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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.

Donation Collection for Mending Spirits Animal Rescue Mankato

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Jar on top of box that both say "donations for mending spirits animal rescue mankato" Collection jar and box at SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna.

As fire and water specialists, we help people get back into their homes. Now, with your help, we want to get animals into safe homes as well.  Stop by our office at 1150 N River Dr in Mankato to drop off donations for Mending Spirits Animal Rescue.

Mending Spirits Animal Rescue is a non-profit volunteer foster based animal rescue in Mankato, MN. They rescue animals from various situations such as owner surrenders, puppy mills, animal impound, and high kill facilities. Before finding each pet their forever home, they place them into foster care with one of their dedicated volunteers. Their rescue is based solely on adoption fees and donations, so it is important that our community supports them so they are able to provide proper medical and emotional care.

Any donation will make a difference, but Mending Spirits has provided us with the following list of items they need most.

Supplies Needed:

4 Health Salmon and Potato Dog food (Tractor Supply Co.)

4 Health Puppy food (Tractor Supply Co.)

Taste of the Wild Puppy Food (Pet Expo/Menards/TSC)

Taste of the Wild Dog Food – yellow bag (Pet Expo/Menards/TSC)

4 Health all life stages cat food (Tractor Supply Co.)

Integrity clumping cat litter (Pet Expo)

Puppy potty pads

Martingale collars sizes small and medium

Collars with metal buckles for Max and Neo (small and medium)

Leashes

Toys

Bully sticks

Bones for dogs who like to chew

Cleaning Supplies:

Bleach

Paper towels

Hand sanitizer

Who should I call for flood damage restoration?

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Rippling water over an open book SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help when flooding impacts your life.

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

Whenever a storm, sewage backup, washing machine overflow, or sump pump failure cause flooding in your home, our highly trained team will be there fast.  

If you have experienced flooding and flood damage in your home, remember that safety should be top of mind. Flood waters can carry harmful materials and bacteria, so it is best to avoid it. You may be tempted to “DIY” your flood damage restoration, but this is not recommended due to the unknown factors in each unique situation. Our team utilizes protective gear and safety regulations because of these harmful things that could be lurking in the flood water. We also ensure that not only the water is removed, but also anything that could be unsafe or harmful to your family. Safety is our number one concern, and we hope it is yours as well! It is important that whatever flood damage restoration company you choose keeps safety in mind and aims to get your family back into a safe home as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help when unsafe and unfavorable conditions make their way into your home. Our crew arrives quickly and helps you and your family return to normal and safe conditions while guiding you through this stressful time. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call 507-200-3700 for your flood damage repair needs.

Mold Can Go Undetected in Your Waseca Business

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Open journal with pen on top and three plants and mold spot behind it Mold testing in Waseca

Mold can be a tricky thing. Sometimes people have no idea there is mold within their commercial property until they begin handling something else in the building. We often come across mold when a business has called us for water damage, odor problems, or something else other than a mold problem. Even if your mold problem has gone completely undetected and seems harmless, it can cause health effects that you or your employees may not notice right away or recognize as a problem.

So, you may now be wondering…

How can I test for mold?

Some people choose to purchase a mold test kit which can be helpful in some situations, but in many others it can have skewed results. These tests can sometimes cause unnecessary concern or cause people to ignore the problem. You may not be able to accurately determine the scope of your mold problem or where it lies, but there are a few things you can consider that may help you discover more about your mold problem.

If you have any areas in your building that have previously been exposed to water damage or leaks, this is a great first place to check for mold. Other places you can look for visible signs of mold are under sinks, in filing cabinets, on appliances, and on or near plumping and ductwork. If you still aren’t seeing any visible signs of mold but have a suspicion that it may be lurking in your business, consider if anyone has been experiencing mold exposure symptoms. Allergy symptoms and other health problems can be an indicator of mold.

Another way you may discover if you have mold or not is by your sense of smell. A musky scent or the smell of dirty socks can be an indicator. If you are smelling something fowl in one particular area but do not see any mold, you may need to check for mold behind the walls or under the floor in that area. Or, you can call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna to have our team discover and mitigate your mold problem!