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Whatever Disaster Strikes at Your Business, SERVPRO is Here

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

We are the premier service professionals ready to help your business in even the biggest jobs. Fire, water, mold, we can handle it.

When a fire happens, it can bring your business to a sudden halt. Thankfully, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. When a fire happens, give us a call so we can get you back to normal and up and running as soon as possible.

Whether it’s a leaky pipe or like the flood gates opened and there is water everywhere, SERVPRO has you covered. We have the highest quality equipment available so you can get everything up and running in no time.

Noticing a foul odor? Starting to see dark spots? Well, you might have a mold problem. Don’t fret, SERVPRO can help. We are experts at mold remediation. Your business is safe with us.

3 Helpful Things To Know About Flood Insurance

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Insurance 

When looking at commercial insurance policies for a Minneapolis, MN business, many company owners may be wondering if flood insurance is a good choice for their property. Here are a few things to consider.

1. What May Be Covered

In most cases, a flood policy will cover damage caused by nature or accidents. This usually includes incidents such as a broken pipe or sewer backup, along with rain overflow and other storm damage. It is the policy holder’s responsibility to know exactly what their plan covers, but most normal flooding falls under these categories. In many cases, the insurance provider may also cover the cost of repair and cleanup, as well as recommend a professional restoration service.

2. What May Not Be Covered

Many commercial insurance policies will not cover flooding that comes as a result of neglect. This means that if you knew one area needed repairs, you failed to take action, and flooding occurred as a result, then your insurance provider may decline coverage.

3. What a Restoration Company Can Do

Insurance providers may have recommendations for a restoration company that may be able to help. A professional restoration service is equipped to help with large-scale disasters according to FEMA guidelines. They also offer services such as electronic inventory management system, which can be used to document items and repair requirements as they go. The database can be updated by the restoration team and accessed by the insurance agents allowing them to have the most up-to-date information as they keep track of the claim.

When looking at their commercial insurance policy, it's up to the policyholder to know what exactly is included. In most cases, flooding caused by accidents or natural disasters will be covered. Flooding caused by neglect, however, probably will not. A professional restoration team may have the tools necessary to work with the insurance company in order to help process the claim and keep all required information updated.

4 Tips for Preventing Dryer Fires

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

There are many ways for a fire to break out in a home in Minneapolis, MN. One overlooked location is the dryer. There are a number of ways for a dryer fire to develop. Nearly 3,000 of these fires are reported every year, and they result in over $35 million in property damage annually. Fortunately, with some routine maintenance, you should not have to worry as much about a lint fire forming.

1. Keep the Top of the Dryer Free of Any Debris

In the event a fire does break out in your laundry room, you do not want to give it more fuel that could cause it to spread to other areas of your home. Therefore, do not leave anything on top of your dryer. This includes clothing, boxes and books. You also want to keep the areas behind and around the dryer clear.

2. Clean Out the Lint Screen After Every Load

A good habit to get into is to clean the lint screen before every use. After a while, you will start doing it without thinking about it. Even a small amount of material in the system can result in a lint fire. To remind you, you should keep a small wastebasket in your laundry room.

3. Clean the Vent Line Regularly

You should detach your vent line once in a while and make sure it is not getting clogged up by lint or various pieces of debris. If you are unsure of what to look for in the vent, then you should consider hiring a professional to come out and take a look at it.

4. Inspect the Vent Hose

Another component to examine regularly is the vent hose. If your current hose is not made out of aluminum, then you should replace it with one that is. You want the hose to be as short as possible to reduce the likelihood of it getting crushed and potentially starting a lint fire.

How To Prevent Toilet Overflow

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Every homeowner in Champlin, MN dreads coming home to face a flooded toilet. Regardless if the toilet spurted clean or contaminated water into the bathroom, it requires a professional’s immediate help. The flooding may be a result of sewer damage causing waste to go back up through the pipes into the toilet. You can do a lot of good by preventing overflow before it happens by taking a few preventive measures.

1. Do Not Flush Random Items Down the Toilet

This is a particular concern in households with children, but even adults have been known to flush things down the toilet they should not. Some common items to keep out of there include:

• Napkins
• Papers
• Soaps
• Baby wipes
• Lotions
• Body creams

Flushing these items can cause them to get stuck in the pipes. Even things such as body cream, lotion and grease should stay out of toilets because they can harden through the pipes, causing a backup.

2. Clean the Toilet Regularly

In addition to keeping solid objects out of the toilet that can cause significant sewer damage, you also want to perform regular maintenance on the septic tank system. You should contact a sewage company once every eight years to clean and maintain your home’s septic tank. You can also clean your toilet routinely by using disinfectants and liquid detergent.

3. Avoid Flushing

Hopefully, the kind of toilet backup you will contend with will not be anything serious. Some toilets will merely overflow a little bit before receding. You may be able to clean up a small mess on your own, but you want to avoid flushing until you know the issue is resolved. Use a plunger to try to move the clog out of position. If nothing at your disposal seems to be working, then you should hire a professional plumber to come out and address the sewer damage.

How To Save Personal Items After a Fire

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

How To Save Personal Items After a Fire

Cleaning up your home after a fire is not an easy task. Not only may you have lost personal belongings to the flames, but smoke leaves an acrid scent behind that is incredibly difficult to remove. Regardless of the type of content storage you use, chances are the odor has become attached to nearly every item in your house. When you begin the long task of content cleaning, utilizing dry cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning may be able to remove the odor from your home.

Dry Cleaning

Clothes, bedding, curtains, and any other kind of fabric can absorb the smoke smell, and the odor will not come out with a regular washer and dryer. Having any porous item dry cleaned can help remove the smell and get the items back to smelling fresh. A professional company uses a special solvent and a method called extraction to remove the water. This process is much more effective at removing the smell of smoke from porous items than any other kind of cleaning.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

For nonporous items, you need a different method of cleaning. Many personal items are nonporous, as are many building fixtures, including those on the following list.

Some furniture
Walls
Counters
Storage containers
Doors

For a thorough cleansing, try ultrasonic cleaning. This method involves blasting the item with a special solution that contains millions of microscopic bubbles. As the bubbles pop, they release intense heat and pressure, cleaning nonporous items quickly, and efficiently removing the smell of smoke.

When dealing with the aftermath of a fire, your first instinct may be to discard any item that smells like smoke. Unfortunately, the odor penetrates nearly every item it comes in contact with, but your possessions and content storage can almost always be saved. Different types of content cleaning such as dry cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning may be effective in saving many of your personal belongings from the unpleasant odor of smoke. Visit https://www.SERVPROnortheastminneapolis.com/  for more information on fire damage.

How to Prepare for Flood Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for Flood Damage

The drainage system used by businesses can affect the extent of storm damage in the city. This is particularly true during or after flooding occurs. It is important to keep gutters and storm drains clear to help minimize overall flood damage.

Property Drainage

Your responsibility starts with keeping your commercial property’s drainage system clear, particularly during storm season. Storm damage restoration companies suggest the following tips to ensure proper drainage:

Check gutters and drain pipes at least once a week, especially before and after a storm.
Inspect your property for signs of erosion or shifts in the earth around it.
Plant vegetation with a strong root system to slow down the flow of water into the city’s storm drains.
Report any problems to the local authorities so that the issue can be remedied.

You can help minimize the effects of flooding on the foundation of your buildings as well as the properties adjacent to yours if you are vigilant.

Outlying Drainage

Your ability to help keep the city’s drainage system working properly does not stop at your property line. Avoid sweeping landscaping cuttings or trash into the street, because it can clog storm drains. In fact, it is a good idea to have grounds crew members clear debris off the storm drains near your property. They should not attempt to lift the grate or put their hands between its bars, even if they see a problem below it. Instead, you should report problems to city officials who can clear the storm drain safely.

Minimizing storm damage is everyone’s responsibility. You can help protect the water supply in St Michael, MN when flooding occurs by routinely keeping the drainage system on and around your property clear. Storm water runoff from roofs and parking lots is often contaminated, so it is necessary to direct it to the appropriate areas. You cannot always avoid flood damage altogether, but you can contribute to faster recovery and clean up if you keep gutters and storm drains clear of debris.

5 Damage Tips For Water Cleanup

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Water can cause extensive damage to a commercial building within a matter of hours. Standing water and residual moisture should be extracted and drying methods used to avoid secondary damage, such as mold growth. Here are five of the most important damage tips for mitigation and cleanup.

1. Extract Standing Water
Eliminating standing water with portable pumps or a wet vac is the first step toward addressing water damage. Water damage mitigation professionals can perform a fast and thorough extraction and provide cleaning tips for building materials and contents.
2. Increase Airflow
Restoration specialists may recommend the use of ventilation equipment such as air movers or fans to promote drying. Ventilation is an ideal drying method after a pipe burst introduces clean water into a structure. Areas exposed to contaminated water for long enough for mold to start forming may be an exception, as circulating air can spread spores.
3. Consider Heated Methods
Heat may be helpful for expediting drying in some situations. The degree of contamination, duration of damage, and affected materials are essential considerations for determining the best drying methods. Restoration experts can offer case-specific damage tips.
4. Lower Humidity Levels
Reducing residual moisture levels in the air and porous or semi-porous materials is helpful after any type of water damage. Mold needs moisture and food sources to flourish. A combination of cleaning, disinfecting, and lowering humidity discourages fungi from growing.
5. Wait Until Drying Is Complete
Rebuilding or restoration should not begin until the portion of a structure that has suffered water damage has been cleaned, disinfected, and thoroughly dried. This includes replacing any building materials torn out due to contamination.
Lowering moisture levels within 24 to 48 hours after water damage is essential for avoiding mold. Trained water damage professionals can quickly extract water and recommend the best damage tips.

Frozen MN Pipes

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

As we know, overnight temperatures drop below freezing still here in March. SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis offers these cold weather tips:

Know the location of your water shut-off valve and test it regularly.

If a pipe breaks, you won't want to have to find it then or, worse, wait for someone to arrive at your place to find it for you. In most single-family homes, the shut-off valve is in the basement or the crawl space on a wall facing the street.

Turn off outdoor faucets, and be sure to disconnect hoses from them.

Ensure the faucet and the outside portion of the pipes are fully drained. A valve inside many houses will shut off the water's flow; then open and close the tap outside to release any water in the pipe. Disconnect the hose to ensure that freeze-proof faucets will drain and to avoid damage to the hose from freezing water.

Winterize unheated or vacant buildings.

If your vacant building has a fire protection system, make sure there is no danger that the water servicing this system might freeze.

Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems before.

Pipes close to exterior walls or in unheated basements can be wrapped with pieces of insulation. Never put heat tape on the water meter to avoid damaging plastic components of the meter.

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Water Heater Water Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Have you inspected your water heater lately? SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis has been restoring water damage for Minnesota residents for years, and we know that routine inspection and maintenance of water heaters and plumbing systems can prevent major water damage in many cases. Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for inspecting and maintaining your water heater:

  • Inspect your anode rod every two years, or every year once the warranty has expired, to determine if it needs replacement
  • Flush water heater tanks every six months to remove any sediment by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base. For safety, first, turn off the power and run the hot water until it is cool.
  • Get an annual inspection from a plumbing professional, including the shut-off valve and all piping. Signs of broken valves and loose or wet joints and rust are a sign that more severe damage is coming.

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Water damage can happen at any time of the day or night. When you have a water damage emergency in your home or commercial business, we are Here to Help. The professionals at SERVPRO® of Northeast Minneapolis are here to restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (612) 421-2040Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How To Prepare Your Business For Hail Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Owning a business comes with many responsibilities, not the least of which is maintaining your commercial property. Along with regular building maintenance, have a plan in place in case of natural disasters, such as hail storms. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for possible hail damage.

Know the Common Types of Hail Damage

Think through potential types of damage so you can make sure you have each one covered. Here are a few common types:

Roof Damage: This is a very common area of hail damage. Be sure to have your roof regularly inspected and repaired, especially after a hail storm. Regular maintenance can help prevent severe roof damage.

Glass Damage: If you have skylights, be sure that they are impact-resistant. Windows can be at risk too, depending on the angle of the hail coming down. Consider using impact-resistant glass here as well.

Property Damage: Hail can also cause damage to the property surrounding your building. This could include trees, HVAC units, or even commercial vehicles kept on your property.

Make Sure You are Covered
Once you have reviewed potential sources of storm damage, make sure that you have adequate commercial property insurance. This type of insurance will cover the financial impact of storm-related damage, which is an important protection for the financial health of your company. In the event of storm damage, initiate a claim with your insurance company and request authorization for a Minnesota storm damage company to come in to do repairs. You don't want to be left with roof damage or other property damage impeding your ability to get back to business.

Protect Employees
Have an emergency plan in place to make sure employees stay safe in the event of a hail storm. Designate a gathering area safely away from windows, and communicate a procedure to follow with your employees. Consider practicing emergency drills.
No one wants to think about their business suffering storm damage, but early preparation can save a lot of hassle in the event of damaging hail. Make sure you have your bases covered to protect your property, your employees and your hard work.