Recent Water Damage Posts

Pipe Burst

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Dark and light wood. If you are to suffer any water damage, call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. Our crew can be reached at (612) 444-3336!

Water Damage

A home in St. Cloud, Minnesota suffered water damage after a pipe burst and water flooded into the wall cavities.

Due to this, the homeowners contacted SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake has moisture meters that show if any of the materials have suffered water damage. When the crew used the moisture meter at this home it showed that the wood was wet.

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake does not rely on if materials "look" or "feel" dry; rather, we have the appropriate scientific tools and calculations that show when your home is dry. Our crew has the ability to monitor daily to determine when the materials become dry without over drying them which can cause secondary damage.

If you are to suffer any water damage, call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. Our crew can be reached at (612) 444-3336!

Do Not Let Snow & Icicles Ruin Your Home

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Ice and says 'Cold Temperatures Ahead'. Water damage? Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

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

Now that old man winter is here to stay, it is time to think of the snow buildup that may be happening on your roof top. While roofs covered in fresh snow can make a pretty wintery scene, it can also do much damage under the blanket of snow and into your home. The snow starts to melt and then re-freezes which causes more stress to the roof of your home. As the ice slowly melts over time, water seeps beneath shingles and under the tar paper. Eventually it will also seep into the plywood beneath, causing damage to your roof, fascia, and soffit.

Ice buildup in your gutters prevents the flow of melted snow to your down spouts for proper drainage. The stacked up ice and snow causes the run off to flow over the lip of your gutters and create long icicles.

Clearing the snow the first 3 to 4 feet of the roof after every snow fall with a roof rake will go a long way in helping to protect your home this winter from the formation of ice dams.

If you do have any water damage to the inside of your home or need assistance in properly removing the snow on your roof contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake. The crew at SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is prepared to help in anyway possible. 

Reach our crew 24/7 at (612) 444-3336!

Minnesota Cold Temperatures - Water Damage

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Ice and says 'Cold Temperatures Ahead'. Frozen pipes? Water damage? Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

Cold Weather Near

Cold weather is in Minnesotan’s near future. The extreme cold temperatures that we experience can cause disasters to occur in one’s home or business. Here is some helpful information to prevent this from happening to you!

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem        

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool, supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, or garages. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

If you are to have any water damage because of frozen pipes, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake for all your repairs! We will be faster to any disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."

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

Water Damage - Be Prepared

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO equipment. Water damage? Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

Why Time is of the Essence in Water Damage

Many home and business owners don’t realize the time factor when dealing with water damage. After the initial damage, water invades and creeps into the home structure as time progresses. With each minute that passes, the water may affect carpet padding, the walls, hardwood floors, and even grout lines in tiles. Unattended water damage in the ceiling is even more damaging because this can lead to the collapse of the ceiling.

Aside from structural damage, water damage can lead to serious problems like poor air quality, growth of mold and mildew, humid atmosphere, and an unpleasant smell that permeates walls, floors, and ceilings. These conditions result in health effects. More than that, when water sits for a long time, total reconstruction is often the only option left for homeowners and business owners.

In order to avoid further problems, it is important that you act quickly on a water damage problem and control the environment within the affected home or building.

Call in a Water Damage Expert

The first thing you need to do is to call in a water damage restoration expert to do assessment of the affected area. SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake can fully determine the extent of the damage. After the inspection and assessment, we can develop a comprehensive restoration plan. The plan shall include determining which items are worthy of restoration.

Control the Home or Building Indoor Environment

As water damage results in poor indoor environment, it is very important that you attend to this problem to avoid health effects. You can limit the bad effects of water damage through controlling temperature, airflow, and relative humidity. An effective way to control these conditions, high moisture environment in particular, is to use damage restoration drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers.

Drying the structure using drying equipment often eliminates the necessity of replacing walls, carpet, hardwood floor, and other affected area, which can be expensive. More importantly, you remove the bad odor and stain caused by mold and mildew. If drying the structure is not properly done, these problems will come back after few weeks.

Should your home or business suffer water damage as a result of a toilet leak, dishwasher leak, sump pump backup or from any other source, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336. 

We are available 24/7 and always here to help!

Basement Flooding

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of an open basement. Flooding issues? Call our crew at (612) 444-3336!

Reach our crew today at (612) 444-3336!

A basement can flood at any time, 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 several reasons why your 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
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (612) 444-3336

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It is worth making a call to SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake 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 are 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 IICRC Restoration Standards

00Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We are Ready to Help (612) 444-3336.

5 Frequently Asked Water Questions

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Says ' 5 Frequently Asked Water Questions'. Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker, and Big Lake at (612) 444 - 3336!

Call (612) 444 - 3336!

  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!

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

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

Says 'Water Damage?' & 'Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336'. We are here to help YOU! Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

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)

Says '40%' in orange letters with a green background. Water damage? Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336!

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!