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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.

Concealed water causes big concerns for Burnsville

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

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 todays 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 as well 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 in your kitchen.

What to do when failed Plumbing causes water damage in Farmington

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

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."

Cleaning smoke and soot damage from your Farmington home.

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Small kitchen fires in your Farmington home might not come with The devastating damages that some unfortunate homeowners experience, but it is something that leaves lingering effects to face. While these smaller scale incidents might not leave a lot of structural concerns to overcome, soot and smoke damages are enough to make continued living in your home a difficult thing to do. Fortunately, professional restoration services can help you to overcome these obstacles and get your home back the way it used to be.

Soot is a black film that adheres to walls, ceilings, floors, ductwork, and other materials during a fire. Our professionals have multiple ways of overcoming this situation, usually depending on the location of the soot and how easily it can get removed. Often a higher powered vacuum is sufficient to clean up the bulk of this present soot, though sometimes sponges and elbow grease are necessary when the film is a little more stubbornly adhered to the material.

Smoke damage is one of the final things that our SERVPRO team works to remove, as this process requires our air scrubbers and possibly thermal foggers. The foggers work to break apart foul odor molecules left behind to deodorize the area and leave no discernable scent behind. Air scrubbers trap and catch loose debris and particles in the air following the restoration process and help to make the deodorization more effective. These devices can utilize both HEPA filtration for removing airborne particulates and activated carbon filters for neutralization.

For more info contact us at (952) 846-4400.