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Emergency Readiness Profile

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

We know there is a lot of uncertainty at this time, and we would like to help take some of the stress away. Call us to find out about our cost-free Emergency Readiness Profiles (ERPs) and how they can help you, especially during this time. We are continuing to operate at this time and are here to help. We offer a service of helping businesses develop an emergency ready profile for their property at no cost.  We offer a free app for all phones  to also maintain this critical contact and property information electronically prior to any incident or unexpected disaster. Everything can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if a disaster strikes. This information can be shared very easily with staff and whoever else needs to be ahold of the information and contacts. An ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk area, shut off valve locations, insurance contacts, and more. If also details the location and directions for the different parts of the building. This is essential since every building is different in  one way or another.  We believe in helping to reduce property damage when a disaster occurs.  We provide a paper copy, emailed copy, and the app copy of the Emergency Ready Profile for easy access by all employees. We here at SERVPRO of Wright County stand by being proactive not reactive to an emergency situation.  These profiles are proven to help reduce the amount of damage that occurs if kept current and utilized. Call and schedule your appointment with one of our team members to help develop your FREE Emergency Ready Profile.

Call today for your free ERP- 763-295-1161

One Stop Shop

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Can One Company Address All Wright County's Storm Aftermath Needs?

The last thing a reputable water damage restorer wants to do is abandon customers in the middle of a storm damage project. This concern is why SERVPRO combines our water damage and flood restoration expertise supported by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training with our ability to arrange rebuilding services. Our approach invites you to depend on our skilled and experienced crews to streamline the journey from the severe exterior and interior damage to our goal of making it "Like it never even happened." We provide:

  • Dynamic safety hazard assessment throughout the project
  • Emergency services halting water damage
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Management of leaking roofs from storm damage
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup (standard when municipal sanitary systems are overburdened after torrential rains

Call today and let us take the stress out of your mess!

Do Business Owners Need to Hire Separate Restorers for Water and Fire Damage

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

The sheer quantities of firefighting water after commercial fire damage can be shocking. When hiring a fire restoration company, it is essential to employ a firm prioritizing the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training as both Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) for employees. 

SERVPRO crews have disaster recovery training in both fire and water mitigation and remediation for commercial properties.

Call today! 763-295-1161

Cleaning soot damaged walls and ceilings

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Fast Action Can Protect Damaged Drywall in Falcon Heights from Greater Soot Exposure

Clearing smoke and soot damage from your home after a fire is a significant undertaking, but one that is possible with the proper restoration professionals. Eliminating residues is a combination of wet and dry cleaning strategies that can start as soon as our team arrives.

Determining the Type of Soil and Soot Damage 

Among the first steps that begin fire damage restoration in Falcon Heights homes is a thorough inspection of the property to determine where soot and smoke damage exist. Not only must our professionals identify the presence of these damage effects, but we must also pinpoint the type of smoke residues to ensure the appropriate cleaning.

Can Wet Cleaning Work on Painted Walls? 

In many ways, wet cleaning is the preferred method of removing soot and smoke residues from painted or finished surfaces. While the general premise of this cleaning is universal, the process varies somewhat with different paints or coatings including:

  • Water-Based Paint – often latex-based and typically easy to clean with water-based products. 
  • Oil-Soluble – soluble in turpentine or mineral spirits, enamels are easy to wash with the right products.
  • Clear Finish – oil-based and typically easy to clean. Pretesting ensures the right products for the job.

Deodorization Options When Repainting 

One of the advantages to having a wall that must get resurfaced is the ability of our team to manage smoke odors trapped in the porous materials. Drywall and ceiling systems can be painted and finished, yet when aromas become trapped in the pores of these materials, a special odor-sealing primer can be used first to prevent unexpected revivals of noxious smells in the future.  

There are multiple obstacles to cleaning and restoring fire-damaged homes in the area. With the humidity and colder seasons, threats of wet smoke damage can overwhelm a property. Our experienced SERVPRO of Wright County restoration team can help with effective mitigation and restoration solutions after a fire when you call 763-295-1161

What Can Homeowners Do After a Water Intrusion to Help Clean Up?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Repair in Wright County and beyond.

When a dishwasher hose breaks loose, and water comes pouring into your kitchen, it can cause extensive damage. We often get questions from homeowners asking us what they can do before we arrive. Many times, they attempt to recover the area themselves. That can lead to hidden damage such as mold.

What You Can Do Before We Arrive

You can use towels to soak up excess water. Furniture can be raised and put on blocks to avoid immediate damage. Your priority should be to call SERVPRO for water damage repair services . Doing this prevents further primary damage and secondary damage. 

Professional Expertise & Equipment is Needed to Ensure a Quality Job

Homeowners need to be careful attempting restoration because DIY processes can cause issues. Our team is available 24 / 7 to mitigate water damage. Our services include:

Providing emergency services such as tarping and containment

  • Using moisture meters, probes, and infrared cameras to track hidden moisture
  • Choosing the right pump for the job to extract the water
  • Diagnosing the correct ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers for efficient drying
  • Employing controlled demolition when necessary
  • Repairing and restoring after thoroughly cleaning
  • Leaving your residence “Like it never even happened.”

For quality water damage, repair services, contact SERVPRO of Wright County. You can reach our helpful staff at 763-295-1161. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Resolve the Flood Damage?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Our workforce holds certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) focused on rapid water removal and structural drying. Our experience with snowmelt flooding also supports practical recommendations to mitigate or altogether avoid snowmelt flooding in the future:

  • Remove snow from your house's perimeter and create drain "ditches" in the snowbanks so water moves away from your foundation.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts cleared of leaves and other debris to minimize ice dam development.
  • Upgrade insulation and seal roof edges to limit the escape of warm air.

Reach out to SERVPRO of Wright County when the surrounding snowpack floods your dwelling as the weather warms or rain and sleet adds to the mix. Our service vehicles are ready, and our trained crews are poised to respond after your call to 763-295-1161.

Why Is SERVPRO a Leader in Mold Damage Recovery?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Handling mold remediation in commercial buildings might seem like a simple task, doable by your cleaning crew. On the contrary, inhibiting mold growth and harm require specialized training and equipment and a firm grasp of moisture management strategies. Our IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) must also hold Water Restoration Technician (WRT) certification. We use the EPA-developed Mold Remediation Protocol:

  • Locate and contain the mold, using barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers to isolate the moldy area
  • Remove mold by brushing, scraping, or utilizing gentle but effective soda or dry ice blasting
  • Bagging moldy materials for lawful disposal
  • Wipe down with EPA-registered cleaners and antimicrobials
  • Vacuuming with HEPA-filtered equipment
  • Elimination of leaks and other moisture sources to prevent recurrence

Call SERVPRO of Wright County to schedule an evaluation and plan to remediate mold damage in your business.

Winter Checklist

12/6/2021 (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. If you want to read more about our tips on using a space heater properly, please read "Heating Alternatives."

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 toxic 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. 

Fire Season Safety Tips

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

As we enter the Holiday season all of here at SERVPRO of Wright County want to encourage you to practice safety first. Below are some simple ideas to help keep you and your family safe through the Holidays. As always you can count on us 24/7 to help with any of your fire or water damage needs. Call 763-295-1161 today and let us take the stress out of your mess.

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Make sure your smoke alarm has a backup battery.
  • Use surge protectors.
  • Consider unplugging appliances.
  • Disconnect motor vehicle batteries when stored for the winter
  • Take steps to prevent pipes from freezing and heat escaping from your home.
  • Review your home fire escape plan.

The Standard Water Damage Process

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Every water damage job is different as there are different grades of water, different amounts, different floors and contents affected, and different causes. With that being said, we maintain a standard procedure to ensure the safety of the client and this allows us to build out the best call to action for every job. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Cleanup and restoration begin with a phone call. We have a representative to answer your phone call 24/7/365. They will lead you through several questions to better understand your needs for the water event.

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Our SERVPRO professional completes a detailed inspection of your property and determines the scope of the damage.

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

This step removes the majority of the water from your home or business.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Our team of professionals will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. Daily monitoring will occur until the materials reach an acceptable drying goal.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Walls, floors, and other surfaces of the property will likely need professional cleaning treatments once the area is dry. Restoring contents, odor removal, and deodorization, and sanitizing treatments occur during this step.

Step 6: Restoration

This is the final step in the process of restoring your property to its pre-water damage condition.

Call today! 763-295-1161