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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

Your Local Cleaning, Restoration, and Construction Company.



Call SERVPRO of Moorhead for Your Next Livestock Building Clean

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning a turkey barn 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

Your Local Cleaning, Restoration, and Construction Company.



What is the Difference Between a Storm Watch and a Storm Warning

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

tornado in a field 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?

Storm Watch

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.

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!

SERVPRO of Moorhead – (218)236-7447

Your Local Cleaning, Restoration, and Construction Company.



Grilling Gone Wrong: Safety Tips on How to Avoid an Outdoor Fire Catastrophe

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Deck destroyed by grill fire 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:

  • Only use grills outside

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.

Call SERVPRO of Moorhead - (218) 236-7447

Fourth of July Sparklers Cause Injuries and Fires in Moorhead?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

A girl waves an American flag while fireworks light up the sky during a 4th of July celebration. 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

Call Us!

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.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Red River Flood Warning Issued for Clay County?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

A river has flooded its banks. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Moorhead.

Last month the National Weather Service issued hazardous weather and flood warnings for Clay and Cass Counties. Our local team in Moorhead mitigates and restores storm damage 24-hours a day. Here is some information from the National Weather Service on the different flood alerts.

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 happen, 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.

Call Us Today!

If your Moorhead home or commercial business has storm damage, our local team in Moorhead can help. We’ll restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-236-7447.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Will My Fire Damage Be Restored in Moorhead?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A window is boarded up after a fire damaged a home. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Clay County!

Our local team in Moorhead follows the same procedure when restoring homes and businesses damaged by fire as follows:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

We will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, installing new carpet, or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call Us!

Our local team in Moorhead are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Moorhead every year. Call us today at 218-236-7447.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Powerful Equipment Used to Restore Water Damage in Hawley?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A dog watches as a woman holds up a bucket to capture water falling from a leak in the ceiling. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Clay County!

Our local team in Moorhead has been restoring water damage in the Hawley area for years. We know that our fast emergency response time and use of advanced technology and industrial-grade equipment save our customers time and money by avoiding more extensive damage in many cases.

Moisture Detection and Measurement

  • Surface moisture meters
  • Infrared imagery
  • Evasive moisture detectors
  • Video borescope

Water Extraction Equipment

We use powerful extraction equipment to speed the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Drying Equipment

We use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors. Proper drying helps prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air

Call Us!

Pipes burst, plumbing systems fail, and appliances break down at all times of the day and night. You never know when you’ll need our water damage restoration services, but our local team in Moorhead is Here to Help ® if you do. We’ll restore your water damage in Hawley “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-236-7447.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Process is Used to Restore Water Damage in Dilworth?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Water drops cover a floor. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Clay County!

Our local team in Moorhead has been restoring water damage in Dilworth for years. Although every water restoration is unique, we follow the same process for all:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, remove odors, and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call Us!

When your Dilworth home or business has water damage, our local team in Moorhead is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-236-7447.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.