Recent Posts

Steps Beyond Remediation to Prevent Mold Returning to Your St. Anthony Home

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth above baseboard It doesn't take long for mold to colonize. SERVPRO knows how to safely remediate mold damage.

We Offer Remediation Solutions to Prevent Mold Recurrences in St. Anthony Homes When Possible

The discovery of mold growth can be alarming and demand immediate action from skilled remediation professionals like our SERVPRO team. We must also consider the causes of these damage incidents to provide long-term solutions to prevent mold recurrences. 

Clearing Active Mold Colonies

Before we can think about long-term preventative measures, our SERVPRO team must provide mold remediation for St. Anthony properties. The process of removing active colonies ranges depending on the severity of the damage but can include:

  • Sanding
  • Corn cob blasting
  • Sodium bicarbonate media blasting
  • Surface treatments

Identifying the Water Damage Source

While remediation is one of the critical elements of protecting your property from acute damage, we must also determine the cause of these conditions to begin needed preventative measures. Moisture can result from several sources ranging from storms to unresolved plumbing leaks. Once the cause is identified, repair and restoration occur to prevent this from being a continued source of mold loss effects

Learning the Construction of Material Assemblies

Our professionals need to understand the materials included in wall and ceiling systems. During mold damage events, the spread of mold spores and moisture can be rapid, so grasping the levels of construction involved ensures that demolition happens if it should. Appropriate drying and moisture monitoring occur when these construction materials we can preserve these construction materials. 

Repairs and Reconstruction as Needed 

Mold can be an underrated threat to homes and businesses, but with our fast response and remediation expertise, our SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis team can help your property needs. Give us a call today at (612) 421-2040.

Can SERVPRO Clean Painted Walls with Soot Damage in Falcon Heights Homes?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke and soot surrounding fire detector Smoke and soot are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has tried and true methods to make it "Like it never even happened."

Fast Action Can Protect Damaged Drywall in Falcon Heights from Greater Soot Exposure

Clearing smoke and soot damage from your home after a fire is a significant undertaking, but one that is possible with the proper restoration professionals. Eliminating residues is a combination of wet and dry cleaning strategies that can start as soon as our team arrives.

Determining the Type of Soil and Soot Damage 

Among the first steps that begin fire damage restoration in Falcon Heights homes is a thorough inspection of the property to determine where soot and smoke damage exist. Not only must our professionals identify the presence of these damage effects, but we must also pinpoint the type of smoke residues to ensure the appropriate cleaning.

Can Wet Cleaning Work on Painted Walls? 

In many ways, wet cleaning is the preferred method of removing soot and smoke residues from painted or finished surfaces. While the general premise of this cleaning is universal, the process varies somewhat with different paints or coatings including:

  • Water-Based Paint – often latex-based and typically easy to clean with water-based products. 
  • Oil-Soluble – soluble in turpentine or mineral spirits, enamels are easy to wash with the right products.
  • Clear Finish – oil-based and typically easy to clean. Pretesting ensures the right products for the job.

Deodorization Options When Repainting 

One of the advantages to having a wall that must get resurfaced is the ability of our team to manage smoke odors trapped in the porous materials. Drywall and ceiling systems can be painted and finished, yet when aromas become trapped in the pores of these materials, a special odor-sealing primer can be used first to prevent unexpected revivals of noxious smells in the future.  

There are multiple obstacles to cleaning and restoring fire-damaged homes in the area. With the humidity and colder seasons, threats of wet smoke damage can overwhelm a property. Our experienced SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis restoration team can help with effective mitigation and restoration solutions after a fire when you call (612) 421-2040.

What Parts of My St. Anthony Home Are Likely to Need Water Damage Repair?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

water dripping from the ceiling with a man catching it Water damage is so tricky. Let SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis help so there are no further issues.

Water Damage Repairs Are Often Needed in a Few Key Areas around Your Residence.

Potential water damage is a constant concern of most St. Anthony homeowners. It is a seemingly impossible task to know exactly when and where to look for it to minimize your losses. However, much of this difficulty can be eliminated simply by knowing where most water leaks occur. 

Professionals at SERVPRO, a St. Anthony water damage repair service, assert that most water damage occurs in several key areas around your home. Of course, these areas generally correspond to those most prone to water leaks. Armed with this knowledge, it is simpler to locate and successfully address these problems early. In doing so, residents can often prevent more extensive water issues over the long term and avoid costly water damage repairs. 

Some key areas to look for leaks and related water damage are:

  • Near pipes in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as those in walls, where slow leaking or burst pipes could cause moisture and other water-related problems and 
  • In your roof, where weathering, loose tiles, or drainage issues could eventually lead to ceiling leaks
  • Around kitchen appliances, like refrigerators and dishwashers, that could malfunction and release water
  • In the basement, where storm-related basement flooding or faulty washing machines, water heaters, or containers could leak
  • Near windows, doors, and other entryways 
  • Around the water seals of bathtubs and shower rooms

With all this in mind, if you ever do find water damage and need water damage repairs, act fast and contact your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis for assistance. Regardless of the time of day or night, we are always ready for your call at (612) 421-2040.

What Are the Dangers of Incomplete Fire Cleanup at Your Falcon Heights Business?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire sparking out of a plug Please let SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis help you with your fire-damaged business.

Incomplete Fire Cleanup Can Threaten Your Business in Various Important Ways. 

Seemingly minor fire damage can trick Falcon Heights business owners into believing they can easily and effectively remediate it themselves. Of course, this is usually not the case, and attempting to do so could put their businesses at great future risk of further problems.

Effective fire cleanup in Falcon Heights generally requires the help of a highly trained remediator like SERVPRO. This is because these efforts are usually more complicated than many business owners initially assume. Moreover, incomplete or poorly performed smoke remediation and fire damage restoration work often lead to serious future problems. 

Some of the issues bad cleanup and restoration work can cause are:

  • Persistent foul, fire-related odors that permeate all parts of your business, driving away potential customers and employees
  • Poor air quality that may cause health effects in employees and those entering your shop, restaurant, hotel, or other business
  • Visible remnants of fire and smoke damage that negatively impact the aesthetics of your facilities and make them unattractive to patrons
  • Collapses of structural elements improperly remediated that could injure those inside your structures
  • Further deterioration of surfaces and contents that have not had deposited residues properly removed
  • Fungal growths, like mold and mildew, that result from poorly performed water & fire damage restorations following fire extinguishing efforts

In order to avoid most of these potentially costly problems after a fire, it pays to enlist the aid of trained professionals.

It is therefore crucial that you not clean up and restore fire damage yourself. Also, remember that if you ever need fire cleanup and restoration services, your neighbors at SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis are always ready to help. Call us anytime at (612) 421-2040 for assistance.

What Fire Damage Restoration Services Does SERVPRO Offer in St. Anthony?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and fire damage on a wall. We know here at SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis how tragic a fire can be. Let us handle the job.

SERVPRO Offers Numerous Essential Fire Damage Restoration Services in St. Anthony. 

Residential fires often do significant damage to homes in the St. Anthony area. Moreover, in their aftermath, local homeowners usually need extensive remediation work completed on their property. Fortunately, some local companies like SERVPRO offer the essential services that these residents need.

SERVPRO routinely performs numerous kinds of fire damage restoration jobs in St. Anthony. Therefore, our highly skilled technicians can usually address almost any type of issue present in fire damaged homes. They can successfully handle everything from basic house fire clean-up to major smoke remediation and fire damage restoration efforts. 

We can often complete the following types of remediation work:

  • Neutralization of foul, fire-related odors throughout your residence and in various household contents with commercial-grade deodorants, high-tech foggers, and innovative injection devices
  • Removal of smoke particles from interior air with powerful air movers, air scrubbers, and ozone machines
  • Preventative measures against the further spread harmful airborne contaminants, like cleaning HVAC ducts with specialized sanitizing equipment 
  • Cleaning various types of residues off of interior surfaces and materials using wet, dry, abrasive, and innovative methods
  • Restoring prized household contents, like furniture and other personal possessions, using Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-approved methods
  • Reconstructing contents and structural elements catastrophically impacted by fire and smoke damage

After finishing our work, homes previously ravaged by fires have often been returned to their pre-fire state. 

With all this said, if you are ever unfortunate enough to need fire damage restoration work completed on your home, remember that SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis is always here to assist you. Please don’t hesitate to call us at (612) 421-2040.

Confined Space Water Removal Solutions for Falcon Heights Homes

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

flex duct drying crawlspace Water removal from basement and crawlspaces can greatly mitigate damage in Falcon Heights--call SERVPRO

Specific tools improve the efficiency of water mitigation in damaged Falcon Heights properties.

Standing water is a significant threat to every area of a damaged home. There is no mistaking the urgency of removing pooling to protect sensitive materials. Even in challenging areas of the property, these water removal services can begin when our SERVPRO team first arrives.

Removing Water from Flooded Attic Spaces

Water damage restoration for Falcon Heights homes often means removing water after storms, appliance failures, or plumbing leaks in confined spaces like the attic. With much of these areas being unfinished throughout the region, the exposed wood and building materials are sensitive to water damage, deterioration, and mold development.

Eliminating Standing Water Concerns in Crawlspaces

Crawlspaces are about as common for homes in the Falcon Heights area as basements are, so they are susceptible to water damage or flood damage like other sections of the house. When lingering water sits in the crawlspace, it can facilitate mold development or deteriorate structural supports. Truck extractors with long discharge hoses can often resolve the extraction needs.

Draining and Cleaning Basement Water Damage

The basement can be one of the most common locations for water damage, as gravity dictates the easiest migration path for water damage or flooding. Collecting at the lowest levels of your home can often have property owners contending with several inches, or even feet, of standing water. We have multiple high-powered extraction solutions that can provide continuous and efficient water removal services. Some of these include:

  • Truck Mount Extractors
  • Submersible Pumps
  • Self-Priming Trash Pumps

Restoring a home or business after water damage is not always as straightforward as homeowners wish to believe. When confined spaces exist in the house and these areas have been affected as well, specific measures are necessary to overcome standing water threats. Our SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis team can help at (612) 421-2040. 

How Does Fire Damage Get Cleaned from Cabinets in Falcon Heights Kitchens?

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

burnt kitchen mess SERVPRO can cleanup, restore, and even build back a fire damaged kitchen in Falcon Heights, "Like it never even happened."

Initial cleaning and restoration protect fire-damaged Falcon Heights kitchen spaces.

Fires can happen at any time and without warning. When kitchen fires flare-up, the entire room and adjacent spaces can be overwhelmed with smoke residues, odors, and other immediate concerns. Our fast response to the situation allows us to begin mitigation as soon as possible.

The Damage of Protein Fires

When situations like grease fires or kitchen flare-ups overtake the room, fire restoration in Falcon Heights homes must begin as soon as possible. This specific type of fire can leave formidable damage to affected surfaces, and cabinets and countertops can often show:

  • Blistering
  • Charring
  • Odor damage

Cleaning Finished Cabinet Surfaces

There are many powerful products in our recovery inventory that can help remove residues and deposits from the surface of installed cabinets. Protein fires and their thick soils require solvents to emulsify and dissolve the greasy residues. Wet cleaning must be done carefully for several reasons, but mostly to prevent an adverse chemical reaction with the surface soiling that makes soot cleaning impossible.

Is Replacement More Cost-Efficient?

There are times that the proposed costs of clearing soot and smoke residues from the surface of unfinished or finished woods might be too high. When the costs of removing soot and restoring the finish of cabinets and other surfaces exceed the proposed price of replacing the construction element altogether, it is more efficient to use our general contractor license for controlled demolition and new installation.

After a fire overwhelms the kitchen of your home, cleaning up the damage can be a considerable undertaking. Our experienced SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis professionals can help with careful cleaning measures to protect installed elements and fixtures whenever possible. Our technicians are standing by to help 24/7 at (612) 421-2040.

Removing Water-Damaged Contents and Materials from St Anthony Warehouses

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

flooded warehouse floor Let SERVPRO remove the water from your St. Anthony area warehouse, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Water removal and content cleaning are critical for water-damaged St. Anthony businesses.

Burst pipes or leaks in large facilities like warehouses and manufacturing buildings throughout St. Anthony can threaten the contents and stored wares inside. Fast mitigation solutions like water removal services and relocating affected items can considerably impact the efficiency of restoration processes to come.

Mitigation Strategies Beginning Soon After Arrival

While water removal in St. Anthony warehouses can be a large undertaking, we have commercial-grade trailered drying equipment to help. When combined with other vital elements of our SERVPRO Green Fleet, such as the truck-mount pumps and industrial generators, we can work fast to protect as much of the affected facility as possible. Water removal services are a key element of restoration and mitigation, and a combination of wet vacuuming and pumping standing water is necessary.

Clearing Exposed Contents from the Warehouse

We can also focus on other structure needs after water damage, such as relocating stored wares and items to a safer location. With the size of manufacturing facilities, it is often possible to keep dry contents on-site rather than relocating to our nearby SERVPRO facility.

Moisture Removal from Porous Surfaces and Materials

While there are less porous materials in the construction of warehouses and production facilities, it is not impossible for water damage to become trapped in certain building elements or the environment. Evaporative drying for the building, its contents, and its occupants can require several tools, including:

  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Drying mats
  • Portable heaters
  • Towed in furnace heaters
  • Dehumidifiers

Warehouses can be the heart of distribution and manufacturing for the Greater Minneapolis area. When water damage threatens these structures, efficient mitigation solutions like water removal are critical. Our SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis team is ready 24/7 to help at (612) 421-2040. 

What Does SERVPRO Use to Clean & Disinfect St. Anthony Homes After a Flood?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

yellow, safety first sign against blue sky background Floodwater can contain contaminants. Don't go it alone! SERVPRO can safely remove the water.

SERVPRO Uses Proprietary Disinfecting Agents That Defeats Flood Damage in St. Anthony

Stormy weather is sweeping across parts of the nation, bringing strong winds, heavy rains, and flooding. It can be a difficult time, with flash flooding arising rapidly and often with little warning. Not only can they sweep up everything in their path, including cars, people, and pets, but it carries along all sorts of nasty debris. When floodwaters rage through buildings, tree limbs, dead animals, bacteria, dirt, and chemicals enter your home.

Disinfecting & Sanitizing Homes with Black Water is Vital

When flood damage hits St. Anthony's homes, the highly contaminated water can is deadly. A crucial part of flood restoration is not only cleaning but disinfecting all impacted surfaces and content. SERVPRO produces many of the products we use, including:

  • Cleaning products
  • Deodorizing compounds
  • Disinfectants

SERVPROXIDE is one of the products we use to restore your home to livable condition. It is a proprietary hospital-grade disinfectant. It is EPA registered and has the lowest toxicity rating the EPA offers. Not only does it do an exceptional job of sanitizing, but it is fragrant-free. We use SERVPROXIDE in many ways, including:

  • Eliminates odors via disinfecting and oxidation
  • Use directly on surfaces with towels
  • Misting or spraying, especially for HVAC systems
  • Electrostatic spraying for even application

SERVPROXIDE is a potent sanitizing tool that has EPA approval for claims against things such as E. coli, Rotavirus, staphylococcus, and other bacterial and virus concerns. With the potential for harmful organisms in floodwater, homeowners should never attempt to clean up the premises independently.

For flood damage services that go above and beyond, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis at (612) 421-2040.

Where Can Homeowners Get Help After a Fire in Falcon Heights?

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot on ceiling and wall After a fire, microscopic soot particles travel throughout your home. But no worries! SERVPRO can completely restore your home.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration and Mitigates Smoke Damage in Falcon Heights

One of the major problems after any size fire is the pungent odors left behind. Our crew is trained to know what to do to remove smoke and soot residue. We first removed charred material and anything unsalvageable. We then move on to cleaning the property.

Getting Your Home Back to Smelling Clean & Fresh

Fire damage restoration in Falcon Heights is a detailed process. Microscopic particles spread throughout the house carrying strong smells with them. These particles are tiny enough to embed themselves on the surface material. Porous materials, such as drapes, are easily penetrated. Professional fire damage restoration is needed in Falcon Heights to deal with smoke residue successfully.

Basic Deodorization Process

What makes deodorization complicated is that the odors do not all come from one source. Because of this, different cleaning agents get used. But there is a fundamental process we use when dealing with powerful smells:

  • Remove the odor source and debris –We begin this by removing charred debris. Getting to the root cause of the smell is crucial.
  • Clean surfaces with odor-causing residues on them– Small particles can continue to give off strong smells if not adequately cleaned. 
  • Recreate the process that caused penetration –Distributing a deodorizer like a process that caused the odor can help. Smoke spreads through the air, so using a “fog” to deodorize can be effective.
  • Seal surfaces exposed to malodors- In certain situations where the odor-causing particles cannot get completely removed, the exterior may need sealing. 

For fire damage restoration that gets to the root of the problem, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Minneapolis at (612) 421-2040.