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Our Three Steps for Removing Pet Odor from Carpets

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, property manager, or new tenant one of the worst things you can find on your property is the smell of pets. Pet urine, and especially cat urine, is one of the most notorious smells for its terrible stench along with the difficulty in removal. Here are the steps we take when trying to remove those unpleasant odors from your home.

Deep carpet cleaning with deodorizer

If pet odor is in the carpet, the first thing that should be done is clean the carpets. Adding a deodorizer agent will help to break down the molecules that cause the smell. Using our powerful truck-mounted steam cleaners, we are able to remove dirt, hair, and stains to help eliminate the smell from the carpet.

Ozone machines

Using an ozone machine, also known as an ionizer or ionizing machine, we are able to release ozone molecules into the air, which break down contaminants in the air such as odors. This process breaks down the actual molecules causing odor rather than trying to cover it up or remove the odor.

Carpet Replacement

If the above steps are done and the pet odor is still in the air, we may look at carpet replacement at that point. We have an in-house team of remodel and reconstruction experts who can replace a small section or an entire room of carpet. Using lab analysis, we can match a carpet sample to the exact manufacturer, and have it replaced to get the exact look you need and enjoy.

Although nobody ever wants to find pet odors in their home, we are Minot’s local experts at odor removal and will help you to get your property smelling fresh as new!

You’ll Need to Add these Three Things to your Fall Chore To Do List

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

None of us North Dakotans want to think about the end of our warm weather and the bitter cold winter that is approaching. However, as we get into September and further into autumn weather, there are some things you will need to have on your to-do list this fall to prepare your home for winter.

Cleaning Gutters and downspouts

This is a chore that should be done after the leaves around your home have already fallen. Clean gutters allow your home to drain rainwater properly during the winter. Proper drainage also helps prevent ice dams from forming on your roof, leading to leaks and water damage in your home.

Clean fireplace and replace furnace filter

These two moves will drastically improve the air quality in your home as well as reduce the risk of fire once the temperatures begin dropping outside and you need to keep your home warm on the inside.

Drain and put away outside hoses.

During the summer we use hoses on everything from watering plants to filling up a swimming pool, yet once the cold weather comes in, it is easy to forget and leave them outside. This is a quick and easy step that can prevent water in the hose and pipe from freezing and causing damage in your home.

Although we hope to have a wonderful autumn this year, be sure to remember to get your chores done before the snow starts to come down.

Three Natural Cleaning Ingredients to use in your Home.

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Today there are a wide variety of cleaning products available in our stores. Products designed to clean specific items and areas of our homes. Rather than have your cupboards overflowing with different spray bottles, here are three simple, natural ingredients you can use to clean up your home.

Baking Soda

One of the most versatile products for cleaning, baking soda can be used on almost anything to get rid of odors and clean up stains. Sprinkle some at the bottom of the garbage can to get rid of the odors. Use half a cup of baking soda in two quarts of water to scrub down appliances, inside your fridge, and other surfaces like tiles, toilets, and showers. You can also use a heavy amount of baking soda on your carpets, leave for a few hours and vacuum up late for a refreshed new smell and feel to your carpets.

Lemons

Lemons are great for cleaning, they are a natural smell and air freshener, which is why a lot of cleaning products have some sort of “lemon” scent to them. To perfume the air indoors naturally, cut a lemon in half and set the cut halves in an inconspicuous place, such as behind plants or table ornaments, just remember to throw them away after a few days. Lemon juice is also a great addition to a water solution used to wipe down tables and counter tops.

Coffee Grounds

Although most people enjoy their cup of coffee. Many do not think of coffee ground as a natural cleaning solution. You can use coffee grounds to clean up vomit from your pet or toddler, sprinkle liberally and allow the grounds to soak up the mess, then just sweep or vacuum up the rest. As an air freshener, you can place new or used coffee grounds in a bowl or container and place in cupboards, car trunks, or the refrigerator for a fresh smell.

Although it is easy and relatively cheap to buy cleaning products today, here are some natural solutions you can use to bring a new fragrance into your home.

Warning Signs of Mold in Your Home

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

As summer weather continues to heat up our area, you may begin to notice signs of mold in your home. Read below to get a step ahead of these signs and stop mold growth before it becomes a major, and costly problem.

Smell

If you notice a musty odor, especially one coming from a basement or crawlspace, this is a very good indicator of mold. Even if you can’t see any discoloration, the smell could be coming from behind the flooring or walls where you can see it. By the time you can smell it, steps should be taken to inspect for mold and then clean or remove and affected materials.

Leaks or Past Water Damage

If you have experienced recent or past water damage, or if you notice there is a current leak in your home, mold growth may have taken place. Mold grows in dark; moist environments and a leak can provide enough moisture for mold growth. Additionally, past floods can contribute to mold growth. To prevent water damage from turning into mold, act quickly to dry up any leaks or spills and if it is major damage, contact a professional remediation company, such as SERVPRO, to clean it up fast.

Which Appliances are Most Likely to Leak.

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Although any appliance that uses water is susceptible to a leak, here are the ones you need to be most aware of, to prevent a wet disaster in your home.

Hot Water Heater

Most water heaters will last 10 – 15 years, but leaks can happen at any time. The seals going into the water heater can break down quickly because of the constant pressure from heating and cooling. With hot water heaters also being tucked away into closets, leaks can go unnoticed until they become a major problem.

Dishwasher

A dishwasher’s water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fail, so checking for leaks under the dishwasher as part of your annual home maintenance is wise. If you notice dishes not being clean, strange noises, or your dishwasher just not working right, inspect for a leak.

Washing Machine

Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they are notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen. In addition to these regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration.

Air Conditioner

The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.

While not as likely to create as big of a mess, window air conditioners can also create leaks from condensation buildup, pump failures, and a number of parts issues. Most of the time these leaks can be cleaned up with towels and the unit repaired, but improper use over a period of time can create a leak and cause a mold problem as well.

Different ways a Summer Storm can Damage your Home.

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

As we head into the summer months, North Dakota storms may be on their way, that can cause damage to your home. While we have experienced a dry spring, you never know when a sudden storm could form in our area. Below are some different ways a storm can cause property damage.

Roof Damage

High winds and water are the perfect combination to damage your roof. Whether it is tearing off shingles or opening a crack that creates a leak, your roof is the first and foremost concern after a violent storm. Additionally, trees and branches could be brought down during the storm, causing obviously devastating damage.

Siding

Similar to your roof, wind and rain can tear siding off your home or create leaks. After a storm, walk around the perimeter of your home and make sure nothing has come loose or been torn off.

Foundation Damage

While you may not think about your foundation being damaged in a storm, a storm with a large volume of rain can cause flooding into your basement. Rain can sink down and pool up next to your foundation, increasing the pressure of water against your foundation wall, which could result in cracks, shifting, sinking, and bowed foundation walls.

These are just a few ways that storms can damage your home, if you ever have damage that you want professionally inspected, give us a call and we will see what we can do to help you get your home back to normal.

What causes a sewer back up?

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most common homeowner insurance claims is because of sewer backups. This ends up being a nasty, messy catastrophe in your home, but what is the cause of it? There are a multitude of reasons why you could experience a sewage back up, but here are a couple of the most common.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are one of the most common reasons for a sewer backup. Improper use of toilets and sinks can cause a main sewer line to become clogged. Flushing cleaning wipes, diapers, napkins, and many other hygiene items can cause a sewer line to become clogged over time. Sewer lines are filled with a volatile combination of hair, soap, and dirty water, adding things such as grease or excess kitchen waste can clog the drain and lead to a sewer backup.

Tree Roots

Sewer lines often run under front lawns and nearby tree roots can grow into and around the pipes. Trees have expansive root systems and even if the pipe itself is not near a tree, the roots can spread out and around the pipe.

Once a tree root has grown into a sewer line, the line will need to be replaced and often times the tree roots removed or trimmed down. This will be a big project involving digging into the ground and replacing the existing sewer lines.

How to inspect your roof for damage after a thunderstorm

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

After a booming North Dakota thunderstorm, you might be concerned about damage to your home and especially your roof. After a storm, here are some tips for inspecting your roof for water damage so you can get it fixed before the next storm.

Look for leaks

The most clear and obvious way to know if you have roof damage is if there is water leaking into your home. Look along the seams where the wall meets the ceiling, corners of rooms and in the attic for any kind of moisture or dampness. If you find any, you will know where to make repairs and can help to mitigate against further damage.

Look on the roof

If you find no damage on the interior of your home, try getting up on the roof and looking for any breaks in shingles, projectile damage, or other cracks that may have opened in your roof. Carefully go over each section to find any kind of wind or water damage. Make sure any seals around grates, vents, or windows are intact and have not weathered.

The Garden Hose Test

The most thorough test you can do for your roof to ensure there are no leaks is to test it out by simulating heavy rain conditions. With someone inside watching for leaks, pour water from the garden hose over sections of your roof to look for leaks. You can also do this to make sure your gutters are properly draining. This test will give you a firsthand look at how water is draining off your roof and let you know of any repairs that need to be made.

If you do find any damage to your home or roof, immediately contact your home insurance provider and make sure to document any damage with pictures so that you can get a claim submitted for repair costs.

How SERVPRO Gave Back to Minot Firefighters

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

This past year, Minot’s local firefights stepped up to the challenge. From battling the COVID-19 pandemic to responding to a series of wildfires that occurred early in a dry spring, on top of dealing with all the normal emergencies we expect of our first responders. To wanted to give them a show of our appreciation, and we were able to do just that, with the help of Big Time Bistro.

We donated dozens of gourmet sandwiches from Big Time Bistro to all stations and all shifts of fire fighters in the Minot Fire Department. The firefighters were ecstatic to receive food from this local Minot brand which had just recently returned to the community after a hiatus for a few years.

Our first responders are essential to keeping our community safe and saving lives, properties and homes that would otherwise be lost. We cannot thank all of our first responders enough, and hope by providing them lunch for a day we were able to show a small sliver of the thankfulness we have for them.

How Sprinkler Systems work to put out fires in commercial buildings.

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

A staple of modern fire prevention, sprinkler systems are a modern marvel when it comes to protecting buildings, their assets, and the people who live and work inside of them. Sprinkler systems are highly sophisticated and have saved countless lives and properties since their implementation in the early 1800s. Below are the three main steps that set off a sprinkler system.

1. A sprinkler head turns on when it detects high temperatures. Fire sprinklers turn on when high heat triggers the system rather than being activated by smoke. Hot air rises during a fire and spreads across the ceiling until it reaches a sprinkler head and activates the fire suppression system. Many sprinkler head designs feature a glass bulb filled with a glycerin-based liquid that expands when it comes into contact with air between 135 and 165-degrees Fahrenheit. The liquid shatters the glass container when the surrounding air reaches temperatures in this range, activating the sprinkler head.

2. Sprinkler heads dispense pressurized water from the pipe system. Each fire sprinkler head is attached to a pipe that brings in water. When a sprinkler head becomes activated, a valve connected to the head opens and sends water out through the sprinkler head to douse the fire. Water pressure is important, as it causes water to spray out over a larger area.

3. Sprinkler heads function individually to limit water damage. Each sprinkler head in a sprinkler system functions separately. Many small fires can be extinguished with only one or two activated sprinkler heads. Sprinklers pose less of a water damage risk to a property than a fire hose. Some restoration specialists estimate that the average sprinkler system dispenses six times less water than a hose.