Time is Important
Many home owners know don’t understand the importance of time when it come to water damage. The best time to call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is immediately following a loss. This will help limit the extent of the damage to your home. Many of the materials in your home are highly absorbent and may not look wet, but may have absorbed the water that has intruded in your home. With our specialized equipment we can test the levels of moisture in your homes materials. Once we have discovered exactly what is wet and how far the water traveled we come up with a personalized drying plan to ensure you home is back to it proper levels of moisture. So, remember don’t wait call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing as soon as the loss happens.
In homes many of the materials are highly absorbent and don’t look wet. This can cause future issues if not properly addressed, but thankfully here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing we have specialized equipment to measure the amount of moisture in the materials and in the air. The three main meters we use are an invasive, non-invasive and hygrometer.
The invasive meter is the more accurate meter for identifying the level of moisture materials. The draw back to this meter is that it has two pins that must be inserted into that material that you are trying to measure.
The non- invasive meter can be used to check moisture of a material that you can’t or don’t want to poke holes in. it uses a pad sensor and electromagnetic signals. Unfortunately, this meters’ reading can be skewed by metal in the materials that you are checking.
The hygrometer is a meter that we use to measure the air conditions such as the relative humidity and the temperature. The combination of these reading can tell us the amount of moisture in the air.
With these meters we check the affected areas and the unaffected areas. By checking the unaffected areas, we get the goal for drying. So, if you experience a water loss give SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing a call.
The Roof of your house is what provides you shelter from the ever-changing weather conditions, and when the roof is neglected can create many problems for you and your family in the future. Many of these problems can be solved by periodically inspecting your roof and preforming the repairs as needed. What you might think as a minor issue could potentially become a financial nightmare. Here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing we have some tips on what to look for when inspecting your roof.
- Loose or missing shingles
- Loose debris
- Excessive snow builds up
- Mold or moss build up
- Dents/ missing chimney caps
If a storm blow through and is to much for your roof to handle SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing is always here to help.
We Respond to Commercial Losses
We respond to all emergency losses 24/7 365 days a year! A loss can strike at any time weather it’s a pipe bursting and causing a disastrous flood that wreaks havoc, or an oven mitt sitting to close to the grill that catches fire and causes smoke damage throughout the building. We understand that any kind of loss can be frustrating and be detrimental to your business. It could mean that you must close your door temporary which would cause loss of revenue, or that you have disaster in an area that doesn’t hinder the customer experience. In both cases we promptly send out a team of professionals to help get your business back to an operating condition. So, rest assured that any time a loss strikes your business SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing is always here to help!
Winter Fire Prevention Tips
It’s That time of year again, the temperature is dropping, and the air is dry. These weather conditions make for a winter wonderland, but can also make for a winter nightmare. Winter months are the highest months for fires. While some of us tend to enjoy the cold we still depend of heating our homes to survive these harsh months. Unfortunately, the high cost of heating our homes we tend to turn to alternative methods to heat our homes. While these methods may be more cost effective for us they also increase the risk of starting a fire. Here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing we have 7 tips to help prevent fire damage.
- Have your furnace inspected annually to ensure its in good working condition.
- Make sure all heaters and ducting is clear and unobstructed.
- Don’t leave any space heater running while unattended.
- Ensure you have proper working smoke detectors.
- Inspect all extension cords for defects before each use and replace any that are damaged.
- Don’t use a stove or a range to aid in heating your home.
- Plan and practice an escape plan in case of an emergency.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing are always here to help in the event of a fire.
Ozone and Hydroxyl
Do you have an odor from smoke damage or something else in your home? Here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing we have some equipment to help alleviate the smell. Our ozone generator that generates ozone. Also, we have a hydroxyl generator which is an alternative method for the deodorization process.
The ozone generator is a machine that creates ozone by adding and extra oxygen molecule to the stable breathable oxygen. This creates a less stable compound know as ozone. This gas isn’t something that you should be breathing. If we must use this solution for your odor the home must be unoccupied. This process usually takes 24 hours to do its job. After the ozone has had its time to work its magic we completely air out the structure before it can be occupied again.
The hydroxyl generator is a safe alternative method we use when the structure can’t be emptied of all residents. This method uses UV light to create a hydroxyl radical that reacts with the pollutants and destroys them. This method isn’t as fast as the ozone generator and usually take 4 to 5 days to get the job done.
After SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing has removed the source of the odor we utilize both extremely powerful methods to aid in the deodorization process to get your home back to a pleasant smell.
Do you have mold in your house and you want to know what one of the thousands of different types of mold you may have? SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing has a solution for you! This can be done by preforming a settling test.
The settling test is the most common and most accurate test when it comes to mold. The settling test is performed by placing settle plates on all affected levels and outside for a base line. The plates are placed for one to two hours than sealed labeled and sent off to an independent lab. The lab than incubates the dishes for 5-7 days. This allow the lab to identify the microorganisms using a microscope.
If the curiosity has the best of you contact SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing and get your settling test done today.
Air quality test
Do you have a strange odor that you suspect might be mold, but don’t have any visible mold? SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing has the test for you! This test is an air quality test used to test the large and the small particulates is the air. Giving us an idea of if you have mold or something else that is causing that funky odor.
The air quality test is preformed using a meter to test particulates larger then small micron and smaller than 10 microns. This machine is then placed in various areas around the house to include the affected areas and an unaffected area. Also, it will be placed outside to get a base line for the affected areas. Once the test has been completed results are interpreted by one of our highly trained technicians to determine what the possible causes are. Then one of our production management staff will come up with recommendations on what your next steps might be to solve the issue.
So, if you think you smell mold and can’t see then you might want to call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing today!
MOLD it’s one of the “scary” topics the we get calls about all the time. The thought of having mold in your house can be terrifying, but isn’t as bad as you might think. In fact, mold is natural and can be found all around the world. Yes, there are mold there are mold types that can be hazardous to your health, but not all mold is presents an immediate hazard to your health. Mold can be tolerated in small doses over a short period of time so don’t panic and call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing to set up an appointment for a mold assessment.
The process of setting up the assessment is simple we just ask you some general questions about the suspected mold. We might have you send us pictures for us to get a better idea of what we might be walking into. From that point we can set up an appointment and a small fee a member of our team will inspect further.
The typical inspection includes a team member to physically inspect the affected areas and use a mold test to determine if it is mold that we are looking at. You can add an air quality test to test the count of particulates in the air. Air quality can be used that is done typically when no physical mold is visible. However, none of these techniques are used for identifying the type of mold. This requires a settling test and a lab to test the results. These tests will come with a report on our findings and an estimated cost for removal of the mold.
Commercial Document and Content Recovery part 2
Another awesome technique that we can use is ultra-sonic cleaning. This technique is typically performed after a fire loss but can be utilized in other situations. Ultra-sonic cleaning is performed using three different specialized tanks to pre-wash your contents, agitate using ultra-sonic vibrations, and rinse contents using ionized water. This process gets in to those hard to reach nooks and crannies leaving your contents Debris free.
With the rise of technology, a lot of your information might be stored on your computer systems. If these systems are compromised all is not lost, here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing we have partnered with a local company who specializes in the repair and recover of your important data.
The utilization of freeze drying to save your paper documents, the ultra-sonic process to clean your contents, and the Data recovery for your electronic information. You can rest assured that in the chaos of whatever tragedy might rear its ugly head SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is always here to help.