Mold in Your Home: What to Do Next

Posted on August 28, 2020.

mold growing in your home windows and exterior of a home with mold on it

Mold in your home is dangerous. Discovering mold in your home can be quite alarming. You may not know how serious or extensive the damage is or how it will impact your family’s health. The very first thing you need to do if you suspect or find mold in your home is to call a mold remediation and removal expert to survey the damage. These companies can also remove the mold from your home if necessary.

Mold is quite common and mold spores are terrifyingly all over the place. Mold spores can enter your home on a pet, your clothes, or float through an open door or window. To grow, mold spores need to land somewhere they can feed off moisture and nutrients. While it is important to act quickly when you think mold in your home may be a problem, it’s also best not to overreact.  Do not attempt potentially damaging and ineffective DIY techniques on your own. It is always best to allow the experts to give you a proper diagnosis when you are dealing with mold in your home.

To Treat or Not to Treat

A common mistake many people make is trying to clean up mold themselves without having it tested first. Cleaning mold with bleach can be somewhat effective depending on the type and severity of the mold, but the root of the problem needs to be treated and certain types of molds are much harder to eliminate than others.

Your home may be inhabitable during mold clean up.  You may need to leave your home temporarily while the mold is removed and treated. This may seem like a big inconvenience, but remember that staying in a hotel or with friends or relatives for a couple of nights is a much better alternative than allowing mold to continue growing in your home. Mold will damage the structure and put your family’s health at risk.

Three Common Molds

When you find mold in your business or your home and call in mold remediation experts, you will be able to find out what kind of mold is growing there. There are three common types of mold and more than 100,000 varieties.  Mold is classified as allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic. Mold will do damage to your lungs if left untreated.  It is imperative that you treat mold in basements, attics, and bathrooms as soon as you find it.


Health Issues

If you suffer from any illnesses that might be even remotely linked to mold, you should visit your doctor right away. Those illnesses include but are not limited to:

  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • COPD
  • Fatigue
  • Sore Throat


Once you find mold, you should contact your homeowner’s insurance company.  They will tell you if mold removal is covered. Oftentimes the process will be covered.  Coverage depends on the cause of the mold and how pervasive the problem is.

Mold Inspections and Removal in Minneapolis

The first call you make when you discover or suspect mold in your home or place of business should be to the mold removal and remediation experts at ServiceMaster Minneapolis at (612) 354-5466. Mold and moisture typically go hand in hand and often become a problem after your home or business has suffered water damage. ServiceMaster also handles water damage mitigation and restoration, and can not only make any water-related disaster a thing of the past but also test to see whether water damage may have resulted in mold growth. Contact us today to learn more and request your free quote.





This blog was originally posted on April 5, 2017.  Visit this page to see the original post.

Hoarding Cleaning; One Time Hoarding Cleanup

Posted on August 22, 2020.

Affecting nearly six million people, hoarding disorder is nothing to sensationalize. It affects twice as many people as OCD, and people joke about both. Hoarding disorder is no joke. People who suffer from the inability to organize and those who accumulate unnecessary items to the point that their homes and spaces are unlivable, suffer from a terrible disease. It is no different helping someone with a hoarding disorder clean their home than it would be to help a cancer patient who feels overwhelmed.

What is Hoarding Cleaning?


Hoarding cleaning is when a company comes in and works with you to remove only what you want to be removed and get a home or structure back to a livable or usable condition. This might mean you take everything out.  Then you sort items into areas or piles to distinguish what goes back or what gets donated and what gets discarded. Three piles seem to be the key.  Keep, Trash, and Donate.  Hoarding cleaning is different than housecleaning in the fact that people with hoarding disorder are usually unwilling to part with items that have no significant value. Sometimes, to a person suffering from hoarding disorder, every item has a purpose and a function. This type of thinking is often brain-based and social workers or psychologists are involved. Police may have ordered the cleanout, and a compassionate team is readily available to help on the day of the intervention.

Hoarding Cleaning Interventions

Sometimes families find themselves in situations beyond their control, and the clutter has run amok. Remember, these times can be highly sensitive and embarrassing for families, especially if it is an estate cleanout. Hoarding was originally called Collyer Syndrome because there were two brothers that literally filled their Harlem estate with garbage and buried themselves in it. There are times that cluttering becomes hoarding, and there are specific instances when people who are overwhelmed with grief appear to have a hoarding disorder. In The Age of Overwhelm, a book related to trauma and it’s aftermath, clutter and feeling stuck, the main premise is to just do something. One thing done is positive and changes a person’s outlook. Another day of cleaning, or just getting one room done can feel like an accomplishment and will propel the momentum forward.


There are times that interventions are staged. If a property has become so overrun, families or cities may call for an intervention. You can call in professional organizers and companies to do the job and get the cleanup underway.


Hoarding Cleaning and 5 Levels of Hoarding


There are five levels of hoarding based on the functionality of each room in the home as an entity. There is a 16-page clutter-Hoarding Scale, developed by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. You can download the entire document here.

The fifth level, the worst level, and represented by the color red, involves feces and rodent infestation. It also involves electrical and water service no longer working in the property.


The fourth level, the orange or high level is where there are sewer backups,  hazardous electrical wiring, fleas, and rotting food on counters. Lice may be present on bedding and there will be evidence of pet damage to the home that has gone unrepaired


The third is hoarding level three.  Colored yellow and titled: elevated, level three involves one bedroom or bathroom mostly unusable. Excessive dust will be present and there may be heavily soiled food preparation areas. Extraordinarily strong odors will linger throughout the home, and there may be mold. An excessive number of pets may be present as well as visible clutter outdoors.


Next, a blue or guarded level of hoarding describes level two. Clutter is pervasive in two or more rooms in the home. Light odors will be present as well as overflowing garbage cans or garbage that is piled up and not removed from the home. There will be evidence of light mildew in kitchens and bathrooms. Surprisingly, one exit may be blocked. There will be some pet dander or pet waste. Puddles from animals will remain uncleaned. There is also limited evidence of housekeeping.


Finally, a hoarding level one is categorized as low and represented by the color green. This level is where the clutter is not excessive, but present and represents a level one. All the doors and stairways are accessible, although there may be evidence of tunneling. There are no orders present in the home, and the home is considered safe and sanitary. This house could be cleaned by a regular house cleaner.


How do I clean a hoarder’s house?


There are many pieces of advice and many ways to go about cleaning out an estate or property. Companies specialize in helping seniors downsize. Organizers abound. If you can, break the cleaning into small chunks. Have someone work by your side to sort, organize, and transport unwanted items out of the house.


Call a junk removal service like ServiceMaster or rent your own dumpster. Depending on the size of the project, consider parsing out portions of the cleanup.



Now, Hoarding Disorder is listed as a mental health issue and it affects many people when you think that everyone who stuffs their home has someone who cares about them. Sometimes they have many people who care about them, and they do not need help with the job of cleaning out the estate. You need to know that a one-time cleaning of a person suffering from true hoarding disorder will only start them on the path back to accumulating things.  You will want to consider moving them into a smaller, more manageable space. Sometimes, families just seal off basements or attics, so there is less space to clutter, thereby keeping seniors in their homes.  If someone is suffering from overwhelm, a complete cleanout will be received as a gift and it may be the only time that help is needed.


Hoarding cleaning of spaces is always a good idea. Good intentions and compassion must be present. If you find yourself needing help, contact us.  We will gladly do our part of removing and cleaning items from the home.


hoarding cleaning; a chair is unusable as clutter runs amok; items all over a cluttered house
Sometimes clutter takes over and a hoarding cleaning is necessary.

A Professional Upholstery Cleaning Company

Posted on August 14, 2020.

If you need a professional upholstery cleaning company, ServiceMaster is the company to call.  When your furniture is in dire need of cleaning, you may consider trying to save money by doing it yourself. However, that may be easier said than done. Many people do not have the necessary training to professionally clean their own furniture. You must be experienced with crucial aspects of the job, such as the type of cleaner safe to use on certain fabrics and the proper cleaning methods, to avoid causing damage.

Realize that most furniture requires specific cleaning chemicals. Additionally, there are tools necessary for the job which the regular homeowner may not own. That is one reason why many people choose to hire a professional upholstery cleaning company to clean stains from their furniture with specialized equipment and chemicals.

If you are unsure about hiring a professional to clean your upholstery, consider these three reasons.

1) Appearance

The first reason you should get a thorough upholstery cleaning is to keep the appearance up. With periodic cleaning, you can keep your furniture looking nice for longer.  You increase the life of your furniture by stopping dust, dirt, and grime in its tracks.  With regular cleanings, these will not penetrate and set in.

You also should not forget about the special needs of your leather furniture.  Leather furniture requires special care and attention.  Do not let your cleaning responsibilities fall by the wayside. To keep your leather furniture looking beautiful long into the future, clean and condition it on a consistent basis.  When not regularly cleaned, your leather furniture is likely to dry out and crack. Any stains on a piece of leather will slowly seep into the material, making them permanent. As a bonus, properly cared for leather is much more comfortable, giving you a cozy place to relax for years to come.

2) Family Health and Air Quality

Dirty, grime filled furniture can harbor harmful bacteria, microbes, even mold, and fleas. Keeping your furniture in good shape is a crucial part of keeping you and your family healthy. Not only does cleaning furniture reduce pathogens and dirt in the fabric of the furniture, it also keeps the air in your home cleaner. When you sit down on your sofa or favorite recliner, everything that was trapped in the fabric and cushions expels into the air. A good cleaning will do wonders to reduce these harmful contaminants.  Mold, mildew, and allergen spores are kept from being circulated throughout the home. With better air quality, you and your family can breathe easy knowing you will not be affected by common, airborne irritants.

3) Removes Odor Problems

Any upholstered furniture becomes an odor absorber. Body oils, food and beverages, pet fur, dirt particles, dust, and more will be absorbed into the fabric.  This absorption causes potential odor problems. If you want to keep your home smelling fresh, cleaning your upholstery is key.  It is imperative that you keep your leather and upholstery cleaned by a professional upholstery cleaning company.

A professional upholstery cleaning company can deodorize your furniture.  This helps remove unwanted smells from deep in the fabric. Cleaning your furniture on a regular basis will keep your upholstery, and your home in general, smelling great.


Are you in need of professional upholstery cleaning services? 


Get in touch with ServiceMaster of Minneapolis today! We are the area’s leading supplier of home cleaning and restoration services. Whether you have experienced fire damage or need simple but expert furniture cleaning, our team will fulfill your needs.

We do more than upholstery!

Contact ServiceMaster of Minneapolis today by calling (612) 354-5466 or filling out a form on our contact page. We are here whenever you need help cleaning your residential air duct system– get in touch now!

Finally, Get in Touch!

Do not wait!  You will want to contact ServiceMaster early in the life of your furniture to ensure cleanliness. We are a professional upholstery cleaning company and we protect your furniture.  ServiceMaster can keep your furniture clean.  We keep your home clean.  Call us today.

white couch with green plant on white stand next to it

This blog was originally posted on May 10, 2018.  Visit this page to see the original post.

Junk Removal In Minneapolis is Easy with Us!

Posted on August 7, 2020.

Junk removal in Minneapolis is always easy when you call ServiceMaster. Avoid so many steps to get rid of the junk and clutter that you have and no longer want. Make one call to us. ServiceMaster is a professional junk removal and hauling service, here to help you with any size job. Nothing is too big, and nothing is too small.

Place the call today and watch your junk go away!

Is Junk Removal in Minneapolis costly?

Junk removal in Minneapolis is expensive if you pay for an entire truck, but at ServiceMaster, you pay for what we haul. Junk removal is not expensive when you call ServiceMaster because we give you an estimate of what it will cost upfront, and only charge you for what we take.

You can rest assured that you are getting the best deal when you are looking to clear out spaces in your home, business, or storage. We are a budget and discount junk removal professional team here to help with your needs. We have been clearing basements, attics, and storage units for many years.


Many choices for junk removal:

Junk removal in Minneapolis has many choices. We would like to be your first choice. Call us today for a free quote and estimate or we will just remove the items while we are there. We are your local junk cleanout company serving the Twin Cities metro area and Minneapolis.

What is your project?


Have an attic you need to convert? Do you have a shed you need to remove? Maybe you have business garbage leftover from a convention? We can take care of all of the garbage and junk removal needs you have. We are prepared to work on any project you have from one-time estate cleanouts to a pile of junk you need to be removed from the garage.


Remove it all.

Our main goal with junk removal is to leave nothing inside the space you are cleaning out. You can have a pile for us to throw away and remove, or we can help you go through the items. Especially if you are doing an estate cleanout, you will want a professional company to help you navigate and find any treasures before you remove the excess junk. A clean space looks fresh.

Find new places for the items you will keep. A clean space will help you feel like you have completed the job.

Will you recycle?


Next, you think about recycling. Junk removal in Minneapolis with ServiceMaster is environmentally friendly as well. Have peace of mind, knowing that we are environmentally friendly and recycle everything that we can. We actually enjoy rescuing items from the landfill. We will donate what we can and recycle what we are able to. Call ServiceMaster for junk removal in Minneapolis. We serve the entire Twin Cities metro area and do junk clean out any size job.

ServiceMaster is very good at tight squeezes and tricky staircases. We have been navigating high up out-of-the-way places for years. You can call on us. We do the hard work for you and save you the hassle of the many steps of pricing dumpsters, ordering dumpsters, scheduling pickups, and all the cleanup. ServiceMaster will bring our trucks right to your door and haul the junk away. We only charge you for what we haul.


We make junk removal and garbage cleanups easy.


junk removed from a garage including an old vwbug and danger signs

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