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Commercial Lightening Equipment Safety Information for Eagle Lake

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Man sitting at a desk with an office light catching fire. Office lighting is the second most common cause of commercial fires - stay safe in Eagle Lake.

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), one of the most common causes of commercial fires is electrical and lighting equipment. This type of fire is not easily predicted, as the lighting equipment can look totally fine on the outside in your Eagle Lake business. SERVPRO® of Mankato/Owatonna wants to share the following information about commercial fires and how safety equipment helps to lessen the damage and can assist in preventing any bodily injury:

  • Wet pipe sprinklers installed in the ceilings of commercial buildings are very effective in helping to fight the fire(s)
  • Building sprinklers should be examined and tested every 5 years
  • There should always be a fire extinguisher in reach inside of a commercial building and they must be checked annually to ensure they are in working order
  • If an office building is on fire, exit the building immediately and do not try to fight the fire yourself
  • If there is a lot of smoke inside the building, cover your mouth and nose and do your best to not inhale any of it

In the unfortunate event that a commercial building does catch fire, rest assured that SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is prepared to help clean up any fire damage the building/area has sustained.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is independently owned and operated.

Keep Your New Richland Office Prepared for Fire

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher in an office hallway Have a fire extinguisher within easy reach in your New Richland office

Office fires in New Richland are more common than you might think. If you have a break room in your office or small business, it probably contains a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator and/or other small appliances. You should also include a fire extinguisher in there somewhere! SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna wants to remind you that fires can start as easily as turning on one of these appliances. There could be a short somewhere in the wiring or something inside the microwave could catch fire. Unfortunately, the possibilities are real and they do happen. Your workplace should have a training session on how to use fire extinguishers. If the owner of the business has not done that, please look into setting up a training session. Local fire departments are usually happy to assist with this training, and they can provide some real-life examples of ways to practice fire safety.

If your break room (or any other area of your office building) catches on fire, you will likely have smoke damage as well as damage from the fire. That is where SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna comes in. We are here to clean up the damage and make your New Richland building look new again. We are open 24/7 and we show up prepared. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need our services. We are Here to Help.

Preventing Commercial Water Damage

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water spewing out a pipe that is wrapped in a red towel. Damaged pipes and plumbing are a common cause of commercial water damage.

Before we look at how to prevent water damage in your commercial property, it is important to know what some of the most common causes of water damage are.

5 Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

  • Broken or damaged pipes.
  • Window or roof leaks.
  • Sewage backup.
  • Sprinkler malfunctions.
  • Storms and flooding.

Knowing the potential problems your business may run into is a great first step in preventing them, but what else can a business owner do to prevent water damage?

How to Prevent Commercial Water Damage

  • Know your property. Be aware of potential problems in your building. Has it experienced water damage before? What caused it?
  • Regularly inspect plumbing. Consider having a professional conduct regular maintenance on the plumbing system in your property.
  • Have an emergency plan. Have a plan laid out for each possibly disaster scenario that includes the location of water shut-offs.
  • Stay on top of repairs and upgrades. When things are outdated or break that could potentially cause a water problem, fix or replace them right away.
  • Keep your gutters clean. Make sure there are no blockages preventing water from properly draining away from the building.

Storms Can Cause Sump Pump Failure in Mapleton, MN

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Three green fans on top of subflooring. Sump pump failure after storms can cause extensive water damage.

Sump pumps are a very useful tool in keeping water out of your basement and home. Unfortunately they can't always keep up, especially if proper maintenance hasn't been routinely kept up. When severe thunderstorms roll through Mapleton or Ellendale, the water they bring may cause sump pumps to fail, allowing water to enter your home and bring water damage and destruction along with it. 

In this home, a sump pump failure caused extensive water damage that extended into the subfloors. Many water damage situations include drying the carpet, but this home was in need of even more drying. After removing the carpet, the subfloor was dried using one of SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna's unique solutions. Every disaster is different, so every solution we provide is different, too.

Severe storms are one of the biggest reasons that sump pumps fail. If you are experiencing water damage after a storm, your sump pump may be the culprit. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can help with water damage and sump pump failure after storms in Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, New Richland, Amboy, Owatonna, Waseca, Mapleton, Ellendale, and Pemberton. Call us today at 507-200-3700 to find a unique solution for your unique disaster.

Local Business Affected by Flood

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Large puddle on concrete floor of a retail space. Minimizing business interruption during a flood.

A local St. Peter store front flooded during this summer's wild storms. During some storms a substantial amount of rain can fall and any small leak in a door can cause a flood like this to happen.

Fortunately this business owner knew who to call. Upon arrival our technicians were able to extract the remaining water, dry the property before it caused any further damage and minimized any business interruption. 

In many businesses it is important to dry the property quickly so that business may resume as usual. Lost productivity and revenue can cause significant strain on any business.

If your business building experiences a flood of any size, small or large, you can trust SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna to get the job done professionally and promptly. 

Mold Hides in Mysterious Places

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on sheetrock found in Ellendale home Hidden Mold Problems Discovered

Mold is no friend of yours and SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is on your side when it comes to detecting and defeating mold. While it doesn't appear you have mold on the outside of your wall, it can certainly lurk in areas you wouldn't otherwise see or find.

This Ellendale Minnesota home had a small leak behind the kitchen sink. The homeowner was experiencing health allergies. After some research of their own they learned it was due to mold.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna was called out to do moisture checking through out the entire home and it was discovered a small leak behind the kitchen cabinet was the result of the mold allergen. It didn't appear to have a large amount of mold growth on the outside until the wet sheet rock was pulled from the wall.

Mold grows rapidly and can cause health concerns. If you're experiencing an allergic reaction it is always a good idea to get your home tested for mold growth. 

Additional information on mold toxicity can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm  

Electrical Fires & The Damage They Cause

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical Fires Can Happen With Any Device In Your Home...

Did you know electrical fires can be a major contributor to home fires? 

Electrical distribution, lighting, and power transfer equipment accounted for 50% of home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction in the last five years.

Power surges from lightning are the least common cause however it is best to use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risks of shock and to prevent electrical fires.

This Owatonna Minnesota home fire started due to a malfunction in a home humidifier. The fire spread quickly through out the home effecting many areas and damaging personal property. To make sure your humidifier functions properly always read the care and instructions of the manufacturers manual.

To find out if your home humidifier has been recalled for defects go to:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2006/humidifiers-recalled-for-fire-hazard 

If you experience a fire due to electronic malfunctions in your home call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna. We're here to help. 

Here To Help When a Fire Takes Control of Your Life

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Two women standing in front of a fire truck holding a green SERVPRO bag. Distributing Personal Emergency Bags in Owatonna, Minnesota

When fire takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna does everything we can to help take it back. Immediately after a house fire there are many things families may find themselves without. Simple things like tissues and a stuffed animal for crying little ones can provide comfort when a family has lost so much. Decreasing the stress just by giving kids a distraction and allowing the parents to focus on what their next steps are is just one part of what we hope to provide with our personal emergency assistance bags. The emergency assistance bags were distributed to Owatonna, Waseca, and North Mankato fire stations to allow families in our communities to access the resources provided immediately following a home fire.

The bags contain:

  • First aid kit
  • Tissues
  • Stuffed animal
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Diapers
  • Notepad
  • Pen
  • Tampon
  • Shaving Kit
  • Cotton swabs
  • Q-tips
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Phone book
  • Coloring book
  • Crayons
  • Chapstick

We hope the families receiving these bags can utilize them to make things just a little bit easier and more comfortable during such a stressful time. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna specializes in restoring homes after fires as quickly as possible to get families back in their home and back to their normal lives without too much disruption, and we hope that these bags help families during the time it takes to restore their home and belongings.

Finding Shelter During Severe Weather in Owatonna and Mankato

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Sign stating "Severe weather shelter area" with SERVPRO logo and cloud with lightening bolt Where can you find shelter in Mankato and Owatonna?

Severe weather such as thunderstorms, blizzards, and tornadoes can hit our area no matter where you are or what you're doing at that moment. You don't always find yourself in the safest possible area during severe storms. The radar may have started going off when you were in your car, at your workplace, or outside. No matter where you are when you find out what's headed your way, it is important to know what kind of shelter you can find at a moments notice. 

Finding shelter when you're in a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during severe weather is safer than being outside, but driving to a secure shelter nearby is a good idea if you have sufficient time. Look for bridges or other shelters you can park underneath.

Finding shelter when you're outside: If you get caught outside when a severe storm is approaching, it can easily cause panic. Your first instinct may be to take shelter under a tree, but this is not recommended. The tree may fall on you or put you at risk of getting struck by lightening. Look for a sturdy building (not a shed or storage facility) to take shelter in.

Finding shelter when you're at work: If your workplace does not currently have plans in place for what to do during severe weather or other emergencies, consider discussing it with others at your workplace. When severe weather is approaching, make sure to avoid windows and large open rooms.

For more information on severe thunderstorms and what to do before, during, and after one, visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/thunderstorm

SERVPRO Services in Waseca

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Collage of photos containing storms, a tornado, a tsunami, fire, snow, and dry dessert with SERVPRO logo in the middle. SERVPRO is able to handle damage from flood, fire, storm, mold, any other disaster to hit your home or office.

Why SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

Have you ever had to wade through a pond in your living room? Or, maybe you’ve returned to a half-burned home?  We hope you never have to deal with this but if you do, it’s always good to be prepared and respond quickly. With SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna as a partner, you can be better equipped to handle problems in your Waseca home or office!

Why SERVPRO?

  1. SERVPRO is a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration.
  2. Franchise professionals have the training and experience to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
  3. SERVPRO’s proven system helps to ensure a return to preloss condition.
  4. We work with most insurance companies.
  5. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SERVPRO doesn’t only handle fire and water damage. Other services include:

  • Storm damage cleanup
  • Mold mitigation
  • Restoration
  • Document restoration
  • Electronics restoration
  • Dry cleaning
  • Reconstruction
  • Biohazard cleanup
  • General cleaning

With over 1700 Franchise locations across the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is never far away.

If your Waseca home or business experiences water or fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna to be there for you.