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The Dangers of Icicles

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

Icicles on house Keep your home free of ice build up to avoid water damage.

Icicles may look pretty on your house, but despite the dangers of the icicle itself, they are a sign that you have ice dams on your roof. Ice dams are the result of ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs. They can cause a number of problems if they are not taken care of properly.

Tips on avoiding ice dams and what to do if they form

  • Avoid ice dams by making sure your roof vents are cleared off regularly.
  • Shovel the roof, or hire a company to remove snow 6-8 feet back from the edge.
  • If you find yourself with an ice dam, call us today to ensure proper removal. Do not try to hammer the ice dam or use salt, this can result in damage to your roof.
  • If the ice dam has caused interior damage to the home, give your insurance agent a call to see if your insurance covers ice dam property damage. Then give us a call and we can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

What Does IICRC Certified Mean?

2/15/2023 (Permalink)

IICRC Certification Logo Our technicians are certified and trained for any disaster.

Have you ever wondered what it means to be IICRC Certified? Well, we are here to explain to you what those letters mean and why it is important. 

What Does IICRC Stand for?

IICRC stands for “The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification.” They are a non-profit organization that was formed in 1972.

What does the IICRC Do for Restoration Companies?

The IICRC creates the standards held within the restoration industry and provides the training and resources to restoration companies to complete certification. An IICRC firm has the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. 

What does IICRC Certification Mean to SERVPRO of Moorhead?

The IICRC Certification gives the SERVPRO of Moorhead customers the comfort of knowing that our crew has the knowledge and experience to work on their home or business. Our crew has dedicated time and effort to learn the correct protocols when working restoration.

5 Ways to Avoid a Dryer Fire

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

burnt up dryer Avoid a dryer fire by following these tips

Nearly every home today has a clothes dryer. If you have used a dryer, it is likely that you know the number one rule - clean the dryer lint out of the lint trap after every use! While that is a very important tip to stay safe from dryer fires, here are five more that might just save your dryer from a fire:

  • Use a Professional to Install Your Dryer

After spending a large amount of money on a dryer, it may be tempting to try and DIY your dryer installation. However, this can be very dangerous. A certified electrician will know how to safely install the dryer according to the manufacturer’s requirements.

  • Do Not Leave Your Dryer Running Unattended

Another common, but dangerous, practice is leaving your dryer running while you are not home or sleeping. Dryer fires can happen at any moment. If a fire does occur, it will be far less damaging if you catch it before it spreads throughout the house. Never leave a dryer running while you are away or sleeping.

  • Do Not Overload Your Dryer

Not only does overloading your dryer slow down the dry time, but it can also limit the air circulation in the dryer and puts stress on the machine. When the dryer is working harder, there is more friction which can lead to a dryer fire.

  • Keep Your Laundry Room Clean

Make sure that you are routinely cleaning your laundry area. Check behind the washer and dryer for any sock, clothes, lint, or dryer sheets. Allowing your laundry room to fill with clutter increases your chance for fire.

  • Clean the Dryer Exhaust Vent and Hose

Routinely clean your dryer’s exhaust vent and hose. Lint can accumulate in these areas leading to blockage. Not only will cleaning these areas out increase the efficiency and life of your dryer, but it will greatly decrease your risk for dryer fire.

Commercial Water Damage? We Can Help.

12/12/2022 (Permalink)

drying equipment stacked up for commercial loss Commercial water damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO of Moorhead to make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial water damage is devastating. There are many things to consider when your large commercial building has a water loss. How long will this affect the business? What will insurance cover? What will this cost me and my business? How long will the clean up really take? Luckily for you, we are the experts when it comes to answering all of these questions! 

We have seen it all when it comes to large commercial water damage clean ups. The crew at SERVPRO of Moorhead has the knowledge and proper equipment to ensure that your commercial space is back in no time. 

Hoarding: What To Do And Who To Call

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

Hoarding before and after 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

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

Stormy sky 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.

  • Check Exterior of 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.

  • Clean Out Your Gutters

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

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Do you know 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

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial building space 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.

  • Backup All Data

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

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

man standing in fire damaged kitchen 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?

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Phone screen of 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.

Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Moorhead – (218) 236-7447

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