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Can a Real Holiday Tree Cause Mold Damage in Burnsville?

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can a Real Holiday Tree Cause Mold Damage in Burnsville? Mold can easily grow on holiday trees due to the presence of moisture and wood used a food source.

SERVPRO’s Tips on Preventing Mold Damage During the Holidays

There are many articles online about the dangers of mold in Burnsville homes – and when the festive season approaches there are many concerns about the fungal growth of holiday trees. It is true that some articles about “toxic” black mold are little more than scaremongering. However, it is possible for mold to enter the home and grow on holiday trees. SERVPRO recommends taking simple steps to avoid mold damage during the holidays.

Fungi are omnipresent and easily cause mold damage in Burnsville homes. Mold colonies grow wherever there are moisture and an organic food source such as paper, leather, drywall or wood. It is easy to see how mold grows on holiday trees thanks to the presence of moisture on the tree and wood to use as a food source.

It is possible to remove surface mold by hosing down the tree before bringing it inside. Washing does not prevent mold growth but removes some of the existing spores. It is essential to dry the tree thoroughly before bringing it indoors, as fungus loves damp spaces.

Run a dehumidifier near the tree to keep air humidity down and reduce mold growth opportunities. Be mindful that mold spores can travel through your home on your skin or clothes; do not handle the tree more than you have to, and use disposable gloves each time.

Do not keep the tree in your home for an extended period. As trees decay, there is, even more, an opportunity for mold and mildew growth. It is best to remove your tree from your home after seven days.

Consider replacing your real holiday tree with an artificial one. There are many beautiful artificial trees available today that look as good as the real thing but do not carry the same risk of fungal growth. If you enjoy the pine scent of a festive tree, purchase an air freshener, festive candle, or even a tree-scented room spray.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with mold growth all year round. Call our IICRC-certified technicians at the first sign of fungal growth.

For help with mold problems in Farmington, Orchard Garden, Deer Park and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville at (952) 846-4400 today.

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Avoid Water Removal In Your Farmington Residence By Maintaining Your Toilet

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoid Water Removal In Your Farmington Residence By Maintaining Your Toilet Don't wait to call a restoration company such as SERVPRO before it's too late!

Maintenance Helps Prevent Toilet Overflows in Your Farmington Home

It is not difficult to come up with several possible ways that your Farmington home might become damaged by unexpected water. With so many potential hazards that you face as a homeowner, you should always be on the lookout for anything that appears to be running differently than it usually would. An excellent example of this would be your toilet, as by now you should be very familiar with the sound and consistency of a standard flush cycle.

So, what are you trying to listen for or see that might be out of the ordinary? The most immediate threat beyond a pipe break would be sluggish flushing cycles. A compromised cycle might present itself with less water than usual when you attempt to pull the lever, the bowl might take longer than normal to empty, or your tank could take a long time to refill. These could be warning signs. If you do not heed them, you might be soon seeking water removal services for your Farmington residence.

Sluggish flushing can be the result of some potential plumbing problems, but most often it falls into one of two primary reasons. The first of these is freezing water in your pipes. A slow response of water when you go to flush the toilet might indicate that while it is not entirely frozen, portions of your plumbing from your service line to your toilet have been slowed by the creation of ice. Proper insulation of these pipes can prevent this through the coldest months of the year.

Another reason your toilet might be running sluggishly is a blockage in your indoor plumbing or septic system. Blockages in either one of these systems can provide unhealthy pressure in the lines, let alone the probability of backfilling and overflowing the septic system. While noticing a toilet behaving strangely might not be a reason yet to call us at SERVPRO, we can help to diagnose problems with your water system before they require restoration efforts.

Unfortunately, toilets do come with many potential problems. Direct breaks, overflowing and ruptured plumbing are just a small glimpse into the damage they could do to your home. If you are dealing with a water emergency, our certified SERVPRO staff can help remove the water and fix the problem that caused it.

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The important thing is not to wait, even if what you are currently experiencing is minor. Water damage might seem insignificant at first, but with the right circumstances, a literal flood of problems could arise. Call our rapid response team here at SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville anytime at (952) 846-4400.

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Make the Right Decision When Responding to Fire Damage in Farmington

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Make the Right Decision When Responding to Fire Damage in Farmington After a fire has damaged your property, call SERVPRO anytime, day or night, to remediate the damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Properly Restore Your Property after Fire Damage

Fire damage remains a common problem, and a place like Farmington is not an exception. Fire is destructive and can even lead to a permanent or temporary closure of any business. The water damages caused by fire can bring about mold invasion which can cause health effects.

Luckily, there are steps you can quickly take to recover from the incident. Being organized and keeping a record of the happenings during the fire outbreak is essential. Having emergency contacts of fire damage restoration companies in Farmington is crucial also. One such firm is SERVPRO – our restoration operations are recognized by IICRC.

As the owner of the property, you may easily disregard the damages caused by fire. If you do that, soon you will be welcomed by unpleasant odors whose source is hard to locate. That is why you need the services of restorers. Eradicating smoke and grunge is not easy as they are tricky to identify and can stick on difficult to reach areas. With the assistance of our qualified restoration team, you can effortlessly get a secure and healthy working area once again.

There are several roles we perform when we do our fire restoration. First, we begin by explaining the restoration process to the property owner and analyze the level of damage. We then identify what can be restored and work towards preventing the property from experiencing secondary destruction.

When performing all these, we act professionally, remain organized, and in uniform. Our top priority is satisfying our customers, and we never lose that focus from our initial inspection to the final steps of the restoration process. Once you call SERVPRO, you will be asked to provide all the information regarding the fire damage. This is necessary for us to respond with the suitable equipment.

Our qualified staff at SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville provide 24/7 services to everyone. You can reach us at (952) 846-4400 for reliable help.

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Commercial Water Damage in a Farmington Family-Owned Retail Shop

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in a Farmington Family-Owned Retail Shop SERVPRO can help your Farmington business recover from water damage. Let us take care of your property!

Learn How To Recover After Water Damage Strikes Your Farmington Commercial Property

Family-owned businesses used to be much more common than they are today, and those that still exist often have a rich history. Farmington's businesses, both family-owned and those under corporate management, can suffer different setbacks, some of which come from everyday water.

Business owners and their families can protect their Farmington businesses from commercial water damage. Professional mitigation of leaks and the damage caused can restore a business quickly, “Like it never even happened.” Our well-trained SERVPRO professionals have the skills and experience required to quell the spread of water to other, non-damaged areas of your business while removing the existing damage simultaneously.

For areas that have already sustained damage and show signs of it, we quickly remove the offending materials and replace them with matched materials. At times, there is no need for replacements and restorative work such as cleaning and treatments suffice. Much depends on the type of materials and the length of time those materials came in contact with the water.

Slow leaks can leave stains on ceilings and walls, while other leaks are capable of causing ceilings to collapse under the weight of hidden water. When ceilings bow downward, water must be considered a likely cause. After checking for the presence of water with moisture-detecting equipment, we drill tiny weep holes that permit any water to drain safely. Refastening the ceiling is possible but only after it has dried, and only if there is no permanent damage. Otherwise, a new ceiling is required.

Selling to the local neighborhood and others who pass through your area takes a dip whenever customers perceive there is a problem with your store. Keeping racks and shelves clean is a must, and water damage can make these seem filthy. We can clean and sanitize these so that not only is any water damage eliminated but dirt and grime from normal activities no longer show.

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SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville enjoys the opportunity to serve both large and small businesses in our local area. The wide range of businesses helps keep our economy healthy and growing. Helping you stay in business is crucial to our area, and we can help you recover from water damage. Contact us at (952) 846-4400, so we can go to work for you.

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Factors to Consider When Assessing Flood Damage in Farmington Homes

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Factors to Consider When Assessing Flood Damage in Farmington Homes Our technicians help you deal with all aspects of flooding from the initial inspection and insurance paperwork to reconstruction of your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Damage After a Flood and then Proceed With Drying Out Your Property

Floods continue to pose a serious threat for many Farmington homeowners. Indeed, statistics suggest that flooding is getting worse over time, both in terms of the frequency of the floods and the damage being sustained. Since flood damage control strategies often require a massive diversion of resources, it is preferable to assess whether the efforts justify the resources expanded.
If you are looking for quick and immediate flood damage restoration services in Farmington, look no further than SERVPRO. We have a dedicated team of IICRC-certified technicians who are ready to respond swiftly to your emergency. Our actions are meant to restore your property to preloss conditions as best as possible, "Like it never even happened."
There are several factors to consider when assessing flood damage. While pricing, policy cover, operational, and policyholder-led requirements are essential, the goal is to focus on high-level restoration activities. The recovery approach we take has an impact on cost and consumer satisfaction.
Several variations are involved to ensure the best solution is provided. SERVPRO flood damage restoration experts must maintain an understanding of the materials used in the construction of the building, and how they react to water damage. We also consider any defects that may contribute to secondary damage.
The interaction between the surface components and subsurface flow parts plays a significant role in the initial flood damage. Damage characteristics vary, for instance in the extent of the structural failure of buildings. Weather-related flooding usually comes with intense wave action and is often polluted. SERVPRO technicians must consider the type of flood damage in play, including clean, black and gray water damage.
Older people are more susceptible to floods than young, mobile people. In responding to emergency situations, SERVPRO technicians prioritize safety over everything else. After ensuring that the area is evacuated, we consider whether it is necessary to move out the affected items to another location for restoration.
If you are stuck in a flood damage situation, SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville is here to help. From repairing the damage and clearing the mess to collaborating with loss adjusters and your insurance company, our comprehensive services are designed to take away the stress and help get your life back to order in no time. Call us today at (952) 846-4400.

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Professional Mold Remediation Services For Farmington Area Residents

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professional Mold Remediation Services For Farmington Area Residents Unless you check the attic of your home after every storm, mold damage may be a problem without you even knowing.

Professional Mold Remediation Services

A recent storm with high winds, damage to your roof, improperly maintained sheeting and damaged gutters all allow water to creep into the attic of your Farmington area home. These conditions give mold the perfect environment to spread. Since the majority of homeowners spend limited time in the attic of their home, months can go by before discovering problems that exist.

Unless you check the attic of your Farmington area home after every storm, mold damage may be a problem without you even knowing. Without the proper experience or equipment, it can be hard to identify possible problems and therefore rot, corrosion and mold take their toll on the rafters, beams, and other structural components of your roof.

It takes a trained professional to get these problems under control correctly. SERVPRO gives you access to IICRC technicians with years of experience providing mold remediation services in homes just like yours. Having your attic inspected is something that everyone should consider, especially if it has been a while since you took a look at the condition of your attic.

While it is true that every job is different, SERVPRO can help you limit any losses and get mold growth in your home’s attic under control, vastly improving your indoor air quality. You may have additional mold contamination in your HVAC system, slowly spreading mold throughout your home every time you turn your heating or air conditioning on. It would be better to know about and handle a smaller problem now than live for months without knowing about any exposure.

With a single call, you can have highly trained professionals working to make your home safe for you and your family again. SERVPRO uses the latest equipment and cleaning methods to get the job done right the first time. Our technicians follow a strict outline for the handling and removal of saturated materials on your property, along with guidelines set by the EPA, and any local, state, or federal agencies that help protect our environment.

Contact SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville for quality, efficient solutions to mold problems anywhere in your home. We service Lakeville, Argonne, and Deer Park as well and are proud to serve our local communities, call today (952) 846-4400.

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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available In Farmington

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available In Farmington As with any fire situation, water becomes a major concern.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Designing quality restoration services to meet your every need takes some real effort. You need technicians who understand how to treat specific materials, use tools of the trade correctly, and have a true desire to help you restore your Farmington area home.

Our team supplies you with dedicated, trustworthy, and caring fire damage restoration professionals in Farmington. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, with emergency services of all types available 24-hours a day, all year long. We provide customers with full-service solutions they can count on to get things under control after emergencies occur.

The SERVPRO technicians that respond to your call are fully IICRC-certified and follow strict guidelines set by the EPA, OSHA, as well as local, state, and federal institutions. We handle the disposal of all contaminated materials correctly and use advanced equipment to clean and deodorize your entire home.

As with any fire situation, water becomes a major concern. If not attended to correctly, the water helps different types of residue seep further into your furniture, floors, walls, and other contents. SERVPRO acts fast, making sure that we mitigate as much damage as possible, restoring items that many consider lost.

Smoke, soot, and ash leave stains, odors, and damage in their wake long after the flames are out. SERVPRO technicians have access to all of the training, equipment, and resources to bring your home back to life after a fire. Water extractors, moisture detectors, air movers, and knowledge help our technicians provide you with a quality restoration, every time.

You never have to tackle these situations alone; professional help is a single phone call away. Our technicians give you a leg-up, providing preventative recommendations, as well as helping you recover after an event. Whether you want to address current fire damage or prevent future events, make the call to our offices today.

SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville offers customers throughout Lakeville, Argonne, and Deer Park valuable, trustworthy services that help you deal with disastrous situations and manage the entire process from beginning to end. Call our professional staff for more information or to schedule an appointment, today (952) 846-4400.

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Water Damage in a Farmington Home Affects Your Belongings

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in a Farmington Home Affects Your Belongings Ignored Leaks in a Farmington Home Can Lead to Lost Possessions and Water Damage

SERVPRO Removes Water Swiftly to Reduce Damage to Your Property

Have you ever come home to a soaked rug in your living room or wet linoleum in your kitchen? The stink and the mess are a shock to any Farmington homeowner. A surprising number of times, the cause is a leaky pipe, under the sink, connected to an appliance or in the bathroom.

If water damage happens in your Farmington house, the first step is turning off the water at its source, as long as there are no electrical risks involved. Go to the main shutoff valve in your home. It is usually in the basement, probably on the wall that faces the front of the house.

The next step is to call the team here at SERVPRO for cleanup and restoration. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification offers the guidelines for each member of our team. We have the tools, training, and experience to do a professional job.

Cleanup is not simple. It takes an expert to reclaim your home from water damage. Our expertise covers inspection and assessment of the damage before we start the process of getting your home back to livable condition. That involves removing the water, using dryers and dehumidifiers, then cleaning and sanitizing. When all this is taken care of, we can then restore the affected area to its preloss look. We know how much you prize your possessions, so our focus is on restoring, before replacing, your belongings.

As a homeowner, one of your biggest concerns is mold and mildew from the water. Moisture in carpets, boxes, furniture, ceilings, and walls leads to mold, which can cause health effects and ruin your possessions. The longer these items stay wet, the more likely it is that mold can grow. That is why SERVPRO technicians move quickly to get rid of moisture, using industrial-strength dehumidifiers and air movers. The final step when needed is spraying an antimicrobial product in wetted areas to prevent the proliferation of these fungi.

Speed is critical when your home suffers water damage. SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville is here to help 24/7. Contact us at (952) 846-4400 for service in Farmington, Burnsville, and Lakeville.

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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.

Spring Brings Flooding in the Minnesota Valley

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Brings Flooding in the Minnesota Valley Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to quickly come out and remediate.

SERVPRO's Technicians are Equipped to Remove Water From Your Flooded Property

The course of the Minnesota River frequently threatens the surrounding area with flooding. Residents in the area stay aware of the possibilities of water encroachment to protect their homes, particularly during the spring. If waterways near your home rise past their banks and move toward your dwelling SERVPRO needs to be your first call.
Surviving flood damage near the river in Burnsville demands a quality water restoration company by your side. The geography features low-lying areas below soaring cliffs. The area is beautiful but sometimes threatens watery danger as this tributary to the MIssisssippi River makes its way to the confluence. Never regret making this compelling landscape your home when we respond to unwanted water in your basement.
Usually, local authorities predict the rising waters and homeowners use a range of methods to protect their property. If your strategy falls through and water enters your home, we arrive as soon as we can after your call to put the water in its place. SERVPRO has equipment matched precisely to local flooding issues. We use truck mounted submersible pumps and water extractors to move the water out quickly and completely. Remaining moisture decreases in quantity rapidly after we position powerful air movers and dehumidifiers in the previously flooded areas.
We stress that our services are most effective if we arrive as soon as possible after the waters flow into your lower levels. Water that stands for several days has the potential to support mold and other microbial growth. Flood waters from the river carry the risk of infectious waste brought from upstream, making speedy removal urgently important. Any fixtures and furnishings in your lower levels risk contamination when river flooding soaks them. Fast flood water removal gives you the best chance of retaining your possessions without the fear of unhealthy substances saturating them.
Our staff measures moisture levels with precisely calibrated instruments as we dry out your home, not leaving anything to guessing or chance. Only when the structure and contents reach recommended readings do we cease our efforts. We educate you about signs of secondary damage and urge you to contact us again immediately if musky smells or continued dampness signal that the water removal needs another boost.
Your local SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville is your first defense against the flood damage the Minnesota River delivers. Call (952) 846-4400 to be certain a fully trained and equipped crew inspects and treats your home during flood season.

Back to Business in Burnsville After Water Damage Restoration

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Back to Business in Burnsville After Water Damage Restoration Make sure that your shoe store, or any other kind of business, doesn't shut down because of water damages by calling SERVPRO quickly after an event.

SERVPRO's Quick Response Facilitates Better Results and Lessens the Chances of Secondary Damages

Your store has good traffic in its location amid other shops, restaurants, and “big box” anchors in a regional shopping mall. You share the browsers and the buyers with other tenants, and you also partake in the accidents of your neighboring retailers. When another business’s bad luck visits you, SERVPRO comes to the rescue.
When a fast food outlet upstairs suffered significant commercial water damage after a sink drain backed up, your Burnsville shoe store experienced tainted water soaking through your ceiling and into your office and storage area. Although the damage is behind the scenes, your inventory and business records are at risk. The faster you engage a full-service disaster recovery company, the better, and our local team pledges to be on your site within hours of your call.
Water from a clogged drain requires immediate action. The chances of microbial growth are higher when the source of water is gray or black, contaminated with food debris or sewage. Be certain to let the SERVPRO crew know the water saturating your back office is unclean, so they take proper precautions. Expect us to recommend moving inventory away from the wet areas, possibly moving some of your stock to a secure storage facility. Our staff works with you and your designated employees to inventory the items we relocate. We then get to work drying out ceilings and walls with our specialized air movers and dehumidifiers. Trust us to notify you when the potential for mold growth or other infestation is of concern. Although we stress restoration, removing dangerously contaminated drywall and ceiling tiles may be necessary if the water is full of contaminants.
Paper documents damaged by moisture need specialized attention. To save them or at least be able to capture the information they contain we use a sublimation technique, again off site, that first freezes and then removes the water from paper without returning it to a liquid state. You decide which documents are crucial and we concentrate on them as sublimation is an expensive and complicated process.
As we restore and repair your space, SERVPRO also takes every opportunity to complete our work while your store remains open. Your insurance claim is also a task we help document, as some inventory may need to be discarded for health and safety reasons. If you remain open and cover losses with your own or your landlord’s insurance, this crisis need not be a setback with our help.
Do not let someone else’s mistake becomes your headache. Count on SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville to guide you through the process of water damage restoration. Our dispatchers at (952) 846-4400 await your call.

Remediating Mold Damage Eliminates Current Problems And Protects Against Future Ones In Burnsville

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage Eliminates Current Problems And Protects Against Future Ones In Burnsville Mold can grow anywhere in your home.

Mold Remediation

Mold can grow anywhere in your home, but it affects various materials in different ways. Things made from rubber or plastic might become permanently discolored by the penetrating hyphae. Textiles and fabrics may not only show stains and spotting but also develop weakness at the fiber level and tear too easily to continue being used. More durable but still affected materials such as concrete and drywall can weaken and then begin to disintegrate.

When a homeowner in Burnsville finds mold damage, if the area is larger than ten square feet, professional recommendations call for professional remediation services. Although a larger area may seem within the abilities of the average homeowner, adequately addressing the problem of mold and the damage it can create is often more complex than what many people realize.

Remediating mold is more involved than using a bleach solution in attempts to cure a home of mold. Bleach is mostly water, and instead of removing mold by killing it, bleach works to provide the moisture needed for mold to resurface and thrive. Bleach only strips mold of its color, making it appear to have been removed, while much of the mold remains alive and the spores retain their viability. Mold infestations must be removed to keep mold from spreading and from continuing to damage your home and belongings.

Professionals, experienced in remediating mold and working as a team, reduce the time involved in remediating a home of mold damage, and also help to protect the home's uncontaminated areas from developing mold problems in the future. We at SERVPRO are experts in this field and can help remove excess mold that can endanger your home. Possible health effects are also a concern to those with mold damage, in particular for those with compromised immune systems or existing respiratory illnesses.

Containing mold and the spores that allow mold to spread from one area to another begins with containing the area with plastic sheeting before work starts. Containment continues with the proper bagging of mold-contaminated materials and removal from the home. Air scrubbing machines also play a role in freeing a home of excess mold contamination. Without these efforts, mold can easily spread to other areas of the home where it can grow in the future.

Restoring areas that were damaged by mold with new materials significantly reduces the amount of contamination present in a home. We use meters that can detect the number of mold spores present. Mold is everywhere but in varying degrees. Elimination is never possible, but dramatic reduction can be attained through proper methods. We are trained according to IICRC standards and are certified in the remediation of mold.

Helping not only take care of the problem as it exists when we arrive but also in preventing recurring mold problems. We do this by educating our customers in how mold thrives in some environments and not in others and how to make their home less mold-friendly.

For any size mold problem you have found in your home, call your local professionals, SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville at (952) 846-4400. We are always here to answer your call, no matter the time of day or night.

Unusual Weather Contributes To Burnsville Water Damage

3/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Unusual Weather Contributes To Burnsville Water Damage Ice dams require the assistance of SERVPRO Professionals.

Unusual Weather And Water Damage

In Minnesota, a homeowner expects winter snows and spring showers, but recent weather patterns mixed up the precipitation patterns. When iced up gutters are then filled with torrential rainwater the moisture backs up into your attic and seeps down the walls and through the ceiling into your living areas. SERVPRO has vast experience with ice dams and stands ready to restore the water damage.

The winter months have many challenges, but water damage to your Burnsville townhouse is unexpected. Unusually warm temperatures melt the snowy cap on your roof, but stubborn deposits of ice remain, forcing the water under the shingles and into your unfinished overhead storage space. Unanticipated rain and sleet during times when we usually see below zero lows exacerbate the problem. Your first notice of the problem will be a bulging ceiling and some dark staining on the master suite walls.

Do not ignore the problem until the weather warms or try to manage the damage by yourself. Ice dams, as these phenomena are called, require the assistance of SERVPRO Professionals. We investigate the tiny gaps where warm air, augmented by the rains, melt the snow on your roof. These breaches and the accumulation of icy water leaking into them need repair before restoring the water damage. We work with your roofing contractor to ensure the water source is eliminated.

Then we focus on the water damage. Our goal is always to restore rather than remove and replace. The condition of the ceiling and walls dictates if some or all of the drywall or tiles need to be replaced. Areas showing warping may need to be torn out, and fresh material installed. If we see evidence of mold, the colony needs removal as does the wallboard or ceiling section infested with the fungus. Mold remediation is a job for experts. Dampness without distortion or microbial activity responds to our drying techniques, including air movers, dehumidifiers, and heat. After the affected areas reach their drying target, as determined by our precise moisture measuring devices, touch up painting completes the job. SERVPRO sends only highly trained and qualified technicians to restore your home and works with you in a fully transparent way throughout the process. We help with insurance claims, too.

Call on SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville to manage a tough ice dam issue atop your home. Our friendly operators answer round the clock at (952) 846-4400.

Fire Damage Cleaning Procedures For Your Burnsville Home

3/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleaning Procedures For Your Burnsville Home Timing is crucial once the fire is out.

Fire Damage Cleaning Procedures

By now, everyone realizes that smoking cigarettes are bad for your health, but it also can cause smoke damage and a fire in your home. Each year many smokers and their family members are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes or other materials for smoking. When a fire breaks out in your home, getting you and your family out first is the important thing, and once out, you can then call the fire department. When the fire is over, you need to contact SERVPRO, who can help you to restore and repair your home.

Timing is crucial once the fire is out. Fire damage repairs need to start quickly to maximize the effectiveness of your Burnsville home. SERVPRO answers your call and immediately goes into action, 24/7. We recognize the trauma and emotional upset which you are suffering during this time, and work quickly to mitigate fire and smoke damage to any property that is salvageable, like household items, metals, fixtures, and other contents.

Our modern techniques and cleaning processes many times prevent the cost of replacement, therefore lowering costs for you and your insurance provider. Fire and smoke damage restoration requires skill and knowledge, and SERVPRO technicians are trained with the expertise to do the job correctly. If you are a smoker or have one in your home, it is important to be aware of safety precautions to prevent this from happening to you. If possible, learn to smoke outside of your home to avoid any dangers.

Basic Cleaning
Cleaning and restoration after a fire can usually lower the costs of your fire damage claim. The most expensive option for the adjuster is the replacement. Another expensive option is resurfacing. Structural surfaces in your home can be repainted; upholstered contents can be recovered; wood contents can be refinished. Cleaning and restoration services are only a fraction of the cost of replacement or resurfacing.

Combining Principles And Elements
When it comes to fire damage restoration, cleaning means getting rid of the smoke residues from your home and deodorizing the smoke odors. Fire damage presents a wide variety of cleaning challenges because of the many ways that oxygen, heat, moisture, and gasses interact to make smoke residues. The different kinds of burning material found in your home and the effects smoke and heat have on the materials create another variable for cleaning methods. These variables make creating a fixed, determined set of procedures for cleaning fire damage difficult.

At SERVPRO, we respond to the variety of challenges in cleaning fire damage. There are multiple ways to agitate surfaces, various products to make chemical reactions, and many cleaning procedures for using heat and dwell time to get rid of residues. We use the total range of restoration procedures available before we deem any fire damaged materials unrestorable.

Fire damage is taken seriously at SERVPRO of Burnsville/Lakeville. We walk you through each step of the process before beginning any cleanup and do our best to restore everything possible. Just reach out to us at (952) 846-4400 when cigarettes have caused a fire in your home, and we get techs out to your home fast.


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