the liquor do not have proper maintenance performed, mold growth can happen quickly. A single broken nozzle in the serving area or even spillage from a solid night of business can create the perfect conditions for mold growth to occur.
When you experience commercial mold damage situations in your Groveland business, give us a call. We have 24-hour emergency services available from a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Being a locally owned and operated franchise has its privileges, we have access to the personnel and equipment necessary to handle any size disaster. With several years of experience, we understand how mold acts and can effectively mediate the exposure your business faces.
Mold growth, especially in buildings, may cause health effects in certain people. A variety of practices, used correctly, mitigate mold issues in buildings. Maintaining the proper moisture levels inside of a building helps mediate mold growth and prevent possible mold damage restoration conditions. SERVPRO technicians understand that mold spores are present in our environment, both indoors and outdoors.
It is a part of our job at SERVPRO to educate you about the possible ways to spread microscopic spores throughout your business and properly limit exposure to your professional environment. Spores can float through the air and often enter through open windows or doors. If not maintained correctly, your ventilation system could contain large numbers of mold spores and spread them throughout your building.
SERVPRO experiences cases of infestation on a daily basis. Most often producing strong, musty odors in areas just out of view, before growing into colonies and spreading to other regions. The moisture level that exists has an enormous impact on how far the contamination spreads, however, small areas can live for a very long time before the right conditions are in place to expand them further.
Before mold damage remediation can begin, we need to locate the source of moisture and stop it, before establishing a proper containment and control area to prevent further contamination. Mold spores thrive on moisture and quickly spread when water is present, eliminating this exposure stops the growth.
Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka today to obtain the services you deserve. (952) 473-4837

Water Removal in Groveland Has a Formula for Success

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Exhaust Fans Reduce Humidity in Your Groveland Home

SERVPRO's Protocols Mitigate Water Damage to a Property

If you have flooding in your apartment, house or condo, how quickly you get the water out will determine how much it can cost you. In order to get the fastest results, you need a professional restoration company.

SERVPRO has decades of experience when it comes to water removal. Returning your Groveland home to its pre-flood state begins with one of our restoration teams. We keep a team ready 24 hours a day in order to quickly arrive, determine the amount of water to be removed and get to work within an hour of your phone call, when possible. We have three primary steps to putting your home back together:

Remove Standing Water - Technicians deploy one or more pumps depending on the size and floor plan of your home. This can be done in less than a day, even in one the larger homes such as a mini-mansion or a ranch style house. If power is not available, we can deploy generators to run the pumps. If your home is in an isolated area, we also have generator trucks available for around the clock support.

Extract Trapped Water - With the visible water pumped out, technicians now go to work removing the water in your floors and carpets. To accomplish this, our SERVPRO technicians use extraction devices that are designed to draw out the water without scratching or gouging floorboards or tearing up the nape of the carpet. We utilize special drying mats to suction off water and moisture from the joints of hardwood flooring and the supporting floor joists. If there is a pad underneath the carpeting, we may need to remove the carpet or float it, that is to release the material from the tack strips to  to dry it. If the pad is too soaked to dry without damaging it, we'll recommend that you replace it.

Lower Humidity Levels - Once the water has been removed, our technicians will test the air moisture levels in your home. If they are too high, there is the possibility that mold spores will expand in this environment and begin to grow. In order to bring the levels below 12 percent, response team members will set up a series of dehumidifiers. These machines can draw up to 30 gallons of moisture from the surrounding air.

If you have water in your home, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here to help you deal with it quickly and in a professional manner. As a locally owned franchise, we are dedicated to helping our neighbors get their lives back to normal. Call us at (952) 473-4837 today to begin the removal and restoration process.

Fire Damage in Oak Knoll Homes might be Extensive even from Small, Contained Fires

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

It's always best to keep an eye on any lit candles in the home. If a small fire does start, exercise safety precautions and then call SERVPRO!

It Can be Hard to Deal with Fire Damage without Professional Technicians by Your Side

House fires during the holiday season are on many people's minds, although they can happen any time of the year. Public announcements on television warn about being careful about the placement of certain decorations and the dangers of leaving lights on when nobody is at home to supervise them. These same cautions should hold true all year long.

When Oak Knoll residents have small fires in their homes, they are often surprised by the amount of fire damage caused. Small fires can cause extensive damage, throughout a home, in a very short time if they are in an area where there are items that will create heavy smoke, ash, and soot when burned. The airborne particles can spread quickly to every other part of your home, even if the fire never spreads to those areas.

Fire damage can also include melted plastics that have dripped onto other surfaces. Some surfaces can be restored more easily than others, depending on what they are made of. Some surfaces, such as fabrics, might not be able to be restored on-site. Some, such as carpeting, might need to be repaired by one of our carpet repair and restoration technicians. The same is true of upholstered furniture.

This is one of the reasons why it is so important to be highly cautious with lights and candles around artificial trees. Made of plastic, they are hard to catch on fire, but not impossible. Before burning, they will melt, and also release toxic gasses. One of the components found in older trees, as well as the cord used for most lights, including newer ones, is lead. This can be very toxic around young children and babies. However, when these melt, they can create shock hazards with their now-exposed wiring.

SERVPRO professionals can help clean up such messes, and also give you pointers on how to avoid similar problems in the future. It is not always a candle that starts a fire. It can be combinations of other things that also pose hazards during the winter months.

When you need a helping hand cleaning up fire damage in your home, call us, SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837. We have the training to handle any situation, large or small, that has threatened to take over your home. Call us anytime, 24/7, and we will take care of your emergency situations professionally.

Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration In Oak Knoll

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

Flood damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to help!

SERVPRO Uses the Latest Techniques to Dry Out Your Property

Waking up to a flooded basement does not have to result in severe damage to your home. We have the services, equipment, and personnel available to you that will help you restore your home within hours. It would benefit you to provide us with the opportunity to give you the assistance that you need and present you with the knowledge you will need to prevent further incidents from happening at all.
Our locally owned and operated franchise in Oak Knoll has the flood damage restoration experts that you need. We will discuss your options and determine which of our services are best for your particular situation. We always begin work immediately and work hard to restore your property to a quality pre-flood damage condition. Safely and securely controlling job conditions to prevent any environmental issues that may present health issues for those coming in and out of the area.
SERVPRO offers quality inspection and water damage assessment services that we use to determine the amount of damage that your property has received. After we remove all of the excess water as fast as possible, we begin our drying and dehumidification process to prevent any additional damage to your property from developing due to exposure.
Our site manager works closely with you and your insurance company to determine which services are correct for your situation. Sometimes, SERVPRO's move-out services are required to save your belongings from exposure and store them off-site. This service provides you with a quicker restoration process and protects your items from further damage while on-site.
Once our drying process is complete, we use special cleaning techniques to sanitize and clean items and structures that also remove odors and deodorize the entire area. Removing all of the odors that have accumulated in the vicinity, either from contaminants or other exposure.
Our SERVPRO technicians then use our restoration process that is designed to return your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition that may include minor repairs. Repairs such as drywall replacement, new carpet, and padding, insulation replacement or reconstruction of certain areas may be required. Luckily, our technicians provide all of these services, so there is no need for you to call anyone else to complete the job.
The expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Minnetonka are waiting for your call. We are available 24/7 - 365 days a year, including holidays and are eager to assist you with your restoration needs. (952) 473-4837

Commercial Water Damage & Beyond In Groveland

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage in Groveland Gets Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Strives to Restore Your Commercial Water Damaged Rental

It's the worst nightmare scenario for any commercial property owner anywhere. You have tenants approved; they move in, and for whatever reason, they go out of their way to damage your walls, carpet, flooring, fixtures and appliances. Somehow they even managed to destroy the crown molding and baseboards. They've caused water damage to areas that don't even have any plumbing. Light fixtures, switches, faucets, tubs, and all of the furniture that was on the property, including some of theirs that they left behind during their hasty escape are all damaged.

What would you say if I told you that you have access to professionally trained commercial water damage technicians in Groveland that are ready to assist you during every step of this sort of restoration and more? Our expertly trained staff will even help you with all of the paperwork that is required to submit to your insurance company. To help in reducing the costs associated with the repairs, we have technicians specifically designed to handle every aspect of the restoration so that typically we can accomplish the entire commercial water damage and rebuild needed.
SERVPRO technicians are available whenever you need us. We have twenty-four-hour emergency service and rapid response teams to get to your commercial property fast and perform the repairs that you need. We'll perform a full inspection and assessment and go over everything with you that is required to return your commercial property to its pre-damage condition.
We can handle moving all of your furniture and valuables, if any are present in a rental unit, to a safe location on-site or even off-site while repairs performed to the rest of the property are underway. At SERVPRO we take great care to restore as many of your items as possible and treat your valuables as though they were our own, working hard to make this incident as inconvenient as possible.
SERVPRO is here to help, from water removal to full restoration of your property, leave your commercial water damage restoration needs to our expertly trained staff. We'll have your property back to working order and ready for your next tenant as soon as possible with as little impact on your normal daily operations as we can.
The professional services at SERVPRO of Minnetonka are only a phone call away and available to you 24/7, make the call, you won't be disappointed. (952) 473-4837

Mold Damage Remediation Success in Minnetonka

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Effective mold control starts with figuring out the cause. Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka today for an assessment!

SERVPRO is Trained to Assess and then Remediate Your Mold Damage

The presence of water damage, mold growth or must odors needs to be addressed right away. In all cases, any source of water has to be found and corrected, and the extent of water damage and mold growth figured out. Materials that are water damaged should be taken out of the home or cleaned and dried.

A trained professional, like our staff at SERVPRO, should be hired to take care of any mold damage in Minnetonka. They can develop a site-specific plan and assess the extent of your moisture problem. Whoever you hire, they should be following all EPA guidelines and health regulations to keep them and your family safe during the entire process.

Visual Inspection
This is the most important initial step in finding a possible mold problem and planning out remediation strategies. The extent of any mold growth and water damage should be assessed visually and the affected materials in your home identified. This visual inspection should include observations of hidden areas where damage might be found, like attics, crawl spaces and behind drywall. Carpet padding and backing, moldings, wallpaper, insulation and other materials that could be harbingers of mold growth should be assessed as well.

Drywall, ceiling tiles, structural wood and other surfaces containing cellulose should also be given careful consideration in a visual inspection. HVAC systems need to be checked as well for mold growth or damp conditions on system components like insulation, filters and fins/coils, plus for overall cleanliness. Equipment like a moisture meter or an infrared camera to detect moisture could be helpful in finding hidden mold growth, how bad the water damage is and in determining if the source of water is active.

Personal protective gear like respiratory protection and gloves will also be used by our trained staff at SERVPRO. Efforts will also be made to lower the generation and migration of any mold and dust.

The goal here is to clean or remove any materials that are damaged by mold using work practices which protect you and your family by controlling the spread of mold from the work area and also to protect any workers doing the remediation. The known remediation methods were made to achieve this goal, but they are not meant to exclude other methods which could be effective and aren’t a substitute for a work plan that is site-specific.

There is not much scientific information existing which evaluates the effectiveness and best practices for the remediation of mold, so these guidelines are based on principles used to remediate environmental hazards indoors which are commonly known. The guidelines are not intended for use in critical care facilities like transplant units, intensive care units or surgical suites.

Our technicians at SERVPRO of Minnetonka are trained and experienced in all the proper mold remediation procedures, so you know you can trust us to take care of your mold problem. Call us at (952) 473-4837 right away if you suspect you have a mold problem so we can come out and assess the damage for you.

Equipment Used By SERVPRO To Remove Water

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Professional restoration services use industry approved equipment and tools to help get you back into your home quickly.

Different Equipment Used To Remove Water

Professional restoration services use industry approved equipment and tools to help get you back into your home quickly. One such device is high volume air movers. Air movers are industrial fans used to speed up the drying process due to water damage. These powerful devices are created to move airflow at a high-velocity which will dry water damaged areas quickly.

Air movers can dry out floors, carpeting, upholstery, and walls quite rapidly. If water damage occurs in a Groveland residential or commercial site, SERVPRO brings in state-of-the-art equipment to help prevent any secondary damage. Industrial air movers are an essential tool in the restoration industry.

When technicians are repairing water damaged areas, a professional grade air mover gives SERVPRO experts fast drying results. Air movers help restoration experts with the following remediation steps:

• Removes Fumes - air movers help to rapidly remove fumes and gasses especially from a fire

• Ventilation - air movers can ventilate larger and small spaces.

• Drying - drying is a common use for air movers. Air movers promote evaporation which helps to shorten drying times for rooms or household items.

Air movers are also helpful when areas are humid from standing water, causing painted walls to sweat. High-speed air movers generate airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here when you need water removal services. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. Our specialists are accessible 24 hours a day. We are locally owned and operated which means that we are Faster to Any Size Disaster! After flood waters have receded call us at (952) 473-4837. Let our well-trained and well-equipped technicians help you through this stressful time, to get you back into your home as soon as possible.

The Connection Between Water Leaks and Mold Damage

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Leaks Can Lead to Mold Hidden in Your Groveland Walls Needing Remediation from SERVPRO

Mold Growth Often Results from Leaks that Can Be Remediated by SERVPRO

Most homeowners know that mold has the potential to endanger the health of humans and animals, but fewer know the full scope of how it affects a home's structure. Mold damage isn't merely unsightly or the cause of bad odors within a home, it can wreak all types of havoc. In addition to ruining walls, flooring, and fixtures, mold can destroy your documents, photos, clothing, furniture, and other possessions.
If you're dealing with mold damage in Groveland, you may be surprised to learn that the source of the fungi is a hidden water leak. Leaky plumbing, pipes, and roofs are very common causes of mold damage, and when you resolve the leak the mold has a much smaller chance of being able to regrow and thrive. Here are some signs of mold damage that are the result of a leak in your home.
1. Excessive Moisture
Mold thrives in wet, dark places, which is why it's often found underneath and behind sink and toilet plumbing. If you find that the cabinets or walls in your kitchen and bathroom areas have become warped and moldy, leaks are a likely cause. When SERVPRO technicians find mold damage caused by leaks, we're careful to extract all of the excess water possible to prevent future mold growth and fix or have fixed the source of the moisture.
2. Water Stains and Marks
If you notice stains on your ceiling, walls, or floors, but you know you haven't spilled or splashed anything, there's a good chance that mold damage isn't far off. Wallpaper and paint that are peeling are also typical in this situation. If you smell moldy odors in addition to seeing the stains, that's another sure sign. Our professional crew can quickly and efficiently eliminate stains and smells caused by mold damage. With foggers, ozone machines, and SERVPRO antimicrobial products we can dispatch the signs of mold growth.
3. Higher Utility Bills
A problem that many homeowners notice over time is a large use of water. Mold damage is often detected first; then water bills come that are much higher than they should be. If your water usage hasn't increased, yet your water bills are significantly more expensive, water leaks may be causing the sticker shock.
The team at SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the skill and expertise to remedy mold damage in your home. Our expert technicians will also work to find the source of water leaks so you can have peace of mind and fewer worries about future mold issues. For a quote or to learn more about our mold remediation services, call us at (952) 473-4837.

Homes can be Restored Completely after Fire Damage

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO today to remediate any type of Fire Damage!

SERVPRO Handles the Remediation Process From Inspecting the Damage to Paint and Flooring

We all make mistakes at one point or another, and sometimes accidents happen, even at home. If you've had the excitement of a small fire in your home recently, you'll most likely have been surprised at the amount of damage a small fire can cause. While you may have already cleaned up part of the damage, especially your personal belongings, damage to trim, carpeting, walls, floors, or anything else that is a part of your home's structure should be repaired and restored by professionals.

If you live in a rented home and have had fire damage in Minnetonka Mills, having professional restoration work done by those skilled in recreating your home's damaged interior is the best way to make sure you'll receive your deposit back when you move out. If you have insurance, either homeowner's, in the case of your own home, or renter's insurance, we can provide you with an inventory list that details which items are beyond repair or restoration.

As we conduct our inspection, we may find that internal beams have also been charred by the flames' heat. These should be replaced with new lumber prior to repairing any walls. Then we can continue the work with either paint or wallpaper, as well as moldings and rails. We can also repair any damaged carpets and area rugs, as well as hard floors. Wood, tile and other hard surfaces that cover your floor can be cleaned and refinished so that the fire damage is minimized to a great extent, and many times, be completely removed. It's always possible that fire damage may be so severe that it requires partial replacement of flooring, though, just as other interior structures can at times. We can handle any problems involving your floor, and we will always restore as much as we can before replacing the remainder.

Fire damage includes smoke and soot, and this can affect soft furnishings in your home. Drapes and curtains, as well as your upholstered furniture and heavier winter blankets, should all be cleaned by experts in the field. Don't throw these items away, as we are very adept at saving these kinds of items for many of our clients. We know how to dry them all the way through, so they won't rot or become a haven for mold in the future.

If you need help recovering from a small fire and its damage, please call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837. Answering our phones 24/7, we're here to lend an ear to your fire damage problem and get things back to how they should be again.

What to do if you experienced flood damage

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

From a broken pipe to an excess of rain, flooding and Groveland flood damage can wreak havoc on your home and personal possessions.

Contact SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration

From a broken pipe to an excess of rain, flooding and Groveland flood damage can wreak havoc on your home and personal possessions. Even though it almost always happens when you are not expecting it, your reaction time is critical. So that damage is minimized, water removal has to happen fast. When a flooding emergency happens, you’ll need the help of experts, and you need it fast. SERVPRO’s trained technicians are on call any time of day to help you. They will arrive at your property with state-of-the-art, powerful equipment which will extract the water from your home.

Our experts are certified and trained to deal with all kinds of water damage removal emergencies, and they’ll work with you quickly after your initial call. We will also advise you on how to minimize the flood damage until our crew can get there.

Reduce the Damage
-Stop the water at its source
-Take small electrical devices out from areas with excess water if safe to do so and turn off electricity to the home.
-Do not walk on wet carpeting.
-Take out small furnishings from areas that are carpeted or put aluminum foil under the legs of the furniture. This will stop permanent rust of furniture stains.
-Pin up furniture skirts and hang draperies, so they don’t come into contact with wet floors.
-Take out any breakables, high-value items, and moisture-sensitive items, plus any items that could stain the floor coverings. Look under beds and other furnishings.
-Plan for the restoration crews to move furniture to areas that are dry.
-Always wash your hands after you handle any items which are damaged.
-Avoid the risk of electric shock. Don’t use a home or shop vacuum to take the water out of your home.
-Do not be tempted to turn on heating, fans or air conditioning units, as they could spread contamination if the situation is related to sewage.

We Will Get the Water Out
-We’ll bring extraction equipment into your home to remove any water that is freestanding.
-Soaked and damaged carpeting and padding will be removed and need to be replaced.
-We use professional grade dehumidifying and drying equipment to dry the affected areas and get the humidity levels in your house back to normal. Additional tools will be used to find pockets of water that are hidden.
-Proper drying and extraction techniques will help minimize the possibility of damage that is secondary, like potential microbial growth.
-Our professionals will monitor daily the drying process and reposition the drying equipment as needed.

After your belongings and home are dry, we will put everything back as it was. If needed, we will work directly with your insurance company and you to process the insurance claim. Flood damage in Groveland can cause a lot of damage, but additional damage can be avoided when you call us right away at SERVPRO of Minnetonka by dialing (952) 473-4837. We will be out to your property quickly to begin the process of flood damage remediation.

The Dangers of Water Damage

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage in Edina can happen for a number of reasons, including broken or burst pipes or hoses, plumbing leaks, or washing machine.

Water Damage Restoration

Water damage in Edina can happen for a number of reasons, including broken or burst pipes or hoses, plumbing leaks, a clogged toilet, washing machine overflow, moisture behind walls, foundation cracks or a leaking roof. In just moments, carpeting, baseboard, wood floors, ceilings, and walls, plus personal property can be flooded with water. Water damage happens fast and can wreak great havoc on your home, but we at SERVPRO can help you out!

When disaster hits your home, our primary goal is to restore your home plus your peace of mind as fast as possible. Our team of professional water damage technicians are caring and trained, and always ready and here for you and your family. We will be at your property quickly and are ready any day of the week and at any time. With our rapid response, walls, floors, and personal property can many times be totally restored. When you call, our staff will also give you the personal attention that you would expect and deserve.

Water Damage is Not All Alike
Three categories of water are involved in a situation with water damage. The category of water helps to determine the right water restoration method that we will use.

Category 1 water is known as white water or clean water. It is fresh water which is pumped into your home, meaning Category 1 water damage source can be broken water supply lines such as washing machine and dishwasher malfunctions that involve the water line, an overflowing sink or bathtub, or a damaged faucet. This type of water is harmless to people, but after forty-eight hours, it can turn into Category 2 water.

Category 2 water is usually referred to as gray water. It can come from wastewater in bathtubs, sinks, and showers, plus water which is discharged by washing machines and dishwashers. It includes the wastewater as well which hasn’t come into contact with human waste. Category 2 water damage happens when one of these appliances malfunctions. It will likely have a good amount of contamination and can pose a health risk. Because of the fast growth of mold and bacteria, this category of water becomes a Category 3 if it is left untreated for two or more days.

Category 3 water is also known as black water. The main source of this is sewage. It also happens during a flood because of the potential for chemicals in fertilizers, ground debris, animal waste and other areas that have contamination. Blackwater has toxins or organisms that can cause disease, and it is totally unsanitary.

Since every water damage situation is different and involves various safety categories of water, we offer a complete range of services to cover water damage cleanup projects of any scope or size.

When you experience Edina water damage of any kind, quickly give us a call at SERVPRO of Minnetonka by dialing (952) 473-4837. We will come to your property, assess your damages and draw up a plan for remediation so that we can restore your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

Hopkins Mold Damage Remediation Professionals

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

All it takes is excess humidity or a small water leak for mold damage in Hopkins to form in your home or business.

Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Hopkins

All it takes is excess humidity or a small water leak for mold damage in Hopkins to form in your home or business. Mold spores can produce harmless allergens, irritants, and other minor health effects. The first step in addressing any growth is to identify and manage the source. If moisture problems are not addressed, then any fungi cleanup or removal will only be a short-term solution. At some point, this type of growth will return.

Here are some interesting mold facts and myths:
• How many types of mold are there? There are more than 100,000 types and species of mold. The common types of home and office mold species are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.

• Can mold can only grow around pipes, leaks or because of floods? Mold does not grow on surfaces that are directly affected by water. Mold spores often occur within the HVAC systems of buildings and homes. They can grow on any surface that has its ideal environment, moisture, and humidity.

• Is black mold worse than other molds? Mold growth comes in a range of colors. Many molds classified black are actually a very dark green. Black mold is not necessarily more dangerous than other species of mold.

• Can this fungus cause skin rashes? The CDC reports that exposure to molds doesn’t contribute to rashes.

• Can I clean mold to eliminate it? Mold can become latent and reactivate. Tiny mold spores replicate every 24 hours, thus often growing back. For porous materials, like ceiling tiles, carpeting, wood, paper, and drywall, surface cleaning is often not enough.

If you see signs of mold damage in Hopkins, don't put out the for sale sign. Instead, contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka. We are your locally owned and operated, certified mold specialists. We have built a standard of ethics and experience recognized in our industry. Let our skilled technicians help you get back to the healthy lifestyle you want for both you and your families future. We proudly serve our local Minnesota communities: Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. When any type of emergency arises, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – we live and work close to you. Call us at (952) 473-4837!

Fire Damage in Minneapolis--Leave it to the Professionals

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says a Smoke Detector Protects and Lessens Fire Damage in Your Minneapolis House

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration in Minneapolis

It takes much experience and personnel to manage a fire damage restoration in Minneapolis. After a house fire, you may think that once the fire is out no danger remains behind. This is not true. Your home can have water damage from the fire extinguishing that can eventually lead to a mold infestation. Further, it can have smoke and soot damage that needs to be removed and cleaned thoroughly. Fire damage restoration operations are as complicated as the fire was extensive. Therefore, don't attempt this on your own.

Smoke, Soot, and Ash
Soot and smoke and ash pose a new danger to your fire damaged home in Minneapolis. They can corrode and coat appliances and other household items, leave a discoloration on fabrics and other materials, as well as linger powerful odors.

Certified Trained Professionals
Professional fire damage restoration companies in Minneapolis can remove smoke and fire damage before it leads to further permanent damage and more expense repairs and replacements. Consider only damage restoration companies in Minneapolis that are certified and trained according to the standards of IICRC fire restoration techniques.  These technicians, SERVPRO being a premier company with such technical experts, can clean smoke and fire damage in Minneapolis if they are contacted right away. The response is immediate and within 4 hours an on-site inspection will be done to judge the fire damage and proper course of action for remediation.

Fire Damage Sets In Quickly
Ash from fires can discolor most surfaces. Any plastic materials begin to discolor in minutes. After several hours, fiberglass and other surface types start to yellow. Once a few days has passed, ash causes discoloration on walls, clothing, and furniture. Wood and vinyl materials need replacing or refinishing. Soot and ash begin to corrode metal within a few days. The acidic qualities of combustible materials can even etch glassware.

Permanent Damages
If you do not contact a professional within a few days, smoke and fire damage in your Minneapolis home could become permanent. All metals need to be replaced. Carpeting may become completely discolored. Odors may still be present and distracting. Ash is an acidic material, so it can break down other materials quickly.

What the Professional Do
Professional fire damage experts in Minneapolis identify all affected materials and the sources of odors. Next, they contain all the smoke and soot residue. HVAC systems will be cleaned and deodorized. Ozone machines, air scrubbers, and various fogging systems are utilized. Special sponges wipe up and clean the soot residue on hard surfaces. Whatever can be salvaged will be saved. Restoration is preferable to replacement. The skilled technicians from SERVPRO will remove all damaged debris and items. They restore your home to a pre-fire condition. "Like it never even happened."

Fast action will mitigate losses in time and money for you. When you need a fire damage restoration company in Minneapolis or the surrounding area, Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka at (952) 473-4837.

Minneapolis Flood Damage - Flood Damage in Minneapolis and Damage Control Tips to Prepare in Advance

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

When you need a flood damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Minnetonka will there to help. We're faster to any disaster!

Damage Control Tips to Prepare in Advance For Minneapolis Flood Damage

Some people live in areas that are more prone to flooding than other areas in the United States. Therefore, it is essential that homeowners and their family members take certain Minneapolis flood damage precautions well in advance. These precautions can save homeowners thousands of dollars of out of pocket expenses, especially when they are following the tips provided below. 

Tip #1 - Invest in the best Minneapolis Flood Damage insurance possible 

It’s common for people to try to save money when they are buying any insurance coverage. Since insurance coverage can become very costly over time, a homeowner may be tempted to buy an insurance policy that does not have enough coverage to pay for expenses if flood damage in Minneapolis does occur. However, before any homeowner decides to compromise the biggest investment that they own by buying a policy that will not be sufficient to cover the cost of the damage that may be caused, it is important that they make a smart decision well in advance. One of the best ways to accomplish both objectives (buying the best insurance coverage possible and save money) is to start shopping around with different insurance providers. By shopping around, the homeowner can save money while also purchasing the best quality insurance required. 

Tip #2 - Prepare to Hire Professionals Who Can Do the Job 

Another big part of preparing for Minneapolis flood damage is making sure the homeowner is prepared to hire professionals who can do the job. Many times a homeowner and their family may begin the clean up process themselves in order to save money. However, there are some things that the owner may not know about the additional flood damages that can occur if the clean-up process is not done right. For example, all of the water from the flood needs to be removed from the carpeting, floors, walls, furniture and other things in order to protect them from further damage. So, with the use of professional services included in the process, homeowners can feel confident in knowing that they will not have to deal with mold, mildew, and other damage in the future. Specifically, problems that can surface later on that were hidden in areas that were not visible to the naked eye. To prepare in advance, the homeowner can research the professional services options that have available to them prior to flood damage occurring. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 If you are interested in requesting the services of SERVPRO of Minnetonka, you can contact our professionals at 952-473-4837.

Minnetonka Fire: Simple Steps to Help Limit Damage To Your School

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke & Fire Damage to a Minnetonka Building Needs Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Advice and Service to Mitigate Commercial Fire Damage in Minnetonka

Written by Scott Clemente, SERVPRO of Minnetonka

SERVPRO of Minnetonka recently performed restoration services on a commercial property that suffered a minor fire. The morning after it happened, I walked the fire damaged Minnetonka property facility director.

After we had arrived on-site, he pointed me in the direction of the source of the fire, a malfunctioning piece of equipment, and explained how the damage was contained to the source room. Upon closer inspection, we determined that while the fire was confined to the room where it started, the smoke damage extended into the hallway, the adjacent rooms on either side and, because of the way the HVAC system was set up, to several rooms a floor below.

This sort of scenario is not uncommon to the fire restoration work we do. Contrary to popular belief, when dealing with the aftermath of a fire, it is typically the smoke that causes the most damage and not the flames and heat. The reasons for this are pretty straightforward. The smoke from a fire gets up into the air and then follows any air flow pattern inside the building. Closed doors and vents may help contain it, but unless some-thing is air tight, the smoke will find its way.

On top of this, the smoke from a fire is toxic and, depending on the source of the fire, it can become so acidic that the soot that lands on surfaces will eventually eat through metal. Because of this, if you experience even a small fire, it is important to ensure that any clean up that is done encompasses all of the damage. Otherwise, tables, chairs, desks, walls and anything else with even a minimal amount of soot will end up permanently damaged.

The following is a list of things you can do to help limit the damage to your school or commercial building, and the number of days facilities may be unusable:

1.  Place one or multiple air scrubbers in the affected area as soon as possible. An air scrubber will filter out the carbon and smoke that lingers in the air after a fire. Make sure it has both a carbon filter and a HEPA filter. The particle size of soot is approximately 2.5 microns (the dust you can see in the light coming through a window is 40 microns in size) so a normal air filter won’t do a lot of good. The scrubber will help improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the affected areas and help limit secondary damage from the soot.

2. Limit movement around the property. As mentioned, the soot from a fire can be severely corrosive to everything it touches. Damage to one room can quickly spread to another if it is tracked from room to room on clothing and shoes.

3. Protect the HVAC system. The residual soot from a fire and the smoke particulates that linger in the air can destroy HVAC systems. To help limit this secondary damage, put cheese cloths over the registers which will help filter the soot. You should also change filters that are part of the heating/cooling system daily for the first week after a fire.

Remember, after a fire, it is the smoke that will do most of the damage. The few simple tips outlined above can go a long way to limiting the cost of any clean up from a fire that may be needed. You can always trust the SERVPRO of Minnetonka experts to restore your smoke and fire damaged commercial property, even a local school. Just call us 24/7 at (952) 473-4837 for an immediate response.

St. Paul Water Damage: Frozen Pipes and Other Causes

1/19/2016 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes or Ice Dam Water Damage? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Lists Water Damaging Factors for St. Paul Properties

One of the worst experiences a residential property owner can undergo is water damage in St. Paul. In addition to entailing costly repairs, water damage can wreak havoc on the homeowner's emotional equilibrium and daily lifestyle. However, learning more about the causes of water damage and how to secure professional services can diminish the issue from having an adverse impact on your finances, property, and mental health. SERVPRO offers the following information regarding water damage.

Six Common Causes Of Water Damage
Many factors can lead to water damage to your property. Some of the more prevalent issues include:
1. plumbing issues, frozen pipes due to lack of use or non-draining before vacancy. This can cause extensive damage to walls, ceilings, and on hardwood flooring. This is a seasonal issue leading to frequent St. Paul water damage.
2. leaking or sweating pipes leading to moisture buildup inside of walls or other voids
3. malfunctioning appliances, fridge water line, washing machine supply line or displaced drain hose
4. ice dams in roof gutters leading to water build up and absorption into soffits and fascias. May require additional attic insulation or gutter cleaning.
5. weather related flooding due to melting snow or storms
6. HVAC issues, condensation drain line clogging

What To Do When You Experience Water Damage
As soon as you realize that significant water damage has transpired on your property, get in touch with your insurance agent. He will help you get all of the information necessary to file a claim, assuming that your policy covers this type of water damage. It is a good idea to take photos of the damage to your property to ensure that you can get the greatest coverage possible. In addition to contacting your insurance agent, you will need to call a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to start and complete the remediation process with skill and speed.

Let SERVPRO Fix Your Water Damage Issue
After St. Paul water damage to your property, there's no time to waste. You need to contact a team of trained water damage restoration experts for the removal of all standing water to decrease secondary water damage to furnishings and building materials. The best company to call for fast, friendly service is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians work expediently and professionally to restore your residential property to its pre-loss condition. "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Minnetonka responds immediately to fire and water damage emergencies in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Edina. We proudly serve our local communities and are ready 24/7 to help. (952) 473-4837

The Three Categories Of Minneapolis Residential Water Damage: A Brief Overview

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

The three categories of water are clear water, gray water, and black water.

A Brief Overview of The Three Residential Water Damages in Minneapolis

The Three Categories Of Water: A Brief Overview

Because water damage is a household issue that could strike your residential property at any time, learning more about it is a good idea. By attaining as much information as you can, you'll be more prepared to handle any Minneapolis water damage that creeps into your private living space. With that idea in mind, consider the information regarding the three categories of water damage that appear below:

 Category 1

 The first category of water is referred to as "clear water." This type of water poses no significant threat to the individuals who come in contact with it. Although the water is clean when it surfaces on the property, it is subject to contamination from that point on. Some examples of category 1 water include sink overflows, toilet tank ruptures, and failed supply lines on appliances. The water that comes into your residential property is category 1 water.

 Category 2

 The second category of water damage in Minneapolis is referred to as gray water. Gray water contains a certain level of contamination. The contamination can be biological, physical, or chemical. Water from this category can come from leaking water beds, broken aquariums, or the washing machine. When an individual is exposed to water from this category, she or he may experience significant sickness or physical discomfort.

 Category 3

 Category 3 water contains the highest level of contamination and is called black water. This is the most dangerous water category and individuals exposed to it can experience serious health issues and even die. Black water comes from several sources, including the water that rises from the ocean and rivers. Additionally, Category 3 water can result from sewage damage or overflows. It can also result from water that moves through the ground before entering your residential space.

 Attaining Effective Water Damage Restoration Services

 No matter what type of Minneapolis water damage that surfaces on your property, you should seek out professional restoration services as soon as it manifests. A team of skilled, trained technicians will be able to use customized tools and techniques to eradicate the water quickly before it poses problems on your property.

 When you realize that excess water is accumulating on your property, you can count on the IICRC-certified technicians of SERVPRO to address and eradicate the issue immediately. Our industry experts are passionate about quickly identifying and eliminating all water damage with speed and skill, thereby bringing peace and order back to your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Edina, Hopkins, or Eden Prairie, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (952) 473-4837

Why You Should Hire a Fire Damage Restoration Company for Your Eden Prairie Residence

10/20/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Begins After the Flames Are Extinguished

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Process for Your Eden Prairie Home

Many residential property owners in Eden Prairie are aware of the devastating consequences of fire damage to their homes. Whether the fire started due to a natural disaster, poor safety procedures or electrical mishap, the event can entail an emotional upheaval and economic strain, for your entire household. However, calling a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to assist you with the restoration service can greatly limit costs while simultaneously keeping you calm and comfortable as the cleanup project is completed. Learn more about how fire restoration specialists can help simplify and expedite the remediation process by reviewing the following information.

Stress Relief should not be understated. A large benefit you'll receive from hiring a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO is stress relief. Once a fire of any significance occurs at your home in Eden Prairie, you will likely find yourself subjected to a large amount of stress. First you must call your insurance agent to file an insurance claim. Then you should call SERVPRO so that we may coordinate the entire fire damage restoration process with your insurance adjuster. The two companies can compare notes after inspecting, and assessing the damage incurred and the restoration steps required to return your home to its pre-fire condition. Our fire damage restoration company will provide you with a CCIS, Contents Claim Inventory Service technology workup that inventories your possessions and property. We will categorize all objects as either salvageable, non-salvageable or questionable. This information allows you to detail easily an agreement with your adjuster on how to proceed.

Experience, Training, Equipment, and a Sense of Community make SERVPRO a leader in getting you safely and expediently back home.
Our fire damage remediation specialists complete IICRC certification to ensure that they are familiar with all of the latest and most effective cleaning and restorative methodologies. This accumulated knowledge and experience enables us to offer you the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Degrees of Damage will dictate the level of repair and restoration, time, and cost. We strive to clean household furnishings, art, photographs, and clothing either on site or at our cleaning headquarters. Secondary water damage is a huge factor concerning cleaning, drying, sanitizing, and deodorizing prior to the final restoration. The by-products of the fire, smoke and possibly soot, require specialized training, cleaning equipment, and chemicals for a successful outcome. From the initial water extraction through to the final repairs and restoration SERVPRO can offer a one stop shopping benefit to you. Less stress, less money spent, and less time away from your home in Eden Prairie. We also provide a final walk thru and inspection to guarantee your satisfaction with your restored home--like it never even happened.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of Eden Prairie. SERVPRO of Minnetonka is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Eden Prairie and St. Paul residents and business owners with any-sized fire and smoke damage emergencies. Call for assistance. (952) 473-4837

Three Reasons You Should Leave Water Damage Restoration in Edina To Professionals

9/24/2015 (Permalink)

Melting Ice and Snow Cause Many Water Damage Problems

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Home in Edina

Unfortunately, residential owners can find their homes in Edina subjected to water damage at any time. In many cases, the water damage results from a broken pipeline or leaky faucet or melting snow.  In other cases, a natural disaster is a culprit. Irrespective of the cause, water damage is a serious issue that must be handled immediately and effectively. In many cases, people want to complete a do-it-yourself project to eliminate water damage quickly and save money. However, this is not the most advantageous course of action. Unless water damage is minimal, it's almost always more prudent to obtain restoration services from a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO. Here are three reasons why:

1. Water Restoration Requires Special Equipment And Chemicals.

Unwanted water in your home, especially in very large volumes,  necessitates extraction, drying, dehumidifying and decontamination. These processes necessitate the use of special equipment and chemicals that the general public does not have at the ready. Homeowners do not have access to powerful water pumps, truck-mounted or mobile vacuums, powerful high-velocity fans, dehumidifiers and blowers. The equipment would fill your garage, and then you still need the training and expertise for the restoration. And the chemicals.

2. Professionals Possess Extensive Knowledge.

Advanced knowledge about the water damage restoration process comes from institutional training from the IICRC. We try to dry and repair, and not replace, household and structural building materials. It's your money. Applied structural drying (ASD), Odor Control training, and fabric cleaning are some of the skills that our technicians learn.

3. Professionals Can Identify Underlying Causes.

One benefit of hiring a professional water damage restoration services is that specialists can identify underlying causes that led to the problem. This is accomplished through the inspection and assessment process, and you will receive documentation from SERVPRO. Once they've done so, they can provide you with information and advice regarding how to prevent further problems from transpiring in the future.

Let SERVPRO Assist You Immediately

Over the last 50 years, the professionals of SERVPRO have helped hundreds of people restore their property after a water damage event to their home in Edina. With a commitment to excellence and ethics, we're effective in attaining high levels of satisfaction and getting the job done right the first time. Our technicians possess extensive training and industry knowledge, and we're happy to offer 24/7 emergency services for your convenience.

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community Edina too. When you have a water or flood emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Eden Prairie, Hopkins, and Shakopee communities. Call us for help. (952) 473-4837

Flooding in Hopkins - : What to do Before, During and After

8/2/2015 (Permalink)

Take pictures of any storm damage to your Hopkins home for insurance claims.

What to do Before, During and After a Flood in Hopkins

Spring and summer bring heavy rains throughout the country. For many cities and towns, like Hopkins, this means an increased risk of flooding. Not only does this make property susceptible to storm damage, but flooding can also result in loss of life.

Always be prepared for the event of a flood. Put together a disaster kit containing drinking water in clean containers, non-perishable food, medications, first aid supplies, extra clothing and toiletries, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, batteries and cash. Also, monitor news broadcasts or the National Weather Service website for information on flood warnings and watches. Should you have to evacuate, identify where to go and what to do should family members become separated. Lock all windows and doors to your home, shut off the gas and disconnect all appliances. When traveling in heavy rain, always follow designated routes set up by authorities. Never drive around a barricade and never drive through a flooded area. Rushing water can carry vehicles away. Do not walk through a flooded area. Ankle deep rushing water can knock a person off his or her feet. If you see someone in flood waters, do not jump in after them. You can be carried away by moving water, too. Throw them a flotation device such as a tire or ice chest, and call 911 to report their location.

When the flooding has passed, do not return home until it is safe to do so. Do not enter any building that is surrounded by floodwater. Check your home for any structural damage, gas leaks and fire hazards. Take pictures of any damage to your home for insurance claims. If your home is unlivable because of flood damage, check with the Red Cross for the nearest shelter. Storm damage to your home can be repaired by contacting SERVPRO. If you see any downed power lines, do not approach them. Contact the authorities immediately. Do not turn on the gas or electricity yourself. Have a professional do it when they have determined it is safe to do so. Clean and disinfect anything in the house that got wet. Also, be sure to wear sturdy shoes when checking on your home after a flood to avoid any injuries or infections to your feet.

We are water removal and cleanup specialists and are ready to service your Hopkins home when flooding or water leaks cause water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques. We document the drying process to make sure your property is dry and job is done right.

If you have any questions about flood damage in Hopkins, call the local experts at SERVPRO of Minnetonka - 952-473-4837

We are proud to serve our local communities.

Edina Smoke and Fire Damage - Get Your Fireplace Ready

7/26/2015 (Permalink)

Don't Allow Fire Damage to Your Edina Home Because of Your Fire Place

Prepare Your Fireplace to Thwart Smoke and Fire Damage in Edina

Edina smoke and fire damage occurs requently when the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. People retreat indoors to the warmth of their hearths and homes. If they have a fireplace, fall is a good time to make sure that the flue and chimney are in good working order, to avoid fire damage and smoke damage. here are a  few important tips to help people make sure that their fireplace is ready for the upcoming winter season.

Checking from the Outside

People should assess their chimney from the outside. They should determine if it is leaning or if there are any chipped masonry joints or bricks. They should also look out for any holes or cracks.

Homeowners should also check for any stains, loose sections and corrosion if their chimney is made from factory-built metal. If the chimney is exposed to the attic, they should make sure to check there as well for any signs that repair needs to be done.

Install a Chimney Cap

A good cap can reduce water and wildlife damage to a chimney. Snow and water can enter an uncapped chimney and subsequently thaw and freeze causing expansion damage. Small wildlife can live in a chimney creating clogs and potentially introducing ticks, worms, fleas and other disease-causing pests to the house. A chimney cap that features screen mesh will keep wildlife out while protecting the roof from sparks and embers.

Check for Stains and Leaks

Inside the home, people should check the area around their fireplace for any dampness or stains. A damaged flue liner or a faulty flashing could cause all of these. If a homeowner sees signs of water around their chimney, they should call a professional immediately.

If their fireplace has grilles and louvers on the front, people should clean them as well. This is to keep the fan working and to prevent dust from gathering. Using a regular vacuum with a hose extension or a shop vacuum gets the job done.

Inspect the Flue

The fireplace flue is the duct that allows the gas, smoke and other waste to exit the house. It is vital for people to make sure that they inspect the flue for any signs of blockage. This is done to prevent any smoke and gas from returning to the house.

People should also not forget that creosote can build up in the fireplace flue and create a fire hazard. If they look up through the flue and cannot see light from above the house, it may be a sign that it is blocked, and they may need a professional to clear the flue blockage. If they can see light, people should simply clean the flue with a fireplace brush.

Replace Deteriorated or Broken Brick Lining

People should also not forget to check for any deteriorating or broken brick lining. Cracks found in the lining are not a major concern, but if the brick lining starts to deteriorate to the point that its steel body is exposed, people may permanently damage the structure due to heat from the flames.

Check the Gas Connection

If a homeowner has a gas-burning fireplace, it is important that they contact their local gas company and inspect the connection. People should have them inspect it for proper flow of gas and any leaks.

The Bottom Line

A fireplace is a beautiful addition to any house as it provides both ambiance and warmth for a homeowner and their guests over the cold months. However, it is important that a fireplace is working safely and efficiently. With regular maintenance, a fireplace can give people years of wonderful service. 

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Edina home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This kind of damage is upsetting and causes undue stress on you and your family. SERVPRO of Minnetonka specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. 

If you or your family have had fire damage or smoke damage at your Edina home, call SERVPRO of Minnetonka - 952-473-4837. They can make it, "Like it never even happened."

We are proud to serve our local communities.

Minnetonka Businesses Face Commercial Damage from Environmental Threat

7/26/2015 (Permalink)

A regular roof inspection and maintenance program is vital to the existence of your business in Minnetonka against environmental events.

The Many Environmental Threats to Your Business and the Commercial Damage They Can Cause

Minnetonka business owners have many responsibilities, one of the most important of which is caring for the building that houses the organization. Environmental damage to structures comes in many ways, from severe storms to constant pounding by sunlight, moisture, wind and seasonal or even daily temperature variations. 
The weather to which your building is exposed and the maintenance plan you employ are particularly important to the appearance and longevity of the structure. Both of these issues can also affect the bottom line of any business due to the simple fact that commercial damage can be costly. 

The Steps to Protecting Your Business
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety has issued a few suggestions designed to preserve any structure. The first step involves a thorough inspection of the building itself, which should be done as soon as possible after a severe storm. Additionally, the building should be inspected periodically to check for less obvious but still potentially harmful long-term environmental effects.
In addition to the major internal and external components, the building should be examined for leaks in sealants, gaskets and certain construction materials. Vents and pipes also need to be carefully checked. Listed below are the specific areas that need to be examined on a regular basis.

A regular roof inspection and maintenance program is vital to the existence of your business, and any faults need to be repaired immediately. Roof drainage systems, including gutters and downspout inlets, are particularly important to the roof itself and need to be cleared of snow, ice, leaves or other material. 

Even minor wall cracks can develop into major problems, which is why they need to be sealed right away. Wooden walls must be checked for roting and, in some cases, may need replacing. It is also important to check exterior insulating finishing systems for cracks, chips and holes.

Windows and Doors
In order to prevent them from serving as pathways for wind and water, windows and doors need to be checked for cracks. Every check should include an examination of the wooden threshold at the bottom of each door. The seals, gaskets, glazing putty and magnetic contacts for security systems also need regular examinations.  

Building Penetrations
Roof and wall penetrations, including water lines and electrical conduits, need to be checked and properly sealed if necessary. A single tube of caulk will go a long way in sealing out moisture and prevent interior commercial damage.

Remember the Outside 
If possible, the terrain around your building should be sloped away to prevent the accumulation of water after a heavy rain. Storm water drains and culverts also need to be checked for obstructions. 
In the event of a flood or other natural disaster, consider turning to SERVPRO, which is the leader among restoration companies. Its professionals will in no time get you back in business.

Fire damage or water damage never strikes at a convenient time and the hours spent cleaing up after means lose of productivity and revenue. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Minnetonka a call - 952-473-4837 and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

We are proud to serve our local communities.

The importance of professional smoke damage cleanup in Minneapolis

7/26/2015 (Permalink)

It only takes a few seconds for a fire to wreak havoc on a commercial property or home in Minneapolis.

The Importance Of Having A Professional To Clean Smoke Damage After A Fire  

It only takes a few seconds for a fire to wreak havoc on a commercial property or home in Minneapolis. The first thing that one will want to do if there is a fire is call the fire department to extinguish the fire. Many people believe that they can re-enter the property and begin restoring it after a fire. However, there are still threats that linger for the property. That is it is best to hire a professional fire restoration company.

The Aftermath Of A Fire

Many people believe that once the fire has been put out, the danger is no longer present. However, fire leaves behind remnants that can cause serious damage to the property. The smoke and ash that is left behind cause discoloration, etching and a very unpleasant odor. The building will be less likely to suffer those problems if you hire a professional.

The Sooner You Call, The Better

It is best to contact a fire restoration company as soon as possible in order to restore the damages. Ash is one of the major concerns. It can discolor just about anything that it comes in contact with. Discoloration can begin just a few hours after the fire. Fiberglass, plastic and other finishes can turn yellowish. Metals will start to tarnish. You will have to replace or refinish certain items in your home after a few days because the damage will be permanent.

Hiring A Fire Restoration Contractor

If you have hired a certified and trained professional from SERVPRO, then they will be at your home in a short amount of time. They will assess the home in order to see the type of damage that is done. They will also perform a thorough cleaning in order to remove the ash, smoke and fire damage. Items that are beyond repair will be removed, and specialized cleaning supplies will be used to neutralize odors.

Do-it-yourself techniques typically do not remove the smoke and ash that is left behind by a fire. You may cause further damage and contamination to your home if the correct techniques are not used. That is it is best to contact SERVPRO so that they can perform fire damage restoration. 

If you have gone through a fire and have smoke damage at your Minneapolis home, make sure to call the local Experts at SERVPRO of Minnetonka - 952-473-4837. They can get your home back to normal, “Like it never even happened.” 

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Minnetonka is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Minneapolis residents and business owners with any-sized fire and smoke damage emergencies. 

We are proud to serve our local communities.  


Restoring Minneapolis homes after water damage

7/26/2015 (Permalink)

Floods can leave a lot of damage behind, whether it was a flood that happened in your area or something that was caused by your own home's plumbing.

A Guide for Restoration After Water Damage

Water damage to Minneapolis homes happens all too often and you may be left confused and frustrated as to how you can get the cleaning done on your own. Floods can leave a lot of damage behind, whether it was a flood that happened in your area or something that was caused by your own home's plumbing or sewage system line. Because of the water damage left behind, there are many issues that can happen and leave you feeling annoyed. The fact that the damage left behind after a flood can get worse over time means that it needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible.

There are several things that happen when you make the decision to have the flood damage cleaned up by a professional company like SERVPRO. First of all, SERVPRO will come out to your home or place of business and assess the damage that is present. From there, they will send out their experts to begin the cleaning up of the area. This will involve them cleaning and drying any water from the area and also checking for possible mold growth that might also be an issue.

By working with the experts of SERVPRO, you will find that this helps to save you a lot of time as well as headache in the future. When it concerns your future well-being, it is always best for you to just look into having the professionals do the cleanup for you. This is because the experts of SERVPRO will help by bringing all of their own tools so that you do not have to deal with these issues yourself. Once this is done, you will find that your home looks and feels as it normally would despite the fact that a flood recently happened there.

When it comes to hiring the experts of SERVPRO, you are doing something that is incredibly beneficial for anyone who might be involved. You will love the fact that you can sit and relax while the professionals do the work for you. They know exactly what to do when it comes to dealing with flood damage, so it is best to leave them to do the work so that you do not have to worry about it on your own. You will find that having a flood properly cleaned up after it has happened can help to retain the value of your home so that this does not diminish. 

If you experience water damage in your Minneapolis home, Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka - 952-471-4837, they are your local experts in water damage restoration. 

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Minneapolis community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Removing Mold in your Eden Prairie Home or Business

7/9/2015 (Permalink)

Removing mold in a home or business should be a top priority.

Removing Mold in your Home or Business 

Removing mold in a home or business should be a top priority. Over time, Eden Prairie mold can not only cause many forms of structural damage but will also damage the health of people that live or work in the building. There are many different forms of mold, some of which are more dangerous than others. However, if mold is spotted it should be treated as if it is dangerous. There are many ways in which mold can be removed from a home. It should be both treated to remove the mold and then the conditions around the home and business should be altered in a way in which prevents mold growth in the future.

Dangers Of Mold
There are many ways in which mold can be both harmful to a person's body and dangerous to the structural integrity of a building. Eden Prairie mold essentially requires two things to grow in an area, darkness and moisture. Any place that has both of these elements for an extended period of time is a prime place for mold to grow. This is why so many lower levels on buildings have mold in them. Over time, this will affect the foundation of any building and make a home less appealing to home buyers. The problem with mold is that once it starts growing it is difficult to stop. For human health, mold in a home can result in many different respiratory illnesses that will affect both the short and long term of a person's health. This is why there is such a huge need to remove the mold as soon as possible.

How to Remove Mold
There are essentially three stages of Eden Prairie mold removal which include discovery, removal, and prevention. Mold is generally easy to spot as it stands out on walls or floors. Although there are many different types of mold most of the time in a home or business it is going to be in the form of black mold. Once the mold is found, it is important to try and remove it as soon as possible. When thinking about hiring a qualified mold restoration company think SERVPRO.  Finally, it is important to change the variables to where mold cannot grow any more. Invest in getting more light in an area and be sure to fix any water leakages that may be putting water in different areas of the home or business. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property.

If a catastrophic storm or event occurs, we can call upon the resources of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Minneapolis - Are Molds Really Dangerous?

5/20/2015 (Permalink)

Any mold concerns should be assessed by a professional to determine if removal is necessary.

Water damage is a common cause of mold in the home. Since mold spores are everywhere, mold can begin forming within 48 hours if the conditions are right; mold only needs moisture, warmth, and a porous surface in order to thrive. If a leak is found and stopped quickly enough, the mold may not have enough time to develop. In most water damage situations where the leak has been ongoing for a long period of time, the infestation of mold becomes clear: damaged drywall or carpet will be lined with dark patches that are easily visible to the naked eye.

Sometimes, the leaks are out of sight and the mold is allowed to grow and breed for months or years. This leads to people living in a home where there is mold growing inside of a wall or in their attic without knowing. Fortunately, the health hazards associated with mold are overstated.

It is widely believed that mold is extremely toxic and can cause serious illness or death to those exposed to it. However, mold is everywhere; depending on where someone lives, there can be dozens of different types of mold spores floating in the air. Out of the 400,000 different types of classified molds, only a few dozen are actually harmful to humans. More than likely, the mold found in homes is non-toxic. As long as no one in the household has serious allergies, it is possible for people to live in a home with mold for a long time.

Despite posing no significant health hazard, mold can cause other problems. Mold growing on drywall or wood can significantly weaken the structural integrity of a wall or beams, which can lead to much costlier repairs if a wall should collapse. Slime mold is also capable of causing problems by clogging pipes if they are not cleaned and sanitized, which in turn can lead to the average water damage scenario. Typically, homeowner’s insurance will not cover the damage because long-term mold damage often falls under gradual damage that is the homeowner’s responsibility to fix as part of their regular home maintenance and upkeep. While companies that offer specific mold insurance developed to cover the gaps where homeowner’s insurance does not, they are often expensive; the initial upfront cost may not be less than simply hiring a remediation company.

Fortunately, with proper maintenance, mold is typically not a recurring problem. Proper maintenance and ventilation will prevent future infestations.

In conclusion, most molds found in the home do not present significant health hazards. However, it is best to speak with a mold technician about what the real threat of having mold in the home is and whether it should be removed or not.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property.

If a catastrophic storm or event occurs, we can call upon the resources of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Restoring Your Hopkins Home After a Storm

5/20/2015 (Permalink)

Storm damage can affect your home in many ways. After the storm has passed, contact a professional to restore your home.

If your home in Hopkins has ever been through a severe storm, you will understand the potential destruction that these storms can cause. While your main concern during the storm will be to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you will want to begin storm damage assessment as soon as possible following the disaster. One of the most devastating results of extreme weather involving water is water damage.

Hidden Damage

Many people may not know that water damage can pose a hidden threat to the integrity of your home in multiple ways. Structural integrity, for example, can be difficult to determine by the average homeowner. You may think that you can simply dry the floor and walls with fans and towels, steam-clean the carpets and be done. Don’t trust in your own judgment when it comes to water damage in your home. Damp structural elements in a home are susceptible to rot and mold, leading to eventual instability and possible collapse. Electrical systems pose an especial hazard should they become compromised by moisture. Stay away from any damp areas that may be electrically charged until you have a professional inspection performed.

Call in the Professionals

You will need to contact a professional remodeler that specializes in storm damage restoration to ensure quality work. The contractor can help you file a claim with your insurance provider. Remember that storm restoration is provided by homeowner’s insurance, not homebuilder’s insurance. You may be required to possess flood insurance if you live in a flood-prone area in order to file a successful claim. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, a one-inch flood in a 1,000-square-foot home can cost the homeowner approximately $11,000 in losses and the required cleaning to restore the home to habitable conditions. If you purchased your flood insurance 30 days or more prior to the damage, you should be able to cover all related costs with your insurance, minus the required deductible.

What Needs Replacement or Repair?

Depending on the damage, you may be required to replace everything from flooring to kitchen supplies to bathroom cabinets to windows and doors. Affected electrical and plumbing systems may also need replacement. Flood water can be relatively harmless, such as that from a simple sink or tub overflow, or extremely toxic, such as sewage. Because water damage is not something to take lightly, you will want to enlist the services of a professional as soon as possible after the flood. Doing so will reduce the chances of mold and bacterial growth that can further compound your problem. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. Call us 24/7 for all of your storm damage needs (952) 473-4837.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Minnetonka is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property.

If a catastrophic storm or event occurs, we can call upon the resources of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Cleaning up Smoke Damage in your home

4/13/2015 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke Damage can be one of the most devastating things to happen to your home.

Fire and Smoke Damage can be one of the most devastating things to happen to your home.  Once the fire is out and everyone is safe, it is important to focus as quickly as possible on cleaning up the mess.

Soot particles, especially those from synthetic fires (think plastics, etc) can become extremely corrosive to everything in your house.

Here are a few helpful hints on getting started on the clean-up:

Safety First!  Do not reenter a home that has been damaged by smoke or fire unless it is 100% safe to do so.  If you are unsure, ask your fire department.

Open windows to help ventilate your home – The more quickly you can get the smoke out of your home the less of it there will be that will settle on walls, ceilings and contents in the form of soot.

Dispose of any food that may have been exposed to smoke- You do not want to take the chance of ingesting any soot particles though food that may have been contaminated.  This includes anything in the refrigerator.  Even if the door remained shut, smoke can still get in!

Replace the air filters in your cooling and heating system- Do this daily during the first week after a fire in hour home, it will help limit the dispersion of smoke particles throughout the house.

Even for small fires it is important to enlist the services of a restoration professional as soon as possible.  They can help you determine the scope of the loss and prevent significant further damage to your home and contents. 

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has helped out hundreds of homeowners in the Minnetonka, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Edina and Eden Prairie areas recover from smoke and fire damage both big and small.  Our technicians are all certified in Fire and Smoke Restoration and are on call to help 24/7.  We are always happy to answer any questions you may have: 952.473.4837.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Minneapolis community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

Top 10 Questions To Ask When Choosing a Carpet Cleaning Company

3/16/2015 (Permalink)

There are a lot of carpet cleaning companies out there.  How do you choose? Here are ten questions to ask to ensure you only use the best!

1. Are your cleaning technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)? The IICRC is an independent body that certifies people in carpet cleaning. For a technician to be IICRC certified, he or she must go through extensive hands-on training and have passed a comprehensive test. If a carpet cleaning service doesn’t require their technicians to be IICRC certified, consider looking elsewhere.

2. How long have you been in business? How long a company has been in business can speak volumes about their quality.  There are many carpet cleaning companies that open and close their doors each year.  The best ones tend to stand the test of time!

3. Do you offer “Green” Cleaning? If you have young children in the home or have any household members with sensitive skin or allergies then this could be an important option for you.

4. How is your pricing structured? Many carpet cleaning companies utilize a “bait and switch” technique.  They will quote a very low price up front, but then once they secure the job they will add on extras for things like “trip charge”, “gas surcharge”, “stain removal”, “furniture blocking”, etc.  When all is said and done, the initial price can triple or quadruple!

5. Do you charge extra for stain removal? This is important to know upfront so you don’t get surprised by extras after the service is performed. A good carpet cleaner will include the price for stain removal in their base price.

6. Do you use a truck mounted cleaning system? A truck mounted cleaning system is critical to effectively clean your carpets.  It allows for better extraction of dirt and grime and the proper application of any cleaning agents.

7. Is your company insured against accidental damage?  This is important to ensure you are protected in case anything gets damaged during the cleaning.

8. Do you move Furniture?  Some carpet cleaning companies will charge high fees for moving furniture.  Typically, this should be included in the original price unless a room is literally filled wall to wall with furniture!

9. What do you charge extra for?  Again, avoid surprises and make sure the quoted price reflects what is actually charged.

10. Do you charge by room or by square foot? Some carpet cleaning companies will charge by room but in reality, square footage is a much more accurate method to determine pricing.  If you think about it, it shouldn’t cost more to clean three small bedrooms versus one large family room if the square footage is comparable!

At SERVPRO of Minnetonka, each of our technicians are certified in cleaning by the IICRC.  We have been in business for over 25 years and are proud of our upfront pricing model that includes ALL stain removal.

Please give us a call with any questions at 952-473-4837. We are happy to help even if you don’t end up using our services!

Breakdown of a Commercial Water Loss

2/6/2015 (Permalink)

This is the scene our technicians came upon at this commercial water loss

In January of this year, we received a call from the owner of a physicians clinic that they had suffered a water loss in their commercial building.  When we arrived on site we found four inches of standing water and debris everywhere.

We had them back open for business a few days later.

Click on this link to find out how we did it.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka's trained technicians have years of experience in dealing with the complex nature of commercial water losses.

Call us if we can ever be of help: 952.473.4837

Frozen Pipes in Minnetonka and Hopkins

12/9/2014 (Permalink)

Don't let frozen pipes ruin your home!

Water has a unique property in that it expands when it freezes and no matter how strong the “container” is holding it in, this expansion will eventually cause the container to break.  Here in Minnesota, pipes are even more susceptible to freezing due to the extreme temperatures we can experience.

Here are some helpful hints to help prevent your pipes from freezing:

  1. Close inside valves that feed outside hose bibs
  2. Keep garage doors closed
  3. If you are going away for the season, don’t lower your thermostat to below

If your pipes do freeze, here are some steps you can take to limit damage:

  1. If you turn on a faucet and only a small bit of water comes out, you may have a frozen pipe
  2. The most likely locations for a frozen pipe are in exterior walls or where the water comes into the home
  3. As you attempt to thaw the pipe, keep the faucet open so that the water can run though it
  4. You can apply heat to the pipe using an electric heating pad or a hair dryer.  Do not use a blow torch!

If all that fails and your frozen pipe bursts, give us a call.  Even in the cold Minnetonka and Hopkins winters, one of our certified technicians will be at your doorstep within four hours ready to help!  You can read more about our water removal services here: SERVPRO Minnetonka Water Restoration

Restoring Water Damaged Floors in Hopkins and Minnetonka

11/19/2014 (Permalink)

Our floor mat rescue system was able to dry out the hardwood floors in 4 days and saved the homeowners not only money but the headache of replacement!

At SERVPRO we often talk to our customers about restoring vs. replacing when their homes or businesses are damaged by fire or water.  The below photo is of a home in Minnetonka that was damaged by water when a dishwashing line broke.  The homeowners had just redone their kitchen and installed beautiful hardwood floors throughout. 

Our technicians were able to place our rescue mat system on the floor within hours after the loss happened.  This specialized system creates a vacuum above the hardwood floors and sucks moisture from the floor and subfloor. 

After 4 days of running the system the boards were dry and looked like brand new.  To replace the floor would have cost over $40,000.  The cost of running our mat system was less than 1/10 of that and the homeowners did not have to go through the headaches of a month long construction project in their kitchen.

Remember, our certified technicians can often restore items and parts of your home that you may think are completely ruined.  Give us a call - we are always here to help!

Fire Clean up Tips in Minnetonka

10/22/2014 (Permalink)

If you live in the Minnetonka or Hopkins area and have a fire in your home, it is important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out.

The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick.

Be very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items. Ask the advice of the fire department, local building official, your insurance agent, and restoration specialists before starting to clean or make repairs.

Water Damage in Hopkins, Minnetonka and Wayzata- What to Do Until Help Arrives

10/6/2014 (Permalink)

If you suffer water damage in your home, safety should always be the first priority.

Anytime there is an emergency in your home your primary focus should be safety.  Ask yourself, is it safe to stay in your house? 

If you have suffered water damage, there could be dangers from electrical appliances short-circuiting to something as simple as a slip and fall on a wet surface.

If you can remain in the home safely, there are a few things you can do until help arrives:

1.     Wipe excess water from wood furniture and remove lamps or any kind of content that may be sitting on top of it.

2.     Remove wet upholstery cushions from couches.

3.     Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between the legs of furniture and any wet surfaces.

4.     Remove colored rugs from wet carpet

To read more about what to do if you home have water damage, please visit our website at: SERVPRO Minnetonka Water Damage Restoration 

And remember, our certified professionals are on call 24/7, 365 days a year and are locally headquarted in the Hopkins/Wayzata area. 

Water Damaged Carpet in Minnetonka and Wayzata

9/24/2014 (Permalink)

Water can cause the backing of a carpet to separate from the top part of the carpet. This can cause the carpet to wrinkle.

We often get calls from customers who for one reason or another suffered water damage in their home and ended up with a wet or soaking carpet.  The first question we are typically asked is whether the carpet will "dry itself"?

The quick answer is no.  Carpet, when left wet can lead to carpet delaminanting.   This is when the glue that holds the backing to the main carpet starts to break down and seperate.

The good news is that most carpet that is damaged by water can be saved.  The key is getting as much moisture out of it as quickly as possible and then creating an environment where any remaining moisture will be evaportated from it through dehumidification.

Remember, time is of the essense -- the longer a carpet sits wet the tougher it will be to restore it!

Top 3 Things To Do When Your Home Suffers Smoke Damage

9/16/2014 (Permalink)

When there is a fire at a home, the damage from the smoke can sometimes be much greater than the damage caused by the actual fire.

When your home suffers smoke damage from a fire it is natural to want everything back to normal as soon as possible.  The following list outlines 3 steps you can take to make sure that your home is repaired and that damage is minimized:

1. Call your insurance agent. Insurance agencies deal with fire and smoke damage often and have lots of experience in working with restoration specialists like SERVPRO.  They can advise you about the damage that you see but even more importantly the damage you don't see.  Even small fires can impact your whole home though modern conveniences like a central air system.

2. Think about what needs to be done to clean everything up. Interior clean up will almost always be required with a house fire but it is important to remember the damage will often extend further that what you can visibly see.  The air conditioning vents tend to get quoted with soot as can ceiling tiles and walls.

3. Take steps to prevent further damage.  If the fire department came and water hoses were used, try to prop up furniture off of wet surfaces.  Even if it means placing a plastic bag under the legs of your furniture.  Also, opening the windows can help dissipate the smoke smell and remove some of the remaining soot from the air.
If the damage to your home is significant, be sure to enlist the help of a restoration specialist.  Your insurance agent can recommend one to you.  SERVPRO of Minnetonka specializes in smoke and water remediation and our certified technicians are always on call to help with needed.  We service the towns of Wayzata, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Shorewood and Orono.

Fire Clean Up in Wayzata, Minnetonka and Hopkins

9/8/2014 (Permalink)

If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial, as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains.  It’s bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage.  The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store.  Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues.  Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes.  Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.
SERVPRO of Minnetonka has performed hundreds of fire clean ups over the years and the consistent feedback we get from customers is that they can't believe how we were able to clean and save special items of theirs that they thought they would have to throw away.

If you've experienced a fire in your home or business in Minnetonka, Hopkins or Wayzata, give us a call today.  We are happy to come on site for an evaluation of the damage and give you our expert opinion about what we can do. 

Water Damage, Hopkins, Wayzata and Minnetonka

9/2/2014 (Permalink)

Our technicians use thermal imaging technology to quickly see what may be lurking behind your walls.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka can use Thermal Imaging technology to locate water in your property. Using this advance moisture detection tool, allows our technicians pin point all areas where moisture is located in the property.

This is the same technology used by law enforcement to locate suspects. Thermal imaging technology uses thermal signatures to locate changes in an area. So, if water is present in building materials our thermal imaging camera will be able to detect and document the location with disrupting any part of your home or business

Call SERVPRO of Minnetonka for more information on having a thermal image scan done on your property.

Call 952.473.4837

Preventing Water Damage to your home in Minnetonka, Hopkins and Wayzata

8/27/2014 (Permalink)

A leaky roof will eventually lead to water damage in the home.

One of the easiest ways to prevent water damage to your home is to properly maintain it. Usually, the simplest details are what make the biggest difference. The first thing that you can do is inspecting the areas around your home. The ideal times to do your inspections are right before a season starts or after a season is over. One example is to inspect your gutters after the fall season so that you can prevent any clogs caused by falling leaves, which can end up causing a water leak that drips into your home. Another thing that you can do is inspecting your roof. If you notice anything different in your roof's color or shape, make sure that you hire a professional to inspect it properly.

Water Damage Restoration Minnetonka, Hopkins and Wayzata

7/21/2014 (Permalink)

This ceiling collapsed as a result of water that got under the hardwood flooring of the floor above

It has been a very wet spring and early summer here in Minnesota.  The ground seems to be drying but if your home or office was affected in any way please give us a call!  We work with virtually all-insurance carriers and can quickly determine the extent of any damage your home may have suffered.

Even if it looks dry our IICRC certified technicians could determine if any of the walls or surfaces are holding moisture. Please call us 24/7 at 952-473-4837.

We specialize in water damage extraction, cleanup, structure drying, carpet removal, pad removal and much more!!

SERVPRO of Minnetonka is here to help whenever you need us and we serve all of Minnetonka, Hopkins, Wayzata, Shorewood and Orono!

Time for our Annual Key Partners Survey!

6/11/2014 (Permalink)

Summer in Minnesota is a time for a lot of things – heading to the cabin, going fishing, enjoying our wonderful outdoor spaces or attending one of the hundreds of fairs that go on when the weather gets warm.  Those are all great but here at ServPro what we’re most excited about is that it is time for our annual key partner survey!

The survey is quick (promise!) and it will help us serve you better.

As an added incentive we will draw a name from all of the respondents and the winner will receive a 3 room carpet clean for free!

To get started, click on this link an then complete the questions.

Annual Partner Survey 

Thank you in advance for your participation!


Smoke Alarms Save Lives

5/27/2014 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detecor requirements are met. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. 
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. 
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps", the battery is low and should be replaces right away. 
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.


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