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Blizzard in Barnesville?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

Frost and snow cover tree branches after a winter storm. We have the advanced training, experience, and equipment to respond to any storm damage scenario in Moorhead!

Surviving a Winter Storm

The end of 2020 came with a major winter storm that caused blizzard conditions in parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. According to an article in AP News, residents were told to stay home because a foot of heavy, wet snow fell on top of a sheet of ice, making travel dangerous and difficult. SERVPRO® of Moorhead has been helping the Barnesville community with storm damage cleanup and restoration for years, and we offer these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help you survive during a winter storm:

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, stay inside.
  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.
  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Moorhead has a team of highly trained restoration technicians available to assist Barnesville residents 24 hours a day. Call us today at 218-236-7447. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Electrical Cord Fire in Moorhead?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

An electrical extension cord is shown with multiple cords plugged into it. We respond to fire damage emergencies in the Moorhead areas 24 hours a day!

Electrical Fire Facts

Winter months have the highest amount of electrical fires each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). SERVPRO® of Moorhead responds to electrical fire damage emergencies in the Moorhead area frequently during the winter months. Here are some highlights from one of the NFPA’s most recent reports on electrical fires:

  • Fires involving electrical failures or malfunctions accounted for the highest share of civilian deaths (18 percent) and direct property damage (20 percent).
  • Nearly two of five fires (39 percent) involving electrical failure or malfunction occurred in the cold weather months from November through February.
  • Arcing was the heat source in approximately three of five home fires involving an electrical failure or malfunction.
  • Non-confined home fires involving electrical distribution and lighting equipment most often originated in a bedroom, attic or ceiling, or a wall assembly or concealed space.
  • Approximately one-quarter of these fires occurred between midnight and 8 a.m., but these fires accounted for 60 percent of deaths.

Call Us Today!

Electrical fires are a common occurrence during the winter months, and if you need help with a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Moorhead has a team of fire restoration technicians available to assist you 24 hours a day. Call us today at 218-236-7447. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Moorhead, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Roof Leak in Glyndon?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A technician is on top of a roof replacing damaged roof shingles. Moorhead residents rely on us to respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day!

Climbing the roof?

I didn’t realize that my Glyndon home had a roof leak until I went up into the attic to put away the Christmas decorations. Sure enough, water was pooling on the attic floor in a couple of places, and on closer inspection I found that some roof shingles had blown off during the last storm. The water had saturated the insulation and weakened the attic floor where the water was pooling. I called SERVPRO® of Moorhead, and they came out and in no time had repaired the roof shingles, replaced the soggy insulation, and replaced the damaged floorboards in the attic.

A little routine maintenance can help prevent water damage caused by missing or damaged roof shingles. Here are some maintenance tips from Angieslist.com for maintaining your roof:

  • Your insurance won't cover damage caused by improper maintenance, it’s good to keep your roof in tip-top shape.
  • Have your roof inspected regularly by a trained roofing professional who can watch for areas that need repair.
  • Keep the roof clear of debris, such as leaves and sticks. Keep your gutters clean.
  • Remove any dead trees on your property that could possibly fall on your roof.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Moorhead has a team of water restoration technicians available to assist you 24 hours a day. Call us today at 218-236-7447. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Glyndon, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Electrical Fire in Moorhead?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Bright and colorful holiday electric lights are displayed in the picture. We are fire restoration specialists in Georgetown.

Electrical Safety Tips

During December, the holiday ornaments come out of storage, and homes all across Moorhead become festooned with holiday decorations. Holiday lights adorn Christmas trees and the roofs of many homes, bringing holiday cheer. Electrical safety is especially important during the winter months as this is when most electrical fires occur. 

SERVPRO® of Moorhead responds to fire damage emergencies often during the winter months, and we know the damage an electrical fire can do to a home. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), half of all home electrical fires involve equipment or home electrical wiring. Here are some electrical fire safety tips from the NFPA to keep you and your loved ones safe this winter:

  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (like a coffee maker, space heater, or microwave) directly into a wall outlet at a time.
  • Never use an extension cord with a heat-producing appliance.
  • Extension cords should only be used temporarily.
  • Inspect electrical cords for fraying and replace damaged cords.
  • Have an electrician install additional wall outlets where you need them.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Here to Help.® Our fire restoration technicians are available to assist you 24 hours a day. Call us today at 218-236-7447. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Moorhead, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Don’t let a wet floor stress you out in Moorhead

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Man and woman standing on a wet floor wearing rain boots. Call SERVPRO of Moorhead to restore your floor.

Any type of damage inside of a house can be frustrating but one of the more stressful situations is a residential flood. In the middle of a disaster such as a flooded home in Moorhead, it can be hard to figure out where to start when it comes to cleaning up and restoring the damaged area. That is where SERVPRO® of Moorhead comes in. We are ready to help when called and we are highly trained in property damage restoration and in this case, water damage specifically. Here are some steps that can be taken in the event of a flooded home/room:

  • Make sure the floor is secure before you start walking through the water or wet areas
  • If there is an exposed plug underneath the water, do not walk in that area because electricity can travel through water
  • Call SERVPRO of Moorhead to help clean up the flooded area
  • Wet floors might be slick so walk slowly to avoid falling and sustaining injuries

We want to make this as easy as possible for our homeowners and reduce the amount of stress you may be feeling in Moorhead. 

SERVPRO of Moorhead is independently owned and operated. 

Link: https://www.ready.gov/floods

Arson Fires in Moorhead

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Gloved hand holding a match. Fires can happen accidentally but it’s worse when caused by arson.

SERVPRO of Moorhead wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Fires in Moorhead: 

  •  Arson & intentional fires. An “intentional fire” is one that is not set to cause harm, but it gets out of control.  Arson is a fire that is set to cause harm. Most of the time, arson and intentional fires are set outside. Deaths, injuries, and fire damage usually happen indoors
  • Candles. SERVPRO of Moorhead has more information here.
  • Cooking.  Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries and home fire damage
  • Electrical. Use all electrical equipment according to the directions 
  • Heating. Heating equipment is the second most common cause of death in home fires
  • December, January, and February are the months that have the most home heating fires
  • Smoking. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other smoking materials are the biggest cause of fire deaths in the U.S. Think of preventing tragedy when explaining why to quit smoking
  • Children. Children should never be left alone with matches, lighters, candles, or other dangerous materials. Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries every year

Please pay attention to fire safety. While we can help restore your City or County home or office, prevention and family safety should always come first. Share this blog with a friend who might want to learn more about fire prevention. 

SERVPRO of Moorhead is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

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

High Wind Damage in Moorhead?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Snow is covering the majority of the road, with one lane each way cleared where the pavement can be seen. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in the Moorhead area.

Weather Forecast

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the 2020 to 2021 winter season will see above normal snowfall in the east and the coldest periods will be in early to late December, late January, and late February. High winds and snowstorms are known to cause damage to homes and commercial businesses in Englewood, and Mother Nature doesn’t wait for a convenient time to strike.

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is ready to respond to any storm damage emergency you may have, and our team of storm restoration specialists are on call 24 hours a day to mitigate any sized property damage. Because we can access equipment and technicians from over 1700 franchises across the state and country, we will always have the equipment and resources needed to tackle any size job!

We know that every minute counts when mitigating storm damage, and we are proud of our fast response time. Typically, we can be onsite within four hours of your call. Once on-site, we will immediately begin securing the structure and use scientific drying principles to dry the area completely. By the time we complete the restoration process, it will look as if there was never any damage to begin with!

Call Us!

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

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips for Staying Safe During a Storm

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

lightning strike on building SERVPRO of Moorhead is Here To Help.

Common safety rules and precautions state that the public should generally try to stay inside of a safe area or building when a lightning storm or thunderstorm occurs. There are many commercial buildings in the Moorhead area. SERVPRO® of Moorhead wants to share the following safety tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm while inside a commercial building:

  • Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm
  • Unplug appliances if possible
  • Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
  • Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing

Weather is unpredictable. Although the weather can be predicted, it can also change in an instant without much warning. If a thunderstorm does happen to turn into tornado weather in Moorhead, consider the following tips:

  • If the commercial building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
  • Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so

Remember, SERVPRO of Moorhead is here to help. Our trained team members will show up ready to go and can assist in cleanup and restoration after a thunderstorm, lightning storm, and even a tornado. 

SERVPRO® of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.


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

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm in Moorhead

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

image with different property disasters SERVPRO of Moorhead is ready 24 hours a day. 7 days a week to respond.

Floods in Moorhead:

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland. 

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Create landslides
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Moorhead:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades 
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.  SERVPRO of Moorhead likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car away
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

SERVPRO of Moorhead is Independently Owned and Operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods 

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program 

Be Prepared for Flooding in Moorhead

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Yard flooded by water. Being prepared for a flood can save you money and time in Moorhead.

Since floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the U.S., with an average of 25% of flood claims coming from low-risk areas, SERVPRO of Moorhead has these tips to offer you to help reduce the amount of flood damage when it occurs.

Lower the Risk of Flood Damage Moorhead:

  • Check your county planning department to see if you live in a flood plain
  • Build barriers to stop floodwater from getting into the basement
  • Use waterproofing sealants to avoid water damage
  • Back up computer files and keep them in a safe location
  • Install a drainage system or flood wall in your yard
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that flood insurance is available even in low-risk areas
  • Do not keep important information or possessions in the basement
  • Raise equipment off the basement floor
  • Install a sump pump

SERVPRO of Moorhead is here to help remediate flood damage if the unfortunate happens to you.

SERVPRO of Moorhead is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/readiness.html