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Flooding in Wright County

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time in the Wright County area, 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 Wright County 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
  • Sump Pump Failure
  • And many more

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The bottom line, a flooded basement can cause significant water damage and possible mold growth if not handled properly. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Wright County 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 Industry Standard, IICRC Restoration protocol
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment is used to mitigate the damage

Whatever Disaster Strikes at Your Business, SERVPRO is Here

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

We are the premier service professionals ready to help your business in even the biggest jobs. Fire, water, mold, we can handle it.

When a fire happens, it can bring your business to a sudden halt. Thankfully, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. When a fire happens, give us a call so we can get you back to normal and up and running as soon as possible.

Whether it’s a leaky pipe or like the flood gates opened and there is water everywhere, SERVPRO has you covered. We have the highest quality equipment available so you can get everything up and running in no time.

Noticing a foul odor? Starting to see dark spots? Well, you might have a mold problem. Don’t fret, SERVPRO can help. We are experts at mold remediation. Your business is safe with us.

Common Water Damage Problems

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Common Water Damage Problems

There are a number of ways water can cause problems at your place of business, including damaged pipes,. Fortunately, a local restoration service can help. Here are three common water damage problems they have the ability to help solve.

1. Storm

A storm can cause a number of issues that may lead to water damage problems at your place of business. High winds can remove shingles from the roof or blow damaging debris into the building. Storm rains can also fill clogged gutters or drainage areas and cause them to overflow which can cause a number of problems if left unattended. No matter what the storm cause problem is, your local restoration team should be able to help.

2. Broken Pipe

In many cases, a business can suffer water problems due to damaged pipes. Leaking pipes can leave puddles of water in areas around bathrooms, employee break rooms, service sinks, and emergency eyewash stations. If you notice a leak it’s important to have the problem fixed as quickly as possible, as allowing the water to sit can give it the chance to soak in and cause damage..

3. Flood

There are a number of ways flooding can occur including storms and broken pikes as discussed earlier. Flooding can also come from sewer back up or a drainage overflow. Fortunately, a restoration service can help with all these problems. It’s also important to note that because the path of water flow is difficult to trace in a flood scenario, flood water is classified as black water which means certain sanitation steps will need to be followed during cleanup. Your restoration crew should already be aware of the necessary processes.

After a large storm, damaged pipes, or flooding have cause water damage to your business it’s important to contact a professional for help. Will a little time and work that can have the property looking “Like it never even happened.”

Three Things To Do To Ensure the Safety of Your Staff and Your Building

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Three Things To Do To Ensure the Safety of Your Staff and Your Building

As a new business owner, you made sure that a sprinkler system was installed. When did you last think about it? Unfortunately, sprinkler systems often get left off of the yearly maintenance to-do list because they don't malfunction like an HVAC system where people notice if something is wrong. In the event of a fire at your business, you want to feel confident that your fire sprinkler system is going to do its job. 

Maintain

Plan to periodically check your sprinkler system for obvious issues. Perhaps one of the sprinklers was damaged when a piece of equipment bumped it, or a pipe was bent during some type of maintenance. If you notice anything like that, call your fire suppression system contractor to come and replace the parts. Check too for dust build-up or rust.

Inspect

The National Fire Protection Association sets standards for regular maintenance, inspection, and testing of fire sprinkler systems. Following these regulations keeps your business up-to-code and ensures that your system is ready if it's needed.

Test

You don't have to set off the sprinkler system in your building to test it. Completing the main drain test will likely fall under the scope of a whole system inspection, but if for any reason you're concerned that your sprinkler system may not be working properly, you can test it yourself.

In the event that your sprinkler system does go off due to a fire, it is important to contact your system contractor to reset the sprinklers promptly. Then, follow up with a local fire and water remediation team that will assist in the fire sprinkler cleanup process as well as with soot and smoke damage mitigation.

Don't allow your fire sprinkler system to be forgotten. Regular maintenance, inspection, and testing will keep your business and employees safe.

Storm Flooding Causes Black Water Contamination

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Do you know that stormwater can carry dangerous contaminants? Our team is trained and certified to restore areas compromised by contaminated stormwater by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stormwater carries disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Stormwater runoff should be mitigated by trained professionals who have the proper protective gear and equipment. Here is some information on stormwater, or "black water" contamination from our website:

"Black Water" Contamination – Category 3 Water

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category three water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

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3 Helpful Things To Know About Flood Insurance

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Insurance 

When looking at commercial insurance policies for a Wright County business, many company owners may be wondering if flood insurance is a good choice for their property. Here are a few things to consider.

1. What May Be Covered

In most cases, a flood policy will cover damage caused by nature or accidents. This usually includes incidents such as a broken pipe or sewer backup, along with rain overflow and other storm damage. It is the policy holder’s responsibility to know exactly what their plan covers, but most normal flooding falls under these categories. In many cases, the insurance provider may also cover the cost of repair and cleanup, as well as recommend a professional restoration service.

2. What May Not Be Covered

Many commercial insurance policies will not cover flooding that comes as a result of neglect. This means that if you knew one area needed repairs, you failed to take action, and flooding occurred as a result, then your insurance provider may decline coverage.

3. What a Restoration Company Can Do

Insurance providers may have recommendations for a restoration company that may be able to help. A professional restoration service is equipped to help with large-scale disasters according to FEMA guidelines. They also offer services such as electronic inventory management system, which can be used to document items and repair requirements as they go. The database can be updated by the restoration team and accessed by the insurance agents allowing them to have the most up-to-date information as they keep track of the claim.

When looking at their commercial insurance policy, it's up to the policyholder to know what exactly is included. In most cases, flooding caused by accidents or natural disasters will be covered. Flooding caused by neglect, however, probably will not. A professional restoration team may have the tools necessary to work with the insurance company in order to help process the claim and keep all required information updated.

Winter Checklist

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Temperatures are just going to get colder and colder as we enter into the winter months. By following this checklist, you ensure that your family and you will be safe while spending more time in your home. 

Turning off the space heater

Alliant Energy has mentioned that customers should expect an increase in utility bills this winter as the gas price has increased since last year. Many consumers are looking at alternatives to counteract the rise by looking into other heating alternatives such as space heaters. 

Cutting the bottom of the Christmas Tree's trunk

If you're like me, you might have a family tradition of going out to the local Christmas tree farm to pick out the best-looking tree. During our first year of having a real tree, my family learned the importance of cutting off a part of the trunk. This is critical because the sap will harden the bottom of the trunk, especially as it sits on the lot. When the sap hardens, the tree can't absorb any moisture from the stand. This causes the needles to dry out, making them very flammable. 

Blowing out candles

Don't you love going down the isles and smelling all of the new season scents; Bourbon Pecan, Pumpkin Pie, or Evergreen are some of the best. When you mix in these longer, cooler nights, all you really want to do is snuggle up the couch with all of your favorite scents. When you forget to blow out the candles, which is an accident waiting to happen. This is because pets, especially cats, are rebellious and knock things off the counter. When using candles, you should use a candle warmer to help lessen the chance of a fire-related accident. Another practice that you should keep in mind is the 3-foot radius rule, which means you should move anything flammable away from the candle when in use. 

Getting your chimney cleaned

Getting your chimney checked and cleaned is something that everyone likes to cut corners around. When a chimney settles during the summer, it becomes a perfect home for creatures such as birds, squirrels, and sometimes raccoons. Another risk you run into is that by not cleaning the chimney, there is a chance that gases can enter your home. 

By making it an effort to check off the list, you ensure that your home is prepared for the colder months ahead. 

The Aftermath of Flood and Water Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

The Aftermath of Flood and Water Damage

Property damage due to flooding or another form of standing water is one of the most common repairs that homeowners have to account for, considering the myriad of ways in which this problem may occur. A supply line break, whether hidden or visible, may be the culprit and cost mitigation is necessary. Water damage can often result in costly repairs as the standing water may affect several areas of the home simultaneously with each area requiring a particular form of maintenance in order to return your home back to its previous condition. A flooded home must enter the drying process as soon as possible to avoid microbial buildup. When your home or business is affected by flood damage, there are several steps that are necessary to take in order resolve the issue in a quick and effective manner, particularly concerning drying as it is essential to the restoration process.

Contacting the restoration company of your choice is the first step involving water cleanup. The restoration company is usually equipped to handle multiple aspects of the cleanup process, including fire damage, flood damage, and backed-up sewage. While this may be the case, the job of the restoration company is only to remove the water, returning the home or business to a dry living environment, so contacting a separate company may be necessary in order to complete the necessary repairs. If the restoration company has acquired a license in the state that you are living in, they may be able to expedite the process by handling several, or all aspects of the water cleanup. Due to the fact that water damage may strike at any given moment, the majority of the restoration companies on the market are available 24 hours a day.

For the mitigation of further water damage in a flooded home, it is imperative that you seek professional care immediately, as the longer the standing water remains, the more expensive repair costs may be. When seeking professional help to alleviate the water damage, it is important that you list the most pertinent information, including insurance information, contact information, and the origin of the flood damage. When contacting your insurance company, it is probable that they may recommend a list of viable options regarding restoration companies, as they, along with the claims adjusters often have working relationships with those companies. In an effort to continue damage mitigation, it is important to review your personal policy with your insurance company which will keep all parties aware of their individual responsibilities. One of the most important factors to mention when addressing your restoration company is the presence of electricity, such as a live wire, on the premises. Unresolved electricity issues during a situation involving flood damage can be a serious hazard for those operating in the home or business, and should, therefore, be addressed immediately.

A detailed inspection must take place to kick off the restoration process in order to assess the damages and find the point of origin regarding water in the home or water in the business. Water in the home and water in the business can often bring about damages that result in separate water cleanup processes due to the nature of operations. Time is one of the most significant aspects to consider regarding water in the home or water in a business, as water in the business may lead to operational losses as well as increased costs. Drying is the next step in the restoration process.

The water extraction process is the first step in water cleanup. Whether your issues result from standing water in a business or standing water in the home, any objects that obstruct the drying process must be removed immediately to avoid exacerbating the issues. Industrial hardware, such as submersible pumps may be utilized in order to remove any standing water in the flooded home. A pipe break, such as the ice maker supply line break, are common issues that lead to a flooded home. The pipe break in a flooded home should be identified as a visible or hidden supply line break in order to quickly alleviate the issue. A hidden pipe break is normally more difficult to resolve than a visible pipe break, as the issue may not be a spontaneous occurrence, and therefore may have been damaging the home for a significant period of time before its discovery. For the mitigation of costs, identifying a supply line break as soon as possible is necessary.

5 Tips for Drying Water Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Five Damage Tips for Mitigation

Water can cause extensive damage to a commercial building within a matter of hours. Standing water and residual moisture should be extracted and drying methods used to avoid secondary damage, such as mold growth. Here are five of the most important damage tips for mitigation and cleanup.

1. Extract Standing Water
Eliminating standing water with portable pumps or a wet vac is the first step toward addressing water damage. Water damage mitigation professionals can perform a fast and thorough extraction and provide cleaning tips for building materials and contents.
2. Increase Airflow
Restoration specialists may recommend the use of ventilation equipment such as air movers or fans to promote drying. Ventilation is an ideal drying method after a pipe burst introduces clean water into a structure. Areas exposed to contaminated water for long enough for mold to start forming may be an exception, as circulating air can spread spores.
3. Consider Heated Methods
Heat may be helpful for expediting drying in some situations. The degree of contamination, duration of damage, and affected materials are essential considerations for determining the best drying methods. Restoration experts can offer case-specific damage tips.
4. Lower Humidity Levels
Reducing residual moisture levels in the air and porous or semi-porous materials is helpful after any type of water damage. Mold needs moisture and food sources to flourish. A combination of cleaning, disinfecting, and lowering humidity discourages fungi from growing.
5. Wait Until Drying Is Complete
Rebuilding or restoration should not begin until the portion of a structure that has suffered water damage has been cleaned, disinfected, and thoroughly dried. This includes replacing any building materials torn out due to contamination.

4 Tips for Preventing Dryer Fires

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

There are many ways for a fire to break out in a home in Maple Grove, MN. One overlooked location is the dryer. There are a number of ways for a dryer fire to develop. Nearly 3,000 of these fires are reported every year, and they result in over $35 million in property damage annually. Fortunately, with some routine maintenance, you should not have to worry as much about a lint fire forming.

1. Keep the Top of the Dryer Free of Any Debris

In the event a fire does break out in your laundry room, you do not want to give it more fuel that could cause it to spread to other areas of your home. Therefore, do not leave anything on top of your dryer. This includes clothing, boxes and books. You also want to keep the areas behind and around the dryer clear.

2. Clean Out the Lint Screen After Every Load

A good habit to get into is to clean the lint screen before every use. After a while, you will start doing it without thinking about it. Even a small amount of material in the system can result in a lint fire. To remind you, you should keep a small wastebasket in your laundry room.

3. Clean the Vent Line Regularly

You should detach your vent line once in a while and make sure it is not getting clogged up by lint or various pieces of debris. If you are unsure of what to look for in the vent, then you should consider hiring a professional to come out and take a look at it.

4. Inspect the Vent Hose

Another component to examine regularly is the vent hose. If your current hose is not made out of aluminum, then you should replace it with one that is. You want the hose to be as short as possible to reduce the likelihood of it getting crushed and potentially starting a lint fire.