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Fire Damage in your Owatonna Home

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage If you have fire, smoke, soot or water damage from firefighting efforts, call 507-200-3700.

FIRE Damage in your Owatonna Home

According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Every 24 seconds a fire department in the United States responds to a fire somewhere in the nation
  • A fire occurs in a structure at the rate of one every 63 seconds
  • A home fire occurs every 87 seconds

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna has been providing a variety of fire restoration and cleaning services to Minnesotans for years. Our team of highly trained technicians are certified in fire restoration to safely clean and restore household items damaged by fire. We will pretest your belongings to determine what can be restored to pre-fire condition and we use several methods of cleaning including:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe -effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size fire damage emergency. Call us today at 507-200-3700. We’ll clean up your fire, smoke, soot, and water damage from firefighting efforts. 

Checking for Mold this Fall

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold Season

Mold season is the time of year when mold is most likely to grow due to factors like location and climate. While mold can grow any time, but there are certain months out of the year that mold growth is most common. Mold growth is most common from early spring to mid-fall, but peaks during late summer. Be sure to check for excess moisture on your property during weather and climate changes, such as snow thaw, heavy rain, and humidity.

Mold forms when its airborne spores encounter moisture and food sources, such as wood, dirt, and paper. Moisture can be found in humidifiers, leaky roofs and pipes, flooding, and on walls. Mold growth has an unpleasant odor, and causes damage to the structural core of the building. It also increases the risk of allergens and infections in the residents of the home. Young children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems are the most at risk for health effects.

Winter is the season when mold is dormant, but that doesn’t mean the threat is completely gone. Mold doesn’t die out during winter – it “hibernates,” especially in areas with extremely low temperatures. Areas with mild winters may experience mold growth all year long. After the mold has been dormant for the winter, it can find hosts in damp places or dead plants. To prevent this, have a mold remediation specialist, like SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna come in and assess and resolve the issue. Be alert during early spring to mid-fall and learn about mold damage during each season.

Mid-Fall

Fall is the time of year when mold slows down and begins readying to “hibernate” during the winter. Fall is the easiest part of the mold season because the mold becomes dormant due to the increasingly cold weather and homeowners don’t have to worry about rain or humidity causing mold growth. However, continue to check your home for mold in mid-fall to remove the dormant mold before wintertime.

As temperatures are dropping and we are considering all the ways we need to prep ourselves and our homes for winter, consider checking for mold! If you find something concerning or you are unsure, call an expert, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna, for your mold remediation!

To learn more about mold remediation vs "removal" visit our website or call 507-200-3700

Storm Season 2020

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Storm teams across the US from SERVPRO have come together to help Southern states after months of damage created from hurricanes and tropical storms. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna has spent the last month helping these communities begin to recover after the devastating effects of these storms. Water removal, drying, mold remediation and clean up of materials have been the daily routine for our team. It is an honor to be a part of such a renowned national team who is trusted to help families and businesses begin the process of cleanup and saving what was left in the storms' path.

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. So far, there have been a total of 26 tropical or subtropical cyclones, 25 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. With 25 named storms, it is the second most active Atlantic hurricane season on record, behind the 2005 season. The devastation has amounted in 144 deaths and $24.225 Billion in estimated damages. SERVPRO has been there from the beginning to try and pick up the pieces, and be a part of the resolution.

Our location has been able to help numerous homes and businesses every day. With more storms to come, the SERVPRO teams are dedicated to helping until the storms have passed. With our over 1,700 locations, we are Faster to any size disaster. 2020 has been a tumultuous year for many families and businesses and the storm season has made it even more devastating. However, the folks in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where we have centered our help, have been kind, warm, welcoming and so appreciative of our team. Amidst disaster, this community is coming together to triumph after trauma.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

507-200-3700

Signs Your Home May Have Water Damage

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water bill with $$ on it Water bill shockingly high? Something may be leaking!

Signs Of Water Damage

Even the smallest water leak is capable of costing you thousands of dollars in repairs and remediation, but the earlier you catch the issue, the sooner and more efficiently it can be fixed. Lucky for you, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna, MN, is Faster to Any Size Disaster.
There are many causes of a water leak, including but not limited to:

  • Pipe break
  • The freeze/thaw cycle
  • Broken seals
  • High water pressure
  • Clogged lines

But how do you know when you need to call your local water damage specialists?

1. Staining on Walls
Discoloration on walls or ceilings is one of the most common signs of water damage. Always look out for those mysterious-looking brown patches, and act fast if you spot one. Water staining doesn't develop overnight — the water may have been leaking for days or even weeks by the time the discoloration becomes perceptible.

2. Pricey Water Bills
If your water bill has been increasing even though your usage has remained about the same, you might be relieved to hear that this could be a sign of a pipe break or other water line malfunction. All that expensive water is going somewhere, and it's crucial to put a stop to it before it does too much damage.

3. Poor Water Pressure (or None at All!)
Another sign of a leaky pipe is a sudden change in your water pressure or no water coming out of the faucets at all. This is caused by the water draining out of the pipe break and not leaving enough water to be distributed to the rest of the system. If you encounter this issue, the water is likely gushing out in a place where you don't want it, so make sure to get help before it develops into a full-fledged flood.
By keeping an eye out for these three signs of a water leak, you might just be protecting your commercial building from a messy and costly disaster.

Call your South Central MN Water Damage Specialists if You Encounter Any of These Signs

507-200-3700

Highly Trained Professionals

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Let SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna guide you

We keep up with every bit of training to assist our Southern Minnesota homes.

When a Southern MN homeowner tries to determine the extent of a water loss, both instincts and common sense can fall short. When water gets loose inside your home, it can migrate far from the original plumbing break, roof leak, or appliance breakdown. Without the tools to detect the path the water followed, significant damage can go unnoticed. Our investments in education and innovative moisture identification tools help avoid additional expense and secondary damage, why we offer our help. 

Water Detection is a Science and an Art

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses our managers and production technicians master covers the expected and unexpected behavior of water damage inside a Southern MN home. The lathe and plaster and stucco construction of signature Arts and Crafts structures are both charming and capable of hiding water damage when it is minor and manageable. Our training and experience in tracing water meanderings behind walls and built-in fixtures explains why we are skilled in finding and solving water problems before the integrity of your home is compromised.

Aging Heating and Plumbing Plus Temperature Extremes Equal Water Damage Challenges

When your dining room oak floor develops cupping and crowning the search for a water source can be daunting. Older homes often retain their 100-year-old gravity heating, with old radiators filled with hot water from the boiler in the basement warming spaces. Rusted pipes and failing valves can slowly saturate the floor, unnoticed at first as the issue begins and then spreads from behind the radiator at the wall. Mold development on a main level wall or ceiling can trace to ice dam development the previous winter, moisture seeping in the attic from clogged gutters eventually traveling downwards. Our familiarity with this type of insidious damage is why SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can respond quickly and reliably to your water damage challenges.

Sensitive Moisture Meters and Infrared Cameras

The availability of and skill in using water detection tools are why SERVPRO crews can outline water damage with accuracy and confidence. Infrared technology indicates the presence of water through temperature variations. Moisture meters establish relative levels of absorbed water in building materials. Periodic use of these tools throughout a water damage remediation project ensures we find and release liquids. Then our Applied Structural Drying (ASD)-certified technicians create an effective drying plan using the data, moving water out of structural components with temperature adjustments and air movement. Dehumidifiers capture the vaporized water for disposal. Moisture measurements continue until we reach designated levels, avoiding over or under drying.

Training and innovative equipment are two reasons why SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna efficiently mitigates and remediates hidden water damage. Call us at 507-200-3700 if you suspect your home, old OR new harbors damaging moisture.

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Water Damage Solutions For Your South Central MN Coop/Specialty Food Store

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Solutions For Your South Central MN Coop/Specialty Food Store

Local residents enjoy alternatives to national grocery chains, and your neighborhood coop or niche food shop is a welcome addition to the mix. Like any business, the appliances that keep your products safe, and your ambiance comfortable can malfunction. When a broken water heater or dishwater in your deli department causes an indoor flood, we can help get you back to business.

When water damages your commercial food preparation area, we follow or exceed the restoration industry’s best practices to get you back in business. Our managers and technicians master multiple mitigations and remediation specialties offered by the internationally-recognized Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Have confidence that our crew can resolve any issues safely and per local food-handling codes.

Because your deli is only a portion of your operations, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna teams create a recovery plan that permits the rest of the store to open and serve your customers as usual. We erect a containment perimeter around the affected space, using heavy-duty plastic sheeting and air scrubbing technology to seal off the damage and filter and vent any airborne contaminants.

Mold growth potential is always a concern with water damage, but avoiding microbial activity is paramount in a food handling space. Our deadline for water removal and drying is 24 to 48 hours, and we hit that mark with our skilled team and cutting edge equipment. Pumps and high-efficiency water extractors rid the department of excess water. SERVPRO also uses thermal imaging and moisture detectors to find, follow, and remove any water migration behind structures.

Once the water evacuates, we use cleaning and disinfecting products registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and approved by local licensing agents for food prep surfaces. After cleaning and sanitizing, we determine drying goals and set up a drying configuration. High-speed air movers and heaters encourage the transfer of water absorbed by building materials into the air as vapor. Evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers remove that vapor for disposal.   

One call to SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at (507)-200-3700 delivers a trained and certified workforce to your business to assist in recovery from a commercial water loss. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Candle Fire Risk

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Candle Fire Fire Damage From Candle

Candle Safety

Candles may make a cozy feeling in your home this fall and winter, but they can also be a cause for home fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires start when things that can burn are placed too close to the candle.  

Here are some tips that you should follow for candle safety:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot away from anything that can burn
  • Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy and unclutter surface
  • Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Keep candles out of reach from kids and pets
  • Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle

Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite. Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering. Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container. Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions about fire or smoke damage, please feel free to contact SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at 507-200-3700.

Your Commitment to Clean in Education Facilities

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Education workers are teaching and serving our children. Allow us to help protect what matters most.

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses to perform the necessary services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. Let us help your school or facility become safer for students and staff.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it’s a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. With over 50 years of expertise, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading and proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. 

The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s:

  1. Consult
    • A tailored cleaning program to meet YOUR needs
  2. Clean
    • Proactive and COVID-19 emergency response cleaning program
  3. Certify
    • A commitment to clean for your employees and students

Are you interested in a free quote for our CSC program? Contact us today and make safety in your educational facility a priority. 

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna 507-200-3700

Water Restoration Services to Schools in Mankato

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Water Restoration Services to Schools in Mankato

For every one of the issues that could affect one of the schools in the Mankato area, one of the most devastating of these is a water emergency. With minimal warning, high volumes of water could impact a widespread area of the institution, forcing your school board to put a stoppage to regularly scheduled classes until the problem can get resolved.

Often, the emergencies requiring water removal that can threaten Mankato schools are present from natural disasters outside of the building that makes their way in, yet this could also present itself through concerns such as

  • plumbing ruptures
  • fire suppression malfunctions
  • boiler system degradation

While there might not be many things that you can do to prevent these issues from happening (as they often occur with no warning or symptoms), you are not going to have to face the effects from the water on your own. Once our SERVPRO team has arrived at the school, we can assess how widespread the damage is and the appropriate course of actions it takes to restore the facility entirely.

While a lot of the construction materials used in modern schools are block and concrete, there are still multiple areas like ceilings, carpeted floors for offices, and areas like auditoriums that can get affected the worst by these traumatic events. The longer that pooled water can sit in these areas, the more damage that they can do to the layers of materials beneath the surface you can see.

Extraction of the water is only the beginning of the process, and the real heart of the restoration process rests in thoroughly drying all of the affected areas. This process provides the right opportunity to inspect for severely compromised structural components that could require replacement or reconstruction from a commercial contractor.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Water emergencies to a school can affect many families, employees, and students. Getting the issue resolved as quickly as possible is the top priority, and SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can help you to accomplish this. Give us a call anytime you need us at 507-200-3700. 

Flood Zone Risks

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Zone Risks

If you’re in the process of buying a house in Mankato or Owatonna, MN or you’re looking for a new home owners insurance policy, you might be familiar with what a flood zone is. If you don’t know what they are, you might want to start reading up on them.

Zoning for Floods?

A flood zone is an area in a specific geographical space that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has determined has at least some risk of flooding. There are four primary types of zones, which correlate to the severity or category of excessive water events that can occur in that area.

  • Moderate to Low Risk Areas
  • High Risk Areas
  • High Risk – Coastal Areas
  • Undetermined Risk Areas

How to Find Your Zone

Each area’s zones are depicted on a community's Flood Insurance Rate Map, also known as FIRM, which can be found online at https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-rate-map-firm. You can also contact your local municipality or look on their website, most cities will have zoning information available online. You can try searching for the term “flood elevation certificate” for faster results.

Some people may think that these zones can only be found next to a large body of water or along a river or stream, but that’s not the case. Houses that are nowhere near a body of water can experience a flood if there’s a large rain storm.

Emergency Preparedness

Knowing what kind of flood zone you live in can also be helpful for storage options and emergency preparedness. If you live in a high-risk zone, for example, you probably don’t want to put boxes directly on the floor, and you might want to increase the number of your emergency supplies. Also, it is important to know your flooding coverage to understand make sure to ask when creating your storm damage insurance claim. Preparedness means knowing all the facts.

If you weren’t aware that your home is potentially at risk for a flood, and a storm causes water related damage, you should contact a storm damage specialist in your area to determine your best course of action and get the damage repaired as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help through your storm damage claim, call 507-200-3700.