Preventing Winter Water Damage
In Minnesota, winter is cold, uncomfortable, and unfortunately brings with it the scary possibility that your home will suffer winter water damage. When temperatures dip below freezing, there are several things that can cause dramatic water damage in your property. See the water damage prevention tips below to see how regular maintenance and inspection can lower your risks for water damage.
Here are the top causes of water damage in the winter:
Extremely low temperatures can wreak havoc on pipes. Many people think that pipes burst because of the freezing and expanding, however, it is more from the increasing water pressure when there is blockage. By ensuring that your pipes have proper insulation, you can reduce the risk of having a burst pipe during the winter months. Any pipes that lead to the outdoors or are outdoors, including anything in a weakly heated area (some basements and garages) should be properly insulated. A trick to make sure that your pipes don't freezing is to leave your faucets with a small drip so that water is constantly flowing in the pipe, making it unable to freeze.
Gutters are made to bring water to a safe place away from your home so that water damage does not occur. Many people, unfortunately, take their utters for granted. If your gutters are clogged with materials like ice or debris, it may lead to a serious issue. When water freezes within your gutters, this water can seep into your home and cause damage when it begins melting. Make sure to keep your gutters clean at all times so that water does not have a chance to build up and freeze, creating a blockage and problems down the line.
Exterior Water Sources
Water sources from the outdoors can become even more dangerous in freezing temperatures even more so than in the summer. Make sure to drain any garden hoses and store them somewhere safe for the winter. Shut off your outdoor water valves so that in the event of a pipe burst, water will not rush back into your home.
Even if you take all of the precautionary measures listed in this blog, you may still experience water damage. If you are unequipped to restore water damage within your home, call our certified technicians at 952-403-1050. SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake will make sure your water damage restoration is done right.
Examining Your Roof after Storm Damage
SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the greater Twin Cities.
When a significant storm blows through your property, it's probably a great idea to inspect your property for any potential storm damage. Storm damage can stem from high winds, flying debris, hail, and heavy rainfall. Your main line of defense for your property is the roof and in these instances, it surely can take a beating. Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to things like dings and holes in your gutters, as well as tears in your window screens. These examples are telltale signs of hail damage.
After inspection, you may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground. However, most leaks don't represent a need for a whole roof replacement. Usually the leak, coming from the roof damage, is coming from something requiring minor repair. Find the source of the leak, stop the leaking, and clean up the water damage that has occurred.
Finding the Source of the Leak
Wind damage, hail damage, and debris that crashes into your roof can create holes that lets rain into your property. By examining the ceilings and corners of the walls from inside, you may be able to identify stains that indicate a leak source and discover areas that need roof repair. There may be a chance that you discover water stains that run down the wall. If found, grab a light source and head over to that area immediately. Try to find the source of the water stain. Some examples include:
- Vent Pipes
- Fans and vents
- Window Dormers
- Unsecured nails and nail holes
Fixing the Water Damage
When you find hints of water damage or a leak in your roof, it's time to complete a roof repair! Begin by looking for materials that have been damaged by water. Check for discolorations, rotting wood, wet drywall, and soggy insulation. When you find potential microbial growths, be careful not to spread it during cleanup. Complete drying of water damage and repairing of roof leaks is critical to preventing mold growth and secondary damages.
For any of your storm damage, mold damage, or roof leak repair needs, contact us at 952-403-1050! We have knowledgeable technicians to clean up water damage and a growing reconstruction division to fix any structural damages.
5 Star Service: Customer Reviews You Can Trust
We have the tools, training and resources to make your fire, water or mold damage "Like it never even happened."
At SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake, we strive to provide all of our customers with the best customer experience possible!
We know that our customers suffering from water damage, fire damage or mold growth are going through a stressful, emotional time so our highly trained, and friendly team is here to support them throughout the whole process, addressing questions, concerns and educating them on the next steps.
Take a peek at what a few of our customers had to say about us:
"Cheri and Albert were on time and extremely professional. Couldn't ask for more from these two. :-)"
Cheri and Albert are on our growing reconstruction division that provides top of the line services from start to finish. When you need help building your property back up after water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, or anything regarding construction services, they are the ones who make it "Like it never even happened."
"All the process was explained timely and clearly. People came and did their jobs on time. Job was done nicely and mold is gone."
We know the importance of getting a job done efficiently, but properly so that you don't have to worry about secondary damages occurring. We make sure that we clean up any damage that has occurred on your property in a crazy fast but responsible way.
"Cory and his team were wonderful and made a tough time so much easier. They managed to salvage a lot of our floors and ceilings. He knew right away the bathroom had extensive damage, and demo’ed it within 3 days. He communicated the issues to us - we understood exactly what was happening. His team was on time, efficient and very hard working. Cory is a great guy to work with - thanks Cory!"
With a restore rather than replace mentality, we save a ton of money when it comes to water damage restoration costs. By getting to the issues immediately, we are able to restore materials rather than replacing them.
More happy customers created! Should disaster strike and you find yourself in need of water damage extraction and water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold mitigation, storm damage response, crime scene or biohazard cleanup, or reconstruction services in Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, and surrounding Twin Cities communities, you can count on SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake.
Minimize Business Interruption
Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.
When fire damage, water damage, or mold damage causes issues at your commercial property, it has a negative effect on everyone. In some instances, buildings will have to close, disrupting customers, employees, and tenants.
We understand urgency.
Even the smallest instance of fire or water must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage. When a small issue becomes a big issue, disruptions magnify. That's why when you call SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake for your commercial needs, we are "Here to help" 24/7 365 days a year.
From our office team to our technicians, our certified professionals understand the urgency in responding to your facility following a disaster. Our lightning fast response times allow us to mitigate damage faster so that further issues don't occur down the road. Whether we are performing mitigation to structure and contents, providing cleanup and restoration services, or utilizing our vast construction services, our SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake team will work diligently to minimize disruptions and get your business up and running again.
We make it "Like it never even happened."
If you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 952-403-1050. We're here to service Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, Scott County and the greater Twin Cities area as a whole.
Environmentally Friendly Chemicals: Saving the Planet
Cleaning is the heart of the restoration work that we do, regardless of what disaster might have damaged your home.
Here at SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake, we are green. We've got green vehicles, green work uniforms, and green restoration equipment from fans to dehumidifiers. It's time we take it a step further! Our team now has access to "green" environmentally friendly chemicals.
Green is the New Clean
At our 19,000 square foot state of the art facility, we now have the option to use Carpet and Upholstery Green Clean within all commercial and residential properties. What makes this product green? Chemical #251 is pH neutral, biodegradable, and contains zero phosphates, solvents, dyes, and fragrances.
In addition to Carpet and Upholster Green Clean, we have access and use All-Surface Green Clean. This cleaning products is also pH neutral, contains not a single dye or fragrance, and is non-toxic and phosphate free. This chemical is volatile organic compound compliant and is rapidly biodegradable.
Our final green product to introduce is Window Green Clean. This glass cleaner is pre-mixed with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking. It is environmentally friendly, volatile organic compound compliant, and has rapid biodegradable capabilities.
For more information about our green products, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website.
As always, we are here 24/7 365 days a year to offer free advice and opinions. Don't hesitate to call us at 952-403-1050 to see how you can benefit from our services.
Be Prepared for a Power Outage
SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake professionals are available 24 hours/7 days a week and will respond quickly to a restoration emergency.
When electrical power goes out unexpectedly, it is considered a power outage. In today's society, it's hard to imagine functioning without any electricity. The tips below will help you be ready if you happen to lose access to power.
A power outage can:
- Cause food spoilage and water contamination
- Force retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other service businesses to close
- Disrupt communication, the ability to cook, use water, and utilize transportation options
How to Protect Yourself During a Power Outage
- Limit the amount of time you open your freezers and refrigerators. By keeping the cold air trapped inside, you food will keep from spoiling.
- Do not use a gas stove to heat your home as this could lead to extensive fire damage.
- If it is safe to travel, go to an alternate location for heat and cooling.
- Fuel may become an issue - only use generators outdoors and away from windows if you absolutely need it.
Prepare for a power outage sooner rather than later. By taking inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity, you will be able to determine what is absolutely necessary in the time of a power outage. Ensure that you have flashlights with extra batteries, a thermometer in your refrigerator to monitor temperature, electrical equipment charged, and gas tanks full.
If you experience storm damage, call SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake at 952-403-1050. No matter what your situation, we are always "Here to help!"
Preparing for a Winter Storm
SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake offers comprehensive storm damage cleanup and restoration services in the Twin Cities.
What does a winter storm look like?
Winter storms create a higher risk for car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Minnesota is notorious for its frigid and snowy winter seasons. A winter winter storm has many faces and can last only a few hours or up to several days. A winter storm can cut off heat, power, and communication services and put older adults, children, and sick individuals at greater risk. Follow along the following tips to help protecting yourself from winter weather.
How do you protect yourself from winter weather?
As the old saying goes, "Proper preparation prevents poor performance."
Be highly aware of weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Be on the look out for emergency information and alerts and sign up for your local community's warning system.
Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Keep your tank closer to full than empty in the winter so that if you experience a breakdown, you're able to keep your car running for longer. Include jumper cables, sand in case you get stuck, an additional layer of clothing, water, and maybe a few snacks.
Make a plan. Use a guide such as this one on Ready.gov to tailor your emergency plan and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities.
Prepare your home to keep out the frigid temperatures with proper insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. To avoid a water damage event like a burst frozen pipe, ensure that your property's insulation will suffice for your location and temperatures.
In the event that you experience water damage for any reason such as a burst pipe, gutter blockage, or outside water sources, call SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake. We have the ability to quickly dispatch our 30 IICRC certified technicians and 15+ service vehicles to anywhere in the greater Twin Cities area. 952-403-1050 today!
Including Your Pets in Your Fire Evacuation Plan
Pictured is a ceiling damaged by a raging fire. All 3 levels were affected after a fire broke out while a family was cooking.
Although not everyone may entirely agree... pets are family too! It is crucial for families to create a fire evacuation plan that they can quickly put into action in the event that there is an emergency. When you ensure that all members of your family understand what to do if a fire breaks out in your home, it decreases the need to take unnecessary risks and is a helpful tool to use in case of panic. Even if you do have to consider fire damage restoration in the aftermath, you will find excellent consolation knowing that you have created a plan to follow. In case of a fire emergency, the tips below will help you include every family member - even the ones with paws, wings, or scales!
Planning with Pets
Prepare an Emergency Food Kit
When a fire sparks in your home, you won't have time to think about how many cans of wet food to grab or be able to count out a sufficient amount of daily cups for your pet. By compiling these items beforehand, you will be able to grab and go, saving you precious time in a dangerous situation. Don't forget to pack water, bowls, doggy bags, potential litter. A spare collar with your animal's information wouldn't be a bad idea either!
Create a Form of Shelter
By putting your pet's emergency kit into a crate or some form of travel shelter, you won't have to think about grabbing multiple bags and forgetting the necessities. Even something as simple as a blanket will help keep your pet comfortable in a stressful situation like a fire.
Fire damage can sometimes make it impossible to return to your property until it is safe, which may take longer than you think. If you are unable to return to your home, you won't be able to access your pet's vital medication. A simple plastic bag will do the trick - just toss it in with your food and other essential materials.
Many people become extremely overwhelmed during and after a fire damage event. We know that coping with the aftermath can be confusing, scary, and just plain difficult. That's why we're always here to help whether you are in downtown Minneapolis, Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, Scott County, or anywhere in the greater Twin Cities area. Our team can assist you in every step of the way.
IREM Minnesota's Men's Career Clothing Drive
Here is Aimee, Director of Client Services, at the beginning of their adventure/
Aimee and Tierney spent most of their day yesterday zipping around the Twin Cities gathering clothing for IREM Minnesota's Men's Career Clothing Drive. These articles of clothing are benefitting Ready for Success and the Sabathani Community Center! IREM is an international force of 20,000 individuals united to advance the profession of real estate management. IREM Minnesota has been an active organization within our communities and we feel very thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of it.
Ready for Success
Ready for Success serves women and men with lower incomes by providing professional clothing and accessories needed to secure employment with confidence. For more information about Ready for Success, follow this link: https://www.ppl-inc.org/readyforsuccess
Sabathani Community Center
The Sabathani Community Center is a grassroots effort that provides a place where residents can gather in a welcoming environment, fellowship, building community, conduct business, and receive programs and services that move people forward. For more information about the Sabathani Community Center, follow this link: https://sabathani.org/
Shakopee Career Expo - On Fire!
Here are Aimee and Tierney with their fully setup table with freebies and informational flyers!
Shakopee High School, through the Academies of Shakopee, hosted the 2021 Career Expo this November! The Career Expo is a free annual event for high school students and community partners alike, serving as an opportunity for students to learn about occupations and businesses, and partners to provide information on their industries and companies. The Expo also serves as an opportunity for employers/partners and students to discuss future internship and career/job openings.
Aimee and Tierney had an awesome time being a part of the Shakopee High School Career Expo. with a focus on fire damage, these two were able to share finer details about the processes of our company with prospective employees. Although most students are currently too young to be hired, it gives them a golden opportunity in the future.
Aimee and Tierney were asked questions ranging from simple processes to detailed methods of fire damage restoration. Some examples include:
- How long does fire damage restoration take?
- Is fire damage cleanup a dangerous process?
- How many people does it take to clean up after fire damage?
- What products do you use to clean soot damage?
- What is the most difficult part about smoke damage cleanup?
We promise you - that list barely scratches the surface!
Overall, the opportunity to engage students and inform them about how our company works was a blast! We're very fortunate to be able to educate anyone at any age about the restoration industry.
Do you have more questions about our company? Give us a call today!