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Be prepared for power outages from storms in Moorhead

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon home with storm damage When storms cause damage, trust SERVPRO of Moorehead.

Managing Without Power in Moorhead 

SERVPRO of Moorhead has seen storm damage lead to power outages.   

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Moorhead, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery.  You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

SERVPRO of Moorhead is independently owned and operated. 



Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Moorhead

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

woman with kitchen fire When fire strikes, SERVPRO of Moorhead is Here To Help.

SERVPRO of Moorhead understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your Moorhead home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Moorhead shares these tips. They make more sense than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including: dish towels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stove top
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your Moorhead home.



SERVPRO of Moorhead reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Moorhead is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

Odor Removal in Glyndon?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

The nose of a large dog can be seen poking through a fence. We have the training and equipment to remove any offensive odor in Moorhead.

Dog Gone Blues

My dog Rocky gets bored easily, but he manages to keep himself entertained most of the time. However, today I was not amused when I came home from grocery shopping in Glyndon, and my house looked like a crime scene. Rocky managed to tip over the garbage pail and scatter the entire contents all over my kitchen and living room. There were chewed bits of paper, dog-teeth-dented soup cans, mauled take-out containers, and lots of other detritus too chewed up to identify. Not only did the house reek, but Rocky also reeked, so he went outside while I called SERVPRO® of Moorhead. They sent out a team of odor restoration technicians, and they went to work immediately.

They were able to locate the odors and used products specific to each different scent they identified. They removed all the garbage and cleaned and deodorized all of the surfaces. When they were through, you would never know that there had been a stinky mess in my house! Rocky had to stay outside until he could get a bath, but hopefully, he learned his lesson.

Call Us Today!

Offensive odors can happen at any time in Glyndon, and when they do, SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-236-7447. We’ll clean, sanitize, and deodorize your property, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Control Moisture to Help Stop Mold Growth in Moorhead

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

mold in a petri dish If mold has you feeling like you are in a petri dish, call SERVPRO of Moorhead.

Condensation and Mold in Moorhead.

There are many different kinds of mold. EVERY SINGLE ONE needs moisture to grow.

Mold doesn’t need a storm or flood. Even a tiny bit of dampness is enough for mold.

Have you seen condensed water on the inside of a window? Have you noticed water droplets near the shower?  That water is more than enough for mold to start growing.

SERVPRO of Moorhead wants you to know: if you control moisture, you control mold.

Control Moisture:

  • Clean spills or leaks quickly. Mold can start growing within 24 hours
  • Make sure roof gutters are in good shape
  • Don’t let water collect around the house foundation
  • Don’t let water collect in the air-conditioner drip pans
  • Keep drains clear
  • Indoor humidity should be under 40%
  • Wipe condensation from windows, pipes, or walls

SERVPRO of Moorhead offers these suggestions:

  • Use exhaust fans
  • Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers. Low humidity reduces condensation
  • Use the bathroom fan when you shower
  • Appliances should vent to the outside. Even stoves, washers and dryers produce water vapor

SERVPRO of Moorhead has ideas on reducing condensation:

  • Increase air movement
    • Open doors & windows
    • Use fans
  • Insulate cold surfaces like water pipes
  • Keep  the temperature comfortable

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Hidden Water Damage in Moorhead?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

A water-damaged ceiling is shown with cracked paint and soggy drywall. We are Moorhead’s trusted water restoration specialists.

Water Condensation Caused This?

One morning I looked up at my ceiling in Barnesville and saw a soggy mess! I wasn’t sure what could be causing the water leaking above as there were no pipes or plumbing in that area of the house. I called SERVPRO® of Moorhead, and they came out quickly to assess and repair the damage.

My air conditioner unit had a clogged condensate drain line! (Who knew that this was even a thing?) I also found out that I’m not supposed to run the air conditioner while there are open windows in the house as this will cause water condensation in the air conditioning unit, which can spill off of the drain pan and cause water damage to happen.

Thankfully the water restoration technicians were able to repair and restore the damage to my ceiling, and by the time the repairs were completed a couple of days later, you couldn’t tell there had ever been water damage at all.

Call Us Today!

Water damage can happen at any time in Barnesville, and when it does, SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-236-7447. We’ll clean and restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Faster Emergency Response Time in Moorhead

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

An image of the face of a clock is shown time elapsed, giving the appearance of time flying by. Our 24-hour emergency service saves Moorhead residents time and money!

Every Second Counts

I heard the Moorhead Fire Department sirens before I saw them pull onto my street. Then I saw the smoke coming from my neighbors’ garage. The firefighters extinguished the fire, which was contained to the garage, and were completing some paperwork when I saw the crew from SERVPRO® of Moorhead arrive. I was amazed by how quickly they responded, and I watched as one team member spoke with the first responders and my neighbor, while the rest of the team immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. In less than two hours they had tarped the fire-damaged roof, boarded up the broken side window, removed the contents of the garage, extracted the water left from the firefighters, and cleaned up the soot and smoke! The next day they repaired the minor structural damage, and when they were done, you couldn’t tell a fire had ever happened!

Our team of highly trained restoration technicians is on call 24 hours a day, every day. We know that repairs can become more expensive if left too long before mitigating the damage.

Call Us Today!

When your Moorhead home or business experiences property damage of any kind, SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 218-236-7447. We’ll clean and restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Safety Tips when using Candles in Moorhead

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Candle sitting on a kitchen counter. Enjoying a beautifully lit candle is relaxing. Cleaning up smoke and fire damage is not. Practice safety while using candles.

Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. SERVPRO of Moorhead wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. It is important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your Moorhead area home. 

Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.

SERVPRO of Moorhead offers these Tips for Fire Prevention from Candles:

  • Do not let children near candles
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Do not light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One third of all candle fires start in the bedroom. 
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home uses oxygen, do not use candles
  • Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed

A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If you have to deal with damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle in your Moorhead home, your friends at SERVPRO of Moorhead are just a phone call away. 

SERVPRO of Moorhead is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Candles

https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/religious_candles_safety_tips.pdf 

Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Moorhead

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

home with flood waters in front When water damage strikes trust SERVPRO of Moorhead.

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Moorhead:

Standing water of any kind in Moorhead can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk. 

Different kinds of debris can be found in floodwaters such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for debris in the home as well to include rotted food and electrical problems. 

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of Moorhead suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected. 
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Moorhead:

  • Avoid floodwaters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

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Links:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html

Sharing the SERVPRO History in Moorhead

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon character with magnifying glass SERVPRO of Moorhead is ready to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO?

Ted Isaacson opened the first SERVPRO® in 1967 in Sacramento, California selling his first Franchise in 1969.  In 1988 the SERVPRO headquarters moved to Gallatin, Tennessee. SERVPRO now has 1700+ Franchises in the United States and Canada. SERVPRO of Moorhead specializes in cleanup and restoration services in Moorhead. We can make your fire, smoke, water, or mold damage “Like it never even happened.” 

What does SERVPRO do?

SERVPRO provides:

  • residential & commercial cleanup of:
    • water/ flood damage
    • fire damage
    • storm damage
  • mold remediation
  • restoration

SERVPRO of Moorhead performs these specialties, including:

  • Water Restoration
  • Fire Restoration
  • Mold Removal
  • Biohazard
  • Sewage
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Odor Removal
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Carpet and Upholstery



SERVPRO of Moorhead works directly with most insurance companies, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Moorhead.

Why SERVPRO of Moorhead? Each franchise is an individually owned and operated company.  We have advanced expertise in water restoration along with specialized equipment in water removal and also advanced drying equipment.  

Technicians at SERVPRO of Moorhead will keep you informed as they restore your damage so you will know what SERVPRO did, and how the process worked.  

SERVPRO of Moorhead is independently owned and operated. 

Thunderstorm preparedness in Moorhead

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

  Lighting striking through the sky Although you cannot prevent thunderstorms, you can prepare for them. SERVPRO of Moorhead wants to help you be prepared.

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Moorhead. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year, and at any time of the day.

SERVPRO of Moorhead knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Moorhead
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system 
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Moorhead repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”.  You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately.  Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car. 

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems. 

SERVPRO of Moorhead is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1527866280447-8ee0ba123e9a7b91c75b97dfb62cb657/ThunderStorm_May2018.pdf