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Grand Rapids Home Suffers Water Damage From Burst Frozen Pipe?

2/7/2023 (Permalink)

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to water damage emergencies caused by frozen pipes every year in Grand Rapids, and we offer these tips for preventing frozen pipes from the Red Cross:

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up and out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you are going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, and set to a temperature not below 55° Fahrenheit

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a water damage emergency in your home or commercial business in Bemidji. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Are You Prepared for the Next Big Storm in Bemidji?

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

A snow plow clears a snow-covered road. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Beltrami County.

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies every year in Bemidji, and we offer these tips for preparing for winter storms from the Red Cross:

Take immediate precautions if you hear these words on the news:

Winter Storm WARNING: Life-threatening, severe weather conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours.

Blizzard WARNING: Sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 miles per hour or greater, plus considerable falling or blowing snow reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile, expected to prevail for three hours or longer.

Other winter storm words to listen for: 
  • WIND CHILL Temperature: How cold people and animals feel when outside. As wind increases, heat is carried away from your body faster, driving down your body temperature and making you feel much colder. The wind chill temperature is not the actual temperature but rather how wind and cold feel on exposed skin.
  • Winter Storm OUTLOOK: Winter storm conditions are possible in the next two to five days. Stay tuned to local media for updates.
  • Winter Storm WATCH: Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. Review your winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
  • Winter Weather ADVISORY: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous but not life-threatening if you are cautious.

Call Us Today!

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a storm damage emergency in your home or commercial business in Bemidji. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Often Should I Test my Smoke Detectors in my Hibbing Home?

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

A person tests a smoke detector. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in St. Louis County.

Have you tested your smoke detectors lately? Smoke alarms are an integral part of a home fire escape plan. Smoke detectors play an essential role in reducing fire deaths in the United States, and working fire alarms give early warnings so you can get outside quickly. Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to fire damage emergencies every year in St. Louis County and offers these smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have fire damage in your home or commercial business in Hibbing. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Freezing Temperatures Freeze Pipes in Pengilly?

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is a trusted leader in water restoration services in Pengilly. During the cold Minnesota winters, frozen pipes are a common hazard. During the winter, frozen pipes are a common cause of property damage. Here are some of the indications of frozen pipes:

  • Visible signs of frost on pipes
  • Burst pipes
  • Gurgling sounds and banging sounds may indicate ice traveling through your pipes
  • No water coming out of the faucet, or slow or uneven water supply
  • Mildew smells
  • Taps slow to a trickle
  • Water on walls
  • Odors in pipes
  • Freezing temperatures

One of the best ways to prevent pipes from freezing is to prevent drafts from coming into the structure. Even a small gap can cause enough of a change in temperature to compromise the water supply in your home. One way to prevent cold air from entering your home is to install a basement waterproofing system. By preventing cold air from entering the home, you will be protecting your pipes from cold winter drafts, improving the energy efficiency in your home, and helping protect your home from flooding and extreme weather.

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a water damage emergency in your home or business in Pengilly. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do While Waiting for Help to Arrive If I Find a Mold Outbreak in My Grand Rapids Home?

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

Mold grows behind wallpaper in a bathroom with a water leak. We are leaders in mold remediation services in Itasca County.

Mold is often a symptom of a water leak hiding somewhere in your home or business. If you notice a strong, musty odor or have recently had a water damage issue, you may have a mold problem. Mold will continue to be a regional challenge due to our climate, and once mold spores find the perfect moist conditions, they will land and colonize quickly, sometimes becoming visible in as little as 48 to 72 hours.

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is a trusted leader in mold mitigation and removal services. Here are some tips from our website about things you can do and not do while waiting for help to arrive:

Important Facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact our Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing offices for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Call Us Today!

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a mold problem in your home or business in Grand Rapids. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If the Pipes Freeze in My Bemidji Business?

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

Water draining from a downspout is frozen. We are leaders in property damage restoration services in Itasca County.

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to commercial property damage emergencies every year in Bemidji. Here are some tips on how to thaw frozen pipes from the American Red Cross:

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Typical places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will start to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the line.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or another open flame device.
  • Apply heat until the full water pressure is restored. If you cannot locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets to find out if you have additional frozen pipes

Call Us Today!

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a water damage emergency in your commercial business or home. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Faster To Any Size Disaster in Hibbing?

12/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire and water damage can happen at any time. When they do, fast action is necessary to minimize the chances of secondary damage. Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is on-call and available 24 hours a day to respond to property damage emergencies in Hibbing. We follow the one-four-eight-hour rule, meaning:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

Fire and water damage emergencies can be stressful experiences for the entire household. We treat you and your loved ones with the empathy and respect you deserve and take care of your belongings with special consideration. We have established relationships with all major insurance companies and can help with the insurance process and paperwork. No matter what property damage you face, you can rely on us to be with you every step and keep you informed of our progress while the job is underway.

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a property damage emergency in your home or business. We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tree Damages Commercial Building in Grand Rapids?

12/20/2022 (Permalink)

A large tree has fallen by an apartment complex. We respond to commercial property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Itasca County.

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing provides tree removal services in Grand Rapids. According to the Minnesota Department of National Resources, there are some things that you should not do when addressing damaged or fallen trees.  

Don’t do the following: 

  • Use an unqualified tree service. Ask for references and proof of insurance. 
  • Repair a broken branch or fork of a tree with tape, wire, bolts, or other wraps. The wound will not heal, and the split will invite decay and further weaken the tree. Cabling or bracing should only be performed by a certified arborist and inspected annually. 
  • Remove the tops of trees. This makes the tree more susceptible to insects and disease and promotes the growth of new branches that are weakly attached. 
  • Apply paint or dressing to wounds, as these materials interfere with a tree’s natural wound-sealing process 
  • Remove small, leaning trees. Trees less than 15 feet tall may survive if gently pulled back into place. Press out air spaces in the loosened soil. The tree can then be staked for up to a year. 
  • Fertilize stressed or damaged trees. Fertilizers can trigger rapid but weak growth and deplete the tree’s energy reserves needed to recover from damage. 

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a downed tree or other commercial storm damage. Call us today at 218-999-9799.? 

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Candle Fire in My Calumet Home?

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

Festive candles light up a room. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Itasca County.

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is highly trained and certified by the?Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification?(IICRC) to restore fire damage in Calumet. This time of year marks many holiday events and social activities. Candles make any party festive, but they can also cause fires. Here are some candle safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep. 
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn 
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily 
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface 
  • Light candles carefully, and keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame 
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container 
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home 
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles. 
  • Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles. 

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a fire damage emergency in your Calumet home or commercial business. Call us today at 218-999-9799.

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Highly Trained and Certified Water Damage Restoration Team in Grand Rapids?

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is highly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to clean and restore any form of water damage in Grand Rapids.

 The training program includes:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

e-Learnings

Everyone on our staff - from the office team to our field technicians - has access to web-based training. Continuous education keeps our office team and technicians current on new industry standards and best practices for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today!

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help ® when you have a water damage emergency in your Grand Rapids home or commercial business. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.