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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.

Is Your Business Winter Weather Ready?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Man made of ice holding a green SERVPRO folder Start your own Emergency Ready Profile today!

We all know about the crazy amount of snow we receive here in Minnesota. When Mr. Snow Miser comes knocking, it's not a surprise visit and we know he's here to stay. Some of us love it and some of us hate it, but we all have to prepare for it each year. It may not be fun, but it must be done!

Even though most of us know how to prepare for a Minnesota winter, it's a good idea to review some tips to make sure nothing is overlooked.

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and branches.
  • Inspect roofs, water pipes, and gutters.
  • Direct gutter downspouts away from your building.
  • Leave the heat set to at least 55° F when your business is closed on weekends and holidays.
  • Allow water to drip when temperatures are below freezing.

Our last (and best!) tip is to complete an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna.

The weather outside is frightful, but our Emergency Ready Profile is so delightful! It's free, and helps you better prepare for our harsh Minnesota weather! Call today to create your Emergency Ready Profile, before the snow gets too deep! 507-200-3700

Winter Holiday Fire Safety

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Close-up of Christmas tree with lights and ornaments Avoid fires this holiday season.

The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. 

The holiday seasons brings happiness and joy, but also fire hazards. Here are some tips on avoiding a home fire this holiday season.

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant.
  • Keep burning candles away from decorations and Christmas trees.
  • Do not use any decorations or lights with frayed electrical cords.
  • Test your smoke alarms and have a fire escape plan.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking with the stove or oven.
  • Place all decorations at least three feet away from heat sources.
  • Recognize which lights are intended for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Turn off holiday lights and extinguish all candles before leaving or going to sleep.

Reviewing these simple tips each year can prevent a major disaster and help keep your holidays merry and bright.

If the unfortunate does occur and you experience a fire this holiday season, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to help 24/7. Call us at 507-200-3700.

Who should I call for fire and smoke damage restoration?

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling and wall covered in soot with a burnt and broken fire alarm Home fire in St, James, MN.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna, your local fire damage restoration company, is Here to Help after smoke and fire damage affect your home or business.

Fire damages can be devastating to any home or business. Our team of experts is here to guide you through this crisis after the fire. Whatever questions or concerns you may have, our team has the knowledge and experience to address them. We are more than just a fire restoration company, we are a people company. We care about the property we are restoring but also the people living or working inside of it. That is why safety is our first priority, and helping make it "Like it never even happened" in every way we can is our second.

Our crew also has state-of-the-art equipment to clean up and restore your belongings as well as your property. Precious keepsakes and photos can be impossible to replace, so we always strive to restore rather than replace. Not only does this save your belongings, but it saves you money on items and furniture you otherwise would have had to replace.

If fire damage or smoke damage have caused damage to your home or business, call the cleanup crew that cares - SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna at 507-200-3700

Tips for a Fire-Free Feast this Thanksgiving

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Man putting turkey on plate Happy Thanksgiving!

Cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries. With Thanksgiving feasts and all of the cooking involved with the holiday, it is no wonder why Thanksgiving is a peak day for fire emergencies. Keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season by following these simple safety tips:

  • Never leave cooking food or unattended.
  • Keep small children at least three feet away from the stove and oven.
  • Keep flammable items away from kitchen appliances that generate heat.
  • Clean cooking surfaces regularly.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  • Make sure all kitchen appliances are turned off before leaving your home or going to bed.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke alarms (especially the one in your kitchen!)

If the unfortunate does occur and you experience a home fire this holiday season, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help. Our team of local, caring professionals can help make it "Like it never even happened" quickly so you can continue to enjoy this holiday season.

Stay safe, Mankato, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Who should I call for water damage repair?

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Two drying mats on wood flooring with plastic covering over them Water extraction in Owatonna after a line to the ice maker in their freezer broke.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna, your local water damage repair company, is here to help after you've experienced water damage in your home or business.

If your home or business has suffered from water damage due to broken pipes, ice dams, or refrigerator lines like the home in this photo, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna will be there fast to extract the water and remediate the damage.

Prompt water remediation is especially important when water damage has affected hardwood flooring. Wood flooring in your kitchen can be costly and unfavorable to replace after water damage has warped it. Using an Injectidry system as shown in the photo, our team can restore and dry hardwood flooring to pre-water damage conditions.

When water damage affects your home or business, make sure you get the team with the experience and equipment to extract water and completely dry your home with validation and documentation. Call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna at 507-200-3700.

Protect Your Home from Water Damage this Fall

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Gloved hand cleaning out gutters Protect your home in Mankato and Owatonna.

As the seasons change in Mankato and Owatonna, so do water damage risks. During summer, flooding is a common risk. During winter, ice dams are a common risk. But what water damage risk does autumn present? One of the biggest problems fall can bring is leaves. Those gorgeous colorful leaves falling from our Minnesota trees end up clogging gutters and downspouts in countless homes and businesses. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts are a simple way to protect your home from water damage as the seasons change.

Preparing your home’s plumbing for colder weather can also help reduce risk of water damage. Fall is the time to fix any outdoor faucets that may be leaking before they freeze and cause water damage. Also make sure to disconnect and drain water hoses. This is also an important time of year to inspect your sump pump to make sure it is properly insulated and working.

A few other things you may want to consider this fall are your air conditioner condensate drain and sprinkler system. Underground sprinklers that are connected to the household water could cause a basement flood. An overall inspection of your home may also be beneficial to discover any repairs that need to be made before winter.