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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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SERVPRO is Your Source for Expert Flood Damage Help in Superior

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO is Your Source for Expert Flood Damage Help in Superior When flooding causes a great deal of damage to your home, contact SERVPRO to dry out your property and remediate the damage.

Our Technicians Arrive with the Training and Equipment to Quickly Dry Out Your Flooded Property

Living next to the largest freshwater lake in the world exposes Superior residents to significant weather extremes. Torrential rains and mixed precipitation gain volume and energy from the vast expanse of water and can cause severe flooding risks to your neighborhood and home. The significant amount of water your basement can contain during and after a lake effect storm needs professional attention. We are ready to help.
 
Most houses in the Twin Ports have full basements, and your home is no exception. Flood damage in Superior from the heavy rains while a line of severe storms moved through the area has your focus, with storage areas, appliances, and mechanical systems all in harm's way. You need a fast response employing commercial quality water removal and then drying equipment to ensure that the progression of water damage halts.
 
SERVPRO’s services are available round the clock, 365 days of the year. We know that water incursions due to natural forces respect no one’s timetable or company’s business hours. Contact us immediately regardless of the hour as many building materials and personal possessions deteriorate quickly when saturated.
 
Our crew arrives with fully equipped service vehicles, including submersible pumps, water extractors, and drying tools. SERVPRO’s crew chief evaluates the safety of the flooded area, cognizant of the possibilities of broken glass and metal and contamination of the water from both external and internal sources. We might need to power down the electrical grid in your home until we evacuate the water. Our equipment can be truck mounted, using power generated on the vehicle.
 
We pump out the flood water, containing it if it is contaminated with the contents of a sewage backup or yard and household chemicals you stored in the basement. Our employee's disposal of the tainted water proceeds according to local regulation. SERVPRO crew members measure and monitor the moisture content of structural components as we move on to drying. Baseline moisture levels inform our drying goals, and we also use infrared scanners to locate any larger caches of water hidden in recesses and cavities. All the water must exit the area or even seemingly solid materials like concrete and cinder block continue to deteriorate.
 
Drying commences as we position air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to accelerate the evaporation rate. SERVPRO also works with the vendors and installers of your HVAC system, laundry machines, and other appliance located in the flooded area. We make sure the hardware is ready to function at an optimum level after the flood, so you avoid new disasters.
 
The team at SERVPRO of The Twin Ports is ready to assist when your home is the victim of storm-related flooding. Call us at (218) 727-2575 to schedule an assessment at the earliest possible time.

What To Expect When SERVPRO Responds After Fire Damages Your Superior Home

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Expect When SERVPRO Responds After Fire Damages Your Superior Home Damage to your Superior property from a household fire can be shocking and overwhelming.

Fire Damage To Your Home

Damage to your Superior property from a household fire can be shocking and overwhelming. The residues from a fire coat every available surface, charring can affect possessions and structural components, and the lingering odor is tough to eradicate. When confronted by the extent of the damage it quickly becomes evident you need assistance from a reputable company with outstanding customer service. We agree and are just a call away.

One of our core services is fire damage restoration, and your Superior residence is in confident and capable hands once we arrive on the scene. The crew chief assesses your premises for safety first, and then once all is secured we take all steps necessary to return your home to preloss condition. Our employees are IICRC trained and certified, and bring that knowledge along with extensive experience to your fire disaster.

It might come as a somewhat of a surprise to you, but the first task SERVPRO completes on most fire jobs is water removal. Firefighters use water and chemical extinguishers to knock out the blaze, leaving quantities of water and powder on floors and surfaces. Water is very destructive to building materials and belongings and creates both slip and fall and electrical shock hazards. Our trucks carry pumps and water extractors at all times, and also power generators in case your electricity is temporarily shut down, so there is no delay in removing the water.

We also set up a drying perimeter after the water evacuates, as moisture lingers in the porous materials commonly used in construction -- wood, drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles, and more. Then the SERVPRO crew begins the fire residue cleanup, matching the types of soot to the appropriate cleaning tools and cleaning products. Dry, ashy soot from a hot-burning fire fuel like paper is loose and vacuums up or dry sponges off reasonably easily. Protein-based soot from a kitchen fire forms a lacquer-like coating that can require a solvent and scrubbing.

“Wet” soot deposits after a smoldering fire, often linked to electrical wiring shorting and burning or fabrics slowly consumed by an oxygen-starved blaze. SERVPRO employees might use a spray and wipe method, or even abrasive tools to loosen and remove that type of residue. Articles like dishware, knickknacks, window blinds, and other portable items can profit from a pack out to our production facility where we use immersion or ultrasonic tanks to remove residues from intricate detailing.

SERVPRO of The Twin Ports can handle all aspects of your fire damage scenario. Contact us at (218) 727-2575 as soon as the firefighters leave. We respond 24/7 because fire damage cannot wait.

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Common Causes Of Water Damage In Duluth

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Common Causes Of Water Damage In Duluth Need Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Duluth? Call SERVPRO

Duluth Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Rapid and Effective Water Extraction

The news is full of catastrophic water events during torrential rains in Duluth and the surrounding area this spring and summer. Damage done by these natural events is significant, but the most common reasons to call for a restoration company are less seasonal and rarely make the news. Water damage is a serious matter regardless of the cause, and our trained crews and up to date equipment return your home to preloss condition.
 
Plumbing lines snake through every wall of your Duluth home, responsible for most of the water damage homeowners face. A tiny crack in a pipe or a loose connection under a cabinet or in the cavities between spaces can deposit slow drips over the course of days or weeks. Eventually, the water deteriorates building materials, signaled by things like a bulge in the wall near a baseboard or peeling paint caused by swelling cellulose fibers. We are very familiar with these signs and have effective strategies to remove the water and dry out the damaged materials.
 
Appliance malfunction is another frequent occurrence that sends water cascading throughout your home. If a water heater cracks or a dishwasher pump fails water from the plumbed supply line continues to flow until you note the problem and shut off the main. This kind of water damage more closely resembles a flood, usually requiring water removal by SERVPRO technicians with pumps and extractors before applied structural drying techniques reduce the moisture content of the nearby building materials, furnishings, and fixtures.
 
Sluggish drain lines, including the main sewer line, force water back up the pipes and into your basement, kitchen, or bathrooms. These scenarios can necessitate water containment as the fluids can contain blood and other waste products with pathogens harmful to health and well being. SERVPRO technicians are trained to differentiate among clean, gray, and black water, with gray and black requiring special handling and disposal according to local hazardous waste rules. After removal of contaminated water, our crew members treat the affected surfaces with EPA registered antimicrobials and dry out the area.
 
High indoor humidity by itself can dampen building materials and cause deterioration. Our area is not known for year-round elevated humidity, but areas of your home exposed to steam like kitchens or bathrooms or overly humidified like a baby’s room can suffer from water vapor-caused damage. Moisture is the missing ingredient to drive dormant mold spores into blooms.
 
SERVPRO technicians take moisture readings of water-damaged materials and the air to plan for proper drying. We use air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to move water out of structural elements, into the air as vapor, and then condensed and collected for disposal.
 
SERVPRO of The Twin Ports has the trained technicians and equipment to manage water damage from a broad variety of causes. Call us at (218) 727-2575 when you suspect hidden water damage or if common household glitches create an emergency.

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Mold Testing Now Available

8/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Testing Now Available Mold Testing determines the extent of mold contamination and identifies the type of mold, which makes exploration and remediation more directed.

Now SERVPRO of the Twin Ports provides testing services to determine the presence or absence of mold in homes and businesses.  

How do you know if your home has mold?  Or how do you know if the stuff on your wall is mold or something else?  How much mold is there and what affect will it have on our family?

Now you can validate safe occupancy for any home or business with scientific testing for mold.

Air Samples: reveal the mold spore particulate count in living spaces.  Now you can know and understand which areas of your home are unaffected and which areas are affected by mold.  Know what kind is present, how much of it, and what concerns there may be about that particular variety.

Surface Samples: reveal if settled dust particles contain mold spores and what kind.   

Swab Tests: identifies the type of mold you can see on a surface.  

Call 218-727-8888 today for a free mold testing estimate.  

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