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

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Should We Call SERVPRO for Restoration Services? Everyone in Minneapolis Wants to Know!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Groveland Homeowners Get Help Fighting Flood Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Handle All Aspects of Flood Damage Restoration

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

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Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Minnetonka Residents

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Our Team Can Restore Your Belongings After A Minneapolis Fire

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts will clean your belongings and deodorize them, so they are safe in your home.

Effective Mitigation for Fire-Damaged Minneapolis Homes

Fires pose significant immediate threats and even many lingering hazardous conditions for Minneapolis homes. Whenever a fire first breaks out in a residence, homeowners often attempt to take whatever they can carry out with them to try and protect things that cannot get replaced. While this might work for some items, many get left behind. Our professionals can help to restore these items, and further protect them from harm, with our effective mitigation practices we implement following fire effects in local properties.

After fire damage many Minneapolis homeowners fixate most on structural damages and how these situations get resolved, and in doing this, forget momentarily about all of the items and belongings still inside the house that could get affected by the lingering damages from the recent disaster. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive quickly to provide thorough assessments of the fire damage and what must happen to restore the home entirely. This process is also where our highly-trained technicians catalog damage to individual items and determine which must get removed and focused cleaning efforts to restore.

Our Contents department is vital to our pack-out efforts, as they make determinations on which items can get salvaged with our advanced technology and which things cannot. Once we have tagged contents for removal, they get taken to a nearby facility of ours for evaluation and restoration. We can clean these items of soot and smoke residue, we can deodorize them, and we can store them safely until it is best to return them to the restored home.

Part of effective mitigation for your property is responding quickly to the emergency when it happens. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to offer the full measure of our expertise and extensive training at any time that you might need them.

While you cannot account for when a fire can occur in your home, you can help to protect the items inside and hire a wise choice to restore your property fast. Give our SERVPRO of Minnetonka team a call anytime at (952) 473-4837

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SERVPRO to the Rescue to Remove Debris From Your Fire Damaged Minneapolis Home

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

No matter the size of the fire, damage will be widespread. Call SERVPRO to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Why SERVPRO is the Choice for Fire Debris Cleanup for Minneapolis Homeowners

Homeowners in Minneapolis work diligently on their home's maintenance year-round. One disaster can wipe out all that effort instantly, however. Getting things corrected and back to normal can save your family from an ongoing nightmare, which is why SERVPRO is always ready to help out in Minneapolis with fire debris cleanup teams.

After a house fire in Minneapolis, the amount of debris left inside and around your home seems staggering. It also poses a high number of risks to anyone wanting to grab a few items needed, including documents or other belongings. Nails, broken glass, and other sharp objects can cause injury. We get all this removed for you, carry it out of your home, and make things safe for restoration work to begin.  

Outside, your yard and driveway might also contain burnt siding sections, nails, more broken glass, torn pieces of the gutter, shingles, and many other things. All of this requires removal before work can begin on your home. Without it, even if work did occur, your family's health and safety could suffer.  

Our highly trained teams work together in putting their IICRC-certificates to work for you. We obtain the containers required by local ordinances so we can immediately dispose of the damaged items in your property, both inside and out, and get things cleaned up.  

Many homeowners are surprised at how much their homes contain that the fire destroyed. We take great care in filling out detailed inventory lists of these items, helping you even more with your recovery efforts. We know it is no small task, and we can help you with experienced guidance. Some items might seem covered only in soot, and undamaged in any other manner. However, the porosity of certain materials makes it almost impossible to clean them to acceptable standards.  

We also eliminate the water, and any foam firefighters used during their work. This water can allow mold to begin growing on both existing materials and any new materials that absorb the water vapor in the air. Damage from water can also occur so including this as part of fire debris cleanup gives your house extra protection.  

Removing the debris after a fire restores a level of safety to your house and yard, making it safe enough for restoration work to commence. Once this work finishes, we can perform the final touches to your home, including odor control methods.  

Contact SERVPRO of Minnetonka by calling (952) 473-4837, day or night, 365 days a year. When your family experiences a house fire in Isanti, Kenwood, or Golden Valley, call us for thorough fire debris cleanup and other mitigation services.

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What Few People Know About Flooding in Minneapolis

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

If your cafe location has suffered from flood damage, contact team SERVPRO right away for effective remediation services.

A Severe Thunderstorm Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Minneapolis Cafe

When it comes to any city that is situated by a river, an excess volume of rain can end up causing flood damage to the buildings around it. Your riverside cafe, known for its view overlooking the water, suffered this exact problem. As the water levels of the river rose, they began to overtake buildings close by throughout the night. Upon arriving at your establishment in the morning, you entered the space to find a few inches of water scattered across the wooden flooring.

It is vital for you to call professional services to your cafe to remediate the commercial flood damage in Minneapolis as soon as possible. Leaving the water for an extended period can only cause more problems, such as the water absorbing into your wooden flooring. Additionally, flood water usually is not clean water, unlike the liquid that would come from a burst pipe inside of your shop. Because of the nature of floods, the water can bring sewage, chemicals, and bacteria into your cafe. Getting professionals to the scene allows you to avoid the unsanitary water and gives us the chance to remove it safely.

When SERVPRO receives your call, we always strive to arrive at your property swiftly. We understand how essential it is for your business to be open during the day so you can make your revenue. We work on your clock and arrive at the scene of the damage swiftly after your initial call.

After a brief investigation, planning, and spray of an antimicrobial agent, SERVPRO can begin to remediate the flood damage through the use of wet/dry vacuums. Getting the standing water out of the front of your cafe is our first task, so it cannot continue to spread contaminants and cause water damage to the structure of the space.

SERVPRO technicians can then sanitize and remove the tables and chairs around the front of your cafe. From there, we can focus on removing any excess moisture from the floors, after thoroughly cleaning the area with an antibacterial solution to ensure that contaminants are gone. SERVPRO can set up devices like dehumidifiers, drying mats, and air movers to draw the moisture out of the wooden flooring. When the moisture levels of your cafe have been appropriately lowered, SERVPRO can return the tables and chairs to their rightful places and then leave your cafe feeling "Like it never even happened."

When a thunderstorm causes flood damage to your establishment, never delay when trying to get help. Dial the number (952) 473-4837 to reach out to and speak with SERVPRO of Minnetonka. No matter the time or the day of the week, our technicians are ready to assist you.

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