Damage to Your Home? 15 Questions to Ask

Posted on January 22, 2021.

Before Hiring Restoration Technicians to fix damage to your home, you should ask these 15 questions.  If you are looking for a restoration technician, odds are you have had some bad luck with water, fire, mold or some other damage to your home. These are by no means an easy fix, which is why it is important to call in an experienced professional to help fix … Continue Reading

Prevent Water Damage by Preventing Ice Dams

Posted on January 15, 2021.

  What are ice dams and how do ice dams form? Usually, heat escapes through ceilings into the attic of your home and warms the wood and shingles directly above it. When the outdoor temperature dips below freezing, the snow melts over the warmed section of the roof. Then meltwater runs down your roof, hitting … Continue Reading

Electrical Fire Prevention

Posted on January 8, 2021.

  There are signs of electrical fire before the fire breaks out. According to a new device that can help protect your home, Ting, there are five common signs before a fire would appear. Poor electrical wire services can cause electrical fires.  ServiceMaster in Minneapolis offers several different services. One of the more well-known services … Continue Reading

Air Duct Cleaning: Four Benefits

Posted on December 29, 2020.

When is the last time you had a thorough air duct cleaning? Air ducts are responsible for circulating air from your heating and cooling system, spreading it to each room throughout your home, and keeping you comfortable all year round. This air fills your living spaces. This is the air that you and your family … Continue Reading

Fire Hazards – Part Two: Why Should I get my Chimney Cleaned?

Posted on December 15, 2020.

  After an inspection shows you need to have your chimney cleaned, a chimney sweep will come and remove soot, blockages, and built-up creosote from your chimney liner, firebox, smoke chamber, and damper.   Cleaning your chimney regularly will maintain the safe operation of your chimney and/or heating system.   What is Creosote and why must … Continue Reading

Fire Hazards – Part One: Chimney Inspections

Posted on December 11, 2020.

Fire Hazards: A two-part series on Chimneys & Fireplaces and what you need to know– Before you hang the stockings in front of the chimney with care, consider what care your wood-burning fireplace requires. Wood Burning Fireplace maintenance helps reduce fire hazard risks. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a chimney inspection every single year. … Continue Reading

Fire Safety to Prevent an Unfortunate Holiday

Posted on December 7, 2020.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips from ServiceMaster of Minneapolis and the surrounding Twin Cities area. We are Fire Damage Restoration Specialists. Decorations: Holiday decorations are responsible for a surprising number of fires each year. Follow these tips to prevent an unfortunate holiday. Be sure to keep your holiday decorations several feet away from all heat sources. … Continue Reading

Real Christmas Trees:  Are they fire hazards?

Posted on November 30, 2020.

  Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are more deadly than other house fires.  This, according to the National Fire Protection Agency’s November 2017 report and fact sheet.  When you have a living Christmas tree in your home, what can you do to prevent a disastrous house fire?   3 … Continue Reading

What to Do if You Have a Flooded Basement

Posted on November 20, 2020.

  You have a flooded basement; what do you do now?  The EPA estimates that water leaks from homes in the US can exceed over one trillion gallons per year costing the average homeowner $7,000. Many people are under the false assumption that basement flooding is a normal, almost inevitable part of owning a home … Continue Reading

Leaky Hot Water Heaters Cause Water Damage

Posted on November 13, 2020.

  Hot water heaters leak.  That can be damaging for your home if you have 40 or 50 gallons hanging out in a leaky water heater. If your water heater is leaking, the first thing you need to do is stop the leak.  It may be repairable or you may need to replace the water … Continue Reading