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Minot Restaurants Rely on the Fast Response of SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Loss Emergencies

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most rewarding things about running a Minot restaurant is giving your customers a positive experience every time that they step through your doors. Small disasters can sometimes pose a significant threat to this positive experience, however, and you need to get the mess cleaned up quickly and thoroughly to prevent lasting damages to the building.

Every business owner focuses on cutting out the extra spending, even when it comes to approaching water damage in their Minot eatery. Most believe that these situations can get taken care of without professional intervention, but this is rarely the case. There are effects and lingering damages that can continue to affect your restaurant long after the initial mess has gotten seemingly cleaned up. 

One of the things that you need to consider when it comes to cleaning up a mess like this is the far-reaching effects of water spreading throughout areas of your restaurant. With various flooring materials and drywall, saturation can occur in a brief period which puts a timeline on when the damage must get restored before the material becomes unsalvageable. Our SERVPRO team can say that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster because that is the commitment that we have made to the clients we serve throughout the area. 

Another reason that you should consider our SERVPRO restoration services for the water damage in your facility are adverse secondary effects. Lingering water and moisture can allow mold spores present in the environment to seat and colonize. When running a restaurant, mold damage is one of the situations that could stop your business in its tracks and prove costly to remediate and verify that the health hazard of mold exposure has gotten successfully removed. 

Operating a restaurant has many rewarding aspects, but when you sustain water damages in your facility, you need to act quickly to ensure that the problem does not get worse. Our SERVPRO of Minot water restoration technicians are standing by 24/7 at (701) 852-7378

What is air duct cleaning and why should we have it done?

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning What is air duct cleaning and why should we have it done? What is lurking in your vents?

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on air duct cleaning, call us at SERVPRO today, (701) 852-7378

Ceiling Tile Discoloration: Culprits and Causes

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Ceiling Tile Discoloration: Culprits and Causes Water damage on ceiling tile can indicate a bigger problem.

Imagine it, you’ve found the perfect home for your business, with just one or two pesky discolored ceiling tiles. It’s not a big deal, right? Not quite. Beyond being unsightly, ceiling tile discoloration can have serious causes, from water damage to tile mold. Before you overlook a stain or two, learn some of their top causes in Minot ND.

About Ceiling Tiles

Dropped tile ceilings are a common go-to for many commercial buildings across the country. Reasons include:

  • Affordability
  • Easy removal for access to HVAC and electrical system
  • Clean, simple appearance

Drop tiles can create a pleasant, conservative look but can quickly take on a downright ugly appearance when they become stained. Here are some of the reasons that happens.

Age
Dropped tile ceilings have been popular for decades and in some buildings, have been in place for that long. The older the tiles the more likely they’ve been exposed to cigarette smoke and other pollutants. The result can be a darker color that may be impossible to get rid of.

Water Damage
Brown spots are often the biggest giveaway to a leak somewhere above the tile. They often start small and radiate outward over time. Beyond being an eyesore, these spots often signal bigger problems like tile mold, and should never be ignored.

Lighting
The ultraviolet light so common in offices is not great for ceiling tiles. Over time, tiles exposed to UV rays can take on a sickly hue that isn’t very attractive. 

From water leaks and tile mold to harsh light, there are lots of things that can trigger tile discoloration. When you see tile discoloration, it’s worth the time and money to replace the tile. Because tile mold can spread, if you suspect water damage is the culprit, make sure you consult a mold remediation company like SERVPRO. It could save you expense and headaches in the long run.

After The Storm

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

A few things to keep in mind following storm damage:


Unfortunately, an increase in the number of storm-related claims may lead to an increase in the number of unscrupulous roofers and contractors who are willing to take advantage of homeowners. It is very important for you to be cautious when dealing with contractors who offer to repair your home.

Some tips:


• Only do business with licensed contractors with good references.


• Always request a written, detailed estimate.


• Never pay for work up front, nor make any payments in cash.


• Never sign a contract with spaces left blank.


• What is their business address? If the company has a PO Box or doesn't have a local address, they probably aren't a local company.


• Ask about some references for work they have done in this area. Local companies should have plenty of projects you can see in the area.


• If in doubt about anything you are being asked to sign by a contractor, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t feel pressured into signing anything. Take time to do your research, and if you are unsure about anything in the agreement, WAIT until you’ve had an opportunity to look it over more carefully and discuss it with your insurance agent or adjuster.

The Effects of a Sump Pump Failure on a Finished Basement

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Sump pumps have an average lifespan of 3 to 5 years, which means if you own a home with a sump pump you can anticipate it failing at some point. Sump pumps are used to prevent water from outside seeping into your house, which is particularly common during heavy rainfalls. It is important to ensure you sump pump is operating correctly. To test your sump pump fill a five-gallon bucket with water and pour it slowly around the sump pump. The pump should kick on once the water level reaches a predetermined level below the basement floor. If the pump doesn’t turn on, it may be either clogged or damaged.


When sump pumps fail, water comes into your home that can be significantly contaminated. SERVPRO of Minot’s' technicians are trained to evaluate your home's building materials to determine which materials can be saved, and which must be removed.


Building materials that are not salvageable that are not removed can support microbial growth. Salvageable building materials that are exposed to the water for too long can also be destroyed.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Minot for your water emergency. With our trained professionals and specialized equipment, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Bleach Does Not Kill Mold

5/12/2019 (Permalink)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not recommend using bleach to kill or remove mold. The idea that bleach can kill mold is a myth!


The chemical structure of bleach makes it unable to penetrate porous surfaces like drywall or wood, which means that mold membranes will simply retreat deeper into whatever surface they're on to avoid the chemical. Once first exposed to bleach, the mold recognizes it as a threat and can actually use it as a fungal food to grow more rapidly.

That's right – using bleach to kill mold can actually feed the problem, and depending on the amount of bleach and concentration may actually damage materials and structures.


Mold can grow anywhere inside of your home where moisture is present and there is a food source. Mold flourishes in moist environments, so from a small leak in a wall or improper attic ventilation can lead to mold growth. If you notice any signs of excess moisture such as water spots, floors buckling or bubbling, make sure to have a professional come out to inspect it.

If your basement has either flooded or has ongoing excess moisture, make sure to have that evaluated as well. These preventative measures can help save you money, prior to mold growth occurring.

If mold is discovered, do not try to clean it yourself. Sprays and chemicals can often worsen the issue. Remember, there is no one solution to kill mold. The cause must be treated, then the mold is to be professionally mitigated so all mold can be removed.

Water Damage Restoration Certification

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Certification Zach (Tech), Greg (General Manager), Larry (Build Back Superintendent), Alex (Tech), Mike (Tech), Sarah (Sales & Marketing), Dylan (Tech)

Did you know an 800 square foot basement with 12 inches of water contains approximately 6000 gallons?

SERVPRO of Minot’s staff recently completed the Water Damage Restoration Certification with the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Remediation).

The Water Damage Restoration Technician course is designed to teach our restoration personnel who perform remediation work a better concept of water damage, it’s effects on all materials, and techniques for the drying of structures. This course has given our residential and commercial maintenance personnel the background to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold. 

Our emergency services personnel can inspect materials for restorability, cleanability and start the appropriate extraction and drying procedures as soon as possible to minimize disruptions in your home or business.  We also work directly with your insurance!

SERVPRO of Minot’s staff is currently certified in Applied Microbial Remediation, Fire and Soot Remediation and Water Damage Restoration.

SERVPRO Mission Statement

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Mission Statement SERVPRO of Minot Mission Statement

To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect.

With every water, fire, or flood comes a flood of emotions. There is a certain amount of uncertainty, and a loss of control. It can be your home, business or your belongings that have  become damaged you don't just want things to be clean. You want your life back, as well. You look to us, SERVPRO of Minot, to handle the situation.

And that is where SERVPRO of Minot comes in. We are a franchise system with over 40years of leadership in the cleanup and restoration industry. 

Our team takes to the streets, every hour of every day. Proving that wherever there's a house full of water, or an office filled with smoke, there is also a van full of clean. SERVPRO of Minot can make it "Like it never even happened." 

Pesticide Certification

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that businesses that apply EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) disinfectants are required to have a pesticide certification  in the state of North Dakota? SERVPRO of Minot's Commercial Number is 10066709.This certification must be renewed every three years to remain active. SERVPRO of Minot follows guidelines set by the state for use and record keeping of the products we use, store and transport. When we use products that are registered we record the time, quantity and how it was applied to your home or business. We also send to the homeowner or business a letter stating these services. All documentation is kept for three years. All of us at SERVPRO of Minot feel these practices are a valuable aspect to our company. Following these guidelines is important for our ecosystem. These guidelines help us to remain conscience of our environment and help in its preservation. 

Employee Spotlight

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Community Employee Spotlight Andrew Amsden

The employee spotlight is on Andrew Amsden . Andrew’s mom worked with SERVPRO during the 2011 flood and recommended Andrew apply with the SERVPRO team. Andrew started with SERVPRO of Minot at the end of 2016 as a Production Technician and has worked his way up to the Crew Chief designation. In this process he admits he has learned how difficult it can be to be a manager, and wants new employees who are hired on to be ready to work. He thinks the most challenging part of SERVPRO is helping customers during one of the most stressful times in their lives.  Andrew enjoys the family environment that is SERVPRO, and his most memorable job was a flooded basement in Berthold where the team came together and made a difficult job fun! If he could change jobs with anyone it would be Chris Samo, Operations Manager, but only for the money. The job would definitely be too stressful and he wouldn’t want it.

            Andrew is from Des lacs, ND. His family includes his mom, dad, two sisters and a brother. Andrew has a small kitten, listens to all kinds of music, and would like to visit Alaska. His favorite trip was to Farmington Hills in Detroit. When I asked Andrew what advice he would give to his younger self he said: Focus on school it actually matters!