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Proper Ingredients for Fire Safety

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen-more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries. Most of these fires start because people aren't paying attention. While a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what's cooking, that is all it takes to start a fire. 

Leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster. Review the cooking safety tips provided below to learn how to help prevent kitchen fires before they start.

- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. 

- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you. 

- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles such as towels, drapes, and pot holders. 

- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid free zone" of three feet around the stove. 

- If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department. 

- If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off and keep the door closed. Don't open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and call the fire department. 

- Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (wearing the oven mitt). Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. NEVER pour water on a grease fire. 

There is no substitute for training and experience. Here at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids Central Anoka County, we are built on a foundation of fire damage restoration expertise. If your property suffers from fire damage, smoke damage, or anything in between, give us a call at 763-712-9712! We're here to service Coon Rapids, Andover, Ham Lake, Anoka County, and the whole greater Twin Cities.

Putting a Stop to Moldy Carpets

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is extremely versatile. If given the proper environment mold can grow in virtually every single area on a property. While there can be many causes of mold, there are a few precautions you can take to reduce the chances that you will ever have to deal with mold damage. As with many aspects of home maintenance, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Consider taking the below steps in order to keep mold from growing on your carpets.

Control the humidity and temperature in your home.

Mold grows best with a certain amount of moisture in the air, in addition to certain temperature ranges. One way to help prevent mold growth in any location on your property is to ensure that your humidity levels never reach 60%. 

Consider a different floor covering in areas prone to moisture

Some areas of a home are just more prone to humidity and moisture. Like your bathroom, for instance. Every design aspect of your home should be done with appearance and functionality in mind, and that includes making sure you’re making smart decisions about the type of floor coverings to have in certain areas based on the area’s usage along with environmental aspects. When it comes to bathroom floors, and to a lesser extent basement floors, sometimes the smartest plan is to avoid carpets altogether.

Use carpet padding that is anti-microbial

There are a few different types of padding most commonly used in residential homes. While some are more budget friendly than others, if you’re considering carpet in areas that may be more prone to moisture issues, consider installing rubber-slab carpet padding. It’s much more resistant to mold growth than traditional carpet pads. 

If you do get standing water on your carpets, get it out fast!

This goes for any surface type in your home, and it’s especially true with carpets. With the right humidity levels and temperatures, mold growth can accelerate quickly when food and water are present. Getting the water and excess moisture out quickly can be the difference between a close call and a serious health problem for your family.

Clean your carpets regularly

Vacuuming your carpets regularly, along with having them professionally steam cleaned, can go a long way in preventing mold growth. One of the components of rapid mold growth is food, and mold loves dirt, grime, food, and any other organic substance that can be found in your carpet fibers. Regularly cleaning your carpets is a great way to help reduce the likelihood of dealing with mold in the future! 

Typically, if you have black mold on your carpets a visual inspection is all that is necessary. But in other instances, you may notice a musty smell or perhaps you’ve also been experiencing some troubling health issues that you think may be attributed to high levels of mold. In most states, mold remediation companies must be different than mold testing companies. The way it works is that the mold testing company will come take environmental samples from your home and have them sent off to a lab to be evaluated. If it’s determined through the testing that your home has a toxic black mold problem, it’s at that point that you’ll want to hire a mold removal company like us. Call our franchises!

Employee Spotlight: Andrew Knutson

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Say "Hi!" to Andrew, everyone!

Everyone say "Hello!" to our Reconstruction Project Coordinator, Andrew Knutson! Andrew has been an excellent addition to our rapidly expanding Reconstruction Division.This has been the biggest Q1 in our history and Andrew has done a superb job hopping right into our busy business. He continues to help streamline processes that enable us to run smoother projects for our clients!We're very fortunate to have you, Andrew! 

Learn more about Andrew below!

– Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

My first job was in the library in my hometown. I love books, so I found that job to be very interesting.

– Favorite travel spot?

I really enjoyed Dublin! I hope to go back someday.

– How do you define success?

I think success in pursuit of a goal is excellence. When you set out to achieve a goal, strive for perfection, but settle for excellence.     

– If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Somebody short enough to fit into a Formula 1 car, anyone driving in F1 today really.

– If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

Steve Buscemi

– How has SERVPRO helped you in your career development?

By showing me a clear path forward, SERVPRO is growing rapidly and having the ability to grow with it is an amazing opportunity.

– If you could pick one theme for SERVPRO to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?

Perseverance. We set expectations highly for ourselves and I think it’s important to keep pushing in the right direction all the time in order to meet those expectations.

– If you could switch your job with anyone else within SERVPRO, whose job would you want?

I’d like to swap with Aimee for a while, I’ve always been interested in the sales route.

– What advice do you have for prospective SERVPRO candidates?

Don’t be afraid to admit when you’ve made a mistake, just learn from it, and let it make you better!

– What are 3 words to describe SERVPRO

Hardworking. Teamwork. Fun.

– What do you find the most challenging at SERVPRO?

There are a lot of moving parts, prioritizing tasks is my biggest challenge day-to-day.

– What do you like most about SERVPRO?

The people!

– What drew you to SERVPRO originally? And how has SERVPRO changed since?

The fact that it was a growing business, and still is! I love the opportunity help that growth. I haven’t been here for very long, but I’d like to think that we’ve gotten more efficient in the short time that I’ve been here.

– What has been your favorite project at SERVPRO?

I’ve been fortunate in having been put into a fairly new role. I have enjoyed making it my own and developing the idea of what a project coordinator does.

– What have you gained from working at SERVPRO?

I’ve learned so much about the industry in just a few months, it’s really been a crash course into the insurance and reconstruction world.

– What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with SERVPRO?

I’d love to see how far we can take the RECON division; in 10 years I’d love to see us become the largest RECON division in the country.

– What is the favorite part about working for SERVPRO?

Again, the people. I love coming to work with coworkers that I enjoy being around.

– What is your proudest moment at SERVPRO?

Anytime I’m able to anticipate a problem before it comes up, solving problems before they become problems.

– What is your role at SERVPRO?

Reconstruction Project Coordinator

– Any favorite line from a movie?

Brad Pitt in Inglorious Basterds with a horrible Italian accent – “Gorlami”

– Any random facts you could share with us?

Whales have regional accents and dialects.

– Are you messy or organized?

I like to think I’m pretty organized.

– Best vacation you’ve been to?

Ireland by far!

– Choose your Mr. Men/Little Miss, to describe your work personality? – Your home life personality?

I honestly have no idea what Mr. Men/Little Miss means, but I’m pretty laid back outside of work.

– Describe what you were like at age 10.

I was very adventurous and loved to climb things. I was prone to injuring myself by falling out of a tree.

– Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?

I listen to a sailing podcast called “On the Wind Sailing” regularly. That would be the closest thing I’d say.

– Do you have a favorite quote?

 “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together” – Anthony Bourdain

– Do you have an office nickname? What is it?

Not really. Jeff calls me AK, but he has a nickname for everyone.

– Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work?

Thankfully, I’ve not been here long enough to do anything profoundly embarrassing. Though I’m sure my time will come.

Working Together Conference & Products Show

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Ryan, Jeff, and Aimee recently attended MN Multi Housing Association (MHA)'s Working Together Conference and Product Show. This event consisted of two days of learning, training, and networking. This conference was designed to empower you and your staff to overcome obstacles, share ideas, and understand how to thrive in today's ever-changing times. Needless to say, it was great to have these three hooligans representing SERVPRO of Minnetonka! They did an awesome job sharing our company's expertise in both commercial and residential restoration services. 

What is MN Multi Housing Association (MHA)?

The Minnesota Multi Housing Association (MHA) was founded in 1967 to promote the highest standards in the development, management and maintenance of rental and owner-occupied multi housing. While members include the state's largest apartment management companies, developers, common interest communities, and providers of related products and services, the majority of our members own or manage fewer than 20 units each. Governed by our Board of Directors, all members of the Minnesota Multi Housing Association commit themselves to the ethical principles and standards of our Code of Ethics

Why are we involved?

As a member of MHA, we get to work directly with clients to allow them to have a greater understanding of our business. By working with them directly at these conferences, we can gain insight on their needs as clients, all the while explaining to them the multitude of services that we can offer them.

It's very important to us that we are first seen as a positive resource for our community. We want our clients to understand that you can always call us with questions and concerns, without knowing if you need our services or not. We are here to be a resource for you!

For all things water, fire, mold, and construction - give us a call today!

Advanced Technology

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

The restoration industry has seen significant technological advancements over the years. Our technicians here at SERVPRO have taken full advantage of these advancements through the utilization of the various advanced technologies. In today's blog, we will cover three of our team's favorite advanced technologies that are used to facilitate moisture detection, drying, and sanitation. Read more to learn about infrared cameras, air movers and dehumidifiers, and OSHA-approved cleaning agents!

How do we detect moisture?

Infrared Cameras!

In the event of a water emergency, the first step is to detect water damage, measure the extent of the water damage, and monitor the moisture levels in the affected area(s). Water damage investigation has come a long way! We used advanced technologies, such as infrared cameras, to help expedite the process of detecting water damage. By speeding this up, we can save you from secondary water damage by identifying the location of moisture that is often unseen by the naked eye. Infrared cameras are used to scan locations of moisture inside of flooring, ceilings, and walls that must be extracted to prevent secondary water damage and microbial growth. We don't stop at infrared cameras though! We use hygrometers and sensitive motor detectors that help us measure the saturation level of the moisture.

What do we use for drying?

Air Movers and Dehumidifiers!

After water damage has been identified, it is essential to extract the water immediately! Once any standing water has been extracted, affected area(s) must be thoroughly dried in order to prevent secondary damage and mold. Our technicians facilitate this process by using air movers and dehumidifiers during a water damage emergency. Air movers work to quickly evaporate moisture and dehumidifiers extract water vapor lingering in the air. When used in tandem, our industrial strength air movers and powerful dehumidifiers can protect your property's flooring, walls, and furniture from warping and swelling.

How do we sanitize?

OSHA-Approved Cleaning Agents!

Once the affected areas have been extracted of water and dried completely, the water damaged areas should be cleaned and sanitized. This sanitization process completely eliminates odors and contaminants that could lead to issues in the future. Here at SERVPRO we utilize two different types of cleaning agents: disinfectants and deodorizers. Our disinfection cleaning agents work to prevent the growth of dangerous microbials including mildew, fungi, and other types of bacteria. With the help of our deodorization agents, odors that result from excess moisture are eradicated!

Advanced Technology Gets the Job Done

During an emergency, know that SERVPRO of Coon Rapids Central Anoka County is standing by ready to help restore your property to preloss condition. Call us today at 763-712-9712!

Is Your Office Building Prepared for Disaster?

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Are you an owner of an office building or similar type of commercial space? Do you have fire safety and emergency preparedness meetings? Being prepared by having a well-thought-out emergency plan not only protects your property, but the people that are on your property!

Identify Fire Extinguisher Locations

In case of a fire damage situation, you will want to ensure that you have a sufficient number of fire extinguishers readily available throughout your property. By taking the time to map out and guide the people in your building to these locations, you will minimize the panic in a dangerous situation. If your employees or guests do not know where a fire extinguisher is located, it can make an already risky situation even more dangerous.

Monitor Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

Smoke detector and fire alarm systems should be inspected regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. If these systems are not running properly, you will not be alarmed in the event of a fire or smoke emergency situation. Ensuring that there is a clearly marked exit plan is essential for your building in the event that a smoke detector and fire alarm go off.

Host Safety Trainings

A vital step for fire safety preparedness is safety training for all people involved. By including a fire safety training course in your workplace, you will help the occupants know exactly what they should do if an emergency such as a gas leak, a fire, severe weather event, or flooding occurs. Having a plan in place will reduce panic and disorganization when time is of the essence.

Make Emergency Exits Obvious

Be sure to clearly identify which doors can be used in the event of an emergency situation. Illuminated exit signs can help direct occupants out of the building in case of an emergency. Tape maps of the nearest exit around the walls of the building to help expedite the evacuation process.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids Central Anoka County is here to help 24/7 365 days a year should disaster ever strike your property! Call us at 763-712-9712 to dispatch a crew or get more information on how we can help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Safety Tips for Warmer Months

3/20/2022 (Permalink)

Warm weather is on the horizon! It's time to switch from sweaters to shorts, deep fryers to grills, and indoor parties to backyard barbecues. Just because we're less inclined to switch on the heat does not mean that we shouldn't be vigilant when it comes to protecting ourselves and our property from fire hazards. See below for high-risk areas for fire damage and how to maintain them.

Spring Fire Safety Tips

Fire cannot be avoided when you're preparing a perfectly cooked steak or patty on the grill. From the get-go, you've got inherent risks. Before starting a grill, be sure to check all potential problematic points including the propane tank, the hose, and all connecting points. You can do this while your meat is marinating or while you're trimming your chicken!

We understand that every house has a pyro-happy Boy/Girl Scout around. When starting a charcoal grill, charcoal should only be soaked with charcoal starter fluid. Avoid using lighter fluid as that can create a burst of heat and flames can get out of control quickly!

Every Dad loves a shiny, clean grill. Nearly 20% of all grill structure fires occur due to failing to clean the grill before and after use. Give your grill a nice scrape down while it's hot so it's ready to go for next time!

There's nothing worse than dropping your smore into a fire, right? Wrong! There's nothing worse than falling into a fire yourself! Never leave young children unattended near a fire pit. 

Safety first, safety first, safety first! Fill a bucket with water and set it next to your put before your even build a fire. Avoid throwing leaves, pine cones, pine needs, and paper into a fire pit as they catch fire quickly and can result in dangerous floating embers.

When things go awry, we're your guy!

In any emergency situation, always call 9-1-1 before calling SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. Once a fire has been properly handled by the fire department, give us a call 763-712-9712! We're always "Here to Help!"

Preventing Spring Water Damage

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

We all know the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers." With springtime comes melting snow and heavy downpours, which can bring unwanted surprises to light on your property like roof leaks or water that comes through in your basement's foundation. Soggy carpet and dripping ceilings often lead to water damage. Have no fear! Taking the following steps can help prevent water damage in the spring.

Tips to Prevent Springtime Water Damage

  • Groom your gutters. Keep the flow flowing! By cleaning your gutters and keeping them damage free, water will be directed away from your house with downspout extensions.
  • Cover up! Using plastic covers around window wells can keep rain from seeping in.
  • Show your roof some love. Give your roof some much needed TLC by replacing missing singles, any damage from storms or weather, and keep flashing sealed. We promise it's worth the effort!
  • Be an Einstein landscaper. When putting decoration or landscaping around your home, make sure to slope the ground away from your foundation. This will help prevent water from pooling and causing future water damage issues.
  • It's all about the foundation. By repairing cracks and holes in your home's foundation as soon as they are found, you can keep the water away and minimize your odds of water damage!

Here at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County, we know that water damage can be a hassle. If you follow the above tips, you might just save yourself from seeing our bright green vans. Whether you use our tips or not, water damage can still happen. That's where we come in!

Give us a call at 763-712-9712 at any hour of the day! We've got technicians at the ready to help you in your time of need.

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

smoke damage in a home To avoid a total fire damage disaster, properly maintain your smoke alarms so that you're notified of any suspicious situations immediately!

Experiencing a fire on your property can be one of the most stressful situations you can have as a property owner. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Not only can fire damage restoration be expensive, but the process can take much longer than drying out a flooded room.

Smoke and Fire Alarms

In more than half of the homes that reported fires to U.S fire departments, the fire alarm sounded to alert the residents of the property. The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have working smoke alarms (NFPA).

Here's what you need to know!

Smoke alarms should be interconnected. when one sounds in the basement, all other alarms around the house should alert you of potential smoke damage.

Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. As you're sweeping the floors, vacuuming, or moving around the house doing chores, take a second to press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. 

Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years. With the advancement of time, smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, in addition to mitigating false alarms.

What do you do when you experience fire damage?

Call us, of course! We are one of the top fire damage restoration companies near you. We are available 24/7 and have crews ready round the clock to respond to any emergency that you might have. We've got the committed people and the  most advanced tools to make restoring your home as painless as possible.

Preventing Household Winter Water Damage

1/23/2022 (Permalink)

frozen pipe from water damage With our vast commercial and residential water damage restoration capabilities, you'll never have to ask yourself who to call again!

No matter the season somehow water can always find a way to damage properties. During the cold season, uninsulated pipes can freeze and burst, ice dams can cause roofing issues, and thawed snow can enter basements. Read the blog below to see what you can do as a property manager to prevent winter water damage.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Insulate all water pipes in unheated areas whether its a crawl space, under the kitchen, in the basement, or behind bathroom cabinets.
  • Ensure that you leave your home at an adequate temperature if you leave for an extended period of time. If you're nervous about the functionality of your heating system, a trusted person should check on your home once a week.
  • Running a trickle of water through pipes will help prevent them from freezing. Although this is not a long-term solution, it can help save your pipes from bursting in a pinch.

Preventing Ice Dams

  • Keep the snow on your roof under 15 centimeters. To remove snow from the roof, use a roof rake or long-handled brush to avoid using a ladder.
  • Insulate your attic to prevent warm air from melting snow on your roof. If water is melting and then freezing, it can cause ice dams to form at the edge of your roof.
  • Install a water membrane underneath the roof shingles to help prevent water from seeping in.

General Winter Water Damage Safety Tips

  • Place a water leak detector near high risk areas such as on sump pumps, near water-bearing fixtures, and around pipes.
  • Check your water supply lines annually for leaks. Appliances such as the hot water heater, washing machine, and refrigerator will have these supply lines.
  • Disconnect your outdoor hoses. This will prevent water from getting into the line and creating a blockage which in turn can cause backflow.

5 Instant Steps to Take When Handling Winter Storm Damage

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

potential snow damage and ice on a property Many inches of snow, up to a foot or more from time to time, fall in a Minnesota blizzard. A fast response lessens the damage and reduces cost.

Cold weather poses a difficult challenge to all property owners. Ice, snow, and sleet can cause havoc on your roof, siding, driveways, and walkways. Quick action to deal with winter storm damage is essential in protecting your precious property. If you're questioning how to handle storm damage, read the tips below for some guidance.

Types of Winter Storm Damage

Flooding - Cold snaps and freezes and damage pipes and cause them to burst. This expulsion of water can lead to severe water damage and flooded areas that will need immediate emergency water mitigation.

Roof Leaks - From ice dams to heavy snow and ice breaking through your shingles, winter storms can be harsh on your roof. With holes in your shingles or blockages in your pipes, it leaves your property exposed to moisture damage.

Fires - Whether your tree ignites or your fireplace is left unattended and gets out of hand, fires can often happen during a winter storm.

Tips For When a Winter Storm Strikes

  • Remain calm. In times of emergency, it's hard not have your blood pressure raise. It's important to make good decisions when your property is under duress so that it can be repaired and taken care of properly.
  • Take proper safety measures. If water damage has occurred, take the time to shut off the water. If a fire has gotten out of hand, use an extinguisher if possible or leave the premises immediately.
  • Document Any Losses. Be sure to take notes and photos of anything that has been affected by winter storm damage. This list will be exceptionally useful in making insurance claims, smoothing out the process in the future.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company - Call your agent to get the process of filing a claim started. Leave everything in place, except for what must be moved for safety reasons until the adjuster comes to document what happened.
  • Make A Plan Now. Knowing what to do in a water storm damage emergency is essential for swiftly and smoothly restoring your property. By creating a plan you will be able to make smart and efficient decisions when storm damage occurs.

Commercial Fire Restoration

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is available 24 hours a day to restore your property and get you back to business.

As a property owner, it is vital to take immediate action after a commercial fire has occurred. Not only is this important for reducing further damage on your property, but it is essential in getting your business back to pre-fire condition. Delaying fire damage mitigation not only allows soot and smoke damage to get worse by settling into the nooks and crannies of your property, but often times water damage also happens if water is used to extinguish the fire. If your property is not attended to quickly, you will not be able to salvage as many items and structures, resulting in more time and money spent to re-open your business.

We are Fire Damage Restoration Professionals!

Fire damage is an overwhelming process. Our highly-trained technicians are here to help you out from the moment the fire is put out until the final piece of your property is back to normal. How do we perform fire damage restoration? Check out our services below!

Board Ups

Immediately after a fire is extinguished, we can come to board up vulnerable areas of your building including windows, walls, and even the roof. By sealing these openings, we will help prevent further structural damage from weather, debris, and vandalism.

Fire Damage Assessment

Our estimators have the capabilities to inspect the building in great detail. We document the amount of damage that can be saved or repaired by keeping a detailed list of all of the building's contents. After deftly and safely completing the inspection, we can recommend the best course of action to complete the fire restoration.

Water Removal

It's weird to think that you'd have to deal with water damage during a fire event, but a commercial-grade sprinkler system can unleash up to 40 gallons of water each minute once it detects a fire. By removing water and drying areas efficiently and quickly after inspection, we can aid in preventing mold and mildew growth.

Soot and Smoke Removal

Carcinogens found in soot and smoke can lead to cancer and other health problems if not cleaned up properly. Our professionals can clean walls, floors, ceilings, and any other parts of your building's structure. With our restore versus replace mentality, we are often able to clean personal items that have damaged by soot damage and smoke damage.

Through Fire and Smoke, We're "Here to Help!"

Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712 today if you're in need of fire damage, water damage, smoke damage, and soot removal. Our top-notch disaster recovery team is here to help Coon Rapids, Andover, Ham Lake, and Central Anoka County, and the greater Twin Cities area after disaster strikes.

A Trustworthy Restoration Company Near You

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

servpro logo At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we are continuously investing in new technologies to allow us to do a better job for our customers.

For over 20 years, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has been helping property owners recover from fire damage, smoke damage, water damage, mold remediation, and various storm damage. We are a full service restoration provider for Coon Rapids, Anoka County, and the greater Twin Cities as a whole. 

Focusing on Our Values

We have built a reputation as one of the premiere restoration companies in the Twin Cities by making a point to emphasize our key values within every job. Need a reminder?

Key Values

  • Honesty
  • Customer Service
  • Whatever It Takes
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Dependable to each other and to our customers

Our team is composed of some of the most educated, experienced, and personable technicians in the state of Minnesota. Don't believe us? Take a look at the raving reviews previous customers have left about our team here.

Advanced Technology

When your property suffers a disaster, you need a company like us who can efficiently assess the damage, clean up during the mitigation process, and rebuild the damage afterwards. Our specialty equipment allows us to perform restoration services and repairs to the highest standards outlined by the IICRC.

Specialized Equipment

  • Moisture Detection
    • Infrared Cameras
    • Moisture Detectors
    • Hygrometers
  • Water Extraction
    • Submersible, gas-powered pumps
    • Truck-mounted extraction units
    • Portable extraction units
  • Drying Equipment
    • Air scrubbers
    • Thermal Foggers
  • Cleaning Agents
    • OSHA-approved deodorization products
    • Anti-microbial treatments

Faster to Any Sized Disaster

Here at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we do our best to get to your property as soon as possible to begin mitigating damage so that secondary damage is not as drastic. That's why we have a team ready to help 24/7 365 days a year. Each technician has been certified by the IICRC in various respects of restoration and we will ensure the proper people are sent based on what services you may need. When you've suffered water damage from a broken pipe, fire damage from a cooking incident, or storm damage from high winds, give us a call at 763-712-9712 today!

Disaster Recovery Team: Here When You Need Us

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO disaster recovery team Our storm team does it all; everything from securing open areas from the elements to mitigating the water and wind damage from a storm.

Last Friday and Saturday alone, at least 39 tornadoes touched down in more than six states , as a powerful storm system moved across the central and southern United states. The National Weather Service estimates that at least 88 people have died, dozens have been injured, and caused billions in damage. The tornadoes were tracked in Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee.

For SERVPRO, No Job is Too Large

Here at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we are a part of SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team. Our elite large-loss specialists have been pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the U.S to handle any size disaster.

What types of major storms are we involved in?

  • California Wildfires
  • Hurricanes
    • Irma
    • Harvey
    • Matthew
  • Massive Flooding
    • Carolina
  • Polar Vortexes

With our more than 1,800 franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. The benefit of having interconnected franchises through a network of strategically positioned storm teams means that we can access areas of extreme destruction as a team. With each franchise having the opportunity to combine together into a "Storm Team," we can work as an organization to mitigate damage in a large scale.

In times of extreme need, SERVPRO can organize local command centers for our Catastrophic Storm Response Teams. Our trained production professionals cut costs and aid local companies in restoration.

When you're caught in a national disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, flooding, extreme winds, or a snowstorm, we're the team you want! We're here to make it "Like it never even happened." Call 763-712-9712 today for any of your restoration needs!

Condominium Crisis: Hoarding and Abandonment

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

before and after photos of a bedroom and bathroom  that suffered from hoarding Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we are "Here to Help!"

In places where you'd least expect it, you might be surprised to find instances of hoarding. This specific condominium had to deal with a tenant that not only abandoned their condo, but left the mess for our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County technicians to handle.

What is Hoarding?

No, hoarding is not the same as your grandma collecting knick-knacks in an organized, intentional, and targeted fashion. Don't be freaked out if she can't get enough of collecting fancy china!

People with hoarding have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions due to a perceived need to save them. In these instances, attempting to part with these possessions causes great distress and lead to decisions to save them.

The prevalence of hoarding seems small at 2.6%, but can cause massive issues. Hoarding can cause issues within relationships, social and work activities, and other important areas of functioning.

How does hoarding affect a home?

Although hoarding can range from very mild to severe cases, it can create cramped living situations, narrow pathways, and make areas like kitchen countertops and stoves virtually unusable. 

Depending on the items that are collected (trash, magazines, mail, books, rotten food) it can cause significant stress on the integrity of a home.

  • Heavy items can cause stress on the foundation of the home. Floorboards and rooms that are overstuffed with items can cause warping in walls and flooring.
  • Rotten food can soil surrounding materials leaving stains, rotting natural wood, and discoloring paint on walls. 

SERVPRO saves the day!

Cleaning is at the heart of the restoration work that we do, regardless of what disaster may have damaged your home. Our certified technicians have mastered multiple layers of recovery tactics to clean a damaged property such as:

  • Wiping Surfaces
  • Cleaning Carpets and Material
  • Deodorization
  • Biohazard Cleanup

To combat unfathomable situations such as COVID-19, we created a defensive pathogen cleaning program that goes far beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. We use our patented 3 C's to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather. For more information, visit this link on our website.

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration based on a recent Commercial Attitude 7 Usage Tracking study, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712 with any of your cleaning needs today!

Winter Storm Safety

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

winter weather thermometer SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the greater Twin Cities.

Each year, hundreds of Americans are injured or killed by exposure to cold, vehicle accidents on wintry roads, and fires caused by the improper use of heaters. Read the following blog to learn how to stay safe during a winter weather storm!

Protect Your Family

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a winter storm watch has been issued.
  • Winterize your vehicle
    • Check the status of your battery, antifreeze, wipers, and windshield washer fluid
    • Check the integrity of the tread on your tires
    • Pack an emergency vehicle kit
      • Include a scraper, sand for traction, matches for a source of fire, warm clothing, etc.
    • Keep the gas tank full
  • Keep warm clothing and extra blankets for everyone in your household

Protect Your Home

  • Protect your exposes pipes from freezing
  • Have a professional examine your HVAC system
  • Consider purchasing emergency heating equipment
  • Consider installing a portable generator
  • Bring your companion animals indoors
  • Be aware of local area radio updates

Stay Indoors

  • Drink fluids such as warm broth or juice
  • Eat regularly and keep a well-stocked pantry
  • Conserve fuel by lowering your thermostat
  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for updated emergency information

Here to Protect You

Take immediate precautions if you hear winter storm warning or blizzard warning on the news. Winter weather is unpredictable. If you are in immediate need of help, please contact your local Red Cross or call 9-1-1.

If your home suffers winter storm damage such as roof damage from wind, roof collapse from heavy snow, gutter collapse from ice, or water damage from snowmelt, contact us at 763-712-9712. We're "Faster to Any Size Disaster!"

A General Contractor You Can Trust

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

construction services before and after We have the reconstruction capabilities to get your property back to its preloss condition.

How do you go about finding and securing a contractor after your property suffers from water damage, fire damage, smoke/soot damage, or has had issues with mold?

You might call up a few friends or coworkers, talk with your family, or scour the internet to nail down some potential candidates. When you find your "lucky three" you'll have to ask them to visit your property, create a bid, and review all of the potential prices and outcomes. After considering, weighing your options, and reviewing the scope of work, you may still feel apprehensive.

By now, weeks have passed and you're getting sick of sitting on a disheveled property. 

When you call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we will handle the scheduling, bidding, material purchasing, organizing of scheduling - all within an agreed upon timeframe. We have both residential and commercial construction capabilities for any size job. 

For a general list of our services, click here.

Why should you trust SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County for your construction needs?

Trust is not given, it is earned. Throughout the past year, our Reconstruction Division has drastically improved processes both on our end of the company and with our customers.

We have respect and care for our client's property.

We respect our customers' time.

We are honest and transparent.

We listen to our customers and respond to feedback.

We are reachable.

As a general contractor near you, we understand that we are in a relationship business. We hold our relationships with our customers at the highest priority, always striving to be a resource whether or not you have suffered a disaster.

When the unthinkable happens, use your sense and call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712 today. We are here for you from start to finish.

We Handle All Cases of Fire Damage!

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage in a home We specialize in the tough jobs and never lose site that a person's home is their most prized asset.

Fires are one of the most destructive events that can happen in anyone's life. Whether a fire damage event occurs in a residential home or commercial building, we are the fire damage restoration experts that have the power to change your life!

Not All Fire Damage is Created Equal

Nuances in technique, equipment, and technology can make a drastic difference in cost and results. Read the following techniques that we use to get results in the best timeframe, in the most cost efficient manner, and to help more people who have experienced the devastating destruction of fire.

Matterport Scanning

We take pride in using the most technically advanced and up-to-date equipment as possible. The Matterport camera allows us to take high-quality 3D images in a virtual reality platform, allowing us to examine the site without ever having to step foot in the actual building. By creating a doll house view of the property, documentation reaches a higher level for all materially interested parties. Not only can this aid in the speed at which the scope for restoration and fire repair occurs, but it can be used to create a plan for returning the job side to pre-fire condition. 

Choosing Deodorizing Tools and Products Sensibly

We take full advantage of having a full network of franchises to discuss the efficiency of tools and products to use when it comes to repairing fire damage or deodorizing the affected areas. We have access to suppliers that have products ranging from odor absorbent crystals, smoke odor counteractant and deodorants, degreasing cleaners, woodcraft cleaners, and many more options.

Caring for Contents

If your personal belongings have been affected by fire or smoke damage, we have the capabilities and mindset to restore rather than replace your precious items. Our technicians are cert-ified through the IICRC and are experienced in removing smoke damage that can cause long-lasting health hazards for the occupants. We use activated carbon or charcoal filters for maximum results when addressing odors, making the site easier and healthier to work in.

Here at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we're always "Here to Help!"

When fire damage ravages your property, give us a call at 763-712-9712. Our certified team and fast disaster response will save you precious time and money.

What is Minnesota's Winter Storm Outlook?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

temperature gauge for cold weather As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back normal.

According to the Farmers Almanac, they're predicting a cold and snowy winter for Minnesota. "Numb's the Word, Just Shovelin' Along" to be exact. January should start fairly mild in temperature, but will then trend towards colder conditions during the middle and latter part of the month. Apparently there will even be a blizzard at the end of January.

How to Prepare for Cold Temperatures

Prepare Your Home

According to the CDC, it is highly important to winterize your home to keep it safe and warm during the winter months.

  • Insulate water lines that run outdoors or along exterior walls.
  • Clean out your gutters and repair roof leaks
  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Emergencies

Install a CO detector to alert you if you are in the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas.

  • Inspect any gas lines that you may have in your home. Often times your furnace or stove will be the culprit. 

Prepare Your Vehicle

Get your vehicle ready for snowy, blowy roads and chilly travelling conditions.

  • Keep your gas tank full to avoid ice buildup within the tank and fuel lines.
  • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer

Have You Found Yourself Unprepared?

Did you fail to insulate your pipes properly?

Has the cold weather burst one of your pipes?

Is water streaming everywhere?

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County! We're here to help you 24/7 365 days a year. Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead!

A Smooth Insurance Claim Experience

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

insurance umbrella Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

The last thing that you want to deal with after you have suffered a disaster on your property is worrying about insurance agents and contractors. For this reason, our team ensures that the claim process is as stress-free as possible. 

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County will help make it "Like it never even happened." That way, you and your family or business can get back to what is important.

Smooth Out the Process

We understand that the insurance process can be difficult. Our goal is to smooth that process out for you and make sure you understand what is happening throughout the whole process.


By creating thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business, your insurance agent will have less questions on the work that was completed.

We document the condition of each item that we remove from the property for cleaning or storage. This process will make it clear to your adjuster what items were affected by the disaster.

Direct Communication

Our technicians and job file coordinators will gather the contact information of your insurer and contact them directly. Throughout all of the communication, you will be notified of any changes that may occur.

Our job file coordinators have been trained to handle all of the paperwork. This will ensure that your claim can be processed and paid as fast as possible.

Our Team is Here for You!

We are very proud that so many insurance companies from State Farm to Farmer's Insurance recommend SERVPRO to their clients. These companies are fully aware of the benefits that come with our partnership. We do everything in our power to make the entire process as painless as possible for you.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and other various restoration services. 

Do You Have a Plan?

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

evacuation plan sign When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business fast!

Did you know: Residues, including burning plastics or the soot from furnace disorders) form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemnle in corners of walls or at junctions of walls and ceilings are called smoke webs.

Setting a Plan for Your Business

Know the importance of protecting your people. Your employees are one of your most critical assets within your business. The following tips can help them from being injured when a fire occurs.

  • Create a Fire Plan: Ensure that you're employees know what steps to take when a fire occurs. The fire step is to immediately call 911. By conducting yearly fire drills, your employees will be aware of your workplace fire safety protocol.
  • Evacuation Plan: In large commercial buildings, it is essential to post a fire evacuation plans around the workplace. Remember those maps you saw in elementary school with the blueprint of the school and a star for what exit to take? That's what we're talking about. Do not include elevators within your plan as they may not be available for use during a fire. Always make a plan for the stairs!
  • Fire Aid: In case of injury during a fire, your employees should be aware of the location for the first-aid kit. By keeping these near locations where possible hazards can occur such as in the kitchen or near maintenance rooms, your employees will be able to quickly respond in a disaster. 

If your property suffers from fire damage, water damage, or storm damage, give us a call!

Preventing Winter Water Damage

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

In Minnesota, winter is cold, uncomfortable, and unfortunately brings with it the scary possibility that your home will suffer winter water damage. When temperatures dip below freezing, there are several things that can cause dramatic water damage in your property. See the water damage prevention tips below to see how regular maintenance and inspection can lower your risks for water damage.

Here are the top causes of water damage in the winter:

Burst Pipes

Extremely low temperatures can wreak havoc on pipes. Many people think that pipes burst because of the freezing and expanding, however, it is more from the increasing water pressure when there is blockage. By ensuring that your pipes have proper insulation, you can reduce the risk of having a burst pipe during the winter months. Any pipes that lead to the outdoors or are outdoors, including anything in a weakly heated area (some basements and garages) should be properly insulated. A trick to make sure that your pipes don't freezing is to leave your faucets with a small drip so that water is constantly flowing in the pipe, making it unable to freeze.

Blocked Gutters

Gutters are made to bring water to a safe place away from your home so that water damage does not occur. Many people, unfortunately, take their utters for granted. If your gutters are clogged with materials like ice or debris, it may lead to a serious issue. When water freezes within your gutters, this water can seep into your home and cause damage when it begins melting. Make sure to keep your gutters clean at all times so that water does not have a chance to build up and freeze, creating a blockage and problems down the line.

Exterior Water Sources

Water sources from the outdoors can become even more dangerous in freezing temperatures even more so than in the summer. Make sure to drain any garden hoses and store them somewhere safe for the winter. Shut off your outdoor water valves so that in the event of a pipe burst, water will not rush back into your home. 

Even if you take all of the precautionary measures listed in this blog, you may still experience water damageIf you are unequipped to restore water damage within your home, call our certified technicians at 763-712-9712. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County will make sure your water damage restoration is done right.

Examining Your Roof after Storm Damage

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage sign for roof repair SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the Twin Cities and nearby areas.

When a significant storm blows through your property, it's probably a great idea to inspect your property for any potential storm damage. Storm damage can stem from high winds, flying debris, hail, and heavy rainfall. Your main line of defense for your property is the roof and in these instances, it surely can take a beating. Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to things like dings and holes in your gutters, as well as tears in your window screens. These examples are telltale signs of hail damage.

After inspection, you may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground. However, most leaks don't represent a need for a whole roof replacement. Usually the leak, coming from the roof damage, is coming from something requiring minor repair. Find the source of the leak, stop the leaking, and clean up the water damage that has occurred.

Finding the Source of the Leak

Wind damage, hail damage, and debris that crashes into your roof can create holes that lets rain into your property. By examining the ceilings and corners of the walls from inside, you may be able to identify stains that indicate a leak source and discover areas that need roof repair. There may be a chance that you discover water stains that run down the wall. If found, grab a light source and head over to that area immediately. Try to find the source of the water stain. Some examples include:

  • Vent Pipes
  • Chimneys
  • Fans and vents
  • Window Dormers
  • Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fixing the Water Damage

When you find hints of water damage or a leak in your roof, it's time to complete a roof repair! Begin by looking for materials that have been damaged by water. Check for discolorations, rotting wood, wet drywall, and soggy insulation. When you find potential microbial growths, be careful not to spread it during cleanup. Complete drying of water damage and repairing of roof leaks is critical to preventing mold growth and secondary damages.

For any of your storm damage, mold damage, or roof leak repair needs, contact us at 763-712-9712! We have knowledgeable technicians to clean up water damage and a growing reconstruction division to fix any structural damages.

5 Star Service: Customer Reviews You Can Trust

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

here to keep your business safe logo 24 hours a day 7 days a week Call us at 763-712-9712 for emergency response, or to schedule an estimate!

At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we strive to provide all of our customers with the best customer experience possible! 

We know that our customers suffering from water damage, fire damage or mold growth are going through a stressful, emotional time so our highly trained, and friendly team is here to support them throughout the whole process, addressing questions, concerns and educating them on the next steps. 

Take a peek at what a few of our customers had to say about us:

"Cheri and Albert were on time and extremely professional. Couldn't ask for more from these two. :-)"

Cheri and Albert are on our growing reconstruction division that provides top of the line services from start to finish. When you need help building your property back up after water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, or anything regarding construction services, they are the ones who make it "Like it never even happened."

"All the process was explained timely and clearly. People came and did their jobs on time. Job was done nicely and mold is gone."

We know the importance of getting a job done efficiently, but properly so that you don't have to worry about secondary damages occurring. We make sure that we clean up any damage that has occurred on your property in a crazy fast but responsible way.

"Cory and his team were wonderful and made a tough time so much easier. They managed to salvage a lot of our floors and ceilings. He knew right away the bathroom had extensive damage, and demo’ed it within 3 days. He communicated the issues to us - we understood exactly what was happening. His team was on time, efficient and very hard working. Cory is a great guy to work with - thanks Cory!"

With a restore rather than replace mentality, we save a ton of money when it comes to water damage restoration costs. By getting to the issues immediately, we are able to restore materials rather than replacing them. 

More happy customers created! Should disaster strike and you find yourself in need of water damage extraction and water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold mitigation, storm damage response, crime scene or biohazard cleanup, or reconstruction services in Coon Rapids, Anoka County, and surrounding Twin Cities communities, you can count on SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County.

Minimize Business Interruption

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial General Cleaning after fire damage Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

When fire damage, water damage, or mold damage causes issues at your commercial property, it has a negative effect on everyone. In some instances, buildings will have to close, disrupting customers, employees, and tenants.

We understand urgency.

Even the smallest instance of fire or water must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage. When a small issue becomes a big issue, disruptions magnify. That's why when you call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County for your commercial needs, we are "Here to help" 24/7 365 days a year.

From our office team to our technicians, our certified professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. Our lightning fast response times allow us to mitigate damage faster so that further issues don't occur down the road. Whether we are performing mitigation to structure and contents, providing cleanup and restoration services, or utilizing our vast construction services, our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County team will work diligently to minimize disruptions and get your business up and running again. 

We make it "Like it never even happened."

If you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 763-712-9712. We're here to service Coon Rapids, Anoka County and the greater Twin Cities area as a whole. 

Environmentally Friendly Chemicals: Saving the Planet

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians holding our green general cleaning products Cleaning is the heart of the restoration work that we do, regardless of what disaster might have damaged your home.

Here at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka county, we are green. We've got green vehicles, green work uniforms, and green restoration equipment from fans to dehumidifiers. It's time we take it a step further! Our team now has access to "green" environmentally friendly chemicals.

Green is the New Clean

At our 19,000 square foot state of the art facility, we now have the option to use Carpet and Upholstery Green Clean within all commercial and residential properties. What makes this product green? Chemical #251 is pH neutral, biodegradable, and contains zero phosphates, solvents, dyes, and fragrances.

In addition to Carpet and Upholster Green Clean, we have access and use All-Surface Green Clean. This cleaning products is also pH neutral, contains not a single dye or fragrance, and is non-toxic and phosphate free. This chemical is volatile organic compound compliant and is rapidly biodegradable. 

Our final green product to introduce is Window Green Clean. This glass cleaner is pre-mixed with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking. It is environmentally friendly, volatile organic compound compliant, and has rapid biodegradable capabilities.

For more information about our green products, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website

As always, we are here 24/7 365 days a year to offer free advice and opinions. Don't hesitate to call us at 763-712-9712 to see how you can benefit from our services.

Be Prepared for a Power Outage

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

power outage diagram SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County professionals are available 24 hours/7 days a week and will respond quickly to a restoration emergency.

When electrical power goes out unexpectedly, it is considered a power outage. In today's society, it's hard to imagine functioning without any electricity. The tips below will help you be ready if you happen to lose access to power.

A power outage can:

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination
  • Force retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other service businesses to close
  • Disrupt communication, the ability to cook, use water, and utilize transportation options

How to Protect Yourself During a Power Outage

  • Limit the amount of time you open your freezers and refrigerators. By keeping the cold air trapped inside, you food will keep from spoiling. 
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home as this could lead to extensive fire damage.
  • If it is safe to travel, go to an alternate location for heat and cooling.
  • Fuel may become an issue - only use generators outdoors and away from windows if you absolutely need it.

Prepare for a power outage sooner rather than later. By taking inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity, you will be able to determine what is absolutely necessary in the time of a power outage. Ensure that you have flashlights with extra batteries, a thermometer in your refrigerator to monitor temperature, electrical equipment charged, and gas tanks full.

If you experience storm damage, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712. No matter what your situation, we are always "Here to help!"

Preparing for a Winter Storm

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

equipment used for storm damage SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the greater Twin Cities area.

What does a winter storm look like?

Winter storms create a higher risk for car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Minnesota is notorious for its frigid and snowy winter seasons. A winter winter storm has many faces and can last only a few hours or up to several days. A winter storm can cut off heat, power, and communication services and put older adults, children, and sick individuals at greater risk. Follow along the following tips to help protecting yourself from winter weather.

How do you protect yourself from winter weather?

As the old saying goes, "Proper preparation prevents poor performance."

Be highly aware of weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Be on the look out for emergency information and alerts and sign up for your local community's warning system.

Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Keep your tank closer to full than empty in the winter so that if you experience a breakdown, you're able to keep your car running for longer. Include jumper cables, sand in case you get stuck, an additional layer of clothing, water, and maybe a few snacks. 

Make a plan. Use a guide such as this one on Ready.gov to tailor your emergency plan and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. 

Prepare your home to keep out the frigid temperatures with proper insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. To avoid a water damage event like a burst frozen pipe, ensure that your property's insulation will suffice for your location and temperatures. 

In the event that you experience water damage for any reason such as a burst pipe, gutter blockage, or outside water sources, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County. We have the ability to quickly dispatch our 30 IICRC certified technicians and 15+ service vehicles to anywhere in the greater Twin Cities area. Call 763-712-9712 today!

Fire Evacuation Plan: Incorporating Pets

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage ceiling in fire damage home Pictured is a ceiling damaged by a raging fire. All 3 levels were affected after a fire broke out while a family was cooking.

Although not everyone may entirely agree... pets are family too! It is crucial for families to create a fire evacuation plan that they can quickly put into action in the event that there is an emergency. When you ensure that all members of your family understand what to do if a fire breaks out in your home, it decreases the need to take unnecessary risks and is a helpful tool to use in case of panic. Even if you do have to consider fire damage restoration in the aftermath, you will find excellent consolation knowing that you have created a plan to follow. In case of a fire emergency, the tips below will help you include every family member - even the ones with paws, wings, or scales!

Planning with Pets

Prepare an Emergency Food Kit

When a fire sparks in your home, you won't have time to think about how many cans of wet food to grab or be able to count out a sufficient amount of daily cups for your pet. By compiling these items beforehand, you will be able to grab and go, saving you precious time in a dangerous situation. Don't forget to pack water, bowls, doggy bags, potential litter. A spare collar with your animal's information wouldn't be a bad idea either!

Create a Form of Shelter

By putting your pet's emergency kit into a crate or some form of travel shelter, you won't have to think about grabbing multiple bags and forgetting the necessities. Even something as simple as a blanket will help keep your pet comfortable in a stressful situation like a fire.


Fire damage can sometimes make it impossible to return to your property until it is safe, which may take longer than you think. If you are unable to return to your home, you won't be able to access your pet's vital medication. A simple plastic bag will do the trick - just toss it in with your food and other essential materials.

Many people become extremely overwhelmed during and after a fire damage event. We know that coping with the aftermath can be confusing, scary, and just plain difficult. That's why we're always here to help whether you are in downtown St. Paul, Coon Rapids, Anoka County or anywhere in the greater Twin Cities area. Our team can assist you in every step of the way. 

IREM Minnesota's Men's Career Clothing Drive

11/20/2021 (Permalink)

Tierney with clothing on cart Here is Tierney with the huge haul of clothing they gathered during their trip around the south side of the Twin Cities.

Aimee and Tierney spent most of their day yesterday zipping around the Twin Cities gathering clothing for IREM Minnesota's Men's Career Clothing Drive. These articles of clothing are benefitting Ready for Success and the Sabathani Community Center! IREM is an international force of 20,000 individuals united to advance the profession of real estate management. IREM Minnesota has been an active organization within our communities and we feel very thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of it.

Ready for Success

Ready for Success serves women and men with lower incomes by providing professional clothing and accessories needed to secure employment with confidence. For more information about Ready for Success, follow this link: https://www.ppl-inc.org/readyforsuccess 

Sabathani Community Center

The Sabathani Community Center is a grassroots effort that provides a place where residents can gather in a welcoming environment, fellowship, building community, conduct business, and receive programs and services that move people forward. For more information about the Sabathani Community Center, follow this link: https://sabathani.org/

Shakopee Career Expo - On Fire!

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

aimee and tierney hosting a booth at the shakopee career expo Here are Aimee and Tierney with their fully setup table with freebies and informational flyers!

Getting Involved

Shakopee High School, through the Academies of Shakopee, hosted the 2021 Career Expo this November! The Career Expo is a free annual event for high school students and community partners alike, serving as an opportunity for students to learn about occupations and businesses, and partners to provide information on their industries and companies. The Expo also serves as an opportunity for employers/partners and students to discuss future internship and career/job openings.

Aimee and Tierney had an awesome time being a part of the Shakopee High School Career Expo. with a focus on fire damage, these two were able to share finer details about the processes of our company with prospective employees. Although most students are currently too young to be hired, it gives them a golden opportunity in the future.

Aimee and Tierney were asked questions ranging from simple processes to detailed methods of fire damage restoration. Some examples include:

  • How long does fire damage restoration take?
  • Is fire damage cleanup a dangerous process?
  • How many people does it take to clean up after fire damage?
  • What products do you use to clean soot damage?
  • What is the most difficult part about smoke damage cleanup?

We promise you - that list barely scratches the surface!

Overall, the opportunity to engage students and inform them about how our company works was a blast! We're very fortunate to be able to educate anyone at any age about the restoration industry.

Do you have more questions about our company? Give us a call today!

Fire Damage DOES Happen in Winter - Let Us Help!

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Believe it or not, fire damage occurs more often during the winter months. Many homeowners will light their chimneys, cook out, and crank up the thermostat when the temperature drops. In the event of fire damage, timely mitigation is the best way to reduce your fire damage costs. We know that restoration is virtually a requirement after fire damage occurs, but how about measures to prevent fire damage? Look no further!

Main Fire Hazards

Holiday Lights - for those of us who put up holiday lights right after Halloween (Thanksgiving, who?), your home's holiday lights might become hazardous. While hanging up your lights, be sure to double-check any wires or bulbs that might become hazardous. 

Electronics - technology is always advancing and you might receive a fancy new piece of electronics for the holidays. Untested electronics are a major fire hazard and every single year people light up their living rooms with more than their Christmas tree. 

The Holiday Tree - Speaking of trees.... many people begin their holiday season with a bushy, green, pine-smelling bunch of branches. However, as time goes on, these supple branches die and can become a nasty problem (and we're not talking about the cleanup). Be sure your tree is properly watered, at least a couple feet away from an outlet, and for Pete's sake don't put any candles nearby!

Holiday's never stop our fire restoration services!

Here at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, even if it is the holiday season, we are still faster to any sized disaster! The fire department will have to put our your fire, but we will zip in immediately after it is safe to handle deeper restorations. As your local water damage and fire damage company, we can handle it all! From start to finish (yes that means reconstruction services, too!), we're here to help. Call 763-712-9712 today with any questions about our services.

A Quick Lesson About Fire Damage

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

the fire triangle: oxygen, heat, fuel The fire triangle illustrates the three elements a fire needs to ignite: heat, fuel, and an oxidizing agent.

A Little Lesson About Fire

When the leaves begin to fall and snowflakes begin to flurry around, people begin to dread the cold weather. "Time to crank up the heat!" As much as we adore our HVAC heating systems and indoor fireplaces, it is important to be cognizant of the hazards of fires.

Each year, from 2017 to 2019, there was an estimated average of 106,700 multifamily residential building fires. These fires results in 400 deaths, 3,875 injuries, and over $1.7 billion dollars in property losses. Wow!

It is important to be aware of the obvious concerns like avoiding crowding your furnace or keeping things by an open flame, but it is important to consider other threats. Cooking (around 74%) was the leading cause of multifamily residential building homes. In addition to cooking, cooking areas and kitchens were the primary areas of origin for non-confined multifamily residential building fires. Holiday lights are also on the list! Be aware of how many cords you're plugging into an extension cord.

24/7 Fire Restoration Services

Our certified technicians are on the clock 24 hours a day, seven days a week year round. Even though multifamily residential building fires occur most commonly from 4pm-9pm, you could be in the 3% that occur at 1am. In that case, we are the ones to call! Once the firefighters take care of business, we will follow with the water damage and fire damage mitigation steps.

If your property has been affected by fire damage, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County today at 763-712-9712. We're here to service Coon Rapids, Anoka County, and the greater Twin Cities area in general. We're always "Here to Help!"


Your Local Water Damage Repair Company

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

water damage daily departure in living room Here is an instance where we had to remove drywall that was damaged by intruding water.

Water Damage Restoration

When you have a water damage event on your property, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County will respond quickly to prevent further damage and begin the water repair and restoration process.

Water damage is caused by intruding water that attacks materials, creating rotting wood, microbial growth, bacterial growth, rusting of steel, swelling of wood, and de-lamination of materials like carpet and plywood. 

Originating from a wide variety of sources like a dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow, broken and leaking pipes, flooding, and building envelope failures, 13.7% of all water used in a home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks.

Small Hole, Massive Problem

On average, each home in the United States will waste approximately 10,000 gallons of water. per year For example, a tiny 1/8th inch hole in a pipe can release almost 250 gallons of water per day. This scary statistic alone should be enough reasoning as to why you should replace any worn pipe fittings and hose connections to all household appliances that use water at least once per year.

Following Procedure

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is one of the main certifying bodies that regulates and educates our technicians on water damage restoration procedures. Although every water damage event is different, the water damage restoration steps are often the same. To review how we handle water damage restoration, check out our process here.

Why choose SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County ?

First, our customer-focused professionals will assess the water damage to your property. Afterwards, our top-notch people will help ensure that you understand the severity of the damage so that you are able to make the best decisions for the restoration of your home.

Whatever size the water damage is to your property, we have the equipment to deal with it. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712 for our 24/7 services.

Prepare Your Furnace for Winter!

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

We're back in full swing for school, the leaves are dropping like flies, and your Starbucks Pumpkin flavored beverage is only doing so much to stave off the morning chill. It's that dreaded time of year again: turning your HVAC system from "Cool" to "Heat." Take a quick moment to check the following list to be sure that your furnace is good to go for the upcoming winter and dropping temperatures.

Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

  1. Change your air filters. More than likely, you have air filters behind a vent grill in a wall or ceiling, or potentially a single filter in the HVAC system itself. By cleaning or replacing your filter, you will keep nasty particles out of you HVAC system and the air that you breathe in general will be cleaner.
  2. Clean the heat exchanger. By hiring a trained professional, your heat exchanger should be brushed and vacuumed out annually. Why? The technician will check for cracks or damages that could lead to a dangerous carbon monoxide leak. 
  3. Inspect your carbon monoxide detectors. Just like your fire detectors, you should be routinely inspecting and replacing your carbon monoxide detectors. These alarms will help protect you from the "silent killer."
  4. Remove any items you have stored near your furnace. Especially the flammable ones! It is extremely dangerous to congest your furnace with items, particularly anything that is likely to catch fire. Remove any items that are sitting on top or in front of your air vents, too.
  5. Inspect the exhaust flue that is outside. Surprisingly enough, you might have a smart animal that has built a nest in your flue or a tree that has grown just a little too much and is now blocking the way. Clear any obstruction to ensure that your HVAC system can work properly.

If you have any issues with these tips, don't be afraid to contact your local HVAC professional. It'll always be better to prepare than to deal with fire damage later. If fire damage occurs in your home, don't hesitate to call us! We're here to help all day every day!

How cool is our Storm Team?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

storm team The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.

Calling Storm Team Wilson!

From August 26th to September 4th, 2021 Hurricane Ida ravaged the state of Louisiana. It became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana, right behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It caused roughly $65.25 billion in damages and is considered the fourth-costliest Atlantic Hurricane in the United States.

How do you even begin to combat all of that damage?

Have no fear, SERVPRO is here! One of the most amazing things about our network of franchises is that we are able to compile our skills and abilities together to create a super team. Franchises from all over the United States came together to send out equipment and technicians to begin remediating this vast amount of storm damage.

Two of our technicians, Tucker and Jordan, were down in Louisiana for multiple weeks estimating and completing mitigation work for a small portion of the millions of lives that were affected. Tucker and Jordan spent a countless hours working through unsettling situations to help bring people's lives back to some sense of normalcy.

From inches of snow to downed trees to severe flooding, our Storm Team foes it all! We are extremely proud to send crew members to join forces with other SERVPRO professionals across the nation when severe weather elsewhere brings devastation. 

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services locally and state-wide. If you're in need of services, call us today at 763-712-9712!

Meet Aimee Morris: Director of Client Services

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

aimee morris in commercial restoration Aimee Morris - Director of Client Services

Our Newest Beacon of Light: Aimee Morris

Earlier this year we were very lucky to welcome Aimee Morris to our Commercial Account division. Aimee was exactly what we needed! With over 15 years experience in the restoration industry, Aimee's all-around knowledge of the industry has been a great asset for us.

We swear Aimee has eyes on every angle of the company. She manages all aspects of commercial accounts so you can be guaranteed that you, as a client, will have seamless communication throughout your whole project. She works with your scheduling, provides rapid updates, and ensure that our team members stay on track so that projects are finished in an efficient manner.

Aimee enjoys grabbing coffee with current and prospective clients. She always has a shimmering shining smile and really wants to get to know what your needs are as a customer. Whether it takes a phone call, email, or connection through LinkedIn, Aimee is always open for communication. As a company, we strive to hold a genuine valuable relationship with the people that we work with. It is important that you know that if you have any questions regarding your project that you reach out to us or Aimee immediately, that way we can keep your project on track. 

You can depend on Aimee and our technicians to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine bright again. Give us a call at 763-712-9712 today and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Put a Halt to Water Damage

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in bedroom Whether you live near Lake Minnetonka, in the urban areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, or in surrounding communities, we can help!

Traveling Water Damage

When your property faces water damage, it can be an eye-opening experience. The effects of water damage can be extremely daunting as the building's materials and your personal contents are being soaked from the water. In this blog, you will discover that three are steps that you can take in order to minimize the amount of water damage that will occur.

Follow these water damage cleanup steps:

Eradicate the source of the water.

  • Although this is seemingly obvious, many people will panic when they see flooding water on their property. Before you move on to any of the next steps, you need to complete this one first, without a doubt. Sometimes the source of the water isn't obvious and you will have to search around your property for a burst pipe, a broken water heater, or even a blocked gutter.

Remove as much water as possible.

  • Make sure that the water is not contaminated before trying to extract the water! If the water is dirty (sewage, flood water, or has been sitting for a long period of time) you should always wait for a water restoration professional to avoid illness. If there are only a few inches on the floor, you can use whatever tools you have available to clean it up. 

Separate all personal items from the affected areas.

  • To prevent your personal belongings from suffering water damage, remove all materials that not are not attached to the floors or the walls. Make certain that you are grabbing any porous materials like wood, fabrics, and paper because they pose the highest risk for permanent damage.

Get those fans movin'!

  • One of the most important parts of the drying process is to remove as much moisture from the air as possible. You can use any dehumidifiers or large fans in addition to opening windows as long as the outside conditions will allow for proper drying. By keeping the air circulating, you will prevent bacterial growth and promote drying.

If you are unable to perform any of these functions yourself, give us a call! We're professionally trained and always ready for anything!

Choose SERVPRO for Your Construction Needs!

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

construction services provider If you’ve had damage to your home or just want to remodel, we have everything you need to complete your home construction project.

Experienced Construction and Restoration Specialists

When you experience fire damage, water damage, or storm damage, the last thing you want to worry about is managing the clean up and contacting multiple repair crews for your property. Here at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we are your one-stop shop for residential construction and commercial construction!

It can be a hassle to deal with a multitude of home construction companies near you - so let us take the pressure off of your shoulders! We are licensed contractors throughout the state of Minnesota and believe in delivering quality workmanship to make your property look "Like it never even happened."

Why choose SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County for Home Restoration?

We understand that their will always be a concern regarding the cost of construction services. By utilizing our services, we will handle:

  • Managing the Construction Plan and Timeline
  • Weekly updates regarding your personalized plan and completed work
  • Material selections and ordering of goods
  • Insurance Claims process

Because we are a one-stop shop, you will have seamless communication with one of our project managers who will be your advocate from start to finish. In addition to having a dedicated project manager, your property restoration will go much quicker due to our ability to coordinate construction work as mitigation is being completed. Throughout each phase in our construction process your participation in making certain decisions about your plan will have an impact on cost and schedule, but we will help you along every step of the way.

What services do we provide?

Our list of services goes on and on and on - it seems to be never ending. Click here to view most of our services or see below for a few examples:

  • Board Up
  • Drywall
  • Electrical
  • Flooring Repair and Installation
  • Painting Services
  • Framing
  • ....and so much more!

When disaster hits your property, do the right thing and call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712! You won't regret the excellence of our construction services!

Limiting the Chances of a Furnace Fire

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

furnace in a home Reduce the chances of a furnace fire!

The National Fire Protection Association claims that more than one in six home fires originate from heating equipment, which is the second most common cause of a fire behind cooking. Even though a large majority of these pieces of heating equipment are space heaters or fire places, one out of every ten starts with a central heating system.

Follow the tips below to minimize your chances for a furnace fire!

  • Have your furnace serviced - Prior to the cold season, hire a professional to inspect your equipment to ensure your furnace is working properly.
  • Replace the air filter - You should replace your filter every month or so, depending on the manufacturer's specifications. Furnace filters help prevent air contamination in your home.
  • Check and clean air vents and ducts - it's as simple as getting out your vacuum and removing the dust in your vents and ducts. We know this job can suckso you can always hire a professional!
  • Inspect the exhaust vent - Ensure that your exhaust vent is clear from any obstruction such as a rodent's nest, leaves, or snow. 
  • Remove items from around the furnace - if there are flammable items near a flame, need we say more? Clear the area of all flammable objects. 

When winterizing your home or preparing for cold season, your furnace should be on the list! All of these maintenance tasks can be complete in just a few hours. If you're not comfortable with any of these processes, call a professional! For professional fire, water, and mold remediation services, give us a jingle at 763-712-4837!

Content Cleaning: What is it and how do we do it?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

before and after of a fire damage toy Here is an example of a kid's toy that was damaged by a fire and then cleaned by our certified technicians.

As one of the top SERVPRO franchises in Minnesota, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is there to help you when everything has been turned upside down by fire damage. When your property has been ravaged by flames, many important belongings and documents can be severely damaged by flames, soot, and smoke odors. With our expansive cleaning capabilities, we are able to salvage many of your items and restore them to make it look "Like it never even happened." By doing this, we can save you money by restoring your contents instead of having to replace them.

Packing Out the Contents

The first thing to do after you experience fire damage is to assess the entire property for damage. By assessing the damage, we will be able to figure out what our next steps are regarding cleaning your personal belongings. Our certified technicians will determine whether or not the items are salvageable, they will take photos of all of the contents, they will take inventory of items that are restorable, and then we will safely and carefully pack up all of the items to be moved. Once boxed up, the items will be labeled by name and stored in our 18,000 square foot warehouse in climate-controlled vault storage.

The Cleaning

Once the contents have been safely moved to our warehouse, they are brought into our cleaning room where our certified technicians will dictate the best method of cleaning. They will determine the best path of cleaning based on several factors:

  • Are they hard or soft contents?
  • Do they need to be hand washed or machine washed?
  • What sort of chemical can be used that won't damage the material?

Hard contents, such as dishes, vases, and other sturdy objects will be cleaned in machines like  ultrasonic equipment and deodorizers for smoke odor. For objects that cannot handle the harshness of an automated machine, we will hand-clean the item with environmentally-friendly degreaser or odor counteractants.

Moving Back Home

After our technicians mitigate the fire damage and our reconstruction division repairs your property back to normal, our team will pack up your contents and send them to your home. With your fire damaged contents repair back to normal, you can enjoy living life the way it was prior to your properties' fire.

If you find yourself in need of water or fire damage mitigation, content cleaning, or reconstruction services, give us a ring today at 763-712-9712. We service Coon Rapids, Central Anoka County, and the greater Twin Cities Area (Minneapolis and St. Paul).

Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

daily departure photo of rooms with fans after water damage has occurred, Here is a daily departure photo of rooms with fans after water damage has occurred,

Water damage is one of the most common structural damage problems home and business owners have to deal with. Unlike other types of damage, which tend to be sudden and easy to notice, water damage usually happens slowly over time and is not noticeable until it's too late. However, some types of water damage, such as those from hurricanes and thunderstorms, can occur very quickly with disastrous results.

If you want to make sure that you never have to call for a water damage restoration company near you, it's best to prepare your property for water damage before disaster strikes.

The easiest way to avoid having to call an excellent water damage restoration company such as ours is to try to avoid water damage altogether. Although this can be a tall order, especially within storm season, that gives you all the more reason to be prepared.

4 Essential Water Damage Prevention Practices:

Fix and renovate your plumbing.

Most people associate water damage with thunderstorms and hurricanes, when in reality, the real problem is bad plumbing. Whether it's a new but poorly constructed building or an older building that has had no plumbing renovation in decades - a water pipe burst in a house can wreak havoc either way. Updating your plumbing can be as simple as starting with the hoses and faucets and then you can move on to the seals and pipes.

Take care of your building's exterior structure.

Storms and other disastrous weather conditions are a primary task for water restoration companies. To avoid having to deal with the consequences of a weather disaster, it is crucial to renovate your building's exterior by:

  • Caulking and sealing windows
  • Installing impact windows
  • Replace missing or damage shingles on your roof
  • Clean downspouts and install gutter guards
  • Repair outside walls if they are not fully sealed

Prevent water seepage by resealing your basement.

Basement water damage restoration is extremely common for our business. It is an extremely common area or water seepage to occur. Routinely check for cracks in the building's foundation and floor slabs - make it an effort to reseal them. Be sure to install backwater valves to your sewage system to help avoid sewer backup.

Keep your eyes peeled for mold growth.

Mold is not only caused by water damage, but it also causes further water damage by eroding your building's foundation. Check for mold growth in your basement, crawlspace, and roof to make sure that your structure is in superior condition.

If you are unsure whether or not you have water damage or mold damage, we are a water damage restoration resource for you. Give us a call at 763-712-9712 with any of your needs.

What to do when you wonder: What's the best water damage restoration company near me?

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

testimonial from a client Here is a recent testimonial from a client.

If you've ever question what water damage restoration company is the best near you, look no further! We at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County are experts in the industry! We take pride in constantly updating our cleanup and restoration services, ensuring that all of our technicians are properly trained and educated, and every job that we take we put our reputation on the line to show our Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County community why they should use us in their time of crisis.

Here's what to do when you're thinking: What's the best water damage restoration company near me?

Call us at 763-712-9712!


SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is the name you can trust for all of your residential and commercial water damage restoration needs due to our dedication and commitment to excellence and training. Every member of our team has undergone extensive SERVPRO training, continuing education courses, and many have achieve certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

One team, one dream.

The "One Team" mentality has been at the epicenter of the SERVPRO brand since he beginning of time...

"“And that’s where SERVPRO comes in... a TEAM of specialists highly trained in cleanup and care... quietly taking to the streets, every hour of every day. Proving that wherever there’s a house full of water or an office filled with smoke there’s also a van full of clean. Piloted by men and women devoted to turning back the tide of uncertainty... developing a plan. Laying out expectations. Moving quickly. Executing flawlessly. And all the while remembering that no disaster is small, especially when it’s yours.”

From start to finish, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is here to help.

We are committed to providing high quality work and thorough communication with the utmost integrity. This commitment is what sets us apart and allows us to make our slogan "Like it never even happened," a reality for you and your property after damage occurs. 

When you ask yourself, "What is the best water damage restoration company near me?" Look no further! We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year! 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

The fire damage restoration process includes the removal of soot residues from various surfaces and materials. Depending on the severity of the fire, the soot that remains can be drastically different from one fire to the next.

Fires that give off smoke produce smoke-filled residues and soot. When smoke is released into the air when various materials are decomposing, the soot is in the form of suspended particles, gases, and aerosols.

The fire damage restoration process is dependent on what types of residue is on the material. Different cleaning and restoration methods will be used for each residue.

  1. Cleaning Dry Smoke Residue
  2. Cleaning Wet Smoke Residue
  3. Protein Residue
  4. Fuel Oil Soot Residue

During a fire, soot and smoke particles love to settle on and adhere to any surface they can get their hands on. Our fire damage restoration process is top-notch and means we have the capability to remove and clean these residues. Put confidence in your local professionals that provide you with the best fire restoration services available!

How To Tell If Water Damage Is Old

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

As water damage restoration experts, we understand the issues that water damage presents, especially when it isn't in your sight. When discovered, water spots are clues that indicate a leaky pipe or condensation that is generating the problem.

Even though it impossible to know exactly how long your water damage issues have lingered, there are steps you can take to tell if your water damage is old or new.

Steps to Determining if your Water Damage is Old

  1. Review the history of the house. As soon as water spots are discovered, take note of when you found them. IT's important to recognize and understand what is new and what is old because smaller leaks can take months to appear.
  2. Touch the water spot. Water damage drywall or a water damage ceiling spot will be mushy and squishy since the material will have soaked up a fair amount of water. A newer spot will be wet, but the drywall and ceiling will remain strong.
  3. Examine the materials. It's important to know what materials your walls and ceilings are composed of because thick paint or tiles can trap water. If this is the circumstance, even a small spot where there is water damage can indicate that it has been around for awhile. 

Are you still unsure how to tell if water damage is old or new? Give us a call today!

As your local water damage repair company, we can fix drywall water damage! For all of your water damage restoration needs, get in touch with us. When there's a lea that you cannot detect, it is crucial to contact an expert like us! Call 763-712-9712 now!

Full Service Restoration - We do it all!

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

before and after photo of a living room and stairwell Here is an example of our Reconstruction capabilities. From water mitigation to the living room remodeling, we took care of the work end to end.

One thing about SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County that sets us apart from other local restoration companies is the fact that we have an in-house reconstruction team! Our team is highly skilled and able to do everything from a simple painting to performing an entire remodel.

What does this mean for you?

Keeping the cost at a minimum for our clients, our overall price won't have any additional subcontractor fees or bills attached to it! We are a local franchise that stands by the idea that we are committed to providing quality work and communication with the utmost integrity. 

This commitment is what distinguishes us from others and allows us to make our slogan "Like it never even happened," a reality for you and your property after damage occurs.

Take a peek at our services:

  • Flooring: Carpet/Tile
  • Painting
  • Siding/Roofing
  • Drywall/Ceiling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC/Air Ducts
  • Kitchen/Cabinets
  • Carpentry/Framing
  • Structural Repairs
  • Windows/Doors
  • Exterior Finishing

For any of your reconstruction needs, questions, or concerns, contact Jeff at 952-270-0603.

First Golf Event in Over a Year!

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Aimee, Tierney, and Scott at the IREM tournament Aimee, Tierney, and Scott at their booth.

Last week Scott (Owner), Aimee (Director of Client Services), and Tierney (Marketing Specialist) hosted a booth at the IREM Minnesota Chapter Golf Tournament!

What a day it was! With a heat advisory for 4 straight days and not a single cloud in the sky, Aimee, Scott, and Tierney took on a long day in the heat.

Our infamous "What the Duck?!" game was a hit. The goal of the game was to avoid the only duck without a number, which we called the Ugly Duckling. If you successfully grabbed a 1, 2, or 3, you were entered into a raffle for lunch for your office, a $100 Visa gift card, or both!

Community involvement is one of our passions and it has been way too long since we were able to go out and about with familiar faces. Despite the last year, everyone was in high spirits to converse and get back into the swing of things.

Being involved with an association like IREM reminds us of the importance of making a difference in the careers of those who manage and are being managed. Through professional development events and collaboration with various business, IREM sets the stage for opening doors, forging connections, and showing the way forward.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County Mold Remediation: Mold versus Mildew

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth in coon rapids home An example of growth behind baseboards after water damage/

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. That's where we come in!

How can you tell the difference between mold and mildew?

Primarily mildew is a plant disease but it can thrive on any organic matter, not just living tissue. It can appear on clothing, leather, paper, walls, ceilings, floor and even on your shower wall. It usually grows in a flat pattern in a white, gray or yellowish color. It will turn brown or black over time.

Mold is usually fuzzy and appears in irregular shaped spots. It also can appear in many different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black, or white. Mold grows on organic matter everywhere but is only visible once the colonies grow.

How can you test the affected area to see if it is mildew or mold?

If you are unsure of what the substance is within the affected area, you can easily have it tested. The best course of action is to ask for professional assistance (like us!), but you can also fairly easily identify whether it is mildew or mold with a little bit of household bleach.

1. Apply a few drops of bleach to the affected area.

2. Wait 5 minutes and inspect the spot.

3. If the affected area becomes lighter, you are more than likely dealing with mildew. If the spot remains dark, it is most likely mold.

Who do you call when you think you've got mold?

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, that's who!

If you suspect that your Coon Rapids home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect, assess and remediate your property. Call 952-473-4837 with any questions or concerns. 

Storm Damage: We're The Ones To Call

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

A sign the says 24/7 We're here for you and "Ready for Any Size Disaster." Call today!

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County's Disaster Recovery Team is dedicated to helping customers who have experienced tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood damage. Much like our local production teams, the Disaster Recovery Team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Always prepared for the unpredictable, this team is ready to travel wherever necessary to help those in need.

According to the SERVPRO corporate website, "The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster." We are proud to participate on this team!

When a large loss occurs, regardless of the type of disaster, we will send a commercial Production Manager (or a few) with a production crew with trucks full of appropriate equipment. These Production Managers ensure that there is seamless communication and timely mitigation during the chaos of the loss.

To be invited to participate on a Disaster Recovery Team, a franchise must be in compliance of all corporate Storm Team requirements and then accept the invitation when a storm event requires our services. 

At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we pride our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. We are proud to be a part of this prestigious team and help any community during the most devastating of times.

A Leader in the Twin Cities' Disaster Recovery

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

coon rapids water damage ad Call 763-712-9712 to schedule a swift evaluation of any water loss.

Water damage in your residence can stem from many different sources. Most common are everyday accidents and malfunctions like overflowing tubs, leaks in plumbing, or appliance breakdowns. Sometimes these present as significant crises like a burst supply pipe or water spraying from a broken hose connection on a washer. Other times the water incursion seems minor but builds in intensity over time, like tiny cracks in plastic conduit or a gap in caulking around a shower or sink. Our crews are ready to respond regardless of the cause, why we are well-positioned to help.

We Have Met the Challenge Before

Coping with water cleanup in your Minneapolis home can feel overwhelming. Whether you face gallons of water all at one time or discover hidden damage due to a slower leak, it is difficult knowing what to do first, much less completing a water removal and drying project. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians bring many combined years of experience to every job. Although each water loss is unique, our familiarity with water cleanup industry best practices over a range of different circumstances is why we are prepared to manage nearly any water event confidently and skillfully.

We Arrive with Necessary Equipment

Our team can assess your water cleanup needs quickly and develop a recovery plan that is both practical and efficient. We enhance of success of our efforts by traveling to your site with fully stocked service vehicles, avoiding any delay in the implementation of the project agenda. An extensive inventory of commercial-grade pumps and extractors, along with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers, are why SERVPRO crews begin work immediately. Fast, professional action is the most reliable indicator of a successful outcome after water incursion.

We Remain Available After the Work Is Done

Customer satisfaction depends on both expertly planned and completed projects and responsiveness now and in the future. Our commitment to the community is why SERVPRO stands out among water cleanup contractors. We stand behind our work and intend to be here, helping area residents for decades to come.

Fast and effective damage recovery is our mission, why SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County offers reliable, professional residential water cleanup services 24/7. Call 763-712-9712 to schedule a swift evaluation of any water loss.

Providing Better Service with Continuing Education Courses

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

ethics CE course information CE Course Information

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County offers both credit and non-credit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and Real Estate professionals. Our offered Continuing Education (CE) Courses provide you and your employees with information that will allow you to better service your customers.

These programs are designed to improve the knowledge of your staff regarding emergency mitigation. Our franchise has held Continuing Education Courses on various topics including:

  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminars
  • The Hazards of Hoarding

Our upcoming CE Course will be on Wednesday, May 26th at the Chaska Event Center.

"An Examination of Ethics in the Insurance Industry"

The premise for this ethics course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged. Each and every day we are faced with decisions that could cause harm to others or ourselves. Facing ethical decisions can be very difficult, especially when we make decisions that may seem correct at first, but we later find out were not so great. As we explore what "Ethics" is, you will be challenged to become involved in group activities. The group activities will help reinforce what has been learned, as well as increase your ability to better deal with ethical decision-making in your own life.

For reservations, click on this link. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Weber at ryanw@SERVPRO10278.com or give him a call at 612-751-5597. 

Plugging Your Water Damage Questions

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

leaking pipe causing water damage From our state of the art 18,000 square foot facility in Minnetonka, we have the ability to quickly dispatch our 30 IICRC Certified Technicians.

When water damages residential and commercial properties in our area, property owners have a lot of questions.

Here are the answers to your burning questions about water damage restoration.

What happens when water floods my home or business?

Once drywall comes in contact with water it begins to sag and disintegrate. If the water is not contained quickly and in a proper manner, the wood will begin to swell. The more time that water is spent within the contents of your home, the more likely your hardwood floors will buckle and warp. 

Why do I need to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County? I already wiped up the water myself.

If your property was flooded with water the most important issue to address is the water that you can't see, not the water that you wiped up in the middle of your floor. Mold and mildew love to grow in the dark cavities of your home. To prevent future health and structural problems, call 763-712-9712 and leave it to the experts.

How does a professional water damage restoration contractor handle water differently than I would?

Your normal household fan and towels won't cut it when there's been excessive water damage. We use specialized industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to handle water after a flood. Our advanced technology will be placed in a precise manner, drying drying your property out as fast as possible. 

How long does it take to dry my home or business?

The answer varies with every different situation. The type of water damage, the extent of the damage, how long the water was at the property, and the material that was effected. Typically water damage takes 2-3 days to dry, but if the materials have been exposed for a long period of time there may be other issues!

Is it okay to leave the equipment running all day every day? 

Without a doubt! Our equipment was created to run for extended periods of time without causing any safety problems. The equipment is placed in a precise location according to our moisture mapping - do not move it!

Do I have to use the restoration company the insurance company recommends?

No way! You are free to hire whoever you want, you absolutely do not have to use what they recommend. 

Why hire us? Once we have the information about the claim you make, we will communicate directly with your insurance agent. This way you'll be able to worry less - we know you've already experienced enough hassle.

Residential and Commercial Restoration

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is close by and ready to respond to your cleaning or restoration needs. We are proud to be an active member of the Coon Rapids community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – 763-712-9712

Handling Your Fire Damage Faster Than Ever!

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

flames We will clean belongings, furniture, keepsakes, clothes and anything else in your house that makes it your home.

How does SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County determine what to do with smoke damaged items?

Fire damage is an intriguing issue because temperature, whether the fire is smoldering or blazing, affects necessary cleanup measures differently.  Similarly to water damage, smoke odor and particles can easily penetrate any crack and crevice on your property. If these particles are not handled in a proper manner, the smoke odor has the potential to stick around for months after a fire. Proper cleaning, immediate odor neutralizing efforts, proper ventilation, and consistent debris removal efforts are critical to saving as many of your belongings as possible. Timing is the most crucial component of successful smoke remediation. 

Are you running out of time?

The IICRC, a global leader in all types of remediation, identifies these time windows:

  1. Within minutes: Porous materials and synthetics must be immediately addressed to prevent permanent discoloration.
  2. Within hours to days: wooden furniture, flooring, painted walls, and clothing can become permanently stained. Metal surfaces will begin to rust, pit, and corrode which often requires refinishing or replacement.
  3. Within weeks: Prolonged soot exposure will embed itself in the fibers and surfaces resulting in a longer, more pricey restoration with a higher likelihood of replacement.

With our restore versus replace mentality, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County does everything within our capabilities to bring your items back to preloss conditions. 

Give us a call today at 763-712-9712 so we can help make your home disaster seem "Like it never even happened." 

You Can't Build a Strong Home on a Weak Foundation

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

cracking foundation in Central Anoka County We have staff on call 24/7 so whether it is the middle of the day or the middle of the night, we will have our team ready to help!

Foundation water damage weakens the structure of your home, causes cracks, bowed walls, and can be as extreme as causing your home to collapse.

Here's how to identify and address the early signs of foundation water damage:


Cracks may appear on both the interior and exterior of a home and are a tell-tale sign of foundation water problems. On the exterior, a few hairline cracks aren't normally a concern. It is important to be aware of horizontal cracks and stair-step cracks in block walls or corners. This may indicate serious structural damage and you should consult a water damage professional like SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County. 

Standing water in a basement or crawlspace.

Water in a basement could be an indication of a plumbing issue, however it could also mean that there is water seeping in through cracks in the foundation or gutter runoff. Either way, they're both causing issues and should be addressed immediately. Seeping water is a perfect host for mold growth and can weaken wooden support structures.

Windows and doors are jamming.

Excess water absorption in a building can cause frames to warp, which means that there is probably a waterproofing problem. Excess outside moisture can also cause your entire foundation to shift, leading to much bigger issues that will need to be addresses.

Mold Patches or Rotting Wood

As we've stated before, mold needs two things to grow: a source of moisture and organic material. If you can't spot the mold with your eyes, you'll without a doubt be able to smell the distinct mildew scent. Mold remediation should be enacted as quickly as possible once you discover mold. Mold could result from a crack or opening in the foundation that's allowing water to seep in.

Flooded soil.

If your gutters or other drainage systems are not doing their job properly, it can cause water to redirect back to your foundation instead of away from your house. If you see pools of water around your home, the wet soil will increase the likelihood that water will penetrate the foundation of your home.

It is important to keep track of your preventative maintenance on your home. Most importantly, if you suspect you have foundation water damage the best thing you can do is call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712.

Walking You Through the Fire Damage Remediation Process

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

assessing fire damage in Anoka County Over the past five years we have built a reputation as specialists in fire, smoke, soot and restoration of fire damaged homes.

When a devastating fire occurs in your home, it is hard to think ahead to the recovery process. You may not even know where to begin moving forward. Once the superficial signs of a fire are cleared away, you may still smell the smoke over the long term. Every fire is inherently different, but skilled professionals at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County can help you get to the bottom of the issue through a standard fire procedure.

The Beginning

Once emergency services (if required) take care of the worst of the fire damage, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County can come in and begin cleaning. After the smoke clears and the dust settles, our fire damage remediation specialists will move in. Depending on the type of damage presented from the fire, the technician will follow a standard procedure. 

Our technicians will carefully inspect the surrounding area and test the damaged sections to determine the extend of the damage. Our technicians always have a restore before replace mentality, ensuring that they will avoid anything that might exacerbate the damage. While they're inspecting and testing, they will walk you through the process in order to develop a plan.

Rising Action: Following a Plan

Depending on the severity of the fire damage, our technician will ensure the security of your property. If necessary, they will board up missing walls and windows, and set tarps around the roof of your home to maintain privacy.

Water removal is also an important next time. Many people don't realize that water damage appears almost at the same time as smoke damage. To rid the situation of water, our experts will set up dehumidifiers. 

After water has been removed, it'll be time to get to the brunt of the work. To avoid agitating troublesome particles within the damage area, the technician will remove smoke and soot damage with extreme care. A Decatur fire damage cleaning will take restorable items into account and odors will be fought with using fogging equipment and air scrubbers.

The Final Step

Once all of the major fire damage issues have been taken care of, in addition to the water damage and smoke and soot on your home's surface, we can begin the remaining minor repairs. Since we are a licensed contractor with the State of Minnesota, we can handle any building services that may be needed from replacing drywall and painting over a refurbished surface. 

Whether you need smoke damage remediated or entire sections of your home repaired after a destructive fire, we're ready to help 24/7. We will make it "Like it never happened." When you experience a fire in your home, call 763-712-9712. 

Mold Remediation: Signs of Mold

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold remediation and removal Coon Rapids We have all it takes to keep you satisfied and restore the indoor air quality of your home!

Mold is a problem and concern that any modern homeowner or property owner should be prepared to face. You may feel inclined to ignore a small spot of mold, but when you consider the health effects it can have on your home and environment, you know you need a solution. Our professional and certified mold remediation services around Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County ensure that you don't encounter mold in your house again - at least until the next flood or leak.

What is Mold Remediation/Removal?

Mold remediation is all the processes involved in restoring the mold spores level in your home. Remediation is the whole bang for your buck that not only removes current mold issues, but ensures that it will not grow again. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is certified to remove the physical mold that is present in addition to reducing airborne spores. 

Warning Signs of a Mold Problem

Mold is always present. Whether it is in the air, indoors, or outdoors, this fungus has been around for millions of years. When exposed to moisture, it feeds, expands, and releases mold spores into the air.

You might be asking yourself: "How will I know if there are unsafe levels of mold present?"

  • Mold has a variety of colors from black to white, although green and black see to be the most prevalent.
  • Mold has a nasty musty odor that signals its presence. If you notice an odd scent even after eliminating all other possibilities, mold testing will help you verify if you really have mold issues, if it is just a stain on the wall, or an odd smell.

If you find yourself wondering if that smell is your garbage or that spot on the wall is just dirt from the dog, consider your local mold remediation service and...


Our specialized technicians make use of modern equipment to carry out mold removal or remediation in Coon Rapids. There is no need to question who you go to when you're worried about mold. Call 763-712-9712 today with any questions or concerns.

General Facts about Water Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

home in Coon Rapids with water damage Over the past five years we have built a reputation as specialists in fire, smoke, soot and restoration of fire damaged homes.

No matter how hard you try, a water damage disaster is never 100% preventable. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County wants you to be as prepared as possible if a disaster takes place. Our expert technicians will walk you through every step along the way so that you are informed of everything going on in your home or commercial building.

5 Water Damage Facts

Minor existing leaks can lead to major problems.

Preventative maintenance may stop water damage accidents from occurring and if your plumbing is not properly maintained, your insurance may not cover the costs with general wear and tear. If you don't repair or keep an eye on your minor leaks, it may lead to extensive water damage.

Water contamination comes in three different types.

Set up by the IICRC, White water (category 1), Gray Water (category 2), and Black water (category 3) are the three varieties of water damage. 

White water comes from a sanitary source and poses no threat to people or animals.

Dirty water comes from places such as a washing machine or a dishwasher. There is some level on contamination within these machines that have the potential to harm animals or humans.

Black water is the most minacious of the categories because this category often results from flood water or sewage posing the largest threat to humans and animals.

Time is of the essence.

To no surprise, the longer that water is sitting in your home or commercial building, the more issues will arise. Water damage is extremely invasive and gives no care in the world about personal space. Seeping in the cracks and crevices, water that sits in one spot can damage drywall, mold and mildew may spread, and paint can blister. Call 763-712-9712 right away to address any issues you may have.

Once the standing water is gone, your problems aren't necessarily solved.

Moisture can hide within the walls, underneath floors, and hard to reach areas allowing the opportunity for mold to grow. Given the right circumstances, mold can grow as soon as 24-48 hours. It is pertinent that mold be taken care of right away as it can spread rapidly, causing an upward spike in your costs.

Different materials require different cleaning protocols.

Water damage can be tricky. Depending on the extent of the damage and the affected materials, not all items may be salvageable. Concrete and harder surfaces can normally be fixed whereas soaked drywall, ceiling tiles, and insulation may need to be tossed. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has a restore vs. replace mentality to lower your overall costs.

For any of your water damage questions, comments, or concerns call us today at 763-712-9712. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County will make it "Like it never even happened." 

By the Book: Following Mold Standards

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage in Coon Rapids home We have a team of trained technicians who are certified by the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation.

Running a business in Coon Rapids and within Central Anoka County means that you often will have busy days on the go and a wide variety of tasks to complete. As a property owner it may be easy to focus on the work, but it is also essential to ensure that the property itself isn't neglected. If a musty odor or visible fungal growth appears, it will take more than a simple household product to clean it. There are industry-wise mold remediation standards established by the EPA, OSHA, and the IICRC that need to be addressed and followed to ensure the problem is properly taken care of. 

Following Mold Standards Guarantees Proper Cleanup

Eliminating Mold

In a similar fashion to water, fire, and storm damage, a mold remediation plan will be different in every unique case. If the area effected by mold is under ten square feet, minimal repairs are needed. However, if mold is not taken care of in a timely manner, it can spread quickly and in vast amounts. Determining the mold standards that will need to be implemented include:

  • Location of the mold
  • Size of the growth
  • Duration the building materials have been wet
  • Presence of visible moisture damage

Professional Help

Placing your property in the hands of a certified mold remediation and restoration professional is principal for your property. At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we combine the top of the line technologies with our industrial strength equipment. Not only are we capable of mold remediation but if the damages are great enough to cause demolition, we are capable of rebuild as well. 

When an unwanted mold problem knocks on your door, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712. Choosing a professional who is highly certified on mold remediation and cleaning processes will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO: Who is the best Storm Damage Company?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

alarm clock with a 24/7 time Please call us if there is anything we can do to help - even if it is just to answer questions!

When it comes to your search for Storm Damage Cleanup in Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, the search should start and end at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County. Before you make your call to our trusted expert technicians, take a peek at what we offer that is head and shoulders above what you will find in the area.

The Speed of Our Service

The first 24-48 hours after a storm is critical for conducting an assessment of your storm damage repair needs. When you choose SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, you know you’re getting access to a team of highly trained individuals that are available 24/7 to service your storm restoration needs.

Our Restoration Process

Once we have completed the water removal of your property, we’ll begin working on the restoration process. We’ll restore your property to the condition it was in before the damage occurred, whether that entails minor repairs (like replacing drywall or installing new carpeting) or major ones (like reconstructing parts of your property).

A Wide Variety of Resources At Our Disposal

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO. Whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood, the SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Contacting the Best Storm Damage Company

When it comes to storm damage repairs, the only way to get the job done right the first time is to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County at 763-712-9712. Just one phone call can set you up to get your property back into pre-storm shape quickly, helping you save potentially thousands of dollars and rest easier at night knowing that you’re in good hands.

Flood damage has affected my home, now what?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

living room with knee deep water The team at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has been restoring homes and business affected by flooding and water damage for over 20 years.

Every water damage situation is different. From the amount of water that causes the damages to the level of contamination that's in the water, each scenario requires a unique solution.

Before Help Arrives:

If you're unsure of what to do while waiting for help to arrive, check out our water tips. 

Immediately after the water damage event, your primary focus should be to ensure that you are safe. Electrical and slip and fall hazards are one of the most prevalent concerns. When materials become wet they can become very heavy, know your limits and capabilities. 

After Flooding:

Remove excess water by mopping and blotting. It's important to get the water removed as quickly as possible to limit the amount of water that gets soaked into vulnerable materials.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. This will prevent water from soaking up into furniture, which could potentially save the furniture.

Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting. by separating the materials, the chance that the colors from the rug will bleed into the carpeting are eliminated.

What Not To Do After Flooding

Don't use your household vacuum to remove water. There are specialized vacuums and water removing equipment to handle the sucking up of water, your normal home vacuum will not do.

Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floods. Not only will the item that you leave on the floor be affected by the water, but there is a chance that the coloring of the material will stain the carpet. 

Do not use your television or other household appliances. If the water has seeped into the walls or other various locations where wires are present, you should ensure that the area is dry before using any electronics. 

Have a water damage emergency? Call 763-712-9712

Importance of Smoke Alarms

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

hand reaching for a smoke alarm A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Smoke alarms can only save lives if they are properly maintained and in good working condition. They are an important part of safety in a home because a smoke detector will automatically identify and warn you of the presence of smoke. 

Perform Proper Maintenance!

How do smoke detectors work?

There are two common types of smoke detectors: photoelectric and ionization. The photoelectric sensors use a beam of light to recognize smoke. The beam will be shot in a straight line when there is no smoke and will scatter when smoke hits, signaling the alarm. The second type of smoke detector uses ions; when smoke enters the chamber the electric currents drop and the alarm will sound.

Maintenance Tips

Test your smoke alarm. You should check your detectors once every month to verify if the battery is still working or not. 

Vacuum your smoke alarm. Use a soft brush attachment around the vents of your smoke alarm once every 6 months to rid dust buildup and cobwebs.

Replace the battery. If you notice that your smoke detector is making a beeping noise, it may be time to switch the battery. However, not all smoke detectors have a battery so be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions before replacing the batteries.

Smoke detectors not only save lives, but could save you lots of money. If a fire occurs in your home, a properly working smoke detector will alert you of a potential emergency. The sooner you're able to respond to a disaster, the better. 

Choose SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County for Your Post-Fire Needs

Not only are we Faster to Any Size Disaster, but we're capable of fixing a wide variety issues. Our technicians are fire and water damage specialists who work extremely hard to get your home back to pre-fire condition. 

From smoke odor removal to the reconstruction of your damaged home, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County will make it "Like it never even happened." Call 763-712-9712 today.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in basement This Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

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 a number of reasons why your Coon Rapids/Central Anoka 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
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 763-712-9712

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’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka 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 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 763-712-9712

Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

drying out ceiling using fan from water damage We provide 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 763-712-9712

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

When Storms or Floods hit Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, SERVPRO is ready!

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage readiness logo Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today -- 763-712-9712

IICRC Certified Firm

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC certified logo We are an IICRC Certified Firm.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

For Immediate Service in Coon Rapids/Central Anoka Country, Call SERVPRO

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

team meeting to discuss plan Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County. 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 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 763-712-9712

Residential Services

Whether your Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County 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's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So 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

Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

fire in a home Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 763-712-9712

How to Prevent Freezing Pipes

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

frozen pipes in Coon Rapids SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has been restoring homes in the Anoka and Coon Rapids area for over 20 years.

Minnesotans are a different kind of breed, dealing with some of the most crucial winter weather in the U.S.

Although the tenants of commercial properties might be prepared for the furiously cold weather that is to come, commercial property managers need to ensure that their buildings are ready, too. 

5 Winter Safety Tidbits to Prevent Freezing Pipes

  1. Insulate water pipes.

This might be one of the easiest solutions. By insulating pipes that are exposed, along with attics, basements, and crawl spaces you will have increased protection from freezing.

  1. Check and re-check shutoff valves.

If a pipe bursts, you will need to stop the water as quickly as you possibly can to prevent further damage. Make sure all of your emergency shutoff valves are in working order.

  1. Inspect your pipes!

If you do not already, be certain that your pipes do not have any leakage or noticeable fatigue that may need replacing. Even if you have the slightest suspicion, it is much cheaper to be safe rather than sorry.

  1. Run water at a slow drip to relieve pressure.

If you believe a pipe is in danger of bursting, running the water at a slow drip, even the smallest of trickles, will help prevent the pipe from freezing and then bursting. If it is starting to freeze, the water will flow through the frozen area and melt the ice. 

  1. Plan.

An emergency action plan should be in place in case of flash flooding. Ensure evacuation routes are mapped out, have a backup plan for critical documents, data, and contact information, and call your SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County professionals to manage water damage as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has Commercial Property Solutions for You

There is never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Coon Rapids commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 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

Call 763-712-9712 today with any questions. 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged commercial property Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re 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 Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County 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.

What to Expect After a Fire

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans preparing for a commercial property fire When we say 24 Hour Service, we mean it! Our teams are always ready to respond and, most times, will show up at your property within an hour of a call

When a fire occurs on your commercial property, both firefighters and sprinkler systems will do everything that they can to put the fire out. Although this is better than the entire property burning down, it does create additional considerations for you during the restoration process of your property. To maintain the value and integrity of your property, water cleanup is just as vital as removing smoke and fire damage within the hours and days of a fire.

Common Types of Damage Post-Fire

Direct Fire Damage

When fires reach high temperatures it becomes an incredibly destructive force. Fire cleanup often requires restorers to simply remove surfaces and items that have been damaged by fire. With our restore vs. replace mentality, we are able to return items to our warehouse for fire remediation and smoke damage repair. Although we do have fire cleanup capabilities, certain electronics, roofing, and structural elements of a building may have to be replaced entirely.

Smoke Residue

Smoke can create residues that are both unpleasant to smell and are damaging to your belongings. It is essential to start smoke damage cleanup as soon as possible to increase the chance for salvaging your items. Smoke residue can build up in computers and other various electronics which can cause them to malfunction. By contacting SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County you can be assured that our technicians are proper restoration professionals. 

Water Damage

Water damage is always a serious concern and must be handled quickly and efficiently to avoid secondary damages. Certain items and surfaces are more vulnerable to water damage than others depending on their materials. It is very important to dry furniture and other relatively porous possessions as quickly as possible so that mold spores cannot colonize on them. Let our certified technicians handle any residual water remaining, we will ensure that the water that has infiltrated surfaces is taken care of properly.

Why SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County?

When disaster strikes, it might feel like your property will never be restored back to the way that it was preloss. With the right help, many of your possessions can likely be saved and protected from secondary damage by mold and decay. If you are in need of water, fire, and storm damage, as well as any cleaning for your commercial property within Central Anoka County, do not hesitate to call the experts today at 763-712-9712.

Don't Get Blown Over by Wind

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage restoration SERVPRO coon rapids Our team is centrally located in the Anoka area and can quickly service Anoka, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Andover and other cities in the Anoka County area!

Wind and water damage are the two most common results of a heavy storm. There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms that have caused significant damage to homes - it is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional like SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.

Important Facts to Know About Wind Damage

Wind Type Varies by Storm & Causes Different Degrees of Wind Damage

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage, but wind stemming from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage. It is essential to know when and what type of storm is headed towards your area so you know the potential and level of damage to expect. Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S., but the repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.

Characteristics of the Wind will Affect the Wind Damage

The wind has many characteristics that differ depending on the situation such as:

  • Speed
  • Direction
  • Duration of Gusts

By recognizing the pattern and type of wind, you will be able to determine another part of how much potential damage to expect. If the wind is expected to come in long gusts, it's important to be aware of branches from trees. Depending on the speed of the wind, you may have to board up windows.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Wind really isn't the thing that causes a majority of the damage - it is the items that get flung around by the wind. Whether it is your garbage can out on the edge of your driveway or debris from plants and trees, unsecured objects can become dangerous in windy situations. If a storm is approaching your area, ensure your patio furniture, toys, and garbage cans are secured or brought inside. It wouldn't hurt to double check your windows to make sure they're locked and secured, too.

The expertise SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County brings to storm damage cleanup and restoration in the Northwest suburbs leads the industry. Give us a call at 763-712-9712 today for any of for storm damage needs.

How Can Insurance Protect You?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

insurance logo for coon rapids storm damage For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Over the years SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has helped customers who have been forced to evacuate their homes to access temporary accommodation and pay for repair work. Aside from water damage, common problems from storms include collapsing roofs, fallen powerlines and smashed windows from falling trees, branches and other debris.

Review your insurance.

If you have home insurance, you should check what you could be covered for in the event that your property is affected by a strong storm.

Will my claim be accepted? This is the significance of checking your insurance! If your house has been affected, your insurer will help yo to assess the damage. It is important to understand that insurance companies will each have their own measure of what constitutes a storm. This is a large factor in whether a claim will be accepted or not.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is here to ease the process for you. Our compassionate, hands-on approach calms the fears of homeowners struggling with the aftermath of a disaster, taking each customer step by step through the restoration and insurance process. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Our expertly trained technicians and office personnel will take you step-by-step through the process after a disaster. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. Let us help you. Call 763-712-9712 today.

Commercial Facilities Left Vulnerable

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in coon rapids Our crews are skilled in a wide range of fire mitigation technologies and techniques

Due to the pandemic, many businesses are choosing to work remotely and warehouses are left empty. As a property owner it is still vital to keep up on security and system protocols. Maintenance is still an exceptionally important role in protecting your facilities.

Having a preferred vendor like SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County can also prevent any further damage from happening. Reach out to us here at 763-712-9712 to learn about an Emergency Readiness Program (ERP). We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) Recommendations

In order to avoid disrupting the current environment by compromising fire and life safety, as well as leaving buildings vulnerable to vandalism, the NFPA recommends the following:

  • All commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings should maintain fully operational fire and life safety systems as required by the applicable codes and standards. (NFPA 25, NFPA 72, NFPA 101)
  • Those responsible for these buildings should adhere to the expected schedules for inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) that are vital to their operation. If they are unable to do so, they should contact their local authority having jurisdiction.
  • Public and private employees who perform the inspection, maintenance and other responsibilities for these systems should be deemed essential workers

Our fire cleaning and restoring department is unsurpassed in its ability to remove all types of residues, return surfaces and articles to pre-fire condition, neutralizing lingering odors in even the toughest post-fire jobs. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Call us today at 763-712-9712 for any of your fire damage needs. 

Fix and Flip, Fix and Hold, Fix and Rent!

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

See the power of collaborating with other investors and working together. Image of home under construction. Attend this Online Property Tour for a walk through of 2 Project Properties in 2 Different States.

Are you interested in learning how to do Fix and Flip, Fix and Hold, Fix and Rent? This might be the event for you! Register here.

Online Property Tour

If you're a brand new investor, this online event encourages you to watch, take notes, and ask questions. This Property Tour will walk through two Project Properties in two different states.

Learn your niche. If you're new to investing, learn how the investors leverage their knowledge and resources to fix these projects for a profit!

Expand your knowledge. This event is another way to expand your knowledge and maybe pick up some tidbits that you didn't think about before.

Fuel your passion. Pick up new techniques, see the power of collaborating with other investors, and learn vital alternative exit strategies if one is needed.

This event will occur every Saturday from January 2nd to February 20th from 10am-11am. Head over to their website to register!

Keep SERVPRO in mind!

If you purchase a property or are flipping a house and having and restoration or remediation needs, give SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County a call at 763-712-9712.

We are a licensed General Contractor in Minnesota. We can assist with all repairs.

We can restore garments, furniture, and electronics.

We specialize in fire an water damage, mold remediation, and cleaning services. We can assist with boarding up a property, roof tarping and repairs, plumbing, tile floor repair, and so much more!

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call us today: 763-712-9712! 

Handling a Biohazard on Your Commercial Property

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

biohazard scene Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Biohazards, such as sewage backups, crime scene residues, blood cleanup, and chemical spills create unhealthy and dangerous environments. These hazards put people at significant risk and their removal is essential for any building. 

How can I ensure the best method of removal for a biohazard? 

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County (763-712-9712) of course! Our technicians have certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in biohazard cleanup. We are continually training and re-training in niches like bloodborne pathogens through OSHA.

No customer should wait with the effects of a bio-threat, and with our central location in Anoka County, we can reach every residence or business from Coon Rapids to Minneapolis fast.

24 Hour Emergency Service

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Coon Rapids
  • Anoka
  • Andover
  • Columbia Heights
  • Arden Hills
  • New Brighton
  • St Paul
  • Minneapolis
  • Ham Lake

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

Call Us Today – (763) 712-9712

2020 Holiday Lighting Contest

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

lights on trees outside The public is invited to drive around the city in a self-guided tour, seeing entries in the 2020 Holiday Lighting Contest.

Enjoy some extra holiday cheer in Coon Rapids to complete your 2020!

In a self-guided tour, those in the area are welcome to drive around the city, examining the entries in the 2020 Holiday Lighting Contest.

How do I know what houses are participating?

There are 34 total entries this year; 19 entries are in the "still" category and 15 entries are in the "motion" category.

Check out the addresses of the locations here or use this PDF map if you'd like a physical copy.

What do the winners get?

"Winners will be selected on the basis of visual appeal, uniqueness, variety, safety and tidiness. Cash prizes are available to the top two winners in both categories. Commission members thank EVERYONE who entered this year and invite the public to share in the excitement of holiday lights!"

Once the winners are selected they will be posted on coonrapidsmn.gov as well as the City's social media sites. 

Remember the importance of light safety if you are decorating your homes with Holiday Lights. Check out this blog for more information on light safety. 

Call SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen at 763-712-9712 for all of your restoration and remediation needs.

The Importance of Reviewing SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

review options Leave us a review on Google, Facebook, or Yelp!

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has been restoring homes and commercial properties for over 20 years.

SERVPRO strives to provide the highest quality and efficient work possible. No matter what your expectations are for fire and water damage, mold remediation, or COVID-19 cleaning, we strive to exceed them.

This is where YOU come in.

As a customer, we understand that you want to know how great the technicians are at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County.

Check out our current testimonial page for a vast representation of what our customers think about us.

Have you been serviced by SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County but haven't left a review yet?

Whether we provided our restoration or remediation services a year ago or yesterday, there is still more than enough time to write about your experience.

Click on these direct links to simplify the reviewing process: Google, Facebook, or Yelp

We want to know what you think about our services so we can continue our high quality and efficient work!

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (763) 712-9712

Storm Damage Cleanup in Anoka, Coon Rapids, and Andover

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

How Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Can Save Your Home or Business 

Storm damage can be devastating when it tears through your Coon Rapids home or business. When your Andover, Columbia Heights, Anoka or other Minneapolis-St. Paul-area building gets hit by a major storm, you need the right help to get back on your feet again as soon as possible. Learn how local businesses and homeowners depend on Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County storm damage cleanup and restoration from SERVPRO. 

Getting You Back on Your Feet

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids Central Anoka County is ready to respond any time of day or night, 365 days a year, to help you get back on your feet after a major storm. No matter whether it's storm damage, wind damage or fire damage after a lightning strike, we have highly trained storm damage specialists ready to help you. 

Most storm damage begins with flooding, so we'll come in, assess the damage and use high-end, advanced pumps capable of moving thousands of gallons of water to get rid of all the standing water. We'll also remove the contents and dry out the entire area. We'll examine your possessions and restore anything that can be restored to a usable condition. Finally, we'll completely rebuild any areas that need construction to get you back to pre-storm conditions. 

SERVPRO Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

With immediate response, expert technicians and the kind of care that only comes with a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO is here to get you back on your feet like the storm never happened. Just give us a call at 763-712-9712 to get started today. 

Restoring Your Home After A Fire

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Home After a Fire

Nobody in Coon Rapids, Andover, Anoka or any other area wants to think about a fire tearing through their home. When it happens, it's a nightmare, but there is hope. The right Coon Rapids fire restoration service can restore your building and help you get your life back. Let's look at how this happens.

Protecting Your Home From Further Damage

The first step in restoring your home is to assess the damage. First, the fire damage restoration specialist will board up and tarp up the home as required to protect it from further environmental damage.

Drying and Water Damage

The next step is to dry out the home to mitigate water damage from fighting the fire. Often, the water used to fight the fire can be as damaging as the fire itself. We'll use powerful air movers and vacuum pumps to get all of the water out and get the area completely dry.

Cleaning the Inside

After everything is dried out, the specialists will enter and clean all of the smoke damage, dirt, soot and debris out. This will help to sanitize the area and get it ready for full restoration.

Final Restoration Services

Finally, the entire room will be restored to its pre-fire condition. In some cases, this might mean just laying new carpet, repairing some holes and repainting. In others, it could mean complete reconstruction of one or more rooms. In the end, the object is to restore your home so it's like the fire never happened.

Call SERVPRO Today

If you've suffered fire damage in Coon Rapids, Anoka, Andover or Columbia Heights, call SERVPRO at 763-712-9712 any time of day or night for caring, locally-owned and -operated fire damage restoration services today. 

Restoring Your Home After a Fire

Nobody in Coon Rapids, Andover, Anoka or any other area wants to think about a fire tearing through their home. When it happens, it's a nightmare, but there is hope. The right Coon Rapids fire restoration service can restore your building and help you get your life back. Let's look at how this happens.

Addressing Basement Flooding in Coon Rapids

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Addressing Basement Seepage and Sump Pump Failure

There are many reasons why your Coon Rapids, Anoka, Columbia Heights or other Minneapolis-area basement might take on water. When it happens, it's vital to get the problem assessed and addressed right away to protect your home, your family and your health. Learn about damage from basement seepage and sump pump failure and how you can take care of the problem quickly with the right professional help.

Sump Pump Failure

Sump pumps are a vital piece of equipment in areas with high water tables. Unfortunately, they also tend to be powered by electricity, and bad storms can cause your power to go out. When that happens, sump pumps can back up, and the water can end up in your basement. Alternately, just like any mechanical or electrical equipment, the pumps eventually wear out as they get old. Either way, it's important to get the issue fixed to avoid bad flooding.

Basement Seepage

Basement seepage refers to water that comes in from areas that are supposed to keep it out. Two of the most common causes of basement seepage include backed-up drains and poor foundations. Most basements have a floor drain designed to move water away from the house. It can become clogged with dirt, with roots growing through the pipes or even by the pipes getting crushed or rusting out. Sometimes the drain can be cleared; other times it may need to be replaced.

In addition, foundations that are old or cracked can open holes or pores that allow water to seep through the wall into your basement. Repairing and sealing these issues can keep you dry, help to prevent mold and keep your house sturdy.

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County

SERVPRO will respond faster to any disaster. If you've got flooding in your basement, we're ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to respond to your call and get the problem fixed. Call us at 763-712-9712 to get started today. 

How do I Clean Up After a Flood in Coon Rapids?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

"Call Now" Water damage in Coon Rapids can be handled correctly, let SERVPRO show you.

It’s Important to have a Plan in Place in Case of a Flood in Your Coon Rapids Home.

SERVPRO Technicians Clean, Dry, and Deodorize After a Flood 

Flash flooding often occurs in Southern Minnesota, making it crucial to have a plan in place for once the flood water recedes. Floodwater may carry microbial contamination, requiring specialized cleanup techniques. 

Do Technicians Clean the Same Way All Year Round?  

Flood damage in Coon Rapids requires special attention during colder months. Typically, in more mild climates, Technicians ventilate the home by opening windows and doors. This is not always possible during the cold winter months in Minnesota. However, air movers and the HVAC system also serve as tools to ventilate the house. 

What do Technicians do to Remove the Flood Water? 

  • Extract with truck-mounted or portable equipment 
  • Dry the impacted area by strategically placing air movers at floor level 
  • Pull moisture out of the air with dehumidifiers

What are the Special Precautions Taken to Clean After a Flood?

  • Hazard assessments to ensure the safety of residents and technicians
  • Source containment to stop contaminants from coming into unaffected areas
  • Clean in one area of the home to hinder cross-contamination
  • Technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves

 How Do Technicians Deal with Floodwater and Debris from the Flood?

  • Follow local guidelines, typically disposing in a treated sewer line
  • If unsalvageable, solid materials are securely bagged and removed from your home
  • If salvageable, technicians may bring the items to a secure, offsite storage facility for specialized cleaning.

After a flood, it is important to professionally clean and dry your home to mitigate further damage such as mold or other microbial growth. The professionals at SERVPRO have the knowledge, equipment, and cleaning products to restore your home to its preloss condition. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. 

Find out more about Coon Rapids.

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 SERVPRO specializes in Cleaning Services

SERVPRO is here to help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of COON RAPIDS at 763-712-9712.

Strategies For Water Damage In Anoka

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Successful Strategies for Hardwood Floor Water Damage in Anoka

Anoka boasts unique, historic homes along with high-quality residences of all recent eras. What many of these houses share is the warmth and beauty of hardwood floors. When a plumbing break or appliance malfunction sends water spreading across the polished expanse of your living or dining room floors, you need our well-trained and experienced crews to manage the recovery.

A Many Layered Issue
Water damage to your floors in Anoka is not something an assessor can quantify simply by looking closely. Hardwood floors always have at least two layers, the top a series of strips or planks installed over a subfloor typically made of plywood or particleboard. The decorative top layer might appear dry as water drains away, but that fluid did not disappear. It percolated into the underlayer, soaking the unfinished and porous materials. Our technicians use moisture detection and metering devices to outline the wet areas and collect data on how severe the saturation levels are.

Extraction Strategies
The first options SERVPRO technicians pursue include pumping and wanded extraction. Water deeper than two inches quickly clears with our submersible pumps, and our professional truck-mounted or portable extractors are powerful and highly-efficient versions of a wet vacuum.

Risky Business
SERVPRO changes techniques when the surface water is no longer visible because we know the risks of incomplete water removal:

    •    Cupping, crowning, or buckling of hardwood planks/strips as the wet subfloor provides moisture that wicks up

    •    Potential for mold growth

    •    Structural weakening of the supporting materials

    •    Negative Pressure for Positive Results

Removing the water from the subfloor often involves floor mats tightly sealed and connected to our extraction equipment through a series of hoses, using the negative air pressure generated to suction additional water. SERVPRO technicians monitor moisture levels, moving the mats as needed. When convinced the bulk of liquid water is gone, the focus shifts to structural drying. Air movers and heaters facilitate the evaporation of absorbed water. Dehumidifiers capture the vapor for disposal. To increase the efficiency of drying, we might use 1.6 mil polyethylene to tent areas or loosen selected planks/strips and direct warm air beneath.

Trust that SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County has the training and equipment to save your beloved hardwood floors from water loss. Call us at (763) 712-9712 to set up an evaluation.

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Fire Damage Restoration In Anoka Always Requires The Project Initiation Phase

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Fire damage in Anoka can be handled correctly, let SERVPRO show you.

SERVPRO’s Well thought Out Plan To Tackle Your Property's Fire Damage

One of the common causes of structural blazes that occur in Anoka is electrical shortages. Electrical burns can be devastating and can cause different types of fire damage to occur inside your building. For example, if one of your light fixtures shorts out, the spark could ignite other building materials and structural components near it, such as your drywall, ceiling trusses, wall hangings, or wooden studs.

In some cases, electrical problems could cause an inferno to ignite inside your attic. If you ever notice fire damage inside your Anoka attic, it is wise to call in a professional company such as SERVPRO to help you restore your home to how it was before the incident, "Like it never even happened." During the entire procedure, we can work closely with you, the homeowner starting with your emergency call.

The project initiation phase always starts when our SERVPRO team gets a lead saying that you have a problem on your property, and we begin the intake and research step. Once we get the lead from you, a contractor, or your insurance company, we intake all of the information we can about your problem. Next, we conduct research with the information we have and try to anticipate what types of problems you are experiencing.

Then, we contact you and schedule a good time to arrive at your home and conduct the initial inspection. Next, our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your house and start by listening to you to figure out exactly what happened with your electrical blaze. Once we get a good idea of the incident from you, we then begin an initial walk-through. During this initial inspection, we look for signs of fire-related issues starting from the fire source and then we work our way out to see how far the problems went inside your structure.

Once we get a good idea of what we need to do to restore your home, we then consult with you and your insurance adjuster. During this consultation, we describe our plan of attack and discuss in detail the first steps we plan to take as well as line out with you our emergency action plan. The final step of the project initiation phase is to conduct the initial services like boarding up your house if needed.

If you ever have an electrical short ignite a fire inside your house, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 24/7.

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The Fire is Gone, But the Smell Is Still Here

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in kitchen Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Tackles Remaining Fire Odors, Improving Air Quality in Your Coon Rapids Home

Anyone that ever shares space with a smoker knows how hard it is to get the smell out of your clothes, hair, and skin. Imagine flames in your home and that smoke is making its way through the ventilation system, going from room to room and settling upon your bed sheets, upholstery, curtains, and even your wallpaper. Regardless of the extent of fire damage to your home, it almost seems like the smoke, and its residual smell is an even bigger problem than sweeping ashes and cleaning soot.

In Coon Rapids, your smoke and fire damage is ideal for our SERVPRO team to tackle. Our team of experts trains specifically to address all consequences of a home fire, regardless of its size. Once we arrive at your home, we invite you to trust our knowledge and expertise as we attack all aspects of fire damage, including ridding your home of the unpleasant smell of smoke.

The term deodorizing is the all-inclusive name we use for agents capable of neutralizing or eliminating odor molecules. In practice, there are quite a few options to expel smells from your home. Our SERVPRO team considers each option and its benefits before applying it to your home. In some cases, we may bring special equipment such as an ozone generator, ventilators, or pressure sprayers to help us in deodorizing your home. In other instances, such as the use of deodorizing pellets, the application is straightforward and does not require extra equipment or space. When we exhaust our resources, and the smell remains, we may opt to use a sealant in your home, which permanently traps odor molecules, so your senses do not pick up on them.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is available to you around the clock. Our hotline is available 24/7 to meet your needs. Call us at (763) 712-9712 as soon as it is safe to enter your home and let us address the smoke and soot remains as quickly as possible. Our careful and knowledgeable approach helps us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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Signs Of Water Damage In Your Coon Rapids Home

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Look for These Signs of Water Damage that can Affect Your Coon Rapids Home’s Interior

Plumbing lines provide each bathroom and the kitchen of your Coon Rapids home with running water. A break in any of these lines or in a drain line can create serious problems that require an immediate reaction. This often does not happen when leaks occur in hidden places, like within walls and under floors.

Affecting the softest materials of your home in Coon Rapids first, water damage progresses from almost undetectable to severe deterioration, with only a very few number of things escaping some level of harm. Because hidden leaks rarely receive the attention they need when they first start, damage in unseen locations can become quite bad.

When you notice changes in the ceilings and walls, this can signify previous problems or continuing ones. It may have been large amounts of water (perhaps a sink overflowed), or it could be a tiny leak or a loose drain if you see water stains. Water stains do not happen immediately, however, but show a water problem existed at least a few weeks prior to their appearance.

When you see a ceiling that is lower in one area, typically the very center, this can mean weight of trapped water is weighing it down. Gray water from a broken drain or clean from a loosened pipe can both cause ceilings to collapse if left in this condition.

Problems with your flooring, including carpets and hardwood, can also happen when water invades your living space. Repeated soaking and drying out can make carpets brittle and worn. Wooden floors can lose their finish and split or warp, which can become unsafe.

Rusted hinges, as well as windows and doors that no longer close and open normally, can also indicate water damage is happening inside your house. This type of water damage often affects the entire house and happens when the humidity levels remain higher than normal for long periods.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can fix any of these situations for you and restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Upon seeing any signs of water damage, call (763) 712-9712 to reach experts who can mitigate the problem and keep it from creating more damage in your house.

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Water Damage In Your Coon Rapids Home

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Inside The Walls Of Your Coon Rapids Home

A small water leak inside a wall can go unnoticed for several hours or even days. A pinhole leak in a water pipe can spray water for an extended period, soaking the insulation if it is on an outside wall and also the drywall. Vinyl wallpaper and semi-gloss or glossy paint can also act as a vapor barrier, hiding the moisture until it leaks out onto the floor.

SERVPRO provides water damage restoration services in Coon Rapids and surrounding areas. Our water mitigation professionals can detect all of the moisture areas inside your walls and floors. We can also find the source of the leak to assist a professional plumber in making repairs as required. If you suspect a leak inside a wall, consumers are urged to shut off the main water supply until repairs can be made.

Removing Water from Inside Walls
Leaking water pipes can soak the insulation on an outside wall and fill cavities with water. SERVPRO may need to cut small holes at the floor level to provide an escape for the water. We may need to remove baseboards to provide access to these areas, and specialized air movers are used to blow air inside the wall cavity.

Water may also fill areas between the finish on a wall and the wallboard. Bubbling occurs, creating a cavity on the wall that fills with water. The water cannot escape since the paint or vinyl wallpaper acts as a vapor barrier holding the water inside the bubble. SERVPRO technicians can cut slits at the lower end of the bubble area to allow the water to escape. Once the wallboard is dry, the paint or wallpaper can be glued in place, plastered, and the wall repainted if needed.

We use moisture meters to test all areas exposed to the water leak to confirm the exposed surfaces are dry before removing air movers and dehumidification equipment.

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Coon Rapids, Anoka, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Preventing Fire Damage Migration in Coon Rapids Store.

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A store with wood flooring and dress clothes racks. Fire damage can shut your Coon Rapids boutique completely down, let us help you get back up and running.

Let SERVPRO help prevent further damage from a fire in your Coon Rapids store.

Small fires in your Coon Rapids boutique do not have to become devastating circumstances when you act quickly. Securing skilled restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team can provide effective mitigation solutions, but also containment strategies to reduce the spread of harsh fire effects to the rest of your building.

Containment is one of the pre-mitigation strategies that can help our professionals gain control of fire damage in Coon Rapids stores. Regardless of how a fire started, establishing a perimeter around the damage and severing air circulation to begin restoration tasks can keep the threat contained to a specific room or region of the business. In many situations, containment can occur with constructed barriers made from wood and 6mil plastic poly sheeting. This barrier can keep a fire that occurred in the backroom, for example, from reaching the main shop floor.

Specific tools can play a role in the reduction of soot particles, and smoke odor spread, as well. Air scrubbers can work to pull contaminated air in the environment through HEPA filters to clear out particulates circulating in the damaged area. Soot particles can be a hazard for those exposed, as they are microscopic and can lead to health effects when direct inhalation occurs. Air scrubbers and other filtration equipment can help to reduce the presence of these particles in the environment while other mitigation tasks get underway.

In this same approach, we can noticeably reduce the presence of harsh odors in several ways. Machines like hydroxyl generators or ozone machines can run within the containment zone to neutralize odor compounds. Also, the removal of debris and controlled demolition practices for charred remnants of building materials can reduce the catalysts for odor threats. Odors must get successfully managed to make fire loss incidents in your store “Like it never even happened.”

Fire losses can present substantial threats to your business if not addressed quickly. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (763) 712-9712.

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Our Specialists Discuss The Behavior Of Smoke In Coon Rapids

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Experts In Coon Rapids Explain The Behavior Of Smoke

Whenever an inferno sparks inside your Coon Rapids house, some of your building materials and contents fully combust or turn from a solid to a gas with the application of heat. However, during most fire damage scenarios, several substances do not completely combust and spread throughout your building in the form of smoke. Smoke can quickly spread into areas far away from the blaze's source. These partially combusted particles can cause other negative issues.

When battling fire damage in Coon Rapids, our SERVPRO technicians examine how smoke behaved during the blaze to help with eliminating any problems caused. Smoke can cause several problems inside any structure that it affects. When it contacts cooler surfaces like the upper portions of your walls or ceilings, it can cause soils and soot residues to negatively affect the surfaces of your building materials and contents.

One thing that sets SERVPRO above other restoration companies is that our technicians have a vast knowledge of the behavior of smoke. Our crew is trained by the International Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC program. We study and understand the following four principles of how smoke behaves.

1. Temperature Of Smoke
When smoke first comes off of the flames, it is hotter than the air around it. Warmer air rises because it is not as dense as the air in the atmosphere. This means that soot residues can be most present on the ceilings and upper walls of the areas of your house that are near the source of the fire.

2. Temperature Of Surrounding Surfaces
Hot smoke tends to be attracted to cooler surfaces, which is a principle that is referred to as "hot goes to cold." This means that soot residues can be more heavily concentrated on cooler surfaces of your contents and building materials.

3. Arrangement Of Building Space
Contents and building materials that are located close to the fire's source will collect more soot residues as smoke moves through your building, and areas far from the source will have fewer amounts of soils and soot.

4. Ionization And Magnetism
In some cases, soots can become magnetically charged and be attracted to the surfaces of your building materials or contents that have the opposite magnetic charge.

If you ever need professional restoration conducted after an inferno ignites on your property, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Right Choice In Coon Rapids Fire Damage Restoration

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Proper Deodorization of a Fire Damage Site in Coon Rapids

The smell of fire damage is unmistakable. Even after cleaning the property, removing all burnt materials, and refinishing the charred surfaces, some smoky smell or another type of odor might persist depending on what the fire burns.

Sources of Odor

The reasons why properties may require thorough deodorization after fire damage incidents in Coon Rapids vary. In some cases, the odorous residues penetrate deep into construction materials and contents, therefore, continuing to emit odor even after restoration is deemed complete. Alternatively, some residues or aerosols might remain suspended in the air, causing the unpleasant odor. The FSRT, Fire, and Smoke Restoration Technicians in our team have the skills to identify the problem and determine the right response plan for your property.

Air Filtration

In the case of aerosols and fine residues in the air, there is a need to circulate the air inside the building to remove them. Our SERVPRO technicians use AFD, air filtration devices with different types of filters to capture residues from the air. A typical system has three filters, including a primary filter to capture large debris, a pleated filter, and a HEPA filter to capture fine particles, removing 99.97% of particulate matter from the air. Sometimes, we also use axial fans to blow out the particulate-filled air from the house, allowing recirculation with fresh air from outside the building.

Cleaning the Air Conditioner

Sometimes the problem stems from the HVAC system where fire damage can deposit residues, especially if the system was on during the fire. When the system is operated after restoration, it reintroduces the residues into the indoor air leading to the unpleasant odor. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized duct cleaning equipment to remove residues from the HVAC system. We also change removable filters from the system.

Deodorizing fire damaged property in Anoka, Andover and Columbia Heights may require several steps. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Home In Andover After A Fire

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Local Andover Fire Damage Remediation Services Available 24/7

You might think of the possibility of fire damage happening in your home and think it most likely could never happen. You are too careful to leave a candle unattended or cook in an unsafe way. However, fire damage can happen to anyone in a variety of ways.

Imagine a scenario where your Andover home suffers fire damage because of a freak electrical fire. You may think it's unlikely, but the cause is more common than it seems like it would be. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 10% of home fires between 2012-2016 were caused by "electrical distribution and lighting." Living in an older home makes the percentage rise higher, as it is more likely that the electrical work hasn't been checked out by an electrician in a significant time.

Many scenarios could cause a fire to break out in your home, but what is important is how quickly you react to them. Reacting quickly, and calling for help as soon as possible, could mean the difference between being able to save some of your impacted possessions and not being able to. For this reason, you should contact SERVPRO as soon as you can when your home suffers from fire damage.

Here at SERVPRO, we believe in basing our schedule around yours. No matter when your home needs our help, we can be there, whether it is 3 PM or 3 AM. We also believe in getting to your home as soon as possible after your call, because we understand how time-sensitive damage from a fire can be. Furthermore, our employees are highly trained and certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.)

So, what can we do to help your home after fire damage? Let's say an electrical fire happened inside of your bathroom and severely damaged the vanity, countertop, and the wall behind it. Our SERVPRO techs can remove the vanity and countertop. Let's say the vanity is not salvageable, but the countertop is. We can send it to our facility to be cleaned with house-made solutions designed to lift the grime and soot that fire leaves behind. Our techs can then demolish the damaged wall, removing drywall and insulation. Once finished, we can contact a trustworthy contractor for you who can rebuild the bathroom wall, before installing a new vanity and reinstalling your countertop.

If your home is in urgent need of fire damage remediation, never hesitate to get the help you deserve. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by phoning (763) 712-9712. Day or night, we're here for you.

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Why We Are The Leader In Andover Water Damage Restoration

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Our air mover and LGR dehumidifier sitting in a kitchen drying up water damage Our air movers and powerful LGR dehumidifier, rapidly removed water damage from this kitchen and made it "Like it never even happened."

How to Best Deal With Water Cleanup in Andover

Plumbing mishaps can setback any household. They cause an interruption to your daily routine on top of being an extra expense. Without cleaning up after a water leak thoroughly, the homeowner may face secondary damage such as mold infestations or having to remove carpet from within the home. It is essential, even with non-contaminated water, to deal with it appropriately.

If you have to grapple with a water cleanup in your Andover home, then the trained professional at SERVPRO can help you. No matter the amount of water you are dealing with, we are available to assist you with the cleanup. Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The most important part of cleaning up after a water leak is drying the affected areas. Restoring the humidity levels and removing all the excess moisture within the home means that there can be less to repair in the long run. Successful drying is comprised of four essential factors: proper extraction, humidity, temperature, and air movement. SERVPRO technicians extract water using a portable high powered extractor, while the other three elements work together to ensure proper drying.

When thinking about drying after a water leak, it is essential to understand that "wet goes to dry." Water vapors move from wet areas within the structure to drier materials, and damp air goes to more dehydrated materials. Likewise, dry air absorbs moisture from wet surfaces, and dry surfaces absorb moisture from damp air. To ensure the proper amount of dry air within the home, SERVPRO technicians place industrial-strength dehumidifiers around the structure that work in conjunction with air movers to dry impacted areas.

During the process, the SERVPRO team checks the temperature and relative humidity in the treatment area, inside an unaffected area, outside the home, and the air that is coming out of the dehumidifier. This is to ensure that relative humidity (RH) levels are brought down to below 60 percent and close to preloss condition. It is crucial to achieving equilibrium with moisture and humidity levels; over-drying can create other problems such as warping of wood flooring.

The team at SERVPRO understands drying and cleanup procedures while applying their knowledge to your specific home and situation. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

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What is the Best Way To Remove Groundwater From Your Anoka Basement?

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment on water damaged floor This basement experienced flooding after a storm. We had to remove the flooring to dry the basement.

Mitigation Services to Remove Groundwater in Anoka Basements 

After strong storm systems pass through Anoka, the ground can become too saturated to absorb more rainfall and present the ideal conditions for flooding. Hydrostatic pressures can be the bane of every aging home’s subterranean levels, especially when masonry joints have begun to erode and degrade over time. Even minor penetration points can become full breaches under this immense pressure. 

Hydrostatic pressure increases exponentially after soaking rainfall, especially following widespread flood damage in Anoka. Penetration into the basement of your property can immediately threaten the structural integrity of the exposed walls, but damage any stored contents in the basement as well. Prolonged exposure to standing water can affect concrete flooring as well. Addressing all of these concerns begins with the extraction and drying of the lower levels. 

Mitigation is the priority of our SERVPRO professionals beginning as soon as we arrive at your damaged household. We have high-pressure electric submersible pumps that can extract higher volumes of floodwater from the basement at a consistent rate. Even with potential solids that could exist in this lower level, we can discharge the floodwater into the drainage system leading to the sanitary sewer system. Light wands and wet vacuums can remove any further excess water from the surface of concrete flooring. 

Concrete flooring can often resist substantial saturation and water leeching when drying and extraction quickly begin after flooding occurs. Concrete has low porosity, making it harder for water to penetrate the material and remain. For what moisture can penetrate the surface, we can deploy drying mats to pull moisture from the concrete at a controlled speed. Drying the material too quickly can damage it. 

After torrential rainfall, conditions can exist to make damaging hydrostatic pressures and flooding inevitable. Preventing any moisture penetration altogether might be an insurmountable challenge for some homeowners. Still, our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can help with cleaning up the water damage that exists afterward. Give our rapid response team a call at the first sign of flooding at (763) 712-9712. 

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Some Steps for Efficient Flood Damage Remediation in Anoka

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Homeowners with Flood Damage in Anoka Trust SERVPRO to Mitigate Their Residences

Any disaster that displaces your family and destroys the contents of your Anoka home, along with much of its interior, can overwhelm anyone. What you do before such an event can protect your personal belongings and help keep your family safe for the duration of the crisis. As soon as possible, calling SERVPRO for vital assistance with mitigation can eliminate further loss.

One reason why SERVPRO is the company residents trust in Anoka for flood damage mitigation comes from the way we handle the entire situation. Our training encompasses the machinery and equipment, the concerns of the customer and their family, the property impacted by the flood, and how to work together to make things “Like it never even happened.” When your home floods, you need  a competent team who can advise you of your options and guide you through the crisis while keeping your budget and other concerns in mind. 

Although we use a topical disinfectant before we begin working on mitigation, removing drywall previously submerged under floodwater must happen as soon as possible. Disinfecting does not prevent migration of water.

Removing lower portions of walls lets us spray down the studs to prevent microbial activity and helps us manage how rapidly the interior dries. They can become full of condensation that clings to the interior surfaces. Sealing these spaces by installing new drywall too early causes weakened materials nearby, odors, and high humidity, among other problems we can help you avoid.

Other damaged items needing replaced after a flood include carpeting, parquet flooring, older linoleum, and furniture and bedding. Getting these items out of your flood-damaged home takes up space. After photographing and inventorying each item, disposing each into a large-size waste receptacle located at the curb helps save cleanup costs while protecting the neighborhood's environment. 

Our water damage specialists' training includes studying to earn recognition from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). In-house training, plus working with more experienced technicians gives our customers services tailored to their property's specific and immediate needs. 

For experienced, fully-equipped flood damage restoration experts in Andover, Columbia Heights, or Arden Hills, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County's service line, (763) 712-9712.

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What to Avoid When Dealing With Fire Damage in Andover

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

fire fighters responding to fire in a home Regardless if the fire started from a chimney or an unattended candle, calling SERVPRO is your best response. Call right away!

Restoring a Chimney After Fire Damage in an Andover Home

Minnesota homeowners are well aware of many risks related to fire damage. Still, one facet that is often overlooked is the cleanliness of the chimney. Every year in the US, there are over 25,000 chimney fires that cause an average of $125 million in damages. Fortunately, a little bit of fireplace care and maintenance can go a long way toward saving your home from disaster.

If a chimney or fireplace-related incident causes fire damage in your Andover home, SERVPRO technicians can come to you within hours of your call to address the issue. These IICRC-certified professionals can mitigate several different facets of fire-related damages, including odors, residues, burnt structures, and much more. The goal is to safely restore your possessions and return your home to a preloss condition.

Fireplace Safety Tips for Homeowners

Minimize buildup

The leading cause of chimney fires is a buildup of soot and creosote. This accumulation can be prevented by using manufactured logs or seasoned hardwood. These items burn more cleanly than regular logs, which save you from fire risks. If you have a metal chimney, burn manufactured logs one at a time to prevent chimney warping.

Burn simple materials

Before you start your fire, open the damper and keep it open until the fire is extinguished. Only burn wood or manufactured logs, and avoid burning items that can create toxic fumes like packing foam, junk mail, and glossy wrapping paper. Avoid burning resinous woods like pine, which can leave creosote residue in your chimney.

Keep burns slow

A slow and steady burn is safer for your home than a roaring fire. A fire that is too hot can crack your chimney, so burn a couple of logs at a time near the back of the fireplace.

SERVPRO Restores Your Living Space

SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the extent of the disaster and get straight to cleaning. The key with fire damage is to remove residues that can corrode surfaces or otherwise compromise their safety. If you have a fire get out of control and char your carpet, SERVPRO can deep-clean the area with industrial-grade vacuums and EPA-registered disinfectants, as well as directly spray the affected area with deodorizing solvents. If the carpet cannot be salvaged, SERVPRO can work with you to ensure that it can be replaced per your insurance policy.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is a team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. If you need cleanup after a fire or water-related incident in your home, call (763) 712-9712 today.

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Andover Homeowners Appreciate the Professional Planning by SERVPRO for Water Loss Restoration

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Staging Areas Help Us Efficiently Dry Out Andover Homes

Completing and efficiently drying tasks is a focus of our SERVPRO team, and a driving force in the designed tactics and strategies we implement in Andover homes. After water loss incidents, the need for water removal is often urgent, as the faster this can get accomplished, the more of your home’s construction materials and contents that can get restored in-place. Drying these areas in your household prevents added costs of more significant losses, controlled demolition, and reinstallation of removed materials.

Because of how quickly actions must take place, such as water removal in Andover houses, having the full measure of necessary extraction and drying tools readily accessible saves time and effort for our technicians cleaning up the residence. The designation of a staging area is one that is close to the water-damaged region of your house, and one that minimizes the interruptions to your daily routine. Knowing that more than one extraction machine is often necessary for full water removal, having our inventory of these devices close by prevents wasted time with trips to the production vehicles outside.
This area is not only where we can keep our extraction tools like our submersible pumps and self-priming trash pumps, but also where we can prepare cleaning solutions made from concentrated cleaning agents. For this reason, we attempt to make our staging locations in places with faucets like laundry rooms, bathrooms, and other utility spaces.
Because of equipment being close and accessible to our SERVPRO technicians working in your home, we can more efficiently remove standing water from affected areas of your house. Electric sump pumps can help to draw indoor flooding down to 2 inches in depth continually. We can then quickly transition to light wands and wet-vacs for the remainder by switching out the equipment in the staging area.
Fast transitions save customers time and money on the restoration work that their property needs after water loss incidents. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team implements staging areas to maximize our efficiency. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

Eliminating Smoke Odors After A Fire In Andover

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Smoke Odors After an Andover Restaurant Kitchen Fire

A lingering harsh odor in your Andover restaurant can have a detrimental effect on the business, your patrons, and even the staff of the eatery. Kitchen flare-ups are not an uncommon situation to experience when you have a fast-paced food preparation area behind the scenes, but the effects of this situation can spread quickly out to more trafficked areas like the dining room. Once smoke odors begin to permeate the tablecloths, furniture, and open spaces where your customers are, it can be a hard situation to overcome.

Our SERVPRO professionals have multiple machines and tools explicitly devised to help you address odor and fire damage in your Andover restaurant. From cleaning up the residues and debris that can get left behind after a small grease fire to the harsh odors most powerfully concentrated in the kitchen areas, we have the equipment and the experience to help these scenarios right away.

Even before we get to work on the use of our premier deodorization tools and equipment, our SERVPRO technicians address the severity of charring and combustion in the kitchen. The origin of the fire can feature the worst concentration of destruction, and controlled demolition can be a safe and effective way to immediately reduce the presence and source of smoke odors permeating throughout the restaurant.

To reduce the presence of these odors in your dining area, we often turn to the practical results we get with our thermal foggers. These machines use high heat to convert a liquid deodorizing solution into a fog. This dense fog can get into the stitching of your tablecloths, carpeting, and other upholstered items to immediately affect and neutralize smoke odors on contact.

Running a business can be a challenge enough without the hazardous presence of lingering fire effects in the restaurant. You can depend on the quick response and deodorizing expertise of our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team to get your doors back open again quickly. Give our crew a call anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

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Let Our Crew Help After A Water Damage Incident In Andover

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Can Water Restoration Technicians Do in Andover?

Many homeowners have a DIY mindset for anything that could go wrong or need correction in their Andover houses. Unfortunately, there are situations like water loss incidents that get too out of control for conventional drying and recovery options to be viable. In these situations, the solution is to reach out the professionals of our SERVPRO team accredited through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT.)

WRTs are the most common technician on our team, and this is due primarily to how frequently water damage in Andover homes occurs. Understanding what to expect from this experienced member of our team can help to put you at ease when it is your property contending with a crisis. Even beyond our prompt response and deep inventory of recovery tools, here are some of the characteristics and abilities of water restorers on our restoration team.

Unique Training
As challenging as it might be to turn your property over to another person, our SERVPRO professionals are among the most qualified and educated in the business. We seek continued education coursework even beyond WRT certification in areas such as Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT.)

Full Inspection
One of the first tasks set before our professionals with a loss incident is the inspection of the property. Because we have seen countless disasters over the years, we have hands-on experience on what to expect and how to get an idea about the precise approach to protect your property as much as possible.

Mitigation is a vital element to the work that we do as it is the process designed to save you money and time. We take these steps seriously, as we understand that not all water loss incidents get covered by your insurance, and you might have to pay out of pocket for our experienced aid.

Knowing what to expect from our WRTs can help you to anticipate the steps necessary to return your property to preloss condition. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and available 24/7 by calling (763) 712-9712.

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Don’t Try and Remediate Your Anoka Business Alone After Flood Damage

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

small restaurant with tables and a bar Your customers count on your restaurant being open for their celebrations and gatherings. Make sure that any flooding is remediated right away.

Can a Partially Flooded Anoka Restaurant Still Operate?

Flooding can be a severe threat to your Anoka restaurant, especially when you consider the kind of immediate exposure risks it presents to fixtures and furniture in a dining area. If the situation is much more contained, there are ways that with the right response from qualified professionals that your business can continue to operate during the restoration and recovery. Our experienced SERVPRO team can help by assessing the full scope of this damage and the best approach to getting your property back to preloss condition.

While our professionals can understand the importance of serving your customers in crisis, keeping your doors open after flood damage in an Anoka restaurant can only work in specific situations. It is crucial to note that if natural disasters have occurred with brought black water into the establishment in any way, it is a situation that demands a temporary closure of your establishment until our professionals can adequately address this threat. Keeping your doors open during this emergency hinges on the damage occurring in a separate area and not posing a direct threat to your employees and patrons while our team begins mitigation and restoration practices.

Even if your doors do need to close, it has always been our business to get you back in business. We have experienced SERVPRO professionals that can work to remove standing water and to address the absorption of the affected materials. With direct drying practices like air movers and dehumidifiers, we can often protect installed structural elements like the booths and even affixed tables from the damage they could experience.

Containment practices can help to seal off damaged areas of your property from the guests and staff of your restaurant. Actions like physical barriers and plastic sheeting reduce the airborne particulates, dust, and debris created by even our essential restoration and recovery practices.

It is not a guarantee that any business can stay open and accessible after flooding. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team can work with your management to find the best solution for your business that returns things to normal as soon as possible. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

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We Describe How To Pack And Move Out Your Contents In Anoka When Needed

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Experts In Anoka Describe How To Pack And Move Out Your Contents When Needed

Severe storms that hit the Anoka region can bring with them high-speed winds that can cause much destruction. If the winds are fierce enough, it is possible that it can blow off your roof or a section of it, thus making your home suffer from extensive flood damage. Once a hole in your structure opens up, rainwater can pour into your building. Large amounts of water can ruin many of your structural components and contents.

During severe cases of flood damage in Anoka, our SERVPRO technicians can remove and replace items if needed. However, in most cases, we try to save your building materials and possessions by extracting and drying them. When the moisture is excessive, it is often much easier to restore the structure and the contents if they are separated.

If moving out all of your contents is necessary, our SERVPRO team follows a strict procedure to pack out your items. Our experts start by making an inventory of everything that we move out and where it was before we moved it. We then can pack up your smaller contents and wrap your furniture. If your items need to be cleaned or dried, we keep track of what stage of the process each item is in.

While your contents are moved out of your building, we conduct restoration procedures on your structure. We can remove ruined items and then attempt to dry others. Once your house is completely rebuilt, and all of your contents are dried and cleaned, then Our crew can move your possessions back into your home.

When we return your items, we first take an inventory before leaving the storage location. We then stage the items so that they get put into the truck in a way that makes it easy to put things where they go in your house. Once we strategically pack the truck, we unload it and stage your items in an area in your home. Lastly, we use our inventory list to move your contents back into the exact places they were before the storm hit.

Shortly after the storm strikes your home in Andover, Arden Hills, or Ham Lake, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 because we are available 24/7 and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Effects of Fire Damage in Your Andover Home And How to Deal with Them

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Fires lead to Soot Damage that SERVPRO can Help Remediate

A strong repulsive smell is one of the first signs of a burning house. Most times, diminishing smoke is a sign of a fire ending. However, after a fire, you have to deal with soot and smoke damage and water damage from the firefighters putting out the flames. 

After a fire damages your Andover home, you have to make decisions during the emotionally charged and confusing time. However, the sooner you make the right decision, the faster you can restore your home and return to normalcy. One critical decision you need to make is to hire a competent fire restoration company like SERVPRO to help you with the cleanup and restoration efforts. Smoke and soot can wreak havoc to your home and possessions in the following ways:


It does not take long after putting out a fire to see the effects of smoke. Stains appear on the walls, curtains, windows, clothes, and furniture. 

Corroding Metal

Soot is acidic, and it does not spare metal-made items like pipes, sinks, and appliances. Corrosion can cause your appliances and kitchen fittings to wear out faster than they should. 

Lingering Odor

When smoke particles settle on your carpets and furniture, it could take weeks before the odor dissipates. 

At SERVPRO, we provide comprehensive restoration services after fire damage. We can provide structural cleaning to remove residues from your walls and floors. If the fire ruined some parts of your home severely, it might be impossible to return them to preloss state. Our technicians can dispose of the structural items that the flames have charred or the heat has blistered. 

We can also restore salvageable fire-damaged contents because it is cheaper to do so than it is to replace or refinish them. We use several methods to clean different possessions in a fire loss. We can use dusting cloths or feather dusters to eliminate surface dust by wiping or brushing the surface of the ruined items lightly. Vacuuming and dry cleaning sponges can remove particular soiling and light debris. 

When dealing with a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. We have the expertise and tools needed to restore fire-damaged homes to make the destruction look “Like it never even happened.”

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Six Useful Chemical Agents For Water Damage In Your Anoka Commercial Property

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage Workers In Anoka Point Out Six Useful Chemical Agents

If a toilet or sink ever breaks inside your Anoka convenience store, the results can be quite devastating. If the problem takes place while your store is closed at night, the commercial water damage you find when you come to open the store in the morning could be quite catastrophic. A broken clean water pipe can dispense hundreds of gallons into your store in hours, whereas broken toilets and sinks can threaten your health.

If drain water ever leaks out from your convenience store's restroom, there is always a possibility that harmful bacteria and parasites can be present. When mitigating commercial water damage in Anoka, our SERVPRO technicians base what restoration strategies they utilize on where the moisture originally came from. Clean water problems are easier to deal with than grey or black water issues because there is no chance that the water is harmful and contaminated. If one of your kitchen or bathroom sinks leaks, the water could contain contaminants and is classified as a category two situation. Sewage water leaking or toilets backing up can make matters worse because this black or category three problem means that the moisture has probably contaminated items in your store.

When battling the presence of harmful bacterias, our SERVPRO team uses several chemical agents. The following six chemicals get used often in the industry to help us combat harmful substances of all kinds.

1. Antimicrobials
Antimicrobial agents are used in limiting or stopping the growth of harmful microorganisms such as mold.

2. Disinfectants
Germicides and disinfectants are antimicrobials that destroy about 99% of organisms they contact on surfaces.

3. Sanitizers
A product listed as a sanitizer decreases microbes to levels considered by public health authorities to be safe.

4. Sporicides
These are disinfectants that are effective in controlling bacterial or fungal spores when used according to label directions.

5. Phenolics
Phenolics are aromatic alcohol-based agents usually diluted with water and used as disinfectants, antiseptics, biocides, and antimicrobials.

6. Quaternary Compounds
Quats destroy microorganisms by rupturing their cell walls. They are used primarily to disinfect or sanitize.

If you are ever worried that contaminated water has entered your convenience store in Andover, Arden Hills, St Paul, or Ham Lake from one of your sinks or toilets, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. We can do such a quality job that we can make it truly seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Flood Damage Experts Will Save Your Andover Home

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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Storm Flood Damage In Andover Can Create Health Hazards

Water comes from many sources in the average home, some of which may be cleaner than others. Dirty water sources can cause a host of additional problems when they cause damage (as opposed to clean water), not the least of which is an increased risk of health and safety problems for anyone unprepared. Water damage from any of these sources should be handled by a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. We have the equipment and advanced training necessary to stay safe around potential hazards.

Ground Water Floods
Many calls we receive for flood damage in Andover originate from heavy rains over-saturating the soil and causing groundwater overflow to coalesce into a flood. Any water from these types of situations should be treated as a potential safety hazard because the soils and other contaminants that may be carried by the water could cause health effects if you are exposed to them. Any time floodwaters enter your home from the outside, you should treat the situation as though the water contains many contaminants from the ground.

Septic Tank Spills
A common reason for flood damage is the spill, rupture, or overflow of a septic tank. Most of the time, these spills avoid contaminating the inside of your home, but can still cause health effects if you are exposed to them, especially during a larger flood. If the spill happens during a storm flood that allows the water to come into your home, this can become a real emergency. Never get close to any water that may have come into contact with your septic tank or other sewage systems and be sure to let SERVPRO technicians know that you suspect the floodwaters may be contaminated.

Chemical Mixtures
Many of our storm damage calls involve limited flooding due to a left-open window or door. While these situations usually are far less dangerous to deal with, they can still pose significant safety hazards if the water starts to mix with chemicals and contaminants that may be present inside your home. Most parts of your house should be safe from these concerns, but please let us know if you suspect that any dangerous substances have mixed with the floodwaters.

At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County, we take the time and expenses necessary to ensure that our specialists are fully trained and certified to handle any type of flood damage disaster. Call us for any emergency 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Coon Rapids, Minneapolis Area Property Damaged from Water, Fire, or Storm? Why the Right Call Is to SERVPRO for Restoration

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Restoration Services Property Loss in Coon Rapids? Let SERVPRO Do the Heavy Lifting--We Can Help!

Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice for Coon Rapids Emergencies

Hundreds of families and businesses come to depend on our SERVPRO team every year to help them through traumatic experiences ranging from water and fire loss incidents through more complex biohazard cleanup and carpet cleaning. With the speed that storm damages and even water loss incidents can take root in Coon Rapids properties, our technicians must stay vigilantly prepared at a moment’s notice to roll out to help. We have the most advanced equipment and products to make our restoration processes more efficient, which can save our customers time and money.

Water Loss, Skilled Technicians, Advanced Equipment
Our water recovery team is one of the most experienced of our entire SERVPRO crew, boasting decades of experience in the industry. With so many potential sources for water damage in Coon Rapids homes, experience makes a substantial difference in knowing how to proceed when minutes count. We have ensured that our professionals continually pursue the latest training and education in the water recovery niche of the industry, not only obtaining their accreditations as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

We know that success in water restoration comes from developing our entire infrastructure of competent employees from our owners to our field technicians. With how frequent these disasters can be for the entire Greater Minneapolis region, having a full roster of competent professionals with the right experience can protect area homes and businesses with real-time mitigation and restoration strategies. We have invested in the latest equipment, including hundreds of high-velocity air movers, low grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers.

Extraction and drying are vital components to the recovery work that we do, and we have specialized equipment that can help us to reduce saturation in areas like carpeting, hardwood flooring, and ceiling spaces. Water damage in Coon Rapids homes can spread quickly, so our team relies on discovery tools like infrared imagery to help identify moisture pockets as we rapidly work to reduce relative humidity beneath an established baseline.

Fire Damage means more than just burnt items
We strive to offer the most effective and efficient services when addressing fire damage in Coon Rapids homes and businesses. This commitment begins with the education of our field technicians and management staff, and we encourage our professionals to not only obtain accreditations in Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) through the IICRC but also to pursue secondary education as well with endorsements in:
-    Odor Control (OCT)
-    Carpet Cleaning (CCT)
-    Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
To ensure that our professionals have the best approaches to fire recovery in Coon Rapids homes and commercial properties, we team up with local fire departments to identify the steps that these departments take when extinguishing flames where sprinkler systems were available and when they were not. These same events helped educate the public about how structure fires can spread and useful tips to limit their destructive power in area homes.

We know that no two fire disasters are the same, so our well-trained restoration specialists must quickly assess fire damage in Coon Rapids properties and begin designing a recovery plan that suits soot removal, odor removal, air filtering, containment, and even content management as needed.

Mold Remediation Requires Training and Professionalism
We live in an area that can see a substantial change in temperature from one season to another, and the humidity index throughout all of these respective seasons also fluctuates greatly. When you consider how many homes have poorly ventilated areas like basements and cellars, or even attic space without proper airflow and sunlight, the possibility of mold damage in Coon Rapids homes is a constant threat. Addressing these concerns must be swift and deliberate, as mold colonization can spread out quickly from the initial growth, and can get out of control in a short period.

We strive to provide our customers with the most knowledgeable professionals available in the area for mold remediation, and that begins with pursuing the coursework to certify our professionals as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) through the IICRC. Also, these same qualified professionals with the latest practices and techniques seek accreditations through the same firm in Water Restoration and Applied Structural Drying. These additional endorsements provide the experience and education to dry up moisture and dampness and prevent mold recurrence in Coon Rapids residences.

Our success combating mold damage in Coon Rapids homes is also a testament to the investments our SERVPRO team has made in our inventory of recovery and remediation tools. For issues that immediately arise, like the need for containment, we have specialized equipment like our negative pressure air scrubbers that can vent outside and prevent the colonization from spreading beyond physical established barriers.

Storm Damage from Rains, Winds, and Snow
Our storm damage recovery in Coon Rapids is so successful and experienced that we have gotten recognized and sought out on a national level to help with disaster recovery in other areas of the country. Part of our excessive experience and successes in this niche of the restoration industry hinges on our geographic location and the severe weather events that we have experienced and continue to address throughout every year.

We strive to provide every customer, residential, or commercial, with the same strategy when storm systems have damaged their Coon Rapids property. Once our team first arrives, we work to secure the premises as much as possible before we begin to assess the damage and create a tailored plan designed to return the damaged structure to preloss condition as promptly as possible.

Considering that many weather events can lead to worsening conditions like flood effects, storm damage in Coon Rapids homes and businesses gets approached with compassion and sensitivity for our customers. We understand it is a trying experience, and we want to help you through it.

We know that there are options in restoration services in the area, but our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County professionals have the skills and the equipment to make any loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime disaster strikes for help that your property needs at (763) 712-9712.

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If Your Office In Anoka Suffers A Fire Disaster You Can Count On Our Experts For Help!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Assist You When Your Anoka Wedding Planning Office Suffers Fire Damage

Any business owner who runs a service-based off of strict schedules, appointments, and planning can agree that having fire damage inside of their main office building would be a disaster. In the case of your event planning business, it is unfortunate that an electrically-based fire broke out in one of your planner's offices, burning up files, damaging the computer, and covering the office in soot.

While the fire damage inside your Anoka event planning offices may be overwhelming and nightmarish, it is essential for you to fight through the shock and reach out to help as soon as possible. The faster that fire damage is addressed, the better it is for the structure of the building and anything inside the office that suffered damage. Fire damage is most easily remediated when whatever has been damaged has not had the time to completely cool.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand that losing so much essential information for your business is a huge hit. For this reason, our team always swiftly arrives and gets to work so that you can focus on rescheduling appointments, reaching out to clients, and recovering lost documents. When you leave the job to SERVPRO, you can feel confident that it can be done right.

Our SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians (FDRT) can begin by removing anything unsalvageable and disposing of it. From there, we can box up the remaining files, as well as anything in your desk, sealing them away into a safe environment. Afterward, we can remove the desk and chairs and transport them to our facility, where they can be cleaned with house-made solutions specially designed for removing soot.

Inside of your office space, SERVPRO can begin to clean up the suppressant powder from the extinguishment system with an industry-grade vacuum cleaning. Once everything has been removed from the office, we can begin to focus on the soot and greasy stains inside, removing them with our chemically-based cleaning solutions. To finish the job off, our FDRT can use thermal foggers to remove the foul scent fire leaves behind, before bringing back the office furniture and unpacking the files and objects we stored in boxes during the remediation.

If your business suffers fire damage, never wait. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by dialing (763) 712-9712. Our technicians are always ready to help.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Anoka 

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can leave a lot of residue and smoke odors. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Tips for Eliminating Odors After Fire Damage in an Anoka Home

The flames of a fire can cause irreversible harm to the structural materials and personal items in your property. However, the destructive power of fires extends beyond the flames themselves. After extinguishing a fire, the potential for damage is still present because lingering by-products of the fire can harm your property and possessions. The particles of smoke attach themselves to surfaces and become embedded in porous materials such as carpeting, clothing, and paint.

Odors also accompany the smoke and they can linger in your property for many days, weeks or months, compromising indoor air quality and the health of the occupants. If your Anoka residence has fire damage, it is also critical to take immediate action to remove the smoke and its odor. Some things you can do to remove smoke odors from your house include:

  • Airing out your home
  • Using positive pressure ventilation by placing fans in your home
  • Cleaning porous items in your property like upholstery, fabrics, and carpeting thoroughly
  • Opening all doors and windows
  • Repainting your home

Odors may still linger after taking the steps above because smoke particles require specialized cleaning methods. You can enlist professional odor removal services from SERVPRO. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) have the equipment and expertise to clean up the affected structures and contents and eliminate smoke odors. Soot from a fire can contain chemicals and acids that can destroy fabrics further. We can use heavy duty vacuums to remove soot from floors and walls to prevent it from staining or damaging the structures further.

To deal with smoke odors, we can spray deodorizing agents directly onto visible smoke residues. These agents form a barrier that stops or minimizes the evaporation process, preventing odors from transforming into a vapor. The vapor is what you smell. If odor particles are already in the air, our technicians can block them using deodorant vapors or counteragents because they comprise a stronger, more pleasing odor that overcomes smoke scents.

Our SERVPRO OCTs can also use thermal foggers to deal with smoke damage. This deodorization process disperses deodorant droplets similar to how smoke spreads using pressurized force. Thermal fogging is ideal for lessening smoke scents in large areas.

When in need of smoke odor removal services in your property, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for help. We can eradicate the odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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How Our Flood Damage Specialists Deal With Foul Odors In Your Anoka Home

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

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How To Combat Smells After Flood Damage In Your Anoka Residence

Flooding often occurs because of huge storms like hurricanes, but it can also happen after a small, localized event like a typical afternoon thunderstorm. If your house has existing damage like a broken window or missing shingles, large volumes of water can get into it, leading to costly destruction in its interiors. The water can ruin the ceiling, walls, flooring, and furniture, among other belongings in your home.

After a flood damages your Anoka home, you may also have to deal with foul odors. Floodwaters usually leave bad odors behind because they may contain sewage, freshly turned over mud, rotting plants, pesticides, animal droppings, and landscaping chemicals. The odors can remain in your house for weeks or months afterward, even after you have cleaned up the flooded areas.

Professional deodorization and restoration is the ideal way to combat the odors and ensure that they do not return. SERVPRO franchise experts have the equipment and expertise required to deal with the aftermath of a flood and eliminate the foul odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

To deal with odors, it is critical to dry all parts of your property. Odors usually occur when wet materials are not completely dry. Our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASD) can use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry out any moisture we find in your house. Our technicians can also locate and remove other things that may be causing the odor such as:

• Dead organisms
• Trash
• Mold
• Dirt
• Porous furnishings

Since the odors may be coming from multiple sources, we use multiple deodorizing agents to eliminate them. For instance, we can use disinfectants and sanitizers to disinfect the affected area. Disinfecting the areas where the smell is emanating from can remove it without leaving traces of the scent behind. Our technicians can also use paring agents, which are products that combine with odor particles and cause them to fall into the surfaces being cleaned. Our SERVPRO crew may also use a hydroxyl generator to tackle the foul odors. This machine is safe to use in occupied areas for deodorization purposes.

When in need of odor removal services after a flood damages your house, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County for help. With years of experience, our technicians can eliminate the lingering odors effectively. You can reach us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Let The Professionals Handle Fire Damage Remediation in Coon Rapids

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes a nice fire in the living room can get completely out of hand. Contact SERVPRO today for all fire damage remediation needs.

Fire Damage in Your Coon Rapids Residence Could Call for Removal of Charred Materials and Contents 

Statistics show that 60% of fires in Minnesota originate in the kitchen. A fire can start in the kitchen of your Coon Rapids home if a person gets distracted and leaves cooking pans and pots untended. Another common source of fires is flammable liquids like denatured alcohol and gasoline. Seeing fire damage your house and belongings can be devastating. 

After such a loss, encouragement comes from having the support and clear guidance in salvaging most possessions, cleaning up your property and removing odors effectively. When there’s fire damage in your Coon Rapids residence, the Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at SERVPRO can help you return your property to its normal condition quickly. 

A fire can use the contents in your house as fuel and keep burning for many hours. It can ruin clothing, furniture, appliances, and electronics. We can inspect the contents to determine which ones are salvageable and which ones are not. Our technicians can take the salvageable contents to our facilities for thorough cleaning and deodorization before returning them to your home. 

Fire can also ruin building materials like drywall, flooring, and tiles, among others. We can remove damaged, burned and contaminated materials that cannot be cleaned economically like wet drywall, upholstered furniture, and carpeting and dispose of them. Removing and washing carpets is not always possible, especially if the fire is serious. If an indoor fire affects drywall, it is vital to remove it and check the wooden structure inside. We can inspect the wooden studs to determine if the charring is severe and if that is the case, we can remove them. Fire may also ruin a ceiling, cooling ductwork and insulation. Our technicians can remove such materials to pave the way for their replacement and restoration of your home. Removing damaged contents and materials also provides a safer environment for our technicians to restore the house. 

The other damage that’s hard to deal with after a fire is smoke odors. Many products only mask the smell for brief periods and it can remain in the fabric, upholstery, and walls. Several factors influence the severity of the smoke odor, including the size of the fire, length of exposure, materials that have burned and the size of the affected rooms. Our SERVPRO technicians can neutralize real odors while addressing imaginary odors. We have a robust selection of equipment and products specifically designed to remove stubborn odors such as; 

  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers
  • Thermal foggers
  • Ozone machines
  • HEPA and Charcoal Filtration Systems
  • Pellets-deodorizers 

Our restorers are equipped to remove all kinds of residues and odors even in tough post-fire jobs. We respond to the various challenges created when smoke odors and residues affect different materials and surfaces. 

When a fire incident happens in your Anoka, Andover or Columbia Heights home, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County for help. You can reach us at (763) 712-9712 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How to Remove Water From Coon Rapids Homes

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Quickly removing water from hardwood floors is imperative to prevent damage. Call SERVPRO for fast water extraction.

Water Removal Methods and Actions For Coon Rapids Homes 

Despite the recent spring rains and other unusual weather, Coon Rapids residents know that the far higher risk to their homes is far more mundane and less noticeable. A leaking water tank or a split pipe can send hundreds of gallons across the kitchen, bathroom, or basement floors. Quickly getting it out can be the difference between a day of drying out a home versus days, or even a week, of restoring the soaked property and throwing out items too damaged for repair. 

For rapid water removal in Coon Rapids homes, SERVPRO response teams bring an extensive inventory of skills and equipment for the job. They can clear the water from many homes in a day and begin drying property almost as quickly. 

If the water inside is about ankle-high or more, technicians start with an industrial grade pump. Each one can rapidly remove water from any room. If it is in a basement, they increase the rate of speed and vacuum to rapidly clear the room so other team members can get in and remove property for drying or disposal. 

Once the water level is down to just above the surface, SERVPRO team members switch to extraction wands for carpets and wood floors. Operators can adjust the rates to avoid damaging carpet fibers or splintering floorboards. They can also carefully apply heat to speed up the drying process. For concrete floors or linoleum, technicians use long-handled squeegees to push the water off the surface and out the nearest exit. 

Regardless of which removal tool they use, the next step is to dry the floor thoroughly. For carpets, this means rolling them up and removing the pad underneath. Pads quickly deteriorate once soaked, so it is faster and cheaper to replace them instead of attempting restoration. Team members install air movers and fans to force warm, dry air over the surface while drawing off the damp air and directing it outside. Once completely dry, technicians install a new pad and then unroll the carpet. If it is still damp, they continue using the air movers and fans to dry it before stretching it back in place. 

They use the same method to dry the other types of floors. For wood floors, team members carefully monitor efforts to prevent cracking or splitting floorboards. 

At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County, every potential customer is also a neighbor, and we treat each home accordingly. Should you have unwanted water in your home, or a squishy carpet, call us today at (763) 712-9712 to schedule an inspection or a service visit.

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If Your Self-Storage Facility In Coon Rapids Is Plagued By Water Damage, Our Crew Can Help!

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help mitigate the loss.

Challenges That Complicate Commercial Water Damage In Coon Rapids Self-Storage Facilities

If you run a self-storage facility, the risk water damage presents extend beyond the interruption of your regular operations. Since people store items with all sorts of value, ranging from rare items to regular items with sentimental value, any damage incurred might be hard to compensate. Such an incident can, therefore, strike a significant blow to your business. Our professional water damage restoration services can help save your customers' valuables, maintaining a favorable reputation for your storage facility.

Commercial water damage in Coon Rapids self-storage facilities can happen in several ways. Leaks from the roof or other breaches in the outer walls of the facility can let in rainwater. A burst plumbing line or a faulty air conditioning unit can also release water into unwanted areas of the facility. With the assembly of several locked units in a facility, locating the source of the leak or the extent of the damage can be a problem. Our SERVPRO technicians can use thermal cameras to check for wet areas behind walls establishing the extent of damage conveniently.

Passage of time amplifies the effects of water loss, so fast action is necessary. The segmentation of a self-storage facility can slow down water removal even with the use of sophisticated extractors leading to more losses. Our SERVPRO teams have access to several units of extraction equipment, allowing us to remove water from several areas simultaneously.

Even minimal exposure to water ruins books and other paper documents easily through ink smudges and other forms of material deterioration. The effect on electronics, on the other hand, might not be apparent immediately, but exposure can lead to corrosion of circuits, making them inoperable in the future. Our SERVPRO CDS, Commercial Drying Specialists, take different measures to save such items owned by your clients or are part of your record keeping system. We freeze any wet documents to prevent further deterioration and then use sublimation to dry them. For electronics, we ensure they do not cool to the dew point to prevent corrosion.

Water loss incidents pose a grave threat to self-storage facilities in Anoka, Andover, and Columbia Heights. Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help mitigate the loss. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Dodge Flooding Issues In Your Anoka Home With Help From Our Experts!

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on repairs and restorations after flood damage strikes your home.

Avoid Problems Later By Handling Anoka Flood Damage Now

Sometimes, light flood damage may seem easy to deal with or benign. Seeing the situation right after a storm rolls through may paint an inaccurate picture of a mostly unharmed and slightly wet interior of your home. However, many of the worst problems associated with flood damage come days or weeks after the accident, and these problems can cost thousands of dollars to reverse and repair. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster to make sure that we can mitigate as much damage as possible while setting up a recovery plan to avoid these major consequences.

Foul Odors
Depending on how much flood damage hit your Anoka home and how clean the water was, your home may be completely odorless during and right after the disaster. However, as time goes on, odors are likely to form and pervade throughout the house. Drying water quickly helps to avoid most bad smells associated with flood damage, but when odors still creep their way into your home, SERVPRO technicians use heavy-duty thermal fogging machines to provide an extensive and thorough odor removal treatment for the entire structure.

Warped Carpeting and Floorboards
Most flooring materials do not start to bend and warp when they get wet. However, once these soaked materials start to dry out, they can bend and twist into uneven and unsightly shapes. Depending on the situation, we may need to replace some flood-damaged flooring materials, especially when the floodwaters may have been unclean. When possible, however, we can apply several restorative treatments to save the materials of your home.

Structural Damage
Some floods can cause damage to the foundation and supporting elements of your home. These issues can be challenging to detect and predict early on but may cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair later. A professional damage restoration job helps to ensure that critical structural elements of your home stay monitored and free of damage after a flood.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on repairs and restorations after flood damage strikes your home. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Revolutionize Fire Damage Remediation in Your Minneapolis Home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires happen and can cause serious fire damage. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Fire Damage Experts In Minneapolis Talk About Kitchen Blazes

One of the most common ways something ignites fire inside your Minneapolis home is from kitchen accidents. If the food you are cooking burns, it is possible that extensive fire damage can result. Leaving the kitchen while you are cooking is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Food can burn, or a grease fire can ignite very quickly, and if you are not in the kitchen when it occurs, then it could get out of hand and cause a large blaze. Once multiple things burn inside your kitchen, it could become necessary to call in a professional fire damage company such as SERVPRO.

If the source of the blaze is the grease that got too hot while cooking, the flames can get large very quickly. Grease burning can cause excessive fire damage to your Minneapolis home in a matter of minutes. If you try to put out the blaze with water, the flames can get bigger, and the inferno can grow quickly. The best way to extinguish the inferno when cooking grease is the fuel is to smother the fire with baking soda or a fire extinguisher. Water clashes with the flames and causes them to grow so something must be done to cut out the burn's oxygen.

Once the fire is completely extinguished, then it is time to call in our SERVPRO experts. We can arrive promptly and quickly begin assessing the situation. We first go through your house and determine whether the area is safe for you and our staff. If we notice any potential hazards, we take steps to mitigate the problem so that no danger exists.

Once the work area is deemed safe, we then inspect your entire structure for smoke and fire-related issues. This includes going through your home and taking swipe tests to see how far smoke damage could have spread. We then bring a test cleaning kit that we can use to determine which chemicals will clean various surfaces the best.

If you ever have something burn inside your kitchen, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 seven days a week.

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When It Comes To Flood Damage Restoration In Anoka, We Are Your Best Option!

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

For the complete restoration of flood-damaged property, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help.

Concluding Restoration Of Flood Damage In Anoka Is Easier With Professional Assistance

Floods leave considerable damages in the affected property including soiling and structural issues when building materials absorb water. Taking immediate steps to remedy the problem should restore the preloss state. However, in the haste to fix the problem, it is possible to leave some issues unaddressed leading to secondary damages or repetition of some tasks. We offer professional flood damage mitigation in Anoka helping homeowners avoid such outcomes.

Proper extraction of water helps when fixing flood damage in Anoka since floodwaters easily migrate to different sections of the property. Some of the water flows out as the floods recede and it is easy to extract the standing water. However, some water remains trapped in cavities like cabinets, walls and other parts of the structure, which can cause rotting, mold and other secondary problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use state of the art equipment such as injectidry systems and drying mats to remove water trapped in cavities. We also open up such spaces by making flood cuts or drilling vent holes to release water or reach wet materials.

Thoroughly cleaning up of areas soiled by the flooding is an integral part of the restoration process. Since floodwaters deposit mud, silt and other debris in the affected property, cleaning can take longer than you would expect. Our SERVPRO technicians use shovels and other simple tools to remove silt and mud. We then use pressure washers, scrubbers, buffers and polishing machines to clean and finish surfaces ensuring the property attains sanitary levels.

Thorough drying of flood-damaged properties helps complete the restoration process. However, it is possible to leave traces of moisture in wet materials necessitating further mitigation steps in the future. Our SERVPRO technicians use different moisture detection equipment to check moisture levels. We use moisture sensors with probes to establish the presence of moisture and moisture sensors to check changes in moisture levels during drying. FLIR thermal cameras also help us check for wetness in concealed areas ensuring thorough drying.

For the complete restoration of flood-damaged property, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 to help. We are available 24/7.

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Your Anoka Home Can Be Restored By Our Water Damage Specialists

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call right away by dialing (763) 712-9712, and we can get to you quickly to fix the issue and get your home dry and safe again.

Water Damage Restoration In Your Anoka Home

There is not much worse than going down the stairs in your Anoka home and stepping down onto a wet floor where you expected a dry floor. Thousands experience water damage in their homes, whether it was from an overflowing toilet, a broken water heater, or a busted pipe. A water damage emergency can cost you in more than one way, so preventing it is your best option. There are tools and tips you can take heed of to help you avoid a disaster.

When water damage has occurred in your Anoka home already, the help of a professional remediation company is needed to clean up the mess properly. SERVPRO staff is trained and equipped to handle these situations, are We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

The first thing you need to do during an emergency is to stop the flow of water. After you have found what is leaking, shut the water off to that appliance. If you are not sure, shut the water off to your entire home. You should then turn off the electricity at the fuse box. If you cannot get to it without wading in the water, stay out of the wet areas and call an electrician. Do what you can to document the damage for the insurance company.

Each water damage restoration job is different, so SERVPRO techs are careful when we enter each home to assess the damages. Some things we check for depending on the situation is looking at ceilings if affected to make sure they are not sagging. If they are, that means there is trapped water, and we need to punch weep holes to let it escape. We also make sure that light fixtures do not contain water. If they do, we do not turn them on.

Any other electrical hazards are checked for, and we look to see that electrical cords on our equipment are not damaged. We tape down cords or zip tie them together as we work so that no one trips over them. We check for any mold growth as we clean and restore your home as well.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is available whenever you need us after a water damage emergency in your home in New Brighton, St. Paul, or Arden Hills. Give us a call right away by dialing (763) 712-9712, and we can get to you quickly to fix the issue and get your home dry and safe again.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Coon Rapids Fire Restoration

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

We will are available 24/7 to restore your home after a fire. We arrive quickly with the necessary equipment, expertise and experience.

Cleaning Up Fire Damaged Belongings is a Huge Help for Affected Families in Coon Rapids

Restoring belongings that became covered in soot and sticky residue during a fire in Coon Rapids can become a real messy situation for homeowners who attempt to carry out the work themselves. Many times, people try to do this to save some money, but many of those who try this often find that the number of items covered in grime poses too much of a task.

SERVPRO can help clean up items in Coon Rapids affected by the smoke and soot deposits caused by fire damage. Our in-house cleaning agents remove soiling, including the heaviest grime, from textured items, glossy finishes, and other materials that would seem impossible with just regular degreasing soaps found at local hardware stores.

We cannot safely wash many objects found in your home that now have layers of soot on them with water-based products. Exposure to water could cause additional damage. Some items can withstand slight exposure to water. For these, we use other methods that do not rely on the heavy use of water.

Powders can work wonders for some items that might sustain damage if we used water or other liquids to clean them. These specially formulated powders absorb the grime fire damage leaves behind, allowing us to vacuum the powder and the absorbed soot in one step. Odors become diminished, as well, making it easier to deodorize these belongings later, more completely.

Other items, such as upholstery or cushions, can sustain higher levels of moisture as long as they do not become saturated. Foaming agents can remove soot and other soiling from these surfaces and make them like they looked and smelled before the fire.

When different items in your home hold sentimental value for you or other family members, we ask that you point these out to us. We can provide them with additional cleaning care and concentrate on their restoration. We aim to help your family's recovery after a fire, but we need your input to do this for you.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County works in Andover, Ham Lake, and Arden Hills, helping families recover memories and other important and valuable personal items after fire damage occurs. Call us at (763) 712-9712, 24/7, any day you need restoration specialists.

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When Your Coon Rapids Home Suffers Water Damage, You Need To Contact Our Crew!

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for expert assistance.

Floor Restoration During Water Cleanup For Coon Rapids residents

There are considerations to make when there is excess water in the home. The longer moisture is allowed to sit, the more significant damage it can cause; being absorbed into furnishings, fabrics or wall cavities. For a homeowner, these scenarios can result in much stress as well as time off work trying to remedy the situation. We offer an efficient service that can restore your home and let you get back to your everyday life.

The primary concern for water cleanup in Coon Rapids homes is flooring. Carpets can be up to 50% weaker when wet which makes it very easy for permanent damage to occur when they come into contact with moisture. Carpet padding, the material beneath the fabric of your carpet, breaks down quickly when wet and usually needs to be replaced. SERVPRO technicians can remove the carpet, dry the upper area and dispose of the carpet padding.

For homeowners with hard floors of concrete or tile, SERVPRO adopts a different approach. The most important part of ensuring a hard floor does not cause problems further down the line is measuring the level of moisture beneath the surface, known as the subfloor. A concrete floor, which is naturally porous, can be contaminated by microbes causing mold growth. We can remedy this effect by using vacuums fitted with HEPA filters in combination with an EPA-registered disinfectant; ensuring you avoid expensive secondary issues.

Wooden flooring can warp or buckle after prolonged exposure to moisture. SERVPRO offers a quick call out time to ensure damage can be limited before it requires replacement. Using drying mats which apply suction over a larger surface area can help to draw moisture from hardwood floors and significantly reduce the likelihood of replacement. We can also use Teflon moisture meters to measure the level of moisture absorbed by a wood accurately.

There are many considerations for the restoration of property with only one right answer. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for expert assistance.

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When Snow Melts and Creates Water Damage, SERVPRO Will Be There to Help!

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is here and the snow has melted, causing an immense amount of water everywhere. Call our SERVPRO team for water restoration help.

Rely on the Professionals for End of Winter Water Removal in Coon Rapids

Snowfall records shattered over the past couple of months, and intense cold retained most of the snowpack in Coon Rapids. As the sun swings higher in the sky, days lengthen, and temperatures rise the meltwater might find its way into your home. When the ground is still frozen, and ice and snow buildup hugs your foundation, you can see early spring flooding into your basement or walkout living area.

An active approach to water removal in Coon Rapids is necessary when over two feet of snow melts rapidly and cannot be absorbed. Waiting for the water to exit on its own into the floor drains risks deterioration of many structural components and increases the possibility of mold growth. Trying to remove the icy water as a DIY project is unrealistic as household wet/dry vacs, mops, and buckets cannot get the water out fast enough.

SERVPRO’s team is ready to begin removing unwanted water immediately after we complete an assessment. Our service vehicles contain the pumps and wanded extractors needed to rid your home of standing water fast. Our IICRC-trained technicians use thermal scanning and moisture meters to locate any hidden water in cinder block cells or behind other structural components. The release of this water might need holes drilled in mortar joints, top-down extraction with extensions, or flood cuts for access.

Once we remove the majority of the water, the focus turns to structural drying. SERVPRO trucks roll out the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers that pull moisture out of porous materials as vapor. That vapor is condensed or absorbed by evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers to remove it permanently from your dwelling. Our employees gauge the achievement of drying goals by periodically measuring moisture levels, comparing them to normal readings in non-affected areas of the house.

Previously wet areas receive antimicrobial treatment with EPA-registered agents. SERVPRO takes this step to ensure the inhibition of potential mold growth.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County awaits your request for water removal assessment this spring. Call us at (763) 712-9712 to schedule an evaluation of your unique situation.

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We Have The Extensive Training To Get You Back In Business After A Flood In Anoka

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

We have commercial equipment necessary to handle the disaster when it strikes your business. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Get Back to Business Faster using our Commercial Flood Damage Service in Anoka

In extreme weather conditions, it is not uncommon for heavy rainfall to cause road overflows. These can be particularly damaging to warehouses which tend to hold stock predominantly on the first floor as well as having limited insulation or protective exterior. Flooded areas usually have power shutoff as a safety precaution, and you may have to close the warehouse resulting in a loss of revenue temporarily. Getting back to business as quickly as possible begins with a call to our emergency line.

The scale and breadth of commercial flood damage in Anoka properties vary but having one service that can cater to any size disaster is an essential tool. SERVPRO has crew chiefs with extensive experience in removing excess quantities of water as well as performing emergency services. We can send a team led by a dedicated project manager to your site immediately upon receiving notification of loss.

On arrival, the first thing we can do is to restore power to the property as well as perform emergency board ups. Board ups can prevent theft and limit loss for commercial properties significantly; particularly if access doors or first-floor windows are damaged by fast-moving floodwaters. In severe cases, we can prepare the site for third-party general contractors to enter and work in a safe environment.

Mitigating loss is at the forefront of what we do at SERVPRO. Once we are satisfied that no further damage is likely, we can begin work removing water as well as any stock, equipment or furniture from the flood zone. A primary method for removing substantial amounts of water is gas-powered submersible pumps. These are fed directly into an open sewer point meaning they can remove a practically limitless amount of water.

Once excess water is removed the next step is to ensure the humidity levels are controlled which can prevent further flood damages later down the line. In an open system, we can merely air the warehouse replacing humid air with drier outside air. During the winter months, a closed system can be created by placing physical barriers then using a combination of rapid air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers.

If your commercial property sustains damages, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 today.

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Your Dishwasher Can Spell Big Water Damage Trouble For Your Andover Home

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

If your dishwasher ever breaks and leaks water, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712.

Water Damage Experts In Andover Talk About Issues With Dishwashers

Any house in Andover is at risk for plumbing failures since it is the most common type of residential insurance claim. If your plumbing system fails, you could be forced to seek help from a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. Plumbing system malfunctions can mean several things including leaks from faulty connections or cracks in water pipes. Moisture can also leak from appliances or the pipes leading to them. For example, if the connection between your dishwasher and the pipe running to hit fails, then moisture can spray out causing you extensive water damage.

Your dishwasher has both clean water and wastewater running from it giving it two different sources that could malfunction. If pipes running to your dishwasher break or moisture spills out from the appliance itself, it is likely that water damage in your Andover residence takes place. Since most dishwashers sit inside your kitchen cabinets, moistures leaking out from the machines can cause several issues to your kitchen's building materials. If your cabinets get saturated, mold growth can become a problem. The flooring underneath your dishwasher can also get wet which can cause structural integrity issues.

Depending on which type of water spills out of your appliance, our SERVPRO technicians can use different techniques. If the source is clean water, it is likely that most building materials can get dried out without having to remove and replace items. However, if the moisture leaking from your dishwasher comes from the machine's drain, then the water could be contaminated. When this happens, many materials could get removed and replaced. If the subfloor underneath the dishwasher gets wet by grey water sources, then it is necessary to dry out the wooden materials inside the dishwasher's cavity.

After all of the wooden materials get dried out, we spray the affected items with specialized sealant paint. Any other objects that came into contact with grey water get cleaned with antibacterial chemicals. If your dishwasher ever breaks and leaks water, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712.

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Water Damage Services You Can Rely On In Coon Rapids

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

As a hotel manager, you should understand how important it is to seek professional help when a hotel room or your entire building floods.

Water Damage Restoration Services

As a hotel manager or property owner, you should understand how important it is to seek professional help when a hotel room or your entire building floods. With the sheer amount of water sources on your property, the problem could come from anywhere.  
This type of service often exceeds the ability of regular janitorial staff in your Coon Rapids hotel. You cannot prevent water damage by utilizing wet/dry shop vacuums, or carpet drying equipment. Water still makes its way through walls, under baseboards or molding, penetrates carpeting, sub floors, and causes damage to rooms below, making time a major factor in the successful recovery of items exposed to water damage of any type found on your property.
Having a pre-existing relationship with a company, like SERVPRO can help you obtain the support you deserve when disaster strikes. Our water mitigation services involve reducing or preventing the amount of water damage you experience. By making fast, appropriate decisions concerning the type of water exposure found on your property. We can prevent additional damages from forming, including issues caused by mold and other biohazards that can develop over time.  
SERVPRO technicians maintain IICRC certifications specific to water extraction, cleaning, and deodorization methods necessary to restore your building and its contents to a condition that, most times, exceeds customer expectations. We work hard to produce quality results for clients just like you and help keep your operation running, protecting guests from exposure as we perform our services.
SERVPRO has access to a variety of industrial-grade moisture detection, water extraction, air moving, and drying equipment that helps speed up the entire process. With extractors of various sizes and attachments for specialty situations, no amount of water escapes our grasp. We manage your entire restoration from beginning to end, allowing you the time necessary to focus on guests rather than micro-manage workers on site.  
We make it a point to respond to your initial call with the right amount of highly trained support and equipment, using advanced technology and 24-hour emergency services designed to meet your every need. Whether you have a flood or a single room experiencing water exposure, we want to be the company that you call. When disaster strikes, contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. We can make your water damage problems disappear, “Like it never even happened.” (763) 712-9712.

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The Basic Deodorization Procedures Used to Repair Fire Damage in Ham Lake Properties

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians can help you with fire and smoke damage. Call right after the firefighters leave for best results with remediation and odor removal.

Fire Damage and Smoke Odors go Hand in Hand After a Fire Incident in Your Home

Fire is a very destructive element that can significantly set back the homeowner financially. Indeed, many have been left broke and even homeless after a devastating fire breaks out. Fire emergencies can occur from a gas leakage, careless smoking, short circuiting, kitchen fire, and candle or heater, among other factors. When this happens, it can leave undesirable odors lingering.
If you are a victim of a fire disaster, SERVPRO can respond quickly to neutralize the situation. Our highly skilled technicians have industry leading deodorization solutions to counteract fire damage odors in your Ham Lake property. The basic deodorization procedures are as follows:
1. Eliminating the odor source and debris
On arrival at the site of the fire damage, our technicians locate the odor source and remove it completely. This option is often more preferable than trying to deodorize the source – for instance in the case of a dead animal. We also extract charred structural materials before initiating the deodorization process. This is because the debris can continue producing smoke odors even long after deodorization.

2. Cleaning the surfaces with odor-causing residues
Thorough cleaning is also necessary to get rid of small particles that may continue generating odors after deodorization. Some of the surfaces that need particular attention include ceilings, cabinets, vent filters, vent hood, walls, countertops, and the stove. Our fire damage responders inspect all rooms to determine the extent of the odors before proceeding. In some cases, we may need to clean the entire building and its contents to remove the smoke odors.
3. Recreating the conditions that allowed odor penetration,
SERVPRO technicians do not leave anything to chance. To trace the odors to their source, we may need to recreate the conditions that facilitated their penetration. In the case of smoke odor, for instance, we spray a deodorizing “smoke” that follows the original path of the odors. If urine is the source of the problem, we use deodorizers (digesters, neutralizers, and sanitizers). Sometimes the odors can be distributed in several ways, for example through air currents. In this case, we apply multiple methods of deodorization.
4. Sealing surfaces exposed to malodors
If the situation is severe, SERVPRO technicians may have to seal the surfaces exposed to malodors. Our fire damage restoration experts can determine whether the problem is too impractical for deodorization. If so, we use two effective sealing techniques: sealing unreachable duct surfaces in the air-handling system and painting the walls.
These are some of the many steps we take to ensure that your property is free of toxic odors. As a locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can respond quickly to your fire emergency. Call us today at (763) 712-9712.

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Challenges of Andover Mold Damage in the Winter

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with mold damage in your home, don't stress because SERVPRO can remediate the mess!

Mold Damage in Andover Can Still Occur in the Winter Months 

While mold is most likely to grow in the summer months, it can still cause problems in the winter, especially if a summertime infestation has been allowed to persist into colder conditions. As the weather gets colder, our approach to mold damage changes to accommodate shifting conditions and new impediments. An Andover mold damage case in January might be even tougher for SERVPRO to root out than a fast-growing colony in warmer conditions. Here are a few of the challenges we may face when dealing with mold in the winter.

Frozen Colonies

Mold damage in Andover homes typically occurs around a source of liquid water. Whether this is a puddle, drip, or soak, this source of water is liable to freeze once temperatures get cold enough, potentially frosting any mold feeding off of it. While this is usually very effective in stopping growth, it also makes the colony harder to remove and does not permanently kill off most species of spores. Our line of mold treatments makes sure that once conditions thaw, mold does not return with a reinvigorated fury in your home.

Challenging Conditions

Because of mold's proclivity for water, it often only becomes a problem when precipitation is the heaviest. Unfortunately, in the winter months, this can be in very snowy or blizzard conditions, making it difficult for us to respond to and treat mold damage in your home. However, as soon as conditions allow, SERVPRO is ready and waiting to help local residents with any difficulties that may arise out of the inclement weather.

Hardy Species

Some species of mold are much more common in winter months than others, and these are often the hardiest of the bunch. Mold that can withstand freezing temperatures is typically highly resistant to other forms of treatment, as well, making it a challenge for less-well-equipped companies. SERVPRO stocks a full retinue of mold treatment equipment to ensure that any variety of mold can be treated quickly and effectively in any season.

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SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is ready 24/7 to respond to your mold damage call. If you have found mold in your house, contact us at (763) 712-9712.

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Flooding In Your Coon Rapids Home Can Be A Category 3 Water Loss Situation

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Flooding Is A Category 3 Water Loss For Coon Rapids Homes

When creeks and streams rise due to heavy rainfall and oversaturation throughout the Coon Rapids region, homes throughout our service area become susceptible to flooding. While this event can prove traumatic enough for many properties, deeming these emergencies as a Category 3 water loss incident requires a unique approach and precautionary measures for professional restoration technicians dispatched to your address following the emergency.

Many homeowners do not realize that flood damages incidents in Coon Rapids can get isolated into three different categories to both assess potential risk but also to determine the actions required to restore the home entirely. With rising bodies of water, the potential for contamination from bacteria, sewage, chemicals, and other substances is high. Natural flooding like this always gets deemed a Category 3, or black water, situation. Recovering your home after an incident like this requires a fast response from our trained SERVPRO professionals.

The first step for our team when we arrive at your home and inspect the property for damages is to set up our extraction equipment. We have various tools and machines that can offer fast extraction solutions to remove this contaminated water quickly from the exposed areas of your home. Once this water has gotten removed, we can assess the spread of the water damage and saturation for materials within the damaged areas to earmark structural elements for necessary demolition.

Materials like drywall and most flooring materials must get removed when exposed to floodwater in a Category 3 loss, and removing these damaged materials gets done carefully to not contaminate unaffected areas of your property throughout the demolition process.

While no homeowner wants to hear about demolition being a requirement to restore their home after a flood, it is the only way to ensure that bacteria and other contaminants do not persist and cause health effects or other concerns for those living in the house. If you experience flooding in your property, you can count on our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County for a fast response and effective mitigation to limit demolition and save you money. Give us a call at (763) 712-9712.

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SERVPRO Says Protect Your Coon Rapids Swelling from Fires with Inspections and Maintenance

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer Fire Got You Down? Call SERVPRO for a Rapid Response in Coons Rapid

Avoiding a Dryer Fire and Damage in Your Coon Rapids Home

Having a washing machine and clothes dryer in your Coon Rapids home is one of the modern conveniences that most homeowners have today. However, it is crucial that you understand some factors about running your dryer that are essential for avoiding a fire in your home. There are homeowners who may not recognize that simple maintenance should be done to keep their families and dwellings safe.
If you were unfortunate enough to experience a dryer fire in your Coon Rapids residence, it is an unnerving and scary event, but you need help restoring your home once the fire is out. SERVPRO is a professional restoration company that has the training and experience that you need to get your home back to the way it was before the fire whenever possible. "Like it never even happened."
The various restoration services that SERVPRO technicians perform include mitigation to stop further damage from occurring and structural cleaning services to clean and deodorize your structure from damage and odor. We also clean up the contents of your home from smoke residues, sometimes doing this offsite while restoration is done in the home. In more severe cases of fire, structural components also may have to be replaced instead of restored. If the reconstruction and repairs require different skills, we work with other qualified professionals to get the job done.
The first factor that can cause a dryer fire is the lint accumulation which happens after each load of laundry is dried. The lint needs to be cleaned out of the trap each time you take your dry clothes out and do not ever run the dryer without the lint filter, as it protects the inner workings of the dryer from collecting lint. The venting system, especially if squeezed against the wall should be inspected to ensure the unobstructed flow of hot air.
You should also inspect your ducts regularly, as blocked ducts can cause a fire. Check the ducts once per month to make sure there are no blockages. Some signs that can alert you to this issue are your laundry taking longer to dry, your machine overheating, or the exhaust air failing to exit the vent. Never overload your dryer or leave it running while you are out of the home, either.
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County wants to help you if your home in Arden Hills, St. Paul, or Ham Lake has experienced a fire. Contact us any time you need by dialing (763) 712-9712 so we can make your home safe again for you and your family.

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We Can Restore Your Home In Anoka To Pre-Damage Condition After A Water Damage Disaster

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you have recently dealt with flooding inside your home, no matter how small, call us today!

Drying Anoka Homes After Water Damage

For Anoka residents, a little flooding is a regular event. What many owners do not realize is the broken pipe under the bathroom sink, or the broken pressure release valve on the water heater can be just as costly to a homeowner as any other type of water disaster.

Stopping water damage in Anoka homes means eliminating the moisture trapped inside the structural property. SERVPRO technicians draw devices from an extensive equipment inventory to remove water absorbed into the walls.

Drywall panels can quickly absorb even water that rose up to only an inch or two. If the trapped water remains for too long, affected panels can crumble in place, forcing an expensive removal and replacement of them. To stop this, technicians set up air movers. These devices use warm, dry air to push moisture out of the panels and into the air. To maximize the effect, they can angle the direction of the airflow to force moisture into the air, even directing it towards ceilings if the water came from a leaking, upstairs pipe.

To trap and remove the water out of the air, SERVPRO specialists setup dehumidifiers with the air movers. Depending on the humidity level, or amount of moisture in the air, each machine can remove over 20 gallons of water every 24 hours. Lowering the humidity level also increases evaporation, which helps the air mover function more efficiently.

If there is water trapped in the wall space behind the drywall, technicians remove the floor trim and carefully drill holes into the drywall behind it. After allowing water to drain, they attach a hose to an air mover and force dry air into the wall space to dry it without needing to demolish panels and replace them.

Drying a home is not a quick or inexpensive process. At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County, however, we work quickly to return every home to its owner in a timely and cost-efficient manner. If you have recently dealt with flooding inside your home, no matter how small, call us today at (763) 712-9712. We are here for you.

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Our Technicians Are Trained To Handle Any Mold Damage Disaster That May Occur In Your Andover Home

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County has highly trained members on every team we send to your home.

Why SERVPRO Training Makes Our Mold Damage Remediation In Andover So Effective

At SERVPRO, mitigating damaged areas in Andover properties and remediating microbial infestations helps keep our community healthy and strong. Having a home that keeps out pests and the elements ensures families enjoy both privacy and security, as well.

Helping owners protect their homes adequately is why SERVPRO technicians study and train to earn IICRC certificates in mold damage remediation in Andover. Above-normal populations of mold can cause health effects in people, in addition to the property damage these microbes so effortlessly create. SERVPRO technicians can help prevent the harm these microorganisms can cause to your home's interior.

To do this most efficiently, we use negative pressure enclosures that assist us in protecting otherwise uncontaminated areas in your house from invasion by spores that mold releases when we begin the remediation process. Scraping mold from surfaces, as well as wiping other areas down, or cutting damaged materials away from non-affected areas can cause spores to enter the air. Mold does this to spread to additional areas.

Our air scrubbers all come equipped with HEPA filters that trap both dust and spores, as well as any microbes themselves that pass through. Inside negative pressure containment structures that we build around the area containing mold, we force these particles through the air scrubber and outside of your home, ensuring anything that does manage to pass through only does so to the outside and never to your home's interior.

We use additional air scrubbers to clean the air of any spores that may already exist in the indoor environment, before our arrival. Our personal protective gear (PPE) also means it is less likely that mold or spores remain attached to us. Eliminating as many possible routes spores can use to travel to other areas of your home keeps reinfestation to a minimum.

Our Mold Removal Specialist (MRS) can also use blasting techniques that eliminate mold from surfaces. These use either baking soda or dry ice in the form of pellets to scrub mold from surfaces. However, dry ice, with its super-low temperatures, means microbes and their spores freeze on contact and die. This protects your home even more while creating less of a mess, as the carbon dioxide (dry ice) quickly dissipates into the air as it reaches room temperature.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County has highly trained members on every team we send to your home. Professionally skilled remediation of mold damage restores your Ham Lake, St Paul, or Arden Hills home, so it's “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (763) 712-9712, 24/7, year-round for highly skilled professionals who care about your family and your home.

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Leaky Roofs And Ice Dams Are Not A Good Combination For Your Home In Andover

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you ever notice mold after your roof leaks in the winter, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County!

Mold Damage Experts In Andover Talk About Leaky Roofs And Ice Dams

In the winter time, snow and ice can create problems inside your Andover home. Snow can build up and cause your roofing materials to cave in and create mold damage inside your house. If the ice on your roof gets heavy, it can create a situation where materials get saturated and start to leak. Slow leaks like these can elevate moisture and humidity levels inside your attic crawlspace. When moisture gets high in tight, confined spaces like attics problems with mold damage are likely.

Attics are the home to several microbes that exist naturally. Once moisture levels within organic substances inside your house rise, mold damage mitigation in Andover must occur by a professional contractor like SERVPRO so that the issues do not get worse. Attics are a prime place for fungal development to take place due to the high number of organic materials like your wooden trusses and the paper on the back of your insulation. Humidity levels are already higher in these tight spots than in the living area of your residence. Once a small leak in your roof develops, fungi that you may not be able to see can form.

Ice dams can also form on the edge of your roof and prevent moisture from running off. Sometimes attics are poorly insulated making problems with fungi worse. Once a fungus develops inside your attic, hidden mold can exist on the surfaces of your building materials. After microbes activate the contamination grows in size and starts to release reproductive seed-like spores into the air.

If problems do not get dealt with by a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO immediately, then air quality issues could result. Once your HVAC system gets contaminated mold can start to form in other places inside your residence. Whenever we mitigate problems in attics, we seal off the enclosure so that spores and other harmful particles cannot get released into your building's air flow.

If you ever notice mold after your roof leaks in the winter, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 seven days a week.

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Mold Meets SERVPRO in Coon Rapids and Losses the Fight

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Moldy Attic From Poor Insulation and Cold Weather? Call SERVPRO for Remediation and a Solution

Mold Remediation:  A Task For All Seasons In Coon Rapids

Weather fluctuations can increase the risk of a mold problem developing in your home. Our winters are not as predictable as in prior years, with unseasonably high temperatures causing ice and snow in gutters and near rooflines to melt at unexpected times. If some of this pooled moisture makes its way inside your home mold damage can follow. Our remediation specialists can help find and abate the mold damage.

Mold remediation in the upper reaches of your Coon Rapids home is needed more than ever from fall through spring. Below freezing temperatures used to be the norm in the Metro Area in winter. Previously snow-covered roofs now harbor slushy mixtures of water and ice that leak along eaves and flashings. If insulation is substandard the heat from the house accelerates the melting problem. Mold spores in the attic or upper living levels encounter the moisture and begin their life cycles.

Mold in this area can be hard to manage because it grows unnoticed, away from the areas of home you frequent most often. The first signs you might see are stainings moving down the walls or a musty smell. Often a trip to the attic to bring down holiday decorations alerts you to the warning signs of the multiplying mold colonies. SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remedial Technicians are familiar with attic mold issues and quickly formulate an abatement plan after assessment.

SERVPRO takes care to locate any HVAC system components in the affected area before remediation. Containment of the mold infestation away from vents, fans, or fresh air intake is critical to prevent moldy debris from spreading throughout your home. Frequently we make use of a negative pressure air-scrubbing system that filters contaminants and vents the work area directly to the outside.

We remove the mold colonies using scrapers and brushes. If porous materials are infiltrated with fungi, soda blasting can help remove the growth so the materials can be restored. SERVPRO also uses EPA-registered fungicides to treat hard to reach areas in an attic space, halting the current mold growth and inhibiting a resurgence. Our team also consults with homeowners on effective ways to prevent the mold-friendly cycle of freezing and melting of ice dams in future seasons.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County offers the trained technicians, specialized products, and equipment to complete your mold remediation project. Call (763) 712-9712 to set up an evaluation.

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When the Fire Suppression Sprinkler Floods Your Andover Office

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that water damage is considered secondary damage from a fire?

Commercial Water Removal for Your Andover Office Building

Fire sprinkler systems are affordable and reliable protection for your office building in Andover. Not only do sprinkler systems save you from property losses from fire and save lives, but they also save you money from tax deductions, ordinance and code compliance, savings on insurance, and the ability to keep doing business as usual. However, as beneficial as they are, sprinkler systems can leave a wet mess behind. 

The sprinkler system goes into action as soon as a fire is detected, which then creates a need for commercial water removal in your Andover property. Sprinkler systems can be set up to address a specific area of the fire, preventing it to spread, and lessening the amount of water used as well. A sprinkler system might use hundreds of gallons of water, while firefighters use thousands. 

Any water used indoors leaves you with a problem of moisture that needs addressing. That is where our SERVPRO technicians come in. Water damage can include the carpeting, drywall, and other building materials, plus wet office materials like upholstery, the growth of mold, and standing water. 

Our first step is to clear out items from your property that include cloth, wood, or other porous surfaces and store them in a safe place until your building is ready for their return. Some items might have to be replaced depending on how damaged they are and if we can restore them or not. 

We can then remove any standing water with industrial truck-mounted pumps and extraction equipment. Our goal is to get your office building to the average level of dryness. We can take measurements from dry areas of the structure to determine the right levels. We make use of dehumidifiers and air movers to finish drying the affected area, which prevents mold from forming. 

Water damage can weaken drywall or the structure of your building, or even leave stains on upholstery and carpeting which are permanent. In these cases, restoring your property might require additional cleaning services or construction from other reputable professionals. 

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County understands that any downtime for your business in New Brighton, St. Paul, or Arden Hills means lost earnings for you. Therefore, when you call us at (763) 712-9712, we work quickly and efficiently to get you back up and running as soon as possible.

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Our Specialists Explain Our Methods Used In Our Mold Remediation Process In Columbia Heights

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (763) 712-9712 whenever you discover moldy areas in your residence.

Methods Used To Contain Debris During Mold Damage Remediation In Columbia Heights

After an incident where materials in your Columbia Heights home absorbed water and mold began growing, getting the issue under control as quickly as possible becomes crucial to protecting other areas of your home. When microbes expand their living area into places where they can cause damage, you need a qualified and experienced partner on your side.

SERVPRO technicians will help you with thorough mold damage remediation in your Columbia Heights home. Because mold itself can become dry, even while living, or still contain unreleased spores after dying, we use highly effective methods that keep these particles contained and away from otherwise uncontaminated areas of your property. Even though mold exists everywhere inside your home, non-dormant mold from active colonies can more easily set up additional colonies than already existing and widely scattered spores can.

When performing mold damage remediation, we build negative pressure containment structures around the area involved. We use non-marking tape, typically blue, to attach heavy gauge polyvinyl sheeting to walls above and adjacent to doorways and corners, as well as to the floor — these block off the air to the other areas of the house. Inside this area, we attach plastic tubing between an air scrubber and a window. Once turned on, all air exits out of the window after passing through the machinery.

During scraping of mold from walls and ceilings, or blasting, or cutting away, a large amount of dust accumulates in the area we are working on to remove the active mold. These particles of dust, mold, and spores all leave through the air scrubber. Having a HEPA filter attached, the majority of these become trapped. Only the finest particles, smaller than .003 microns, pass through to the outside world.

Another way SERVPRO's IICRC-certified specialists protect your property from exposure to moldy materials during remediation is to always double bag materials. This simple step provides substantial protection from the mold clinging to materials as we carry it outside of your home. There, we dispose of it, so you never need to worry about it recontaminating your property, even outside.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can provide your family with the latest in mold damage remediation techniques, from start to finish, so your home becomes healthier and less prone to musty odors. Call us at (763) 712-9712 whenever you discover moldy areas in your Ham Lake, Arden Hills, or New Brighton residence.

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When It Comes To Fire Damage To Your Columbia Heights Home We Are Here To Help!

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Call us anytime, day or night, to start your home’s recovery.

Columbia Heights Residents Tackle Fire Damage

After a fire occurs in your Columbia Heights home, it can be one of the most devastating experiences you may ever have as a homeowner. In most cases, when you experience fire and smoke damage, you also experience damage caused by water used to douse the flames by firefighters on scene.

To recover as many of your losses as possible, you need to hire a restoration company with qualified professionals. You need technicians that specialize in fire damage repairs in Columbia Heights and understand what you need. It is also beneficial to gain access to all of the equipment and resources necessary to get the restoration job done right the first time.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, along with all of the necessary tools and years of experience. We handle every form of fire, smoke, or water damage that often accompany grease fires, complex-fires, natural fires, or any other type of fire imaginable. Our technicians combine a variety of cleaning and deodorization methods to achieve the highest quality results.

At SERVPRO our technicians remove and secure damaged contents, cleaning and restoring each item with a careful touch. We take the time to address each item individually while ensuring that we limit your losses and get everything in your home back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. There is no such thing as too small or too large of a job; we have the resources and personnel available to tackle whatever you might experience.

Whether you require help securing your home immediately after a fire occurs or want someone to take a look at your property to prevent as much damage as possible should an event happen, SERVPRO is here to help. We provide professional cleanup and restoration services throughout the local area, making ourselves available at a moments notice.

Our team at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County has technicians who focus on training and documentation so that we can provide you with the quality services you deserve. Call us anytime, day or night, to start your home’s recovery. We make incidents disappear, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (763) 712-9712.

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SERVPRO's Restoration Process for Your Floods Damaged Your New Brighton Residence

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready to help restore your home after flood events.

Options That New Brighton Residents Have When They Face Flood Damage  

One of the worst nightmares that any homeowner can experience is flood damage. Such unfortunate incidents occur due to unfavorable weather conditions, and no matter how prepared you are, you may end up being affected in one way or the other. There are specific processes and procedures that restorers follow when restoring your property. We are going to list some of the services we offer to residents of New Brighton when such stressing events occur.
When our SERVPRO technicians are attending to your New Brighton home after a flood damage incident, the first step that we undertake is evaluating the safety of the building before re-entering can take place. During the evaluation process, we check out for the various types of structural damage. We make sure all electrical circuits are turned off from the mains since water is a good conductor of electricity. We also inspect whether there are cracks on the walls, floors, and whether the structure has the required stability. Once we have addressed the significant safety concerns, it is time to perform emergency flood cleanup procedures.
After re-entering your property, our SERVPRO technicians document all the damage. The information is very vital since your insurance provider can use it to offer the necessary compensation. We can take photos of your damaged furniture, different areas of the building, and all your belongings. If it is necessary to perform a move-out before the cleaning process can start, we can help you do it. Usually, homeowners with more documentation stand better chances of being fairly compensated.
Our SERVPRO team understands the need to quickly dry and clean your property to prevent secondary damage and the growth of molds, which can cause health effects. We use pumps to remove any standing water, put in place dehumidifiers to absorb excess moisture from the surrounding air, and set-up fans to enhance the drying process. After cleaning the affected areas, we perform deodorization to neutralize odor-causing particles.
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County has the know-how and resources to clean and restore your home or business facing flood damage. Contact us by calling (763) 712-9712 to get a quote and get your questions answered.

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Why Do Property Owners in Anoka and Individuals Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Sanitation after a Hoarding Discovery?

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO When Collections and Hoarding Lift the Roof Off of an Anoka Property

Special Cleaning Services for Hoarding in Anoka Homes

Many Anoka homes endure situations that require precise and thorough cleaning techniques and approaches that vary greatly from conventional efforts. While you might not believe that situations like hoarding can cause considerable damage to a home, this is often not the case. Depending on the type of hoarded item, the length of time, or the manner with which it gets stored, these situations can often develop into significant health risks for the occupants of the house and others exposed.

Finding out the right information about hoarding cleanup is the first step to recovering the Anoka property. Our dedicated professionals can help you to restore the home once a hoarding relative, friend, or tenant has been removed from the premises.

Our SERVPRO professionals have encountered many situations involving hoarding throughout our service area. Residents collect items ranging from newspapers and magazines to garbage. Regardless of the item, the excessive collections throughout all rooms and areas of the house present a significant safety hazard and the introduction of vermin and infestations of insects that can affect the health of those living in it.

We offer a sensitive approach to these situations with the safety of the homeowner, as well as our technicians, in mind. We can remove the unwanted items from the house and address lingering issues such as odors, soiled areas, and structural damages. We have the equipment and expertise to contend with bacteria, pathogens, and the effects of infestations. Our premier cleaning services can make situations like hoarding “Like it never even happened.” It requires patience and skill from our SERVPRO technicians to tackle this problem and arrive at a safe landing.

As troublesome as it might be to discover hoarding practices in the home of a loved one, finding the right professional assistance to help overcome the often traumatic state of the property is critical to moving forward. Our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County response team offers lasting solutions and a comprehensive restoration process that ensures the job gets done correctly, courteously, and safely. Give us a call today at (763) 712-9712.

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Don't Let An Electrical Fire Destroy Your Ham Lake Home

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Once an outlet sparks and ignites a flame, the fire damages can spread quickly throughout adjoining rooms through the wall cavities of your home.

Overloaded Electrical System In Your Ham Lake Home Can Cause Fire

As the holidays approach, many Ham Lake homeowners poise themselves to make the same mistakes that they do every year. With all the corded items relating to decorations, outlets easily become maxed out from the use of multiple extension cords all plugged into the same receiver. While your home has been safeguarded in part to prevent combustion from overworked outlets, these preventative measures do not always work.

Once an outlet sparks and ignites a flame, the fire damages can spread quickly throughout adjoining rooms through the wall cavities of your Ham Lake residence. As obscure as this situation might seem for causing a fire to break out in your residence, aging electrical systems and overloaded outlets and fuses are common culprits for house fires throughout the holidays. While the initial solution is to manage the distribution and limitations of your electrical system better, most homeowners do not come to the realization anything is wrong until disaster strikes.

Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly in the midst of a disaster and be available to you in this trying time beginning right after first responders have extinguished the flames. We can quickly assess the full scope of the damage, cataloging the loss that your home has sustained and detailing the nature of the work required to restore your property to original condition. Our initial inspection can document all of the necessary information required by your insurance provider to make filing a claim more efficient.

We can also speak directly with your insurance adjuster and communicate with you about the estimated cost of the restoration. You might find that filing a claim and raising your premiums could be unnecessary if the estimated costs do not exceed or gently exceed your deductible.

While no homeowner wants their holidays affected by an unexpected fire, our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County rapid response team can work quickly to make it “Like it never even happened.” You can reach our dedicated and qualified professionals 24/7 by calling (763) 712-9712.

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How Our Experts Can Get You Prepared For Fire Damage In Your Andover Commercial Property

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Being prepared for disasters is important when running a business.

Andover's Commercial Fire Damage Experts Talk About Being Prepared For Disasters

Businesses that use heat during their day to day operations such as your Andover bakery are at high risk of suffering a structural fire. When working around several heat sources accidents can happen that can cause extensive commercial fire damage. The statistics show that there are over 5,000 restaurant fires reported to fire departments each year. These fires result in fewer than five deaths, around 100 injuries, and $116 million in property damage per year. Having an emergency action plan as well as designating a company like SERVPRO as your restoration contractor can help your commercial fire damage project go much more smoothly.

Being prepared for disasters is important when running a business. When you establish SERVPRO as your restoration contractor, we will be more prepared to help you when you find yourself in a commercial fire damage situation in Andover. As a part of the process, we come into your business ahead of time, and we determine where important things we may need access to in the building are such as electricity and water shutoffs. We also get all of the chains of command and contact information that we need to get approval to start mitigation work immediately.

If a fire does ignite inside your bakery, we will respond promptly and already know whom to contact to get work approval right away. We then will start by making sure the affected building is safe for all occupants. If there are any hazards, we mitigate them if we can or block off the area so that nobody is at risk.

Next, we begin an initial estimate where we determine what building materials and contents have been destroyed and which ones we can save with cleaning and deodorization. To do this, our SERVPRO estimators bring with them a test cleaning kit that they use to test clean different surfaces to judge cleanability. The initial estimate details what we know will need to be replaced and what items we think we can restore and save. If you ever have a fire start inside your bakery, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 24/7.

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Andover Flood Cars Not from a Storm? Better Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss in Andover? Picture SERVPRO as the Recovery Company to Call

Commercial Water Cleanup Experts in Andover Describe Various Extraction Tools

Water leaks can happen in your home as well as your auto mechanic shop in Andover. Over time appliances and waterpipes wear and eventually can malfunction and force you to deal with a commercial water cleanup situation. Plumbing supply system failures are the number one cause of moisture-related damage. These failures also cause 48% more damage on average than malfunctioning appliances or system material failures. When a pipe breaks the quicker the problem is resolved, the less your commercial water cleanup project will cost.
If the plumbing failure goes for a long time without being fixed, excessive water damage in an Andover shop can result. Moisture can ruin structural components inside your auto mechanic repair shop. Rusting of tools, inventory, and electronics can be costly to replace; why throw money away by delaying the water removal and drying processes? Our team at SERVPRO knows that reducing the loss of revenue due to a disaster is vital, so we strive to keep your doors open. Fast is better.
If needed, our SERVPRO technicians can complete all mitigation work during times when your business is closed. In other situations, we can conduct restoration operations a small section at a time so that part of your shop can stay open and your company can keep taking customers. Before any work begins at your place of business, we make sure your shop is safe for your workers and ours. Any potential dangers such as fall or slip hazards either get mitigated promptly, or the affected areas get blocked off until the issues can be resolved. No one wants to slip and fall into a pit.
After the work area is secure, our SERVPRO team begins the extraction process. We use either a truck-mounted or portable extractor depending on each situation. We then pick out an extraction tool to use depending on what type of material we are extracting moisture from. For your contents such as couches in your waiting room, we use a small handheld extraction tool. For saturated carpet inside your office or waiting area, we can use a weighted extraction unit that uses the weight of the operator to compress the carpet during extraction. Tiled floors get wet vacuumed, and even a mob and bucket help along with a squeegee.
If water pipes inside your mechanic shop ever leak call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 24/7.

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Our Flood Damage Experience Makes Us An Excellent Choice For Homeowners In Columbia Heights

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

The amount of damage done to a house during a flood in Columbia Heights depends significantly on high how the water rose.

Changes That Often Occur In Homes After Sustaining Flood Damage In Columbia Heights

The amount of damage done to a house during a flood in Columbia Heights depends significantly on high how the water rose. Because a flood carries about the same amount of contamination into homes regardless of how high the water reaches, the flooring receives the worst of the damage. Many times, flooring specialists must replace carpeting and designer wood floors.

A home in Columbia Heights with flood damage often faces other challenges to its restoration. SERVPRO technicians work hard to ensure that we resolve all of these so your home genuinely becomes just “Like it never even happened” quickly. Flood damage can become a source of stress and anxiety for homeowners who only want to get everything back to how they remember things and move forward with their lives. We help this happen by working rapidly, communicating with our customers, and checking our progress with a variety of different devices.

One of these devices is a small instrument that detects how much moisture any particular material holds. Moisture meters can check for moisture in drywall, but after a flood, we must replace any materials that came into contact with the water. Because evaporation happens steadily after a flood and continues until we remove the water, other areas with porous materials inside your residence readily absorb this water vapor.

Not only can this extra humidity increase the amount of odor, but it can also cause drywall to soften and also help mold start growing. We use moisture meters throughout your home to ensure that everything becomes dry evenly, without any forgotten damp areas.

Infrared thermal imaging instruments help us locate areas with increased amounts of moisture. These scanning instruments become helpful when roofs leak and let in rain or snow. Walls may seem dry when you touch them with your hand, and the paint or wallpaper can seem flawless even with elevated moisture content.

Doors, cabinets, dressers, and windows made of wood or wood products can swell in the presence of excess water vapor. As we dry out your house and mitigate the flood damage, these problems may lessen naturally. We can alleviate the problem when the condition of these structures and furnishings do not improve.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can help you and your family with the complicated changes your home faces after flood damage occurs. We address more than just the water that invaded your home. We fully mitigate so restoration can begin as soon as possible. If your home in Ham Lake, Arden Hills, or Andover suffers from a flood, call us at (763) 712-9712. We are always here for you, every day of the year.

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How Our Professionals Remove Foul Odors From Your Andover Property After A Fire

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

We are a local franchise that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Removing Odors After Commercial Fire Damage For Businesses In Andover

Small-fires can often be contained easily enough, although the residues and odor left behind by smoke can make your business an unpleasant environment for your customers. Scrubbing away at thick, or oily, smoke residues can be counter-intuitive, spreading the affected area and causing further damage. Before cleaning and restoring your business, it is crucial to pre-test the type of smoke and soot left behind.

Dealing with commercial fire damage in Andover is a job best left to the professionals. At SERVPRO our technicians are trained in an IIRC approved center to learn the way smoke behaves. By learning the types, characteristics, and behaviors of smoke, we can provide a better service to the businesses in our communities.

No two fires are the same. The temperature of the fire, materials burned and the texture of the surfaces it comes into contact with are all contributing factors to the staining left behind. Wet smoke, created by burning synthetic materials, can leave behind a thick, oily residue as well as a powerful and unpleasant odor.

At SERVPRO we have the expertise and equipment to remedy your business. In most cases, this can be by wet cleaning the visible areas of damage. In other cases, we may use abrasive cleaning measures provided the surfaces are hardened and non-porous. Smoke travels by moving upward toward clean air. By working with this knowledge, we can help to find areas where smoke deposits reside undetected.

When it comes to clearing odors, our team can first look for the source. Air pockets or ventilation ducts are particularly at risk of smoke deposits. Using extendable cleaning equipment we can reach areas to rid your business of odorous staining and markings.

Once a SERVPRO project manager is satisfied that all areas of smoke build up have been removed and restored we can begin making your business habitable for your customers. Using powerful Ozone generators, industrial foggers and desiccant dehumidifiers in combination can help to neutralize lingering odors for good. Leaving your store, clean, fresh and ready for business.

We are a local franchise that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for an immediate assessment and remediation service.

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WOW! Soot, Smoke, Fire Charring in an Andover Home! SERVPRO--The Cleanup and Restoration Solution

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Andover Soot, Fire, and Smoke Damage to Toy Tractors? SERVPRO Cleans Structures and Vehicles, Large and Small!!

The Right Way to Clean Your Andover Property after a Fire Damage Incident

How prepared are you to deal with emergencies such as fire damage when they take place? As a property owner, you need to have a working game plan in place so that your operations are not brought to a standstill by such incidents. Now that this September is the NPM (National Preparedness Month), we hope you are going to learn something new as one of the ways of making sure your Andover home is safe.
Our SERVPRO technicians perform cleaning procedures in your Andover property with the aim of lowering the fire damage claim costs. Resurfacing and replacement are costly options for any insurance adjuster as it is mandatory to dispose of the damaged contents. As per the theme of the current NPM, “Don’t Wait Communicate.” It means every second counts, and by taking the right actions, you can lessen the damage and restore most of your items to their preloss state.
Before our SERVPRO team can select the most appropriate cleaning procedure to use, we start by doing a site inspection. First, we find the ignition point of the fire, and in the process, we trace how far the smoke particles have traveled in the building. There are chances of finding different smoke particles within the same location, which means we might be forced to use several cleaning methods to clean the area effectively.
While some surfaces can withstand aggressive cleaning methods during the restoration process, some can deteriorate further or experience additional damage. Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and competent to choose a cleaning procedure that preserves the surface or material that we are cleaning. Wet and dry cleaning processes are the standard techniques we use when cleaning the affected items or surfaces. At the end of the cleaning process, we have to dispose of the cleaning waste and debris as per the local and state regulations.
At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County, we offer both commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. Call us at (763) 712-9712 when you face storm, mold, fire, and water damage, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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Flood Damage Technicians In Arden Hills Talk About Problems With Lightning

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Damages from lightning can strike at any moment. Count on SERVPRO for flood damage restoration

If your home is affected by flood damage, rely on SERVPRO for help

Many elements created during a thunderstorm in Arden Hills can produce problems with your property. High-speed winds and excessive amounts of rain can cause flood damage to your home. Some storms form hail that can ruin roofs and sometimes even break windows. Most thunderstorms create lightning that can get very dangerous if it strikes the ground. If lightning hits your house during a storm, it can cause structural issues that can lead to flood damage happening to the interior of your residence.

When a lightning strike hits your property, it can create holes to exist in your structure. If a hole in the exterior of your house gets formed by lightning during a storm in Arden Hills, flood damage is likely to take place. The rain coming from the storm can pour into your home from the hole created by the lightning strike. Excessive moisture in the interior of your dwelling can ruin both your building materials and contents.

Therefore, lightning can create two different types of problems in your home. First off, the area where the lightning struck may have to be rebuilt entirely. Lightning strikes can cause damage to roof trusses, walls, and drywall. Our SERVPRO technicians might have to remove a certain amount of building materials so that reconstruction can occur.

In most cases, our SERVPRO crew must temporarily seal off your structure where the lightning hit. We can board up holes in the exterior and use heavy-duty plastic to seal off the building so that no more water enters. Once moisture is stopped from further entering your home, we begin mitigating problems associated with wet items.

Moisture sitting inside a building can cause more and more issues the longer it sits there. Our SERVPRO team always works quickly first to extract all of the moisture out as we possibly can. Next, we set up air movers and dehumidifiers to rapidly dry out your structural components so that mold growth cannot occur. After all unwanted moisture is removed from your home, we can then begin the reconstruction phase that will put your home back to preloss conditions.

If your house ever gets hit by lightning, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 immediately after it happens.

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Dealing with Mold Damage in Different Parts of Your Arden Hills Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO technicians say no to mold damage and yes to mold remediation.

SERVPRO Knows How to Remediate Mold Damage From Your Arden Hills Home

Mold damage can lead to health effects, and there is a need to promptly act whenever conditions that favor its growth develop in your building. Apart from oxygen and organic materials that contain carbon - which offers nutrients - moisture is a crucial requirement for mold to grow. It means mold can grow almost anywhere as long as moisture is present. If the humidity of your property remains high, there is moisture intrusion from spills or leaks, condensation occurs and remains in place from 24-48 hours, and then you risk experiencing such an outcome in your Arden Hills home.

Let us start by looking at the procedures our SERVPRO technicians use when removing mold damage from your Arden Hills property. We start by determining whether the walls are porous or non-porous. When they are non-porous, we can use a wet cloth and a disinfectant to do the wiping. When we are dealing with porous walls, for instance, unpainted drywall, we may cut off the surface with mold growth. Mold usually grows inside materials, and that is why we cut such areas.

Another common area where we usually find mold is the drywall - because it is rich in cellulose. Since it is a significant challenge to remove mold from contaminated drywall completely, we cut out and dispose of the infected areas. It is also common to find hidden mold within the wall cavities since such areas usually contain moist and humid air. The same can happen behind the wallpapers. When necessary, we use invasive inspection techniques to determine whether mold exists behind walls.

Peeling or cracked paint, bulging and discoloration are some of the signs that indicate there is moisture in a wall. In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians may see some small mold spots on the wall which may show a possibility of a developing more massive mold colony within the wall.

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Fire Damage Professionals In Andover Talk About Problems With Acoustic Ceilings

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Structure fires are not as uncommon as you think and one day it could occur on your Andover property.

Fire Damage Professionals Talk About Problems With Acoustic Ceilings

Structure fires are not as uncommon as you think and one day it could occur on your Andover property. Even if the blaze was small and got put out quickly, it could have still created several problems inside your home. The heat and flames coming from the fire can torch and ruin building materials and contents. The smoke put off when things burn can make its way throughout your house and create separate issues. In some cases, heat and smoke can both negatively affect an object to the point where it must get removed and replaced. Some burn damage can get sanded off of certain materials, and they can be saved with refinishing. Most types of smoke damage can get cleaned using one or a variety of soot removal tactics and detergents. Before any work begins, our SERVPRO experts come up with an initial estimate for you and your insurance company that details which items are damaged and which ones we think we can save and not replace.

As a fire burns, the heat it creates rises causing burn damage to things located directly above the blaze's source first. In most cases of Andover fire damage restoration, the tops of walls and components attached to the ceiling are the regions where problems begin. Smoke also rises with heat and then when it touches cooler surfaces it leaves behind soot residues. Most of the time, smoke can affect the ceiling and upper parts of the wall before it ruins items located in other places.

During the initial testing and inspection phase, our SERVPRO emergency response group always inspects the ceilings for damage. Acoustic ceilings are not common in homes these days, but they still do exist. Acoustic ceiling tiles are prime targets for smoke residue contamination due to their high location and structural design. If these types of ceilings get burnt, it is usually relatively inexpensive to discard and replace the ceiling tiles.

In some situations, smoke damage can be cleaned off of ceiling tiles. Since the tiles are made out of porous materials, cleaning them with a dry sponge works best. Using wet chemicals on acoustic ceiling tiles can cause the soils to soak deeper into the tiles and cause permanent problems. If your day ever gets ruined by a structure fire, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any hour of the day or night.

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What You Can Do When You Need Urgent Water Cleanup Services in Your Andover Clothing Boutique

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Customers depend on your boutique for their fashion finds. When your store has suffered a water damage event, contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Store's Need for Water Removal

The last thing you want when you arrive at your clothing boutique the morning after a storm is to find that your store is in urgent need of water cleanup services. Discovering that the storm worsened a leak in your roof until the ceiling was overcome with water is nightmare-inducing on its own. However, the situation can become even more overwhelming when you realize that one of the ceiling tiles gave out and several gallons of water spilled into one section of your store and all over your merchandise.
When these unfortunate events happen, it is essential for you to call for professional water cleanup services in your Andover clothing boutique. If you call for help quickly, a smooth remediation is more likely to occur. When it comes to standing water, the faster you can get it out of your building, the better. Stagnant water creates the perfect conditions for mold, and microbial growth can happen in as little as seventy-two hours.
Here at SERVPRO, when we receive your call, we aim to arrive and work swiftly because we understand how valuable your time is. Our schedule is flexible, and we work when it is best for you, including first thing in the morning. Calling SERVPRO when you first find your shop damaged may allow you to merely delay the opening of your store into the afternoon instead of just losing an entire day of business instead.
As we arrive at your store, SERVPRO can bring advanced equipment that is designed to get the job done as quickly as possible. We can use wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove the standing water in your boutique. Extractors can be further used to pull water from any carpets or drapes that you may have inside of your building.
After removing the visible water, our technicians can focus on addressing the moisture levels in your store, while removing the merchandise that was hit with the water. SERVPRO can set up air movers and ventilation box fans to help dry out any soaked furniture. Once we are satisfied with the dryness of your store, we can quickly pack up so you can open your store.
If your business is impacted by sudden water damage, do not delay. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by dialing (763) 712-9712. Day or night, we're always ready to take your call.

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Water Damage Problems in Columbia Heights?

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

From Drying Carpets to Full House Water Damage Restoration in Columbia Heights--Call SERVPRO

No Problem, Call SERVPRO for Fast Water Cleanup and Recovery

Basics on water damage
Water damage is the unwelcome guest that affects many buildings in Columbia Heights, at times unbeknownst by the occupants. Most of the times, owners of a building and those living in it expect water damage to be in the form of flooding, which is not always the case. At times, even minor leaks from a bath waste pipe may lead to gradual water damage which may mostly affect the floor. You may think that your house is safe, but it is okay to have it regularly inspected since the effects of the damage could be more troublesome to deal with as compared to the checkups.
Causes of water damage
Before we check your home for water damage in Columbia Heights, it is more important to know what the potential causes of water damage are so that you can identify any signs early enough. Some of the primary reasons for water damage include:
1. Leakages from bath plumbing
2. Bursting or leaking of flex hoses
3. Leakage from your AC condensation line
4. Dishwasher and washing machines malfunctions

There are also other less frequent causes of water damage which are, among others, leaking toilets, sink overflows, leaking main pipes, and burst fish tanks. If you happen to suspect any case of water damage, you might want to check for any of the principal causes to be sure. However, if you’ve started noticing significant signs such as a warped floor, sagging ceiling, or peeling paint you have to call SERVPRO professionals as soon as you can.
Water damage effects
When unresolved, the effects of water damage can vary, with property destruction being the simplest form. Things like rugs, carpets, furniture, and others might be damaged if the floor has been damp for some time. In more severe cases, mold can surface, which can lead to health effects. In any case, SERVPRO experts advise that whether the damage has been undetected for some time or has just been discovered, calling us would be the best decision so we can rectify the issue early enough. Our team of IICRC professionals can respond immediately to your emergency, in addition to using advanced water damage restoration techniques and equipment.
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As SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka county, we value our customers and can respond fast. We serve with dedication and purpose aiming to get you and your family back to the life you have been accustomed to quickly and efficiently. All you need to do is dial (763) 712-9712, and from there, we can relieve you of the burden.

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Overflowing Catch Basins Can Lead To Flood Damages In Your Arden Hills Home

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is a disaster that no homeowner can prepare for and ward off.

Overflowing Catch Basins Can Lead To Flood Damage

Culvert systems throughout the community serve to move rainwater and overflow throughout underground pathways. The idea is to keep roadways from overflowing with heavy precipitation and in some cases, aid the sewer system to flow better to the treatment facility. Unfortunately, for as good as this system can be for your Arden Hills community, they are very susceptible to failures.

One of the first things that you can see with culvert systems and storm drains is their large grate coverings. With wide holes, a lot of debris and accumulation can build up in the catch basin and ultimately block off the drain. The result of this occurrence is overflows of the culvert basins, allowing for high volumes of water to potentially cause flood damages to your Arden Hills home.

While our SERVPRO team gets well equipped to help you contend with flood damages to your home, these situations are often unpredictable. Even in situations that do not even accumulate enough for flash flooding or water overflow in creek beds and rivers, a clogged catch basin cannot redirect even moderate volumes of water safely away from your home.

If you happen to live at a lower elevation to the basin itself, water takes the path of least resistance to begin rushing through your property. This occurrence immediately exposes and vulnerabilities that your home's exterior might have in its foundation. Small cracks or eroded areas of the mortar between the blocks can be enough for water to pass through and penetrate the lower levels of your house.

Within a brief period, while the storm is still active outside your house, several inches of water can accumulate on the floor of your basement or first level of your home. Our SERVPRO team can help you to remove this water and correct the damages that it has caused.

Flooding is a disaster that no homeowner can prepare for and ward off. While you can appreciate the importance of culvert systems and catch basins throughout your community, when these pathways fail, it can spell a great deal of trouble for your home. If you experience this kind of event in your residence, give our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team of restoration specialists a call. SERVPRO is available anytime that you need us at (763) 712-9712.

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Removing Smoke and Soot Damage From Your Andover Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Regaining the use of your home after a fire can often prove difficult without help. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and effective remediation.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Fire Damage With a High Level of Expertise

Disasters like a fire in your Andover residence can leave a homeowner dealing with multiple negative lingering effects simultaneously. While smaller kitchen fires offer less in the line of devastating structural concerns, persistent issues like smoke and soot damage can make it a challenge for residents to continue living in the house before restoration occurs.

Smoke and soot are both common regarding fire damages in Andover found in your home once extinguishment has occurred. While your insurance company might insist on the use of professional restoration services to clean up the mess, it is a common misconception that these lingering concerns can get readily cleaned up by the homeowner. The best decision, whether encouraged by the insurance company or not, is our SERVPRO team.

With our experience and training, our technicians get prepared for any of the potential damages that they face. Soot damage is one of the most widespread of the issues following a fire, affecting both the areas where the fire happened and connected spaces such as other rooms and ductwork. High-powered vacuums often take point for a large portion of the cleanup. Stubborn and set in soot staining can often get removed with sponges, either used dry or in combination with a cleaning solution.
Taking care of the smoke damage is often contending with the smell left behind after the incident. Smoke and charring can leave a harsh odor throughout the affected areas, seeping into walls, carpeting, draperies, and other materials. Deodorization, often with thermal foggers, can break apart these harsh odor molecules and neutralize them on contact. This process is safe to use on clothing, furniture, carpeting, and wide open spaces affected by the smoke.

Finding yourself recovering from a fire in your home is no easy feat for any homeowner to face alone. Fortunately, you can rely on the expertise and experience of our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County fire restoration specialists to help you clean up the mess and return your home to preloss conditions. You can give us a call anytime at (763) 712-9712.

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Tips to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Columbia Heights Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture Leads to Mold Patches in Columbia Heights Structures--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

ProtectYour Columbia Heights Home from Mold

Keeping your home dry on the inside might sound like common sense, but many homes in Columbia Heights contain small leaks that let moisture build up and accumulate. Keeping these under control and to a minimum can protect your home from many different types of damaging effects.
One type of harm a home in Columbia Heights might sustain involves mold damage. When levels of moisture elevate inside a home, it does not take long for existing microbes to take advantage of the situation and proliferate. Because mold and mildew reproduce by spores, these microbes can colonize readily and occur anywhere in a residence.
Porous materials in your home can feel dry to the touch but still retain moisture. Because these organisms are hygroscopic, they dig their hyphae, or root-like appendages, into the materials. Seeking moisture this way, they also destroy the surfaces on which they live. Drywall cardboard that sandwiches the plaster is particularly vulnerable to infestations.
Keeping your home's interior dry can help prevent this from happening. You can do this in several ways. Only one or two methods often do not produce the results desired, making it crucial to use several of the following suggestions.
Showering and cooking produce steam, which dissipates unless carried away by exhaust fans. Using one of these fans during the time the water produces steam and then a few minutes after carries this water vapor out of your home and reduces the humidity in the house.
Watering potted house plants only when needed. Try to limit the evaporation. Larger plants can often go for more extended periods between waterings, so combining smaller plants into one larger container can help reduce the total amount of water used.
Check over pipes and other water-carrying conduits in your residence to ensure that no leaks exist. SERVPRO assists homeowners with inspections to determine where leaks and other sources of water exist during a mold remediation service. When large leaks are discovered, we suggest that you contact a plumber for the necessary repairs.
Clean up spills quickly and make sure the surfaces no longer contain residual moisture. If cracks exist in the area, or if the spillage occurred on carpeting, air drying with a fan or two can help ensure no moisture remains behind.
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can help deal with mold damage or help you prevent it. We can help residents in the  Ham Lake or Coon Rapids areas by calling  (763) 712-9712.

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Minimizing Flood Damage in Columbia Heights

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding brings many inches of water into your home, your best bet is to contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Effectively Dry Out Your Flooded Property

Despite good weather forecasting, storms and flooding still surprise Columbia Heights residents and homeowners. No matter how often our city prepares for it, that first sign of water coming over the driveway and into the house is a shocking one.
That does not mean neighborhoods have to sit and wait for flood damage in Columbia Heights to go away, however. SERVPRO Restoration maintains an on-call response team to move in and minimize the damage to flooded homes quickly.
Our teams start with a series of pumps to remove standing water. Depending on the size of the home, they can bring in a small, portable pump, or use a truck-mounted pump that can provide its electricity if local power has been knocked out.
As technicians bring down the water, other SERVPRO specialists lift property out of the water and place it on blocks or pallets in the garage or another part of the home. Next, they install exhaust fans in the area to increase air circulation. They do this to allow water to run off the property and to speed up the drying process without causing any secondary damage to the furniture and other items.
With the standing water removed and property out of the way, our technicians begin drawing water out of carpets and wood floors using water extraction wands. Team members can adjust the vacuum speed of these devices to remove trapped water without damaging the nape of the carpet or the surface of the floorboards. The wands also have a heating element, so our personnel can also begin the drying process as well.
As they dry the carpets and floors, other specialists examine floor trim and walls for water. Drywall is an excellent building material, but the panels rapidly soak up water. If left untreated, the material begins to dissolve, and panels can crumble right off the wall framing. Response teams remove the trim and place air movers along the walls to force warm air over the surface. It shortens drying time and prevents permanent damage. If needed, they also drill small holes in the panels behind the floor trim to increase circulation and force warm air into the wall cavity to dry it.
The goal for SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is reducing the damage from a flood and to return each home to its original condition. With the right information, our team can arrive and begin the process of returning your family to a dry, safe environment almost immediately. For more details or to call in a response team, call us at (763) 712-9712 today.

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How Water Damage Could Affect Your Andover Home After A Fire

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Firefighting efforts can allow water damage to spill into unaffected areas.

Fire damage often leaves behind water damage due to firefighting efforts

Once the fire in your Andover home has gotten successfully extinguished, you start to assess on your own the full extent of the damage that your home faces. While you assuredly notice much of the direct effects of the fire, there are secondary damages that also have to get restored to return your home to preloss condition. A great example of this would be the water damage that is often left behind after extinguishment completes.

With all of the fire damages that you have seen after the blaze was snuffed out in your Andover residence, you have likely already gotten instructed by your insurance company to seek the aid of a professional restoration company to assist you in overcoming these effects and fully restoring your property. Our SERVPRO professionals are a top choice because of our extensive training in fire restoration tactics, employment of modern approaches, and we have the latest equipment to get the job done correctly.

Once the firefighters have successfully put out the flames, it is time for our SERVPRO team to get to work on assessing the damages that you face. While smoke and soot might be typical to these occurrences, more immediate threats like the water damage, have to get addressed first.

If the water pools in areas, extraction is a requirement. Often this gets accomplished through the use of wet-vacs. Ultimately we work to avoid having to remove components that can get salvaged, and thoroughly drying the affected areas can help to determine what, if any, of the materials need to get removed and replaced.

While there are plenty of effects that you likely experience from a fire in your home, our professionals can help you to overcome these hurdles and restore your home back to preloss conditions. Trust our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County fire restoration specialists to restore your home and help you to move on from this disaster. Give us a call 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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SERVPRO Can Help With Longstanding Smoke And Fire Damage In Andover

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke damage can be one of the most difficult types of fire damage in Andover homes to repair.

Smoke And Fire Damage

Smoke damage can be one of the most difficult types of fire damage in Andover homes to repair, but unlike other, similar types of damage, not all smoke damage cases handled by SERVPRO come from a blaze. Tobacco products, cooking techniques, and small household mishaps can combine over the years to create noticeable smoke odors and discoloration in some or all of your home. Conventional household cleaning agents struggle to handle the chemical composition and widespread of smoke particles, forcing us to use high-tech and powerful thermal and ULV fogging machines to eliminate odors. While these devices allow us to provide inexpensive and fast smoke removal services for residents across the local area, they typically represent too much of an investment for anyone but the most dedicated damage restoration companies to make use of them.

SERVPRO franchises nationwide use an advanced array of technology to evaluate handle fire damage in communities like Andover, sparing no expense to ensure that your home ends up looking and feeling better than it has in years after we eliminate longstanding smoke odors. We respond year-round to calls such as these, but it can sometimes be challenging to get the necessary help to homeowners in need. While it may not be easy to identify a problem that has grown at a slow and steady pace for years, those new to the premises are often able to identify the problem immediately. If you have ever had a guest comment on odors in your home, give us a call so that we can send an inspector to verify if there truly is a problem.

If we do find a smoke problem sizable enough to warrant our services, we make sure first to evaluate how extensive the damage is and then bring in specialized fogging devices to target odor particles and give the entire area a deep clean of smoke and other odors. If necessary, we also have the experience and cleaning products required to eliminate grime and other materials built up over time from the damage.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can help clean up smoke damage, and any other effects of a fire no matter how extensive or longstanding the issues may be. Give us a call at (763) 712-9712.

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Finding Mold Damage Behind Furniture In Your Minneapolis Dwelling

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Homes often contain substantial amounts of insulation, but if this fails in any way, mold damage can form in some regions of your home.

Finding Mold Damage

Many Minneapolis residents enjoy the different seasons our locale experiences. One drawback, though, centers on the drastic fluctuations in temperature and humidity that often occur. This can happen at any time, during seasons, or in between them as they change from one to the next.

Minneapolis homes often contain substantial amounts of insulation, but if this fails in any way, mold damage can form in some regions of your home. One such location involves the walls behind larger pieces of furniture. A lack of sunlight, or even that from your interior lighting, can encourage mold to grow whenever moisture condenses in the area between the back of the furniture and the wall.

In addition to this sheltered area and any moisture hidden there, dust also collects in these locations. When you move your furniture away from the wall, finding a colorful amount of mold can create panic in many homeowners. SERVPRO's Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can help you determine how far the mold spread within your home, and stop it from spreading more.

We prevent future mold growth by installing an easily maintained dehumidifier in cases where fluctuations in the humidity content of the home vary considerably or contain wet areas that never dry out. When a leaking pipe, either with clean drinking water or from a drain, causes humidity woes, SERVPRO crew members quickly repair such problems, so this source of invasive water no longer factors into the humidity situation in your home.

Remediating mold, so it no longer affects your home, or your family provides a fresh start. Preventing mold damage can help save thousands of dollars in the future. Mold growth behind furniture can give you a warning that mold damage can soon become a reality in other locations within your home, and save your money when you heed that warning.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County wants to help your family when mold damage threatens your home. You can reach us at (763) 712-9712 whenever you find mold damage or large areas colonized by microbes. We can make things clean and safe again for you, “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Removal Professionals in Andover Are the Answer

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Many Andover Homes Suffered Water Damage After These Appliances Failed--Call SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

SERVPRO Helps Many Andover Homeowners with Water Extraction and Cleanups

Whenever water gets into your Andover home, there are a few sources that can cause the leak. Houses only have a handful of places where water flows. Broken water pipes and defective appliances are everyday situations that can cause water damage. Other sources of unwanted moisture include natural disasters and structural failures.
The most common causes of unwanted water inside a building are pipes breaking and appliances malfunctioning. Many times when water removal occurs in Andover the water heater springs a leak or the washing machine hose rips open. When temperatures drop during the winter time, pipes are prone to freeze and burst.
Many of these situations may not sound horrible, but they can cause much damage to a building's structure. A broken water pipe has the potential of pumping over 160 gallons of water per hour into your house. If you and your family happen to be on vacation, then the burst pipe could spew thousands of gallons of water into your home.
Excessive amounts of water entering the interior of your house can cause much damage. Moisture can ruin structural components of a building if they get saturated. Burst pipes inside wall cavities are particularly troublesome, requiring demolition and reconstructions. If organic materials inside the structure stay wet for too long fungi can develop.
When mitigating water damage problems, it is essential to determine the source of the moisture. Our SERVPRO restoration specialists trace the evidence of moisture back to its origin when it is not apparent. The mitigation procedures vary based on what exactly caused the damage and the severity of the harm.
Most problems with water can be classified into three categories. The different categories describe how contaminated the water can be with harmful pathogens based on the source. The types of damage get grouped by a color based system with "white" water being clean, fresh water, "gray" being potable water that has detergents or has been exposed for a day, and "black" water being sewage and a host of chemicals and debris.
Once the type of water damage gets determined, the work plan is laid out to mitigate the specific issues. The cleaner the water is the more easily it is dried out without removing materials. When water is contaminated, more items inside the home get discarded. For professional help with various types of water-related problems, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any day of the week.

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Water Removal Techniques in Andover

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

If your washing machine has dumped gallons of water onto your floor, contact SERVPRO immediately for dry out services and to reduce secondary damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Evaluate the Situation and Then Use the Most Efficient Tools to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

If an appliance ever malfunctions inside your home, extracting the water as soon as possible can save damage to materials. If moisture stays on contents or materials for too long, they can lose their structural integrity. If organic materials inside the house stay wet for more than 48 hours mold growth can take place.
After an incident, moisture problems inside a building can be eliminated through extraction and drying. SERVPRO's water removal team in Andover has access to a large variety of industrial equipment to make sure moisture levels drop quickly. When a home first gets affected, our crew extracts as much water out of the building as they can, then they set up equipment to dry out the moisture the rest of the way.
When beginning the extraction process, we first inspect the home and look for any standing water. If there is an area that has more than two inches of visible water then we start extracting with a submersible or sump pump. The sump pump gets placed into the water and pulls it out of the building into a sewer drain.
After the sump pumps remove all of the deep standing water, we use our specialized extraction system to get the remaining water. Most extraction systems consist of an extractor that has a vacuum motor and a wastewater storage tank. A hose then gets ran from the extractor to an extraction tool that gets used to suck water up out of different types of materials.
Depending on the scenario our team uses either a truck-mounted or portable extractor. If the affected area is in a tight spot, then we bring the portable extractor into the house. In most other situations, we use our truck mounted extractor and run a vacuum hose from the truck into the structure.
The extraction tool that comes into contact with the wet materials can be changed when extracting different materials. There is a specific tool used to extract water from hard surface floors and different ones for carpet and upholstery. For furniture, a smaller handheld extraction wand often gets utilized.
When extracting water from carpet, a large, weighted extraction tool can be used to compress the carpet, thus removing more water. For help with extraction after a water damage problem call, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any day of the week.

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Andover's Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks inside your Andover beauty salon, it is essential that quick mitigation of the problem takes place.

Commercial Water Damage Drying Techniques

If a pipe breaks inside your Andover beauty salon, it is essential that quick mitigation of the problem takes place. It is vital that the building is made safe for your employees and customers. If moisture sits inside a structure for too long many problems including mold growth can take place.

It is also helpful if the mitigation work takes place while your business stays open. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Andover always try to complete restoration work without causing excessive strain on your company. From the first time we arrive on the job site to the finish, we utilize methods that allow our work to negatively affect your business as little as possible.

The first step to any mitigation process is to ensure that the building is safe for all occupants. Anything that is a potential hazard gets repaired, or the area gets blocked off before work begins. When we start the extraction process, we section off the areas that we are working in so that your customers and employees stay out of harm's way.

In some scenarios, we extract water out of your beauty salon a section at a time so that you can keep some salon chairs open and keep your business functioning. After we pull all of the moisture out with the extraction equipment that we can, the drying process begins. Structural drying sometimes gets completed overnight when the beauty salon is not open. Other times the dehumidification and air moving equipment gets set up inside the salon so that it is not in the way of business operations.

When setting equipment up inside a building to dry its structure, correct positioning of the air movers and dehumidifiers is vital. If air movers get set up to where they are pumping air directly into the walls, then they are pushing moisture into the wall which is not ideal. Our SERVPRO restoration team always sets up air movers so that they push air in a counter-clockwise motion at the walls at a 45-degree angle so that it pushes the moist air out to where the dehumidifiers can remove the water vapor.

Proper drying techniques get used to ensure that moisture levels drop to preloss conditions within 48 hours. For assistance drying out your beauty salon, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 any time of the day.

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Appliances that Cause Flood Damage to Your Anoka Residence

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding, whether from outside or inside sources, can leave your home under many inches of water. Contact SERVPRO to dry out the water and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Flood Damages Regardless of the Cause

Once an appliance springs a leak in your Anoka residence, you need to act fast. Shutting off the water supply to the appliance, or that section of your home can save you thousands of dollars in damages later. Your next step needs to address the water that threatens to flood your home.
SERVPRO helps residents when faced with flood damage in Anoka, including flooding by appliances. All may seem well when you return home from shopping or work, only to find that your washer overflowed or slipped a hose. If the latter occurs, it might occur even when you were not using the machine to wash clothes.
We can help you by quickly removing the water and starting the procedures involved in drying out your home. Extraction machines and pumps can remove enormous amounts of water, but still leave your home in a damp condition. We remove the moisture behind this, and leave your home dry again, "Like it never even happened." We know that this needs to happen to protect your home from the effects of water, including microbial activity.
We use different machines to dry out a home, including air movers. For areas that remain enclosed due to the architecture of your home, as well as under floorboards and in between walls, we use a system that injects air into these locations. Forcing dry air into these spots and then allowing it to exit carries out substantial amounts of moisture that would otherwise cause problems. Our moisture reading equipment can detect how much humidity remains in the air as it exits, allowing us to know how dry an area becomes.
Heat also plays a role in drying out a home, but this also must remain controlled. Too high of a heat can also cause problems with the final results, and lead to problems with wood and trim becoming too brittle. We understand these details and can answer your questions pertaining to your home if you desire more information. We know that your home is essential to you and we want to make sure that you remain a partner in its restoration.
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County wants to put our employees' IICRC certificates to good use, and helping homeowners with disasters such as flood damage is the perfect way to accomplish this. We can always be reached at (763) 712-9712, regardless of the hour or day of the year.

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Dead Trees Can Cause Flood Damages To Your Anoka Residence

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO professionals have gotten specially trained in flood damage restoration.

Dead Trees Can Cause Flood Damage

Your Anoka home might not always see the worst weather imaginable year round, but it does see its fair share of severe storms that pass through. While your home might get constructed to withstand some of the harsh winds and heavy rainfall that come along with strong storm systems rolling through the region, it was never built to withstand the weight and force of falling limbs from trees (not to mention the entire tree itself).

The trouble with circumstances and weather systems that can knock down trees, beyond the obvious structural damage it can cause, is the possibility of flood damage to your Anoka residence. With wide gashes and punctured holes in the roof of your house, or through the siding on its exterior, you now have clear pathways for heavy rainfall to pour into your house rather than get diverted from it as it usually would. All of these circumstances can happen simultaneously, offering you little time to think about what to do next, so it is a good thing to know whom you can trust in a situation like this to help you restore the damage and prevent it from getting worse.

Our SERVPRO professionals have gotten specially trained in flood damage restoration. From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we prioritize sealing up the holes and punctures that permitted water to pour into your house. While these areas need repair, it initially prevents further structural damage to seal these points off with tarps and boards to keep new water out of the affected areas of your home.

Circumstances like this often leave your attic taking the brunt of the flood damage, and depending on the time before professional restoration could begin, might have spread to adjoining areas of your home through the floors. Extraction is a priority in these circumstances, as the pooled water otherwise finds a path to keep moving through your home, and widespread damage can prove costly and difficult to restore. Thoroughly drying the area with drying mats and air movers can prevent the water from affecting areas like your ceilings below the attic.

You might not have anticipated the damage that a single tree can do to your home, but fortunately, you have SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to help you through the restoration process. You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 by calling (763) 712-9712.

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The Right Fire Damage Restoration Can Make Your New Brighton Home Comfortable Again

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

An overloaded outlet can spark and catch fire leaving you in need of professional fire damage restoration services.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Any Size Fire Damage in Your Home

Any major holiday might bring the family in from all over to your New Brighton home. One thing that this almost assuredly means, is that you are going to be utilizing more electricity (and overloading outlets) to supply everyone with the power for their respective electronic devices, not to mention any decorations that you might also have installed. The trouble with pushing outlets beyond their limits is the reality that they can and do overload, resulting in fires.

While you can be more diligent about the overextension of these outlets throughout your home, you are never entirely aware of the condition they are to start. While the last thing that you want around any holiday season is a small electrical fire, your New Brighton home’s fire damages can get restored with the right professional team at your back.

Our SERVPRO technicians get specially trained in all manner of fire restoration, from the various symptoms to diagnose and correct, to the most modern and efficient techniques for bringing your home back to preloss conditions. While this smaller scale fire might threaten the festivities you have planned, with the right coordination with the technicians assigned to your restoration project, we can work around your schedule to get the job done promptly and professionally.

One of the ways that we work to keep your home life running smoothly, regardless of the plans that you might already have in place, is the commitment to communicate with you through every facet of the restoration process. This commitment ensures that our SERVPRO technicians work first on the most detrimental of the lingering symptoms and effects from the recent fire before setting our sights on the less significant issues that might remain.

We cover all areas of fire restoration to physically removing lingering effects, cleaning up your home, deodorization and controlled demolition for new construction needs. Whatever degree that you might need our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team following a fire, we are always there to help. Give our emergency response team a call today at (763) 712-9712.

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Failure of Appliances Could Lead to Water Removal in Your Andover Home

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you experience a water emergency in your home, call on SERVPRO, we can properly dry out and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Call SERPVRO as Soon as Possible to Remove Water Fast and Minimize Damages

Water emergencies to your Andover home come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, with so many different ways that water disasters can occur, it seems reasonable that you should already have thoroughly considered a suitable restoration company that you intend to call in such circumstances. Perhaps one of the most typical culprits in these situations is faulty and malfunctioning appliances.

While it is always advisable to do routine maintenance on all of the appliances that you have in your home from washing machines to water heaters, sometimes an annual check-up of sorts is not sufficient to negate the possibility. When an appliance directly connected to the plumbing in your home breaks down or falls apart, this water source could continue to feed the appliance fresh water (that ultimately ends up on the floor) that continues until the source of the supply has been shut down. Even with shutting this down promptly, you are still likely facing a need for water removal services for your Andover residence.

Naturally, when you call our SERVPRO professionals, our priority is preserving your home from further damage immediately. To prevent more problems from compounding, we seek out the valve connected to the water source and shut it down if it has not been already. This action ensures that more water cannot make its way to the affected area of your home through the malfunctioning appliance.

Extraction is a critical component to the restoration and water removal process, and it combines several pieces of equipment. For higher volumes of water, our SERVPRO technicians could employ a truck-mounted pump, though most often it is a combination of portable pumps with extraction wands and wet-vacuums. Drying the area is also a critical component of our restoration process, and this also combines several different pieces of our equipment, which may include tools like drying mats, air movers and large dehumidifiers.

When your home requires water removal services, time is of the essence to prevent structural concerns and irreparable damage to the contents of your home. Trust our SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County team to help you set things right quickly and reclaim your water damaged home. You can reach our emergency response team anytime at (763) 712-9712.

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The Reality of Finding Mold Damage in Your Andover Residence

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can appear suddenly and then spread quickly. Call SERVPRO right away should you see or smell moldy dampness in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Efficaciously Remediate Mold Infestations in Homes

Most people might not even realize how easy it is to have the appropriate environment for mold growth in their Andover home. When it gets earnestly considered, the majority of people think that fungal spores and colonies only really present themselves in dark and damp areas of forgotten basements and could not find a way to present themselves into the bustling high traffic areas of their home. Unfortunately, this is undoubtedly not the case.
The truth is, many people do not even realize they have mold damage in their Andover home until they have a thriving set of colonies on their hands. Even with this scenario, unless you are continuously monitoring for changes in appearance to drywall and other organic materials, it can be easy to overlook. Often the damage is identified most easily by an overwhelming musty scent that is indicative of the presence of fungal growth.
Sure, there are plenty of places on the internet that would suggest that you can remove mold colonies on your own with this type of cleanser or through some specific method. In all actuality, without the right tools and expertise, most people cannot remove a mold colony entirely, allowing the problem to reoccur time and time again. Remediation of the mold is something that is better left to professionals like our experienced and highly trained SERVPRO team.
Our goal throughout this process is to remove the mold colonies from your home successfully, but at the same time, prevent more active spores from creating new colonies elsewhere. When we arrive to begin the process, we shut down air circulation appliances like your air conditioning or forced air heaters to prevent the spread of mold to other areas of your home through ventilation and ductwork.
Removal of the colonies is the same process regardless of where we are in the home, utilizing tools like our scrubbers with HEPA filters to clean deeply into the surfaces to eradicate the entire hyphae. Once all of the assessed damage has gotten removed, we set our sights on dehumidification to eliminate the moisture in the air that allowed the mold to thrive in the first place.
Our team is IICRC certified in mold remediation strategies. We know how to help you through this problem, regardless of the severity of mold damage you might face. You can trust our experienced specialists at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. Call us today at (763) 712-9712.

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Water Damage Solutions Provided To Andover Hotel Owners

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage to Laundromats and Hotels in the Andover Area Keeping Your Business Open

SERVPRO Helps Keep Your Business Open to Your Guests and Clients with Water Removal

Offering laundry facilities to guests that visit your Andover hotel can lead to some pretty significant damages if you fail to take the time to maintain your laundry rooms properly. Guests may even damage these appliances by mistake, causing significant problems for everyone else.
You need to remember that the washers and dryers In your Andover area hotel generate heat and moisture, which often leads to water damage or mold growth if given enough time. Never hesitate to call a trusted professional for help at the first signs of water damage in your hotel, taking your time or putting things off only make matters worse.

The washing machines themselves have both cold and hot water connections that your maintenance team needs to check for cracks or leaks on a regular basis. The filters on each machine require replacement periodically, to prevent performance issues that often cause malfunctions. SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency response teams available to respond to your request for help.

If you have slow flow problems, check lines for mineral buildup and make the appropriate repairs. Always check your feed valves for drips or slow leaks that can cause extensive water damage if left unattended. Have a plumber maintain regular maintenance of any utility sinks, checking for slow drains or continuously dripping faucets. SERVPRO can help you transport and dispose of damaged materials, dry and clean wet areas and provide resources necessary to restore damages to your hotel. Cleanup and water damage restoration are cornerstones of our business model.

Your dryers have a ventilation system that clogs quite often and requires immediate attention to avoid accumulation of moisture behind the machine and in your walls. You want to make sure that each exhaust hose is as short and straight as possible for improved dryer efficiency. Check each laundry room in your hotel for damp or soft walls, stains on floors or ceilings, or additional water damage that may be present. Guest must not be exposed to potential mold growth on their soft fabrics from a contaminated laundry room.

SERVPRO can provide you with IICRC certified technicians who have access to infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers that make testing moisture levels or finding hidden water easier. We can inspect your laundry facilities for leaks in your walls, saturation from slow leaks, and help reduce damages you might experience along the way.  

Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County for full-service water damage solutions for your Arden Hills, St Paul, and New Brighton property, today. (763) 712-9712

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The Five Principles Professionals use to Remedy Mold Damage in Your Ham Lake Home

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage is a serious concern that should addressed immediately by trained professionals.

SERVPRO Offers Thorough Mold Damage Remediation

Mold damage is a serious issue that needs immediate attention by trained restoration experts. Mold can not only damage your home and its contents, but it can also cause health effects. The best way to deal with it is to seek professional help as soon as possible.

SERVPRO technicians can remedy the mold damage from your Ham Lake home by employing the five-principle strategy recommended by the IICRC. Called the S520 Mold Remediation Standard, it is one of the most comprehensive strategies to clean and remedy the damage in the safest and most efficient manner possible.

Principle 1: Providing for Health and Safety

The health of the technicians and the occupants of the premises is of paramount importance. SERVPRO technicians can use the best safety practices to minimize the exposure to mold during cleanup. We also ensure that the mold spores are not spreading during the restoration process as well.

Principle 2: Proper Documentation

Technicians document the conditions including the extent of contamination and the level of moisture among other things. The initial documentation serves as a stepping stone for developing a strategy for the efficient remediation.

Principle 3: Containment

Containing the damage is a top priority during the remediation process. Mold spores can become airborne easily and reach uncontaminated areas. Technicians can use various strategies to prevent this from happening. Establishing a physical barrier and using negative air machines are some of the ways of achieving this. Our technicians can also establish designated clean rooms to store the equipment as well.

Principle 4: Remove the Contamination 

If the mold damage is so extensive that cleaning is not an option, physical removal and disposal of the contents is the only way to ensure proper restoration. Many porous materials may require elimination if the damage is extensive including drywall, clothing items and upholstery. Once the affected material is removed, technicians can use vacuum cleaners fitted with HEPA filters to eliminate the settled spores and dust.

Principle 5: Correcting the Moisture Problem 

Controlling the moisture problem is one of the most important things for preventing mold from returning. Restoration experts use various methods to eliminate the residual moisture including the use of dehumidifiers, air movers, and extractors.

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County today at (763) 712-9712 to discuss your restoration needs.

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Taking Precaution After Flood Damage In Your Oak Park Home

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

If your home in Oak Park is in a high-risk area for floods, you might not be able to prevent flooding and flood damage entirely.

Taking Precautions After A Flood

Flooding can happen in Oak Park when existing drainage systems have too much water runoff overwhelming them. In areas where the sewer system also acts as a stormwater drainage system, water can back up through sewer pipelines. Rainwater can also enter buildings through windows, doors, other openings, or even racks in the foundation.

If your home in Oak Park is in a high-risk area for floods, you might not be able to prevent flooding and flood damage entirely. When your home has experienced flooding, you need professional help to ensure your home is dried out again correctly and to try and salvage your possessions. SERVPRO has experience and training for flood damage, along with the right tools to clean it all up.

When your house has been damaged by storms, it could pose hazards for you and us. Floods create significant damage to a structure. If your house has been exposed to water for an extended period, materials like drywall and flooring may weaken. A situation like this creates a hazard for all. We check for structural hazards before we proceed with water mitigation and restoration. We make sure to keep you and your family out as well until we know the structure is safe.

We must check for other things as well, such as gas. If we smell any, we leave right away and contact your local gas company or fire department. If any water has entered from above, we look for water in the ceiling cavities which is trapped. Ceilings can fall from softened drywall. We drill holes in the ceiling to allow any trapped water to come out.

We also examine any wet subflooring, as particleboard floors which are exposed to water might not be able to support people or our machines. Any exposed nails, broken glass, splinters, or other sharp objects could be present in your home as well, so we always watch our step and what we are picking up.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County takes everyone’s safety seriously, so before we begin flood damage remediation in your home in Andover, Anoka, or Zimmerman, we take every necessary precaution. Give us a call right away at (763) 712-9712 if your home has experienced flooding.

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Choosing Certified Professionals For Mold Remediation In Your Ham Lake Home

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to call on mold remediation specialists at the first sign of mold in your home.

Keep Your Home Safe by Calling Professional Mold Remediation Specialists

As scary as it might be to be a Ham Lake homeowner at times, it does not change the fact that there are many things that you need to be aware of that could threaten the structural integrity or the health and welfare of your family. Even the simplest of issues, such as dampness in your basement, could spell trouble. When temperatures get above the mid-60s in this area of your home, combined with the presence of moisture in the air, you have all of the necessary components for mold growth.

Mold damage to your Ham Lake homestead might not seem like a shocking discovery or one that you need to drop everything to take care of, but any fungal growth in your home could cause health effects for your family. Mold is a problem that you need to take care of, but fortunately, you do not have to deal with it on your own.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified mold remediation specialists that are specially trained to use the proper personal protective equipment and removal methods to eradicate mold colonies effectively. The process is very concise, and our technicians work to contain active mold spores from spreading to new areas while the entire fungal organism gets removed from each location.

Lingering musty smells typical to the presence of mold can get eliminated using our fogging equipment and ozone machines fitted with HEPA filters. The process can efficiently pull active mold spores from the air around where the colonies had become seated and neutralize the odor at a molecular level to remove any trace.

The final consideration of our SERVPRO remediation specialists is to remove the moisture that was present in the affected area. Dehumidifiers and air movers get used together to dry up the region while pulling moisture out of the air. Dehumidification is a practice that you should continue after the work has gotten completed and the mold colonies have gotten successfully removed. Using this equipment can ensure that mold growth does not occur again so readily in the future.

Finding mold growing in your home does not have to be a taxing ordeal when you trust SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to restore the damages. You can reach our certified specialists at any time by just calling (763) 712-9712.

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Snowed-In Vent Can Cause Fire Damage In Ham Lake

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Snow and Fire Damage in Ham Lake? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Ham Lake Fire & Smoke Damage Occurs from Many Sources

Winter in Ham Lake means the probability of lots of snow. Snowbanks along the perimeter of your home increase the possibility of your ventilation systems working improperly because of a blocked exhaust or intake vent, sometimes causing a backup of volatile gases and debris that impair air quality or even spark a fire. When the wind howls and unexpected flames and smoke roll into your home, we are ready to help.

High winds exacerbate the snowfall totals in Ham Lake, creating significant drifts that can result in fire damage. This combination of bad weather and unfortunate luck can come as a surprise, but the drifting prevents your dryer from discharging the heat and lint. The hot air and flammable bits of linens and clothing combust as they clog the vent. Because the fire has limited oxygen, it smolders, sending dark, sticky smoke and soot throughout your dwelling. Cleanup of this kind of a fire, although it seems limited in scope, is most successfully done by our team of professionals.
The challenge here is the soot that is thicker and more tenacious than the ashes created by a hotter and faster burning fire. It infiltrates the laundry area and can move through your HVAC system if vents are nearby. Clothing, both clean and dirty, in the laundry room now needs a thorough cleaning with which SERVPRO's trained staff assists.
This type of soot also coats solid surfaces requires scrubbing with a spray and wipe method or abrasive cleaners or sponges. Porous items such as upholstery, window treatments, and carpeting need professional cleaning on site by SERVPRO technicians or off-site at a dry cleaner familiar with fire damage or in our facility. Items such as window blinds and intricately detailed light shades and knick-knacks benefit from immersion cleaning or treatment with an ultrasonic machine which uses sound waves to dislodge dirt. Our deodorization specialists also perform a series of tasks ranging from cleaning and disposing of burned items to employing technologically advanced thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators to eradicate the smell of the slow-burning fire.
The dryer vent and your HVAC system both require an inspection by our duct cleaning specialists. Some sections of the dryer vent might need replacement, but the heating and cooling system ductwork respond well to our professional cleaning. At a minimum, the filters in the HVAC system need replacing. SERVPRO workers also evaluate the snowpack around the offending and clogged dryer vent, arranging for snow and ice to be removed and recommending the area be maintained snow-free in the future.
If packed cold and wet snow is the cause of a dryer vent fire, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is just a call away. Dial (763) 712-9712 for a speedy inspection and expert service from our fire damage technicians.

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Commercial Water Damage's Effects On Gas Stations In Andover

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Gas stations and other convenience stores in Andover often suffer problems with commercial water damage because of their non-sloped roofs.

Commercial Water Damage

Typical construction of many gas stations, including those in Andover, includes a flat roof, leaks become a common problem. Patching with tar or other compounds can only do so much to prevent precipitation from damaging your building.

Gas stations and other convenience stores in Andover often suffer problems with commercial water damage because of their non-sloped roofs. Clogged downspouts can also create situations where water stagnates and causes deterioration in depressed segments of the roof. While trees can provide savings on cooling expenses in the summer by shading your store, those same trees can dump thousands of leaves during the fall season.

SERVPRO technicians know how to track down the source of the water causing your property damage, and then stop it from causing any more issues. Fixing leaky pipes or defects in your building's structure decreases the risks of further, additional damage. Our employees can also help you handle an emergency water event in several ways.

Your displayed goods and inventory can become saturated with water quickly when it comes from overhead due to a massive rainstorm and a defective roof. We can help your employees box up your inventory and then move everything to a safe, dry location. We have storage facilities just for this to serve customers lacking the space.

Because water coming from overhead can carry contaminants from any pests living in the ceiling space, responsibility toward your customers necessitates you dispose of any food products with a history of contact with the water. Contact with chemicals your employees use to clean and disinfect your store can also similarly contaminate the water. We can discuss the particulars with you to ensure that you choose the most cost-effective option.

Making sure that we restore dryness to your store is crucial to keeping water damage from continuing and spreading. Signs that indicate water damage include peeling paint from concrete walls and steel fixtures, loosened floor tiles, fogged windows, and mold growth. We aim to prevent these issues from becoming a reality by making it “Like it never even happened.” including reducing the amount of humidity in the air to normal.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County stays prepared to answer your call. We keep our equipment always ready to go to reduce the time it takes to arrive. Our services, available 24-hours a day, can be contacted at (763) 712-9712, year-round.

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Understanding the Categories of Commercial Water Damage to Your Ham Lake Restaurant

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage happens daily, especially in businesses which use water constantly for food preparation. Contact SERVPRO after any damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Dry Out Your Commercial Property Quickly to Minimize Any Downtime

Having to deal with water damage is the last thing on your to-do list as a restaurateur. Unfortunately, some or other form of water damage is almost inevitable in a service based business such as a restaurant that relies heavily on water. Although you can not avoid it altogether, understanding the basics of water damage can help you deal with the event in a more efficient way when it happens.

The time and money required to get commercial water damage to your Ham Lake Restaurant under control depend on the severity and extent of the damage. SERVPRO professionals use the IICRC's Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration to categorize the water damage in three distinct categories.

Category I damage
It is perhaps the least concerning water damage that can happen at your restaurant. The water causing the category I damage is clean, uncontaminated water that is safe and does not pose any immediate health hazard. Some of the most common reasons for such type of water damage include broken pipes, faulty supply lines to appliances such as ice machines and dishwashers and leaky faucets. Our technicians not only control this damage but also prevent any secondary damage from the residual moisture as well.

Category II damage  
Water causing this type of damage is usually wastewater that contains some contamination but no fecal matter. As there is some degree of contamination, it can still be problematic for a restaurant. SERVPRO professionals have years of experience and expertise to tackle such damage. We use state-of-the-art equipment to clean and disinfect your establishment so that you can face any health and sanitation inspection with confidence.

Category III Damage
Perhaps the worst nightmare of any restraint owner, this type of damage involves highly contaminated water that may contain fecal matter and can cause some serious problems. SERVPRO technicians understand the severity of such type of damage and make sure that it is dealt with promptly and efficiently. You can rely on us during the time of your need, and our professionals make sure that you are 100% satisfied.

Here At SERVPRO, we have a team of IICRC certified expert technicians who have the experience, knowledge, and skill set to handle any size disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/ Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 today, to schedule an appointment and discuss your restoration needs.

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Remediating Oak Park Flood Damage

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

The primary source of flood damage in Oak Park is the standing water.

Remediating Flood Damage

Too much rainfall can harm every home, and that has certainly been the case for Oak Park this year. If the rain swells streams and creeks, what was minor damage can quickly run into thousands of restoration and replacement costs.

The primary source of flood damage in Oak Park is the standing water. The longer it stays in place means higher restoration costs. Removing it lowers the costs, but it does not eliminate them. SERVPRO restoration teams do that by removing all moisture from the structure, the property inside, and the air inside the home. To lower the humidity, our technicians have two system options: Closed or Open.

The Closed system is usually the best choice for smaller homes. We seal the affected rooms from the outside air and the rest of the house. In most cases, we can cover all entry and exit points with plastic sheeting. The machine we use here is a dehumidifier. Depending on how high the moisture content is, each one we put in place can draw up to 25 gallons of water from the air each day. If the heating system is available, we slowly increase the temperature, so we do not inadvertently increase the humidity.

The Open system is the SERVPRO preferred method for larger homes and commercial facilities. We open up the doors and windows and use air movers to force warm, dry air throughout the home. At the same time, we place large fans at the entrances and exits to draw out the cooler, damp air inside the house. To effectively use the Open system, we need higher temperatures and lower humidity levels outside the home. That limits our use to the warmer months of the year.

The Open system works faster than the Closed option, but it does have certain drawbacks. We need more technicians to monitor the additional equipment and keep an eye on the home since it is more vulnerable to vandalism and theft. If the weather turns bad suddenly, as it occasionally does in Minnesota, we have to either stop operations or change to the Closed option.

Remediating flood damage in your home only starts with pumping out the water. Finishing the task and returning your home to its original state requires a professional company. If you us, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 today.

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Keep Your Ham Lake Home Fire Free for the Holidays

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure any lights strung on your tree or in your home are in good condition with no frayed wires.

SERVPRO’s Tips to Prevent Fire Damage During the Holiday Season

As we cozy-up in the colder months, planning abounds for the Ham Lake holidays. One thing not on most to-do lists is to recover after a fire. Unfortunately, winter time and the hustle and bustle of festivities contribute to an elevated fire risk. If your list expands to include home fire recovery, we are ready to help.

Holiday decor, including the light-strung natural Christmas tree, is a frequent cause of fire damage in Ham Lake. Add some fragrant candles, and a feast of foods simmering and roasting in the kitchen to increase the fire risk even higher. We are often called to respond to a fire over the holidays caused by a tipped candle, neglected stovetop, or dehydrated holiday tree. A few common sense tips can preserve this time for family and fellowship rather than visits from the fire department and our fire damage team.

Avoid a blazing pine tree by cutting off the end and making sure that you keep it well-watered during the season. Be certain that any lights you wrap around the tiers of branches are in good repair, with no frayed wires. Always unplug the tree when you leave your home or go to bed. Keep the tree away from other sources of light or heat like space heaters or candles, and watch that pets or children do not knock it over.

Keep glowing candles safe by supervising their use and taking care not to position them near draperies or other flammable materials. Candles need to be burned only when they are firmly ensconced in a fireproof holder and kept away from high traffic areas where they could be tipped over. Placing the matches or lighters used to ignite their flames in a place where curious kids cannot reach is also a way to prevent an accidental home fire.

Kitchen fires are the most common cause of home fire events year-round, and the holidays just add to the risk by increasing the chance that the cook gets distracted and a fire results. Time pressures, and the sheer volume of burners, ovens, broilers, and plugged-in appliances all contribute to the higher fire threat when cooking for a crowd.

In the event that your best efforts to avoid a home fire during the holidays fail, SERVPRO is the answer for fast and professional restoration services. Thorough cleaning, surface recovery and repair, and expert deodorization are the hallmarks of our response. You can rely on our fast response and commitment to undertake the many tasks necessary with a high level of skill and years of experience.

If an accidental blaze does occur, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County awaits your call for help 365 days of the year. Contact us at (763) 712-9712 for a speedy delivery of quality fire damage remediation.

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Get the Help You Need to Address Water Damage in Your Andover Area Hotel, Today

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage can be difficult to handle without the proper training and equipment, call SERVPRO to thoroughly mitigate water damage in your hotel.

Rely on SERVPRO to Fully Restore Your Business after Water Damage

When you experience water damage in your Andover area hotel, a variety of problems may exist that onsite maintenance crews do not know how to handle correctly. Without the right equipment, experience, and resources, your building can suffer significant damages.

If you are a hotel owner in the Andover area and find yourself dealing with water damage on your property, call a professional water damage mitigation specialist, today. Whether you have a small leak in your roof, broken pipes, or a significant flood, you can benefit from quality restoration services.

At SERVPRO, our technicians understand how water can advance into hidden areas, making it impossible to repair all damage without advanced knowledge. We have years of experience handling this type of situation and provide you with excellent water mitigation services that help reduce any costs associated with your restoration.

SERVPRO has access to infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers that make locating and reducing water levels easier. We also have water extractors of all shapes and sizes and technicians trained in a variety of advanced methods that help speed the entire drying process along. 

SERVPRO provides you with full-service solutions to any problems that may occur. We handle everything from malfunctions of your fire suppression system to faulty appliances. Our goal is to provide you with quality services that meet or exceed your expectations while also helping you keep your hotel doors open while repairs are underway. 

We have a fully stocked Green Fleet and expertly trained technicians ready to deploy 24/7, 365, including holidays. Our technicians are, Faster To Any Size Disaster and take pride in providing our local community with expert water damage mitigation services they can trust. 

You never have to schedule or call another company for help. Our technicians are qualified to perform any repairs, replacement, or rebuilds on your property and follow strict guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of your quests. 

Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County anytime, day or night. We deliver quality results you deserve in a timely, efficient manner. Get the most out of cleanup and restoration services available in your area, today. (763) 712-9712

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Gutter Inspections Can Reduce Flood Damages To Your Andover Residence

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

While a functioning system can remove excess water from the base of your Andover home, flood damages result from gutters that are failing.

Gutter Inspections Can Lessen Flood Damage

There are times where flooding just cannot be prevented, as the rising water reaches areas that many believed could not be affected. As uncommon as this is, there is a far more likely scenario that allows your Andover home to be a flooding victim during heavy storms when other neighborhood houses remain dry. This suggested scenario is a direct reflection of the upkeep of your house and your gutter system.

Your home's gutters are designed to take the water rolling off of your roof and move it away from the foundation and other structural strong points of your house. Proper installation is done by setting the gutter at a pitch, forcing the water to move naturally into downspouts located in strategic spots throughout the design. While a functioning system can remove excess water from the base of your Andover home, flood damages result from gutters that are failing.

It is not at all uncommon for your gutters to pull apart or break down over time. An inspection of these connections and fittings on a regular basis can help to keep you ahead of the potential trouble. The most common issue when these systems fail is a clog. This just forces the water to pool in the tray until it spills over. The failure allows a great deal of water to penetrate the area around the foundation, and any weak points where water can get through the walls are exposed.

We at SERVPRO have seen all manner of flooding throughout the years, and this scenario remains a common threat to homes. The best thing that a homeowner can do to prevent it is to visually inspect your system for clogs, ensuring that water can freely make its way to the downspout and away from your house.

When flooding is just starting, you should not hesitate to contact SERVPRO and put our team to work. Your fast reaction times can help to prevent substantial losses, and allow our team the opportunity to keep up with the water and solve the problem in real time. Starting restoration immediately is the most efficient way to save your belongings and the incurred costs or claims against the resulting flood damages.

Do not wait to call us. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is available 24/7, and you can reach any of our emergency response professionals at (763) 712-9712.

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Remediation For Mold Damage In Your Ham Lake Kitchen

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold often grows in damp places, and a small leak or drip can allow this to happen rapidly.

Mold Damage In Your Kitchen

Preparing meals and baked treats for the holidays often bring other family members and relatives into your kitchen to help out and share recipes. Teaching younger members of the family traditions also build memories of their visits to your Ham Lake home. During these activities, constant use of your sink for both cleaning and inclusion in the many foods made, an increase from the everyday activities.

Preparing your Ham Lake kitchen for these activities can expose existing mold damage behind sinks, or underneath them. Mold often grows in damp places, and a small leak or drip can allow this to happen rapidly. SERVPRO professionals work quickly so your plans can stay the same. We know you want to share enjoyable time with family, not worry about mold exposure, which can cause health effects.

Mold remediation does not always mean tearing everything out of your home. We only perform tear-out work where the mold currently exists. We prefer to treat any other areas containing excess moisture with other measures geared toward preventing the growth of mold. Science has discovered that bleach cannot rid a home of mold, and therefore, we do not use this standard disinfectant. The chemicals we use leave no scent and are entirely safe.

When we remove materials from a home, we use containment methods to keep mold spores from spreading. In the area worked on, air scrubbers remove any dislodge particles and spores from the air. Our job is to contain the mold, remove overgrowth and affected materials, and prevent the spread of microbial contaminants.

Other areas adjacent to your kitchen can also suffer from mold invasion and damage. We check these areas and then advise you of the situation. Within your kitchen, sinks and cabinets are only one area where mold might grow. Under refrigerators is another location, as is the area around dishwashers. We can test for the presence of mold and other microbial activity rather quickly.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County wants to help local families preserve their daily routines and the ability to share ongoing traditions. Call us at (763) 712-9712 so we can help you avoid exposing family members to mold damage during the upcoming holiday season.

For more information about the city of Ham Lake, Minnesota visit http://www.ci.ham-lake.mn.us/.

Fire Damage Cleanup After a Lightning Strike to Your Ham Lake Home

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Lightning Strikes, Fire & Smoke Damage in Lake Ham, and SERVPRO for Restoration and Clean Up

The Nature of Combustion Directs the Fire Cleanup and Restoration

Lightning damage is not often thought about but is more common in Ham Lake than you might think. Lightning strikes to your home can damage certain things like electronics. However, they can also spark a fire and cause fire damage. The damage in a case like this can be devastating.
Your Ham Lake home cannot always be protected from fire damage, and when a lightning strike causes a fire, it can be a very frightening experience. At SERVPRO, we recognize that these events are daunting and you may not know where to turn next. Our staff are professionally trained to be able to handle fire damage of any kind, so you can feel at peace when you put your trust in us.
Fire damage restoration includes getting soot residues removed from different materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same, and some are not easy to clean, while other soot is very difficult to remove. Luckily, we understand smoke and combustion.
Combustion, an exothermic chemical reaction, happens when a material is burning. If the wood is burning, it is combusting. Combustion usually occurs when a solid turns into a gas because of heat. As combustion occurs, the material burning is breaking down and combining with oxygen while heat is given off.
Fire needs three components to work – fuel, heat, and oxygen. Fires form smoke when these elements are not in the balance, so incomplete combustion makes soot and smoke residues. These residues are corrosive and need to be removed as soon as possible after a fire occurs, or more damage continues to happen to your home and possessions. This also produces that different culprit to vanquish from your property--odor.
At SERVPRO, we know that we need to work quickly to clean your home because of this. Anything that can be restored, we clean and sanitize. If something cannot be salvaged, we take it out of your home so it can be replaced.
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is ready anytime you need us to clean up the fire damage in your home. If you reside in the areas of Oak Park, Hamm Lake, or Anoka, give us a call at (763) 712-9712 so we can restore your home as quickly as possible.

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Tips to Keep Commercial Water Damage from Affecting Production Lines in Andover Factories

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

Keeping your factory environment clean and sanitary is imperative to providing quality products. Contact SERVPRO when facing water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Water Damage as Well as Providing Prevention Services to Factories and Businesses

Businesses outside of the Andover area and your employees and their families depend on your factory and its operations. Without your facility, the state of workers' jobs, the finished goods produced, and even your suppliers suffer.  

Factories must retain high levels of cleanliness, but commercial water damage in Andover can quickly thwart the best efforts in maintaining a sufficiently clean environment. Many factories have protocols in place to help maintain equipment and general safety. There are additional activities which managers can implement to help ensure the risks presented by the presence of unwanted water remain minimized.

If your factory is one of those specializing in food products or high tech, you know that quality controls regularly include the environment as well as the components used in the finished product. Water, while needed by virtually every living creature on the planet, quickly damages non-living things and does so rather effortlessly. Undesired living microorganisms such as mold and mildew thrive in environments where water persists, adding significantly to the trouble.

SERVPRO employees have seen the worst examples of the damage caused by water, in many different kinds of settings. We know firsthand that prevention is both easier and less expensive than cleanup and mitigation after damage affects a facility. This is why we continue to provide assessments and other preventative measures to local businesses.  

In locations where dehumidification units already exist, maintenance of these items on a regular schedule can prevent situations from accelerating into trouble with inventory and finished products alike. If humidity is high enough to cause condensation to accumulate on cold surfaces, increasing the rate at which the existing dehumidifiers run can help resolve the problem. Attention to water meters during shut down periods can help you discover any otherwise invisible leaks in your water lines. You might not be able to do so during times of regular operations.  

However, in both of these examples, locating the source of the water can lead to more permanent solutions. Adding water-proofing barriers or fixing leaks wherever they occur can resolve the issue more effectively than continually ridding your factory of the moisture by keeping it from ever entering.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can assist you in discovering sources of water that you wish to eliminate. Call us for round-the-clock services at (763) 712-9712. We are always available to take your call.  

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Water Damage Repair For Drywall In Your Hamm Lake Basement

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

When your basement floods, it can cause a massive problem to the drywall there.

Water Damage Repair

Drywall is a part of your daily life in Hamm Lake, but you never stop to think about it unless you must. When your basement floods, it can cause a massive problem to the drywall there. Even though drywall is very sturdy, when it has been exposed to water for too long, it can get damaged. It loses its structural integrity, becoming weak and soft. Depending on how wet it got, you might be able to save it, but speed is critical to avoiding mold damage as well.

The best thing to do first when you have water damage to your drywall in your Hamm Lake basement is to get a hold of the professionals at SERVPRO. Our trained technicians have professional and industrial tools which can get your home dried out and back to its usual condition quickly.

When we arrive, we first check your drywall for moisture. We do this by using a non-penetrating moisture meter or by removing the baseboards and poking small holes. If the drywall is soft, it has gotten wet. We need to check the interior of the wall as well. We do this with a penetrating moisture meter or making a larger hole to search for moisture on the studs. If there is insulation present, it is critical for us to check it for moisture content as well, especially if it is cellulose or fiberglass.

Wet walls and insulation hold moisture for quite a while, which means that mold clusters can start forming inside the wall. If your drywall has started molding, we need to replace all or part of it. You do not want mold to continue growing in your home, as it can create a health risk for you and your family.

SERVPRO technicians have the training to remove the mold and clean and sanitize your home afterward. We can find any mold that is hiding inside your walls and prevents it from spreading even further throughout your home.

Trusting in SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to take care of your wet drywall is the right step to take. Anyone experiencing this problem in the areas of Oak Park, Coon Rapids, or Hamm Lake can get a hold of us at (763) 712-9712.

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Flood Damage Handled in Ham Lake

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO after a storm so that we can commence the remediation process and help prevent secondary damage.

Our Technicians Methodically Remediate Storm Damage in Your Home

Extraordinary rainfall totals result in flooding even if your home is not on a traditional floodplain. Flash floods are not uncommon in Ham Lake during the spring, summer, or fall, and can damage your basement or walk out lower level. Our crews are familiar with the devastation these heavy storms inflict and have the equipment and the work crews ready to put your flood-damaged home to rights.
Strong storms pounded your home, causing flood damage to your Ham Lake basement. After several days of rain, the ground surrounding your home became saturated, allowing some water to seep inside, handled by your sump pump system. The last line of storms dropped several inches over just an hour or two, and your lower level is now several inches underwater, and the sump pump is overwhelmed.
SERVPRO offers that extra help even the best-prepared homeowner needs when weather patterns smash records and leave devastation in their wake. Because of your sump system, you felt confident in using part of your basement for living space. Now the decor and furnishings are soaked with flood waters, and we pledge to help you determine what items dry out and restore well, and what possessions you must consider discarding.
Our crew assists in a pack up and move out so the flooded area can be restored without the clutter of soaked possessions. If you have an attached or detached garage or other protected areas on your property, we move items there. SERVPRO also takes items like documents and pictures to specialists who use freeze-drying techniques to save your treasures and important papers. Our team carefully inventories what we remove and consults with you concerning the likelihood particular items can survive the flood, so you make informed decisions.
We also pump and extract water in the affected area before drying and sanitizing. Our trained technicians ensure HVAC systems, water heaters, appliances, and other mechanics in the flooded spaces are inspected by appropriate experts before further use and that any needed repairs and a thorough drying with air movers and dehumidifiers are completed.
When the “storm of the century” inundates your home, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is there to help you sort out issues that face you after the flood. Our scheduling staff can be reached 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Protect Against Future Storm Damage In Andover

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

If your home has taken damage from a storm in the past, it might be a good idea to start safeguarding your belongings against future catastrophes.

Storm Damage Protection

If your Andover home has taken damage from major storms in the past, it might be a good idea to start safeguarding your belongings against future catastrophes. These quick improvements are inexpensive, require minimal time to set up, and might make many thousands of dollars' difference should lightning (and the rest of the storm) strike twice.

Waterproof Containers
The easiest way to safeguard small objects and electronics against flood damage in your Andover home is to keep them in inexpensive waterproof containers. In most cases, a simple plastic barrier against water is enough to protect even sensitive and valuable items from floodwaters. Be sure to label these boxes, as it makes our inventory and organization process much quicker and easier.

Keep Electronics Off The Ground
Electronics are often the first and most expensive items to go in a major storm, and yet much of the financial loss we typically see with these items can be prevented with a bit of preparation. Keep electronics off the ground, but not so high as to topple over easily. While it is difficult to protect these items from more violent flooding, lighter damage does not have to create a major financial loss if you do not let it.

Seal Up Cracks
Even when your home appears to stand fast against the raging storm, water damage may silently work its way in, creating problems without your knowledge until it is too late. Cracks and leaks in your home exterior allow water to seep in and create problems with mold, oxidation, and dissolution behind walls and below floorboards. Checking for and repairing leaks and cracks might just save you a call to SERVPRO down the road.

Keep Windows Shut
When it is nice outside, some people just can't resist the chance to open up a window and let air into the home. While this is healthy and enjoyable, it is important to close windows back up later or when clouds begin to roll in. If it starts raining hard while a window has been left open, you may suddenly be liable for thousands in damages.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is ready to help restore your home after any major storm. Once the weather has passed, you can guarantee our staff is on-hand and prepared for the worst. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

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Water Removal in Andover for Home Appliance Leakages

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let a leaking water heater cause permanent damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation efforts.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Have Extensive Experience With How Different Types of Flooring Handles Water Damage and How Best to Remediate the Damage

Home appliances such as water heaters, washing machines, and dishwashers have become a necessity in modern life. They make mundane tasks like doing laundry and washing utensils look more enjoyable while saving us time in the process. The bad news is that a leakage from one of these appliances can lead to excess water flowing all over the floor. It can occur unexpectedly, causing damage to your tiles, carpets, and nearby upholstery.
If this happens, you need to contact SERVPRO immediately for water removal services in your Andover home. We are part of your community and can respond quickly to your water damage situation. Our technicians are highly trained according to IICRC standards and have access to specialized equipment for every emergency.
After establishing a favorable environment for drying, our professionals use extractors to remove water from the floor and clean carpets and upholstery. The extractors can be portable or truck-mounted. The former is suitable for accessing restricted areas, but the latter is more efficient for both restorative cleaning and water removal.
SERVPRO technicians understand that aggressive water removal can lead to carpet delamination. Carpet becomes about 50 percent weaker when wet, so we use a heavy device to squeeze water out of the material. However, the first extraction is done using a wand to stop water migration.
If standing water from the leakage is above 2 inches from the floor, we use a submersible pump with sufficient volume capacity and lift capability to pump it directly into a treated sewer (ordinarily a toilet). This step is only applicable if the water does not contain any solid contaminants.
Asphalt tile usually maintains a good bond with concrete after water damage. It may develop white areas when the finish or sealer wax is separated from the floor, but these are easy to clean up. On the other hand, vinyl tile on concrete is more vulnerable and may come out in the presence of excessive water. In this case, replacing it is less expensive than drying.
There is no reason to panic when your washing machine or dishwasher develops an unexpected leak. You can count on SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to repair the water damage. Contact us today at (763) 712-9712.

For more information about the City of Andover, Minnesota visit: http://www.ci.andover.mn.us/

Rapid Response Is The Key To Fire Damage Recovery In Ham Lake

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot move swiftly through your home even after a small and easily contained a fire.

Fire Damage Recovery

A homeowner’s reaction to fire damage is understandably conflicted. The experience of surviving a fire can feel overwhelming, and you may not want to make hasty decisions. Hiring the reputable and experienced SERVPRO fire restoration firm fast is essential. We offer compassionate and constructive advice and professional services to recover your home and peace of mind at this trying time.

No one really appreciates what it is like to undergo the terror and confusion of fire damage until it affects your Ham Lake home. Your impulse is to take some time to consider your alternatives, but the residues left by a fire will not wait, resulting in permanent damage within hours after the last fire fighters depart. Our core focus is speedy and efficient fire damage restoration. We pledge to work with you and your insurance company to be certain our efforts result in returning your comfortable home to preloss condition quickly and affordably.

Smoke and soot move swiftly through your home even after a small and easily contained a fire. A rarely considered issue in fire restoration, at least until you suffer the effects of a fire, is that water damage is often a significant part of the devastation. SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to handle the cleanup of sticky smoke residues and to remove the water that extinguished the fire. Our full spectrum services permit us to coordinate teams of fire damage specialists with water remediation crews to proceed with deliberate speed on both fronts.

We typically concentrate on water removal first and then transition to cleaning up the highly corrosive materials deposited during combustion. SERVPRO supports your needs and our technicians’ professional development by requiring advanced training to restoration industry standards for both fire and water damage. Our workers know what to look for and how to respond as they systematically restore a dwelling after a fire. You can count on the proper tools, cleaning products, and methods being used by us. We emphasize restoration over demolition and replacements, saving you time and money while minimizing disruption to your routine.

After the smoke settles, but within hours of the unfortunate event, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County takes charge of your fire damage recovery needs. Call (763) 712-9712 any time of the day or night for an immediate response to your crisis.

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Four Key Factors That Affect Air Moisture Content In Andover

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Restoring your home after suffering water damage is not a quick or simple process.

What Methods SERVPRO Uses To Return Your Home To Pre-Damage Condition

There is a mistaken belief that removing standing water is all that needs to be done to restore a home after a flooding incident. Each home requires more steps involving additional workers and equipment.

To restore an Andover home after water damage means carefully drying the structure after removing standing water and moisture that was trapped in the floors and behind walls. SERVPRO understands that four key factors affect air moisture content and determine which methods we use to return a home to an undamaged condition.

The ideal range to dry a home is from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If the HVAC is not operative, our technicians set-up portable space heaters to raise the temperature in the damaged areas. We make certain that the temperature on the first day is no higher than 80 degrees to avoid accidentally raising the air moisture content level rather than lowering it.

The humidity level is based on the actual amount of water vapor as opposed to its total capacity. Any level that is 60 percent or higher means the air is saturated which increases the drying time. To reduce the humidity level, work crews establish dehumidifiers in the affected rooms and hallways. In most cases, we can reduce the humidity level by at least 20 percent in a 24-hour period.

Dehumidifiers also help to speed up the drying process throughout a home. Once technicians reduce the standing water to under two inches, evaporation greatly increases. To increase this pace, technicians examine the speed of the flood waters and then determine which areas were under water the longest amount of time. Knowing this allows us to place dehumidifiers, air movers, and exhaust fans in the key sectors of the home that need attention as soon as possible.

Air Movement
We use the same exhaust fans and air movers to force cooler air out of an affected room and replace it with a dry, warmer air from the outside. This technique is also useful in drying out personal and structural property by forcing warm air over the surfaces to draw out excess moisture.

Restoring your home after suffering water damage is not a quick or simple process. It is not enough to turn over the sofa and set it outside on the deck to dry the legs and skirt; you need a professional service to ensure your home is properly restored to its original state. To get the process started, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County today at (763) 712-9712. We are here to help you and our community recover from water or any other disaster.

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A Great Way To Address Mold Damage Issues Found In Your Andover Home

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tips for Mold Inspections, Detections, and Remediation

There are many areas in your home where mold growth can become an issue. You need to take the opportunity to smell each area, look for discoloration, and check for moisture whenever possible. Mold growth is often subtle, hiding just under the surface, only showing when things truly get out of control.
Getting help with mold damage on your Andover property is serious business. If you let things linger long enough, existing damage can cause health effects and lead to additional issues that all homeowners would rather avoid. Never hesitate to ask for help, professional remediation specialists are your best option.
Having mold damage in your attic stems from a leaky roof, improper ventilation, or even ignored maintenance. As bothersome as it may be to both your time and your pocketbook, having a properly trained SERVPRO mold remediation technician inspect your home can provide you with valuable information that saves your home from complete disaster.
SERVPRO checks everything, using infrared moisture detectors to locate problems with leaky windows or pipes and every other area in your home with a constant water source. We even check the ventilation in your kitchen and bathroom to ensure they work properly and vent outside, rather than to your attic or into your walls.
SERVPRO technicians look at the entire inside of your home, your kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms, and basement to ensure everything is in proper working order. We even inspect your yard for grading issues and check for the possibility of landscaping intruding on pipes or the building itself, allowing access to moisture.
If you find mold damage in your home, it is important to seek help immediately. You want to stop any leaks right away and have someone close who understands what to do to get mold growth under control fast. Our mold damage remediation services offer a quality solution you can count on, and our technicians take the time to assist you in preventing future problems.
Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to address your mold growth situation, today. We can get things under control in a quick, efficient manner that limits any losses you experience. (763) 712-9712

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Water Damage Inside Your Andover Home's Walls

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

When your home suffers from water damage, not only are your floors affected, but usually, the walls are as well.

Water Damage Inside Your Walls

When your home suffers from water damage, not only are your floors affected, but usually, the walls are as well. The damage can be obvious, but many times it is hidden and can be missed to the untrained eye.

Therefore, you need to call professionals such as SERVPRO to inspect your Andover home after any water damage has occurred. The first steps our technicians at SERVPRO need to take is to figure out how much damage you have. Water which enters at ground level covers the floor and floor covering, then starts to wick up the wall. How much wicking occurs depends upon the construction of the wall, how much water there is, and its height on the wall.

An absorbent material, drywall is constructed of a gypsum core and paper which is like cardboard on either side. The water is likely on both sides and many times higher on the inside from restricted evaporation. Water is sometimes visible, but other times the wall shows no signs of moisture.

At SERVPRO, we have a broad range of professional metering equipment so we can evaluate the damage. A non-invasive moisture meter uses radio waves to test for the presence of water. Another instrument is the infrared camera. The camera can find water in walls since evaporation from wet walls makes them cooler than dry ones.

After the wet walls are found, drying equipment is brought in. Without the presence of insulation, walls can be dried without removing the baseboard and without holes. We use high capacity air movers along each wall, reducing the water molecules from the wall surface and letting more evaporation happen as soon as possible.

Our techs also use one or more dehumidifiers in your home. Such machines lower the humidity levels to help with drying and to prevent mold from growing. When needed, we can install an inner-wall drying system, using small holes over the sill plate and forcing air into the cavity of the wall. Studies have shown this is the fastest way to dry walls that have been damaged by water.

Regardless of where the water came from, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County right away so we can mitigate your loss. You can reach us anytime at you need at (763) 712-9712.

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Taking The Proper Precautions To Prevent Water Damage In Your Andover Home

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Pipes That Burst Cause Damage to Andover Homes, Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Andover Properties Need Preventative Measures to Mitigate Damage Caused by Water

Homeowners everywhere struggle with a variety of issues concerning water damage on their property. Some implement the precautions necessary to help avoid these problems, make a majority of required repairs, and install upgrades needed to combat these issues.  
However, even with some of you taking charge, many Andover homes remain susceptible to water damage that occurs quite frequently. Presenting us with an opportunity to discuss a variety of issues that excessive moisture can cause and a variety of ways you can implement solutions to save your family from experiencing a significant amount of loss.
SERVPRO technicians respond to emergency issues daily. These are not the only issues you can have, nor are they the most damaging. However, they happen far more often than say, natural disasters like tornadoes, or torrential rainstorms. So, having them on our list gives you the heads up you deserve to combat these issues accordingly.
Water main issues caused by aging pipes or damaged supply lines lead to drainage issues. Broken pipes feed lines pose risks that you can prevent by having a professional technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your property for possible maintenance issues.  
You can get the help you need to make the repairs necessary to correct many problems that involve your plumbing, like overflows, damaged fixtures, and accidents caused by misuse. SERVPRO can help you decide how to protect your home and your family, taking the proper precautions to enjoy a safe, healthy home environment.  
Sewer and drainage problems exist in every home. We deal with clogged pipes, damaged drainage systems, tree growth and grading issues quickly and efficiently. We strive on returning your damaged home to a quality condition, “Like it never even happened.”
There is a quick, simple solution to the majority of problems you face. However, unless you take the incentive to contact your local restoration company, you may never know how to prevent large-scale water intrusions or accidents from occurring on your property.
Make a call to SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County to receive the response and service you deserve to get back on your feet the right way. We are here to help, call today. (763) 712-9712

Strike Back Against Flood Damage On Your Andover Property

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

If a flood damage incident strikes your Andover area home, seek help immediately.

Flood Damage

Water is a life-saving resource that humanity simply cannot live without, even in the most basic example, it is essential for life. However, somewhere along the line water also became a hazard, wreaking havoc on unsuspecting homeowners and leaving many wondering what to do.

If a flood damage incident strikes your Andover area home, seek help immediately. Your decisions after an event can make the difference between total loss or ensuring a safe, efficient restoration of your property. Remember to act fast; time is a crucial factor in your homes recovery.

If local authorities have determined that your property is once again safe to enter, you should notify your insurance company, and contact a professional restoration company for help. Avoid attempting any actions yourselves; without the proper training you may end up hurting more than you help. Don't take risks with the safety and protection of your family. Your property contains a variety of hazards that you may not be aware of after a flood, and with help on the way, there is simply no reason for you to take the risk.

Contacting a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO, means that you gain access to IICRC professionally certified restoration technicians with years of experience handling situations just like yours. They know what to do, or what not to do, to maintain a safe working environment, so leave the heavy lifting and risk taking to the professionals. SERVPRO also offers a readiness app online that gives you access to communications with your local restoration office, a way to share pertinent information, log lost or damaged items, and prepare paperwork for your insurance claim process. It is just one way that we help improve your restoration experience and serves as a key tool in getting things back to normal fast.

SERVPRO is available for you 24/7 year round. SERVPRO makes it a point to discuss your concerns and explain each of the services we plan to use for your restoration. If you have any inquiries at any time before, during, or after your restoration team performs on your home, all you need to do is contact us for an answer. Give SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County the opportunity to provide you with one-stop resources in managing the flooding event happening on your property. We are here to help (763) 712-9712.

Leading Causes Of Fire Damage In Coon Rapids

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Lightning has been the bane of homeowners since the dawn of civilization and remains a leading origin of fire damage.

Main Causes Of Fire Damage

Being ready for fire damage means being ready for its sources. The trouble is, fire can result from many different processes and factors, and controlling for all of these is all but impossible. The best you can do is to hunker down, make preparations wherever possible, and keep general fire safety measures like smoke detectors up-to-date and in good health. As a starting place, consider these common fire-starting events. These make up a great portion of calls received by SERVPRO nationwide, and avoiding them should drastically lower your risk of fire damage.

Lighting Strikes
Lightning has been the bane of homeowners since the dawn of civilization and remains a leading origin of fire damage in Coon Rapids. It is impossible to tell when and if lightning may strike your home, but there are things you can do to help keep damage to a minimum. The biggest safety measure you can invest in is a lightning rod - these serve to court lightning into a much safer channel leading straight into the ground. Alternatively, you might want to invest in a tall tree somewhere on your property, near the home yet close enough that fire could not spread from one to the other.

Kitchen Fires
Kitchen and grease fires are one of our most common calls, usually for minor damage. However, if no sprinkler or fire extinguisher is nearby, these fires can rapidly balloon into much larger problems. The best way to protect your home against kitchen fires is through well-placed sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers.

Electrical Fires
Electrical fires are often the most dangerous fires in a home, as they carry the added risk of electrocution. SERVPRO technicians wear special clothing and gloves designed to protect them from damaged outlets, shorted circuits, and slashed cables after a fire, so you should also do your best to exercise extreme caution around any fire involving electronics or outlets.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County is ready 24/7 to pick up the phone and respond to your call for help. For assistance with fire, water, mold, or any other type of home damage, contact us at (763) 712-9712.

5 Simples Steps That Help You Avoid Expensive Water Damage Disasters In Your Oak Park Home

3/25/2017 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes and Ice Dams Cause Water Damage in Oak Park Homes

Preparation and Maintenance Can Mitigate or Prevent Water Damage

Waiting until you face considerable expenses may cause even bigger issues that a majority of homeowners could prevent. Take advantage of the information available to you and help avoid common causes of water damage that could develop in your home.
If someone told you that taking a few simple precautions would help you avoid extensive water damage in your Oak Park area home, would you ignore it? Of course, not, every homeowner wants to protect life's biggest investment. So, why not get ahead of the curve and stop waiting until the last moment to do something?
At SERVPRO, we like to share information. We also want to help you prevent as much damage as possible and prepare your home for the worst possible circumstances. However, this is a team effort, without homeowners taking responsibility themselves, we cannot be as successful as we would like to be.
SERVPRO technicians would like for you to keep this in mind and follow these simple steps to prevent common issues:
Step 1: During winter months when the weather is the coldest, make sure to drain, disconnect, and store outdoor water hoses. Stored water can produce ice-blocks that extend into your pipes, causing indoor pipes to burst, creating damages on the interior of your home.

Step 2: Twice every year take a look at gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters produce ice-dams, overflows, and other issues that allow water to access unprotected areas of your home.

Step 3: Make sure that any trees or shrubbery on your property stays clear of drainage or plumbing in your yard. Roots can become a severe problem, wrapping around and even penetrating drainage system pipes.

Step 4: Have a certified company, like SERVPRO, inspect your property to determine if you have the proper drainage and runoff to handle water flow in your area. With the proper grading and drainage systems such as backflow valves and sump pumps installed, flooding remains minimal.

Step 5: On the interior of your home, start with checking all of your appliances. Water supply lines for washing machines, dishwashers, and even ice makers need replacement at some point. Ignoring them causes bigger issues to develop. Check seals and drainage hoses for cracks and wear and tear.
Already found a leak? Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County; we can help locate the source, perform repairs, and restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition in a quick, efficient manner today. (763) 712-9712

Why Attempting Mold Damage Or Remediation On Your Own In Andover Is Never A Good Idea

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Visible Mold Growth IN Andover Can Extend Far into Wall Cavities--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Advises to Hire a Professional Mold Remediation Company

By using a mild cleaning solution to cleanse small areas of mold found on the ceiling or walls of your bathroom, you may be helping conceal the real problem that exists. Not only that, if you handle the area wrong, you could spread the contamination further as well.

It is true that regular bleach mixed with water in the correct manner has some effect on mold damaged areas of your Andover home. It is minimal even as the water encourages more mold growth. However, these cleaning chemicals do not entirely remove the microscopic spores that cause mold growth to occur and should never be your only method of handling mold remediation in your home.

You may use the correct cleaning solution, but you forget that any scrub brushes, sponges, buckets, or other tools you use that become contaminated need cleaning as well. You end up using these tools again and again for different reasons around your home, spreading dormant spores throughout your property, without even knowing what you are doing.

SERVPRO often assists homeowners after they have decided to try to tackle these issues on their own. It often turns out that they cause more harm than good. Our technicians use visible signs of mold growth in your home to locate larger problems hidden in your walls. Without the stains there, it just makes things harder.

Unless you are sure that you have everything necessary, including the knowledge to perform your remediation on your own, contacting expertly trained professionals to help you control mold growth in your home correctly remains your best option. We encourage all homeowners to turn to professional assistance for mold remediation.

SERVPRO technicians use physical removal methods of remediation to control mold infestations in your home. The small patches you see on the ceiling of your bathroom are just the beginning. When removing the porous materials on the surface, you often find a great deal more contamination within your walls that require your attention as well.

Give SERVPRO’s expertly trained mold remediation specialists the opportunity to inspect your situation and provide you with the proper services to mitigate mold growth on your property. They have the ability to locate and repair the source of moisture causing the problem, access to professional extraction and drying equipment to remove water faster, and experience in handling and disposing of infected materials correctly.

Allow us to help provide you and your family with a clean, healthy environment. Give SERVPRO of Coon Rapids – Central Anoka County a call today. (763) 712-9712

Remediation Services You Deserve Offered For Homes In Coon Rapids Affected By Mold Damage

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Dealing with mold damage in your home requires expertly trained remediation technicians.

Mold Damage Remediation

Mold in your home presents your family with health concerns that you should handle immediately. Even the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that there is no such thing as an acceptable amount or type of mold and that you should seek professional help regardless of the kind of mold existing on your property. Dealing with mold damage in your Coon Rapids home requires expertly trained remediation technicians. Workers that understand how materials become affected by mold and have the professional equipment necessary to mitigate the damages created by such an event. At SERVPRO we find that one of the major reasons behind drying water-soaked materials is to help prevent permanent damage caused by fungi. Molds, mildew, and bacteria cause decomposition of organic materials, many of which reside in the materials used to build your home.

Extreme mold situations involve spotty, dirt like stains developing over walls, ceilings, or other surfaces. These stains may grow into almost fuzzy white clumps of infested materials, slowly eating away the structure of your home. SERVPRO technicians consider controlling moisture sources in your home as the key to controlling mold growth. Removing water as soon as possible once discovered makes mold growth less likely to occur and prevents additional damages from forming.

Our technician's job is to provide you with services required to dry wet materials, structure and other contents involved in your event. We follow specific instructions provided by Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP) to perform tasks necessary to help remediate your current situation properly. SERVPRO can provide you with the professionally trained technicians you need to recover from a terribly dangerous situation in your home, limiting the interruptions to your normal routine by making ourselves available through a schedule convenient for you.

We have access to both water detection and water extraction equipment to help get things under control immediately. Following all safety regulations concerning the handling and disposal of contaminated materials beyond restoration found on your property. Offering drying, sanitation, and repair services, making us a one-stop solution for all of your restoration needs. Turn to professionals that you trust during an emergency affecting your home and obtain the services you deserve to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition, with a stress-free experience.

Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County today for additional information on how we can help you overcome mold damage situations in your home (763) 712-9712.

What To Do When Commercial Water Damage In Oak Park Hits Your Server Room

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Speed is of the essence when handling networking devices, so don’t delay.

Commercial Water Damage

For most modern businesses, there is a beating heart; a hub of activity through which all aspects of the company flow. It is found in the server room because connectivity is the key to success in our fast-paced digital world. The question is, what happens when flooding threatens to take an operation offline?

Commercial water damage in Oak Park businesses is more common than you might think. So, server rooms are at risk, particularly when situated on the ground floor. Despite this, many companies still build their networking systems in the basement. If a pipe bursts upstairs or a structural fault lets rainwater inside, there can be trouble. Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO can carry out water damage repairs fast, so that the impact of leaks is minimal. Keep reading to find out how our technicians do this.

Tackling The Immediate Danger
The first step, once the team arrives on site, is to prevent further damage from occurring. Most servers are not placed directly on the ground. For reasons of safety, the most important components are slightly elevated or secured in a sturdy housing. It is good news, particularly if the standing water is only a few inches deep.

In this case, the main danger is from humidity and water in the air. So, the best approach is to cover exposed servers and electrical devices with polyethylene sheets. They are not normally removed from the area until the standing water is gone. If they are planning to remove electrical items, the SERVPRO technicians need suitable, safe conditions.

Starting Water Extraction
If your server room is in the basement, the water cannot go away by itself. SERVPRO uses heavy duty extraction equipment to pump it out of the affected area and into a secure receptacle. The utmost care is taken when moving extraction tools in and out of the server room, so as not to dislodge moisture and cause further damage.

When urgency is an issue, as it is in a server room, desiccant dehumidifiers are a good way to speed up the evaporation process. They contain a silica gel which draws water particles out of the air at a faster rate. As saturated air turns into surface water (and secondary water damage), it is important to maintain a steady but rapid rate of evaporation.

Restoring Wet Machines
Removing vulnerable parts of server technology may be necessary. It is hard to remove moisture from electrical items, but it is not impossible. Usually, we partner with a third party contractor, who specializes in exactly this type of restoration. You can, of course, hire your own specialist if you prefer.

The electrical items are inventoried and taken to a treatment facility, where they get warmed in a way which dries the moisture without compromising the internal components. There are several instances in which SERVPRO consults with third parties. The aim is always to offer you the best possible service.

Speed is of the essence when handling networking devices, so don’t delay. The sooner you let SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County take a look, the faster we can devise a water damage repair plan. Call us 24/7 on (763) 712-9712.

Practice, Planning, And Communication To Survive Storm Damage In Andover

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Andover Residents Be Prepared for Flooding

Floods and Water Damage Happen: Be Prepared

A major storm encompasses the entire area that you live, and your home is about to be caught up in a major storm that can cause significant damages to your property.

You may think that you have thought of everything you possibly could to protect your Andover home from receiving storm damage during the current weather system. However, we have a few things you should keep in mind to prevent possible hazards and additional damage.
Always practice communication between family members in dangerous situations. Your first thoughts should be about getting you and your family safely out of the affected area. Work in combination with local media and authorities to keep up to date on all storm warnings. It has been our experience at SERVPRO, that text tends to get through more often than voice calls, use this to your advantage.
If you are unable to get to safety, knowing first aid or emergency medical actions could save lives, so, take a first-aid class and practice the skills so that you know what to do when faced with this kind of situation. The Red Cross certifies over 3 million people every year for emergency preparedness.
All of our SERVPRO technicians live in the area too; we find it smart to store some emergency supplies to assist in the survivability of our families. If you get caught somewhere, you should have an emergency "Go Bag" ready with essential items and plan your evacuation ahead of time with each member of your family. On the way out the door, remember any prescriptions, valuable documents, and personal items you may need, as well as clothing, food, and water for each member of your family. Do not forget other essential items, including a first aid kit, cash, phones, phone chargers, and valuable items that are easy to carry.
At SERVPRO we find that it helps to discuss the possibility of this kind of situation with your family, friends, and neighbors. It helps everyone involved if we share information and help each other prepare for disasters properly. During events like this, communication is invaluable, knowing the location of every member of your family and working as a team saves valuable time and prevents needless hazards from developing.
Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids - Central Anoka County for additional information for hazard prevention and safety, today. (763) 712-9712

How to Speak to Remediation Specialists about the Mold Damage in Your Anoka Home

1/22/2017 (Permalink)

Signs of Mold in Anoka Means a Call to SERVPRO

Information and Inspection for Professional Mold Remediation

Mold damage is a complex development, with some possible outcomes and consequences. It presents big challenges for repair and remediation specialists, who have to balance the concerns of homeowners with realistic and practical responses.

For instance, in cases of severe mold damage in Anoka homes, it may be necessary to dispose of possessions, furniture, and even some structural materials. This can be a stressful thing to do, but the ability to salvage items depends entirely on the severity of the mold. To uncover the depth of the problem, a protocol is in place. The SERVPRO team will ask you some important questions and conduct a thorough on-site inspection.

Keep reading to find out what to expect, what you should know about the mold remediation process, and what you’ll need to discuss with the team.

Why Do You Suspect There is Mold in Your Home?
This is an important question because there’s no way to know for sure if there is an extensive mold problem until the house has been inspected. So, the technicians will want to know what is making you suspect mold. Is there a musty smell in certain rooms? Are there visible patches of mold growing on walls?

Have You Had Any Recent Problems with Moisture?
Mold spores flourish in warm, wet environments, which is why they are such a problem after flooding. A pipe could burst behind a wall and cause the structural materials to become damp and vulnerable. You may have a moisture problem on an external wall, which causes the inside of the house to feel humid and clammy.

Does the Property Have a History of Mold?
Unfortunately, mold can be very difficult to treat. It can be neutralized, and usually exterminated, with the use of dehumidifiers, air movers, and air scrubbers, but all dormant mold spores cannot be removed from a structure. This means that, unless the source of the moisture is eliminated, the mold will return. If your property is experiencing recurring mold problems, it is likely because the source has not been discovered, fixed, and properly dried.

Can the Affected Are Be Sealed and Contained?
In many cases, it is easier to prevent mold spores from spreading if a containment area is set up. This can be temporarily disruptive, especially if the affected space is in a kitchen or bathroom. However, it is the best way to stop the problem from appearing anywhere else in the house. The SERVPRO technicians may ask you about alternative arrangements; for instance, if you’d rather stay elsewhere until the remediation, and if needed, restoration and repairs are completed.

At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we understand that mold damage can be stressful. This is why we work closely with homeowners to create the most effective and efficient plans for mold remediation. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

Why Fire Damage in Coon Rapids Properties Can Lead to a Battle with Stubborn Odors

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl Generator Helps Remove Smoke Odors from a Home in Coon Rapids

SERVPRO Equipment and Skills Eliminate Odors After a Fire

For fire damage repair and restoration teams, there are many challenges. The homeowner is putting the future of their property in the hands of an outside service, so the stakes are high. No matter how severe the fire, it is our job to salvage as much as possible and try and bring your house back to a safe and habitable condition.

It is a complex process, and it does not end with damage caused by the flames. In fact, smoke and soot are just as destructive. They leave oily stains on walls and ceilings, as well as producing foul odors which stick to carpets soft furnishings. To repair fire damage in Coon Rapids homes, an approach which deals with both odor and the burnt items is needed.

However, the battle to eliminate stubborn odors is not always what it seems. Keep reading to find out why imaginary smells can cause a big problem for homeowners.

What Are Imaginary Odors?
It might sound strange to talk of ‘imaginary’ odors, particularly about fire damage. Clearly, fires do cause some very real and awfully pungent smells. At SERVPRO, we are trained in the most advanced deodorization techniques so that we can eliminate them quite quickly. The use of deodorizing chemicals is highly effective because they interact directly with the offending particles in the air.

We often find that even after a successful deodorization period, some homeowners still struggle with unpleasant odors. This can happen even if there is no evidence of smoke or soot residue left on the property. It occurs as a result of a phenomenon called heightened awareness. To put it simply, fire can have such a big impact on people that they find it hard to convince their senses that things are back to normal.

How Do Restoration Experts Remove These "imaginary" Odors?
The answer is simpler than you might think. All it takes is the right support. Most of the time, just taking a moment to guide homeowners through the fire damage restoration process is enough to put their mind at ease. This is why, at SERVPRO, we will not leave until you are completely satisfied. It is your home, and you decide when you are comfortable and pleased with the results of our work.

Our technicians are friendly, happy to chat, and can answer any questions that you might have about deodorization equipment, ozone machines, hydroxyl generators, containment protocols, and document and electronics restoration. By keeping you in the loop, we hope to make the process as stress-free as possible and get you feeling comfortable and safe in no time. "Like it never even happened."

To find out more about how deodorization works and why it is important for fire damage restoration, talk to the experts at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County. We are based in your area, so our repairs are fast and efficient. Call us 24/7 at  (763) 712-9712.

Commercial Water Damage can Affect Stores and Shops in St Francis

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Retail Shops in St. Francis Rely on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration

Small Business Requiring Rapid Water Removal Rely on SERVPRO

Having your own business comes with many responsibilities, and having to cope with emergencies is one of them. Some, like water damage, can be one of them. When there is a water leak, your business not only has to pay for the lost water, but also faces the possibility of damaged inventory and equipment. When you react to the threat water damage poses to your investment, you typically don't have time to consult with others about what to do. You must act quickly to minimize the existing damage and to prevent larger losses from occurring.
St Francis shops and small stores that have water lines in them are at risk of commercial water damage when those lines and pipes are not maintained on a regular basis. When you do not own the building your enterprise is located in, you most likely rely on your landlord's maintenance crew to tend to such matters. While this may be written in your lease that maintenance of the building falls on the shoulders of your landlord, you should still examine those lines regularly. After reporting anything that seems risky to your landlord, repairs should be made quickly. However, leaks can still happen due to pressure changes in the water main's supply. Leaks are also not the only source of water that can damage a commercial setting, either.
Dampness is often sufficient to damage more delicate pieces of inventory, such as is found in a card shop, stationery store or clothing boutique. SERVPRO uses machines that boost air movement, even in small locations, to speed up the rate of evaporation. Water damage is possible with even slightly raised levels of moisture, meaning that flooding is not always the cause. Moist air can create the perfect environment for secondary water damage to develop.  Mold growth can begin rapidly, as can other problems, when humidity levels increase from a leaky pipe, or even from a drain that has cracks in it under the sink in the bathroom.
If water damage is the threat, call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 at any time. Our job is to keep your business open for business.

Preventing and Restoring Winter Fire Damage To Your Hamm Lake Home

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fires can start quickly. Exercise safety precautions but if you do have a fire, call SERVPRO to assess and help with the damage!

Tips to Follow For Fire Safety

The colder months of the year compound the risk factors leading to a home fire making it more likely that your family may be hurt or displaced by a residential fire if precautions are not taken. SERVPRO recommends that you protect your Hamm Lake home from the terrors of a winter fire by following these tips.

Have your wood burning fireplaces inspected and cleaned by a reputable company on a regular basis to prevent chimney fires.

Keep flammable items away from fireplaces, space heaters or candles.

Extinguish fires and candles at bedtime and when no one is in the area to supervise them. Never leave children or pets alone in a room with a lit fire or burning candles.

Limit the use of space heaters only to times when responsible adults are awake and supervising. Inspect for frayed wiring regularly and make sure your heaters are UL listed and of the proper size for the area to be warmed.

Take care when decorating for the holidays, avoiding the use of multiple extension cords and outdated strings of lights. Turn off holiday lights and other decor when retiring for the night or when leaving the house.

Ensure your kitchen areas are equipped with fire extinguishers as you bake, cook and otherwise prepare for the winter holidays. Use extreme caution when deep frying festive treats or when many hands are helping in the room.

If a fire does break out in your home despite precautions, it is always a concerning experience, but when fire damages your Hamm Lake house during the winter you have the added challenge of freezing temperatures as you recover from the disaster. We are able to assist you with all aspects of winter fire damage including boarding up or otherwise securing areas of your home left open to the elements after a cold weather fire. Our mission is to restore and remediate the damage done by a winter fire rather than tearing up and replacing structures and contents during the snowy months. Our trained technicians are able to accomplish this even while your family is living in undamaged areas of your home by using smoke and soot containment systems and judicious applications of professional air scrubbers and deodorants that work toward eliminating the unpleasant odor remaining after a fire.

When you endure a minor fire in your home, you may be tempted to try to clean up the soot and remove the smoky smell on your own. Because of the complex chemical reactions that occur during a fire, it is wisest to invite SERVPRO to partner up with you to assess the post-fire situation in your home. We can suggest tasks a homeowner can handle easily while our professional team works on the challenges of fire restoration that require specially trained and certified technicians to complete.

Once the fire department departs call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. Experienced dispatchers at (763) 712-9712 will get a crew on its way to your Ham Lake home to begin the fire damage restoration process.

Safety Advice During Heavy Storms in Andover

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

Stay safe during a flood. Afterwards, call the technicians at SERVPRO to assess and remediate!

SERVPRO can Remediate your Storm Damaged Property

Serious storm damage can take a toll on your home, but safety for its occupants should always be your first priority. SERVPRO has seen multiple unfortunate cases where homeowners try to protect their property at risk to themselves, and the injuries that came with those mistakes. Staying safe during a major storm is no laughing matter, and if it comes down to it, you should always prioritize your life and health over that of your home. After all, professionals like SERVPRO can reverse the damage to your home, but a lost life can never be restored.
Stay on the Second Floor
Any storm damage to an Andover home that involves flooding will hit the first floor long before the second making those upper floors a much safer place than down below. If your home does have two floors, or perhaps an attic, staying elevated could save you from serious injury if the storm brings in flood waters. If your home has a single floor, try to find a secure spot, and make sure any basements are vacant.
Stay Away from Running Water
Although most modern homes have sufficient protection from lightning, it is best to try to keep your use of running water to a minimum during a thunderstorm. This includes bathing, showering, and even usage of the sink. Ideally, you should have some bottled water around in case of an emergency.
Pack Away Breakables
If you have received a flood warning or know one is inbound, taking a few minutes to get breakable objects up high and in a secure position could save money on restorations and someone in the house from future injury. If objects are allowed to break, they can create cutting hazards, and with the unclean waters of a flood, these can lead to serious infection.
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County has years of experience dealing with flooding and other heavy water damage, and is ready to respond at all hours should you need us. Just give us a call at (763) 712-9712.

Prolific Types of Commercial Damage Tackled by SERVPRO

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

From Airports to Retail Shops Rely on SERVPRO in Coon Rapids to Keep Your Doors Open

Water, Fire, Smoke, Mold, and Biohazards Can Shut Down a Business

Often when least expected, disaster strikes thousands of businesses across the country every year. From the long and slow process of mold growth to sudden and disastrous floods or fires, there are many ways that a commercial building can sustain severe damage. In some cases, a fast response through SERVPRO's mitigation strategy can make a difference of thousands of dollars in damages and weeks of time, but there is typically still extensive cleanup and repair work to be done in the wake of such a disaster.
Fire Damage
Fires are what many business owners fear most, and the force most often identified with commercial damage in Coon Rapids. Although fires are visible and certainly destructive, they are thankfully a relatively uncommon occurrence. Most commercial fires start from electrical or artificial sources, such as gas leaks, chemical reactions, cigarette butts, or electrical malfunctions. Restaurants, cafeterias, and commercial kitchens are major players in fires. Most businesses are also equipped with a sprinkler system, able to douse most small blazes before they reach substantial size.
Water Damage
Water damage is a highly diverse type of damage, often creating unique conditions and problems that require an expert eye to solve. Response times are important for many water damage cases, as SERVPRO technicians will be able to assess the situation and shut off any sources of further damage. Some types of water damage, such as storm floods, can completely destroy buildings in extreme cases, but most are benign enough to allow for a full restoration.
Mold Damage
Mold is a difficult substance to deal with. While it is often less time-sensitive than other types of damage, cutting its growth off early is also important in stopping its exponential growth. Long-term exposure to mold may also cause health effects, making remediation a medical priority as well as a financial one. Many office buildings, particularly older structures with outdated air duct systems suffer from "air sickness." Indoor air quality is a key component in a healthy office or administrative building environment.
SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County can tackle all types of commercial damage, with well-trained professionals and high-end equipment. Call us at (763) 712-9712 to find out how we can help to get your doors back open after a disaster.

Mold Damage Can Happen Anywhere In An Oak Park Area Home

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold needs not only water to survive and grow, but also a dark area, and organic matter to feed on.

Mold Damage And Your Property

When you become a homeowner, the joy and freedom of such status also come with many different responsibilities. These include protecting your investment and your family's health. Mold can quickly damage your home and has been known to cause health effects in people. Mold needs not only water to survive and grow, but also a dark area, and organic matter to feed on. Organic matter can be found in many areas in the typical home, but often seems to be inorganic. This is because mold, being microscopic as an individual, can find crevices that are minute but still large enough to hold nutrients. This is especially true in concrete. Other materials that may seem inorganic, but are organic include drywall. The paper covering is made of cellulose and provides a significant amount of nutrients to mold while also being capable of retaining moisture.

If you have a home in Oak Park, thinking of mold damage affecting your home may be something you'd rather not tackle. Mold can easily spread, so your first assumption is most likely correct – it's better to hire professionals who are trained, experienced, and also certified in handling mold. Mold can't be eliminated, but it can always be reduced to safe levels.

Mold can be located anywhere in your home, but the most likely spots are where there is some source of moisture and a weak or absent source of light. Sunlight can destroy mold quickly, so areas that receive some sunlight through an open window or doorway are less likely to be affected. Darkened garages, attics, and basements can also hide mold that is then carried into the rest of the home. This is also true of sheds and other outbuildings. Closed-off rooms that are rarely used can also provide the environment needed by mold, and surprise you when you need to use the room after a long period of non-use. The same method used to protect walls and flooring from being bleached by the sun can open the pathway for mold to overtake a room.

Behind refrigerators, under large appliances that use water, heating, and cooling duct work, around window frames in shady spots, and along baseboards of walls that are opposite water lines can all be places that mold can easily grow. At SERVPRO, we can help you not only remove the mold damage and restore your home, but we can also help prevent the return of over-active mold. Using dehumidifiers, sealers, and other devices, we can work with you to make sure mold has a much harder time making a re-entry into your home.

Contact us to help you return your home to a safer, cleaner state again, where mold is under control. You can reach SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712, anytime, day or night, seven days a week.

Take Control Before Disaster Strikes With A Commercial Fire Damage Ready Plan For Your Andover Restaurant

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps With Commercial Fire Damage in Andover

SERVPRO's Mobile App--The Emergency Ready Profile--Helps Mitigate or Prevent Commercial Fire Damage

You have worked tirelessly to build your restaurant business, bringing to your hungry customers the delicious dishes they crave and precious memories of milestones and events, large and small, celebrated within your establishment. As the business has grown you have established a legacy for your family and a stable work environment for your loyal staff. The best way to ensure you protect your own interests and those of your employees, family and patrons are to work with SERVPRO to establish a commercial Emergency Ready Profile Plan in case the unthinkable happens, and you suffer fire damage at your restaurant. Our mobile app walks you through the process of creating an emergency response plan, assisting our team to hit the floor running if you suffer a loss.

Commercial fire damage in your Andover restaurant will be managed swiftly when we know your priorities and concerns ahead of time. As you develop your personalized Ready Profile, please feel free to consult with us. Our experienced commercial loss specialists want to understand completely how your business works so we can develop an individualized response that will get your restaurant up and cooking again in record time. We can help you sort through the options available to you before any loss, allowing your decisions to be made calmly and deliberately without the stress of a crisis.
As you work on your Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) take the time to review your insurance coverage for your business, organizing what you will need to provide for claims so that you and SERVPRO can collaborate efficiently to assure proper coverage for our fire damage services should they be needed. The Emergency Ready Profile development also provides an impetus to update training of your own staff about proper fire prevention and fire control measures your business can have in place to limit damage if a fire occurs. Be certain your restaurant is equipped with appropriate and fully charged fire extinguishers as per state and local codes and that your employees are trained in their use. The ERP and other safeguards will result in less downtime for your restaurant if fire damages your premises and our team of commercial fire restoration experts will be on the job fast and aware of your preferences as we remediate the situation.
Use all the tools available from SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County when your restaurant is damaged by fire in the kitchen or any other area of your building. Contact us at (763) 712-9712 any hour of the day or night, and we will see to it that your Emergency Ready Profile and plan is put into action.

Facing Flood Damage In St. Francis

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to help!

Quick Storm Damage Response Can Prevent Secondary Damage

The St. Francis area can experience significant amounts of rainfall during spring, summer and autumn storms. When the ground becomes saturated with daily rains and even more precipitation is forecast, the result can be damaging basement flooding in your home. If your house is near the Rum River, the increased rainfall can also put your lower level at risk when it rises due to snow melt or heavy rains. Whether from the river rising, seepage because of waterlogged soil or from improperly draining gutters and downspouts, SERVPRO can help you solve serious problems that can follow when your basement fills with inches of water and or is persistently damp as one storm follows another.
If you are a victim of flood damage in St. Francis, you need a water damage restoration company that responds quickly and has the trained staff and equipment necessary to handle all aspects of your home disaster. We can pump out your basement within hours of contact and then work with you and your insurer on a plan to thoroughly dry and restore the structure, interior, mechanical systems and personal possessions. Using our full-service restoration company gives you an instant feeling of relief as our technicians have all the tools necessary to take your soaked basement back to pre-flood condition.
Basements can be bare bones staging areas for your heating system and laundry area, or they can contain living areas, bedrooms, and storage. No matter what function your basement serves for your family you can be confident SERVPRO will assess your situation carefully and create a plan to recover those functions. After the water is removed, we will move on to restoring or replacing damaged plaster or sheetrock and ceilings. We are the expert in flooring restoration, including concrete, tile, hardwood, laminate, and carpeting. Your heating and cooling systems, appliances and electronics will be inspected to ensure they can be used without risk or proper repair or replacement will be arranged. You can count on us to personalize the restoration process, consulting with you as we review options for restoration or replacement of structural components and furnishings. Our pledge to you is to be fast, thorough and always compassionate as we help you and your family move through this disaster.
When the water rises in your St. Francis home, put panic on the back burner and call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County. Dial (763) 712-9712 24/7 to schedule a same day appointment and relax knowing we are committed to solving your flood damage issues.

Water Removal Is A Crucial Part Of The Water Damage Restoration Process

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Standing water can cause significant damage to your property.

Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

What should be done if you discover your home flooded for one reason or another and you have water standing everywhere? Obviously, the water has to be removed, but the bigger question that you will have to answer is how you can do that effectively without leaving lasting effects of the flooding for years to come. You need to have the water removed and the damage restored as quickly as possible.

Water Removal Is a Key Component of the Restoration Process
If you live in Oak Park and are in need of water removal, there are many things that are probably going through your mind. Unfortunately, it isn't enough to simply remove the water to the best of your ability and then put everything back where it was prior to the incident. When you call us at SERVPRO, you can rely on our technicians to do a thorough inspection of the property to determine whether or not it is truly restored. Your first step is to contact us so we can remove the water that is present. Once that step has been completed, we work diligently to dry the entire affected area and then sanitize everything so that you don't have to worry about any type of bacteria growing. Remember, water damage can occur from a lot of different sources. Even if the problem looks relatively small, you still have the same potential hazards to deal with that you would if your home was completely flooded. That is why it is so important that you call us at SERVPRO right away.

Call Someone You Can Trust
You don’t have to let standing water destroy the things that matter most to you. More importantly, you don’t have to try to handle the problem yourself. Contact us at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County 24/7 by dialing (763) 712-9712.

Sentimental Possessions May Be Salvageable After a House Fire

8/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleans Up a Toy or a House After Fire Damage in Anoka

After Fire Damage, SERVPRO Strives to Restore Personal Keepsakes and Sentimental Items

Sometimes items that may be deemed “unsalvageable” because of a small monetary value have the highest sentimental value for our customers. After a fire, an insurance company will make a determination whether it is more economical and feasible to clean and restore an item or pay to replace it. If it is more cost-effective to replace, the item is deemed “unsalvageable”. Unfortunately, this doesn’t take into account any sentimental worth the item may have.  

This toy earthmover was taken out of a house fire in Anoka by our crews. Because it was covered in soot and smoke, the toy was put into the unsalvageable category. But this yellow grader was the favorite possession of the homeowner’s 4-year old son, who lost most of his belongings and toys in the fire. Our cleaning team took it upon themselves to clean this yellow toy grader and restore it to its original condition "Like it never even happened." We carefully wiped down, using brushes and cleaning tools, the metal body, plastic tires, and turning mechanisms with various cleansers and solvents. When we delivered it to the rental home where the family was staying the look of joy on the boy’s face was worth all the effort! He was ready to use his yellow toy grader to rebuild his house.

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County takes pride in giving back to our local communities. Rely on us to restore your water or fire damaged property, including your keepsakes and heirlooms, to its pre-loss condition whenever possible. Call us 24/7 at (763) 712-9712.

Flood Damage can be Costly: Here are a Few Tips on How to Decrease Your Losses

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Flood damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO and we'll respond quickly and get you back into your house!

Fast Thinking and Simple Actions Can Protect Valuables in Your Home

Floods are occurring more often in the USA than they have before. These floods arise from not only melting snows in the spring but also from heavy downpours of rainfall, even in winter. In some locations, flash floods have cost numerous people their lives, in addition to creating general havoc, loss of business income, inventory, and jobs, as well as homes and businesses themselves have been lost.

Hopefully, Coon Rapids residents will never see extensive flood damage like what has recently been endured across the USA, but it's always better to know who to call when flooding ever does happen. A fast response to flooding can decrease the amount of flood damage and reduce losses, as well as the costs of repairing and restoring flood-damaged structures and other items.

If you know heavy rainfall will be headed your way, move your most valuable items to an upper floor, if possible. If there is no upper level available, place those items that can be damaged the most easily, but are lightweight, up on top of taller dressers or even inside of cabinets that are near the ceiling. Other items, such as TV sets, might be able to be placed on lower dressers. All food that is not refrigerated or frozen should be moved to a higher location. Food cans and jars cannot be cleaned well enough to obtain proper food safety levels after being exposed to flood water.

After flood waters have receded, you need to call a company that is experienced in all stages of restoring flood damaged properties. SERVPRO has a local office in Coon Rapids but has access to resources at a national level. We are trained according to IICRC standards and are certified in all stages of restoring flood-damaged homes and businesses.

We start with water extraction, and then begin to sanitize and clean while others begin the drying process. Furniture restoration can keep your replacement costs low, and not only includes cleaning of the exterior upholstery but also the interior padding and foam that is often found in upholstered chairs, couches, and other items. Drapes and other textiles can be cleaned at our site, and carpets will be cleaned and sanitized, then inspected to ensure they do not need to be replaced instead. Carpets, because of their location and purpose, are often hit the worst in a flood. While we do our best to preserve it, many carpets do need to be replaced in order to protect residents and others who will spend time in carpeted rooms. Area rugs can be cleaned at our location, however.

Part of the problem with flood water is that it can contain the worst in contamination. Not only does flood water often contain chemical waste from roads and streets, but it can also contain industrial run-off that was drained into area rivers. Sewage run-off should be another concern. At SERVPRO, we've had extensive training in actually dealing with this kind of flood water and can eliminate much of the risk these contaminants can pose to you and your family.

Sanitizing your home or business can continue through the drying process. Drying must be complete so that secondary water damage does not become a reality. This can include rotting of internal wood beams, mold growth, and warped and splintering wood features in your home. Preventing secondary damage is another way to save on costs – prevention is always less time-consuming and also less costly than dealing with subsequent secondary damage at a later date.

When floods hit your home or business, make sure you deal with it aggressively. Call us, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 and we will help you through the entire process. We want to return your home to pre-flood condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Restoration Process

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire in your Blaine home can cause significant damage.

Fire Damage and Restoration

It is hard to imagine anything more severe than a fire in your home that threatens your family’s sense of security and leaves behind plenty of fire damage in Blaine. A fire can quickly bring a business' operations to a halt suddenly, affecting not only the business but its customers as well. A wildfire that is out of control can wreak major havoc on communities.

Every sixty-five seconds a fire at a structure is reported, according to the National Fire Protection Association. When the alarm goes off, fire departments plus emergency responders will answer the call for help with action that is decisive and fast. When the smoke clears, SERVPRO’s fire restoration team will stand ready to help with the same kind of quick response, any time of day or night.

The golden hours of recovery are within the first day or two after fire damage has occurred. An effective emergency response will quickly stabilize your structure and make sure to recover as much of your property as is possible. The smoke and acidic soot damage which is many times produced when fires are extinguished will accelerate the corrosion and deterioration of the components of the building and its vital assets. To make matters worse, fires are most often extinguished with water or dry chemicals. The toxic smoke odor left behind must also be neutralized and deodorized.

The process of fire damage restoration will include mitigating damage, cleaning up smoke damage and water restoration as fast as possible once the damage has occurred. Besides the visual damage to the structure, the contents inside the structure have to be looked at for recovery based upon several factors which include: 
- Cost of replacement vs. cost of restoration
- Effect of heat and smoke
- Loss of value
- Loss of use
- Lowered life expectancy
- Sentimental value

SERVPRO’s fire restoration services may include demolition, emergency board up, thermal deodorization to mitigate damage from smoke, soot removal film application, and total reconstruction.

Fire Department Support Services
We’ll also work closely with the fire department and many times will be called into help with fire damage efforts once the fire is extinguished. Support services include the following: 
- Emergency site containment and board up services. This includes securing the property and preserving the scene from any more smoke and fire damage.
- Arson investigators will work with us to help us to safely secure evidence, storage and transport and debris manipulation.
- Supply cranes and other heavy equipment for clearing paths, letting aerial photos to be taken, expediting hauling and other needs for fire damage restoration.
- Moving of materials to assist in the secure safe entry of the fire department and authorized personnel in the entire process of restoration.
- Provide dumpsters, lighting, emergency power and more.
- If needed, application of board up decals to the burned structure’s visual eyesore.

Blaine fire damage needs to be taken care of right away, so give us a call at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County by dialing (763) 712-9712. We will come to your property to evaluate damages and being the process of fire restoration.

In The Fridley Area: Call Us For Water Removal Damage

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage to your Fridley property can be devastating.

Call SERVPRO For Water Removal Damage in Fridley

The extraction of standing water in Fridley involves its removal, including removing moisture from a water damaged area. This process requires a number of innovative style equipment, trained technicians, and experience. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (“IICRC”) designs industry programs for all types of water extraction systems. IICRC ensures that restoration companies are well trained in all aspects of water removal.

Removing water requires knowing the type of surface involved. When water damage occurs at a home due to a faulty washing machine or a burst pipe, people believe that they can clean it up themselves. However, what they can't see until later, is that their drywall begins to buckle, floors start cupping, or even worse, there is a smell of mildew. Our Fridley water damage technicians can use moisture readers to identify hidden spots and dry them out.

When a flood causes water damage, there are a couple of concerns. First, the structural integrity of your property is crucial. For instance, if a multi-tiered home has damage from standing water on upper floors, water can cause the floor to collapse down onto the levels below. For walls, it's 2 x 4's which support its frame can decay, causing the walls to sag and lose their ability to provide support. The second concern is the growth of toxic mold. This contaminant can begin growing within 24 hours to 10 days at temperatures, 77 to 86 °F (25 to 30 °C), although growth can occur between 32 and 95 °F (0 and 35 °C).

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County water remediation technicians, use advanced inspection and extraction equipment. Water removal is not always the same in every water damage event. However, the ending for our customers is full restoration. We are a locally owned and operated business. We are proud to be an active member of the Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County community. We are also proud to serve our local Minnesota communities: Andover, Blaine, and St. Paul. When an emergency occurs, we are nearby and ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. Call us today at (763) 712-9712.

St. Paul Water Damage--What to Do and Who to Call

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Don't Be a Drip. Call SERVPRO to Help with Water Problems in St. Paul

SERVPRO Can Arrive Promptly to Address Your St. Paul Water Damage Issues

When water damage happens to you in St. Paul, there are steps you can take right away to reduce permanent damage and further costs. Water damage can slowly or quickly erode property and objects. This is especially true if your response is delayed more than 48 hours.

Steps to Take when you Detect Water Damage
As soon as you notice flood or water damage you can take action that can reduce further damage and begin the process of restoration. Remember to be calm so that you can clearly think about what you need to do to help remedy the situation.

1. Call a water damage restoration professional. They should respond quickly to your water damage needs in St. Paul. SERVPRO calls back within the hour and will arrive for assessment and help within 4 hours under normal conditions.
2. Turn off the main water valve and shut down any water source to stop continuous flooding from occurring. Stopping the water as soon as you can reduces damages and clean-up costs.
3. Turn off the electrical breaker in all areas that have been damaged by water or flooding. Do this before you attempt to unplug any devices. You do not want to be electrocuted or shocked badly.
4. Use foil under furniture legs to prevent permanent water staining in those carpeted areas.
5. Remove all curtains or tapestries out of the water if possible.
6. Lift up and put up any skirts around beds or sofas. This prevents water damage by way of wicking up into the furniture proper.
7. Remove any papers, shoes, plants, or other items that can stain the carpet or floor by remaining in the water.

What to Avoid Doing if you have Water Damage in St. Paul
Do not use your vacuum. This can cause you electrical shock or damage to your equipment. Don't put newspaper down in high traffic areas. This can cause ink to run onto carpet fibers. This can permanently stain your carpets. Avoid walking on any carpet or flooring more than necessary. This keeps damage from being spread to other areas in your home. When all of that is complete, simply wait for the water damage restoration expert from SERVPRO to arrive at your St. Paul residence. Chances are, they came already and did much of the above work quickly. The trained technicians have the tools, equipment, and expertise to do the job safely and efficiently. Whether a wet-vac, buckets, and mops, are the equipment of choice for your job, or sump pumps, and truck-mounted heavy duty pumps, rapid water removal salvages more personal property and also saves you money.

If you need water damage restoration in St. Paul, Call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712. With 24/7 emergency service, you can trust this leading company to restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage In Blaine - Reasons to Call in the Pros

4/30/2016 (Permalink)

This Blaine House Could Use Water Extraction from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Fixes All Water Damage Related Problems in Blaine

When your property in Blaine is affected by water damage, the essential thing to do is to resolve the water issue fast. Failing to deal with the water intrusion issues can result in secondary water damage in the form of a mold infestation and structural damage. Although most people want to complete the water damage restoration process alone, hiring a professional has a high success rate. Take a look at some of the benefits of letting an expert like SERVPRO restore your home. 

To Avoid Further Damage – After your property gets flooded, time is an essential factor as it only takes a short period before building materials degrade, furnishings become water stained, and mold grows. It is, therefore, necessary to begin the restoration process as soon as you can. A reputable company like SERVPRO can offer their services promptly to handle your problem.

Safety First – When you hire experts like us for your Blaine water damage and restoration needs, you do not do any work. As a result, you stay out of harm’s way since flood waters are infamous for containing bacteria, pathogens, chemicals, debris, and other dirt.

For a Fast Process – Our water damage restoration company has specialists who know what they are doing. We also have adequate knowledge, skills, and equipment to restore your home quickly so that you can move back fast.

To Guarantee Total Clean-up – Attempting to do all the restoration work alone is often a disaster waiting to happen. Since you are less likely to have the appropriate tools or skills, it is easy to mess up. Such a mishap can end up being more expensive in the long run.

Use Of Specialized Equipment – Our skilled technicians have access to a wide range of specific equipment useful in optimizing and expediting the clean-up and repair process. This equipment helps ensure we finish the job skillfully and speedily. Most homeowner garages do not stock water pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, ozone machines, foggers, and industry leading cleaning agents.

Hidden Damage – It is not always easy to spot water damage. Moisture can be trapped and absorbed into walls and sub floors, in drywall, and below your carpet. Water damage professionals from SERVPRO, with intense in-house and corporate training, and IICRC-certifications, are aware of this and can utilize infrared cameras and hygrometers to discover moisture problem areas.

Allowing professionals to resolve your water damage issues in Blaine is a prudent means of restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. "Like it never even happened." Whether in Circle Pines, Blaine or Andover call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County 24/7 via (763) 712-9712 and let the experts help.

Mold Damage In Andover - Homes With Mold Must Be Dealt With Quickly

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can infect a home and, if left alone, can take over a house within just a few days.

Andover Mold Damage - Homes With Mold Must Be Dealt With Quickly

Mold can infect a home and, if left alone, can take over a house within just a few days. The mold spores that cause this are everywhere outside and can come into your home on the air and pets and the clothing of anyone who enters. This is how it can begin. The entrance of water, through a flood or storm damage, can also bring this dangerous element into your home. Mold damage in Andover must be dealt with through the services of a professional crew who does this type of removal on a daily basis.

The couple of things that mold needs to live and grow are already in your home, especially if there has been water coming in from a leaking pipe or a sewer connection breaking in your basement or crawl space. The moisture that is necessary, as well as the fuel, such as any wood, drywall, fabric or furniture is all there, also.

Mold can impact many people, especially those that have allergies and are prone to having respiratory problems. Health concerns make the need to have mold removal completed immediately. Calling a mold remediation company takes on an urgency that is backed up by the fact that mold can not go away by itself.

The company you call comes in and does a complete inspection of the entire house. This inspection is to find where it all is and what must be done to get it out of there. The professional technicians have plenty of specialized equipment they can use to locate all of the many sources of water and moisture, regardless of where it is, and it could be in many places. Mold may be behind the drywall, under the carpeting and floors and it might even be above the ceiling which makes the ceiling tiles decompose and possibly fall.

After locating all of the areas where it is possible for mold to be, all sections impacted like this are opened up. This is done by tearing wallboard out or opening the counters under the sinks. It could easily mean entering the crawlspaces, whether basements or attics. Remember; all areas are prone to attracting molds if the things it needs for life are present.

The areas that have mold present need to be contained. This is because, since the spores float in the air, no contaminated air should be allowed to go into other areas. This containment can consist of plastic sheeting or other barriers. The rest of the house's air is then filtered and evacuated from the home. This filtration is accomplished by large fans located in the appropriate places for this to happen efficiently.

The mold damage is then physically removed, and the areas sanitized with green sanitizing agents. A preventative can also be applied to help prevent the re-infection of this area.

Then the repair work begins. This is the installation of any building materials that have been removed to do this cleaning. They use new materials because the construction materials that were there were contaminated, and it is easier to do this than chance the old material carrying mold spores into the now clean space.

A leaking pipe, storm damage or a flood, in your Andover home, is the reason to call SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County at (763) 712-9712 for a through inspection and fast remediation work by this professional personnel quickly.

How To Handle Coon Rapids Water Damage To Your Residential Property?

1/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage from a Burst Frozen Pipe Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Handles Restoration to a Coon Rapids Water Damaged Home

In the event that Coon Rapids water damage strikes your residential property, acting immediately is important. Whether the water damage resulted from roof issues, flooding, or a plumbing complication, you must eliminate the source of the problem quickly and correctly to prevent costly issues from arising. Learn more about the steps to take to lessen the impact of water damage to your home by reviewing the short outline provided for you compliments of SERVPRO.

Note: Seasonal insight into preventing snow and ice from causing water damage is timely. Water intrusion as a result of accumulated snow melting on the roof, with clogged gutters from ice or debris, will seep through the sheathing, soffits, and fascias into the attic. Prevent ice dams by keeping gutters and downspouts obstruction free. Attic insulation, as per R-rated guidelines for your locale, will diminish ice dam formations. Frozen pipes that burst can initiate hidden or extreme water flow. Keep adequate interior temperatures to prevent freezing when the house is vacant or unoccupied for more than several days. Turn off the water main and drain plumbing lines for extended non-occupancy.

How To Handle Water Damage
Once you realize that water intrusion is occurring on your property, there are several steps you can take to mitigate the water damage and expedite restoration.
• Turn the water off immediately.
• If it safe to do so, turn the electricity off as quickly as possible.
• Help prevent mold growth by reducing your house temperature until it is below 70 degrees.
• Call your insurance agent. This step is important because it will enable you to start filing your claim.
• Contact SERVPRO, water damage restoration experts, to remove all water and diminish the possibility of mold growth.

Why Acting Immediately Is Important
In some cases, a busy lifestyle or pressing work-related matters will prevent a residential property owner from reacting quickly when unwanted water appears. Don't let a small leak become a large flood. It is critically important that you take positive action as soon as you realize there is excess water on your property.

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Expedient Water Damage Remediation Our IICRC-certified technicians have extensive industry experience and will provide you with 24/7 emergency services. Because of our commitment to offering excellent results at affordable prices, we are industry leaders with over 1,650 U.S. and Canadian franchises. We can restore your Coon Rapids water damaged property "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County proudly services our local communities of Coon Rapids, Blaine, and Andover. We are faster to any size disaster and are ready 24/7 to provide help. 763-712-9712

Spring Lake Park Fire Damage Restoration Explained

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011.

Fire Damage Restoration Explained in Spring Lake Park

Fire Damage Restoration: What You Need To Know

When your office or home space is hit with a fire in Spring Lake Park, the consequences can be horrific. In addition to making your property more susceptible to structural damage, fires can increase the likelihood of a mold invasion. Additionally, fires can cause stress as you seek to determine how you are going to pay for remediation services. However, learning more about fire damage and restoration processes can help you prevent headaches, save money, and get back to your regular life. Learn more about these important matters by reviewing the short outline found for you below:

 Fire Damage Restoration: A Brief Overview

 Because fires in Spring Lake Park can have such a destructive impact on your property, it's important for you to attain fire damage restoration services to correct these issues. Although fire damage restoration is a loosely defined term, it typically references the process of drying and cleaning the home or office following a fire. Additionally, the remediation experts will offer mold remediation and content restoration services.

 Steps To Restoration

 Once the fire department and other emergency representatives have done all that they can do for your business or home, it's time to call the fire damage restoration professionals. They will utilize a step by step process to get your property back in excellent condition. Typically, the steps will include:

 1. The Assessment

 The first thing a Spring Lake Park fire damage restoration expert will do when they arrive at your property is to perform an assessment. This assessment will show them exactly how much damage your home or office has been subjected to. It will also enable them to devise a thorough restoration plan that will get your house back in order. Some of the things contractors will check for include remaining fire hazards, broken windows, and structural integrity.

 2. Ensuring Structural Integrity And Cleaning Up

 The fire damage restoration company's next course of action will be to determine whether the integrity of the property's structure is sound. If there are any damaged regions of the property, the recovery crew will secure the area. The securing work can include things like strengthening walls and boarding up windows. They might also cover roof holes with a tarp. They will then move forward with a cleanup process that involves removing all excess water and restoring salvageable materials. 

 Although a commercial or residential fire can be anxiety-inducing, you don't have to deal with the restoration challenges alone. Instead, let the excellent, expedient professionals of SERVPRO provide you with the high-quality services you need and deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you with the detailed care you're looking for, and we also offer 24/7 services to ensure that your fire issues can be addressed immediately.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Spring Lake Park, Blaine, or Circle Pines, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (763) 712-971

Limit Water Damage in Andover with These Steps

10/20/2015 (Permalink)

Control Potential Water Damage ASAP

SERVPRO Is on Standby to Limit Water Damage to your Andover Home

Water damage in your Andover home can take place for several reasons. In addition to experiencing excess water due to natural disasters like floods and fire, property owners often find that a leaky pipe or a sewage issue is the culprit. In many cases, homeowners grow distraught and financially strained once their properties are impacted by water damage. However, knowing what to do when the situation arises can help keep you calm, minimize water damage, and moving forward toward a solution. Here are three simple strategies to implement after water damage has affected you home in Andover.

1. Shut Off The Source of the Water

Bear in mind, safety is always first. If possible investigate and find the source of the water intrusion. The most important action you can initiate is to stop the flow of water, either from the localized area of the flooding or the main shut off valve. This main valve is usually located outside of the house. Rapid response is the key to this step because the faster you turn off the main water valve, the faster you can stop the unwanted water flow. Try to limit the water damage.

2. Turn Your Utilities Off If Safe

Remember, safety first. If you had a strong flow of water within your house, and you cannot safely walk on the floor due to floating debris, or lack of visibility do not enter. The danger of electrocution is very real. In the case of a burst pipe or leak that is not overwhelming, proceed slowly and safely. Try to turn off your main circuit breaker in the electrical control panel if accessible. Now you can safely disconnect any appliances in pooling water. The importance of stemming the flow of water is obvious, yet by doing so, you may salvage more personal items and appliances.

3. Call A Water Damage Restoration Company.

The above drama is prudent behaviour for large volumes of water flow. If a simple mop and bucket along with running a fan will remedy a minimal water leak, then you saved property, inconvenience and money. If not, then the final step you should take when you experience water damage in your Andover home is to call SERVPRO. We possess the training, experience, and industrial grade equipment to quickly extract the water from your home. Then we can remove moisture and salvageable furnishings for cleaning. We have IICRC certified training in all aspects of cleaning--spray and wipe, foam cleaning, and abrasive cleaning just to name a few. Then we can remove odor and deodorize using special air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Additionally, we can, upon their approval, work in tandem with your insurance company or adjuster to expedite the entire process, saving you time and money. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Andover too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is close by to Blaine and Fridley and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. Call us for help. (763) 712-9712

How To Prevent And Recover From a Commercial Fire in Blaine

9/26/2015 (Permalink)

Be Prepared and Keep Your Business Open

SERVPRO Can Get Your Small Business in Blaine Back in Service After a Commercial Fire

Running a small business in Blaine can be a personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding endeavor. However, experiencing a commercial fire can severely compromise your ability to run your company. Commercial fires can cause a host of business complications, including structural damage and employee concerns regarding health and safety. However, learning more about how to prevent and recover from a commercial fire can help you remain in control and keep your small business running successfully. Review the following quick reference guide to learn more about commercial fire prevention and recovery methods:

The Disaster Prevention Plan

To prepare for the effects of a fire, it is important that you create a disaster prevention plan. This plan includes preparation for fires as well as hurricanes, floods, snow blizzards and any other natural disaster that could occur. Your disaster recovery plan should include the listing of contact information for vendors, clients, and employees.  It should also contain the phone number for SERVPRO, a premier fire disaster recovery team. A backup plan for alternative locations and methods for completing business transactions are pertinent. 

Commercial fire damage can be avoided for the most part by being aware of potential hazards. You should also take all necessary precautions to prevent fires. One way to accomplish this objective is to contact the local authority (Fire Marshall) on fire prevention and safety methods to attain specific recommendations for your company. Also, keep that SERVPRO number handy. Be sure that you and your employees know where the fire extinguisher and emergency exits are. Fire suppressant systems should always be checked as scheduled.

Two Common Sources Of Fire

Knowing about the most common sources of fire can help in preventing them. Candles are an accident waiting to happen in the workplace. Also, note that overloaded electrical outlets are a major fire hazard. Therefore, be sure that you don't overload your building's electrical capacity. Instead, use multiple outlines and surge protectors to limit the likelihood of a fire.

Fire Insurance

In most cases, your insurance policy should cover losses if a fire transpires. Always know exactly what your business's policy will cover and review the policy each year. If necessary, you should add supplemental fire insurance to the policy. Avoid settling for partial coverage so that your premiums will be lower. In the event that you endure fire damage, this coverage will likely not be enough. Finally, you should remember that the insurance policy will not cover all of your documents and valuables. It may be prudent to insure these items and materials separately. SERVPRO has coordinated communications with hundreds of insurance companies and ancillary agencies.

Call SERVPRO Today

Once your property in Blaine is subjected to commercial fire damage, there's only one restoration company to call: SERVPRO. For over 50 years, our IICRC-certified technicians have offered the professional services and customer care necessary to keep property owners calm and restore their commercial space with speed and skill. We will always work with you to get your customers quickly returning to your place of business.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency in Blaine. We are part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises. Just call for help. (763) 712-9712

Water Damage and it's effects on Coon Rapids Government buildings

8/16/2015 (Permalink)

Several of these buildings are somewhat older structures that are in need of infrastructure replacement of critically important parts.

Water Restoration in Coon Rapids Government Buildings

There are thousands of buildings all over the nation, including Coon Rapids, that are owned and managed by the United States government. Several of these buildings are somewhat older structures that are in need of infrastructure replacement of critically important parts. This need for replacement could also mean the pipes are very old and not well maintained, so that they are more likely to burst then newer pipes would be. Also, there are many government buildings that are located in places that undergo significant changes in climate that can range anywhere from extremely cold to extremely hot. These temperature changes can make for a significant amount of strain on any piping that is in the building, which can yield burst pipes within buildings. Even though many people like to think of the United States government as immune to commonplace problems such as this one, the truth is that their buildings are just buildings like any other commercial building and can just as easily be affected by problems such as water damage as can any building in the United States. Which types of facilities that are owned by the United States government can be impacted by the bursting of pipes?

Military facilities experience effects due to weather changes that can come with no notice at all. Considering that several of these facilities are distributed all over the nation, it is very important to ensure that the ones that are in temperate climates have adequate insulation. If they do not, the consequences will be that the pipes will maintain a tendency to burst, whether they are located in the offices, airplane hangars, or barracks. If a pipe does burst in one of these facilities, the incident could actually lead to the formation of mold. This is bad enough in a home, but when an issue like this has an impact on the armed forces of our nation, it is absolutely crucial to make sure that the problem is taken care of, so that the armed forces can be ready for action at all times and not have to deal with issues such as this. 

Federal court buildings could also be seriously impacted by damage due to water. These building are ones that people would really not want to have to deal with an issue such as this one, because the buildings are actually local centers of the federal justice system. Because they are so important within the system, they need to be open at all times, so that the justice system can proceed with its work as usual. If water damage takes place within one of these buildings, it needs to be tended to right away, so that the problem can be alleviated and the federal justice system can proceed with its work.

Government offices need to be protected from water damage as well. If there are water damage issues in a major center of government activity, it is possible that the bureaucracy within the government could be adversely affected or even slow down to the point of ineffectiveness. For this reason, it is crucial for any water damage problems that arise in these buildings to be resolved immediately and in the most professional way possible, so that the building can be maintained in working order. It would be absolutely unacceptable for federal government proceedings, which affect everyone in the nation, to be slow down or stopped due to a problem as simple as water damage within the building. Just like other businesses, the Government calls in experts when they need a specific job done, like water damage to their buildings. Contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka Country - (763) 712-9712. We are available 24 hours a day to get your Coon Rapids business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services: 

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How to prepare for a flood and it's aftermath in your Coon Rapids home

8/16/2015 (Permalink)

If there is any amount of flood damage whatsoever, it is important to stay off the property


As the landscape around your Coon Rapids home continues to change due to natural causes such as wildfires and rainfall, it is important to continuously update one's flood preparation plans. Failing to prepare for a flood could not only mean expensive flood damage that will put a homeowner's finances at risk, it will also risk the safety and well-being of their family. This is why everyone should keep these flood preparation tips in mind and know exactly what to do after flood damage has occurred. 

Pay Attention to Local Threats
The first step should involve finding and accounting for local threats near your home. This includes any nearby streams or runoffs that could become problematic after a flood. Residents can also contact the local PD or municipal offices to see if there is a flood warning system that will make automatic calls or text messages. Finally, locals may want to invest in a scanner or scanning app to keep an eye out for real-time alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Prepare Your Property
Every few months, homeowners should go through their home and property to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for any flooding. This begins with cleaning out culverts, storm drains, and rain gutters from any debris that could clog them. Families may also want to contact specialist that can help them come up with more comprehensive solutions such as lifting the water heater off the ground, installing a sump pump, or redoing the roof. 

Prepare Your Family and Create a Disaster Kit
Every family that lives in a flood prone area should have a disaster plan and a stocked disaster kit that will last them for at least 72 hours. A disaster plan must cover information such as where vital documents are located and where the family should evacuate to. The kit should include medication, some food supplies, water, batteries, flashlights and copies of all important documentation such as insurance policies and birth certificates. 

What to Do After A Flood
Finally, families should consider what must be done after a flood takes place. If there is any amount of flood damage whatsoever, it is important to stay off the property until it has been cleared by local officials. If further damage such as a washed away road is noticed, a family must notify the local PD or sheriff immediately. From that point, a family will need to contact their insurance provider for emergency funds and to schedule a meeting with a claims adjuster. Once the flood has passed and the damage has been serveyed, call your local SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County - (763) 712-9712. They can make it, "Like it never even happened." 

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Coon Rapids community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

The importance of ridding your Coon Rapids home of mold

8/16/2015 (Permalink)

Once mold begins growing the spores can become airborne and affect air quality.

The reasons why removing mold in your Coon Rapids home is so important.

Mold Remediation

Mold Damage can be hidden for years and create a health hazard for the people of Coon Rapids in their home or working in a building with mold. People often associate black, green, or fuzzy mold as dangerous and the mold can be found out in nature or damp, dark places in the home. Since mold spores are dangerous and possibly toxic, breathing the air where there is mold present could cause serious health issues. In addition to causing health problems, mold can also damage the structure of the home.

Where does Mold Occur
Burst pipes or a leaky faucet can cause a mold infestation in cabinets or behind walls. Soaking up the water with a towel does not correct the problem. The mold will begin to grow and expand into the woodwork and drywall. A leaky roof or damaged shingles or gutters can also cause water damage and mold in your attic, walls, or the ceiling. Mold can easily grow in the insulation and paper building materials. If your home has been affected by a fire or flood, a water restoration company should be called in to identify potential damage by mold.

Hazards of Mold
Once mold begins growing the spores can become airborne and affect air quality. Whether the damage is in your home or office, small spaces can be especially dangerous. People who have respiratory problems are more at risk, but children and pets can also be affected. If there has been water damage to the home or building, a water restoration company needs to come in and dry out and clean up the water and debris to make the space safe and healthy.

A fire or flood can cause stress to the homeowner and family members and pets. If the water is not cleaned up quickly, additional damage can occur with mold and the decomposition of personal possessions. Family heirlooms and antiques can be saved if the restoration begins immediately. It will take professional cleaners to make sure the water is cleaned up correctly. SERVPRO can begin restoration quickly and get the home back to normal. Don't wait for mold to make you and your family sick, call the local experts at SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County - (763) 712-9712  

Why You Need Fire Damage Insurance in Coon Rapids

8/14/2015 (Permalink)

Snow Will Not Keep a Fire Away

Fire Damage Insurance for Your Coon Rapids Home

If your homeowner’s policy, in your Coon Rapids home, doesn’t include fire damage protection, you’re missing critical coverage that could save you a bundle.

Every year accidental house fires cause billions of dollars of damage to homes across the United States. A homeowner not covered by fire restoration insurance can find himself in real financial difficulty following fire damage to his abode.

Fire restoration insurance is part of your homeowner’s insurance policy, obtained through your provider of choice. This coverage enables you to address some concerns, such as repairs needed after an accidental house fire.

Depending on the coverage and the extent of the fire, restoration insurance may cover part or all of any fire damage and repair costs. The amount of coverage you need depends on several factors, including (but not limited to) your insurance company and any applicable state laws. Your provider can go over these details with you when you purchase the policy.

Coverage Options

Coverage for fire restoration costs varies widely, based on insurance provider and the state in which you reside. Your policy may include funds for replacing fire-damaged items, rebuilding costs, and hiring a fire restoration company such as SERVPRO. The scope of the policy, the extent of property damage, and applicable state laws will govern whether the policy fully reimburses you for all costs. The cause of the fire, as determined by fire department inspectors, can also play a major role in determining the amount you receive.

Your insurance company may refer you to a specific restoration company, which will then work in conjunction with your provider to reach an agreeable settlement for any necessary repairs. If you’re unable to get a referral, the process still works in much the same way. The insurance company will determine the amount it’s prepared to reimburse you, and the restoration company will quote you a repair cost. The two companies will then work together until they agree on terms.

But be careful! Restoration work on your home should begin within 24 hours of the fire, to prevent secondary water damage and to avoid the threats of mold and mildew.

Hiring SERVPRO is an excellent, cost-effective way to restore your home and cope with the devastating effects of a house fire resulting in serious fire damage. Consulting these professionals ensures your home will be restored to its former state as quickly and efficiently as possible.

For more information on fire restoration insurance, please contact your homeowner’s insurance provider. It is wise to be prepared in the event of an unfortunate fire in your Coon Rapids home.

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How a Coon Rapids Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help You

7/9/2015 (Permalink)

The sooner water is cleaned up, the less damage there will be.

How a Water Damage Restoration Company Can Help You

When a person’s home is plagued by damage from water, one of the very first things they wonder it is if it is worth the expense to hire a professional Coon Rapids water damage restoration company or if they should just try to do the cleanup themselves. Many question the benefits of hiring a restoration company or want to know how much damage water needs to cause before contacting a professional cleaning and restoration company like SERVPRO is worth it.

When your property is damaged by Coon Rapids water as a result of a flood, a cracked or broken water line, sewage that has backed up into your home, or if water has pooled in a certain area for more than 24 hours, it is in your best interest to contact SERVPRO who can clean up and restore an area after it has been damaged by water. Having damage caused by water professionally cleaned will minimize long-term problems in the future like wood rot that could eventually weaken a home's structure.

The Sooner Water Is Extracted, The Faster an Area Will Dry
One benefit the comes from using SERVPRO is that they are equipped with the tools necessary to completely remove standing water from hard surfaces, like wood and tile, as well as from softer surfaces that could absorb Coon Rapids water, like carpets and furniture. This allows these surfaces to drive faster. The quicker water dries, the less damage will take place. If water is not dried within 48 hours, mold will begin to grow and damage the property and put the health of its occupants at risk.

Minimizing Health Concerns
Depending on where the source of the water that damaged the building is from, its occupants may be at risk from bacterial contamination or contamination from microorganisms. This is especially the case with floodwater and sewage water. Trained professionals understand the potential hazards that come from dirty water and will come equipped with the necessary equipment to clean it up properly while protecting themselves and others from health concerns.

Water Restoration Reduces Total Losses
The sooner water is cleaned up, the less damage there will be. The longer water sits in an area, the more damage it will cause to floors, drywall, and furniture. Often times, repairing a home after it has been damaged by a flood is a lot more expensive than having professionals come in and cleanup the water immediately.

SERVPRO is able to respond quickly. They can save homeowners the burden of trying to clean up water accumulation in their home themselves. As they clean, SERVPRO can identify secondary damage to the structure of the home and its foundation. They leave homeowners with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that every drop of water that is found in the home has been dried and that mold growth has been prevented. 

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace

5/26/2015 (Permalink)

Have professionals test if you suspect that you have mold damage in your commercial office. If mold exists they can create a remediation plan.

General public awareness has been greatly increased in the past years about just how dangerous indoor mold can be to a person's health and a building's structure. What we'll be discussing here is some safety tips and information about keeping mold out of larger office buildings and just what to do if there is a mold outbreak. This will assist those responsible in creating and evaluating their remediation plans and help them respond as quickly and as knowledgably as possible. That being said, the information here is just a quick summary and should not be looked upon as the end all, be all of indoor office mold information.

First, let's take a look and see just what mold is.

The Basics of Mold

Molds are a natural part of the environment and can be found virtually anywhere, including outdoor and indoor environments, all throughout the year. Currently, there are around 1,000 species of mold native to the United States with about 100,000 known species across the globe.

Mold plays an important part in the environment outside. It helps break down just about any type of organic matter, such as fallen leaves, dead animals, and dead trees. For us, it also allows us to make things such as penicillin and cheese.

While mold does have its benefits in general, it's never a good thing to have growing inside homes or offices. Indoor mold can cause major problems, as it can eat away at the foundation, the inside decorations, and can even cause health problems to people.

It can grow on virtually anything, as long as the mold has some water, oxygen, and some organic compound to eat. When it has those things, it also spreads rapidly, given its airborne spore-centered method of reproduction.

It's very easy for mold to grow anywhere that moisture is present. The longer the mold goes untreated, the more problems it can cause. Some types of mold prefer growing on wood, insulation, food, carpet, or paper products, but it's even possible for some types to spread simply by eating dust.

One of the problems is that it doesn't need sunlight to grow, which means that mold that's nested in areas that can't be seen, such as under floorboards.

Mold Prevention Tips

Now that we understand a little bit about what mold is, let's take a look and see how to reduce the chances it has for growing in your workplace.

  • If there are ever any leaks in the workplace, do not delay in getting them immediately repaired.
  • Routinely keep an eye out for any wet spots or condensation and get the areas dried out as soon as possible.
  • Increase air circulation and ventilation in order to increase surface temperature and maintain an environment that isn't so humid. You want to shoot for an indoor humidity below 70%, but if you can get below 60%, it's even better.
  • Schedule regular HVAC inspections and regularly change any filters.
  • How Do I Know If I Already Have Mold?

    Prevention is great, but sometimes mold can still sneak in through the cracks. Let's take a look at some ways to see how to determine if your workplace is already experiencing mold.

  • Are there any furniture pieces or materials in the building that have moisture damage?
  • Are there any recurring or current moisture issues in the workplace?
  • Has anyone been reporting a musty or even moldy smell?
  • Has there been any recent remodeling on the premises?
  • Have people been reporting any health issues related to mold?
  • Mold Cleanup Methods

    If you do find that mold is present, the correct method for cleanup would be to remove any causes of moisture and to completely remove the contaminated materials to prevent any further damage. There are a number of different cleaning methods you can employ to help remediate the damage mold causes. The specific method you employ for your workplace will depend on specifically what type of material has been affected.

    Wet Vacuum
    These are vacuums that are specifically designed to pick up water, whether the water is standing on hardwood floors, carpeting, or pooled in one area. Wet vacuums should not be used on porous material like gypsum board and should only be used on particularly wet materials. After using the device, make sure to clean and dry thoroughly to prevent mold buildup in the machine itself.

    Water and Detergent
    For nonporous material, mold can quickly be cleaned by using a combination of water and detergent. Make sure to dry thoroughly after wiping down the area.

    High-Efficiency Particulate Air Vacuums
    HEPA vacuums are great to use after an area has already been cleaned using traditional methods and considerably dried. Ensure that the filter is properly fitted into the machine and that anyone operating it uses a mask when switching filters.

    While mold is a huge nuisance, particularly in larger office areas, it's important to remain proactive to ensure that there isn't any chance for it to develop. In addition to that, maintain regular contact with the building's occupants to be able to respond quickly and effectively in case mold gets through anyway.

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids responds quickly to your Coon Rapids fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our technicians are highly trained in business mold removal, business mold remediation, commercial mold removal, remove business mold, serv pro cleaners, and disaster restoration services.

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    How To Prepare For A Flood in Blaine

    5/26/2015 (Permalink)

    Flood damage in Blaine can cause substantial damage. Prepare for flood damage with these tips.

    America's most common natural disaster is floods. Experts estimate that floods cause $42,000 worth of damage per insurance claim. This means that Americans have spent around four billion dollars on flood damages within the past decade.

    According to Livescience, the length and intensity of the rain event are the key factors that lead to a flood. However, a levee or dam breech can also lead to a flood. Regardless of what causes them, floods can result in serious damage. A flood can also be a nightmare for a homeowner.

    Fortunately, you can prepare before flood damage in Blaine occurs by taking doing the following things:

    1.) Be Informed

    You should find out whether you live in a floodplain. Living in a floodplain not only means your area is more likely to flood, but the cost of flood insurance will also increase. If there is a flood warning or watch in your area, then you will need to make sure you stay tuned to the news.

    2.) Stock Up

    You should prepare yourself for a possible flood by stocking up on the things you need. A first aid kit, flashlight and hand-crank radio are a few of the necessary supplies. You will also need to have enough water, food and medication to last you a few days. Additionally, you should make copies of your deeds, insurance policies and other personal documents.

    3.) Prepare To Leave

    You should watch the news or listen to the radio for warning signs. You will also need to be prepared to leave if necessary. If there is a flood warning in your area, then you will need to move to higher ground. Try to avoid water. Even if the water is only a 1/2 foot high, you may still fall. If you are unable to escape the flood waters because you are in the car and driving, then you will need to get out of the car and move to a higher ground. Your car could be swept away in a flood.

    4.) Wait It Out

    Wait until the officials in your area say that it is safe to leave before you go back home. Check to see if every support is intact before you go in the house. Call 911 immediately if you notice a gas smell.

    Wear protective clothing and remove every hazardous material, such as fuel containers, batteries and cleaning materials. You may have to have your water treated before consuming it or preparing food. Contact the health department in your area in order to make sure the water supply has not been contaminated.

    It does not take much flood water to cause thousands of dollars in damages to a home. You can reduce the risk of serious damage by taking the precautions. 

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. Our technicians are trained in clean up flooding, flood water damage, home flood damage, clean up flood damage, flood damage cleanup, residential cleaning services, serve pro restoration and surfpro water damage.

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    Facts and Myths about Mold and Mold Remediation in Andover

    5/26/2015 (Permalink)

    The professionals at SERVPRO can identify if there is any mold in your home. They can then come up with a remediation plan to remove and prevent mold

    Mold is a common, yet serious and often misunderstood, problem. Mold develops quickly, growing within 24 to 48 hours of a moisture breach. Common breaches include plumbing leaks, water loss and flooding into crawlspaces and basements.

    Despite all that is known about mold, there are still a lot of misconceptions among homeowners. Take a look at some facts and myths about mold and mold remediation in Andover:

    FACT: There are far too many species of mold and fungi to identify.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate there are anywhere from 10,000 to 500,000 species of mold and fungi. The most commonly identified species found in homes are: Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus.

    FICTION: Mold is always visible.

    Believe it even if you don’t see it, as not all types of mold are visible. It’s best to rely on smell to detect mold. A musty odor indicates mold is likely present.

    FACT: Mold can lead to health complications.

    Although not everyone is affected when exposed to mold, all molds have the potential to cause illness or distress, especially among people with respiratory issues. Common symptoms associated with mold exposure include coughing, watery eyes, congestion, headaches, dizziness and even memory loss. Researchers at Rutgers University recently discovered that mold exposure can lead to Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms.

    FICTION: Once mold is remediated, it won’t come back.

    The only way to permanently eradicate mold is to eliminate the moisture or water problem that caused the mold to grow in the first place.

    Mold should be remediated quickly and properly. SERVPRO of Coon Rapids follows the IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation and are trained to remediate mold using the latest, most effective techniques in the industry. For further information or service consultation contact SERVPRO of Coon Rapids today.

    Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Coon Rapids home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (763) 712-9712

    3 Ways to Prevent Water From Getting Into Your Basement This Spring

    3/26/2015 (Permalink)

    Water can seep into a basement from many different places!

    It’s been a mild winter in Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine, Elk River and all throughout Minnesota but that doesn’t mean your basement still isn’t at risk of flooding this spring.  One major storm is all it takes to saturate the ground and cause problems for anyone not prepared.

    At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, our technicians are specialists at water remediation, water removal and water clean-up from basements.  We are on call 24 hours a day to help if you need us.  But follow the below tips to reduce the chances of having a problem!

    1. If you have a below grade sump pump, take the cover off the well and make sure it is free of debris.  It is also a good idea to test it to make sure it is still operational after the winter.  To do this, you can remove the cover from the basket, and raise the float valve to simulate water entering the sump pump well.  The pump should turn on automatically.

    2. Inspect your gutters.  They should be free of leaves, twigs and mud and all the down spouts should point away from your house. 

    3. If you have a septic tank, spring is a great time to have it cleaned.  A clean septic tank will do a much better job standing up to any strong rainfalls and will have a smaller chance of becoming clogged.

    Please click on the below link for more information on water removal from your basement or call us at: 651-631-0071:

    Water Removal From Basements

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County Travels to the East Coast

    3/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Our team drove over 24 hours straight to get to the New England area.

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County  recently travelled to the East Coast as a member of the SERVPRO Storm Team, a nationwide network of the most highly trained fire and water restoration professionals who travel on a moment’s notice to help those who have been affected by fire, storms and flooding.

    Three weeks ago we sent a team to the New England area to help the people out there who are dealing with one of their worst winters on record.  With over 100 inches of snowfall in under eight weeks and consistent sub-zero temps, there are thousands of homeowners dealing with frozen pipes, ice dams or both!

    Our team was in the area working for 10 days straight, sometimes for 14-1 hours at a time.  We went from South Boston all the way up to Manchester, NH.  We dealt with snowbanks twice as high as our truck and neighborhood roads so overwhelmed by snow they were almost impossible to navigate.

    Everyone returned home safe and sound and we were even able to stop for an authentic cup of New England Clam Chowder on our way out of town! 

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is a locally based business that has effectively mitigated water damages in Anoka, Andover, Elk River, Blaine, Coon Rapids and St. Francis among others!  If you need our help, please call us 24/7 at: 763-712-9712

    Why Water Damaged Needs to Be Taken Care of Immediately

    3/4/2015 (Permalink)

    The above is an example of our hardwood floor drying mat system.

    Even a small amount of water can cause a lot of damage to a property and if corrective action isn’t taken right away, the homeowner may bear the cost of the clean-up.  This is because most homeowner insurance policies will state that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to try to limit further damage to their home after a water loss.  If they don’t do anything, the insurance company could deny the claim.

    On top of this, the longer there is water in a home, the greater the possibility of the home experiencing secondary damage.  This is when materials that are wet sustain additional damage that then becomes more expensive to fix.  A good example is when wet drywall is not properly dried and then becomes moldy.  Another one is when you have a wet room that is not addressed and the high humidity levels cause damage to another room that wasn’t originally affected.

    Secondary damage is always more expensive to mitigate than the original water damage but can be avoided is corrective action is taken right away!

    At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, we have successfully mitigated water damages in hundreds of homes in Anoka, MN, East Bethel, MN, Elk River, MN, Blaine, MN St. Francis, MN and Coon Rapids, MN

    Once you see our green trucks pull into your driveway or parking lot, you can rest assured you’re in capable hands. We have the latest modern, commercial-grade drying equipment available, including, extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers, hardwood floor drying systems, and each of our trained technicians are certified and water restoration.

    Fire and Smoke Damage in Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine and Andover

    2/12/2015 (Permalink)

    This frame was from a couple's wedding whose home was damaged by a fire. Our certified technicians made it like the damage never even happened!

    This picture is a before and after picture from a keepsake pulled from a house fire in Coon Rapids.  As you can see it was heavily damaged from the smoke and soot of the fire but our trained technicians were able to restore it to where it looks like nothing ever happened.

    If you suffer fire or smoke damage in your home the the Coon Rapids, Anoka area call us at 763-712-9712.  You'll be amazed at what we can do!

    Fire Damage in Coon Rapids and Anoka

    1/27/2015 (Permalink)

    A home like this one is filled with lots of content that all needs to be accounted for after a fire

    Fire damage to your home can be a devastating event to deal with, even after you know that everyone is safe and sound. 

    While most people are rightfully initially concerned about their home, once the fire department leaves, attention soon turns to all of the contents and possessions still inside.

    Content management can be a big part of a fire loss.  At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County, anytime we take contents out of a customer’s home, we use a bar coded inventory tracking software program.  A picture is taken of each item and then a description is put into the program.  Lastly, the item is matched with a box that is then bar coded.  This helps ensure that everything is accounted for and, if the homeowners ever want to find something, we can simply do a search for that item on the software and instantly know which box the item is in. 

    Remebmer, we are always here to help, 24/7: 763.712.9712

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    Damage from Broken Pipes in Coon Rapids

    1/19/2015 (Permalink)

    This broken pipe caused over $20,000 in damage to a Coon Rapids based business

    Frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of pipe bursts. Therefore, you need to take some important steps to prevent them from freezing. Here are two tips that we recommend:

  • Insulate the water pipes which are exposed to cold. Most times, these pipes are located in the crawl space, attic or along your exterior wall. Adding an extra layer of insulation will keep your pipes protected from freezing temperatures. You can even wrap these insulated pipes in heat tape.
  • Seal all the leaks that let the freezing air enter your home, especially if they are near the pipes. Most often this includes spots around cable, telephone or electrical wiring entering the home through exterior walls.
  • If you do have a pipe break in your home or business, turn off the water source as quickly as possible.  This might mean turning off that water main.  This will help limit the damage and the amount of water that comes into the structure.

    No matter how bad the damage is, we are always here to help and since we are locally based whether you live in Coon Rapids, Anoka, or Elk River, we can have one of our certified technicians on site to help typically within an hour or two. 

    How to Handle Fire Damage in Blaine, Coon Rapids and Anoka

    10/22/2014 (Permalink)

    The following are some tips on how to handle the damage caused by a fire in your home:

    • There are companies that are experts in cleaning and/or restoring your personal items. Whether you or your insurer buys this type of service, be clear on who will pay for it.
    • Be sure to ask for an estimate of cost for the work and agree to it in writing. You will find the names and phone numbers for companies that do this work in the phone book and on the Internet, or ask your insurance agent for a company they have used.
    • Before you hire any company, talk to someone who has used them to make sure they did good work. After the Fire! Returning to Normal
    • Some companies that claim to provide board up and cleaning services are not honest. Ask your insurance company for names of companies you can trust to do a good job at a fair price.

    Water Damage in Coon Rapids, Blaine and Andover

    9/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Carpet that sits wet for a long time will become damaged beyond repair. The key to saving carpet damaged by water is getting it dry quickly!

    If you have suffered water damage in your home, you most likely are faced with cleaning up wet, soggy carpet.

    In these situations, we are often asked if the carpet could be saved.  And the answer is that, more times that not, we can save the carpet but it needs to be dried quickly.

    The longer carpet sits wet, the higher the chance is that is will be damaged beyond repair or, even worse, mold will start growing.

    Our certified water restoration technicians have speciality equipment to safely extract the water from the carpet and then remove any remaining moisture from it.

    There are instances when the carpet cannot be saved. This is usually when the source of the water has come from an outside source, such as flooding or a sewer back up.  In these cases, more times than not, it is better to remove the carpet and padding so you don't risk any contamination from the bacteria that is in that type of water.

    Recovering from Smoke Damage To Your Home in Coon Rapids

    9/16/2014 (Permalink)

    A certified restoration company can help you through the process of putting everything back together when your home is damaged by smoke and fire.

    When the place where you live is damage by smoke from a fire is natural to feel a sense of unease and loss.  Most people want to get everything back to normal as soon as possible but they aren't quite sure where to start.

    Here are a few things to think about that will help speed up the recovery:

    1. First and foremost, take care of yourself and your family.  This means getting everyone out safe and not going back into your home until you are told it is okay to do so.  Then when you do, use extreme cautiion as you will most likely be walking on uneven, wet, damaged surfaces.  Call relatives if you need a place to stay.  If you don't know anyone who can offer shelter, contact your local Red Cross for help.

    2. Be sure to let your insurance company know what happened.  Besides handling the claim, your insurance carrier can be a great resource to you in handeling all the things that come up when your home is damaged in a fire.  Making sure they are aware of what is going on as soon as possible will help them help you.

    3. If you can, try to prevent further damage.  If the fire department came and water hoses were used, try to prop up furniture off of wet surfaces.  Also, opening a few windows can help dissipate the smoke smell more quickly.

    If there is a lot of damage to your home,  enlist the help of a restoration specialist.  Your insurance agent can recommend one to you.  SERVPRO of NW Ramsey County specializes in smoke and water remediation and our certified technicians are always on call to help with needed.

    Fire and Smoke Damage Clean Up in Coon Rapids, Anoka and Blaine

    9/8/2014 (Permalink)

    If you have experienced any kind of smoke and fire damage at your home or business in Coon Rapids, Anoka County, it is important to immediately come up with a plan for clean up and take action as the damage caused by smoke and soot increases over time and will make the overall clean up more complicated and costly.

    When researching firms to handle the clean up, it is important to find one that is certified in Smoke and Fire Restoration.  A certified firm will come to your location, do an initial scoping of the damage and test materials and surfaces to determine what can be properly cleaned and restored to their pre-loss condition.

    At SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County, all of our technicians are certified in smoke and fire clean up and we work with all major insurance carriers.

    If we can ever be of service, please call us 24/7 at 952-473-4837. 

    Water Restoration in Coon Rapids, Anoka, East Bethel and Blaine

    9/2/2014 (Permalink)

    Water may be hiding where you don't expect it!

    Did you know that SERVPRO of Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County can use Thermal Imaging technology to locate water in your home?.

    We use the same high tech equipment that is used by the police to locate suspects. If water is present in building materials our thermal imaging camera will be able to detect and document the location without disrupting your home or business.

    Call us 24/7 at  763-712-9712 to set up a time to have your home inspection.  We are local and always here to help!

    -The SERVPRO of Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County Team

    What Kind of Water Damage is Covered By Insurance?

    8/27/2014 (Permalink)

    A leaky roof that causes damage to a ceiling may not be covered by insurance

    If you live in Anoka, Coon Rapids, Andover or Blaine you may find it confusing trying to figure out what is and isn't covered by insurance if you experience water damage in your home.

    The general rule of thumb is that if the water came from outside the home it isn't covered but if it came from inside the home it is.  To put it another way, water that comes in from flooding may not be covered but water that comes in from a broken pipe inside the house will be.

    If you are not sure, check with your insurance agent.  Knowing what is covered before something bad happens will allow you to plan appropriately. 

    For more information on what to do if your home is damaged by water, please visit our website at: http://www.servprocoonrapidscentralanokacounty.com/water-damage-restoration

    Water Damage in Coon Rapids, Anoka, East Bethel, Elk River and Blaine

    7/21/2014 (Permalink)

    Collapsed ceiling from water damage from the spring rains.

    Now that Mother Nature is giving us a quick breather from the rains, it is time to have your home inspected for any water damage it may have suffered the last two months.

    SERVPRO of Coon Rapids and Central Anoka County specializes in water damage extraction, cleanup, structure drying, carpet removal, pad removal and much more!

    We work with most insurance carriers across the country and our certified technicians can quickly perform an inspection of your home or business.

    With one of the largest restoration teams in the state we service the Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Elk River, Blaine, St. Francis and Zimmer areas.

    Please give us a call at any time to set up an appointment.  Our 24 hour on call number is: 952-473-4837

    SERPVRO-We’ll make it like it never even happened!

    Time for our Annual Key Partner Survey!

    6/11/2014 (Permalink)

    Summer in Minnesota is a time for a lot of things – heading to the cabin, going fishing, enjoying our wonderful outdoor spaces or attending one of the thousands of fairs that go on when the weather gets warm.  Those are all great but here at ServPro what we’re most excited about is that it is time for our annual key partner survey!

    The survey is quick (promise!) and it will help us serve you better.

    As an added incentive we will draw a name from all of the respondents and the winner will receive a 3 room carpet clean for free!

    To get started, click on this link an then complete the questions.

    Annual Partner Survey

    Thank you in advance for your participation!

    -The SERVPRO Team

    Smoke Alarms Save Lives

    5/27/2014 (Permalink)

    Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detecor requirements are met. 

    Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

    Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

    • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. 
    • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 
    • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. 
    • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps", the battery is low and should be replaces right away. 
    • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.


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