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The Benefits of Restoring vs. Replacing

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO we strive to save more and replace less. To someone with less knowledge and experience, it may appear that replacing materials is the best option in a disaster situation. When we assess damage to a home or business, our team will perform pre-testing to determine what can be salvaged or cleaned, such as furniture, contents and structural materials ensuring the most cost-effective service.

Our service can benefit you in the following ways:

Time: Instead of focusing on removing materials that could otherwise be restored, our drying and cleaning methods allow us to put the customer back to preloss sooner.
Money: Restoration is much more cost effective than replacement. Insurance policies often have a limit on the coverage to a claim. Restoration minimizes the cost of bringing a structure to preloss condition.
Peace of mind: Being able to restore precious family heirlooms or favorite items, bring an assurance to the customer that everything will be okay.
Environment: By saving items and building materials, we minimize what is wastefully discarded in landfills.
Preservation: Using restoration techniques is a way to preserve the original architecture and ensure character and value aren't lost in the process.

Why duct cleaning in your Burnsville location can increase production.

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO Make Your Workplace More Pleasant with Improved Indoor Air Quality
You might not realize the kind of germs and harmful dust/debris that builds up inside of the ductwork of your Burnsville office building, but that is quite a typical discovery when this network of air channels gets more closely examined. You might not have the equipment to see deep through these ventilation and HVAC systems as our team can, but there are multiple reasons why cleaning out the ducts can improve the way your business operates.

One of the reasons that you might consider HVAC and duct cleaning for your Burnsville office is the health of the employees who work for you. With so much dust, pollen, mold spores, and potential germs floating around through these networks forced into circulation by the air conditioning or heater, more employees can experience health effects all throughout the year which can force them to miss work or do their job half-heartedly. The psychological effect of looking out for your employees has been proven with many clinical studies, that production increases with the sense that management cares about their well-being.

Another reason that you might consider choosing SERVPRO to clean the ducts of your building is the efficiency of the HVAC system. The more build-up that occurs within the ducts, the harder this system has to work to provide the comfortable environment that you and the employees get used to experiencing. With clean ductwork, the system runs as it was intended to, allowing for lower heating/cooling costs and less maintenance and repairs to these vital systems over time.

Moreover, our SERVPRO technicians make it easy for you to get this done, without having to miss a beat of your work day to do it. Our high powered vacuums seal tightly over ventilation openings, allowing for these networks to get cleaned without the dust and debris clouding up the room. We have cameras capable of viewing the interior of ductwork for detecting unwanted buildups or blockages. Our team can work quickly to ensure that the problem you experience does not persist and that your production within the office does not suffer.

With the simplicity of getting the duct and HVAC system cleaned, you might later question why you did not think to do it sooner. If this is something that you feel like your office building could benefit from, contact our office for a free inspection and consultation at SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville today at (952) 846-4400.

Water damage affects floors in Farmington, creating unnecessary hazards in the home

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Office Swiftly

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

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 Restores Properties in Burnsville After Smoke & Fire Damage

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

Our Customized Plan Deals Quickly with Flooding on Your Property

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO technicians thoroughly remediate water damage at your business location

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Fire Damage Cleaning Procedures

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Unusual weather and water damage

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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.

When an event center is affected by commercial water damage in Burnsville

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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.