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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

Summer Storm Prep

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a roadway with a caution sign stating water over the roadway. Summer storms can hit hard and fast. Be ready in the event of any disaster. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes 712-262-4379

Here in nothwest Iowa summer storms can come up in a moments notice and cause damage that takes weeks, months, even years to repair.  Take a look at the summer storms from 2018, there are homes in West Bend that are still on a waiting list to be repaired from the hail that hit town.  The summer storms in 2019 hit much of our area with flooding leaving homeowners with basements to refinish or mold to battle.  

So far the summer of 2020 has not been too bad to us, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be prepared.  With the constant threat of severe thunderstorms, wind, hail, tornado's, etc. we should always have a kit available in the event of a disaster.  A storm prep kit can be used throughout the seasons here in our region keeping items such as bottled water, blankets, flashlights, and a batter operated radio (with extra batteries) all handy.  It would also be important to have some food on hand in the event you are trapped for multiple days from a severe storm.  

While these items can easily be stored in a basement or storm shelter, one thing I have learned in my time at SERVPRO is to not only ensure those items are in a water sealed tote, but to also make sure to check those contents regularly to ensure they are still good to consume and that they are staying dry and mold free.  

If disaster strikes, don't let it ruin your summer.  Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes and let them worry about the mess so you can focus on the rest.  


SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes

"Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes Delivers Groceries

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of two of the SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes marketing vehicles. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is giving back to the community of Spencer now offering grocery delivery to help high-risk people stay home.

SERVPRO® of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has partnered with the Spencer Hy-Vee to offer grocery delivery service to the elderly and high-risk citizens in the Spencer community.  The delivery service is available Tuesday and Thursday beginning Thursday, April 30th and running through Thursday, May 14th

In order to take advantage of this service, the customer needs to contact SERVPRO® of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes to set up a delivery time that works best for them.  Once a delivery time is confirmed the customer will need to place their order using the Hy-Vee Aisles Online service and upon checkout put the delivery time and note that SERVPRO® will be delivering the order.  A SERVPRO® of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes representative will then deliver your groceries to your doorstep.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the SERVPRO® representatives will wear gloves and masks when delivering your groceries and will only drop the groceries in the garage or on the doorstep so as not to spread germs. 

SERVPRO® of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes owner Ryan Brooks stated “The community has done an excellent job working together to help reduce the impact of the virus and this is our way to give back to those in need.  We are one team fighting this and its amazing seeing the community come together to help those in need.”   

The May 14th cutoff date may extend, it is contingent on the orders from the governor as we progress through the month of May.  Orders are limited to the first 20 orders per day.  To establish your delivery time please call SERVPRO® of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes at 712-262-4379.

Are Your Allergies Going Crazy?

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of mold growth hidden behind base trim in this northwest Iowa home. Some mold colonies are hidden, just like pollen and other allergy inducers. We're "Here to Help", call 712-262-4379.

This time of year is always fun for allergy sufferers.  Between the grass starting to grow again, flowers blooming, trees budding, farmers planting, you name it and those with allergies are in agony for days.  What is making matters worse for those sufferers, is the mold that is all around us due to the wet weather the past few years.  

Now some allergy sufferers will run and hide inside when things get bad and close their windows so the pollen counts stay low inside their home, but that won't always do the trick.  Here are a few things that you can do to help around your home or business:

  1. Invest in higher quality air filters: Though they run higher in cost, the payoff can be seen in cleaner air around your home or business.
  2. Spring Cleaning: Spring cleaning is something on everyone's list, but during the pandemic we can all take advantage and take our cleaning up a notch.  Use your mop and wipe your walls down, dust your trim, clean your screens.  They all contain dust particles, stuck on mold spores, etc that can aggravate your sinuses. 
  3. Have your HVAC unit cleaned: For a reasonable fee, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes can help schedule a cleaning of your HVAC unit and air ducts.  Though money is tight, the cost is marginal and can save plenty in the long run with potentially less medication charges, lower heating and cooling bills, etc.  
  4. Have your home or business checked for mold: Though mold is all around us, in some areas the conditions are ripe for colonies to start growing and causing a huge problem.  The humid nature of basements or some homes in general are ideal for those colonies to grow out of control.  As most of us become accustomed to the odor of our home or business, we need to leave it on our guests who may smell something.  If they say it smells musty, take the time to find the root cause and if you can't call us!  

Being an allergy sufferer myself, I can absolutely tell you that even the slightest issue can set my sinuses off.  Take time to do the little things so you can enjoy those nights by the fire or outside smelling the scent of spring!  

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