Recent Posts

Getting Rid of Odors After Flooding

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

After the water is gone and sometimes after the property has been repaired, flood damage can leave one hard to handle effect in the form of a stale, musty odor. The remaining musty smell is unsavory to deal with, but it could also be a bad sign that your flood cleanup efforts aren’t quite done. Such smells often indicate subtle remaining moisture from black water or even sewage loss that can lead to mold growth. If you are dealing with the aftermath of flood water damage here are a few tips to get rid of musty smells.

Get Rid of the Moisture

Getting rid of a mildew smell in your carpet often comes down to simply ensuring the source of the water damage smell has been fully removed. Mold remediation experts can help by inspecting for lingering leaks and mold issues. Once you ensure everything is dry and water damaged carpeting is removed, you’re ready to move to the next steps.

Drying and Treating

Once the immediate water damage and mold issues are addressed, you’ll want to :

  • Treat the carpet with a cleaning solution. A homemade one involves mixing a cup of vinegar and two cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray it onto the carpet lightly, being sure not to oversaturate and trigger mold growth.
  • Pour baking soda over the treated areas. Baking soda is known for absorbing odors. Let it sit on the area overnight then vacuum it up.
  • Clean the air. Your circulating air can be cleaned just like a saturated item. Try some homemade deodorization by placing bowls of white vinegar or clean cat litter around the effected space. Both are known for lifting odors.

If you’ve tried it all and find mold growth and smells still lingering, it may be time to call in the experts at your local flood remediation company to help you get the fresh, clean-smelling space you had before.

Cleaning Crew

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

 

If you have property in need of a thorough cleaning SERVPRO should be your only call. Recently we were brought in to clean a mixed commercial and residential building. This particular clean-up required our techs wear respirators and cover-alls to protect themselves while cleaning mold which had started to become a problem in several areas of the building. Once the mold is removed we begin the process of deep cleaning including carpets and upholstery where SERVPRO techs excel in provided unmatched services. Because we are trained in disaster and extreme situation clean-up our techs excel in any restoration situation. Our access to SERVPRO training, techniques and cleaning products make us second to none in the industry, call our office to schedule our clean-up today.

Revitalizing Old Buildings? You Might Find Mold.

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home or commercial property is a precarious situation. Sometimes it may be a localized outbreak that can be easily cleaned away, other times what appears to be a small patch of mold is an indication of a much bigger issue that could be hazardous to the health of those living in the home.  SERVPRO  mold remediation is second to none and will evaluate and remediate mold outbreaks. 

As many areas in the US see continued growth many old, unoccupied commercial buildings are now opening their doors again. If you encounter mold in your new commercial property SERVPRO  can help. Call our office today and we can send an experienced technician to review your mold issue

Storm Damage Repair & Dry Out

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rains from Hurricane Florence and other weather systems have soaked the east coast of the United States over the last couple of weeks. Our team of Disaster Restoration techs have been working around the clock restoring and drying out homes and businesses but we're not done yet! In fact, we have only just begun what we consider to be one of our busiest times of the year. There are of course major events, like hurricanes, that when they occur require several teams of restoration experts to band together. And there is also the change of seasons that will bring with it the cold weather that will inevitably cause pipes to burst, ice dam and snowmelt flooding. We recommend to all of our neighbors to take this time of year to prepare for the winter and other potential weather-related events that could cause damage to your property. Being prepared is the first step to a successful restoration.

Water Extraction Reduces Overall Costs

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

As an insurance agent, adjuster or property manager you may wonder why SERVPRO extracts water from soaked rugs and carpets that will most likely end up being thrown away anyway! There are a few reasons for this; first, the weight of a wet carpet or rug requires more manpower to remove and move, so extracting water reduces the weight of the carpets to be removed significantly. This not only makes the material easier to lift and requires fewer technicians but it is safer for our technicians to handle, reducing on-site injuries. Also, by removing the weight of the water we reduce the amount of total weight of the waste removed, helping to keep waste removal fees down. Finally, by extracting and removing the water from wet carpets and rugs we are removing the water from the property entirely! The importance of this cannot be understated because removing water from the property quickly is the first step in preventing further structural damage and mold growth. Dragging wet rugs and carpets from a property without extraction can leave water behind and exasperate an already dire situation.

Winter Water Damage

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

In the wintertime, we tend to forget about mold becoming an issue in the home. For the most part, we associate mold with humid summer days creating the perfect environment for mold growth in dark, damp spaces… but this is not always the case. For example, mold growth can strike quickly after a flood or fire even in the winter. We recently encountered a home in which the pipes had burst on the third floor of the dwelling. With no one home, the water soaked the home for 2 days before the leak was discovered. Our crew began working in the home within 72 hours of the disaster and within that time mold growth could be seen on wet surfaces throughout the house. If not properly treated mold can quickly make its way into difficult to find places like vents and ducts where it may cause health issues to those in the home if not removed.

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

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

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.