Where’s My Stuff? Keeping Track of Items During Content Restoration

Business property or personal property damage due to fire damage, water damage, sewer and drain backup, storm damage, or mold damage can be devastating, but forget throwing your items away! Content restoration with the experts at Royal Renovations will bring your items back to life. But where do your items go when they’re being restored? Do you have access to them?

 

Content restoration refers to the services to manage personal or business property damaged by a disaster. Royal Renovations has a variety of content restoration techniques to renew your items back to their original state. If items cannot be cleaned onsite, a full pack-out will be organized using content tracking software. The items will be brought to the climate-controlled secure facility at Royal Renovations where damaged items will undergo various content recovery techniques. Once items are restored, they will be stored in a warehouse until they are ready to be safely moved back to your home or business. In the meantime, you will have access to your items.

 

Our inventory systems are used to manage your contents/belongings. You’ll be able to view your contents, request items, and complete the non-salvage part of your claim. Your inventory is captured and digitized the moment it’s created, so tracking the location and status of items is instantaneous. A visible and continuously updated chain of custody is ensured throughout the process. Access to our inventory systems is made easy online or through a mobile application for your phone.

 

Our integrated programs allow policyholders, contractors, and claims professionals the ability to coordinate work, update scheduling preferences, and connect through various collaboration tools. The experts at Royal Renovations will be able to locate and return items efficiently while you can personally look up and monitor the status of your belongings. Whether it’s your child’s favorite stuffed animal or a family computer full of important documents, your items may be in our care, but you’ll be able to keep a watchful eye on them. You’ll also be able to manage your claims.

 

For more information on the contents restoration process, call Royal Renovations at 320-743-3440.

 

You Can’t Fight Fire with Fire!— How to Restore Your Home’s Contents After They’ve Burned

A home fire can be incredibly devastating to a family. Not only are there possible physical injuries involved, the emotional distress can be crushing. The home is a place of safety and comfort, but a fire can take away that sense of security, especially if the fire damages the home and items inside. Fortunately, the experts at Royal Renovations specialize in fire damage content restoration. Not all hope is lost.

 

Royal Renovations understands how scary and dangerous a fire can be for everyone involved, so they take special care in handling your situation in a caring and compassionate manner. Fires range in size from minor—such as a small electrical fire or cooking fire—to a large fire. Whether smoke or fire damage is minimal or the whole house has been touched and building materials and contents have been burned, Royal Renovations is able to handle every aspect of restoration. Crews are available for 24/7 emergency service.

 

You might want to start the clean-up process immediately, but it’s important to avoid further damage. Do not try to wipe down or wash fire remnants from damaged areas, as this could negatively impact the fire damage recovery process. You can open the windows in the affected areas if the weather permits. Don’t use appliances until they’re inspected and cleaned. Make sure you refrain from throwing anything away before documenting the damage with photos.

The experts at Royal Renovations are trained in the fire damage remediation process, including odor control, water extraction, structural drying, and complete construction. Upon arriving at the scene, they will assess the damage and control any lingering hazards to prevent any worsening damage to your home. For instance, if a hole burned through your roof and rain is in the forecast, they will address the issue with tarp and sealing services. Then, they will begin the cleanup process by cleaning away smoke, dust, and soot. Your surfaces will no longer look dark, stained, or charred. Water damage restoration will also take place during this stage. Any standing water will be removed, and areas will be dried and sanitized. Lingering odors will be removed, as well as any items that are too badly burned to be restored. Furniture that can be repaired will be fixed or reinstalled, carpets will be installed, and walls will be repainted or wallpapered. Your property will be left looking good as new—and sometimes, even better due to renovation efforts.

 

There’s no need to consider all your items damaged and gone or start making immediate plans to rebuild and refurnish. Royal Renovations can take care of fire damage and any potential water damage. We hope you never have to deal with the scary experience of a fire in your home, but if you do, Royal Renovations will help you get your home and life back to normal.

 

Don’t Chalk it up as Garbage, Restore Your Business’ Contents After a Disaster

 

Business property damage due to a natural disaster can be a devastating blow to your company. Fire damage, water damage, sewer and drain backup, storm damage, mold damage—the professionals at Royal Renovations can handle it all. We know how important your business’ items are to you. Don’t throw them away! Call Royal Renovations to have your contents restored to its pre-damage condition.

 

So what is content restoration? Simply stated, it refers to the process of recovering items after they are damaged during a disaster. Don’t junk your items just yet; they can still be salvaged! Royal Renovations has a variety of content restoration techniques to renew your items back to their original state. For example, soot and smoke odor can be removed from numerous different objects, such as textiles, documents, and electronics. If specific items need to be cleaned quickly, they can be put on a rush order and restored within 48 hours or less. During the content restoration process, you will have access to your belongings.

 

The process of property inventorying items after damage from a disaster is a vital part in content restoration. Royal Renovations takes care of your contents with highly organized packouts using content tracking software, complete with photo inventory and a detailed itemization of non-salvageable objects. Damaged items will be transported to Royal Renovations’ climate controlled facility. The items will be safely and securely stored (and easily accessed by you if needed) in the interim while structural damage is being fixed. Once restoration of the business is complete, the items will be moved back in. If the damage is minor enough, property can be cleaned on-site.

 

Royal Renovations also offers:

 

  • 24/7 Claims Management
  • Odor Control
  • Content Processing
  • Specialty Item Cleaning
  • Non-salvageable Inventory

 

If disaster strikes, count on Royal Renovations to fix your business.

 

 

CE Class for Insurance Agents and Adjusters – 9/13/18

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Please join us on September 13, 2018, at Coyote Moon for our upcoming CE Class on Ethics and Current Trends in Property/Casualty Insurance.

 

Class Schedule
Instructor: Jim Miller
7:30 – 8:00 am Registration & Breakfast – Provided
8:00 – 12:00 pm Ethics: Accountability
12:00 – 12:30 pm Registration & Lunch – Provided
12:30 – 4:30 pm Trends in Property/Casualty Ins.

 

Ethics: Accountability
AM Session – 4 Credits
We need to reset our ethics awareness buttons continuously. In today’s
environment, the typical workplace attitude is to avoid being associated with the
ethics violations. Agents, employees, and management are aware that they can
be held personally liable for their actions and therefore accountability avoidance
becomes the norm. “Little white lies” and, “my boss told me to” are an
acceptable excuse. We will discuss three positive, proactive steps to establish
and maintain an ethical workplace.

Trends in Property/Casualty Insurance
PM Session- 4 Credits
We have seen more changes in the home and auto policy than ever before. What has happened to cause these changes and where are we
heading? What lines of insurance do our companies consider profitable now and in the future? What is the impact of storm losses on our property
book of business and what changes are our companies making to return to profitability?
We keep hearing of autonomous vehicles, what impact do we see from those on our book of business?
Are collision avoidance features driving rates up or down?

CE Class Fee: $50/ Person – All Day (8 Credits) or Half Day (4 Credits)

VIP Member CE Class Fee: $45.00 All Day (8 Credits) or $30.00 Half Day (4 Credits)

Early Registration giveaway: Gift Card if you Register & Pay by August 3rd
All CE VIP Members will be automatically entered for a chance to win a Visa Gift Card.

 

To learn more information about CE VIP or to read testimonials about our previous classes please see our Continuing Education page on our website.

Continuing Education

Royal Renovations has your Back when you have a Sewer and Drain Backup

A sewer or drain backup is one of the most-feared problems of a homeowner. Not only is it gross and smelly, but it can also be a potential health hazard if not handled properly. Whether it’s caused by toilet seepage, pipe blockage, the growth of large roots, sewer main blockage, or sewer overflow from flooding, a backup problem is something you don’t want to handle on your own. Fortunately, the experts at Royal Renovations have your back when it comes to any backups.

 

Sewage is a dangerous substance that you don’t want entering your home. It contains fungi, bacteria, and viruses that can cause diseases, infect your family, and ruin your furniture and objects in the home. A sewage or drain backup should be taken care of abruptly as there are immediate hazards the presence of sewage in your home can present. Elderly individuals, young children, or even individuals with respiratory problems or compromised immune systems in the home are more susceptible to the potential disease-causing substances in the sewage.

Homeowners should not stay in a home after it has been infected by sewage or drain backup unless the infected room or rooms can be completely sealed off. This prevents cross-contamination and breathing in the air of the infected area. Affected materials, unless they can be washed in hot temperatures for more than 10 minutes, should be thrown away. This includes upholstery, drywall, insulation, and other structural materials, in addition to any furniture or objects in your home that has come in contact with the backup (such as bedding and carpet). The objects shouldn’t simply be dried, cleaned, and kept. The health risk from the contaminants on the objects is too high. Highly-trained individuals should be hired to take care of the sewage backup remediation work followed by a visit from environmental professionals to ensure the area is safe to occupy again.

 

The experts at Royal Renovations of St. Cloud, MN will take care of you and your home if you have a sewer or drain backup. They treat your home and items with the utmost respect, doing their best to get them back to their pre-backup condition. Quality control is a top priority for Royal Renovations throughout the sewer backup clean-up process.

 

 

Clean your Carpets to Their Original Color

 

Over the past few months you have watched the kids and dog track all of their “summer fun” through the house. All their dirt and popsicle drips have done a number on your carpet. Instead of your carpet being a nice cream color, about now it probably more resembles the color of a dirty Bomb Pop. It’s time to see the original color in your carpets again!

 

There are many reasons to have your carpet cleaned. Restoring them back to their original color is one reason, but it also removes dust, dirt, allergens, bacteria, hair, and grime from deep in your carpet. Removing these things from your carpet is extremely beneficial to the health of everyone in your home! If someone in your home has allergies, it is important to have your carpet cleaned regularly to relieve their symptoms. All of this stuff stuck in your carpet carries a funky smell with it as well. Instead of blanketing your carpet with a can of Febreze, clean them so they look and smell nice.

 

 

Carpet is expensive! Cleaning your carpet helps to keep it in good condition. It will help maintain the investment you made in your carpet and also your home. If you are planning on selling your home, buyers appreciate the look of new carpet, it allows them to picture themselves in the home. Instead of spending a lot of money to replace all of your carpet, have it cleaned and restored to its original condition.

 

 

Preserve the life of your carpet, restore it to its original color and condition, remove harmful bacteria to keep your family healthy, and take care of your investment by having your carpet cleaned by Royal Renovations of St. Cloud. Summer fun is coming to an end. Back to school is a time to start healthy and fresh; Get off on the right foot and not a muddy one! Royal Renovations will come in and clean your carpets, but you will have to keep the muddy kids and dogs outside.

 

Work Smarter and Attend a Continuing Education Course

 

Industries are constantly changing. Not only are industries constantly changing but so are the standards of expected ethics in the work environment. Continuing education courses are necessary to stay current with the latest developments in the field.

In the state of Minnesota, all insurance producers and adjusters need 24 hours of continuing education and three of those 24 hours need to be a course on Ethics. Minnesota resident and nonresident licenses must complete their CE requirements prior to the last day of their birth month every two years.

 

 

Royal Renovations has you covered when it comes to continuing education classes for insurance in Minnesota. Two classes will be held at Coyote Moon on September 13, 2018: one class will be Ethics: Accountability and the other class will be on Trends in Property/Casualty Insurance. Ethics is a hot topic, but being associated with an ethics violation is not a topic you want to be a part of. Additionally, there has been more changes in the home and auto policy than ever before. When entering into this new territory of rapid change, become familiar with the effects now and how it will affect the future.

 

 

It’s time to work smarter not harder in the insurance industry. Get on top of the game and fulfill your license requirements by attending a continuing education class provided by Royal Renovations in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

 

How to Get Rid of the Musty Smell in Your Camper

When you unlock your camper for the first time after the long cold winter, you want to be saying, “I can’t wait to go camping!” and not “What in the world is that smell?” Maybe every time you open up the RV you are playing the guess that smell game. Save your sniffer and learn how you can protect and mitigate strange smells in your camper.

 

 

Odors from the Kitchen and Bathroom Drains

When your camper or RV is not in use, especially for long periods of time, water can become trapped in the P-traps under the kitchen sink and in the pipes of the bathroom. Bacteria will begin to grow in this water, which creates a foul stench throughout your camper. To keep the smell from forming, mix a cup of baking soda with a gallon of water and pour the mixture down every drain. That way this mixture will go into the gray water tank as well. If this is the source of the musty smell, it is easy to prevent this old water from sitting in the pipes for long.

 

 

Odors from the Carpet

With camping comes water, mud, pets, and cooking in tight quarters. Spills and stains are bound to happen to the carpet. To avoid this, you can invest in throw rugs to place on top of your carpet. Throw rugs are much easier to clean and clean more often. You can also have the carpet professionally cleaned at the end of the camping season. The most effective way to fully remove the stench of stained carpets in the camper is to tear out the carpet and replace it with laminate flooring. This is an expensive option, but they are easier to maintain throughout your camping trip. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about cleaning the carpet at the end of every season.

 

 

Odors from the Fridge and Freezer

A package of hot dogs or some yogurt left in the fridge will leave you with some bigger odor problems. To avoid the stale or mildew smell in the fridge, wipe it down and disinfect it after every single trip or time in the camper. Leave the fridge door open a tad to allow all of the remaining moisture to evaporate. Also, leave a box of baking soda in both the fridge and freezer to absorb any remaining odors.

 

 

Sometimes smells in the camper are out of our control and have occurred from storm and water damage. Nature happens. Be sure to take care and make the proper and necessary repairs to prevent further damage and rot inside. If you have continually battled strange smells in your camper but can’t seem to win, call Royal Renovations to tackle any storm or water damage or carpet cleaning. Enjoy the first step inside your camper every year, don’t dread it!

Should you Call for Professional Water Damage Restoration?

It would be pretty cool to have an indoor pool in your home, that’s every kid’s dream! But if you wake up in the middle of the night to find that the summer storm has started that indoor pool for you, it doesn’t sound exciting anymore. When talking about water damage, it’s not a spilled glass of water at the dinner table, here are some scenarios that may cause some serious water damage to your home.

 

 

If a limb falls on your roof in a summer storm and it continues to storm right into your house.

If the sewer backs up into the house.

If the washing machine breaks and floods the laundry room.

If the dishwasher floods the kitchen.

If you live at low elevation and heavy rainfall leads to a flooded basement.

If a leaky pipe, turns out to have a huge crack.

If the toilet overflows in the bathroom.

If you can smell a distinct musty smell.

If there are visible water lines after a flood remaining on the wall.

If any of these statements may apply to your situation then you might want to call in professional help.

 

 

Why do you need professional help?

Summer storms and burst pipes can bring on major home floods. Proper water mitigation, repair, and replacement of water logged materials are essential to the preservation of your home and health of your family. Water damage can be classified into the following three categories:

 

Category 1 water damage is “clean water” from a source such as a toilet tank or pipe that supply clean water. This water won’t stay clean forever. If it is left untreated, it will escalate into a category 2 or 3.

 

Category 2 water damage is called “gray water”. This type of water comes from washing machines and dishwashers or backed up toilets. It is any contaminated water that wouldn’t be suitable to drink. Not saying water that has flooded your home is suitable, but gray water isn’t to being with.

 

Category 3 water damage is also called “black water”. This water contamination ranges from chemicals and sewage to oil and harmful bacteria. This water is just as unappealing to deal with as it sounds and requires proper equipment.

 

 

It doesn’t take a long time for mold to grow. If you think the smell of category 3 water would be bad, think about what you would smell everyday if it wasn’t cleaned up properly. Without properly drying out the damaged area and replacing materials, mold will grow wild. There are serious health effects to those who are exposed to mold such as nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, skin irritation, and for those with allergies the symptoms are worse. Materials that may need to be replaced include walls, floors, shelving units, curtains, ductwork, and heating and cooling systems.

 

 

Professionals like Royal Renovations of the St. Cloud area, use thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to make sure your home or business is drying out effectively. Royal Renovations also uses specialty drying equipment for water damage behind cabinets, inside of walls, and other hard to reach places with minimal disruption to the building structure. Royal Renovations offers 24/7 service, so give them a call next time that midnight summer storm hits.

 

 

How to Prevent or Fix Summer Storm Damage to Your Home

It’s time for some fun in the sun! Along with the sun, over the next few months, there will be some pretty hefty storms. These storms will bring lightning, high winds, torrential rain, and hail. Are you prepared? Or, is your home prepared for this weather?

Safety First

Plans are important! For high winds or possibly a tornado, designate a safe spot for you and your family to seek shelter in your home. A safe place would be on a lower level, an interior room, far from any windows, and with strong overhead support. Power outages are common during summer storms. Be prepared for a power outage and put together an emergency kit to keep in the designated safe spot of your home.

Preventing Storm Damage

Unfortunately, you can’t prevent the storm from hitting, but you can take the appropriate measure to protect your home. One action to take is to maintain the trees in your yard. This doesn’t mean to shape them into elephants; sadly they won’t protect you from a storm. You need to remove the dead branches or any limbs that pose a threat of falling on your home. Make sure your gutters are securely attached, there is a possibility they could fall off your house in the event of heavy rain or high winds. Also, clean the gutters so water can properly flow away from your home.

The Aftermath

Some things are out of our control. If your home incurs damage during a storm this summer, don’t worry it can be fixed. Having homeowners insurance is extremely important in such instances. After a weather disaster, you don’t want to go through a financial disaster as well. Before you begin to clean up the damage snap a few pictures to present the situation to the insurance agency accurately. Get your detective skills on, because you don’t want to miss any small damage that you may end up paying for later after an insurance claim had already been filled out. Your home could incur anything from hail damage, a limb falling through the roof, or your satellite being struck by lightning. Remember to have you and your family’s safety at the forefront; this means don’t stand under anything that may be falling through your ceiling and stay away from electrical hazards. After a storm hits the St. Cloud Area, be sure to call Royal Renovations to come and repair storm damage to your home.

To help you and your family stay safe and prepared here is a checklist for an emergency preparedness kit to keep in a safe spot in your home. Have a plan before a storm hits, so after it’s not such a headache.