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

Prevent Common Causes of House Fires

Posted on November 6, 2020.

  While we hope that you never experience any magnitude of fire, you should always be prepared for the worst. To help you out, here is how to prevent the most common causes of house fires which are smoking, cooking, and electrical. When you are aware of the three greatest fire risks, you will gain … Continue Reading

Tree Trimming is Important to Prevent Damage

Posted on October 26, 2020.

  If you are a homeowner, it is important for you to have a relationship with a tree trimming company. For various and many reasons, trees are important for our homes, neighborhoods, and ecosystems. Trees Pose Threats: Trees can pose many potential threats to the homes around them. It may not be your tree that … Continue Reading

Remove Mold from Your Home

Posted on October 20, 2020.

Mold infestations are one of the most common problems a homeowner can face. Whenever excess moisture seeps into your home, in a damp basement or attic, for example, it can cause mold growth leading to musty odors and serious damage. Remember, according to the CDC, mold can be harmful to the health of the home’s … Continue Reading

Water Damage in Iowa: ServiceMaster Helps for Six Weeks!

Posted on October 13, 2020.

  Water damaged their homes. Waiting was the hardest part. In the uncomfortable aftermath of straight-line winds racing through your neighborhood at over 110 mph, blowing your roof off, and disturbing the contents of your home, waiting. Waiting and knowing that someone is coming to help clear out the damage and restore your home. Mold … Continue Reading

The Ultimate Winter Cleaning Checklist

Posted on October 6, 2020.

Why winter cleaning? Winter cleaning is important before the snow flies.  Ahh, that uncomfortable time of year when the days get shorter, the temperature starts to drop, and it begins to feel more like winter. The holidays are coming around and it is about time to pull out the decorations. While most of us strongly … Continue Reading