Summer Storms and Water Damage in Mankato and Waseca, MN

The word deluge brings to mind great floods and walls of water inundating acres of land and destroying all in its path. Yet the word also refers to a situation where water is simply overwhelming. During a brief pounding thunderstorm or a persistent rainstorm that lasts for more than a day, your basement, crawlspace, or ground floor may be subjected to its own form of deluge. It doesn’t take much water to do serious damage. That’s where we come in. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your water removal and water damage repair specialist.

You may not be aware of the foundation crack, loose window, or clogged drainpipe that’s about to cause the problem. The last thing on your mind during a busy summer is inspecting your house for areas water may intrude. Most of the time it’s something amiss that isn’t even visible. If you’ve done some landscaping this spring, added a wall, or taken out some trees, it may have made just enough of a difference in the contour of your yard to send water a different direction, or to retain water in new areas of your property. It’s also common that no one is home during a strong thunderstorms to take protective action if a window is broken or water finds a way into the home.

Whatever the cause, it’s critical to remove any water before it causes additional damage to walls, floors, furnishings, or appliances. We will respond promptly with trained specialists to board up or tarp any openings, and then efficiently remove the water. When that’s done, we can provide all the help you need to repair the water damage, prevent mold, and restore your home to its previous state. We’ll also help determine the cause of the flooding and recommend ways to prevent it in the future. For the best choice in water removal and water disaster repair and remediation, call us at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

Safety Tips to Prevent Fire Damage in Mankato and Waseca, MN

Summer is the ideal time for cookouts, campfires, and barbeques. Do you know the rules on outdoor fires in your area? They’re probably different whether you live in a rural or incorporated area, and may change if the weather’s been extremely dry. More people are developing their yards to include brick fireplaces or fire pits. Just because a fire is enclosed by stone doesn’t mean it’s perfectly safe. High winds, improper fuel, or inattention to a fire can cause disasters. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca wants you to have a safe summer, but we also want you to know we offer the best fire damage repair and restoration services, just in case things get out of hand.

Here are some helpful tips on keeping your home or other structures safe from recreational or cooking fires:

  • If it’s windy, don’t light a fire. Wait for a better day.
  • Don’t use barbeques on decks, porches, or wooden surfaces.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher or hose handy.
  • Use the right type and amount of fuel for your fire and make sure it fits inside your fire pit or other container.
  • Don’t overload the fuel; you want heat for warmth or cooking, not an inferno.
  • Check the local fire code before you install a fire pit or fireplace.
  • Place fire containers on level concrete or gravel rather than directly on the lawn.
  • Follow the ten-foot rule: If it’s a contained fire, keep it at least ten or even 15 feet away from a structure; if it’s a campfire, double the distance.
  • If you build a campfire, dig a pit first, remove all burnable grass from around the hole, and surround it with rocks.
  • Keep a cell phone handy to call 911 if needed.
  • Put out all fires before leaving an area. That means no embers or smoke remains.

If you experience a structural fire, remember to call us right after you call your insurance company. We respond promptly and can handle any fire disaster repair, from immediate cleanup to long-term restoration. ServiceMaster is your best option for disaster recovery in Mankato, Waseca, St. Peter, and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more.

Local ServiceMaster Restore franchise owners raise $9,200 through 2015 Collegiate Players Tour for Ronald McDonald House

ServiceMaster Restore franchisees collaborated together Monday, June 8th as the title sponsor for the 2015 ServiceMaster Restore Collegiate Players Tour, presented by State Farm Insurance.  The event was held at Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee, MN, and allows competitive collegiate players to compete during the summer months in a one-of-a kind tournament. A total of 60 people participated in the event, a turnout that will hopefully increase at next year’s tournament.

Not only did the tournament provide golf enthusiasts the opportunity to play alongside Professional Golfers Association (PGA) hopefuls, but it was also a fundraiser. Through registration fees and sponsorships, $9,200 was raised for the Ronald McDonald House. Each year, the Ronald McDonald House serves thousands of families whose children are receiving medical care by providing financial and housing assistance. The franchise planning committee was excited to see the event come together for a great cause supported by all the players, agents and vendors who participated that day.

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