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Commercial Water Damage Restoration And St. Paul Building Materials

commercial water damage restoration st paul, water damage repair st paul, commercial water damage st paulSt. Paul is a bustling, energetic city with historic and beautiful structures.  From the Minnesota State Capitol to the Historic Fort Snelling.  While these edifices may seem beautiful and nearly impenetrable, every structure has a potential weak spot, including water damage.  If a building is erected using any of the following materials, it has the potential to absorb water and weaken or become faulty. To better understand commercial water damage and the steps to restore it, here are five building materials found in buildings that are water absorbent:


Bricks are rectangular blocks typically made out of clay or clay-like substances.  While certain bricks are specially engineered to withstand wet environments, many buildings are built with the classically porous and effectively limited clay brick.  This is particularly true for brick buildings constructed in the pre-modern era.  Because bricks are porous, 


Insulation is used to reduce heat loss by filling the air space with material that inhibits heat transfer, keeping the room at a regulated temperature and utility costs lowered.  Insulation is often made of fiberglass, cellulose, or rock wool, and is placed between the two layers of a wall.  Improperly installed insulation causes water to seep through and potentially pool up in between the different layers of the wall.


Drywall is a panel made of gypsum used to construct interior walls and ceilings.  While modern-day drywall often has additives that help reduce water absorption, it is still a highly absorbent material, simply due to the nature of the ingredients, including gypsum and paper.  Drywall will quickly become soft when exposed to water, and will eventually turn gooey when exposed to water for too long.  Fortunately, in many cases, commercial water damage restoration experts can mitigate the issue if handled within 48 hours of initial water exposure.  By using rapid drying techniques, the restoration experts can help you avoid the cost, inconvenience, and difficulty of removing and replacing the affected drywall.


Plaster is used as a protective coating on walls and ceilings.  It usually is manufactured as a powder, but is then mixed with water to turn into a thick toothpaste-like consistency.  Like drywall and bricks, plaster is often made with gypsum, which we have learned is not a strong material.  It can’t take much load bearing, and is instead used as a finishing touch before painting.  While plaster is often used for waterproof structures, if too much water is added during the initial mixture stage, the concoction will end up being softer than desired, and will not be as effective.


With a similar recipe as bricks, mortar is a malleable paste used in masonry that usually consists of pitch, asphalt, and clay.  Though there are actually a fair number of different uses for mortar, it is often used to seal bricks together.  As with bricks, there are certain recipes and ratios of mortar that are more water-resistant, such as cement, lime, and packing mortar.  However, if proper research wasn’t done and the incorrect mortar was used in the building, small cracks and divots throughout the material create little rivlets across the building.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration In St. Paul

ICC Restoration & Cleaning Services is a commercial water damage restoration company located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The IIRC-certified team offers the widest range of restoration  services in the Twin Cities area and Western Wisconsin including: 

  • The latest in high tech inspection tools to determine the extent of the damage.
  • The latest technology, including Directed Heat Drying® technology.
  • An IICRC certified technician trained on the drying of hardwood floors, plaster walls, tile and concrete, cabinets, etc.
  • Removal, drying, storage, and restoration of all required contents
  • Contaminated water extraction and disposal of all toxic materials

ICC offers all of their efforts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for any water damage emergency need.  St. Paul is a thriving town with celebrated buildings throughout the city. Many of these buildings mean a lot to us Minnesotans, and it’s important to keep them protected from Mother Nature.  ICC Restoration & Cleaning Services will make sure they are.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Melisa did such a great job and was so professional and nice. It really helped with the issues I was dealing with. Thanks Again!

- Janell, Waconia

Thank you for everything. You have been more than accommodating to me throughout this nightmare. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final outcome.

- Laura, Woodville, WI

I just can’t thank you enough for making our “water damage ordeal” go away so quickly. Your ability to organize subcontractors and the ICC crews is truly amazing, Mom and I are delighted to be back and settled into our little casa. Your genuine warmth and caring are truly gifts that you bring to your work. You are so appreciated!

- Jane, Stillwater

Thank you for sending Jake to my home. He was the most respectful young man I have ever met. He left my home very clean and he was very knowledgeable.

- Carolyn, White Bear Lake

The project manager did a great job communicating. He was so nice and did a great job checking in with us. Working with ICC was the best part of the flood. The crews really went out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. The job could not have gone better.

- Nick & Abbie, Chanhassen

I don’t think your company performed work at Derek’s home as there was minimal damage, he called me today and thanked me profusely for referring ICC to him. He was very impressed with the rep that came to his house and the honesty and helpful advice he gave him about clean up and that it may not be in his best interest to file a claim. He is the type of customer that appreciates good service and will remember it and refer others. Thanks again for ICC’s help.

- Kimberley (Insurance Agent)

Thank you for such AMAZING service!

- Barbara (Insurance Agent), Rochester

ICC turned a really bad experience into a good one. We are very happy with all of the work that was done. They did a great job explaining the claims process.

- Linda, Oakdale

The crews were very professional and communicated well. They were great also about cleaning up after themselves. We would use ICC again. The crews were always on top of the process, which allowed the repairs to go smoothly.

- Church Representative, Edina

Erick did an excellent job explaining the process. We thought that everyone was very professional. They explained everything very well and followed through with everything. Communication could not have been better. I am very happy with my services.

- Gary, Osceola, WI

Our project manager was great to work with; he explained things well and answered all of our questions. Our coordinator also did a good job. Working with ICC was easy. Communication was wonderful and the crews were very professional. We would use ICC again in a heartbeat.

- Angie & Fran, Hudson, WI

The lead technician was great and explained things over the phone very well. I was very impressed. The crews were better than expected and very professional. ICC was extremely responsive; I was out of state and was so impressed with how they kept me informed.

- Jim & Cheryl, Victoria

I was very happy with all the crews at ICC. I had great experience and would not hesitate to work with ICC again should the need arise. Everyone there really knows what they are doing.

- Jerry, Cottage Grove

Dealing with the fire was a very upsetting time. ICC was able to get out to my home quickly and really helped reassure me that everything would be fine. ICC worked very well with my insurance company. I could not have been happier with the whole process. I know I asked a ton of questions and Mark was great about answering them all.

- Karen, St. Croix Falls, WI

The crews were always on time for their appointments. Our job went very well. I am so thankful for everyone at ICC and the excellent work they did.

- Michelle, Shoreview

Everyone I dealt with was just great. My project could not have gone better. Everyone at ICC is professional and is excellent at communicating. I would use ICC again and will be recommending them.

- Connie, Edina

The technicians did a fantastic job. Everyone really cared about me and my concerns. They were extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and knew how to make me feel comfortable. ICC was amazing to work with.

- Kevin, Maple Grove

ICC was terrific to work with and I will be recommending them. I had an excellent experience.

- Patricia, Hudson, WI

The technicians were extremely detailed. I immediately felt like I was in great hands. They were also very calming, always on time and communicated well.

- Sally, Excelsior

The technicians were very good at explaining what was going to take place. They answered all of my questions in great detail. Everyone was very sympathetic to my situation and genuinely cared.

- Anita, St. Anthony

Our project manager payed great attention to detail and had excellent customer service. He was very compassionate and really cared about what we were going through. ICC was wonderful to work with. The crews were very professional and thorough.

- Brian & Jill, Woodbury

I was very pleased with the whole process. Everything went so much smoother than I expected. ICC really helped make it easy.

- Jackie, Woodbury

The crews were very professional and communicated very well. They responded very quickly to our phone calls and always made sure we knew what was going on.

- Robert, Maplewood

Thank you for the wonderful inspection findings and THANK YOU for your professionalism. So much appreciated.

- Carol, Burnsville

My project manager did a great job and was really nice to work with. My coordinator did a great job keeping me informed about the process as well. ICC was wonderful to work with; they were all very professional and treated my home well. The quality of the work done was impressive and I would definitely use them again.

- Paul, Maplewood

I was impressed by the short time it took for the clean up crew to make arrangements to meet me even though we were outside of the metro area.

- Karen, Osceola, WI

As the coordinator of facilities and grounds for the State’s fourth largest school district I am involved is a lot of activities and unfortunately some are emergencies in nature. This includes fire, floods, sewer backups and natural disasters. Thankfully this does not happen often but when it does I rely on a restoration company’s specialists who have the knowledge and equipment to quickly clean and restore the affected area of the building or grounds…

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- Mike Schwanke, Coordinator of Facilities and Grounds District 196

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Woodbury, MN 55125

4481 N Frontage Rd.,
Hwy 14 West Unit 9,
Rochester, MN 55901

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