Minnesota Water Damage Repair Minneapolis MN

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Minnesota Water Damage Repair Minneapolis MN

Repair Water Damage Minneapolis MN Record Snows Mean Record Ice Dams With the record snow fall and constantly changing temperatures, Minnesota is seeing one of the toughest winters for ice dams in a long time.  Here is some information that should help you understand this common winter problem. Ice Dams Cause Water Damage and Should be Removed Quickly Icicles may be an indication of damage to come. Homeowners should take immediate action to prevent water damage to home. The sight of icicles hanging from your home may illicit some winter cheer, but may also predict damage about to be caused to your home. Icicles are one of the first indications that an ice dam is forming on your roof. Ice dams prevent proper drainage of melted snow and ice from your roof as the moisture is trapped behind a solid block of ice. The backed up moisture may seep into the roof and then transfer into walls, soffits, and insulation, causing mold to form and making insulation less efficient. Water Damage From Moisture Leakage As moisture finds its way into the walls, it will come into contact with insulation. The insulation is very absorbent and will move and settle along the path the water takes through the insulated area. As the insulation shifts, it becomes far less efficient and may compound the problem by allowing extra heat to escape, which can lead to more ice dams. A far bigger issue is that the moisture serves as a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can cause respiratory ailments and allergies. Molds may also produce mycotoxins, compounds which are toxic to humans and are particularly harmful to infants, those with other respiratory illnesses and the elderly. Ice Dam Removal and Prevention The key to winning the battle against ice dams is prevention. Most ice dams can be prevented by removing snow from roofs, which limits the amount of material available to melt and freeze, as well as taking away the snow’s ability to insulate the melted water underneath the snow on the roof. There are many roofing contractors available to assist homeowners in clearing snow from their roofs. If your home has sustained water damage due to ice damming, contact a Minnesota restoration company...

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MN Water Damage Restoration | Flood Damage Restoration MN

Posted by on Feb 14, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | 1 comment

Minneapolis Water Damage Repair Minneapolis MN Water Damage To Your Home Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Over the past 10 years, the average flood claim has amounted to over $33,000. Flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself from devastating financial loss. Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, condo owners/renters, and commercial owners/renters. Costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers, and the property’s flood risk. Residential Flood Insurance – Water Damages what’s covered and what’s not Flood insurance policies cover physical damage to your property and possessions. Basic flood insurance policies cover structures only. If you want to insure your personal belongings against flood damage, you must buy separate coverage. Building Property The insured building and its foundation Electrical and plumbing systems Central air conditioning equipment, furnaces, and water heaters Refrigerators, cooking stoves, and built-in appliances such as dishwashers Permanently installed carpeting over unfinished flooring Permanently installed paneling, wallboard, bookcases, and cabinets Window blinds Detached garages (up to 10 percent of Building Property coverage) Detached buildings (other than garages) require a separate Building Property policy Debris removal Personal Contents Property Personal belongings, such as clothing, furniture, and electronic equipment Curtains Portable and window air conditioners Portable microwave ovens and portable dishwashers Carpets that are not included in building coverage Clothing washers and dryers Food freezers and the food in them Certain valuable items such as original artwork and furs (up to $2,500) What’s Not Covered: Damage caused by moisture, mildew, or mold that could have been avoided by the property owner Currency, precious metals, and valuable papers such as stock certificates Property and belongings outside of an insured building such as trees, plants, wells, septic systems, walks, decks, patios, fences, seawalls, hot tubs, and swimming pools Living expenses such as temporary housing Financial losses caused by business interruption or loss of use of insured property Most self-propelled vehicles such as cars, including their parts (see Section IV.5 in your policy) Flood Insurance for Basements and Areas Below the Lowest Elevated Floor Coverage is limited in basements regardless of zone or date of construction. It’s also limited in areas below the lowest elevated floor, depending on the flood zone and date of construction. These areas include: Basements Crawlspaces under an elevated building Enclosed areas beneath buildings elevated on full-story foundation walls that are sometimes referred to as “walkout basements” Enclosed areas under other types of elevated buildings Make sure to ask your agent for additional details on your basement coverage. You can use the following list as a general guide to what is and isn’t covered or simply refer to the Summary of Coverage (PDF 108K) to help you better understand your policy and coverage. Find out what a few inches of flood water can cost in damage. To be covered, the flood must also be a temporary condition, and cover two or more acres or two or more properties The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers coverage in approximately 20,000 communities in the U.S. You can determine if your property is eligible for flood insurance by checking the NFIP Community Status Book. For Minnesota PDF 49KB Flood and Sewage Damage Flood damage is hazardous to your health and the integrity...

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Water Damage Restoration Company MN

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Restoration Company MN

Repair Water Damage Minneapolis Minnesota Water Damage and Ice Dams An above-average snowfall has caused an onslaught of ice damming all across Minnesota. Homeowners must take precautions to protect their homes from the damage ice dams can cause. Homeowners often do not recognize the damage as most of it occurs behind walls, but it may also manifest itself by spilling leaking water into the home. Existing ice dams should be removed as quickly as possible and homeowners should take precautions to prevent them from forming. Water damage can be the devastating result from neglecting your home or business. During the winter months, ice dams have the tendency to accumulate on roof eaves and therefore must be knocked down in order to prevent dislodged roof shingles, sagging gutters, damaged insulation, and water stains on ceilings and walls inside your home, just to name a few effects. If left untreated, your home may become vulnerable to mold and mildew issues. If you are noticing ice dams, we have a trusted company we would be happy to refer to you to remove ice dams. In the unfortunate event of water damage to your home, Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Experts are qualified with the proper knowledge and equipment to assess the damage and attend to all of your...

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There’s A Lot More To Smoke Damage Than Meets The Eye

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Fire Damage, Fire Damage Restoration | Comments Off on There’s A Lot More To Smoke Damage Than Meets The Eye

Fire Damage Repair MN | Smoke Damage Repair and Restoration MN
Fire restoration can be quite complicated. It’s important to have an experienced restoration team on your side. An immediate treatment will help reduce health hazards and simplify any additional cleanup.

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Prevent and Repair Water Damage From Ice Dams

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Prevent and Repair Water Damage From Ice Dams

Ice Dams and Water Damage Ice dams can be a very destructive situation for a home here in Minnesota, with all of the heavy and frequent snowfall and moderate temperature swings we have had. Ice dams do not often occur where daytime temperatures remain below freezing for long periods of time. Snow is allowed to melt or evaporate gradually and ice dams are not formed. Knowing what to do before and after severe winter weather can help lessen the damage from ice dams or prevent them from occurring in the first place. Repair Water Damage Water damage to your home is one of the most costly repairs you can encounter. Whether it be from a roof leak or plumbing leak, materials in your home that get wet from leaks, like sheet rock, wood and carpet, can not only result in expensive repairs but pose a serious health threat from mold and mildew. If leaks are detected early enough you can prevent any resultant mold and mildew. Time is of the essence here though. For mold to develop to damaging levels on sheet rock it will need to remain wet longer than 24-48 hours and on wood if it stays wet longer than 2 weeks. So once the water source is removed the opportunity for mold to develop is inhibited. 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. 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 mold remediation team to remove it. Insurance Approved Water Damage Restoration If your home has had water damage due to ice damming, contact an insurance approved restoration company...

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Prevent Water Damage From Burst Pipes This Winter

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | 1 comment

Prevent Water Damage From Burst Pipes Taking preventative action is your best defense for your home against the freezing cold.  It is time to be proactive taking steps to protect your property from a major home property loss that can occur if water pipes freeze and burst. Water is capable of causing extensive damage to your home property with damage to floors, ceilings, walls, rugs, furniture and other personal property. A slight 1/8-inch crack in a water pipe can release and amazing 250 gallons of water per day. Water damage caused by burst frozen pipes can leave serious wreckage in your home that could require complicated and costly repair. Fortunately, you can prevent this kind of damage by following these winter care suggestions: Insulate Insulate all water supply pipes as well as your attic and the sides of the water tank. The exposed pipes in crawlspaces and the attic are the most prone to freezing so make sure to insulate them well. You can also wrap pipes with a heat tape but just make sure to use quality products and follow all of the manufacturer’s directions for use. Inspect Inspect your home and make sure you know which areas have poor heating. Check plumbing fixtures such as valves and hoses regularly and perform routine maintenance work to ensure they are always in good condition. When Outside Temperature Drops When winter kicks in, you should maintain the temperature in your basement above 55 degrees. If the pipes under your kitchen sink are not insulated, open the cabinet doors to let warm air in. Look for leaks around your home that allow cold air to enter inside close to where the pipes are. Seal these leaks by caulking or insulating the area. This is important because, in severe cold weather, outside air can be cold enough to cause pipes to freeze even when it is entering the house through a tiny opening. Before You Go If you will be traveling, do not switch off the heating system but instead set it on low and to activate twice a day. Most modern units will have this automatic power-on setting. If you will be away for quite some time, ask a reliable relative or friend to check up on your home to ensure the temperature inside stays at or above 55 degrees. Before a Frozen Pipe Bursts While pipes can crack or burst simply from age and normal use over time, one of the most common causes of domestic water damage in the winter is frozen pipes. You should treat frozen water supply pipes as an urgent matter because it can cause your pipes to burst and water to come spewing from the cracks the moment the ice thaws. To prevent frozen pipes from bursting, follow the tips below as soon as you discover the problem: Turn off the main water supply valve, including the valve in your cold water tank, if you have one. Leave water taps turned on. Prevent possible water damage by protecting the structures and objects that could be affected if the frozen pipe bursts. For example, remove the carpet in the room or take furniture or other belongings to a safe room. Thaw out the frozen pipe by opening the tap closest to it so that the water...

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Water Damage Cleanup, Repair and Restoration MN

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | 1 comment

MN Water Damage Restoration | Flood Damage Repair MN
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Important Information About Water Damage Restoration

Posted by on Jan 25, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Important Information About Water Damage Restoration

24/7 Water Damage Cleanup
Water Damage? Immediate Response Direct Insurance Billing

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Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration MN

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Fire Damage, Fire Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration MN

Fire Damage Repair MN | Fire Damage Restoration Minnesota
It is important to have an experienced restoration team on your side. An immediate treatment will help reduce health hazards and simplify any additional cleanup.

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Don’t Take Mold Lightly

Posted by on Jan 13, 2011 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Don’t Take Mold Lightly

Mold Should Never Be Taken Lightly Today we are seeing an explosion of moldy properties due to the foreclosures that have hit the real estate market. More than half of the homes that have been unoccupied for the past 6 months to a year have mold in the basements. This is due to the utilities being turned off and lack of maintenance on the home and existing leaky basements.  These houses need to be cleaned of all molds prior to anyone occupying the property. Many people are very sensitive to molds and other allergens; everybody has a reaction to some type of pollen or mold spore. We have mold everywhere; it is the higher than normal levels that are reason for concern. People have purchased homes that have not been remediated of mold properly. Most of the homes need to be cleaned again after the initial mold clean up. Home owners are getting sick and having to go to the hospital to treat major allergy infections. It is a professional duty of all real estate agents and contractors to make sure mold issues are identified and made known to all parties interested of such issues with everyone knowing that the property has a better chance of getting the mold remediated properly, and being turned back into a livable house again. Mold is not something to take lightly, but also it is something that can be fixed. Most of the basement leaks need to be repaired after the remediation to prevent more water from entering.  If contractors are doing remediation then they should at least be certified to do remediation and especially be insured to do the work. Insurance now requires coverage for remediation of mold. Different states have their own requirements for insurance, check your local regulations. This is a reason that a simple handy man shouldn’t do mold remediation. Experience is the only way to know what is going on in the house. After all,  the only conclusion is that they just need to be totally gutted of drywall and cleaned throughout the house. Just cleaning the surface and painting with KILZ doesn’t always work. I can’t tell you how many times I have re-cleaned where a supposed mold remediation took place (all that happened was a spray and wipe clean up, not total removal).  This isn’t just for the foreclosures but even for houses that people live in. The biggest complaint of home owners is bad air quality; this is mainly due to dirty air ducts and HVAC units, years of neglected maintenance and improper filters being used. More information should be shared between all professions so we can help homeowners and business owners having a safe environment to work and live in. Original post: Mold Should Not Be...

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