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Flooding won't affect Monday classes

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding won't affect Monday classes Heavy rains and frozen ground flood local Brainerd school.

Brainerd Public Schools

SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids was recently called for an emergency flooding in the lower level of a school.  The Brainerd Dispatch caught us in action in an article by Theresa Bourke on Mar 17, 2019 at 5:00 a.m.

An orange hazard warning marker alerts pedestrians of the water-removing hose across the sidewalk working to clean up minor flooding Thursday, March 14, at the Washington Educational Services Building on Oak Street.  Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch

If any Brainerd students thought the flooding at three school district facilities would mean a longer spring break, their hopes are about to be dashed.

"Everything's cleaned up pretty well.  It'll be ready to go by Monday, "Building and Grounds Director Earl Wolleat said Friday afternoon, March 15.

So despite flooding at the Washington Educational Services Building, Forestview Middle School and Brainerd High School Thursday, all classes will resume as scheduled Monday.

Muddy water flooded the cafeteria at Washington school, Wolleat said, while the office at BHS and maintenance room at Forestview also fell victim to water.

"What happened is those rain leaders, when they contact the sewer mainline, they tend to freeze up.  And if you get rain this early in the year, it's a problem," he said.  "We're not supposed to be having an inch of rain when we've got really cold temperatures and frozen ground."

But the messes were cleaned up as of Friday, with just a final scrub left to do on the Washington cafeteria to prepare it for students Monday.

Wolleat said he will put a camera down the pipe at Forestview to make sure everything is intact.

"We'll just do what we need to do to make sure it's all back in shape," he said.  "It takes some time to totally figure out what has to be done after all the ice melts away from everything."

Investigations on potential damages from the water are still ongoing.

The flooding caused the district's KinderClub and Fun 'N' Friends programs to be moved to Riverside Elementary School Thursday and Friday.

Helping make it "Like it never even happened."

Cass County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cass County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Cass County.

SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids 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 - 218-568-6923

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 Brainerd and Park Rapids 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 Brainerd and Park Rapids

SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids 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

With any leak, IT'S THE WATER YOU DON'T SEE that may cause the most damage.

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

General With any leak, IT'S THE WATER YOU DON'T SEE that may cause the most damage. Slow refrigerator water-line leak, caused extensive damage Pillager, MN

4 Common Causes of Water Damage

Whatever the cause, water damage that occurs to your home in Crow Wing County can be incredibly stressful and costly to deal with. Especially severe cases can damage the structure of your house, completely destroy furniture, ruin personal belongings, and cause mold to grow. The key to avoiding water damage is by ensuring there is no excess water in your home due to leaks, puddles, or too much moisture in the air. Here are four common causes of water damage to be aware so you can prevent them from ever happening in the first place.

1. Plumbing Issues

Issues with your plumbing can cause extreme water damage before you even realize that anything went wrong, which is why prevention is key. Make sure to check your bathrooms and sinks regularly to observe for any leaks, musty smells, or a problem with your toilet. Avoid a major pipe cleanup by replacing old, rusty pipes if you notice any.

2. Appliance Leaks

Watch out for the four appliances that leak the most by checking for leaks, faulty connections, or cracked hoses:

  • Washing machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher 
  • Water heater

3. Issues With Your HVAC System

HVAC systems are prone to leaking or freezing due to dirty coils, a broken pipe, or temperature issues. Make sure to perform regular maintenance and inspections on your HVAC and address any concerns before leaving your home on vacation to avoid leaking water in your home while you’re away.

4. Lack of Ventilation

One easy but important way to avoid having to call in a water restoration specialist is to ensure your home is well ventilated. This is especially true in your bathroom. When you take a shower, make sure to turn on your exhaust fan, crack open a window, and leave the door open.

Undiscovered leaks and moisture build-up can cause damage to the floors, walls and ceilings of your home, leading to soft drywall, warped floors and ceilings, or worse problems.  This damage may go unnoticed for an extended period of time, proper cleanup is important to the restoration of your property, possibly reducing the cost of repairs needed.

Local Brainerd Restaurant Pipes Freeze

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Local Brainerd Restaurant Pipes Freeze Storm sewer in basement of restaurant after pipes burst.

When local restaurant had several of its pipes burst SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids was called in to assist with the dryout and clean-up.  The pictures show standing water in the basement storm drain, what you don't see is that this drain is four feet above floor level.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Our trained technicians are here 24/7 to help your business get up and running.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (218) 568-6923

Be Safe with Your Holiday Decorations

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

General Be Safe with Your Holiday Decorations Here to Help!

Holiday Lights and Electrical Decorations Safety Tips

by ESFi.org

Now that Thanksgiving is over, many of us will be decorating our hoes for Christmas.  While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the magic of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely.

  • Always purchase electrical decorations and lights from reputable retailers.
  • Use lights approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
  • Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together.
  • Consider purchasing LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.
  • Before decorating, determine how many outlets are available and where they are located. Plan your displays accordingly.
  • Carefully inspect each  electrical decoration.  Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.
  • Follow the manufacturer's use and care instructions that accompany electrical decorations.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices.  They can overheat and cause a fire.
  • Make sure that cords are not pinched in doors, windows or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord's insulation.
  • Do not mount or support light strings in a way that might damage the cord's insulation.
  • Always unplug electrical decorations before replacing bulbs or fuses.
  • Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving home or going to sleep.

Remember SERVPRO of Brainer and Park Rapids is Here to Help @ 218-568-6923.

Crow Wing, Cass, Wadena and Hubbard county residents, if you suspect mold follow these safety tips.

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Crow Wing, Cass, Wadena and Hubbard county residents,  if you suspect mold follow these safety tips. Be Careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it.  You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home.  When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - 218-568-6923

Crow Wing county Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Crow Wing county Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Crow Wing county home.

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 Brainerd and Park Rapids 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 - 218-568-6923

Happy Thanksgiving

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

General Happy Thanksgiving Don't get too Stuffed!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Be safe this Thanksgiving.  Cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home and of fire injuries, so please follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure your oven is empty before turning it on.
  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
  • Turn pot handles inward over the stove.
  • Remember to "stand by your pan" and stay in the kitchen when boiling, frying or broiling.
  • Use a timer when baking or roasting and never leave the house with the oven cooking.
  • The best way to respond to a stovetop fire is to "put a lid on it" and turn off the heat.
  • The best way to respond to an oven or broiler fire is to keep the doors closed and turn off the heat.
  • If the fire is not quickly snuffed out, leave the house and call 911 from outside.

Remember SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids is always Here to Help at 218-568-6923.  Save our phone number to your phone so that you can be Hero Ready if disaster strikes you home or business.

We are "HERE TO HELP"

Frozen pipe burst in Pequot Lakes, MN

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen pipe burst in Pequot Lakes, MN This was caused by freezing temperatures and a burst pipe.

An external water spigot froze and burst inside the wall and caused this waterfall of ice along with extensive water damage throughout this three story house.  The damage included SERVPRO needing to remove all hardwood flooring on the main level and removing all of the drywall throughout the lower level.  This picture is what the homeowner arrived home to see.

SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids was called in to clean up the aftermath!  While this was a trying time for the homeowner he was glad we were on-site to start the drying process immediately.

He had even said, "Now I can refinish my house the way I should have done it in the first place.  Thank you for what your crews have done for me."

He even called SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids to perform the post-construction clean-up.