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Getting Your Home or Business “Back to Business” After Flood or Water Damage

Flood and Water Damage Restoration MN Acting immediately after the emergency can save time and dollars in the restoration work. When it comes to one of your three most valuable assets, your home, your family, and your health do you want to take a chance with a company without experience? Different removal methods and measures are used depending on the category of water. Contacting a certified professional water damage restoration specialist is often regarded as the safest way to restore water damaged property due to their training and extensive experience? 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 key in water removal and restoration is not to try and do it yourself. Water damage restoration is a serious undertaking and not to be taken lightly. If not done properly, by appropriately skilled and experienced, water removal restoration experts, you could at the least fail to fix the problem, and at worst cause greater damage than there was to begin with and suffer greater losses. Most damage is divided into three main categories: Water, under the IICRC’s S-500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, has been broken off into three categories. These categories are based upon the level of contamination present, or presumed present, in the source water. Clean Water Category 1 is water from a clean or sanitary source. Previously known as clear water, this descriptor has since been removed to reduce confusion. These can include water from broken clean water supply lines; clean water from toilet tank or bowl; faucets; and bottled water. Although the source may be from a clean source, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 depending upon such factors as time and contact with contaminants. Gray Water Category 2 is water with some level of contaminants that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Previously known as grey water, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; dishwasher overflow. Category 2 water can quickly degrade into category 3 depending upon such factors as time and contact with contaminants. Black Water Category 3 water is grossly unsanitary, and could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Previously known as black water, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 3 water include, but are not limited to, sewage; flooding from rivers or streams; water from beyond the toilet trap; water from the toilet bowl with feces; and standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. Restoring Your Home From Flood or Water Damage Whatever the cause and type of water damage, nowhere does the term “the right tool for the job” as much, meaning that a thorough and complete job requires the right equipment. Renting this equipment yourself could be prohibitively expensive, not to mention the steep learning curve in using it. Water damage restoration experts, by contrast, have all the right equipment for the job, and they know how to use it. Whether the water damage you suffer is clean water from broken water lines, rain water or storm damage, or sewage damage, the best thing you can do for yourself as a homeowner is hire a professional Minnesota water damage repair and restoration service to handle it for you....

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Water Damage Repair and Restoration For Minnesota Homeowners

Consumer Information About Water Damage Restoration Water damage mitigation is something that must be dealt with as soon as possible. Most insurance policies cover the cost of water damage mitigation, but they also require the policyholder to take the necessary steps to prevent secondary damages. You need a restoration expert that works for you to protect your interest.  Under The law, it is your right to choose what company will perform work in your home or business.Preventing the presence of mold is one of many concerns for those who have suffered from a water damage event, but it should not be the only concern. In fact, most people have so many misconceptions about water damage and the potential for mold growth, that we decided to offer this consumer education message, so when you need to select a water damage mitigation company, you can make an informed intelligent decision. Here are some important steps to take immediately following a water damage event to help minimize secondary damages as well as precautions that should be taken during water damage mitigation to protect your health and safety. There are also some questions you should ask a water damage restoration company before you invite them into your home. To begin with, water damage mitigation is a specialized field that requires special protective measures, specialized equipment and testing capabilities as well as certain engineering controls to protect you and your property. Most restoration contractors know how to perform simple drying and site cleanup. Experienced companies know how to provide restoration services that protect not only the structure, but also your health. Water damage can be the starting point for many serious problems that can affect a building, damage personal property and present serious health risks to occupants. To restore property and protect health, a professional restoration contractor must carefully manage the project. He has to be knowledgeable in several disciplines… stopping bacteria from spreading, preventing mold growth, preventing secondary damage and saving the structure and its many contents. Additionally, he must be able to communicate to the water damage victims and insurance company representatives with confidence and authority. Water damaged structures can be the perfect breeding place for mold. Poor indoor ventilation can also cause molds to thrive. Wet building materials and humid indoor air are mold’s best friends. Often, a less-experienced restoration company will compound problems during water damage by not understanding the proper steps and precautions that must be taken and how critical the “Time Factor” is. The EPA says, “Stop the water leak quickly and begin restoration during the first 24 hours. It is important to dry water damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth”. While mold requires high humidity and/or wet surfaces in order to grow, it also requires a food source. Indoors, many molds grow on leather, paper and some building materials. Molds can also grow and thrive on bio-film such as cooking grease. The most effective way to prevent mold growth on water damage losses is to begin the drying process quickly. Restoration companies who are aware of possible mold growth problems usually know how to dry structural materials with heat, air movement and by lowering the indoor relative humidity. This is an effective way to dry a building because material removal is minimized and mold growth is retarded. Knowing how to determine exactly what is wet during a water loss is a critical part of the job. If areas of moisture are overlooked, molds and bacteria can grow. To protect your property and health, all of the moisture must be found and dealt...

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Water Damage Restoration MN

Buying A New Home – Protect Yourself With A Home Inspection When you find the perfect house, you want to move in immediately. Before your heart races ahead of your head and you ignore the old pipes or leaky roof, it is time to hire a professional to help you make your final decision. Now is the time to talk about the nitty gritty details of a home inspection and making an offer. Most sellers are required to disclose certain types of information about the homes they are selling. The Home Inspection Once you buy a home, repairs can eat into your pocketbook, making the home of your dreams a “money pit.” Homes can have wet basements, shaky foundations, rotting roofs and a multitude of other problems — even if they’re relatively new. But a thorough home inspection before you buy can keep you from getting stuck with the bill. Should You Buy a House With a Wet Basement? There are more problems with wet foundations and basements than any other physical problem in a house. Therefore, it’s important when buying a house with a basement to check for signs of dampness in the basement. It’s better to find out before you buy than afterwards, especially since you can’t rely on seller disclosures. Why can’t you rely on seller disclosures? Because the sellers might not know about it. If the sellers did have knowledge, however, and failed to disclose the water problems in a basement, it could be: Difficult to prove in court Take years to get into court Expensive to sue Very expensive to dry out the basement This is why you should always, without fail, get an independent home inspection by a qualified and accredited professional. Signs of a Damp or Wet Basement Water stains along walls or floor. This could be caused by something simple such as an overflowing laundry tub or it could be a result of water seeping in through basement windows, the walls or the floor. Musty odor or damp smell. Excess moisture in a basement can cause an unmistakable smell. Mold. It could be colored black, brown, yellow or green, and you won’t know for certain if it’s mold without testing it. Often the northwest corner of a house is known as a “cold corner” and susceptible to developing mold. Efflorescence. This condition produces a white or sometimes grayish ash on the walls. Sometimes it sparkles. Efflorescence is caused by salt deposits left behind by evaporating water. Spalling. When water gets inside the surface of concrete, brick or stone, salt deposits from the water cause the surface to flake away, peel or pop off. There are some defects that should always be disclosed: Plumbing and sewage issues Water leakage of any type, including in basements Termites or other insect infestations Roof defects Heating or air conditioning system issues Property drainage problems Foundation instabilities or cracks In closing, don’t store valuables, photographs, paper documents or anything you care to preserve in a wet basement. Moreover, get an expert’s opinion, including an engineer’s report, if you can, before you buy a house with wet basement problems. It might not be worth the hassle. Knowing what to look for in regards to signs of water damage when viewing a potential home or property can seriously save you future headaches.  If you find water stains or water damage anywhere in the home, it is likely an indication that water is coming in from the outside or from faulty details like poor plumbing or venting.  Always ask your realtor questions, use home inspectors who have great references...

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Water Damage Restoration MN

Water Damage Flood Damage Repair and Restoration MN Water damage is one of the perils of owning a home or business, and is often due to frozen or faulty plumbing, or even floods. Water damage restoration seeks to eliminate this damage, and put the house into the condition it was in before the damage occurred. While there are no officially sanctioned procedures for this type of repair, there are two organizing bodies, which issue certifications for restoration businesses and create standards for the industry. Most restoration companies use the guide, known as the S500 Standard, from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Water Damage Restoration Cost Water damage restoration cost varies not only by the extent of the damage, but also by the nature of the damage itself. The IICRC recognizes several categories of water, and automatically classifies all damage from flooding is category 3. • Category 1: Clean water from a sanitary source, such as fresh toilet water, water from broken supply lines or faucets, or even bottled water. However, contamination and contact with the environment means that this quickly turns into category 2 or 3 water. • Category 2: Water with impurities that could cause illness or gastrointestinal distress if consumed. Water from washing machines, urine-tainted toilet water, and overflow from the dishwasher are all examples of this type. • Category 3: Extremely contaminated water capable of causing grievous illness or even death if consumed. Sewage, flooding from outside sources like rivers, toilet trap water, toilet overflow with feces, and any water containing bacteria or other organisms are all examples. Water Damage Restoration Equipment Water damage restoration equipment can include infrared sensing tools and other probes to determine where water has penetrated, and to assess walls, floors, and furniture that would have to be cleaned or replaced. The affected areas are dried, sanitized, and deodorized. After that, air movers, air purifiers, and drying systems to dry out floors and sub-floor areas are all left at the building in order to ensure complete drying and prevent cross-contamination. During a period of two to three days, measurements are taken of moisture, humidity, and the temperature are taken from the affected areas, in order to determine if equipment must be moved in order to make the building completely dry. After these levels fall below the accepted industry standards, the process is complete. While water damage restoration cost assessments can often vary, for most residences and moderately-sized businesses, the price will be around $5000. However, this figure can be affected by a variety of factors, including the height of the flooding level, and the extent of the water damage. The size of the area to be restored and the materials used, such as concrete or wood, to replace damaged property will also contribute to the price. Therefore, a walkthrough inspection usually must be performed in order to give an accurate estimate of the cost. Loss Assessment Water damage restoration must also factor in loss assessment. This refers to the practice by which the professional performing the walkthrough evaluation looks at the extent of damage to the property and possessions inside, and looks through a standard pricing guide, such as a Blue Book, to figure out the total value of loss; this cost is not always factored into the cost of restoration, aside from basic building materials and amenities. Many times, floors and walls must be completely replaced in the event of flooding, since the outside contaminants introduced in a flood would cause any remaining wood or plaster to quickly grow germs and become unsanitary. While costs such as...

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Buying A New Home? Look For Signs Of Water Damage

Buying a New Home? Inspect For Signs of Water Damage With so many houses on the market, there has never been a better time to buy.  Whether you live in the area or not, house prices are low thanks to the plethora of foreclosures within the last few years.  Sadly, when it comes to the housing market, one person’s loss is another person’s gain.  But not always. While shopping for a new home or even a vacation property, it is important to know what the signs of water damage are so you can sport them long before you get into a potential buyer’s contract.  Look For Signs of Water Damage Knowing what to look for during your home search can help you greatly in the long end.  Not only will it give you an idea of the work that may need to be done to restore the home but it will flag the fact that the home does have problems.  Too often lately, home buyers are complaining of home inspections that did not show serious water damage or mold damage problems.  While home inspectors are supposed to record all findings of damage or problems to the home, some do not. When observing for signs of water damage of a potential property to buy, begin with the exterior.  Start with the roof.  Are there any missing or damaged shingles? Bent or damaged gutters? Is the roof collapsed in any area? Is the chimney damaged or cracked? Are any areas of the roof or directly under the roof stained or damaged? Ask your realtor for their opinion.  Find out how old the roof is as well and when it might need to be replaced. Next, check all exterior walls and windows.  Do you notice any collapsed walls? Are there any cracks or stepping in the walls? Are the exterior walls wet even though they should be dry? Are any windows broken or cracked? Can you notice any sign of water intrusion through any windows or window wells? Finally, look at the lawn and backyard.  Are there any puddles or flooded areas? How does the ground slope” towards or away from the house? Does any of the landscaping look damaged or drowned? Again, talk to your Realtor through the process and ask questions. Regarding the interior of the home, document anything you find suspicious and make sure you check everything.  Observe the walls, ceilings and floors.  Are any of the surfaces wet? Can you spot any cracks? Do you see any stains? A water stain on the ceiling may point to a roof leak, however if you have water pipes in the attic these may be the issue.  Look at the walls.  Do you see any signs of flaking, swelling or any discoloration or yellowing? Are any of the walls soft to the touch? Is the ceiling ballooning anywhere? Can you see any visible signs of mold? While inspecting rooms, check for warped or damaged wood.  For example, check hardwood floors, baseboards and cupboards.  If you see any warping or bucking in the hardwood floors, it is most likely a sign of water damage.  Look closely for molds on wood.  If there is carpet, check for stains or areas of wetness. Check inside cupboards for water stains.  Water stains in the bottom of your cabinets can be a product of a leak in your sink pipes.  In the kitchen, check to see if there is an exhaust fan: does it work? Also, check the bathrooms: do they have fans and do they work? In both kitchens and bathrooms, test fixtures to see...

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