Water Damage Restoration in Waseca, MN, by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

It doesn’t take much to cause a flood these days. Historically, floods were associated with rising rivers, burst dams, and endless rains. Today, due to the wide variations in weather, a heavy thunderstorm may dump several inches of rain on a community that experienced heavy rains just a few days earlier. Overflow systems, drainage creeks, and storm sewers that handled rainfall in the past are no longer up to the task in some areas. Some communities in Minnesota have experienced two 500-year rainfalls in less than five years. Waseca, MN, has not been hit that hard, but uncertainty of weather trends means everyone should be ready. If flooding hits your home or business in Waseca, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best bet for water removal and water damage restoration.

Many of the homeowners in the U.S. who lost all or part of their homes due to flooding this summer did not have flood insurance. The water had never risen that high before and the houses were not in a recognized flood plain.

The University of Minnesota Extension Service recommends reviewing your insurance and understanding your financial situation before a flood threatens. That may be the most important, given the level and speed of rainfall in recent months. Other suggestions include:

  • Check for cracks in foundations, slabs, or other openings where rising water might enter the building or basement.
  • Holes made for cable, telephone, exhaust pipes, or plumbing should be caulked no matter how high they are on the exterior wall.
  • Use waterproof blocks to raise basement appliances several feet above the floor to anticipate floodwaters.
  • Check to ensure your sump pump is working properly and the ejection pipe is clear.
  • Keep a gas generator as a backup for sump pump power in case electricity goes out.
  • Consider adding a one-way valve to your sewer line to keep sewage and storm water from backing up into your basement.

If a flood does occur, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will respond promptly to your call. We can help with water removal, debris cleanup, sewage backup, deodorizing, pack out, storage, restoration of furnishings, and full water damage repair and restoration of your home or business.

Fire Damage Restoration Services in Mankato, Minnesota, with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Recreational burning was something we wouldn’t be writing about in Mankato years ago. We might talk about fire safety in homes or offer tips on fireplaces or outdoor barbecues, but the concept of gathering around a backyard campfire or patio equivalent has recently become popular for many folks in Minnesota. Whether it’s a basic fire pit dug into the lawn, a contained metal or brick outdoor fireplace, or a metal or ceramic portable brazier, it can spell trouble if it’s not managed properly.

ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your area expert for fire damage repair and restoration. We manage fire disaster cleanup, pack out, and repair and restoration of the structure and its contents. But we’d rather not have to do fire damage restoration services. Here are some tips to prevent recreational fires from turning into fire disasters:

  • The Mankato Fire Department recommends keeping all recreational fires at least 25 feet from any structure, woodpile, or dry area. That means fires in any kind of container should not be used on a wooden deck
  • State law requires that the fire must be attended at all times until it is put out
  • Have an ample water source or fire extinguisher handy
  • Burn only recommended fuel in the fire. If wood is oversized or sticks out of the fire pit, don’t burn it
  • Don’t burn garbage or newspapers that can fly away
  • Don’t start a recreational fire during windy conditions
  • After soaking ashes or embers with water, keep them in a metal container for at least 24 hours before assuming they are out
  • The fire or police department can order any fire to be extinguished if it is deemed hazardous or annoying to neighbors

No matter how many safety precautions we take, fire disasters can still occur. Call the fire department at once. When the fire is out, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for comprehensive fire disaster damage repair and restoration. We are the professionals in the Mankato, MN, area for any kind of disaster restoration. You can count on us for a fast response, quality repairs, and high value workmanship.

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