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SERVPRO of St. Cloud Knows What is Needed

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of St. Cloud Knows What is Needed SERVPRO of St. Cloud would love to help healthcare facilities!

Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare facilities are everywhere, and are always helping others. They are able to help so many people because they understand the importance of fast response. SERVPRO of St. Cloud is dedicated to helping others as well whenever and however we can. We also understand the importance of fast response.

The solution that we have to fast response is the 1-4-8 program. The 1-4-8 program represents contacting the customer within 1 hour, beginning the work within 4 hours, and providing information and initial estimates within 8 hours. All of this can be completed when there is strong communication on both ends of the business.

We can help healthcare facilities in numerous ways. The main ways we can help them are in restoration and cleaning services.

Restoration Services:

  • Fire, Smoke, and Soot
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Electronics and Equipment
  • Document Drying

Cleaning Services:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes, and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hardwood Floors
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Deodorization
  • Biohazard and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

These are some of our services that we offer and specialize in when it comes to healthcare facilities. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud if you ever find yourself or business in need of any of these services. We would love to help, and can be reached at (320) 248-5400!

Emergency READY Profile

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency READY Profile ?Act now before it is too late!

Want your business to be prepared in an emergency situation? 

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is dedicated to helping others when they are in an emergency situation. We are also dedicated to helping others before an emergency. SERVPRO of St. Cloud helps others before an emergency by going into businesses and creating an ERP. An ERP, Emergency READY Profile, is created by gathering information and documents that will be critical when an emergency occurs. We will also tag the businesses direct gas and water shut off.

Why the SERVPRO ERP?

* A  no cost assessment of your facility.

* It was designed to contain only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

* Establishes SERVPRO of St. Cloud as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 

* Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

* Provides facility details, such as shut-off valve locations, important areas, and priority contact information. 

This is a free service, if you are interested in getting your business prepared call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 to set up a time! We are available 24/7!

Winter Storm Damage

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Damage Coldest temperatures in years, that some have NEVER experienced!

The Midwest Polar Vortex

The last couple of weeks, the Midwest has been experiencing what is being called the Polar Vortex. The Polar Vortex has brought extremely low temperatures and buckets of snow. It has been proven that the last time it was this cold was about 23 years ago, so several people that live in the Midwest have NEVER experienced this type of weather.

That is why it is important to stay educated when the weather is changing so drastically. Not only can the weather affect your health, but your home as well. Within one’s home this can cause pipes to expand and burst. The expanding and bursting of a pipe in the home can cause significant flooding if one is not educated.

Prepare:

To prepare for this type of weather, one should make sure to inspect their pipes. If a pipe needs replacing, be sure to do this before the cold weather hits.

Prevent:

To prevent large water losses and damage, tag your main water shut off. One should tag their main water shut off to help everyone in the home know where to shut off the water if a pipe is to burst. Hopefully by doing this, one will be able to shut off their water immediately minimizing the loss or damage.

Take Action:

If the Polar Vortex over hauls all of your preparing and preventing, take action by calling SERVPRO of St. Cloud immediately and we will be there to assist you. We area available 24/7 to ensure that one can be helped at any hour that they need.

We are dedicated to helping others, call us (320) 248-5400 anytime!

Prevention Is Important

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Prevention Is Important Do not let this be your pipes!

Frigid Weather Conditions

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help when a disaster strikes. We are also here to help you prevent disaster from striking. With all of the frigid cold temperatures occurring everyone needs to be taking the appropriate steps to prevent this.

Any type of water line can freeze when it goes below 32 degrees. This occurs when the water inside the pipe freezes, the ice causes an increase in pressure, and when the pressure gets to high it bursts.

Steps to prevent this:

  • Assess Conditions
  • Adjust Habits
  • Add Insulation

Assess Conditions

One of the most important prevention tips is to make sure that your pipes are in optimal condition. This can be done by having a plumber inspect your pipes and replacing older pipes, if instructed. It is known that PEX tubing is more flexible than copper so it is less likely to freeze and burst.

Adjust Habits

People leave for vacation all of the time throughout the cold season. If you are to leave your home make sure to keep it at least above 60 degrees. Some other habits to practice are run your ceiling fans in reverse, keep garage doors shut, close outdoor vents, keep interior doors open, and disconnect all outdoor hoses.

Add Insulation

Some areas in a home are not temperature controlled, that is why it is smart to add insulation to these areas. These areas can be the attic, basement, and crawl space.

If the cold overhauls the prevention steps, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help at (320) 248-5400! We are available 24/7!

Don't Let This New Year Start with Frozen Pipes and Water Damage!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Let This New Year Start with Frozen Pipes and Water Damage! Pipes bursting in your home can cause problems. Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you!

With the cold weather upon us, numerous businesses and homes suffer from frozen pipes and ice dams on their roofs.  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.

Ready to Handle Winter Cold Snaps and Frozen Pipes

When storms hit St. Cloud, Foley, Big Lake, Cold Spring, or Sartell and surrounding communities, we are ready to help!  We can scale our resources to handle a large winter storm.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.  Therefore, no job is too small or too large to help you in your time of need.  

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

Frozen pipes and flooded basements are not a Christmas present from Santa....Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help!

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Frozen pipes and flooded basements are not a Christmas present from Santa....Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help! Don't let frozen pipes ruin your Christmas! Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you in any disaster!

This next week, Old Man Winter will make it's return to Central Minnesota.  We may see one of the coldest winters in many years past. A large concern during this time of the year is frozen water in pipes. Frozen water in pipes can cause water pressure buildup between the ice blockage and the closed faucet at the end of a pipe. This pressure can lead to pipes bursting at their weakest point.

To keep water in the pipes from freezing, take these following precautions:

  • Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to slow the heat transfer.
  • Seal cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipe with caulking.
  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through any unheated or unprotected space.
  • Drain the water system especially if your house will be unattended during cold periods.

Taking these precautions unfortunately cannot guarantee that the pipes in the house will not freeze over, but taking these steps will help prevent it.

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

Winter storms are just around the corner. Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you if you get hit with a blizzard!

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter storms are just around the corner.  Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you if you get hit with a blizzard! Outdoor temperatures can cause havoc to your house. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help you!

Emergency Preparedness 
Emergency preparedness is no longer the only concern of states like California with earthquakes or our friends who live in the area known as "Tornado Alley." For us Minnesotan's, winter storms and blizzards are common; knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared.

Blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures hit hard and frequently across our state. Even if you think you are safe and warm at home, a winter storm can become dangerous if the power is cut off. With a little planning, you can protect yourself and your family from the many hazards of winter weather, both at home and on the road.

BE AWARE OF THE FORECAST

  • Winter weather advisory.  Weather conditions may alert us to know that we are forecasted for snow, blowing and drifting snow, freezing drizzle or rain.  Knowing the conditions that are coming, will help us in being prepared. 

BE PREPARED AT HOME

If we are predicted of having a snow storm and being "stuck" in our house for an extended period of time, make sure to have some essentials on hand.  This can include the following:

  • Keep a radio nearby. 
  • Have plenty of flashlights on hand.  Make sure to have batteries.
  • Have candles and matches available in case of a power outage.

If Minnesota suffers a winter storm, our home can be compromised.  We can have ice dams on our roofs that result in a leak inside.  Should that occur, SERVPRO of St. Cloud is able to help dry out your home. 

Should you suffer any water damage as a result of a winter storm, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud for all your needs!  We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (320) 248-5400.

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!