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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.

Black Mold in Ellendale, Eagle Lake, and Mapleton

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold in petri dish Understanding mold in Ellendale and Eagle Lake

Most of us have heard stories about the dangers of “black mold” and the health effects they can cause. These stories can mislead people to believe that other types of mold are less dangerous, but this is not the case. All types of mold can cause produce allergy symptoms and other mold exposure symptoms. If you believe you have a mold problem, black mold or not, in North Mankato, Eagle Lake, New Richland, Mapleton, Amboy, Ellendale, or Pemberton, contact SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna right away.

Learn more about black mold at SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/black-mold

When you’ve discovered mold in your home or business, it is also important to understand the difference between mold removal and mold remediation. Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Learn more about mold removal versus mold remediation at SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/mold-removal

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna understands mold and how to manage it. If you’re looking for a mold removal company, our team of experts are the mold remediation specialists you need. With extensive training and specialized equipment, our team is highly qualified to effectively manage your mold problem.

After the Fire

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt room with ash and debris on the floor What to do after a fire in Mankato

If you’re like most people, you want things to go back to normal after a fire but might not know how to do so. The U.S. Fire Administration (FEMA) offers a guide for your next steps after a fire at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

This is a general guide, and you may need to consider other steps specific to your family and your needs. Fires can create an overwhelming to-do list, but SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help guide you through the process. As fire and waters experts, we have seen many different scenarios and can offer assistance in ways that go above and beyond what you might expect from a fire restoration company. When you have questions or concerns during any part of the recovery process, our team has the insight and experience to answer your questions and guide you through this stressful time.

As stated by FEMA, “Anything you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned,” and this is where SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna typically comes in. We are here to help restore your home and your most important belongings with care. We care about the families that experience home fires and have a sincere drive towards making fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Mankato
  • Owatonna
  • North Mankato
  • Waseca
  • Eagle Lake
  • Mapleton
  • New Richland
  • Ellendale
  • Amboy
  • Pemberton

What To Do After a Sewer Backup in Your Mankato Home

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Footprints in mud-like water on floor. Toilet overflows and sewer backups can pose serious health risks.

The water from sewage backups typically contains waste products that pose serious health risks. Viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illness can be found in flood waters of this category. Sewage water is considered Category 3 contaminated water. Category 3 is the most grossly contaminated water possible, referred to as “black water.” It is very dangerous and should be avoided. Examples of black water can include flooding from rivers or streams, water from toilet overflows, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. Water contamination with sewage backup should be considered an immediate threat and an emergency situation that should be dealt with as quickly as possible.

The first thing you should do after a sewer backup occurs in your Mankato home is assess the safety of you and your family. Consider evacuating the home or at least the contaminated area. After considering safety first, contact a professional to determine the appropriate plan of action. The professionals at SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna will safely inspect your home and help you put together a plan of action that works best for you and your family.

It is highly recommended that you do not try to mitigate this water damage on your own. Our team members wear specialized protective gear while handling these situations due to the health threats they pose. Without proper protective gear, you should never come in contact with contaminated water. No matter if your sewer backup or toilet overflow became a large flood or stayed relatively small and contained, it is still a potentially dangerous situation that should be taken seriously.