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Sewer Backup in Virginia Business?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

A row of toilets line the wall in a bathroom in a commercial building. We respond to sewer backup emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Virginia businesses can rely on us.

At SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties, our technicians are equipped and trained to clean and restore all three categories of contaminated water:

Category 1: “Clean Water”

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated can degrade into category two or three

Category 2: “Gray Water”

  • It may contain bacteria and viruses
  • It can quickly degrade into category three if left untreated

Category 3: “Black Water”

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Any contact should be avoided. Sources for category three water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

When your sewer backs up, and you need commercial restoration services for your business or home, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your sewer damage in Virginia, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Pet Disaster Safety Tips for Hermantown?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A cat is being held in a towel. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Hermantown. The American Red Cross has some great information on keeping your pets safe during a disaster:

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe During a Disaster

  • Make an evacuation plan for you and your pets. Many hotels and shelters do not accept animal guests other than service animals.
  • Include pets in your emergency kit, or assemble an emergency kit for your pet
  • If it’s not safe to stay in your home during an emergency, it is not safe for your pets, either

Pet Emergency Kits

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure they can’t escape
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and a manual can opener if your pets eat canned food
  • Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container
  • A first aid kit
  • Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets
  • Pet beds and toys if easily transportable

Call Us!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Hermantown home or business, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Candle Safety Tips for Virginia?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A Jacko lantern is shown lit by a candle. We restore fire damage in St. Louis County.

Do you use candles during Halloween? SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties respond to fire damage emergencies often during the fall and winter months. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candles are among the leading causes of United States home fires. Here are some candle safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
  • Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.

Call Us!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your Virginia home or business, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Crime Scene Cleanup in Aitkin?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow crime scene tape blocks a current accident investigation. We clean and restore trauma and crime scenes 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

It was a surreal moment when the car ran into my storefront window. It was like a scene from a movie. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and severely injured. After the police completed their investigation, my store looked like a war zone. My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties. They sent a team out quickly, and they immediately began the cleanup and restoration process.

Crime and accident scenes can contain bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, or other dangers. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to perform a full range of specialized cleaning and decontamination services. We have the equipment and protective gear required to clean and restore trauma and crime scenes safely.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Call Us!

When you need trauma and crime scene cleanup and restoration services for your Aitkin business or home, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your trauma and crime scene damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Fire Damage in Virginia?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke is filling a room, obscuring visibility. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Smoke Damage in Virginia?

When the building next door caught fire, I was worried that the fire might jump to my building. Thankfully, the fire did not spread, but smoke and soot traveled to our offices. My insurance adjuster told us to call SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties. They sent a team out quickly and they immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They cleaned the ceilings, walls, floors, upholstery, drapes, carpeting, light fixtures, and furniture. They neutralized the smoke odor and sent my electronic equipment out to be professionally cleaned. They pretested everything before cleaning to ensure they were using the most effective cleaning method.

SERVPRO Cleaning Methods

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your Virginia business or home, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your commercial fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Planning Tips for Mountain Iron?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

The roof of a house has been damaged by a storm. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Trouble in Mountain Iron

In August, severe weather caused storm damage and power outages to many parts of Northeastern Minnesota. SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties were actively involved in helping people in our community restore the damage caused by these storms. There were power outages, downed trees, and lots of cleanups needed. Our teams worked hard and helped many families restore their storm-damaged properties. We appreciate all of the kind words and praise we received from our community. This is what we do. We help people put their lives back together when they are faced with challenging situations!

Our emergency storm restoration teams are on-call 24-hours a day and typically arrive within four hours of your call. We follow the one-four-eight-hour-rule, meaning:

One hour – we will return your call in one hour

Four hours – we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours – we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Mountain Iron home or business, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Planning Tips for Esko?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

A fire escape plan is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Carlton County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties have been restoring fire damage in the Esko area for years. We have seen the difference having a good fire escape plan in place can make and offer these escape planning tips for the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all of the doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have a designated place (tree, mailbox, light pole) a safe distance away from the house where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave

Call Us!

When you need fire restoration services for your Esko home or business, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Moose Lake?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A person is wiping plant leaves after a fire. Carlton County residents rely on us to restore their fire-damaged belongings.

Tips on what to do while waiting for help to arrive.

When you need emergency fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties are Here to Help. ® We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Here are some fire damage emergency tips from our website covering things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilation, and air conditioner (HVAC) filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

Call Us!

When you need fire restoration services for your Moose Lake home or business, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Deep Cleaning Services for Hermantown Businesses?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A clean, modern office is shown. We provide a full range of deep cleaning services for St. Louis County businesses.

You only have one chance to make a great first impression.

Now that Minnesota is getting back to routine business, having a contaminant-free and clean workspace has never been more important to ensure consumer and employee confidence. SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties offers a full range of commercial deep cleaning, decontamination, and deodorization services to keep Hermantown businesses looking their best. Over time, dirt and grime can build up and leave a dull film of residue on floors, walls, and furnishings. Whether you need deep cleaning and deodorization for your office, or you need your vent hoods cleaned in your commercial kitchen, we are Here to Help. ®

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Units (HVAC)
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism and Graffiti Removal

We work in all kinds of commercial business settings and buildings, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us!

When you need deep cleaning services for your Hermantown business or home, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll clean and restore your business, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Emergency Kits in Hill City?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

An emergency kit is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County. County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties responds to storm damage emergencies. Storms are known to knock out power and prevent families from leaving their homes. It is always a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand for this eventuality. Here are some tips for building an emergency kit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

FEMA suggests storing your items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two ways-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

  • Water- one gallon per person per day for several days for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Clothing
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Matches
  • Fire Extinguisher

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of storm restoration technicians on-call to respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Hill City. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.