Recent Water Damage Posts

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.”

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.

Sewage backup

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewage backup Sewer back up flowed into haulway.

To whom it may concern,

                I am the maintenance man for McKenzie county and am responsible for repairs to our Hillside Court apartment complex.  Hillside court is a facility for the disabled and seniors 62 and over with a meals on wheels program on site.  I want to inform you that your employees have performed in a very professional and courteous manner.  This goes to show what quality of demeanor and character your company seeks to employ.

Yesterday 10/4/16 around 4:30 we had a large sewage backup at our McKenzie County Courthouse building while a commissioners meeting and public hearing were taking place.  At this time your company had a single staff member in town working at Hillside Court.  I am unable to express how impressed I am with your employee’s ability to remobilize and begin extracting sewage in less than 10 minutes of asking for help!  If this is not a SERVPRO record than it is in the running for second place.  

If I knew the address in which to have mailed this letter to I would have used pen, paper, envelop, and stamp to express my thanks.  Too often in the service industry  do we only here the bad things rare is it when you hear about a job well done.  Your staff on site is putting long hours doing knuckle busting demo work.  It is my wishes that you will be able to express thanks and gratitude to your staff on behave of the tax payers of McKenzie County for going above and beyond our expectations.

Thank you for your time on this matter.

Jon Manning

McKenzie County Maintenance

Sewage backup

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewage backup Sewer back up flowed into hallway.

To whom it may concern,

                I am the maintenance man for McKenzie county and am responsible for repairs to our Hillside Court apartment complex.  Hillside court is a facility for the disabled and seniors 62 and over with a meals on wheels program on site.  I want to inform you that your employees have performed in a very professional and courteous manner.  This goes to show what quality of demeanor and character your company seeks to employ.

Yesterday 10/4/16 around 4:30 we had a large sewage backup at our McKenzie County Courthouse building while a commissioners meeting and public hearing were taking place.  At this time your company had a single staff member in town working at Hillside Court.  I am unable to express how impressed I am with your employee’s ability to remobilize and begin extracting sewage in less than 10 minutes of asking for help!  If this is not a SERVPRO record than it is in the running for second place.  

If I knew the address in which to have mailed this letter to I would have used pen, paper, envelop, and stamp to express my thanks.  Too often in the service industry  do we only here the bad things rare is it when you hear about a job well done.  Your staff on site is putting long hours doing knuckle busting demo work.  It is my wishes that you will be able to express thanks and gratitude to your staff on behave of the tax payers of McKenzie County for going above and beyond our expectations.

Thank you for your time on this matter.

Jon Manning

McKenzie County Maintenance

Flooded Basement in Minot June 2015 /After

7/30/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement in Minot June 2015 /After Flooded Basement in Minot June 2015/After

Here is the after picture of the June 2015 flooded basment that our Crew responded to.

Flooded Basement in Minot June/2015 Before

7/30/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded Basement in Minot June/2015 Before This picture shows a flooded basement in Minot ND after the water had receded. SERVPRO of Minot was called to clean up the aftermath!

Flooded Basement June 2015 in Minot ND

Commercial Water Loss

3/16/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Commercial Water Loss Equipment placed on site!

An early morning call on March 9, 2015 had SERVPRO of Minot responding to a commercial water loss with 6,000 square feet affected. Over 110 pieces of equipment was placed and we had them back up and running within a week.