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Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Things to Consider When Filing an Insurance Claim

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Things to Consider When Filing an Insurance Claim Call the team that cares about your home and your family. We work directly with your agent and adjuster to make your life easier.

I had the opportunity to speak with one of our clients this past week and during our conversation we dove into the issues of when to file an insurance claim and when to consider paying out of pocket. 

There are unfortunately many communities that struggle with water issues for any number of reasons.  Poor drainage, built on former wetland, improper development, etc. Due to the frequent losses some homeowners use their insurance as they believe they should. The problem that arises due to frequent claims is the fact that many insurance companies begin to view that homeowner as a high risk client, the job of an insurance company is to manage risk for not only the homeowner but also for themselves. Insurance is an investment for not only the insurance company but also for the homeowner. 

When the insurance company starts to see the risk level rise on the part of the homeowner, their investment in carrying the homeowners policy becomes less appealing and therefore some homeowners will be dropped by their provider.  When the homeowner goes to find new insurance they will find that their claim history is unfavorable and they will end up paying higher premiums. 

As a homeowner, you have ways to manage your risk as well and that begins with the decision on what to do in the event of a water loss.  Many homeowners have heard that bringing in a restoration company can be expensive, in order to understand cost the homeowner must first see value.  The value of using a restoration company can be the difference between a total basement renovation and a matter of a few days of drying and slight reconstruction. 

The average loss will run between $3000-$5000 depending on how severe it is and what is rolled in after the drying has been done. It may seem easier to do the job yourself but the thing you need to keep in mind is that the standard dehumidifier that you purchase in store is not designed to dry behind drywall and in sill plates like more restoration companies equipment does.  What this means for you, the homeowner, is that your home is dried out and treated properly rather than increasing your risk for mold and other bacteria that may linger after a water loss. In addition to mold and bacteria issues, wet materials can lead to structural issues down the road as well, so that $3000 restoration bill now becomes a $20,000 reconstruction bill which will not be covered by insurance. 

When it comes to insurance and water loss, you determine if the loss is significant enough to call in a restoration company and put your long-term financial security at risk. 

For questions call our team at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes at 712-262-4379. 

Why are we faster to any disaster?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial  Why are we faster to any disaster? Our large loss desiccant helps facilitate the drying process, minimizing the length of drying time.

This past weeks cold snap really tested our metal if you will.  Much like most of the summer with multiple water calls due to sewer backups, storm water, sump failures the cold weather caused multiple issues with frozen/burst pipes. 

In a matter of four days last week our team responded to twelve plus calls for burst water lines.  Of those calls, four were major commercial water losses that required many of our team members to complete.  So how do we do it?  

There are numerous reasons to call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes for your water damage restoration needs...  

1) The Right Crew - Many of our crew members have extensive training in water restoration which helps make the overall process run much smoother and efficiently.  We train on water extraction, equipment placement, and the fastest drying procedures.  All of this helps to not only make our time on site shorter but also faster drying time for your home or business.  

2) The Right Equipment - Lathe & Ryan believe in investing in the right equipment to help dry any project large or small.  From our extraction equipment to our large loss desiccant, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has the right equipment to extract and dry your water damaged home or business.  

3) The Right Mindset - Our team fully understands the frustration that comes along with having water damage and it is our goal to minimize the interruption to your lives.  We have an on-call team that will respond to your water loss 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  No matter what time of day or night our team will spring into action.  Of those 4 major water claims in the past week our team was on site within hours of the initial time of loss starting the restoration process and spent long hours ensuring the job was done right the first time.  

As an added benefit, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes also offers you reconstruction services and carpet cleaning options.  Our construction crew has over 75 years of combined experience and takes pride in the work they do in your home or business. 

Call the team that truly is faster to any disaster...

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes

712-262-4379

Mold Cleanup...What's the Right Product?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Cleanup...What's the Right Product? Mold can grow on and in many porous surfaces, just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't there. Call today for a mold assessment!

Mold appearing in your home or business can be very frustrating and stressful.  I have run across some who have expressed feelings of guilt thinking they've neglected their home to the point that mold starts growing. 

Fact of the matter is, mold grows nearly everywhere around us and can be very hard to detect at times.  Though mold is present it cannot always be seen, hiding in the padding under carpet or behind a layer of paint in the drywall. These will remain unseen until either carpet is replaced or the discoloration starts to push through the drywall.  

So you have found mold in your home or business, now what?  For most they will simply go to the cleaner that is supposed to clean everything...bleach!  Bleach, however, is the wrong answer.  Due to the chemical makeup of bleach, it is a rather abrasive cleaner that will clean the discoloration from the surface, but it simply will not kill the mold spores that are the root cause of the growth.  

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes uses quality products that not only help remove the discoloration but also eliminate the roots of the mold growth helping to reduce future growth.  Our team uses FDA approved products such as Concrobium Broad Spectrum and Sporicidin to help clean and eliminate the potential for future growth. 

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes for your mold assessment. 

712-262-4379 

Suspect Mold? Call for a Mold Assessment!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Suspect Mold? Call for a Mold Assessment! Not all mold can be so easily detected. If you have suspicious odors or discoloration call today for your assessment. 712-262-4379

Mold can be a scary thought for some.  For allergy and asthma sufferers mold can often associate breathing issues and other health related concerns.  

It was not long ago that I discovered first hand some of those other health related concerns.  Being an allergy sufferer myself the breathing issues are a major concern, the difference is subtle and often goes unnoticed until you are out of the effected home or business.  With the extended exposure an individual can also experience headaches, other various allergic reactions, increased blood pressure, fatigue, and many other issues.  

Do you suspect mold in your home or business? Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes for your mold assessment. 

When our team of professionals arrives you can expect a thorough inspection followed by a remediation estimate.  If you would like, our team can also provide tape testing and air sampling to be sent to the lab for further assessment.  Costs associated to the assessment depend on your location and the type of testing you would like completed.  

Upon full completion of testing our team will provide the results from the lab on which strains of mold are present and provide you with an estimate on the remediation process.  

Call the team of professionals that can help you from the first signs of mold through the entire remediation process. 

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes

712-262-4379

Your 24 Hour Emergency Fire or Water Damage Service

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your 24 Hour Emergency Fire or Water Damage Service ?Call the team that can help from start to finish at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes! 712-262-4379

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 712-262-4379

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Setting us aside from other restoration companies in the region, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes offers many additional services that help make them the right team for the job.  Our crew is trained to help you from start to finish and make your home or business look "Like it never even happened."

Faster to your Water Disaster

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Water Disaster SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (712) 262 - 4379

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Conditions looking prime for high mold growth in Spring

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conditions looking prime for high mold growth in Spring If you suspect you have mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes to set up a mold consultation and test today!

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10% have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.

 Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 712-262-4379

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes for mold remediation services.

What are your ducts hiding?

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial What are your ducts hiding? Dirty ductwork can cause significant odor and health concerns, call SERVPRO today to schedule your duct cleaning. 712-262-4379

The ventilation system within your home or business is often one of the leading causes of poor air quality.  For most of us we appreciate the fact that our HVAC systems are working properly but give little to no thought throughout the course of the year(s) as to how our ductwork is impacting us, as long as we are comfortable we are happy.  However, dirty ductwork can have a direct impact on ones health given that it can circulate odors and contaminants such as mold and dust pollen throughout your home or business.  

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes team of professionals will come in to inspect your ductwork and HVAC system and make recommendations on the best course of action toward any air quality concerns.  

In some cases, cleanup of the HVAC and ductwork is necessary in the restoration process after a fire, smoke, or mold growth issue arises.  The last thing you want to do when mold is suspected is spread the spores throughout your home or business.  

There are many advantages of cleaning your HVAC and ductwork such as:

  • Restoring peak performance which will save you money over time in heating and cooling costs
  • Reduces potential for mold growth
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold growth
  • Eliminates offensive odors 

Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes to have your ducts and HVAC system cleaned and running at its best, you and your health will appreciate it!  

712-262-4379

The Right Equipment for the Job

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Right Equipment for the Job The Arid Dry 5000 Large Loss Electric Desiccant

Water loss can happen to anyone at any time.  From issues in your home or even your business, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has you covered.  Investing in the right equipment is key to making your water damage look "Like it never even happened" which is why we have invested in the next level of drying equipment.  

With a new way of drying and reducing humidity for the perfect climate control in water disasters, SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes offers the Arid Dry 5000 Large Loss Electric Desiccant. Meeting the demands of larger residential and commercial water restoration jobs with a large-capacity mobile dehumidifier from ARID-Dry™, SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes professionals can work more efficiently and with faster time-response. One of the only restoration companies in Northwest Iowa to offer service with this type of equipment.  


How it works: The most moisture laden air in “process“ air stream is drawn through desiccant rotor with moisture collecting on Silica gel material embedded in rotor. Dry processed air is re-leased into required area. Rotor brings soaked desiccant into “reactivation” air stream where it is heated. As desiccant dries, it releases its moisture into reactivation air stream as water vapor which is ducted into the outside atmosphere. 


Bottom line: It is perhaps the most effective method available of controlling humidity and/or removing moisture from structural materials, hardwood flooring, and providing structural preparation prior to applying coatings.

When disaster strikes call the team with the right equipment at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. 

712-262-4379