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Storm damage prevention and treatment: reducing damage from storms with preventive action using horticulture

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage prevention and treatment: reducing damage from storms with preventive action using horticulture

Damage to trees from storms can be minimized by designing and implementing a tree management plan. Designing and executing a plan can help prevent problems.  There is no doubt trees can cause damage and be damaged in storms. However, appropriately placed and well-maintained trees can help to reduce storm damage to structures by deflecting wind, as well as reduce damage to the tree itself. Appropriate actions include: proper placement and planting, structural pruning prior to the storm, and proper species selection. Actions in the weeks and years following a strong storm can help bring damaged trees back to health.

If your home or business is affected by a storm, don't hesitate to call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield. Faster to Any Disaster


Avoiding Water and Pipes in your Home During a Storm

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Avoiding Water and Pipes in your Home During a Storm


People on or in or near water are among those most at risk for lighting strikes during thunderstorms, both inside and outside the home. Water is a good conductor of electricity, and many homes have metal pipes (themselves fantastic conductors ). Not only can lightning striking your home travel through your pipes but lightning can travel stealthily into your home through shared pipelines that have sustained strikes some distance away from your home. Do not take a bath or shower, wash your hands, do laundry, use an ice maker, or otherwise use running water when there is lightning danger in the area.

If your home has encountered an electrical fire, please call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield today to assess the damage and begin restoring your home. Faster to Any Disaster.


What Secondary Damage can occur after Storm Damage?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

What Secondary Damage can occur after Storm Damage?

After roof leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected.  SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to: excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield is here to help.  Faster to Any Disaster

Lightning During Storms and House Fires Resulting

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning During Storms and House Fires Resulting

Unlike other types of house fires, which occur more frequently in the winter months, fires in the home caused by lightning are more likely to happen in June, July and August in the late afternoon or early evening. From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.  Lightning is responsible for a number of wildfires as well.

Lightning during storms poses the greatest risk outdoors and frequently strikes the highest point on a structure.

Safety tips During Lightning Storms: 

  • When possible, stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm as metal plumbing is an excellent conductor of electricity.

Source: and National Fire Protection Association

Are You Storm Aware?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Bloomington and Richfield Area - Are you Storm Aware?

As we continue to see storms throughout our Bloomington and Richfield area cities, we at SERVPRO® of Bloomington and Richfield want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

If your home or commercial building ever suffers flood damage, call the SERVPRO® of Bloomington and Richfield experts.

Contaminated Water after a Storm

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Contaminated Water after a Storm

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO® of Bloomington/Richfield are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise. We have been a trusted name in safety and properly restoring homes and businesses for almost 15 years! We are here to help!

How Long Does Each Step of the Water Damage Restoration Process Take?

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

Finding your home in Bloomington, MN affected by water damage is extremely disheartening. There is no time to waste, and homeowners should contact a professional storm restoration service in their area immediately after finding the damage. These experts know precisely how to extract water and tear out damaged surfaces. Naturally, all homeowners wonder when their house will be back to its normal self, and the answer usually depends on the extent of the damage.

1. Water Mitigation and Extraction

First, the company needs to curtail the effects of the flood water and moisture. This involves bringing in a heavy-duty extracting machine to remove the standing water. Next, the team has to prevent mold from growing. It only takes one day for mold to start growing. Finally, the professionals need to dry out the room using dehumidifiers and powerful drying systems. It generally takes about three days to do all this. The team needs to ensure the room is free of water damage before continuing on to the tear out stage.

2. Reconstruction

The amount of time it takes to reconstruct a room ultimately depends on how much the water affected. Professionals typically need to remove the drywall because it often absorbs moisture. Any insulation behind the wall usually also needs to be removed in case the water has compromised that. If the flooding occurred in a room with carpeting, then all of it must be taken out and replaced with something else. Depending on exactly how much damage occurred, it can take anywhere between a few days and a couple weeks to complete the work.

Hopefully your house in Bloomington, MN will be back in spectacular condition in less than a week. Avoid delaying the process any more than necessary by contacting a storm restoration service near you so that an experienced team can tear out and repair the damaged room.
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3 Ways to Minimize Residential Flood Damage Before a Storm

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

The devastation caused by flood water in Bloomington, MN can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to limit the effects of water damage by taking preventative measures. You may have heard about a business in your area going through certain processes to limit the likelihood of a flooded building, but you can also do them as a homeowner.

Know the Flood Level Near Your Area

Governmental officials carry out evaluations to assess how high flood water will rise in a given area. It’s crucial to know the level water could reach during a storm. You can find out the flood level for your area by:

• Going to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website
• Checking with your insurance company
• Contacting local building authorities

Once you’re aware of that information, it becomes much easier to take proactive measures. Get started by hiring licensed and insured contractors to make modifications to your home, so water-sensitive parts of your abode, such as the electrical system, are not as prone to problems from excessive moisture.

Apply Protective Coatings to the Home’s Walls

It’s possible to buy sealant products to apply to the walls of your residence to help keep moisture out. Do research to find the best-reviewed and highly rated options and invest in some of them before you hear about the next flood threat.

Have a Cleanup Plan

Think ahead by deciding what you’ll do if preventative measures don’t keep the water out completely and it becomes necessary to clean up after a flood and salvage what’s left of your possessions. Because there are so many safety risks associated with flood recovery, it’s smart to contact professional disaster recovery specialists to let them handle the job.

These steps could help you protect your home and reduce the chances you’ll deal with a flooded building. Water damage can be severe, and flood water is particularly dangerous. Flood prevention could also reduce disruption to your life and residence.

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What to expect after flood damage.

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to expect after flood damage. Piles of debris after flooding.

Large flood damages hundreds of homes.

Floods tend to create damage on multiple homes and businesses. It creates a chaos in the disaster and restoration industry. Here are 4 situations you may encounter after full scale flooding has occurred in the Bloomington, MN areas.

  1. Waiting for insurance adjuster - the insurance adjusters are swamped and it could take weeks before one comes by to handle your claim.
  2. Municipal services on hold - Trash collectors, power companies, and plumbers are going to be very busy. Expect long wait times.
  3. Multiple visits from restoration company - Demolition will start first. If you have electricity they can place air movers. When building materials are stocked again the restoration will take place.
  4. Long turnaround for insurance payout - Insurance companies have a lot of claims to process and will take a long time to payout. You may have to use credit and savings until the insurance company can payout.

Repair Methods of Storm Restoration

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Repair Methods of Storm Restoration

Specialists deploy many methods of curbing damage in their quest for home restoration. Storm remediation and storm restoration require an assessment to evaluate the extent of storm damage then determining the most suitable process of water restoration, such as using flood pump. A flood pump works to pump away excess flood water and ground water in the process of water restoration and thus home restoration.

Frequently flood water combined with wind both of them have a toll, uncovering a person's possessions to the outside weather and undesired trespassers. Professional specialists can help with the home restoration!

Since emergency situations do not have a schedule, almost all professional recovery teams are available around the clock, in readiness for when disaster strikes. They try to make the process of recovery as quick and well done as possible.

In conclusion, a natural disaster such as flooding from ground water, even ice dams in frozen pipes causes such damages as hurricane damages and inherently a lot of frustrations. It's, therefore, the duty of a homeowner to seek professional help for assistance with home restoration.

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Professional Storm Restoration Of A Home Damaged By Floods

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Storm Restoration Of A Home Damaged By Floods

Mother nature gets furious and unleashes her many ways of rampage to the planet on several occasions. Flooding is one way in which natural disaster strikes. River flooding can occur as soon as the water banks burst and thus water restoration comes to be of need. Numerous homes close to water bodies are prone to home damage due to river flooding and also account their significant losses to storm damage. Storm damage, as well as hurricane damage, can come about when the flood water couples with robust wind damage which also causes roof damage.

Elements of Disaster

Ground water can cause flooding as flood water flows freely by gravity. Ground water sweeps away anything, and create storm damage. When coupled with wind damage, ground water can rip off buildings causing severe storm damages.

Roof repair and storm restoration experts say that hail damage dramatically contributes to roof leaks. Hail damage bombards roofs bringing about roof leaks.

Wind damage is also bringing about the need for roof repair whenever there are roof leaks. It causes roof damage and occasionally roof leak. In extreme case of tornadoes, hurricane damages are devastating and lead to costly home restoration. A hurricane damage can be spontaneous and incorporate many of others such as hail damage. A skilled professional will help in roof repair of roof damage. Storm restoration also involves prevention against subsequent river flooding through storm remediation.

In addition to storm remediation, water restoration is one other thing that the professionals help victims to deal with by installing flood pumps. After a river flooding that causes the need for flood pump, victims immediately need to follow safety precautions and contact the nearest qualified storm restoration professionals. The storm remediation professionals double as excellent advisors. They give recommendations on the plans to settle and recover quickly from the flooding by installing flood pumps by the process of storm remediation.

Ice elements

Ice damage occurs whenever ice settles on the roofs in excess. Ice damage results when an ice dam accumulates behind a structure or component, a process called ice damming. Due to its excess weight, after ice damming the elements in the ice dam are too heavy for a structure, and thus it breaks, causing ice damage. Frozen pipes in the cold season's burst after the ice dam inside them expands before thawing. Frozen pipes that cannot withstand the pressure of the ice dam and ice damming inside the frozen pipes break, thus ice damage needs restoration to its better state.

Seek professional help

With incredible rapidity, hurricane damage and ice damming could inflict intense damage to any property. Hail damage, wind damage, lightning, tornadoes, and also ice damming can damage rooftops and thus residences, so the first concern in case of a natural catastrophe would be to put a stop to further destruction such as frozen pipes and flooding by storm remediation.

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How to Handle Storm Damage to Your Property

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

How to Handle Storm Damage to Your Property

In the United States, storm damage is among the most costly sources of property loss. Each year, tens of billions of dollars in property damage is caused by river flooding, wind damage, hurricane damage, ice damage and hail damage. While these sources of storm damage are often unavoidable, in most cases, home restoration and storm remediation can be carried out successfully. But this relies on the property owner quickly contacting a professional home restoration and storm remediation company.

Many people envision storm damage as being something closely associated with warmer climates or the Central Plains region of the United States. While it's true that hurricane damage and wind damage is often the main kind of storm damage seem in warmer climates, billions of dollars in storm damage are still caused by such things as ice damage, frozen pipes and ice dams in colder climates. The truth is that storm damage can occur almost anywhere.

Warm weather storms

While there are a few areas of the United States, such as the Northwestern Coast region, that are largely immune from the effects of severe weather, the vast majority of the United States is at least seasonally vulnerable to serious severe weather. Flooding, wind damage, roof damage, flood water and ground water saturation are just some of the things caused by these common weather phenomena.

Recent storms throughout the Southern United States have shown that many cities are highly vulnerable to groundwater reaching saturation levels, causing widespread flooding and even inducing river flooding and floodwaters from locations that would otherwise not have been likely to overflow.

But for as much damage as river flooding and groundwater flooding do, even more damage occurs from wind damage. Roof leaks can cause flood water to enter homes. And roof repairs alone run into the billions of dollars every year. Hurricane damage and hail damage often result in roof leaks and require extensive roof repairs.

Flooding, especially that caused by river flooding and groundwater flooding are often the most expensive kinds of home restoration and storm remediation efforts. However, those caused by wind are much more common. This makes roof leaks and roof damage more expensive in the aggregate. And roof damage or roof leaks are, therefore, a more serious concern to more Americans than hurricane damage or flood water.

Luckily, roof repairs are often some of the easiest performed kinds of storm remediation. While water restoration and removal of flood water can often be carried out quickly and relatively inexpensively, when they are the result of flooding, they are often a more expensive form of storm remediation.

Cold weather storm remediation.

While warm weather storms can be expensive causes of storm restoration efforts, winter storms can play an equally destructive role. Roof damage can also occur due to winter storms. Ground water freezing can mean that normal absorption is impossible. Frozen pipes, ice dams and ice damage are potent sources of winter weather damage. Ice damming can quickly cause massive roof leakage. Hail damage is another serious problem in winter storms, adding to the complexity of storm remediation.

Roof repair often becomes necessary after major ice damming events. Ice dams can often make storm restoration efforts more complicated, resulting in the required use of flood pumps. When ground water freezes, the likelihood that ice damming will result it overwhelming runoff from the roof with the ice dam becomes high, making the home restoration more difficult.

Frozen pipes are also a major concern. Frozen pipes that break will often necessitate the use of heavy-duty flood pumps. While flood pumps work very well in warm conditions, a flood pump may ingest frozen ground water or otherwise break down in colder climes, making the water restoration more difficult.

Hail damage, ice damage and ice damming can all be handled easily by a professional water restoration team but should not be undertaken on a do-it-yourself basis. Whatever the climate, water restoration and storm restoration are best left to storm restoration professionals.
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Heavy Rain Can Cause More Damage Than You Think

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rain Can Cause More Damage Than You Think Flooded Basement Due to a Sump Pump Failure

Heavy rains can overwhelm city sewer systems and sump pumps throughout the south metro area.  With our highly trained specialists, we were able to take care of many homeowners that were in need of help.  Being faster to any size disaster, we will always be there when we are needed!

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. We are proudly serving our community and surrounding areas with 24/7 emergency availability. Don't hesitate and give us a call today! (952) 854-2000

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Minnesota

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Minnesota Faster to ANY Size Disaster

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield?

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your residential or commercial property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises and can also access our Disaster Recovery Team that specializes in major storms and catastrophic events. Nothing is too big for us to handle!

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any home or business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike. For a business, every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, you want to make sure you have the right people there to help. Click here to read what to do and what NOT to do after a flooding event has occurred and while SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield is on their way!

Remember, we live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of our communities and want to do our part to make our communities the best they can be!

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. We proudly serve our communities and surrounding areas with 24/7 emergency availability. Give us a call today and we'll make it "Like it never even happened." (952) 854-2000