What Needs Replacing After Water Damage?
Watch for these things that may need replacing!
Water damage can happen unexpectedly. Anything from a dishwasher hose break, a sump pump failing, or a toilet backing up can lead to hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. This cost is what it takes to remove the water, dry out the affected area, remediate any potential mold growth, remove unsalvageable materials, and replace those materials. This is why a full coverage insurance policy is a must-have for homeowners to cover the cost for the work to get your property back to a preloss condition. Here are some items that you might need to replace if you have a water loss in your home:
- Water can seep into the wall and soak up into the insulation behind it. To prevent further damage, we create 3 foot flood cuts on any affected walls. This means removing the bottom 3 feet of wall and removing wet materials.
- Like walls, removing and replacing flooring affected by water damage is necessary, if the floor can't be dried out properly.
- Children's toys
- Pet Toys
While we never think of water damage happening in our home, it is important to be prepared for it. Check your insurance policy, maintain your home, and if you ever have water damage in your home, call SERVPRO as soon as possible to get the water damage cleaned up quick!
Tips for Cooking with Oil
Be careful when cooking with oil!
The number one cause of house fires is from cooking. The heat we use to cook our food can be dangerous when we are careless or leave a hot surface unattended. Cooking with oil is especially dangerous due to the volatility of hot oil. Below is a list of best practices for cooking with oil to make sure you and your home stay safe.
Never Leave a Hot Frying Pan Unattended
A fire can quickly ignite and become uncontrollable within seconds. Leaving the kitchen for even a short time can be disastrous for your home.
Smoking Oil is Dangerous
If you are heating up oil and it begins to smoke, this a warning sign. Immediately turn off the stovetop and wait at least 15 minutes for the surface to cool. If possible, safely move the pan from the burner and set on an unheated burner or other surface.
Keep a Lid Nearby
If a fire does happen, place the lid over the pan to suppress the fire. Do not throw water onto the hot oil as the water will instantly boil and set off a burst of hot oil and water than can spread the fire.
Cooking with oil is a quick way to make all of your favorite foods and recipes. Using caution, you can have a wonderful meal with no worries. Be sure to exercise safety when cooking at all times and hopefully you will never have to worry about cleaning up a fire in your home.
You'll Need to Add These 3 Things to Your Fall Chore To Do List
Don't forget about these fall tips!
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.
Our 3 Steps for Removing Pet Odor from Carpets
Pet odors can be nasty!
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.
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.
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!
Three Tips for Fire Prevention
Remember these tips to keep you safe!
358,500 homes experience a structural fire each year (NFPA). This is a heartbreaking statistic so we wanted to share three quick tips you can use to prevent a fire in your home.
Leave space around heat sources.
No matter how you heat your home, it is important to leave room around the source of heat for each room. Dry materials can combust without directly touching a hot object. Items like clothes, papers, furniture, and pet/baby toys should be kept away from hot air that could heat them to the point of combustion.
Don’t sleep with space heaters on.
Leaving a space heater on at night is a recipe for disaster. Anything from a wiring failure, manufacturer defect, or a pet knocking it over could be the cause of a fire. While we all love to sleep in a warm, cozy room, running a space heater at night is a bad option. Instead, run it a few hours before you go to sleep, to heat up the air
Clean cooking surfaces and range hoods.
Grease builds up quickly in kitchen, especially those that use a lot of oils or butters to cook. Make sure to clean off your stovetop and oven to prevent buildup of grease on these surfaces. Additionally, clean the range hood which is a forgotten surface that builds up grease and dirt quickly.
As we approach colder weather and we start firing up the furnace to heat our homes, remember these tips for protecting your home.
What to Do if You Discover Water Damage in Your Home
Here is what to do if your basement floods, roof leaks, or sewer backs up!
Water damage comes in many forms, when you first discover it you can be in a panic and not know what to do. Here are the first steps you should take if you discover a large water damage incident in your home.
Turn off the water.
It doesn’t matter how quickly you can clean up the existing water if you do not stop more from coming in. Find and close your home’s main water valve. Also turn off any circuit breakers to that area, to prevent an electrical shock.
Call your insurance provider.
Get in touch with your home insurance company and let them know you have had a water damage incident. They will open a claim and will schedule an adjuster to come assess the damage.
After you get the claim number from insurance, contact us so we can immediately send a technician to begin the mitigation process. With water damage, the sooner the excess water is removed and drying, the cheaper and quicker the process will be. Once you give us your insurance information, we can work with that provider to begin work.
Clean out any items that could be affected.
If water is in an area, it will continue to spread out and absorb into materials. Place furniture on wood blocks and remove boxes, clothes, or other items in the immediate area that could be damaged by water. Preventing further damage will save everyone time and money. If the water is contaminated by either sewer or wastewater, anything that it touches will need to be cleaned or replaced.
Discovering a water loss in your home can be scary, just follow these steps and you will be on your way to making it "Like it never even happened."
Why Choose SERVPRO of Minot for Storm Damage Cleanup?
We're Faster to Any Size Disaster
We're dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the cost.
We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a ton of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 2010 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.
SERVPRO of Minot: Faster to Any Size Disaster
Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services
SERVPRO of Minot is dedicated to providing 24-hour emergency service. We have highly trained experts in not only water mitigation and fire restoration, but also mold remediation and emergency storm clean up. We pride ourselves on being faster to any size disaster. Our expertly trained technicians can respond immediately to your small residential or large commercial emergency. We work hard to arrive promptly and work efficiently to properly restore your property!
Your Minot home is our priority! When it comes to disaster clean up we are certified and experienced and "here to help". Give us a call and we'll be ready to clean up your home or business and make it "Like it never even happened".
Dealing with Storm Damage at Your Commercial Property
The windows of this building were broken due to high winds in a storm
Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and can cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost of revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be there fast with the help you need.
SERVPRO of Minot has the training, experience, and equipment to handle any large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean up your property and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
Water Damage Safety Tips After a Storm
Souris River flood of 2011
Heavy rain fall from massive summer storms can easily cause flooding outside and inside your home. After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Here are some safety tips to follow until help arrives:
- Is it safe to stay inside the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to preform.
- Wet materials can be very heavy. Be careful!
What to Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying during the summer months.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT to do After Flooding
- Don't wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use the television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where the ceilings are sagging.
For any water damage caused by a storm, call SERVPRO of Minot to help you clean up the mess and make it feel "Like it never even happened".