Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Is Causing Ice Dams on My Roof in Hermantown?

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

An ice dam and icicles have formed on a roof. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in St. Louis County.

Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties respond to storm damage emergencies often in the winter months. Some Hermantown residents are challenged by ice dams forming on their roofs. The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers tips for dealing with ice dams now and how to prevent them in the future, which can also save you money on your heating bills.

Preventing future ice dams

Ice dams are not caused by roofing, ventilation, or gutter problems, as often believed. The real problem is a home that is leaking warm air.

Due to inadequate air sealing, heat from the home's interior gets into the attic and melts the underside of the snow on the roof. The melted snow water flows down the roof surface until reaching a cold spot, such as the eaves or soffit, where it forms a frozen dam.

Over time, especially with a snow-covered roof in subfreezing temperatures, more ice can build up. Eventually, water starts seeping into the home.

Because the primary cause of ice dams is warm air leaking from the attic, the best prevention is to seal leaks with caulking or expanding spray foam, with attic insulation installed to a minimum of R-50 as space allows.

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When you discover storm damage in your Aitkin home or business, our professionals in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Downed Tree in Virginia Neighborhood?

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

A large tree has fallen in a residential area. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in St. Louis County.

Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties provide tree removal services in Virginia. According to the Minnesota Department of National Resources, when addressing storm-damaged trees, do the following: 

  • Use caution when approaching damaged trees. If there are downed wires, stay clear and call 911. 
  • Carefully inspect standing trees for damage and address hazardous trees first. Dangerous trees have detached or loosely hanging branches and split or cracked trunks that can cause injury or damage to property. 
  • Remove trees if more than 50 percent of the trunk or live branches in the crown are damaged, the tree is unnaturally leaning, the roots are damaged, or the tree could injure people or damage property. If you’re unsure if a tree should be removed or can be saved, consult with a certified arborist. 
  • Assess the size of the tree and pruning job and play it safe. Consult a certified arborist on medium and large branches or the removal of whole trees. 
  • Use proper pruning techniques to remove small, broken limbs by cutting just outside the branch collar, but limit pruning to the minimum amount necessary to address safety risks. Too much pruning can weaken an already stressed tree – and many trees are stressed due to last year’s drought. 
  • Ensure damaged trees get rain or are watered weekly to help them repair and rebuild. Be careful not to overwater, especially in heavy clay soils – the equivalent of 1 inch per week is ideal. 
  • Monitor damaged trees in upcoming years to make sure they don’t decay or become a hazard 

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We are Here to Help ® when you have a storm damage emergency in your home or commercial business in Virginia. Call us today at 218-879-6141.  

Franchises are independently owned and operated. 

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

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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.

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.

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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.

Strong Winds Causing Property Damage in Aitkin?

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

A tree lands on the house, causing severe damage. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Strong winds can cause serious damage to your home. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team offers these tips for Aitkin residents from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for preventing wind damage:

Trim or Remove Dead, Damaged, or Rotting Trees and Limbs

High winds can cause trees and branches to fall. Make sure any damaged trees on the property are trimmed or removed regularly. Your home should be at least a full-grown tree’s height away from the base of any tree, usually about 40 feet away.

Secure Fencing, Porches, Canopies, and Sheds

Have them inspected and make sure they are firmly attached and in sound structural condition. Secure any parts of fencing that appear weak or loose.

Seal Cracks and Gaps

Prevent wind or water from coming in. Make sure caulking around windows and doors is in good shape and not cracked, broken, or missing. Fill any holes or gaps around pipes or wires that enter your building with a waterproof sealant.

Secure Objects Outside the Home

Loose shingles, your dog’s house, trash cans, and sports equipment can be picked up by the wind and cause damage to your home—secure outdoor objects like furniture, gutters, and downspouts.

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tornado Sweeps Through Aitkin County?

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado is touching down. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

August 6 marked the 53rd anniversary of the tornado that swept through Aitkin County in 1969. The tornado damaged thousands of acres of land and caused more than $500,000 in property damage. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties have been restoring storm damage in Aitkin for years. Here is some information about tornadoes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

How many tornadoes occur in the U.S. each year?

  • About 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S. yearly
  • Since official tornado records only date back to 1950, we do not know the actual average number of tornadoes that occur each year
  • Tornado spotting and reporting methods have changed a lot over the last several decades, so we are observing more tornadoes that actually happen

Where is Tornado Alley?

Tornado Alley is a nickname invented by the media to refer to a broad area of relatively high tornado occurrence in the central United States. Various “Tornado Alley” maps look different because tornado occurrence can be measured many ways: by all tornadoes, tornado county-segments, strong and violent tornadoes only, and databases with different time periods.

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When your home or business has storm damage in Aitkin, fast action must be taken to mitigate the damage to avoid secondary damage. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is on call 24-hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Are the Visible Signs of Storm Damage in Hill City?

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

A wall shows visible signs of cracking and spotting from storm damage. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

If you live in Hill City, you probably know a thing or two about severe weather events. Our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties have been restoring storm damage for home and business owners in Aitkin County for years. When we arrive, we will inspect the structure for storm damage, provide you with an assessment of the damage, and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to restore storm damage quickly and efficiently.

After any major storm, high wind, or hail event, your home should be inspected for visible signs of damage. Here are some of the indicators of storm damage:

  • Debris on the roof
  • Dents in your siding
  • Clogged or broken rain gutters
  • Visible damage to the roof facia
  • Visible signs of the roof flashing
  • Water spots on your ceiling or walls
  • Cracked, dented or lifted roof shingles
  • Missing roof shingles

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When your Hill City home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help.® We will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours and can assist you with the paperwork and process. We’ll restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Severe Storm Causes Flooding and Property Damage to Aitkin Homes?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

 What To Do After Flooding

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

What NOT To Do After Flooding

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

Call Us Today!

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

Storm Damage in Aitkin?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A room is lit by a camping lantern during a power outage. We clean and restore storm damage in Aitkin County.

We get lots of storms and severe weather in Aitkin each year. Heavy winds blow trees over, storms compromise powerlines, and power outages result. SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties offers these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for preparing for a power outage:

Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.

  • Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs when the power goes out, such as a portable charger or power bank
  • Have flashlights for every household member
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last

Know your medical needs.

  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines
  • Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life

Food Storage

  • Have enough nonperishable food and water
  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
  • Use coolers with ice if necessary
  • Monitor temperatures with a thermometer
  • Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher

Call Us!

When your home or business needs storm damage 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. We’ll restore your storm damage in Aitkin, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Pet Disaster Safety Tips for Hermantown?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A cat is being held in a towel. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Hermantown. The American Red Cross has some great information on keeping your pets safe during a disaster:

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe During a Disaster

  • Make an evacuation plan for you and your pets. Many hotels and shelters do not accept animal guests other than service animals.
  • Include pets in your emergency kit, or assemble an emergency kit for your pet
  • If it’s not safe to stay in your home during an emergency, it is not safe for your pets, either

Pet Emergency Kits

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure they can’t escape
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and a manual can opener if your pets eat canned food
  • Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container
  • A first aid kit
  • Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets
  • Pet beds and toys if easily transportable

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When you need storm damage restoration services for your Hermantown home or business, 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 storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Planning Tips for Mountain Iron?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

The roof of a house has been damaged by a storm. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Trouble in Mountain Iron

In August, severe weather caused storm damage and power outages to many parts of Northeastern Minnesota. SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties were actively involved in helping people in our community restore the damage caused by these storms. There were power outages, downed trees, and lots of cleanups needed. Our teams worked hard and helped many families restore their storm-damaged properties. We appreciate all of the kind words and praise we received from our community. This is what we do. We help people put their lives back together when they are faced with challenging situations!

Our emergency storm restoration teams are on-call 24-hours a day and typically arrive within four hours of your call. We follow the one-four-eight-hour-rule, meaning:

One hour – we will return your call in one hour

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 Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Mountain Iron home or business, 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 storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Emergency Kits in Hill City?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

An emergency kit is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County. County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties responds to storm damage emergencies. Storms are known to knock out power and prevent families from leaving their homes. It is always a good idea to have an emergency kit on hand for this eventuality. Here are some tips for building an emergency kit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

FEMA suggests storing your items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two ways-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

  • Water- one gallon per person per day for several days for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Clothing
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Matches
  • Fire Extinguisher

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of storm restoration technicians on-call to respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Hill City. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help When Storms Stirke

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team with customers SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help.

Wow, what a crazy 24-36 hours it has been. About half of the Grand Rapids community is still without power, including our office and there is another storm predicted to roll through. We are completely blown away by the strength and character of our community and SERVPRO team. We had teams out in the community helping neighbors with downed trees, and limbs, and whatever cleanup was needed. It’s is not easy work but it sure is rewarding especially when our community showers us with such lovely praise as they do, here is what a few of our neighbors had to say about SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties over these past couple of days.  “Thank you Sara and the SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties team, I did not know what I was going to do, and then you all showed up.” “ Thank you SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties For patching my roof and cutting away the downed tree.” And  “ It’s times like this when we see the community come together that we are blown away. Thank you for helping my mom when she needed it.”  Many on our team feel that these past few days have been some of the most rewarding days of their careers. That Gene and Heidi Peherson (owners of SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties ) truly care about the communities we serve and showed that compassion and generosity these past few days by helping our neighbors in need.

Lightning Myths and Facts for Moose Lake?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is shown striking in Minnesota. We are trusted leaders in storm damage mitigation in Carlton County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Moose Lake. Here are some lighting myths and facts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:  

Myths and facts about lightning...

Myth: If it's not raining, there is no danger from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes away from heavy rainfall and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.

Myth: Rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car will protect you from being injured by lightning.
Fact: Rubber provides no protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection from lightning (if you are not touching metal in the car).

Myth: People struck by lightning carry an electrical charge and should not be touched.
Fact: Lightning-strike victims carry no electrical charge and should be attended to immediately.

Myth: Heat lightning occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.
Fact: What is referred to as "heat lightning" is actually lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard. However, the storm may be moving in your direction.

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SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties responds to commercial and residential storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day. We have a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call and ready to respond. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your storm damage in Moose Lake, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorm Safety for Aitkin?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

A thunderstorm is shown with big cumulonimbus clouds and lightning strikes. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. Here are some lighting safety tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:  

  • Avoid isolated tall trees, hilltops, utility poles, cell phone towers, cranes, large equipment, ladders, scaffolding, or rooftops
  • Avoid open areas, such as fields
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Retreat to dense areas of smaller trees that are surrounded by larger trees, or retreat to low-lying areas but watch for flooding
  • Avoid water, and immediately get out of and away from bodies of water
  • Avoid wiring, plumbing, and fencing. Stay away from all metal objects, equipment, and surfaces that can conduct electricity.
  • Do not shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, or covered porches as they do not provide adequate protection from lightning
  • Seek fully enclosed, substantial buildings with wiring and plumbing. In modern buildings, the interior wiring and plumbing will act as an earth ground.
  • A building is a safe shelter as long as you are not in contact with anything that can conduct electricity (e.g., electrical equipment or cords, plumbing fixtures, corded phones). Do not lean against concrete walls or floors (which may have metal bars inside).

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When you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your storm damage in Aitkin, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flood Preparedness for Virginia Residents?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Trees are standing in flood water in Minnesota. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Virginia. Here are some tips from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help you get your home ready for a flood:

  • Make sure you secure or protect against any hazards in your home before the flood strikes
  • Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuate
  • Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate
  • Secure structurally unstable building materials
  • Buy a fire extinguisher if you don’t already have one, and make sure your family knows where it is and how to use it
  • Buy and install sump pumps with backup power
  • Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12 inches above your home’s projected flood elevation
  • For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering
  • Anchor fuel tanks can contaminate your basement if torn free. An unanchored tank outside can be swept downstream and damage other houses.

Call Us Today!

When you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your storm damage in Virginia, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Tornado Alley in Aitkin?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado funnel is forming in a turbulent sky filled with dark clouds. We mitigate storm damage 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Facts About Minnesota Tornadoes

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Aitkin County. Storms and severe weather events come with living in Northern Minnesota, and according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) June, July, and August are good months for tornadoes to hit the continental United States and Southern Canada. The DNR report also notes that Minnesota lies along the north edge of Tornado Alley, the region of maximum tornado occurrence in the United States. Here are some more interesting facts from the DNR about Minnesota tornadoes:

  • Tornadoes occur most often between 2:00 PM and 9:00 PM (but they can and do occur at any time of the day and night
  • Late spring and early summer are the most probable danger periods in Minnesota
  • Groups or outbreaks of tornadoes often last from three to twelve hours
  • On June 10, 2010, forty-eight tornadoes affected twenty-two counties in Minnesota over a six-hour period

For information on tornado preparedness, visit ready.gov/tornadoes.

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When you have a tornado or other storm damage emergency in Aitkin, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Storm Damage Got You Down?

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Spring Thunderstorm

Thunderstorms can be beautiful yet dangerous and scary. They can cause a lot of damages you didn’t expect, though you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.”

The SERVPRO Emergency Response Team is ready come help you recover from damages that were caused from strong winds, lightning strikes, large hail or a tree falling on the house during the storm.

The SERVPRO Emergency Response:

  • Assessment of how to restore your property
  • Guidance to help you get back to your property following a disaster
  • SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties will provide mitigation and restoration
  • Will work with your insurance for you to lessen the stress load
  • Provides details each day on the progress of restoration process
  • Will perform a final walkthrough with you to assure quality service

Check out the link to the types of storms

Storm Types video

Great Team

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

lightning storm Are you storm prepared?

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties is available 24/7 for all emergency restoration needs. If you have a pipe burst during a massive cold blast in the middle of the night, you can give us a call and we will be there for you.  Should you have a tree fall on your roof on a Sunday afternoon and it is pouring rain inside your home, we can come and tarp up your roof to prevent further damages, then take care of the water damages for you.  Whether it is your roof leaking from an Ice Dam or a Tornado twisting through, Team SERVPRO is the team that you’ll want to call for help at (218) 879-6141. We will help you rise above the storm.

Tis the Season of Bursting Pipes

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Water shut off lever Shutting off the water source to prevent further damage

A frigid blizzard hits and the temperature drops well below freezing. You had set the thermostat low at the cabin to be conservative and now the pipes are frozen. A couple weeks later as the weather is warmer, you go to the cabin to check on it and find water everywhere from the pipes bursting as they started to thaw. What now? Call SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St Louis Counties to extract the water and mitigate any damages from the water.

Tips to avoid this disaster

Insulate the pipes to reduce the risk of freezing. The pipes with the highest risk of freezing are pipes in the basement, the supply line in the garage or the lines passing through the attic.

Seal off any drafty areas such as around windows or doors.

Drip the faucets to keep water flowing or a better option would be to winterize the cabin and shut off the water supply.

Family Prepared?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

storm clouds, lightning, snow and rain All weather storms

One of the best ways to be prepared in severe weather situations is to have a family emergency plan established.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure to discuss it, review it and have drills at the onset of various weather seasons, making sure that everyone knows exactly what to do at a moment’s notice.

  1. How will you receive emergency alerts?

Thanks to technology today, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings in the palm of your hand by way of smartphones, as well as receive alerts through radio and television broadcasts. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you will quickly receive emergency alerts, which can provide you with valuable time in severe weather situations.

  1. What storm shelter options are available?

Taking shelter in areas where tornadoes are common means you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If that is not possible, choose an interior room on the lowest level of your home or building that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Be sure to visit ready.gov for other situations that may require a storm shelter or basement.

  1. How will everyone keep in touch?

When there is an emergency, communication is key. It is easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but in some circumstances, that just isn’t feasible. Cell phone towers can incur damage, phones could be lost or left behind, and batteries will die if there is a power outage and there is no power source for recharging.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton and West St. Louis Counties to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

(218) 879-6141

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

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage flooded basement

Call SERVPRO today if your basement had any flooding from a recent storm or any other storm damage to your home. We will inspect and assess the damages of the area affected. The moisture levels will be monitored to ensure efficient drying. The top of the line equipment dries tough to reach spaces inside walls quickly to prevent further damages from happening.

Tips to Prepare for a Storm

  • Keep a flashlight in a convenient location
  • Get candles ready to light in case of a power outage
  • If there is a possibility of a tornado, keep windows open just a crack
  • Have a safety kit fully stocked and ready to use
  • Have a first aid kit and make sure everyone knows the location it can be found.

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

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

storm damage Damage boarded up

Boarding up a property is done to protect your home or business if it has suffered damages from fire, storm or other disaster.

The boards are put up on the outside of the window or door to keep the glass from shattering if debris is flying from strong winds. Boarding up is essential for security being maintained along with protection from more damage occurring.

Your stress levels can elevate as the devastation becomes overwhelming. Our certified technicians are compassionate and are always there to help get you through every step of the process. SERVPRO strives to get you back into your restored home or business as soon as possible.

Call the SERVPRO clean up team that is faster to any size disaster. 218-879-6141

Prepping for Severe Weather

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Prepping for Severe Weather With Your Family | SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties 

While there is often advanced warning for some types of severe weather, there are also times when Mother Nature can manage to catch us off-guard.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow to prepare your family for various severe weather occurrences.

Where to Begin

One of the best ways to be prepared in severe weather situations is to have a family emergency plan established.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure to discuss it, review it and have drills at the onset of various weather seasons, making sure that everyone knows exactly what to do at a moment’s notice.

If you’ve not yet created a family emergency plan, here are some things to take into consideration when creating it:

1. How will you receive emergency alerts?

Thanks to technology today, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings in the palm of your hand by way of smartphones, as well as receive alerts through radio and television broadcasts. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you will quickly receive emergency alerts, which can provide you with valuable time in severe weather situations.

2. What storm shelter options are available?

Taking shelter in areas where tornadoes are common means you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If that is not possible, choose an interior room on the lowest level of your home or building that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Be sure to visit ready.gov for other situations that may require a storm shelter or basement.

3. Do you have evacuation routes mapped out?

Evacuations are stressful so you should always have evacuation routes mapped out in advance. It’s wise to have multiple routes just in case one is impassable, and make sure those routes will have places to stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members to evacuate with.

4. How will everyone keep in touch?

When there is an emergency, communication is key. It is easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but in some circumstances, that just isn’t feasible. Cell phone towers can incur damage, phones could be lost or left behind, and batteries will die if there is a power outage and there is no power source for recharging.

Hence, it is wise to have an emergency communication plan in place for your family and a safe meeting place for your family to meet should family members be separated during the emergency.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton and West St. Louis Counties  to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

(218) 879-6141

Is my Sump Pump Working?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

No power: If the power goes out during a storm, your sump pump won’t be able to drain the water.

Wrong size: If your sump pump is too small a sump pump for your home’s size can mean too big a job for it to handle. On the flip side, running too large a sump pump can shorten its lifespan.

Old age: Just like any appliance, the years can reduce the efficiency and working order of your sump pump. The average lifespan of a sump pump is roughly 10 years. If yours is creeping up in age, consider replacing it with a more current model.

Clogged pipe: Debris can enter your discharge pipe and create a backup. With nowhere for the water to flow, your sump pump will come to a stop.

Lack of maintenance: Your home and the appliances that make it run require regular maintenance. Clean your sump pump three to four times a year to avoid blockages in your discharge line, vents, and floats.

Switch issues: When the sump pump shifts in the basin, the float that administers the switch can cause it to become jammed.

Product or installation problem: In addition to product defects, which are out of your control, improper installation can also cause sump pump failure.

Sump pump fails and causes water damage while you are out of town.

A Homeowner in Livonia came home from vacation he discovered that his finished basement had 2”- 3” of standing water covering the entire basement. SERVPRO was called out to a home in to clean up the water damage.  Upon inspection, Technicians noticed mold on the walls, floor, and contents, which lead them to believe that the water damage had occurred a while ago.  

Unfortunately, the homeowner did not have insurance coverage to clean up the mess the water left behind. SERVPRO worked with the homeowner to remove affected materials and dry out the basement.

 Call SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties - (218)8798-6141

Northern MN Storm Preparedness

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

If a storm arises in the Northern MN area, have you thought of who you would call to be faster to your disaster.  I will make that simple for you and answer why you should choose SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Couties. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for all emergency restoration needs, that means if you have a pipe burst during a massive cold blast in the middle of the night you can give us a call and we will be there for you.  This means if you have a tree fall on your roof on a Sunday afternoon and its pouring rain inside your home, we can come and tarp up your roof to prevent further damage.  Whether it is your roof leaking from an Ice Damn to a Tornado, SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties is the team that you will want to call. We have all the proper equipment and trained technicians to properly take care of all your restoration needs.  Give us a call at (218) 879-6141

Let Us Help With Your Board-Up Process

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

When you have storm damage, leave the hassle of board-ups to the professionals.  As if having a massive storm roll through and cause severe property isn't enough, don't let the board-up process be a hassle.  This is a burden that no one should ever have to go through.

If not boarding up a damaged property properly you could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse.  Not to mention boarding up after damage can be as dangerous as the damage itself.  

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it "Like it never even happened."

If you have storm damage and are in need of emergency board up services give us a call 24 hours a day 7 days a week at (218) 879-6141

Sever Weather Part 2

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend having supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Safety Whistle to signal help
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Dust mask or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or other tools to shut off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Cash

Make A Family Plan: A family plan can be essential to survival during sever weather. A family plan can allow everyone to know where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. These plans should include designated rooms in the home to meet in case of severe weather. Also, they should include a designated spot outside of the home to meet up at incase of separation.

Sever Weather Part 1

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather is unpredictable and business SERVPRO Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

Weather Radios: With all of today’s technology it still can’t stand up to a battery powered weather radio during an emergency. Mobile devices maybe what most people use today for checking weather updates, but the towers that send out the signals required for the devices to function can be damages or congested during times of emergency. A weather radio with fully charged batteries can provide Families with more reliable alerts and updates. These radios have the capability of receiving special frequencies for the for special radio stations that provide warnings for all hazards. Look for our next blog for tips on emergency supply kits and making a family plan.

Roof Repairs

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

The Roof of your house is what provides you shelter from the ever-changing weather conditions, and when the roof is neglected can create many problems for you and your family in the future. Many of these problems can be solved by periodically inspecting your roof and preforming the repairs as needed. What you might think as a minor issue could potentially become a financial nightmare. Here at SERVPRO Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties we have some tips on what to look for when inspecting your roof.

  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Loose debris
  • Excessive snow builds up
  • Mold or moss build up
  • Dents/ missing chimney caps

If a storm blow through and is to much for your roof to handle SERVPRO Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is always here to help.

When Storms Hit Count On SERVPRO!

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & W. St. Louis Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & W. St. Louis Counties Today at 218-879-6141