Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm damage prevention and treatment: reducing damage from storms with preventive action using horticulture

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage prevention and treatment: reducing damage from storms with preventive action using horticulture

Damage to trees from storms can be minimized by designing and implementing a tree management plan. Designing and executing a plan can help prevent problems.  There is no doubt trees can cause damage and be damaged in storms. However, appropriately placed and well-maintained trees can help to reduce storm damage to structures by deflecting wind, as well as reduce damage to the tree itself. Appropriate actions include: proper placement and planting, structural pruning prior to the storm, and proper species selection. Actions in the weeks and years following a strong storm can help bring damaged trees back to health.

If your home or business is affected by a storm, don't hesitate to call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Eagan and Apple Valley.


Avoiding Water and Pipes in your Home During a Storm

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Avoiding Water and Pipes in your Home During a Storm


People on or in or near water are among those most at risk for lighting strikes during thunderstorms, both inside and outside the home. Water is a good conductor of electricity, and many homes have metal pipes (themselves fantastic conductors ). Not only can lightning striking your home travel through your pipes but lightning can travel stealthily into your home through shared pipelines that have sustained strikes some distance away from your home. Do not take a bath or shower, wash your hands, do laundry, use an ice maker, or otherwise use running water when there is lightning danger in the area.

If your home has encountered an electrical fire, please call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Eagan and Apple Valley today to assess the damage and begin restoring your home. Faster to Any Disaster.


Eagan and Apple Valley areas - Are you Storm Aware?

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Eagan and Apple Valley Areas - Are you Storm Aware?

As we continue to see storms throughout our Minneapolis area cities, we at SERVPRO® of Eagan and Apple Valley want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

If your home or commercial building ever suffers flood damage, call the SERVPRO® of Eagan and Apple Valley experts.

Lightning During Storms and House Fires Resulting

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning During Storms and House Fires Resulting

Unlike other types of house fires, which occur more frequently in the winter months, fires in the home caused by lightning are more likely to happen in June, July and August in the late afternoon or early evening. From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.  Lightning is responsible for a number of wildfires as well.

Lightning during storms poses the greatest risk outdoors and frequently strikes the highest point on a structure.

Safety tips During Lightning Storms: 

  • When possible, stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm as metal plumbing is an excellent conductor of electricity.

Source: and National Fire Protection Association

What Secondary Damage can occur after Storm Damage?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

What Secondary Damage can occur after Storm Damage?

After roof leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected.  SERVPRO of Eagan and Apple Valley strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to: excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Eagan and Apple Valley is here to help.  Faster to Any Disaster

Contaminated Water after a Storm

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Contaminated Water after a Storm

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO® of Eagan and Apple Valley are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise. We have been a trusted name in safety and properly restoring homes and businesses for almost 15 years! We are here to help!

Should You Throw Away Items Exposed to Black Water?

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

Black water is an extremely dangerous substance to enter your home after a flood. This is water exposed to sewage, so it often contains hazardous substances, including fecal matter. It carries pathogens and can result in many problems, which is why it is so critical to hire a water damage remediation professional in Eagan, MN to come out to your property right after flooding.

Items To Throw Away

As a general rule, it is almost always recommended to toss items exposed to black water, particularly those that are porous. Porous objects are those that absorb liquids and gases, and they include:

• Carpets
• Rugs
• Upholstery
• Clothing

It is sometimes possible to salvage paperwork exposed to flood water. These files must be handled by professionals, who can dry them off to the point where the writing is still legible. You need to make photocopies, and afterward, you can throw away the original documents.

Additionally, drywall almost always needs to be torn out. Drywall exposed to any kind of water damage, whether it came from clean or black water, is usually unusable after the fact. A professional team in Eagan, MN will have to tear out the drywall and any insulation behind it.

Items To Possibly Keep

Nonporous items can occasionally be salvaged. However, they need to be cleaned thoroughly after exposure to contaminated water. This goes beyond simply scrubbing them down with a sponge. The professionals you hire to extract water from your home should have the tools necessary to clean up your belongings.

Homeowners should always follow the advice given to them by expert cleaners. If a water damage restoration professional says an item is too far gone, then it is best to simply throw it out. Visit for more information on storm damage.

Preparing for Storms To Limit Flood Damage

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you live in Eagan, MN, you know the wet season is no time to take the weather lightly. Flood damage can be one of the costliest disasters that may strike a home, putting possessions and building materials directly in harm’s way. Flooding can often be mitigated or entirely prevented through proper preparation, however, much of which involves standard upkeep around the home. Reference these useful tips to help avoid storm damage this season.

How Floods Occur

You may wonder why your house can shrug off some rains but not others, but the answer is often further from home. Heavy downpours can create a variety of treacherous situations:

• Too much rain or melting snow for the soil to absorb becomes excess runoff.
• Nearby bodies of water overflow from too much rainwater.
• Waterways can become blocked and containment systems like dams can fail.

Because these factors are outside the realm of individual control, it’s important to address those flooding risks you can impact around the home.

How To Prevent Damage

A major key to keeping your property safe is advance preparation. Many of these recommendations may even be part of your normal routine already:

• Don’t let storm drains on your street become clogged. Dispose of yard waste and ensure other debris does not collect, particularly ahead of expected rainfall.
• Keep your downspouts clear. Even a single storm can create blockages, allowing for water to back up and create flood risks from above.
• Address potential runoff issues. Cisterns and rain barrels allow for collection of excess rainwater around the home. Absorbent rain gardens and use of permeable paving materials can also lessen storm-related impact.

Most flood damage recovery professionals recommend a proactive approach versus reacting to an existing problem. Keep a sharp eye on potential threats all around your property, from gutters to drains. Preventing flooding in Eagan, MN, does take effort, but the safety you’re likely to enjoy from storm damage makes it worthwhile every time.

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Three Flood Preparation Tips To Protect Your Structure

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Three Flood Preparation Tips To Protect Your Structure

No one wants their property to suffer storm damage, but if your business in Eagan, MN is susceptible to flooding, it is irresponsible not to be prepared. Not only should you have a restoration company picked out before the storm hits to repair the flood damage afterward, you should take these steps to prepare for rising waters.

1. Be Prepared Before the Storm

Your commercial property should have emergency kits with warm clothes, essential medication, water proof bags, life vests, flashlights, a first aid kit, food, water and flares. Know how to turn your water, gas and power off before you need to do it. If you know a storm is coming, you should also empty any refrigerators and freezers and encourage your employees to gather their valuables. Placing sandbags in toilet bowls and around drains can prevent sewage backflow from causing additional damage to your business.

2. Know the Danger of Flooding in Your Area

If you know your area is especially high-risk when it comes to floods, there are some additional steps you should take. You should know the evacuation plan for your area in Eagan, MN and what the designated meeting area will be. Typically, it is a high school gymnasium or a similar large building, but double check with your city offices to be sure. You may also want to consider permanent changes to your business if a flood is always a danger. Replacing your carpet with hard wood and strengthening your roof can make a big difference in preventing damage during a storm. Special shutters can also be purchased to protect your building’s windows as well.

3. Preparing Your Business

One of the best ways to prevent flood damage is to make small changes around your commercial property. Even something as simple as cleaning your gutters and storm drains can help minimize storm damage. You can also acquire water proof safes for important documents. It is vital that you take all of the necessary steps to be prepared for potential storm flooding. Visit for more information on flood damage.

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.

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

Flood Water Removal

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Flood Water Removal

After detailed site inspection and assessment, water extraction starts. The home restoration experts use flood pumps and vacuum units to remove most of the ground water or flood water in your house. The water restoration expert knows the type of flood pump to remove contaminated water from your home. Apart from flood pumps, a reliable water restoration expert uses moisture detectors to measure the extent of moisture saturation in your walls after floods or ice dam in your house.

Drying your Home Walls

After extraction of flooding or rising ground water in your house, the floors, walls, and ceilings may appear dry but wet when touched. The walls and floors retain water which can cause break down or more water damage on your property. The restoration expert uses air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home. Monitor walls from ice damming or roof leaks.

Sanitization and Cleanup

After wind damage, storm damage, ice damage, hurricane damage, hail damage and water damage your walls, floors ceilings require professional cleaning services. The storm restoration expert will clean your furniture, clothing and other valuables in your house. Most river flooding, flooding and ground waters require certified odor removal. Water damage from ice damming, ice dams, frozen pipes and roof leaks need specialized cleaning such as dry, wet, foam or immersion cleaning to achieve proper storm remediation. Additionally, storm restoration experts use sanitizing and disinfectant treatment to clean your house. The water restoration expert will remove and dispose of damaged items with your guidance after severe storm damage, ice damage, wind damage, hurricane damage, hail damage and water damage.

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Restoration and Storm Remediation.

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Restoration and Storm Remediation.

After water cleanup, water restoration is next step in the process of storm damage removal and ensuring proper home restoration. Storm restoration involves minor repairs such as drywall replacements and installing carpets. Emergency water restoration services include roof repair after roof damage, roof tarp, board-up services, temporary fencing, and building a temporary warehouse space. Renovations and repair services such as floor repair, painting, tile repair, roof repair, and carpet repair are vital to achieving storm restoration.

Wind damage can cause substantial roof damage and roof leaks on your house. During the winter season, ice damage can occur. Ice damming, frozen pipes, ice dams, hail, and hurricanes can cause roof damage, hail damage, and hurricane damage. Taking mitigation measures to prevent flooding and taking flooding insurance covers is advisable. Roof repairs and board up services with the help of restoration expert are crucial to avoid further flood water damage of your property.

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The Process Of Storm Damage Removal

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

The Process Of Storm Damage Removal

Severe weather conditions including ice dams, hurricanes, thunderstorms, hail and ice storms can cause ice damage, hurricane damage, hail damage, roof damage, and water damage on your house. Dealing with water extraction as result of roof leaks, damaged roof, rising ground water, flood water or river flooding can be complicated. From water damage, roof repairs and security of damaged property is tedious. Every storm damage case is different, but the process of storm damage removal and home restoration is similar.

Contact a Wind Damage Restoration Expert

Ice damage process begins with reaching out to water restoration expert to aid in storm remediation. The storm restoration representative will guide you through water damage crisis. The water damage expert will inquire about the nature and type of water damage whether from flooding, ice damming, river flooding, frozen pipes, ice dam, hail or high winds. The information will help the restoration expert on resources and specialized equipment such flood pumps to bring on-site for storm remediation.

Assessing and Inspection of Water Damage

The home restoration expert will conduct the detailed site inspection. The storm restoration professional does a damage assessment on your home. They aim at identifying the source of water damage at your home either from ice damming, flooding, river flooding, bursting of frozen pipes, river flooding, or ground water. The experts inspect and test the house to determine how far water and moisture have penetrated into walls and floors to ensure a complete storm remediation. The expert move furniture and salvage items to prevent rust on wet carpet.

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Don’t Let a Storm Set You Back! Use These Tips to Get Your Business Back Today

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Don’t Let a Storm Set You Back! Use These Tips to Get Your Business Back Today

We see it all the time: A business or home ruined by a variety of storm damage disasters:

Wind damage
Hail damage
Ice damage
Frozen pipes
Roof damage
and More!

But did you know that it doesn't have to be that way for your business or home restoration? You don't have to live with a roof leak, an ice dam issue, river flooding aftermath or hurricane damage that has torn apart the only business you've ever known. Instead, it's time to take action -- and you can do it effectively and the right way by utilizing professional storm remediation.

Read on to learn the top four tips for getting the flood water out of your home and getting started on a path toward storm restoration:

Tip #1: Determine Whether You Need a Roof Repair

When your home or business goes through storm damage or wind damage, then your roof may need a repair. Roof damage is one of the leading after effects of storms and often results in a roof leaf and requires roof repair.

Ask your hurricane damage and storm restoration company to do a thorough check-up of your roof and to inspect it for wind damage, hail damage, ice damage and more. They will be able to tell you the spots where your roof is in trouble and patch it or rebuild it.

Tip #2: Get Your Flood Pump Checked

In any water restoration project, you've got to make sure your home and business still has a safe infrastructure that will protect you against future damage. One common issue that we see after river flooding or flooding caused by storms is that the flood water and ground water both rise and make the flood pump inoperable.

Ask your water restoration pro to test your flood pump and to replace it if necessary.

Tip #3: Don't Forget About Ice Damming

In cold areas and seasons, it's common for a home or business to experience frozen pipes and an issue known as an ice dam. Ice damming occurs when ice builds up on the roof and water cannot run off the roof. Sometimes, it drips into the infrastructure of the house and down the walls of the home. Sometimes you don't even realize you have an ice dam forming and causing roof damage or a roof leak. So make sure you ask your home restoration professional to inspect your roof for icy slopes and to break up that ice as part of the roof repair and storm remediation.

Tip #4: Find a Hurricane Damage Company You Can Trust

When you experience any kind of storm damage -- from flooding to roof damage to wind damage to a ground water issue -- you cannot rely on just anyone to fix it. You need a licensed, trusted professional storm restoration and hurricane damage company that can fix your roof leak, break up your ice dam, clear your frozen pipes, repair your flood pump and prevent future ice damming, ground water, flood water and roof damage by stabilizing your roof and infrastructure.

Of course, none of this comes without a cost. Hurricane damage and ice damage is expensive. But whether its river flooding or hail damage that has brought you to us, we are here to help.

Call us today to learn more about our storm restoration services. Learn our approach to ground water issues and flood pump repairs. But our expertise to the test. We are a water restoration company that is ready to work for you. We believe in business and home restoration -- and doing it the right way.

Call us today for your quote for storm remediation.

Are You Ready to Remediate After a Big Storm?

Why are you waiting any longer? Storm damage and issues caused by flooding simply can't wait. You need to make the repairs now before its too late for your business or home. How many times have we seen roof damage that seems so small -- like a roof leak -- turn into an unmanageable roof repair, in which the entire roof caves in? Don't let that be you.

Hurricane damage wreaks havoc on homes and businesses -- from causing river flooding and wind damage to causing flood water and ground water to rise above a structure. Add wind damage and even hail damage to the mix, and you've got a natural disaster aftermath in more than one way.

You're first step in your storm restoration is to call your professional business and home restoration company to do a full analysis and give you a quote. Your team of professionals will do things such as check out your flood pump to make sure it is functioning properly, check your roof for ice damming that is causing leaks in your home, test your frozen pipes for ice damage, and other key checks in a water restoration project to help you reach storm remediation.

Don't let flooding ruin your business or home. Call us today to get started! Visit for more information on storm damage.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Minnesota

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Minnesota Faster to ANY Size Disaster!

Why Choose SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley?

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your residential or commercial property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises and can also access our Disaster Recovery Team that specializes in major storms and catastrophic events. Nothing is too big for us to handle!

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any home or business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike. For a business, every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, you want to make sure you have the right people there to help. Click here to read what to do and what NOT to do after a flooding event has occurred and while SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley is on their way!

Remember, we live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of our communities and want to do our part to make our communities the best they can be!

SERVPRO of Eagan/Apple Valley utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. We proudly serve our communities and surrounding areas with 24/7 emergency availability. Give us a call today and we'll make it "Like it never even happened." (651) 330-7271