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Winter Storms

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Ice and says 'Cold Temperatures Ahead'. Should you suffer any water damage as a result of a winter storm, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake for all your needs!

Central Minnesota Storm Damage

Emergency Preparedness 
Emergency preparedness is no longer the only concern of states like California with earthquakes or our friends who live in the area known as "Tornado Alley." For us Minnesotan's, winter storms and blizzards are common; knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared.

Blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures hit hard and frequently across our state. Even if you think you are safe and warm at home, a winter storm can become dangerous if the power is cut off. With a little planning, you can protect yourself and your family from the many hazards of winter weather, both at home and on the road.

BE AWARE OF THE FORECAST

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Weather conditions may alert us to know that we are forecasted for snow, blowing and drifting snow, freezing drizzle or rain.  Knowing the conditions that are coming, will help us in being prepared. 

BE PREPARED AT HOME

If we are predicted of having a snow storm and being "stuck" in our house for an extended period of time, make sure to have some essentials on hand. This can include the following:

  • Keep a radio nearby. 
  • Have plenty of flashlights on hand. Make sure to have batteries.
  • Have candles and matches available in case of a power outage.

If Minnesota suffers a winter storm, our home can be compromised. We can have ice dams on our roofs that result in a leak inside. If that occurs, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is able to help dry out your home. 

Should you suffer any water damage as a result of a winter storm, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake for all your needs! We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (612) 444-3336.

Snowy Days

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Snow on several trees. We are dedicated to helping others, call us (612) 444-3336 anytime!

Messy Situations

Minnesota weather can be unpredictable when it comes to the winter temperatures and snow falls.

That is why it is important to stay educated when the winter weather can be so unpredictable. The changes in the weather can cause damages to residential and commercial properties. It can cause pipes to expand and burst. The expanding and bursting of a pipe in a residential or commercial property can cause significant flooding if one is not prepared.

Prepare:

To prepare for this type of weather, one should make sure to inspect their pipes. If a pipe needs replacing, be sure to do this before the cold weather hits.

Prevent:

To prevent large water losses and damage, tag your main water shut off. One should tag their main water shut off to help everyone in the home know where to shut off the water if a pipe is to burst. Hopefully by doing this, one will be able to shut off their water immediately minimizing the loss or damage.

Take Action:

If the unpredictable winter over hauls all of your preparing and preventing, take action by calling SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake immediately and we will be there to assist you. We area available 24/7 to ensure that one can be helped at any hour that they need.

We are dedicated to helping others, call us (612) 444-3336 anytime!

Commercial Fire Damage

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Flames and says 'Fire Damage'. Please contact us at (612) 444-3336 as we are here to help!

Elk River Area

We hope that a commercial fire damage repair is not something that you may need to address for your business, but the reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. 

Unfortunately, they can happen to any category of business from a restaurant, retail office building, or medical facilities. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this event and have a plan.

Prepare For

After the firefighters have left, there is an enormous amount of issues to deal with. Some issues can be related to water damage from extinguishing the fire. Soot can be found throughout the structure along with the lingering strong smells of the fire. 

A team from SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake can help walk through this process with you. There may be minimal damage to the contents stored inside to a total loss. Our team is able to determine which items can be cleaned and restored and which items cannot. 

Cleaning Process

Our team has been trained to help you from the large picture down to the details of what to do next. We have numerous chemicals and deodorization techniques. Some include the ozone and thermal fogging to help eliminate odors. We understand that even a small fire can spread with soot and areas need to be cleaned thoroughly. 

Contact Us

Should your business endure a fire, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake to help you navigate this process. We are trained to help you through these steps.

Please contact us at (612) 444-3336 as we are here to help!

Commercial Buildings - Mold

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building with flood cuts Should you believe that your school or company may have a mold or water damage issue, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake!

Understanding Mold

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

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

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

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

Should you believe that your school or company may have a mold or water damage issues, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. We are available 24/7 at (612) 444-3336! We are always here to help!

Commercial Building - Water Loss

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Office space that is flooded. If your commercial building experiences a loss, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

How to Restore?

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If your commercial building experiences a loss, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

Ice Dam Season

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Ice and says 'Cold Temperatures Ahead'. Should you suffer any damage, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake 24 hours a day at (612) 444-3336!

Preventing Ice Dams

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. Water back ups behind the dam which can cause leaking into a home. When this happens it causes damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.

Stop Ice Dams With A Cold Roof

The key to preventing the ice dams from occurring is to keep one's attic and roof cold. This is the key to preventing it because when it is warmer in spots on the roof it will cause the snow to melt. The melting snow then runs off the edge of the house which is still at freezing temperatures causing the icicles to form. Measures to help keep one's roof colder are to close the attic bypasses, measure the attic insulation level, and add roof and soffit vents.

1. Close the attic bypasses

The average home loses all of heats through the ceiling into the attic. One can prevent this by plugging the leaks using foam.

2. Measure the attic insulation level

Building codes require about 12 to 14 inches of fiberglass and cellulose. One should be adding more if there is less than 8 inches, and have had ice dam issues in the past.

3. Add roof and soffit vents

The minimum ventilation area should be about 1 square foot of vent per 300 square foot of ceiling area. One can never have too much ventilation.

Taking these precautions unfortunately cannot guarantee that the ice dams will not form, but taking these steps will help prevent it.

Should you suffer any damage, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake 24 hours a day at (612) 444-3336!

Vacation Season

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Beach view and says 'Vacation Season'. If an event is to occur while you are gone, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake will be ready to help! We are available 24/7! Reach us at (612)

Essential Things To Do Before Leaving For Vacation

It is that time of the year when everyone wants to escape the cold, and head to warmer weather. You have booked the trip, found the must-see attractions, and charged the electronics! It is time to head to the airport.

But before you leave, make sure your house is ready for you to leave! In order to ensure that your house is going to be the way you left it when you return follow these easy tips!

Checklist:

1. Turn off your main water supply

One should turn this off to avoid water damage if a leak is to occur while on vacation.

2. Unplug electronics

Unplugging the electronics that will not be in use while you are gone will save you money on your electricity bill - will also help prevent an electrical fire.

3. Adjust your thermostat

Cooler Climate: Turn it down between 50 - 60 degrees F

Warmer Climate: Turn it up 5 degrees F higher than normal

4. Pour baking soda down your drains and toilets

By pouring this it will help with clear clogs and keep a fresh smell.

5. Check up on your insurance

Knowing what your insurance policies are will save you the headache when you get home if something does occur.

Once your checklist is all checked off, head out and enjoy that warmer weather on vacation!

All of these are tips that can help prevent matters from occurring, but are not a guarantee.

If an event is to occur while you are gone, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake will be ready to help! We are available 24/7! Reach us at (612) 444-3336!

Minnesota Storm Damage

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Says 'Storm Damage' with snow. We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (612) 444-3336!

Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

Emergency Preparedness 
For us Minnesotan's, winter storms and blizzards are common; knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared.

Blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures hit hard and frequently across our state. Even if you think you are safe and warm at home, a winter storm can become dangerous if the power is cut off. With a little planning, you can protect yourself and your family from the many hazards of winter weather, both at home and on the road.

BE AWARE OF THE FORECAST

Winter Weather Advisory:

Weather conditions may alert us to know that we are forecasted for snow, blowing and drifting snow, freezing drizzle or rain. Knowing the conditions that are coming, will help us in being prepared. 

BE PREPARED AT HOME

If we are predicted of having a snow storm and being "stuck" in our house for an extended period of time, make sure to have some essentials on hand.  This can include the following:

  • Keep a radio nearby. 
  • Have plenty of flashlights on hand.  Make sure to have batteries.
  • Have candles and matches available in case of a power outage.

If Minnesota suffers a winter storm, homes and residential properties can be damaged. We can have ice dams on our roofs that result in a leak inside. Should that occur, call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. We are here to help you!

If your residential or commercial property suffers any water damage as a result of a winter storm, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake for all your needs! 

We are available 24/7 and can be reached at (612) 444-3336!

Fire Damage Tips

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flame background & says 'Fire Damage'. If you experience any fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. We can be reached at (320) 248-5400!

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake

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

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

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

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

If you experience any fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. We can be reached at (320) 248-5400!

Fire Damage? Call (612) 444-3336!

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flames and wood and says 'Fire Damage'. Call (612) 444-3336 for a quick response!

Here to Help!

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

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

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

For an easy and hassle-free experience, trust SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake to help manage everything for you, including the insurance claims process. 

Call (612) 444-3336 for a quick response!