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Water Damage Left Unchecked in Furniture Store Can Cause Extensive Damage

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Left Unchecked Can Cause Extensive Damage

When a pipe bursts in your furniture store and causes water damage, you may be worried about your finances. You may be enticed to try and handle the water damage on your own. However, without the proper tools, you have no way of knowing if you correctly addressed all of the excessive moisture that the damage left behind in your store. It is best for you business to call for professional remediation services, as experts are trained to deal with the damage appropriately.

Leaving water damage unaddressed in your Minneapolis furniture store can cause a variety of issues that were not present when the damage first occurred. The potential for mold growth rises. Water damage left unchecked can cause rust on develop on anything metal. The stability of the furniture you sell can wane.

Your business is full of organic material as wood and leather are conventional materials used in furniture. Mold is directly responsible for the decay of organic material. To help prevent mold and remediate the water damage, SERVPRO can send IICRC-certified technicians to measure the moisture levels around your store and then address any areas where they are too high. Once we inspect your store, we can begin to work quickly and efficiently to get the job done as soon as possible. We can even work during the night to adhere to your schedule and be as unobtrusive to your business as possible.

SERVPRO techs can pick the best drying techniques for your unique situation and apply the right tools to administer them. For example, we can use extractors on your carpets to help thoroughly draw water out of them and to dry them simultaneously. SERVPRO uses superior technology, like desiccant dehumidifiers, to encourage evaporation and help bring the moisture levels in your store back to an acceptable amount. We strive to return your store to its pre-water damaged state.

How Retail Stores' Daily Operations Are Affected By Water Damage

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Water Damaged Retail Stores'

Most retail outlets' primary concerns when dealing with water damage relate to costs incurred and how the disaster may affect business. Each situation is different and may have many hidden or complicated factors at play, so we cannot give an accurate assessment of restoration time and impact on your daily operations until our inspectors have carefully examined the job site. However, with a touch of common sense, you should be able to place your damage in one of these categories to determine how much you need to prepare for the rocky road ahead.

Light Damage 
Some retail water damage situations may be light enough to avoid any major impact on the store's day-to-day operations entirely. If the damage is contained to a small area, such as with a sink or bathroom overflow, it may be possible to cordon off nothing more than this little section of the store. If this is the case, SERVPRO technicians do their best to not interfere elsewhere in the location to ensure that your business continues uninterrupted.

Moderate Damage 
Most jobs SERVPRO is called in to help with involve a heavier situation, but one in which the store may still operate albeit at a limited capacity. In these cases, water damage is widespread or severe over an area of the store and requires the closing of any damaged regions. Your finances may hurt from this, but it is usually best to keep doors open and money flowing in if possible.

Heavy Damage 
When water damage is widespread across the store or seriously impedes key functions such as power delivery, it may be necessary to close the entire location down while we work on restorations. If we ask you to close down fully, it is because the damage is severe enough to be dangerous or make continued operations impossible: we do not make this decision lightly. We understand that these conditions are unsustainable for lengthy periods of time, and focus our efforts on such cases to keep your business from closing doors permanently.

SERVPRO Investigates to Quickly Find the Source of the Mold

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Running a pub can be rough, dealing with customers day in and day out who have had a little too much to drink. The place can get out of control, but even under the best circumstances, there are several gallons of moisture hitting the floors every day. If the serving area, the bar itself and the storage areas for the liquor do not have proper maintenance performed, mold growth can happen quickly. A single broken nozzle in the serving area or even spillage from a solid night of business can create the perfect conditions for mold growth to occur. 
 
When you experience commercial mold damage in your business, give us a call. We have 24-hour emergency services available from a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Being a locally owned and operated franchise has its privileges, we have access to the personnel and equipment necessary to handle any size disaster. With several years of experience, we understand how mold acts and can effectively mediate the exposure your business faces. 
 
Mold growth, especially in buildings, may cause health effects in certain people. A variety of practices, used correctly, mitigate mold issues in buildings. Maintaining the proper moisture levels inside of a building helps mediate mold growth and prevent possible mold damage restoration conditions. SERVPRO technicians understand that mold spores are present in our environment, both indoors and outdoors. 
 
It is a part of our job at SERVPRO to educate you about the possible ways to spread microscopic spores  throughout your business and properly limit exposure to your professional environment. Spores can float through the air and often enter through open windows or doors. If not maintained correctly, your ventilation system could contain large numbers of mold spores and spread them throughout your building. 
 
SERVPRO experiences cases of infestation on a daily basis. Most often producing strong, musty odors in areas just out of view, before growing into colonies and spreading to other regions. The moisture level that exists has an enormous impact on how far the contamination spreads, however, small areas can live for a very long time before the right conditions are in place to expand them further. 
 
Before mold damage remediation can begin, we need to locate the source of moisture and stop it, before establishing a proper containment and control area to prevent further contamination. Mold spores thrive on moisture and quickly spread when water is present, eliminating this exposure stops the growth. 

Trust Professional Restoration Services For The Water Damage To Your Sports Complex

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Water Damage To Your Sports Complex

With this focus on athletics being such a staple for the region, it is no wonder why there are so many sports complexes for youth and adults alike throughout the city. When a disaster threatens this facility, you might find that the full scope of the damage far exceeds what your maintenance department is able to repair or restore on their own successfully.

Running a sports complex is very difficult with water damage threatening specific areas of the facility. Professional restoration services can help you get these damaged areas back to their normal operating conditions more expediently, which aids you in being available for the community and individual players as needed.

Our SERVPRO professionals begin the restoration process by assessing the full scope of the damage to the facility, determining all of the areas that have gotten effected and the best approach to remedy it. This process also helps to identify where the water is coming from so that this source can get stopped and the damage to it repaired while the restoration steps are underway.

Considering that many of the sports complexes have expensive flooring in areas like basketball courts, racquetball rooms, and indoor soccer or football fields, getting the water out of these areas is a top priority. Ultimately the goal is to preserve the floor as much as possible, implementing equipment like large drying mats to penetrate below the surface and pull out lingering moisture that could warp or disfigure the flooring.

To prevent compounding conditions like mold damage to your facility, which could put your complex out of commission for much longer with the added need for remediation and material replacement, our SERVPRO team uses dehumidification equipment to pull moisture from the affected area. Air scrubbers with HEPA filters might also get used in these circumstances to limit the presence of mold spores in the region where restoration is a requirement.

Accidentally Leaving Your Stove On Can Cause A Fire In Your Home

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There are many things inside of your home that can cause fire damage. Some of them are even objects that you use every day of your life, such as your stove. At first glance, they are merely a part of your home and nothing to worry over, as they should be. However, if these devices are misused, they can cause a fire. Accidentally leaving your stove on, after you finish cooking, is an unfortunately common way to set a fire in your home.

Detecting a burning odor and hearing your smoke alarm in your Minneapolis home are significant indications that fire Damage is occurring. The bacon grease left in your pan from cooking breakfast has caught fire and then spread to your nearby paper towel roll and cooking ingredients. By the time you use the fire extinguisher to smother the flames, your cupboards and belongings have already been covered in soot. Additionally, whatever foodstuffs were in the area have been burnt up by the fire.

At first glance, the damage may seem like something you can handle at home. Afterall, it has mostly been caused by smoke. However, only professionals, like SERVPRO, know specifically what cleaning method to use on the remains of a fire.

Soot adheres at a high temperature but selecting a method of remediation also depends on the temperature of the surface area. SERVPRO knows precisely how to remediate the fire damage left behind in your home. Our technicians can carefully investigate your kitchen and figure out what cleaning methods to use. In fact, we may have to use more than one as it is common for multiple types of soot and staining to be left behind. To handle the soot, we can use lubricative, chemical, or abrasive cleaning techniques.

Here at SERVPRO, we always strive to return your home to its preloss state, and it begins with ridding your home of every reminder of the fire, including scent. We can use advanced tools, such as air scrubbers, to handle the foul odor that fire leaves behind. The device uses HEPA filters to pull the odorous particles out of the air and neutralize them before filtering the newly cleaned air back out. Once our specialists are satisfied with the quality of the remediation, our job is done.

Homes can be Restored Completely after Fire Damage

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SERVPRO Handles the Remediation Process From Inspecting the Damage to Paint and Flooring

We all make mistakes at one point or another, and sometimes accidents happen, even at home. If you've had the excitement of a small fire in your home recently, you'll most likely have been surprised at the amount of damage a small fire can cause. While you may have already cleaned up part of the damage, especially your personal belongings, damage to trim, carpeting, walls, floors, or anything else that is a part of your home's structure should be repaired and restored by professionals. 

If you live in a rented home and have had fire damage, having professional restoration work done by those skilled in recreating your home's damaged interior is the best way to make sure you'll receive your deposit back when you move out. If you have insurance, either homeowner's, in the case of your own home, or renter's insurance, we can provide you with an inventory list that details which items are beyond repair or restoration. 

As we conduct our inspection, we may find that internal beams have also been charred by the flames' heat. These should be replaced with new lumber prior to repairing any walls. Then we can continue the work with either paint or wallpaper, as well as moldings and rails. We can also repair any damaged carpets and area rugs, as well as hard floors. Wood, tile and other hard surfaces that cover your floor can be cleaned and refinished so that the fire Damage is minimized to a great extent, and many times, be completely removed. It's always possible that fire damage may be so severe that it requires partial replacement of flooring, though, just as other interior structures can at times. We can handle any problems involving your floor, and we will always restore as much as we can before replacing the remainder. 

Fire damage includes smoke and soot, and this can affect soft furnishings in your home. Drapes and curtains, as well as your upholstered furniture and heavier winter blankets, should all be cleaned by experts in the field. Don't throw these items away, as we are very adept at saving these kinds of items for many of our clients. We know how to dry them all the way through, so they won't rot or become a haven for mold in the future. 

Fire Clean up Tips

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It is important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out.

The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick.

Be very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items. Ask the advice of the fire department, local building official, your insurance agent, and restoration specialists before starting to clean or make repairs.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

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Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. The National fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. 
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. 
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps", the battery is low and should be replaces right away. 
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Mold Damage Remediation Success

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SERVPRO is Trained to Assess and then Remediate Your Mold Damage

The presence of water damage, mold growth or must odors needs to be addressed right away. In all cases, any source of water has to be found and corrected, and the extent of water damage and mold growth figured out. Materials that are water damaged should be taken out of the home or cleaned and dried. 

A trained professional, like our staff at SERVPRO, should be hired to take care of any mold damage. They can develop a site-specific plan and assess the extent of your moisture problem. Whoever you hire, they should be following all EPA guidelines and health regulations to keep them and your family safe during the entire process. 

Visual Inspection 
This is the most important initial step in finding a possible mold problem and planning out remediation strategies. The extent of any mold growth and water damage should be assessed visually and the affected materials in your home identified. This visual inspection should include observations of hidden areas where damage might be found, like attics, crawl spaces and behind drywall. Carpet padding and backing, moldings, wallpaper, insulation and other materials that could be harbingers of mold growth should be assessed as well.


Drywall, ceiling tiles, structural wood and other surfaces containing cellulose should also be given careful consideration in a visual inspection. HVAC systems need to be checked as well for mold or damp conditions on system components like insulation, filters and fins/coils, plus for overall cleanliness. Equipment like a moisture meter or an infrared camera to detect moisture could be helpful in finding hidden mold growth, how bad the water damage is and in determining if the source of water is active.


Personal protective gear like respiratory protection and gloves will also be used by our trained staff at SERVPRO. Efforts will also be made to lower the generation and migration of any mold and dust. 

Remediation 
The goal here is to clean or remove any materials that are damaged by mold using work practices which protect you and your family by controlling the spread of mold from the work area and also to protect any workers doing the remediation. The known remediation methods were made to achieve this goal, but they are not meant to exclude other methods which could be effective and aren’t a substitute for a work plan that is site-specific. 

There is not much scientific information existing which evaluates the effectiveness and best practices for the remediation of mold, so these guidelines are based on principles used to remediate environmental hazards indoors which are commonly known. The guidelines are not intended for use in critical care facilities like transplant units, intensive care units or surgical suites. 

Don't Be Too Hasty With Mold Damage

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Mold Damage In Your Home

While it is true that some types of mold damage can cause ill health effects to residents of the affected building over time, that does not mean you should panic as soon as you find signs of growth. Panicking only creates more problems as you look to handle the problem in a hasty or unprepared fashion and could even worsen the problem if you select an incorrect approach.

What Can Go Wrong? 
An improper response to mold damage in your home could spread the infestation further and create a much more substantial problem. Some homeowners attempt to sanitize and clean up mold themselves, thinking the problem to be more minute than it really is. However, without specialized equipment, spores may only be spread around the home on board your cleaning supplies. Even if you do manage to eliminate any visible patches of growth, there may be other problem areas around the home that can continue to spread and grow. Only through advanced detection technology such as those used by SERVPRO employees can the true extent of mold growth be found out.

What Do I Do? 
If the colony is large, you may want to leave the house temporarily. We can help with move-outs in these circumstances. No matter the size, color, or species of mold you find, the most important thing to do is to call a qualified restoration company like SERVPRO to take care of the matter. Uncertified contractors and handymen rarely have the tools and training available to handle mold growth safely and could create the same problems that may result from you attempting to take on the problem alone. Our representatives arrive on the site within hours of your first call and can start the process of recovery with professionalism, speed, and cost-effectiveness.