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Frozen Houses

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Northern Minnesota it can be a wonderful place to live. We have many beautiful lakes, and four seasons for us to enjoy. As wonderful as it can be it doesn’t prevent disasters from happening especially during the winter.

One way a water loss can happen during the winter is if the houses source of heat stops working. Unfortunately, if this happens it can cause the water to turn in to ice and complicate the process of drying out the structure. The first thought most think is to turn on the heat to thaw out the house but that is the last this you want to do.

SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties can help with this process by removing as much of the ice as we can prior to heating the house. Once we can’t remove any more ice by hand we will slowly heat the house and extracting the water as the ice thaws. This process will help minimalize the damage that would be caused if you just thawed the ice all at once essentially flooding the house for a second time. So, if you experience a water loss and it freezes call SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties to help.

Roof Repairs

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

The Roof of your house is what provides you shelter from the ever-changing weather conditions, and when the roof is neglected can create many problems for you and your family in the future. Many of these problems can be solved by periodically inspecting your roof and preforming the repairs as needed. What you might think as a minor issue could potentially become a financial nightmare. Here at SERVPRO Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we have some tips on what to look for when inspecting your roof.

  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Loose debris
  • Excessive snow builds up
  • Mold or moss build up
  • Dents/ missing chimney caps

If a storm blow through and is to much for your roof to handle SERVPRO Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is always here to help.

Moisture Meters

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

In homes many of the materials are highly absorbent and don’t look wet. This can cause future issues if not properly addressed, but thankfully here at SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties we have specialized equipment to measure the amount of moisture in the materials and in the air. The three main meters we use are an invasive, non-invasive and hygrometer.

The invasive meter is the more accurate meter for identifying the level of moisture materials. The draw back to this meter is that it has two pins that must be inserted into that material that you are trying to measure.

The non- invasive meter can be used to check moisture of a material that you can’t or don’t want to poke holes in. it uses a pad sensor and electromagnetic signals. Unfortunately, this meters’ reading can be skewed by metal in the materials that you are checking.

The hygrometer is a meter that we use to measure the air conditions such as the relative humidity and the temperature. The combination of these reading can tell us the amount of moisture in the air.

With these meters we check the affected areas and the unaffected areas. By checking the unaffected areas, we get the goal for drying. So, if you experience a water loss give SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties a call.

Document and content recovery Part 2

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Another awesome technique that we can use is ultra-sonic cleaning. This technique is typically performed after a fire loss but can be utilized in other situations. Ultra-sonic cleaning is performed using three different specialized tanks to pre-wash your contents, agitate using ultra-sonic vibrations, and rinse contents using ionized water. This process gets in to those hard to reach nooks and crannies leaving your contents Debris free.

With the rise of technology, a lot of your information might be stored on your computer systems. If these systems are compromised all is not lost, here at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we have partnered with a local company who specializes in the repair and recover of your important data.

The utilization of freeze drying to save your paper documents, the ultra-sonic process to clean your contents, and the Data recovery for your electronic information. You can rest assured that in the chaos of whatever tragedy might rear its ugly SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is always here to help.

Document and content recovery Part 1

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

One stressful situation that any business can find themselves in after a loss is the damage documents and contents, but rest assured that here at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we are here to help. With our highly trained staff will work diligently to salvage as much of your documents and contents as possible. We have many techniques to ensure this happens Three techniques we could use are freeze drying, ultra-sonic cleaning, and data recovery.

When important documents get wet in a loss we have a crucial process to save them called freeze drying. Freeze drying is a process that involves using specialized freezing chambers to dry the documents. It is important that the documents remain wet until we can get them in to the chamber. So, the sooner we get to them the more likely we are to save them.

To be continued with Ultra-sonic cleaning and data recovery in the next post!

Settling Test

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Do you have mold in your house and you want to know what one of the thousands of different types of mold you may have? SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a solution for you! This can be done by preforming a settling test.

The settling test is the most common and most accurate test when it comes to mold. The settling test is performed by placing settle plates on all affected levels and outside for a base line. The plates are placed for one to two hours than sealed labeled and sent off to an independent lab. The lab than incubates the dishes for 5-7 days. This allow the lab to identify the microorganisms using a microscope.

If the curiosity has the best of you contact SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties and get your settling test done today.

Air quality test

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Do you have a strange odor that you suspect might be mold, but don’t have any visible mold? SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has the test for you! This test is an air quality test used to test the large and the small particulates is the air. Giving us an idea of if you have mold or something else that is causing that funky odor.

The air quality test is preformed using a meter to test particulates larger then small micron and smaller than 10 microns. This machine is then placed in various areas around the house to include the affected areas and an unaffected area. Also, it will be placed outside to get a base line for the affected areas. Once the test has been completed results are interpreted by one of our highly trained technicians to determine what the possible causes are. Then one of our production management staff will come up with recommendations on what your next steps might be to solve the issue.

So, if you think you smell mold and can’t see then you might want to call SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties today!

Ozone and Hydroxyl

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Do you have an odor from smoke damage or something else in your home? Here at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we have some equipment to help alleviate the smell. Our ozone generator that generates ozone. Also, we have a hydroxyl generator which is an alternative method for the deodorization process.

The ozone generator is a machine that creates ozone by adding and extra oxygen molecule to the stable breathable oxygen. This creates a less stable compound know as ozone. This gas isn’t something that you should be breathing. If we must use this solution for your odor the home must be unoccupied. This process usually takes 24 hours to do its job. After the ozone has had its time to work its magic we completely air out the structure before it can be occupied again.

The hydroxyl generator is a safe alternative method we use when the structure can’t be emptied of all residents. This method uses UV light to create a hydroxyl radical that reacts with the pollutants and destroys them. This method isn’t as fast as the ozone generator and usually take 4 to 5 days to get the job done.

After SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has removed the source of the odor we utilize both extremely powerful methods to aid in the deodorization process to get your home back to a pleasant smell.

We Respond to Commercial Losses

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

We respond to all emergency losses 24/7 365 days a year! A loss can strike at any time weather it’s a pipe bursting and causing a disastrous flood that wreaks havoc, or an oven mitt sitting to close to the grill that catches fire and causes smoke damage throughout the building. We understand that any kind of loss can be frustrating and be detrimental to your business. It could mean that you must close your door temporary which would cause loss of revenue, or that you have disaster in an area that doesn’t hinder the customer experience. In both cases we promptly send out a team of professionals to help get your business back to an operating condition. So, rest assured that any time a loss strikes your business SERVPRO Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is always here to help!

Winter Fire Prevention Tips

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

It’s That time of year again, the temperature is dropping, and the air is dry. These weather conditions make for a winter wonderland, but can also make for a winter nightmare. Winter months are the highest months for fires. While some of us tend to enjoy the cold we still depend of heating our homes to survive these harsh months. Unfortunately, the high cost of heating our homes we tend to turn to alternative methods to heat our homes. While these methods may be more cost effective for us they also increase the risk of starting a fire. Here SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we have 7 tips to help prevent fire damage.

  • Have your furnace inspected annually to ensure its in good working condition.
  • Make sure all heaters and ducting is clear and unobstructed.
  • Don’t leave any space heater running while unattended.
  • Ensure you have proper working smoke detectors.
  • Inspect all extension cords for defects before each use and replace any that are damaged.
  • Don’t use a stove or a range to aid in heating your home.
  • Plan and practice an escape plan in case of an emergency.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties are always here to help in the event of a fire.