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Mold Problem in Fargo Commercial Business?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is visible on a ceiling. We restore commercial mold damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Our local team in Fargo restores commercial mold damage throughout the year. Although every mold problem is unique, we follow the same remediation process as follows:

  1. Emergency Contact

We’ll ask you questions to determine the necessary equipment and resources.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We follow local and state laws regarding inspection and documentation based on your unique situation.

  1. Mold Containment

We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

  1. Air Filtration

We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed during the remediation process. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may require the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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Fargo businesses and residents can rely on our local team in Fargo to restore mold damage quickly and efficiently, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Vacation Rental Fire in Fargo?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A happy couple is walking into a vacation rental. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Peer-to-peer vacation rentals are becoming more popular. Fire safety regulations vary between jurisdictions, so you’ll have to act as your own safety advocate and do some research ahead of time. Our local team in Fargo is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration and mitigation services. Here are some tips from The National Fire Protection Association on things you should know and do when booking a peer-to-peer vacation rental: 

  • Peer-to-peer hospitality services are not regulated in the same way as hotels
  • Requirements vary across jurisdictions
  • Do your homework before making a reservation
  • Check online to see your travel destination’s regulations for rental properties
  • Ask your host if the property meets the regulations
  • Discuss other safety concerns you may have
  • Check the forecast in case of storms that could cause power outages; assure the property has equipment in the event of a power outage
  • Make sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as required by law
  • Make sure the owner has posted a floor plan noting escape route and emergency contact information
  • All doors and windows that lead outside are able to be opened easily

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Fire damage can happen at any time, and you never know when you’ll need emergency fire restoration services. Fargo residents and businesses can rely on our local team in Fargo to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Signs of Water Leaking in My Briarwood Home?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Bulging and cracking paint reveal hidden water damage. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Do you know how to tell if your home has hidden water damage? Our local team in Fargo restores all kinds of water damage in Briarwood, and we use advanced technology and techniques to locate and identify the source of hidden water damage.

After a storm or when the snowmelt begins is an excellent time to inspect your roofing system and attic space for signs of water intrusion. Ice dam damage may not become visible until the snow melts. Two easy ways to determine where the source of the water is coming from are:

  1. If the water damage is isolated to the top floor, it is probably roof damage
  2. Water damage on interior floors could be coming from leaking pipes running between two floors or coming from an upstairs bathroom

Here are some of the “low-tech” signs that you may have water damage in your ceiling:

  • Yellow or brown spots in the ceiling paint
  • Peeling, cracking, or bubbling paint and surfaces on the ceiling or walls
  • Strong mildew or mold odor
  • Dark, round stains on the ceiling
  • Bulging or sagging ceiling
  • Bulging or stained drywall
  • Wetness or dampness on the ceiling
  • Visibly seeing water dripping through the ceiling or walls

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Briarwood residents and businesses can rely on our local team in Fargo to restore water damage quickly and efficiently, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

HVAC Cleaning and Maintenance Services in West Fargo?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Home utilities are shown in a basement. We inspect, clean, and maintain HVAC systems in Cass County.

Do you know that our local team in Fargo inspects, cleans, and maintains heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the West Fargo area? According to a report published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), HVAC systems are recommended to be cleaned when:

  • There is substantial visible mold growth inside the ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system
  • If you have insulated air ducts and the insulation gets wet or moldy, it cannot be effectively cleaned and should be removed and replaced
  • Ducts are infested with vermin (e.g., rodents or insects)
  • Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris
  • Particles are being released into the home from your supply registers

If you haven’t had your HVAC system inspected or serviced lately, it may be circulating some or all of these contaminants:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Servicing your HVAC unit will restore your system to peak energy efficiency, help eliminate offensive odors, and help reduce mold growth potential.

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West Fargo residents and businesses benefit from having a high-functioning HVAC system. When you need HVAC inspection and cleaning services, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Snow Squall Warning Issued for downtown Fargo?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Snow and freezing ice blow across a roadway during a snow squall. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Newswriter Barry Amundson reported on a snow squall that moved into downtown Fargo from the northwest on March 10. A snow squall could be described as a fast-moving blizzard. “Snow Squall” is a new term first issued in 2018 by the National Weather Service (NWS).

  • It is a polygon warning, generally 30-60 minutes in duration, that is issued similar to severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings
  • A snow squall is an intense, short-lived burst of heavy snowfall that leads to a quick reduction in visibilities and is often accompanied by gusty winds
  • Sudden whiteout conditions and slick roadways can lead to high-speed accidents with large pileups that result in injuries and fatalities
  • This new warning aims to bring better situational awareness to drivers and mitigate impacts related to these squalls
  • If a snow squall warning is issued in your area, avoid or delay motor travel until the squall passes through your location.

Flash Freeze

Snow squalls are especially dangerous because they are accompanied by a flash freeze that causes a rapid change in road conditions, leading to multiple accidents.

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When you have storm damage in your downtown Fargo home or commercial business, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Prevention Safety Tips for Fargo Children and Families?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Young people view a large fire from a distance. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Children are naturally curious about fire, so they need to learn fire safety rules early. Our local team in Fargo restores fire damage throughout the year in Fargo. Here are some fire safety tips for families and children from the  National Fire Protection Association:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet
  • Closely supervise children, making sure that they are kept away from other fire sources, including lit candles, cigarettes, bonfires, and stoves
  • Explain that fire moves very fast and can hurt as soon as it touches them. Tell them that this is why matches and lighters are tools for adults only.
  • Teach young children never to touch matches or lighters. They must tell a grown-up when matches or lighters are found.
  • Establish clear rules and consequences about unsupervised and unauthorized uses of fire
  • Be a good example! Always use fire sources — matches, lighters, candles, fireplaces, and campfires — in a safe manner. Never treat them as toys, or children may imitate you.
  • Talk with children about what their friends or other children are doing with fire. What do they see online in video games, TV, movies, and social media? Teach them specific ways to resist the peer pressure to misuse fire.
  • Give praise for showing respect and age-appropriate responsible behavior toward fire

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When you have fire damage in your Fargo home or commercial business, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Spring Snow and Flooding Causing Water Intrusion in Fargo Homes?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fargo roads are covered in snow after a storm in North Dakota.  We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

The Valley News published an article urging Fargo residents to prepare for potential flooding in the spring due to heavy snowfall from the winter. Our local team in Fargo responds to water damage emergencies every year involving water seepage issues and offer this information for preventing water intrusion from the Insurance Information Institute:

Repair and protect your home's exterior

  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems to be sure they are not creating water damage to the walls and foundations of the house. Turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.
  • Inspect your roof for missing, damaged and aging shingles and make necessary repairs
  • Caulk and seal windows to guard against water seepage
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Install gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs and keep water flowing away from the house instead of accumulating on the roof.

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Water damage never happens at a convenient time. When you have water damage in your Fargo home or commercial business, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® We'll restore your water damage, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Fargo Homes?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

A person is testing a smoke alarm. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Our local team in Fargo responds to fire damage emergencies every year. Smoke alarms play a critical role in a home fire escape plan, as these alarms reduce fire deaths and injuries in the United States. Working smoke alarms give early warnings so you can get outside quickly. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

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When you have fire damage in your Fargo home or commercial business, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Blizzard Damage in Fargo?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A blizzard creates zero visibility conditions. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

North Dakota had over six blizzard warnings this past winter! Typically the state gets between three and four. The February 18 blizzard closed down Interstate 29 between Fargo and the Canadian border and brought sixty mile-per-hour winds and zero visibility conditions. Our local team in Fargo responded to many storm damage emergency calls, many due to wind damage.  

Here are terms used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to define hazardous weather:

Blizzard Warning: The following conditions are occurring or are expected within the next twelve to eighteen hours.

Snow and or blowing snow reducing visibility to one-quarter of a mile or less for three hours or longer and sustained winds of 35 miles-per-hour or greater or frequent gusts to 35 miles-per-hour or greater. No temperature requirement must be met to achieve blizzard conditions.

High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action: Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving. 

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When you have property damage, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® We respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Snowmelt Flooding in Fargo?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

The view of an ice jam along the Red River during the spring flood of 2011. We respond to commercial property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

When your business experiences water intrusion from snowmelt, SERVPRO® of Fargo’s technicians will arrive quickly to begin the cleanup and restoration process immediately. We respond to water damage emergencies of all kinds every year.

According to the North Dakota State University Geosciences Department (NDSU), the Red River has passed into flood stage at least once per year. The flooding has been minimal for most years, but several floods have been devastating. In a report from NDSU, the Red River is prone to flooding because:

  1. The Red River flows northward, and its waters increase due to runoff from both the South and North portions of the valley
  2. Ice jams form when ice from the southern valley meets the freshly broken ice in the central and northern valley, causing ice concentrations that build and dam the water flow.
  3. The Red River is a young river of about 9300 hundred years old in geologic time, and this “young river” has not had time to carve a significant valley yet.
  4. The decrease in the downslope of the river averages five inches per mile around Fargo-Halstad, and the downslope of the Drayton-Pembina is only 1.5 inches per mile. During floods, the lack of slope causes the water to pool.

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If snowmelt damages your commercial business or home, SERVPRO® of Fargo’s technicians are Here to Help. ® We are ready to respond to your emergency 24-hours a day. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.