Recent Storm Damage Posts
Raging Rivers and Water
The National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, reported that in Rochester, Minnesota on June 27-28 over 5" of rain fell in 6 hours. As a result, the Rochester International Airport was closed for several hours, highways and interstates closed, and homes flooded. Devastation within hours. How fast life can change. We at SERVPRO of Rochester understand that and are here to help you.
It's important to remember that you should take care of yourself and family first. Your safety should be the number one priority. After you get to a safe place or secure a place, then you can make a plan on what needs to be done next.
If you have water in your basement and the level of water is high to where outlets are located, turn off the electricity.
If you have water that has sewage in it, don't go in the water as it may be contaminated.
You will need to call your insurance company and then SERVPRO of Rochester for us to come out and help you.
The Water is Down...Now What?
It's a few days after the insane amount of rain Rochester, MN received this week. The water is starting to recede and go down. Now what?
Currently, we have a waiting list of over 100 leads. Some homeowners have started to do some of the work themselves. A few have called us saying that they have chosen to remove the carpet and pad and then ask us if there's even a reason for SERVPRO of Rochester to come out to their home.
Even if homeowners have started to do some work on their home, and think there's nothing else to be done at their home, WRONG!
SERVPRO of Rochester would come out, take moisture readings and then tell the homeowner the plan as far as removal of items affected. We remove all affected materials and document each step in the process. Mold can grow in as little as 72 hours. Disinfecting the area is also important in the mitigation process. Then, we place commercial equipment for the drying process. Every 24 hours we come and monitor the areas and dry using IICRC standards.
Quickly Forming Storms of Summer
Last week in Minnesota we had a beautiful day that by evening had turned into an extremely strong summer storm. The summer day was super hot and muggy with temperatures in the upper 80s and after a long, cold, brutal, snowy and icy winter that was welcome. By evening around seven or eight, the wind was up to speeds of sixty miles an hour, blowing trees into homes and uprooting them. In Southeast Minnesota, we received over three inches of rain.
SERVPRO of Rochester was called to help customers who had sump pump failures and had water coming in basements. We were glad to help. SERVPRO of Rochester's Crew Chief and Production Technicians went out and extracted water, removed any materials that couldn't be restored and monitored the affected areas and materials each day until dry according to IICRC standards.
Call SERVPRO of Rochester if you experience flooding, sewage backup or sump pump failure. We also do fire mitigation, death or accident clean up.
After this long winter in Minnesota, we are hoping that the forecasted rain will bring May flowers! With this rain which nourishes the plants and trees, it also can cause damage to your home when it rains too fast or too much rain.
*NEVER drive around barricades that are blocking a flooded road.
*When there is flooding on the road, turn around! Don't attempt to drive through water on the roadway.
Facts from the National Weather Service about flooding on roadways:
-6" of rushing water on a road can knock down an adult.
-12" of rushing water on a road can pick up and carry a car away
-24" of rushing water on a road can pick up and carry away trucks and SUVs
Be careful out there in the next week as the forecast is saying we may receive 4" of rain.
The flooding in the Midwest over the last few days are the worst in decades. We, at SERVPRO of Rochester, hope that those affected by the floods find safety during this time.
In the past week we have experienced a dramatic increase in calls about water issues in homes ranging from ice dams, sump pump failures and seepage.
One awesome thing about SERVPRO is that even though each franchise is individually and independently owned, during times like this, we help each other out. We are able to enact teams that specialize in storm events. The team will travel anywhere in the country. Currently, there are SERVPRO Storm teams in the Twin Cities area and the Rochester area to help us and get to the customers faster.