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Ice Dams Causing Problems For Many Minnesota Homeowners

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

Consumer Information About Water Damage Restoration In Minnesota

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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 a professional water damage restoration company, if available, which has trained technicians, specialized cleaners, biocides, extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment, and moisture measuring and monitoring instruments. An informed homeowner will not be overwhelmed when confronted with water damaged carpet cleaning and what to do next. Choosing a certified firm that...

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Water Damage Can Happen To Your Home

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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

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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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