Recent Storm Damage Posts

Don't Let a Storm Slow You Down, near Longville, MN

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a room after water removal with equipment placed from drying Drying, cleaning and sanitizing after a storm affected this property.

Specific steps are taken to minimize property destruction, prevent additional damage and to restore your home or business to its pre-damage state.

  • Inspection:  A thorough inspection is completed to inspect your home or business to determine the extent of damage incurred.  Each inspection defines the class and category of water damage and helps outline the most effective way to restore your property.
  • Water Removal:  This is an important step in preventing further damage from occurring in your home or business.  While using our advanced equipment we will also remove any carpeting, furniture and other items from the structure so they can be dried and cleaned.  We will also inventory and haul away any unsalvageable items due to excessive damage.
  • Structural Drying:  After water removal is complete our technicians will place our advanced equipment throughout the property and monitor the dry down process.
  • Cleaning and Odor Removal:  Special cleaners and disinfectants will be used to sanitize affected areas.  This removes all odors and leave only a fresh light scent behind.
  • Restoration:  After the drying, cleaning and sanitizing have been completed, the repair or reconstruction work can begin.  This process may mean roof repair, rebuilding walls and floors, painting and in some cases, re-tiling.

Preventing Mold After a Storm

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

After a storm, pictures shows water staining on ceiling. A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

When water enters your home after a storm, you will have more than a few things to worry about.  First, you want to make sure everyone in the home is safe and you've addressed the entry point of the water.  Any standing water should be quickly removed and for this you may want to consult with your water mitigation company in Nisswa, MN.

When things settle down you should turn your attention to possible mold growth.  Unexpected water from any source in your home creates good conditions for mold to proliferate.  Mold can appear quickly, in as little as 48-72 hours after a leak or flood.

The facts About Mold

A better understanding of mold growth can be helpful when dealing with it.  Here are a few basic facts about mold:

  • It is naturally occurring and is present just about everywhere
  • It is made up of microscopic spores
  • Mold spores thrive in moist conditions such as when standing water is present
  • Mold often produces a musty odor
  • It is unlikely to grow in rooms under 45% humidity

The control of mold in your home is important because it produces allergens that can be an irritant to health.  One of the keys to mold control is to eliminate excessive moisture in the home.

The Myths About Mold

Mold is a fungus and not a bacteria. Since it is naturally in the air and the soil it is really impossible to achieve complete mold removal. It will always be present in your home in small amounts, but will be unlikely to cause problems so long as moisture is controlled.
Mold can be contained with specific treatments and colonies can be removed through the use of antifungal and antimicrobial products. Contents such as clothes and furniture can also be cleaned and sanitized with the proper measures. Fortunately, you can contain mold growth even after a storm that brings water into your home.

Flash Flooding Overwhelm's Sump Pump in McGregor, MN

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of standing water on back patio above door sill plate. Standing water at back door of house after recent flash flooding.

Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.

  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.

  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.

  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.

  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

Information provided found at https://www.ready.gov/floods

Spring floods require planning.

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Two hands, each holding black rotary phone sets We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids is available 24 hours a day for storm and water emergencies, large or small.  When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.  Whether flooding or burst pipe, a delay of just a few hours cam greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We are Here 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 and storm damage restoration - in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your 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 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)?

We are ready to help, so call us today!