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Ice Dam Control in Fargo?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A man removing snow from a snow-laden roof is shown. We respond to water emergencies in the Fargo-Moorhead area 24-hours a day!

Ice Dam Mitigation Tips

Ice dams occur when there are fluctuating temperatures on a roof allowing some areas to freeze, the “ice dam” and other areas to remain in a liquid state. The water that is backed up behind the ice dam causes water to seep underneath the roof shingles and exterior roof barriers and can cause water damage to the roof and attic spaces inside the structure. SERVPRO® of Fargo has been mitigating water damage in the Fargo-Moorhead area for years and know that many forms of water damage can be prevented, including ice dam damage. Here are some short-term, immediate tips from the University of Minnesota Extension (UMN) to help control ice dams:

  • Remove snow from the roof.
  • In an emergency situation where water is flowing into the house structure, making channels through the ice dam allows water behind the dam to drain off the roof.
    • Hosing with tap water on a warm day will do this job.
    • Work upward from the lower edge of the dam.
    • The channel is a temporary solution and will become ineffective within days.

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When your Fargo home or business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of restoration technicians on call to serve you 24-hours a day. Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Collapsed Roof Damage in Fargo?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Snow is piled up on the street outside of the Fargo Theatre. We respond to commercial property damage emergencies in the Fargo-Moorhead area 24-hours a day!

Property Damage in Commercial Buildings

The Fargo Theatre is an independent movie theatre in the art deco style built in 1925 and restored in 1999. It is now a center for the arts in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Like many other businesses in Fargo, health and safety concerns surround the reopening of the theatre, and on the theatre website, you can see a list of upcoming events and shows that have been postponed.

Leaders in Commercial Property Restoration

SERVPRO® of Fargo has been supporting the commercial business community of Fargo for years, and we understand the challenges that older buildings present. Heavy snow loads are known to collapse roofs, and we respond to commercial property damage calls often during the winter months and after storms. We have experience repairing property damage to all different kinds of buildings including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us!

When your commercial business or residence has a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of restoration technicians on call to serve you 24-hours a day. Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your property damage in Fargo, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Frostbite in Mapleton?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

A girl is shown outside on a snowy winter day with raw, red hands. We respond to storm damage emergencies in the Fargo area 24 hours a day!

Frostbite Symptoms

Have you ever been exposed to freezing weather conditions and noticed your skin becoming very cold and red, and after that numb, hard, and pale? If you have, then you have experienced the first signs of frostbite! SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to storm damage emergencies in Mapleton and other cities in Cass County, and we want you to stay safe and healthy this winter season.

Here is some information on frostbite and when to see a doctor from the Mayo Clinic:

Signs and symptoms of frostbite include:

  • At first, cold skin and a prickling feeling
  • Numbness
  • Red, white, bluish-white or grayish-yellow skin
  • Hard or waxy-looking skin
  • Clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness
  • Blistering after rewarming, in severe cases

Seek medical attention for frostbite if you experience:

  • Signs and symptoms of superficial or deep frostbite
  • Increased pain, swelling, redness or discharge in the area that was frostbitten
  • Fever
  • New, unexplained symptoms

Get emergency medical help if you suspect hypothermia, a condition in which your body loses heat faster than it can be produced. Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:

  • Intense shivering
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness and loss of coordination

Call Us!

When your home or business has a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of storm restoration technicians on call to serve you 24-hours a day. Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your storm damage in Mapleton, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Fargo?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

A carbon monoxide alarm is shown. We mitigate fire damage in Fargo and the surrounding areas.

CO Poisoning is Preventable

According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year there are at least 430 deaths attributable to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, and CO poisoning is preventable. SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the winter months and offers these carbon monoxide prevention tips from the CDC:

  • Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector, buy one soon.
  • Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Keep vents and flues free of debris. Debris can block ventilation lines.
  • Never run leave a motor running in the garage or other enclosed space.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open.
  • If you suspect CO poisoning, call 911 or a health care professional right away.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on call and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency 24-hours a day in Fargo. Call us at 701-232-2455.

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Basement Water Seepage in Briarwood?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

A clean and dry basement is shown. We are on call 24-hours a day in Fargo!

SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to water damage emergencies frequently throughout the year in Briarwood, and we see the damage even a small leak can do to a structure if left unmitigated for too long. Here are some prevention tips from the Insurance Information Institute to keep your basement dry:

Prevent basement water seepage

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you've never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall potentially through any cracks.
  • Install a backwater valve. Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on call and ready to respond to your water damage emergency 24-hours a day in Briarwood. Call us at 701-232-2455.

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Frozen Pipe Damage in West Fargo?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

A pipe is shown covered in ice. We are on call 24-hours a day in Fargo!

Freezing pipes in West Fargo?

Pipes can freeze when they run against exterior walls that have no insulation, or water supply lines are installed in unheated areas of a house. When frozen pipes burst, they cause water damage.  SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of restoration technicians on call 24-hours a day to mitigate water damage, and we offer some tips from the American Red Cross on how to identify and thaw frozen pipes:

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hairdryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

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SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on call and ready to respond to your water damage emergency in West Fargo. Call us at 701-232-2455.

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Commercial Property in Downtown Fargo?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

A downtown city street in Fargo, North Dakota is shown covered in snow at night. We respond to commercial damage emergencies in the Fargo area 24 hours a day!

A Small Lake on Aisle Two

I never expected to walk into a flooding situation when I arrived to work that morning. There was about an inch of water covering the entire store floor, and I could hear the water pipe leaking and see where the water was flowing out into the room from the plumbing in the back-room utility closet. It was very early in the morning, but I called SERVPRO® of Fargo, and they mobilized a team of restoration technicians who arrived quickly and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process.

They extracted the water quickly using high powered equipment, and then set up air blowers and air movers to remove the excess moisture from the atmosphere. Because they were able to repair the leak and dry the area so quickly, I was able to open the store on time with minimal disruption to our customers or employees. In fact, after the restoration was completed, you would never know there had been a flooded floor in my store!

Call Us Today!

When your business experiences commercial damage of any kind, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on call and ready to serve you 24-hours a day every day. Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your property damage in Fargo, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

January Winter Weather Facts for Fargo

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

 A street in Fargo, ND., is covered with snow. We respond to storm damage emergencies in the Fargo area 24 hours a day!

Winter is Here

January is the coldest month of the year for Fargo. Winter weather brings high winds, cold rain, freezing temperatures, blizzards, ice storms, and sometimes with little advanced warning. When storms damage homes and commercial properties in Fargo, SERVPRO® of Fargo is ready to respond day or night. Our highly trained technicians are on call 24 hours a day, and upon arrival will board up and tarp any damaged areas to prevent further exposure to the elements and will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Here are some January weather facts for Fargo:

  • January and December are the months that get the most snowfall, averaging 11.2 inches of snow.
  • Snow falls for about 8.9 days in January.
  • Rain falls for about 8.3 days in January.
  • The average relative humidity in January in Fargo is 73.1 percent.
  • Fargo gets about 4.5 hours of sunshine each day in January.
  • The average length of the day in January is 9 hours.

Call Us!

When your home suffers a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® We have a team of restoration technicians on call to serve you. Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your property damage in Fargo, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Bathtub Leaking Through the Ceiling in Casselton?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A bathtub faucet is shown with water flowing into and filling the bathtub. Fargo residents trust us to restore water damage.

Bathtub water leaks happen

I live in an older home in the Casselton area. My home has always made lots of noises. The hardwood floors creak, and the pipes hum and knock sometimes. My living room has a dark painted ceiling, so I didn’t notice the water stain forming on the ceiling above my upstairs bathroom for some time. Evidently, a leak in the bathtub drain was causing the problem. This was an easy fix, but the subfloor underneath the bathtub was damaged, and so was the drywall on my ceiling.

Thankfully, SERVPRO® of Fargo came out and repaired the damaged area. They used an infrared camera to pinpoint the water damage and set up air movers and blowers to dry the area. Once the area was completely dry, they replaced the damaged subfloor and tile in my bathroom, repaired the drywall on my living room ceiling, and repainted. The repairs were completed very quickly, and now you would never know there ever was a leak!

Call Us Today!

When your home suffers a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® We have a team of restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to serve you. Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your property damage in Casselton, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Restoration and Rebuilding Services for Fargo.

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

We offer many restoration and reconstruction services in West Fargo. A room in a house is being put back together after it was damaged by fire.

Continuity of service

When my home was damaged by fire, I had to deal with many vendors and repair people. It was very confusing, and it was difficult to oversee the repair work and work a full-time job. It was also challenging dealing with the insurance company process and paperwork. It would have been nice to have one company handle everything: the tarping of my damaged roof, the packing and inventorying of my belongings, the cleanup and restoration of my home’s interior, and oversee the rebuilding of the roof.

It’s good to know that SERVPRO® of Fargo provides a wide range of restoration services and will oversee construction and rebuilding repairs through to completion, so only one person is managing the entire job from start to finish! They can supervise these reconstruction services:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Roofing Services
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Call Us Today!

If you need restoration and reconstruction services for your Fargo home or business, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® We offer a range of restoration and building services to restore properties to preloss condition. Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.