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Staying Safe Around Mold Damage in Your Burnsville Home

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Staying Safe Around Mold Damage in Your Burnsville Home Face masks can effectively protect you from some types of mold found in your home.

Rely on SERVPRO professionals to remediate mold damage in your home

There are many different types of mold, each with its unique properties and abilities. While almost all of them are bad for your home, some can also be bad for you and your loved ones. Some types of mold can cause health effects, especially with long-term exposure, so protecting yourself should be a top priority after the discovery of significant mold damage in your Burnsville home. For less-serious cases, some of these precautions may be excessive, so use proper judgment for each, but remember that too much safety is rarely a bad thing when dealing with mold.

Face Masks

Some of the most dangerous effects of mold damage in Burnsville can be mitigated effectively through the use of face masks. Face masks are inexpensive and available at most general stores and supermarkets, consisting of a specially-made paper cup with an elastic band designed to cover the nose and mouth of their wearers. These devices can effectively block many airborne dangers without restricting breathing, for little monetary investment. Keep in mind, however, that these are not always an ideal solution, as some airborne toxins and compounds may still cause health effects even when the masks are worn properly.

Gloves and Close-Toed Shoes

Some types of mold may also cause adverse health effects if they come into contact with exposed skin. When in an area with exposed mold, you should always wear gloves and close-toed shoes to ensure that no skin comes into contact with the fungus. Note that even with gloves on you should never touch mold, as this may help spread spores around your home. SERVPRO technicians sometimes must wear full-body suits around, especially bad infestations, so never underestimate mold you come across.

Let Us Take Care of It

Many homeowners first try to remove the mold themselves before placing a call to SERVPRO. Unfortunately, most only end up making the problem worse and sometimes hurting themselves in the process. Leave the mold remediation to the professionals, and above all, never try to remove mold with household cleaning tools and chemicals.

SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville has been helping residents with mold infestations for years. For quality service and certified excellence, give us a call at (952) 846-4400.

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Responding to Fire Damage in Lakeville Area Homes

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Responding to Fire Damage in Lakeville Area Homes Fire damage can be extensive. Contact SERVPRO so that we can be your partner during this tumultuous time in your life.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Start the Fire Damage Remediation Process in Your Home

Having a fire occur on your Lakeville property can present you with a variety of issues. With the possibility of both structural and content damage, it helps to find a restoration company that has experience dealing with every aspect of your recovery.

Luckily, SERVPRO has a full team of IICRC-industry certified technicians available to treat fire damage throughout the Lakeville area. We have several years experience providing homeowners with quality solutions to damages caused by emergency situations and are available, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year round to provide these services to you.  

The extent of fire damage is not limited to the materials flames can reach, often leading to additional smoke and soot damage that spread chemical residues throughout your home. Along with that, you have additional water damage, as well as many other hazards that make returning your home to a quality condition, tougher. Your SERVPRO team works fast to get secondary damages under control, saving many belongings you might have thought lost forever.

Our services were developed to adjust to fit each job, giving us an opportunity to produce quality results you can count on to limit your losses and reduce costs associated with your claim. We work with your insurance representative to ensure a stress-free restoration process while also paying close attention to your concerns as well. SERVPRO technicians take each challenge in stride, providing unique solutions to fit your current situation.  

We help you understand what is happening and provide you with solutions to restore your property as fast as possible while maintaining a safe, healthy environment for everyone involved. Our technicians use personal protective equipment such as boots, gloves, masks, and full-body suits to protect themselves when necessary and insist on following EPA, local, state, and federal guidelines on every job.  

Contact SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville to receive restoration services from qualified professionals who care about your property and want to limit any losses you might experience. Get the help you deserve, today. (952) 846-4400

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Contact SERVPRO If You Have Mold Damage In Your Farmington Home

8/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Contact SERVPRO If You Have Mold Damage In Your Farmington Home Having mold spores in a home is a common situation.

Mold Damage In Your Property

Having mold spores in a home is a common situation. Every home has them to some degree, and no amount of cleaning removes them all. It is when spores become active that they begin to grow and cause damage to homes and personal property. Growth happens when spores find themselves in the right mixture of temperature, moisture, and source of food.

When the growth goes on long enough in a Farmington home, then the threat of mold damage begins. SERVPRO knows that a fast response by a professional service can mean the difference between restoring a home with its property and having to deal with the expense of replacing items. We have developed four procedures that cover every action needed to return your home and assets to a safe state for you and your family.

First, we contain the infestation. We want to prevent mold from spreading to unaffected areas of the home. That means sealing off the heating and air vents to stop mold from getting into the ducts. In case we do find mold in the ducts, this stops one way of it traveling to other rooms. Technicians then seal off the affected rooms using plastic sheeting across doors and windows.

Second, we remove the mold. It may require us to remove property from the affected rooms, but our priority is to clean and remove mold from structural surfaces and personal property at the site whenever possible. Technicians use vacuums to trap all loose spores from surfaces and then use a combination of dry and wet sponges and cloths to remove surface mold.

For building material with heavy growth, we remove and dispose of it according to Minnesota State regulations. For personal property that requires stronger cleaning methods, we remove it to our local facility where we can safely clean and eliminate the mold from items such as sofas, curtains, and even clothing.

Our third procedure is to clean out the settled spores. Previous actions disturb and release mold spores into the air. After allowing enough time for them to settle on the newly clean surfaces, technicians wipe down any loose spores using dry cloths and sponges. They repeat this task as often as necessary.

The last procedure to dry the materials, property, and air in the affected rooms. We do this by setting up dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and air movers to force warm, dry air across surfaces which needed wet cleaning. By drawing down the moisture levels, we remove one of the factors required for mold to grow again after we finish the task.

Removing mold from your home and restoring it to a clean condition means hiring an expert. SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville has over twenty years of experience in helping our neighbors put their homes back together so they can continue with a normal life. If you need our help, call today at (952) 846-4400.

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Restoring Office Documents After a Commercial Water Damage Emergency in Burnsville

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Office Documents After a Commercial Water Damage Emergency in Burnsville Wet Documents and Books in a Burnsville Office Get Help from SERVPRO

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Office Swiftly

Water or moisture from burst/leaky pipes, natural flooding, or just humidity can damage electronics and ruin precious documents. The results can be frustrating to the business. Indeed, it can compromise important files such as highly confidential information, work-in-progress, or time-sensitive files. Worse still, Business Continuity experts estimate that at least 50 percent of businesses that lose critical data can go out of business after the incident.

Given the significance of securing these documents, you need to contact a water damage restoration expert immediately. SERVPRO has highly skilled technicians who can restore your files in a commercial water damage situation in Burnsville. Time is not on your side though, so you must act fast. Waiting too long can thwart the restoration process and increase the chance of mold growth.
 
The first part of the water damage restoration process is finding the right method to save wet and damaged books and documents. The main priority is to prevent further damage and dry items as effectively as possible. Our professionals use five main drying methods for documents: air-drying, freezer drying, dehumidification, vacuum thermal drying, and vacuum freeze drying. SERVPRO has the equipment to salvage even artwork and precious personal treasures through this process called lyophilization.
 
When drying items, SERVPRO technicians rely on a process called sublimation – the changing of a solid directly into vapor. During this stage, we consider several things, including the type of water involved (black, gray, or clean), the value of specific files, the period of exposure to moisture, and extent of water damage. The process can lead to brittle paper with smeared ink, as well as a disruption of the document organization or filing system.
 
While restoring the wet papers to their original quality may not be possible, SERVPRO specialists can save the materials with good enough quality to be partially restored or digitally stored. This part involves scanning the documents and converting them into a digital format. The original files are then organized and returned to their proper place.
 
In over 90 percent of all water damage cases involving paper, restoration to a quality standard is possible. If you act fast, SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville can reverse the water damage for you. Get in touch with us anytime at (952) 846-4400.

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SERVPRO - Lakeville Flood Damage

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO - Lakeville Flood Damage Eliminating the effects of flood damage in a Lakeville home requires experience and expertise.

Flood Damage Can Happen In The Lakeville Area

Removing standing water is only the beginning to try and protect a home after a failed appliance, broken pipe or a rusted-out water heater. Just a half-inch of water across a room can result in thousands of dollars in restoration costs. It is necessary to draw out the moisture which has penetrated the building materials.

Eliminating the effects of flood damage in a Lakeville home requires many tools and techniques. SERVPRO’s technicians are trained to use them to draw out moisture from the walls and ceilings of a home.

Adjusting airflow is one of the techniques we use. The primary tool paired with airflow is the air mover. To force air in and moisture out of a wall, a technician points the air mover at a 45-degree angle to the affected surface. This angle pushes air over the wall, carrying away moisture without letting the air bounce back, which is much less efficient.

If our SERVPRO technicians find water trapped behind a wall, we pair an air mover with a ventilation hose to increase ventilation. Depending on the amount of water, it may be necessary to drill several holes in the wall. We do this at the baseboard, so when we finish, it is a simple matter to patch the hole and then replace the baseboard so the homeowner cannot tell where we drilled.

To dry ceilings, we set an air mover against a wall and point it upward. The airflow strikes the ceiling and spreads out, which circulates the warm air that naturally rises and draws out moisture. In rooms with a drop ceiling (a converted garage for instance), technicians remove several panels at opposite ends to increase airflow.

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Drying your home after water has spread across it is not a quick process, but SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville has the tools and knowledge to make it a simple one that we walk you through at each step. If you have had failed plumbing recently or in the past, contact us today at (952) 846-4400 for an inspection and free estimate. We are here to help.

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Burnsville Water Damage Has Odor Effects

7/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Burnsville Water Damage Has Odor Effects Sewage Backup in Burnsville Uses SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Deodorization

After Removal of the Water, Odor Control Is Often Needed to Finish the Restoration

Removing water with pumps and extractors is the lion’s share of the work with lowering humidity taking most of the remaining time. Even when the personal and structural property is dry to normal levels, there is still the issue of odors.

Although this is usually a minor point, odors left untreated, result in a permanent loss just like any other aspect of water damage in a Burnsville home. When it comes to this final step, SERVPRO is ready with a series of methods designed to handle whatever is in the air or the couch.

The Injection Method works well on spots in the carpet or on upholstered furniture. Technicians use a needle with either a syringe or a pump to inject small amounts of a deodorant chemical directly in the contamination. It is especially effective for removing pet odors.

Direct Spraying utilizes a hand pump or a powered sprayer on larger areas. It is the method we use most when cleaning up after a water disaster. Since this approach soaks the surface, we prefer using it where discoloration of the material is unlikely or is not a concern to the homeowner.

Wet Fogging dispenses a deodorizing agent using a ULV or ultra-low volume fogger. This machine generates tiny particles that penetrate most areas where there is an odor particle. The deodorant particles bind with the odors and neutralize them. Technicians carefully watch the surface they are ‘fogging’ to make certain they do not oversaturate the surface and cause secondary damage.

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians also utilize a Dry Fogging method, dispensing deodorants with a device that forces the chemical through a heating coil. It vaporizes the solution, so it penetrates further into an affected item. Dry Fogging is usually a method used where there are smoke odors, but it is effective on water-borne odors that resist other methods of cleaning.

To augment these methods, technicians use air scrubbers that remove airborne odors by forcing them through special HEPA filters. We also place venting box fans at entry and exit points to bring in cleaner, outside air and force the inside odors out of the home.

Removing water-borne odors from your home is a complicated process, but SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville is here to help our fellow Minnesotans return to their homes as quickly as possible.  If you need us, call today at (952) 846-4400 to get started.

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Summer Showers Overwhelm Your Sump Pump System in Lakeville

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Showers Overwhelm Your Sump Pump System in Lakeville Even the best sump pumps can only keep up with minimal flooding. Once the water starts coming in rapidly, call SERVPRO to dry your basement.

Our Customized Plan Deals Quickly with Flooding on Your Property

Early summer rains over several days saturate the ground, forcing moisture into basements and walkout lower levels. Even if your home has a sump pump, it may not be up to the task of removing relentless incursions of water. Rely upon SERVPRO to take over the water extraction tasks, and then move on to restore the damage done by the moisture.
 
Recent storms dumped many inches of rain south of the Minnesota River, causing flood damage to your Lakeville home. The sump pump system installed became clogged with debris and then failed when high winds knocked down power lines nearby. We step in when your best-laid plans go awry, offering solutions that only a full-service disaster restoration company delivers.
 
Fast moving storms race in from the Dakotas, bringing rain and winds that challenge the power grid. SERVPRO begins pumping and extracting water using truck-mounted equipment not dependent upon local electrical services, a great relief to you and your family. Once the water exits your basement or walkout lower level, our crew changes up the equipment, positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture content of your home’s structure and interior air fast.
 
The trained technicians at SERVPRO assess the walls and floors of your basement, looking for areas where building materials show signs of failing. Cinderblock usually dries out well, but we search for areas within where pockets of water collect and use strategies to release that water, including drilling holes for drainage or extracting from the top. Carpeting responds well to drying in place if done as soon as possible after the flood. Padding fares less well, but we remove and replace it at a reasonable cost, and pulling it up allows us to direct air under the carpet for faster drying. If wet for a brief period, drywall survives using moisture reduction techniques, but replacement is standard if the fibers begin to crumble.
 
SERVPRO helps you inventory and evaluate the condition of items stored in the basement. We use a staging area on your property, often a garage or covered porch, to determine whether any documents, pictures, or other keepsakes need special attention. It is essential to successful drying of this type of property that the contents of boxes and storage boxes be reviewed quickly. You work with the team to decide what items receive freeze drying or other treatments our staff provides for papers and photos.
 
Flood damage takes you by surprise, but SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville has the certified staff to manage all aspects of recovery. Call us immediately after the water rushes in at (952) 846-4400 to schedule an assessment.

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Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services Available In Burnsville

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services Available In Burnsville Burnsville Fire Damage Gets Restoration from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Properties in Burnsville After Smoke & Fire Damage

Flames, heat, charring, smoke, ash, and soot all cause damage to various surfaces found throughout your home. Dealing with issues like this can be unpleasant, especially when attempting to clean residues and particles from personal items you would rather not lose.

Most of the fire damage you find in your Burnsville area home is caused by small carbon particles that fail to burn completely during the event. Some spark out of the area during combustion, others get pushed out by heat. Each fire produces different results, requiring the professional attention of a restoration specialist to correct the situation properly.
 
SERVPRO’s expertly trained technicians face incidents like this nearly every day. We encounter smoke damages that cause discoloration, stain surfaces and produce foul odors. Smoke residues and rising heat can produce burn patterns on your walls or ceiling that make cleaning nearly impossible. Damages like blistering and bubbling from heat can develop on various items throughout the affected area that might require repairs, instead of attempting restoration.  
 
SERVPRO deodorization technicians understand how to deal with bad smoke odors caused by the buildup of ash and soot during a fire. Using the proper cleaning and deodorization methods, equipment, and experience, we can help eliminate strong, stubborn odors that permeate draperies, carpeting, and other furnishings found throughout your home.  
 
Working with a professional fire damage mitigation company, like SERVPRO, gives you access to qualified professionals that want to help get things back to normal quickly. We often produce quality results working with materials that others find easier to consider a loss. Giving us an opportunity to save a majority of your items, prevent secondary damages, and help you learn how to protect your family from future events that may occur.
 
If you have issues concerning fire, smoke, or water damage due to firefighting efforts, we can help. Time is such a major influence on the quality of results you may receive, that you never want to hesitate to call for assistance. The sooner you make the call, the better the results can be.  
 
Contact SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville to obtain access to professionally trained technicians that work hard to produce quality results you deserve. (952) 846-4400

When an Event Center is Affected by Commercial Water Damage in Burnsville

5/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial When an Event Center is Affected by Commercial Water Damage in Burnsville Conference backgrounds are key to how the presenter will be perceived. Call SERVPRO to remediate any water staining at you location.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remediate Water Damage at Your Business Location


Many organizations and groups, as well as individuals, rely on event centers to provide adequate space for their presentations and conferences. When these events are conducted, photographs and videos are often taken, not for memory's sake but rather to produce filler for posts and pages on websites and enhance future pamphlets and other printed media.
 
Burnsville event centers must have immaculate backgrounds for these videos and photographs to turn out well, but any sign of commercial water damage can ruin these at any angle. Water stains might not be as visible to those present in the area, but on film, imperfections can become more pronounced. Besides, water damage is real harm, and it should always be eliminated by repairs and restorative work. When water stains walls and ceilings, painting over the unsightly areas is not enough. SERVPRO has technicians who are certified in both AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation) and Water Damage Restoration (WRT), making our company the natural choice for situations involving all types of water damage.
 
Ensuring that the water has been stopped at its source, regardless of where that might be located, we can help prevent future water stains and other problems from developing in your facility. This type of damage, which exists under many different situations, can form several different kinds of secondary water damage in an extremely short period.
 
Making sure that new water is unable to flow into an area in the future is good insurance to have before repairing any water damage. Water stains might be the current damage type, but the deterioration of wood underlay or the rusting of the metal framework within walls could happen the next time water or even increased moisture is present. Since it is so easy for water to damage so much, we use hygrometers to ensure that moisture levels are returned where they should be.
 
We take readings before work begins, as we work, and then again when we have completed the restoration. Initial readings are made of dry areas, to give us a goal of how dry your facility is under normal conditions, and of affected areas, to inform us of how saturated an area is. The differences help us determine what equipment is required and how long a job might take. The information gained also shows us what our goal should be for attaining dry levels again in areas with water damage.
 
SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville is committed to helping you provide the best setting for your own clients, and their customers in turn. We know that when your facility is in need of repairs, that you want things restored to like-new again. Call us at (952) 846-4400, and we can make it “Like it never even happened” again.

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Concealed Water Causes Big Problems in Burnsville

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Concealed Water Causes Big Problems in Burnsville Don't let water lurk in your modern kitchen and turn into a mold infestation. Call SERVPRO to remediate any suspected water damage fast.

SERVPRO Roots Out Hidden Water in Your Home


It is surprising how many places water finds to hide in a high-end kitchen. Custom cabinets, built in appliances, and tiled floors extending under all fixtures contain water that drips or leaks. You need a professional team and clever plan to eliminate hidden pockets of water. SERVPRO technicians have the curiosity, experience, and training to locate and rid your home of water lurking where it should not be.
 
Hoses and pipes snake through your kitchen, and a crack or poorly fitting connector means water removal is in the future of your Burnsville home. You expect plumbing in the walls, but today's ice makers, dishwashers, built-in water dispensers, and main floor laundries cause water to be routed everywhere, often behind or through storage areas. Tight seals between the bases of cabinets and floors hold in water that leaks, seeps, or condenses.
 
Your first clue that you have water pooling under cabinets or appliances might be tell-tale growing dark marks on the ceiling tiles below your kitchen. An “off” smell also warns of water that needs removal, particularly if mold or mildew takes hold. If you cannot find the water causing problems in your home, give the skilled technicians at SERVPRO a try. Trained to detect where water moves from the initial leak, our staff finds the source and devises a plan to remove the water and dry out your structure and fixtures.
 
Expect our team to pry the kick-plates off the bottom of your cabinetry, locating areas where water collects. Water extractors pull the moisture out, followed by scientifically arranged air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the drying process. We also consider aiming the movers under the subfloor of the kitchen, staging them a level down in your home, aiming up. If ceiling tiles are removable, we pop them out to get more air in the proper areas.
 
The flooring, including the subfloor, needs evaluation as well. Our crew measures moisture levels to determine whether drying mats might be appropriate to extract more moisture from above and below the surface. SERVPRO professionals set drying targets to ensure no lingering dampness causes rot or mold damage.
 
Water removal is a core service offered by SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville. Call for an inspection at (952) 846-4400 if you suspect hidden water damages your kitchen.