Residential Cleaning in Mankato, Minnesota, With ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Why wouldn’t homeowners want to clean their homes in advance of the holidays?

Of course, that’s the wrong question. Everyone wants a clean house when family, extended family, and friends show up for dinner, parties, or extended holiday visits. With today’s hectic schedules, with both of you working and several kids in school with their own busy schedules, finding time and energy to do residential cleaning in a Mankato household is a challenge. The real reasons that get in the way include long work hours, second jobs, civic and volunteer commitments, back-to-back sports events, and church or school events. We repeat: these are legitimate reasons. You have a full life and deservedly so. That’s where we come in. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is here for your residential cleaning needs.

 

We’ll come to your home at a time that works best for you and do carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, or general overall home cleaning; think of it as a sort of “detailing” for your home. We also do hard surface floor cleaning. That includes any kind of vinyl, linoleum, ceramic, or other types of tile, marble, and stone flooring. We’ll also do grout cleaning or grout replacement.

 

We also clean, polish, and resurface hardwood floors. It’s hard to get accurate statistics on how much hardwood flooring has grown in popularity over the past few years. Some realtors see it as the dominant flooring in new or recently sold homes, at least in living rooms or great rooms. More are seeing it in kitchens and entranceways. And most see it as adding to the value of homes and the resale edge in most cases. So, it’s worth having a professional cleaning service maintain your investment in your hardwood floor. At ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca, we also have the training, technicians, and technology to maintain any kind of wood flooring, from hardwoods to engineered wood floors to laminates. Once we’re finished with your wood floor cleaning, you’ll remember why you liked it so much in the first place.

 

For the best value in residential cleaning as you get ready for the holidays in Mankato, contact ServiceMaster today so we can have your home looking its best. In Mankato, call us at (507) 388-6339.

Residential Cleaning in Waseca, Minnesota, With ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Depending on what holiday you’re focusing on at the moment, it’s a good reason to consider professional residential cleaning services. In Waseca, MN, it’s especially easy to have us in for a few hours so you can stop worrying about how the house looks when wave after wave of relatives arrive. You’ll be able to focus on entertaining, cooking, and visiting instead of rushing to finish cleaning moments before the doorbell rings.

 

At ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca, residential cleaning services cover a range of offerings from professional carpet and rug cleaning to hard surface floor cleaning to upholstery cleaning. And that’s not all. We’ll do tile and grout cleaning in any room, using the latest techniques to ensure that the tile on your floors or walls shine again. We’ll even replace the grout if needed. Hard surface floor cleaning includes any type of flooring, from the modern engineered wood floors to laminates, as well as traditional hardwood. We’ll clean and polish the surface of ceramic floors, marble and stone surfaces, linoleum and vinyl flooring, and any type of inlaid floor.

 

No matter what’s on your floor, even area carpets, we’ll clean it. That brings up a special service. In addition to floor cleaning and upholstery cleaning, we can help prepare for the holidays with a one-time overall house cleaning. We’ll go through your living area with a level of detail that will make your guests impressed with your housecleaning skills. We’ll get into the nooks and crannies to make things look and smell good. That’s especially the case with furnishings. Deodorizing your sofas, chairs, and loveseats and giving them a professional textile cleaning will save you from embarrassment, especially if you have pets. Pet stain and odor removal is our specialty.

 

We can do a comprehensive cleaning that includes everything we’ve mentioned thus far or simply focus on one area. We’ll do our best to meet your needs at times that work best for you, so we’re not in the way. Take a stroll through your house this week and list everything that you wish was cleaner or brighter. Then give us a call at (507) 835-4799. Waseca has the best choice in residential cleaning services just a phone call away with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

Water Damage Restoration in Mankato, Minnesota, With ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Mankato, MN, is no stranger to the impacts of torrential rains, flash floods, and high water levels. Residents in Mankato are still recovering from the rainstorms of this fall, in which ten inches or more fell in some areas in just a handful of hours. The subsequent flood damage repair and water damage cleanup were part of every conversation among neighbors and government officials for weeks. Depending on your experience, and especially if you were spared the trauma of a flood disaster this time, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca would like to remind you that we can help make your flood disaster recovery easier, because rest assured, there will be a next time.

 

Why is it better to have a disaster restoration service handle your water damage repair needs?

Time: We will move quickly, arrive promptly, and begin to work on water removal, debris cleanup, and the drying of your home and basement before standing water causes any more damage to the structure and its contents or increases the risk of mold infestation. In addition to mold damage, any sewage backup can put your home and family at risk for health problems, not to mention a serious odor problem. Any delays, such as while you might be out looking for pumps or fans to rent, or while you’re dealing with family necessities, will make the problem worse.

Equipment and technology: The do-it-yourself school of flood damage repair and restoration is, at best, problematic. If you have water in your basement and are looking for pumps or fans, it stands to reason that many other homeowners are also out renting them, limiting their supply. ServiceMaster has plenty of both and if we run short, we can call in for more equipment from affiliated ServiceMaster offices in our system.

Experience: You might have had a flooded basement before, or perhaps one of your relatives or a neighbor is on hand for advice, which may be reliable or not. Our crews are specially trained in water damage remediation and flood disaster repair. We do this many times a year and have seen and managed a wide range of circumstances. We know what to do and we’ll do it as quickly as possible. We don’t have to ask for advice or look up DIY instructions on the Internet.

 

Speed, expertise, and technology – all great reasons to call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for water damage restoration. And the best reason of all: you can focus on your family and leave the flood cleanup to us.

Fire Damage Restoration in St. Peter With ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Charred wood, carbonized plumes of ash on the walls, the acrid odor of chemicals, discolored and damaged appliances, and the headache of restoration: that’s what St. Peter homeowners face initially after a kitchen fire that began because of an unattended pot or pan or a grease spill. It may be even worse for business owners of a commercial kitchen. The specialists at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca are experts at fire damage restoration and will respond quickly to begin the fire damage repair process.

According to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s report from last year, kitchens are the source of most of the structural fires in the state, especially among residential fires. When you think about it, it stands to reason that a regularly used heat source, whether hot electrical burners or open gas flames, is a risk. How often do pots boil over or frying pans burn food? A few more minutes of inattention could have led to fire damage. Even a grease fire contained to the stovetop can still cause smoke damage.

The best advice to prevent kitchen fires bears repeating:

  • Don’t leave any cooking surface unattended. That means turn it off if you walk away for any reason
  • Keep kitchen curtains short and make sure they can’t reach the cooking surface
  • Have a fire extinguisher within reach at all times
  • Make sure your extinguisher is appropriate for grease and electrical fires
  • Don’t allow children to use the stove unless supervised
  • Keep all smoke detectors in working order
  • Consider installing a sprinkler system

If you do have a fire in your kitchen in St. Peter or anywhere else in your home or business, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is the best option for fire damage restoration. We can handle water removal, clean up and pack out debris, pack out belongings and damaged appliances for full restoration, and work with your insurance company and subcontractors to ensure that full fire damage repair is completed and fire and smoke damage restoration is done right. Disaster restoration doesn’t have to be a disaster in itself. Let ServiceMaster show you how the professionals handle fire disaster restoration. Contact us at (507) 931-6730 today!

Mold Remediation in Mankato, Minnesota, With ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

No one needs to be reminded of the devastating rainfall that hit the Mankato area in recent weeks. Too many are still recovering from basement flooding and water damage. Still, now is a good time to talk about mold damage. That’s the inevitable result of standing floodwater for any length of time in a home or other building when the weather is warm. We want you to know that ServiceMaster of Mankato is the best choice for dealing with mold infestation.

If you smell an odor of mildew or mold, it’s almost certain that you have mold damage somewhere in the house. It’s most likely in the basement, but it could just as well be in areas where water and humidity are present such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. If you’ve had flooding, sewage backup, or standing water in the building in recent months, those are the other obvious culprits. We will locate the mold and neutralize it so it doesn’t spread or cause any further threat to your family’s health. Mold that is left alone will only grow and the damage will only spread the next time it’s exposed to moisture.

In addition to removing damaged materials such as drywall, paneling, ceiling tile, or wood, we’re able to check into hard-to-reach areas and make sure they are free of mold spores. We’ll pack out any debris and dispose of it safely. Once everything is clean and cleared out, we’ll conduct professional mold restoration and make your home look as good or better than before, giving you peace of mind that mold related infections and allergies are not going to threaten your family.

Mold damage repair is a specialty of ServiceMaster of Mankato. It’s something that we do year round. Our technicians are specially trained in the latest techniques and use the best equipment and technology that ServiceMaster has to offer. Plus, it’s not like a company coming in from the outside. We are based in your community and are proud to serve our neighbors in times of crisis. For the best mold damage restoration with a company you can trust, call ServiceMaster of Mankato. Give us a call at (507) 388-6339 and we will get started restoring your home immediately.

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.

Mold Damage Remediation in St. Peter, MN, by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Most people who have mold in their homes probably know or strongly suspect it, but many are unsure what to do about it. Unless the mold infestation is the result of an obvious flood or other type of standing water situation, it has developed over time. Homeowners and visitor can smell mold and mildew, especially on damp days or when HVAC fans start up, but if there is no visual evidence of it, the need to begin mold removal and remediation is delayed due to other priorities or uncertainty. In St. Peter, MN, we want you to know that ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best choice for residential mold repair and restoration. Here are the reasons why you should have a professional mold damage remediation service perform the work sooner than later.

Health risks Mold spores can cause people with existing allergies to experience severe respiratory symptoms and become worse off than they already are. This is especially true for young children, the elderly, and anyone who has a compromised immune system, such as people undergoing cancer treatment. According to Mayo Clinic, some types of mold can cause more severe illnesses, such as aspergillosis, which can cause a systemwide infection, or even bleeding.

Lost investment The presence of mold in a home impacts the resale value and the likelihood of resale. With mold in the house there is almost no point in even trying to sell it. However, a thorough job of mold removal and remediation can offer a documented clean bill of health.

Comprehensive and professional work If you attempt to remove mold on your own, you can’t be certain that you’ve found it all. Or, if you suspect mold is thriving behind walls or in crevices, you may not be capable of reaching it or willing to take on what may be a messy and drawn out effort.

Value You get what you pay for. The best professional work will save you money in the long run.

Peace of mind If a professional mold damage restoration service does the job, you can be assured that your home will be clear of any mold and your family has a healthy environment again.

For the best in mold removal, mold damage repair, and complete mold remediation in your St. Peter, MN, home, it’s ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

Janitorial Services in Mankato, MN, a with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

Do you have staff members or maintenance workers performing the janitorial services around your business in Mankato, MN? That might not be the most efficient use of their time or your budget, especially if they have to spend extra hours or if they don’t have the ideal equipment for the job. Our suggestion is that you let your employees focus on their intended tasks and leave the janitorial work to us. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca specializes in janitorial services that meet your schedule and your budget.

We’ll meet to discuss your needs and do a walk through to evaluate how best to efficiently handle them. We’ll do a lot more than simply empty the trash and maintain the highest level of professionalism. If you’ve noticed dust collecting on light surfaces and other hard to reach areas, that’s one of the first things we’ll take care of, then prevent further buildup. That’s the benefit of a regular janitorial service – you never see the dirt pile up. In addition to dusting and waste disposal, we’ll regularly do wall and window cleaning, clean rest rooms and break rooms, do your hard surface floor cleaning, and make sure your office carpeting and runners are vacuumed regularly.

Our people are highly trained and dependable. They want to do a job right the first time. We also supply our technicians with the latest tools and technology so they get your facility clean, and do it in the least amount of time to keep your costs down and disruptions at a minimum. Whether you are in charge of managing a retail establishment, a clinic, a service center, a restaurant, or a school, our professional janitorial services may be just what you need.

We offer year round service and can adjust the frequency of our visits at certain times of the year if needed. Remember, the better you clean your facility, the easier it is to keep clean in the long run. Plus, your investment in flooring, furnishings and carpeting will serve you well. You’ll find yourself painting less frequently while adding years of use to your carpets and upholstery. For janitorial services in Mankato, MN, your solution is ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca. Give us a call at (507) 388-6339 today!

Mold Damage Restoration in Waseca by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

If you live in Waseca, there are four main reasons you should be concerned about mold damage in your home. For one, it reduces the resale value and hurts whatever investment you have in the home. It also poses a health hazard to your family. It smells bad and offends your visitors. Finally, if you do have a mold infestation in your home, the situation isn’t going to get any better, it will only get worse as mold grows when given the opportunity. There you have it. And if you have it – you probably know if you do, due to the musty or mildew odor – it’s time to do something about it. In Waseca, the best solution for mold damage repair and remediation is ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.

You may have mold in your home even if you’ve not experienced a flood or a water pipe break. In Waseca, as elsewhere in Minnesota, you may have mold in your walls and on the exterior side of your wallboard as a result of roof leaks caused by snow melt or from ice dams that developed on your roof months ago. The melting water pooled and slowly made its way down through small cracks, leaving moisture inside the walls and, with warmer weather, gave mold a head start. That’s just one possible cause.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers mold a potential source of disease in the country. It’s concerned enough about the potential risk to offer suggestions on how best to prevent it. Here are some of the CDC’s tips:

  • Use a humidity meter to determine the moisture level in the rooms in your home, especially in bathrooms, laundry areas and the basement. It should never rise above 50 percent humidity.
  • Don’t take any kind of water spill lightly. If your bathtub overflows or your washer springs a leak, make sure everything is dried thoroughly. If carpeting and pads cannot be dried it should be removed.
  • Use a humidifier in low-lying areas and in rooms that are cool and contain water outlets.
  • Operate your air conditioner whenever there are dramatic differences in outdoor and indoor air levels.
  • Make sure all vents and vent fans are working properly to push damp air outside. Some homes have fans, but merely drive damp air into ceilings. That’s a recipe for mold.

If you do have mold in your home or business in Waseca, ServiceMaster experts are the best to locate it. Our professionally trained technicians will handle mold removal, repair the mold damage, and finally do complete mold remediation – so that the mold threat will be eliminated.

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