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Drought Conditions Cause Winter Concerns

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a frosted over copper pipe with a burst of water pushing through. In 2020, be prepared for anything...Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes at 712-262-4379

Hard to believe it wasn't long ago we were talking about flooding and how to fight off water damage, now here we are in moderate to extreme drought conditions.  

These conditions lead to an early harvest for many and in some cases a poor yield.  Normally this would spark a discussion for increased fire risk, which is absolutely true, but as we creep ever so close to winter we should also be concerned about the risk for additional water damage.  

If we are in a drought how can we have water damage right?! 

Well I will be honest, I did not realize this was an issue until I stopped into a business partner this past week and we began discussing winter.  Now we all know how this goes, we hear 100 different stories on what to expect for the winter until we all give up the guessing game and just wait it out. 

Our business partner and I began discussing the extreme cold that was predicted, and the concern for the frost pushing deeper into the ground than normal.  When the ground freezes around the incoming water pipe that leads to a greater concern for pipes bursting before they reach the home or business.  When this happens more often times than not the water will saturate the soil around the pipe and eventually find its way into the basement leading to even more damage.  

In some cases as homeowners we simply can't prevent everything, but a nice layer of snow prior to deep frost will help act as insulation and heavily watering the area around those incoming pipes will cause the soil to act as an insulation barrier helping to reduce the risk.  

Should you find yourself facing disaster, call the team that's always faster...SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes.  


You Got Fire - We Got You

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Soot damage on walls in a basement. If you suffer from soot or smoke damage in your house or business call us at (712) 262-4379.

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. Let our team of highly trained professionals ease some of the burden on you. The first 24 hours after a fire can make the difference between restoring or replacing your belongings. With our 24/7 emergency service we are faster to any size disaster. We use our specialized equipment and cleaning techniques to get your belongings back to preloss condition. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes will work with your insurance company for a stress-free claims process. Our fire restoration services don’t just stop at cleaning, we have our very own in house reconstruction crew with years of experience that will make your home look “Like it never even happened.” If you have any questions about fire, soot, or smoke damage call our office today at (712) 262-4379. 

Large Scale Water Loss

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck and trailer loaded for action. No job too large or small, we cover them all!

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is a locally owned company that is part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises. This allows us to respond faster to any disaster. We were recently called on by a neighboring franchise to help with a three story large water loss. Within hours we were able to send a team of our highly trained water restoration technicians along with a trailer of specialized equipment to assist in the restoration process. Our drying equipment ranges from air movers that speed up the drying process, dehumidifiers that work by removing excess moisture and humidity from the air, to desiccant dehumidifiers that can remove 500+ gallons of water per day. 

Since a fast response to a water call lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost we offer a free service to local businesses called an emergency ready profile (ERP). A member from our marketing staff will meet with you to develop an ERP that helps you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. We just need a few minutes of your time and our staff will do the rest of the work in providing you with a paper and digital copy of all your important contact information, shut off valve locations, and priority areas of your business. If you are interested in learning more about how our ERP’s  work call our office today at (712)-262-4379.

Summer's Over - Time to Holiday Prep your Business

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned image badge. Call us today to schedule a basic cleaning/sanitation of your business. Make sure you're prepped and ready for the holiday rush. 712-262-4379

With the busy summer travel season behind us, now is the time to start thinking about prepping for holiday shopping and travel.  With COVID-19 still at the front of everyone's minds, holiday shopping is sure to be impacted.  

Whether you operate a retail store front, restaurant, or hotel SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes can help you and your customers stay safe.  

With fall traditionally being a slower time for many businesses before the rush of the holiday season, now is the perfect time to schedule a simple basic clean and sanitation of your business.  Our team of professionals will come into your business and clean/sanitize the high touch/high traffic areas to help reduce the potential spread of the virus.   

While our team is there, they can assist you with any additional cleaning needs such as carpet cleaning, window cleaning, or event just a deep cleaning of your facility.  

Call today to talk about your commercial cleaning needs. 712-262-4379

First Responder Appreciation Golf Event

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of the sponsors banner for the 1st Annual First Responder Appreciation Golf Event A huge shout out to our sponsors. Without you this event would not be happening!

We are only a week away from our 1st Annual First Responder Appreciation Golf Outing, which is hard for us to believe.  Through months of closed businesses and folks not in their offices to everyone in our office stepping up, there has been many hours put into this planning process.  We could not be more honored than to create an event locally that helps show our gratitude and appreciation for first responders.  

In our inaugural year, we were blessed with 45 area individuals and business owners who helped donate prizes and take advantage of multiple sponsorship opportunities.  These folks helped us raise nearly $10,000 in donations and prizes to be given out the day of the event.  

Keep an eye on our social media pages next week to see photo's from the First Responder Appreciation Golf Event.  

A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.  

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes


Dry Conditions Raise Fall Fire Concerns

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of corn harvest in northwest Iowa. Local farmer in northwest Iowa harvesting corn.

After the last few years of unseasonably wet conditions, we slipped into a dry pattern in northwest Iowa.  Speaking with some of our business partners recently, they stated that many homes with sand-point wells in the area have dried up due to such low moisture levels.  As many homeowners feel relieved, it does raise concerns for potential issues with fall storms.  

For the next couple months we still stand a good chance of getting a few good thunderstorms.  Though it isn't common, the dry conditions can be a fire concern due to lightning strikes or strong winds knocking down power lines.  Even as crops dry out field fires are not uncommon without some moisture in the air.  

As harvest is nearing, keep an eye on those extremely dry conditions.  If you suffer damage to your farm equipment or home, call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes.  Our team is trained in odor removal and fire restoration. 


Post Construction Cleanup Specialists

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a SERVPRO production van in front of a commercial building. Post construction cleanup is one of the many services offered at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. Call for your custom quote. 712-262-4379

Did you know that SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes offers post construction cleanup? Our team is well trained in cleaning up large commercial properties after major construction is completed.  

This past summer our production crew has been called upon to clean 3 major projects prior to the buildings being occupied.  Each offering an opportunity to learn different ways to clean certain materials.  

Two of the most in depth materials to clean are tile and windows.  With many windows having aluminum framing, they are very susceptible to scuff marks and scratches that can be difficult to come off.  With tile, the frustration in cleanup comes with excess grout that can be time consuming to clean up. 

We have trained our team to work efficiently while maintaining the high standards of cleanup that we expect.  Many times these jobs are so large that we bring in everyone on our team including our marketing and office staff to assist ensuring the project is done quickly and correctly. 

If you have a major construction project that you need cleaned up, call the experts at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. 


Barn Fire Leads to a Unique Restoration

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a northwest Iowa families motorhome after a fire. No job too big or too small and no job too unique for our crew. Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes at 712-262-4379

This past summer a local family suffered a fire in one of their pole barns used for storage.  The fire itself was rather usual, but the restoration was a first for our SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes team.  

Within the pole barn was the families motorcoach and trailer, not just any trailer but a toy hauler with enough space for the family vacation cruiser, motorcycle, and golf cart.  Now our team has cleaned our fair share of campers, for example the fire at the fair grounds last year, but this camper was the largest to roll into our lot.  

Our team took the time to not only clean the outside from top to bottom, but also the inside from back to front making sure that every inch of soot and odor was removed from not only the motorcoach but also the family cruiser. 

Just goes to show, no job too big or too small and no job too unique for our crew. 

To make your campers, RVs, motorhomes, or any other of your recreational vehicles "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes at 712-262-4379 

Have you done a fire drill lately?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Image of built-in shelf inside this northwest Iowa home after fire ripped throughout the structure. This northwest Iowa home suffered major damage after a fire in early summer.

Do you remember as kids we used to love going outside for fire drills because it meant a break from that awful book or science experiment?  I definitely do, but fire drills aren't just a beneficial tool for schools and kids, they should be practiced at home and work. 

Performing a fire drill at work and at home is crucial to the safety of everyone so they know more than one way out of the building or home.  It's also important to remember to set a designated meeting spot (located a safe distance from the structure) where a headcount can be taken to inform first responders if anyone is left in the building and what to do should they not be able to have an escape route.

We like to suggest that customers regularly perform a fire drill quarterly so everyone knows what to do and how to keep themselves and others safe.

If disaster should strikes, we are ready 24/7, 365 at (712) 262-4379 to help walk with you through the cleanup and restoration to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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. 

Join Us for the 1st Annual SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes First Responder Golf Outing

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of community overview and our company logo. Join Us for the 1st Annual SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes First Responder Golf Outing at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course

This past year has shown us more than ever that our communities are littered with more hero's than we imagined.  From the local fire departments who are there at a moments notice when a disaster strikes at your home or business.  The local law enforcement keeping our communities safe from harm.  The local EMS crews who work countless hours saving those in need.  We owe these men and women a debt of gratitude for their service and sacrifice.  What better way to pay that debt than to offer them a day of fun on all of us.  

It is with that thought in mind that SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has planned the 1st Annual First Responder Golf Outing, I know the name needs some originality and we are certainly open to suggestions.

The golf outing is designed slightly different than your traditional golf outing in the fact that we are not asking for businesses or individuals to come play in the event, instead we are asking for businesses or individuals to donate prizes and allow the first responders themselves to golf in the event.  This is where we are asking you for help in making this event as memorable as possible for these folks.  If you are interested in donating a prize or even monetary donation to the event please contact any of our marketing department to see how.  

With this tournament we are looking for sponsors for area first responder departments, hole sponsors, both gift and monetary donations.  Everything that is donated will be given out on the day of the tournament as a donation or prize for various challenges throughout the day.  We want your gifts going back to the people who deserve them the most, the first responders.  

Any donation needs to be received by August 14th, 2020 as the event will be held on August 28th, 2020 at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course.  Hole sponsors are able to set up a tent or table at their respective hole if they choose to go that route.  If you wish to sponsor a hole but not attend we will provide signage letting folks know you were the sponsor.  

For more information contact the SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes marketing department:

Jason Lindsay - Sales & Marketing Manager or 712-262-4379

Kelly Brooks - Sales & Marketing Representative or 712-262-4379