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5 Frequently Asked Water Questions

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

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  1. What causes water damage?

Water damage can occur from natural disasters, pipe bursts, appliance malfunctions, roof leaks, foundations leaks, septic tank overflows, poor drainage and the list continues.  Flash flooding, pipe bursts, and sewage backups are especially dangerous as they can produce several inches of water in less than a day. 

  1. Why can water damage be dangerous?

Floodwater that comes from outside and from sewage backups can contain dangerous contaminants such as viruses and bacteria.  If the water is not drained within 24-48 hours, structural damage and mold growth can occur.

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

Contacting a professionally trained company, SERVPRO of St. Cloud, is one of the first steps. Waiting to complete this step can cause irredeemable and mold damage to the wood, walls, and carpet.

  1. How do the certified technicians handle water damage?

SERVPRO of St. Cloud wants to be sure to answer all questions in hopes to help put your mind more at ease. The crew will then determine which items can be restored. If items cannot be restored, they will be removed. The drying out and disinfecting of all areas will then begin.

  1. Will my homeowner’s insurance cover water damage?

It is important to notify your insurance company to determine your insurance coverage. The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud will work with your insurance company to help meet your needs. 

Experience water damage? Contact our crew at (320) 248 – 5400!

Fire Damage in Minnesota

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage? Contact Our Crew!

Fires in your home or business can be a disaster. They can destroy a multitude of contents and leave behind a strong odor, scorched belongings, and a tough process to endure. SERVPRO of St. Cloud is experienced in working through this process. Our team wants to ensure that the process is as smooth and as painless as possible. As we know that after experiencing a fire can be a very tough time for a home or business.

When we begin the process, we start by meeting with you at your home or business to determine the scope of work that needs to be done and contacting your insurance company so all parties are under the same agreement regarding what can be cleaned and what cannot. With our team, we can pack out, clean your home or business, and eliminate the odor that was left behind. 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of St. Cloud is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

If you suffer a fire, do not attempt to go down this road alone; call SERVPRO of St. Cloud as we would like to work for you and reduce the fear and unknown in this process. 

We can be contacted 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Specialized Equipment

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage - Moisture Meters

The month of April in Minnesota can bring lots of cloudy and rainy days. With the cloudy and rainy days can come water damage. This water damage can occur to residential or commercial properties. It is important to keep an eye on all your properties to help ensure that you may catch the water damage earlier. By catching the water damage earlier, this can help to lessen the extent of the damages.

If you are experiencing water damage, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud. Our crew will respond to the damages in a quick manner. When we arrive at the property, we will bring our moisture meters. The moisture meters will help to determine where the water is present and the moisture percentage present. Some of the moisture meters we have can penetrate through materials to give us readings, and some do not need to penetrate materials to obtain the readings.

All materials have goals that they need to reach to ensure that they are safely dried. These goals are reached by using equipment like air movers, dehumidifiers, and more.

Suffering from any water damage? Call the experts at SERVPRO of St. Cloud for all your needs. We are always here to help 24/7. Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

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!

Protect Your Commercial Building

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Your family depends on your business. As well as your employees, customers, and community. That is why the thought of commercial water damage caused by extreme weather, fire, or plumbing failure is scary.

However, you do not have to be fearful. With a little planning and a few precautions it will help you breathe a little easier. This is because you will know you are ready for the commercial water damage contingency.

Commercial Water Damage Tip:

Think it Through

Start by asking yourself, “What if?”

That is a powerful question when it comes to lowering commercial water damage risk.

For example, what if a water main bursts and floods your office? 

This always leads to more questions, such as how will you ensure the safety of your employees and customers? How will you communicate with employees during emergencies or periods of disruption (when a pipe bursts and requires the main power to be shut off during repairs)? 

Make notes of your answers to all your questions because organizing this information is the basis for the next key step in preventing and minimizing commercial water damage.

Commercial Water Damage Tip:

Make a Plan

While thinking through possible commercial water damage scenarios for your business, you made notes of the solutions you came up with for your “what if?” questions.

Now put your thinking into action to craft an emergency plan for your business. A good emergency plan should provide for the safety of all people who could enter your business, as well as set forth processes and procedures for carrying on with business during a variety of challenges.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud offers a free emergency plans (an ERP) to answer all those questions.  For free, we will tag your water and gas shut off valves that in time of need, your staff will know where that is located.  In addition, we will gather all pertinent information such as insurance contact information, HR personnel, nearby fire/police/hospital contact information. 

Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400. We would like to help with all your commercial water and fire damage needs!

Frozen Pipes? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud!

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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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.  

If you experience any damages from the cold weather, call our crew! SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help you! Call us at (320) 248-5400!

Prevention Is Important

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

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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!

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

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Ice Dams Can Cause Serious Issues

Don't let the pretty look of a winter scene fool you! The icicles coming off of the house with snow around the bushes of the house is a beautiful site. However, this beautiful site can also turn into a costly disaster.

Ice dams form when warmer air melts snow on the roof into water that is dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back flow under the roof’s shingles and into the structures interior areas.

There are several common locations for ice dams to appear.

Look for them in the following areas:

1. The edge of your roof.

2. The gutter - remember, ice dams as little as one inch thick can cause big problems.

3. Behind the gutter on the fascia. 

4. Through the soffit vents or through the soffit itself.

5. On the siding or exterior wall surface.

6. Inside the home.  Look for areas on the ceiling, windows, or door frames where the leaked in.

If you see water damage to your ceiling areas, often times in the deep cold spells, it can be a result of an ice dam.

If this does occur, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help. We can have our trained service team come out and access the situation.

We are able to dry out the interior of your home and repair other damages that may have been caused as a result of it. 

Contact our office at (320) 248-5400. We are available 24/7 and always here to help!

Commercial Water Damage

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Commercial Damages/Losses 

You can never predict how water damage is going to strike your business regardless of if it’s from a plumbing leak, a storm, roof damage or any other catastrophic event. It can leak into walls, ceilings, floors, furnishings and other areas of the facility. Not only can the water damage your contents, but also the building itself. The longer it’s left the more damage that can happen. Understanding how important it is to get these repairs done can literally save the property. Disaster can strike at any time, it usually strikes when it’s least expected. Using our emergency helpline, you can ensure that your facility is protected by our highly qualified and trained team. SERVPRO of St. Cloud can be at your property within hours.

Understanding Water Damage Characteristics

It doesn’t matter what caused the water damage. We can determine the cause and immediately begin working on your facility and the contents. After we address the root cause of the water damage issue, we will begin to remove and salvage anything that can be salvaged. Then, we begin to make the emergency repairs. We work closely with your insurance company and work to get your company back in business as quickly as possible.

If your property has any water damage, it’s important to give us a call right away. Standing water can quickly spread and ruin your entire building. In no time at all your carpet, upholstery, records and books can all be damaged or destroyed. Furnishings made of wood may swell and parts may even disintegrate. Metal surfaces may be damaged as well. Standing water must be removed as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.

There are many potential long-term effects of water damage. These include bacteria and molds as well as the unpleasant odor. There are also more allergens. Left alone, more damage may occur as wood warps and splits and dries out. Windows and doors may not close properly. It’s vital to address the issues in the first few days to help reduce the amount of permanent damage and reduce restoration costs.

In many cases, the damage may not be obvious. It might only be noticeable by the smell and mold growth. Small leaks may cause a lot of potential damage if they’re not quickly dealt with.

Dealing With The Water

In dealing with the water, you’ll have to start with the flood damage to the property and contents. Using a high-volume desiccant and dehumidifiers, the dry air is forced into the damp areas and minimizes the risk of more damages. Prior to this process, the source of the water intrusion is identified and controlled. The level of contamination must first be controlled and then repairs begun. In removing the standing water, the mold growth is controlled and stopped. As the water begins to evaporate the humidity level is lowered. It’s vital to completely remove all of the water and humidity. This can prevent further damage to the facility.

Document And Content Recovery

We offer full services and understand how vital it is to recover the contents of your business. All content that is salvageable will be removed and restored in a secure facility. These can be professionally packed and stored with a specific barcode prior to returning it to your fully restored facility. Upon completion, our dedicated staff will ensure that everything is placed back into your facility as it should be. Every care is taken to ensure that all electronic media, hard disks, drives and optical disks are recovered as fully as possible. This can help to keep things running. Years ago, this wasn’t possible. Thanks to modern technology, it’s now very possible.

We understand that each day your company isn’t in business can cost you money. For this reason, the skilled team at SERVPRO of St. Cloud begins the task of restoration immediately. We want to get you back up and running as soon as possible. We’re not happy until you’re happy. We also ensure that your facility has no contaminants lingering after the restoration process. We clean air ducts, HVAC systems and ensure that no harmful contaminants or air ducts are lurking about.

Give SERVPRO of St. Cloud a call today and let us know how we can help you get your company back up and running after water damage. Our professionals are waiting to help you with any standing water or water issues. You’ll be glad you chose us.

Remember, SERVPRO of St. Cloud is only a phone call away at (320) 248-5400!

Avoid Frozen Pipes & Flooded Basements

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Winter Weather Damages? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Winter weather has slowly been returning to Minnesota this winter season. We may see one of the coldest and snowiest winters in many years past, and we may not. We never know what the Minnesota weather is going to do.

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!

Frozen Pipes in Minnesota

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Bursting copper pipe. Frozen pipe? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

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

Statistics show that approximately 250,000 families have their homes damaged and their lives disrupted each winter. This is all because of water damage which stems from frozen pipes. Recovering from the damages is not as simple as calling a plumber. Damages can occur rapidly as a small crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day.

Consequently, damages can be found throughout the house and can affect the ceilings, walls, and floors. By taking a few precautions, you can avoid the mess, money and frustration that this process can cause.  

Before the cold hits:

Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic. These areas are most susceptible to freezing. Don't forget that the more insulation you use, the less chance your pipes will freeze. 

Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for any air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes. Properly use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out and the heat in.

Disconnect water and garden hoses and.

If your pipes freeze:

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help! 

We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (320) 248-5400. We would appreciate the opportunity to help in your time of need. 

Fire Damage Tips

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Flames and says 'We Fix Fire Damage'. Fire or water damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

It is always important to be up to date on fire safety issues that can help prevent fire damage to your residential or commercial property.

Think ahead! This will help you to prevent fire damage when burning wood in your fireplace or wood stove!

The chimney is not just a place to enjoy a warm fire, it can also heat appliances. The chimney is made to carry toxic carbon monoxide out of the house. That is why proper cleaning of the chimney can also help to prevent carbon monoxide gases from entering the home in the first place.

  • Have your chimney and flue cleaned by a professional. A dirty chimney or damaged flue can cause smoke damage.
  • Clean your woodstove and remove any clutter that has accumulated on or near the stove or fireplace
  • Be sure that your chimney, flue, bricks and mortar are all in good condition and that you don’t have more than one heating device in a single flue.

Test your smoke alarms and CO2 detectors!

Going along with chimney safety, you should also test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. One should also replace any worn out batteries. 

Make a fire safety plan!

In the event of a fire, know that time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Make sure that you have a fire safely plan in place with all family members. It takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. A house can fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames in just a few minutes. Designate a meeting location away from the home, but not necessarily across the street.

For example, meet under a specific tree or at the end of the driveway or front sidewalk to make sure everyone is out safely. Designate one person to go to a neighbor's home to phone the fire department.

If your residential or commercial property suffers water or fire damage, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help!

We are available 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

Protect Your Pipes

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud!

For us Minnesotan's, we live where temperatures regularly dip well below freezing. Due to this, we need to prepare ourselves from the damage that can result from frozen pipes. A couple of practical things that you can do is as follows:

Protect Pipes Before a Freeze

  • Be sure to insulate all accessible pipes well before a cold snap. If you’re not sure what type of insulation to use, ask. 
  • Apply pipe insulation to water pipes in unheated areas of your home, such as the garage, or in areas where pipes are near exterior walls, such as under kitchen or bathroom sinks.

    How to Check for Frozen Pipes (& Thaw Them)

    To check on your pipes, go turn on each faucet (both hot and cold). If there’s only a trickle of water or, even worse, there’s no water coming out at all, then you should suspect a frozen pipe. The source of the freeze is most likely near an exterior wall or where the main water supply enters your home. Do this until the pipe heats up and there is a steady flow of water. 

    If in need of assistance, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

If you experience a pipe burst in your home or business, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud.

We would be happy to help as we are available 24/7! You can reach us at (320) 248-5400. 

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Here to Help During the Chilly Season

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Winter and snow background says "Here To Help'. SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help this winter! Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

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

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!

Minnesota Snow Storms

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

Emergency Preparedness 
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, homes and residential properties can be damaged. We can have ice dams on our roofs that result in a leak inside. Should that occur, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud. We are here to help you!

If your residential or commercial property suffers 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!

Fire Damage Tips

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Everyone always seems to have great advice about what you should do if you experience fire damage – call your insurance company, secure the property, call a restoration team, and so forth. Something they do not often point out is the many things you want to be sure NOT to do.

Here are a few of those things you should know about if you are dealing with fire damage at your home:

  • Do not try to keep any food items. Including canned goods, which were inside the house during the fire. High heat can render them dangerous to consume. They should be thrown out and in some cases, you can itemize the cost to replace them as part of your insurance claim.
  • Do not deal with fire ash and residue on your own. If you handled the wrong way it could damage walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. It could also cause respiratory distress and damage if you breathe it in.
  • If there was heavy smoke, do not try to reuse carpeting or upholstered furniture. They will need to be replaced due to the chance of it causing respiratory problems in the future.
  • Do not turn on any electrical appliances. This includes computers, which were in a smoke-filled room before they have been checked out and professionally cleaned. There may ash and debris inside the components, and if turned on could cause more damage. 
  • Do not enter the home until you have been told it is safe to do so. If you are not given that clearance due to structural integrity concerns, do not go in. 

At SERVPRO of St. Cloud, we want you to be safe after your home experiences fire damage. We have the expertise to handle everything for you and get your home restored while not putting you in danger. We can work with your insurance company to make your fire damage restoration less stressful for you.

If you experience any fire damage, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud. We can be reached at (320) 248-5400!

Do Not Let Snow & Icicles Ruin Your Home

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees with SERVPRO green equipment. Experience any water damage this winter to your residential or commercial property, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

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

Now that old man winter is here to stay, it is time to think of the snow buildup that may be happening on your roof top. While roofs covered in fresh snow can make a pretty wintery scene, it can also do much damage under the blanket of snow and into your home. The snow starts to melt and then re-freezes which causes more stress to the roof of your home. As the ice slowly melts over time, water seeps beneath shingles and under the tar paper. Eventually it will also seep into the plywood beneath, causing damage to your roof, fascia, and soffit.

Ice buildup in your gutters prevents the flow of melted snow to your down spouts for proper drainage. The stacked up ice and snow causes the run off to flow over the lip of your gutters and create long icicles.

Clearing the snow the first 3 to 4 feet of the roof after every snow fall with a roof rake will go a long way in helping to protect your home this winter from the formation of ice dams.

If you do have any water damage to the inside of your home or need assistance in properly removing the snow on your roof contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud. The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is prepared to help in anyway possible. 

Reach our crew 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Fire Damage

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage? Call (320) 248 - 5400!

Once the fire trucks are gone, your journey is just beginning. That is because your home almost certainly suffered smoke and fire damage. As well as possible water damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of St. Cloud have the skills and equipment necessary to restore your house to the way it was before the fire.

Each fire is different and every home or business requires its own specific approach, but the following is the general process we follow in a typical fire damage restoration situation:

  1. Emergency response. When you make your call to us, the restoration process begins. Our customer service representative will ask the right questions so that we can respond quickly and bring along the right resources and equipment.
  1. Inspection and assessment. We inspect the impacted area and adjoining rooms to find out the extent of the soot, smoke and other fire damage, then we can develop our plan of action.
  1. Securing the structure. Preventing further damage is essential, so we take immediate action to board up broken windows, shore up damaged walls and put tarps over damaged sections of the roof.
  1. Water removal. When water damage is present, we immediately start water removal. Dehumidifiers and air movers are used to get all the water from your home and complete the drying process.
  1. Surface soot and smoke removal. Using special equipment and time-tested techniques, we get rid of soot and smoke from the ceiling, all walls and other hard surfaces.
  1. Cleaning and disinfecting. Restorable items require cleaning and sanitizing. A variety of cleaning products and techniques are used to accomplish this as appropriate. This process includes odor removal using foggers and industrial-strength air scrubbers.
  1. Restoration. Getting things back to normal is the final step in the process. This can involve small repairs, drywall replacement, new carpet installation, painting and more. Major construction may sometimes also be required.

For an easy and hassle-free experience, trust SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help manage everything for you, including the insurance claims process. Call (320) 248-5400 for a quick response!

Do Not Let Snow & Icicles Ruin Your Home

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees with SERVPRO green equipment. Experience any water damage this winter to your residential or commercial property, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

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

Now that old man winter is here to stay, it is time to think of the snow buildup that may be happening on your roof top. While roofs covered in fresh snow can make a pretty wintery scene, it can also do much damage under the blanket of snow and into your home. The snow starts to melt and then re-freezes which causes more stress to the roof of your home. As the ice slowly melts over time, water seeps beneath shingles and under the tar paper. Eventually it will also seep into the plywood beneath, causing damage to your roof, fascia, and soffit.

Ice buildup in your gutters prevents the flow of melted snow to your down spouts for proper drainage. The stacked up ice and snow causes the run off to flow over the lip of your gutters and create long icicles.

Clearing the snow the first 3 to 4 feet of the roof after every snow fall with a roof rake will go a long way in helping to protect your home this winter from the formation of ice dams.

If you do have any water damage to the inside of your home or need assistance in properly removing the snow on your roof contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud. The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is prepared to help in anyway possible. 

Reach our crew 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

Finding Help for Commercial Damage - SERVPRO of St. Cloud

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

 Says 'Your Problem. Our Solution'. Call the crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud anytime at (320) 248-5400! We are here to help you!

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

When you are staring at the aftermath of an issue, the steps to move forward in order to have your commercial property restored can be mentally taxing. There are so many factors to consider. These factors can include cost, workplace disruptions, and plausible time frames.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud would like to work with customers on their commercial restoration services. 

We believe these are a few key traits that you should look for in your commercial restoration services company:

  • Experience- Especially important in commercial restoration services, experience should be at the top of your list when searching for the right company. You want someone who can give you an accurate time frame and quote, making it easier for you to plan out your budget and plan to return to your property. Only an experienced commercial restoration services crew can do that. SERVPRO of St. Cloud has the capacity to work on small to large projects, as demonstrated after 9/11 when we responded to the Pentagon.
  • Variety of skills- Often one problem attracts others, and it will be extremely helpful if you have one company that can assist you with multiple problems rather than several companies attempting to clean up several problems. For example, a leaky pipe and resulting water damage might cause drywall problems and mold in addition to flooding. Rather than calling a plumber, drywall professional, and mold abatement crew - it is in your best interest to look for a single company that has expertise in all these areas. SERVPRO of St. Cloud can work with all issues and contractors.
  • Professionalism- If you would not feel comfortable around someone without a professional demeanor, why would you let them into your commercial property? Dealing with a disaster is tough; do not let an ill-mannered commercial restoration services company make it tougher.

The next time you have issues or damages to your property, let our commercial restoration services team assist you. 

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help with any issues or damages. Whether it entail mold, fire damage, biohazard cleanup, or water damage.

The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is available to help 24/7!

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

Toilet Overflow & Leaks

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO equipment on a bathroom floor by the toilet. Water Damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud to Help You!

In the perfect world, your toilet would never leak. Sadly, the world is not perfect, and toilets do leak. When a toilet does leak, it is not pretty. Toilet water damage can be a costly expense.

Sone thing that is worse is that one third of toilet catastrophes start with a clogged or overflowing toilet – something that can be easily avoided if proper toilet maintenance is performed.

What Do I Do If My Toilet Overflows?

  1. Adjust the float. If the toilet is overflowing not because of a blockage, then it could be that a simple float adjustment could save you from an overflow and toilet water damage. Lower or raise the float until the desired bowl fill level is reached.
  2. Do not flush again. If your toilet is clogged, avoid the temptation to keep flushing the toilet to see if the waste will go away.
  3. Try a plunger. If the toilet is clogged but not spilling water onto your bathroom floor, try dislodging the clog with a plunger.
  4. Turn off the water. If your toilet bowl is overflowing, then your first step should always be to turn off the water supply to your toilet. This knob is usually located on the wall near the base of the toilet, below the tank.
  5. Reach out to a professional plumber to fix the problem.
  6. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 to safely clean up any toilet water damage.

 Is Toilet Water Dangerous?

The short answer? Potentially. If your toilet overflows and contains any raw sewage or fecal matter, then you should not touch it without wearing proper protective clothing. Toilet water that has soaked into your carpets or flooring is considered a biohazard because it is full of microparticles that could quickly develop into mold or fungus if not properly sanitized.

Instead of trying to handle toilet water damage yourself, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud. Our crew has the proper sanitation chemicals to ensure that your house does not develop mold and that your hardwood floors are not ruined forever.

If you are to suffer water damage from a toilet overflow or other mishap, SERVPRO of St. Cloud would love the opportunity to help you!

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 if you do experience any water damage! We are here to help you 24/7!

Prevent Storm Damage

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Check Out These Helpful Tips Below!

Water damage to your residential or commercial property can be disruptive and costly. That is why as an owner to a residential or commercial property, you should be prepared. There are several tips that can prevent water damage to your home in Central Minnesota! These simple tips can help to alleviate damages happening to your residential or commercial property. 

Tips:

- Maintain gutters and downspouts, keeping them free of debris and leaves and repairing them if they are sagging.

- Inspect your gutters' capacity - after fifteen minutes of heavy rain, if water overflows the gutters, install additional downspouts.

- Extend downspouts at least ten feet away from the house

- Take time this fall to check your gutters.

These few simple tips outlined above can go a long way to prevent water from coming into your residential or commercial property!  

If you are to suffer from any water damage to your residential or commercial property, you can always trust SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help! 

Our crew is a call away 24/7 at (320) 248-5400. We will be sure to give you our immediate attention and response. As we understand the importance of the response time when damages or disasters strike. 

Has Your Business Suffered Water, Fire, or Mold Damage?

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water damage can occur in a commercial establishment due to several causes. Many times, this is occurring when it is least expected. Although, obvious damages can be evident on items and other properties like water-soaked carpet and furniture, property owners should be aware that there are other hazards that would put the inhabitants of a property at risk.

This is exactly why water damage restoration is so important. Water damage restoration is always beneficial whenever there has been water damage to your property. Calling in a team of experts ensures that the job to restore the damaged is done quickly and right. Some people might think that water damage restoration is a DIY job. However, if you do not do it right, you might put your property at risk.

As professionals, we are well equipped in handling situations such as these. We use personal protective equipment such as protective eye wear, suits, gloves, boots, and respirators with an N-95 filter. These things are important because the mold can become airborne while it is being removed.

Structural Risks Associated with Water Damage

When the property is exposed or soaked in water for a prolonged period, it can cause certain negative effects and subsequent damages to the structure. These effects include the following:

- Direct damage to the structural materials can result in structural instability. This includes weakening of the wall boards, weakening of the ground earth integrity, twisting, and tilting of the support columns, termite damage and more.

- Malfunctions in the electrical system can cause short circuits leading to shock or fires. Water can also cause considerable damage to electronics, electrical appliances, and other components.

- Prolonged exposure to water can cause corrosion to gas pipes, which eventually may result in leaks. Gas leaks can cause gas poisoning or even fires.

- Damage from water to possessions and other parts of the house including damage to items, peeling of paints, stains on furnishings and textiles, and damaged documents like books, photographs, and parchments.

When these damages continue unabated, it will create further damage to other structural components like metals, wood and even masonry. These damages can become very evident and will eventually lead to a significant decrease in the property/market value.

Effective steps are needed to tackle these structural hazards which come after water damage. It is better to prevent a problem than to solve it.

If you have any damages, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Storm Damage in St. Cloud, MN - Surrounding Areas

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Grey roof with dents from hail damage. Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud 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

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, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Foley, and all surrounding areas 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!

Fire Damage? - Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Damaged and burnt wood due to fire. If you experience fire damage, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Reach Our Crew at (320) 248-5400!

Once the fire trucks are gone, your journey is just beginning. That’s because your home or business almost certainly suffered smoke and fire damage as well as possible water damage. But the professionals at SERVPRO of St. Cloud have the skills and equipment necessary to restore your house or business to the way it was before the fire.

Each fire is different and every home or business requires its own specific approach, but the following is the general process we follow in a typical fire restoration situation:

  1. Emergency response: When you make your call to us, the restoration process begins. Our customer service representative will ask the right questions so that we can respond quickly and bring along the right resources and equipment.
  1. Inspection and assessment: We inspect the impacted area and adjoining rooms to find out the extent of the soot, smoke and other fire damage, then we can develop our plan of action.
  1. Securing the structure: Preventing further damage is essential, so we take immediate action to board up broken windows, shore up damaged walls and put tarps over damaged sections of the roof.
  1. Water removal: When water damage is present, we immediately start water removal. Dehumidifiers and air movers are used to get all the water from your home and complete the drying process.
  1. Surface soot and smoke removal: Using special equipment and time-tested techniques, we get rid of soot and smoke from the ceiling, all walls and other hard surfaces.
  1. Cleaning and disinfecting: Restorable items require cleaning and sanitizing. A variety of cleaning products and techniques are used to accomplish this as appropriate. This process includes odor removal using foggers and industrial-strength air scrubbers.
  1. Restoration: Getting things back to normal is the final step in the process. This can involve small repairs, drywall replacement, new carpet installation, painting and more. Major construction may sometimes also be required.

For an easy and hassle-free experience, trust SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help manage everything for you, including the insurance claims process.

Call (320) 248-5400! We are available 24/7 to meet your needs!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Responds to Commercial Losses

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

When a commercial building is in good condition, property managers won't expect the slightest water leak in the ceiling to cause a major problem. However, an instantaneous pipe bursting can cause a catastrophic event due to flooding. Water damage can be a major issue and, if not properly handled, can lead to mold and other problems.

These are a few reasons to use SERVPRO of St. Cloud in Central Minnesota- including St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Foley, Sartell, and other surrounding cities- to clean, restore, and repair commercial buildings after a water or fire loss.

- Remove the water damage: To remedy the situation n a timely manner, it is important to hire a professional to repair the structure.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud is equipped with equipment that can dry your structure in a scientific and calculated way. We will place the appropriate equipment in your building so you will be back in business as quickly as possible.

- Prevent further damage: Water damage can cause an unpleasant odor; it also sinks into the walls and flooring causing discoloration and mold. Drying the area with excessive heat causes humidity to increase which leads to bacteria. To prevent this, commercial businesses must act quickly as possible by calling a emergency restoration company such as SERVPRO of St. Cloud.  

SERVPRO of St. Cloud services include water damage restoration, mold remediation, storm restoration, fire damage repair, and bio-hazard cleanup.  We understand how important it is to respond to an emergency and help our customers in a difficult situation.  

If your business suffers a water or fire loss, please contact our office 24/7 at (320) 248-5400! We are here to help!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Water Damage

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Two green pieces of SERVPRO of St. Cloud equipment. Call our crew with any water damage at (320) 248-5400!

Contact us at (320) 248-5400!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of St. Cloud provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (320) 248-5400.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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. 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. 

Reach us 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

Here to Help The Community

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Coronavirus Cleaning

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is a local company that has been active in helping the community during these unprecedented times. Whether it has been on residential or commercial properties, we have been helping in any way we can with all the changing circumstances. Our crew has stayed updated on all of the changing circumstances and factors to ensure that we can help our customers to the best of our abilities.

The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is able to help in residential and commercial properties when it comes to Coronavirus Cleaning. Both of which our crew is experienced in cleaning. We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have about the process, pricing, etc.

Reaching out to SERVPRO of St. Cloud is an easy process due to our availability being 24/7. Give (320) 248-5400 a call with any concerns or questions that you may have. We will do everything we can to help you moving forward.

If you or anyone you know is in the need of Coronavirus Cleaning, reach out to our crew. We are prepared to help you, and want to be there for you during these times!

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

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is Ready

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Grey and tall commercial building. Commercial building damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400! We are available 24/7, and here to help!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help in all commercial buildings!

Flooding and water damage events at St. Cloud, Foley, Sartell, Sauk Rapids or surrounding area 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 specializes 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.

Drying Techniques - SERVPRO of St. Cloud

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

Black, blue, and green drying mat on hardwood floor with tubes. Water damage to flooring? Call us at (320) 248-5400!

Check out this story below!

This home in Central Minnesota suffered water damage as water seeped under the hardwood floors.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud responded and utilized the inject dry hardwood floor drying system. This state of of the art equipment is used to dry hard to reach areas such as under hardwood floorings where regular dehumidifiers just can't quite reach.   When caught in time, this can keep your expensive hardwood and engineered hardwood from warping. Meaning that the flooring would be saved, and would not need to be replaced.

Our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud’s goal is to restore and not to replace to the best of our ability. That is why this equipment is very essential when trying to save flooring. 

The largest criteria to be cost effective after a water loss is to contact a professional immediately. The faster that water can be extracted from materials found at your home, the less damage that is found.

Should you have any water damage to your home or business, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 for all your restoration needs!

We are available 24/7, and here to help you when in need!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Available 24/7!

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Green and black drying equipment. SERVPRO of St. Cloud is available 24/7! Reach us at (320) 248-5400 for all your water damage needs!

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 the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (320) 248-5400.

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's 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)?

About SERVPRO of St. Cloud

Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

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. 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.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is Here to Help When You Are in Need!

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fire flame with the SERVPRO logo. Call our crew to help you! Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Smoke and soot are very invasive. It can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect while accurately assessing 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.

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. 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 at (320) 248-5400!

24 Hour Emergency Service

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage that says ‘Your Problem, Our Solution’. Water damage? Contact our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Contact Our Crew!

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 the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (320) 248-5400.

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's 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)?

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. 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.

Is Bleach Strong Enough to Kill Mood?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

It is the letters spelling out the word BLEACH. Suspect mold? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Mold Issues? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!


Bleach does not eliminate mold growth.

A common misconception that we often hear when cleaning mold is that a bleach solution will take care of a mold problem. The truth is that in some cases, a bleach solution can only mask the problem and make it worse. Industry leaders have determined that bleach should not be used in mold remediation and is ineffective in mold removal. 

Remember, bleach only affects surface mold  If the area that you are working on is the slightest bit pourous, then you should never assume that you have eliminated the infestation completely. 

Some reminders why to contact a mold specialist:

  • A mold removal specialist will know what type of biocide will work best against the strain or stains of mold growing in your home.
  • A mold removal specialist will know what materials in your home can be cleaned and saved and which must be removed and replaced.
  • A mold removal specialist will have any special equipment needed to complete the mold removal job, including safety gear, respirator masks, vacuums with HEPA filters, and negative air machines.
  • A mold removal specialist will know how to handle mold safely and to prevent the spread of mold spores to other areas of your home. 

If you suspect mold, contact our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud! We can be reached at (320) 248-5400!

Responding Fast to Fire Damage

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

A sign that says ‘When Fire & Water Take Control of Your Life, We Help You Take It Back.’ Fire damage? Contact our SERVPRO of St. Cloud crew at (320) 248-5400!

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

Fire disasters can cause damages within your residential home and commercial businesses. Within minutes, a fire can take over the entire area. It can burn through areas where you cannot even see. Unfortunately, that is why when a fire is put out it can leave a toxic smell and residue throughout the property. If you are to attempt any of the fire restoration on your own, you will most likely be spending hours breathing in harmful carcinogens that can cause different illnesses later on.

Without the proper training, the chances are higher that spots will be missed causing problems down the road. That is why working with SERVPRO of St. Cloud, you can be sure that any hard to reach spots will get cleaned before anyone returns to the property. Our crew has the proper training to ensure your family and employees safety.

What to Know About Fire Restoration?:

  1. The longer you wait, the more damage that can occur in your residential home or commercial building.
  2. Calling SERVPRO of St. Cloud soon after a fire can make a big difference in loss of property.
  3. Consider the safety of your family and employees, and be sure not to enter your home until it has been deemed fit to live in once again.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that you are keeping your family and employees safe moving forward.

Should your residential home or commercial business suffer a smoke or fire disaster, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud for all your needs!

We are available 24/7/365 to help YOU!

Our Crew is Ready To Help You!

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Says ‘SERVPRO of St. Cloud’ and (320) 248-5400. Call our crew at (320) 248-5400! We are here to help YOU!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud 24/7/365

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of St. Cloud provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7/365 – (320) 248-5400

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of St. Cloud arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Fire or Smoke Damage - Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Says ‘Fire Damage?’. Fire damage? Contact us at (320) 248-5400!

Call (320) 248-5400!

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

Commercial Property Damage

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Says SERVPRO of St. Cloud and (320) 248-5400! Call our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 to help assist you!

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

Water damage and disasters are events that can occur at commercial properties. When this occurs, it requires a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small or large water damage or disaster, we will work quickly to asses each unique situation. While assessing the situation, we will isolate the damaged area to help keep normal operations occurring. Our goal is to have minimal to no interruptions to your business.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns. SERVPRO of St. Cloud strives 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. That is why when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of St. Cloud

SERVPRO of St. Cloud specializes 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.

Need Our Assistance?

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

Goodbye Minnesota Winter

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow and orange flowers. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud if you are in need of our assistance at (320) 248-5400!

Protect Your Home

Around this time of year Minnesota home and business owners can experience issues with the spring thaw. Even though we cannnot control the weather, owners can work on minimizing the risk of damages by taking some necessary steps.

How to Help Prevent Water Damages

No owner can prevent all damages from occurring, but you can take necessary steps that will help you to be prepared.

Basement Pumps: Install a sump pump or a sewer backflow value and keep a battery-operated backup in case of power failure. Consider installing a water alarm that warns when water is accumulating in your basement.

Basement Storage: Keep valuable items out of your basement. Removing any electronics or stored valuables from your basement prior to spring-thaw warnings.

Debris Removal: Remove debris from window wells, gutters and downspouts.

Doors & Windows: Check for any leaks around doors and windows.

Grading: Inspect the grading around your home and make any changes. Design the grading to encourage the water to flow away from your home.

Landscaping: Trim trees and bushes away from your home and do not store wood or compost piles nearby.

Roof: Keep your roof in good repair. Unless a tree falls on your roof during a storm, most insurers expect you to maintain your roof to prevent water leaks caused by snow melting or torrential downpours.

Protect your home and business while we watch our weather turn from winter to spring!

Call our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 if we can help in anyway!

Grilling Season in Minnesota has Arrived!

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Fire background that says ‘SERVPRO’. Fire damage? Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Practice the Kids Below

Now that temperatures are rising in Minnesota, grilling season has arrived! It is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends! When enjoying these times, everyone must be careful when beginning! One must be careful because every year we are called to fire damage on a home. The fire damage was the result of a gas grill. To help prevent this from occurring, practice the tips below!

Tips:

  • Position the grill 15 feet away from siding, deck railings, other combustibles, and out from under eaves or overhanging vegetation.
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area – declare a 3-foot “safe zone” around the grill.
  • *Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by heat.
  • Check for gas leaks before using the grill for the first time each year
  • Enjoy your steaks!  But remember, SERVPRO of St. Cloud will help you if you burn your food - or your home- past well done!

Enjoy the quality time and delicious foods! Always remember to practice these tips, and if anything goes wrong contact our crew to help you!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud can be reached at (320) 248-5400!

Staying Positive

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Says ‘Good Vibes Only’. Be the joy & stay positive during these times!

Unprecedented Times

Across the United States, everyone is experiencing change in numerous types of ways. When all of this change is occurring it can bring moments of fear, doubt, and sorrow. That is why you must choose to see the happiness and light in the situation.

Be the Joy 

Being the joy is very important in these unprecedented times. You may be the joy for yourself or others. It is very important to stay positive. 

Ways to be the Joy:

- Ask someone to go for a walk (While social distancing!)

- Send a family member or friend a nice text message

- Bake (Makes the house smell good??)

- Write down your thoughts for the day

There are several different ways to be the joy and stay positive during these times. Take those extra minutes every day to do something for you or someone else!

Stay Smiling

Keep that frown turned upside down! Meaning SMILE! Always keep that beautiful smile during these times. By doing this you will stay positive, and others will be positive in return after seeing your smiles!

We’re Here for You

The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is always here for you! Whether you need a reason to smile, or help with fire, water, or mold damage! Our crew’s goal is to ensure that you feel like family when we are helping you!

If you do need our assistance, contact our crew anytime. You can contact us anytime because we are available 24/7/365!

Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

Coronavirus Cleaning

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Says ‘ Here To Help’. Need Coronavirus cleaning? Call the crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

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

Scope of Cleanup Protocol

SERVPRO of St. Cloud can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well, including:

• Kitchen/Food Areas

• Bathrooms

• Schools/Classrooms

• Offices

• Retail Spaces

• Water Fountains

• Shelving and Racks

• Sales Counters

• Carpets & Rugs

• Stair Handrails

• Elevator Cars

• Playground Equipment

• Fitness Equipment

Contact our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help you! We are available 24/7/365! Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Says ‘Here To Help’! Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning - SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of St. Cloud, 320-248-5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is Here to Help Your Commercial Building

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

A large commercial building with all of its lights on. We are available 24/7/365! Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

We Are Available 24/7/365!

When it comes to property managers, one of their main jobs is too keep their commercial building in excellent shape. No matter how excellent of shape the commercial building is in, there are still chances for water leaks. If one is not prepared for water losses, the water damage can turn into more of a catastrophic disaster.

That is why SERVPRO of St. Cloud is dedicated to helping commercial a properties in Central Minnesota. Some of those cities, but not limited to included - St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Foley, Sartell, and other surrounding cities. Our crew is prepared to clean, restore, and repair commercial properties.

To help prevent damages in the future, it is important to hire a professional company that is properly trained and equipped for damages. We will place the appropriate equipment in your commercial building, as we want to help have little to no interruption to your business.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is prepared to help with any sort of damages that your commercial property may be experiencing. We understand how important it is to respond to an emergency and help our customers in a difficult situation.

Reach us 24/7/365 at (320) 248-5400 - the crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help you!

Water Damage - Call Our Crew

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Four different types of water damage with the words water damage. Our crew is available 24/7/365, to help you!

Available 24/7/365!

Damages from water and flooding can become very complex with some underlying issues that require knowledgeable and flexible response. These types of damages can occur in residential and commercial properties. Whether the job at hand is small or large, the crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud will work in a quick manner to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Properties Presents Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns. While doing this, they 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. That is why when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of St. Cloud

SERVPRO of St. Cloud specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after water damage has occurred. The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud 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.

Call Us!

If you ever are to experience any water damages, call our crew at (320) 248-5400! We are available 24/7/365. Ready to help YOU!

Winter Weather

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

A gentleman shoveling the roof. Call our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Winter Weather Damages?

When the cold winter weather gets more extreme, so do the damages and disasters. That is why it is important for all homeowners to be prepared in the event of any damages or disasters. SERVPRO of St. Cloud is always here for you, and here to help.

We Are Here To Help You

In the cold winter weather, emergency restoration needs to be a priority to all homeowners. SERVPRO of St. Cloud is a local company that has been in the business for several years, as well as the construction business. All of these expertises will be shown through the quality of work that will be conducted in your home by SERVPRO of St. Cloud. Our crew is always ready to help you and our community in any time of need.

Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud!

If you are to experience any damages or disasters from the cold winter weather, call your local restoration crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud. We are available 24/7/365, and here to help you! We can be reached at (320) 248-5400!

Crazy Minnesota Winter Weather

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

House with snow and ice hanging from the roof. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with any damages this winter season!

Winter Weather Damages? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

When the 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 which could leave you without hot water or fLood damages. Both which can be incredibly dangerous in cold weather. Regardless what kinds of damages you face, a disaster restoration plan is something that no homeowner should be without.

Below are some of the risks that you could encounter and ways to cope effectively.

Ice & Snow
Ice storms can lead to the formation of ice dams that tear roof shingles apart or make gutters fall. Also, they can have impact on the trees and power lines around your property. When these matters collapse, the aftermath may cause damages. 

In some cases, snow buildup can damage homes. This can be very concerning with older properties that may not be quite as structurally sound as they once were. Heavy snow that causes your roof to bend or warp can create weaknesses. That is why one should take needed precautions to help prevent damage. 

When it comes to the winter season, rapid emergency restoration needs to be one of your primary concerns.

Should you experience any disasters or damages, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400

We are always here to help!

Avoid Frozen Pipes

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Ice dripping off a pipe and faucet. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

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

Minnesota is full of crazy weather, especially during the winter time! Sometimes we experience the coldest weather that can cause damages. Some damages that can be caused in this time of year are frozen pipes from the cold water. 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!

House Fire Prevention

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt truck due to a house fire. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 if you have any fire damage!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help!

It is all too often that we hear sad stories on the news of a house fire that has altered people's lives. SERVPRO of St. Cloud does not want you to be a sobering statistic of house fires. That is why SERVPRO of St. Cloud is partnered with the highly respected Red Cross Association. SERVPRO of St. Cloud has participated in their national home fire campaign helping install smoke alarms in various homes. The Red Cross Association promotes two actions that can dramatically reduce being involved in a house fire.

Two Actions:

1. Practice your 2 minute drill as a family to plan your escape route!  Statistics show that if a fire starts in your house, you have 2 minutes to escape. Proper planning can save lives!

2.  Test your smoke alarms monthly!  This fast task can alert you if a fire would occur.

Always remember that SERVPRO of St. Cloud wants to keep you safe!

Should you have any fire or smoke damage to your house, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud for any assistance! 

We are here for you!

Why Trust SERVPRO of St. Cloud with Your Residential or Commercial Property?

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You Are Family

SERVPRO of St. Cloud strives to make every one of our customers feel like family. This is important to us because we realize that the damage has occurred to some of your most precious possessions. The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud wants to be there every step of the way with you.

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, there’s a SERVPRO nearby and ready to help. SERVPRO of St. Cloud technicians are highly trained and use advanced equipment and techniques to clean and restore your home. Our focus on training and documentation help our technicians make your house feel like home again. Learn more about our residential services:

Commercial Services

When fire or water damage strikes your business, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning and restoring is lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of St. Cloud has the training, experience, and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” You can depend on us for these commercial services:

Fire, water, or mold damage? Call our crew at (320) 248-5400!

Water Damage in Your Home?

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green drying equipment. Water damage? Call us to help at (320) 248-5400!

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

Water damage can be classified as a tragic event to those who experience it. The causes of water damage can range from a water pipe that burst to an extreme storm. When this occurs in your home, it is important to know what to do. Water spreads very fast and when gravity does what it is supposed to, it will pull water to the lowest point. Water will begin to puddle and soak into the material that it is set on. The longer the water remains there, the more damage that will occur. The effects that you will not be able to see may result in rotting of wood, metal materials rusting, and the growth of mold.

If you have any concerns of this in your home, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud for a free estimate. Our crew is available 24/7, and ready to help YOU.

We are here to help "Like it never even happened.”

Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

Commercial Properties

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at a commercial job. Contact us at (320) 248-5400!

Contact us at (320) 248-5400!

Flooding and water damage events at St. Cloud 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 large, 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.

When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be there in a timely manner. Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Facts

SERVPRO of St. Cloud specializes 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.

Is Your Commercial Building Experiencing Damage?

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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

Commercial properties always have a lot of matters going on at one time. The last thing that they want to be thinking about is water, fire, or mold damage. That is why SERVPRO of St. Cloud is always prepared to begin the job in a timely manner.

The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud  understands that a closed business, means no business. Therefore, we will work closely with your commercial needs in regards to fire, water damage, or mold to get your business back in full operation as soon as possible. We have experience in working with small business owners as well as large retail malls and have even partnered with our large loss division through SERVPRO to expedite the restoration process. 

We hope your commercial building never goes through these damages, but if it does know that you have a friend in the restoration business. Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud to assist you through this difficult time.

Our crew is ready 24/7 to ensure that we are ready to help! Contact us at (320) 248-5400!

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud this Winter at (320) 248-5400!

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Chilly Minnesota Winter!

Winter has been making its return to Minnesota. We have seen an early winter with cold temperatures and buckets of snow. With all of this occurring, there is a larger chance for frozen pipes throughout the winter. 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 near their weak points.

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
  • Keep house heated even when gone for periods at a time

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

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

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Advanced Technology

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

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Contact our crew at (320) 248-5400!

The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of St. Cloud Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.

Some Advancements in Technology:

  • Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
  • Water Extraction Equipment
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

Stay tuned over the next few weeks to learn about each new advancement in technology!

Our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is available 24/7 and here to help YOU with any fire, water, or mold damage! You can reach us at (320) 248-5400!

Winter Weather Storm Season

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Brown pipe with snow bursting water. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with any and all water damage!

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

Why is Pipe Freezing an Issue?

Water has specific properties that causes expansion when it freezes. When it is expanding, it is putting pressure on the pipes surrounding it. This amount of pressure can cause the pipes to crack or break.

Pipes that fReese the most are:

  • Exposed to severe cold
  • Water supply pipes
  • Run against exterior walls

How to Protect Freezing Pipes?

  • Drain water from pool and water sprinkler lines
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses
  • Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes?

  • Keep garage doors closed
  • Open kitchen and cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate
  • Leave heat on when traveling
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature throughout the day

All of these are tips and tricks to use throughout the winter weather, but cannot guarantee anything.

If you are to experience water damage from a pipe burst, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400! We will respond in a quick manner to begin the process!

Our crew is available 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

Colder Temperatures Ahead

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

These colder temperatures are known for bringing frostbite, higher heating bills, and burst pipes. That is why wit’s the colder season approaching, residential and commercial owners need to get prepared. 

Some Ways to Prepare - 

- Prepare your pipes by insulating and sealing cracks and openings around pipes that are exposed. 

- Set thermostats to keep interior temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

- Ensure that windows are sealed properly inside and outside.

- Inspect roof for loose or damaged shingles.

 - Close off main water and drain water piping in unheated spaces.

All of these are tips and tricks to help prevent some of the nasty matters that come with the colder temperatures. However, these tips and tricks cannot guarantee that it will prevent damage from occurring.

If you are to experience any water damage from the colder temperatures, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400! We will respond in a fast manner to begin the process.

We are available 24/7, and always hear to help! Call us at (320) 248-5400!

Commercial Property Flooding and Water Damage

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

There is never a time that is convenient for a commercial property to experience flooding or water damage. Every hour that is spent cleaning up the flooding or water damage - is equivalent to lost revenue and productivity. That is why when one is presented with this type of matter, they need to know who to call. SERVPRO of St. Cloud will respond fast to the disaster at hand. We can guarantee this because we have a 24 Hour Emergency Service.

Our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is highly trained, experienced, and equipped to handle any size of commercial flooding or water damage. We will respond quickly to begin the process of mitigation and manage the restoration project until it is completed.

Some Training & Certifications:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

If your commercial property is to experience flooding or water damage, contact our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud. Our 24 Hour Emergency Service will ensure that we can get our crew out there as quickly as possible.

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

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Water Damage

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is always working on various types of water jobs on residential and commercial properties. Our crew understands that the water damage being done is a disruption in your everyday life, and if not taken care of properly there can be backlash. If not taken care of properly - mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours.

Our crew is highly trained in all areas of water damage to assess any and all types of water damage.

Some Types of Water Damage:

- Roof Leak

- Sewer Back-Up

- Ground Water Infiltration

- Water Heaters

- Sink Overflow

All of the above types of water damage are examples of water jobs that our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud works on! When our crew arrives at these jobs they will determine the source of loss, begin the clean-up of the immediate damage, and evaluates what materials can be saved.

One of our main goals is to restore the residential or commercial property. If restoration is not possible, our crew has the ability complete the job by rebuilding the damaged areas. SERVPRO of St. Cloud has over 20 years of construction experience.

If you are to suffer from any type of water damage, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400! We are available 24/7, and want to help you through the whole process.

Contact us at (320) 248-5400!

Fire Damage - SERVPRO of St. Cloud

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

Experiencing a fire in a residential or commercial property can be very stressful. That is why SERVPRO of St. Cloud wants to make the process as smooth as possible for you. To begin the process, one needs to make sure that everyone is safe. Once that matter is confirmed, the process of recovery begins for the damaged contents.

Some Tips:

1 . Make sure that authorities and professionals give you the approval to renter the residential or commercial property - that way you are reassured it is safe.

2. Know who you should be contacting:

  • Family and Friends
  • Insurance Company
  • Clean - Up Crew: SERVPRO of St. Cloud 

3. Get the fire report - typically comes from the fire department. Sometimes you need to call and get this.

4. Ensure that the property is secured to help prevent against any robberies or injuries.

5. The clean-up process begins with the help of SERVPRO of St. Cloud’s crew. We will clean all areas of soot, smoke, and odor. As well as begin the restoration or re-build process.

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

If you are to experience a fire in your residential or commercial property contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help! We are available 24/7 and are here to help YOU!

Reach our crew at (320) 248-5400!

What Is Water Mitigation?

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

A couple of inches of water on a kitchen floor. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with all your water damage needs!

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

Minnesota has been experiencing large amount of rainfalls which has caused several causes of water mitigation. What is water mitigation? Water mitigation is a process that refers to preventing or reversing the damaged that was caused by water. It is the process of properly drying, cleaning, sanitizing, restoring, and repairing.

Every water damage situation is different from the other. SERVPRO of St. Cloud will make sure they are focused on creating the best plan of action to each individual water damage.

General Steps:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

If you are ever to experience an sort of water damage - contact our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400! We will respond faster to any size disaster to begin the process.

We are here for you & available 24/7!

Commercial Losses or Damages

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Big green SERVPRO can that says commercial services. Commercial building damages? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

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

SERVPRO of St. Cloud understands that a closed business, means no business. That is why we work closely with commercial business when it comes to fire, water, or mold damage. By doing this, we ensure that we can get your business up as soon as possible. We have experience with small business as well as large retail malls. Also, we have experience with our large loss division that we partnered with through SERVPRO to expedite the restoration process. 

When working with SERVPRO of St. Cloud, one will learn that there is no loss too small or too large for our crew.

Some commercial buildings we have experience with:

- Apartment Buildings

- Banking Institutions

- Hotels/Motels

- Assisted Living Facilities

- Restaurants  

- Retail Spaces

SERVPRO of St. Cloud will respond quickly to your fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

Call our crew anytime, we will be there to help! Contact us at (320) 248-5400!

Smoke Alarms Are Key

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire damage? Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud!

When a fire is occurring, the smoke begins to expand and travel rapidly throughout the area. The rapid travel of the smoke causes the smoke alarms to go off. The smoke alarms are an early warning sign to everyone near the fire that they need to evacuate the area. 

Important Safety Tips:

Install smoke alarms in every room, outside all sleeping areas, and on all levels.

Have the appropriate amount of smoke alarms for your size area.

Interconnected smoke alarms are recommended.

Test all alarms once a month. 

Smoke alarms should be placed in a high area, it is recommended they go on the ceiling. 

They have strobe lights or bed shaker alarms for one's that are hard of hearing or deaf. 

Replace all alarms after ten years. 

Interesting Facts:

Closed doors may slow the spread of heat, smoke, and fire. 

Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes that have no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. 

Fire extinguishers are often used to control fires by discharging water, foams, carbon dioxide, dry chemicals or other substances.

All of the above are recommendations and cannot guarantee. 

If you are ever to experience a fire, contact our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud. We are here to help you through every step of the process.

Our crew can be reached at (320) 248-5400, and are available 24/7.

Actions To Prevent Mold In Commercial Buildings

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

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6 Key Tips!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud understands the importance of keeping your business open. That is why we want to share some key tips to help prevent mold growth within the commercial building. 

Where Does Mold Come From?

Mold can grow on a variety of materials, including drywall, carpeting, fabrics and wood. There are some commercial buildings that are designed to maintain a consistent interior temperature. Due to this, it is providing favorable conditions for mold growth.

Key Tips & Ideas:

1. Routinely inspect the building for mold, moisture, and water damage. 

2. Repair any damages or leaks immediately. 

3. Conduct proper housekeeping in all areas of the commercial building to keep them dry.

4. Make sure all HVAC ducts and systems are free of moisture. 

5. Clean HVAC system coils and drip pans regularly. 

6. Know the location of HVAC air intakes - trying to keep away from where standing water is present. 

All of these are tips & ideas to help prevent the growth of mold in commercial buildings, but cannot guarantee no growth of mold. 

If your commercial building is questioning the presence of mold or mold growth, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud to come in and contact a mold test. Our crew will arrive in a timely manner, as we are available 24/7.

The SERVPRO of St. Cloud crew can be reached by contacting us at (320) 248-5400!

We Are Family

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Join our SERVPRO of St. Cloud family by letting us help you!

John and Kris Reichle, the owners at SERVPRO of St. Cloud, have created an atmosphere that has allowed every crew member to feel like family. The family at SERVPRO of St. Cloud possess traits of hard work, compassion, and friendship. All of these traits are part of what makes our crew unique.

Every crew member carries these traits into the work field with our customers. Our goal is to make all of our customers feel apart of our family at SERVPRO of St. Cloud. We aim to treat them all as we would treat our own family members. When treating them this way, we are able to ensure that they are receiving the best possible care and service. 

Are you or anyone you know experiencing any damages?:

  • Fire Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm / Hail Damage
  • Commercial Services

If so, call the family at SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help! We can be reached 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

Flooded Basement? Running Water?

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Utility Room Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with all water damage!

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

Minnesota is a state that is known for having stormy seasons throughout the year. On average, Minnesota experiences around 115 days of rain. With all of this rain can come water damage. That is why it is important to know the common causes of rain damage and the signs of water damage.

Causes of Rain Damage:

  • Roof Leaks
  • Window Leaks
  • Ground Water Flooding

Signs of Water Damage:

  • Sounds of Running Water
  • Smell of Mildew
  • Visible Paint Discoloration or Peeling
  • Soft Walls

If you are to experience any water damage from the causes of rain, you should contact an expert from SERVPRO of St. Cloud as they are highly trained in these areas.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud will respond in a quick manner, as we understand the importance of time during these moments of damage and disaster.

Our highly trained team at SERVPRO of St. Cloud can be reached at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Helping You Avoid Water Damage

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with any water damage!

Stay Ahead of the Game

With all the rainy storms we get in Minnesota, one should always be one step ahead of the game to prepare for any amount of rain. If one does not have the proper set up around their home, it could lead to water damage.

An example of a set up that can be in place to help avoid water damage is a drain tile system. While some homes may never have need for a drain tile system, it is a good feature to have since you never know when a period of heavy rain or rapid snow melt might cause catastrophic water damages in your basement or crawl space.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud understands that water damage to your home may not be just be a disruption in your life, but if not treated properly, can cause lingering affects. Lingering affects can be created from untreated mold damage. SERVPRO of St. Cloud has trained employees to address the water damage that has occurred. We determine the source of loss, clean up the immediate damage, and assess if materials can be saved. It is our goal to restore your home by drying out the materials.  If not, we are able to remove the affected materials such as flooring or drywall. As we have over 20 years of construction experience, that expertise is carried on in the job at your home. 

Should you experience any water damage, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400! We are available 24/7, and here to help YOU!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Repairs Roofs

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Need roof repair? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

HAIL, hail, and hail .... the Minnesota storm season has been bringing all sorts of sizes of it. With all the different sizes, there has been different types of damages that have occurred throughout the state. 

The damages occur because hail is solid precipitation that falls in the form of balls or irregular lumps of ice. These balls or irregular lumps of ice are know as hailstone. When these fall from the sky it can cause damages to residential and commercial buildings.

When all of this damage is occurring to the residential and commercial buildings, SERVPRO of St. Cloud is preparing to come clean-up and repair all damage that has occurred. We are always well equipped and repaired because we are faster to any size disaster. 

The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud can clean-up and repair all damages. They can even repair roofs that have experienced hail damaged. Our crew is able to repair roofs because we have our own In-Home Construction business.

Hail damage? SERVPRO of St. Cloud can repair your roof!

If you are to experience any storm damage, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400. Our crew is always prepared to come and help YOU!

Reach SERVPRO of St. Cloud 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

Minnesota Storms - Causing Damage

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Lightening Strike Fires

Stormy weather has been occurring this Minnesota Summer! When we get stormy weather in Minnesota it can come with rain, snow, sleet, hail, thunder, and/or lightening. All of these can lead to several different types of damages to residential and commercial buildings.

One of the most common types of damages that can be seen from the storms are fires caused by lightening strikes. It has been reported that there are approximately 22,000 annually that are started by a lightening strike.

When the lightening strike hits your home, you should be checking everywhere to make sure a fire has not started. Checking everywhere is very important because the fire can start anywhere within the home that the lightening traveled to. The most common places for these types of fires to start is in the attic.

If a fire did occur and caused damage to your residential or commercial building, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud. We will be there in a quick manner to begin the process of cleaning and restoring. The crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud will ensure that the process goes as smooth as possible.

Call the crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help you through any disaster! We are available 24/7. Reach us at (320) 248-5400!

Contact the crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with all your fire, water, and mold damage!

Minnesota Weather - Dumping Buckets of Rain

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help with all water damage in residential and commercial buildings!

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud with all your water damage needs!

The Minnesota weather has been giving us buckets of rain. All of this rain has caused beautiful crops and flowers, but it has also caused some damage. The rain has caused damaged to residential and commercial buildings due to leaks and flooding. Though there has been damaged caused, the residential and commercial buildings have survived.

The residential and commercial buildings survived due to seeking professional help to clean and repair the damages that had occurred. Our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud has been available around the clock to help one’s through the damages that they have been experiencing.

Our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud is dedicated to making the process be as painless as possible. We will always ’Be Faster To Any Size Disaster’ to make it "Like it never even happened." The steps that we will use throughout the process will be to ensure there is no water damage left behind to create mold. You will be in safe hands with the crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud.

We truly hope that you are not experiencing any water damages during these periods of rain, but if you are do not be afraid to call SERVPRO of St. Cloud for help at (320) 248-5400! We are available 24/7!

Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with all your fire, water, and mold damage needs!

Potential Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Buildings

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage  

SERVPRO of St. Cloud specializes in water damage whether it be in a residential or commercial building. They specialize in both residential and commercial buildings because water damage can be experienced in both types of buildings. Our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud will work in a fast and efficient manner to make the process go as smooth as possible. We understand that time is an important fact when it comes to water damage. Whether it be standing water or a flood. 

Understanding the factors that can cause water damage can be helpful in certain instances when dealing with the damage. Here are some causing factors:

1. Frozen Pipes

Temperatures are known to fall in Minnesota for a handful of months. Throughout this time, there are chances for frozen pipes. When the pipes freeze it causes the water inside to expand as it turns into ice, which can cause the pipe to burst. 

2. Corroded Pipes

Most corroded pipes occur due to the high levels of oxygen that they are exposed to. This is a very common occurrence which is why it is known as the second largest leading cause of damaged pipes. These damaged pipes can then lead to water damage. 

3. Sewage Back - Up

There are three common causes of sewage back - up that can occur in one’s commercial building. The three common causes are blockage, clogs, and broken lines. All of these can cause water coming up or being pushed into your building. 

4. Leaking Roof 

Roofs can begin leaking due to a large amount of causes. Some of the causes that the leak can be from are hail damage, clogged gutters, broken/missing shingles, and soffit damage. These are some common causes, but there a number of different causes.

If your residential or commercial building is to experience any water, fire, or mold damage contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Contact our crew 24/7 at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Ready for All Flood & Storm Damage

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 with all flood and storm damage!

Storms Damages? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is known for their specialization in flood and storm damage. When they are presented with flood or storm damage they have the adequate training and skills to begin the repair and/or restoration. Our crew’s main goal is to make sure that the process goes as smooth as possible for those affected by the damage. 

Due to the flood and storm damage restoration and experience that our crew has, SERVPRO of St. Cloud  is able to repair or restore the St. Cloud home or business back to pre-storm condition. 

Our crew at SERVPRO of St. Cloud will respond in a quick manner due to being locally owned and operated. The advantage of our quick response correlates to the damage that is done. The fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces costs. 

When Should I Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud?

  • Flood Damage
  • Hail Damage
  • Wind Damage

Calling SERVPRO of St. Cloud should be done whenever there is any damage from a storm that hits. 

Why Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud?

  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • We’re Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
  • We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters 

Flood or Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Why SERVPRO of St. Cloud?

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

We are faster to any size disaster!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud understands that any size loss, no matter how large or small, can completely disrupt your life.  That is why SERVPRO of St. Cloud is highly trained in areas of fire, water damage, mold, and reconstruction.  We see firsthand the damages that water can make, especially if not treated correctly.  We strive for our employees to treat your home or business as it is their own, protecting it and walking along with you on this journey.  The owner has been a licensed builder with the State of Minnesota for over 20 years; he understands and has the building knowledge of materials and the complexity of putting your home back together again.  In your time of need, please feel you can trust one of your most regarded possessions to our care.  Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you with any of your restoration needs!

We do residential & commercial work!

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

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Knows Water Damage

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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)

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)

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

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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)

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)

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

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Says 'SERVPRO'. 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 number of repairs that need to be done.

However, if repairs are needed, SERVPRO of St. Cloud can 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!

Vacation Season Is Here!

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Knows What is Needed

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

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?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)

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!

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

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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)

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. 

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

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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?

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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!

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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.

4 Top Fire Damage Restoration Tips

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Hot thermal fog after a fire to eliminate the odor.

Fire damage is something not to take lightly. People call SERVPRO of St. Cloud frequently to ask for advice on how to clean after a fire. Here are four of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration. 

Most people can put these tips into practice. But remember that fire damage restoration takes time, work, and skill. Realistically consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you’d be better off hiring highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.

1. Remove Smoke Damage

With any fire you’ll have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper, and paint. If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach. Soot from smoke damage is greasy stuff, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean. Often, you’ll want to repaint, but make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before you paint.

2. Get Rid of Mold & Mildew

After the fire is gone, mold and mildew enter into houses as a result of the water used to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO of St. Cloud highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems. It’s difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if he’s clean up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew. And mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents. The best thing you can do immediately is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

3. Replace Carpets. Clean And Dry Your Floors

Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, SERVPRO of St. Cloud recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them. Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. You must address this. If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it. But you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.

4. Scrub, Soak, And Cleaning Dishes

Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food. Scrub all dishes well, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety. When in doubt, if a dish, pot, or pan won’t come clean, cut your losses and throw it out – especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud for Cleanup and Restoration. Call (320) 248-5400.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of St. Cloud also has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud (320.248.5400) anytime.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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!

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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)

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 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)

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

Storm damage can happen in any parts of the country... Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you!

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

This home was devastated after a tree fell down on the roof in a storm.

Everyone is talking about Hurricane Florence in the Carolina's.  Although we might not be directly affected with this storm in Minnesota, we have our own storms that we have to deal with.  They range from hail storms, flooding, and ice storms. If you have been impacted by a storm, SERVPRO of St. Cloud can help.  We understand what it takes to get your home, business, and life back to normal.

Tips to Keep in Mind

You and your loved ones have weathered the storms and now it is time to survey the damage and move towards the next phase – clean up and fix up. You, of course, need to make it a point to work with a professional to help put the pieces back together, including helping assess the damage. This is important to do before you begin to clean up or pick through items that are salvageable because you do not want to put yourself in harm’s way.

This is also an essential part of making sure you have the proper estimate and other details in place to take care of your homeowner’s insurance. Things can seem so hectic after you have survived storm damage so the last thing you want is to miss out on something that is key to get your insurance to cover the damages and the repairs. Missing out on something or, even worse, missing the deadline could mean you have to pay for your own repair costs out of your own pocket.

Parts of your home that could suffer damage and require repairs include:

  • Siding
  • Roofing
  • Fencing
  • Decks or Patios
  • Tree Removal

You may even have damage to the interior of your home if you have suffered more extensive damage. So make sure that you have a true team of pros working with you in order to take care of the job for you.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud specializes in all aspects of storm damage.  As we provide mitigation services to dry out your home, another team of SERVPRO of St. Cloud is able to provide construction services and rebuild the areas that are damaged. 

Should you suffer damages from an upcoming storm, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 or office@SERVPROstcloud.com 

Do you own a business? Understand the impact that mold can have!

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

This commercial building had water damage. SERVPRO of St. Cloud was able to dry it out.

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. Companies and schools need to be informed about the effects of mold in their buildings to protect the public.

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.

Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings

When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems. Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.

Should you believe that your school or company may have a mold or water damage issue, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud.  We are available 24/7 at (320) 248-5400 or office@SERVPROstcloud.com.  We are always here to help!

Understanding mold in your home. Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help!

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold found in the wall cavity at a home in St. Cloud, Mn. SERVPRO of St. Cloud provided remediation services.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is contacted often regarding mold related questions.  There are many concerns about mold in your home or business and how that can affect your health.  To understand the impact of mold, here are ten things you should know about mold:

Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.

  1. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  2. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  3. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  4. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  5. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  6. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  7. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  8. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  9. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Should you think you have mold related concerns, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud for an assessment.  We can be reached at (320) 248-5400 or office@SERVPROstcloud.com 

Faster to Your St. Cloud Water Damage Event

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Cloud provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in St. Cloud.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (320)-248-5400.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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. 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.

Water Damage Emergency Tips

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Water damage can affect a home in many different ways. When disaster strikes, the first concern is always safety.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

Some questions/ tips to think about:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most preventable concerns
  • Wet materials can be very heavy. Be Careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (330) 966-2377

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If your home suffers from water loss, SERVPRO of St. Cloud would love to help assist you!

Conditions In St. Cloud Might Be Right For Mold

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Cloud knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (320)-248-5400. 

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud for mold remediation services.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Smoke, Soot and Fire Cleanup

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your St. Cloud home. This home suffered from debris and strong odors from this large 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

St. Cloud Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded basement due to a sump pump backup

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your St. Cloud basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (320)-248-5400

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of St. Cloud and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help! (320)-248-5400

Mold can be found in your bathroom! Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud for help!

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth in a bathroom area.

Should you be concerned about mold in your bathroom, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud.  Mold grows in warm, moist areas and bathrooms are an ideal place to thrive.  Often times, many people take long showers or baths without proper ventilation causing elevated microbial growth.  Often times, mold is found in the corners of ceilings or walls in the bathroom.  Other areas that mold can be found is from a slow toilet leak.  Often times, those slow leaks go undetected causing water damage and microbial growth in the walls and flooring of the bathroom. 

To prevent mold, look for water damage in the following areas:

Leaky pipes under the sink.

Use proper ventilation including using the bath fan when showering.

Keep all surfaces clean.

Make sure there are no leaky windows in the bathroom area.

Mold is an important issue when keeping your home clean.  Mold can cause damage, both financially and also to your health.  It is important to be observant to any elevated microbial growth in your home. 

Should you believe your home or business has mold or water damage, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400.  We are available 24/7 for all your needs.

Worry about mold in your home? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud!

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

This is not wallpaper.... This is mold!

Often times, we receive phone calls from people saying that they think they have "black mold" but not really sure what that is.  So we will explain what black mold is and what to do if you believe it is in your home and business.  Black mold is the fungal species stachybotrys chartarum and has a distinctive appearance.  It is slimy and dark and stands out against the drywall or furniture that it is on.

Where does it grow?

Black mold can grow everywhere if the conditions are right.  One thing that mold needs is a damp environment, little light, and a food source.  Often times, we see mold settling on drywall, furniture, or carpets.

How to handle mold removal?

Should you believe you have mold, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud.  We work with industrial hygienists who give pre-test along with post test about the mold.  They will determine the type of mold found in your home and a remediation plan to remove the mold in your home.  

Due to health concerns, SERVPRO of St. Cloud contains the area where the mold is found so it does not spread.  Often times, specialized equipment is used, air scrubbers are placed, and appropriate chemicals applied.

Should you believe your home or business is affected, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400.  We are always here to help!

Mold... What to do?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can be found on the floors, ceiling, or walls!

How Does Mold Develop?

Mold develops where there is excess water and moisture over a period of time. Water damaged building provides a "prime" environment for the growth and reproduction of mold and bacteria. SERVPRO of St. Cloud offers mold remediation services to get rid of the mold in your home or place of business.  We also can provide deodorization to these areas.    Removal of mold can be a tough and serious job, but SERVPRO of St. Cloud has the professional tools and technology for the task!

What to do if you suspect mold?

1.  The first and most important thing a person can do if one suspects mold is to do something about it!  All to often, it is easier to try to ignore the problem; however, with mold, it will just spread.  Contact a professional to address your mold concerns.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud would love to partner with you in this area.

Should you have mold related concerns, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 to address your needs!  We are available 24/7.

Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud immediately after a water loss- time is so important!

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

This home in St. Cloud, Mn had water damage. SERVPRO of St. Cloud is able to dry out the walls without cutting any sheetrock.

Why Time is of the Essence in Water Damage

Many home and business owners don’t realize the time factor when dealing with water damage. After the initial damage, water invades and creeps into the home structure as time progresses. With each minute that passes, the water may affect carpet padding, the walls, hardwood floors, and even grout lines in tiles. Unattended water damage in the ceiling is even more damaging because this can lead to the collapse of the ceiling.

Aside from structural damage, water damage can lead to serious problems like poor air quality, growth of mold and mildew, humid atmosphere, and an unpleasant smell that permeates walls, floors, and ceilings. These conditions result in health hazards. More than that, when water sits for a long time, total reconstruction is often the only option left for homeowners and business owners.

In order to avoid further problems, it is important that you act quickly on a water damage problem and control the environment within the affected home or building.

Call in a Water Damage Expert

The first thing you need to do is to call in a water damage restoration expert to do assessment of the affected area. SERVPRO of St. Cloud can fully determine the extent of the damage. After the inspection and assessment, we can develop a comprehensive restoration plan. The plan shall include determining which items are worthy of restoration.

Control the Home or Building Indoor Environment

As water damage results in poor indoor environment, it is very important that you attend to this problem to avoid health hazards. You can limit the bad effects of water damage through controlling temperature, airflow, and relative humidity. An effective way to control these conditions, high moisture environment in particular, is to use damage restoration drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers.

Drying the structure using drying equipment often eliminates the necessity of replacing walls, carpet, hardwood floor, and other affected area, which can be expensive. More importantly, you remove the bad odor and stain caused by mold and mildew. If drying the structure is not properly done, these problems will come back after few weeks.

Should your home or business suffer water damage as a result of a toilet leak, dishwasher leak, sump pump backup or from any other source, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 339-3737.  We are available 24/7 and always here to help!

Roof Maintenance Checklist for the Fall!

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Checking your roof in the fall may prevent roof leaks later!

To prolong the life of your roof and ensure water doesn’t leak through, your home’s roof should be inspected twice a year. Once in late spring, and once during the fall. So don’t prepare for Halloween just yet – make sure you do the following roof maintenance tasks first:

  • Trim the trees. Dead tree limbs can fall on your roof and cause damage, especially when it’s raining or snowing. Trees that are leaning towards your house could also fall on your roof or allow squirrels and raccoons to pay your roof a visit. Twigs, leaves, and other debris can cause rotting, gutter blockage, termite invasion, and roof damage. If you want to avoid these problems, remove overhanging branches and ensure that trees aren’t leaning towards your home.
  • Check and clean the gutters. One of the best ways to prepare for the cold season is to clean your gutters and ensure they’re well-anchored. This allows rainwater and thawed snow to flow properly off your roofline, avoiding leaks and water damage to your home. So remove leaves and other debris from the gutters regularly throughout the fall. In addition to this, install gutter guards – these ward off any debris that would invade your gutters.
  • Inspect the roof for damage:
    • Check the roof flashings – these cover gaps near vents and chimneys, and can be dislocated during a storm. Replace faulty flashing pieces.
    • If you have an asphalt roof, replace shingles that have bare spots, are warping, or are curling at the edges.
    • If you own a wooden shake roof, look for signs of warping. If at least 25 percent of your wood shingles are damaged, replace the roofing material.
    • If you have a metal roof, look for signs of pitting, corrosion or gapping seams as these can lead to leaks or underlay damage.
    • Get a professional roof inspection if you feel you’re not up to the task yourself. Your roof might need adjustment and repairs. Do them now, don’t wait another winter!

Got leaks in your roof? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud for repairs. For mold remediation service and flood water damage repair, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud as we are available 24/7 and here to help!  We can be reached at (320) 248-5400

Mold cleanup is important! Trust SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help!

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

This bedroom has visible mold on the walls and throughout the lower level.

The world is full of many different types of mold – some not so bad but many can be dangerous. No matter the type of mold, every kind needs some kind of moisture in order to grow. No one wants to deal with the drama of a mold clean up, so use these tips to avoid mold growth in your home.

  • Empty small garbages daily, this can be a massive area of mold growth
  • Use one centralized garbage that is properly sealed
  • Every week, clear out old food from the fridge
  • Make sure to keep cutting boards clean by using vinegar
  • Utilizing the exhaust fan when cooking to avoid moisture build up
  • Check water sources for leaks and drips

As you maintain these habits, you will find your home to be a clean and enjoyable place. If you find mold, remember to have it treated by a professional. Mold can be very dangerous, SERVPRO of St. Cloud is always here to help even the grossest clean outs.

Should you home or business be affected by mold, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 for professional help!

Why do septic systems back up?

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

A septic backup can be a real mess!

Ask anyone that has ever dealt with a drain field. They will tell you, there are a number of reasons why drain fields back up. The most common cause for this issue is that of over usage in a small amount of time. If you have guests that come over and stay for a week or two, then this can often be the leading cause of having issues with your drain field. The septic system is not designed for a heavy use environment and as a result, this will often lead to a drain field backing up and needing service to correct the problem.

There are other factors that will play a role in the failure of a drain field. One of the other most common of these is that of the wrong items being flushed down the toilet or placed in the garbage disposal. This is a difficult thing for a person that is not accustomed to a septic system to adjust to. Unlike a sewer system that almost anything can be flushed, you have a list of items that are never to be flushed down the system. These accumulate and clog up the system. Depending on the level of the problem, you might be forced to replace the entire system to get it flowing again.

There are many other areas of concern that have to be explored if the previous ones have not been found to be the problem. One of these is the failure of the pipes that are part of the drain field system. This is often one of the overlooked issues that cause a backup in the drain field to occur.

These are just a few of the things that a homeowner needs to be on the outlook for when it is a matter of keeping their drain fields from backing up. Should your septic system backup, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud to help.  We are open 24/7 and can get your home back to normal.  (320) 248-5400.

Minor water leaks can cause havoc to your home!

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

This home in Foley, Mn had water damage and SERVPRO of St. Cloud was there to help!

Realtors say many homeowners are unaware of a hidden water leak — which can interfere with the sale of a home, or be a concern for a new home buyer. A cracked pipe, broken seal, leaking spigot. . . There are a number of ways that water can creep into places it is not meant to go. The long-term results are more visible, including mold, rot, blistered paint, or damaged flooring.

Minor water leak often lead to major repair bills. But it’s possible to avoid the worst water damage by catching the situation early. You would probably notice a sagging ceiling above the dining room table. But what about more subtle signs? Water damage doesn’t always turn up at the source. It follows the path of least resistance, and then makes an appearance in unlikely places. You have to follow your nose, use your detective skills, or just put two and two together.

One big clue is whether there’s been a past incident with water in the home. Too often, the visible signs of a leak are eliminated but dampness within the walls or the floors is not. A floor that seems spongy and softer than it should is an indication that all is not dry underfoot. Mildew on an inside wall should set off alarm bells, or at least an investigation.

Leaks are cumulative. Building materials can absorb a surprising amount of liquid at first, but eventually the damage spreads to a deeper level, undermining your home’s structure and foundation.

Today’s homes are all about tight envelopes and energy efficiency. We have bulked up on the insulation, sealed leaks and gaps, and worked to keep as much conditioned air as possible inside the building. This efficiency, however, sometimes overlooks the fact that buildings need air circulation. Poor air flow becomes a real problem when there is water trapped somewhere. Consequences may include:

  • Mold and mildew, and an unhealthy environment for the occupants
  • Permanent damage to wood, carpet, wallpaper, paint and furnishings
  • Drywall & insulation that needs to be removed and replaced
  • Contaminated ductwork and other systems

Should you have water damage, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400.  We are always here to help 24/7.

SERVPRO of St. Cloud cleans up mold!

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

This home in St. Cloud, Mn (56304) found mold during a remodel project.

Mold is a type of fungus. Mold spores are found in both the indoor and outdoor air, but they will only grow if they find the right conditions. Mold requires three simple elements to grow:



  1. Moderate temperatures

  2. Nutrients (food)

  3. Moisture


Mold can start to grow on interior building surfaces and furnishings if there is too much moisture. Eventually, the mold will damage the materials it is growing on and may cause health effects for occupants.


Mold and Your Health


Health effects from mold can vary greatly from person to person. Common symptoms can include coughing, runny nose, wheezing and sore throat. People with asthma or allergies may notice their symptoms worsen.


All molds are a potential health hazard


Many molds are capable of producing substances that can be harmful to your health. Molds can produce allergens and irritants that can cause illness. For this reason, all indoor mold growth should be removed promptly, regardless of the type of mold present.


Mold and water can show up in many places 



  1. Leaking roofs and ice dams

  2. High humidity in bathrooms and kitchens

  3. Leaking pipes

  4. Flooding in basement

  5. Pooling water at foundation

  6. Condensation on windows and exterior walls


Should you suspect mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO of St. Cloud for consultation at (320) 248-5400.

Got mold?

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Every homeowner fears mold, it destroys home value and can wreak havoc on your health and pocketbook, but did you know there are ways to mold-proof your home. Here are some reasons you should look into mold-proofing.

  1. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure 

Once mold gets a strong hold in your home it can be tricky to remove. Mold remediation can get expensive and the longer a mold problem lingers the more difficult and costly it is to get rid of. Mold proofing experts will let you know where your potential problems are so you can monitor and help you develop a solid plan of action creating a home environment difficult for mold to gain a stronghold.

 2. Protect Your Home’s Value

For property owners, a big reason to prevent mold is to maintain property values. If you wait until mold shows up, the value of your property can take a hit. Studies show the vast majority of the general market is resistant to buying a property with a previous mold history, there have been reports of property deprecations of up to 60% if a property has a history of mold. Preventing mold before it starts is the best way to keep your home value up.

 3. Protect your health

Mold grows where it is dark and damp, basically in places usually hidden. Once a mold situation becomes apparent it means there has been a mold problem for quite some time before.  In this time the mold can make you and your family sick, see our article on Mold Sickness. Protect your family’s health with mold prevention.

 If you have any mold related concerns, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 today!

St. Cloud, Sartell, Rice, and Foley Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (320) 248-5400

Water damage in the home from a pipe burst.

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Cloud uses moisture meters and other equipment to show when materials are dry.

This house in St. Cloud, Mn suffered water damage after a pipe burst and water infilitrated into the wall cavities.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud has moisture meters to show if any of the materials has suffered water damage.  This moisture meter shows the wood wet.  SERVPRO of St. Cloud does not rely on if materials "look" or "feel" dry; rather, we have scientific tools and calculations that shows when your house becomes dry. We are able to monitor daily to determine when the materials become dry without overdrying them which can cause secondary damage.

Feel comfortable and secure that SERVPRO of St. Cloud uses the best technology when it comes to your biggest investment, your home!  Should you suffer any water damage, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400 for immediate help!

Spring storms can cause water damage and havoc to your home!

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage to ceiling from ice dam.

A winter snow storm is coming just when we thought it was over!  This week's weather forecast calls for up to 10 inches of snow to parts of Minnesota.  With these extreme temperature changes, it causes snow to melt and then freeze.  This can cause ice dams on the roof of your home which potentially can turn into problems.  Water damage can be found on the ceilings of your home. 

Let SERVPRO of St. Cloud help repair any water damage you may have by drying out your home.  Continue to look for ice dams and as always, we would love to help prevent any leaks before they occur.  Call us today for a free estimate. 

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is at the CMBA Home Show!

3/10/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Cloud would like to meet with you!

Where can you learn about water damage, fire restoration, mold cleanup while getting landscaping ideas and enjoying music and food?  It's all happening at the CMBA Home Show this weekend at the River Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.  

Stop by and see at and win some fabulous prizes!

Prevent Frozen Winter Pipes

12/14/2015 (Permalink)

Snowy trees with snow on the ground. Frozen pipes can be a disaster! Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Even though Minnesota has had a mild winter so far.... Beware; the cold winter will be coming!  With extreme cold temperatures, disaster can happen at your home with frozen pipes.  Here is some helpful information to prevent this from happening to you!

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem         

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool, supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics or garages. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action!        

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Should you have any water damage as a result of frozen pipes, please contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud for all your repairs!  We will be faster to any disaster and make it "Like it never even happened." 

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce

11/22/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a new member of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is proud to be a member of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce.  This reputable organization provides an active role with leadership in the community. 

Awesome Home Fire Preparedness Day - Rice, Minnesota

10/20/2015 (Permalink)

Picture of owners in front of a fire truck. Home Fire Preparedness Campaign- SERVPRO of St. Cloud along with American Red Cross and Rice Fire Department, October 17, 2015.

We had an awesome day in Rice, MNon Saturday, October 17, 2015 installing smoke alarms and talking fire safety.  As part of the national American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, a local team of Red Cross volunteers along with SERVPRO of St. Cloud installed numerous smoke alarms for the residents in Rice, Mn.  Participants were given the opportunity to check the existing smoke detectors in their home and installed new alarms if needed.  They were also given information about fire safety and an escape route was made with each family. 

SERVPRO of St. Cloud is honored to have joined with the local American Red Cross and Rice Fire Department to keep our community safe!  Look for SERVPRO of St. Cloud partnering with the American Red Cross at additional events within the community!

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