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SERVPRO of St. Cloud Knows Water Damage

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of St. Cloud Knows Water Damage Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with all your fire, water, and mold damage!

5 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Water Damage

1. What can cause water damage?

Water damage can be caused due to numerous reasons. It can occur after natural disasters, from pipes bursting, appliance malfunctions, roof leaks, foundations leaks, septic tank overflows, poor drainage and MORE.

2. Why is water damage dangerous?

Damage can occur from water damage because floodwater that comes from outside and from sewage backups contains dangerous contaminants. Some of the dangerous contaminants include various viruses and bacterias. If the water is not drained within 24-48 hours, structural damage and mold growth can begin to form.  

3. What should I do after a flood, or sewage, or water leak?

CALL SERVPRO OF ST. CLOUD AT (320) 248-5400 IMMEDIATELY! This should be done immediately to avoid potential mold growth, and damages to the wood, walls, and carpet in the affected area.

4. How do certified technicians handle water damage?

SERVPRO of St. Cloud will arrive in a timely manner to begin helping you through the process. One of the first things that they will do is go through the items to see which ones can be restored. After all of the items are removed from the area, we will being to dry out and disinfect the area.

5. Will my homeowners insurance cover water damage?

Notify your insurance company is one of the most important aspects to due when experiencing water damage. This is important in helping determine what your insurance will cover. SERVPRO of St. Cloud will work with your insurance company to help meet your needs.

If you are to experience a water damage or loss call SERVPRO of St. Cloud anytime to help! We can be reached at (320) 248-5400, and are ready to help!

Tips From SERVPRO of St. Cloud

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips From SERVPRO of St. Cloud Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud with all your water damages and losses at (320) 248-5400!

Tips To Prepare Your Business For A Flood

Rain showers have been a very popular topic the last month in Minnesota! As we have all been experiencing heavy rain falls at least once a week. That is why SERVPRO of StCloud is here to leave you some tips to prepare your business for the excessive amount of rain. It is better to get ahead of the rain, than behind it!

Plan An Evacuation Route

If the excess rain is to cause flooding it is important to have a safe route out of the building and on the roads to get one away from the event.

Create An Emergency Kit

Some items that one could include in this emergency kit are containers of clean water, non-perishable food, and first aid kit. Whatever you feel is necessary for your business.

Protect Important Information

All important documents should have backup copies - they should be placed in another area that would not be experiencing the damage. 

Keep Building Ready

To keep a building ready one must keep the gutters and storm drains clean to help minimize damage. 

Big Picture of the Idea

Create a comprehensive emergency plan to help prepare for an excess amount of rain and the damage it can cause. This way it will help to ensure that minimal damage will be caused.

All matters mentioned above are to help, but have no guarantees.

If you are to experience a water damage or loss to your building, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400! We will arrive as quick as possible to begin the process!

Interesting Fire Facts

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Interesting Fire Facts Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 if you ever experience a fire!

Fire Damage Can Occur in 30 Seconds

A combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke is known as a fire. Fires can occur in homes and outdoors, due to many causes.

Some interesting facts:

  1. There is a house fire every ten seconds in the U.S.
  2. Home fires can spread in as little as thirty seconds
  3. Create and practice a fire escape plan
  4. Cooking is the leading cause of house fires
  5. More than 15,000 fires a year are started by clothes dryers
  6. 21% of fires are caused by Arson

It is very important that if there is ever a fire GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP! Fires can cause severe damage, it is important to practice safe steps when preparing for a potential fire.

If you ever are presented with fire damage, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400. Our crew will be there in a timely manner to help!

Fire, water, or mold damage? Reach us 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

Water Damage Can Occur Anytime

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Occur Anytime Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 for any water, fire, or mold damage issues!

Fun Water Facts

SERVPRO of St. Cloud deals with numerous water damage cases a year. They specialize in the restoration and re-builds of these cases.

Here are some water damage facts:

  • Water is capable of dissolving a variety of different substances. That is why water is known as the “universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.
  • A sheet of drywall standing upright with its edge sitting in a ½” of water can wick water up to 6 inches in less than three hours.
  • Mold is known for beginning to grow in 24 to 48 hours in an untreated moist environment.

All of these facts are proof to show that one should call SERVPRO of St. Cloud as soon as they experience any water damage. This will help to ensure that the matter is taken care of in a timely manner.

If you are to ever experience any water, fire, or mold damage call SERVPRO of St. Cloud ANYTIME at (320) 248-5400!

How To Test Your Smoke Detector & Fire Alarms

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Test Your Smoke Detector & Fire Alarms Test your smoke detectors & fire alarms periodically!

Important To Keep Family Safe

Testing smoke detectors and fire alarms is one of the most important items to help keep your family safe. They are meant to be early warning devices to alert your family of a fire or dangerous smoke. To ensure proper function, these items need to be tested periodically.

Why Do it?

Electronic devices can have batteries that die and other parts that the wear out overtime. By testing them periodically and replacing the batteries, it will help to ensure that your family will have those warning devices in place.

How Often?

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), suggest that smoke detectors be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year.

Two Types of Smoke Detectors-

Battery-powered: This type can be susceptible to worn-out or defective batteries.

Hardwired: This type is powered by your home’s electrical system, but typically has back up batteries.

Tip Time: Change your batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time – when you spring forward and fall back!

How Do You Test It?

Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper method of testing your smoke detector and fire alarm.

Step 1: Alert family members and friends that you will be testing the alarm.

Step 2: Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. You should hear a loud siren noise, this may take a few seconds. If it is weak or nonexistent, you should replace the batteries. Also, make sure that the smoke detector is clean.

All information and steps above are to help prevent matters from occurring, not a guarantee.

If an event does occur, SERVPRO of St. Cloud will be ready to help! We are available 24/7! Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

Do’s & Don’ts After A Fire

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do’s & Don’ts After A Fire Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you!

Be prepared for a fire!

Fires can be one of the most emotional experiences that comes with an overwhelming amount of questions. Due to this, it makes it tough to know what the next step is. Who do you call? Where do you begin? Is it safe to go back in the house? Unfortunately, the questions are endless during the tough time. This is the time to reach out for help, you are NOT in this alone. SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to make the process hassle-free.

Below are some Dos & Don’ts-

What to DO after a fire:

  • Receive permission from the Fire Department officials before re-entering

  • Check on family and pets – assuring that everyone is okay

  • Document all damages

  • Get belongings from the building when cleared

  • Work on replacing important documents and items if damaged

  • Call all utility providers to inform them of the fire

  • Call homeowners insurance company to begin the claim process

  • Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Do not enter the home until you are given permission

  • Do not turn on gas, water, or electric utilities until you are told it is safe

  • Do not start or move your vehicle if it has been damaged

  • Do not try to clean any of the smoke or soot damage yourself

Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you during this difficult. We will respond in a timely manner to get the clean-up and repairs moving. Our goal is to get you back to normal as quick as we can.

If you ever experience any fire, water, or mold damage call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Water Damage Clean Up – Response Time is Important

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Damage Clean Up – Response Time is Important Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud for all restoration matters!

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud as soon as water damage is discovered!

Experts have concluded that the first 24 to 48 hours after water damage are the most critical. This time frame is the most critical to help the prevention of permanent damage and growth of mold and bacteria. Proving the importance of getting the SERVPRO of St. Cloud team out to the scene in a quick time manner.

When the SERVPRO of St. Cloud team arrives they will assess the extent of the water damage, and begin the process of removing all water and drying the affected area. Doing this in a quick manner will decrease the extent of damage caused by the water issue. Even though doing this in a quick manner will decrease the extent of damage, SERVPRO of St. Cloud will take moisture readings. By taking moisture readings we will be able to ensure that all areas are dry before moving to the repairing stage. Every step that we take will be to help decrease the amount of repairs that need to be done.

However, if repairs are needed, SERVPRO of St. Cloud is able to complete these repairs due to having an in-home construction business. This is a great added feature that SERVPRO of St. Cloud has, making us a one-stop shop for all matters needed after water damage has occurred.

In conclusion, SERVPRO of St. Cloud is available 24/7 to make sure this happens in a quick manner. They understand the importance of time in all restoration matters.

If you are ever to experience any damage that needs the assistance of SERVPRO of St. Cloud’s restoration expertise, CALL US! We can be reached at (320) 248-5400 anytime!

Rapid Change in Temperatures Causing Flooding

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Rapid Change in Temperatures Causing Flooding Enjoy the spring weather while taking prevention steps!

Keep an eye on your home!

Today, March 20th, is known as the first day of Spring. Spring means that the new leaves and flowers will begin to grow, the temperatures and daylight hours will begin to increase as the days get longer. This also means that the left-over ice and snow will begin to melt.

With the sudden change in increasing temperatures, one needs to be on the look out for flooding. There is a larger chance of flooding now due to the sudden change. The sudden change from freezing temperatures to increasingly warm causes freshet flooding. Freshet flooding is known as a large amount of flooding caused by rapid snow melt that has no where to go due to the ground still being frozen. Therefore, one should always be checking the lower levels of their house to make sure that flooding is not occurring.

One can help prevent the flooding by doing a few things:

1. Clean and maintain gutters and downspouts

2. Properly landscape your yard

3. Inspect and repair foundation cracks

4. Practice proper sump pump maintenance

5. Inspect sewers and clean septic systems

6. Install window well covers

If the prevention steps are not effective, here are steps to take after the flooding:

1. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 - Who will perform all the necessary steps!

2. Remove excess water

3. Dry it out

4. Scrub flooring

5. Examine and clear gutters, downspouts, and drains

6. Freeze your assets

All of the steps mentioned above are to help prevent matters from occurring but are not a guarantee.

If an event does occur, SERVPRO of St. Cloud will be ready to help! We are available 24/7! Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

Vacation Season Is Here!

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Vacation Season Is Here! Check your checklist off - Enjoy your vacation!

Essential Things To Do Before Leaving For Vacation

It is that time of the year when everyone wants to escape the cold, and head to warmer weather. You have booked the trip, found the must-see attractions, and charged the electronics! It is time to head to the airport.

But before you leave, make sure your house is ready for you to leave! In order to ensure that your house is going to be the way you left it when you return follow these easy tips!

Checklist:

1. Turn off your main water supply

One should turn this off to avoid water damage if a leak is to occur while on vacation.

2. Unplug electronics

Unplugging the electronics that will not be in use while you are gone will save you money on your electricity bill - will also help prevent an electrical fire.

3. Adjust your thermostat

Cooler Climate: Turn it down between 50 - 60 degrees F

Warmer Climate: Turn it up 5 degrees F higher than normal

4. Pour baking soda down your drains and toilets

By pouring this it will help with clear clogs and keep a fresh smell.

5. Check up on your insurance

Knowing what your insurance policies are will save you the headache when you get home if something does occur.

Once your checklist is all checked off, head out and enjoy that warmer weather on vacation!

All of these are tips that can help prevent matters from occurring, but are not a guarantee.

If an event is to occur while you are gone, SERVPRO of St. Cloud will be ready to help! We are available 24/7! Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

How To Prevent Ice Dams From Forming

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How To Prevent Ice Dams From Forming Prevent those ice dams from causing damage!

Preventing Dams

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Water back ups behind the dam which can cause leaking into a home. When this happens it causes damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

Stop Ice Dams With A Cold Roof

The key to preventing the ice dams from occurring is to keep one's attic and roof cold. This is the key to preventing it because when it is warmer in spots on the roof it will cause the snow to melt. The melting snow then runs off the edge of the house which is still at freezing temperatures causing the icicles to form. Measures to help keep one's roof colder are to close the attic bypasses, measure the attic insulation level, and add roof and soffit vents.

1. Close the attic bypasses

The average home loses all of heats through the ceiling into the attic. One can prevent this by plugging the leaks using foam.

2. Measure the attic insulation level

Building codes require about 12 to 14 inches of fiberglass and cellulose. One should be adding more if there is less than 8 inches, and have had ice dam issues in the past.

3. Add roof and soffit vents

The minimum ventilation area should be about 1 square foot of vent per 300 square foot of ceiling area. One can never have too much ventilation.

Taking these precautions unfortunately cannot guarantee that the ice dams will not form, but taking these steps will help prevent it.

Should you suffer any damage, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud 24 hours a day at (320) 248-5400!