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Is Your Business Prepared if Disaster Strikes?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, most of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

Storm Flooding Causes Black Water Contamination

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Do you know that stormwater can carry dangerous contaminants? Our SERVPRO team is trained and certified to restore areas compromised by contaminated stormwater by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stormwater carries disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Stormwater runoff should be mitigated by trained professionals who have the proper protective gear and equipment. Here is some information on stormwater, or "black water" contamination from our website:

"Black Water" Contamination – Category 3 Water

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category three water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

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

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3 Helpful Things To Know About Flood Insurance

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Insurance 

When looking at commercial insurance policies for a Brooklyn Park, MN business, many company owners may be wondering if flood insurance is a good choice for their property. Here are a few things to consider.

1. What May Be Covered

In most cases, a flood policy will cover damage caused by nature or accidents. This usually includes incidents such as a broken pipe or sewer backup, along with rain overflow and other storm damage. It is the policy holder’s responsibility to know exactly what their plan covers, but most normal flooding falls under these categories. In many cases, the insurance provider may also cover the cost of repair and cleanup, as well as recommend a professional restoration service.

2. What May Not Be Covered

Many commercial insurance policies will not cover flooding that comes as a result of neglect. This means that if you knew one area needed repairs, you failed to take action, and flooding occurred as a result, then your insurance provider may decline coverage.

3. What a Restoration Company Can Do

Insurance providers may have recommendations for a restoration company that may be able to help. A professional restoration service is equipped to help with large-scale disasters according to FEMA guidelines. They also offer services such as electronic inventory management system, which can be used to document items and repair requirements as they go. The database can be updated by the restoration team and accessed by the insurance agents allowing them to have the most up-to-date information as they keep track of the claim.

When looking at their commercial insurance policy, it's up to the policyholder to know what exactly is included. In most cases, flooding caused by accidents or natural disasters will be covered. Flooding caused by neglect, however, probably will not. A professional restoration team may have the tools necessary to work with the insurance company in order to help process the claim and keep all required information updated.

4 Tips for Preventing Dryer Fires

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

There are many ways for a fire to break out in a home in Champlin, MN. One overlooked location is the dryer. There are a number of ways for a dryer fire to develop. Nearly 3,000 of these fires are reported every year, and they result in over $35 million in property damage annually. Fortunately, with some routine maintenance, you should not have to worry as much about a lint fire forming.

1. Keep the Top of the Dryer Free of Any Debris

In the event a fire does break out in your laundry room, you do not want to give it more fuel that could cause it to spread to other areas of your home. Therefore, do not leave anything on top of your dryer. This includes clothing, boxes and books. You also want to keep the areas behind and around the dryer clear.

2. Clean Out the Lint Screen After Every Load

A good habit to get into is to clean the lint screen before every use. After a while, you will start doing it without thinking about it. Even a small amount of material in the system can result in a lint fire. To remind you, you should keep a small wastebasket in your laundry room.

3. Clean the Vent Line Regularly

You should detach your vent line once in a while and make sure it is not getting clogged up by lint or various pieces of debris. If you are unsure of what to look for in the vent, then you should consider hiring a professional to come out and take a look at it.

4. Inspect the Vent Hose

Another component to examine regularly is the vent hose. If your current hose is not made out of aluminum, then you should replace it with one that is. You want the hose to be as short as possible to reduce the likelihood of it getting crushed and potentially starting a lint fire.

How To Prevent Toilet Overflow

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Every homeowner in Champlin, MN dreads coming home to face a flooded toilet. Regardless if the toilet spurted clean or contaminated water into the bathroom, it requires a professional’s immediate help. The flooding may be a result of sewer damage causing waste to go back up through the pipes into the toilet. You can do a lot of good by preventing overflow before it happens by taking a few preventive measures.

1. Do Not Flush Random Items Down the Toilet

This is a particular concern in households with children, but even adults have been known to flush things down the toilet they should not. Some common items to keep out of there include:

• Napkins
• Papers
• Soaps
• Baby wipes
• Lotions
• Body creams

Flushing these items can cause them to get stuck in the pipes. Even things such as body cream, lotion and grease should stay out of toilets because they can harden through the pipes, causing a backup.

2. Clean the Toilet Regularly

In addition to keeping solid objects out of the toilet that can cause significant sewer damage, you also want to perform regular maintenance on the septic tank system. You should contact a sewage company once every eight years to clean and maintain your home’s septic tank. You can also clean your toilet routinely by using disinfectants and liquid detergent.

3. Avoid Flushing

Hopefully, the kind of toilet backup you will contend with will not be anything serious. Some toilets will merely overflow a little bit before receding. You may be able to clean up a small mess on your own, but you want to avoid flushing until you know the issue is resolved. Use a plunger to try to move the clog out of position. If nothing at your disposal seems to be working, then you should hire a professional plumber to come out and address the sewer damage.

One Stop Shop

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Can One Company Address All Brooklyn Park's Storm Aftermath Needs?

The last thing a reputable water damage restorer wants to do is abandon customers in the middle of a storm damage project. This concern is why SERVPRO combines our water damage and flood restoration expertise supported by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training with our ability to arrange rebuilding services. Our approach invites you to depend on our skilled and experienced crews to streamline the journey from the severe exterior and interior damage to our goal of making it "Like it never even happened." We provide:

  • Dynamic safety hazard assessment throughout the project
  • Emergency services halting water damage
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Management of leaking roofs from storm damage
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup (standard when municipal sanitary systems are overburdened after torrential rains

Call today and let us take the stress out of your mess!
(763) 486-5512

Spring Showers

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

As we start to hear birds chirping and temperatures inching upwards, that means we are seeing the first signs of spring. What a wonderful time of year. Full of life and excitement. We are excited to be done with winter here at SERVPRO. 

While gearing up for Spring, there are some important things to be aware of regarding spring snows. Often, a Spring storm in Minnesota can bring with it snow, ice, rain, or a combination of all three. The high moisture content of the precipitation can cause issues in your home or business if snow melt has already saturated ground water levels. With the ground saturated, any new precipitation can cause issues with your sump pump or through foundation cracks and leaks. Be prepared for what Spring storms can bring. 

How To Prepare Your Business For Hail Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Owning a business comes with many responsibilities, not the least of which is maintaining your commercial property. Along with regular building maintenance, have a plan in place in case of natural disasters, such as hail storms. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for possible hail damage.

Know the Common Types of Hail Damage

Think through potential types of damage so you can make sure you have each one covered. Here are a few common types:

Roof Damage: This is a very common area of hail damage. Be sure to have your roof regularly inspected and repaired, especially after a hail storm. Regular maintenance can help prevent severe roof damage.

Glass Damage: If you have skylights, be sure that they are impact-resistant. Windows can be at risk too, depending on the angle of the hail coming down. Consider using impact-resistant glass here as well.

Property Damage: Hail can also cause damage to the property surrounding your building. This could include trees, HVAC units, or even commercial vehicles kept on your property.

Make Sure You are Covered
Once you have reviewed potential sources of storm damage, make sure that you have adequate commercial property insurance. This type of insurance will cover the financial impact of storm-related damage, which is an important protection for the financial health of your company. In the event of storm damage, initiate a claim with your insurance company and request authorization for a Minnesota storm damage company to come in to do repairs. You don't want to be left with roof damage or other property damage impeding your ability to get back to business.

Protect Employees
Have an emergency plan in place to make sure employees stay safe in the event of a hail storm. Designate a gathering area safely away from windows, and communicate a procedure to follow with your employees. Consider practicing emergency drills.
No one wants to think about their business suffering storm damage, but early preparation can save a lot of hassle in the event of damaging hail. Make sure you have your bases covered to protect your property, your employees and your hard work.

Water Heater Water Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Have you inspected your water heater lately? SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park has been restoring water damage for Minnesota residents for years, and we know that routine inspection and maintenance of water heaters and plumbing systems can prevent major water damage in many cases. Here are some tips from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety 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 replacement
  • 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 Today!

Water damage can happen at any time of the day or night. When you have a water damage emergency in your home or commercial business, we are Here to Help. The professionals at SERVPRO® of Brooklyn Park, Champlin are here to restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (763) 486-5512 Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Frozen Minnesota Pipes

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

As we know, overnight temperatures drop below freezing still here in March. SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park, Champlin offers these cold weather tips:

Know the location of your water shut-off valve and test it regularly.

If a pipe breaks, you won't want to have to find it then or, worse, wait for someone to arrive at your place to find it for you. In most single-family homes, the shut-off valve is in the basement or the crawl space on a wall facing the street.

Turn off outdoor faucets, and be sure to disconnect hoses from them.

Ensure the faucet and the outside portion of the pipes are fully drained. A valve inside many houses will shut off the water's flow; then open and close the tap outside to release any water in the pipe. Disconnect the hose to ensure that freeze-proof faucets will drain and to avoid damage to the hose from freezing water.

Winterize unheated or vacant buildings.

If your vacant building has a fire protection system, make sure there is no danger that the water servicing this system might freeze.

Insulate water pipes that may be vulnerable to the cold or have caused problems before.

Pipes close to exterior walls or in unheated basements can be wrapped with pieces of insulation. Never put heat tape on the water meter to avoid damaging plastic components of the meter.

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763-486-5512

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Do you know that chimneys can catch on fire? SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park, Champlin offers these tips from Federal Emergency Management Agency for preventing creosote buildup that can cause chimney fires:

Limited air supply and unseasoned wood encourage the buildup of creosote. To avoid that buildup, do not restrict the air supply by:

  • Closing the glass doors
  • Not opening the damper wide enough
  • The longer the smoke is in the flue, the more likely it is that creosote will form
  • By closing down the stove damper or air inlets on a wood stove too soon or too much
  • Do not burn unseasoned wood
  • In the case of wood stoves, overloading the firebox with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time also contributes to creosote buildup

Fireplace and Woodstove Safety

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace or woodstove
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least three feet from your home
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home

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When Minnesota residents and businesses have fire damage, they can trust SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park, Champlin to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 763-486-5512

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Winter Storm Cleanup

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO has the experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Frozen Pipes

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 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

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Regardless of the Winter Storm, We Can Help

Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with little warning. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.
Call today! 763-486-5512

Why SERVPRO?

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, you can depend on SERVPRO, whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or your upholstery cleaned. We have the training, experience, and equipment to make your house feel like home again.

  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Highly trained restoration technicians
  • Faster to Any Sized Disaster
  • A trusted leader in the restoration industry with more than 1,900 franchises
  • Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment

Residential Restoration Services

Fire, water, and mold restoration are the cornerstones of our business. SERVPRO is dedicated to responding to your emergency fast. Our focus on training ensures we have the expertise and skills needed to promptly restore your property right the first time. Our restoration services include the following:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm and Major Events

Residential Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents, and homes get dirty. SERVPRO offers cleaning services ranging from air duct cleaning to removing biohazard contaminants. Their residential cleaning services will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for your family. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Overview of Residential Cleaning
  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceiling, Floors & Walls
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Sewage and Toilet Overflow
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism and Graffiti

CALL TODAY! 763-486-5512

Frozen Pipe Season

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

When water damage happens during the winter months, it is often the result of a burst pipe. SERVPRO has been restoring water damage for Minnesota residents for years. Here are some helpful tips for preventing burst pipes from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Check pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have the pipes repaired immediately. Wrap exposed pipes with heating tape.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect the system against increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Keep the house warm. Set the thermostat for at least 65 degrees since the temperature inside the walls, where the pipes are located, is substantially colder; a lower temperature will not keep the pipes from freezing.
  • Add extra insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Ideally, the attic should be five to 10 degrees warmer than the outside air. Well-insulated basements and crawl spaces can help protect pipes from freezing. You may also consider insulating unfinished rooms such as garages to keep pipes from freezing.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business experiences water damage, SERVPRO  has a team of trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 763-486-5512

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Steps To Prepare Your Building for a Winter Storm

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

As winter weather continues to roll into MN, it could be too late to consider winterizing your building. Being proactive is key when it comes to potential storm damage. As cooler temperatures approach, it’s a good time to go over last-minute details before the cold sets in. Consider taking these steps to prepare your building for a winter storm:

1. Inspect the Roof

Get your roof professionally inspected before the first signs of winter weather. Damaged flashings and loose or missing shingles could result in severe damage to the interior of the building if left to sit through the winter.

2. Cut Back Tree Limbs

Ice and snow really weigh down tree limbs. Be sure to trim back overhanging, loose or dead branches before winter weather hits. Otherwise, you risk damage to your roof, windows, gutter system, among other things.

3. Clean Gutters

A winter storm can wreak havoc on a gutter system. Make sure to keep gutters free of all leaves and debris. A combination of full gutters and snow can form ice dams which can cause interior damage.

4. Inspect Insulation and Weather Stripping

Make sure that your building has a sufficient amount of insulation and weather stripping. They can make all the difference when it comes to the cost of your heating bill.

5. Leave the Heat On

Leave the heat on even in areas that aren’t being used. Set the thermostat to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Inspect HVAC System

Get a full HVAC inspection before cold weather arrives. This will ensure that everything is in proper working order before the need for heat arises.

7. Inspect Exposed Pipes

Make sure that the pipes are properly insulated to protect them from freezing and bursting. By sealing any cracks or openings you will go a step further to prevent a pipe break.
When it comes to winter in MN, being proactive can ultimately save time and possibly even a lot of expense. If your building sustains damage from a winter storm, be sure to call storm cleanup professionals to help.

Feeling Overwhelmed?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Feeling overwhelmed is an understatement in the aftermath of a fire. As you walk through your home or building, you see fire, water and smoke damage. Decrease your anxiety by understanding the process of returning your property to pre-fire condition.

Before Cleanup Begins

There are several steps that take place before the restoration process starts. As a business owner, remember to keep documentation and remain in the loop. If you do not understand something, ask questions and seek clarification.

  • Typically, a fire restoration company first inspects your property to understand the magnitude of the fire, water and soot damage.
  • To prevent secondary damage and theft, professionals may board up windows or tarp the roof.
  • Check with your commercial property insurance agent to verify coverage. Oftentimes, insurance companies partner directly with restoration professionals.

The Cleanup Process

There are a multitude of steps when mitigating a fire disaster. Depending on the damage, this may include drying, cleaning, disinfecting, repairing or replacing materials.

  • Often, the first area targeted is water damage left from firefighting efforts or sprinkler systems. This type of damage spreads fast and can result in mold growth in as little as 24-48 hours. Water removal and drying is completed with professional-grade equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers.
  • Smoke cleaning is a crucial component after a fire, as smoke damage and soot damage are usually present on most exposed surfaces. There are different techniques to clean and disinfect walls, ceilings, furniture and the air itself.
  • Once structures and contents are dry and clean, technicians use a variety of specialized methods to restore the building and your inventory to preloss condition.

A fire at your commercial property is very stressful. Fire, water and smoke damage likely permeate your every thought. Understand the restoration process ahead of you to reduce the fear of the unknown and put yourself on the road to recovery.

Give us a call today (763)486-5512

Thank you First Responders

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Guys standing by vehicle SERVPRO Firefighters

Here at SERVPRO of Wright County/Brooklyn Park, Champlin we are honored to employ 4 local volunteer firefighters.
Each of them plays a significant role here while wearing the SERVPRO logo and in return has helped us better understand the full scope of what we do every day out in the field and on job sites and how to better our customer experience when navigating some of the toughest times our customers are facing.
The knowledge and education they have brought to the team is well received and appreciated. 
More importantly, what they do and risk every day out there in our communities is truly honorable and we are proud to have them on our SERVPRO team.

Thanks for all you do Ken Kako, Trevor Nodland, Michael Beran and Bo Nelson!

How To Prevent and Treat Plant Mildew

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Plant with mildew It is best to stop plant mildew and mold growth as soon as possible in and around your home.

Mildew can grow on any surface in and around your home in Brooklyn Park, MN, including plant leaves and stems. Fortunately, you can keep your greenery looking vibrant and healthy by preventing and treating plant mildew.

What Causes Mildew To Grow on Plants?

Mildew that grows on plants resembles powdery spots and forms due to fungal diseases. Conditions that promote mildew growth on plant leaves and stems include:

  • Dry leaves
  • High atmospheric humidity
  • Low light
  • Warm temperature

What Is The Best Way to Prevent Mildew on Plants?
It is possible to prevent mildew from overtaking your outdoor or indoor plants. Be sure not to overwater and ensure proper drainage to avoid too much moisture in the soil.
Your outdoor garden plants should have enough space between them to ensure sufficient airflow to prevent excess moisture from settling. Compost can also help balance the microorganisms in your plant soil.
Newly acquired houseplants can benefit from being replanted into new containers with fresh soil to eliminate the potential spread of existing mildew.

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid of Plant Mildew?
The mildew that settles on plants can strip away the vital nutrients they need to thrive. Once you notice patchy mildew spots on leaves and stems, you can apply several treatments.
Try adding one tablespoon of potassium bicarbonate and one-half teaspoon of naturally disinfecting Castille soap to one gallon of water and spray the mixture onto your plants' affected surfaces. You can also create a solution of diluted milk that will nourish your plants while eliminating fungus. Commercial anti-fungal products offer another convenient solution for tackling mildew growth. You can gently apply any of these to leaves and stems and wipe them clean.
It is best to stop plant mildew and mold growth as soon as possible in and around your home in Brooklyn Park, MN. When the problem is more than you can handle, a professional mold removal and remediation service can restore sanitary conditions.

Information Worth Knowing About Hurricane Insurance

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

The protective tarpaulin on the roof flutters at the storm with rain. Use tarps to cover up gaps in roofs and windows.

Companies at risk for hurricane damage need storm insurance. Having a policy in place provides a financial cushion for hiring a commercial storm renovation service. Here's a quick guide to some essential knowledge regarding these policies.

Hurricane Insurance Coverage

With most standard building insurance agreements, you are covered for the devastation caused by:

  • Fires
  • Vandalism
  • Windstorms
  • Burglaries

Hurricanes are typically excluded. Riders regarding these and other coverage exceptions, such as earthquakes and floods, may be added for an additional fee depending on your location.

Hurricane Insurance Claims
After a hurricane, contact your insurance company and state that you wish to file a claim. Ask how long it will take for a storm insurance adjuster to arrive in Anoka, MN, to assess the damage.
Take photos and make videos of all damage. Compose a list of what has been destroyed and compile receipts for purchases of compromised items. Place all relevant documents into one folder and store them in a place away from damage and leaks. Save ruined valuables until the adjuster has had an opportunity to inspect them. Storm insurance companies are experts at figuring out the overall value of someone's loss.
Inform your insurer if you need immediate repairs, such as removing downed electrical lines. Policy issuers are often willing to send service professionals to claimants' properties on their behalf.
Use tarps to cover up gaps in roofs and windows so that there is no further exposure to the elements. After time passes, mold may develop. Hire a mold inspector to verify the absence of fungal intruders.
Consider hiring a public adjuster to assess the condition of your property. Reports from independent authorities have the potential to help you negotiate a better settlement.
Storm insurance is necessary for companies that are vulnerable to strong winds and precipitation. Make sure your policy covers you in case a hurricane comes through your area and wreaks havoc.

3 Key Points To Remember After Fire Damages Your Commercial Property

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Chain Link Fence It's imperative to fence off the building for both safety and security reasons.

3 Key Points To Remember After Fire Damages Your Commercial Property

It's the call no commercial property owner in Champlin, MN ever wants to receive: "Your building is on fire." Once the flames have been extinguished and relative calm is restored, you must begin the painstaking process of damage assessment, cleanup and restoration. Though you should not have to navigate that process alone, it's good to be apprised of the best practices to follow to get everything underway.

1. Why You Need a Fence
After contacting your insurance company, it's imperative to fence off the building for both safety and security reasons. Looters, squatters or curious onlookers may be tempted to explore your property, posing a serious safety risk if your building has sustained structural damage. Even if it is still structurally sound, your equipment, supplies and data may be stolen, adding to the cost, complexity and headache of an already stressful situation. Your insurance company may also refuse to cover those additional losses if you have not taken measures to prevent them.

2. How To Document Losses
After installing your security fence, take a walk around your property with a fire safety or structural expert and take photos, videos, and detailed notes of the damage. Take care not to remove anything before your insurance adjuster has had a chance to assess the damage and file a report. Compile any online documentation or records you may need to give to your insurance company as well.

3. Who To Call
Contact a fire damage and remediation service in Champlin, MN as soon as possible to handle everything from the initial cleanup to the removal of residual smoke odor and soot after repairs are underway. In addition to the physical work they perform, these experts are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the restoration process, so they can walk you through it all, making recommendations and helping you in decision-making.
Knowing where to get a security fence, the numbers you'll need to call and who your go-to professionals are can enable you to effectively roll out a disaster plan if the worst should happen.

Does My Business Need Flood Insurance?

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Insurance Policy on an office desk Are you covered?

Commercial insurance isn’t just about protecting property, it’s also important for peace of mind. Knowing your business is protected allows you to focus on what you do best: growing an enterprise.
In some cases, it’ll be required, particularly if you have a lender or investors. However, most insurance policies don’t cover flood damage. To get coverage in Brooklyn Park, MN, you’ll have to purchase a flood insurance policy.

What Is a Flood Policy?

Flood coverage is designed to pick up where other policies leave off. When a flood strikes your business, it covers most of the indoor damage, including

  • Appliances
  • Electrical and plumbing
  • Structural damage
  • Carpet and cabinetry
  • Foundation repair

Specifically exempted from coverage is outside improvements such as landscaping. Also, if a sewer backup happens and it isn’t caused by a flood, the flood policy won’t cover it. The flood policy is meant to be in addition to a standard commercial insurance policy, not a replacement for it.

What Businesses Require It?
Generally, there are no laws mandating coverage. if your lender or investors want you to have it, that’s when it’s required. Most lenders won’t expect you to have flood coverage unless you’re in a high-risk flood zone. You can also ask your local restoration experts about flood-prone areas.
Any building in a floodplain or the 100-year flood zone is going to be considered high-risk. You can look at FEMA’s flood maps online or consult with local authorities to determine what areas are at risk.

Do You Need It if It’s Not Required?
If you’re in a flood zone, you almost certainly should get a flood policy. Flood insurance is subsidized by the government, and because of the subsidies, most experts say it makes financial sense in flood-prone areas.
If you’re not in a flood zone, it’s a tough call. Most buildings not in a high-risk zone are statistically unlikely to need coverage. However, a flash flood can happen anywhere, so the peace of mind might be worth it.
Ask your lender about their flood insurance requirements and check out your flood maps. A little advanced knowledge can save a fortune in the long run.

Read This if Your Dryer Lint Screen Is Dirty

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Horizontal photo of female hand taking the lint out from dirty air filter of the dyer machine Clean that lint screen fully.

How To Easily Prevent A Lint Fire

Your dryer's lint screen is chronically dirty. There are traces of lint stuck to the sides. In fact, there are areas of your dryer that you didn't even know need to be cleaned. 

1. Clean That Lint Screen Fully
Most people either ignore the lint screen until it's overflowing, or they cleanse it sporadically. Neither of these methods are effective. Proper lint screen cleaning includes:

  • Accessing the lint screen
  • Rubbing your hand or a brush over it
  • Using the balled lint to gather any remaining particles
  • Dispensing properly

Place the gathered lint far away from any source of heat. Make sure you follow the above steps each time before a new drying cycle. If the screen is looking especially linty, rinse it with water and some soap. Fuzz will also gather in the lint trap, so vacuum it to prevent clogs.

2. Deep Clean the Entire Dryer and Exhaust Hose
This isn't a fun task, but it only has to be done about twice a year. Unseen materials can also start a lint fire. Every 6 months, make sure to give your drying machine a deep clean. Always remember to unplug the appliance before doing so.
Pull the machine away from the wall, and remove the back panel. This will expose the exhaust hose and interior, giving you access to any clogs or debris to wipe away. Reposition all parts before restarting the dryer.

3. Call Forth the Pros
There are around 2,900 dryer fire emergencies reported each year. Not keeping on top of your dryer's cleanliness can be dangerous and costly. That's why it's best to call your local experts in Anoka, MN, and get that dryer fully inspected. The professional cleaning and remediation team can determine the exact regimen for your particular make and model. The right tools will also be brought in.
If you don't have the time or ability to clean your dryer properly, it's best to call in experts. They will know the best route to prevent a lint fire. If fire damage does occur, make sure you picked the right team that can handle the aftermath, as well.

Residual Troubles of a Burst Pipe: Understanding Secondary Damage Hazards

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

loose wooden floor, water damage, warped painting from wall Water damage in Champlin, MN.

Residual Troubles of a Burst Pipe: Understanding Secondary Damage Hazards

When a pipe breaks, homeowners in Champlin, MN, experience a primary issue. Water sprays out of the pipe, drenching the space. When fluid infiltrates an area, it triggers secondary concerns, some of which are quite hazardous. Black mold can grow, and structures can begin to deteriorate. To avoid these significant headaches, owners should understand how water impacts a location. The following are three possible significant problems.

1. Structural Integrity
Builders designed the house with numerous porous materials. These substances--drywall, wooden beams and carpeting--easily and quickly absorb moisture. Like a sponge, they pick up the high humidity levels, filling their crevices with fluid. Over time, this leads to rot and decay. The following may become noticeable:

  • Warped floorboards
  • Water stains
  • Crumbling paint
  • Corroded metal
  • Foundational cracks

Breaches to the structure mean owners must face extensive repairs to restore safety. A water restoration company should evaluate the premises. Using moisture readers, the experts can determine the extent of saturation and recommend appropriate remediation services.

2. Fungus Contamination
Dampness, especially in dark locations, activates fungal spores which begin to spread at rapid rates. Within 24 to 48 hours, the microbes have made themselves at home, settling inside objects. Black mold moves throughout the space, eating away at organic material. Left to linger, it can even enter the air system, migrating to other rooms. Decontamination procedures should occur immediately, requiring drywall and carpeting tear-outs. Bleach isn't going to reach inside. Content cleaning experts may use sophisticated technology to salvage belongings. Ultimately, though, most of the soaked items need to go.

3. Electrical Haywires
Part of secondary damage is a concern for the home's wiring. Water and electricity do not mix. As the wetness moves into the walls and crawl spaces, the fluid could interfere with the outlets and overall electrical system. Be cautious about using even the fan. Be plugging or using any source, have the wiring evaluated for damage.
The busted pipe can create a domino effect, permitting multiple calamities to begin. Black mold and structural harm are both possible. Be aware of the dangers, and be proactive in the cleanup. Efficient and methodical care could avoid these hazards.

How To Get a Fast Response to a Disaster

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Whenever your company in Anoka, MN, faces a fire, a flood, or other catastrophes, fast action is essential. Delays wind up costing you time and money. A local SERVPRO franchise is always Faster to Any Size Disaster. This means an experienced crew will be at your facility within a couple of hours of receiving your call. After an initial inspection and assessment, the crew will begin to work on the restoration process. The initial work focuses on limiting damages and reducing expenses. In fact, this is one of the best ways to shrink the size of your insurance claim.

Why Speed Is Essential

A lot can be accomplished to reduce expenses in the early stages of a storm or other damaging event. This is why Faster to Any Size Disaster is such a critical concept. Depending on the nature of the problem, an experienced crew may perform any of the following actions:

  • Prevent additional floodwaters from breaching new areas
  • Contain mold spread
  • Remove standing water
  • Cover and board up damaged areas
  • Dry out flooring and walls
  • Protect employees and customers from hazards

SERVPRO's local emergency restoration services work 24/7 and will respond quickly to your call. It is the surest way to get a fast response.

Why a Delay Is Costly
The longer a problem remains untreated, the more likely additional damage to property will result. In the case of water damage, the moisture is likely to break down materials from paint and drywall to upholstery and insulation. If left too long, water can even begin to tarnish metals. Also, excessive humidity in your workplace often results in mold growth, which can cause more damage to your facility. Wind damage after a storm can leave openings in roofs, walls and windows that allow the elements to create more damage.
For SERVPRO, Faster to Any Size Disaster is more than mere words. It is a promise to arrive quickly when you need help.

Identifying Common Types of Hail Damage

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Insurance adjuster marked the hail damage on a insureds roof. If your property has roof damage, don't hesitate to take action.

How To Check For Damage?

If your building in Brooklyn Park, MN, has endured a hailstorm, you're probably wondering how to check for damage. Severe weather can arrive unexpectedly and it can bring surprises along with it. If you suspect that your building has been damaged during inclement weather, here are some ways to find out. Roofs and all items on your roof are especially vulnerable to hail damage, so check for the following signs of roof damage after a storm:

  • Cracked, blemished, or missing shingles
  • Water that has leaked into your attic
  • Wet or impaired insulation

Locating Hail Damage
After severe weather passes, you should take the time to survey your property and look for potential problems. Though some issues may be obvious, others may not be. Check for signs of wear such as dents and loose fittings on all rooftop items, including skylights, solar panels, and roof-mounted equipment. Look for tears in roof tarps and if you have shingles, check to see if any are missing or broken. Inspect your building's flashing and all roof drainage systems to make sure they are still working properly. Any time water enters your property through roof damage, check your attic for leaks or impaired insulation. Trapped water or wet insulation, if left untreated, can lead to structural damage.

Fixing Hail Damage
If you discover that any part of your building - exterior or interior - has been affected by hail, you should act quickly to mitigate the damage. If left unattended, compromised roofs can lead to water leaks and eventually mold or water damage. Storm cleanup should be taken seriously to save you time and money in the long run. Experts in storm damage cleanup and restoration can efficiently contain problems and return your building to its pre-storm state.
If your property has roof damage, don't hesitate to take action. A quick response to severe weather can ultimately save you a lot of time and money.

Understanding Mold in Your Commercial Building

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Black mold damage on the corner of a wall Commercial mold damage in Brooklyn Park, MN

Mold spores are everywhere in your building. Because of this, you will never be able to totally remove the mold inside your Brooklyn Park, MN, facility. The EPA has not established mold standards for commercial buildings, but business owners must be vigilant not to let mold grow out of control.

What Situations Encourage Mold Growth?

Mold spores love moisture and warmth. Dark places that are prone to humidity are especially susceptible to mold growth. Situations that should be monitored and checked frequently include:

Areas that have been exposed to water, caused by such things as a leaky roof or dripping faucet
Humid rooms, such as bathrooms and industrial shower areas
HVAC systems and air ducts

Even without EPA mold standards, commercial mold levels should be checked periodically by a professional.

How Can You Spot Hidden Mold?
The easiest way to detect mold that is hidden within walls or in ceilings is by the odor it emits. Mold presents an unpleasant musty smell that is fairly easy to spot. If you discover a moldy smell, a thorough mold clean is in order.

What Is Mold Remediation?
The only way to successfully remove mold from your facility is to call a mold remediation specialist. They will look for black mold and other types of mildew that can damage your building.
The expert will first examine the entire area to make sure all water sources are identified. They will then inspect the premises to find the areas where mold is growing. The moldy areas will be contained to reduce further mold growth.
Using specialized equipment, all affected areas will be cleaned and dried. Then, microbial treatments are applied to surfaces. Air scrubbers also remove a large percentage of the mold spores in the air. Air quality testing can also be performed by the specialists.
While EPA mold standards haven’t been set, it’s important to be on the lookout for problem areas before they get out of hand.

Three Ways To Stop a Running Toilet

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Toilet, Flushing Water, close up What can you do when your commercial toilet won't stop running?

Three Ways To Stop a Running Toilet

What can you do when the toilets in your Champlin, MN, commercial property won't stop running? The good news is that there are some quick and easy solutions that offer several benefits while also preventing the annoyance of a toilet overflow:

  • Prevent wasted water
  • Improve the water pressure behind flushes
  • Ensure that the bowl refills appropriately

If you're ready to stop a toilet from constantly running, try your hand at the following three steps.

Step One
Take off the tank lid and set it aside. Look for a small plastic tube, positioned between the fill valve and the overflow tube. If this tube is missing or if water isn't flowing through the flexible tube, the toilet bowl doesn't fill properly. You should be able to reposition the tube appropriately. Test your results by flushing the toilet. It should stop running once the bowl has filled.

Step Two
The second step you can take to ensure that the toilet flushes as it should is to adjust the float the controls the water level in the tank. You should see a small rod that is attached to the float by a metal clip. If your toilet won't stop running, the float may be set too high. A weak flush means that it's set too low. After you find the right adjustment level, use a permanent marker to show where you want the level of the water to be.

Step Three
Sometimes, the change to the flapper becomes unattached or tangled. Either way, the flapper won't lift and close as it should. This easy solution simply requires reattaching the chain or disentangling it. If this is a problem that reoccurs, you may want to replace the chain to avoid a future toilet overflow.
One of the least popular repairs a property owner can face is a toilet overflow. These easy solutions can put a stop to some problems and give you time to get a professional involved. The good news is that you can avoid a toilet flood when you hire water damage cleanup and mediation professionals at the first sign of trouble.