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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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How Professionals Perform Flood Damage Restoration In Minneapolis

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

It is a traumatic experience when you experience flood damage in your building.

Flood Damage Restoration

It is a traumatic experience when you experience flood damage in your building. Despite that, the only option of returning your property to its preloss state is putting in place appropriate restoration measures. Before we enter any flood-damaged structure, we check for structural damage and our team never assumes that all roofs, overhangs, and roofs are safe. We then go ahead and turn off electricity, gas, and any present fuel taps in your Minneapolis property.

Removing mud and standing water from your flood damaged Minneapolis home is the next step that our SERVPRO technicians perform. We are careful during this process so that the water pressure does not impact the structure. We remove the mud through shoveling and clean the area using a hose. To ensure the building's loading remains even, we the mud that is outside and inside the walls in stages.

Our SERVPRO must clean and disinfect the affected surfaces. We scrub the dirt off surfaces using detergents and water. If we come across materials like clothes, furnishings, and foodstuffs which were in contact the floodwater, we place them in plastic bags ready for disposal. After cleaning, it is time to introduce drying procedures.

When drying the building, we can decide to increase the air movement over the wet items or surfaces. We use air movers during this step. Another way of enhancing drying is by introducing heating equipment. Even when the building's heating system is not working, we can introduce a secondary heat source to achieve the necessary drying conditions. In cases where it is only a small section of a floor or wall that need drying, we perform target drying. Before performing target drying, it is vital to contain the wet area using plastic sheeting. Target drying is also useful when we are drying building materials that have low permeance.

SERVPRO of Minnetonka has the right expertise and experience to depend on after facing water, storm, mold, and fire damage disasters. Learn more about our 24-hour emergency services by calling (952) 473-4837.

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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.

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.