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Safe Fireworks-Free Alternatives for Celebrating the Fourth of July in Aitkin?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

A public fireworks display lights up the evening sky. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team restores fire damage throughout the year in Aitkin. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fireworks cause fires and thousands of injuries every year and encourage people to attend community fireworks displays. The NFPA does offer some fireworks-free alternatives for celebrating our nation’s birthday:

  • Use glow sticks as a safe alternative to sparklers. They are fun for all ages.
  • Loud and proud. Noisemakers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or create your own.
  • Have an outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bug spray!
  • Red, white, and blue silly string
  • Make a patriotic craft with the family
  • Throw a birthday party for the USA and don’t forget the cake!

NFPA Fireworks Facts

  • More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually
  • Burns account for 44 percent of the 9100 injuries treated in emergency rooms seen in the month around July 4
  • Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg. One-third were to the eye of other parts of the head.
  • Children ages 10 to 14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury, with more than one-third of the victims of fireworks injuries under the age of 15
  • Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries

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When your Aitkin home or commercial business has fire damage, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help.® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Severe Spring Storm Damages Buildings in Aitkin?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Parts of a metal roof are blown off during a severe wind storm. We restore commercial storm damage 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Last month, several buildings at the Aitkin County Fairgrounds were damaged by severe winds that swept through on May 12. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams responded to many property damage emergencies involving damaged buildings, downed trees, and privacy fencing. Toppled trees blocked roadways and knocked out the power. According to the Brainerd Dispatch, the Aitkin County sheriff's boat and water building was destroyed, and metal roofs were pulled off of many commercial buildings in the area.

Storm damage can happen in Aitkin at any time and often with little advanced warning. Some wind gusts were reported at 70 miles per hour, and people driving down the streets witnessed bags flying past their cars at faster rates than their vehicles were traveling!

When your commercial business or home has storm damage, you can expect us to respond quickly and immediately begin the mitigation process. We will board and tarp up any damaged areas, and then we will start the restoration process. We follow the one-four-eight-hour rule, meaning:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

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

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When your Aitkin commercial business or home has storm or flooding damage, our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help.® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Severe Storm Causes Flooding and Property Damage to Aitkin Homes?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Stormwater runs towards a flooded storm drain. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Severe storms dump lots of water quickly, causing flooding in some areas of Aitkin. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year and offer these safety tips from our website for things you can do and should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

 What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

When your Aitkin home or commercial business has storm or flooding damage, our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help.® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Is Composting Vegetation a Good Alternative to Prevent Fire Damage in Virginia?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Roaring campfire We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Do you know that escaped yard debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires in Minnesota? The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages people to burn vegetation like grass, leaves, brush, and untreated lumber before the snow melts each year. If this is not possible, they suggest using chipping and composting methods as an alternative to burning. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams respond to fire damage emergencies each year in Virginia and share these tips from the DNR about composting:

Greens: Green leaves, plant trimmings, and green grass clippings. These materials provide nitrogen and act as a source of protein for the microbes.

Browns: Wood chips, sawdust, twigs, brown grass, brown leaves, straw, and shredded newspaper (recycle if not needed) are carbon sources that provide energy for the microbes.

Tips:

  • When you use grass clippings, do so sparingly and be sure to mix them into your pile—not doing so can cause odors
  • Food scraps—vegetables, fruits, coffee grounds, and tea bags—also provide nitrogen but may attract pests. If you decide to use food scraps, do so cautiously
  • Monitor your compost pile and remove or treat any weeds that germinate

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When your Aitkin home or commercial business has fire damage, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Protect My Business from Heavy Rain Damage in Aitkin?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

A professional tree trimming company is working on a tree close to a building and powerlines. We respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Water damage can happen at any time, and rainwater intrusion is a common challenge for Aitkin businesses. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team mitigates and restores water damage using powerful, industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment. Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for protecting your business from heavy rain:

Follow these basic preventive maintenance steps to prevent leaks and ensure roof drainage systems will work properly to protect your business from rain throughout the year.

  1. Inspect and clean the roof drainage system at least twice a year, ideally during spring and fall. This includes all gutters, interior drains, and scuppers.
  2. Trim trees. Keep trees trimmed and away from the roof to prevent branches from rubbing against the roof and leaves from accumulating and clogging the drainage system
  3. Remove debris
    1. Remove loose objects and accumulated debris—including anything left by contractors—from the roof that could end up in the drainage system
    2. Also, check under and around all roof-mounted equipment, satellite dishes, antennas, and solar panels for debris that could disrupt the drainage system’s water flow or cause ponding

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When your Aitkin commercial business has water damage, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operatedThe National Fire Protection Association offers these tips for things to be aware of when booking peer-to-peer vacation rentals:  

  • Peer-to-peer hospitality services are not regulated in the same way as hotels
  • Requirements vary across jurisdictions
  • Do your homework before making a reservation
  • Check online to see your travel destination’s regulations for rental properties
  • Ask your host if the property meets the regulations
  • Discuss other safety concerns you may have
  • Check the forecast in case of storms that could cause power outages; assure the property has equipment in the event of a power outage
  • Make sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as required by law
  • Make sure the owner has posted a floor plan noting escape route and emergency contact information
  • All doors and windows that lead outside are able to be opened easily

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When your Fort Walton Beach home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, our team in Fort Walton Beach can respond 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 850-863-2552.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Bad Skunk Odor in Moose Lake Home?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

A native Minnesota striped skunk is seen. We are trained and certified to remove skunk spray and other odors in Carlton County.

Moose Lake is home to many skunks. When you have a skunk encounter that ends with you losing the battle, our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® Skunks are attracted to birdseed and sunflower seeds, but they are also attracted to garbage, outdoor grills, and lumber and like to live in openings under houses, decks, or sheds. Our technicians are certified to neutralize and remove skunk and other terrible odors. Here are some tips to avoid being sprayed by a skunk:

Spraying Signals

  • Skunks are nocturnal, so be cautious when walking at night
  • If you see a skunk while walking at night, change direction and avoid walking in his path
  • A skunk that is startled will be ready to spray by raising the tail
  • The skunk will stand on its hind legs and then pound the front legs towards the ground
  • If you find a skunk and it is acting in this manner, back away quietly and slowly so that you can get away without being sprayed

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When your Moose Lake home or commercial business gets sprayed by a skunk, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team will clean and neutralize the odor “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Window Damaged in Local Aitkin Business?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A broken storefront window is shown. We respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

When your business needs property damage restoration services, our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® Broken windows are a common form of property damage and can happen anytime. Storms can send flying tree limbs into windows, or your business may be the victim of vandalism.

Vandalism may involve a simple broken window, or your property may be defaced by graffiti. No matter what form of property damage you have, it is important to repair the damage quickly to deter the vandals from striking again. Our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties can mobilize quickly, day or night, to restore the damage. We are trained to restore many forms of vandalism, including:

  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Asphalt
  • Metals
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Masonry

Based on the unique characteristics of the damage, our technicians may restore the damage by:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Mold damage restoration
  • Contents cleaning

Call Us Today!

When your Aitkin commercial business or home has a broken window or another form of property damage, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team will restore your damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Extension Cord Fire in Aitkin Home?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A pile of extension cords is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties restores fire damage every year. Extension cords can cause severe injury and death when used improperly. Here are some extension cord safety tips from The Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI):

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings, or floors
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip is rated for the products to be plugged in and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets with only two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

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When your Aitkin home or business has fire damage, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What is the Process for Restoring Water Damage in Aitkin?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians set up drying equipment in a kitchen damaged by water. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Although every water damage restoration job is unique, our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties follows the same comprehensive, six-step process when restoring water damage.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or it may require major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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When your Aitkin home or business has water damage, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Commercial Mold Outbreak in Hermantown Business?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is growing on a wall. We remediate mold damage for St. Louis County businesses.

Springtime in Hermantown is a common time of the year for mold outbreaks. In fact, our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties responds to more mold damage problems during the spring season than at any other time of the year. Here is some information from our website about mold and its causes:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on clothing or animals
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture, and mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed; otherwise, the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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When your Hermantown commercial business or home has a mold problem, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.