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What to Avoid When a Temperature Drop in Superior Causes Flood Damage on Your Property

11/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Avoid When a Temperature Drop in Superior Causes Flood Damage on Your Property Sometimes flood or storm damage remediation entails boarding up your property. Contact our team for effective services.

Ice Damming Can Allow Flooding in Your Superior Home

With winter weather beginning to settle into the Superior area, homeowners should be mindful of the situations that could impact their property in devastating ways. While there is a persistent possibility of freezing to plumbing that could prove disastrous, failure to maintain your roof through the winter season could have equally damaging results. Ice damming is a common situation for metal and shingled roofs, and this situation traps water on your roof until the weight can force a path through this defense into the attic space of your house.

Once your home has a vulnerable point for water penetration, situations that exasperate this penetration point can allow flooding to occur within your Superior residence. Many homeowners are not aware that their roof has become damaged until they see the effects of flooding within their house, and at this point, you need professional assistance that can show up quickly to help you overcome these damages.

Our SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly to help you assess the full scope of the damage and to protect the elements of your home that can still get salvaged from the water penetration that threatens them. This process begins with the emergency board up services for your attic space to prevent further water penetration into the property. Once this step has gotten completed, we can shift our focus to water extraction and drying approaches.

Fast extraction is critical to preserving as much of the structural elements of your home as possible. Our truck-mounted pumps within our SERVPRO Green Fleet can pull water from your home at a force of 300 psi. This equipment can quickly remove the excess water and allow our technicians to begin drying out the affected areas completely to assess what construction materials can get salvaged.

Flood recovery is challenging for homeowners to contend with on their own, as many of the drying and extraction efforts prove inadequate and allow for secondary effects like mold growth to occur. Trust in the fast response of our SERVPRO of The Twin Ports professionals to help you get your home back to original condition fast. Give us a call today at (218) 727-2575.

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West Duluth Property Owners Turn to SERVPRO for Streamlining Their Fire Loss Claims and Getting To Work

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage West Duluth Property Owners Turn to SERVPRO for Streamlining Their Fire Loss Claims and Getting To Work SERVPRO, West Duluth Fire Damage, Insurance Companies and a Great Cleanup and Restoration

Fast Fire Insurance Claim Estimations at Your West Duluth Home

As disasters impact your West Duluth residence, your responsibility as a homeowner is navigating the terrain of getting your home back to its original condition as quickly as possible. With a fire, this means securing professional restoration services and working with the insurance provider covering your house. As overwhelming as this might initially seem, our team can help you to make it simpler and streamlined to get restoration work started as promptly as possible.

With fire damages in your West Duluth residence, you cannot allow the damages to sit for weeks on end as you scour the internet for the best reviews and ratings of restoration companies. It is ideal to have a service in mind already, but if not, you should focus on the team that provides a comprehensive approach to their restoration and mitigation services. Our SERVPRO team can not only help to preserve damaged elements of your home with our fast response times but also work to make the challenge of the claim process more efficient as well.

Once the first responders and firefighters have left your residence and the fire has gotten extinguished, you should call our SERVPRO team before any other phone calls. This call can get boots on the ground and our Green Fleet of equipment rolling out to your address with an estimator to inspect the full scope of the damage to the property and catalog all losses. We work closely with local and major insurance companies, which gives us a working idea of what documentation and evidence are necessary to validate your claim and our estimations to get the claim you file approved quickly. The Xactimate Program is universally accepted for budgeting restoration services.

We continue our communication with both the insurance provider and the homeowner throughout the restoration process to determine a concrete timeline and milestones that get reached. You can depend on our SERVPRO of The Twin Ports certified technicians to make fire damages affecting your home “Like it never even happened.” Give our experienced professionals a call anytime disaster strikes at (218) 727-2575.

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How SERVPRO Removes Mold From You Lakewood Home

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO Removes Mold From You Lakewood Home Mold damages everything it touches. Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold in your home.

How Does Mold Remediation Work in Your Lakewood Home?

A chief concern among Lakewood homeowners is how their money gets spent towards improving their houses or to restoring damages that the property has sustained. While many might consider a situation like a mold growth to be commonplace in damp areas of their home, there are potential dangers with allowing the problem to persist or attempting to remove the active colonies on your own.

Mold damage can affect your Lakewood home in a variety of ways, but in summation, it poses the most significant risks to the structural integrity of the affected materials it feeds upon and poses potential health effects to occupants of your home exposed to the colony. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to remove this colony and to restore the damaged elements of your home.

From the moment that our experienced team arrives on the property, we get to work in assessing the full scope of the damage that your home has sustained, and what areas require isolation to prevent the spread of the colonies. This isolation takes place with the use of negative air chambers and air scrubbers, trapping active mold spores within the confinements of the small proximity of the workspace.

Removal of the colony can happen in numerous ways, from spraying the anti-microbial solution on the materials and sanding them until the entire hyphae have gotten removed or tearing out the affected materials when the damage has become irreparable. Our SERVPRO technicians have the mindset of preserving the original materials of your home before seeking to provide cause for reconstruction, so our measures begin with what solutions have the smallest overall impact on your life.

Mold is nothing that a homeowner should face on their own, especially when you understand the risks of allowing it to grow and thrive uninhibited. No matter if you are looking for peace of mind that mold has not colonized in your home, or you have growth that has spread into many areas of your property, our SERVPRO of The Twin Ports remediation specialists can help you. Call us any time at (218) 727-2575.

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Do you Struggle With Water Damage on Your Duluth Property?

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do you Struggle With Water Damage on Your Duluth Property? Water damage at your location can prevent a home or a business from feeling comfortable and smelling clean. Contact SERVPRO to remediate.

Remediating Water Damage in the Duluth Area

With the recent changes in the economy, Duluth residents are taking the risk and starting their businesses. Many are repurposing closed properties as their new place of business. That can save start-up owners higher rents, but when a plumbing failure happens, it can shut down the new business permanently unless they can quickly repair the damage.
In this situation, remediating Duluth water damage means speed. For SERVPRO, that means removing the water with pumps and extraction wands is only the beginning. The key tasks for us are to lower the inside humidity and dry the facility as rapidly as possible without accidentally causing secondary damage.
Our technicians start by setting up dehumidifiers. The industrial machines we use can remove 25 gallons of water from the surrounding air each day, depending on how much moisture is present. To augment their effectiveness, we also set up box fans at the entrances and exits to pull the damp air inside and force out it of the building.
With the devices in place, SERVPRO team members begin drying the floor and walls. They finish the floor with mops and squeegees to push any trace amounts of water off the surface and out the nearest door. To speed up the process, they also install air movers at key points to direct warm, dry air across floors. We use the same devices to force air across walls and other surfaces to force out moisture, so it is either captured by the dehumidifiers or drawn outside by the fans.
At the same time, other team members examine building material for damage. If there are any drywall or sheetrock panels, we recommend replacing them if they have already begun crumbling while still in place on the wall framing.
If wood support structures were affected, it might be necessary for our restoration specialists to sand down surfaces that cracked or split due to the excessive water. For interior wall framing, we can replace damaged pieces. If major supports were affected, the business owner needs to bring in a general contractor.
As a locally owned office, SERVPRO of The Twin Ports understands the needs of small and large businesses to stay open for every customer. If you need our services, call us today at (218) 727-2575. We are here for you.

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Why it is Important to Prepare for Water Damage to Your Duluth Business

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why it is Important to Prepare for Water Damage to Your Duluth Business Excess water can unexpectedly close a business. Use our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) to plan a response for an emergency.

Prepare For Emergency Water Damage To Your Duluth Business

The last thing a Duluth business needs is a water damage loss, particularly if it takes you by surprise. Water risks are everywhere in the Northland, including the dozens of rivers and creeks that flow into the big lake, the many kinds of precipitation that fall on your property year round, and the myriad of internal plumbing, roofing or gutter systems, and water-using equipment and appliances that can spring leaks. Plan with us to prevent a business threatening water damage disaster.

Our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) helps develop a concise blueprint for responding constructively to avoid significant losses when water intrudes inside your Duluth company. We come to your commercial building to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your setup. After the inspection and a discussion with you about your concerns and priorities, we make suggestions to safeguard essential records, inventory, and business equipment from water losses.

The SERVPRO ERP mobile app offers you another chance to customize your preparedness plan even further. Use the app to identify crucial components of your operation that a water disaster exposes to damage. Share with us the names of key employees or managers whom you designate as agents who can act on your behalf. List vendors and contractors who could help us help you get a water-damaged version of your business quickly back into operation.

Fifty percent of the businesses that close even for a few days due to water or other damage find it hard to survive the slowdown or stoppage a disaster inflicts. SERVPRO works with you to devise ways to keep operations at least partially open as we help your recover from commercial water damage. Your clients and customers rely on the services and products you provide. Preparing for the worst and exploring ways to limit the adverse effects of a water catastrophe is smart business policy, rewarding your company with renewed confidence from your constituency at a time when other businesses might be floundering.

SERVPRO of The Twin Ports stands ready to help you prepare for all kinds of natural disasters and human errors that result in water damage to your business. Call us at (218) 727-2575 to set up a consultation that results in a comprehensive Emergency Ready Plan and Profile.

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Team SERVPRO is At Your Service When Things Go South in Your Duluth Home

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Team SERVPRO is At Your Service When Things Go South in Your Duluth Home If storms bring flood waters to your Duluth property, call our SERVPRO team right away.

Reliable Help For Flood Damage In Duluth

Lake Superior spreads out beyond the horizon north and east of Duluth, a vast inland freshwater sea that can create what locals call a “Noreaster,” featuring gale force winds and heavy rainfall. Storms with significant precipitation are frequent in the fall, and your home can suffer major flood damage after such an event. Our skilled crews and powerful equipment make the difference when we take on your flooding project.

The hilly terrain in Duluth exacerbates the power of the flood damage becoming more severe as the water roars down steep streets and terraced yards into homes and garages. We delivered excellent flood restoration results for our community during historic flooding events in recent years and are eager to help with your flood damage needs today.

Strong winds bring down trees, sometimes onto your home, opening holes in siding and roofs that let in torrential rains. SERVPRO provides board up and tarping services to secure your flooded property, and to limit the amount of additional water that might invade. Once the building is stable, we begin pumping out the water. If electrical outages add to the challenge, we utilize power generated equipment from our vehicles.

After the majority of the water evacuates, our crews switch to truck-mounted extractors, using wands and extensions to access flood waters trapped in cavities behind walls, in cinderblock cells, or in other recesses. Full basements are the norm in the Northland, and SERVPRO works hard to remove all the water possible before switching to structural drying techniques.

Our technicians are well-trained in striking a balance among air movement, temperature, and dehumidification when drying out the flooded areas. Consistent monitoring of the moisture levels of flood-affected buildings is essential to completing a high-quality flood restoration. The SERVPRO team never rests until your home looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”

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If the gales of November bring flood waters to your home, SERVPRO of The Twin Ports is ready to remove the water and restore the damage. Call us day or night at (218) 727-2575 to schedule an assessment and restoration plan.

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Enjoy Your Lakewood North Shore Water View without Mold Worries Thanks to SERVPRO

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Enjoy Your Lakewood North Shore Water View without Mold Worries Thanks to SERVPRO Loving Your Mold Remediated Home on Lake Superior with the Help of SERVPRO

Reliable Mold Damage Remediation Up The North Shore in Lakewood

When Lakewood is your home, Lake Superior is often viewed in the distance, and the big water is never more than a mile or so away. Many small creeks and rivers run through the area, and the lake effect rains and snows take a toll on the roofs and gutter systems on homes, hobby farms, and businesses. Whether you live in a 100-year-old home tucked away in a rural corner or newer construction with a priceless view, mold growth can be a problem. We can help.

The North Shore area of Lake Superior features pockets of persistent dampness, and Lakewood Township homes are at risk of mold damage. Close to nature, often surrounded by forests, bogs, and marshes, mold spores are everywhere in the great outdoors seen through the windows of these north woods homes. Mosses grow freely on roofs, clogging gutters along with pine needles, and leaves, sending water trickling inside houses along the eave line or through the siding. If the moisture is not controlled, mold spores activate and multiply into complex colonies. Our Applied Microbial Remedial Technicians assess your mold damage scenario and devise a plan to manage it.

SERVPRO follows the protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete abatement of mold infestations. We do not overstate the health dangers of mold, preferring our customers consult with medical practitioners if they feel ill or impaired when mold proliferates in their home. At the same time, we want to follow established procedures that keep residents safe and prevents moldy debris from spreading throughout a building as we remediate it.

We inspect your property, testing if indicated, finding the moldy areas, and design a containment system for the space. Heavy duty plastic sheeting provides a physical barrier, and the addition of a negative pressure air scrubbing machine and ductwork seals the places we find and remove mold away from the airflow moving through the rest of the house. SERVPRO uses mechanical means to scrape and brush mold off surfaces. Even porous materials infested with hyphae, the rootlike growth of the mold, recover from a mold infiltration when we use safe but efficient abrasives like soda blasting to remove the mold.

Manage the moisture, and you minimize the damage mold does to your home. Contact SERVPRO of The Twin Ports at (218) 727-2575 to set up a microbial damage assessment.

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Fire Damage Remediation Mistakes in West Duluth That You Should Avoid

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Remediation Mistakes in West Duluth That You Should Avoid Cleaning up after a fire is something that is best left to certified professionals. Contact SERVPRO should your home sustain fire damage.

Why Arrange Professional Fire Damage Restoration for Your West Duluth House

West Duluth homeowners who feel confident taking on many home improvement projects might consider completing cleanup and restoration of fire damage on their own. The idea of saving some money and maintaining control over the process can be tempting, but do-it-yourself fire damage remediation is not the best approach. Your and your family’s safety and health are at risk, and the integrity of your home’s structure is also an issue. Our trained crews and advanced equipment can help.

A significant concern with DIY fire damage cleanup in West Duluth is the probability that the individuals handling the tasks expose themselves to health hazards. Fire residues are not common, household dirt. Tiny bits of items that burned incompletely during the fire make up the soot. Wood, plastic, foam, and textiles almost always leave airborne debris and coatings, some of which can contain hazardous materials including asbestos, formaldehyde, tar, and a wide range of chemicals depending on the composition of the building materials and fixtures in your dwelling. Sometimes the contamination of your home is so severe you and your family might need to move out to temporary housing during remediation.

SERVPRO fire restoration technicians deep clean the affected areas, removing the dangerous debris with products and tools that streamline the process. Our crews wear personal protective equipment and employ strategies to prevent fire debris from spreading throughout your home during cleaning and restoration. We work with your insurance carrier to avoid or minimize the length of time relocation is necessary. We use various specialized cleaning and containment equipment to complete restoration tasks more efficiently. For example, we install negative pressure air scrubber systems to seal off work areas and filter the air released while we clean, repair, and restore.

We also evaluate fire damaged articles you might believe are unsalvageable, saving both money and your property. SERVPRO production technicians train in specialized procedures that restore items including heirlooms to documents to toys, and many more.
Fire residues begin to deteriorate building components and contents immediately. The longer it takes to clean away the soot and smoke the more likely permanent and irreparable damage occurs. Working alone without professional equipment and expertise significantly slows the process. Hiring SERVPRO ensures a team approach, and our training and experience make sure the tasks we undertake complete quickly and appropriately.

SERVPRO of The Twin Ports has much to offer homeowners recovering from the effects of a household fire. Call (218) 727-2575 as soon as the authorities release your property back to you once the flames extinguish.

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Leaky Pipes Can Require Professional Restoration In Your Duluth Home

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leaky Pipes Can Require Professional Restoration In Your Duluth Home When water damage occurs steadily over time, there are many severe concerns that a homeowner should have once the problem gets discovered.

Professional Restoration In Your Home

As most Duluth homeowners already know, the winter months can wreak havoc on indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures throughout your home. Even with insulation, the sometimes extreme temperature drops can penetrate this covering and adversely affect the water within the pipes to warp or distort the plumbing connections, fixtures, or joints. The trouble is, many of these problems persist in areas that could get hidden within walls, or tucked away under a sink in the kitchen with a cabinet you rarely open.

With all of the places in your plumbing that could get disconnected or loosened over the years, water damage is somewhat of an inevitability for many Duluth residents. When water damage occurs steadily over time, there are many severe concerns that a homeowner should have once the problem gets discovered.

One of the initial things that a homeowner is going to need to focus on is the effect that this persistent leaking connection has had on the structural integrity of materials within that area. For example, a leak under the sink over time can oversaturate the cabinetry, and that persistent dampness could degrade the material to the point of requiring removal altogether. Our SERVPRO team can assess the integrity of nearby materials to assess their ability to get restored along with the cleanup and drying processes.

Another concern with a situation like a leak within the walls of your home is identifying exactly where the problem is and limiting the tear out required to repair the problem and dry up the damage it has caused. SERVPRO technicians have both leak and moisture detection equipment to narrow the search area to a small portion of drywall or paneling to significantly reduce unnecessary tear out that later must get replaced.

While this is a specific example of what could happen following a harsh winter in your home, our SERVPRO of The Twin Ports technicians is available anytime for any emergency that you might face in your residence. You can reach our rapid response team 24/7 by calling (218) 727-2575.

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Water Damage Solutions for Your Superior Coffeehouse

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Solutions for Your Superior Coffeehouse Your coffeehouse offers solace to so many. Contact SERVPRO should water damage affect your business.

Team SERVPRO Effectively Remediates Water Damage at Your Business Location

Near the UWS campus eateries catering to students as well as long-time residents of Superior thrive. Visitors to the Twin Ports as well as travelers passing through also seek the perfect cozy spot for a cappuccino and an artisan-baked pastry or hearty sandwich and soup. If water damage threatens to close your doors for even a few days, your business may not survive the challenge. We can help.

Our town has many charming venues in our repurposed business district. Commercial water damage in Superior, both chronic and due to emergencies, is a standard issue in older buildings. The approach you take as a business owner when you notice a water crisis can make a significant difference in how quickly the damage resolves and whether your business takes a hit from which it finds it hard to recover. Our talented water damage restoration technicians have the skills and experience to help you survive this setback.

SERVPRO emphasizes restoration over demolition and replacement. This informs the collaborative nature of our work with our commercial customers. We understand that you need every effort to be made to limit the time your business must be “offline.” In many cases, we arrange the tasks need to restore water damage in such a way that you can still welcome customers.

When we arrive, our crew chief assesses the water damage issues. If an emergency plumbing fix or other repair is required, we help arrange for it. Then we get to work with water removal and structural drying. SERVPRO’s equipment is commercial grade and high-efficiency, making short work of any standing water.

Our technicians train to make precise moisture measurements of affected structural elements. We take a baseline reading to help us determine our drying goals. We also use infrared scanning technology to locate any water hiding in the nooks and crannies of the 100-year-old building housing your business. SERVPRO technicians master a range of techniques to remove trapped water, including employing extensions on our wanded extractors or drilling holes through mortar joints to release the moisture.

Air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers achieve a balance optimized to accelerate the evaporation of water from saturated building materials. If possible, SERVPRO crew members barricade the area, so business goes one. Throughout we monitor the decreasing moisture levels until we reach the drying goal.
SERVPRO of The Twin Ports is ready and able to respond quickly when your Superior business suffers water damage. Contact us day or night at  (218) 727-2575 to schedule an assessment and begin the process of returning your property to preloss condition.

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