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SERVPRO® Will Work with Your Business' Insurance Company

10/25/2022 (Permalink)


In the unfortunate event your business suffers water, fire, flood, storm, or mold damage, SERVPRO® of Bloomington and Richfield will work with your business' insurance company, so you have less work load on your plate.  Our employees talk with insurance adjusters every day to make sure things are billed correctly with your insurance and the job is properly documented to ensure things are going according to plan. Being in business for over 10 years, whatever property and casualty insurance company your business uses, odds are we have worked with them in the past.  Give us a call to set up an emergency preparedness plan for your business today. It's always best to be prepared. SERVPRO® of Bloomington and Richfield will work hard to make any damage, "Like it never even happened."

Would Your Business Be Prepared in the Event of Water/Mold/Fire Damage?

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

What would you do if your business suffered: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Mold, or a Bio-Hazard contamination? Do you have a plan in place? SERPVRO® offers at no charge a business "Ready Plan" app for your phone that will walk you through a preparedness plan that could save your business thousands. 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. In general, the faster the response time to a disaster, the less secondary damage can occur. SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield is "faster to any disaster" and works with you and your employees every step of the way.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan app will guide you through a: Water Damage event, Fire Damage event, Mold, Bio-Hazard contamination, and more.  Pre-planning and having this app on the ready can help to give you tremendous peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Call us today - we would love to help you set up a preparedness plan!

How to Prevent Mold Growth in the Workplace

6/28/2022 (Permalink)


The best way to prevent mold is to control moisture.

The main requirements for outdoor mold growth are moisture and shade. Mold does not like the sun and/or ultra violet rays. The main requirement for inside mold growth is simply moisture and it can occur in ceilings, attics, floors, insulation, wood, drywall, clothes, carpeting, bathrooms, and more. Some causes of excessive moisture are condensation, humidity, cooking, washing, or water from a flood, leak or spill. Mold also grows in environments with a warm temperature. Mold growth can begin in less than 48 hours of excessive moisture.

What you can do as a business owner to prevent mold growth from forming in your place of business:

  • Fix water leaks. Any known water leaks should be fixed quickly. Have a contractor inspect for unknown leaks.
  • Limit condensation. Keep room temperatures warm and/or well insulated.
  • Reduce humidity. Open windows, install exhaust fans or use a dehumidifier.
  • Clean wet/damp areas. Any wet or damp area, materials or affected equipment should be cleaned within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

If your business has experienced water damage or mold growth, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield today!

Preventing Water Damage to Your Business' Space

1/16/2022 (Permalink)


  1. Find out if your business is located on a flood plain and if your area offers programs for business owners.
  2. Train all employees on the location of the water shut off valves and make sure they are easily accessible.
  3. Conduct regular inspections of your HVAC units, roof, water heaters, refrigerators, sinks, toilets, and any other area you have that may have a water leak.
  4. Make sure your insurance policy is up to date and you are insured.
  5. Keep any paperwork, inventory, or anything vital to your business' survival at least a few feet off the ground to prevent them from getting wet.
  6. Have a game plan set in place. The faster the water is removed and dried out, the better off you are going to be. Time is an important factor. Please save our number to your phone so you know who to call. SERVPRO® of Bloomington / Richfield: (952) 854-2000

Preventing Mold in Ventilation Systems in Buildings

1/10/2022 (Permalink)


Ventilation systems should be checked regularly, particularly for damp filters and overall cleanliness. A preventive maintenance plan should be put into place for each major component of the building’s ventilation system. Contact your equipment supplier or manufacturer for recommended maintenance schedules and operations and maintenance manuals. Components that are exposed to water (e.g., drainage pans, coils, cooling towers, and humidifiers) require scrupulous maintenance to prevent microbial 10 growth and the entry of undesired microorganisms or chemicals into the indoor air stream.

The components of these systems may become contaminated with mold if moisture is present within the system, resulting in the potential release of mold spores throughout the building. All components of the system must be cleaned. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system. Water-damaged or contaminated porous materials in the ductwork or other air handling system components should be removed and replaced. 

SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield is here to help. Call us today.

Source: OSHA 2019

Fire Safety and Prevention for your Business

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can cause severe damage to business equipment, materials, and structures. As a business owner, focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention, and staff education can help reduce your chance of fire and smoke damage. Here are three tips to help:

Assess the risk of fire hazards : The National Fire Protection Association offers handbooks and other publications on the fire safety code in place for businesses. If your local government offers it, a visit from a fire marshal is a great step for your fire prevention plan. If a marshal visit isn't available, ask for workplace fire risk assessment guidance from your building's property manager.

Have fire protection equipment : If you have an automatic sprinkler system in place, this will provide primary fire protection for your business.

Standard fire safety practices call for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor. Your best bet is multipurpose extinguishers, which will douse most small fires with ease, without shorting out your electronics.

Protect your people : Your employees are your most important business asset. These tips can help prevent them from being injured in a fire.

  • Fire Plan : Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol. 
  • Evacuation Plan : In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs. 
  • First Aid : In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen.

If your business has suffered fire damage or smoke damage, please call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield today. We are open 24 hours to take your call and will work seamlessly with your insurance. 

Source: www.statefarm.com

SERVPRO is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

10/26/2021 (Permalink)


SERVPRO is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

Do you need upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning for your business?  SERVPRO cleans upholstery for general cleaning , pet dander, smoke damage, office carpet tile, and more. 

The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries.

The IICRC works with other organizations to increase awareness of certified firms – from companies like Shaw, which requires warranty work be done by an IICRC Certified Firm, to associations, to government officials. Additionally, the IICRC also partners with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to include a suggestion for use of IICRC Certified Firms that specialize in upholstery cleaning in its Furniture Care Codes.

When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org

Deep Cleaning Industrial Kitchens

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield would like to deep clean and sanitize your industrial kitchen! Whether your building is a restaurant, a school, a church, an office, a cafeteria, or even a movie theater, chances are it's been a minute since the kitchen has had a full deep cleaning and sanitization.  The flooring is cleaned and sanitized along with all surfaces and storage areas.  Today, it's more important than ever to keep food preparation and storage surfaces clean and sanitized. Customers and patrons have been more and more demanding of a clean restaurant and/or industrial kitchen. In addition to cleaning the flooring, and the food prep and storage surfaces, SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield employees will move large appliances to the best of their abilities and even clean behind those as well. Call today to schedule. SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield, Here to Help. 

SERVPRO® of Bloomington / Richfield Will Work with Your Business' Insurance Company

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

The owner of SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield has been a SERVPRO owner in the Minneapolis area for over 20 years now. There is not much our employees haven't seen and restored. No job is too big or too involved. We have worked with nearly all the area's business insurance companies over the years and have developed great working relationships with each. When you trust your business to the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield, you are in good hands before, during, and after the restoration. Whatever insurance company you have: State Farm, Hiscox, Allstate, Hartford, Travelers, etc, SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield will make sure they have everything they need for your business insurance claim. Call today for restoration/remediation/clean up completed by certified professionals. Here to Help

HVAC and Electrical Fires in Commercial Buildings

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC System Malfunction

Roughly 9% of fires happen when an HVAC system malfunctions. This includes central heating systems, as well as water heaters, space heaters, and other appliances.

Heating systems should be regularly inspected, especially during winter when they are used most heavily. And always ensure flammable materials are kept well away from heat sources. Areas where the main HVAC system is housed, as well as any water heaters or storage rooms, should be outfitted with smoke alarms.

Electrical Malfunction

About 7% of fires are linked to an electrical system malfunction, often due to problems with wiring in the building. These fires are more likely to occur in older buildings with questionable wiring. Make sure your building is regularly inspected.

If your Minneapolis area building has suffered fire damage, you can trust the certified technicians at SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield to restore the fire and smoke damage. We will work with your insurance every step of the way and make the process smooth and quick for your business.

Source: Smoke Guard Online

SERVPRO® of Bloomington / Richfield will Deep Clean your Restaurant

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Obviously, a restaurant's preparation areas should be kept clean. But, besides the everyday cleaning of kitchen equipment and appliances, it is necessary to perform a deep cleaning of kitchens at least once to twice a year.


A restaurant's: atmosphere, attention to detail, and well-kept facilities are important for a customer's good first impression. The appearance of a restaurant's kitchen can bring in clients as well as scare them away.


A messy and unorganized look will affect guests' appetites as well as employee productivity. Daily mopping sustains a clean floor, but will not scrub deeply enough to remove certain bacteria. Sticky floors and unwanted objects can cause personnel or guests to slip. For a truly clean floor, it is important to remove: grease, oil, gum and even mold.

For a deep cleaning of your restaurant, please call SERVPRO® of Bloomington / Richfield today!

Source: Yahoo Finance, Jan 2019

Office Disinfecting for COVID-19

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Office Disinfecting for COVID-19

During these difficult times, please know that SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield is here to help your business. SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield will disinfect your business, office, restaurant, school, commercial building, and more! Was your commercial space contaminated with the virus? We can clean and disinfect for that! Would you like to assure your customers and employees that your commercial space has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected? We can help you with that! Deep cleanings. sanitation, and bio hazard removals have been services SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield has been offering for over a decade. We have the proper equipment and know how to do it safely and effectively. To learn more about Commercial Cleaning from SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield, call today for more information – we are here to help: (952) 854-2000.

Certified SERVPRO Cleaned

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. It is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning. 

SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield has been cleaning, sanitizing, and removing Bio Hazard in both homes and businesses for over a decade. Deep cleaning is not new to us. 

Below are the Three "C's" of SERVPRO Certified Cleaned: 

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

So when you are walking around the Twin Cities area, when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield sticker in the window, you know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

Do you need upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning for your business? SERVPRO cleans upholstery for general cleaning , pet dander, smoke damage, office carpet tile, and more.

The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries.

TheIICRC works with other organizations to increase awareness of certified firms – from companies like Shaw, which requires warranty work be done by an IICRC Certified Firm, to associations, to government officials. Additionally, theIICRC also partners with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to include a suggestion for use of IICRC Certified Firms that specialize in upholstery cleaning in its Furniture Care Codes.

When you see aIICRClogo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org


10/29/2018 (Permalink)


You’ve heard all of the preventative steps, you’ve prepped your employees, and your building is up to code. However, the easiest prevention methods are usually the most overlooked. Inspect these things today and be sure to set reminders accordingly:

  • Smoke Detectors. Safety experts say that you should check these at least once a month and replace the batteries once a year, or as needed.
  • Fire Extinguishers. See the directions on your fire extinguisher to see when it expires and who you can call to replace your extinguishers. Extinguishers can last anywhere from five to fifteen years. Also, depending on your fire marshal’s standards, you may have to have your extinguisher certified.
  • Fire Exits and Exit Signs. Can guests clearly see exit signs? Can they easily get to them? Consider having a fire drill to ensure guests and employees can easily get out of the building in the event of an emergency. Practice regularly.
  • See any State or Local Guidelines. There are some local and state guidelines that businesses have to follow to stay up to code. Take a minute to read up on these laws or talk to your local fire marshal to learn about the guidelines.

Keeping your business, employees, and guests safe is important. Just by taking the time to make sure the basics of fire safety are taken care of, you can protect your investment.

 Source: DKI Service Fire Services

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal. Our Large Loss Division has the expertise to manage the cost and operations of large commercial disaster recovery projects.

Avoiding the Stress of Holiday Water Damage

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

The holiday season is stressful enough, between family drama, choosing the perfect gift, and arranging travel throughout the season. So why would you let a water pipe repair or other water damage add to your stress? Preventing water damage over the holidays is a matter of taking care of a few simple things.

How To Stop Damage Before It Starts

Methods for preventing water damage can range from simple habits to professional system upgrades. These are few things you can do to keep your home free of water hazards:

? Installing a backwater control valve, or inspecting and repairing your existing one, to prevent sewer backups from causing a flooded toilet incident
? Ensuring that paper products such as paper towels and newspaper are properly disposed of and that grease is not poured down drains.
? Running faucets at least once a day to keep pipes from freezing and bursting
? Having pipes and water lines inspected regularly to check for failures
? Securing any water pipe repair you might need in advance of the holidays to avoid broken pipe incidents later in the season.
? Replacing older pipes with newer plastic pipes, which are more resistant to damage.

When It Happens Anyway

No matter how diligent you are, sometimes water damage just happens. If you do encounter a broken pipe, flooded toilet, or other water damage during the holidays, it’s important to take care of it right away, even if you’re busy. The longer you leave the problem to sit, the more likely it is to cause secondary damage, which can become even more costly and time consuming to fix. Contact a repair or restoration company in Bloomington, MN right away and take plenty of pictures for your insurance claim. After the cleanup is complete, be sure to discuss the specifics of the incident with your restoration company so that you know how to prevent future incidents.

Don’t let a broken pipe add even more stress to your holiday season. Take a few simple preventative measures in advance to avoid water pipe repair and other water damage issues, so you can focus on enjoying your holidays.
 Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on commercial water damage.

3 Steps for Dealing With an Overflowing Toilet

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Toilets: everyone uses them, and if you are a building manager or just work in an office, you will probably encounter an overflowing toilet at some point. Overflowing toilets in Normandale Lake District, MN, can be caused by a pipe blockage or sewer damage. A flooded toilet is no fun to deal with, but these three steps can help you take care of the mess.

1. Stop the Flow of Water

If you have a flooded toilet, the first step is to stop the flow of water. There are two easy ways to stop water from continuing to flow into your toilet bowl:

• Use the shutoff valve near the base of the toilet, turning until the water shuts off.
• Open the toilet’s tank and rig the float into a position that stops water from filling the tank.

It is important to stop toilet water overflowing, especially if the water is not clean. Water with any waste or contamination can be hazardous to your health.

2. Clean Up the Overflow

Using protective gear such as rubber gloves, clean up the water that has overflowed. Remember that the water may be hazardous, so take precautions to prevent direct contact with the water. Towels used for cleanup should be thoroughly sanitized with bleach, and the entire area should be disinfected. If the overflow is severe, a water restoration company can ensure thorough cleanup.

3. Stop the Problem

If the toilet overflow is due to a blockage in your pipe, you may be able to clear it with a toilet or sink plunger. If that does not work, or if the toilet overflowed without apparent cause, you may want to contact the sewage company to ensure the overflow is not caused by sewer damage. You can also call a professional plumber to take care of stubborn blockages in your pipes.

If the flooded toilet has caused water to reach the walls, was caused by sewer damage, or included water with waste or contamination, a professional water restoration team can ensure that everyone in the building remains safe and healthy from any hazards caused by the overflow.

Personal Referrals for Restoration

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Personal Referrals for Restoration

Use referrals from friends, neighbors, workmates, contractors, and family members who have experienced an electrical fire before. You can get the best results if you use a fire restoration company that has experienced technicians who have been tested and tried. The best referrals can be from people who have been struck by an electrical fire, soot damage, smoke damage, or fire damage situation in the recent past.

Degree of fire damage, smoke damage, and soot damage

It's important to know the extent of the fire damage or utility room fire before contacting a commercial fire damage restoration company with a fire truck, fire sprinkler system, and a fire hose. This is important because you may need to hire another expert to repair electronics or other appliances that may have been affected by the electrical fire or soot damage before the damage escalates. Soot damage and smoke damage can quickly start discoloring your walls or stain certain expensive electronic appliances in your office.

Equipment and technology

Remember to ask the firefighters about the technology they apply in their fire cleanup processes and whether they have all the necessary equipment such as fire hose, fire truck, and fire sprinkler system for executing the fire suppression project. The company should have sufficient tools and equipment to avoid shortage when a big calamity strikes in several places at once. Endeavor to hire professional firefighters with a good reputation in your neighborhood.

Availability and accessibility

The fire restoration company should be available 24/7 and accessible. Disaster can strike anytime, and thus you need to choose a reliable fire restoration company that can come to your rescue whenever you experience an electrical fire or a utility room fire in your residential or commercial building. Also, make sure that the fire restoration company that you choose offers a wide range of utility room fire remediation and fire suppression solutions. This is critical because you can hire a fire restoration service provider and realize later that they can't handle certain utility room fire restorations due to lack of a fire truck, fire sprinkler system, or fire hose.

Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Choosing a Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Company

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Choosing a Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Company

Fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage can be very devastating and costly to repair for residential and commercial building owners. It's very crucial to proceed with caution after commercial fire damage. You should never try to do any cleaning or repairs without contacting a professional firefighter or a commercial fire damage restoration company. If you try any DIY project, you may any end injuring yourself and the neighbors or making the utility room fire even worse.

In the event of a utility room fire, smoke damage, or commercial fire damage, you should alert your insurance company and take as many photos as you can for evidence. The next step is to contact an experienced commercial fire damage restoration company who can help suppress the fire and initiate fire cleanup and repair process. Here are tips on how to choose the best firefighter and commercial fire restoration company that has experience in fire suppression:


You ought to ensure that you choose a fire remediation company that has firefighters who are licensed to handle fire damage by using equipment such as a fire sprinkler system, fire hose, fire truck, and understands all aspects of fire damage. Check whether the company has any complaints leveled against them on the Better Business Bureau.

Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

If you are experiencing utility room fire or electrical fire, getting fire suppression support is important. Any business owner is aware of the devastation that could result from utility room fire or electrical fire. The majority of them have decided to use modern technology tools such as fire sprinkler system in their business premises.

Importance of fire sprinkler system is that it can detect heat level change in a room, trigger an alarm, and open its valve to spray the water. Fire sprinkler system is a mitigation effort that could contain the small fire, but intensified utility room fire or electrical fire may require a quick external response.

Fire suppression is done by both the fire sprinkler system and the firefighters after detection of utility room fire or electrical fire. The arrival of firefighters with their fire truck is important. They come to back up the fire sprinkler system and are more equipped and skilled to handle all types of fire outbreaks. A fire truck is filled with water and fire redundant chemicals. It is injected through the fire hose at high pressure to make sure that the flame is destabilized.

Firefighters also try their best to reach out the burning areas and could break into doors and windows. The fire truck may also be brought closer to the building thus damaging the landscaping as the fire hose is pulled on the ground. Apart from the fire damage, you will experience floods, smoke damage, and soot damage.

Commercial fire damage is usually extensive because other than the burning, smoke damage and soot damage, pressure from the fire truck and fire hose swirls things in the house. Documents and computers become wet, and tables and chairs are overturned. The charred mess and flooding floor makes the place look like a cave.

After the firefighters have completed their duty, they pack up their fire hose and drive off the fire truck from the scene to wait for another fire distress call from someone else. For you, it is time to grapple with loss, the charred mess, flooded floor, strong odor from smoke damage and ashes and dust from soot damage make an ugly scene. You do not want to see this, it is not something you can feel comfortable to repair on your own, and neither do you have the knowledge and skills on how to start fire restoration.

For quick and detailed fire restoration, using professionals is important because they will ensure that your business is back on its feet within a few days. Commercial fire damage restoration services are within reach, and you could contact them immediately the firefighters are through with fire suppression mission. Professional fire restoration teams are usually organized and equipped. They execute their services is a planned way leaving nothing unturned.

The importance of working with professional fire restoration teams is that they could help you in the documentation of your loss for insurance claims. They also have a specialized approach to handle fire damage,soot damage, water damage, and smoke damage. At the end of their services, you will not believe that a few days your business was a charred mess. The professionalism of the fire damage restoration team is simply amazing and quick. They rectify every damage that the firefighters, with their fire hose and fire truck, caused while fighting the inferno.

Finding the right fire restoration services should not give you sleepless nights, they are within reach and can find them through simple web searches. Remember commercial fire damage restoration should commence immediately after the fire suppression mission is done. This will prevent adding on top of fire damage other complications that could cost you more money and cause more loss.

Soot damage and smoke damage would be cleaned and walls restored. They could also repair all the items that had minimal damage. Since the professionals know, what time means in fire restoration, their response is usually quick to plan and begin their work.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on fire damage.

The Proper Steps Following Water Damage at Home or Work

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

The Proper Steps Following Water Damage at Home or Work

Water damage restoration is not an option when a home or business finds water damage. Whether it’s an inside job from a leak or sewer problem or an outside job caused by flood waters, water damage is not something that can be ignored for even a moment. Every second counts when water damage occurs in a building. The more time water is left sitting, the faster mold occurs and the more damage the water does to the structure. There are specific steps to take when someone finds water in the home or water in the business, and they’re outlined right here.

Call for Emergency Water Restoration Services

There is not a second to waste when water in the home or water in the business is a problem. Call immediately for help. Water restoration companies are open 24-hours per day. Water and flood damage are not things that honor nights or weekends or even holidays, so that’s why these professionals are always in the office to provide immediate restoration and mitigation services to people who find water in the home or water in the business.

Call Insurance About Water in the Home or Water in the Business

Before anyone does anything else, it’s imperative to call for insurance adjusters to come assess the situation. They’ll need to see how much damage was done when flood damage or other water was introduced to a house or office, and they’ll need to figure out how much they owe you to handle this situation.

Wait for Inspection

Before the water cleanup process begins, professional restoration companies inspect the water or flood damage. This step is not a waste of time. It’s imperative they do this to ensure there is nothing else of concern. The water is tested to see if its clean water or contaminated water, they see the property, and they figure out what it will take to fix this issue for a home or business owner.

Water Cleanup and the Drying Process

Once the inspect process is complete, it’s time to begin the water cleanup and drying process. Professional equipment is brought into the home or office affected by water to clean it up. It’s vacuumed up with this equipment, and the water is disposed of properly depending on what kind of water it is and whether it’s contaminated. Once this occurs, the drying process begins. Pros use equipment that can reach places a fan can’t get to so it helps with the process of drying these areas. This ensures nothing is missed, and no moisture is left behind for mold to find and begin its own growth.

The Cleaning Process

The cleaning process is a simple one, but it does require the use of professional equipment. Once it occurs, it’s time for affected items to go through an extensive professional cleaning. Everything furniture to clothing and décor that is wet from flood waters or other damaging water must be cleaned professionally. This is especially true when the moisture damage is from sewage or another form of contaminated water.

The Restoration and Mitigation Process

This is the final process. This one might involve the help of a contractor if drywall must be replaced. It’s the act of putting everything in a home or office back together. It might be as simple as replacing drywall and painting a small area or it might be more complicated. Some damage requires major reconstruction and mitigation. The longer it is wet, the more damage occurs.

It’s a safe idea to call a professional right away to avoid as much damage as possible. The more damage is prevented when flood damage or other water enter a home or office, the less expensive and invasive it is to treat the issues later. Don’t let things sit while figuring out what to do about the problem at hand. It’s wise to handle water cleanup and mitigation right now the right way.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on water damage.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Could Cause More Issues in Richfield Homes

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Need Your Carpets Cleaned? Call us TODAY!

Let SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield clean the carpet in your home!

Although it may seem like a smart alternative, do-it-yourself home carpet cleaners can’t match professional services. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield's certified professionals have access to a variety of cleansing agents, equipment, and other tools that enable deep and effective cleaning. Our certified technicians also have valuable skills and knowledge that helps them determine when the job has been done right. In fact, an untrained person can damage the carpet further if they are not careful, and not to mention that the process can be physically strenuous and stressful on a person.

Home carpet cleaners are just not as powerful as commercial options, and this does not mean that do-it-yourself varieties are always safe to use. An untrained person may not know how to select the right detergent for their carpet fibers, leading to discoloration, or worse. Though it may seem like operating that how water extractor may seem easy enough, untrained people tend to leave too much behind and that can create odors, damage the fibers, and possibly provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold to grow.

Our certified crews have undergone extensive training and education to help improve their skills. We know how to tackle a variety of soils and fabric types, employing safe treatment methods that extract everything down to the base of the pile, and even further. If a family wants to preserve its carpeting for as long as possible and keep it feeling and looking nice, there is no alternative to calling SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield today!.

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield utilizes advanced equipment and technology and we proudly serve our Richfield community and surrounding areas. Give us a call today! (952) 854-2000


2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Our Disaster Recovery Team Trailer

Ready for ANY Size Disaster

With the support from our offices around the country and from our corporate headquarters located in Tennessee, we can handle any size disaster.  With teams in place like our large loss teams to storm teams planted all across the country, there is nothing too small or too large that we can't handle. Put together all the resources that we have to make it "Like it never even happened" you know we're here to help. Don't hesitate to call, we'll be there anytime!

It doesn't matter whether it is water, fire, mold or any type of cleaning in between we can handle any size situation.  Don't hesitate to call us today to take care of all your needs!  We are pleased to serve our Eagan/Apple Valley and Bloomington/Richfield communities and surrounding areas! Call us today!

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield utilizes advanced equipment, technology, and expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service could provide.  We are proud to serve our Eagan, Apple Valley, Bloomington, Richfield and surrounding communities! Give us a call today! (952) 854-2000


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