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We Specialize in Water Clean - Up

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

A basement. Water damage in your basement? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!

Call today at (320) 248-5400!

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 several reasons why your St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, or surrounding community 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 are 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 are Ready to Help (320) 248-5400.

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!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Water & Fire Damage Help

3/28/2021 (Permalink)

Water and fire in one picture. Water or fire damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248 - 5400!

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!

Turn Off Your Water - Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of blue water. Water damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248 - 5400! We are here to help you!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Water Damage

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of St. Cloud van by a dumpster with items that were not savable from water damage. Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud if you experience any water damage at (320) 248-5400!

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!

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!

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!

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!

SERVPRO of St. Cloud Knows Water Damage

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

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!

Water Damage Can Occur Anytime

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

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!

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

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

This business in St. Cloud suffered water damage and SERVPRO of St. Cloud was able to help after hours to keep their doors open for business!

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

 

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

Avoid Additional Risks

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

Document Everything

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

Contact your Insurance Provider

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

Secure the Property

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

Mitigate Mold Damage

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

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

Contact A Professional Restoration Service

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

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?
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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.

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

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

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!

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

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

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.

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. 

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."