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Water Damage Doesn't Wait!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon flooded basement SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can safely restore your home after water damage, flooding, or mold.

Water damage and mold don't wait for tough times to pass. If water damage strikes your home during this coronavirus pandemic, you may be incredibly stressed and not sure what to do. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to keep safety top of mind. Do not enter any room with electrical damage, structural damage, or contaminated water. With keeping safety in mind, you may be wondering if your water damage restoration company is taking the necessary precautions when entering your home.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our customers. Our team members follow these preventative safety measures:

  • Greeting customers from a safe distance and refraining from shaking hands.
  • Frequently washing hands and using hand sanitizer.
  • Keeping a safe distance from customers.
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces.
  • Utilizing shoe covers, face masks, and appropriate PPE.
  • Providing information to help you and your family keep safe.
  • Answering any and all questions regarding proper cleaning and disinfecting.

We are here to help, so please let us know if there are any special precautions you would like us to take prior to restoring your home. Contacting our team when water damage, flooding, or mold strikes can help keep your family safe and your stress levels lowered.

Give us a call at any time to discuss your needs. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna - 507-200-3700

Keeping your Home Safe

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

keyboard, sink, door knob, light switch, phone, tablet, table, toilet Make sure to clean these areas regularly!

In this unprecedented time, community members are recognizing the importance of a daily cleaning routine. In accordance with the CDC, SERVPRO recommends the daily cleaning of the following items:

  • Keyboards
  • Phones & Tablets
  • Tables & Counters
  • Door Knobs
  • Light Switches
  • Toilets
  • Bathroom Fixtures

Keep in mind that while general surface cleaning can lower the number of germs, it does not kill them. By cleaning, sanitizing, AND disinfecting, you are further lowering the risk of spreading infection.

General Surface Cleaning: Physically removes microbes if possible, rather than killing them with a sanitizer or disinfectant.

Sanitizing: To be a registered sanitizer, test results must show a reduction of at least 99.9% in bacteria.

Disinfecting: Destroys or irreversibly inactivates microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi.

It is also important to remember to wear disposable gloves when cleaning, disinfecting, and even handling laundry. Be sure to wash your hands after cleaning as well as washing them regularly. If someone in your household is sick, it is especially important to safely clean and disinfect your home. Find more information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

Keeping your Workplace Safe

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

If your business is still operating during this unprecedented time, encourage your employees to...

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Stop shaking hands - use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently
  • Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Be Careful with Meetings and Travel

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
  • Assess the risks of business travel

Handle Foods Carefully

  • Limit sharing food with others
  • Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Stay Home if...

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their properties. SERVPRO uses EPA approved products and follows the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we're here to help - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home. Give us a call at 507-200-3700.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna, 507-200-3700

Flood Prevention Tips for Your Mankato Business

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Man standing in front of desk surrounded by water SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can help your business prepare for flooding.

Flood Tips from SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain. For businesses in Mankato, it's a good idea to view river levels frequently.
  • In an emergency, listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Plan what you will do if your property is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
  • Plan for payroll continuity.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna to start developing your Emergency Ready Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
  • Review your emergency plans with SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.

Flooded Homes and Mold

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Wet windowsill covered in mold Mold and water damage problems? Call 507-200-3700

If your home has been affected by flooding, be on the look out for mold growth. Mold growth can begin and spread rapidly when water is present. Carpet, drywall, insulation, padding, and upholstery that have been water-damaged or exposed to flood waters are at the greatest risk of mold growth. The longer these items and porous materials stay wet, the more at risk your home is for developing severe mold problems. Contacting a professional to extract water and dry your property is an important step in preventing mold after flooding. If the flood water was contaminated with sewage or other wastewater or mold growth has already begun, it is especially important to call for help as soon as possible. The safety and health of you and your family should be top of mind when dealing with flooding, water damage, and mold.

Flooded basements are a common occurrence in Mankato each spring. Don't let your basement flood turn into a mold problem; call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna at 507-200-3700 right away!

Winter Storms & Your Business

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Icy background with text describing winter weather warnings Stay informed during severe winter weather.

Preparing for severe winter weather may seem like second nature if you’ve been living in Minnesota for most of your life, but there are still some things that can be overlooked each year. It’s a good idea to review tips and reminders every once in a while. Check out some of our tips on preparing for and staying safe during winter storms.

Communicate early and often.

Make sure your employees and customers are aware of incoming winter storms and what they should be prepared for. The earlier you can inform everyone of potential hazards and closings, the better. If your business will be closing during a winter storm for the safety of employees and customers, communicate this through several channels. Post on your Facebook, Google My Business, and anywhere else your customers look for updates from you. As the storm continues, so should your communication with everyone involved. It is also a good idea to have a plan for the customers that have not been informed and may still attempt to visit your business during a storm.

Have emergency materials ready.

If employees or customers are in your building during a winter storm, it is important to have a back-up heating source, emergency power, and supplies. Make sure your employees know where emergency materials are located and how to use them. In addition to survival materials (food, water, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, etc.), your emergency kit should also include supplies to aid in getting out of the building once it is safe to do so (shovel, ice melt, sandbags, etc.).

Have an emergency plan for each possible threat.

Be prepared for power outages, fires, carbon monoxide, flooding, and any other disasters that may come your way during a winter storm. Have all relevant information in a central location that employees are aware of. Include information in your plan such as avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning when using backup power supplies. Your emergency plans should be thorough yet concise. If you aren’t sure how to create or update your emergency plans, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is always Here to Help. Our team can help you develop an Emergency Ready Profile for free, as well as providing access to our Ready Plan app that allows you to access your plan at your fingertips wherever you are.

Winter Storms, Frozen Pipes, & Ice Dams Cause Water Damage

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Ice on pipe that is spraying water Water damage from frozen pipes in Mankato, MN

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your Mankato, Owatonna, or Waseca property. Since water damage from frozen pipes and ice dams are a common occurrence here, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to restore your home or business 24/7 this winter.

Extreme cold weather like we see each year in Minnesota can cause pipes to freeze and burst. The water damage resulting from this can be extensive and severe. 

Ice dams can also cause extensive water damage by preventing water from draining off of your roof. The standing water can back up under shingles and leak into your home or business.

When winter weather wreaks havoc on your home, causing water damage or mold, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is Here to Help. Our team has the resources and training to handle whatever winter storms and disasters affect our local community members. With a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country, we have the capability to respond Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Cleanup & Restoration in Mankato and Owatonna

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Green drying equipment and couch on floor Water Damage in Mankato, MN

Water damage and flooding can affect your Mankato home or business at any time without warning. When it does, immediate action is crucial, which is why SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help 24/7 with your water damage or flooding emergency.

Our local and dedicated technicians arrive quickly to begin water extraction and drying right away. Throughout the process, everything is closely monitored and documented to ensure proper drying. We know how stressful water damage situations can be, and we are here to help throughout the entire process. 

We have helped countless community members in Mankato and Owatonna with their water damage needs and we would love to help you as well. We offer free estimates and work with your insurance for a stress-free claims process. Our goal is to make your water damage disaster "Like it never even happened" in the most convenient, caring, and cost effective way possible.

Check out our Water Damage Emergency Tips if you've recently experienced a water damage, and visit https://www.SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/water-damage-restoration for more information on water damage repair and restoration provided by SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna, or give us a call at 507-200-3700.

Ice Dams in Mankato and Owatonna

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dam diagram with a fan pointed at it Place a fan to slow leaks and minimize water damage from ice dams.

Last winter many of our community members witnessed firsthand the damage that ice dams cause. Because of this, folks have been asking us for advice on preventing or minimizing damage caused by ice dams this year. 

Ice dams are caused by warm air escaping into your attic and heating up your roof, so one of the best things you can do to prevent ice dams from forming is adding insulation between your home and your attic. If there is no heat to melt the snow atop your roof, it will not refreeze and create an ice dam as it reaches your gutters. Another way to prevent this is by raking the snow off of your roof. If you choose to do this, ensure you have a proper roof rake that will not damage your shingles, and make sure to keep safety in mind. Be mindful as the snow and ice falls from your roof, and always stay on the ground when removing snow from your roof.

Preparing for ice dams and continually working towards keeping them off of your home is always best, but we all know that the snow here can sometimes pile up faster than you can say "oof-da." If you find yourself suddenly having water damage from ice dams, the first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna at 507-200-3700. As you wait for help to arrive, removing wet materials from the affected area and placing fans to slow leaks can help minimize damage and possibly save you money if you are not using insurance (most homeowners insurance will cover water damage caused by ice dams). One other trick you can try is to fill a sock with ice melt and place it on the ice dam to melt a passage that will allow the water to drain off of your roof. Use this trick instead of putting rock salt or ice melt directly on your roof as this can cause damage to your shingles.