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Water Damage Restoration Maple Grove MN

Maple Grove Minnesota Water Damage Repair When dealing with water damage, being thorough and being fast is the key.  In order to avoid your property falling into decay and having to deal with much higher water damage repair expenses and the risk of mold and bacterial problems – which could cause severe reactions or disease – you should reach out to a water damage repair specialist who can take care of the problem quickly and effectively. If you don’t respond appropriately within the first 24 to 48 hours, you are likely to face much greater issues as your water damage problems compound.  Your water damage repair expenses can increase by the thousands, while the probability of experiencing severe health issues also increases. Time Is Your Enemy Waiting is a bad idea when it comes to water damage cleanup.  In as little as 48 hours, the probability that water damage will cause severe damage is increased by a factor of 10.  This means that the expense of the water damage cleanup can also be increased by thousands of dollars. Responding to water damage quickly is extremely important, and is second only to preventing water damage.  By responding in a timely manner – victims of water damage can reduce the amount of damage to their homes and wallets considerably. So don’t put it off – every minute is costing you money, and increasing the amount of time it will take to clean up your damage. Insurance Approved Water Damage Restoration What could make your watery situation even worse?  Dealing with difficult insurance companies! The last thing you want or need is to have to deal with the insurance company and that entire process. Individuals who try to navigate their insurance alone can often find they have complicated the situation further, and are forced to wait much longer than necessary to see their insurance come through for them. Letting professionals who are experienced in these situations help you through the muck can not only save you a great deal of aggravation, they can help speed up the process! An expert in water damage restoration, water extraction, flooded basements, and sewer backup restoration can help you wade through those waters. They bring with them not only the expertise to restore your property – they come with years of dealing with insurance providers! One Call Does It All! Direct Insurance Billing | At Your Door in 1 Hour or Less | 24 Hour Service We work with all insurance companies and can help make this process a lot easier and less distracting for you.  All you need to do is to call Done Right and we will guide you through the process. For the future: It is important that you ensure your insurance covers water damage to your property! Whether homeowners, renters, or business – contact your insurance provider and make sure that you are covered for water damage caused by: Floods Tornadoes Burst Pipes Sewage Backups Other natural disasters Other failure within your property You should also be sure of the following: You have liability insurance Your Business is covered What your Flood Insurance...

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Water Damage Mold In Your Minnesota Home Part 3

Mold and Hidden Water Damage Mold From Ongoing Minor or Hidden Water Damage Continued from Water Damage Mold In Your Minnesota Home Part 1 Virtually everyone has some type of mold or another somewhere in their home. Although not all types are toxic, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish types without lab testing. Black molds can develop from water intrusion like water seepage, improper drainage and irrigation, plumbing leaks, basement flooding, rain and condensation issues. While toxic mold is less common than other mold species, it is not rare. For that reason, it is imperative to treat and remove all molds as if they are potentially harmful. Regardless of the type of mold found, a home containing mold is essentially not a healthy home. Exterior Water Intrusion Mold can grow on any wet building materials. Once it is discovered, it must be addressed quickly and appropriately. Delayed or improper treatment of mold issues can multiply repair costs significantly. When building materials such as wood siding, brick, concrete block and stucco are exposed to moisture sources from outdoors, over time that moisture can penetrate exterior walls and enter the wall cavity, creating perfect conditions for mold growth in between exterior and interior walls. Eventually the moisture and mold can penetrate all the way through to the interior side of wall surfaces. By that time, extensive damage to the structure has already taken place. Water and Mold Cleanup and Repair Begin any cleanup by drying your home, including removing any water-damaged items to help facilitate drying. Water-damaged walls and floorboards will need to be thoroughly dried, and drywall will likely have to be thrown away. All wet insulation, carpet, and similar items will also have to be thrown away. If you are cleaning personal items, there will be some hard choices to make. Cloth materials can normally be cleaned by laundering them several times to remove the impact of the water. Many other porous items, such as couches, stuffed animals, papers, and some older pictures, will have to be thrown away if they have been in the water for longer than 48 hours. Remember, it is better to throw something away than have it become a source of mold in the future. The long-term health issues associated with mold can be reduced by ensuring that a proper cleanup is done.  If you suspect you have a mold problem from hidden water damage, it is always best to hire a qualified and experienced specialist that is knowledgeable in the latest water extraction and drying methods. If your home was flooded for longer than 48 hours, you will probably need to consult a Certified (IICRC) Water Damage Restoration Professional. A proper inspection can help detect water intrusion issues early, saving thousands of dollars in repairs costs. Some of this information was quoted from an article called “Is Indoor Mold Contamination a Threat to Health?” by Harriet M. Ammann, Ph.D., D.A.B.T. – Senior Toxicologist at Washington State Department of Health, Olympia, Washington. Is Indoor Mold Contamination a Threat to Health.pdf Download Or for a full copy of her report in Microsoft Word format CLICK HERE Mold In The News //theforagerpress.com/bookstore/blackmold/moldnews.htm MINNESOTA Investigating and Remediating Mold in Minnesota Public Schools – State Dept. of Health Molds In Our Environment //www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm Health Effects of Mold //www.weather.com/activities/health/allergies/mold/health_effects.html Frequently Asked Questions about Black Mold //theforagerpress.com/bookstore/blackmold/moldfaq.htm Mold In The News //theforagerpress.com/bookstore/blackmold/moldnews.htm MINNESOTA Investigating and Remediating Mold in Minnesota Public Schools – State Dept. of Health...

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Basement Water Damage MN | Minnesota Flooded Basement

Basement Water Damage Can Cost You More Than You Think It always happens suddenly, and without warning … Toilets overflowing, household appliances malfunctioning, water pipes breaking, leaking roofs or windows … And now you have to make a decision: “Do I submit a claim to my insurance company? If it’s not a covered loss, do I try to clean it up myself?” Here are some important things to keep in mind: Water in the Basement Can Cost You The Sale of Your Home DON’T WAIT! The longer the affected areas are wet, the greater the amount of damage. Water doesn’t just sit there … it spreads. If carpeting is involved, it doesn’t take long for it to seep into the pad, the subflooring, then up the walls or paneling. Once those are damp, the potential for mold and mildew growth is just hours away. DON’T EXPECT IT TO “Air-Dry!” One of the most common problems encountered comes from the homeowners decision to “see if it’ll just dry out by itself.” Because of the potential health hazards, that means you have to discard the carpet and pad, and replace with new – An expensive proposition that could have been avoided! Even if it’s a “covered loss,” your insurance may deny your claim because you waited too long! Water in the Basement Can Cost You The Sale of Your Home THINKING ABOUT SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE FUTURE?  Then keep in mind that you have to disclose information on past water damage, and you will have to prove it was properly remediated. If mold is present in the home, the potential buyer may not be able to obtain insurance! You may not even be able to sell your home!  Therefore, don’t take any chances! Call a Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Expert right away! The key is getting it dry as fast as possible! Preventing Water Damage In Your Home Unexpected water in your basement can damage walls and floors, destroy carpeting, ruin furniture and lead – pretty quickly – to mold. And perhaps the most upsetting of all: As basements are so often used for storage, water downstairs can ruin irreplaceable items like photo albums, antiques, and family heirlooms. The first signs of water damage might seem trivial: a drip here, a drop there – nothing that can’t be dried with a towel. But warnings like water stains on the ceilings or a leak under the kitchen sink can lead to real problems like a weakened roof or rotten floorboards. Burst pipes can damage your furniture and other personal possessions, and flooding can very quickly lead to problems with mold. Why take a chance? Learn where your home is most likely to suffer water damage, and what you can do to help prevent...

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Minnesota Flooded Basement? You Need It Done Right!

Water Damage Flood Damage Repair and Restoration One of the worst nightmares a homeowner can have is a flooded basement! Not only is it a horrible inconvenience, it can also significantly lower the value of your property. A professional evaluation is needed to better ascertain the extent of the potential damage that may be lurking in your home or building. Hire a professional Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Company to determine the cause of potential damage and provide a specific remedy for effective removal. Water Damage To Your Home In other situations, a water pipe may burst, and air conditioning leak, moisture intrusion, backed up septic tank or sewer line, or a sump pump may malfunction while you’re away on vacation and do serious water damage to your home and possessions. Water damage can be hazardous to your health if the proper, effective identification (Cat 1-3), professional analysis and remediation are not taken into effect. You Need A Minnesota Water Damage Restoration Professional If there’s water in your basement, and you need it Done Right, you need an expert that is experience in dealing with mold, mildew, fungus and water that might be contaminated. Keep you and your family safe. A Minnesota water damage restoration professional will have the skills to have your basement available to you again in no time at all. If your home or business has sustained ANY type of water damage, you need to have a qualified Minnesota restoration company that does Water and Flood Damage Cleanup. They will have the proper state-of-the-art equipment to clean up any water damage, such as Fans, Dehumidifiers, Air Scrubbers, Ozone Machines, Desiccants that can save most...

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Home Inspection – Disclosing Water Problems When Selling Your House

Buying or Selling A Home? Get An Inspection! The purchase of a home is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect — both indoors and out — in terms of needed and future repairs and maintenance. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Stains on the ceiling may indicate a chronic roof leakage problem or may be simply the result of a single incident. It can also be an indication of water and mold damage from basement flooding. Why Do I Need An Inspection? The inspector interprets these and other clues, and then presents a professional opinion as to the condition of the property so you can avoid unpleasant surprises afterward. Of course, an inspection will also point out the positive aspects of a building, as well as the type of maintenance needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently. Truth-in-Housing Evaluations Truth-in-Housing Evaluations, which are also known as Time-of-Sale Evaluations in some cities, are required by city ordinance in a number of communities. Minneapolis, St. Paul, Maplewood, Bloomington, South St Paul and Hopkins all require that an independent evaluator, licensed by the city, perform the evaluation. The report is required to be on display at the house when it is shown for sale. The evaluation of the home is based on each city’s housing code. Most of the cities require that some repairs of hazardous items be made. What Is a “Truth-in-Housing” Report? Some Minnesota cities require a Truth-in-Housing Report that tells you the condition of the home based on the city’s housing code standards. The report is completed by a licensed evaluator. Some cities have limited requirements to meet, so don’t rely on this report alone. Minneapolis Truth-in-Sale Inspection | Home Inspection and Water Damage Most communities that have this ordinance do not require the seller to make repairs. The intent of the report is to provide prospective home buyers with thorough, accurate information to assist them in making a good decision about buying a home. When a Truth-in-Housing Report is required, the seller must provide the report to all prospective buyers at the time of the showing. If you have questions about a Truth-in-Housing Report for a particular home, contact the evaluator or the city in which the home is located. Disclosure Requirements Many states have laws about disclosing problems when selling your house. Usually these states have a standard disclosure form you can get from a real estate broker, your local library, or online. What a seller must disclose to potential buyers varies from state to state. The general rule, though, is you have to disclose any “material” or “serious” defects or problems you know about. That doesn’t mean you have to disclose every single minor problem, such as creaky floors, doors that stick, and minor cracks in the walls. Rather, if a particular problem would have a major impact on a buyer’s decision to buy or not, then you need to disclose it. Some examples of things you may see on a disclosure form include: Flooding in the basement Leaks in the roof Lead paint anywhere in the house. In fact, whether or not your state has a disclosure law, federal law requires you to follow the Lead Disclosure Rule if your home was built before 1978 Whether the home is located in a flood plane As a seller, if you have owned your home...

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Minneapolis Truth-in-Sale Inspection | Home Inspection and Water Damage

What To Disclose When Selling Your Home In the past, the general rule if you were buying a home was caveat emptor – Buyer Beware!  The seller wasn’t obliged to tell you whether the roof leaked or the furnace didn’t work, or even if the house was built on a toxic dump. If you were buying a home, you were supposed to figure all of that out for yourself. But in recent years, the general trend towards consumer protection has included a change in the laws of most states on what needs to be disclosed. Minneapolis Truth-in-Sale Inspection In most states, if you’re selling a home it is illegal to fail to disclose major physical defects in your property, such as a basement that floods in heavy rains. You may need to make written disclosures to indicate what you know about the condition of your home. In some states, seller disclosures are still voluntary, but even then you may want to consider telling the buyer what you know. A major cause of post sale disputes and lawsuits is defects and disclosure, and most disputes can be avoided if proper disclosures are made. This is an area of the law that changes rapidly, differs widely from state to state, and may be affected by local ordinances, so look for up-to-date information on the law that applies to you. How does the seller make disclosure? It depends. In many states, compliance with disclosure obligations is made easy through the use of seller disclosure forms. These forms consist of a long list of questions, for example whether there has been fire, wind or flood damage that required repair; if the property is in an earthquake fault zone; even whether a death has occurred on the property within the last three years. The seller must answer each question “yes,” “no,” or “don’t know.” It’s perfectly acceptable for a seller to answer a question “don’t know” – the purpose of the disclosure is to make the seller tell the buyer what the seller knows about the property, not to initiate a research project. The seller disclosure forms are usually then attached to the sale contract. Even in those states that do not require written disclosures, some real estate companies require prospective sellers to complete a disclosure form before listing the property. Other states may only require oral disclosures. If you’re buying a home, it is prudent to record any disclosures the seller makes, and even ask whether the seller is willing to make disclosures in writing. What does the seller need to disclose? In most states where disclosures are mandatory, sellers are required to disclose material facts about the property for sale – that is, anything that could affect the sale price or influence a buyer’s decision to purchase a home. This is obviously a pretty subjective requirement — a fact that is materials to one buyer may not concern another. Remember, generally you only need to disclose information within your personal knowledge. If you’re wondering whether something should be disclosed, consult a real estate agent or your property attorney. Ask yourself if you’d want to have the information if you were the buyer. If the answer is yes, then disclose. It could save you a lot of trouble down the line. There are some defects that should always be disclosed: Plumbing and sewage issues Water leakage of any type, including flooding in the basement and wet basement problems Termites or other insect infestations Roof defects Heating or air conditioning system issues Moisture and Property drainage problems Foundation instabilities or cracks Problems with title...

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