Recent Commercial Posts

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.

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.

Animal Infestation In Local Commercial Property in Moose Lake?

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

A raccoon is climbing onto a picnic table outside a commercial business. We are leaders in commercial property restoration services in Carlton County.

Raccoons in the wild are comical and fun creatures to observe; however, inside a commercial property, they can wreak havoc! Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties restore commercial properties with animal infestations in Moose Lake. We have the training, equipment, and experience to remove animal infestations and clean and decontaminate the area quickly and efficiently.

Here are some tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat allbodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) system if there is animal waste or sewage damage

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Don’t use your vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other electrical 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 Moose Lake commercial business has an animal infestation and needs cleanup and restoration services, 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

Call Us!

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.

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

Call Us Today!

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

Call Us Today!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tree-Damaged Business in Hermantown?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

A person is cutting a tree limb with a chainsaw. Our fast emergency response time saves our customers time and money in St. Louis County.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Hermantown

When there is a property damage emergency, fast mitigation can make the difference between a quick restoration job and a more time-consuming and costly repair. SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is on-call and responds to emergencies 24-hours a day in Hermantown. 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

Suppose your business is damaged by a fallen tree, wind, or other severe weather. In that case, our storm damage response team has the equipment, training, and experience to secure your property and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We know that every minute your business is closed represents lost productivity and revenue, so our goal is to get your business operational again quickly and with minimal disruption to your employees and customers.  

Call Us Today!

Hermantown commercial businesses and residents can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties to restore storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Winter Storm Preparation Tips for Esko Businesses?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

A business owner checks things off of a list. We restore commercial storm damage 24-hours a day in Carlton County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties offers these tips from The United States Small Business Administration for preparing your business for winter storms:

  • Check your insurance coverage for protection against winter hazards
  • Develop a procedure for restoring electrical services
  • Develop a system for relocating salvageable and undamaged stock and supplies
  • Add the following supplies to your disaster supplies kit: rock salt, sand, and snow shovels
  • Determine your greatest risk potential: loss of heat, frozen pipes, or loss of access due to snow and ice
  • Identify who is responsible for keeping heating equipment in good working order: business owner or landlord
  • Identify who is responsible for snow and ice removal: business owner or landlord
  • Determine what equipment needs to be protected from freeze-up, i.e., computers, telecommunications, manufacturing equipment, etc.
  • Make sure heating and heat-producing process equipment is in good condition and operating efficiently
  • Drain all idle pumps and compressors, making sure jackets are vented. Provide proper lubrication on equipment for cold weather operation
  • Test cold-weather equipment
  • Clean and inspect boilers and firing mechanism/controls. Maintain automatic sprinkler protection in idle buildings; promptly handle sprinkler system impairments; notify the local fire department
  • Monitor building temperature, especially in hard-to-heat areas containing vulnerable equipment
  • Keep temperatures above 40°F

Call Us!

Esko businesses and residents can rely on SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties to restore storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke-Damaged Building in Aitkin?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

A wall is covered in dirty soot. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Aitkin County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has been restoring fire damage for Aitkin residents and businesses for years. Smoke damage is especially challenging to remove. Here are some examples of smoke removal equipment we may use:

  • High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) Filter. This is the highest quality air filter available and is certified to remove 99.97 percent of all particles down to 0.3 microns in size.
  • Activated Carbon Filter. Often used along with a HEPA filter, this is most useful in removing gases, chemicals, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  • An ionizer emits negative ions, which cause airborne particles to collect into the air filter or onto the floor or walls. This can reduce allergens in the air to as small as 0.1 microns.
  • Ozone Machines. These machines release ozone into the air. The oxidation that occurs changes the chemical structure of smoke, other odors. After a few hours, the smoke odor is removed from the room.
  • Thermal Foggers. A deodorizer is heated and sprayed in fog form. This delivery method can penetrate very small areas and effectively eliminate even the most stubborn odors.

Call Us Today!

When your Aitkin commercial business or home needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mold Damage in Aitkin Business?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Someone is making a face while smelling a musty odor. We remediate mold damage in Aitkin County.

If there is a musty smell in your workplace or your business has experienced water damage: a leaking roof, a burst pipe, or another form of water damage, you may have mold. SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties mitigates and remediates mold damage for commercial businesses in Aitkin throughout the year. Our technicians have the training, experience, and equipment to restore mold damage safely.

Here are some Mold Damage Emergency Tips from our website on things you can do and should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

Important Facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Lake County for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Call Us Today!

When your Aitkin business or home needs mold remediation services, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your mold damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

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.

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.

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.

Commercial Property Damage in Aitkin?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Large trees have fallen during a storm in an apartment complex. We respond to commercial damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Property Damage in Aitkin

Severe weather can topple trees any time of the day or night. When my tenant called to tell me that trees had fallen overnight, causing damage to her apartment, I knew I had to act fast. Fortunately, no one was injured, and the storm-damaged just the balcony and one window. I called SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties and they arrived quickly and immediately began mitigating the damage. They conducted an assessment of the damage and contacted the insurance adjuster.

The team immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They boarded up the damaged window and repaired the damage to the balcony railing. They cleaned up all of the broken glass and removed the downed trees. They replaced the broken window from extra stock I had in our supply room, and by the end of the day, you would never know there had been any property damage to begin with.

Call Us!

When you have a commercial damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® We have a team of highly trained restoration technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day in the Aitkin area. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your commercial damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flood Preparation for your business

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician extracting water from a business Call SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St Louis Counties to extract the water from your business after it floods.

Do you need to protect your business from possible flood damages? Many water damage restoration services recommend taking steps to mitigate damage before it occurs as a way to protect the property and reduce clean up times and costs. A flood dam is one way to do this. Here is what you may want to know. Using these tools properly may help you reduce the amount of damage your business could face in the next big storm.

1. How They Work

In most cases flood dams work by directing water flow away from the threatened area. Many people choose sandbags as they are easy to build in a variety of protective formations. Dry sand is loaded into the bag, and the bag is then folded and placed to create a wall. When the water reaches the wall, it is absorbed by the sand which then becomes heavier, harder to move, and creates a tighter seal.

2. Where to Place Them

When creating a sandbag barrier to protect your business, it’s recommended to construct it in a way that directs the flow of water rather than trying to block it. This will put less force on the wall, and keep the water moving to a safe drainage location. Consider setting the barrier up so that the water flows downhill and away from the property, or into a drainage ditch or open field where it can disperse safely.

3. When to Use Them

One of the best ways to reduce flood damage is to know when to use a flood dam. In most cases you may want to consider the use of sandbags any time you believe flooding may pose a high risk to the property.

Chisholm Water Damage

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage on ceiling and floor Water damage on ceiling and floors

It is never a pleasant experience when you show up to work and find water all over. In the picture, you will see water dripping from the ceiling and standing water on the floors. This was due to a pipe bursting and sending water everywhere. The property owner gave us a call and Team SERVPRO said “Here We Come”! We extracted the water and dove right into the restoration process. The team monitored daily until all was dry.

Water damage can also be caused by a leaky roof, flooding after a storm or even a refrigerator water line. Whatever the cause may be, we are here to help.

If your business has become overrun by water, call SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties at 218-879-6141. We will get there fast with the help you seek. 

Business Disaster

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

damages in the bathroom from pipe bursting Out Of Order

As many as 50% of businesses close down following an emergency or disaster. SERVPRO will do what we can to keep your business running or to open back up as soon and as safe as possible. When your business experiences a setback such as a pipe bursting, we gather our crew quickly to reduce the loss of time that the business could be running and producing revenue.

The picture shows damage from a business that had a pipe burst which caused the ceiling to collapse from the weight of the water. The water also ran down the walls causing enough damage that it needed to be removed.

Our Technicians are ready 24/7 to respond faster to any size disaster your business may have. We will guide you through the entire process to reduce the stress load that water damage to your business can bring on.

Pipes burst in Pine City apartments

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew assisting with damages from a water pipe burst. Keith extracting water

Has your business suffered water damage from all the pipes freezing and bursting in the Northern Minnesota area? Property owners have taken a pounding from the recent weather changes and we want you to know that we are here to help you with the restoration process to keep your business running. 

Our staff assesses the situation by asking a series of pertinent questions to determine the proper amount of equipment and personnel necessary for the job. Next, we set an appointment that fits your schedule to have our technicians begin your restoration. 

Once SERVPRO technicians arrive, we will walk you through an initial inspection, discuss the options that are available to restore your business and give you an approximate time frame for completion. They will also answer any questions that pop up throughout the restoration process and address any concerns you may have.  

We at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties can be counted on to perform the services you need and get things back to normal as fast as possible. 

Aitkin, Carlton and W St. Louis Counties including; CLOQUET RESIDENTS:

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire Commercial Electrical Fire

SERVPRO works to make it "Like it never even happened." Fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration is a service we provide and knowing the types of smoke patterns are vital to proper restoration.

An electrical fire can initially smell like plastic burning and experts say you are lucky if you smell something as most warning signs are invisible and odorless. Electrical fires are often caused by faulty outlets or outdated appliances. Appliances with frayed cords can cause a fire by sending heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains and rugs. Running cords under rugs is another fire hazard and should never be done.

According to Hunker website, water can also start a fire as the moisture can rapidly increase the current in the circuit. This will cause a short circuit as the fuse is blown. If there is no fuse, the wire will heat up and a fire could start.

Five Safety Tips

  1. Keep an eye on damaged outlets
  2. Replace frayed cords
  3. Avoid extension cords
  4. Install designated circuit breakers
  5. Never pull a plug out by the cord

Aitkin, Carlton and W St. Louis Counties including; MOOSE LAKE RESIDENTS:

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 Call today for a Proactive Cleaning

SERVPRO is here to help during this uncommon time caused by the covid19 pandemic. We would like to remind our customers that we are trained specialists in cleaning services and we hold fast to the highest cleaning and sanitizing standards. 

We are trained to professionally clean and sanitize your business or home, according to the guidelines set forth by the CDC and Prevention. We have the experience to deal with biological contaminants, and we will perform above and beyond expectations to completion.

The CDC suggests the cleaning of surfaces that have the most human contact such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs light switches, bathroom fixtures,toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and time clocks. Other common used places in commercial spaces to clean are:

  • Kitchen/break room
  • Schools-Classroom/Cafeteria
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets/Rugs
  • Handrails/Push bars
  • Elevators
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

The CDC recommends use of labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. SERVPRO uses EPA approved products. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we will follow all CDC guidelines.

Call SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and W St Louis Counties for proactive cleaning of your business or home. 218-879-6141

Rain Rain Go Away!

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Has your home or business suffered water damage from all the recent rain or melting snow in the Northern Minnesota area? We have taken a pounding from the recent weather changes, but you do not have to worry about the repairs. 

Calling your local SERVPRO is like calling a neighbor for help. Our staff assesses the situation by asking a series of pertinent questions to determine the proper amount of equipment and personnel necessary for the job. Next, we set an appointment that fits your schedule to have our technicians begin your restoration. 

Once SERVPRO technicians arrive, an onsite manager will walk you through an initial inspection, discuss the options that are available to restore your business and give you an approximate time frame for completion. They will also answer any questions that pop up throughout the restoration process and address any concerns you may have.  

We at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties look forward to building a solid, stable history with our clients. That keeps them coming back to us, should they ever need future repairs to get their home or business back on track after a natural disaster, fire, mold, or vandalism incident strikes. You can count on us to perform the services you need and get things back to normal as fast as possible. 

(218)879-6141

Is Your Business Ready?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.” As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a great supplement to your existing Disaster Recovery/Contingency Plan.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

  • NO COST assessment to your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.

Call us today to get started!

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties - (218)879-6141

Emergency Services Needed in Your Building?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties understands the urgency of the situation and has the experience to help. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Commercial water restoration presents unique challenges. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Our experienced Technicians are dispatched immediately to clean up the damage to get the office up and running again.

Our Technicians are able to dry it out quickly to avoid additional damages to the building structure. All surfaces sanitized using an anti-microbial product that is safe for even the most sensitive of environments.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Faster to Any Size Disaster

A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

When your business is damaged from a Water Damage, we will be there fast with the help you need.

Call us at (218)879-6141

3 Things to Know About Sandbags

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

When faced with a storm in Northern MN, you may be considering the possibility of a sand bag wall to protect your home or business. Many water damage restoration services recommend taking steps to mitigate damage before it occurs as a way to protect the property and reduce clean up times and costs. A flood dam is one way to do this. Here is what you may want to know.

1. How They Work

In most cases flood dams works by directing water flow away from the threatened area. Many people choose sandbags as they are easy to build in a variety of protective formations. Dry sand is loaded into the bag, and the bag is then folded and placed to create a wall. When the water reaches the wall it is absorbed by the sand which then becomes heavier, harder to move, and creates a tighter seal.

2. Where to Place Them

When creating a sand bag barrier to protect your business it’s recommended to construct it in a way that directs the flow of water rather than trying to block it. This will put less force on the wall, and keep the water moving to a safe drainage location. Consider setting the barrier up so that the water flows down hill and away from the property, or into a drainage ditch or open field where it can disperse safely.

3. When to Use Them

One of the best ways to reduce flood damage is to know when to use a flood dam. In most cases you may want to consider the use of sand bags any time you believe flooding may pose a high risk to the property.

When making a sand bag wall or using another flood dam type to protect your company it’s important to understand how they work and where to place them to direct water flow. Using these tools properly may help you reduce the amount of damage your business could face in the next big storm.

Document & Content Restoration: Installment 1

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

One stressful situation that any business can find themselves in after a loss is the damage documents and contents, but rest assured that here at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we are here to help. With our highly trained staff will work diligently to salvage as much of your documents and contents as possible. We have many techniques to ensure this happens Three techniques we could use are freeze drying, ultra-sonic cleaning, and data recovery.

When important documents get wet in a loss we have a crucial process to save them called freeze drying. Freeze drying is a process that involves using specialized freezing chambers to dry the documents. It is important that the documents remain wet until we can get them in to the chamber. So, the sooner we get to them the more likely we are to save them.

To be continued with Ultra-sonic cleaning and data recovery in the next post!

Document & Content Restoration: Installment 2

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Another awesome technique that we can use is ultra-sonic cleaning. This technique is typically performed after a fire loss but can be utilized in other situations. Ultra-sonic cleaning is performed using three different specialized tanks to pre-wash your contents, agitate using ultra-sonic vibrations, and rinse contents using ionized water. This process gets in to those hard to reach nooks and crannies leaving your contents Debris free.

With the rise of technology, a lot of your information might be stored on your computer systems. If these systems are compromised all is not lost, here at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we have partnered with a local company who specializes in the repair and recover of your important data.

The utilization of freeze drying to save your paper documents, the ultra-sonic process to clean your contents, and the Data recovery for your electronic information. You can rest assured that in the chaos of whatever tragedy might rear its ugly SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is always here to help.

Document and content recovery Part 2

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Another awesome technique that we can use is ultra-sonic cleaning. This technique is typically performed after a fire loss but can be utilized in other situations. Ultra-sonic cleaning is performed using three different specialized tanks to pre-wash your contents, agitate using ultra-sonic vibrations, and rinse contents using ionized water. This process gets in to those hard to reach nooks and crannies leaving your contents Debris free.

With the rise of technology, a lot of your information might be stored on your computer systems. If these systems are compromised all is not lost, here at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we have partnered with a local company who specializes in the repair and recover of your important data.

The utilization of freeze drying to save your paper documents, the ultra-sonic process to clean your contents, and the Data recovery for your electronic information. You can rest assured that in the chaos of whatever tragedy might rear its ugly SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is always here to help.

Document and content recovery Part 1

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

One stressful situation that any business can find themselves in after a loss is the damage documents and contents, but rest assured that here at SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we are here to help. With our highly trained staff will work diligently to salvage as much of your documents and contents as possible. We have many techniques to ensure this happens Three techniques we could use are freeze drying, ultra-sonic cleaning, and data recovery.

When important documents get wet in a loss we have a crucial process to save them called freeze drying. Freeze drying is a process that involves using specialized freezing chambers to dry the documents. It is important that the documents remain wet until we can get them in to the chamber. So, the sooner we get to them the more likely we are to save them.

To be continued with Ultra-sonic cleaning and data recovery in the next post!

We Respond to Commercial Losses

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

We respond to all emergency losses 24/7 365 days a year! A loss can strike at any time weather it’s a pipe bursting and causing a disastrous flood that wreaks havoc, or an oven mitt sitting to close to the grill that catches fire and causes smoke damage throughout the building. We understand that any kind of loss can be frustrating and be detrimental to your business. It could mean that you must close your door temporary which would cause loss of revenue, or that you have disaster in an area that doesn’t hinder the customer experience. In both cases we promptly send out a team of professionals to help get your business back to an operating condition. So, rest assured that any time a loss strikes your business SERVPRO Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is always here to help!

What size job can you handle

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Since You Asked

Julie from Aitkin asks: How big of a job can you guys handle?

Commercial Loss

Well Julie thank you for the question and the answer to that question is fairly simple; we can handle them all. Many people see us as a small company that can take care of a residential loss and are unaware that we are large enough to take care of a large commercial loss. We have enough equipment, vehicles, and staff to do any size job. One of the things that separate SERVPRO from some other restoration companies is that we have an entire network of resources to draw from to make sure even the most devastating disaster can be taken care of quickly and professionally. So if you have a grease fire in your home or a commercial property fire that needs us we are here to help. No job is to BIG and No job is too SMALL we can handle them all!

If the unfortunate happens call SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & W. St. Louis Counties at 218-879-6141.