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Water mitigation repairs are important, or mold can grow later!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water mitigation repairs are important, or mold can grow later! This home has mold throughout the wall cavity and needs to be addressed immediately!

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.  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, 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 so it will return to preloss conditions. SERVPRO of St. Cloud will always keep you informed of the drying process so you will 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. Should you suspect mold as a result of water damage, please let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you!  Call us today at (320) 248-5400 for any water or mold related questions. 

Cold snaps in Minnesota can cause for disasters: Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help!

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Cold snaps in Minnesota can cause for disasters:  Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help! Snowstorms can look pretty; however, if not taken care of properly, they can be a disaster!

When winter weather gets more extreme, so do the consequences of not preparing for the worst. Small issues like an overhanging tree can turn into a tree in the living room after a cold-snap and strong winds. Pipes can burst in winter, leaving you without hot water, or causing damaging flooding, which can be incredibly dangerous in cold weather. Regardless what kinds of catastrophes you face, a disaster restoration plan are something that no homeowner should be without. Here are some of the risks that you could encounter and ways to cope effectively.

Ice and Snow
Ice storms don’t just cause water to freeze uncomfortably close to your home. While these events can indeed result in the formation of ice dams that tear roof shingles apart or make gutters fall, they can also impact the trees and power lines around your property. When these features collapse, the aftermath may be even more catastrophic.

In some cases, snow buildup itself damages homes. This is especially concerning with older properties that may not be quite as structurally sound as they once were. Heavy snow that causes your roof plane to bend or warp can create weaknesses that worsen with every passing season. No matter how minor the problem seems now, failing to take immediate action is almost certain to cost you down the line.

What to do?

In winter, rapid emergency restoration needs to be one of your primary concerns.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud is a local company that has been in the construction business for over 20 years.  This expertise will be shown in the quality work that will be done in your home.  Unlike storm chasers, we are here to stay in our community.

Should you contact such winter storm disasters, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400.  We are always here to help!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud can help your business with a fire, no matter how large or small.

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of St. Cloud can help your business with a fire, no matter how large or small.  This salon suffered an electrical fire. SERVPRO of St. Cloud was able to help several tenants in the building with their fire damage.

Hopefully, commercial fire damage repair is not something that you may need to address for your business, but the reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike.  Unfortunately, they can happen to any category of business from a restaurant, retail office building, or medical facilities. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan.

Steps to prepare for:

After the firefighters have left, there is an enormous amount of issues to deal with.  Although the fire may be the root problem, there can be water damage from extinguishing the fire.  Soot can be found throughout the structure along with the lingering strong smells of the fire.  A team from SERVPRO of St. Cloud can help walk through this process with you.  There may be minimal damage to the contents stored inside to a total loss.  Our team is able to determine which items can be cleaned and restored and which items cannot.  We are able to help determine that from items such as electronics, computers to furniture and clothing. 

The cleaning process:

Our team has been trained to help you from the large picture down to the details of what to do next.  We have numerous chemicals, deodorization techniques including ozone and thermal fogging to help eliminate odors.  We understand that even a small fire can spread with soot and areas need to be cleaned thoroughly. 

Contact us:

Should your business endure a fire, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help you navigate this process.  We are trained to help you through these steps.  Please contact us at (320) 248-5400 as we are here to help!

What should you do if your business in St. Cloud or surrounding area suffers water damage?

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What should you do if your business in St. Cloud or surrounding area suffers water damage? This business in St. Cloud suffered water damage and SERVPRO of St. Cloud was able to help after hours to keep their doors open for business!

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

 

Let’s face it, water damage is threatening to your property’s value and can cause some serious, well damage. Whether you’re facing a storm; a flood; leaks from a weakened roof, HVAC or busted pipes; or experience overflowing appliances, water damage can wreak havoc in an array of emergency situations. To prevent further damage and to increase chances of salvation, it is critical to act quickly within the first 24 hours. Considering you have safely evacuated the premises and safety officials have declared it safe, follow these steps to immediately rectify your business from water damage.

Avoid Additional Risks

Upon returning to your property, survey the premises and document any visible structural damage that may further endanger you and your property. Look for signs of warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, and holes. If safety officials haven’t done so already, contact utility companies to cease all water and electrical sources. Even if the power is still out upon your return, physically turn off the main power line and individual fuses to avoid risk of electrocution should the power be reactivated.

Document Everything

While surveying your property, take photos and document all damages. Digital photos will allow you to properly store, back-up and transfer files quickly and conveniently. Be sure to document all damages prior to removing any water or starting on any repairs; otherwise, you risk decreasing the extent of your insurance coverage.

Contact your Insurance Provider

Contacting your insurance provider is critical immediately following water damage and your return to the property. Your insurance provider will be able to assess the situation, file a claim, determine whether or not the damage is severe enough to send an adjuster, and provide invaluable next steps. They will also ask for the documentation you’ve collected so it’s important to have that readily available. 

Secure the Property

Place board over broken windows, fasten tarps, and carryout other measures to avoid further leaks and water damage.  Be sure to document all of your efforts to secure your property from further damage.  If these precautionary steps are not taken and something else happens, additional damages may not be covered by your insurance provider.

Mitigate Mold Damage

It only takes 24-48 hours for mold to develop following a flood or water damage. If items have been wet for less than 48 hours, they may be salvageable. Remove wet contents such as carpeting and furniture as soon as possible. If an item has been exposed longer than 48 hours, it may be harder and more expensive to salvage. If possible, you can start the drying out process within 24 hours and eliminate mold and mildew growth by: 

  • Removing wet furniture or lifting it off of carpet
  • Place aluminum foil or other carpet separators on furniture to prevent carpet stains
  • Remove and hang area rugs to dry
  • Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out wet areas
  • Turn air conditioning on to help remove humidity and speed the drying process

Contact A Professional Restoration Service

If any amounts of water need more than a mop and you’ve followed the immediate steps to secure your business, water removal may require professional attention. SERVPRO of St. Cloud has the expertise, training and equipment to quickly remedy water damages and help your business get back to working order faster. Give SERVPRO of St. Cloud a call at (320) 248-5400.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of St. Cloud Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your St. Cloud home. SERVPRO of St. Cloud hot thermal fogging after a fire to eliminate the odor.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of St. Cloud will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 320-248-5400

The Water Damage Restoration Process

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Water Damage Restoration Process SERVPRO of St. Cloud removing and extracting all water from a home that suffered with water damage.

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Water or Flood Damage?
Call Today – (320)-248-5400

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

When Storms or Floods hit St. Cloud, SERVPRO is ready!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit St. Cloud, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in St. Cloud.

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

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are 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 St. Cloud, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (320)-248-5400. 

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of St. Cloud Smoke and Soot Cleanup SERVPRO of St. Cloud helped these homeowners after a devastating fire!

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of St. Cloud will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (320) 248-5400 or email at office@SERVPROstcloud.com 

Restoring Your St. Cloud Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your St. Cloud Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at St. Cloud and Central Minnesota commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of St. Cloud

SERVPRO of St. Cloud pecializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Does Your St. Cloud Home Have A Mold Problem?

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your St. Cloud Home Have A Mold Problem? In St. Cloud, Sartell, Foley, or any other home in Central Minnesota, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (320) 248-5400 or email at office@SERVPROstcloud.com