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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.

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!

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!

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!

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

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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. 

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

Preparation

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."

We Act Fast In Minnetonka After A Flood

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Our advanced equipment sitting in the room working after a flood We have state of the art equipment to limit the initial damage to your property after a flood. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Excess Rain Can Spell Big Trouble For Your Minneapolis Home!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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.

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. 

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 If you are interested in requesting the services of SERVPRO of Minnetonka, you can contact our professionals at 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.

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.

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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.

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