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Water Damage - Central Minnesota

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know that about 40 percent of home insurance claims are due to water damage? This unfortunate event can result from plumbing leaks, natural disasters, and old appliances. Water damage is costly and inconvenient. Preventing it is much cheaper than paying for repairs.

Simple things like cleaning your gutters, repairing leaking pipes, and checking the roof can save your property from experiencing damage.

How Can Water Damage Occur?

Water damage can often be caused by old or poorly maintained appliances, leaking pipes, and sewer backup.

The best way to avoid these types of water damages is to check any sources of leaks in your home regularly. Items to check, but not limited to are hot water tanks, washing machine hoses, dishwasher hoses, frozen pipes, broken or burst pipes, and home appliances. Sewer and sump backups, water escape, and water seepage can also be common causes of water damage. The smallest issue can turn into the biggest problem if not addressed properly.

If you believe your property is experiencing water damage, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud. Our crew as special equipment to detect if there is water in any structural cavities. We will assess the situation, clean up and repair any damages. 

What to Do after Water Damage

When your house is flooded, the water can ruin its structure and your personal assets. It is essential that you clean up the area immediately to prevent mold and minimize losses. SERVPRO of St. Cloud will help you understand the process and clean the damages efficiently.

If your property suffers from water damages, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400. We would love to help you in your time of need!

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Available 24/7!

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Get Ahead of Water Damage

Water damage restoration is a complex process.  The unwanted water must be dried completely so the moisture is not trapped inside the walls and floors. If not done properly, this could lead to microbial growth that can have health effects. 

After standing water has been extracted and leaks have been repaired, our technicians use powerful state of the art fans to begin the process. They use dehumidifiers, air scrubbers and desiccant equipment to remove any of the extra moisture that remains in the air.

We will continually monitor as we take daily readings of your home, to ensure that it will return to preloss conditions. 

SERVPRO of St. Cloud will always keep you informed of the drying process. We want you to understand what is happening in your home. Our focus is your satisfaction along with quality workmanship!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud has the right equipment to dry any structure properly!

Call us today at (320) 248-5400 for any water or mold related questions!

Keep An Eye on Your Home

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Spring is here! That 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. It 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!

Fire Damage - SERVPRO of St. Cloud

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

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The first and most important thing to look for when choosing a fire damage cleaning company to go with for your services is an emergency response. Essentially this means that the company should be available 24 hours a day and ready to come out in a hurry to help you repair and restore your home. That is exactly what SERVPRO of St. Cloud does! We offer our 24 hour services to help you.

It is very important for a company to respond quickly because it is only that way that you can avoid further damage being caused to your home.   

For example, if you have a hole in your roof, wall, or pipe it can lead to water damage that will build up until addressed.

While it is the job of the fire department to help you put out fires in your building, it is the fire damage cleaning company that will help to seal your property again to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud will respond to your home or business once called as we are available 24/7.  We are able to begin work immediately. This means that we can place air scrubbers in your home or business to help begin eliminating the smoke odor right away.

Should you have any fire related concerns, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400! We are always here to help!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Water & Fire Damage Help

3/28/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of St. Cloud is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer Ready to Help!

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of St. Cloud has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it is the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

It is our mission to help you during this difficult time.  You can guarantee that our employees have been trained on remediation techniques yet understanding that we are working in your most valuable asset: your home.  Do not worry that our employees will treat it as such.

Should you suffer water damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud! Our crew can be reached 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

Rainy Season Approaching - Flooding Can Occur

3/27/2021 (Permalink)

Homes and streets flooded by water. Water damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help you! Reach our crew at (320) 248 - 5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

We are a locally owned and operated company that is able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the surrounding communities, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. This is because we can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 franchises across the country and elite disaster recovery teams. All which are strategically located throughout the United States to help when matters arise.

Are you experiencing any water damage from flooding or other causes? If so, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248 - 5400! We are here to help you in any way that our crew can!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Highly Trained Specialist

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of St. Cloud is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of St. Cloud

SERVPRO of St. Cloud specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Turn Off Your Water - Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Frozen and broken water pipes are not thought of as a catastrophe or anywhere near the same scale as a natural disaster. However, the damage from water is the most prevalent and least recognized catastrophe. In fact, frozen and broken water pipes rank No. 2 only behind hurricanes in terms of both the number of homes damaged and the amount of insurance claim costs in the U.S. In most cases, pipes break during freezing weather.

As the temperatures fall the water expands and causes localized pressure. When the pressure becomes too great, a break occurs. This may create a pinhole leak, hairline break, or large crack.

Damage from frozen and broken water pipes can be a homeowner's nightmare. When a pipe bursts, water gushes from the pipe like a fire hydrant turning a basement into a lake within a few minutes. Water from frozen and broken pipes causes the most damage while people are away from home or while they're on vacation and their home is vacant.

Make sure you turn off the water before you leave so you can return to a safe and clean home! 

SERVPRO of St. Cloud can help repair any water damage if you come home to a flooded house! Call our crew at (320) 248 - 5400!

Get Ready with an Emergency Plan!

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Part of the success of any business is its ability to run smoothly on a daily operation. Unfortunately, few things can sabotage a business for a lengthy amount of time like water or flood damage. The initial damage is bad enough, but the long term effects can end up costing businesses money. 

Consequently, it becomes important for businesses and their owners to be properly prepared for disasters such as water or fire damage. Statistics show that the faster a company responds to a disaster, the less amount of consequences it has to their business. Both socially and financially. 

 roper preparation starts with knowing where the problems are most likely to occur. This can include knowing where the gas and water supply lines are that service the building. In addition, it is important to know how to cut off the water supply at the source to prevent additional damage. SERVPRO has identified top key factors that help in times of a disaster.

Therefore, we provide a service to all commercial accounts in our area. This free service is called an Emergency Response Plan or ERP. Our marketing team is able to identify a potential disaster and help make a plan prior to something happening.  That way if the worst scenario every happens, you have already thought of steps to help alleviate the problems.

For example, we will find your gas and water valves and tag them for you. That way you know where to turn the source off. In addition, we will meet with you to find your important contact information. Some of the information we will gather is your insurance provider, key HR personnel, and decision makers for your company. We will also provide your local fire/police/hospital information in time of need.

 Other topics that will be addressed is your electric panel, elevator access, and where you would like emergency vehicles to park.

This information will be compiled and given to you, both on paper and electronically, to disperse to your staff. 

ERP's are helpful, thought provoking and also free!

Should your business like to have an ERP on your property, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400. We would love to meet with you to discuss your water, fire, or mold damage needs!

Damaging Cold Temperatures

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Cold weather is everywhere in Minnesota. That means some damaging cold weather can cause some water damage issues.

With the potential of these damaging cold temperatures  - everyone needs to be aware of the potential damages that could occur to any residential or commercial property.

Some of the damage could come from the rapid increase in cold weather, and some could come from the branches that could be experiencing extra weight from the snow. If there are to be any strong winds with these storms, it could cause the trees and power lines to be very destructive to the residential and commercial properties.

If your residential or commercial property is to experience any structural damage that could lead to water damage, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud. Our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud would be able to prepare the structural damages and clean-up the water damage.

Questions regarding any damages? Contact our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is available 24/7 - We are here to help!