Recent Storm Damage Posts

Shutt-ing down Storms

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster.

Most Common Types of Shutters

Protect Your Windows from Powerful, High Winds

When there's a storm on the radar, it's important to protect your home's windows from being damaged by strong winds and debris that is picked up. There are many ways to safeguard your windows, see the information below for some options.

Temporary Options:

Plywood: To be effective, the plywood must be thick enough and installed correctly. Here at SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake we're a licensed contractor with the state of Minnesota and can help with your board up needs. This would be the most inexpensive method of protection.

Fabric Screen: Created from storm-rated material, these sheets attach to the outside of your windows using clips or grommets. Although a little bit more pricey, these sheets are often lighter and easier to install than plywood.

Storm Panels: Made from aluminum, steel, polycarbonate, these panels bolt over the outside of your windows and are still typically lighter and easier than plywood.

Permanent Options:

Permanent options are more costly than temporary methods, but once they are installed they are much quicker to put into action if you're crunched in time.

Bahama: Similar to awnings, these shutters are permanently attached to the top of a window. They can be quickly bolted closed when high winds are predicted and are slightly decorative when not in-use.

Accordion: These window coverings are hinged and are typically made of aluminum, steel, or polycarbonate like storm panels. They fold up into a box that are forever attached to one side of a window. 

Colonial: Similarly to the Accordion option, these are latched across the window, but are latched on both sides of the window.

Roll-down: With tracks along both sides of the window, the roll-down option is also very similar to the Bahama. 

When you consider the possibility of extensive storm damage restoration, protecting your home's windows from high winds doesn't seem like the worst option. However, if you do happen to decide not to invest, be sure to call SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake today: 952-403-1050. 

Tree branch down? Branch out to SERVPRO!

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage from tree falling on home Our team has been repairing damage to homes and businesses from storms and flooding for three decades.

Heavy rains and strong winds can accompany just about any thunderstorm, which can cause a ton of storm damage! Our expert technicians at SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at your service!

When winds pick up debris and throws the debris around, there is a chance that it could damage your home. I think we've all had the small fear of a large branch going through your roof or a window!

SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake can handle your storm disaster needs!

Whether a large branch crashes through the roof or flies through a window, we're available to help you at any time. The first step is to ensure your safety! 

SERVPRO is capable of storing your belongings in case the water damage becomes too severe. Along with drying anything that becomes water damaged, you as a homeowner are capable of using our cleaning services. From upholstery to drapes to carpets and walls, SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake will make it "Like is never even happened."

Post-Storm Solutions

After we clean up the mess from potential flying debris, we are a certified contractor within Minnesota and can help with any of your rebuilding needs. 

Storm damage can happen fast, but we're faster.

If you need any assistance, feel free to give SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake a call at 952-403-1050.

Protecting Your Pets During a Storm

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

dog sitting under an umbrella Torrential rains and thunderstorms can flood basements and, seemingly every year cause the Minnesota River to flood.

Precautions are necessary when a thunderstorm or flash flooding is upon us. Thankfully, as humans, we know the importance of having a plan of actions. However, our furry friends are not so capable. For some, your pets are your family and just like a family heirloom they hold importance. Preparing for a storm can be overwhelming and can be even more chaotic if you have a frantic animal around.

Protect Your Furry Little Friends

  • Keep your pets inside. If left outdoors, they could be hurt by damaging winds or run away due to fear.
  • Ensure you have proper supplies for your pet. Water, non-perishable pet food, their medications, leashes and ID tags, and a first aid kit.
  • Microchip your pets. If your animal runs away, a microchip makes you reachable if they were to be found by an animal shelter or vet.
  • Pet ID: Make sure that your pet has tags that are up to date and accurate. Always include a phone number as well as your name.

Keeping your best friends safe is always a priority. Make sure you are prepared to care for those who look to you for safety everyday.

Many of these tips are easily added to a precautionary plan that you might already have created. A few more simple steps can go a long way when disaster strikes. For all of your storm damage questions and concerns, please call 952-403-1050. We'd love to settle any anxieties you may have. 

Preparing for a Blackout

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

lightning strike causing storm damage We are proud to be an active member of the Shakopee community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Storms are extremely unpredictable. The conditions created by thunderstorms or tornadoes, such as damaging winds, can result in loss of power for your property. It is important to prepare for the possibility of a power outage before it occurs to ensure safety for both you and your property.

Preparation Strategies for a Power Outage

Take inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity. Ensure that these items are connected to a source of power, such as a generator, to guarantee that they will be in working condition if the power were to go out.

Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. If bad weather is on the way, you can already be a step or two ahead of the game and enact these practices sooner rather than later.

Review the supplies that you have handy in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries and ensure you have nonperishable food and water.

Be sure to read and follow all manufacturer directions if using a generator for electricity. It is imperative that your generator is properly set up. If the power goes out and the generator fails, you're in for more issues.

Install carbon monoxide and smoke detector with battery backup in central locations on all levels of the property.

As with tornado and flood preparation, power outage preparation is essential to take care of your property. If recent storms have caused damage to your home or business, the experts at SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake are Here to Help. Call us at 952-403-1050 - We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

Preparing for a Blackout

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

lightning strike causing storm damage We are proud to be an active member of the Shakopee community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Storms are extremely unpredictable. The conditions created by thunderstorms or tornadoes, such as damaging winds, can result in loss of power for your property. It is important to prepare for the possibility of a power outage before it occurs to ensure safety for both you and your property.

Preparation Strategies for a Power Outage

Take inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity. Ensure that these items are connected to a source of power, such as a generator, to guarantee that they will be in working condition if the power were to go out.

Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. If bad weather is on the way, you can already be a step or two ahead of the game and enact these practices sooner rather than later.

Review the supplies that you have handy in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries and ensure you have nonperishable food and water.

Be sure to read and follow all manufacturer directions if using a generator for electricity. It is imperative that your generator is properly set up. If the power goes out and the generator fails, you're in for more issues.

Install carbon monoxide and smoke detector with battery backup in central locations on all levels of the property.

As with tornado and flood preparation, power outage preparation is essential to take care of your property. If recent storms have caused damage to your home or business, the experts at SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake are Here to Help. Call us at 952-403-1050 - We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

Storm Damage Cleanup in Shakopee, Savage, and Prior Lake

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Potential You May Not Have Considered 

Massive storms are a danger all over the Midwest, and when they tear through places like Shakopee, Prior Lake, and Savage, they can leave sheer devastation behind. Most people worry about flood and water damage from storms, but there are other kinds of damage that you may not realize are common. Check out some types of storm damage you may not have considered and learn how a Prior Lake and Shakopee storm damage cleanup and restoration service can help. 

Flood and Water Damage

Flood and water damage are the obvious concern after a severe storm. Storms bring driving rain and can cause water levels to rise as well as pipes to burst. The right storm damage and cleanup service can come in, remove standing water and dry out your space with industrial-strength pumps and air movers so that your place is dry as a bone once more. 

Mold Damage

Moisture can cause terrible damage to your structure, but along with moisture comes mold. Mold remediation requires specialized, expert touches to take care of the visible patches and control the clouds of spores on which it travels. 

Fire Damage

Few people consider the harm that can be caused when a lightning strike or broken wire from powerful wind results in a fire. When this happens, you need a service that can clean up the soot, smoke and structural damage and rebuild your home or business back to the way it was. 

Call SERVPRO

When you've suffered water, mold, fire or wind damage in the Prior Lake, Shakopee or Savage area, call SERVPRO at 952-403-1050. We're the locally owned and operated company with expert service to get you on your feet again. 

Heavy rains and Flooded Basements

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

Heavy rain can potentially cause flooding in your basement when you least expect it. One of the worst incidents a residential property owner can experience is water damage. SERVPRO is dedicated to helping families to quickly address these emergencies. Our team is certified and trained to deal with all kinds of water damage removal, and they will work with you quickly after your initial call. We also advise you on how to minimize the flood damage until our crew arrives.

How to Reduce the Damage:

  • If possible, stop water at its source.
  • Do NOT walk on wet carpeting.
  • If the area is safe to approach, remove any small electrical devices from area(s) with excess water and turn off the electricity in your home.
  • To avoid the risk of electric shock, do NOT use a home or shop vacuum in attempts to remove water.
  • Remove any high-value, breakable, and/or moisture-sensitive items.
  • Remember to constantly wash your hands after handling any items.
  • Plan for the restoration crew to move furniture to safe, dry areas.
  • Do not be tempted to turn on heating, fans or air conditioning units as they could potentially spread contamination if the situation is related to sewage.

Our Process:

  • We will immediately bring extraction equipment into your home to remove any freestanding water.
  • We use professional grade dehumidifying and drying equipment to treat the effective area(s) in order to bring the humidity levels in your home back to normal. Additional tools are used to find pockets of water that could be hidden.
  • Proper drying and extraction techniques will help minimize secondary damage, such as potential microbial growth.
  • Saturated, damaged carpeting and padding will need to be removed and replaced.
  • Our professionals will monitor the drying process and reposition the drying equipment as needed.

Once your belongings and home are dry, we will put everything back as it was. If necessary, we are able to work directly with your insurance company to help process the insurance claim. Flood damage can cause severe damage in your home, but SERVPRO of Scott County and Chaska can help avoid additional damage when you call us right away at (952) 403-1050. We will act quickly to begin the process of flood damage remediation.