Recent Water Damage Posts

Contaminated Water Categories

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

Overflowing sink Do you know the contaminated water categories?

If you are a home or business owner, you have most likely been affected by some sort of water damage. Depending on the source of the damage, that water may be contaminated and require extra safety precautions. The most common types of water contaminants are:

  • Sewage
  • Food residue
  • Grease or oils
  • Bodily waste
  • Cleaning solutions such as chemicals or bleach

At SERVPRO, we use an expert led system to categorize water. Our team of experts know the correct way to determine the water contamination category by finding out the source, talking with the property owner, and observing the contaminated water.

Category 1: Clean Water

A Category 1 type of water loss is normally caused from a faucet overflow, household appliance malfunction, or broken water supply line. Although typically not harmful, it is important to call your local water restoration company as soon as possible to clean up the damage. If the water sits for too long, the environmental conditions can worsen the water contamination to a Category 2 or 3. 

Category 2: Gray Water

Sources that can cause a Category 2 contamination are broken sump pumps, appliance discharge, or toilet water mixed with urination. Proceed with caution during these water losses. Bacteria and mold growth happen rapidly during this type of a water loss and can quickly turn into a Category 3 if not taken care of in a timely fashion.

Category 3: Black Water

Category 3 is the worst kind of water contamination. This type of contamination is normally sourced from sewage backup containing human or animal waste. It can also be sourced from rivers, streams, and oceans, where bacteria and unsanitary chemicals are often found. Call a water cleanup service immediately after finding this type of water loss!

Commercial Water Damage? We Can Help!

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro equipment piled high for a water job Our equipment was piled high for a large commercial water job in Fargo

Commercial water damage is devastating. There are many things to consider when your large commercial building has a water loss. How long will this affect the business? What will insurance cover? What will this cost me and my business? How long will the clean up really take? Luckily for you, we are the experts when it comes to answering all of these questions! 

We have seen it all when it comes to large commercial water damage clean ups. The crew at SERVPRO of Fargo has the knowledge and proper equipment to ensure that your commercial space is back in no time. 

Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Douglas & Otter Tail Counties – (218)770-1768

Your Local Cleaning, Restoration, and Construction Company.

I Have a Sewer Backup Problem in Fargo?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

A toilet is shown with colorful blue tile surrounding it. We restore areas contaminated by sewer water in Cass County.

When you have a sewer backup emergency in your Fargo home or business, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® Here are the three classifications for contaminated water:  

Category 3: “Black Water”

Sources for category three, “black water,” include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • It may contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Category 2: “Gray Water”

  • It may contain bacteria and viruses
  • It can quickly degrade into category three if left untreated

Category 1: “Clean Water”

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, it can degrade into category two or three

Call Us Today!

You never know when your sewer system will back up, but if it does, Fargo residents and commercial businesses can rely on our local team in Fargo to restore the 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

Call Us Today!

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.

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.

Call Us Today!

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.

Move-Out and Pack-Out Services in Fargo?

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Boxes are being loaded on a dolly. We can store your belongings offsite during restorations in Cass County.

My home was damaged by water, the downstairs floors had to be replaced, and all contents had to be moved out. Some items were damaged, some required offsite storage and others needed to be sent out for cleaning. My insurance adjuster told me about SERVPRO® of Fargo. The SERVPRO team helped me pack up and move out all of the belongings on the first floor. The restoration went as planned, and we moved back into the house sooner than we thought. Thank you, SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

When your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, we can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

Once the restoration is complete, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in at a convenient time, according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Call Us Today!

Water damage can happen at any time and for many reasons. When your Fargo home or commercial business has water damage and requires reconstruction services, SERVPRO® of Fargo can help you with move-out and pack-out services. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Sink Overflow in Fargo?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

A sink is shown overflowing. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

When you need help with a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Although every water damage event is unique, we follow the same process as follows:

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 quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property. 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 and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

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

Call Us Today!

When your Fargo home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Sump Pump Maintenance Tips for Fargo?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

A sump pump is shown. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Cass County.

Winter is a busy time for SERVPRO® of Fargo. Water damage is a common problem this time of year, and our fast emergency response time saves our customers time and money by minimizing the potential for secondary damage. Some of our water damage emergencies involve failed or inadequately running sump pumps. Here are some maintenance tips to keep your sump pump working correctly:

  • Open the lid and remove debris that may be blocking the water inlet screen
  • Pour about five gallons of water into the pump and watch the float valve rise
  • As the float valve rises, the pump should turn on, and the water should discharge through the outlet pipe
  • Go outside and inspect the outlet pipe
  • Water should be flowing from the pipe and away from the home
  • Contact a plumbing professional if the sump pump fails to operate during this inspection
  • Install a battery backup system
  • Choose a system with a battery replacement warning
  • Replace batteries every two to three years

Call Us Today!

You never know when you’ll need water damage restoration services for your home or commercial business, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hidden Water Damage in Fargo Home?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

An infrared camera is shown. We are leaders in water restoration services in Cass County.

I was surprised when the SERVPRO® of Fargo technician pulled out a case with electronic instruments inside. He explained that these instruments are used in the pre-mitigation process to detect hidden water damage and measure the extent of the moisture in the air. The use of advanced technology allowed the SERVPRO team to locate the hidden water leak quickly without tearing apart the walls. Here are some of the advanced technology and specialized equipment they used:

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 to 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!

When your Fargo home or commercial business experiences water damage, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Damage in Warren?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

A person is looking at a large water stain on a wall. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Every minute counts when there is a water damage emergency. SERVPRO® of Fargo offers this water damage timeline to describe the damage water can do over time:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration in Fargo?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A clean bathroom is shown. We restore sewer backups 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Sewer water, or “Category Three, Black Water,” is highly unsanitary and can contain dangerous bacteria and viruses. Sewer system backups are biohazardous situations, and exposure can cause serious illness. When you have a sewer system backup, SERVPRO® of Fargo’s technicians are Here to Help. ® We have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to clean and restore this dangerous form of contamination.

When we arrive, we will:

  • Inspect and test to determine the extent of the damage and how far the moisture has traveled
  • Remove and extract the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove the water, which helps to prevent further water damage and mold growth.
  • Dry and dehumidify the area. We use air movers and blowers to dry the area. We monitor and document the process to ensure that normal moisture levels are restored.
  • Clean and sanitize the area using various techniques to remove odors and deodorize your property.
  • Perform repairs to return the damaged area to pre-damage condition

Call Us!

When you need sewage cleanup and restoration services for your Fargo home or business, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll clean and restore your sewage backup, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-damaged Home in Warren?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

An old historic home is shown. We are leaders in water restoration services in Cass County.

Old home, old plumbing, and new water damage in Warren.

Are homes thirty years old three times more likely to have a plumbing supply or water draining problem? The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) conducted a study that reported these findings. SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to water damage emergencies in old and new homes, and offers these loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IBHS for Fargo homeowners:

  • Visually inspect plumbing pipes annually, look for condensation around the pipes or an obvious leak and corrosion
  • Pay attention to your water bill as a significant increase could indicate a leak
  • Call a plumber at the first signs of rust-colored water, backed-up toilets or sinks, and cracked or warped flooring
  • Insulate pipes in attics, basements, and exposed exterior pipes to avoid freezing
  • During periods of freezing weather, open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warm air
  • Disconnect garden hoses when freeze warnings are issued and turn off outside faucets

Call Us Today!

When you need emergency water restoration services for your home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in Warren. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Floor in West Fargo?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A floor is shown covered in water. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to water damage emergencies in the West Fargo area throughout the year. In most cases, we will arrive within four hours of your call for help. Here are some water damage tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us!

When you need emergency water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in Fargo. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-damaged Roof in Fargo?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Damaged and missing roof shingles are shown. Cass County residents rely on us to mitigate their water damage!

Water hiding in the attic in Fargo?

I went into the attic to store some winter clothes and saw the pool of water. Water had been leaking onto the attic floor and seeping into the floor between the attic and the guest bedroom. When I inspected the guest bedroom, I saw a dark water stain blooming on the ceiling. I inspected the roof and found some shingles had blown off during the last storm, allowing water to get into the attic.

SERVPRO® of Fargo came out and assessed the damage, and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They repaired the roof damage and set up powerful air movers and dryers to remove the excess moisture. They documented the drying process and thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized the attic and guest room, and repainted the guest room ceiling. Now you would never know there had ever been a leak on my roof!

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in

Fargo. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Shower Pan Failure in Oxbow?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

A shower is shown running. We mitigate water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Shower pan maintenance tips.

A recent study published by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), noted that homes that were over twenty years old were 37 percent more likely to have water damage involving a shower, and more than half of the shower stall water damage incidents involved a faulty shower pan. SERVPRO® of Fargo has been responding to water damage emergencies for years in the Fargo area, and we know that the sooner water damage is mitigated, the lower the repair bill can be. Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IBHS to keep your shower in good condition:

Inspect the tile and grout every six months, paying close attention to loose or cracked tiles and cracked or crumbling grout lines, and test the shower pan annually, by:

·      Block the floor drain

·      Fill the shower stall with about one inch of water

·      Use a pencil to mark the waterline

·      Leave the water standing in the shower pan for eight hours

·      If the water level decreases, contact a plumbing professional

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® We are trusted leaders in the restoration industry and can provide a full range of restoration and reconstruction services to mitigate any size water damage emergency in Oxbow. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Heater Water Damage in West Fargo?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

A new hot water heater is shown installed in a basement. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Fargo!

Water Heater Woes in West Fargo

At SERVPRO® of Fargo we respond to water damage emergencies in West Fargo often and some of these involve water heater failure. Water is invasive and will seep into and under anything it can when left standing and unmitigated for too long. In many cases water damage can be prevented, and the Institute for Business and Home Safety offers these water heater maintenance tips to protect your home from water damage:

  • Inspect your anode rod every two years, or every year once the warranty has expired, to determine if it needs to be replaced.
  • Flush water heater tanks every six months to remove sediment by attaching a garden hose to the valve at the base. For safety, first turn off the power and run hot water until it is cool.
  • Get an annual inspection from a plumbing professional, including the shut-off valve and all piping. Signs of broken valves and loose or wet joints and rust are a sign that more severe damage is coming.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Fargo is ready to respond to your water damage emergency 24-hours a day. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your water damage in West Fargo, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

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.

Call Us Today!

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.

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.

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.

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

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

 Man and woman standing on a wet floor wearing rain boots. Call SERVPRO of Fargo 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 Fargo, 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 Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo. 

SERVPRO of Fargo is independently owned and operated. 

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

Be Prepared for Flooding in Fargo

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

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

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 Fargo has these tips to offer you to help reduce the amount of flood damage when it occurs.

Lower the Risk of Flood Damage Fargo:

  • 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 Fargo is here to help remediate flood damage if the unfortunate happens to you.

SERVPRO of Fargo is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

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

Busted pipe in Briarwood?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water is shown shooting out of a pipe, saturating the ground around the leak. We are Fargo’s trusted water restoration specialists.

Pipes break when you least expect them to.

When a pipe like the one in this picture bursts and shoots water all over your yard, causing water intrusion into your home, you sure hope someone is around to notice it. Water leaks, when left unmitigated, can become a costly repair as the standing water has the opportunity to seep inside foundations, weakening the structural integrity of the area.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, 58.2 percent of homeowners' claims filed in 2018 were filed due to property damage from water and freezing, and wind and hail. SERVPRO® of Fargo has been responding to property damage emergencies in Fargo for years and has highly trained and certified water damage restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day who typically can be onsite within four hours of your call. Once onsite, we will assess the damage and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Our goal is to get your property back to preloss condition as quickly as possible with minimal disruption to your home or business.

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Property damage can happen at any time in Fargo, and when it does, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll clean and restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Kitchen in Briarwood?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water is shown flooding a kitchen floor. We use advanced technology and techniques to restore water damage back to preloss condition.

Dreaming of Water Damage?

There’s nothing worse than waking up and drowsily walking into the kitchen to make coffee and feeling your feet splashing through water. Am I sleepwalking, or did my kitchen flood overnight?

Briarwood residents know that water damage can happen at any time. Pipes break, appliances fail, storms rage, and when water damage occurs, you have to act fast to minimize the cost of the repairs because standing water will seep underneath floors and damage the wooden subfloor and floor joists. Drywall, baseboards, and cabinets may also be affected.

Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained water restoration specialists available to respond to any size water damage emergency 24 hours a day, every day. From the moment you call, our team can be onsite within four hours to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to restore water damage including:

  • Moisture detection and measurement equipment
  • Water extraction equipment
  • Drying equipment
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Sanitizing agents, germicides, and anti-microbial treatments

Call Us Today

If your Briarwood home or commercial property experiences water damage, SERVPRO® of Fargo wants to help. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

SERVPRO® of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded Basement in Warren?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

A basement is shown with water seeping across the concrete floor. We are water damage restoration experts in Fargo.

Flooded Basement Dampening Your Spirits?

Water damage is one of the most invasive types of damage a home or commercial business can experience. Microbial growths like mold thrive in moist environments, and when water is left standing the cost of the repairs increase as it can seep under structures and cause hidden damage.

SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of water damage restoration specialists ready to respond to any size water damage emergency in Warren. We use advanced water restoration equipment and techniques to safely clean and restore your property to preloss condition. We respond to water damage scenarios of all kinds including:

  • Flooding and storm damage
  • Leaking appliances, water heaters, plumbing, etc.
  • Overflowing toilets, bathtubs, and sinks
  • Flooded basements
  • Tornadoes and thunderstorms
  • Hurricanes and tropical storms
  • Sewage backups
  • Flooding from firefighting efforts

When you contact us, we will ask you a series of questions to determine the number of technicians and the type of equipment to bring. Our typical water response process follows a six-step process:

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact
  • Step 2: Inspection
  • Step 3: Water Removal
  • Step 4: Drying
  • Step 5: Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today

When you require emergency cleanup and restoration services for your home or commercial business in Warren,  SERVPRO® of Fargo can help. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll clean and restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Fargo

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

house with standing flood water in front of it. Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Fargo

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Fargo:

Standing water of any kind in Fargo 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 Fargo 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 Fargo:

  • 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

SERVPRO® of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

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Links:

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