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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)

Call Us Today!

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.

Call Us!

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.

Storms Causing Basement Flooding Issues in Virginia Home?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

The basement of a home is flooded due to a recent storm. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Virginia residents rely on our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties to mitigate and restore storm damage quickly and efficiently. St. Louis County gets lots of inclement weather, and basements are prone to water intrusion. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute for protecting your home from stormwater and basement seepage and flooding issues:

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you’ve never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall, potentially through any cracks.
  • Install a backwater valve. Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

Call Us Today!

When your Virginia home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help. ® We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance and Safety Tips for Mountain Iron?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke rises towards a second floor, where a small child is descending the stairs. We are trusted leaders in fire restoration services in St. Louis County.

Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team wants Mountain Iron residents to be ready in the event of a fire emergency. Fire alarms, when working properly, play an important role in home safety as they alert the occupants to get outside quickly. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

Call Us Today!

When your Mountain Iron home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help. ® We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Sewer Backup in Moose Lake Home?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Toilet paper litters the floor. We respond to sewer backups 24-hours a day in Carlton County.

Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team responds to sewer backups throughout the year in Moose Lake. We have specialized training and the equipment and protective gear necessary to clean and restore sewage backups safely. There are 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, it can degrade into a category two or three

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category two water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces or dishwasher overflow.

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

Category 3: "Black Water"

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 Moose Lake home or business has a sewer backup, 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.

Storm Damage in Hermantown Home?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

A yellow storm warning sign is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Hermantown experiences a wide variety of extreme weather conditions throughout the year. Winter brings freezing weather, snow, and winds that can last through early spring. High winds can occur due to blizzards, severe weather, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. Here are some tips for minimizing wind damage from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

High Wind Warnings 

  • Are issued when sustained winds of 40 miles per hour or greater or gusts up to 58 miles per hour or greater are expected
  • These high winds are usually associated with severe thunderstorms and hurricanes

Preparing for High Winds

  • Be sure your property is secure
  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away.
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure objects that could blow away and cause damage or injury

Call Us!

Storm damage can happen at any time throughout the year. When your Hermantown home or commercial business has storm damage, our restoration team here 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.

Water Seepage and Leak Issues in Aitkin Basements?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Water is seeping through the walls of a basement. We restore basements damaged by water seepage in Aitkin County.

Basement leaks and water seepage are common problems in Minnesota. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team responds to water damage emergencies caused by leaking basements every year. According to the Insurance Information Institute of America, there are five common causes for water seepage and basement leaks.

Lateral pressure: When the soil surrounding your basement absorbs water and expands, it creates stress on your basement walls, causing them to crack, allowing water to seep into the structure.

Hydrostatic pressure: Similar to lateral pressure, hydrostatic pressure can cause buckling and cracking of the walls and foundation of a house.

Poor landscaping: If the grade of the soil around your foundation runs towards your foundation, your basement can flood.

Clogged window wells: If your window wells are filling with water, your window wells may be improperly installed, or the drain is clogged.

Leaky pipes: Inspect your plumbing systems, starting with their entry into the basement to where it leaves, including the sewer line. Make repairs as required.

Call Us Today!

When you discover water seeping into the basement of your Aitkin home or business, our restoration team here 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.

Snowmelt Water Intrusion Problem in Aitkin Business?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Icicles are melting and dripping water. We restore water damage caused by water intrusion in Aitkin County.

Every spring, Aitkin businesses are challenged by water intrusion caused by snowmelt. Our restoration team responds to water damage emergencies each year and offer these tips from the Insurance Information Institute for protecting your business or home from water intrusion:

 Exterior Inspection and Repair

Water can be prevented from entering a structure’s exterior through routine inspection and maintenance and making repairs as needed.

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check rain gutters and drainage systems and remove any debris
  • Check downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the structure
  • Check sprinkler systems and make sure the sprinklers are not spraying water onto the structure and that water is not pooling around the structure’s foundation
  • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will easily find its way into a structure when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is already saturated by rainwater, the water may enter into the foundation wall through any cracks.

Call Us!

When your commercial business or home has water damage, our restoration team here in Aitkin is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.