Recent Storm Damage Posts

Heavy Snow Load Damages Roof of Keewatin Home?

2/13/2024 (Permalink)

A roof is covered in snow. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours daily in Itasca County.

Our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Keewatin. Allowing snow to accumulate on rooftops can lead to various problems and is generally not advisable for several reasons.

The weight of accumulated snow can place an enormous load on the roof structure, exceeding its design capacity. This excess weight can result in structural damage, including roof collapses or compromised integrity, leading to costly repairs or even endangering the occupants.

Snow melts during the day and refreezes at night, encouraging the formation of ice dams along the roof's eaves. These ice dams can obstruct proper drainage, causing water to back up under the shingles and leak into the interior of the building. This water infiltration can damage ceilings, walls, insulation, and electrical systems, leading to costly repairs and mold issues.

Additionally, the constant presence of snow on the roof can contribute to poor insulation efficiency, making it harder and more expensive to heat the building. Snow on the roof can act as an insulator, preventing proper heat transfer through the roof and increasing heating costs during the winter months.

To discourage property damage from snow load accumulation, snow should be removed routinely from rooftops to prevent structural damage, ice dam formation, and energy inefficiency, ultimately protecting the integrity and longevity of the building.

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When your home or business in Keewatin has storm damage, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc on Grand Rapids Homes?

1/30/2024 (Permalink)

A home is covered in snow from a recent storm. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Itasca County.

Severe weather is a common threat to homes during the winter months. Our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams are highly trained and certified to restore storm damage quickly and efficiently. Some of the potential damage that can occur during a winter storm in Grand Rapids include:

Snow Accumulation: Heavy snowfall can accumulate on roofs, creating the risk of structural damage, especially for older or weaker roofs.

Ice Dams: The combination of snow and freezing temperatures can lead to ice dams on roofs, which can cause water infiltration, roof leaks, and damage to ceilings and walls.

Frozen Pipes: Extremely cold temperatures can lead to frozen water pipes, which can burst and cause water damage when they thaw.

Power Outages: Winter storms may result in power outages due to downed power lines or equipment failures. This can lead to heating system failures, frozen pipes, and other issues.

Wind Damage: High winds associated with winter storms can damage roofs, siding, windows, and doors. It can also cause falling trees or branches that may damage homes...

Reduced Insulation Efficiency: Snow and ice can accumulate on walls and around windows and doors, reducing the insulation's effectiveness and increasing heating costs.

Frost Heave: The freezing and thawing of the ground can cause frost heave, which can affect foundations, driveways, and sidewalks.

Flooding During Thaw: After a winter storm, the melting snow can lead to localized flooding and water damage, especially if storm drains are blocked.

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When your home or commercial business has storm damage, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Bemidji Community Plans in Advance for the Next Disaster?

9/26/2023 (Permalink)

Emergency supplies are gathered on a table. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Beltrami County.

Our Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams respond to storm damage emergencies throughout the year and want everyone to stay safe during and after a disaster happens. Every September the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosts National Preparedness Month, a month-long series of events and awareness campaigns to help communities across the nation with disaster planning.

During National Preparedness Month, widespread public awareness campaigns are conducted by organizations such as FEMA, the American Red Cross, and other emergency management agencies. These campaigns utilize multiple communication channels, including television, radio, social media, and websites, to disseminate information about preparedness measures, resources, and action steps.

This year’s theme focuses on elderly populations and identifying their needs for support and resources before, during, and after a disaster occurs. According to the Red Cross, there are several factors that make older adults more vulnerable after disasters, including, but not limited to:

  • A greater likelihood to suffer from chronic conditions and the need for associated medications
  • A greater reliance on assistive devices such as walkers or glasses, as well as support from caregivers and others
  •  An increased likelihood of social isolation

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You never know when the next big disaster will occur and cause damage to your home or commercial property in Bemidji, but when you need us, you can count on our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team to restore the storm damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Clogged Rain Gutters Cause Water Damage to Bemidji Home?

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

A clogged rain gutter prevents water from flowing into the downspout. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Beltrami County.

Our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams are on call to respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Bemidji.

What makes us a leader in storm damage restoration services?

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

One common and preventable form of water-related storm damage is the result of clogged rain gutters. When rain gutters are clogged, water backs up onto the roof structure and can cause significant water damage. After any major storm, high wind, or hail event, your home or business should be inspected for visible signs of damage. Here are some of the indicators of storm damage:

  • Debris on the roof
  • Dents in your siding
  • Clogged or broken rain gutters
  • Visible damage to the roof facia
  • Visible signs of the roof flashing
  • Water spots on your ceiling or walls
  • Cracked, dented, or lifted roof shingles
  • Missing roof shingles

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You never know when a rain storm will cause damage to your home, but when you need help, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team will restore the storm damage in your Bemidji home or commercial business “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Tree Damages Hibbing Home During Intense Summer Storm?

8/22/2023 (Permalink)

A large, fallen tree covers a road. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in St. Louis County.

Summer storms can bring heavy rain and powerful winds that can cause property damage. Falling trees can cause damage to homes and businesses and cause power outages. When a tree falls on your house it can cause broken windows and damage to the siding and roof. Immediate action must be taken to secure your property and mitigate the damage.

Our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams are on call 24 hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. As soon as we arrive, we will tarp and board any areas of the home that are exposed to the elements, and inspect and assess the damage. We will contact your insurance adjuster and work with you to develop a plan for restoring the damage and begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Home expert, Bob Villa, suggests taking these steps when a tree falls on your house:

  • Call 911 and the electrical company if power lines are down
  • Call a storm damage restoration company to tarp and board up any areas of the home to prevent additional weather damage
  • Call your insurance company to start the claims process
  • Consult your homeowners insurance policy to understand your financial obligation

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When a tree falls on your home or commercial business in Hibbing and causes property damage, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team can help! We’ll restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Summer Storm Causes Flooding Damage to Grand Rapids Home?

8/7/2023 (Permalink)

A summer storm brings heavy rain, causing rain gutters on a home to overflow. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Beltrami County.

Our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team has been restoring storm damage in Grand Rapids for many years. Summer storms can lead to flash flooding events that can cause water intrusion issues when there are poor drainage conditions. According to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, failed sump pumps are the cause of many basement floods. Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips to keep your sump pump in good repair:

  • Open the lid and remove debris that may be blocking the water inlet screen
  • Pour about five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on, and the water should discharge through the outlet pipe
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe
  • Water should be flowing from the pipe and away from the home
  • Contact a plumbing professional if the sump pump fails to operate during this inspection
  • Install a battery backup system
  • Choose a system with a battery replacement warning
  • Replace batteries every two to three years

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When your home or commercial business suffers storm damage and you need emergency mitigation and restoration services, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team can help! Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Bemidji Home Damaged by Torrential Rainfall?

7/25/2023 (Permalink)

Heavy rain falls outside a window during a summer storm. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Beltrami County. Key Words:

Our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams witness firsthand the damage storms can do to homes and businesses. Summer storms can blow in, bringing heavy rain, and causing flash floods and water damage to homes and businesses. Here are some flood alert definitions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Flood Watch

  • Be Prepared! A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

  • Take action!A Flood Warning is issued when a hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flash Flood Warning

  • Take action!A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood-prone area, move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

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When your home or commercial business in Bemidji has a storm damage emergency and needs storm damage restoration services, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team can help. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Tornado Safety Tips for Pengilly Residents?

6/6/2023 (Permalink)

A tornado is visible in the sky. We are leaders in storm damage restoration services in Beltrami County.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, tornadoes have occurred in Minnesota every month from March through November. Our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams have been restoring storm damage for Pengilly residents for years. Here are some tornado safety tips from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway)
  • If possible, avoid sheltering in any room with windows
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home

If you are outside or in a mobile home, find a nearby building, preferably with a basement. If you are in a car, do not try to outrun a tornado, but instead, find the nearest sturdy building.

No one can know a tornado’s strength before it touches down, so keep up with local weather information, especially when thunderstorms are forecasted. Prepare your home and family for the possibility of a tornado. Moving to a shelter quickly is easier when everyone knows where to go, whether in your home or outdoors. Following these tips will give you the best chance of staying safe.

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When your home or business in Pengilly  has a storm damage emergency, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team can help. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Overland Flooding Predicted for Low-lying Areas of Beltrami County?

5/23/2023 (Permalink)

A road is closed due to flooding. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Bemidji.

Our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing teams witness firsthand the damage flooding can cause to homes and commercial properties in Beltrami County. The combination of snow and warmer temperatures can cause a rapid thaw that may lead to overland flooding when streams and drainage areas cannot handle the volume of water from the thaw.

The Bemidji Pioneer urges people with basements and lower-level walkouts or entries to make sure water is flowing away from the home and check to see that sump pumps are in working condition. If your home experienced flooding last year, make sure all drainage areas are clear and rain gutters and downspouts are free of debris.

Here are some tips from the National Weather Service for staying safe while driving in flood conditions:

Flood Condition Driving Safety Rules

  • Avoid already flooded and high-velocity flow areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. If you enter a flowing stream and the water gets above your knee, TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions
  • If floodwaters rise around your car, but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the vehicle and enter the moving water.

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When you have flooding damage in your home or commercial business in Bemidji, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team can help. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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How Can I Keep My Food From Spoiling During a Power Outage in Bemidji?

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

A person removes spoiled food from a refrigerator. We restore storm damage quickly and efficiently in Beltrami County.

Storms can cause power outages at any time of the year in Beltrami County, causing food supplies to spoil. Our team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day. The United States Department of Agriculture offers these helpful tips for food safety during a power outage:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed
  • The refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours. If the power is off longer, you can transfer food to a cooler and fill it with ice or frozen gel packs. Make sure there is enough ice to keep food in the cooler at 40°F or below. Add more ice to the cooler as it begins to melt.
  • A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full)
  • Obtain dry ice or block ice if your power is going to be out for a prolonged period. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot freezer for 2 days. (Caution: Do not touch dry ice with bare hands or place it in direct contact with food.)
  • In freezers, food in the front, in the door, or in small, thin packages will defrost faster than large, thick items or food in the back or bottom of the unit

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When you have storm damage in your home or commercial business in Bemidji, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team can help. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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What Kind of Supplies Should I Stock for a Power Outage in Hibbing?

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

Flashlights and batteries sit on a counter in a home, ready for emergency use. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in St. Louis County.

Have you checked your stock of emergency supplies lately? Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day and sometimes the power is knocked out by storm damage. Minnesota Power urges residents to be prepared in the event of a power outage as follows:

  • Keep at least one flashlight for each household member, a battery-powered radio, and extra batteries in an accessible place
  • During cold weather, have extra clothing layers, warm footwear, hats, gloves, and blankets and/or sleeping bags available
  • Be prepared to move to a location with power and heat during an extended power outage in extreme cold

Here are some power outage tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Use alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or power-dependent medical devices
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling
  • Check on neighbors

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When you have a power outage from storm damage in your home or commercial business in Hibbing, our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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What Can I Do to Prepare for a Power Outage in Bemidji?

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

Items sit on a counter in readiness for a power outage. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Beltrami County.

Are you ready for the next power outage? Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing wants everyone to be prepared for a winter power outage and offer these tips from the Red Cross:

Create a support network. Identify people who can help you stay at home or evacuate during an extended power outage. Keep a paper copy of your contact list.

Stay connected and alert. Sign up for alert systems and apps for text alerts. Have communication devices that work without home power, including a crank or battery radio, a non-cordless home phone, chargers, and batteries for your cell phones and your computers.

Stock food and water. Store non-perishable food and water supplies for at least two weeks. Plan to use coolers and ice to extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer, or cooler to monitor the food temperature.

Know and plan for your personal and medical electrical needs. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider backup and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices, refrigerated medicine, cooking, garage doors, locks, and elevators. Discuss a plan with your doctors for your medical needs.

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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. 

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Thundersnow Damages Home in Keewatin?

2/21/2023 (Permalink)

A snowstorm obscures the view on a roadway. We restore storm damage 24 hours a day in Itasca County.

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Keewatin. When you combine snowstorms with lightning, you get thundersnow. Although thunderstorms are less common during the winter months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), thundersnow is sometimes observed downstream of the Great Lakes and the Great Salt Lake during lake-effect snowstorms. Thundersnow occurs when there is strong instability and abundant moisture above the surface, such as a warm front.

Our professionals have been restoring storm damage in Keewatin for years. As soon as we arrive, we will inspect and assess the damage and secure the structure by boarding and tarping up any areas exposed to the elements. Once the building is secure, we will begin the restoration process, which can involve anything from tree removal to window replacement. When required to complete a restoration, we can supervise a full range of building and reconstruction services, including:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Severe Storm Causes Power Outages in Hibbing?

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

A flashlight sits on a kitchen counter during a power outage. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a St. Louis County.

Winter storms are coming, and the chance for power outages comes with them. Hibbing gets 122 days of snow, rain, sleet, or hail each year. Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing wants everyone to be prepared in the event of a power outage and offers this information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for protecting yourself during a power outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Use alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or power-dependent medical devices
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling
  • Check on neighbors

If your home or business has storm damage, our storm damage response team has the equipment, training, and experience to secure your property and board up any areas of the structure exposed to the elements. We also provide a full range of building and reconstruction services when needed to restore a property to pre-damage condition.  

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When your Hibbing home or business has a storm damage emergency, our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Tornado Warning for Bemidji Residents?

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado warning sign is seen on a stormy day. We are leaders in storm damage restoration in Beltrami County.

Last summer, a tornado landed in Beltrami County and dropped-baseball size hail. Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies every year. Here are the National Weather Service alert definitions for tornadoes and high winds:

Tornado Watch: this means a tornado is possible.

Tornado Warning: this means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. Go to your safe place immediately.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have 58 miles per hour wind gusts and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury

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When your Bemidji home or commercial business has storm damage, our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Worst Summer Storm in Bemidji History?

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Thunderclouds are moving through the atmosphere. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Beltrami County.

Our local team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing restores storm damage 24-hours a day. In 2012, 80 miles per hour straight-line winds caused by a fast-moving thunderstorm tore through northern Minnesota and left a trail of debris and property damage. Powerlines fell, leaving many people without power.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), straight-line winds cause far more damage than winds from tornadoes. The NOAA defines straight-line winds as thunderstorm winds that have no rotation, and these winds do not produce tornadoes.

Downbursts are a common cause of wind damage from a thunderstorm, and they can reach over 100 miles per hour and are caused by air being dragged down by precipitation. When the air reaches the ground, it spreads out across the surface of the land it encounters in a straight line.

A Derecho is a very long-lived and damaging thunderstorm. A storm is classified as a derecho if the wind damage swath extends more than 240 miles and has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour along most of the length of the storm’s path.

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

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Thunderstorm Safety Tips for Bemidji Residents?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A thunderstorm with lightning is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Beltrami County.

Recently severe thunderstorms swept through Minnesota, causing power outages and property damage in many parts of the state. Our team in Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing responds to storm damage in Bemidji every year. We want everyone to be safe during thunderstorms and offer this helpful information and safety tips from the National Weather Service:

Nowhere outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. Run to a safe building or vehicle when you first hear thunder, see lightning or observe dark threatening clouds developing overhead. Stay inside until 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

  • Stop all activities
  • Seek shelter in a substantial building or a hard-topped vehicle
  • Wait thirty minutes after the storm to resume activities
  • Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
  • Don't touch electrical equipment or cords
  • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls

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Storms and storm damage are common challenges in the Bemidji area. Our Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team can help when you have storm damage in your home or commercial business. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Thunderstorm and Hail Damage in Bemidji?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Two baseball-sized hailstones sit in the palm of a man’s hand. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Beltrami County.

Last year strong thunderstorms produced very large hail in Beltrami County. Reports ranged from golf ball-sized hail and baseball-sized hail! Three tornadoes were reported shortly after the hail reports. Bemidji residents and commercial businesses rely on our Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team to storm damage quickly and efficiently. Sometimes hail forms when drops of water freeze together in the cold upper regions of thunderstorm clouds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  classify hailstones by comparing them to the size of a known object as follows:

  • Pea = 1/4 inch diameter
  • Mothball = 1/2 inch diameter
  • Penny = 3/4 inch diameter
  • Nickel = 7/8 inch
  • Quarter = 1 inch — hail quarter size or larger is considered severe
  • Ping-Pong Ball = 1 1/2 inch
  • Golf Ball = 1 3/4 inches
  • Tennis Ball = 2 1/2 inches
  • Baseball = 2 3/4 inches
  • Tea cup = 3 inches
  • Softball = 4 inches
  • Grapefruit = 4 1/2 inches

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You never know when your property may get damaged by hail. Bemidji residents experience all kinds of severe weather throughout the year. When your Bemidji home or business needs storm damage cleanup and restoration services, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

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Rare Spring Storm Impacts Northern Minnesota and Bemidji?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Snow covers cars on the street. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Beltrami County.

Last month, our Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team responded to many storm damage emergencies caused by a rare, messy spring storm and unusual snow burst. This complex storm was a combination of freezing rain, sleet, and thunderstorms ending with snowfall accumulating at rates of up to three inches per hour! The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources describes the rarity of this storm as follows:

  • A typical "heavy" snowfall observation in Minnesota, with visibility to a quarter-mile or less, is associated with rates of about an inch per hour
  • Most areas in Minnesota see these types of snowfall rates once or twice per year on average, and it's not uncommon for communities to go years in between them
  • Even in heavy snowstorms, sustained snowfall rates exceeding two inches per hour are uncommon, and such observation may be expected just once or twice per decade, on average
  • Snowfall rates of three inches per hour occur only in Minnesota's very heaviest snow bands, and a given community may have decades in between such observations

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You never know when a severe storm will damage your home or commercial business in Bemidji, but if your property is damaged by inclement weather, our local Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Hibbing team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Damage in Hermantown Home?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

A yellow storm warning sign is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Aitkin County.

Hermantown experiences a wide variety of extreme weather conditions throughout the year. Winter brings freezing weather, snow, and winds that can last through early spring. High winds can occur due to blizzards, severe weather, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Our Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties team responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. Here are some tips for minimizing wind damage from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

High Wind Warnings 

  • Are issued when sustained winds of 40 miles per hour or greater or gusts up to 58 miles per hour or greater are expected
  • These high winds are usually associated with severe thunderstorms and hurricanes

Preparing for High Winds

  • Be sure your property is secure
  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away.
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure objects that could blow away and cause damage or injury

Call Us!

Storm damage can happen at any time throughout the year. When your Hermantown home or commercial business has storm damage, our restoration team here in Aitkin, Carlton, and West St. Louis Counties is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-879-6141.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tree-Damaged Home in Bemidji?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

A tree has fallen over during a storm. We clear downed trees and storm damage 24-hours a day in Beltrami County.

Snow, rain, and freezing temperatures are part of March weather in Bemidji. In March, the average snowfall is 5.83 inches, and it rains about 6.9 days. SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day. When a tree falls and damages your home, fast action must be taken to minimize the potential for further damage. Sometimes the damage is extensive and will require building services to repair the storm damage. We are licensed general contractors and can supervise a full range of building and reconstruction services, including:

  • Tree Removal
  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair

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Storm damage can happen at anytime, and you never know when a tree will fall on your house or building. When your Bemidji home or business has storm damage, and you need help, SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing will arrive quickly to mitigate and remediate the damage immediately. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Frostbite Symptoms in Pengilly?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

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The average high temperature in Pengilly this time of year is twenty-one degrees, and the average low temperature is zero degrees. Burrrrrr! SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing, has a team of storm damage technicians ready to restore storm damage every day of the year. Here is some information about frostbite and hypothermia from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):


Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.

Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, firm or waxy skin.

Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.

Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.

Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, or drowsiness.

Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.

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When you need storm damage restoration services for your Bemidji home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Damaged Rain Gutters in Grand Rapids?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A damaged rain gutter is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Itasca County.

Before winter sets in is an excellent time for Grand Rapids residents to inspect rain gutter systems for possible damage or debris and make repairs as needed. SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day, and we typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Here are some tips for inspecting your rain gutters from home expert Bob Villa:

Inspect your rain gutters for visible signs of cracking. Use binoculars to inspect for smaller cracks. If you see extensive cracking, replacement is required.

Inspect gutter seams for damage where two horizontal sections meet.

Inspect your home’s paint job. If there is evidence of paint peeling, it may point to rain gutter failure. Check the section of the rain gutter closest to the paint damage for leaks. If there are more than a couple of leaks, you may want to replace the rain gutters.

Inspect your home’s exterior wood elements for rotting windowsills or door jambs. You may have clogged rain gutters or inadequate storm drainage.

Inspect the exterior of the home for mildew damage. If there is moisture accumulating around or near the foundation, mildew can grow. This is a sign your rain gutters are not working properly.

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When your Grand Rapids home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing has a team of restoration technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Wind-damaged Roof in Keewatin?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

A roof is shown with damaged roof shingles. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Itasca County.

Storm damage can happen at any time of the year in Keewatin. High winds can cause damage to the roofs of homes and businesses, but there are ways to minimize the potential for roof damage. SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing mitigates and restores storm damage 24-hours a day. Here are some tips for making your roof less vulnerable to wind damage from State Farm Insurance:

  • Strong winds can cause shingles to peel off, especially if edge shingles are not well secured or the adhesive on their tabs has failed
    • A roofing professional can evaluate your roof, and if needed, additional roofing cement can be added under each tab to help keep the shingles attached during a high-wind event
  • The shingles should be attached to roof decking of solid 5/8-inch-thick plywood
  • The roof decking should be attached to the roof framing using 8 diameter ring shank nails and a secondary water barrier created by installing self-adhering flashing tape over the joints in the roof deck
  • For greater resistance to wind uplift, apply a bead of construction adhesive along both sides of the intersection between the roof decking and the rafters or trusses. Your roofing professional can provide you with information about additional safeguards.

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When your Keewatin home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-999-9799. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm-Damaged Home in Grand Rapids?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A tree has fallen over in a storm by a house. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Itasca County.

Last month, Grand Rapids residents were without power after a severe storm toppled trees that caused damage to powerlines. SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing worked closely within the community to mitigate and restore damage caused by the storm. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for staying safe when there is a power outage:

Monitor alerts. Check local weather reports and any notifications.

Contact your support network and let people know you’re okay.

Keep food cold, and when in doubt, throw it out. Eat your fresh, perishable foods first. Throw out food that has been warmer than 40 degrees F.

Prevent power overloads and fire hazards. Unplug appliances and electronics. Use flashlights, not candles. Turn off the utilities only if you suspect damage or if local officials instruct you to do so. If any circuit breakers have been tripped, contact an electrician to inspect them before turning them on.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Don’t use a gas stove to heat your home, and do not use outdoor stoves indoors for heating or cooking. If using a generator, keep it outside in a well-ventilated area

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When your Grand Rapids home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-999-9799. 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorm Safety Tips for Hibbing?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A thunderstorm is shown. We are trusted leaders in storm restoration in St. Louis County.

Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips for Hibbing Residents

SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Hibbing. The northern area of Minnesota experiences about thirty thunderstorms each year, while the southern part of the state gets about forty. Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

 Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up

Indoor Lightning Safety

  • Stay off of corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets
  • Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls

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When your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing has a team of highly trained restoration technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-999-9799. We’ll restore your storm damage in Hibbing “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is Here to Help When Storms Hie

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing team standing with customer SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is Here to Help when disaster strikes.

Wow, what a crazy 24-36 hours it has been. About half of the Grand Rapids community is still without power, including our office and there is another storm predicted to roll through.We are completely blown away by the strength and character of our community and SERVPRO team. We had teams out in the community helping neighbors with downed trees, and limbs, and whatever cleanup was needed. It’s is not easy work but it sure is rewarding especially when our community showers us with such lovely praise as they do, here is what a few of our neighbors had to say about SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing over these past couple of days.“Thank you Sara and the SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing team, I did not know what I was going to do, and then you all showed up.”“ Thank you SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing For patching my roof and cutting away the downed tree.”And“ It’s times like this when we see the community come together that we are blown away. Thank you for helping my mom when she needed it.”Many on our team feel that these past few days have been some of the most rewarding days of their careers. That Gene and Heidi Peherson (owners of SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing ) truly care about the communities we serve and showed that compassion and generosity these past few days by helping our neighbors in need.

Wildfire Prevention Tips for Bemidji?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

White lightning is shown striking against a dark sky. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Beltrami County.

SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Lightning strikes and humans both can cause wildfires. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to prevent wildfires:

Prevention is critical as people cause 85 percent of wildfires by burning debris, using equipment improperly, discarding cigarettes carelessly, leaving campfires unattended, and arson.

  • Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. Hot components under your vehicle can spark fires.
  • Use equipment responsibly. Lawnmowers, chain saws, tractors, and trimmers can all spark a wildfire.
  • Use caution any time you use fire. Dispose of charcoal briquettes and fireplace ashes properly, never leave any outdoor fire unattended and make sure that outdoor fires are fully extinguished before leaving the area.
  • If residential debris burning is allowed – use caution! After obtaining any necessary permits, ensure that burning is not currently restricted in your area.
  • Store combustible or flammable materials in approved safety containers away from the house
  • Keep the gas grill and propane tank at least 15 feet away from any structure
  • Do not use the grill during potentially dangerous fire weather conditions. Always have a fire extinguisher or hose nearby.

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SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing has a team of restoration technicians on-call and ready to respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-999-9799. We’ll restore your storm damage in Bemidji, “Like it never even happened.”  

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm-damaged Roof in Grand Rapids?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can Happen When You Least Expect It

When my Grand Rapids home was damaged in a recent storm, we were out of town, and the damage wasn’t discovered for a few days. A tree had broken a window and water and debris were everywhere. My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing and I’m glad I did. 

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing has been responding to storm damage emergencies for years in Grand Rapids area and knows that severe weather is unpredictable and storm damage happens no matter how well prepared we are. After a storm has passed is a good time to inspect your roof for storm damage (if possible) and make repairs as needed.

Storm Damage Roof Inspection

Look for obvious signs of damage to the roof, including damaged roof shingles, damaged roof gutters, and downspouts. Check roof vents and look for cracks in weather stripping around doors and windows. Replace damaged materials as necessary. 

Call Us Today! 

SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing has a team of highly trained technicians with the specialized training and experience to clean and restore storm damage quickly and efficiently. We’ll restore your storm damage in Grand Rapids, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Rainstorm Damage in Bemidji?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Dark, menacing storm clouds cover the sky, threatening rain. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Beltrami County.

Rainy day Blues in Bemidji

Northern Minnesota sees lots of severe weather throughout the year. The spring months bring rain, and rain brings water damage. At SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing, we respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day, and we know that our fast response time minimizes the damage in many cases. Here is a water damage timeline from our website that demonstrates the damage water can cause in a week and more:

48 Hours to 1 Week

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

More Than 1 Week

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically, and replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants

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When your Bemidji home or commercial business experiences a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing has a team of storm restoration technicians on call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-999-9799. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage in Grand Rapids?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A person is using a squeegee to remove water from a flooded floor. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Itasca County.

Storm Damage Tips

You never know when storm damage might occur, and when it does, it’s important to mitigate the damage quickly to avoid costly structural repairs. SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing offer these helpful tips from our website on what to do and what not to do after a flooding:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us!

When you have a storm damage emergency SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is has a team of highly trained restoration technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 218-999-9799. We’ll restore your storm damage in Grand Rapids, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO® of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is Independently Owned and Operated.

Got Storm Damage?

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Spring thunderstorm

Thunderstorms can be beautiful yet dangerous and scary. They can cause a lot of damages you didn’t expect, though you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.”

The SERVPRO Emergency Response Team is ready come help you recover from damages that were caused from strong winds, lightning strikes, large hail or a tree falling on the house during the storm.

The SERVPRO Emergency Response:

  • Assessment of hot to restore your property
  • Guidance to help you get back to your property following a disaster
  • SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing will provide mitigation and restoration
  • Will work with your insurance for you to lessen the stress load
  • Provides details each day on the progress of restoration process
  • Will perform a final walkthrough with you to assure quality service

Check out the link to the types of storms

Storm type video

Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing to include KEEWATIN RESIDENTS

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO today if your basement had any flooding from a recent storm or any other storm damage to your home. We will inspect and assess the damages of the area affected. The moisture levels will be monitored to ensure efficient drying. The top of the line equipment dries tough to reach spaces inside walls quickly to prevent further damages from happening.

TIPS to prepare for a storm

  • Keep a flashlight in a convenient location
  • Get candles ready to light in case of power outage
  • If possibility of a tornado, keep windows open just a crack
  • Have a first aid kit fully stocked, ready to use and make sure everyone knows its location
  • Have a safety kit made and ready to use before the storm hits

Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing to include PENGILLY RESIDENTS

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Boarding up a property is done to protect your home or business if it has suffered damages from fire, storm or any other disaster. The boards are put up on the outside of the window or door to keep the glass from shattering in case any debris starts flying from strong winds from the storm.

Boarding up is essential for security being maintained along with protection from more damage occurring. 

Your stress levels can elevate as the devastation becomes overwhelming. Our Certified Technicians are compassionate and are always there to help you through every step of the process.

SERVPRO strives to get you back into your restored home or business as soon as possible.

Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. 

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