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Mold issues? Contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248 - 5400!
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Microscopic mold spores can naturally occur both indoor and outdoor. Due to this, it makes it exceedingly difficult to remove all mold from a residential home or commercial business building. However, when mold remediation is conducted it 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 – indoor & outdoor
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air
- Mold can enter your home through windows/doors, clothing, pets, etc.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture
- Mold colonies can produce allergens & irritants
- Mold can produce a strong & musty odor
- Mold growth can be supported by higher-than-normal indoor humidity
If your residential home or commercial business building is experiencing any mold issues, contact SERVPRO of St. Cloud. Our crew will come out to inspect and assess the property with the appropriate training and specialized equipment.
Signs of mold? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248 – 5400!
Residential or Commercial Damages?
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SERVPRO of St. Cloud provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in St. Cloud, Foley, Sartell, and surrounding cities. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Whether your St. Cloud, Foley, or Sartell home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There is never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your St. Cloud, Foley, or Sartell commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. That is why when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Call Us 24/7 – (320) 248-5400.
SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Specialized Equipment
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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
Water damage? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!
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!
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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
SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help when your home or business experience a disaster. Call our crew at (320) 248 - 5400!
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!
SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Highly Trained Specialist
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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.
Prevention Is Important
Winter storm damages? Call SERVPRO of St. Cloud at (320) 248-5400!
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
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.
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.
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!
SERVPRO of St. Cloud Here to Help During the Chilly Season
SERVPRO of St. Cloud is here to help this winter! Reach us at (320) 248-5400!
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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!
Here to Help The Community
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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!
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Our Crew is Ready To Help You!
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
- 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.
Be the joy & stay positive during these 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!
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!
We Are Cleaning Experts
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.
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
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
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!
Water Damage - Call Our Crew
Our crew is available 24/7/365, to help you!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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:
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!
SERVPRO of St. Cloud - Advanced Technology
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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!
We Are Family
Let the family at SERVPRO of St. Cloud help you!
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!
Why SERVPRO of St. Cloud?
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!
Water Damage Clean Up – Response Time is Important
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!
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!
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
Prevent those ice dams from causing damage!
Preventing DamsAn 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!