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settling test

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

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 Assessments

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Commercial Document and Content Recovery

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

One stressful situation that any business can find themselves in after a loss is the damage documents and contents, but rest assured that here at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing we are here to help. With our highly trained staff will work diligently to salvage as much of your documents and contents as possible. We have many techniques to ensure this happens Three techniques we could use are freeze drying, ultra-sonic cleaning, and data recovery.

When important documents get wet in a loss we have a crucial process to save them called freeze drying. Freeze drying is a process that involves using specialized freezing chambers to dry the documents. It is important that the documents remain wet until we can get them in to the chamber. So, the sooner we get to them the more likely we are to save them.

To be continued with Ultra-sonic cleaning and data recovery in the next post!

7 TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING PIPES

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

7 HELPFUL TIPS TO AVOID BURSTING

                PIPES THIS WINTER

Outdoors Tips:

  • Wrap outside faucets.
  • Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  • Disconnect garden hoses.
  • Drain in-ground sprinkler systems*

Indoor Tips:

  • Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  • Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving the house for several days.

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is here to help in case of pipes that bursts or lines that freeze. Our crews are ready 24 x7 no matter how big or how small the SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing team handles them all, give us a call! 

* Check manufacturer's instructions or give your local representative a call for the best way to do this. 

When STORMS Hit Count on SERVPRO

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

  • SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing Today at 218-999-9799.

What to know for Bio-Hazard Clean-up

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard and sewage cleanup can involve hidden dangers. It must only be handled by an expert team, with the right training, skills, and equipment to do the job safely. With the assistance of a professional biohazard service team from SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing, you can rest assured that your health and the security of your property is a top priority.

There are several different types of bio-hazardous jobs which can range from crime scene residues, chemical spills, animal waste or carcasses, hoarding, and the most frequent, sewage backups. The main point to remember is that certain chemicals and pathogens can lead to unhealthy and dangerous consequences if left untreated in a home or business. If you suspect that this kind of problem has occurred in or around your property, you need to call in the SERVPRO experts who can quickly assess the situation.

Once the experts carry out a thorough inspection of the site, they can give you a general assessment. You should not attempt to re-enter the property until you have received clearance from an authoritative source.

The reason eradication and elimination are the primary tactics for biohazard cleanup are because any materials that have come into contact with raw sewage could present a serious risk to health. Within areas deemed ‘unsafe,’ life-threatening organisms like E. coli, salmonella, tapeworm, HPV (human papilloma virus), chemicals, and even HIV can lurk if blood is present.

If you experience any breakdown involving sewage on a scale larger than a small toilet overflow, you should absolutely contact a biohazard removal team right away. In most cases, it is only sewer water that warrants such an immediate reaction, but it is important to be aware that other forms of water damage can become harmful if left untreated.

For example, water from drains and polluted rivers may flood a property and deposit contaminants. This water is not clean; it contains all kinds of bacteria, irritants, and harmful substances and is termed Black Water. This is why you should never wait before you get water damage of any type restored and repaired, even as the contaminated water is quickly removed from the premises.

For businesses, the urgency of biohazard cleanup is particularly pressing. You cannot afford to have your workers or clients exposed to contaminated water, pathogenic agents from a crime scene, or meth lab chemicals. Get in touch with an expert biohazard cleanup team from SERVPRO right away. We are skilled professionals, wearing Hazmat safety clothing and gear, utilize special equipment for any biohazard clean up. Immediate mitigation of health related issues and property preservation are the main, initial focal points. Safety always comes first.

 24 Hour Emergency Service for Biohazard and Sewage Clean Up

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing have certified professionals to handle any type of bio-hazardous clean-up. Call us for 24/7 emergency services. (218) 999-9799.

Being Safe This Summer

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

AtSERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing we're here to help you get ready for this Summer Heat! 

Stay safe during our Northern Minnesota heat by remembering these tips this summer:

  • Get the trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies
  • Stay well hydrated!!
  • Have an emergency kit handy
  • Keep ice packs handy in the freezer
  • To reduce 80 percent of the heat that enters your home by covering windows that receives morning and afternoon sun
  • Weather strip your doors
  • Stay aware of upcoming temperature changes. Listen to local weather forecasts
  • Window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary

 Stay safe this summer and if you need us remember to give us a call for any fire, water, and smoke emergencies that come up.

You can reach us 24/7 at 218-999-9799

Tell me about MOLD!

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

Mold is everywhere, the key is not let it these mold spores turn into colonies. The one thing that we can control that mold needs to grow is water. If you are seeing mold growth you have a moisture problem. This could be a leaky basement, a water leak in your home, high humidity or other reasons. Whatever the cause of the water it needs to be fixed before you start mold remediation or it will return.

When dealing with leaks you can usually see the problem and deal with it. Humidity in your home can be a little harder to detect, but there are many tools on the market that you can get to tell you the humidity level in your home. If your humidity level is above 45% you should think about running a dehumidifier.

Detecting mold without the proper tools can be difficult, however there are some warning signs. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor. If you see areas that look spotted or discolored, or if you have allergies that act up in a certain area, these may be signs to look for mold.

If the unfortunate happens call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing at 218-999-9799. You can submit your own question on our Facebook page, facebook.com/SERVPRO.BEMIDJI.GRANDRAPIDS.HIBBING, or on Twitter, @SERVPROBGRH.