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Prepping for Severe Weather

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Prepping for Severe Weather With Your Family | SERVPRO® of Bemidji. Grand Rapids and Hibbing.

While there is often advanced warning for some types of severe weather, there are also times when Mother Nature can manage to catch us off-guard.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow to prepare your family for various severe weather occurrences.

Where to Begin

One of the best ways to be prepared in severe weather situations is to have a family emergency plan established.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure to discuss it, review it and have drills at the onset of various weather seasons, making sure that everyone knows exactly what to do at a moment’s notice.

If you’ve not yet created a family emergency plan, here are some things to take into consideration when creating it:

1. How will you receive emergency alerts?

Thanks to technology today, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings in the palm of your hand by way of smartphones, as well as receive alerts through radio and television broadcasts. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you will quickly receive emergency alerts, which can provide you with valuable time in severe weather situations.

2. What storm shelter options are available?

Taking shelter in areas where tornadoes are common means you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If that is not possible, choose an interior room on the lowest level of your home or building that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Be sure to visit ready.gov for other situations that may require a storm shelter or basement.

3. Do you have evacuation routes mapped out?

Evacuations are stressful so you should always have evacuation routes mapped out in advance. It’s wise to have multiple routes just in case one is impassable, and make sure those routes will have places to stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members to evacuate with.

4. How will everyone keep in touch?

When there is an emergency, communication is key. It is easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but in some circumstances, that just isn’t feasible. Cell phone towers can incur damage, phones could be lost or left behind, and batteries will die if there is a power outage and there is no power source for recharging.

Hence, it is wise to have an emergency communication plan in place for your family and a safe meeting place for your family to meet should family members be separated during the emergency.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Is my Sump Pump Working?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

No power: If the power goes out during a storm, your sump pump won’t be able to drain the water.

Wrong size: If your sump pump is too small a sump pump for your home’s size can mean too big a job for it to handle. On the flip side, running too large a sump pump can shorten its lifespan.

Old age: Just like any appliance, the years can reduce the efficiency and working order of your sump pump. The average lifespan of a sump pump is roughly 10 years. If yours is creeping up in age, consider replacing it with a more current model.

Clogged pipe: Debris can enter your discharge pipe and create a backup. With nowhere for the water to flow, your sump pump will come to a stop.

Lack of maintenance: Your home and the appliances that make it run require regular maintenance. Clean your sump pump three to four times a year to avoid blockages in your discharge line, vents, and floats.

Switch issues: When the sump pump shifts in the basin, the float that administers the switch can cause it to become jammed.

Product or installation problem: In addition to product defects, which are out of your control, improper installation can also cause sump pump failure.

Sump pump fails and causes water damage while you are out of town.

A Homeowner in Livonia came home from vacation he discovered that his finished basement had 2”- 3” of standing water covering the entire basement. SERVPRO was called out to a home in to clean up the water damage.  Upon inspection, Technicians noticed mold on the walls, floor, and contents, which lead them to believe that the water damage had occurred a while ago.  

Unfortunately, the homeowner did not have insurance coverage to clean up the mess the water left behind. SERVPRO worked with the homeowner to remove affected materials and dry out the basement.

 Call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing 

Northern MN Storm Preparedness

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

If a storm arises in the Northern MN area, have you thought of who you would call to be faster to your disaster.  I will make that simple for you and answer why you should choose SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing.  SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing is available 24/7 for all emergency restoration needs, that means if you have a pipe burst during a massive cold blast in the middle of the night you can give us a call and we will be there for you.  This means if you have a tree fall on your roof on a Sunday afternoon and its pouring rain inside your home, we can come and tarp up your roof to prevent further damage.  Whether it is your roof leaking from an Ice Damn to a Tornado, SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing is the team that you will want to call. We have all the proper equipment and trained technicians to properly take care of all your restoration needs.  Give us a call at (218)999-9799

Let Us Help You With The Board-Up Process!

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

When you have storm damage, leave the hassle of board-ups to the professionals.  As if having a massive storm roll through and cause severe property isn't enough, don't let the board-up process be a hassle.  This is a burden that no one should ever have to go through.

If not boarding up a damaged property properly you could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse.  Not to mention boarding up after damage can be as dangerous as the damage itself.  

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing  professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it "Like it never even happened."

If you have storm damage and are in need of emergency board up services give us a call 24 hours a day 7 days a week at (218)999-9799

TIPS TO PREPARE BEFORE A WINTER STORM

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

So, for this blog I am going to touch base on Winter Storms.  Now most people prepare for summer storms but not many think to prepare for winter storms.

Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for a winter storm.

  • Have your vehicle winterized before the winter storm season so your prepared you never know what can happen.
  • Always keep a full tank of gas or as close to full as you are able to, gas lines are known for freezing in the winter.
  • Make sure that you have a battery operated radio in your home you never know when the power might go out and it will be your only way to get news updates. (make sure you have extra batteries available too)
  • Check your heating fuel and make sure you have enough before the storm hits you never know how long you will be stuck in the house while the storm passes.
  • Have an evacuation plan in place in case the power goes out and you and your family need to evacuate your home to somewhere safe.
  • Have a supply of flashlights or candles in case you loose power so you are able to see.
  • Make sure you have a supply of non-perishable food in your home just in case.

You just never know how strong a storm will be they can change in the blink of an eye so always be prepared.

Storm Damage Cleanup

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (218)999-9799

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing?

 

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your home or business in our area, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

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We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of New Haven can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

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Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is locally owned and operated and disabled veteran owned as well—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Sever Weather Part 2

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend having supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • First Aid kit
  • Safety Whistle to signal help
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Dust mask or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or other tools to shut off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Cash

Make A Family Plan: A family plan can be essential to survival during sever weather. A family plan can allow everyone to know where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. These plans should include designated rooms in the home to meet in case of severe weather. Also, they should include a designated spot outside of the home to meet up at incase of separation.

Sever Weather Part 1

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather is unpredictable and SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids, & Hibbing wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

Weather Radios: With all of today’s technology it still can’t stand up to a battery powered weather radio during an emergency. Mobile devices maybe what most people use today for checking weather updates, but the towers that send out the signals required for the devices to function can be damages or congested during times of emergency. A weather radio with fully charged batteries can provide Families with more reliable alerts and updates. These radios have the capability of receiving special frequencies for the for special radio stations that provide warnings for all hazards. Look for our next blog for tips on emergency supply kits and making a family plan.

Roof Repairs

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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.

When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO of Bemidji Grand Rapids and Hibbing is ready

7/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bemidji Grand Rapids and 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