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Inadequate Backflow Prevention Measures Could Cause Water Damage In Your Farmington Residence

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Inadequate Backflow Prevention Measures Could Cause Water Damage In Your Farmington Residence Backflow Regulators Can Prevent Water Damage to Farmington Properties--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Can Extract Water and Usually Restore Your Home to Its Pre-loss Condition "Like it never even happened."

While you might be aware that you appliances could create damaging disasters in your Farmington residence, you might not be aware that some of these occurrences do not get attributed to age or general malfunction. Sometimes there are circumstances which cause unforeseen pressure to the appliances themselves, forcing them to rupture or break at their weakest components along the water supply line.
Backflow preventers might be commonplace in the construction of homes, but this does not guarantee that your home has one or that it functions as it should. These devices keep pressure from outside sources from finding their way into the service line supplying your house and rupturing your plumbing. Without warning, an influx of pressure (often attributed to events like main line breaks and the demand from a fire hydrant elsewhere on the line) causes a sharp difference between supply and demand, forcing highly pressurized backflow into your Farmington home and causing water damage.
Our SERVPRO professionals can quickly determine the full extent of this damage, and shut off the supply of water coming into your home that has ruptured weak points in water-fed appliances like your water heater or washing machine. The next step is to address the best methods of cleaning up the mess and restoring the damage. This process begins with extraction if the water damage is severe enough to warrant the use of pumps and wet-vacs.
Drying is the next step to follow the extraction, and this process typically utilizes both industrial strength air movers and dehumidification equipment. These tools pull moisture from the environment and affected surfaces, ideally to restore the damage that exists and to prevent worse conditions like mold growth. Structural damage can get assessed at this point by our SERVPRO technicians to determine if portions of these materials require replacement.
Water damage does not have to be a dramatic event for your house, but it can leave you wondering how to fix the damage and get things back to the way they used to be. When situations are out of your control, like a backflow incident on your waterline, damage can mount up in a hurry.

Trust SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville to help you clean up the mess and restore your home. Give us a call anytime you need us at (952) 846-4400.

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Spring Flood Damage in Your Farmington Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Flood Damage in Your Farmington Home Hardwood floors expand when they absorb extra moisture which can cause warping, buckling, cupping and crowning.

SERVPRO Can Help to Save Your Hardwood Floors after Flood Damage

Most people look forward to the end of winter in Farmington and the warmer weather that follows. We must, of course, remember that along with spring rainstorms, melting snow, and warm sunshine, there is an increased threat of flooding. It is all part of spring in the Midwest. Damage from flooding in the spring can be costly and extensive for you as a homeowner. If you have lived here for a while, you are probably aware of any flooding dangers that are possible.

These things sometimes, unfortunately, take you by surprise, and then your Farmington home is underwater. If this happens to you, the flood damage that occurs can be quite overwhelming, but it is not the time to hesitate. The water needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent even more damage, and to do this you need professional help. Our staff at SERVPRO are trained and experienced in flood damage, and we can help you anytime you need.

We do not hesitate to get to your home once you contact us. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are trained to know the moisture effects on different materials and how to dry them properly, including your wood flooring. Permanence and exposure time are two of the major variables that determine how much damage is done to affected materials. Permeance refers to how quickly water vapor goes through a material, and exposure time refers to how long material was in contact with the water.

Wood naturally contains moisture but expands when it absorbs extra moisture. The boards can warp and expanded boards can push against one another. Buckling at the joints where the boards meet or at the walls can occur because of this. How much buckling happens depends on how much moisture is absorbed and what kind of wood it is. Warping and buckling can be permanent after the wood finishes drying. Floors have to be replaced if the right drying and refinishing cannot get rid of the damage.

Cupping and crowning can also occur. Cupping happens when the water is absorbed from the sides and bottom of the wood. The edges slightly raise or cup. Many times, it can be sanded out. Crowning happens when the top of the wood holds more moisture than the bottom and sides. It can make the wood arch, making a bowed shape in the middle. It usually happens with the bottom of the wood is over-dried.

SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville knows how to handle your wood flooring in your home in Argonne, Orchard Garden, or Deer Park. Giving us a call at (952) 846-4400 as soon as the flood damage has happened is the best thing to do to prevent additional damage.

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The Advantages of Duct Cleaning for Your Burnsville Business

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Advantages of Duct Cleaning for Your Burnsville Business Duct cleaning is important for every business in order tl have good air quality and help keep your monthly utility costs down.

SERVPRO Can Clean Your Business’s Ductwork and Help You Maintain a Cleaner Environment

Your Burnsville business operates at its best when the climate inside of the facility is controlled and regulated. These adjustments might mean forced air throughout the winter months and air conditioning throughout the hotter months of the year. While this is a staple of any business out there, it is often one of the most overlooked features of your building regarding cleanliness and upkeep.

While indoor air quality might not top your priority list for considerations to improve production and morale around the office, duct cleaning at your Burnsville business is something that can assuredly keep people healthier and help to keep your utility costs much lower. Fortunately, even though this process requires specialized equipment and professional expertise, you can achieve this result with the help of our experienced SERVPRO team.

Our IICRC certified technicians begin the process by assessing the full scope of the build-up and debris that gets trapped in your ductwork. Enclosed high powered vacuums fit over the top of vent openings and pull out this dust and sediment from inside and neatly collects it in a receptacle. The primary benefit to this enclosed approach is that your business does not have to get put on hold for the cleaning to take place.

With less dust and debris being pushed around by the circulating air, the less that your employees are breathing in and getting sick. You might notice that everyone can breathe a little bit easier once the duct cleaning has taken place, as you might not have realized just how much dirt was circulating from the ducts.

Cleaning out these air pathways ultimately makes your appliances not have to work as hard to supply your building with cold or warm air. This benefit is two-fold. You can keep your monthly utility costs lower than they have been from the lack of added power required to work around partially clogged ducts and secondly, your appliances like the air conditioner and furnace do not have the added wear and tear associated with the higher workload, thereby lasting longer.

Duct cleaning is something that every business should consider to help keep their employees healthier and their overhead costs to a minimum. Reach out to SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville for professional cleaning of your ductwork today. We can be reached anytime at (952) 846-4400.  

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Mold Remediation is Important for Your Lakeville Residence

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation is Important for Your Lakeville Residence SERVPRO not only remediates the damage caused by mold, but also locates the source of the problem to prevent future mold growth.

Allow SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

Fungal growth is something that a lot of Lakeville homeowners do not fully understand. While there is no denying that it is believed to cause health effects, mold in your home is not as uncommon as you might think. In fact, there are minimal requirements to allow naturally occurring mold spores to seat and begin forming colonies in specific areas of your home. Combatting these conditions can help you to keep these types of growths from happening, but if they have permission to continue unabated for any length of time, you could have all the makings for widespread fungal colonization.

People attribute mold growth in their Lakeville home to an unclean atmosphere or severe conditions, but in all actuality, spores in the air we breathe only require warmer temperatures and present moisture to seat and thrive. Combatting its presence alone is rarely advisable, especially when you consider that conventional cleaning methods rarely penetrate deeply enough to remove the entire fungal organism and merely allow it to continue unseen.

Our SERVPRO remediation specialists get trained to the high standards set in place by the IICRC. This training ensures that each of our technicians gets equipped with the latest information about various types of mold, and the most efficient methods to remediate their presence and restore the damage that they cause. Through a combined effort of equipment and expertise, our dedicated team can handle any sized mold damage situation that you might face.

Locating the source of the present moisture in the affected area not only gives our SERVPRO professionals an understanding of where the damage originates from but also how to prevent a similar occurrence from repeating. With instances like leaky walls in the basement area of your home, something as simple as a thin coat of hydraulic cement can entirely eradicate the moisture from returning once dehumidification equipment has gotten used.

Understanding that mold damage is a fairly common occurrence in homes all throughout the area does not usually make it easier to face. However, trusting our SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville team to help you take back your house from these unwelcomed disasters can ensure that the process is efficient and professionally done. Call our remediation specialists today at (952) 846-4400.

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What To Do When Failed Plumbing Has Caused Water Damage in Farmington

3/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do When Failed Plumbing Has Caused Water Damage in Farmington SERVPRO Says to Insulate Your Plumbing to Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Farmington Home

Try Calling SERVPRO to Mitigate the Damages Caused by the Water

Having water leaks in your home is a nightmare all on its own, but when it comes from a source that seems to be pumping endless volumes into your home, it is even worse. In Farmington, the weather is dramatically cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The unique location of the state causes the spring thaw to have rapidly changing temperatures, from snowstorms to warm and breezy days. This rapid change of temperature can cause intense effects on the structure of your home, but especially to the plumbing. Burst pipes are often the result of stress brought about by the water expanding as it ices up within the conduits.

Fortunately, SERVPRO is close by and quick to get on the scene. We can send our technicians quickly to address the damaging water event to your Farmington property before it gets out of control. So, when a pipe bursts, do not wait. The sooner the ruptured pipe is addressed, the less water can flood your home. Flooding is a type of water damage that is very rough on the house as it can impact the overall structure. This fact is especially true when the water has no other place to go but into your floors, carpets, walls, and furniture.

So how can SERVPRO help you in this situation? First, it is necessary to establish the danger of the water that has flooded your home. We can separate standing water into three categories: clean water, grey water, or black water. The three categories are progressively worse than the last and indicate how sanitary the water is for human contact. Once it is determined, we can go about draining the water and drying out your home and the items within it safely. Typically, most burst pipes spill out clean water, potable drinking water.

If a water pipe in your home has burst, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of the Burnsville/ Lakeville area at (952) 846-4400. We always get to the scene fast also in the Burnsville and Lakeville areas and quickly dry out your home to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Electrical Fire and Fire Damage in Your Farmington Home

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire and Fire Damage in Your Farmington Home An overloaded outlet can cause an electrical fire to spark in your home, leaving you in need of professional restoration services.

SERVPRO Restores Your Home to its Pre-Loss Condition 

Electrical fires can occur anytime in Farmington, and many times are the result of outdated wiring, faulty outlets, or an electrical strip with too many appliances plugged into it. To lower your risk of dealing with an electrical fire, make sure all electrical outlets, wiring, and cords in your home are up-to-date, not damaged or broken, or running under an appliance or rug which can cause the wires to overheat. Make sure extension cords, space heaters, and light fixtures work correctly and do not have exposed or frayed wiring.

If you do experience an electrical fire in your Farmington home, you are likely dealing with more than fire damage, but also soot, smoke, and water damage as well. With all that you are looking at, you need professional help from fire remediation damage specialists such as our team at SERVPRO. We can arrive quickly to your home with the right tools and all the necessary training.

Our job as the fire damage restorer is to return your home to what is referred to as preloss condition. Your home has been damaged by fire and smoke, and our task is to restore it to the way it was before the fire. Cleaning to a preloss condition means removing the effects of the damage from the fire. Residues give off smoke odors most times, so we must also deodorize to get rid of the malodors now in your home.

The fire may have damaged parts of your structure so severely that they cannot be returned to their original condition, so we have to dispose of and replace these parts which are charred by flames or blistered by heat. These items can include the framework including ceilings, walls, floors, doors, attached floor coverings, and windows. Other items known as structural components include your cooling and heating system, cabinets, light fixtures, and bath fixtures.

We must determine what items can be restored and what has to be replaced. SERVPRO identifies for you and your insurance company any conditions which likely existed before the fire as well.

SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville wants to get your home in Orchard Garden, Farmington, or Burnsville back to its usual condition before the loss, which is why we work to do a thorough job of restoring and cleaning your home. After a fire, get in touch with us right away at (952) 846-4400, so we can prevent further damage from happening.

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Commercial Duct Cleaning in Burnsville

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Duct Cleaning in Burnsville Commercial Buildings in Burnsville Benefit from SERVPRO Duct Cleaning Services

SERVPRO Offers Quality Air Control to Businesses Through Professional Duct Cleaning

Every Burnsville business with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit or HVAC uses air ducts. When the system operates correctly, the ducts move heated or cooled air throughout the structure, keeping the environment in a range determined by the owner.

Unfortunately, the system is also the most significant source of contaminants that adversely affect indoor air quality for businesses in Burnsville. Commercial duct cleaning is necessary to protect customers and employees from breathing in an air circulated with dust and debris, pollen, and other contaminants such as mold spores. Regular cleaning by SERVPRO technicians also reduces the number of odors that the HVAC system can circulate through business as well.
Enhancing air quality and odor reduction are not the only benefits of routine inspection and maintenance. On occasion, duct cleaning is not even necessary. SERVPRO teams can perform an inspection to find an exhaust fan is misaligned or some other part of the system is not functioning at peak efficiency.
We often find that sections of the ductwork separate over time when changes in temperature over the seasons in Minnesota can cause them to twist and bend. It can also force the restraining straps to come loose from the roof supports that hold the sections of ducts in place. Our technicians can quickly fix both problems by tightening or installing new straps and then securing the sections together with sheet metal screws.
After we finish repairing the ducts, but we emphasize when inspecting the attic duct system we do not engage in big repair services, technicians use air compressors to force dirt and other contaminants through the ducts and out through our choice of exits. If there is a large amount, we catch this debris into a waiting bag and dispose of it. If there was mold, we use foggers with an anti-fungal chemical to kill the spores before bringing in a compressor. With a variety of brushes and extensions, a thorough job is always the outcome.
Our inspection and restoration team can correct all of this to help not just system efficiency but reduce energy costs as well. Routine maintenance also extends the life of a climate control system, which can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars purchasing a new one.
If you have not cleaned your HVAC ducts in several years, now if the time to contact SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville. Call us today at (952) 846-4400 to set up an inspection, schedule a cleaning, or if you have questions about how we can help you.

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The Right Professionals for Flood Damage in Your Farmington Home

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Right Professionals for Flood Damage in Your Farmington Home Even if you take preventative steps, there are often too many variables that come with flood and storm damage. SERVPRO is here to restore your home.

SERVPRO is Here to Reverse the Effects of Flood Damage on Your Home

You might not realize this, but your Farmington home is not ready for potential severe weather and natural disasters. Even with those that take significant steps with preventative measures for the possibilities that exist for disasters like flooding and storm damages, there are often too many variables to completely protect your home. Furthermore, as your home ages, many of these preventative measures age and fail to be as effective as they once had been.

The result can be flood damage to your Farmington home, which can be an overwhelming and traumatic event for your entire family. It is especially painful if the affected area is home to many of your keepsakes and essential items you had stored. High volumes of water can threaten valuable contents in your house. When you are facing a water emergency like this, SERVPRO is going to be there to help.

Our team works quickly to prevent the problem from getting worse by focusing on extraction. Using pump trucks from our fleet or a combination of portable pumps and vacuums, our team pulls water from the flooded area as expediently as possible. Getting rid of the pooled liquid can keep structural elements that are currently unaffected from being weakened by the expanding water reaching new areas.

Drying is an essential aspect of our restoration process. The SERVPRO team uses a combination of air movers and dehumidification equipment to dry out all of the remaining moisture thoroughly. Thermal imagery can show the technicians areas they cannot see to better visualize the extent of the water damage and the success of the drying efforts.

Locating the source of the flooding is also a critical component to the restoration process, as this prevents future incidents of a similar nature. Repairs can occur on site for vulnerable foundations and cracks or holes that get identified through this inspection. Sealing up weak points in the foundation with hydraulic cement can keep further water from getting in and protect your home through the next severe weather event.

Flood damage might seem overwhelming and costly, but with our IICRC industry certified technicians, you can trust that your home can get restored back to the way it used to be. If you are amid a water emergency, call SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville today at (952) 846-4400.  

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Mold Remediation Services Available For All Farmington Area Residents

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Services Available For All Farmington Area Residents Each mold damage situation throughout the Farmington area is different.

Mold Remediation Services

Many of our Farmington area homeowners ask the same question after discovering mold on their property, “Should we relocate?” The answer to this problem and several others that may come to mind both before and during your initial inspection depend on the extent of mold growth found in your home.

Each mold damage situation throughout the Farmington area is different. Mold responds to the conditions found in your home, often showing signs of growth on organic materials such as wood, paper, and additional fibers. The mold itself can damage a variety of surfaces and have a direct effect on your health.

If you find yourself surrounded by mold growth in your home, avoid taking chances, contact a qualified professional that can assess the situation correctly and provide you with the services you deserve. SERVPRO’s mold remediation specialists can help you decide whether relocating is right for your situation or not and help you find temporary housing should the need arise.

Repairing small areas of mold-damaged drywall may not be such a difficult task. However, locating and correcting the cause of your problem can be challenging to say the least. Never make contact with or disturb mold contaminated areas found in your home. Avoid taking chances whenever possible, leave the handling and disposal of infected materials to the professionals at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week who have several years experience repairing mold damage, locating and repairing hidden problems, and helping homeowners avoid exposure. Our technicians understand how mold propagates and grows; we can put our advanced containment and remediation services to work for you, immediately. We provide quality mold damage mitigation and remediation services you can trust.

Contact SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville for additional information about all of our available services, to schedule an initial inspection, or to begin your home’s mold remediation service, today. We stand ready to assist anytime, day or night all you have to do is make the call (952) 846-4400.

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How Professional Restoration Services Restore the Damage to Your Burnsville Home After a Fire Damage

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Professional Restoration Services Restore the Damage to Your Burnsville Home After a Fire Damage SERVPRO offers board-up services to protect you and your home from weather elements and intruders.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Services

Seeing your home on fire is a harrowing experience for any homeowner. The smoke and soot can have lasting damage long after the fire has been put off. However, professional fire damage restoration services can help you get your home back to normal in no time.

Professionals at SERVPRO have years of experience and expertise to restore your fire damaged Burnsville home. Our technicians offer various services that ensure that your home is restored to pre-damage conditions in no time. We use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to get the damage under control as soon as possible. Here are some of the services that we offer.

Restoration and Cleaning 

Cleaning the smoke and soot is one of the most important things during fire damage restoration. Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians use the latest equipment and cleaning techniques to clean the smoke and soot residue.


Smoke and soot can leave your home smelling just awful. Here at SERVPRO, our technicians use equipment such as Ultra Low Volume (ULV) and thermal foggers to deodorize your home after fire damage.


At times, it is essential to secure your home after a fire incidence to protect the belongings from weather elements and intruders. Our technicians also offer board-up services for your protection as well.


We use Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) technology to generate comprehensive room-by-room inventories. We also categorize the contents into salvageable and non-salvageable categories as well.


In some cases, it may be essential for your contents to be moved out of your fire-damaged home to prevent further damage. Our professionals are trained to properly inventory, move out and control the contents of the damaged structure.

Electronic and Artwork Cleaning

Smoke residue can contain acidic components that can have a corrosive effect on the metal surfaces of electronic equipment. Our expert technicians can clean the outside casings of electronic equipment and refer you to qualified electronic vendors in case of more extensive damage. Our professionals can also help you restore your expensive and delicate artwork as well.

Call SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville today at (952) 846-4400 to speak to one of our professionals regarding your restoration needs.

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