Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flooding in Brooklyn Park/Champlin

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time in the Brooklyn Park area, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • Sump Pump Failure
  • And many more

Have a Basement Flooding Disaster?

Call Today - (763) 486-5512

The bottom line, a flooded basement can cause significant water damage and possible mold growth if not handled properly. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park/Champlin and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly – One Less Thing for You to Worry About
  • Our technicians are Highly Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use S500 Industry Standard, IICRC Restoration protocol
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment is used to mitigate the damage

Be Prepared

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Due to our company being locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources. This is extremely important when these damages are occurring. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 763-295-1161 We are prepared to help!

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Winter Storms

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Central Minnesota Storm Damage

Emergency Preparedness 
Emergency preparedness is no longer the only concern of states like California with earthquakes or our friends who live in the area known as "Tornado Alley." For us Minnesotan's, winter storms and blizzards are common; knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared.

Blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures hit hard and frequently across our state. Even if you think you are safe and warm at home, a winter storm can become dangerous if the power is cut off. With a little planning, you can protect yourself and your family from the many hazards of winter weather, both at home and on the road.

BE AWARE OF THE FORECAST

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Weather conditions may alert us to know that we are forecasted for snow, blowing and drifting snow, freezing drizzle or rain.  Knowing the conditions that are coming, will help us in being prepared. 

BE PREPARED AT HOME

If we are predicted of having a snow storm and being "stuck" in our house for an extended period of time, make sure to have some essentials on hand. This can include the following:

  • Keep a radio nearby. 
  • Have plenty of flashlights on hand. Make sure to have batteries.
  • Have candles and matches available in case of a power outage.

If Minnesota suffers a winter storm, our home can be compromised. We can have ice dams on our roofs that result in a leak inside. If that occurs, SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park is able to help dry out your home. 

Should you suffer any water damage as a result of a winter storm, please contact SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park for all your needs! We are available 24/7!

Snowy Days

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Messy Situations

Minnesota weather can be unpredictable when it comes to the winter temperatures and snow falls.

That is why it is important to stay educated when the winter weather can be so unpredictable. The changes in the weather can cause damages to residential and commercial properties. It can cause pipes to expand and burst. The expanding and bursting of a pipe in a residential or commercial property can cause significant flooding if one is not prepared.

Prepare:

To prepare for this type of weather, one should make sure to inspect their pipes. If a pipe needs replacing, be sure to do this before the cold weather hits.

Prevent:

To prevent large water losses and damage, tag your main water shut off. One should tag their main water shut off to help everyone in the home know where to shut off the water if a pipe is to burst. Hopefully by doing this, one will be able to shut off their water immediately minimizing the loss or damage.

Take Action:

If the unpredictable winter over hauls all of your preparing and preventing, take action by calling SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park immediately and we will be there to assist you. We area available 24/7 to ensure that one can be helped at any hour that they need.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.