Mild Winter For Us, But Not For All, Water Damage

Posted on February 28, 2015.

This winter has been a mild one for Minnesota, and we have not had to deal with the frigid cold temperatures, and snow like winters past.

However, that is not the case for everyone this winter, especially for the east coast folk. They are approaching record breaking snow totals, and Boston, MA will most likely surpass their record snowfall of 107.6 inches set the winter of 1995-1996.

With record breaking snow totals come, record destruction caused either by water primarily from ice dams and melting snow, or the sheer weight of the snow on the roofs can causing havoc on a structures.

So anytime there is an overwhelming number of catastrophic water damage like the kind cause by this such as: record snow totals, hurricane Sandy in 2012, or the flooding in Michigan last year; ServiceMasters across the Nation are asked to help with the mitigation.

This year to help with ice, water, and snow damage of Massachusetts we teamed up with ServiceMaster of St. Cloud and sent a team of five technicians and two vans from our own twin cities location along with a team from St. Cloud. The main focus of these teams has been helping clean off snow covered roofs to prevent future ice dams or structural damage, along with any other water damage caused by these storms.

This coming Friday will mark 2 weeks since the first team was sent and when they finish, the second team of technicians will make their long trek to MA in an effort to prevent future water damage and assist with current damages.

We don’t expect to prevent all the damage, but we just hope to make a difference in the end. Having said that I am sure we will have an ongoing presence in Massachusetts area the coming weeks to help with the thaw, and all that is associated with rapid melting. Everything from drain backups, failing sump pumps causing wet basements, seepage, and everything in-between.

To be continued…

ServiceMaster of Minneapolis proudly serves those in need regardless of geographic location!  Main focus helping the twin cities and surrounding areas we specialize in water damage, fire damage, smoke  damage, mold removal, trauma cleanup, vandalism cleanup, carpet cleaning, window cleaning, and duct cleaning.

Carpet cleaning after Super Bowl tomfoolery

Posted on February 3, 2015.

Due to the misadventures of my Super Bowl party I get the privilege of taking advantage of our open carpet cleaning schedule these coming weeks, and if you are like me you can do the same!

Depending on whom you were rooting for this last Super Bowl Sunday you were either completely devastated, extremely overjoyed. OR you could positively in no way care that the Patriots were able to pull off a huge upset Sunday over the Seahawks, and were a prisoner of this great event.

Like so many of us across these great United States, this one day each year, large masses of spectators enjoy the Great Super Bowl feast. We tend to overindulge in unhealthy foods like Buffalo Wings, Pepperoni Cheesy pizza dip, chocolate chip blonde brownies slathered in caramel sauce and ice cream, nachos, and washing it all down with a dark cola (or substitute your food items of choice). All while watching the big game, and it’s commercials.

And for any of you out there with children you know that it is tough enough to go through a typical meal without them spilling, splashing, or dropping something on the floor. This margin of mess probability quintuples when you are eating on top of stainable surfaces such as carpeting and/or upholstery. For those of you who do not have children of their own. I am sure you can relate to the mess rule by substituting a messy child of your own with a dirty friend, a sloppy uncle, an untidy neighbor, etc.

On game day we all need to be comfortable when watching the biggest game of the year, right? So common sense all points to eating this smorgasbord of sloppy goodness in the living room, and to make the situation a little more interesting. The food then needs to be placed on an already overcrowded small coffee table, so when limbs are flailing about you can watch the food fly as well as the emotions.

Typically I would have laid down bath towels, bed sheet or even a drop cloth as a preventative measure against the mess rule. Instead this time I thought I would tempt Murphy’s law, which he was relentless, to say the least.

Let’s just say I got the full use out of my Scotchgard carpet protector Sunday night and thanked God for the pause function of my DVR. Freezing the game to *blot* wing and cheese sauce out of the carpet (courtesy of my foster son), apply Spot Hero to the saucy spot (courtesy of ServiceMaster), and blot again.

Then not even 20 minutes later I had to pause a commercial to sop up 20oz of cola with a towel and repeated the blotting process again. All this while eating a large slice of humble pie, because I just finished lecturing my foster son about being careful when eating in the living room.

Silver lining, the food was good, and it was an great game because the Pats won! However, now it is time to get the carpets thoroughly cleaned, and prepare for the next big gathering.

*REMINDER: if you ever have a spill on your carpet you should always remember to blot the spot and not scrub, because scrubbing ruins the fiber of the carpet and further embeds what spilled.

If you need your carpets cleaned call Kelly Doyle at 612-871-3885. Also, if you have a story of your own, or tips and tricks email me, and I will post the best ones.


ServiceMaster of Minneapolis proudly serves the Twin Cities Area. We not only specialize in carpet cleaning, but we also provide services in water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, mold removal, trauma cleanup, vandalism cleanup, window cleaning, and duct cleaning.

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