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Mold tends to hide wherever it can

12/1/2022 (Permalink)

Hidden mold behind bathroom mirror Mold hides behind a bathroom mirror causing significant damage

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna and our crews have been remediating/mitigating mold for many years and we have the advanced experience, equipment, technology, and certified skills to attack any mold of any concern. Most people tend to scare easily at just the word "Mold" however, mold is present everywhere, even in outer space. Of course, the mold was in a space station, but it just goes to prove, it is everywhere.

Mold fact: Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

Mold is everywhere. Mold requires water, food, and oxygen to grow. It also requires an environment with a temperature it can survive. While mold cannot spread without these conditions, its spores may survive in a dormant state.

The culprit(s). Excess moisture or a leak is usually the culprit behind mold colonies. In many cases, humidity is the key factor in the spread of mold. If your humidity level is above 45% you should think about running a dehumidifier.

Detecting mold. Proper advanced tools are sometimes needed to locate mold. It's one thing to visibly see the mold, but that's not always the case. if you have allergies that act up in certain areas of your home or commercial building, now is the perfect time to call for a professional inspection. 

Rest assured because SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is Here to Help you with our advanced technology, industrial-grade equipment, advanced testing, and superbly-trained-certified and caring technicians. 

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  • Emergency Contact - (507) 200-3700 Calling us is always the first step ;)
  • Inspection of Mold Damage. A free-no cost assessment of your unique situation
  • Mold Containment-Preparing to prevent further mold spores to travel and create further damage
  • Air Filtration-advanced industrial-grade equipment are used to prevent further travel and catch as many of the mold spores making the areas breathable again.
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials-removing mold is necessary, and certain types of materials and surfaces must be cleaned accordingly. 
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings-all surfaces and contents must be addressed differently and once we've established what type of mold you could possibly have; a plan of action is put into place. 

If you suspect any mold or a musty smell in your home or office, do not hesitate to call us at 507-200-3700 for a free inspection. We will arrive quickly and prepared to help in every way possible. Our number one goal is helping to make any property damage, whether from mold, water/fire, or storm damage a thing of the past. 

Fires can cause significant damage

12/1/2022 (Permalink)

cause of loss-kitchen fire A technician is on site at a fire loss

Christmas is just around the corner. So close we can almost taste the holiday meal, feel the wonderful presence of our family members and see the lights and snowflakes falling outside the windows. But did you know the holiday seasons are also peak times for emergency calls for fire damage? 

Once the first responders extinguish the fire, your home will be left with smoke, soot, and other fire hazards. Your air ducts may be filled with corrosive elements making the air you breathe unhealthily. There are many steps to fire damage restoration and it's important that you hire a professional company to help with the aftermath of a fire, such as SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna. Although every fire is unique in itself, so is the restoration process. To give you an idea of what it looks like when you call a highly skilled company to help is below:

The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The fire restoration process begins when you call us. Our friendly office staff will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the type of fire damage you experienced, and determine the equipment and resources needed.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediately Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if fire fighting efforts were involved)

If needed, we can begin the water removal process with powerful pumps and extraction units. This removes most of the water. We complete the water removal and drying process with industrial-strength dehumidifiers and air movers. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean and sanitize the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. Our professionals use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.


If you require professional fire/water damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is just a call away @ 507-200-3700. We will respond quickly and make the damage "Like it never even happened." We are Here to Help you and our community 24 hours, 365 days a year.

Fires are more frequent during the holidays

11/18/2022 (Permalink)

Holiday fires on the rise Kitchen fires are the most frightful but common fires that happen.

A cozy holiday season may look a lot like the crackling of logs in a fireplace, a scented candle to fill your home with a comforting aroma, a flicker or glow of Christmas lights in the room, and a tasty meal cooking away in the kitchen but, did you know, all of these things can be a risk for fires? That said, unfortunately, the holiday seasons are usually the highest season for fires, usually caused by decorative faulty wiring (Christmas lights), distracted cooking in the kitchen, and sometimes a fire can be the result of a "not so good" candle placement or a curious family pet.

The top 10 safety tips below may help keep you, your loved ones and home safer this holiday. 

  • Install alarms on every level of your home, inside each sleeping area. You can never have enough smoke alarms!
  • Plan your escape route. Make sure your family has a plan in place and practices it.
  • Keep an eye on smokers and provide a designated area outside with an option to soak cigarette butts in water. 
  • Cook carefully. Distracted cooking is the leading cause of fires during the holiday season.
  • Ensure all decorative lighting is in good working order and complies with electrical codes.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Give space heaters space-always ensure the space heater is not located near drapes or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use all electricity safely-replace cracked or frayed cords, don't overload extension cords.

We hope no one experiences a fire this holiday season, but if you do, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is Here to Help. If you do experience a fire that requires a 911 call, it's important to know that your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts.

Please call us immediately if you experience a fire, small or large; we are always just a call away at 507-200-3700




Your mold restoration professionals are just a call away

11/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold can occur anywhere This commercial property suffered a large mold loss

The professionals at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna have become the #1 trusted leaders in mold damage mitigation and remediation services in Blue Earth, Steele, and Waseca counties and we are always Here to Help the community in every way possible. Our technicians have undergone extensive training and certifications to tackle any size mold damage. The IICRC (Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) is just one of the few incredibly accredited certifications our technicians hold.  

No one likes mold. Mold can be a microscopic horror to some, but did you know, mold is always present in the earth's atmosphere? Yep, sure is! Therefore, mold can never be 100% eradicated and SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna urges you to seek caution if any company tells you otherwise.

Our techs at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna are never afraid of mold, actually, many of our techs find the challenge rewarding (thoroughly enjoying the satisfaction of restoration and providing another healthy home or office building.)

Please read on to learn about the real facts about microscopic growth (mold). 

Mold Facts and Myths:  

  • There is always, sadly, a little mold everywhere.
  • Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, and pets can carry it indoors.
  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners to combat mold. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
  • Mold is often the result of excess water damage and SERVPRO professionals have the advanced equipment to locate microbial growth. 
  • Not all molds are dangerous to our health. Some types of molds are actually used in medicines and in our food (such as specific cheese).
  • Preventative actions do reduce the possibility of mold outbreaks. Preventative action can be done by controlling the humidity in your home, proper ventilation inspections, and inspecting for any small leaks regularly. 

Above all, DO NOT disturb any mold growth. Call us to inspect immediately @ 507-200-3700

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna does not charge for mold inspections. Just call us and we'll provide you with peace of mind knowing we've been able to combat every mold scenario we've encountered. Our technicians have outstanding experience, certifications, and training to attack any mold situation. Please refer to these tips and call us immediately at if you see any signs of mold or suspect a musty smell in your home or business. 

Your mold restoration professionals are just a call away

11/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold can occur anywhere This commercial property suffered a large mold loss

The professionals at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna have become the #1 trusted leaders in mold damage mitigation and remediation services in Blue Earth, Steele, and Waseca counties and we are always Here to Help the community in every way possible. Our technicians have undergone extensive training and certifications to tackle any size mold damage. The IICRC (Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration) is just one of the few incredibly accredited certifications our technicians hold.  

No one likes mold. Mold can be a microscopic horror to some, but did you know, mold is always present in the earth's atmosphere? Yep, sure is! Therefore, mold can never be 100% eradicated and SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna urges you to seek caution if any company tells you otherwise.

Our techs at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna are never afraid of mold, actually, many of our techs find the challenge rewarding (thoroughly enjoying the satisfaction of restoration and providing another healthy home or office building.)

Please read on to learn about the real facts about microscopic growth (mold). 

Mold Facts and Myths:  

  • There is always, sadly, a little mold everywhere.
  • Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, and pets can carry it indoors.
  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners to combat mold. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
  • Mold is often the result of excess water damage and SERVPRO professionals have the advanced equipment to locate microbial growth. 
  • Not all molds are dangerous to our health. Some types of molds are actually used in medicines and in our food (such as specific cheese).
  • Preventative actions do reduce the possibility of mold outbreaks. Preventative action can be done by controlling the humidity in your home, proper ventilation inspections, and inspecting for any small leaks regularly. 

Above all, DO NOT disturb any mold growth. Call us to inspect immediately @ 507-200-3700

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna does not charge for mold inspections. Just call us and we'll provide you with peace of mind knowing we've been able to combat every mold scenario we've encountered. Our technicians have outstanding experience, certifications, and training to attack any mold situation. Please refer to these tips and call us immediately at if you see any signs of mold or suspect a musty smell in your home or business. 

Mold tends to hide wherever it can

11/18/2022 (Permalink)

Hidden mold behind bathroom mirror Mold hides behind a bathroom mirror causing significant damage

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna and our crews have been remediating/mitigating mold for many years and we have the advanced experience, equipment, technology, and certified skills to attack any mold of any concern. Most people tend to scare easily at just the word "Mold" however, mold is present everywhere, even in outer space. Of course, the mold was in a space station, but it just goes to prove, it is everywhere.

Mold fact: Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

Mold is everywhere. Mold requires water, food, and oxygen to grow. It also requires an environment with a temperature it can survive. While mold cannot spread without these conditions, its spores may survive in a dormant state.

The culprit(s). Excess moisture or a leak is usually the culprit behind mold colonies. In many cases, humidity is the key factor in the spread of mold. If your humidity level is above 45% you should think about running a dehumidifier.

Detecting mold. Proper advanced tools are sometimes needed to locate mold. It's one thing to visibly see the mold, but that's not always the case. if you have allergies that act up in certain areas of your home or commercial building, now is the perfect time to call for a professional inspection. 

Rest assured because SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is Here to Help you with our advanced technology, industrial-grade equipment, advanced testing, and superbly-trained-certified and caring technicians. 

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  • Emergency Contact - (507) 200-3700 Calling us is always the first step ;)
  • Inspection of Mold Damage. A free-no cost assessment of your unique situation
  • Mold Containment-Preparing to prevent further mold spores to travel and create further damage
  • Air Filtration-advanced industrial-grade equipment are used to prevent further travel and catch as many of the mold spores making the areas breathable again.
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials-removing mold is necessary, and certain types of materials and surfaces must be cleaned accordingly. 
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings-all surfaces and contents must be addressed differently and once we've established what type of mold you could possibly have; a plan of action is put into place. 

If you suspect any mold or a musty smell in your home or office, do not hesitate to call us at 507-200-3700 for a free inspection. We will arrive quickly and prepared to help in every way possible. Our number one goal is helping to make any property damage, whether from mold, water/fire, or storm damage a thing of the past. 

Faster to any size disaster

11/18/2022 (Permalink)

Arriving promptly to a service call Arriving promptly to a service call

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is Faster to any size disaster. Having a professional company like SERVPRO handle your water damage is the best choice you can make.

Why? Because we have stellar technicians who have gone through massive amounts of training, use the most advanced technology and industrial grade equipment and will handle any size disaster at any time of the day. 

Let's face it. Water damage is never planned but every water damage is an emergency. If not assessed and treated immediately secondary damage such as microbial growth can occur making more costly repairs and lowering the chances of restoring a family's home and contents. 

Our goal is always RESTORE VS REPLACE. That is perhaps why many insurance companies require homeowners to hire accredited professionals (like SERVPRO) in fire and water damage restoration. 

Our technicians receive great feedback from our customers because we do everything in our power to make the damage "Like it never even happened." 

If you experience vandalism, require biohazard clean-up or endure a flood, fire; suspect mold or need any commercial or residential deep cleaning, give us a call at 507-200-3700. We are Here to Help.

Choose SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna for all your water damage emergencies

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ducks sit on the dash of a van Our technicians are prepared for all the ages in your family when you experience a water damage emergency:)

Why choose SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna? 

When your faced with a water damage disaster, our technicians go above and beyond to help make the damage less stressful on you and your family. 

Story Time…from our technician/owner operator to you.

I arrived at the residence to scope out the water damage emergency. The “washing machine failed to do its job” as the homeowner had put in those exact words. I could tell it was a stressful event for her. I started the inspection immediately and turned the water off and got to work. After all the water was extracted, I went to my truck to grab equipment to start the drying process and saw a little boy watching me in the window. We always carry little green SERVPRO ducks in the dash of our vans, so I grabbed one on my way inside the home. Little did I know there were two more kids and I had only one left in the van that afternoon. I mean, “what we’re the chances of that happening?” As promised, the very next day, I brought more. The kiddos had such a great time playing with the SERVPRO ducks and it kept them busy while I discussed the next steps of the restoration process. I gave the mother a few more ducks to stash in case the children lost them. That was the highlight of my day, seeing those happy faces, mom included, and I was glad to help. 

Ken

At Mankato/Owatonna, we will go above and beyond to help you and your family during a water damage crisis. 

If you find yourself in need of water damage restoration services, seek no further than the professional crews at Mankato/Owatonna. We are here to make the damage “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at 507-200-3700 or online here, by submitting a contact form for us to call you at your convenience. 

 Franchises are independently owned and operated 

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is Here to Help make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial flooded hallway Your emergency is our emergency. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Whether you experience a flood or require deep commercial cleaning, our highly skilled and experienced technicians are just a call away.

We understand you probably have enough to do in your day-to-day business schedule that you don’t have time to clean up after a water damage disaster. Our crews at Mankato/Owatonna can help you overcome the water damage emergency while you continue attending to your everyday business.

Your emergency is our emergency. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients and allows for your employees to work in comfort. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna has the training, expertise, and industrial grade equipment to handle any size disaster.

The longer you wait to call a professional restoration company like us, the probability of secondary damage is likely to happen which can include microbial growth of any kind. Our Techniques and cleaning solutions meet the requirements of:

  • (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency
  • (FDA) Food and drug Administration
  • (OSHA) Occupational Safety and health Administration

We offer a wide variety of services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

If you need a particular service and are unsure if we can provide it, just give us a call; we’ve seen and cleaned it all. You can reach our friendly office staff at 507-200-3700 or submit a contact form here for us to reach out at a time that works for you.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.  

Kitchen fires are the leading cause of fire damage in the U.S

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

A kitchen home fire Kitchen fire restoration services available 24/7/52

Fires are not only devastating and destructive, but they leave behind harmful smoke and soot particles and, in most cases, water damage from the firefighting efforts. Not only does fire and smoke damage affect the structure of your home, but it also affects your personal belongings as well. Our focus is on Restoring vs replacing and you’d be surprised what we can clean and restore to preloss conditions.

Soot spreads fast and leaves behind a greasy residue that can be hard to clean all on your own. It is crucial to remove the residue and smoke odor with the appropriate techniques and solutions, otherwise the soot will just spread, and the odor will remain in the structure and in your belongings for years to come.  

Our Mankato / Owatonna team specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition, and we use several methods of cleaning your contents, 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.

We also provide onsite content claim inventory services for you and your insurance company. Our Contents Claim Inventory Services:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate reports
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Organized list of what is salvageable and “in worse cases” what is not

Check out our website gallery photos to see what we’re capable of cleaning and restoring here.

If you or someone you know has suffered through a fire loss, do give us a call before you toss anything out. We have over 20 years of experience cleaning, restoring and we are Here to Help. Call us now at 507-200-3700 for fast, reliable fire & water restoration and cleaning services.

Franchises are independently owned and operated