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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.

 Click here to find out more: https://www.SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/water-damage-restoration

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

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

deli Let us save your deli/co-op

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)

CSC Program CSC Program

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)

Call Now Call us at 507-200-3700

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.

Commercial Property Restoration

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Building fire Commercial Building Fire

How a Mitigation Company Can Help Rebuild Your Business

When you’re facing fire damage in your business, it can be overwhelming to think about how to begin the rebuilding process. However, consulting a professional fire mitigation company can help to alleviate the destruction caused by the fire incident. If you’re ready to call for help and begin restoring your business, this guide gives you an overview of the mitigation process.

Assessing the Situation

When mitigation professionals arrive at your business, they assess the damage that your building has sustained in the aftermath of the fire. Some of the forms of damage that they inspect may include:

  • Smoke damage
  • Soot damage
  • Water damage (from firefighting efforts)
  • Mold from water damage post firefighting efforts

These types of harm may be present in addition to fire damage caused by direct contact with flames. Professionals can help you determine what the degree of destruction is in your business.

Protecting Against Additional Harm

Examining the extent of damage to your commercial building allows mitigation specialists to prevent further harm from taking place. If your building has any missing walls or windows, professionals can board up these surfaces. They may also place tarps on the roof if it has been damaged as well. Moreover, having your business protected from additional damage can help when an insurance adjuster visits to inspect the state of your building.

Cleaning 

Finally, fire mitigation professionals clean any damaged items in your building and work on restoring your business. The steps in this process depend on the extent of damage that you are experiencing. If there are any signs of water damage, restoration specialists can remove and dry excess water. Likewise, they may clean any surfaces in your building that contain traces of soot or smoke.

Mitigation professionals can improve the condition of your business. Be sure to call the specialists at SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna immediately to help you reopen, no matter what type of water or fire damage you’re facing.

Mold in the Building?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Growth in Bathroom Mold Growth Left Untreated

Mold in the Building? Take These Steps Immediately

You go about your business each day at work focused on the tasks at hand. You probably give little thought to issues such as mold cleanup and fungal growth. However, if you come across this concern, it could cause great alarm for you and everyone in your workplace. On the bright side, there are some effective actions you can take when you discover this nasty substance.

Don’t Delay

The second you discover mold spores in your building, take appropriate action. Don’t shrug it off or procrastinate. This could only make matters worse and result in bigger concerns. Here are some essential steps:

  • Get in touch with the building manager.
  • Take some pictures.
  • Call a professional mold cleanup company.
  • Contact your commercial building insurance company. 

Inform the Property Manager

It’s important that you speak with the building manager about the situation so he or she can take necessary steps to prevent further mold contamination. The building manager will apprise other tenants of the situation. 

Take Photos 

This is an important step when you speak with a cleanup team and with your insurance agent. You want to document the extent of the damage and what type of mold is present in your office. 

Call the Pros

This might be the most crucial step in the process. Call the experts at SERVPRO to talk you through the mold remediation process. Mold cleanup isn’t something you should handle on your own. There are trained, capable professionals who have the equipment to thoroughly dispose of the mold in your building. The team will also clean and sanitize the area so you can rest easy knowing all the mold is gone. 

Speak With the Insurance Provider 

Your insurance plan may have provisions where it covers mold and all cleanup and restoration efforts. Discuss your concerns with your insurance agent and ensure that you understand your policy completely. 

Quick action and mold cleanup is essential when you find mold at work. Get a professional crew from SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna on the job, 507-200-3700.

Garage Fire Damage

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Garage Fire Garage Fire Aftermath

Garage Fire Damage

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year there are approximately 6,600 garage fires in the United States. The cause of most of these fires is electrical malfunctions. There are often combustible items stored in the garage. The items to consider for flame proof storage or keeping in a shed away from the home would be the following:

  • Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Paints
  • Propane
  • Varnishes 

How many of these items do you have in your garage?

Do you know if they are stored safely? It is also recommended to keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances. Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet. Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance. 

The reason that garage fires can become such a large and dangerous disaster is that they are often cluttered. Most homes have some amount of stored items in their garage. 

Garage clutter is a safety hazard. Stacks of items and junk piled high in the garage may not be stable and will also be fuel to any fire. 

Other less common causes of garage fires are:

  • Grilling inside garage
  • Improperly disposed fireworks
  • Failing to extinguish cigarettes fully

To avoid these causes going unnoticed, it is recommended to consider installing a smoke and heat detector in your garage. This creates a warning to something that may go otherwise unnoticed. If your garage is attached or detached from the home, the smell and smoke may not be quickly realized. These fires are fueled by chemicals and highly combustible materials, meaning it may easily travel to your home if not controlled. 

If your home experiences fire damage from a garage fire, call the experts in smoke and fire damage restoration at SERVPRO of Mankato /  Owatonna for help. Faster to any size disaster, we come equipped to help after a fire loss at your home. Call 507-200-3700.

Links

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/garage_fires.html

https://www.SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

What to do After a Storm

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Once a large storm has passed, it is a good idea to check for damage to your property. Doing so immediately following a storm can help reduce damage that would have otherwise worsened over time. Keep safety in mind first and pay attention to any potential hazards such as broken glass, the smell of gas, and electrocution hazards. If it is safe to move around your property, consider photographing the damage for insurance purposes. Once you have identified and photographed all damaged areas, contact your insurance agent. If the storm was large enough to be considered a disaster area, you may want to look into federal disaster assistance. Go to disasterassistance.gov to see if your area has been declared for individual assistance.

For more tips on what to do after a storm has caused water damage, visit https://www.SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/water-damage-tips

Have a storm damage emergency? Call 507-200-3700

We are proud to serve our local communities: Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, New Richland, Amboy, Owatonna, Waseca, Mapleton, Ellendale, Pemberton, and more.

Back to School Fire Safety & Social Distancing

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

kids wearing masks and backpacks Safety of students and staff should be put first in case of a fire.

Regardless of how the school day looks for your kids now, maintaining a healthy and safe environment should be a top priority. This includes continuing to conduct fire drills. In Minnesota, schools are required to hold five fire/evacuation drills, five lockdown drills, and one tornado drill per year. The current state of the world can make this difficult, but it is still possible and important! With all of the changes made in your school due to COVID-19, it is important that students and staff are familiar with theses changes and their expected course of action in emergencies.

Of course, there are concerns with conducting fire drills during a pandemic. The NFPA has addressed some of these concerns by offering alternatives to the standard fire drill: “Emergency egress training programs may be substituted on a one-for-one basis for as many as four of the required monthly emergency egress drills. The mixture of training programs and emergency egress drills might elicit student egress behavior that is superior to that instilled by drills alone.”

However your school chooses to conduct fire drills this year, remind your students that while social distancing is important, exiting the building quickly when a large fire occurs is even more important. 

Links:

https://community.nfpa.org/community/nfpa-today/blog/2020/08/07/building-and-life-safety-requirements-for-emergency-egress-drills

https://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards/detail?code=1

https://www.blr.com/Workplace-Safety/Emergency-Planning-and-Response/Fire-Prevention-in-Minnesota#:~:text=School%20drills.,035).

Storm Sump Pump Failure

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

sump pump Basement Sump Pump

The job of a sump pump is to keep a basement from flooding. However, basements are most likely to flood during storms. Homeowners count on the silo pump to direct the water away from the foundation and from entering the basement. During a storm, power outages are common. This can cause the sump pump to be unable to do its job.

With a pump that is dormant and groundwater levels are rising, water will start to seep up into the basement. The water that comes into the house from this kind of failure will contain soft solids. This would be things such as mud, plant matter, or sand. With grey water there is bacteria present. 

If there is a power outage during a storm and your sump pump has failed, you would be unable to use a wet/dry vacuum to help mitigate the water damage. In this case, call a water removal specialist, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna, are the experts in water extraction and drying. You may lay down towels and move any moisture-sensitive items such as furniture, antiques, documents, photos, draper, rugs or clothing. Water on these items for extended periods can cause damage and mold growth in as little as 48 hours.

It is important to make sure you have an adequately sized pump and a properly installed battery or gas generator back up. If you find yourself with water damage from sump pump failure during a storm power outage, call on SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at 507-200-3700 to help you get your basement back. 

Link: https://www.ajperri.com/blog/what-to-do-if-your-sump-pump-quits-during-a-storm

Committee Against Domestic Abuse Donations

8/8/2020 (Permalink)

Donations Donations for the Committee Against Domestic Abuse

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is dedicated to helping those in our community who need it the most. In July 2020, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna fundraised to bring necessities to the Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA). In 2019 CADA in Mankato helped to service 2,249 individuals.

CADA's mission is to "provide safety and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, and shelter. CADA is a nonprofit victim advocacy and emergency shelter organization based in Mankato, Minnesota. CADA serves an eight county region including, Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan Counties. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide free and confidential services to all victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence."

We were able to donate the following items: paper towels, disinfecting spray, disinfecting wipes, nitrile gloves, and homemade masks. We were also able to raise money donated directly to CADA through our Facebook page, totaling $70. 

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is known for being “faster to any size disaster,” but we are also known for our willingness to jump on board and help a worthy cause in our community. We are also currently donating bags that contain items to help families after a fire loss to our local Fire Departments and donations to local schools with fire safety information. We are always looking for an opportunity to support a cause or individuals who can use our help. Please reach out to SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna  if you or your organization is looking for volunteer or donation opportunities at 507-200-3700. 

Links:

https://www.cadamn.org/

Water Damage Timeline

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

Water Extraction Water extraction from flooring

After a water loss, water begins to spread and creep until stopped. Often times homeowners try to care for water losses on their own. No matter how big or small, water damage becomes worse with time if not properly extracted and dried. SERVPRO understands and tries to educate customers on the timeline of water damage. The negative effects of water damage increase quickly over time. Read below to find out how water can cause compounding complications over time:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, baseboards, upholstery, curtains and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears indicating the beginning of mold and mildew growth.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may start grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister and peel.
  • Wood flooring swells, lifts and warps.
  • Serious bio-hazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

If you experience water loss, consider the damages that may occur if you do not have professional help. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is prepared, day or night, to respond to water losses quickly and reduce the damages. We focus on saving your property and possessions rather than replacing. Call us at 507-200-3700 after your water loss. 

Water Damage Sources

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

Toilet Leak Toilet Leak

Most building materials when exposed to water for a long period of time will incur damage. They can degrade, rot and develop mold. All of which can make for a need for cleanup and restoration services.

There are several places water damage can be found. Often, home and business owners are not aware of the existing water damage. The first place is the wall beneath a window. Rain can sneak in between the window and the jamb all the way down into the studs. With time, leaks like these can rot wall studs and wood framing.

Beneath the dishwasher is a place most homeowners never look. However, leaks in the joints of the water supply line can cause slow leaks that you would never notice. This kind of leak can cause serious damage to subfloors. You may never even notice this kind of leak or damage until it is being moved or replaced. All of this stands true for washing machines and refrigerators as well.

In the bathroom, where water is abundant, many types of leaks and water damage can be present. Overflowed tubs, even if it only happens once, can cause damage to walls and floors. Toilets overflowing or even having a loose connection between the base and the drainpipe can accumulate water.

HVAC units collect condensed water in a shallow pan. That water then is drained into a floor drain. This can become clogged as it accumulates and overflows. This can also create mold, with standing water, that will need remediation.

These types of insidious water damage are often found once it has caused a problem beyond the source. Luckily, the professionals of SERVPRO® are equipped to locate, assess, dry and restore. They are also professionals in mold remediation and can take care of the mold that inevitably comes with water damage. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna for help, at 507-200-3700. Faster to any size disaster.

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/15-places-water-damage-may-be-hiding-in-your-home-52971#water-damage-under-window

Testimonial Tuesday

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna strives to deliver high quality work and we love to get positive feedback and even handwritten letters from our happy customers.

Here are testimonials from real customers:

Taylor Tompkins

“They are a very helpful and thorough company. You definitely want them to help you with your home when you have a crisis! Very hard working people.”

Tabitha Flann

“Great team with professional service. If you are ever unfortunate to find yourself with water or fire damage make them your first call.”

Sara Schultz

“The service was outstanding! Ken always kept us updated with the process and ensured everything was dried appropriately... which even meant he came out on the weekend!

With the weekend work we can continue our process and hopefully have our basement back to normal within a week/week and a half of the incident!”

Carley Kempe

“I called SERVPRO because my basement flooded.  I was a mess as I had just installed new carpet!  They were so polite and so helpful and were very quick to respond!  They came out and were very knowledgeable and actually informed me that the problem was my sump pump!  They were very professional, even dressed professionally!  Their equipment was clean and they even wore protective wear on their feet which was very important as I said my carpet was new!  They got my basement all dried and cleaned up and to my surprise there isn’t even any smell!  Hands down the best company I have ever dealt with, I will definitely be referring to them and calling them again if I ever need!  Thanks again Ken for all your help, I really appreciate it!”



Turning what could be someone’s worst day into a positive outcome and hearing how we helped ease the stress makes us proud. From a basement leak to a full fire restoration job, we are here to help and keep our home and business owners in the loop until our job is done. As a family owned location, this is more than a job, this is caring for our customers beginning to end. For fire & water cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at 507-217-6547. Faster to any size disaster. 

Le Center, MN Storms and Record Rainfall

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fleet on Duty at Storm Event SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna Fleet on Scene at Storm Response in Le Center, MN

Over 18 hours of thunderstorms led to heavy rains and scattered flash-flooding across southern Minnesota on June 29th, 2020. 

Thunderstorms began developing around 3 PM slowly expanding and increasing in intensity through the afternoon. Thunderstorms also developed along the warm front in southern Minnesota.

Brown and northern Watonwan Counties, northeastward through Mankato, Northfield, Cannon Falls, Red Wing, and the southeastern half of the Twin Cities area. Here, precipitation totals of 2-4 inches were common, with isolated areas receiving 5-8 inches of rain by Monday morning. 4.55 inches in St. Peter, 5.40 inches near Burnsville, 4.80 inches in Woodbury, 5.54 inches near Cannon Falls, and 6.13 inches between Hastings and Miesville. 

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna reported to a water loss in Le Center Minnesota during this storm. Le Center received over 2.5" of rain, and FAST. Once the green team of SERVPRO vehicles pulled up, the neighborhood noticed who was onsite to help. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna ended up responding to SEVEN calls in one neighborhood, thanks to word of mouth, and those bright green trucks! Being able to help a community of neighbors all affected by disaster, is what makes us proud to be a part of the SERVPRO team.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is faster to any size disaster and is ready to help wherever, and whenever, they are needed. Call 507-200-3700 after a storm leaves you mopping up a mess, to have our professionals at your home or business fast. Think of SERVPRO during this storm season. This rainfall wasn't the first, and wont be the last!

Commercial Water Damage

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

water in hallway water damage in apartment hallway

Commercial water damage

With many tenants, guests, or offices in commercial buildings, it often means more opportunities for water damage. The causes of water damage can include damaged windows, roof leaks, damaged pipes, sewer clogs, HVAC leaks, and sprinkler system leaks. A tub overflow in one apartment can soak several more, a pipe leak in one office could affect all departments and a window left open in one hotel room could cause mold growth from water damage. These incidents are common.  Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When commercial water damage happens, it can bring a lot of stress to a lot of people, and quickly. Water damage in commercial buildings is a serious problem that should be addressed as soon as possible to begin mitigation and drying. That's why SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is ready to be faster to any size disaster. Commercial water damage presents unique challenges. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna provides the following to commercial water losses:

  • Water Damage Cleanup 
  • Carpet Extraction
  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning 
  • Mold Remediation

Whether it’s discontented tenants, guests, or employees, let us help clean up and dry your business to get everyone back to work, staying or living comfortably. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility Thankfully, water damage can be less disruptive if you have an Emergency Ready Plan, an insurance plan that covers flood damage, and conducting regular property inspection and facility maintenance and best of all, having the experts at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna on speed dial at 507-200-3700. If you see signs of water damage in your commercial property, call the professionals right away. 

Why Choose Dry Ice Blasting?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna, we value knowledge and expertise in many cleanup and restoration techniques. The newest technology we are now offering is Dry Ice Blasting. This is a non-abrasive, non-conducive, non-toxic, and non-flammable cleaning method. It is used as an environmentally friendly way to remove surface dirt, soot or contaminates as it is an approved media by the EPA, FDA and USDA. It easily dislodges the contaminates and is simply swept away or vacuumed up. There is no drying time after use either. This process can be used in cleaning food processing equipment, mold, smoke, fire or water damage, medical devices and other wood or metal production equipment. Dry ice is colorless, tasteless, odorless, waterless, and non-toxic and therefore never compromising taste, quality, or safety. It is even safe for electrical and plumbing fixtures. 

How does it work?

Dry ice blasting involves propelling pellets at extremely high speeds. The actual dry ice pellets are quite soft, and much less dense than other media used in blast-cleaning (i.e. sand or plastic pellets). Upon impact, the pellet sublimates almost immediately, transferring minimal kinetic energy to the surface on impact and producing minimal abrasion. The sublimation process absorbs a large volume of heat from the surface, producing shear stresses due to thermal shock.  This is assumed to improve cleaning as the top layer of dirt or contaminant is expected to transfer more heat than the underlying substrate and flake off more easily. The efficiency and effectiveness of this process depends on the thermal conductivity of the substrate and contaminant. The rapid change in state from solid to gas also causes microscopic shock waves, which are also thought to assist in removing the contaminant. (Wikipedia)

Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting

  • No Water
  • No Grit
  • No Chemicals
  • Non-conducive (safe around electrical connections)
  • Reduces downtime for maintenance
  • Ecologically friendly
  • Saves money, time, labor, and materials
  • No exposure to corrosive solvents
  • Eliminates secondary waste
  • Cleans without etching or damaging surfaces
  • NO damage to sensitive machinery
  • NO drying time

 Call SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at (507)-200-3700 to find out if this is the solution for you.

Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry-ice_blasting

https://www.dryiceworks.com/blog/The-5-Most-Common-Questions-About-Dry-Ice-Blast-Cleaning_AE11.html

Flash Flood Information

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding street Flooding in street from heavy rains

Overnight and morning storms have led to flash flooding in central Minnesota. Rain amounting to 4+ inches in the Mankato, North Mankato, St. Peter, Lake Crystal, Nicollet, Kasota,Courtland, Hanska, Cleveland, Judson, Oshawa, Skyline, and Mankato Airport and Searles areas.

What to do to during a flash flood:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, rivers, ponds and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
  • If you must leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
    • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you must walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
    • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
    • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers, or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

What to do until help arrives:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible b mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying,
  • remove to a safe dry place any paintings, art, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

If a severe storm affects your home or business this year, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to respond immediately. Give us a call right away at 507-200-3700 so we can quickly begin water removal, remediation to prevent further damage, drying and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at 507-200-3700 for help.

Key Things to Look for as Businesses Reopen

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Aside from making sure the businesses you patron are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, there are a few other things to look for when evaluating if the property is safe for you and your family.

1.  Look for “signs” of clean.

When you first walk into a building, you should immediately take inventory of whether the space has been cleaned recently. A clean space should be free of visible dirt and trash. Fingerprints on doors and windows and stains on countertops and tables may indicate a relaxed attitude towards cleaning. High-touch surfaces should be disinfected regularly. Oftentimes, you can smell a freshly cleaned facility. Standalone sanitation stations are a good sign that preventing the spread of germs is a priority. You may notice physical signage stating when the space was last cleaned, who is servicing the facility, or details of a regular cleaning regimen. Many businesses are also hanging signage to remind guests and employees of proper social distancing standards.

2.  What adjustments have staff made?

Everyone has a responsibility to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The staff of retail businesses, restaurants, or community centers should be properly trained in CDC-approved cleaning methods. If employees are not using proper techniques or products, it might be because of a lack of proper training. Likewise, look for staff who are wearing gloves and masks and who are practicing safe distancing when interacting with customers. It is obvious when the business is not protecting its employees. People should come before profits.

3.  What adjustments has the business made to the physical space?

Many businesses and facilities have made physical changes to their buildings to help reduce the risk of spreading illness. The business may adjust the traffic flow of patrons to prevent congested areas. Contactless points-of-sale are becoming more common, and many businesses are constructing barriers between employees and guests. Some are even adding markers on floors to indicate safe distances. One good way to help prevent the spread of infection is to reduce the

number of touch points, such as propping doors open and opening windows to increase airflow. Some businesses are going a step further and reducing the number of guests allowed inside the space at one time.

4. Does it look like “business as usual?”

In the same way that the country changed following 9/11, what we once knew as “normal” may change forever. If a facility is still operating in the way it did before the coronavirus pandemic, there is a good chance the managers or staff are not taking the illness seriously and are not prioritizing the health of their employees and guests. Many have reduced their hours of operation or offered times when they are open only for at-risk individuals, such as senior citizens or those who are immunocompromised. Before stepping out of your door, check the company’s social media pages or their website for communications about their hours and the steps they are taking to protect patrons. These locations should be following federal, state, and local mandates regarding safety.

Last-Minute Severe Storm Preparations

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Storms across map When severe storms and tornadoes hit southern Minnesota, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help.

Preparation is key to keeping your family and your home safe during emergencies and disasters. However, if you have not yet prepared for an incoming severe storm or tornado, all hope is not lost. There are a few preparations you can still do a few hours before the storm hits. It is important to keep safety in mind first and stop preparations to find shelter as the storm approaches your area.

  1. Designate a safe room and make sure to place essential items inside. If you do not already have a designated safe room containing an emergency kit, make sure to at least grab food, water, a flashlight, and first aid supplies and head to a room without windows.
  2. Remove tree limbs and outdoor items. Even small items laying around in your yard can cause damage when traveling at high speeds. Bring everything inside that you can.
  3. Secure fences and outdoor furniture. Make sure the chance of flying furniture is at a minimum by tying down furniture and bringing in what you can.
  4. Check gutters. Make sure your downspouts are facing away from your home and clear your gutters of any debris.
  5. Protect valuables. Move valuable items such as a passport or insurance policy to a water-proof bag/container.

Make sure to also consider any specific needs your family has. It is also important to keep the entire household updated on the location of your safe room and any other emergency plans you have.

If a severe storm or tornado affects your home this year, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to respond immediately. Give us a call right away at 507-200-3700 so we can quickly begin board up and restoration services to prevent further damage and loss.

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO has dedicated teams specialized in fast response to natural disasters?

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is composed of the best of the best in restoration. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is proud to a part of the elite group of specialists who help to large losses and catastrophic events. From the Polar Vortex to Hurricane Harvey, no disaster is too big.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are uniquely positioned to efficiently respond to any catastrophic storm or event nationwide. With over 1,700 franchises strategically positioned across the nation, we are faster to any size disaster. No matter the event; tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood, we are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Immediate action is crucial as it limits further damage and reduces cost.

Our team is equipped to rapidly respond, board up, and promptly begin mitigation. As an IICRC certified firm, our crew members receive extensive training. They are not only trained and certified in restoration techniques, but also with our advanced technology, equipment, and cleaning products. Our elevated equipment has drastically impacted and improved industry standards.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna’s certifications include:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Avoid Kitchen Fires in Mankato and Owatonna

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

gas stove If you experience a kitchen fire in Mankato or Owatonna, our team is ready to respond quickly. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna 507-200-3700

Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen while food is cooking. Aside from being damaging, they also account for 15% of home fire deaths and 38% of home fire injuries. Kitchen fires usually occur when heat, electricity, water, and grease meet. Grease fires being the most common type of kitchen fires. Unattended pots, pans, burners, and ovens can all lead to starting a fire in the kitchen. Use a timer to keep yourself checking heat sources and staying nearby the stove when things are getting hot! Keep flammable towels, mitts, wooden utensils, and curtains away from any heat sources. Try to keep distractions to a minimum, such as children and pets, who could also be a tripping risk. Be on alert and stay in the kitchen while cooking to monitor cooking and stay aware of possible hazards.

If you do find yourself facing a kitchen fire, what should you do?

1. DO NOT pour water on a grease fire, this will only further ignite it. Place a lit over a small grease fire to smother it.

2. If it is too large, get out and close the door behind you to slow the spread.

3. Call 9-1-1.

4. Stay outside and follow fire department instructions.

5. Contact SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna and your insurance agent.

The US fire departments respond to 173,200 cooking related home fires a year. 53% of those hurt in these fires were trying to fight the fire themselves. Stay alert, cook with cation, and when in doubt if you can fight the fire, just get out!

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Links:

https://nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/cookingsafety.pdf

https://nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Cooking

Grilling & Campfire Summer Safety

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Grill with hot dogs on it Keep safety in mind this summer to avoid fires.

June and July are the peak months for grill fires at 15% and 18% respectively. The origin points for these fires stem mostly from grills that have not been cleaned and leaks from gas grills. Seven out of every 10 households have a grill or smoker! That means lots of yummy meals, but also an increased number of fires each grilling season.

Here are some tips to keep you and your home safe this season.

  • Only use outside away from railings and out from under awnings.
  • Keep grill and trays clean of build-up from grease and fat.
  • Keep lighter fluid away from children.
  • Never leave grill unattended.

Keep up with regular cleaning and give your grill full attention to make sure your backyard cookout this summer is safe and fun!

Along with grilling, roasting s'mores over a campfire is a summer staple. However, campfire accidents send thousands of people to emergency rooms with burns every year! 90% of wildfires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Many human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended.

Follow these simple guidelines to keep yourself, structures, and the forests safe from harm this summer.

  • Attend to the campfire at all times and keep small. A campfire left alone for only a few minutes can grow into a damaging fire.
  • Keep water on hand in order to douse if fire becomes too large or before leaving the site of the fire.
  • Keep campfires 25 feet away from buildings and structures.
  • Clear all dry leaves and overhanging, low branches.

If sing-a-longs, stories, and s'mores are on your agenda this summer, keep these tips in mind and toast those marshmallows responsibly.

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Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Grilling

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Canada/CanadaCampFireSafety.ashx

Emergency Board Up Services Can Help Save Your Home

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Tree crashing into house Emergency Board Up Services after Storms in Mankato - SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

Storms can bring extensive damage to your Mankato home. There may be damage to your roof, windows, doors, and more. When this happens, water, animals, and debris can easily enter your home and worsen the problem. Emergency board up services stop these things from continuing to enter the home. Our professional crews use approved board up techniques to minimize further damage and secure your property and protect the building from weather, animals, and illegal entry.

If a storm has affected your home, it is important to contact a professional and keep safety as your top concern. Falling trees, fire, high wind, and hailstorms often cause roof damage. Initial roof assessment should be completed from the ground as damage is not always visible. In the event of major roof damage, vacate the premises. While the roof is being inspected and repaired by a professional, tarping it will prevent secondary damage. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna will provide emergency roof tarp placement to prevent further damage. When disaster strikes, our team is ready to respond immediately with your roof tarping, board up, and restoration needs.

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you'll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

Need Emergency Board Up Services?

Call Us Today 507-200-3700

Water Damage Doesn't Wait!

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon flooded basement SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can safely restore your home after water damage, flooding, or mold.

Water damage and mold don't wait for tough times to pass. If water damage strikes your home during this coronavirus pandemic, you may be incredibly stressed and not sure what to do. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to keep safety top of mind. Do not enter any room with electrical damage, structural damage, or contaminated water. With keeping safety in mind, you may be wondering if your water damage restoration company is taking the necessary precautions when entering your home.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our customers. Our team members follow these preventative safety measures:

  • Greeting customers from a safe distance and refraining from shaking hands.
  • Frequently washing hands and using hand sanitizer.
  • Keeping a safe distance from customers.
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces.
  • Utilizing shoe covers, face masks, and appropriate PPE.
  • Providing information to help you and your family keep safe.
  • Answering any and all questions regarding proper cleaning and disinfecting.

We are here to help, so please let us know if there are any special precautions you would like us to take prior to restoring your home. Contacting our team when water damage, flooding, or mold strikes can help keep your family safe and your stress levels lowered.

Give us a call at any time to discuss your needs. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna - 507-200-3700

Keeping your Home Safe

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

keyboard, sink, door knob, light switch, phone, tablet, table, toilet Make sure to clean these areas regularly!

In this unprecedented time, community members are recognizing the importance of a daily cleaning routine. In accordance with the CDC, SERVPRO recommends the daily cleaning of the following items:

  • Keyboards
  • Phones & Tablets
  • Tables & Counters
  • Door Knobs
  • Light Switches
  • Toilets
  • Bathroom Fixtures

Keep in mind that while general surface cleaning can lower the number of germs, it does not kill them. By cleaning, sanitizing, AND disinfecting, you are further lowering the risk of spreading infection.

General Surface Cleaning: Physically removes microbes if possible, rather than killing them with a sanitizer or disinfectant.

Sanitizing: To be a registered sanitizer, test results must show a reduction of at least 99.9% in bacteria.

Disinfecting: Destroys or irreversibly inactivates microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi.

It is also important to remember to wear disposable gloves when cleaning, disinfecting, and even handling laundry. Be sure to wash your hands after cleaning as well as washing them regularly. If someone in your household is sick, it is especially important to safely clean and disinfect your home. Find more information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html

SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

Keeping your Workplace Safe

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

If your business is still operating during this unprecedented time, encourage your employees to...

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Stop shaking hands - use other noncontact methods of greeting
  • Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently
  • Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
  • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Be Careful with Meetings and Travel

  • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
  • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
  • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
  • Assess the risks of business travel

Handle Foods Carefully

  • Limit sharing food with others
  • Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

Stay Home if...

  • They are feeling sick
  • They have a sick family member in their home

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their properties. SERVPRO uses EPA approved products and follows the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we're here to help - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home. Give us a call at 507-200-3700.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna, 507-200-3700

Flood Prevention Tips for Your Mankato Business

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Man standing in front of desk surrounded by water SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can help your business prepare for flooding.

Flood Tips from SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain. For businesses in Mankato, it's a good idea to view river levels frequently.
  • In an emergency, listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Plan what you will do if your property is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuuity of operations plan, or COOP, and includes all facets of your business.
  • Plan for payroll continuity.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna to start developing your Emergency Ready Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
  • Review your emergency plans with SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.

Flooded Homes and Mold

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Wet windowsill covered in mold Mold and water damage problems? Call 507-200-3700

If your home has been affected by flooding, be on the look out for mold growth. Mold growth can begin and spread rapidly when water is present. Carpet, drywall, insulation, padding, and upholstery that have been water-damaged or exposed to flood waters are at the greatest risk of mold growth. The longer these items and porous materials stay wet, the more at risk your home is for developing severe mold problems. Contacting a professional to extract water and dry your property is an important step in preventing mold after flooding. If the flood water was contaminated with sewage or other wastewater or mold growth has already begun, it is especially important to call for help as soon as possible. The safety and health of you and your family should be top of mind when dealing with flooding, water damage, and mold.

Flooded basements are a common occurrence in Mankato each spring. Don't let your basement flood turn into a mold problem; call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna at 507-200-3700 right away!

Winter Storms & Your Business

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Icy background with text describing winter weather warnings Stay informed during severe winter weather.

Preparing for severe winter weather may seem like second nature if you’ve been living in Minnesota for most of your life, but there are still some things that can be overlooked each year. It’s a good idea to review tips and reminders every once in a while. Check out some of our tips on preparing for and staying safe during winter storms.

Communicate early and often.

Make sure your employees and customers are aware of incoming winter storms and what they should be prepared for. The earlier you can inform everyone of potential hazards and closings, the better. If your business will be closing during a winter storm for the safety of employees and customers, communicate this through several channels. Post on your Facebook, Google My Business, and anywhere else your customers look for updates from you. As the storm continues, so should your communication with everyone involved. It is also a good idea to have a plan for the customers that have not been informed and may still attempt to visit your business during a storm.

Have emergency materials ready.

If employees or customers are in your building during a winter storm, it is important to have a back-up heating source, emergency power, and supplies. Make sure your employees know where emergency materials are located and how to use them. In addition to survival materials (food, water, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, etc.), your emergency kit should also include supplies to aid in getting out of the building once it is safe to do so (shovel, ice melt, sandbags, etc.).

Have an emergency plan for each possible threat.

Be prepared for power outages, fires, carbon monoxide, flooding, and any other disasters that may come your way during a winter storm. Have all relevant information in a central location that employees are aware of. Include information in your plan such as avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning when using backup power supplies. Your emergency plans should be thorough yet concise. If you aren’t sure how to create or update your emergency plans, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is always Here to Help. Our team can help you develop an Emergency Ready Profile for free, as well as providing access to our Ready Plan app that allows you to access your plan at your fingertips wherever you are.

Winter Storms, Frozen Pipes, & Ice Dams Cause Water Damage

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Ice on pipe that is spraying water Water damage from frozen pipes in Mankato, MN

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your Mankato, Owatonna, or Waseca property. Since water damage from frozen pipes and ice dams are a common occurrence here, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to restore your home or business 24/7 this winter.

Extreme cold weather like we see each year in Minnesota can cause pipes to freeze and burst. The water damage resulting from this can be extensive and severe. 

Ice dams can also cause extensive water damage by preventing water from draining off of your roof. The standing water can back up under shingles and leak into your home or business.

When winter weather wreaks havoc on your home, causing water damage or mold, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is Here to Help. Our team has the resources and training to handle whatever winter storms and disasters affect our local community members. With a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country, we have the capability to respond Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Water Cleanup & Restoration in Mankato and Owatonna

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Green drying equipment and couch on floor Water Damage in Mankato, MN

Water damage and flooding can affect your Mankato home or business at any time without warning. When it does, immediate action is crucial, which is why SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is here to help 24/7 with your water damage or flooding emergency.

Our local and dedicated technicians arrive quickly to begin water extraction and drying right away. Throughout the process, everything is closely monitored and documented to ensure proper drying. We know how stressful water damage situations can be, and we are here to help throughout the entire process. 

We have helped countless community members in Mankato and Owatonna with their water damage needs and we would love to help you as well. We offer free estimates and work with your insurance for a stress-free claims process. Our goal is to make your water damage disaster "Like it never even happened" in the most convenient, caring, and cost effective way possible.

Check out our Water Damage Emergency Tips if you've recently experienced a water damage, and visit https://www.SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/water-damage-restoration for more information on water damage repair and restoration provided by SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna, or give us a call at 507-200-3700.

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.

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!

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.

Preparing for Storms in Amboy

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo and yellow road sign stating "Storms Brewing in Amboy" in front of a dark and cloudy sky. When storms are brewing, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna will be there

When storms are brewing, we may not think destruction is headed our way but sometimes the inevitable happens in Amboy, Minnesota. While storms can be beautiful, they can turn deadly in just moments. Being prepared will help minimize harm to people and bring less damage to your property. If you find yourself in the aftermath of a storm, let SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna turn your chaos back to normal.

A few ways to prepare for a storm with strong winds are:

  • Have a flashlight readily available in case of a power outage
  • Board up windows and doors ahead of time, if possible
  • Secure loose items
  • Have an emergency kit ready including non-perishable foods and water
  • Make a plan ahead of time so your family will know what to do

Your local meteorologists will monitor the weather conditions in your area keeping you informed on what type of storm is happening. A storm Watch indicates they are watching for formations of specific types (flooding, severe thunderstorms, hail, tornadoes, etc.)  A storm Warning means there are property and life-threatening conditions occurring so you should take precautions.

Once the storm has subsided in Amboy, please continue to be careful walking about your structure as there could be loose debris, and compromised structures, etc. Wear boots, and gloves to help protect yourself but above all call the professionals at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

Kidz Bop Ticket Giveaway in Mankato!

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

#SERVPROCleanThis

Looking for tickets to Kidz Bop World Tour 2019?

With school coming up quickly here in Mankato, you may be looking for some family fun before the summer ends. The upcoming Kidz Bop concert in Mankato will be a great outing for all members of the family. Their kid-friendly versions of today’s hit music are entertaining for all age groups and even some parents! The concert is on August 24 at the Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato, just over a week before schools begin here. Back to school supply expenses can pile up and make it difficult to be able to take the family to this event, but SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is here to help. We are giving away two Family 4-Packs to the show that are easy to win!

All you have to do to enter the drawing is LIKE SERVPRO OF MANKATO/OWATONNA ON FACEBOOK. For families that are extra excited to win, you can earn an ADDITIONAL TWO ENTRIES by posting a creative photo using the hashtag #SERVPROCLEANTHIS. This can also be a fun family activity! Having the kiddos come up with a fun photo idea and seeing it pay off by winning tickets can be awfully enjoyable.

Winners will be drawn Wednesday, August 21, so keep an eye on our page to find out if you won! What other concerts or activities would you like to see us give away tickets for?

How to Get Flood Insurance in Eagle Lake

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage & Insurance in Eagle Lake

Did you know that most property insurance does not cover flood damage?

Most insurance rates vary by company. While the rules for insurance varies by state, flood insurance is an exception.

Some homeowners’ policies will cover water damage if the damage comes from:

  • sewer or drain backup
  • sudden & accidental damage from plumbing, heating systems, or air conditioning

The policy might also cover mold remediation, but not if a flood caused the problem.

How to get flood insurance in Eagle Lake:

  • Check whether your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can still get flood insurance if you live in a low-risk area. The insurance will cost less if you live in a low-risk area.
  • Find an insurance agent in Eagle Lake. The NFIP is the only flood-insurance provider, but the government does not sell it. Buy the insurance through an insurance agent. The NFIP sets the rates.
  • If your insurance agent doesn’t know about the NFIP, call the help center at 1-800-427-4661

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Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance

www.fema.gov

Standing Water Can Be a Source of Diseases in Owatonna

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Mankato and Owatonna

Standing water of any kind in Owatonna can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk.

Different kinds of debris can be found in flood water such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for debris in the home as well to include rooted food and electrical problems.

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of  Mankato/Owatonna suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected.
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Mankato:

  • Avoid flood waters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

Being Prepared Can Save Your Belongings

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

With all the rain in Mankato recently, it’s a good time to make sure you are somewhat prepared in case of a basement flood. Many people utilize their basement as storage space. If you are storing things in your basement that you don’t want to lose due to water damage, you should consider how you are storing them. Cardboard boxes can soak up water quickly and damage everything inside within a short period of time. Using plastic tubs instead of cardboard boxes can help prevent the water from reaching the important items inside of them. If you don’t want to switch to plastic tubs, placing your cardboard boxes above ground level can be effective as well. Some community members place boxes onto cheap shelving units that keep them off the ground. This is a cost effective way of keeping multiple storage boxes off of the ground and keeping them organized and more accessible than heavy stacked boxes. A cardboard box on a porous concrete basement floor may also lead to mold problems. It is recommended that you store anything biodegradable on metal or plastic shelving at least 18 inches away from the foundation. If you think you have a mold problem or your basement floods, give SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna a call, we are here to help.

Recent Storms in MN Leave Potentially Dangerous Flood Waters

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flood waters in Owatonna

Flood waters and standing waters can carry infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and other risks of injury. Make sure to wash your hands after contact with flood waters and avoid eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood waters. Children should not be allowed to play in flood waters or with toys that have been contaminated and have not been disinfected. Handwashing is especially important with children and should be done frequently to avoid diarrheal diseases and other hazards.

The CDC provides information on possible infectious diseases after a disaster at: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/disease/infectious.html

Open wounds and rashes exposed to flood waters can become infected. Avoid exposure to flood waters if you have an open wound and make sure to keep wounds clean and covered to reduce the chance of infection. Flood waters also have the potential to move hazardous materials from their normal storage places. They can also displace animals, insects, and reptiles, so it is important to be alert and avoid contact.

For more information please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Benefit

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO 1-4-8

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna strives to bring every customer the 1-4-8 experience. 1-4-8 is our way of ensuring each customer receives quality service in a timely manner. It means that within ONE hour from notice of a loss, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna will contact you to arrange for service. Within FOUR hours of loss notification, our team will be on-site to start services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage. Within EIGHT hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person. After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction. By beginning services within just four hours, we can reduce the amount the amount of damage and get residents back into their home as quickly as possible. This also allows us to reduce business interruption for local business owners and help them get back up and running. About 50% of business’s never reopen after a disaster, but SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is here to help by being “Faster to any size disaster” thanks to our 1-4-8 abilities.

What's That Smell in My House?

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna can remove offensive odors from your Mankato or Owatonna home.

Smelling something fowl in your home can be alarming and irritating. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna has a few tips for identifying smells and getting rid of them. No matter what you’re smelling in your Mankato or Owatonna home, it is important to put safety first. The smell of smoke, rotten eggs, or dirty socks may be an indicator of dangerous conditions. If you smell smoke, get out of the house and call 911 as it may be a house fire.

In need of fire damage repair? Call SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna at 507-200-3700

The smell of rotten eggs may be caused by a sewer or natural gas leak, in which case evacuation should be considered. Gas leaks can also smell like propane, skunk, or a dead animal. Use caution if you smell something like this in your home but know that these fowl smells can have other less serious causes as well. If the smell is faint, it may just be an overflowing trash can or something the dog dragged in. If the odor is very strong, it may be best to leave the home instead of investigating.

If your home has a musty odor, like dirty socks or feet, this may be an indication of a mold problem. Mold can be harmful to your health, so if you smell mold or discover mold in your home it is important to resolve the issue promptly. Mold may not always be easily seen, so smell can be a good way of determining if you are in need of mold remediation.

Whatever the smell may be, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna’s trained professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate the odor from your home. From musty mold to lingering tobacco smells, we are here to help!

New Fire Separation Requirements in Mankato, MN

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Gypsum board separation under stairs.

The City of Mankato has enacted a new ordinance that will require all dwelling units (owner occupied and rental) to have fire separations in certain areas. Garage to house fire separations and a gypsum board under stairs are the main requirements of the ordinance. Garage fires can quickly get out of control, but a fire barrier can be an effective way of stopping the fire long enough for people to escape. For dwellings with attached garages, a fire separation consists of 5/8” type X gypsum board on the garage side of the wall separating the house from the garage. A fire door must also be installed between the garage and the house.

A gypsum board under enclosed basement stairs used for storage can also allow people more time to escape and allow firefighters to enter. Stairs are a common means of escape from basements and are used by firefighters in the home, so it is important for them to remain intact during a fire. Without the gypsum board, stairs can be quickly weakened by a fire enclosed in the space underneath them.

A fire separation is required on walls and ceiling under the stairs in all homes with basements. For newly installed separations, the material must be 5/8” type X gypsum board. All joints must be covered with tape and at least one layer of joint compound. Existing separations must be gypsum board in good condition with joints covered. An alternative method for under stair protection may be a sprinkler head taken off the domestic water supply.

Who Should I Use?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

Emergency situations usually call for quick reaction. In cases where a home or business structure in Steele County is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, we are the-fast-response you need to get relief.  Chaotic situations can be handled or endured in an orderly fashion with professionals and the right tools applied. When you must choose your clean-up/restoration specialist, you are likely considering a few important things:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation, remember, we’re here to help.  SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna are business owners, homeowners and renters just like you so we understand the initial needs. Our promise to you is to provide the same quality and integrity based service that we, as your neighbor, may also need in the future.

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

Floods in Mankato and Owatonna

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland.

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Create landslides
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Mankato or Owatonna:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car away
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

Why SERVPRO is The Best Choice For Your Waseca Home

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO opened in 1967 in Sacramento, California. Ted Isaacson, the owner, sold his first Franchise in 1969.  SERVPRO headquarters moved to Gallatin, Tennessee in 1988. Now it has over 1700 Franchises in the United States and Canada.

What does SERVPRO do?

SERVPRO provides:

  • residential & commercial cleanup of:
    • water/ flood damage
    • fire damage
    • storm damage
  • mold remediation
  • restoration

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna performs these specialties, including:

  • document restoration
  • electronics restoration
  • dry cleaning
  • reconstruction
  • biohazard cleanup
  • duct cleaning

SERVPRO works directly with most insurance companies, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Why SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna?  Each franchise is an individually owned and operated company. People who work for SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna live in the area.  Additionally, it has advanced expertise in water restoration along with specialized equipment in water removal and in advanced drying equipment. 

Technicians at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna have extra training and certification in water restoration. The technicians document every step. You will know exactly what SERVPRO did, and how the process worked. 

We are proud to serve our local communities:

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

Storm Evacuation with Disabilities in Owatonna

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Owatonna and Mankato

People with disabilities may need to pack more during an evacuation.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna has these tips:

Plan for backup if you have your own car. A storm or flood may damage your car.

Before an emergency, check with your healthcare provider to understand these things:

  • Where should I go if I need medical care?
  • Where can I get medical supplies?
  • How I do get accessible transportation?
  • Does the facility have disability ramp access?

Bring with you:

  • Written contact list
  • Medical alert tags/bracelets
  • Copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • List of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Style & serial number of medical devices
  • Supply of prescription medications
  • Supply of medical equipment
  • Extra battery for a power wheelchair
  • Any cushions or padding
  • Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc.

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Owatonna and Mankato:

Pack extra food,  water, & other supplies for the service animal

  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Fires From Arson Can Not Be Ignored

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent Fires in Blue Earth County

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Fires in Blue Earth County:

  • Arson & intentional fires. An “intentional fire” is one that is not set to cause harm, but it gets out of control.  Arson is a fire that is set to cause harm. Most of the time, arson and intentional fires are set outside. Deaths, injuries, and fire damage usually happen indoors
  • Candles-SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna has more info here.
  • Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries and home fire damage
  • Use all electrical equipment according to the directions
  • Heating equipment is the second most common cause of deaths in home fires
  • December, January, and February are the months that have the most home heating fires
  • Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other smoking materials are the biggest cause of fire deaths in the U.S. Think of preventing tragedy when explaining why to quit smoking
  • Children should never be left alone with matches, lighters, candles, or other dangerous materials. Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries every year

Please pay attention to fire safety. While we can help to restore your home or office, prevention and family safety should always come first. Share this blog with a friend who might want to learn more about fire prevention.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

Tips To Minimize Water Damage to Your Owatonna Home or Business

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Minimize Water Damage In Owatonna

If your home or business in Owatonna has water damage, you can do some things before help arrives.

Make sure that the building or home is safe.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna Wants You to Remember:

  • Waterlogged materials are very heavy
  • Wet surfaces are slippery
  • Make sure that electrical power is off before you handle devices
  • Make sure you are standing on dry area before you turn on electric power

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna suggests that you:

  • Remove excess water with mops and/or towels
  • Wipe water from wood furniture or other items
  • Remove wet cushions. Prop them upright to dry
  • Hang up rugs to dry
  • Place foil or blocks between furniture and wet carpeting
  • Turn on dehumidifiers or air-conditioning if it is safe
  • Move colored items from wet carpeting
  • Move artwork to a safe, dry place
  • Move loose items from the floor or counters
  • Start drying items ASAP
  • Remember that mold starts growing within 24 hours
  • Stay away from rooms that have sagging ceilings

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Links:

www.fema.gov

Flooded Basement in Your Mankato Home? Act Fast to Prevent Further Damage and Hazards!

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is here to help with your flooded basement in Mankato, Owatonna, Eagle Lake, Amboy, Pemberton, or Waseca.

The dreaded basement flood. We all want to pretend those three inches of water aren’t there and that the incident never even happened, but the longer you wait, the bigger the problem can become. Within just the few minutes it takes you to wrap your head around what just happened, water is absorbed into your walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets, and photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp. In just the next 24 hours, drywall begins to swell and break down, furniture begins to swell and crack, a musty odor appears, and more.

Ignoring the problem for even more than just 48 hours may cause mold and mildew to grow and spread (luckily, for those who do wait, SERVPRO’s highly trained technicians can be your best friend in mold mitigation!). Between 48 hours and 1 week, your doors, windows, and studs swell and warp, metal begins to rust and corrode, paint begins to blister, wood flooring swells and warps, and serious biohazard contamination is possible. Waiting longer than 1 week increases restoration time and cost dramatically, and structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to you and your family. Always keep safety in mind first, and make sure to evacuate when necessary.

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (507) 200-3700

Since SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is typically on-site within four hours, calling right away can prevent some of this damage. While you wait for that bright green truck to arrive, there are a few things you can do if you have determined it is safe to remain in the house. Keep in mind that electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns, and that wet materials can be very heavy. Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What To Do When Your Basement Floods

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do When Your Basement Floods

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Basement floods can really put a damper on things, but don’t let it take control of your life, and don’t wait to get help! Instead of waiting and pretending it never even happened, let SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna restore your home so it really is "Like it never even happened."

Mold In Drywall / Remediation and the EPA In Mankato and Eagle Lake

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Let Mold Catch You Unawares

Even a tiny bit of moisture can lead to mold growing in drywall.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that only licensed professionals can clean any surface that has more than 10 square feet of mold. The EPA cannot know how you take care of your home or business, but you will need an inspection if you want to sell. You might not see all of the mold. The sooner you get rid of mold, the less damage it can cause.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is licensed in mold remediation.

Mold remediation means getting rid of the mold spores that become mold as well as fixing the root cause of the dampness.

Mold can:

  • start growing on a damp surface within 24 hours
  • destroy the materials they grow on
  • spread and destroy adjacent materials
  • grow from tiny spores that travel through the air

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna can:

  • remove drywall
  • disinfect certain surfaces
  • find the source of moisture
  • stop the moisture problem

Links:
https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf


https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/index.html

Do You Have An Office Escape Route Planned?

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna hopes your home or business never has to deal with fire or smoke damage.  Sometimes, a portable fire extinguisher is not enough to save your property and the only thing you can do is escape.

 A small flame can turn into a large fire in a matter of minutes. Lives are more important than objects, so get yourself and others out of danger.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna Offers These Tips for Escape:

  • Make an escape plan ahead of time. Make sure everyone knows the plan
  • Make sure that all doors and windows open easily
  • Plan at least two different ways of escaping every room
  • When you leave, close the doors and windows to shut in the flames
  • Practice the plan
  • Do not stop to pick up valuables. You can replace objects
  • Make sure your plan includes a place to meet that is a safe distance from the home
  • Do not turn off smoke alarms when you cook. You may need the warning
  • If you have to go through smoke, crawl under it

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna reminds you to call the fire department once you are outside the home.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/EscapePlanningTips.ashx?la=en

STAY WARM AND SAFE THIS WINTER

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

SERVPRO of Mankato Owatonna wishes you a warm and safe 2019 winter.

Did you know….

  • $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
  • Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent).
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.

Practice fireplace safety and do routine maintenance checks. Call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna if you experience any fire or smoke damage @ 507-200-3700

For information on fire safety tips visit:

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Fireplace-Safety-Ti

CARE & CAUTION IN NORTH MANKATO

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your home, SERVPRO is cautious and prepared to handle all your concerns.

As the leading restoration provider in Mankato and Owatonna, our technicians are trained to take care of your personal property. We will always ensure to take caution when in contact with items that can't be moved, items that are of great value to you and provide all measures of safety.

In this picture, we had to remove several ceilings due to a water damage from a storm. We taped up a containment area in this kitchen to ensure no debris dirtied or damaged the homeowners cabinets and counter tops.   

Our technicians not only take pride in the work they perform but also take precautions when it is warranted. 

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is prepared to take all safety measures concerning your home and it's contents!

SERVPRO KEEPS IT CLEAN IN MANKATO, MN

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Equipment

Because we are ''the cleaning experts'' SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna believes having clean equipment represents our profession in a great way.

After each job we do, we clean our equipment and perform maintenance checks before placing it back on our shelves. We know and understand all jobs are unique and may encounter debris, dust or worse-mold spores. As cleaning and mold experts we ensure our equipment is working at top notch performance and represents the highest standards of clean.

After journeying back from a long trip helping residential and commercial property owners with storm restoration services, we stacked all our equipment to be cleaned and checked. Our technicians spent more than the better half of a day performing quality checks and cleaning equipment.

You can count on SERVPRO to help with all your cleaning needs. Call today to schedule an assessment.

WHY SERVPRO?

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna to help you. Our technicians are always ready to assist!

TOP OF THE LINE EQUIPMENT & SERVICES

Why call SERVPRO for your emergency services?

Let us tell you why. Because our technicians are highly trained and we only use top of the line equipment. The services were trained and certified in speak for themselves...

Certifications

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

And because SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is faster to any size disaster, we come ready to serve you. The picture above shows how important it is to call us should you have water damage happen to you. We come with top of the line equipment to quickly remove the water in your home or business. 

You can count on SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna to help you through any disaster you may encounter. 

Preventing Fires This Thanksgiving Holiday

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Did you know?

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires and can sometimes be due to turkey cooking methods.

When frying foods, you can increase the risk of a cooking fire.

Keep in mind of the potential dangers of deep frying a turkey:

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area. Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface away from things that can burn.
  • Make sure to have a “3-foot kid- and pet-free zone” around your turkey fryer to protect against burn injuries.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
  • Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.
  • A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it.
  • Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire. Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil won’t overheat.
  • The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries. Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items.

For more information and free fire-safety resources, visit www.usfa.fema.gov.

Commercial Cleaning At It's Best

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning with SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna prides on our commercial work. The new owners of this building were tasked with soot from exhaust fumes. A job SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna is trained to tackle. Our professional cleaning team while using the scissor lifts were able to clean all walls and ceilings. 

If you didn't know, soot can build up over time and cause an acidic residue to appear on any surface. This can lead to all kinds of issues. Not only is it unhealthy to work in and around but can be a daunting job to take on yourself to clean. 

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna understand how these residues can effect a business's appearance and we were pleased to help with this project.

Through our extended training and continued education we are able to resolve all cleaning tasks with top of the line commercial cleaning chemicals and procedures in making it like it never even happened©

If you have a cleaning project you're unsure of how to deal with, give SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna a call @ 507.200.3700

When Water Damage Effects Your Owatonna Business

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna is ready and prepared.

Water damage can effect any structure. It's usually always unexpected and comes with a mess to clean up after. The picture above is a conference room that was effected by water from a broken pipe in the building. Fortunately the director of the establishment called SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna to respond. Because they called as soon as they did, we were able to start the restoration process which resulted in less damage and repairs.

According to the latest research many businesses don't fully recover after a disaster, as much as 50% of them even. Which is why it is so important to take advantage of SERVPRO's© Emergency Ready Plans now. They are a no cost assessment to you and by developing a SERVPRO© ready plan you can prepare for disasters before they effect your business. 

The restoration project that took place in this building went very smoothly because of their quick response to call SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna. 

Call SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna today to start your Emergency Ready Plan @ 507.200.3700

Water Damage In Mankato Minnesota!

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

WATER DAMAGE RESPONSE TEAM

Water damage happens when you least expect it to, but rest assure because SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna are here to help with these kind of disasters. 

This Mankato homeowner had a pipe burst and the areas effected were not just in the walls but in the ceiling too. 

Our technicians arrived within under an hour, performed a full scope of services needed and began the restoration process. Not only did we begin the mitigation steps but upon further inspection our team members discovered mold growth behind interior walls. This resulted in a full cut out of a room. 

The homeowner had no idea their was mold or any previous water losses. Once we educated our customer of the real dangers of mold spores they wanted the mitigation to start immediately. 

The entire process was explained and we at SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna achieved 100% success in making another home safe again.  

SERVPRO IS READY TO HELP

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO READY

Water loss comes in all sizes!

Water damage can be of all sizes, no matter the culprit or cause of the damage. When it comes to commercial water loss SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to help you. 

We understand that these disasters can disrupt your business which is why we work our hardest to make it "Like it never even happened." We will always work with you and your employees to ensure the restoration process does not effect your flow of business by developing a strategic plan with you and your company. 

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna will come equipped to assist in every way possible. You can count on us to show up prepared to get your business back up and running without any further interruptions.  

Fall Maintenance Tips for Mankato / Owatonna Homes

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Fall Maintenance Tips for Mankato / Owatonna Homes

Autumn is just around the corner. As hard as it may be to accept "at first" we Northerners know it's coming. No matter how much we'd like to pretend winter will take its time getting here, we must start preparing now. 

There is important maintenance work to be done before that first snowflake appears out your window. It’s these tasks we don’t always look forward to but a must.

While the weather starts to change, now is the perfect time to get started on cleaning those gutters.  Avoiding this task can ultimately lead to damage to your home including but not limited to:

  • Damage to the gutters itself. Your gutters can become heavy when full of debris and fall causing a hazard to you, your family or visitors to your home. Not to mention you’ll need to repair or replace them adding costs that can be prevented.
  • Fire hazards due to dry leaves left behind. No one wants to think a fire could happen but if a spark from even a neighbor welding “who may be using all safety precautions” can cause a spark to fly into your gutters resulting in a fire.
  • Water can become backed up in those gutters and can eventually cause water damage to your roof, garage and even the walls and ceilings of your home. This happens more frequently than we believe it does.

Take the time in the coming weeks to clean your gutters and while your at it use these safety tips to ensure your safety during these cleaning projects:

  • Do check for critters first. Sometimes animal wildlife and or pests can be taking up home in your gutters. Gently shaking the gutter first might help alert small animals to find another home.
  • Choose a good and sturdy ladder. If you don’t have a safe ladder it might be a good idea to buy a new one or borrow a ladder that ensures your safety.
  • Make sure to inspect this ladder before using it for any damage. Inspecting this ladder for sturdiness on each step and ensure that all screws are secure. The ladder should be safe for use before you make that first step. Check your owners manual for any specifications when using specific ladders.
  • It’s always a good idea to let someone know you will be performing this task in case of accidental injuries or falls.
  • Remember both of your feet and one hand should always be in contact with the ladder you’ve chosen to use. This is called a 3 point contact and should always be considered when on a ladder.
  • Using protective eye wear will keep your eyes safe from any debris inside your gutters.
  • Wear gloves. A cleaner hand is always favored but wearing gloves may also be the one thing that may protect you from a bite or sting from an insect.

Best of luck to you all in getting those gutters cleaned.

Stay safe and stay tuned for more useful tips and practical advice from SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna to ready your home or business for the Winter months.

Storms Can Be Unpredictable!

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna Rerouting to get to you.

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna fully understands how Storms can become unpredictable. The photo you see here in this blog shows that even in sever floods SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna will find a way to get to you. Our technicians drove an additional 20 miles to get around these flooded roads to reach a homeowner and help with their flooded basement.

When Storms or Floods hit Mankato or Owatonna and even the surrounding areas where services are limited or none exist SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna is ready to help anyone we can!

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Mankato / Owatonna and other areas where services are not available, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today @ (507)-200-3700

Watch Out For Mold In Your Owatonna Home

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has guidelines about mold. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities would like to share these guidelines.

Question- What Causes Mold to Grow:

  1. Moisture
  2. Warmth
  3. Protein-Protein is in building materials like drywall
  4. It is also in wood and in many paint
  5. Skin cells (we shed them all the time
  6. Dog and cat dander

How to identify mold:

  1. Only a licensed professional can identify what kind of mold you have. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities does not identify mold types
  2. You need to know what kind of mold you have

How to eliminate a mold problem AFTER an inspector has identified the type of mold

  1. Call a licensed professional. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities is licensed in mold remediation. We know how to clean up the different mold types
  2. Be aware, there can be much more mold than you see. Mold spores are tiny
  3. Without proper training, equipment, and safety measures, you should NOT try to resolve the problem yourself

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

Candles and Fire Prevention in Mankato / Owatonna

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. It is so important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your home or office.

Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities offers these tips for candle safety from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA):

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Don’t let children near candles
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure that candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • If the flame has to burn until the candles are out, keep the candles in holders that keep the flames behind glass
  • If the flame has to burn until the candles are out, keep the candle holders in a sink or a metal container of water
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Don’t light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One third of all candle fires start in the bedroom
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home uses oxygen, do not use candles
  • Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.

A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If you have to deal with damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle, your friends at SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna. We are just a phone call away.

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Candles

https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/religious_candles_safety_tips.pdf

Fire Extinguisher Safety in Mankato / Owatonna Cities

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

All of us at SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities hope you never have a fire. If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning the damage left by smoke and fire in your home or office.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities suggests you remember PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle side to side.

If you see a small fire at your place of business or home, and you think you can take care of it yourself, use these tips above. If you have any worries, you and everyone should leave the building and call 9-1-1 when you are safe, outside.

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Storm Damage Can Cause Mold in Mankato / Owatonna Cities

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

Mold grows out of tiny spores. Spores are tough enough to survive indoors or outdoors in harsh conditions. Spores can survive for years. Scientists have found ancient mold spores that could grow into mold.

Standing water and moisture can lead to mold growing in your home. Mold does not need visible water to grow. Humidity inside the home is enough. Small amounts of water vapor can help mold grow.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities knows that storm or flood damage can allow the mold spores to open up. Any dampness can lead to mold.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities can remediate mold that grows on:

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Carpet
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Crawl spaces
  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Bathrooms
  • Anywhere in your home or business

To treat mold correctly, it is criticially important to first stop the source of moisture. SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities can clean and repair the damage caused by mold in your home or business. More important, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities has a specialty in mold remediation.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/index.html

Prevent Mold in Your Mankato / Owatonna Cities Basements

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities wants to help educate others about mold:

  • Mold can grow almost anywhere
  • to grow, mold needs:
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture
    • oxygen
  • It grows rapidly
  • It causes damages property
  • It thrives in basements

If you have a small amount of mold on a dish, you can clean it. You can even throw it out. If you have a large amount of mold, however, you need a licensed professional to do the mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities is licensed in mold remediation. We know that the best offense against mold is a good defense.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities suggests the following criteria for preventing mold damage in your basement:

  • Elevate equipment and inventory above the floor
  • Maintain humidity below 40% with a dehumidifier
  • Use water-resistant materials in building/repairing the basement
  • Use galvanized or stainless-steel hardware
  • Repair leaky pipes
  • Cover any dirt in crawlspaces. This prevents water from seeping through the ground
  • Ventilate the basement

If you follow these steps, it will greatly decrease your chances of experiencing the destruction caused by mold in your home or office.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide

Thunderstorms & Lightning in Mankato / Owatonna Cities

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities

Thunderstorms can be beautiful, but they are dangerous. They can cause severe damage to your home and property. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes
  • Cause flooding

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.

You can’t prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare.

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Mankato / Owatonna Cities
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”. You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately. Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown”. Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers. Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1527866280447-8ee0ba123e9a7b91c75b97dfb62cb657/ThunderStorm_May2018.pdf

Use Caution Outside During Tornado Season

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

In Mankato / Owatonna Cities, we know about the dangers of tornadoes. Storm damage, water damage, and high winds can cause death, injuries, and property destruction.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities knows that tornadoes can rise up quickly. We may not always be able to get to shelter.

If you are caught outside during a tornado in Mankato / Owatonna Cities:

  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. Tornadoes can flip cars
  • Do not use your car as a shelter
  • You are safer in a low, flat location
  • Do not hide under a bridge or an overpass. Structures can collapse
  • Shield your head and neck with your arms
  • You can use blankets or coats for more shielding
  • Watch out for flying objects
  • Do not try to cross through water. Water can rise rapidly

When a tornado strikes a home or business, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities is here to help clean up the mess. But the most important thing you can do is to stay safe.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

Commercial Flood Insurance in Mankato / Owatonna Cities

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Buy flood insurance from an insurance agent.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities is interested in helping the businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood.

Things to know in Mankato / Owatonna Cities. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

  • All agencies in Mankato / Owatonna Cities charge the same for flood insurance
  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities recommends the following:

  • Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office. Call SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna @ (507) 200-3700 if you need help getting your office back to it's pre loss condition.

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Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance

www.fema.gov

Mankato / Owatonna Cities Flood Evacuation Emergency Kit

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities wants you to be prepared if a flood forces you to evacuate.

Some of these items can be kept in a waterproof container (your emergency kit). Medications probably cannot, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

If a flood in Mankato / Owatonna Cities means you have to evacuate your home, you will need:

  • Written contact list
  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices

Some people in Mankato / Owatonna Cities will also need:

  • At least one other person who can get your medications & supplies
  • At least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, allergies, and dosages
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses
  • Hearing-aid batteries
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in Mankato / Owatonna Cities, consider:

  • Pet food and toys
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna Cities suggests you find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/

Mold and Mildew in Mankato and Owatonna

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna enjoys raising mold and mildew awareness in our community. Both mold and mildew are types of fungi. Mildew is never useful, but some kinds of fungi are okay, like mushrooms (if you like mushrooms) and some molds can be useful, like penicillin. Other kinds of mold are definitely not okay and you definitely don’t want them growing inside your home or office. SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna can help, if you discover something growing in your home or office that should not be there.

Education about the different kinds of mold and mildew in your home is important, and finding an industry expert to inspect it critical. SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna recommends getting an inspection done. If you need assistance getting rid of the problem, please give SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna a shout and we would be happy to help.

For more information about Mold and Mildew visit the following helpful link.

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Mankato or Owatonna Home.

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO© of Mankato / Owatonna will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (507)-200-3700

Disasters Happen. Being Prepared is Essential!

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month.

September is National Preparedness Month.

Being prepared for disasters is crucial to the safety of you and your loved ones. If your family or business is not equipped with an emergency plan now is the time to make one.

The American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters. Develope an escape plan for your home or business and include all routes of escape. Indicate where fire extinguishers are located, where all windows and doors are located that can be used to escape.

In this plan indicate the location of emergency supplies, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, first aid kits as well as emergency contacts and where utility shut off points are. In any fire escaping to a safe area is the most important thing you can do.  

In addition to this plan always make sure household members or business employees know exactly where to meet in case of fire and other disasters. Practice these emergency evacuation drills at least two times each year as well as testing all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly.

Being prepared is essential for your safety and will benefit everyone in your family or business if you prepare now. It's easy to prepare an emergency kit and build a checklist of what you need. We at SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna can provide an Emergency Ready Profile if you are uncertain on how to establish one. We're just one phone call away to helping you prepare for a disaster before it happens.

Did You Know?

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Call today to schedule your Emergency Ready Plan

As many as 50% of business may never fully recover following a disaster? According to the latest industry research of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at your peace of mind.

By developing an Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna your business minimizes interruptions by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how fire and water damage effect your business.

SERVPRO knows that preparing for such disasters is key to recovering and having a plan is essential. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a great tool to implement into your company emergency plan because having this ready is critical to responding to the needs of your business and the best time to prepare for a disaster is before it happens!

The advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

1. A no cost assessment for your facility. A great value.

2.  A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from your current business projects but it will save you a lot of time having this plan in place.

3. A guide that helps you get back into your business building following a disaster thus minimizing the amount of time your business is inactive.

4. Establishes SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna as your professional disaster recovery team. You will have a recognized industry leader at your side and close by for the convenience of all Restoration services.

5. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. Having this plan in place minimizes further damage and faster response time.

6. The Emergency Ready Profile provides details such as shut off valves, priority areas and contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do and who to call is essential and now at your fingertips by using the Emergency Ready app on your smart phone.

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna is ready for whatever happens. Are you?

Call today to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile at (507) 200-3700.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna 24 HR Emergency Water Damage Services

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato / Owatonna provides 24 Hr Fire & Water Damage Services.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Mankato/Owatonna areas.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 
507-200-3700

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Does Your Mankato or Owatonna Home Have A Mold Problem?

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold In Mankato and Owatonna.

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • 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 spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (507)-200-3700

When Storms or Floods hit Mankato / Owatonna, SERVPRO is ready!

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

When storms hit Mankato and Owatonna

When Storms or Floods hit Mankato / Owatonna, SERVPRO is ready!

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mankato /Owatonna.

SERVPRO ofMankato/Owatonna specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Mankato/Owatonna, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROmankatoowatonna.com/disaster-recoverythat are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (507)-200-3700

Anytime, day or night. We are here to help!

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Blue Earth, Steele and Waseca counties.

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies no matter how large or small, we are here to help! When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We're always available.
Call SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna Today @ (507)200-3700

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and unsure of what steps to take after disasters occur. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What you can Expect:

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • Make recommendations to ensure you and your families safety.

About SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna

SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. With over 20 years experience you can be rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property and help you along the way to get back to the preloss conditions of your home or business. We at SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna make all of the people we serve our number one priority and take pride in helping each and every person we meet. 

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