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What do I do if I find mold in my home?

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

1. Contact a licensed mold remediation professional to assess the situation. In most cases an environmental hygienist will be called to test the microbial growth. 

2. Once the growth is tested a proper protocol will be written and guidelines for how to treat. 

3. Allow licensed restoration company to perform recommended treatment. Make sure that each step is documented and photos are taken. 

4. It is important to make sure containment is set up to prevent the spread of mold spores throughout unaffected areas. 

5. If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices at anytime. 

Mold remediation can be a stressful time for you and your family. It is important to hire the right company to make sure the job is done correctly. SERVPRO of Eagan/ Apple Valley is trained and qualified to handle any size mold project. 

Storm Ready

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Ready Trailer for storm equipment

With the support from our offices around the country and from our corporate headquarters located in Tennessee, we can handle any size disaster.  With teams in place like our large loss teams to storm teams planted all across the country, there is nothing too small or too large that we can't handle. Put together all the resources that we have to make it "Like it never even happened" you know we're here to help. Don't hesitate to call, we'll be there anytime!

It doesn't matter whether it is water, fire, mold or any type of cleaning in between we can handle any size situation.  Don't hesitate to call us today to take care of all your needs!  We are pleased to serve our Eagan/Apple Valley and Bloomington/Richfield communities and surrounding areas! Call us today! 651-330-7271.

Consequences of Storms

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Two of the most important consequences of storms are flooding and roof damage.

These are often related, as wind damage, hail damage and other roof damage allows flooding to occur. Wind damage, hail damage and roof damage often entail expensive roof repairs. This is one reason why it is always best to get a professional storm restoration team on site as soon as possible.

Quick mitigation can prevent roof leaks from turning into major flooding events and can make roof repairs and other water restoration efforts cheaper or even unnecessary. Although many people picture river flooding as being a primary cause of storm-related damage, river flooding is actually a relatively minor cause. While river flooding is prone to occurring in some areas of the country, in most cases, wind damage, hail damage and roof leaks are, by far, the more serious concerns.

Cold Climates and Ice Dams

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Ice damage, hail damage, frozen pipes and ice damming

Winter storms can bring ice damage, hail damage, frozen pipes and ice damming. Combined with wind damage, these can cause roof leaks, requiring expensive roof repairs. When ice dams cause roof leaks, roof repairs must be quickly undertaken to avoid the massive release of flood water into the home or business. If ice dams are allowed to grow to a large enough size, the ice damming process can pose a serious risk of catastrophic roof failure.

To keep ice dams from forming it is necessary to use heat tape and flashing. Place the heat tape or flashing on the problem areas of your roof to keep the snow melting into the rain gutters. If the gutters start to freeze you will see icicles forming and an ice dam will be next.

Is there mold in your coffee maker?

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Steps to remove mold from coffee maker.

Coffee makers can build up mold in their moist environment. Take the time to clean it often for a great tasting cup in the morning.

  1. Fill reservoir halfway with water and the rest with white vinegar.
  2. Insert paper filter and start brewing process.
  3. Allow half of the mixture to brew and then turn off. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Allow the rest to brew and discard water and vinegar mixture.
  5. Rinse the reservoir by inserting a new filter and running clean water through twice.
  6. Clean the carafe with soap and water.

Do these six steps for an excellent brew of coffee that is mold free.

Renting or buying a home? Check for mold.

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

How do you check for mold?

When buying a new house, or renting a home or apartment building, you want to keep you and your family healthy. Checking for mold is an important step but can cost up to $500 dollars. To save some money here are some common places SERVPRO finds mold.

  • Outside walls - Where the carpet meets the outside wall is an easy place to check for mold. Pull up a bit of carpet to check if there is mold or rust on the tack strip.
  • Under sinks - Check to see if the wood underneath the sink is warped or chipping. This could be a sign of a previous water damage.
  • Window ledges - The drywall surrounding the windows should be clean. If there is cracking or water staining around the window there could be mold growing behind the wall.

How do I clean my carpets after a storm and have tracked dirt all over my carpet?

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley clean the carpet in your Eagan home!

Although it may seem like a smart alternative, do-it-yourself home carpet cleaners can’t match professional services. SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley's certified professionals have access to a variety of cleansing agents, equipment, and other tools that enable deep and effective cleaning. Our certified technicians also have valuable skills and knowledge that helps them determine when the job has been done right. In fact, an untrained person can damage the carpet further if they are not careful, and not to mention that the process can be physically strenuous and stressful on a person.

Home carpet cleaners are just not as powerful as commercial options, and this does not mean that do-it-yourself varieties are always safe to use. An untrained person may not know how to select the right detergent for their carpet fibers, leading to discoloration, or worse. Though it may seem like operating that how water extractor may seem easy enough, untrained people tend to leave too much behind and that can create odors, damage the fibers, and possibly provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold to grow.

Our certified crews have undergone extensive training and education to help improve their skills. We know how to tackle a variety of soils and fabric types, employing safe treatment methods that extract everything down to the base of the pile, and even further. If a family wants to preserve its carpeting for as long as possible and keep it feeling and looking nice, there is no alternative to calling SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley today!.

SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley utilizes advanced equipment and technology and we proudly serve our Eagan community and surrounding areas. Give us a call today! (651) 330-7271

The fire restoration process explained

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

The fire restoration process explained

Fire restoration is a complex and difficult process. Truth be told, without the proper tools, training and years of experience, anyone trying to restore their own property that has experienced commercial fire damage is courting disaster.

In this article, we'll take a brief look at the process and some of the techniques and considerations of professional restoration companies.

Soot damage and smoke damage are bigger than you may think

Both soot damage and smoke damage are often serious sources of major damage in the aftermath of fires in commercial buildings. While most people think of fire damage as being primarily structural and the result of burning and melting of structural components, the truth is that modern firefighters are so good at their jobs that the vast majority of fires are contained to very small areas, less that the size of a room.

But this does not mean that the resulting damage is not often severe. Without quick action, soot damage and smoke damage can become extremely difficult to clean, possibly leading to permanent damage and the need to replace large amounts of materials.

Both soot damage and smoke damage are handled by quickly and aggressively cleaning. Teams may use air guns shooting sodium bicarbonate. The smoke damage is then encapsulated using a special sealant.

Special considerations with utility room fires and electrical fires

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Special considerations with utility room fires and electrical fires

A large number of fires today are utility room fires and electrical fires. Both utility room fires and electrical fires are typically fought using fire suppression agents. Whether deployed automatically by built-in fire suppression systems or used by firefighters in lieu of fire hoses and fire trucks, these fire suppression agents need to be quickly removed from the building to avoid lasting damage. Although fire suppression agents are highly effective, they can cause serious damage to buildings and their contents. For this reason, utility room fires and electrical fires require professional cleanup efforts.

Fire sprinkler systems and fire hoses used by firefighters

Automatic fire sprinkler systems are another potential source of major damage. Fire sprinkler systems are capable of deploying massive quantities of water. Some modern fire sprinkler systems also deploy chemical agents.

Fire trucks are another potential source of damage. Modern fire trucks are capable of generating fire hose pressures of more than 300 psi. These fire trucks can put enough water through the fire hose to damage interior structures, such as drywall, and completely inundate the area. For this reason, professional cleanup teams with the equipment and training to quickly removed massive amounts of water from a building can make a tremendous difference.

Quick Fire Mitigation is Key

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Quick Fire Mitigation is Key

Any fire damage restoration by a restoration company should start as soon as possible. In many cases, it helps to find out as much information as possible about the fire damage and fire cleanup from a professional. Fire cleanup can begin as soon as the fire is put out. However, it is important to be aware that the need for commercial fire damage restoration can only start after the fire is under control. It's best to contact those fighting the fire and get a handle on the status of the fire. A fire in home may have started early in the morning and spread to other parts of the community. The business owner may not be aware there is a problem until it has spread to their space. Many business owners have fire alarms in their businesses. However, such fire alarms may not always work. If there is any suspicious fire activity, the company owner needs to know. All employees should be trained to spot any problems with fire. They should also know exactly how to act in the event fire does break out. Company officials should do their best to provide specific instructions about what to do if anything arises. The sooner the problem is reported, the better it is for all concerned.

Working With a Restoration Company

After the fire has been put out, it's imperative to have contact with a great restoration company that knows how to cope with commercial fire damage. In many cases, they know exactly what to do to and how to respond to the damage. They can come to the rescue by creating a plan of action for the business owner to follow. All areas of the business need to be inspected closely in order to determine what to do to remove all damage. A commercial company has the knowledge and the know-how to respond effectively to this crisis. The owner may feel shocked in the aftermath of the fire. They may not know what to do or where to begin to cope. Working with professional help can truly alleviate this problem and get it under control as soon as possible.