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Water Damage Restoration MN | Minneapolis MN Water Damage

Water Damage Restoration Is A Job For The Professionals Water damage restoration is not a simple process.  It involves many stages using high powered machinery and expert knowledge so as not to cause further damage. Water damage cleanup has become a bona-fide science.  What used to consist of a contractor setting up a few fans in a flooded basement has now become a bona-fide science, largely in part to the greater understanding we now have of the serious negative health repercussions that can be caused by mold, mildew, and bacteria growth, and the better technologies available to tackle a water restoration job. Water damage cleanup or water damage restoration is so advanced that they have developed a word for the process and science of drying; Psychometry Psychometry Definition: the science and practice associated with atmospheric air mixtures and water vapor, their evaluation, control and effect on materials. A professional water damage restoration contractor will use these innovative methods for water extraction and removal that involves drying of carpets, rugs, mats, floors and walls to deodorizing and disinfecting effect that restores your damaged areas. Water Removal Equipment Moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation. Infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal. Submersible and commercial grade pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. Truck mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal. Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, & Anti-Microbial Treatments Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture. Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms. State-of-the-Art Drying Equipment Drying equipment helps prevent property water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture. Industrial grade dehumidifiers minimize secondary water damage. High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads and furniture, evaporating moisture. Some situations call for special drying techniques that require other state of the art equipment and training. Initial scoping needs to be done to determine how extensive the water damage is. Water always seeks equilibrium with its environment and wet always goes to dry, if it can. Just finding the extent of water damage on the floor isn’t enough. The water damage needs to be mapped to determine how far up the walls it has wicked, and how far down into the substrate the water damage has gone, including possibly entering the crawlspace in a conventional foundation. This can’t be done by touch. Very specialized water damage inspection tools and meters will be required, and an experienced water damage professional has them. A thorough understanding of water damage demands every water damage contractor be familiar with the “science of drying” also called psychrometry. Ask your water damage contractor what the dry standard is of each structural component suffering potential water damage. With proper water damage inspection tools and water damage experience, he should be able to tell you on a scale of 100 points the moisture content of the water damaged materials. If he can’t, call a different water damage restoration professional.  Make sure your water damage restoration contractor draws a “moisture map” of the affected areas showing the full extent of the water damage migration, and that he updates the map regularly to show the progress of the water damage/structural drying project. A professional water damage restoration contractor should select the structural drying equipment in a scientific method based on materials, size of the water damage area, and the class and category of the water damage. Minnesota homeowners, property managers, building owners, and churches suffering the effects of ANY kind of water damage, cleaning needs to be done right to avoid further damage.  At the...

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Water Damage Restoration | Flood Damage Repair Minneapolis MN

Water Damage Repair and Restoration Minneapolis Years ago water damage restoration was really primitive compared to how it is done today.  To say an industry has come a long way is an understatement. After years of careful analysis, today’s drying techniques are based on objective factors like: building size, type and amount of moisture present and materials involved. Precise instruments are used to measure the drying progress so that the technician is sure all moisture has been removed. There are a variety of equipment and solutions available to the contractor to remove water. A professional water damage restoration contractor should select the structural drying equipment in a scientific method based on materials, size of the water damage area, and the class and category of the water damage. Water Damage Is Classified by Category and Class of Damage: Category The Category of the water loss is based on the waters point of origin: CATEGORY 1 – Originates from a source that does not pose a substantial harm to humans. (Water from faucet, garden hose, water heater, water supply line etc.) CATEGORY 2 – Contains an elevated level of contamination and has potential to cause discomfort or sickness if consumed by or exposed to humans. (Water from dishwasher, washing machine, laundry tub, water softener etc.) CATEGORY 3 – Contains pathogenic (disease causing) agents and is grossly unsanitary.”Black water” includes sewage and other contaminated water sources entering or affecting the indoor environment. (Water from drains, rivers, lakes, oceans etc.) If Category 2 water is not removed promptly from the structure, it may be reclassified as Category 3. CLASS The Class of the water loss is based on the size and items affected: CLASS 1 – Slow rate of evaporation – (Least amount of water) Water losses that could affect only part of a room or area; or even large losses containing low permeability/porosity materials (e.g. plywood, particle board, structural wood, VCT, concrete.) Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present. Minimum amount of moisture can be held in the remaining structural materials. CLASS 2 -Fast rate of evaporation – (More water than class 1) Water losses that affect the entire room of “carpet and pad.” Water has wicked up the walls as much as 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials (e.g. plywood, particle board, structural wood, VCT, concrete.) Due to the amount of water held in dirt or mud, Crawl spaces in most circumstances, will also fit under Class 2. CLASS 3 – Fastest rate of evaporation – (Most amount of water) Water may have come from overhead. Everything is wet. Must have carpet and pad. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion, and sub floor in virtually the entire area are saturated. CLASS 4 – Specialty Drying Situation- (Same amount of water as a Class 1 ) These losses involve wet materials with very low permeability/porosity ( e.g. hardwoods, sub floor, plaster, brick, concrete, stone ) Class 4 differs from a Class 1 due to the deep pockets of saturation that require the use of a desiccant or low grain dehumidifier to achieve the low specific humidity. Even then, the Class 4 drying job will take longer to dry than a typical Class 1. Specialized Training When you are evaluating a water damage professional, it is best to look for a company that has the following: 1- Certification and training from an independent body like the IICRC. These individuals have been exposed to the basic and in some cases advanced methods of structural drying. They have attended several specialty drying schools where we were certified by the IICRC –...

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Minnesota Flood Damage Cleanup, Repair and Restoration

Water Damage MN | MN Water Damage Extracting, Drying & Disinfecting Water Damage To Home in Richfield MN It is any homeowners worst nightmare; WATER DAMAGE! Coming home to a flooded basement, broken or burst pipes and sewer or septic backups or even water damage from an ice dam is a bad day for anyone. It is a disastrous situation.  This home in Richfield Minnesota had a severe foundation issue.  The entire lower level was flooded in 2 feet of standing water.  The sheetrock had to be completely removed. Drywall, insulation, and in some cases ceilings should be removed and replaced. It takes a long time for water under vinyl floors, and in the walls, to dry out. While they are wet, two things are happening. Water spreads up the walls and insulation much higher than the flood water level due to a process called “wicking.” As the water spreads through the walls and insulation, mold quickly develops. With the mold established in the drywall and insulation, it will grow anytime in the future that the humidity is high enough. Just sealing the surface with paint, polyurethane, or fiberglass is not adequate. Removing the drywall and insulation was the only way to determine the extent of wicking. Water Damage Restoration Is A Job For The Professionals Water damage restoration is not a simple process and involves many stages using high powered machinery and expert knowledge so as not to cause further damage.  A professional water damage restoration contractor will use innovative methods for water extraction and removal that involves drying of carpets, rugs, mats, floors and walls to deodorizing and disinfecting effect that restores your damaged areas. Water Removal Equipment Moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation. Infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal. Submersible and commercial grade pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. Truck mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal. Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, & Anti-Microbial Treatments Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture. Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms. State-of-the-Art Drying Equipment Drying equipment helps prevent property water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture. Industrial grade dehumidifiers minimize secondary water damage. High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads and furniture, evaporating moisture. Some situations call for special drying techniques that require other state of the art equipment and training. Initial scoping needs to be done to determine how extensive the water damage is. Water always seeks equilibrium with its environment and wet always goes to dry, if it can. Just finding the extent of water damage on the floor isn’t enough. The water damage needs to be mapped to determine how far up the walls it has wicked, and how far down into the substrate the water damage has gone, including possibly entering the crawlspace in a conventional foundation. This can’t be done by touch. Very specialized water damage inspection tools and meters will be required, and an experienced water damage professional has them. A thorough understanding of water damage demands every water damage contractor be familiar with the “science of drying” also called psychrometry. Ask your water damage contractor what the dry standard is of each structural component suffering potential water damage. With proper water damage inspection tools and water damage experience, he should be able to tell you on a scale of 100 points the moisture content of the water damaged materials. If he can’t, call a different water damage restoration professional.  Make sure your water damage restoration contractor draws a “moisture...

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Minnesota Water Damage Cleanup, Repair and Restoration

Prevent Frozen Pipes and Water Damage Winter storms can cause significant damage for homeowners. Although weather forecasting has improved over the years, the intensity of a winter storm can be difficult to predict. Storms this time of year are the third largest cause of catastrophe losses, behind only hurricanes and tornadoes. In these hazardous conditions homeowners can have problems with frozen pipes. When pipes burst because they froze or snow accumulation leads to significant water intrusion, your home and contents can suffer significant damage. Even if you live in an area where your home is frequently subjected to sub-zero temperatures and your plumbing system is designed to handle the cold temperatures, loss of power or heat can lead to frozen pipes and catastrophic damage. If you are located in a region that is prone to freezing temperatures taking steps to prevent frozen pipes and other leaks can reduce the risk of property damage. Cold Weather Homeowners Tips Thousands of families have one or more rooms in their homes ruined and their lives disrupted each winter by water pipes freezing and bursting.  When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break. A one-eighth inch crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water a day, causing serious water damage to your home, destroying floors, furniture, appliances and personal items.  According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, claim payments by all insurance companies over the past decade for these kinds of losses have exceeded $4 billion. If you’re leaving for a trip or are concerned about a coming cold snap, there’s plenty you can do. Frozen water pipes represent the biggest potential problem for most homes. A little advance planning will usually prevent frozen pipes. Insulate pipes, especially those leading to the outside, and plug holes around the pipes with insulation or spray-in foam. Make sure there is warm air flowing around pipes that are located near an outside wall. Check pipes under sinks to make sure they will get adequate heat. Set the heat in the home warm enough to avoid problems. At night, the heating system needs to circulate water through radiator and baseboard heating units to avoid freezing. Make sure there is clear access to the main water shut-off valve in case there is a leak or a pipe suddenly bursts. Open the water faucets in your sinks enough to allow a slow trickle of water to maintain the flow of water in the lines and help prevent freezing. Make sure your sink drains are open. Shut off the water supply during periods when the home may be unoccupied, particularly when colder weather is expected. Water Damage Cleanup Minnesota homeowners, property managers, building owners, and churches suffering the effects of frozen pipes, cleaning needs to be done quickly to avoid further damage. The temperature and weather conditions may not be ideal for a cleanup, but it is imperative that you act quickly to avoid mold growth.  Mold formation is the greatest setback most people face when dealing with water damage.  Molding due to water damage can spoil possessions and can cause health problems. Some health problems triggered by exposure to mold include allergic reactions such as asthma, non-allergic reactions such as headaches, as well as lung and breathing infections. If the water damage is minimal, you may be able to do the clean up yourself. The amount of cleanup you can do by yourself will depend on the extent of the water damage.  Otherwise contact a Minnesota water...

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Water Damage Restoration Company MN | Water Damage Repair

Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Minneapolis MN Water damage cleanup, repair and restoration can be a costly operation.  In fact, water damage is one of the top reasons why most home insurance plan holders make claims.  Most water damages are caused due to burst pipes, leaky appliances and flooded basements. When your home suffers from storm damage, a flooded basement, sewage damage, immediate action is required to remove the water and minimize the damage and loss. The winters are a time when water intrusion into your home has an added opportunity to occur when it snows and the temperatures remain at or below freezing for a minimum of 2-3 days. Although the first half of the 2011-2012 Winter storm season has been relatively mild, it is still possible for Old Man Winter to pack a powerful punch. Winter weather that is more severe than usual in your area can cause a number of problems ranging from water leaks to burst pipes, flooded basements, and roof collapses. These problems are frequently thought of as a northern climate problem. However, whenever an unusually cold spell occurs or a particularly heavy ice or snow accumulation builds up for the area, some buildings start getting into trouble. Ice Dams Ice dams — or ice buildup on roof eaves are all too obvious and all too familiar to Minnesota homeowners. Snow buildup on your roofs can form what are called “ice dams” and leak water into your attic. If enough moisture penetrates through your roofing materials and gets absorbed in the insulation or sheet rock, you won’t notice it until the damage has reached a level that could require a professional to remove it. If you uncover snow-related damage to your home as you are digging out from a blizzard, keep in mind the insurance industry’s approach to paying water-related damages.  Snow, after all, is but frozen water and insurers have canceled policies, reduced coverage and raised rates to fight the growing numbers of claims paid for water- and moisture-related damage. Insurers also encourage policy holders to do what they can to avoid the need for such claims. If you are a repeat “offender” with previous moisture-related claims or didn’t previously take steps to prevent or minimize snow damage and damage that could result when snow melts, you could lose your policy, get hit with higher premiums or discover the snow-related damage simply isn’t covered. Maintain Your Home Throughout A Snow Storm “Mold is an issue right now. If you didn’t clean up that puddle of water for three months and it creates mold, it gets tricky. The industry prefers that you take care of your home as much as possible. Houses that have been flooded are at serious risk for molds, especially in areas when are high humidity and temperatures provide the mold with the perfect place to reproduce before cleanup begins. Juries have awarded huge sums of money to homeowners who initiated lawsuits against their insurance companies, with most awards given to people whose insurer did not pay for moisture-related repairs in time to prevent severe mold problems. Freezing conditions such as burst pipes or ice dams, a condition where water is unable to drain properly through the gutters and seeps into a house causing damage to ceilings and walls, is covered (while the actual pipe itself is generally not covered). However, there is generally a requirement that the homeowner has taken reasonable steps to prevent these losses by keeping the house warm and properly maintaining the pipes and drains. Standard homeowners policies typically cover losses related to bursting pipes, ice dams, wind damage,...

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