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Heavy Rain Causes Basement Flooding Issues in Hermantown Home?

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy rain falls from the sky. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

When working correctly, sump pumps automatically begin pumping water out of a basement and away from the home’s foundation when the water level reaches a certain point. Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties want Hermantown families to avoid sump pump failures and flooded basements and offer this information from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety to keep your sump pump working correctly:

  • Open the lid and remove debris that may be blocking the water inlet screen
  • Pour about five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on, and the water should discharge through the outlet pipe
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe
  • Water should be flowing from the pipe and away from the home
  • Contact a plumbing professional if the sump pump fails to operate during this inspection
  • Install a battery backup system
  • Choose a system with a battery replacement warning
  • Replace batteries every two to three years

Call Us Today!

Our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help ® when your Hermantown home or commercial business has a storm or flooding emergency. We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Fryer Fire in Mountain Iron?

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

A person is putting a turkey in a turkey fryer. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 1630 reported home cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2017. Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties wish everyone in Mountain Iron a Happy Thanksgiving! Every year we hear about turkey fryer fires.

The NFPA strongly discourages turkey fryers because they can cause severe burns, injuries, and property damage. They recommend getting a fried turkey from a grocery store, restaurant, or another food retailer. Our fire restoration technicians have witnessed many instances of fried turkey fires. Here are some of the more common reasons turkey fryers catch on fire:

  • Too much oil is placed in the fryer without factoring in the oil displacement by the bird. The oil spills over the side and ignites with the burner below.
  • Sometimes the fryers are knocked over by curious pets or clumsy guests
  • Other times, the fryer is positioned next to combustible materials, like wooden tables or fences, and when the fryers tip over, the oil and fuel ignite and catch fire

Call Us Today!

Our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help ® when your Mountain Iron home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency. We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Happens During a Water Damage Assessment in Hermantown?

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

A person checks items off a list during a water damage inspection. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties have been restoring water damage in Hermantown for years. As soon as we arrive, we will initiate a detailed inspection of your home to assess the extent of the damage. Here is some detailed information from our website about Step 2 of the mitigation process:

Identify and Stop the Water Source

We will check for the source of moisture in your home or business. The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful.

Identify the Type of Water

We will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure our professionals restore your property based on industry guidelines. The water contamination level will affect the specific restoration processes we use.

  • Category 1: “Clean Water”
  • Category 2: “Gray Water”
  • Category 3: “Black Water”

Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. In addition, we will inspect for safety concerns that may be evident.

Move or Block Furniture

We move furniture, property contents, and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpets.

Call Us Today!

Our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help ® when your Hermantown home or commercial business has water damage. We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke from Nearby Fire Damages Commercial Property in Aitkin?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Room filled with smoke We restore commercial property damage 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Do you know that 50 percent of businesses never reopen after a fire damage loss? Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties work hard to get your business operational again quickly after a fire. The smoke residue leaves a unique signature based on what fuels are burned in the fire. Here are some examples of the types of equipment we use to remove smoke damage:  

Air Scrubber or Filter

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC) air scrubber, or a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier can capture larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Vapor Modification

Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor

Call Us!

Our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help ® when your Aitkin business or home has fire damage. We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Unsettled, Stormy Fall Weather Predicted for Hermantown?

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

A maple leaf sticks to a wet window during a storm. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts that many locations will see snowflakes fly during November this year and a few significant snowfalls before the start of this winter season. Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties respond to storm damage emergencies in Hermantown every year. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety offers these tips to prepare your home for winter.

Invest in a generator

This can be especially crucial when temperatures are below freezing, leaving your home vulnerable to frozen pipes. Determine if a portable or permanent generator is the right solution.

 Prevent ice dams

When replacing your roof:

  • Talk to your contractor about adding an ice and vapor moisture barrier
  • Consider roof heat cables along the eaves of the roof to prevent ice dams. Ensure the heating cables are UL Listed, FM Approved, or Canadian Standard Association (CSA) Certified.
  • Enclose?Solid Fuel Burning Appliances in Attics.?Solid fuel-burning appliances?contribute to warm air build-up and should not be placed openly in the attic space.

Replace insulation, making sure it has an R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the effectiveness of the insulation.

Upgrade your appliances if they are more than ten years old, and install a programmable thermostat.

Upgrade your windows and doors if windows or doors show signs of aging or have gaps or other areas of concern.

Call Us!

Our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help ® when your Hermantown home or business has storm damage. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Are the Top Causes of Fire Damage in Aitkin?

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

An arson sign is posted in front of a house damaged by fire. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Aitkin County.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that more home fires and fire casualties result from five sources: cooking, heating, electrical distribution, lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials. Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties have been restoring fire damage for Aitkin residents for years. Here are some more statistics from the NFPA related to fire damage:

  • More than one-quarter (26 percent) of reported fires in 2015-2019 occurred in homes. Even worse, three-quarters (75 percent) of civilian fire deaths and almost three-quarters (72 percent) of all reported injuries were caused by home fires.
  • During these five years, United States fire departments responded to an estimated average of 346,800 home structure fires per year. These fires caused an annual average of 2,620 civilian deaths, 11,070 civilian fire injuries, and $7.3 billion in direct property damage.
  • Over the five years of 2015–2019, cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths.

Call Us Today!

Home fires can happen at any time for many reasons. Our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help ® when your Aitkin home or business has fire damage. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Oh no! I Have Water Damage in Esko!

10/11/2022 (Permalink)

A person is talking on their cell phone. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Carlton County.

Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services. We have been restoring water damage for people in Esko for years. When you find water damage, the first step is to call us. Water is invasive and will quickly penetrate and damage anything in its path. Our technicians are on call 24-hours a day and typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call.

When you call us, we will ask you questions regarding the nature of your water damage emergency. These questions will tell us how many people and what equipment and resources to bring.

Here are the questions we will ask:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (onsite)?

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When you need water damage restoration services in Esko, our local 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.

Halloween Party Decoration Fire in Hermantown Home?

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

Lit Halloween candles sit on a table. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Hermantown. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), roughly 800 Halloween decoration fires are reported each year, and a candle started more than one-third of these. Here are some Halloween safety tips from the NFPA to help you have a fire-damage-free celebration:

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from any long, trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working
  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution.
  • When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Call Us Today!

When you need fire damage restoration services in Hermantown, our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Crime Scene Cleanup Services Needed in Aitkin?

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Crime scene tape borders an active crime scene investigation. We clean and restore crime scenes in Aitkin County.

One night as I was going to sleep, I heard a huge crash across the street. I ran outside to see what happened and saw a surreal site. A car crashed into the side of my neighbor’s house! Thankfully the driver and no one in the house were injured, but what a mess!

After the police completed their investigation and the car was towed away, the Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team arrived and immediately began the cleanup process. There was glass, blood, and debris all over the yard and street.

Trauma and crime scenes can leave behind blood and other biohazard contaminants that can cause serious illness. Our technicians have the equipment and protective gear needed to clean and restore trauma and crime scenes safely. Crime scene investigations leave behind fingerprint and evidence-gathering chemicals that are difficult to remove without the right cleaning agents. Our technicians follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and protocols.

 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 Today!

When you need crime or accident scene cleanup and restoration services in Aitkin, our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties can help. We clean and restore crime scenes for commercial businesses and residences 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Commercial Mold Remediation Services in Floodwood?

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is visible on the ceiling of a building. We restore mold problems for St. Louis County businesses.

After the last storm, water entered my building in Floodwood, and mold became a big problem. We called the Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team for help. Here is the process they used to remove the mold problem in my building:

  1. Emergency Contact

We’ll ask you questions to determine the necessary equipment and resources.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We follow local and state laws regarding inspection and documentation based on your unique situation.

  1. Mold Containment

We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to prevent mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

  1. Air Filtration

We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming.

  1. Cleaning Contents

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs or the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in the business. 

Call Us Today!

Our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties can help when your Floodwood commercial business or home has mold damage. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.