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Commercial Services

3/4/2024 (Permalink)

When seeking a company that can handle your commercial cleaning needs, SERVPRO® is a trusted brand by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide that commercial businesses can depend on in the event of a fire, water, or mold damage occurring. With a 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Minneapolis SE provides professional mitigation, cleanup, and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your business and customers. SERVPRO of Minneapolis SE also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and carpet cleaning, indoor air quality, and vandalism cleanup. Our professionals possess specialized training and certifications to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting of building materials, surfaces, and contents by following restoration industry standards while using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to get your business back to work.

SERVPRO of Minneapolis SE provides the following Specialty Cleaning Services:
• Air Ducts and HVAC Systems
• Biohazard and Sewage
• Trauma and Crime Scene
• Carpet and Upholstery
• Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
• Odor Removal and Deodorization
• Vandalism
Have Questions? Call us Today – (612) 655-0115

Mold and Your HVAC System

3/4/2024 (Permalink)

If you smell a foul odor in the air ducts of your office, mold could be the culprit. Not only can this fungus develop where there is water, but it can also collect dust. It is common for the dust to gather in the HVAC ducts. The challenge is, that you will not be able to see the mold inside the ductwork, so you'll have to pay attention to smells and whether the system isn't working efficiently.

1: Sight and Smell

While visible growth may seem like an obvious sign you have mold, sometimes small amounts of mold growth can go unnoticed as people assume it is dirt or soot. When mold is hidden away in your home, you may first notice a moldy scent

2: Common Places to Find Mold:

  • Basements, attics, and garages
  • Underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • In the shower or bathtub
  • Behind the fridge
  • Around air condition units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak         

3: Don’t Forget the Air Ducts  

Your air ducts are an extremely important place to check for mold. Your air ducts act as the lungs of your home recirculating air on average 5 to 7 times per day. If mold is growing in your ducts, it can easily be spread throughout your home.

 Clean it Up

HVAC cleaning is the most effective way to eliminate mold from your heating and cooling system. Your best move is to hire an experienced mold remediation company to tackle this job. The professionals have the knowledge, training, and tools to remove dust from the ducts and thus get rid of accompanying mold. You should focus on cleaning vents in your building at least once a year, especially if you have had mold in the past.
Don't put off HVAC cleaning in your office. Mold loves to hide in these areas, so call a specialist today.

Preparing Your Home For a Flood

3/4/2024 (Permalink)

Have you ever stopped to think about what you would do if you knew your home was going to be in a flood? Or what you can do to help minimize damage? Stopping flood waters may not be an option, but there are steps you can take to help limit the amount of damage. Making sure you have flood insurance is a start, but you can do things within your home to minimize the amount of damage. Like:

  • Getting electrical cords up off the ground higher than the expected water intrusion can help with avoiding fire and make the structure safer during the recovery process.
  • Putting appliances and utilities up on blocks could help save them. Shutting power off to the structure is also another option if you aren’t sure what the expected level of water is going to be.
  • Shutting off power, however, will also shut down any sump pumps you may have running. • Shutting off gas supply to the house is another way to avoid further issues such as fire, or gas leak and will also eliminate any pilot lights.
  • Waterproofing your basement is another option. It can lessen the amount and speed water enters the home, possibly giving you and your family more time to respond.
  • Putting gate valves in drains will help stop sewer water from backing up into the home. These should be installed on every pipe coming into the home.
  • Having an emergency-ready kit with supplies for everyone in your house to survive on for a minimum of 3 days is recommended. Kit should include things like food, water, blankets, flashlights, medication, etc.
  • Make sure you have paperwork for everyone in the family in case your home gets completely ruined and you must start over.

Having a plan in place for what needs to be done before a flood, can save time and get everyone out safely quickly and efficiently. Be sure to practice this plan so everyone knows their role.  If the flood waters are slowly rising and you have more time, household items can be moved to a higher level or another location.  Having a plan, of what to do in a flood situation, can save time and money. In the event you are to need restoration, SERVPRO of Minneapolis SE is always here to help.