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How Can I Stay Safe During a Blizzard in Hermantown?

2/20/2024 (Permalink)

Heavy snow blankets a neighborhood. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in St. Louis County.

Our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams are trained and certified to restore winter storm damage in Hermantown. Staying safe during a blizzard requires careful preparation. Here are some essential tips:

Stay Informed: Monitor weather forecasts and updates from reliable sources. Be aware of blizzard warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service.

Stay Home: Avoid unnecessary travel during a blizzard.

Prepare an Emergency Kit: Have a well-stocked emergency kit that includes food, water, blankets, a flashlight, batteries, a first-aid kit, and essential medications.

Keep Warm: Wear layers, wear a hat and gloves, and use insulated, waterproof boots. Keep your home heated and well-insulated.

Stay Inside: If the blizzard intensifies, stay indoors and close curtains or blinds to insulate against cold drafts. Conserve heat and energy.

Prepare for Power Outages: Charge mobile devices with backup heating sources, like a generator or alternative heating methods.

Stay Connected: Maintain communication with neighbors and loved ones. Check on vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly or those with special needs.

Watch for Signs of Hypothermia: Be aware of symptoms like shivering, confusion, and numb extremities. If someone shows signs of hypothermia, seek medical attention immediately.

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Hermantown residents and commercial businesses trust our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams to restore winter storm damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

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Mold Outbreak Caused by Frozen Pipes in Aitkin Home?

2/13/2024 (Permalink)

Mold growth and water damage on a ceiling are shown. We restore frozen pipe damage in Aitkin County.

Our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams are trained and certified to remediate frozen pipe damage. Mold outbreaks can occur as a consequence of frozen pipes in a series of interconnected events:

Water Freeze and Expansion: Water inside pipes can freeze and expand when temperatures drop significantly. This expansion creates pressure within the pipes, potentially leading to cracks or bursts.

Thawing and Leaking: As temperatures rise or external heat sources are applied, the frozen water inside the pipes begins to thaw. This thawing can reveal any damage caused by the freezing process, resulting in leaks or even significant bursts.

Water Leakage: Leaking water from the pipes creates a moisture-rich environment in and around walls, ceilings, or floors. This moisture becomes an ideal breeding ground for mold spores, always in the air.

Mold Growth: When provided with the right conditions, mold spores start to multiply and grow into visible colonies. The damp, organic materials found in building materials like drywall, insulation, or wood nourish mold.

Spread and Infestation: Once mold colonies establish themselves, they can rapidly spread throughout affected areas. Mold can release airborne spores, settling in other parts of the building, further promoting its growth and causing potential health hazards.

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Aitkin residents and commercial businesses trust our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams to restore frozen pipe damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Chimney Fire Breaks Out in Cloquet Cabin?

2/6/2024 (Permalink)

A chimney fire spreads through a room. We restore fire damage 24 hours a day in Carlton County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), most heating fires can be avoided by making sure your equipment is in good working condition. Our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams offer these heating safety tips for Cloquet residents from the NFPA:

  • Heating equipment and chimneys should be cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from all heating equipment, including furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, and space heaters.
  • Create a three-foot (one meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Make sure space heaters are in good working order and used following the manufacturer’s instructions. Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Fireplaces should have a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container, which should be placed outside at least 10 feet away from your home.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.
  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are located throughout the home; test them monthly to ensure that they’re working properly.

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Cloquet residents and commercial businesses trust our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams to restore fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Frozen Pipes Cause Damage to Moose Lake Home?

1/30/2024 (Permalink)

A burst frozen pipe is leaking water. We restore frozen pipe water damage 24 hours a day in Carlton County.

For years, Moose Lake residents have relied on our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams to restore water damage from frozen pipes. When water inside pipes freezes, it expands, creating pressure that can rupture or burst the pipes. Once the ice thaws or is removed, the water begins to flow again, often causing the following types of water damage:

Flooding: Burst pipes can release a large volume of water into your home rapidly. This can result in immediate flooding in affected areas, such as basements, crawl spaces, or behind walls.

Structural Damage: Prolonged exposure to water from burst pipes can weaken structural components like drywall, plaster, ceilings, and floors.

Mold and Mildew: Moisture from water damage provides an ideal environment for mold and mildew to thrive.

Damage to Belongings: Water can ruin personal belongings, such as furniture, electronics, appliances, clothing, and sentimental items.

Health Risks: Standing water and the growth of mold and bacteria can create health risks for occupants.

Increased Utility Bills: Leaking or damaged pipes can result in water wastage and increased utility bills until the issue is resolved.

Foundation and Crawl Space Issues: In some cases, water from burst pipes can saturate the soil around the foundation, leading to foundation damage, settling, or crawl space problems.

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Moose Lake residents and commercial businesses trust our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams to restore frozen pipe damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hill City Home Damaged by Space Heater Fire?

1/23/2024 (Permalink)

A lit space heater sits dangerously close to a bed. We restore fire damage 24 hours a day in Aitkin County.

More home fires occur during the winter months than at any other time of the year in the United States. Our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams want everyone in Hill City to be safe from fires this winter, and offer these tips for staying safe around space heaters from the Electrical Safety Foundation International:

Space Heater Safety Tips

  • Make sure your space heater has a label that a recognized testing laboratory lists.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn, or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and don’t let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Never use a space heater to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing, or thaw pipes.
  • Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing, and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high-traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

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Hill City residents and commercial businesses trust our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams to restore fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

Aitkin Residents Prepare for Harsh January Storms?

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

A person shovels snow. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Aitkin County.

Our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams are trusted leaders in storm damage mitigation and restoration services. During the winter months, Aitkin residents may experience a variety of storms, including:

Snowstorms: Aitkin often sees snowfall during the winter, with the potential for heavy snowfall events. Snowstorms can deposit significant amounts of snow, leading to snow accumulation and potentially hazardous driving conditions.

Blizzards: Aitkin can also be affected by blizzards, characterized by strong winds, low visibility, and heavy snowfall. Blizzards can create dangerous conditions, including whiteouts, making it impossible to see, and drifting snow.

Ice Storms: Freezing rain or sleet can lead to ice storms in the region. These storms can coat surfaces, including roads and power lines, with a layer of ice, causing slippery conditions and power outages.

Mixed Precipitation Events: Aitkin may experience a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain during winter storms, making road conditions treacherous and adding to the overall impact of the storm.

Cold Snaps: While not a storm per se, Aitkin and the surrounding region can experience extremely cold temperatures during the winter, often accompanied by wind chills that make it feel even colder.

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Aitkin residents and businesses can rely on our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties to restore storm-damaged properties “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Tell If I Have Ice Dam Damage on My Roof in Aitkin?

1/9/2024 (Permalink)

Ice dams and snow cover a roof. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Aitkin County.

Our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams mitigate and restore ice dam damage throughout the winter. Ice dams can cause wet insulation primarily through a process of melting and refreezing of snow and ice on your roof. Here's how it happens:

Snow Accumulation: During winter, snow accumulates on your roof. When the temperature inside your attic is above freezing due to heat escaping from your home, it can warm the underside of the roof.

Melting and Drainage: The warmth from your attic causes the snow on the upper part of the roof to melt. As the water flows downward, it reaches the eaves, which are typically colder because they extend beyond the heated living space.

Ice Formation: When the melted water reaches the eaves, it encounters colder air and refreezes, forming an ice dam. This ice dam acts as a barrier that prevents further melted snow from draining off the roof.

Water Backups: With nowhere else to go, the trapped water can find its way under your shingles and into the attic space. Once inside, it can come into contact with the insulation in your attic.

Insulation Saturation: Over time, as more snow melts and water infiltrates your attic, it can saturate the insulation. Wet insulation loses its effectiveness as an insulator and may become compressed, leading to reduced R-value and potential mold growth.

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When your home or commercial property in Aitkin has ice dam damage and you need help restoring the damage, our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

Biohazard and Blood Removal Services in Aitkin?

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

Yellow caution tape blocks the entrance to a trauma scene. We are certified to restore clean and restore biohazards and blood in Aitkin County.

Our local Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams are trained and certified to clean and restore areas exposed to biohazards and blood. Commercial businesses should strongly consider utilizing specialized services for blood and biohazard cleanup because blood and biohazardous materials carry potential health risks, including the transmission of infectious diseases. Here are some more reasons to use a professional cleaning service for biohazard and blood cleanup:

Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations

Local, state, and federal regulations often govern the proper disposal of biohazardous materials. Our technicians are well-versed in these regulations and can ensure full compliance.

Efficiency and thoroughness

Our professionals have the expertise and equipment to efficiently clean and sanitize affected areas, minimizing downtime for businesses. Insufficient or subpar cleaning efforts may result in continued contamination and persistent odors, which can have adverse effects on the reputation of a business.

The emotional toll

The emotional toll of biohazard cleanup should not be underestimated. Traumatic events in a commercial space can be distressing for employees and customers. Our technicians are trained to offer compassionate and discreet services when working in sensitive situations.

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When your commercial property in Aitkin requires biohazard and blood removal services, our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties are Here to Help. ® We’ll clean and restore your biohazard and/or blood damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

Water Leak in Ceiling Causes Mold Outbreak in Hill City?

12/27/2023 (Permalink)

Mold grows along water stains on a ceiling. We are leaders in mold damage remediation in Aitkin County.

Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams are trained and certified to contain, remove, and restore mold infestations by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). When mold is discovered, it is important to take action immediately as mold can spread quickly to other parts of your property. For years, Hill City residents have relied on us for:

  • Emergency Service
  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Advanced Air Filtration Technology
  • Mold Remediation
  • Mold Damage Repair and Construction Services

Mold is often a sign of water damage, so when we arrive, we will carefully inspect your home or business for visible signs of mold. We use equipment and technologies that can detect mold and locate hidden water sources so the mold can be completely cleared and the mold will not return once the remediation process is complete.

Why Are We a Top Choice for Mold Removal and Remediation?

  • The #1 Choice in Cleanup and Restoration*
  • Residential and Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment
  • Easier Insurance Claim Process
  • Faster to any size disaster™

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When your home or commercial property in Hill City has a mold damage emergency, our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties are Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If My Pipes Freeze in My Moose Lake Home?

12/19/2023 (Permalink)

A frozen pipe is shown. We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Aitkin County.

Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties teams are on call 24 hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies in Moose Lake. While waiting for professional help to arrive, there are several immediate steps you can take to mitigate further damage from frozen pipes as follows:

Shut Off the Water Supply: Locate the main water shut-off valve in your home and turn it off to stop the flow of water to the damaged area.

Turn Off the Heating System: If the frozen pipes are in a heating system (e.g., radiators or baseboard heating), turn off the heating system. This can help prevent further expansion and cracking of the frozen pipes as they thaw.

Open Faucets: Open all the faucets connected to the affected pipes to relieve pressure and allow water to escape. This can help reduce the risk of further pipe bursts as the ice thaws.

Insulate and Warm the Area: If it's safe to do so, you can use space heaters or other heating sources to warm the area around the frozen pipes gently.

Keep Doors and Windows Closed: To maintain a warmer indoor temperature, keep doors and windows closed to prevent drafts and reduce the risk of freezing in other parts of your home.

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When your home or business in Moose Lake has a water damage emergency, our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

SERVPRO® franchise is independently owned and operated.