Time Matters! The real damages of neglected Water Damage
When it comes to water damage in the home or business, we’ve seen it all. Trust us, some of the scariest and most dangerous situations haven’t come from major floods. Here in Minnesota, a lot of times water damage is caused by excessive rain, or more likely, melting snow. However, excess water can also come […]
Drought and Extreme Heat 101
A drought is a period of abnormally dry weather that persists long enough to produce a serious hydrologic imbalance (for example crop damage and water supply shortage). The severity of the drought depends upon the degree of moisture deficiency, the duration, and the size of the affected area. Extreme Heat According to the National Weather […]
Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile […]
If a Disaster happens, will you be ready?
It is Severe Weather Awareness Week! This week is to remind you and all your loved ones that the very best thing you can do is be prepared! Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. There are numerous variables at play during a natural disaster, and knowing what to do during those […]
Preparing for a Storm in St Paul
According to the National weather Service “Deceptive killers” are the cause for most deaths during the winter. They are the deaths that happen indirectly related to the storm. For example traffic accidents due to icy roads, hypothermia from prolonged exposure to the cold. It is of the utmost importance to be prepared for […]
How To: Protect Your Minneapolis Home from Storm Damage
When storms turn violent it can be a nerve-racking experience. If you fail to properly prepare your home from the oncoming damage that nerve-racking experience can turn into a devastating one. Is your Minneapolis home prepared to face powerful winds, harsh rain and pounding hail? You can’t prevent all of the damage that can come […]
Weather Myths in Minneapolis- What you need to know!
As the temperatures in Minneapolis begin to rise, severe storms start to make headlines around the nation. When I was growing up, I remember my Nana saying you should keep your windows cracked if a tornado is in your area to equalize the pressure. Is this true or a myth? Thinking back on my […]
8 Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes
Until recently, not many people knew what a Polar Vortex is, but with one bearing down on the northern U.S. and Minnesota over the next few days, everybody’s talking about it. As it brings record-breaking cold over several days, here’s what you need to know to keep your pipes from freezing and causing water damage. Be Prepared […]
Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes
Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. In Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, frozen pipes are not uncommon during the cold, winter months. Luckily, frozen pipes are largely preventable and homeowners can take simple steps to protect their pipes from freezing and reducing […]
What is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Figure 1 shows a cross section […]