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Water Damage Repair and Restoration in St. Paul with Northwest ServiceMaster

March 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Less than two years ago, heavy rains and flash floods inundated part of St. Paul, severely damaging homes and businesses. June of 2014 turned into a major flood disaster in just hours as nearly half the counties in Minnesota experienced floods and corresponding water damage. The speed of a flood, especially if it’s caused by a sudden downpour or a huge release of water from a river, can be overwhelming. In many cases, the only option is to get out of the way and deal with the recovery. Northwest ServiceMaster’s professional flood disaster restoration experts are the best choice if water damage strikes your home or business in St. Paul or the surrounding communities.

The University of Minnesota Extension Service advises homeowners to check for structural weakness or defects in their home’s walls and foundation. Water damage to contents is negligible compared to the damage that will happen if the floodwaters push into the foundation or retaining walls. The Extension Service says portable pumps may be the answer if your basement begins to fill with water and your sump pump can’t handle it. Yet in some cases, letting the basement fill with water may help protect the rest of the structure. If your walls are not strong, keeping the water pressure even on the inside and outside of the walls may prevent a collapse.

They also recommend keeping a grab-and-go file of insurance papers, identity cards, important phone numbers, passwords, and other essential documents on hand in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to keep an emergency fund in an easily-accessed savings account that can help with bills until an insurance check arrives.

Always make sure your insurance is up to date and that you list any new valuables in the house, including photos and dates of purchase. Finally, make sure you have an emergency plan for family members and pets.

If a flood, broken pipes, or sewage backup causes damage your home in St. Paul, remember Northwest ServiceMaster for every level of water damage repair and restoration.

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