Minnesota Homeowners Still Dealing With Water Damage From Ice Dams

Posted by on Jan 3, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Minnesota Homeowners Still Dealing With Water Damage From Ice Dams

Water Damage From Ice Dams
A winter storm that has wreaked havoc in the Twin Cities has many Minnesota homeowners still dealing with water damage in their homes from ice dams.

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Ice Dams Causing Problems For Many Minnesota Homeowners

Posted by on Dec 31, 2010 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | 2 comments

Emergency Help For Minnesota Homeowners Dealing With Ice Dams In 1 Hour Or Less All the recent snow all across the metro, combined with the recently warmer weather, is giving many Minnesota homeowners the headache of dealing with ice dams. Ice dams form when snow on top of a roof melts, trickles downward and then refreezes when it hits a colder roof edge.  As the ice continues to build up on a roof’s edge, water pools up behind it and often leaks into a home. Ice dams are most likely to form when the temperature is in the low 20s for several days and several inches of snow are already on a roof. In the Twin Cities, many longtime homeowners say this is the first time in memory they have grappled with significant ice dams. They fear gutter damage, water damage, mold and even collapsed roofs. A spokeswoman for State Farm Insurance said the insurer has received about 50 claims per day regarding ice dams in the metro area, or more than 500 to date. Why is this year so bad? “We’ve had 34 inches of snow in one month,” said Paul Douglas, former Twin Cities television meteorologist and founder of WeatherNation, a weather news service in Excelsior. Douglas called the convergence of snow, thaw and rain a “worst-case scenario” for ice dams. But he said there’s a pale light at the end of the tunnel: Drips and leaks should stop tonight as temperatures fall and rooftop snow stops melting. We’re going to be below freezing through next week, so it will give homeowners a chance to catch up and try to get rid of some of these ice dams. Call the Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Company that can be there within an hour or less to work with the roofing contractors to help with the all of the water damage and flood clean up homeowners are dealing with.  You’ll speak to a live person who will take your information and have a crew on site within the hour. Water Damage Services • Residential and Commercial Service • Structural drying with fans and dehumidification • Moisture readings • Water extraction • Plumbing repairs • Contents management • Demolition and reconstruction • Document drying • Insurance claim estimating and coordination • Certified...

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What Every Minnesota Homeowner Should Know About Water Damage

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on What Every Minnesota Homeowner Should Know About Water Damage

Consumer Information About Water Damage Restoration In Minnesota

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Water Damaged Carpet Cleaning

Posted by on Dec 28, 2010 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damaged Carpet Cleaning

Restoring Water Damaged Carpets When damaged carpets lay submerged in water over any length of time woven fibers detach from polyurethane backing leaving no other alternative except replacement. But not all water damaged carpet is so severe. Many instances only small amounts of clean water spill so cleaning, drying and sanitizing are the only requirements for carpet restoration. Knowing a few basic cleaning principles will help any homeowner make confident choices when confronted with wet carpet issues. The problem with repairing water damage is that there are so many other issues you have to consider before your repair is actually complete. Water damage comes in many forms from simple seepage through cracks or weaknesses in your foundation to leaky pipes or full blown flooding from broken pipes, water related devices like your water heater or sump pump or even external water related damage from flooded rivers, lakes or backed up drains. The steps to repairing water damage depends extensively on how extensive the water infiltration was and which areas of the house are affected. Another factor affecting the method of repair is what kind of water caused the damage in the first place, was it water from an internal plumbing source (pipe, water heater, water softener, or sump pump) or water from a ground water source (ground water through the foundation), lake or river or from a sewer or septic source? The first thing to decide is what type of water has come in contact with carpeting. There are three types of water classifications. Category 1 clean water caused from a pipe break, appliance leak or sink overflow and has the least impact of damage to flooded carpets. Category 2 water can be caused by a toilet overflow with urine present, hot water heater leak, or any other spill where water carries minor contaminants. Category 3 is water containing raw sewage or feces from a drain back up or water that has originated from outside touching the ground first before entering a house and soiling carpets. Knowing these category types are helpful for determining the initial steps to take after soaked carpet is discovered and who to contact for immediate water damage clean up. Carpets damaged by Category 1 and 2 water types can be cleaned and restored without replacement if no signs of delamination are present. Removing all standing water with portable or truck mounted extraction equipment while placing dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers in wet carpeted areas quickens the drying process and eliminates the growth of mold and mildew. Your local water damage restoration company can furnish the equipment and experience from start to finish. Category 3 water carries with it bacteria and pathogens that pose real threats to the health and safety of occupants. Carpets affected by this type of water damage must be removed and disposed of by a trained professional along with the application of an antimicrobial agent to all sub-floor surfaces. No short cuts should be taken and strict adherence to industry guidelines should be followed. The IICRC S 500 lists the standards and guidelines for water damage and carpet restoration. Water damage can be devastating and drying of carpet and floors from water should be done as soon as possible by experienced certified professionals. The following procedures may require the assistance of...

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Water Damage Can Happen To Your Home

Posted by on Dec 23, 2010 in Carpet Water Damage, Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Can Happen To Your Home

Water Damage Restoration MN

Water damage can happen after just 48 hours. Act fast or drywall water damage, carpet water damage, leaky basements, and other home water damage can happen.

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Water Damage Can Cause Mold Problems – Part 2

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Can Cause Mold Problems – Part 2

Water Damage Restoration MN | Water Damage Repair MN

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Water Damage Can Cause Mold Problems – Part 1

Posted by on Dec 13, 2010 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Can Cause Mold Problems – Part 1

Facts About Mold Mold spores develop in dark, damp environments. When these spores are agitated, they become airborne. They can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested with food. While some people are not affected negatively, others in the same environment may be affected. Mold can grow in many places, behind a shower wall, in a dark hallway closet, on a bathroom ceiling, in an enclosed laundry room, or under a kitchen sink – anywhere the environment is dark and damp. Since prolonged exposure may lead to health problems for anyone living or working in these environments, homeowners and landlords should act quickly to destroy any mold spores as soon as they are discovered. After you have had either a small or large flood in your home, when the water has been cleaned up you might think your problems are over.  This might be far from the case if you soon discover that you have mold growing anywhere that the flood water affected.  The possibility for mold is greater depending on the amount of flood water and how long it was in the home. Mold can begin to grow anywhere that was wet enough, long enough to get it started.  This can be disastrous to the value of your home even if all the visible signs of the flood have been repaired.  Sometimes the mold will not always be growing where it can be seen.  It is notorious for developing and growing under the floors, in the walls, or under cabinets where it is not noticeable.  Mold can grow for ages behind walls and not be detected until the walls are taken out.  This is why so many people can develop allergies and illnesses that they can not explain. If you notice that you or a family member has begun to develop sensitivities when they are in the home, mold might be the reason.  Mold spores float in the air and are breathed into the body.  The reactions to mold spores can be minor to severe, in some instances even deadly for those with extreme sensitivities or compromised immune systems.  If you have recently had flooding in your home, you might consider having a water damage expert come in to check for signs of mold growth. If you find serious mold growth somewhere in the home that cannot be easily killed, perhaps behind walls, then you will need professional help getting rid of it.  It could be that some areas may need to be torn out altogether and replaced.  In some instances it could be that a good size area will just need disinfecting with a mold killing product.  If your mold is growing out in the open, try using chlorine bleach.  This should destroy small areas of mold.  Always go back and check later to make sure it has not started growing...

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Why Should You Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2010 in Air Duct Cleaning | Comments Off on Why Should You Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Answer: Because they get dirty! In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes through regular use, there are several other factors that can increase the need for air duct cleaning: Pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander Occupants with allergies or asthma Cigarette or cigar smoke Water contamination or damage to the home / HVAC system Home renovation or remodeling projects Overall home cleanliness Some occupants are more sensitive to these contaminants than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly tend to be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor air quality that air duct cleaning can help to address. Inspect Your Air Ducts You can tell if your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs cleaning by one of two ways. First, with a screwdriver, remove a floor or wall register. Then, use a small mirror and flashlight or use a digital camera to take a picture inside the duct. If there is visible dust, dirt or debris, you should have your ducts cleaned. What You Need to Know About Duct Cleaning Air duct cleaning is a misnomer. In actuality, the entire HVAC system should be cleaned. Failure to clean all components of the system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus minimizing the benefits of cleaning. Just as you would not only clean half of your living room floor, you also would not want to clean only part of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. NADCA recommends cleaning the entire HVAC system, including the following components: Air ducts Coils Drain pan Registers Grills Air plenum Blower motor and assembly Heat exchanger Air Filter Air Cleaner Proper HVAC Cleaning Process There are two key components to HVAC cleaning: breaking contaminants loose, and collection of contaminants. Breaking Contaminants Loose Properly cleaning HVAC systems requires removing the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air-conditioning system. Examples of agitation devices include brushes, air whips, and compressed air nozzles or “skipper balls.” Agitation can also be achieved through hand-brushing or contact vacuuming. Collection of Contaminants During cleaning, the entire HVAC system is placed under continuous negative pressure (vacuum) to prevent the spread of contaminants. Continuous negative pressure allows very fine particles to be removed from the system as they become airborne, ensuring that these particles are not released into the living space when the system is turned on after cleaning. This negative pressure also serves to extract the loosened contaminants, which are collected and removed from your home. System Maintenance There are a few things that you can do to maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of your HVAC system: Get good filters—ask your contractor for a recommendation. Clean/change the filters as needed (at least every two months). Even with properly cleaning and changing quality filters, the HVAC system will still become dirty over time. Have your system inspected every two years to determine whether your system needs to be cleaned again. A thorough cleaning can also yield long term energy savings. Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive...

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Fire | Smoke Damage Repair and Restoration MN

Posted by on Dec 6, 2010 in Fire Damage, Fire Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Fire | Smoke Damage Repair and Restoration MN

24 Hour Fire Damage Restoration Losing your property to a fire is a devastating. It is not only a major damage to your home or building, but it is also an emotional nightmare. Even minor damages caused by a fire are difficult to deal with. Regardless of the size of the damage, it is important to have your property evaluated in order to determine whether any possessions or pieces of the structure are salvageable. If you ever experience a fire, the first action you must take is to call your insurance company. They will send an adjuster immediately. It is important to know what your insurance policy covers. When the adjuster arrives, discuss what is covered by the insurance and keep documentation of everything. The next step is to contact trained technicians that specialize in fire and smoke damage restoration. These specialists know where and how to check for smoke as it moves around the entire structure. Smoke can go through the plumbing systems Smoke moves to cooler areas of the property and upper levels Smoke comes in various types, resulting in different types of damage. Your specialized technician will then test for the type of smoke that resulted from the fire. These include wet smoke, dry smoke, protein, fuel oil soot and other forms. Once the smoke is identified, the technician will perform the following: Determine what can be restored Determine what can be replaced What type of cleaning method should be used Determine the full extent of loss Eliminate Smoke Damage and odor Benefits of Fire Damage Restoration In the event of a fire, your first worry is that you have suffered losses and you want to know what items can be restored. Fire damage cleanup specialists understand your concerns and are there to help. The technicians come equipped with the latest equipment to restore your property. Specialists have all the knowledge and procedures for restoration The goal of every fire damage cleanup specialist is to restore as many items in order to minimize the number of losses. The process of cleaning up after a fire is a complex one but there are a number of companies who offer extensive variety of services including emergency pre-cleaning, smoke odor removal, deodorization, air cleaning, floor cleaning, debris removal, carpet cleaning, etc. Fires can damage an entire structure or can result in small smoke damages. For many, fire damage is tragic but there are people willing to help. The goal of every fire damage restoration specialist is to save your possessions because that is all that matters. If you have been a victim of a fire and you need fire damage restoration services, contact a fire damage restoration professional today. Has your home been damaged by water, smoke, or fire? Contact a Restoration and Repair expert...

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MN Water Damage Restoration

Posted by on Nov 29, 2010 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on MN Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage Repair ~ Restoration MN Water damage is one of the most common homeowner’s insurance claims in the country. Most water damages are caused due to burst pipes, leaky appliances and flooded basements. These unfortunate disasters can turn your world upside down wondering what to do next. These occurrences often lead people to discover the details of their home insurance policies. Water damage is hazardous to health and dangerous for any home or business, therefore time is of the essence when it occurs. If treated quickly, you can minimize the damage, reduce restoration costs and prevent the growth of mold, and other contaminants. There are three different categories of water damage: Clean Water Damage – Does not contain harmful contaminants. This kind of water damage is most commonly caused from rainwater or pipe bursts. Gray Water Damage – Has some level of contamination in the water. This kind of water damage is usually caused from flooding of household appliances such as dishwasher, refrigerator, empty toilet, etc. Black Water Damage – Contains contaminants that are harmful if they come in contact with skin or are consumed. This kind of water damage occurs from floods by natural disasters, sewer backups, toilet overflows, etc. Acting immediately after the emergency can save time and dollars in the restoration work. Damage can begin within minutes of the water intrusion. Therefore, immediate action is important following a water-related disaster or accident. How quickly you take action to begin the water restoration process will determine what and how much can be salvaged. Unwelcome moisture not only ruins carpeting and stains floors, ceilings and walls, but if left uncorrected can diminish the value of the property, which drastically affects financial status. One of the biggest problems caused due to water damage is molding. Molds are part of a group of micro-organisms called fungi that also include mushrooms and yeasts. Mold formation is the greatest setback most people face when dealing with water damage. Such a kind of water damage is most commonly caused from rainwater or pipe bursts. Thorough drying is important for effective mold removal and prevention. A restoration company will first perform initial tests to establish the length of time the property has been exposed to water, the amount of moisture that has been absorbed and how deeply the water has penetrated. Then a water damage specialists can immediately place dehumidifiers to dry affected areas and control the environment within the property. Water extraction machines are also carried to allow for the removal of standing water. They can work quickly and efficiently to extract the water as quickly as possible giving you the best possible chance to save fixtures, carpeting and building infrastructure. 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. However, water damage restoration is available. Restoration can take place in several ways, including water extraction, sewage clean-ups, crawl space drying, structural drying, basement drying, dehumidification, odor control, sanitization, disinfecting, carpet cleaning, debris removal, emergency board-ups and mold remediation. Hiring A Fire & Water Damage Company When dealing with water damage, calling in professional help is always preferable to attempting do-it-yourself methods....

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