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Helping a Hoarder and Finding Hoarding Cleanup Services in Stewartville, MN

August 13th, 2018 · No Comments

Minimalism and simplified living is trending nowadays. With compact homes growing in popularity and decluttering strategies becoming a way of life, it makes the struggles of hoarding seem more apparent. While some feel strongly about minimalism, on the opposite end of the spectrum others struggle with cluttered homes and hoarding tendencies. If you or a loved one struggle with hoarding and need help and support in Stewartville, MN, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for hoarding cleanup services.

 

Knowing when you or a loved one needs help with hoarding cleanup can be difficult to determine. Consider the following when addressing a hoarding situation:

 

  1. Ask the hoarder if the item(s) bring them joy. Do they truly enjoy these items or are they even able to enjoy them? If the item has been buried in a pile, they probably can’t enjoy it. Hoarding cleanup can help the hoarder to sift through their belongings and organize their home so they can actually enjoy the items they have.
  2. Need vs. want. There’s a difference between needing and wanting an item. When determining what to keep and what to get rid of, ask the hoarder if they need the item or simply want it. Help them define what ‘need’ really is to prevent them from rationalizing keeping unnecessary items.
  3. Understand the reasoning behind hoarding. Unless you struggle with hoarding, it’s difficult to understand. How hard is it to just get rid of things? Hoarders have often experienced trauma or emotional struggles and use hoarding as a way of coping. Hoarding disorder is a legitimate mental health issue and the hoarder should seek help from a professional to address the underlying issues of the hoarding behavior. The more you, as a supporter, understand, the more help you’ll be able to offer.
  4. Check the structure and health of the home. Hoarding isn’t always just a matter of clutter; the structure and health of the home itself can be affected. Whether piles of items are putting stress on the structure, it has come into disrepair, or there’s excess waste, it’s important to check whether or not the home is safe to inhabit. If not, the residents’ health and safety are at risk. Also, the city could condemn the home unless it is brought up to code.
  5. Don’t begin hoarding cleanup without permission. If the hoarder doesn’t consent to hoarding cleanup, don’t force it on them as it can create a traumatic experience which only worsens the behavior. Communicate with the hoarder to try and express the need for cleanup and ensure that communication is continuous throughout the cleanup process, otherwise things can spiral out of control.

 

If you or someone you know struggles with hoarding and is ready for hoarding cleanup, contact the compassionate professionals at ServiceMaster of Rochester. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff understand that hoarding cleanup can be difficult, and we’ll do everything we can to make the process as stress-free as possible. For more information or to schedule your cleanup in Stewartville, MN, contact us at (507) 282-5747 today or visit us here.

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Plan Ahead, Childproof Your Home, and Prevent Fire Damage in Rochester, MN

July 31st, 2018 · No Comments

Kids are cute, fun, adorable, and full of life. They also find their way into every nook and cranny of every room in the house, which is why it’s so important to childproof your home and exercise caution to protect them from burns and fires. The fire disaster restoration professionals at ServiceMaster of Rochester want to help you prevent fire damage in your Rochester, MN, home. These simple tips below will help you to protect your children, as well as your home from fire and fire damage!

  1. Install and check smoke detectors. Be certain smoke detectors are installed throughout the house, particularly in bedrooms. Once installed, check the batteries and be sure the alarm is working properly at least two times per year.
  2. Keep flammable items out of reach. Items such as matches, lighters, gas, and candles should be kept out of reach of children. Put them in a higher cupboard or locked away.
  3. Install baby gates. If you have a baby or young child who tends to find their way to any activity, be sure to install baby gates to keep them away when you’re cooking, grilling, or if you have a fireplace or wood stove.
  4. Use a high chair or other safe area when cooking. Don’t risk tripping or spilling hot grease or liquids on a child when you’re scurrying around the kitchen making dinner. Use a high chair or restrain them to certain areas away from the kitchen while you prepare dinner.
  5. Teach what to do if clothing catches fire. Stop, drop, and roll. Spend a few minutes to explain and teach your children what to do if their clothing catches fire.
  6. Practice an evacuation plan. Sit down as a family and have an evacuation plan that everyone understands.

There are never enough safety tips when it comes to disasters such as a house fire. If you have experienced a fire in your home, be sure to get yourself and your family out safe and then contact a disaster restoration team such as ServiceMaster of Rochester. Our staff stands ready to assist you 24/7/365, and we promise that we will do our best to get your home and your life back to normal in no time at all. Contact us today at (507) 282-5747 or visit us here.  Plan, ahead, childproof your home, and be prepared for fire disaster restoration services, should you need them, in Rochester, MN, by contacting us today!

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How to Prepare for Carpet Cleaning Services in Pine Island, MN

July 13th, 2018 · No Comments

The dog has left its mark, the kids can’t seem to remember they need to remove their muddy shoes, and the high-traffic areas have taken a beating – it’s time to fight back and get your carpets professionally cleaned. Good for you! Now you just need to prepare for the professional carpet cleaning service. If you need carpet cleaning services in Pine Island, MN, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester.

 

Carpets are what make your home or office welcoming, cozy, and comfortable. In order for them to maintain these three attributes, they must be cared for and cleaned appropriately. Follow a few simple steps to help prepare for the carpet cleaning process:

 

  1. Vacuum thoroughly. Unless you vacuum every day, there’s a big chance your carpets should be vacuumed before the cleaning service arrives to remove debris and items such as pet hair.
  2. Move furniture. Unless you’re unable to assist, moving furniture prior to the cleaning service arriving will be beneficial so they can get right to work with the carpet cleaning process.
  3. Move or stabilize fragile and breakable items. Often glass vases, picture frames, and other fragile or breakable items are on display on the mantle, coffee table, or elsewhere around the room. Because the carpet cleaning professionals will be moving about with heavy equipment, move or stabilize any breakable items prior to their arrival to avoid them being knocked off and broken.
  4. Make a note of areas of concern. All carpets have areas of concern that need a little extra TLC, such as high-traffic areas, a spot where red wine was spilled, or where your pet decided to mark its territory. Make a note of such areas and inform the professional carpet cleaning service so they can spend a bit of extra time where needed.
  5. Know the location of your water spigots, sinks, and drains. When carpets are deep cleaned, the cleaning professionals may need to add or extract water. Be mindful of where your water spigots, sinks, and drains are located to make the cleaning process easier.

 

Following these simple steps will ensure you’re ready for professional carpet cleaning services. At ServiceMaster of Rochester in Pine Island, MN, we understand the importance of deep cleaning carpets at least once a year and have the tools to breathe new life into even the most neglected carpets. We don’t judge—we simply come in, do what we do best, and leave you with carpets that smell fresh and look fabulously clean. Our trained and professional staff stand ready to assist you in all your carpet cleaning needs. Contact us today by calling (507) 282-5747 or visiting us here for carpet cleaning services in Pine Island, MN.

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Find Hoarding Cleanup Help in Rochester, MN When Collecting Becomes Hoarding

July 5th, 2018 · No Comments

Many avid collectors thrive on collectibles such as baseball cards, rocks, jewelry, coins, and stamps, to name a few. What a great hobby until it gets out of hand. Spending time at Salvation Army, Goodwill, and garage sales can lead to excessive “collectibles” and hoarding. Not only do the items turn into nothing more than piles of stuff, they can become a health hazard as well. This is where hoarding cleanup comes in.

 

ServiceMaster of Rochester in Rochester, MN, provides hoarding cleanup services so your home or the home of your loved one is safe and free of debris and biohazardous material. When your collectible hobby has gotten out of hand, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for hoarding cleanup services.

 

Hoarding is defined as money or valued objects stored or hidden away; reserved for future use. Hoarding disorder is a compulsive syndrome where individuals are unable to let go or throw away possessions that are important to them, no matter the monetary value. Friends and family may attempt to help by removing materials from the homes of hoarders but quickly realize this task is much more than they bargained for. Additionally, it can be very dangerous to clean the home of a hoarder because of the debris and potential biohazardous material associated with it.

 

Because many hoarders often have animals, fecal matter and urine can be difficult and dangerous to clean. Hoarders have been known to have difficulty letting go of pets and animals, therefore having diseased, dying, or dead animals on the property.

 

Other biohazard materials include mold, mildew, dust, rotten food, human and animal waste, and needles. Damaged structural components including flooring, walls, and ceilings also play a safety concern during hoarding cleanup.

 

Working in hoarding cleanup areas requires the proper protective gear to avoid pathogens transmitted through animal and human waste which can, in turn, cause infections and other health complications.

 

ServiceMaster of Rochester understands the difficulty a hoarder experiences when trying to let go of things and the challenges a family experiences when attempting to help with hoarding cleanup. That’s why we’re available with our trained and knowledgeable staff to take the burden and difficulty off you. We have the proper equipment, products, and expertise in hoarding cleanup to make the job easy and stress-free. There are no judgements and we involve family and friends in the decision-making process.

 

If you’re in need of hoarding cleanup services in Rochester, MN, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester by calling (507)-282-5747 or visit us here. When your collecting has gotten out of hand, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for hoarding cleanup services.

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Don’t Strike Out with Water Damage in Dodge Center, MN- Contact the Water Damage Restoration Professionals

June 11th, 2018 · No Comments

You come home from a long, hard day’s work to discover a burst pipe, leaking roof, or non-functioning sump pump has caused extensive water damage needing water damage restoration. Chances are the structure of your home as well as many of your belongings have been damaged. In the Dodge Center, MN area, ServiceMaster of Rochester can help you with water damage restoration needs. Don’t strike out with water damage. Contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for water damage restoration services.

 

The water damage restoration process can seem overwhelming. Take advantage of a professional water damage restoration service, which include:

 

  1. Emergency services. A professional water damage restoration service will be available and ready to evaluate the situation, determine the source of the problem, the scope of the damage, and get right to work creating an effective plan to get your property back to its pre-loss condition as soon as possible.
  2. Water extraction. From the attic to the basement and duct work to crawl spaces, inspecting every area of your property is important to see just how far the water has traveled and what damage is done. Once this is determined water extraction can begin with the proper equipment, so the affected areas can begin drying as soon as possible.
  3. Inspection of other materials. During the inspection process trained technicians will evaluate flooring, walls, insulation, doors, cabinets, ceiling tiles, and many other areas to see if damage has occurred and any items can be saved.
  4. Reinstallation/cleaning. If carpet can be restored, trained experts will ensure it’s properly dried, cleaned, deodorized, and then reinstalled.
  5. Structural repairs. If you’ve experienced damage to items such as drywall, floors, and ceilings, structural repairs can be done by a water damage restoration team or a subcontractor.

 

If you’ve been hit with water damage from any kind of source including a leaking roof, burst pipe, or sump pump malfunction in the Dodge Center, MN area, stress no more. Contact ServiceMaster of Rochester. Our team of trained water damage restoration experts stand ready and available to return your property to its pre-loss condition in no time, so you can get your life back to normal.

 

Contact us today by calling (507) 282-5747 or searching ServiceMaster of Rochester. Don’t strike out with water damage. Contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for water damage restoration services.

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Fight Off Your Carpet’s Worst Enemy – MUD – with Carpet Cleaning Services from ServiceMaster of Rochester in St. Charles, MN

June 1st, 2018 · No Comments

carpet cleaningIf April showers bring May flowers, then what do May showers bring? Perhaps a beautiful garden, a lush lawn, and…MUD to carpets. There’s really no way to keep dirt, muck, and mud from being tracked into homes and businesses in St. Charles, MN, but there is a way to keep your carpets looking clean, smelling fresh, and welcoming to all who enter. Fight off your carpet’s worst enemy – MUD – with carpet cleaning services from ServiceMaster of Rochester.

 

Mud is carpeting’s number one enemy, and if left untreated, it can really wreak havoc on your flooring. Follow a few simple steps to keep your carpets looking and smelling great:

 

  1. Entry mats. Keeping the dirt and mud at the door can be quite challenging and almost impossible. Keeping an entry mat both outside and inside your door can help to keep mud at the door. Kindly ask your clients or guests to use the mats and/or remove their shoes and boots if appropriate.
  2. Spot clean. Let’s face it. Mud and moisture get tracked in, things get spilled, and a good majority of the time these are accidental. When you notice a spot or spill, act quickly and blot the liquid before it has time to soak deep down into the fibers. Then apply a water-based detergent and let dry.
  3. Vacuum regularly. It can be difficult to find the time and energy to vacuum every day or several times per week. Vacuuming your carpets regularly, however, will help immensely and is the easiest way to keep them clean and extend their life.
  4. Rugs in high traffic areas. If you have high traffic areas, invest in rugs to help absorb the moisture from the rain and catch the mud before it gets ground into the fibers of the carpet. Remove and clean the rugs regularly so they can do their job effectively.
  5. Have your carpets cleaned regularly. Your carpets are a huge investment and something that you don’t want to have to replace every few years. That’s why it’s important to have a professional carpet cleaning service assist you regularly with cleaning. This leaves your carpets looking and smelling great and extends the life of your carpets and investment.

 

When you can’t control the mud and dirt that’s tracked in from those April, May, and June showers, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for all your carpet cleaning needs in St. Charles, MN. Our trained, experienced, and knowledgeable staff stands ready to fight off your carpet’s worst enemy – MUD. Contact us today by calling (507) 282-5747 or visit us here.

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Make Happy Memories This Memorial Day With Tips to Avoid Fire Damage and Fire Damage Restoration Services in Pine Island, MN from ServiceMaster of Rochester

May 15th, 2018 · No Comments

Memorial Day is set aside for remembering those who died while serving the United States. It’s also a time to fire up the grill and spend time with family and friends and unofficially start the summer season with warmer weather and longer days. But be certain to grill and light the campfires with caution to avoid fire damage to your property. Make happy memories this Memorial Day with tips to avoid fire damage as well as fire damage restoration services in the Pine Island, Minnesota area from ServiceMaster of Rochester.

Use caution and common sense when firing up the grill, having a campfire, or just cooking inside your home.

  1. Distance of grill. Common sense tells us that keeping the grill a safe distance away from structures will prevent fires. It’s also important to be certain your grill is stable and will not tip over.
  2. Keep your grill clean. A mixture of grease and flames can cause an explosion or a hefty fire. Keeping your grill clean both inside and out will help prevent a fire.
  3. Check propane tank. It takes a few seconds to check the grill’s propane tank before lighting the grill to avoid leaks by making sure the hose and connection are tight.
  4. Fire extinguisher. Always have a fire extinguisher handy in the event of a grease fire. These types of fires can happen anywhere at any time, whether you’re cooking inside your home or outside.
  5. Wear appropriate clothing. If you’re grilling, sitting by the campfire, or cooking an evening meal for your family, wear clothing that doesn’t hang over the flame.
  6. Contain the campfire site. Don’t take the chance of your campfire spreading on dry grass or leaves and never leave a fire unattended. Contain the site of your campfire by using a fire pit or enclosing it with rocks.

Following these few simple tips and using common sense can make your Memorial Day (and every day) memorable and safe. Fires happen every day and can be devastating to your family, your home, and your property. ServiceMaster of Rochester has a team of professional experts if you need fire damage restoration services. Our staff are available 24/7/365 and will give you the peace of mind knowing that your fire damage restoration services are handled properly and efficiently. Contact us by calling (507) 282-5747 or visit us here for all your fire damage restoration services. Make your Memorial Day and summer events memorable by using caution when grilling, cooking, or sitting by the campfire.

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April Showers Bring More Than May Flowers—Choose ServiceMaster of Rochester for Your Water Damage Restoration Services in St. Charles, MN

May 1st, 2018 · No Comments

spring rain

“April showers bring May flowers” is a popular saying we often hear. However, April showers can also bring more than May flowers; changing weather, warmer temperatures, and flooding are also common in April. Flooding typically occurs without warning and can leave your home or property in a complete mess. If you’re in St. Charles, MN, and have suffered from flooding in your home, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for your water damage restoration services.

While a flooded home can leave you with a mess, the feeling of loss and anxiety, and helplessness, do your best to remain calm and follow a few simple tips to get your house back in order:

  1. Turn off power to the home or building. We all know that water and electricity don’t mix and that’s why it’s important to instantly turn off the power supply to the home, particularly if you have standing water inside the structure.
  2. Take pictures and contact your insurance agent. Whether you have minimal damage or a total loss of your home and belongings, be certain to take pictures, document what you can, and contact your insurance agent.
  3. Contact a water restoration service. If you have minimal damage, you may choose to do the cleaning yourself. However, if you have significant damage or a near total loss of your belongings and household items such as carpets, flooring, and upholstery, it will be beneficial for you to contact a professional water damage restoration service.
  4. Act quickly. Water can cause significant damage in a short amount of time. Act quickly to try to restore your home and your belongings.

If you have experienced flooding or water damage in your home, have a back-up plan and act quickly. Need help with cleanup in the St. Charles, MN? Stress no more. Contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for all your water damage restoration needs. Our trained, knowledgeable, and professional staff knows what it takes to remove the water and muck, clean and repair, and get you back to normal in no time. If April showers have brought May flowers and a whole lot more to your home, such as flooding, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester by calling (507) 282-5747 or visiting us here. Don’t let flooding get you down. Instead, enjoy life and take some time to smell the flowers while our professionals do the water damage cleanup.

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Be Prepared When Life’s Events Come Without Warning in the Byron, Minnesota area With Fire Disaster Restoration Services From ServiceMaster of Rochester

April 16th, 2018 · No Comments

Many things in life come with a warning—a wedding, graduation, new baby, or a job. However, a house
fire isn’t one of them. You can be cautious and do everything you can to prevent a fire from happening,
but there’s always a chance for disaster. Responding quickly and taking action can save you needless
distress and anxiety. If you’re in the Byron, Minnesota area and have experienced a disaster in your life
such as a house fire, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester for your cleanup needs. Be prepared when life’s
events come without warning in Byron, MN, with fire disaster restoration services from ServiceMaster of
Rochester.

A house fire or any fire on your property is terrifying and devastating and can leave you feeling stressed,
anxious, and hopeless. Even after the fire is put out, smoke and soot still have damaging effects, and
acting quickly can help alleviate the problems it leaves behind. For the best response after a fire, follow a
few simple steps.

1. Contact your insurance agent. It may seem overwhelming to have just gone through a fire
because your property, belongings, and heirlooms are gone. Contact your insurance agent and, if
possible, take pictures of the damage.

2. Contact a fire restoration company that you can trust. The cleaning and restoration process after
a fire is stressful and may leave you feeling helpless, hopeless, and completely devastated.
That’s why it’s important to contact a disaster restoration company that you can trust your home
and belongings to as well as someone who will get your home back to its pre-fire state.

3. Separating damaged and undamaged items. Chances are, your insurance company will need a
detailed list of all belongings and inventory in your home. Separating undamaged from damaged
items will make it easier for you to determine exactly what items were affected.

Smoke and soot that are left unattended can cause further problems and leave your home
unsalvageable. In addition, the residue left behind after a fire is a biohazard and can leave you with health
problems. That’s why it’s important to act quickly after the flames are put out. Contact a professional
disaster restoration cleaning company immediately.

If you have experienced a fire in your home or property and are in need of disaster restoration services in
Byron, MN, contact ServiceMaster of Rochester. Our trained, knowledgeable, and professional staff
stands ready to assist you in getting your home back to normal and relieving you and your family of the
stress and devastation involved. Be prepared when life’s events come without warning in Byron, MN, with
fire disaster restoration services from ServiceMaster of Rochester. Contact us today by calling (507) 282-
5747 or visit us here for all your fire disaster restoration needs.

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Limit the Impact of a Fire With Fire Damage Restoration Services in St. Charles, MN

March 30th, 2018 · No Comments

fire assessment

Are you dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your St. Charles, MN home or business? Devastated by the loss of your property, possessions, or heirlooms? Limit the impact that a fire has on your life by trusting the experts at ServiceMaster of Rochester.

A fire in your home or business can be devastating but the damage only gets worse over time. That’s why it’s important to act quickly and reap the many benefits from professional fire damage restoration services.

  1. Complete fire damage and smoke damage repair restoration. Finding a service that provides complete fire damage and smoke damage restoration is critical in getting your home or business back to its pre-loss condition.
  2. Emergency pre-cleaning services. Acidic residues and odors from a fire can be devastating and increase your cost of repairs. However, when you act quickly after a fire, emergency pre-cleaning services will limit the damage to your home and belongings.
  3. Cleaning items and belongings. Smoke odors can be just as wicked as the fire itself, leaving your furniture, upholstery, and other items in a pretty sad state. Hiring a fire damage restoration service can help get your items back to normal in no time so you can get your home or business back to normal.
  4. Thorough cleaning and restoration. It’s not just the furniture or your belongings that suffer during a fire. Your walls, carpeting, attics, and most other areas take a beating, too. That’s why it’s important to have a thorough cleaning and restoration process as soon as possible after the last flame is out.
  5. Removing soot from clothing and other fabrics is the first step in the cleaning and deodorizing process, but don’t think you can do this by yourself. Throwing clothing, curtains, and towels into the washing machine may do more harm than good. It’s important to contact a professional fire damage restoration service that is experienced and has the tools to use an oxidizing agent to break up the smoke molecule and to begin the cleaning process.

The safety and health of you and your family are your first priority after a fire. Leave the rest to ServiceMaster of Rochester. We understand how frightening a fire can be and that’s why we stand ready to offer our services for fire damage restoration in your home or business. Our trained, knowledgeable, and expert staff stand available 24/7/365 to get you back on your feet, your home back in order, and your business up and running again with our fire damage restoration services. Make sure everyone is safe, contact your insurance agent, and then call ServiceMaster of Rochester at (507) 282-5747 for all your fire damage restoration needs in St. Charles, MN, or visit us here.

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