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The Benefits of Restoring vs. Replacing

11/13/2020 (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.

9/29/2020 (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 get sick or have allergy concerns 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

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help with water damaged flooring

The lowest section of a room in any Farmington home, the floor, receives the majority of wear and tear under normal conditions. When water seeps through your house's exterior because of misaligned siding, clogged gutters, or other such problems, your floors often pay the price.

A home in Farmington can suffer water damage in many ways, including stained ceilings and deteriorated, crumbling walls under leaky windows. Flooring under affected windows and doorways can also suffer the effects of rainwater. Warping, curling, and splintered pieces, as well as dry-rotted carpeting, can indicate long-term water damage took place. While this may not seem as if it would cause problems, over time, it can eventually create weak spots in floors, even if the underlay consists of a concrete slab.

When the floor in your home suffers from water damage, safety can become a concern. Toddlers already walk quite unsteadily, as do many younger children. A floor full of uneven boards can not only cause falls, but injuries become much more likely to happen. Guests visiting can create embarrassing situations for homeowners, as well as possible medical costs and even lawsuits. Preventable accidents involving others in your home can give insurance companies reason to increase rates.

When water damaged floors have carpeting, the fibers backing the carpet can become dry rotted and start fraying. This fraying worsens every time you use your vacuum cleaner. However, allowing dirt to pile up can lead to the same problems. Wooden underlay, including particle board sheets, can become significantly impacted by water, swelling and even falling apart as the glue disintegrates. SERVPRO technicians can help mitigate the problem area before these adverse situations escalate.

Flooring in kitchens and bathrooms that include tile or linoleum can still experience problems. These surfaces seem hardier than other flooring types, but they can still succumb to water. Grout and other sealants can crumble away when exposed to water for too long, and linoleum can bubble in areas where seams allow water to penetrate underneath. Repairing such issues before increased damages happen saves money because repairs remain smaller and more manageable, as well as the presence of a more significant amount of as-of-yet undamaged materials.

SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville can help your family whenever water damage happens by stopping it from progressing and mitigating any existing problems. We want to return your home's floors to a safe condition like it was before. Call us at (952) 846-4400, at any hour of the day or night. We work within Orchard Garden and Deer Park, also, as well as surrounding areas.

A team that responds quickly to mold damage in your Farmington home.

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Find and Remediate a Mold Infestation Behind Walls in Your Home

While you might be mindful of water leaks and drips throughout your Farmington home, you might not always see everything that could be happening with your interior plumbing. In areas like your basement, for example, you often find the hub of the network of pipes in your home stretching out from the service line brought in from the exterior. Any one of these offshoots could have a leak or a persistent drip, and more seriously, could be allowing the conditions for mold and fungal growth.

Because you might not be able to see the mold damages as they occur in your Farmington residence, since you cannot always see all of the plumbing throughout your home, it is possible to locate an active mold colony without ever actually seeing it. Often, mold colonies emit a distinctive musty odor that is difficult to mistake for anything else. Once you encounter this harsh odor, there is a good chance the mold colony is somewhere nearby. Professional mold remediation is a good choice here, as our SERVPRO certified applied microbial remediation technicians have the tools and expertise to deal with the problem safely and to remove it.

If the colony is in an area that is inaccessible, portions of drywall or paneling must get removed for our technicians to gain access to the area. This demolition is a controlled process which removes only the portions needed to get the appropriate access or what materials are unsalvageably damaged by the colonization. During the removal process, often using sanding or soda blasting techniques, our SERVPRO technicians run air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture and dampness from the affected area to help starve the colony.

One of the things that can make the discovery of mold in your home a little easier to stomach is the knowledge that our SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville certified technicians are always available to help. Our rapid response team is standing by, so whenever you need us, just call (952) 846-4400.

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

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers (fans) Fans like this can be used to dry the remaining water after pumps and extraction wands are used.

SERVPRO can help with water damaged flooring

The lowest section of a room in any Farmington home, the floor, receives the majority of wear and tear under normal conditions. When water seeps through your house's exterior because of misaligned siding, clogged gutters, or other such problems, your floors often pay the price.

A home in Farmington can suffer water damage in many ways, including stained ceilings and deteriorated, crumbling walls under leaky windows. Flooring under affected windows and doorways can also suffer the effects of rainwater. Warping, curling, and splintered pieces, as well as dry-rotted carpeting, can indicate long-term water damage took place. While this may not seem as if it would cause problems, over time, it can eventually create weak spots in floors, even if the underlay consists of a concrete slab.

When the floor in your home suffers from water damage, safety can become a concern. Toddlers already walk quite unsteadily, as do many younger children. A floor full of uneven boards can not only cause falls, but injuries become much more likely to happen. Guests visiting can create embarrassing situations for homeowners, as well as possible medical costs and even lawsuits. Preventable accidents involving others in your home can give insurance companies reason to increase rates.

When water damaged floors have carpeting, the fibers backing the carpet can become dry rotted and start fraying. This fraying worsens every time you use your vacuum cleaner. However, allowing dirt to pile up can lead to the same problems. Wooden underlay, including particle board sheets, can become significantly impacted by water, swelling and even falling apart as the glue disintegrates. SERVPRO technicians can help mitigate the problem area before these adverse situations escalate.

Flooring in kitchens and bathrooms that include tile or linoleum can still experience problems. These surfaces seem hardier than other flooring types, but they can still succumb to water. Grout and other sealants can crumble away when exposed to water for too long, and linoleum can bubble in areas where seams allow water to penetrate underneath. Repairing such issues before increased damages happen saves money because repairs remain smaller and more manageable, as well as the presence of a more significant amount of as-of-yet undamaged materials.

SERVPRO of Burnsville / Lakeville can help your family whenever water damage happens by stopping it from progressing and mitigating any existing problems. We want to return your home's floors to a safe condition like it was before. Call us at (952) 846-4400, at any hour of the day or night. We work within Orchard Garden and Deer Park, also, as well as surrounding areas.

Flood Damage Can Happen In The Lakeville Area

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

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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Water Damage in a Farmington Home Affects Your Belongings

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage in kitchen Ignored Leaks in a Farmington Home Can Lead to Lost Possessions and Water Damage

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.