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5 Frequently Asked Water Questions

4/28/2021 (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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake, 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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake 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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake will work with your insurance company to help meet your needs. 

Experience water damage? Contact our crew at (612) 444 – 3336!

Mold Problems?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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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 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 Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake. Our crew will come out to inspect and assess the property with the appropriate training and specialized equipment.

Signs of mold? Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake at (612) 444 – 3336!

Sump Pump Back - Up Issues?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

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With the crazy Minnesota weather that we are experiencing, there are more chances for sump pump backups.

What is a sump pump backup?

A sump pump backup is where a device that alleviates basement flooding by collecting water fails to push the water out of the house. In result, causing damages by flooding the basement.

Sometimes the cold and rainy Minnesota weather causes these backups to occur, and that is why our crew is ready to help you! We want to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as it can.

If this is something that you experience, call our crew at SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake. We will respond in a quick manner to get the process going.

The crew at SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake can be reached 24/7 at (612) 444-3336!

Need Assistance? Here to Help!

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake 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 Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake team out to the scene in a quick time manner.

When the SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake 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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake 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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake can complete these repairs due to having an in-home construction business. This is a great added feature that SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake has, making us a one-stop shop for all matters needed after water damage has occurred.

In conclusion, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake 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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake’s restoration expertise, CALL US! We can be reached at (612) 444-3336 anytime!

Has Your Commercial Property Experienced Damages?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Water damage can occur in a commercial establishment due to several causes. Many times, this is occurring when it is least expected. Although, obvious damages can be evident on items and other properties like water-soaked carpet and furniture, property owners should be aware that there are other hazards that would put the inhabitants of a property at risk.

This is exactly why water damage restoration is so important. Water damage restoration is always beneficial whenever there has been water damage to your property. Calling in a team of experts ensures that the job to restore the damaged is done quickly and right. Some people might think that water damage restoration is a DIY job. However, if you do not do it right, you might put your property at risk.

As professionals, we are well equipped in handling situations such as these. We use personal protective equipment such as protective eye wear, suits, gloves, boots, and respirators with an N-95 filter. These things are important because the mold can become airborne while it is being removed.

Structural Risks Associated with Water Damage

When the property is exposed or soaked in water for a prolonged period, it can cause certain negative effects and subsequent damages to the structure. These effects include the following:

- Direct damage to the structural materials can result in structural instability. This includes weakening of the wall boards, weakening of the ground earth integrity, twisting, and tilting of the support columns, termite damage and more.

- Malfunctions in the electrical system can cause short circuits leading to shock or fires. Water can also cause considerable damage to electronics, electrical appliances, and other components.

- Prolonged exposure to water can cause corrosion to gas pipes, which eventually may result in leaks. Gas leaks can cause gas poisoning or even fires.

- Damage from water to possessions and other parts of the house including damage to items, peeling of paints, stains on furnishings and textiles, and damaged documents like books, photographs, and parchments.

When these damages continue unabated, it will create further damage to other structural components like metals, wood and even masonry. These damages can become very evident and will eventually lead to a significant decrease in the property/market value.

Effective steps are needed to tackle these structural hazards which come after water damage. It is better to prevent a problem than to solve it.

If you have any damages, call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

Residential or Commercial Property Damages?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.  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 

Residential Services

Whether your 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

Commercial Services

There is never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your 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

Have Questions?

Call Us 24/7 – (612) 444-3336.

Fire Damage - Residential & Commercial Properties

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Fires in your home or business can be a disaster. They can destroy a multitude of contents and leave behind a strong odor, scorched belongings, and a tough process to endure. SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is experienced in working through this process. Our team wants to ensure that the process is as smooth and as painless as possible. As we know that after experiencing a fire can be a very tough time for a home or business.

When we begin the process, we start by meeting with you at your home or business to determine the scope of work that needs to be done and contacting your insurance company so all parties are under the same agreement regarding what can be cleaned and what cannot. With our team, we can pack out, clean your home or business, and eliminate the odor that was left behind. 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

If you suffer a fire, do not attempt to go down this road alone; call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake as we would like to work for you and reduce the fear and unknown in this process. 

We can be contacted 24/7 at (612) 444-3336!

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake - Specialized Equipment

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

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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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. 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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake for all your needs. We are always here to help 24/7. Reach us at (612) 444-3336!

Water Damage - Central Minnesota

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. 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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake will help you understand the process and clean the damages efficiently.

If your property suffers from water damages, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3666. We would love to help you in your time of need!

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

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Frigid Weather Conditions

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake 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

Assess Conditions

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.

Adjust Habits

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.

Add Insulation

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 Elk River, Becker and Big Lake to help at (612) 444-3336! We are available 24/7!