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Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Minneapolis MN

After the Water Damage: What’s Next? Water damage comes in a variety of ways and quantities, from simple seepage through cracks in the floor or foundation, leaky water heaters, and overflowing toilets or sinks to broken pipes, backed up sewers or septic systems, and outright floods from lakes and rivers. No matter what the source or cause, unwanted water can do enormous damage to your belongings and property. Water damage requires a prompt response in order to clean up the mess, make your home livable, and prevent mold. While the cleanup crews move quickly, the aftermath can seem to take forever. There are many things that demand your attention. You have insurance claims forms to file, bills to pay, and items to replace. In the event of a disaster, a detailed inventory will be imperative for your compensation. Creating a Home Inventory Creating a home inventory is one of the most important steps you can take in order to make sure you are adequately insured–and it can make filing a claim in the event of a disaster much easier as well. After all, it’s the inventory that establishes which items the insurance company will pay to clean, restore, or replace – and it’s the inventory that the insurance company uses to determine how much to pay. With this in mind, thoroughly documenting all damaged items is an absolute must. What should an inventory contain? At its most basic, a home inventory is a list of all of your home’s belongings and their value. Ideally, you will have created a home inventory before any damage occurs. This would give you a good starting point for your insurance claim. Whether you have an existing inventory or not, after a water damage claim, you will need to identify and list all damaged items as part of the insurance claims process. If you have an existing inventory, use it to highlight all damaged items, adding items to the list if necessary. If you do not have an inventory, you’ll need to start from scratch. Separate all water damaged items from the non-damaged items. Your water damage restoration company may have already done this step for you. Next, take photos of each item and list each item on a sheet of paper or in a spreadsheet. You’ll want to note the following: Item name – What type of item is it? For example, TV, antique vase, computer tower, area rug, etc. Item description – Describe the item in greater detail. For example, 55-inch Sony Bravia LCD TV or handmade 12×12 blue and yellow Turkish area rug Value – How much did you pay for the item? How much is it currently worth? Purchase date or approximate age – When did you purchase the item? How old is it? Any special notes – Here’s where you’ll enter additional details. For example, is the item one-of-a-kind? Upgraded? Home Inventory Worksheet Disasters happen. When they do, we will be there. We will keep you operating and get your facility or business back to normal as quickly as possible. We offer complete emergency services through minimizing further damage and restoration of both building and contents. “One Call Does It All 612-331-4454” Direct Insurance Billing | At Your Door in 1 Hour or Less | 24 Hour Service 24/7/365 Emergency Service.  Approved by all insurance companies. Fast Response.  A Rating with BBB. Done Right Water and Fire Restoration.  Call today free estimates....

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Minnesota Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration MN

Flooded Basement? Water Damage? Broken Pipe? | Take Steps NOW to Prevent Further Damage! When it comes to water damage in your home, you just don’t have the luxury of sitting back and “thinking” about what to do.  The longer you wait, the more damage it will do to your home and the more health problems it will cause for you and your family. Time Is Not On Your Side Simply put, time is not on your side, and you need to take action… fast!  Cleaning it up quickly will restore your property and protect your health. Most insurance policies require that you do so within 48 hours. This is because molds can begin growing within 24 to 48 hours of a water event. Stopping the flow of water and drying out materials as soon as possible reduces the potential for mold growth. Every delay is only going to make matters worse. Water damage claims that include active mold growth involve significantly higher costs than water damage claims without mold. Most of the damages can be minimized thereby reducing major expenses, by quick and timely action. Steps You Must Take NOW to Prevent Further Damage! If a pipe, water heater or appliance is broken and leaking, locate shutoff valve and shut off water to house. This will prevent more water entering the house. AVOID HAZARDS! Be extremely careful of the deadly combination of water and electricity. Also, be cautious of slippery wet carpets and floors. Stay away from Raw Sewage backups, which contain nasty bacteria and can be harmful to your health. CALL 612-331-4454 for 24 Hour Emergency Services, from our IICRC Certified Water Damage experts. We’ll get your home clean and dry as fast as possible, to return your life to normal! Prevent Further Damage – Wood furniture will leave permanent stains in carpet, so move it to an unaffected area if possible, or put foil under the legs until we arrive! Don’t Gamble With Your Home and Family’s Health! Water Damage Restoration is a complex process. An inexperienced company that rushes through the job can cause more harm than good by drying the surface of your structure while leaving moisture trapped inside the walls and floors. This can lead to microbial growth that can adversely affect your health and that of your...

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Commercial Flood and Water Damage Restoration Minneapolis MN

Commercial Water Damage Restoration & Clean Up MN You know that any down time in work or production costs big money. Who has time for a flood? The confusion and questions of “what to do?”,“how did this happen?” and worries of how long you will be out of business loom large. Building Owners and Property Managers Don’t Let An Emergency Shut You Down! Don’t let an emergency shut you down! Whether you are a business owner or commercial property manager you do not question the possibility of a disaster, but rather ask yourself “what could happen, and when?” Time is NOT on Your Side! When a flood, storm or water related emergency has damaged your property, you need the help of an experienced Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Expert that can be dispatched at a moments notice to limit your damage and return your property to normal as quickly as possible. Flooded Warehouse in Brooklyn Center Minnesota The entire warehouse was flooded after a supply line burst. The buildings received varying degrees of water damage with some “severely damaged” by the flooding. The flood waters had various water levels standing in different parts of the building. Upon the initial inspection, the assessment team determined and informed them that spaces which had sustained water damage must undergo extensive work, including the removal of all furnishings and equipment, including computers. Furniture that could be salvaged was cleaned of any contaminates. We remained on site until buildings was secure. The building owner/manager and staff whose offices were in the water damaged building were assisted in relocating until the clean-up was completed. Drywall in affected areas was removed 2 to 4 feet high. The building and all structural components were dried and decontaminated with antimicrobial products and dehumidification processes and any wooden studs were treated with an antimicrobial product. We removed all water in the warehouse Standing Water in Office Removing wet drywall and insulation in warehouse Offices Were Flooded Hallway had standing water Standing Water In The Hallway EPA Lead Safe Certified Certified Water Damage Restoration Expert Brooklyn center water supply line burst flooding the entire warehouse. All of the offices were flooded as well.   Flood Damage Is Traumatic. Done Right Is There When You Need Them! Insurance claim specialists are on staff to assist you with professional service and knowledgeable information 24 hr emergency service for: Board Up, Debris Removal, and Emergency Contracting Complete inspection of interior and exterior of property for all related damage, including possible hidden damage. Plus  . . . We assist you with the Insurance claim process including: Initiate claim Claim paper work Detailed estimate Meet with adjuster Negotiate the scope and cost of repairs with insurance company Arrange proper payment from insurance company to property owner Your project manager will be in contact with you regularly throughout the project to provide status updates, answer questions and cover any other information that needs to be discussed. If you have any questions or concerns during the project you can contact our office at any time. We’ll be here for you whenever you call. “One Call Does It All 612-331-4454” Direct Insurance Billing | At Your Door in 1 Hour or Less | 24 Hour...

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Minneapolis Water and Flood Damage Restoration MN

Water Extraction, Structural Drying & Dehumidification MN Every homeowner should be aware or familiar with the classes of water losses and categories of water in order to understand the extent of losses and degree of damaged brought about by water into the household structure.  Below are summarized descriptions on classes of water losses and categories of water: Category 1 – refers to clean water at source. Category 2 – starts with contamination and may cause sickness and other human discomforts once ingested. Category 3 – means highly unsanitary (since the source is from the sewage) and could cause illness or death once consumed by humans. *Water category 1 or 2 will eventually change to water category 2 or 3 when left unprocessed for a certain period of time. Class 1 – losses which are limited caught in the nick of time and contain few materials that are porous or absorbent. Class 2 – losses that involve high quantities or very absorbent materials like carpet and pads. Class 3 – involves water that comes from overhead, wall frames, ceilings, drywall, insulation and floor materials that are highly absorbent. Class 4 – is the special drying of materials in the form of concrete, stucco, hardwood, masonry, plaster and saturated ground soil. There are actually different techniques that are used for structural drying.  One of these methods is the “in-place” drying technique which was used and taught in the early 1980’s.  The “in-place” drying method during the past decades allows the drying of structural components without major taking away of furniture and fixtures.  However, there were some limitations in the employment of equipment for extraction, evaporation and dehumidification.  But in recent years, the “in-place” drying system has made great leaps and advances due in part to the better understanding of psychrometry; making the technique more practical and safer for everyone concerned. Principals Of Drying The use of ‘in-place” drying will depend on several factors that must be meticulously appraised should insufficient drying and secondary damages in the form of microbial growth are to be prevented from occurring.  This includes but should not be limited to the following: 1.    Qualification of the contractor or technicians who are hired to do the job.  This would include experiences and academic training. 2.    Availability of equipment that are technologically advanced. 3.    The water damage contractor’s knowledge and implementation of the Four Principles of Drying, the Classes of Losses and Categories of Water. 4.    Proper documentation of drying conditions and all activities therein, which should include illustrations of work progression. For a successful drying project and reduction of any probable microbial growth, a homeowner must be aware of the four significant principles of drying. which a water damage contractor will determine in the following order: What is Wet? How Wet is It? Are We Drying? Is it Dry? The four principles of this drying approach allows a water damage expert to perform its drying and dehumidification services as thoroughly and efficiently as possible, which greatly reduces the secondary damages of mold. 1. Excess Water Removal This pertains to draining, pumping, absorbing and vacuuming methods applied to remove the presence of visible water.  It is said that the excess water removal principle is the most abused principle since some contractors are not willing to invest in proper equipment and time to extract surplus moisture sufficiently.  In general, water removal could be done in minutes or seconds as compared to evaporation and dehumidification of the same water quantity that actually takes hours and days to finish.  Proper water removal or extraction could cut down the Category 1, Class 2...

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Water Damage Mold Cleanup and Restoration MN Part 3

Water Damage Mold Insurance Claims Continued from Water Damage Mold Cleanup and Restoration Part 1 and Part 2 Water damage, Mold Damage and Flood Damage are some of the most common reasons people make claims on their home insurance. Frozen, broken or burst pipes, leaky appliances and flooded basements are just a few of the ways you could discover exactly what is and is not covered by your home insurance policy. One of the worst effects of water damage comes in the form of mold. If your home has water damage, mold could develop in as short of a time as 24 – 48 hours of water exposure. Even worse, it may continue to grow until steps are taken to thoroughly dry out the premises and eliminate the source of moisture. Mold is certainly not new—it’s been around for hundreds of millions of years—but the sharp rise in mold claims is definitely a 21st -century phenomenon.  Multi-million dollar jury awards, sensationalized reporting in the media and profiteering by some individuals have led to an explosion in mold claims and costs. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. In 2009, the World Health Organization issued additional guidance, the WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mold [PDF, 2.52 MB]. Homeowners Insurance: Is Mold Covered? Whether mold is covered by homeowners insurance often comes down to the source of moisture and the wording of a policy. Mold needs 3 things to thrive – moisture, food and oxygen Mold needs 3 things to thrive. All three of the basic elements – moisture, food and oxygen — MUST be present to support mold growth. If that moisture remains for 24-48 hours you will likely begin to have a mold problem. Problems can arise for homeowners when the presence of persistent moisture goes undetected or unresolved, leading to widespread mold growth. Moisture can result from high indoor humidity, flooding, or a leaky roof or dishwasher. Mold, like rot and insect infestation, is generally not covered by a homeowners insurance policy. Standard homeowners policies provide coverage for disasters that are sudden and accidental. They are not designed to cover the cost of cleaning and maintaining a home. If, however, mold is the direct result of a covered peril such as a burst pipe, there could be coverage for the cost of eliminating the mold. Clean Up Water Damage Now To Avoid Mold! Regardless of how the water damage happened, it is important to take similar steps to remedy it. Never ignore indications of an obvious water problem in your home. You should immediately attempt to find and stop leaks at their source. Properly dry or remove soaked carpets, padding and upholstery within 24-48 hours after a flood to prevent mold growth. Anything that can’t be properly dried should be discarded. Just letting items dry out will not remove the mold, and mold will grow again anytime there is enough moisture in the air, such as on humid days. Remove standing water as quickly as possible. Standing water is a breeding ground for microorganisms, which can become airborne and inhaled. Wash and disinfect all areas that have been flooded. This includes walls, floors, closets, shelves, as well as heating and air-conditioning systems. If you have...

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