Hoarding: What To Do And Who To Call
Hoarding clean up by SERVPRO of Moorhead
When dealing with a hoarding situation, it can feel extremely overwhelming. Where to start, where to put all the stuff, how to decide what to keep… that is where we come in to help.
When it comes to hoarding, we have seen it all. At SERVPRO, we have the proper equipment and resources to clean up hoarding situations. We allow you to go through the stuff and keep what you would like, and we go through the rest disposing of it safely and properly. Don’t allow yourself to become stressed and overwhelmed on such a big project, trust the professionals at SERVPRO.
How to Prepare Your Moorhead Home for a Storm
Prepare your home when a storm is in the forecast
If there is a storm in the forecast, you may want to do some preparing beforehand. Preparing your home before a storm can minimize the risk of damage and reduce chances of needing restoration work. Follow these steps to protect your home:
- Ensure Doors and Windows are Shut
Before a storm make sure that your windows and doors are shut. If there are any cracks or openings, properly insulate them so that water or debris does not come into the home.
If you have siding that is damaged or weathered, a storm can cause even greater problems for you. Check around the exterior of your home for any holes or cracks. Water could enter the walls through the damaged exterior, causing damage to the inside of a home.
Gutters are often overlooked when preparing for a storm. It is so important to make sure that your gutters are clean from debris so that water can drain properly. Backed up water can lead to leaks and damage to the roof and walls of the home.
The 3 Components of Fire
Do you know the 3 components of fire?
THE 3 COMPONENTS OF FIRE
We often talk about fire damage and the aftermath in our industry, but the elements to start a fire go overlooked. Fire requires 3 different components to “live” - oxygen, heat, and fuel. Knowing how these 3 components work, can give you some insight on how to decrease your chances of a fire loss. Let's break it down:
A fire will not survive very long without oxygen. Oxygen helps produce an expanding series of chemical reactions. During this process, smoke and carbon monoxide are produced.
There needs to be enough combustible heat present to ignite. The heat necessary for igniting is different for each substance. For example, a large piece of wood is more difficult to light than a pile of dry leaves.
The type of fuel necessary to ignite a fire can be either organic or inorganic material. Wood or plastic can be the perfect “fuel” for a fire, especially on a property.The
Be Prepared: How to Protect Your Commercial Property
Do you have an emergency plan set in place for your commercial property?
Do you have a plan in place in case disaster strikes your commercial building? It is so important to be prepared BEFORE a fire, water, or storm event happens.Without a plan, your costs can skyrocket. Here are a few strategies to avoid future headache:
- Keep Important Items Above Ground Level
If a disaster event takes place and floods any areas of storage, it can leave a real mess. Make sure to keep important documents, inventory, tools, and electronics above ground level in case of flooding.
Always, always, always backup your data! We live in a digital world and to lose digital data can quickly destroy a business. It is so important to keep your data in a cloud to ensure that you can always recover it. Local computer experts can help you with this if you need.
- Have an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) in Place
Nobody plans for damage to their property and it can be difficult to gauge just how much damage may occur. At SERVPRO of Moorhead we encourage all businesses, large or small, to create an ERP. From planning a fire evacuation route to wearing a seatbelt, we are planning for the unexpected everyday. Why not protect your business with a foolproof plan that all employees can follow? Consider scheduling a meeting with your local SERVPRO Sales and Marketing Representative to discuss setting up an ERP today.
Fire, Smoke and Soot Breakdown
Fire, smoke or soot damage? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Moorhead!
Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow for us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of [Douglas & Otter Tail Counties] will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire.
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
What is an Emergency Ready Profile?
Emergency Ready Profile
At SERVPRO of Moorhead we offer a service called an Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP. An ERP is a plan that we work with you to create in case of an emergency. Whether it be fire damage, broken pipes or tornado damage, we know how to prepare for it all.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover after a disaster strikes, according to industry research. Most businesses that do survive, had a strategic plan put in place prior to the disaster. Pre-planning will save you headaches down the road, and could potentially save your business. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is available to businesses at no cost. It will take little time to complete and will not take you away from other projects.
Ensure the safety of your business and create an ERP today! Contact your local SERVPRO Sales and Marketing Representative at (218) 236-7447.
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Call SERVPRO of Moorhead for Your Next Livestock Building Clean
Keep your livestock safe and healthy by scheduling cleanings regularly!
Did you know we offer livestock barn cleanings? We clean barns across Minnesota and North Dakota, regularly making sure that they are up to standards.
Cleaning a livestock barn is a lot of work! Tackling it on your own can feel daunting. Our crew of professionals can take that stress off your back. When hiring us to clean a livestock barn, we will ensure that your barn will be left clean, safe for the animals, and smelling fresh. Well… as fresh as a barn can smell! Whether you raise cattle, turkeys, swine, or any other type of livestock, we can do it all.Call us today to schedule your next barn cleaning.
Book Your Cleaning Today! Call SERVPRO of Moorhead – (218)236-7447
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What is the Difference Between a Storm Watch and a Storm Warning
When a storm comes through your community, know the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning
A storm watch and a storm warning are different things. Many times we hear the radio or tv talk about a “watch” or “warning”, but do you really know the difference?
A storm watch means that the weather conditions are favorable to it becoming severe weather, although no severe weather has been reported yet. This lets people know that they should prepare for severe weather. A storm watch can always turn into a storm warning.
A storm warning means that severe weather has been reported and specific locations are announced. When a warning is reported, you should take shelter immediately to ensure your safety.
At SERVPRO of *Franchise* we are prepared for any type of storm damage that may come your way. Our crews are always ready and on standby when a storm rolls in. If you find yourself needing storm damage restoration services, give us a call!
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Grilling Gone Wrong: Safety Tips on How to Avoid an Outdoor Fire Catastrophe
This photo is from an actual customer who had a grill fire. Fortunately, they called us and we were able to cleanup and fix the damage!
Grilling season is upon us! Who doesn’t love a good summer bar-b-que? Hot dogs, steaks, hamburgers… nothing beats a good grill out. That is if everything goes smoothly. Without following proper safety protocols, your deck or home could end up fried. Follow these 8 safety tips from First Alert to stay safe this grilling season:
It might seem like a good idea to set up your grill in your garage or under a balcony to stay in the shade or keep out of the rain. However, this is a major fire risk. Keep your grill in a place where there is plenty of ventilation.
- Place your grill away from your home
Grills should always be at least 10 feet from home and other fire hazardous structures.
- Make sure your grill is located on a flat, level surface
Your grill should not be on a slope or uneven surface. This could lead to the grill tipping over and easily starting a fire.
- Check your grill for leaks
If you store your grill inside for the winter, you should always check it thoroughly before grilling season. Leaks in gas lines can cause propane or natural gas to build up while the lid is closed. Always open your lid before lighting.
- Always clean your grill after use
Barbecuing regularly causes grease to build up. If not properly cleaned it can act as fuel and catch fire while the grill is in use.
- Never leave a grill unattended while in use
You should never leave a grill alone while it is in use. High heat and open flames is a recipe for disaster if left unattended.
- Wear appropriate clothing
When grilling food, wear clothes that won’t interfere while you are cooking. Loose articles of clothing are more easily caught on fire. If clothing does catch on fire, remember to stop, drop, and roll.
- Keep a spray bottle and fire extinguisher on hand
Keep a spray bottle nearby while cooking in case small flames ignite and fire extinguisher incase of larger flames.
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Fourth of July Sparklers Cause Injuries and Fires in Moorhead?
We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Clay County.
Do you know that sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries? Sparklers reach 1200 degrees Fahrenheit – that’s 300 degrees hotter than it takes to melt glass! Our team in Moorhead wants everyone to have a safe and fire-damage-free 4th of July celebration. According to The National Fire Protection Association, more than 19,500 reported fires are started annually by fireworks.
If you plan to purchase and set off legal fireworks in Moorhead, here are some fireworks safety tips from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or another mishap
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
- Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs
Fires can occur at any time for any number of reasons. If your Moorhead home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, our local team in Moorhead can help. We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-236-7447.
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