Recent Water Damage Posts

How Will I Know if My Water Damage Is Dry in Aitkin?

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

Technicians install air blowers in a water-damaged kitchen. We respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Aitkin County.

Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties use industrial-grade equipment and advanced technology during the drying process to ensure the water damage is dried thoroughly. Most of the surfaces in homes and businesses are porous, so when they are exposed to water, the water can seep into them. Although these surfaces may be dry to the touch, they may retain moisture, which, left untreated, can cause the materials to break down, warp, or cause mold damage.

Drying and Dehumidification Process

Our technicians use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area. We also monitor and document the drying process to ensure the damage is dried thoroughly. Here is some additional information from our website about our drying process.

Monitor Floor and Walls

We check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process. 

  • Monitor Floors
  • Monitor Walls

Drying Equipment

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping floors, walls, and furniture
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, accelerating moisture evaporation

Call Us Today!

Water damage can happen anytime, and further damage can occur if the water is not dried completely. Our professionals are Here to Help ® when you have a water damage emergency in your home or commercial business in Aitkin. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Prevent Water Damage in My Aitkin Home?

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

A pipe is clogged with debris. We restore water damage in Aitkin County homes.

Our teams in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties mitigate and remediate water damage every year in Aitkin. Here are some tips from the Institute for Business and Home Safety to prevent water damage:

  • Never pour grease down the drain
  • Plant trees away from lateral drain lines to prevent roots from damaging piping
  • If your home’s sewer system is connected to the city’s sewer system, a particular problem for older homes, or if you are located downhill or below street level, contact a plumbing professional to install a backflow prevention assembly into your sewer system
  • Call a professional if you notice signs of a plumbing problem
    • An increased monthly water bill
    • Banging pipes
    • Rust stains
    • Moisture in the walls or on the floor
    • Signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation

Water damage restoration process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

We are Here to Help ® when you have a water damage problem in your home or commercial business in Aitkin. We’ll restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Happens During a Water Damage Assessment in Hermantown?

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

Identify and Stop the Water Source

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

Identify the Type of Water

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

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

Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises

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

Move or Block Furniture

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

Call Us Today!

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Oh no! I Have Water Damage in Esko!

10/11/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Here are the questions we will ask:

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

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When you need water damage restoration services in Esko, our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help.® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Prevent Water From Damaging My Home in Floodwood?

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

A person is caulking around a shower pan. We restore water damage “Like it never even happened” in St. Louis County.

Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties are trusted leaders in water damage mitigation and remediation services. Floodwood residents can rely on us to restore any water damage loss quickly and efficiently.

Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute to help you maintain your indoor plumbing systems:

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerator ice makers. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs.Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to ensure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine.Never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. Locating and shutting off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money, and time.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

Call Us Today!

Water damage can happen at any time. When your home or business has water damage in Floodwood, our local team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If I Have a Water Damage Emergency in My Hermantown Home?

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

Pipes inside a wall are exposed, showing faulty plumbing and water damage. Pipes inside a wall are exposed, showing faulty plumbing and water damage.

When you discover a water damage issue in your Hermantown home or business, our team of professionals in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties can assist you no matter what time of the day or night you need our help. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. 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

Water Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team typically arrive within two to four hours of your call, depending on your location from our offices. Hermantown residents and businesses can count on our fast emergency response time and our team of highly trained technicians to restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tell-tale Signs of Water Damage in Hermantown?

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

Bubbling and peeling paint on a ceiling indicate water damage. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties restores water damage throughout the year in Hermantown. Here are some signs that you have water damage in your home:

  • Flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint or drywall

Water seeping behind a wall will cause this to happen.

  • Wet areas or water pooling on the floor

You probably have hidden water damage if you notice water on your floor with nothing to attribute it to.

  • Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling

Look for discoloration on your walls or ceiling both inside and outside your home.

  • Visible dripping water you can see but dripping where it should not be

If you see any signs of water leaks, it may be a symptom of a bigger problem somewhere in your plumbing systems.

  • Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling
  • Wet areas or water pooling on the floor
  • Flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint or drywall
  • Hearing the sound of running water that you can’t place
  • Hearing the sound of dripping water that you can’t locate
  • Visible dripping water you can see but dripping where it should not be
  • Significant increase in your water bill for no known reason
  • Strong, damp, musky odors
  • Visible mold growing 

Call Us!

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What is the Process for Restoring Water Damage in Aitkin?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians set up drying equipment in a kitchen damaged by water. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Although every water damage restoration job is unique, our team in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties follows the same comprehensive, six-step process when restoring water damage.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or it may require major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call Us!

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Sewer Backup in Moose Lake Home?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

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

Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team responds to sewer backups throughout the year in Moose Lake. We have specialized training and the equipment and protective gear necessary to clean and restore sewage backups safely. There are three categories of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, it can degrade into a category two or three

Category 2: "Gray Water"

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

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

Category 3: "Black Water"

Sources for category three water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

When your Moose Lake home or business has a sewer backup, our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Frozen Pipes in Esko?

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

An outdoor pipe has snow and icicles clinging to it. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services in Carlton County.

Esko Needs to Know!

According to the Institute of Business and Home Safety (IBHS), frozen pipes are a leading cause of property damage during severe winter weather. SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties offers these recommendations for reducing your risk of frozen pipes from the IBHS:

  • Seal openings and penetrations:Seal all windows, doors, and other spaces on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating wall cavities
  • Seal cracks and penetrationsSeal all wall cracks and penetrations, including domestic and fire protection lines, electrical conduit, and other utility service lines
  • Insulate and seal attic penetrations:Insulate and seal attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases
  • Run faucets:Let all faucets drip during extremely cold weather to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet
  • Insulate pipes
  • Insulate recessed light fixtures
  • Install an automatic excess flow switch
  • Monitor sprinkler systems
  • Provide backup power

Call Us!

When you have frozen pipes or any form of water damage in your Esko home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day, and we typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Ice Dam Damage in Aitkin?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

A person removes snow from their roof. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has helped many people in Aitkin restore storm-damaged properties. According to the State of Minnesota Commerce Department, ice dams are common in Minnesota due to the heavy snowfall and extreme cold. They offer these tips for preventing 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.

Call Us Today!

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

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Heater Malfunction in Virginia?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

A hot water heater sits in a garage. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties have been restoring water damage in Virginia for years. Our fast emergency response time saves our customers time and prevents secondary damage in many cases. Water heater maintenance is often an overlooked part of home maintenance. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety offers these tips for inspecting and maintaining your water heater:

  • Inspect your anode rod every two years, or every year once the warranty has expired, to determine if it needs to be replaced
  • Flush water heater tanks every six months to remove any sediment by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base. For safety, first, turn off the power and run the hot water until it is cool.
  • Get an annual inspection from a plumbing professional, including the shut-off valve and all piping. Signs of broken valves and loose or wet joints and rust are a sign that more severe damage is coming.

Call Us!

You never know if your water heater might blow and flood your home or business, but if it does, Virginia 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.

Photo Drying and Restoration in Hill City?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

An old black and white photo is shown. We provide photo and document restoration services in Aitkin County.

When my basement in Hill City home flooded, my stored furniture and many family keepsakes were damaged, including old family photographs and documents. My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties.

The technicians arrived quickly and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They removed everything from the basement floor and set up powerful, industrial-grade water extraction equipment to remove the water quickly. The technicians monitored and documented the drying process and cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized the entire basement.

They took my photos and documents back to their headquarters to be dried and restored. They explained that although they may not be able to save everything, they would be able to save many and minimize the potential for further damage.

Here are the types of photo and document restoration SERVPRO uses:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call Us!

You never know when your basement will flood, and you’ll have a water damage emergency. When your Hill City home or commercial business needs photograph and document restoration services, 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.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Flooding Safety Tips for Hill City?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

A floor is covered in water. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has been restoring water damage for Hill City residents and businesses for years. Here are some tips for things you can 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 carpet 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!

When your Hill City home or business needs emergency water 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.

Leaking Faucet in Floodwood?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

A faucet is dripping water. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Floodwood residents can rely on SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties to mitigate and restore water damage – no matter how big the job is. Many forms of water damage can be prevented through routine inspection and maintenance of your home’s plumbing systems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), minor water leaks account for one trillion gallons of wasted water each year in the United States. Here is some information about fixing leaking faucets from the EPA:

  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3000 gallons of water per year
  • Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. If you are replacing a faucet, look for the Water Sense label.
  • Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about ten percent on their water bills
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste ninety gallons of water or more per day

Call Us!

When your Floodwood home or business needs emergency water 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 water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Services in Hermantown?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A technician is sanitizing a room in a house. We clean and restore water damage in St. Louis County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has been responding to water damage emergencies in Hermantown for years. After the water has been extracted and the area has been dried, bad odors may remain.

As part of the restoration process, we will clean and restore the water-damaged structure and any contents and belongings damaged by the water. We use a number of cleaning and sanitizing techniques and pretest every item to ensure we are using the best cleaning method.

SERVPRO Contents Restoration Cleaning Methods

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before 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 your home or business needs water 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 property damage in Hermantown, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Floor in Proctor?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown on a floor. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a s day in St. Louis County. County.

Trouble in Proctor.

Every minute counts when there is water damage in your home or commercial business. SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year in Proctor, and our fast response minimizes the potential for more costly and time-consuming repairs. Here are some tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive after a flooding event: 

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 carpet 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
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

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

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Kitchen in Hermantown?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

A dishwasher is running. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Dishwasher Washout

When my dishwasher supply line failed, water flooded the entire first floor of my Hermantown home before the damage was detected. I came back from walking my dog to find water covering my kitchen and family room floor. Thankfully, my neighbor told me to call SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties. They arrived quickly and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process.

They used powerful extraction equipment to quickly remove the water from the floor and set up air dryers and blowers to remove the excess water from the air. They documented the entire drying process to ensure the rooms were restored to normal humidity levels. By the time they completed the job, you would never know there had been a flood in my house!

Water Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When you have a water 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 water damage in Hermantown, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Water Damage Timeline for Aitkin?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Requires Fast Mitigation

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has been mitigating water damage for Aitkin residents for years and we know that a fast response time is critical to minimizing further damage. Here is a water damage timeline from our website that shows the damage water can do in a short period of time:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

Call Us!

When you have a water damage emergency in Aitkin, SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

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

Toilet Overflow in Esko?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Two children are standing in front of a toilet and are throwing objects into it. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Toilet Trouble in Esko

The kids were sure taking a long nap today. It made me kind of worried, so I crept down the hall, and they were not in their beds! I walked further down the hall, and my bare feet splashed into water in the hallway in front of the bathroom. Then I looked in the bathroom, and there they were, innocently flushing everything they could reach into the toilet with their tiny hands! Water was flooding the floor, and I couldn’t get it to stop. I called SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties and they came out and immediately went to work.

They turned off the water to the toilet and extracted the water from the bathroom floor and hallway carpeting. They set up air movers and blowers to remove the excess water from the bathroom and documented the drying process. Once the toilet was repaired, they completely cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized the area. Now you would never know there had been a flood in my bathroom.

Call Us!

When you have a water 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 Esko. Call us today at 218-879-6141. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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

Leaking Roof in Aitkin?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

A man’s hand is pointing to damaged roof shingles on a wet roof. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County!

Water-damaged roof?

Even the most vigilant homeowner can be caught off guard by a leaking roof. Storms and high winds can damage roof shingles, and sometimes the damage does not become apparent until the snow melts. According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), roof leaks were more likely to occur in regions where freezing weather and hail were frequent.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has been responding to water damage emergencies in Aitkin County for years, and we know that even a little roof leak can create a big problem if the damage is allowed to go unmitigated for too long. Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IBHS to minimize water damage on your roof:

  • Have a professional roof inspection annually.
  • Request a detailed inspection report that includes the condition of the flashing, roof covering, parapets, and drainage system.
  • In areas prone to wind and hail, consider an impact-resistant roof covering that has passed the FM 4473 or UL 2218 standard.

Call Us!

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

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

Water-damaged ceiling in Carlton?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

A large hole is shown in a water damaged ceiling. We are trusted leaders in water restoration in the City of Carlton.

The City of Carlton, Minnesota, has a great website that provides helpful information to Carlton’s residents. On their website, they showcase some great posters created by the fourth graders at South Terrace. Their posters were created to help educate the public about groundwater and drinking water and highlight ways everyone can protect their drinking water. There are tips on water recycling, rain barrel catchment systems, descriptions of water evaporation and water condensation, and tips on keeping the water clean.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties has been responding to water damage emergencies in Carlton for years, and we know that water leaks can cause big problems when they are not corrected quickly. Although every water damage scenario will vary, this is the water damage restoration process we follow most often:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

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

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

Emergency Water Damage

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew assisting with damages from a water pipe burst. SERVPRO crew cleaning up water damage mess from a pipe that burst in the corner.

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies such as a pipe bursting. When you experience water damage, immediate action is crucial. Any delay can greatly increase the damages done.

We Answer the Phone, Ready to Help! Call Today at 218-879-6141

Experiencing an emergency like this can be confusing, leaving you feeling stressed and vulnerable. Let us be the solution to easing that stress and confusion. We will guide you through this tough time.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

The Power of Water

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage on the floor Water travels everywhere

No matter what the cause is, the damage from water can be extreme. It travels everywhere and reaches behind walls. It can get inside the smallest of places and can go through almost anything. It has the ability to reform landscaping over time and can be powerful enough to wash away roads or weaken the foundation of your house. Water can also cause chaos and disrupt your life at a slow and steady pace, A leaky pipe or overrun tub or sink will allow the water to travel in, under and through anything it can get to including places you cant see such as inside a wall. If it goes undetected, the start of mold growth can occur causing even more damages.

If you experience a flood or any other type of water damage, give SERVPRO a call to get it bone-dry with our high-tech equipment.

One Thing Leads To Another

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage on the wall Water damage can lead to Mold

When the basement floods and the water is mopped up, don’t stop there! Water can get into places you wouldn’t think it would and cause severe damages that could be costly both Healthwise and monetarily if missed or overlooked.

In this home, the water traveled behind the wall causing hidden damages that started the growth of mold. Any type of mold is a risk to your health, so it is important to catch the water damages as soon as possible to avoid mold growth. SERVPRO cut out the section of wall, removed the mold that was found and then treated the area before getting the wet areas dried up quickly to avoid any further damages from occurring.

Have SERVPRO come take care of the issue right away or to remove any mold found in your home.

Do you suspect a Sewer Blockage?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage backup in basement The owner removed the cleanout cap to check for a blockage and sewage spilled out all over the basement floor.

To check sewer cleanout for possible blockage in the sewer line, make sure you turn off the water source to avoid a lot of damages from spillage when removing the cap. It is recommended that you know where all of the locations of the cleanout caps are, not just the main one. Knowing this will help you maintain proper function of the sewer lines, to avoid sewage back up into your home.

A few things to do if you suspect a blockage would be;

  • Listen for gurgling in the drains of your sinks, bathtubs, shower stalls and toilets. Hearing a gurgling sound is an indication that you may have a blockage.
  • Flush your toilet and check to see if water backs up into the tub or shower.
  • When you wash clothes, check to see if water backs up into the tub or shower. A clog will cause the water to go elsewhere as it tries to drain.
  • Run the bathroom sink water and watch your toilet for bubbles or rising water.

Contact a plumber to help clear the blockage and if you experience the unfortunate event of a backup into the house, shut off the water source and then give SERVPRO a call to help with possible solutions and damage control.

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

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

steam cleaning Employee steam cleaning after water flooded business

The first steps taken once a disaster has happened mean the difference between recovering from damages and total loss.

Proper Steps to Take

  1. Call your emergency contact SERVPRO
  2. Stop the source of water if possible
  3. Inspection of damages and assessment
  4. Water removal and extraction as soon as possible to reduce the risk of further damage.
  5. Drying and dehumidification
  6. Cleaning and sanitizing to include affected personal belongings that are salvageable. 
  7. Restoration upon request

SERVPRO Technicians are highly trained professionals ready to quickly respond to properly clean and restore the damages so you feel at home again.

The picture shows our certified technician Steam Cleaning after the building flooded during a storm.

Give SERVPRO a call at the 1st sign of water damage. We are available 24/7. 218-879-6141

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

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

water extraction water damage

Did your home or business suffer from a storm?

SERVPRO will come assess the damages, We will measure the moisture levels in the areas affected and will follow up with the drying process with our high-tech equipment which are proven to rapidly dry your home or business.

Water damage also affects your belongings. Quick action to protect wet items is necessary to prevent mold and deterioration.

Some of the services provided are:

  • Pack out and store personal items
  • Onsite and offsite cleaning
  • Move clean items back to home or business
  • Dry out of affected contents and structure materials.

SERVPRO Certified Technicians professionally ensure to dry and restore your home to conditions previous to the storm.

Call today at 218-879-6141 to schedule an assessment.

Water in Your Crawl Space

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water in your crawl space can cause damage to your home 

Excessive moisture in a crawl space can cause your foundation supports to warp and lose their structural integrity. 

Excessive moisture can promote the growth of Mold and Mildew.

Standing water can attract pests and small animals. 

What to do when you have water in your crawl space

Have a professional inspect your crawl space for foundation cracks and broken pipes.

Dry out the crawl space by removing the excess water and moisture. 

Clean up the crawl space by removing debris and wet insulation.

When to Call A Professional

Water mitigation is not a challenging task, but it is hard, physical labor. You might want to consider the following:

A crawl space that is between 3 feet and 5 feet high is considered tall. Even such a tall crawlspace is very difficult to move around in. Many crawl spaces are lower than this.

Tight Access Point of entry makes it difficult to work in the crawl space. There may be only one small door that allows access to the crawl space, and can sometimes be in an inconvenient area, such as a bedroom closet or kitchen pantry floor.

Warning:  Rodents can often get into the crawl space.  Their droppings can contain harmful bacteria.

Have Water Damage?


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

Cleaning up after water damage

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Depending on the amount of water first thing salvage important belongings. In the case of standing water in any room, you should quickly unplug any electronics before you start recovering important belongings. When salvaging items that have come in contact with water, prioritize things that are the most difficult to replace or the most expensive, such as important documents, family keepsakes, computers, and TVs.  Start by wiping all of your personal items down with an antimicrobial, move them to a dry location and put fans on them, until the insurance company can get there to assess if items need to be professionally cleaned or thrown away. Other than damaged drywall and flooring, keep everything around until the insurance company comes, so they can confirm the quality and grade of your items to file your claim. If you’ve been gone with a water leak for more than 72 hours, mold has had a chance to spread, and it’s all considered graywater – meaning everything must go.

Give SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties a call at (218) 879-6141 if you have water damage to see how we can help.

It may not look like much water

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

There's nothing like waking up first thing in the morning, walking out of your bedroom and into a pool of water in your hallway. Next thing you know your socks are wet, and you just realized today might be considered a bad day. First thing anyone does in this situation is figure out where it came from. You discover that you have a broken water line to the vanity sink in your bathroom. You turn off the valve right there under the sink and stop the water and call your plumber to come fix it. That's not the end of the issue yet. 

So, the plumber is on his way and you're looking around at all this water on the bathroom floor, your carpeted hallway is soaked and of course there is still water dripping out from the vanity. This is a mess most people don't know how to handle, a few towels and the dehumidifier out of your basement might not be the answer. The common reaction to water everywhere is to get some towels and maybe a fan or two. 

When it comes to large amounts of water, towels and fans are not going to be enough to dry things below the surface. Once water has saturated a carpet down to the pad, the sub floor is now affected. Same for walls, the outer layer of drywall being saturated means that most likely there is wet framing studs that are at risk of being wet as well. With the knowledge, you now know the next call should be SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties has certified water restoration technicians with the training and tools to make sure that everything is dry and sanitary by the time the job is done. SERVPRO will work with you and your insurance company to make sure everything is handled properly and to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards. 

Frozen Pipes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO of Aitkin, Carlton and West St. Louis Counties can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages
  • Poorly insulated attic 

A FROZEN HOUSE DURING WINTER

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Northern Minnesota it can be a wonderful place to live. We have many beautiful lakes, and four seasons for us to enjoy. As wonderful as it can be it doesn’t prevent disasters from happening especially during the winter.

One way a water loss can happen during the winter is if the houses source of heat stops working. Unfortunately, if this happens it can cause the water to turn in to ice and complicate the process of drying out the structure. The first thought most think is to turn on the heat to thaw out the house but that is the last this you want to do.

SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties can help with this process by removing as much of the ice as we can prior to heating the house. Once we can’t remove any more ice by hand we will slowly heat the house and extracting the water as the ice thaws. This process will help minimize the damage that would be caused if you just thawed the ice all at once essentially flooding the house for a second time. So, if you experience a water loss and it freezes call SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties to help (218) 879-6141

TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

      7 HELPFUL TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING

                        PIPES THIS WINTER

Outdoors Tips:

  • Wrap outside faucets.
  • Caulk around pipes where they enter into the house.
  • Disconnect garden hoses.
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems*

Indoor Tips:

  • Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  • Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving the house for several days.

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is here to help in case of a pipe that bursts or lines that freeze. Our crews are ready 24 x 7 no matter how big or how small our SERVPRO team handles them all, give us a call!

* Check manufacturer's instructions for the best way to do this. 

ICE DAM: What are They?

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Since You Asked

Betsy from Grand Rapids asked: What exactly are ice dams?

That seems simple enough to answer, an ice dam is formed when you have a lot of heat loss through your roof causing snow to melt and run down, but then freezes as it gets close to the edge of the roof. This can be seen by blocks of ice on the edge of a roof, or large ice sickles that hang from the roof. Easy enough to explain, however they can cause big problems.

When you get an ice dam the snow that continues to melt will get trapped by the dam and have no place to go it can then back up under your shingles causing a leak. Many roof leaks in the late winter early spring are from ice dams.

To prevent ice dams, the first step is to limit the amount of heat loss through your roof. Making sure you are insulated well enough is key. The next is to get rid of the snow on the bottom of the roof before it turns to ice. You can use roof rakes or brooms, but make sure you are safe on a slipper roof. If you already have ice making channels through the ice dam allows the water behind the dam to drain off the roof. You can hose tap water on a warm day to cut through the ice. Work upward from the lower edge of the dam. However, the channel will become ineffective within days and is only a temporary solution to ice dam damage.

Frozen Houses

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Northern Minnesota it can be a wonderful place to live. We have many beautiful lakes, and four seasons for us to enjoy. As wonderful as it can be it doesn’t prevent disasters from happening especially during the winter.

One way a water loss can happen during the winter is if the houses source of heat stops working. Unfortunately, if this happens it can cause the water to turn in to ice and complicate the process of drying out the structure. The first thought most think is to turn on the heat to thaw out the house but that is the last this you want to do.

SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties can help with this process by removing as much of the ice as we can prior to heating the house. Once we can’t remove any more ice by hand we will slowly heat the house and extracting the water as the ice thaws. This process will help minimalize the damage that would be caused if you just thawed the ice all at once essentially flooding the house for a second time. So, if you experience a water loss and it freezes call SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties to help.

Moisture Meters

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

In homes many of the materials are highly absorbent and don’t look wet. This can cause future issues if not properly addressed, but thankfully here at SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties we have specialized equipment to measure the amount of moisture in the materials and in the air. The three main meters we use are an invasive, non-invasive and hygrometer.

The invasive meter is the more accurate meter for identifying the level of moisture materials. The draw back to this meter is that it has two pins that must be inserted into that material that you are trying to measure.

The non- invasive meter can be used to check moisture of a material that you can’t or don’t want to poke holes in. it uses a pad sensor and electromagnetic signals. Unfortunately, this meters’ reading can be skewed by metal in the materials that you are checking.

The hygrometer is a meter that we use to measure the air conditions such as the relative humidity and the temperature. The combination of these reading can tell us the amount of moisture in the air.

With these meters we check the affected areas and the unaffected areas. By checking the unaffected areas, we get the goal for drying. So, if you experience a water loss give SERVPRO of Aitkin Carlton & West St Louis Counties a call.

7 TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

      7 HELPFUL TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING

                        PIPES THIS WINTER

 

Outdoors Tips:

  • Wrap outside faucets.
  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  • Disconnect garden hoses.
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems*

Indoor Tips:

  • Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  • Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving the house for several days.

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is here to help in case of a pipe that bursts or lines that freeze. Our crews are ready 24 x7 no matter how big or how small our SERVPRO team handles them all, give us a call! 

* Check manufacturer's instructions for the best way to do this.